South Asia and Beyond

Basil Muscles His Way Through Government With New Programme

Basil Rohana Rajapaksa, the founder of Sri Lanka’s ruling party Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), has secured yet another political victory after being sworn into the finance portfolio and returning to Parliament. After weeks of campaigning by Basil loyalists in the SLPP that resulted in fractures within the party, the final decision on Basil’s return to Parliament […]Read More

Port City Tilts Balance Towards China As India Watches On

COLOMBO: The issue of the Colombo Port City Economic Commission is now done and dusted, with Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena signing and validating the Bill, which was passed by Parliament the previous week. Thereby, the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Act is now effective. However, the legislation has thrown up several key geopolitical issues, from […]Read More

Strengthen Ties Among Asian Countries To Overcome Covid: Gotabaya

Relationships and understanding among all countries in Asia and around the world should be strengthened to combat the challenges thrown up by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said. Delivering the keynote speech at the “Future of Asia” International Conference, he stated that all nations should unite and work with confidence […]Read More

Trade Unions Oppose Adani, Want Shipping Company

The development of the West Container Terminal (WCT) of Colombo Port should be carried out with a shipping company, not with the Indian Adani Group of Companies, say trade unions attached to the Colombo Port. Adani may be suitable to the government for the development of the WCT but it is not suitable to the […]Read More

UN Resolution: Sri Lanka Opts To Go In For Vote

COLOMBO: As a decisive week approaches for Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), with the Core Group resolution on Sri Lanka to be taken up for vote, the Sri Lankan Government has decided to face the vote, even with the surety of being defeated, rather than opt for a last-minute consensual resolution. […]Read More

West Container Terminal: New Proposal For Sri Lanka Cabinet

COLOMBO: Amidst rising pressure from India to respect the tripartite agreement signed between Sri Lanka, India, and Japan for the development of the East Container Terminal (ECT) at the Colombo Port, the Sri Lankan government is in the process of making a new proposal for the Cabinet-approved West Container Terminal (WCT) instead. The new proposal […]Read More

India To Build Petroleum Hub In Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee

COLOMBO: The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and the Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) will be partnering to develop a selected land area in Trincomalee as a “South Asian Petroleum Hub” for petroleum and natural gas, where 24 new oil storage tanks would be constructed. CPC Chairman Sumith Wijesinghe told […]Read More

As Sri Lanka Panel Begins Discussions, No ‘Official’ Acceptance Of

COLOMBO: A committee formed by Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Ports and Shipping will begin discussions pertaining to development of the West Container Terminal (WCT) today. Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Shipping U.D.C. Jayalal told The Morning yesterday that the committee will discuss the proposed shareholding split of 85-15 in favour of India. This […]Read More

India And China Made Sri Lanka Debtor, Japan Did Not:

COLOMBO: It has been a week since the Sri Lankan Government changed its plan to offer 49 per cent stake in the East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port to India, specifically its giant conglomerate Adani Group, reneging on a tripartite agreement signed with India and Japan in 2019. The Indian Government has not […]Read More