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Swiss Mission ‘Kidnapping’: Bid To Tarnish Gotabaya Image?

NEW DELHI: Was a local employee of the embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka briefly abducted by some unidentified men as is being claimed by...
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‘The Army Is Our Defence Against All Adversaries’

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's army chief Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva wears his badge with pride. The army he commands defeated and destroyed the Tamil rebels...

Eye On India And Indian Ocean Region, Sri Lanka Looks To Spread Trade Wings

NEW DELHI: The Sri Lankans have a grouse against India, actually several. They complain that trade volumes at just around $5 billion are very...
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‘President Gotabaya Understands India’s Strategic and Security Concerns’

New Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was recently in New Delhi--his first visit abroad after being elected to lead his country--will have a...

Well Begun But Miles To Go As Gotabaya Meets Modi

NEW DELHI: What happens when two strongmen meet? In the case of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka’s newly minted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa,...
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Under Gotabaya, India Has The Opportunity To Take Bilateral Ties Forward

NEW DELHI: A friendship nurtured over a decade begot SNI Editor-in-Chief Nitin Gokhale scooping an interview with the new President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya...

Gotabaya’s rise is part of a greater global phenomenon

The new President elect of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is only a week into his administration, but he has already hit the turbo gear...

‘Why Allow Only China To Invest In Sri Lanka And Then Grumble?’

Ours is a small country and needs foreign investment to shore up its economy, says Sri Lankan Present Gotabaya Rajapaksa. In his first interview...
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Intelligence Gathering Is A Different Ball Game, Will Rejig It: Gotabaya

COLOMBO: In his election manifesto, he had spelt them out as his top priorities and now after having taken over as Sri Lanka’s President,...
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We Won’t Do Anything That Will Harm India’s Interests: Gotabaya

COLOMBO: Seeking to allay India’s apprehensions ahead of his first scheduled trip abroad as Sri Lankan President—to New Delhi this week—Gotabaya Rajapaksa has a...
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Coming Up: Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s First Interview As Sri Lankan President

COLOMBO: Will there be any change to Sri Lanka’s foreign policy? Will the island nation’s ties with India and China see sweeping changes? What happens...
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Rajapaksas’ China-tilt Old Story, New Sri Lankan President Willing To Work With India

NEW DELHI: Barely a day after Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lankan President, External Affairs Minister S.Jaishankar flew in to Colombo to...

10 Facts About Sri Lanka’s New President You Perhaps Didn’t Know

NEW DELHI: As Gotabaya Rajapaksa prepares to take over as Sri Lanka’s seventh Executive President on Monday, SNI Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, who has...

All Sri Lankans Part Of This New Journey, Says Gotabaya After Poll Win

NEW DELHI: Four years is a long time in politics and Sri Lanka’s voters have just demonstrated that. If Mahinda Rajapaksa was ousted in...
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Tamil Vote Will Play Crucial Role In Sri Lankan Presidential Polls

New Delhi: Presidential elections in Sri Lanka are a little over a month away. Expectedly, India is keeping a close eye on the electoral...
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‘ISIS Message To The World—We Can Avenge Christchurch Massacre’

It turned out to be a bloody and tragic Easter Sunday in neighbouring Sri Lanka when numerous explosions carried out by suicide bombers rocked...
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‘With Terrorism Fragmenting, No Visible Link Between An Attack And Its Echo Elsewhere’

It would be easy to classify the suicide attacks in Sri Lanka as a failure of intelligence, except that there was no local or...
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Lankan Constitutional Crisis Blows Over But Leaves Trail Of Political Damage

As decreed by the Sri Lankan Supreme Court, Ranil Wickremesinghe may have been re-installed Prime Minister but the recent Constitutional crisis in the island...

Setback For Sri Lankan President As Supreme Court Overturns ‘Sack Parliament’ Order

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka today overturned President Maithripala Sirisena's order last week to dissolve Parliament and call for snap polls on January...

Minorities Should Have No Fear; I Assure Safety For All: Gotabaya Rajapaksa

He is largely credited as the brains behind winning the war against the LTTE a decade ago. Now, former Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya...

With National Security Card, ‘Strongman’ Gotabaya To Run For Lankan Presidency

For some, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is cast in the image of a strongman who destroyed the rebel Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka and ensured the...
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We have Chinese Investments But We Have Indian Investments Too: Sri Lankan Envoy

The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, Austin Fernando, is not a career diplomat but a retired civil servant who was serving as Secretary...

Hope India Will Enhance Counter-Terror Assistance: Sri Lankan Envoy

From wanting India to scale up its counter-terrorism assistance to the island nation, to assuaging Delhi's concerns over China's presence in his country, Sri...

Sri Lankan Monk’s Hunger Strike Which Triggers Muslim Ministers’ Resignations, Now Calls For Dialogue

Controversial Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Athuraliye Rathana Thero, whose indefinite hunger-strike seeking the resignation of three Sri Lankan Muslim leaders from the government triggered...

Sirisena: Bimstec And Saarc Are Important, Both Need Strengthening

The Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) process may be in a comatose state but Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has said that...

Post Maldives, PM Expected To Visit Sri Lanka To Express India’s Support In Its War Against Terror

In a gesture that can send multiple messages, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to make a brief stopover at Colombo on June 8...

The Easter Sunday Attacks And A Deep Religious Divide In Its Wake

In the aftermath of the attack on Sri Lankan churches, the clock appears to have gone back 30 years to the time of the...

How India Helped Sri Lanka Defeat The Tamil Tigers

Exactly a decade ago, the Sri Lankan military, backed by a clear political directive by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, decimated the Tamil Tigers and ended...
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Sri Lanka Attacks: Are We Seeing The Rise Of The Affluent Jihadi?

The suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, followed by the release of a video of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, raises questions of whether we are...

Post-Easter Bombings, Rajapaksas To Make National Security Main Poll Plank

Presidential elections in Sri Lanka may be due by the year-end but the main Opposition led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa seems to have...
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‘Sri Lankan Political Establishment Failed To Anticipate Dangers Of Violent Extremism’

As India’s close neighbour Sri Lanka grapples with the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror strikes, Strategic News International Deputy Editor Parul Chandra spoke...