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P.K. Balachandran

P.K. Balachandran

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Sri Lanka rescued from becoming a failed state

Buses being burnt in Colombo Colombo: When Sri Lanka was teetering at the edge of a politico-economic abyss, many wondered if it was on the w...

Wickremesinghe consolidates his position in parliament

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has been the butt of criticism and derision for the way he was catapulted to...

New Lankan PM Wickremesinghe gets international backing

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has secured the support of key countries in the world such as India, the US, Japa...

Road to Sri Lanka-China free trade agreement is hard but w...

Colombo market. Colombo: In the early phase of the economic crisis in Sri Lanka, China had refused to reschedule the repayment of loans it had gi...

United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is the n...

Colombo: The leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe, is Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister. He took his oaths before Presid...

After violence rocked Lanka, unions bring economy to a hal...

Colombo: After violence rocked Sri Lanka on Monday, with thugs and arsonists having a field day destroying and burning government and private property...

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

Colombo: The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, resigned on Monday following violence indulged in by his followers against protestors deman...

Need for safeguards in Sri Lanka’s Emergency law

Colombo: Sri Lankans are no strangers to the declaration of a State Emergency. Prior to the declaration of May 6, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and als...

China warns Sri Lanka: IMF conditions could affect bilater...

Chinese envoy Qi Zhenhong with Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa.  Colombo: China has warned Sri Lanka about the consequences of taking the IM...

Making Sri Lanka’s external debt sustainable

Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ali S ... MF chief Kristalina Georgieva. Colombo: Sri Lanka is negotiating with the IMF for help to overcome the...

China makes signing FTA a condition for helping Sri Lanka

Colombo: Clearly fed up with the lack of progress in talks with Sri Lanka on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) since 2015, Chinese Premier Li Kekiang told...

Lankan regime’s intention to bring about constitutional ch...

Colombo: With pressure mounting on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to quit, both in parliament and on the streets of Sri Lanka, the President and his Pri...

Replication of Sri Lankan crisis worries other South Asian...

Nepal’s Central Bank Colombo: Ever since Sri Lanka got into an unprecedented economic bind, and calls for the resignation of President Gota...

Rajapaksas likely to stay put, given opposition disunity a...

Colombo: The Rajapaksa regime in Sri Lanka, extremely hard-pressed though it is in economic and political terms, is likely to survive thanks to disuni...

US State Department walks the tightrope on rights violatio...

Colombo: The US State Department’s assessment of human rights violations in India in 2021 appears to be even-handed when compared with reports o...

US human rights report on Lanka is unsparing in its critic...

Colombo:  While acknowledging that Sri Lanka is a constitutional, multiparty, democratic republic with a freely elected government, the US State...

US State Department’s alarming report on human rights in B...

Journalist Rozina Islam being arrested. The 2021 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Bangladesh prepared by the US State Department&rsquo...

Lack of consensus is at the root of the ongoing Lankan cri...

Colombo: The Sri Lankan political system’s inability to come to a consensus on what should be done to lift the country from the economic morass...

Beleaguered Lankan President revokes Emergency

Sri Lankan Parliament. Colombo: The beleaguered Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa revoked the Public Emergency late on April 5, following t...

Demonstrations seeking the Lankan President’s resignation...

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has secured the resignation of his Cabinet Ministers, barring his brother and Prime Minister Mahinda...

EU and China don’t see eye to eye but can’t break up eithe...

EU-China Summit. Colombo: Held against the background of the Ukrainian crisis, the EU-China virtual summit held on April 1, ended in a stalemate...