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Lanka-Pakistan ties to acquire new heights following Imran Khan’s visit

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By P.K.Balachandran
Imran tells Muslim Parliamentarians before his departure that he secured a positive response from both the President and Prime Minister on the burial issue Relations could, at last, acquire an economic content and Pakistan could emerge as a factor in Sri Lankan Muslim politics     Colombo, February 25: The two-day visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Sri Lanka, which concluded on Wednesday, has put Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations on a new plane. While the traditional defence and security ties will be enhanced, the ...Continued

Lanka claims majority stake in Trincomalee oil tanks JV but...

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By P.K. Balachandran
  There has been a lack of agreement on the development and use of the 84 tanks in Trincomalee for over a decade.   : Sri Lanka’s Energy Minister, Udaya Gammanpila, claimed on Wednesday that the Indian High Commissioner, Gopal Baglay, has agreed that a Joint Venture should be established to manage all the 84 oil tanks in Trincomalee and that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) should  be the majority shareholder with the Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) as the other shareholder. “We were able ...Continued

Indian Chief Minister’s thoughtless remark triggers worry in Sri Lanka

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) honcho and current Indian Home Minister Amit Shah had once revealed to him that the BJP has a plan to form governments in neighboring Nepal and Sri Lanka. This may be laughed off in India as another of those baseless utterances by Deb who has earned an unsavory reputation of being a loud mouth. But in Sri Lanka it has caused considerable concern. Reporters in Colombo have been desperately trying to confirm if Deb had really said what he has been ...Continued

Takeaways from the military coup in Myanmar

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By P.K.Balachandran
  Besides being a huge setback to democracy, the coup will put off the return of two million Rohingya refugees and embitter relations with Bangladesh. But it will strengthen ties with China. Myanmar is seeing its fourth military coup since independence from the British in 1948. On February 1, the Myanmar military called the “Tatmadaw” was in the process of taking over the country from State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint. Early in the day, the military arrested Suu Kyi, ...Continued

Big corporates blow up COVID-19 threat to make a killing

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By P.K.Balacandran
  The world’s big corporate pharmaceutical companies, with governments and mainstream media in their hands, are blowing up the threat from COVID-19 to make a fast buck at the expense of the common man, alleges the Center for Research in Globalization (CRG) headed by Michel Chossudovsky, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Ottawa University in Canada. For the past year, the COVID-19 virus is being blamed for changing the face of the world by creating a “new normal” marked by a mass fear psychosis, crippled economies, changing ...Continued

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