Sri Lanka’s Local Government Polls: Time To Send Signals?

Sri Lanka’s Local Government Polls: Time To Send Signals?

(By Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan ) Local Government (LG) bodies in Sri Lanka are one of the cornerstones of public administration and structure of the state. There are 341 local bodies including municipal councils, urban councils and pradeshiya sbhas (regional councils). Although local government bodies are primarily responsible for community…

Nepal, Lanka, Maldives: Delhi strategy in tatters?

Nepal, Lanka, Maldives: Delhi strategy in tatters?

Indira Gandhi had annexed Sikkim, thus eliminating a troublesome buffer with China, in 1975, besides severing Pakistan into two in 1971.  Considering Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two trips to Nepal and India’s serious concern over the growing influence of China, the victory of the Left alliance is not…

Why India is buying the world’s emptiest airport

Why India is buying the world’s emptiest airport

(By Dr David Brewster)  Geopolitical rivalry between big powers sometimes yields odd results. The latest development in growing strategic competition across the Indian Ocean region is India’s purchase of what has become known as the ‘world’s emptiest international airport‘ in Sri Lanka, maybe just to keep it empty.…

A new front in Asia’s water war

A new front in Asia’s water war

(By Professor Brahma Chellaney) China has long regarded fresh water as a strategic weapon—one that the country’s leaders have no…

Building Resilience for Climate-induced Disasters in Sri Lanka

Building Resilience for Climate-induced Disasters in Sri Lanka

(By Kanchana Wickramasinghe-Research Economist IPS) With the arrival of monsoon rains, Sri Lanka is just seeing the end…

Women in the Sri Lankan Workforce: Dissecting Education and Female Labour Force Participation

Women in the Sri Lankan Workforce: Dissecting Education and Female Labour Force Participation

(By  Nisha Arunatilake PhD ) There has been renewed interest among policy makers to get more women to…

Bridging the Skill Gap: A Challenge in Sri Lanka’s Quest for Economic Growth

Bridging the Skill Gap: A Challenge in Sri Lanka’s Quest for Economic Growth

(By Priyanka Jayawardena – Research Economist) According to the Government’s Economic Policy Statement issued in October 2016, Sri Lanka…

Limits of exclusivism

Limits of exclusivism

(By Ahilan Kadirgamar – Political economist)The recent no-confidence motion in Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council (NPC) in Jaffna, moved…

New Delhi’s Indian Ocean Outreach

New Delhi’s Indian Ocean Outreach

(By Prof. Harsh V. Pant) Sri Lanka is facing a humanitarian crisis as a consequence of the nation’s…

As Sri Lanka leans towards China, Modi’s trip has high stakes

As Sri Lanka leans towards China, Modi’s trip has high stakes

(By  Maya Mirchandani – Consulting Editor NDTV  )This week, Sri Lanka is “Dhammadvipa”, the island of Buddhist philosophy, as…

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