KALINGA SENEVIRATNE

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First of 2 parts Bangkok: Sri Lanka is “celebrating” this month 70 years of independence from British colonial rule, yet at no time since gaining independence in 1948 has Sri Lanka’s sovereignty stood threatened as it is today. One could say that Sri Lanka is celebrating independence in chains. The…

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BANGKOK: Myanmar’s de facto leader and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has finally broken her silence on the Rohingya problem on September 6, denouncing the international media and human rights organizations for spreading “misinformation” about the conflict. The day before, the London-based Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) had…

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YANGON: A Myanmar government commission that investigated allegations made by an international human rights organization and the media about the country’s security forces abusing the human rights of Muslim Rohingyas in Rakhine state has found these allegations to be “unproven” and denounced its critics, including the United Nations, for carrying…

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COLOMBO (IDN) – The signing of a deal between the Sri Lankan government and a Chinese company, basically transferring the ownership on a 99-year lease of the strategically located Chinese-built Hambantota Port and 5,000 acres of land surrounding it for an industrial park in southern Sri Lanka has cleared a…

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This article is the 10th in a series of joint productions of Lotus News Features and IDN-InDepthNews, flagship of the International Press Syndicate. BANGKOK: President Barack Obama’s ‘pivot to Asia’ policy that realigned US relationship to Asia, is largely regarded favorably in this region. Yet, his farewell visit to Asia…

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Singapore (IDN): The stunning victory by 21-year old Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling in the 100-meter butterfly at the Rio Olympics on Friday has reignited debate about the intricacy of importing foreign sporting talent to raise the profile of local sports, especially in the international arena. It was the tiny island…