Daily Archives: 11 août 2019

Chinese culture and history

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11 AUGUST 2019

Street photography reveals China in the 1980s

British photographer Adrian Bradshaw arrived in Beijing in 1984, going on to spend three decades documenting China’s changing culture
https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-49151953

4 AUGUST 2019

Wounds that fester: Histories of Chinese Islamophobia

The Great Northwestern Muslim Rebellion was complex, messy and extremely violent. It began with a series of local feuds that mostly were not about religion but which escalated when Qing officials took the side of Han disputants against the Muslims and garrisons across the two provinces mutinied, producing a domino effect. Rumour, banditry and socioeconomic distress did the rest: by the end of the rebellion, the populations of Shaanxi and Gansu had fallen by half, with millions dead or having fled to make new lives elsewhere
https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/08/02/wounds-that-fester-histories-of-chinese-islamophobia/

12 JUNE 2019

Oldest evidence of marijuana use discovered in 2500-year-old cemetery in peaks of western China

A team led by archaeologists Yang Yimin and Ren Meng of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing reports clear physical evidence that mourners burned cannabis for its intoxicating fumes on a remote mountain plateau in Central Asia some 2500 years ago
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/06/oldest-evidence-marijuana-use-discovered-2500-year-old-cemetery-peaks-western-china
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-cannabis-marijuana-millennium-bc.html

16 MAY 2019

Architect I.M. Pei dies at age 102

I.M. Pei, whose modern designs and high-profile projects made him one of the best-known and most prolific architects of the 20th century, has died at the age of 102
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/16/architect-im-pei-dies-at-age-102.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-48303529
https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/127/80/22/1558086529400.html?newsId=83090

18 APRIL 2019

A new online database launched in February 2019 offers a glimpse of life under the wartime occupation of northeast China by Japan

The North China Railway Archive, which organizes the 39,775 photographs into a searchable catalogue, is a collaboration between several Japanese research institutes and the University of Kyoto, which came into possession of the photographs at the end of the Second World War
https://globalvoices.org/2019/04/16/new-online-database-catalogues-nearly-40000-photos-from-japanese-wartime-occupation-of-china/

14 APRIL 2019

From Mao to Tiananmen, Hu Yaobang is an icon of China’s reform – and a reminder of how little has changed

If the Chinese saying, “a person’s merits or demerits can only be judged rightly after death”, carries any truth then the late former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang should be known as one of the country’s most reform-minded top officials.
 

7 MARCH 2019

The last king of Xinjiang: how Bertram Sheldrake went from condiment heir to Muslim monarch

You may never have heard of Islamestan, in Chinese Turkestan, or its one-time « king », Bertram Sheldrake. Islamestan is long gone, swallowed up in the historical shifts of a turbulent region, but for a brief and unlikely moment, an English pickle-factory heir ruled, with his wife, Sybil, over the newly independent Muslim country, to the far west of China
https://today.line.me/id/pc/article/The+last+king+of+Xinjiang+how+Bertram+Sheldrake+went+from+condiment+heir+to+Muslim+monarch-mEoLyW

16 JANUARY 2019

Singapore’s Relations with China before Decolonization

Singapore’s relations with China can be traced back to this precolonial period. Archeological excavations at Fort Canning Hill and along the Singapore River of sites associated with the fourteenth century Singaporean kingdom of Temasek — later known as Singapura — have uncovered “Chinese glass beads and vessels, as well as the fragment of a rare porcelain pillow and a unique compass bowl,” suggesting “an exceptionally close relationship with China
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/875.html

12 JANUARY 2018

British Foreign Office was told to size up the risk of Chinese takeover of Hong Kong ahead of 1997, archives show

The British Foreign Office was told to assess the risk of a possible military intervention by Beijing to retake Hong Kong before 1997, newly declassified British files have revealed
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2181812/british-foreign-office-was-told-size-risk-chinese-takeover

 
30 DECEMBER 2018

Cavalry in Ancient Chinese Warfare

The use of cavalry in Chinese warfare was a significant development which was largely responsible for the abandonment of chariots, that vehicle being much slower and more cumbersome to manoeuvre in battle conditions. The greater speed and mobility of cavalry not only changed battlefield dynamics and troop deployments but also necessitated a far greater investment in fixed defences than previously. An enemy which could attack at any time, on any terrain, and without warning became a disconcerting feature of Chinese warfare from the 4th century BCE onwards
https://www.ancient.eu/article/1142/cavalry-in-ancient-chinese-warfare/

Chinese historical fiction Ling Jiefang known as Eryuehe passes away in Beijing at the age of 73

Chinese historical fiction writer and historian Ling Jiefang, better know by his pen name Eryuehe, passed away on Saturday morning in Beijing at the age of 73
https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674d304d7a4d31457a6333566d54/share_p.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/236/4/80/1544861506999.html?newsId=56565

12 DECEMBER 2018

Newly discovered archives reveal China’s Zhiyuan sunken ship in Jiawu War

NEWCASTLE, Britain — Newly discovered plans in a British archive reveal details of a legendary Chinese warship destroyed more than 120 years ago during the First Sino-Japanese War
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/7/200/218/1544608471486.html?newsId=56292

2 DECEMBER 2018

How George H.W. Bush became Beijing’s ‘old friend’ in the White House

17 NOVEMBER 2018

On the trail of Deng Xiaoping in the French town where he embraced Communism

Deng and a group of students from Sichuan were among them. After a year of preparatory schooling in Chongqing, the 16-year-old had boarded a steamer at the Yangtze River port of Wanxian on August 27, 1920. Once in Shanghai, he boarded a French liner bound for Marseilles. The sea voyage took 39 day
https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2173319/trail-deng-xiaoping-french-town-where-he-embraced

13 NOVEMBER 2018

Chinese Labour Corps: the first world war’s forgotten army, all but airbrushed out of history

Overlooked for almost a century, China’s human contribution to the Great War is finally getting the recognition it deserves
https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2172435/chinese-labour-corps-first-world-wars-forgotten

28 SEPTEMBER 2018

Kissinger’s historic China policy – A retrospective – VIDEO

Henry Kissinger continues to amaze. Now 95, the former secretary of State under President Richard Nixon was recently interviewed for the 50th anniversary of the Wilson International Center for Scholars
http://ednews.net/en/news/analytical-wing/323198-kissingers-historic-china-policy

 

2 SEPTEMBER 2018

Modern China and the legacy of the Opium Wars

Experts say that to really understand modern China, you have to start 180 years ago with the Opium Wars. The legacy of the wars continues to influence China’s foreign policies, and its desire to reunite all former Chinese territories, including Taiwan
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-02/modern-china-and-the-legacy-of-the-opium-wars/10172386

12 AUGUST 2018

Sun Yat-sen to Mao Zedong, I watched the birth of a new China: the Wang Gungwu memoir

In an extract from his memoir ‘Home is Not Here’, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Chinese civilisation recalls visiting the country as a student – and witnessing the birth of Mao Zedong’s China
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/society/article/2158754/sun-yat-sen-mao-zedong-i-watched-birth-new-china-wang-gungwu
https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/H/bo34116643.html

21 JULY 2018

The Chinese volunteers who fought in the Spanish civil war – their amazing courage and obscure fates

Illiterate farmers, manual labourers, civil servants – some 100 Chinese joined the International Brigades helping fight General Franco’s fascists 80 years ago. Despite being few in number, they left a lasting impression
https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/1989792/chinese-volunteers-who-fought-spanish-civil-war

17 JULY 2018

The Party thanks Protestant missionaries who saved Chinese lives during the Nanjing massacre

China’s Communist Party has come to recognise the role played by Protestant missionaries during the 1937 massacre. During the weeks of horrors perpetrated by the Japanese army, Christians saved thousands of people in security zones organised by Westerners. For Xi Jinping, “what missionaries sacrificed for the city was publicly recognized by Communist China.”
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-Party-thanks-Protestant-missionaries-who-saved-Chinese-lives-during-the-Nanjing-massacre-44455.html
http://chinachristiandaily.com/news/Society/2018-07-17/-feature–communist-china-recognizes-and-praises-contributions-of-foreign-missionaries-in-nanjing-massacre-_7387

13 JULY 2018

Fei Mu, director of China’s greatest film

Fei Mu was a director whose life coincided with huge upheavals in the history of China. A man of deep intellect and a love of his country, he would spearhead many innovations in Chinese cinema and endure untold difficulties only to die as a refugee at the age of 44
https://gbtimes.com/fei-mu-director-of-chinas-greatest-film

2 JUNE 2018

The US-China trade war: can Trump learn from history and resolve it?

China’s inexorable rise has seen an inconsequential trade gap with the US balloon into a multitrillion-dollar chasm. But how and why did it happen, and can it be settled?
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2152874/us-china-trade-war-can-trump-learn-history-and

10 JUNE 2018

‘The week that changed the world’: How China prepared for Nixon

As is the case with China then and now, once the objectives were set, various mechanisms of state power began working to ensure the success of the trip, including the propaganda machine, the security apparatus and efforts to mobilise the masses
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-44399773

20 APRIL 2018

Five ways China’s past has shaped its present

To understand today’s headlines about China’s approach to issues such as trade, foreign policy or internet censorship, turn to its past
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43714279

11 APRIL 2018

Chinese protests fail to stop ‘illegal’ water vessel sale

 A rare sacred Chinese bronze water vessel made between 2,200 and 3,600 years ago has been sold despite protests by the Chinese government

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-43726526
https://www.thecanterburyauctiongalleries.com/blog/sacred-ancient-chinese-bronze-acquired-from-emperor%E2%80%99s-summer-palace-found-in-kent-seaside-town/

6 APRIL 2018

Anna Chennault, Behind-the-Scenes Force in Washington, Dies at 94

Anna Chennault, a Chinese-born Republican fund-raiser and anti-Communist lobbyist who dabbled in foreign intrigue after the death of her husband, the renowned leader of the Flying Tigers in China and Burma in World War II, died on Friday at her home in Washington. She was 94
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/03/obituaries/anna-chennault-dead.html?smid=fb-share


2 APRIL 2018

Archaeologists confident they have found body of fabled Chinese warlord Cao Cao

Experts at the Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology recently concluded that the remains of an adult male in his sixties found at a burial site in central China was Cao Cao, the news portal Red Star News reported on Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2138951/archaeologists-confident-they-have-found-body-fabled-chinese
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5554109/Body-fearsome-Chinese-warlord-Cao-Cao-finally-found.html

 21 MARCH 2018

What happened to China’s early Christians and why did the Nestorian doctrine die out?

Arriving in 635 at Changan, the capital of the Tang Empire, Alopen Abraham was granted an audience with Emperor Taizong, who permitted him to propagate his religion and build “temples of the cross” in China
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2138170/what-happened-chinas-early-christians-and-why

15 MARCH 2018

Images of Chinese during World War I in France

A dragon day celebrated by the Chinese in France and Chinese students at the Western Front
https://china-underground.com/2017/09/28/chinese-celebration-world-war-france/

16 FEBRUARY 2018

Chinese New Year explained: the zodiac, animals, traditions, myths, foods and superstitions

Find out everything you ever needed to know about the Lunar New Year in China and Hong Kong as we welcome in the Year of the Dog
http://www.scmp.com/culture/article/2133454/chinese-new-year-explained-food-zodiac-animals-traditions-myths-and

12 DECEMBER 2018

Zhou Youguang: Why Google honours him today

Described as « the father of Pinyin », or Chinese phonetic language, and hailed as the man who simplified Chinese, Zhou Youguang would have been 112 this Saturday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/zhou-youguang-google-honours-today-180112133907283.html

30 DECEMBER 2017

American War Posters: United China Relief

United China Relief, Inc. was an organization chartered in 1941 to raise money for humanitarian aid to China, and to educate Americans about China and its people
https://china-underground.com/2017/12/30/war-posters-united-china-relief/

21 DECEMBER 2017

Declassified: Chinese official said at least 10,000 civilians died in 1989 Tiananmen massacre, documents show

A member of the Chinese State Council estimated that at least 10,000 civilians were killed in the Tiananmen massacre of June 4, 1989, declassified files reveal
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/21/declassified-chinese-official-said-least-10000-civilians-died-1989-tiananmen-massacre-documents-show/
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20171222-Franco-Chinese%20pair%20missing%20after%20Liu%20Xiaobo%20tribute
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/tiananmen-square-massacre-death-toll-secret-cable-british-ambassador-1989-alan-donald-a8126461.html

3 DECEMBER 2017

The jesuits in China – A Franciscan mission settled in China in the thirteenth century, during the Mongolian Yuan dynasty

https://china-underground.com/2017/12/03/jesuits-in-china/

26 NOVEMBER 2017

The July 751 Battle of Talas

Few people today have even heard of the Battle of Talas River.  Yet this little-known skirmish between the army of Imperial Tang China and the Abbasid Arabs had important consequences, not just for China and Central Asia, but for the entire world

https://www.thoughtco.com/the-battle-of-talas-195186
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Talas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPemqOU3n7M

22 NOVEMBER 2017

 Rare 19th century photographs of Shanghai

 Rare 19th century photographs of Shanghai by English photographer William Saunders go on show in London in first public exhibition devoted to his work
http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-37762842?SThisFB

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Historic photos of China by Jack Birns (1947-1949)

Seen through the lens of hindsight, Birns’ photographs give us a sense not only of what China was like more than fifty years ago, but also of why the warfare, weariness, and desperation of the time proved such fertile soil for communist revolution
http://monovisions.com/vintage-historic-photos-of-china-by-jack-birns-1947-1949/

4 NOVEMBER 2017

Hunt for Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He’s lost treasure ship heats up in Indian Ocean

Study off coast of Sri Lanka, where massive vessel that was part of Chinese adventurer’s fleet sank 600 years ago, has delivered ‘positive results’
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2118421/hunt-ming-dynasty-admiral-zheng-hes-lost-treasure-ship-heats

24 OCTOBER 2017

HKFP History: A brief visual history of the Hong Kong Peak Tram

It has been over 126 years since the Peak Tram opened in Hong Kong though, technically, it is not even a tram but a cable-hauled funicular railway. Below is a brief, visual history of one of the city’s most iconic treasures
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/11/13/hkfp-history-a-brief-visual-history-of-the-peak-tram/

20 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hoover Acquires The Personal Papers Of General Bai Chongxi, A Prominent Military Leader In Republican China

 The personal papers of Bai Chongxi include official files at different stage of his military and political careers, correspondence between Bai and important Nationalist Chinese government officials, family letters and correspondence, personal diaries and documentaries recording his family activities, an inspection tour he took to Taiwan in the spring of 1947
http://www.hoover.org/news/hoover-acquires-personal-papers-general-bai-chongxi-prominent-military-leader-republican-china

5 AUGUST 2017

How Mao and Khrushchev fought over China-India border dispute

Following is a transcript of a meeting attended by Khrushchev, Mao Zedong (毛澤東), M.A. Suslov, A.A. Gromyko, Liu Shaoqi (劉少奇), Zhou Enlai (周恩來), Lin Biao (林彪), Peng Zhen (彭真), Chen Yi and Wan Xia Sang
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2105501/how-mao-and-khrushchev-fought-over-china-india-border-dispute

24 JULY 2017

Saving Harbin: Chinese city struggles to preserve Russian legacy

The city of Harbin, founded by colonialists during the height of the Russian empire, has a very distinct Tsarist character
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/07/saving-harbin-chinese-city-struggles-preserve-russian-legacy-170724092530834.html

28 JUNE 2917

The last Hong Kong governor: Chris Patten on 20 years after the handover – video

Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s last governor, handed the former colony back to China on 1 July 1997 to be ruled with a degree of autonomy under a system called “one country, two systems”. Here he reflects on leaving Hong Kong and what the game plan should be going forward
https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2017/jun/28/chris-patten-the-last-governor-of-hong-kong-video-interview
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/28/hong-kong-handover-anniversary-chris-patten-britain-did-not/

16 JUNE 2017

Scapegoats or traitors? The tale of the British radio propagandists in wartime Shanghai who were convicted in Hong Kong

Seventy years ago, two broadcasters for a German radio station were found guilty of assisting the enemy. Collaboration was rife, so why were these Britons singled out while so many others went unpunished?http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2098418/scapegoats-or-traitors-tale-british-radio
http://www.historynet.com/book-review-secret-war-in-shanghai-by-bernard-wasserstein-ww2.htm

8 JUNE 2017

Echoes of 1950s persecution in China’s crackdown on liberal voices

On the 60th anniversary of the start of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong’s campaign against intellectuals that saw some half a million people persecuted by the Communist Party, some present-day scholars say there is again growing pressure from the authorities to silence liberal voices
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2097521/echoes-1950s-persecution-chinas-crackdown-liberal

28 MAY 2017

160 years on, apology for a racist tax on Chinese in Australia

The Chinese community in ­Australia has applauded an apology by the government of Victoria for a racist tax levied on immigrants more than a century ago, calling it a step towards eliminating the discrimination that continues to this day
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2096026/160-years-apology-racist-tax-chinese-australia

22 MAY 2017

The secret agents who spied on the US for China

Behind the warming relations between the world’s two leading economies, a hidden and often brutal war continues for valuable intelligence about military technology and other classified information
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2095195/secret-agents-who-spied-us-china

16 APRIL 2017

Chinese experts name 10 most amazing archaeological sites

Chinese archaeologists worked at more than 2,000 sites in 2016, and experts have selected the 10 best ones
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-experts-name-10-most-amazing-archaeological-sites

4 APRIL 2017

Meet the Gurkhas, fearsome fighters with a 200-year history

A former serviceman in Hong Kong explains what binds him and his fellow Nepalese to a proud military tradition
http://www.atimes.com/article/meet-gurkhas-fearsome-fighters-200-year-history/

20 MARCH 2017

Sunken treasure discovered in SW China

After more than 10,000 items of gold and silver were recovered from the bottom of Minjiang River in Sichuan Province, archeo

logists confirmed Monday the tale of Zhang Xianzhong and his sunken treasure, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/chinafocus/2017-03/20/content_15588670.html

13 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong documentary uncovers lost history

They are called Hong Kong’s darkest days, but there’s little evidence the 1967 riots ever took place
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/03/hong-kong-documentary-uncovers-lost-history-170313051008305.html

8 FEBRUARY 2017

Tomb of ancient general and princess discovered in China

Archaeologists have discovered the tomb of an ancient Chinese general and his princess who were buried 1,500 years ago with more than 100 mysterious figurines
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/08/tomb-ancient-general-princess-discovered-china/

7 JANUARY 2017

Struggle to get documentary on Hong Kong’s 1967 riots on screen

Film, including story of plan to import lethal weapons into British colony, held up by lack of funding, scant archives, and harassment
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2060228/struggle-get-documentary-hong-kongs-1967-riots-screen

4 JANUARY 2017

260,000 Chiang Kai-shek papers to go public

More than 260,000 documents related to Chiang Kai-shek will be made available to the public online later this year, Wu Mi-cha, Curator of Taiwan’s Academia Historica, said on Tuesday afternoon
http://www.atimes.com/article/260000-chiang-kai-shek-documents-made-public/

In her series Modern Girl, artist Dina Goldstein updates 1930s Chinese adverts to lampoon our quest for the perfect lifestyle

According to Ms Goldstein, her « Modern Girl gallery » is inspired by Chinese tradition and the evolution of international commercialism. With a photographic/design sleight-of-hand (and in a tongue-in-cheek manner), she reworks the iconic advertising posters of 1930s Shanghai, China
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2016/nov/17/dina-goldstein-modern-girl-chinese-pinups-in-pictures
http://thetravelphotographer.blogspot.fr/2016/11/dina-goldstein-modern-girl.html

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Battle of Hong Kong through the eyes of people who lived through it

There was little festive cheer 75 years ago, as the Battle of Hong Kong raged to a bloody conclusion. Some of the people who lived through the invasion recall how they suddenly found themselves in a war zone
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2054842/battle-hong-kong-through-eyes-people-who-lived

12 DECEMBER 2016

Chinese archaeologists begin excavation of mysterious 2,600-year-old city that was wiped out by floods

Bairen, located in central China, dates back more than 2,600 years to China’s Spring and Autumn period. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4025054/Chinese-archaeologists-begin-excavation-mysterious-2-600-year-old-city-wiped-floods.html#ixzz4TSC6zXz7

20 NOVEMBER 2016

Culture Insider: How did the ancient Chinese keep food warm in winter?

According to historical records and archaeological discoveries, ancient Chinese people were using their own methods of heat preservation as early as the Shang and Zhou dynasties
http://news.asiaone.com/news/lifestyle/culture-insider-how-did-ancient-chinese-keep-food-warm-winter

Lamu archipelago last Chinese

It is said that some of Admiral Zheng He’s sailors were shipwrecked on this island off the Kenyan coast centuries ago. Meet 6 residents of the Lamu archipelago believed to be the last descendants of those Chinese sailors
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/tv//the-maritime-silk-road/lamu-s-last-chinese/3270974.html

Hong Kong scenes shot by an early 20th century tourist
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2044791/old-hong-kong-pictures?utm_source&utm_medium&utm_campaign=SCMPSocialNewsfeed

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11 AUGUST 2019

Sri Lanka election: former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa is running for president

Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was a live wire in Sri Lanka’s  military campaign to end a long civil war but faces allegations of human rights violations, was nominated on Sunday as the opposition’s candidate for the presidential election scheduled for later this year
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/south-asia/article/3022341/sri-lanka-election-former-strongman-mahinda-rajapaksas-brother
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/many-sri-lankans-want-a-strongman-leader-and-that-favours-gotabaya-rajapaksa

29 JULY 2019

Muslims rejoin Sri Lanka Cabinet after Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s Muslim ministers who resigned en masse in the wake of the deadly Easter Sunday bombings have rejoined the government, officials said Tuesday (July 30), after police cleared them of any involvement with Islamists
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/muslims-rejoin-sri-lanka-cabinet-after-easter-bombings
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19B/Jul29_1564416446CH.php

11 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka PM says still in talks with US on military cooperation pact

Sri Lanka is still in talks with the United States on a status-of-forces agreement (SOFA) for visiting US military personnel, the Prime Minister said, disregarding a warning by the President that it would undermine sovereignty
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-pm-says-still-in-talks-with-us-on-military-cooperation-pact

6 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka president vetoes military deal with the US

Sri Lanka’s President Saturday (Jul 6) announced he will not allow his government to conclude a proposed military deal that would allow US troops free access to the island’s ports
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-president-vetoes-military-deal-with-the-us-11697480
http://asiantribune.com/node/92858
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19A/Jul05_1562346936CH.php

2 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka police chief arrested over failure to prevent bombings

Sri Lankan police on Tuesday arrested their own chief and the former defence secretary for failing to prevent attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed more than 250 people in April, a police spokesman said
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-police-chief-arrested-over-failure-to-prevent-bombings-27944
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-police-chief-arrested-over-easter-attacks-failures-11684200

22 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka extends state of emergency in surprise move

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday extended the state of emergency in the country for another month, allowing security agencies to continue to exercise extra powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-extends-state-of-emergency-after-easter-bombings/a-49306687
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/sri-lanka-extends-state-of-emergency-in-surprise-move

20 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka seeks US$1 billion loan from China as it struggles to recover from Easter Sunday attacks

Talks are underway with China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to raise the new loan in addition to the US$1.2 billion obtained from international agencies this year, the ministry said
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3015428/sri-lanka-seeks-us1-billion-loan-china-it-struggles-recover

3 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka’s Muslim government leaders resign over allegations

Nine Cabinet and junior ministers and two provincial governors resigned after Buddhist monks accused three Muslim leaders of supporting the militants responsible for the Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 250 people
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-muslim-government-leaders-resign-over-allegations-27232
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-muslim-ministers-resign-en-masse-over-easter-bombings

18 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka Marks 10 Years Since Civil War’s End

On May 18, 2009, government forces brought their no-holds-barred military offensive to an end at a lagoon in the northern coastal district of Mullaittivu with the killing of Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the rebel Tamil Tigers
https://www.voanews.com/a/sri-lanka-marks-10-years-since-civil-wars-end/4922731.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/sri-lanka-anniversary-10-years-civil-war-ended-190518160221811.html
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19A/May18_1558200172CH.php

13 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka blocks social media after worst anti-Muslim violence since Easter Sunday attacks

Sri Lanka blocked social media and enforced a police curfew on Sunday after some of the worst anti-Muslim violence since terror attacks on April 21 on Easter Sunday that killed more than 250 people
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-blocks-social-media-after-worst-anti-muslim-violence-since-easter-sunday-attacks-1.860859

6 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka deploys troops after communal violence breaks out in wake of Easter Sunday bombings

The Sri Lankan government has deployed troops and imposed a curfew after clashes broke out between religious communities in Negambo, one of the sites of the Easter Sunday bombings
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/06/sri-lanka-deploys-troops-communal-violence-breaks-wake-easter/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/christian-muslim-clashes-rock-sri-lanka-town-hit-by-easter-11507756

5 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka expels 200 clerics after attacks as Catholics celebrate Mass in private

Sri Lanka has banned around 200 Islamic clerics as a security operation and investigation following the Easter Sunday massacre that killed more than 250 people continues
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-expels-200-clerics-after-attacks-as-catholics-celebrate-mass-in-private-1.857395
http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Sri-Lanka-expels-200-Islamic-clerics-after-Easter-attacks/108-166475

23 APRIL 2019

Sri Lanka bombings retaliation for Christchurch mosque shootings, minister says

Security forces arrested 40 people over a series of terror strikes in Sri Lanka, including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers, officials said on Tuesday. An owner of the house where some suspected attackers lived was also detained
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-bombings-retaliation-for-christchurch-mosque-shootings-minister-says/a-48439995
https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/23/families-of-sri-lanka-blast-victims-gather-for-memorial-in-negombo
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/sri-lanka-attacks-retaliation-christchurch-deputy-minister-190423082847025.html

21 APRIL 2019

Sri Lanka explosions: At least 207 killed, hundreds injured in Easter Sunday carnage

Eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday (April 21), killing at least 207 people and injuring 450, including dozens of foreigners
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/blasts-hit-two-sri-lanka-churches-during-easter-mass-police
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/apr/21/sri-lanka-explosions-dozens-killed-and-hundreds-injured-in-church-and-hotel-blasts
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/21/asia/sri-lanka-explosions/index.html

13 APRIL 2019

Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara imprisoned at instigation of Buddhist extremists

Award-winning Sri Lankan author Shakthika Sathkumara was arrested by the police on April 1 and has been imprisoned on remand until April 23, following a magistrate’s ruling at Polgahawela. The magistrate extended the writer’s incarceration when he was brought before the courts on April 9
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/13/writ-a13.html

9 APRIL 2019

Brother of Sri Lanka ex-president sued in US over alleged torture and killings

Gotabaya Rajapaksa was Sri Lanka’s defence secretary during the final years of the country’s civil war against the Tamil Tigers until his brother lost the presidency in 2015, and has been mooted as the family’s presidential candidate in this year’s election
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/09/brother-of-sri-lanka-ex-president-sued-over-alleged-torture-and-killings
http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Two-lawsuits-against-Gota-in-US/108-165213
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=202406

12 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka parliament finally approves 2019 budget

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Tuesday (May 12) approved the cash-strapped country’s 2019 budget, which had been delayed by four months due to a power struggle triggered by President Maithripala Sirisena dismissing the premier
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-finally-approves-2019-budget-11337348
https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/24492-parliament-to-passed-the-budget-by-43-votes

6 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka backtracks on UN war crimes probe

Sri Lanka’s president went back Wednesday on pledges to investigate war-time atrocities, saying he did not want to « re-open old wounds. » The move has sparked a rift with the country’s government
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-backtracks-on-un-war-crimes-probe-24704

2 FEBRUARY 2019

Sri Lanka seeks to borrow US$1 billion from China amid debt woes

Sri Lanka is negotiating a US$1 billion loan from China to construct a highway linking the capital Colombo to the hilly resort city of Kandy, even as the heavily-indebted nation makes arrangements to pay down US$5.9 billion in foreign loans this year
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2184805/sri-lanka-seeks-borrow-us1-billion-china-amid-debt-woes

10 JANUARY 2019

Accused Sri Lanka war criminal Major General Shavendra Silva named army’s second-in-command

Major General Shavendra Silva, who commanded an army division accused of gross abuses against civilians during Sri Lanka’s civil war, formally assumed duties as Chief of Staff of the army on Thursday
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/accused-sri-lanka-war-criminal-named-armys-second-in-command-1.1547127709080
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankas-new-chief-of-army-staff-shavendra-silva-should-be-prosecuted-for-alleged-war-crimes-if-he-travels-itjp/

8 JANUARY 2019

Sri Lanka marks decade since journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge killing amid justice calls

Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed just days before he was due to give evidence against the Rajapaksa family
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-marks-decade-since-journalist-assassination-amid-justice-calls-1.810722
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/after-a-decade-of-lies-one-truth-still-shines-lasantha-spoke-truth-to-power/

20 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan President unveils new Cabinet

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena unveiled a new Cabinet on Thursday, days after Ranil Wickremesinghe was reinstated as Prime Minister in a move that ended a nearly two-month-long political impasse that erupted after his surprising dismissal
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/sri-lankan-president-unveils-new-cabinet-1.61040849
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Dec20_1545282086CH.php

17 DECEMBER 2018

India offers $1.9 billion financial aid to Maldives to counter China’s influence

India has offered US$1.4 billion (S$1.9 billion) in financial aid to the Maldives for infrastructure development, including its water and sewerage systems, in a move to counter China’s presence in the island nation and ease the pressure on it of its growing Chinese debt
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-offers-19-billion-financial-aid-to-maldives-to-counter-chinas-influence
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/indian-prime-minister-announces-us1-4-billion-assistance-to-maldives-143188
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181217_33/

Four Chinese activists shave heads to protest ‘persecution’ of husbands

The wives of four of China’s most prominent rights lawyers and activists shaved their heads on Monday (Dec 17) in protest over what they called the « persecution » of their husbands by the government
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/four-chinese-activists-shave-heads-to-protest-persecution-of-husbands
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2178381/wife-supporters-detained-chinese-lawyer-shave-heads-protest

Former Indian MP Sajjian Kumarjailed for life over 1984 Sikh massacre

Congress party’s Sajjan Kumar is most prominent figure to be convicted over mass murder
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/17/sajjan-kumar-jailed-life-deadly-anti-sikh-riots-1984-india
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/1984-anti-sikh-riots-case-court-sends-sajjan-kumar-to-jail-for-life-1.1545031702278

16 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka: ousted prime minister Wickremesinghe reinstalled

Leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn-in Sunday for a fifth time as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka ending a nearly two-months long political crisis

https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankan-president-reinstates-the-prime-minister-he-sacked
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-will-ranil-wickremesinghes-reappointment-end-the-political-crisis/a-46762417

15 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has stepped down from his post, signalling an end to a weeks-long political crisis that has kept the Indian Ocean nation without a functional government
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/sri-lanka-disputed-prime-minister-mahinda-rajapaksa-resigns-181215073615336.html
https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/23344-mahinda-rajapaksa-resigns

13 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules President’s decision to dissolve parliament illegal

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament was unconstitutional and illegal
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Dec13_1544704469CH.php
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/13/sri-lanka-presidents-dissolution-of-parliament-illegal-top-court-rules
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/sri-lanka-supreme-court-overturns-sacking-parliament-181213113720319.html

12 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka parliament passes confidence vote backing ousted PM

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a vote of confidence in its ousted prime minister, as it sought his reinstatement by the president to defuse a political crisis and avoid a government shutdown
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-politics/sri-lanka-parliament-passes-confidence-vote-backing-ousted-pm-idINKBN1OB1NY?rpc=401&
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92374
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-parliament-demands-sacked-pm-is-restored

3 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka court denies former strongman Rajapaksa authority to act as PM

A Sri Lanka court on Monday ruled that former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa could not act as prime minister or hold cabinet meetings while the political crisis that has engulfed the South Asian island continues
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-court-denies-former-strongman-authority-to-act-as-pm-1.798706
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51830/interim-order-issued-preventing-pm-and-cabinet-from-functioning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y49T0a1BwPA

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan lawmakers bar disputed PM from using state funds

Sri Lankan lawmakers on Thursday approved a motion barring disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from using state funds after he lost two no-confidence votes, in an escalation of the country’s political crisis
https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankan-lawmakers-bar-disputed-pm-from-using-state-funds
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51739/parliament-passes-motion-to-suspend-expenditures-of-pms-office

28 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defense Staff Ravindra Wijeguneratne detained over cover-up in disappearance of Tamil youths

After evading arrest for two months, Sri Lanka’s most senior military official appeared in court on Wednesday, charged with helping another suspect in the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in the final phase of the country’s 26-year civil war
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Nov28_1543417438CH.php
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46374111

25 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted PM

Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday reignited the power struggle that has crippled Sri Lanka’s government for more than a month, vowing never to reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-politics/sri-lankas-president-says-will-not-reinstate-ousted-pm-idINKCN1NU0P5?rpc=401&
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/sri-lanka-president-vows-never-to-reappoint-ousted-pm-1.1543147546780

14 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka parliament rejects new prime minister in latest twist of crisis

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a no-confidence motion against the newly-installed but disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the latest twist in the South Asian island’s political crisis
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/14/667733001/sri-lankas-newly-appointed-prime-minister-ousted-in-no-confidence-motion?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-rejects-new-prime-minister-in-latest-twist-of-crisis-1.791712

13 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns dissolution of Parliament, halts snap elections

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena and ordered to halt preparations for snap elections scheduled for January next year
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/13/667333085/sri-lankan-supreme-court-blocks-presidents-bid-to-dissolve-parliament
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Nov13_1542116797CH.php

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka power struggle: President Sirisena dissolves Parliament

Evading the resolution of Sri Lanka’s political crisis through Parliament, President Maithripala Sirisena late on Friday dissolved the House, hours after his political front admitted to lacking a majority needed for its controversially-installed prime minister to be declared legitimate
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-power-struggle-president-sirisena-dissolves-parliament/article25457395.ece?homepage=true
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/lanka-govt-admits-it-lacks-majority/article25457041.ece
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sirisena-dissolves-parliament-in-stark-violation-of-constitution/

5 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan President Summons Parliament on November 14 as Pressure Over PM’s Sacking Grows

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the suspended parliament to reconvene on November 14, clearing the way for a vote on his decision to sack the elected prime minister and replace him with wartime nationalist Mahinda Rajapaksa
https://thewire.in/south-asia/sri-lankan-president-summons-parliament-on-november-14-as-pressure-over-pms-sacking-grows
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/sri-lankan-parliament-to-reconvene-on-nov-14-sirisena201811051144360001/

Sri Lanka parliament speaker refuses to accept Rajapaksa as PM

Sri Lanka’s speaker of parliament said on Monday he would not accept a former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the new prime minister until he proves he commands a majority in parliament
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-speaker-refuses-to-accept-rajapaksa-as-pm-21377

1 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s president to reconvene parliament on November 5 – new PM

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena will reconvene parliament on November 5, newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday, as international pressure builds to resolve a political crisis
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-president-to-reconvene-parliament-on-november-5-new-pm-21286
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201811011069410321-sri-lanka-parliament/

27 OCTOBER 2018

Tensions Escalate as Sri Lankan President Sirisena Suspends Parliament After Sacking PM

The parliament suspension means Wickremesinghe will not immediately have an opportunity to prove his majority, amid speculation that some of his party members would cross over to back Rajapaksa for perks and ministerial portfolios
https://thewire.in/south-asia/tensions-escalate-as-sri-lankan-president-sirisena-suspends-parliament-after-sacking-pm
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Oct27_1540650707CH.php
https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankas-president-suspends-parliament-deepening-crisis

26 OCTOBER 2018

Ex-Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa Becomes New PM Amid Political Drama

Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a dramatic political comeback, becoming Sri Lanka’s new prime minister after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, triggering angry reactions
https://thewire.in/south-asia/ex-sri-lankan-president-rajapaksa-becomes-new-pm-amid-political-drama
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-s-party-quits-ruling-coalition-1.2294133
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/constitutional-crisis-with-mr-becoming-pm-appointment-illegal-and-unconstitutional-im-still-the-pm-says-ranil/

21 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka to recall peacekeeping commander on UN request

Sri Lanka’s military said that it would recall its commander leading a UN peacekeeping contingent in Mali after the world body asked him to be repatriated over his human rights background
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-to-recall-peacekeeping-commander-on-un-request-1.782636
http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Army-rejects-UN-charges-against-Lt-Col-Amunupure-but-says-comply-written-request-157178.html

8 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia Region, says a World Bank report

If trade barriers are overcome, trade within South Asia can increase three-fold, from $23 billion to $67 billion, suggests a new World Bank report. Sri Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Oct08_1539001169CH.php

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka President tells diplomats: Pick up phone or pack up

Sri Lanka’s President on Monday (Sep 17) justified his decision to sack six diplomats – including an ambassador – for not answering his phone calls, saying more would follow if the foreign service did not shape up
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-president-tells-diplomats-pick-up-phone-or-pack-up-10729798

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan opposition protesters demand government step down

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Sri Lanka’s capital on Wednesday to demand the government step down, accusing it of corruption and selling national assets to foreign nations
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/05/sri-lankan-opposition-protesters-demand-government-step-down.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/live-jana-balaya-kolombata-protest-march-today/

29 AUGUST 2018

Court orders arrest of Sri Lanka’s top military commander

The Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Wednesday ordered the arrest of Sri Lanka’s chief of defence staff  Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne over hs alleged role in helping the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children escape arrest
https://economynext.com/Court_orders_arrest_of_Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_top_military_commander-3-11703-10.html
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/top-sri-lanka-military-officer-to-be-arrested-for-abduction-murder-during-tamil-civil-war-1.2272489

28 AUGUST 2018

More than 100 human skeletons found in mass grave in Sri Lanka

Investigators say they have unearthed more than 100 skeletons from a mass grave in the northern Sri Lankan town of Mannar, where Tamil guerrillas and state security forces clashed during the country’s 26-year civil war
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/28/more-than-100-human-skeletons-found-mass-grave-sri-lanka
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ninety-bodies-found-in-a-mass-grave-in-Mannar-dating-from-the-civil-war-44774.html

21 AUGUST 2018

Japan, Sri Lanka Agree to Boost Maritime Security Cooperation

Japan and Sri Lanka have agreed to further enhance maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean. The understanding was reached during a meeting between the visiting Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201808211067363757-japan-srilanka-maritime-cooperation/
https://www.news.lk/news/politics/item/21948-japan-s-assistance-to-develop-sri-lanka-s-maritime-security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/japan-offers-to-boost-sri-lanka-security-as-china-makes-inroads-10638786

13 AUGUST 2018

US gives Sri Lankan military US$39 million to combat China’s investments in strategic island

The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka US$39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2159546/us-gives-sri-lankan-military-us39-million-combat-chinas
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/sri-lanka-gets-us-military-funding-as-china-vies-for-influence-10614212

21 JULY 2018

Sri Lanka India’s special, trusted partner: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/sri-lanka-indias-special-trusted-partner-modi-1502663823.html

14 JUNE 2018

Sri Lanka jails extremist Buddhist monk for six months over threats to woman

A Sri Lankan court on Thursday jailed for six months a Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims after finding him guilty of intimidating the wife of a missing journalist, in a case seen as a test of the independence of the judiciary
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-monk-sentence/sri-lanka-jails-extremist-buddhist-monk-for-six-months-over-threats-to-woman-idINKBN1JA1BW?rpc=401&
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44479610
https://www.newsradio.lk/local/gnanasara-thera-sentenced-to-6-months-rigorous-imprisonment

25 MAY 2018

China, India and the Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Challenges

Occupying a strategic position in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka must balance its foreign policy between India and China
https://asianews.network/2018/05/24/china-india-and-the-indian-ocean-sri-lankas-foreign-policy-challenges/

20 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka warns of looming foreign debt crisis

Sri Lanka is headed for a debt crisis, the finance ministry warned on Sunday (May 20), blaming a series of costly projects commissioned by the previous government for record-high repayments
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-warns-of-looming-foreign-debt-crisis

5 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka gives green light for Chinese LNG plant near Hambantota port

Sri Lanka’s state-run investment body has approved a US$500 million liquefied natural gas plant by China Machinery Engineering near a Chinese-controlled port and industrial zone, the development strategies minister said on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2144808/sri-lanka-gives-green-light-chinese-lng-plant-near
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-china-lng/sri-lanka-approves-500-million-lng-plant-near-chinese-controlled-port-idINKBN1I60GH?rpc=401&

1 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

12 APRIL 2018

Sri Lanka president moves to suspend parliament

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday suspended parliament until May in a shock move amid a deepening power struggle between him and his unity government’s prime minister
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-moves-to-suspend-parliament-1.2204677

5 APRIL 2018

Sri Lankan PM survives no confidence vote

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who leads Sri Lanka’s United National Party (UNP), won the support of 122 members of the 225-member parliament, with 76 voting against him
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lankan-pm-survives-no-confidence-vote-16496
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/sri-lanka-pm-ranil-wickremesinghe-survives-confidence-motion-180404173714092.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/148/131/212/1522911816263.html

25 MARCH 2018

Police and politicians accused of joining Sri Lanka’s anti-Muslim riots

Police and politicians backed by the country’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/police-and-politicians-accused-of-joining-sri-lanka-s-anti-muslim-riots-16207

18 MARCH 2018

Sri Lankan president lifts nationwide state of emergency

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday signed a notification to lift a nationwide state of emergency which was imposed on March 6 following communal riots in the central regions of the island country
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/104/170/30/1521359852276.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2137698/sri-lanka-ends-state-emergency-tensions-between-buddhists-and

16 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka’s communal violence explained

A recent wave of violence has sent the tropical nation into a tailspin as Sri Lanka continues to struggle with post-war reconciliation
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-communal-violence-explained-15970

6 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashes

Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days on Tuesday to stop the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said, after confrontations erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-after-buddhist-muslim-clashes-15723
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/06/554576/Sri-Lanka-President-Maithripala-Sirisena-Buddhist-Sinhalese-Muslims
http://asiantribune.com/node/91657
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/06/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-as-mobs-attack-muslim-communities

11 FEBRUARY 2018

Sri Lanka coalition suffers humiliation at local vote

The party of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is on track for a shock landslide victory amid disarray in the ranks of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s ruling alliance
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-coalition-suffers-humiliation-at-local-vote-15071
http://www.economynext.com/Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_ruling_coalition_in_deep_crisis_after_shock_defeat-3-9839-10.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/sri-lanka-opposition-calls-government-resignation-180211182754969.html

30 JANUARY 2018

Sri Lanka journalists remember killed, abducted colleagues

 Sri Lankan journalists and media rights activists have lit candles and held placards to remember dozens of journalists who were killed, abducted or disappeared under a previous government
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/30/sri-lanka-journalists-remember-killed-abducted-colleagues.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-‘black-January’-of-information:-no-justice-for-journalists-killed-42980.html

23 JANUARY 2018

Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/major-investments-planned-says-pm-lee-as-singapore-signs-fta-9888114
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/spore-and-sri-lanka-sign-fta-facilitate-greater-trade-flows
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-and-sri-lanka-sign-free-trade-agreement-9886990

9 DECEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka approves 2018 budget, aims for more investment

Sri Lanka’s coalition government on Saturday won the final vote on its 2018 budget which aims to boost investments and small businesses and cut the fiscal deficit to 4.8 percent of GDP from this year’s 5.2 percent
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-budget/sri-lanka-approves-2018-budget-aims-for-more-investment-idINKBN1E30IU?rpc=401&
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/third-reading-of-budget-2018-full-text-of-the-finance-ministers-speech/

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Mgr Emmanuel Fernando, the new bishop of Mannar, in the service of Tamils

Mgr Fidelis Lionel Emmanuel Fernando is the new bishop of Mannar, a diocese in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, scene of major fighting during the country’s civil war. Pope Francis appointed him two days ago
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mgr-Emmanuel-Fernando,-the-new-bishop-of-Mannar,-in-the-service-of-Tamils-42413.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/91290

19 NOVEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka curfew after Buddhist-Muslim violence in Galle

The Sri Lankan army enforced a curfew for a second successive night after dozens of Muslim homes and businesses were attacked near the southern city of Galle
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-curfew-after-buddhist-muslim-violence-in-galle-1.677108
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anti-muslim-assaults-in-gintota/
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=175292

23 OCTOBER 2017

UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes

Pablo de Greiff, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion of justice and reparation, said Sri Lanka had been slow to deliver on its promise of justice for atrocities during the island’s bloody 37-year civil war
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/23/539627/Sri-Lanka-UN-war-crimes-investigation-justice-Maithripala-Sirisena-Tamil

17 OCTOBER 2017

India-China rivalry spills over in Sri Lankan airport

India and Sri Lanka are close to finalizing a joint venture to manage and expand facilities at the Mattala Airport, which is situated near the Hambantota Seaport, a key port in China’s multi-trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201710171058322914-india-china-rivalry-airport/

3 OCTOBER 2017

Sri Lanka hosts its first CARAT exercise with US navy

Sri Lanka is hosting its first-ever Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise, which began with the arrival of US Navy elements at the country’s naval base in Trincomalee on 1 October
http://www.janes.com/article/74580/sri-lanka-hosts-its-first-carat-exercise

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka president defends ex-general accused of war crimes

Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday vowed to protect his former ambassador to six South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the bloody final phase of the country’s civil war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2109712/sri-lanka-president-defends-ex-general-accused-war-crimes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/sri-lanka-leader-shield-general-war-crimes-case-170903193335527.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/90929

15 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka names senior lawyer Tilak Marapana as new foreign minister

Sri Lanka named a veteran government lawyer as foreign minister on Tuesday (Aug 15) after the island’s top diplomat stood down amid a corruption scandal
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-names-senior-lawyer-tilak-marapana-as-new-foreign-minister

10 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

Ravi Karunanayake has been accused of owning a luxury apartment paid for by a bond dealer under investigation – a charge he denies. President Sirisena has pledged to end the corruption which marked the previous regime
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-resigns-over-corruption-charges/a-40038447
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2106281/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-quits-amid-insider-trading-scandal

26 JULY 2017

Silenced stones mark hard path to Sri Lankan reconciliation

Security forces have erected numerous monuments celebrating their 2009 victory over Tamil Tiger rebels. No such privilege has been accorded to the Tamil insurgents or civilians who died in the fight
http://www.atimes.com/article/silenced-stones-mark-hard-path-sri-lankan-reconciliation/

25 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka approved to 70 percent lease of Hambantota Port to China

The cabinet gave final approval to lease a 70 percent stake in Hambantota port for $1.12 billion to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings, minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SRI_LANKA_CHINA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-25-08-42-11
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90757

22 JULY 2017

Major General Amal Karunasekara – New Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army

Major General K. A. D. A Karunasekara popularly known as ‘Amal Karunasekara’ is the Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90742

14 JULY 2017

Torture by Sri Lankan police routine, says human rights lawyer

The use of torture by Sri Lankan security services has become routine, a UN special rapporteur has concluded following a visit to the country
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/14/torture-by-sri-lankan-police-routine-says-human-rights-lawyer

12 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka says Buddhism will remain paramount in new charter

Sri Lanka’s prime minister said on Wednesday Buddhism will remain paramount in the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful Buddhist clergy against proposed changes to the constitution
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-politics-idUSKBN19X1TR?rpc=401&

11 JUNE 2017

Sri Lanka makes first arrest over hate crimes against Muslims

Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a key figure from an extremist Buddhist organisation blamed for a series of hate crimes against Muslims that has drawn international censure
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lan

11 MAY 2017

Modi in Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Sri Lanka on Thursday on a charm offensive as New Delhi seeks to reassert its influence on the island amid signs of a Chinese comeback
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/modi-heads-sri-lanka-chinese-influence-rises
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2093985/indias-modi-attempts-woo-back-sri-lanka-china-pushes-belt-and

27 MARCH 2017

Sri Lanka wants to reduce China’s stake in strategic port deal

Sri Lanka‘s government wants aChinese company to agree to cut its stake in a strategic portproject by up to a quarter, as part of a renegotiation aimed atblunting public and political opposition to the deal
https://article.wn.com/view/2017/03/27/Sri_Lanka_wants_to_reduce_China_s_stake_in_strategic_port_de_w/

5 MARCH 2017

Sri-Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations (UN) to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe/a-37814346
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe-1.1988758
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=161403

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lanka’s former president Kumaratunga complains of war widows abused by the military

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga spoke of widespread exploitation, touching more than 80,000 women with children in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. The lack of livelihood makes them even more vulnerable. Although the military has denied any wrongdoing, in the past it has cracked down on troop misconduct
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka’s-former-president-complains-of-war-widows-abused-by-the-military-40049.html

19 FEBRUARY 2017

Two more Sri Lankan Army officers remanded over Keith Noyahr Attack

The CID today arrested two more army personnel believed to be involved in the abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr, the former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper. They were subsequently remanded by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate till March 3
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/two-more-army-officers-remanded-over-keith-noyahr-attack/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/sri-lanka-long-overdue-arrest-soldiers-journalists-2008-abduction/

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lankan president insists on retaining emergency powers

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has blocked a move to require a two-thirds parliamentary vote, rather than the current simple majority, to approve a presidential declaration of emergency. He ordered the removal of a clause to that effect in the proposed National Action Plan for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/14/sril-f14.html

7 JANUARY 2017

At Least 25 Injured in Protest Over Chinese Special Industrial Zone in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049362016-25-hurt-sri-lanka-protest-china/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/clashes-erupt-as-protesters-march-against-china-port-deal-1.1957780
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-07/sri-lankans-protest-china-port-deal/8168110?section=world

22 DECEMBER 2016

Sri Lanka’s economy marches slowly into 2017

Sri Lanka’s meandering economic progress received a boost in November 2016 with the announcement of the proposed 2017 budget
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/22/sri-lankas-economy-marches-slowly-into-2017/

17 NOVEMBER 2016

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition, his brother announced on Thursday (Nov 17), a move that could threaten constitutional reforms seen as crucial to postwar reconciliation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-s-ex-leader-to-lead-breakaway-from-coalition/3296954.html

26 OCTOBER 2016

General strike in northern Sri Lanka over police killing of students

Tamil people in northern Sri Lanka observed a general shutdown or “hartal” yesterday over the police killing of two Jaffna University students—Puwanraj Sulakshan from Chunnagam and Nadarajah Gajan from Kilinochchi—last Thursday night
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/10/26/jaff-o26.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/on-the-killing-of-jaffna-university-students-in-search-of-the-right-path/

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

The office on missing persons in Sri lanka : a new chapter or another empty promise ?

The OMP is an independent office with seven members appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council. The members of the OMP are meant to be independent individuals with expertise on human rights, international humanitarian law, humanitarian issues, fact-finding among other areas. There is also a fixed term of three years and limitation of two terms per member
https://globalvoices.org/2016/09/22/the-office-on-missing-persons-in-sri-lanka-a-new-chapter-or-another-empty-promise/

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

Based on Australia’s Defense White Paper, the two countries can deepen strategic security cooperation
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/sri-lanka-and-australias-strategic-defense-interests/

15 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lankan ex-president’s son accused of money-laundering

The eldest son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been arrested on suspicion of money-laundering, his lawyer has said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37089546

11 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka parliament endorses office to trace wartime missing

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Thursday passed a law to establish an office to trace people who disappeared during a 26-year war and another insurrection amid protests by former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters in the chamber
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-parliament-endo/3035126.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/office-of-missing-persons-bill-passed-in-parliament-without-a-vote/

6 JULY 2016

Sri Lanka aims to demilitarise island by 2018

Sri Lanka intends to become completely demilitarised by 2018, the government said Wednesday, a significant announcement that will end the army’s involvement in civilian life after decades of ethnic
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-aims-demilitarise-island-2018#sthash.c0HvyA9l.dpuf
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/2018-deadline-for-sri-lankan-military-to-quit-businesses

2 MAY 2016

Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act

Sri Lanka’s former pro-Chinese ‘strongman’ President Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of office in January 2015. The new administration, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, is committed to more ‘balanced’ major power relations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/05/02/sri-lankas-delicate-balancing-act/

15 MARCH 2016

Breaking Sri Lanka’s economic gridlock

The Sri Lankan economy appears to exist in a system that can evolve only through crisis. Optimistic policymakers, predicting that the country’s economic trajectory would self-correct, received a collective wake-up call in February with a sovereign rating downgrade by Fitch, even as the country made a formal approach to the IMF for a bailout package.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/15/breaking-sri-lankas-economic-gridlock/

11 MARCH 2016

Colombo gives China green light to build port city

Despite months of protests by activists, fishermen and Catholics, and more environmental impact studies, China in the end got a green light to build the Colombo Port City, a planned offshore city next to the Sri Lankan capital
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Colombo-gives-China-green-light-to-build-port-city-36926.html

6 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lankan nationalists protest UN rights chief’s visit on war crimes

Hundreds of hardline nationalists gathered outside the United Nations’ office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday to protest against a visit by the U.N. human rights chief who will assess Sri Lanka’s progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes.http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lankan-nationalists-p/2494738.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/un-human-rights-chief-arrive

3 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Fonseka joins government

Sri Lanka’s former army chief Sarath Fonseka on Wednesday joined the coalition government which has vowed to probe allegations of atrocities committed during the bloody finale of the island’s separatist war
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lankas-ex-army-chief-joins-government

30 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka arrests Yoshitha Rajapaksa, ex-president’s son over money laundering

Yoshitha Rajapaksa, a navy officer, was detained on Saturday following months of investigations into alleged financial irregularities linked to his private television channel Carlton Sports Network (CSN), police said. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-arrests-ex/2474022.html
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=139529
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/sri-lanka-arrests-president-son-graft-charges-160130132046364.html

29 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s balancing act between India and Pakistan

After coming to power, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been busy mending fences with countries in the West and South Asia that got snubbed during the rule of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/sri-lankas-balancing-act-between-india-and-pakistan/

13 JANUARY 2016

Report card: Sri Lanka president falls short after one year at helm

The initial excitement among his supporters seems to have dampened after Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena completed his first year in office on Jan. 9. He’s being called to account for delivering a large number of pre-election promises which continue to be mostly rhetoric since his electoral triumph of 12 months ago.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/report-card-sri-lanka-president-falls-short-after-one-year-at-the-helm/

9 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka government proposes new constitution to devolve power

Sri Lanka’s new government on Saturday presented its plan for a new constitution aimed at devolving power and preventing the sort of ethnic tensions that led to a long and bitter civil war that ended in 2009
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-government-prop/2412840.html
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-begins-process-of-writing-new-constitution-to-prevent-war/a-18968845

5 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan and Sri Lanka sign eight memoranda of understanding (MoU)

Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday inked eight memoranda of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sri Lanka
http://www.dawn.com/news/1230917/pakistan-sri-lanka-sign-eight-mous-for-bilateral-cooperation

3 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka president pledges land for 100,000 war victims

Up to 100,000 people still living in camps six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s brutal ethnic war will be given land to build homes within six months, President Maithripala Sirisena told AFP Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1897823/sri-lanka-president-pledges-land-100000-war-victims

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

UN calls for special court to investigate Sri Lanka wartime atrocities

The U.N.’s top human rights official is urging the creation of a special court including foreign magistrates and investigators to look into atrocities committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135619/un-calls-for-special-court-to-investigate-sri-lanka-wartime-atrocities/
http://atimes.com/2015/09/un-asks-sri-lanka-to-set-up-court-to-probe-civil-war-atrocities/

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

Tamil Lawmaker to Lead Opposition in Sri Lanka

An ethnic Tamil lawmaker was officially selected to lead the opposition in Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Thursday, becoming the first member of the island nation’s largest minority to hold the post in more than three décades
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/world/asia/sri-lanka-tamils-opposition.html?ref=asia&_r=1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/sri-lanka-names-tamil-opposition-chief-decades-150903133205837.html

21 AUGUST 2015

Ranil sworn in as Prime Minister

Ranil Wickremesinghe – UNP leader, was sworn-in as Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena, at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat
http://asiantribune.com/node/87704

18 AUGUST 2015

 Sri Lanka elections: UNP victory as Rajapaksa hopes rebuffed

Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party has won the most seats in the island’s parliamentary August 17 elections, blocking former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s attempt to return to power
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33970289
ttp://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-parliamentary-election-rajapaksa-concedes-defeat/article7552952.ece?homepage=true
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rajapaksas-loss-spells-victory-for-democracy/

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 11 August in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 11 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “conflicts and strategy on (date + month) in Asian history”

Updated on August 11, 2019

1687: Siamese King Narai, upon advice of Constantine Phaulkon, issues a declaration of war against the English East India Company, though not the English government

1786: Captain Francis Light established the British colony of Penang in Malaysia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Light

1863: To prevent Siam and Annam attacks, Cambodian king Norodom I sign a Protectorate agreement with France

 1945: Allies refuse Japan’s surrender offer to retain Emperor Hirohito

1947: During the civil war, communist offensive in Central China

1954: A formal peace takes hold Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting between the French and the Communist Vietminh

1959: Laos appeals the United Nations on its territory violations by North Vietnam

1966: After the Confrontasi over Borneo, Malaysia and Indonesia, by the Jakarta Accord, normalize their diplomatic relations
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia%E2%80%93Malaysia_confrontation#cite_ref-FOOTNOTECarver1986806_50-0

Malaisie 1966-08-11 Fin Konfrontasi

1972: The last United States ground combat unit depart South Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/last-u-s-ground-combat-unit-departs-south-vietnam

1975: The US vetoes the proposed admission of North and South Vietnam to the United Nations. The Security Council had already rejected South Korea application

1975: Governor Mario Lemos Pires of Portuguese Timor abandons the capital Dili, following a coup by the Timorese Democratic Union (UDT) and the outbreak of civil war between UDT and Fretilin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timorese_Democratic_Union
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fretilin

1988: Al-Qaeda is formed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Qaeda

2003: NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history

2012: Japan says it will take a long-running territorial dispute with South Korea to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, after Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s president, made a surprise visit to a group of disputed islands this week
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/2012811121058944233.html

2014: A report published by Amnesty International claims that at least 1,100 Afghan civilians lost their lives as a result of U.S. air strikes between the years 2009 and 2013. The report goes on to lambaste the U.S. military for never investigating the deaths or seeking to help those affected by them
http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2014/08/amnesty-slams-us-over-afghan-civilian-deaths-2014810104926293848.html

On 11 August in South Asian history

ON 11 AUGUST IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 11, 2019

1259: Death of Mongke Khan, Great Khan of the Mongol Empire (1251-1259)-, born in 1208
http://epicworldhistory.blogspot.fr/2012/10/mongke-khan-mongol-leader.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%B6ngke_Khan

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACwMH6lMc3M

1908: Death by hanging of Khudiram Bose, Indian Young freedom fighter, born on December 3, 1889
http://www.boldsky.com/pregnancy-parenting/kids/2008/khudiram-bose-biography-040808.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khudiram_Bose

1937: Birth of John Abraham, Indian film director, who died on May 31, 1987
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0008943/bio

1943: Birth of General Pervez Musharraf,  former President of Pakistan (2001-2008)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pervez_Musharraf
http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/frostovertheworld/2009/04/20094221113131148.html

1947: Muhammad Ali Jinnah gives a speech to the Constituent Assembly outlining his vision of Pakistan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ali_Jinnah%27s_11th_August_Speech

1961: The former Portuguese territories in India of Dadra and Nagar Haveli are merged to create the Union Territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/11th-august-1961-the-former-portuguese-territories-of-dadra-and-nagar-haveli-were-merged-to-create-the-union-territory-of-dadra-and-nagar-haveli

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

1974: Birth of Hadiqa Kiani, Pakistani singer-songwriter and model
http://hadiqakiani.net/bio.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvxG-pLGd9s

1985: Birth of Jacqueline Fernandez, Sri Lankan actress and model, Miss Sri Lanka Universe 2006 http://www.koimoi.com/actress/jacqueline-fernandez/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacqueline_Fernandez

1988: Al-Qaeda is formed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Qaeda

2003: NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history

2012: Death of Bhadriraju Krishnamurti, Indian linguist and academic, born on June 19, 1928 http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/linguist-bhadriraju-krishnamurti-dead/article3756213.ece
http://news.webindia123.com/news/articles/India/20120811/2042304.html

2014: A report published by Amnesty International claims that at least 1,100 Afghan civilians lost their lives as a result of U.S. air strikes between the years 2009 and 2013. The report goes on to lambaste the U.S. military for never investigating the deaths or seeking to help those affected by them
http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2014/08/amnesty-slams-us-over-afghan-civilian-deaths-2014810104926293848.html

On 11 August in Southeast Asian history

ON 11 AUGUST IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 11, 2019

1687: Siamese King Narai, upon advice of Constantine Phaulkon, issues a declaration of war against the English East India Company, though not the English government

1786: Captain Francis Light established the British colony of Penang in Malaysia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Light

1863: To prevent Siam and Annam attacks, Cambodian king Norodom I sign a Protectorate agreement with France

1911: Birth of Thanom Kittikachorn, twice premier of Thailand, who died on June 16, 2004
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanom_Kittikachorn

1948: Musso, former PKI leader from the 1920s, arrives in Yogya after spending twelve years in the Soviet Union. Sjarifuddin (former PM) announces that he has been an underground member of PKI (Communist Party of Indonesia)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musso

1954: A formal peace takes hold Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting between the French and the Communist Vietminh

1959: Laos appeals the United Nations on its territory violations by North Vietnam

1966: After the Confrontasi over Borneo, Malaysia and Indonesia, by the Jakarta Accord, normalize their diplomatic relations
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia%E2%80%93Malaysia_confrontation#cite_ref-FOOTNOTECarver1986806_50-0

Malaisie 1966-08-11 Fin Konfrontasi

1968: Birth of Noordin Mohammad Top, Malaysian Islamist terrorist, killed on September 17, 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noordin_Mohammad_Top

1972: The last United States ground combat unit depart South Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/last-u-s-ground-combat-unit-departs-south-vietnam

1975: The US vetoes the proposed admission of North and South Vietnam to the United Nations. The Security Council had already rejected South Korea application

1975: Governor Mario Lemos Pires of Portuguese Timor abandons the capital Dili, following a coup by the Timorese Democratic Union (UDT) and the outbreak of civil war between UDT and Fretilin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timorese_Democratic_Union
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fretilin

1993: Birth of Gita Gutawa, Indonesian singer-songwriter and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gita_Gutawa

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV19hpZcD5g

2002: In Indonesia, the People’s Representative Council (DRP) unanimously decides that starting 2004 the president and vice-president will be direcly elected by the people

2003: Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, in charge of the Bali attack (202 killed) is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2346225.stm

2009: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burma pro-democracy leader, is sentenced to three years of hard labor for violating the terms of her house arrest, but her sentence is quickly commuted to a new term of house arrest of up to 18 months

2015 : The Indonesian Supreme Court orders the family of former president Suharto to pay back to the state Rp. 4.4 trillion ($324 million) in funds misappropriated during the late strongman’s lengthy reign
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1848617/ex-indonesian-leader-suhartos-family-ordered-pay-back

2017: Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodian-pm-accuses-laos-of-border-violation-mobilising-troops-9114246
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5077785/hun-sen-threatens-evict-lao-troops/

 

On 11 August in Japan’s history

ON 11 AUGUST IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on August 11, 2019

1833: Birth of Kido Takayoshi, Japanese politician, who died on May 26, 1877
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Kido_Takayoshi

1872: Birth of Kijuro Shidehara, 44th Japanese Prime Minister (October 1945-May 1946) who died in March 1951
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=24204552

1892: Birth of Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist, who died on September 9, 1962
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiji_Yoshikawa

1909: Birth of Yuji Koseki, Japanese composer, who died on August 18, 1989
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuji_Koseki

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2Oz89K6o1Y

1945: Allies refuse Japan’s surrender offer to retain Emperor Hirohito

1986: Birth of Kaori Fukuhara, Japanese voice actress
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=57357

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieQ1rAIjzXc

2012: Japan says it will take a long-running territorial dispute with South Korea to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, after Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s president, made a surprise visit to a group of disputed islands this week.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/2012811121058944233.html

On 11 August in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 11 AUGUST IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on August 11, 2019

223: Death of Jia Xu, Statege and advisor for the state of Cao Wei, born in 147
http://koei.wikia.com/wiki/Jia_Xu

1259: Death of Mongke Khan, Great Khan of the Mongol Empire (1251-1259)-, born in 1208
http://epicworldhistory.blogspot.fr/2012/10/mongke-khan-mongol-leader.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%B6ngke_Khan

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACwMH6lMc3M

1872: China’s first batch of students depart for the United States
http://www.china.org.cn/top10/2011-12/24/content_24220658.htm

1947: During the civil war, communist offensive in Central China

1967: Birth of Collin Chou, Taiwanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collin_Chou

1981: Birth of Fiona Sit, Hong Kong singer and actress
http://yummycelebrities.com/2006/01/23/fiona-sit/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97US5zpMiSQ

1989: Birth of Gui Gui, Taiwanese singer and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui_Gui

 

 

 

 

On 11 August in Asian history

Malaisie 1966-08-11 Fin Konfrontasi

ON 11 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…), type “On (day + month) in Asian history »

Updated on August 11, 2019

223: Death of Jia Xu, Statege and advisor for the state of Cao Wei, born in 147
http://koei.wikia.com/wiki/Jia_Xu

1259: Death of Mongke Khan, Great Khan of the Mongol Empire (1251-1259)-, born in 1208
http://epicworldhistory.blogspot.fr/2012/10/mongke-khan-mongol-leader.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%B6ngke_Khan

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACwMH6lMc3M

1687: Siamese King Narai, upon advice of Constantine Phaulkon, issues a declaration of war against the English East India Company, though not the English government

1786: Captain Francis Light established the British colony of Penang in Malaysia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Light

1833: Birth of Kido Takayoshi, Japanese politician, who died on May 26, 1877
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Kido_Takayoshi

1863: To prevent Siam and Annam attacks, Cambodian king Norodom I sign a Protectorate agreement with France

1872: Birth of Kijuro Shidehara, 44th Japanese Prime Minister (October 1945-May 1946) who died in March 1951
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=24204552

1872: China’s first batch of students depart for the United States
http://www.china.org.cn/top10/2011-12/24/content_24220658.htm

1892: Birth of Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist, who died on September 9, 1962
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiji_Yoshikawa

1908: Death by hanging of Khudiram Bose, Indian young freedom fighter, born on December 3, 1889
http://www.boldsky.com/pregnancy-parenting/kids/2008/khudiram-bose-biography-040808.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khudiram_Bose

1909: Birth of Yuji Koseki, Japanese composer, who died on August 18, 1989
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuji_Koseki

1911: Birth of Thanom Kittikachorn, twice premier of Thailand, who died on June 16, 2004
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanom_Kittikachorn

1937: Birth of John Abraham, Indian film director, who died on May 31, 1987
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0008943/bio

1943: Birth of General Pervez Musharraf,  former President of Pakistan (2001-2008)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pervez_Musharraf
http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/frostovertheworld/2009/04/20094221113131148.html

1945: Allies refuse Japan’s surrender offer to retain Emperor Hirohito

1947: During the civil war, communist offensive in Central China

1947: Muhammad Ali Jinnah gives a speech to the Constituent Assembly outlining his vision of Pakistan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ali_Jinnah%27s_11th_August_Speech

1948: Musso, former PKI leader from the 1920s, arrives in Yogya after spending twelve years in the Soviet Union. Sjarifuddin (former PM) announces that he has been an underground member of PKI (Communist Party of Indonesia)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musso

1954: A formal peace takes hold Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting between the French and the Communist Vietminh

1959: Laos appeals the United Nations on its territory violations by North Vietnam

1961: The former Portuguese territories in India of Dadra and Nagar Haveli are merged to create the Union Territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/11th-august-1961-the-former-portuguese-territories-of-dadra-and-nagar-haveli-were-merged-to-create-the-union-territory-of-dadra-and-nagar-haveli

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

1964: Birth of Jim Lee, Korean-born comic book artist
http://lambiek.net/artists/l/lee_jim.htm

1966: After the Confrontasi over Borneo, Malaysia and Indonesia, by the Jakarta Accord, normalize their diplomatic relations
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia%E2%80%93Malaysia_confrontation#cite_ref-FOOTNOTECarver1986806_50-0

Malaisie 1966-08-11 Fin Konfrontasi

1967: Birth of Collin Chou, Taiwanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collin_Chou

1968: Birth of Noordin Mohammad Top, Malaysian Islamist terrorist, killed on September 17, 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noordin_Mohammad_Top

1972: The last United States ground combat unit depart South Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/last-u-s-ground-combat-unit-departs-south-vietnam

1974: Birth of Hadiqa Kiani, Pakistani singer-songwriter and model

http://hadiqakiani.net/bio.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvxG-pLGd9s

1975: The US vetoes the proposed admission of North and South Vietnam to the United Nations. The Security Council had already rejected South Korea application

1975: Governor Mario Lemos Pires of Portuguese Timor abandons the capital Dili, following a coup by the Timorese Democratic Union (UDT) and the outbreak of civil war between UDT and Fretilin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timorese_Democratic_Union
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fretilin

1981: Birth of Fiona Sit, Hong Kong singer and actress
http://yummycelebrities.com/2006/01/23/fiona-sit/

1985: Birth of Jacqueline Fernandez, Sri Lankan actress and model, Miss Sri Lanka Universe 2006 http://www.koimoi.com/actress/jacqueline-fernandez/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacqueline_Fernandez

1986: Birth of Kaori Fukuhara, Japanese voice actress
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=57357

1988: Al-Qaeda is formed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Qaeda

1993: Birth of Gita Gutawa, Indonesian singer-songwriter and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gita_Gutawa

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV19hpZcD5g

2002: In Indonesia, the People’s Representative Council (DRP) unanimously decides that starting 2004 the president and vice-president will be direcly elected by the people

2003: NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history

2003: Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, in charge of the Bali attack (202 killed) is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2346225.stm

2009: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burma pro-democracy leader, is sentenced to three years of hard labor for violating the terms of her house arrest, but her sentence is quickly commuted to a new term of house arrest of up to 18 months

2012: Death of Bhadriraju Krishnamurti, Indian linguist and academic, born on June 19, 1928 http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/linguist-bhadriraju-krishnamurti-dead/article3756213.ece
http://news.webindia123.com/news/articles/India/20120811/2042304.html

2012: Japan says it will take a long-running territorial dispute with South Korea to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, after Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s president, made a surprise visit to a group of disputed islands this week.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/2012811121058944233.html

2014: A report published by Amnesty International claims that at least 1,100 Afghan civilians lost their lives as a result of U.S. air strikes between the years 2009 and 2013. The report goes on to lambaste the U.S. military for never investigating the deaths or seeking to help those affected by them
http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2014/08/amnesty-slams-us-over-afghan-civilian-deaths-2014810104926293848.html

2015 : The Indonesian Supreme Court orders the family of former president Suharto to pay back to the state Rp. 4.4 trillion ($324 million) in funds misappropriated during the late strongman’s lengthy reign
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1848617/ex-indonesian-leader-suhartos-family-ordered-pay-back

2017: Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodian-pm-accuses-laos-of-border-violation-mobilising-troops-9114246
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5077785/hun-sen-threatens-evict-lao-troops/