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P.K. Balachandran

P.K. Balachandran

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The shadow pandemic: Lockdown-triggered domestic violence

Lockdown-triggered domestic violence appears to be no less widespread than the COVID-19 pandemic itself. Reports from across the globe suggest that do...

India tightens its grip on the Maldives

Addu City. India is tightening its grip over the Maldives with three recent steps: It is believed to have been the primary force behind the e...

Modi’s Hindutva targets another Muslim-majority area in In...

After dismantling a constitutional provision which had given Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir Statehood with some amount of autonomy, India’s H...

Unravelling controversial Tamil Nadu leader Karunanidhi’s...

In contrast to iconic Tamil Nadu leaders like K. Kamaraj or M.G. Ramachandran (MGR), who were invariably portrayed glowingly, Muthuvel Karunanidhi, le...

Chinese-built Colombo Port City crosses legal hurdle but s...

The Sri Lankan government has said that the Colombo Port City Economic Commission (CPCEC) Bill will be amended entirely on the lines suggested by the...

Islam’s salience in Maldivian society and politics

The three arrests made thus far in the case relating to the bid on the life of the Maldivian Parliament Speaker and former President Mohamed Nasheed i...

Roots of Maldives’ violent politics

The Maldives, which is an Indian Ocean archipelago, is a tiny country of only 530,000 people. Its politics is dominated by a few elite families, many...

Maldivian police looking for four suspects in attempt on N...

The Maldivian police are looking for four suspects in Thursday’s attempt on the life of parliament Speaker and former President Mohamed Nasheed....

SARS taught China how to handle a pandemic

As on May 6, the internationally accepted pandemic figures were as follows: the US, 32.6 million infections and 579,000 deaths; India, 20.7 million in...

Takeaways from the Indian elections: an overview

Although the elections just held in four States and one Union Territory in India were provincial, they had immense national importance because nationa...

China adds military relations to his extensive portfolio i...

Gen.Wei Fenghe  with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Photo: Xinhua Sri Lanka and China vowed on Wednesday to enhance pragmatic cooperation in...

Chinese Defense Minister’s visit could give a military dim...

Wei Fenghe, Chinese Defense Minister The visit of the Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe to Sri Lanka which begins on Tuesday is significant as...

Chinese Defense Minister’s visit to Sri Lanka in perspecti...

Wei Fenghe, Chinese Defense Minister The visit to Sri Lanka of China's Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe later this month, may be described as...

Buddhist monks and security issues set to derail Lanka pol...

Gotabaya and Mahinda honor Buddhist monks While there is pressure on Sri Lanka from India and the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to hold the lon...

Regime of the Rajapaksas comes under multiple pressures

The Rajapaksas: Mahinda, Gotabaya and Basil The regime of the Rajapaksa brothers, comprising President Gotabaya, Prime Minister Mahinda and rulin...

US State Department report slams India on media curbs

In a wide ranging report on human rights violations in India in the year 2020, the US State Department has, among other things, detailed attacks on pr...

Human-elephant conflict exacts a heavy toll in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has the highest casualty rate in the human-elephant conflict in the world according to Dr. Sumith Pilapitiya, former Director General of the...

Lanka can harvest a lot from an economic tie-up with Bangl...

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina greets Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa upon his arrival in Dhaka. Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, D...

Adanis and partners will hold 85% in Colombo port’s West C...

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), Maj. Gen (Rtd) Daya Ratnayake has said that the Indian company Adani Ports and Special Economic...

Pakistan to give Sri Lanka US$ 50 million as credit for de...

The Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has pledged a US$ 50 million credit line for Sri Lankan defense projects, the Joint Communique issued on Wednes...

Pakistan and Sri Lanka affirm mutual support in multilater...

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa held a one-on-one meeting at the Presidential Secretariat here on Wedne...