Rajpal Abeynayake

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Explainer | Terminator versus pad man: for Sri Lankan voters, a tough choice

In Sri Lanka’s election, an ex-military chief who crushed the Tamil Tigers will battle the son of an assassinated president who hopes to improve menstrual hygiene.

15 Nov 2019 - 8:34AM

In Sri Lanka’s election, an ex-military chief who crushed the Tamil Tigers will battle the son of an assassinated president who hopes to improve menstrual hygiene.

Terminator versus pad man: for Sri Lankan voters, a tough choice
Analysis | Will a new Rajapaksa pivot Sri Lanka back from US to China?

Four years ago, Sri Lanka turned away from the pro-China presidency of Rajapaksa and went in search of US gold. Now a new Rajapaksa is in town, could its gaze be turning back to China?

28 Oct 2019 - 10:49AM

Four years ago, Sri Lanka turned away from the pro-China presidency of Rajapaksa and went in search of US gold. Now a new Rajapaksa is in town, could its gaze be turning back to China?

Will a new Rajapaksa pivot Sri Lanka back from US to China?
Anxiety, fear, guilt: a bleak Eid as every Muslim minister in Sri Lanka resigns

Muslim ministers have resigned so the government can probe whether any of them were involved in the Easter Sunday bombs that killed more than 200

4 Jun 2019 - 10:15PM

Muslim ministers have resigned so the government can probe whether any of them were involved in the Easter Sunday bombs that killed more than 200

Anxiety, fear, guilt: a bleak Eid as every Muslim minister in Sri Lanka resigns
Opinion | ‘Voice of the nation’: as Sri Lanka loses faith in the government, it looks to a cardinal for leadership

With few people having positive words for Sri Lanka’s government, the voice of the Archbishop of Colombo seems to be the one that counts in what many now think is a battle against Islamic State.

12 May 2019 - 8:15AM

With few people having positive words for Sri Lanka’s government, the voice of the Archbishop of Colombo seems to be the one that counts in what many now think is a battle against Islamic State.

‘Voice of the nation’: as Sri Lanka loses faith in the government, it looks to a cardinal for leadership
The strange lives of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday suicide bombers

Some were from wealthy backgrounds, while others received favourable treatment and payments from the government for their business. But all had one thing in common – the ‘necessary mindset’ to carry out the atrocities.

7 May 2019 - 5:06PM

Some were from wealthy backgrounds, while others received favourable treatment and payments from the government for their business. But all had one thing in common – the ‘necessary mindset’ to carry out the atrocities.

The strange lives of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday suicide bombers
Analysis | In Sri Lanka, rising Islamic militancy was the proverbial elephant in the room

For years, the country’s political elite wilfully overlooked a burgeoning extremist problem that had taken root among the Muslim enclaves of the east – at the cost of hundreds of lives, says Rajpal Abeynayake.

27 Apr 2019 - 10:33PM

For years, the country’s political elite wilfully overlooked a burgeoning extremist problem that had taken root among the Muslim enclaves of the east – at the cost of hundreds of lives, says Rajpal Abeynayake.

In Sri Lanka, rising Islamic militancy was the proverbial elephant in the room
Sri Lanka bombings: investigators probe global terror links as IS claims responsibility and death toll climbs to 321

A team from Interpol is helping investigate the attacks as the death toll climbs to 321 and Islamic State claims responsibility.

24 Apr 2019 - 12:28PM

A team from Interpol is helping investigate the attacks as the death toll climbs to 321 and Islamic State claims responsibility.

Sri Lanka bombings: investigators probe global terror links as IS claims responsibility and death toll climbs to 321
Sri Lanka suicide blasts: Islamic extremist group blamed for attack as government admits intelligence failings

The government received several warnings about an imminent terror attack by a domestic Islamic extremist group, but action was not taken, an official has admitted.

23 Apr 2019 - 2:18PM

The government received several warnings about an imminent terror attack by a domestic Islamic extremist group, but action was not taken, an official has admitted.

Sri Lanka suicide blasts: Islamic extremist group blamed for attack as government admits intelligence failings
China’s Buddhist diplomacy in Sri Lanka: the motorway to enlightenment?

Beijing’s billion-dollar loan to Colombo for a major infrastructure project is the latest example of battle for influence in Southeast Asia’s Buddhist countries.

2 Jun 2018 - 11:02AM

Beijing’s billion-dollar loan to Colombo for a major infrastructure project is the latest example of battle for influence in Southeast Asia’s Buddhist countries.

China’s Buddhist diplomacy in Sri Lanka: the motorway to enlightenment?
What does China have to do with a Maldives coup? Ask Sri Lankan tourists

Ousted Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed blames political turmoil on a Chinese land grab and calls on India to intervene. Does even he believe this, or is it just a ploy? The neighbours appear to have made up their minds.

5 May 2018 - 1:32PM

Ousted Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed blames political turmoil on a Chinese land grab and calls on India to intervene. Does even he believe this, or is it just a ploy? The neighbours appear to have made up their minds.

What does China have to do with a Maldives coup? Ask Sri Lankan tourists