There is bound to be speculation about why Qin Gang was ousted just seven months into the job but his replacement, who held the post for nearly 10 years, is well respected around the world and brings stability during uncertain times.
Sri Lanka, desperate for dollars and remittances, plans to send some 20,000 workers to Israel starting early next month to work in the farm and construction sectors.
Economists say the projects could be thrown a lifeline through a China-Sri Lanka free trade agreement and joint ventures.
To hold the president and the other officials criminally responsible, criminal cases have to be filed and proof of criminal actions are required.
The UN’s children’s agency said in a report that children in South Asia are at the highest risk of being exposed to high or extremely high water scarcity.
The deepwater West Container Terminal in Colombo is the US government agency’s largest infrastructure investment in Asia, and among its biggest globally.
‘Sometimes I wake up and I am blind in my left eye. My sight comes back eventually, but it is terrifying,’ says Egyptian woman diagnosed with hemiplegia.
Last year, India expressed concerns over a similar port call by a Chinese research vessel, which New Delhi described as a spy ship.
Tourists from Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, India and Russia will also be issued free visas under the pilot programme, as the Indian Ocean island nation sets a target of 5 million arrivals by 2026.
Pakistani community leader says South Asia to Hong Kong via mainland China popular with undocumented migrants.
Three more Thai nationals are among the foreigners who have been killed in the deadliest attack in Israel’s history.
Austerity measures such as tax reforms have taken a toll on Sri Lankans struggling with inflation and rising living costs.
A dog in India was running from danger when it dove into an even more dangerous situation: taking a swim in a crocodile-infested river. But instead of turning the dog into a snack, the reptiles appeared to usher it to safety.
Citing economic and other aid New Delhi has given, foreign minister says country’s goals make it ‘different from all those whose rise preceded ours’.
On sidelines of UN General Assembly, President Ranil Wickremesinghe countered recent claims by New Delhi that Beijing was sending ships to Sri Lanka to spy on India.
269 people died in the Easter Sunday attacks. A TV documentary has prompted the latest investigation, amid pressure from relatives, lawmakers, religious leaders and activists.
Constable Dayaratne was sent to protect the presidential residence the day it was stormed by protesters who forced Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee the country. Instead he played songs a grand piano in the building.
France is looking to bolster its ties with Sri Lanka and believes it can be ‘a balancing power’ in the Indo-Pacific, analysts say.
The Asian Development Bank said the health and cost-of-living crises pushed an additional 67.8 million people in developing Asia into poverty.
Women’s rights champion and the first Sri Lankan to summit Everest Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala trekked four stages of Sri Lanka’s Pekoe Trail, visiting homestays run by women and an ethical tea plantation.
Last year, India raised concerns over a Sri Lanka port call in Hambantota by Chinese research vessel Yuan Wang 5, which specialises in spacecraft tracking and which New Delhi described as a spy ship.
China’s foreign minister calls on Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang to contribute to keeping peace and stability in the region.
South Asian countries welcome ‘to continue to ride on China’s development momentum’, Wang Yi tells event opening China-South Asia Expo in Kunming.
Neil Para’s family fled civil war in Sri Lanka and have been trapped in Australia for nearly a decade after their visas were revoked without explanation.
Rice prices have hit their highest level in 15 years after largest-exporter India restricted shipments. It’s bad news for consumers – but could be a boon for Thailand.
India’s rush of energy and maritime deals with Sri Lanka are part of a strategy to boost its presence as the ‘strongest player’ in the South Asia region, analysts say.
International team examines ancient stone tools in Vietnam and finds clues to ancient spice trade, including cinnamon from Sri Lanka and nutmeg from Indonesia.