The Island

About The Island

Established in 1981, The Island is an English-language daily newspaper published in Sri Lanka.

News

Sri Lanka ranked second best internet inclusive country in South Asia

Sri Lanka ranked 56th out of 100 countries, and the second best in South Asian region after India, on the inclusive internet index 2020.

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Social media curbs removed in Jammu and Kashmir after seven months

 Jammu and Kashmir administration removes restrictions on social media use across Union Territory almost seven months after a communication clampdown since the Centre’s announcement to scrap the special status of the erstwhile state under Article 370 and its bifurcation into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.

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Parliament dissolved: General Election on 25 April in Sri Lanka

 A special gazette declaring the dissolution of Parliament was signed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and sent to the Government Printer.

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Airbus kickbacks: Lanka paid US$98 million as compensation to leasing company

UNP MP Mujibur Rahman said that the government had acted on the premise that the country would have incurred a far bigger loss if the national carrier had gone ahead with the project.

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Kapila, his wife claim they were unaware of US$2 million in Brunei account

DSG Mudalige said that in addition to the funds transferred to an account or two in Sri Lanka, part of the money received by Wijenayake had been credited to several offshore accounts.

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Airbus to pay US$3.9 billion over ‘endemic’ bribery in world’s largest settlement

 A judge in London approved a deferred prosecution agreement struck between the UK’s Serious Fraud Office and Airbus for a record US$3.

News

Oxfam report reveals: Combined total wealth of 63 Indian billionaires is higher than country’s total 2018-19 Budget

A new study said India’s richest 1 per cent hold more than four-times the wealth held by 953 million people who make up for the bottom 70 per cent of the country’s population, and the total wealth of all Indian billionaires is more than the full-year budget.

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Gota wins Sri Lanka elections, extends olive branch to all

The race was called Sunday with the former defence chief winning.

Politics

The Challenge of Securing Tamil Support

The Tamil question has plagued national politics in Sri Lanka for years.

Diplomacy, Politics

EU won’t intervene in Sri Lanka elections

EU officials sidesteps query on foreign interference.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

Sri Lanka vetoes military deal with the US

Sri Lanka’s ports will remain off access to US troops.

Diplomacy

Legality of Sri Lanka’s agreements with foreign countries

As a major hub in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka stands at a crossroads for trade and diplomacy.

Current affairs, Headline-2

Police impose curfew in Sri Lanka after anti-Muslim violence

The violence are seen as reprisal for terrorist attacks carried out last month by Islamist extremists.

Current affairs

Sri Lanka detains 60 more suspects after attacks.

Police say that the suspects were arrested with ‘incriminating evidence’.

Current affairs

Two most wanted apprehended in Sri Lanka

Men were wanted in connection to the terrorist attacks earlier this month.

Current affairs, Opinion

In any other country, govt. would have resigned

Saman Indrajith argues that the Sri Lankan government should have resigned.

Current affairs

Easter carnage could have been averted Cardinal tells army chief

Cardinal says he could’ve acted on advance warning to prevent deadly attacks.

Economics, News

Sri Lanka PM to showcase landmark changes

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to dwell on Sri Lanka’s vibrant transition at the 27th World Economic Forum on Asean.

Opinion

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.