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Port deal opens new era for China-Sri Lanka ties

Port deal opens new era for China-Sri Lanka ties

On July 29, Chinese port operator China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) signed a 99-year lease agreement in Colombo to develop Hambantota Port in southern Sri Lanka in the presence of Minister of Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe and …

Tamil Nadu pushes for ferry service

Tamil Nadu pushes for ferry service

Six years after ferry service between Tuticorin and Colombo was suspended, the Tamil Nadu government is making fresh efforts to re-establish sea links with Sri Lanka to repatriate Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in camps in the state. The state government recently wrote to the …

Young farmers look for new job options

Young farmers look for new job options

Scorched by a 10-month drought that has killed crops and reduced residents to buying trucked-in water, Adigama’s young people are voting with their feet. At least 150 youth have left this agricultural village 170 km northwest of Sri Lanka’s capital since the drought began, looking …

Gvernment yet to prosecute those involved in attacks

Gvernment yet to prosecute those involved in attacks

The US Department of State’s, International Religious Freedom Report for 2016 was released on 15 August 2017. The report states that the U.S. Ambassador, through meetings with the President, Prime Minister and other senior Government Officials, urged that the national reconciliation process be inclusive of …

We Want Your Empty Airport

We Want Your Empty Airport

An Indian company has emerged with a bold plan for taking over Sri Lanka’s struggling Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA). The proposal, which would see India pumping $205 million into the airport for a 70% share for 40 years, was approved by Sri Lanka’s Civil …

Does China harbour strategic ambitions for Sri Lankan port?

Does China harbour strategic ambitions for Sri Lankan port?

Sri Lanka says it’s a way for it to help claw its way out of debt. China says it’s a strictly commercial deal for one of its state firms. But analysts say the Hambantota port on the southern tip of Sri Lanka is part of …

Army in the North is using our arable lands

Army in the North is using our arable lands

Addressing the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) at Chief Minister’s Ministry Conference Hall, Kaithadi on 14 August, Chief Minister C V Vigneswaran said:”Let us not forget that still an Army of 150000 is stationed in the North using our arable lands, official buildings, using our natural resources …

Present Government has not lived up to its commitments

Present Government has not lived up to its commitments

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is dismayed that more than eight years after the end of war, Sri Lanka has yet to demonstrate that it is genuinely committed to addressing the accountability issues occurred during the brutal armed conflict. Despite twice co-sponsoring UNHRC resolutions calling …

Leaders must come together and resolve the national question

Leaders must come together and resolve the national question

Leader of Tamil National Alliance and the Opposition R. Sampanthan urged the United States to hold the government of Sri Lanka accountable for the commitments it made to the international community, particularly with regard to the full implementation of the Co-sponsored UNHRC resolution. The TNA …

Bank of China to open branch in Port City

Bank of China to open branch in Port City

Bank of China, one of the biggest state owned commercial banks in China will open its first branch in Colombo this year in the presently constructed 1.4 billion dollar Port City, China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang said. The Bank would bring in an …