Monthly Archives: July 2015

China-funded projects created 100,000 jobs

China-funded projects created 100,000 jobs

China-funded projects in Sri Lanka have created at least 100,000 direct job opportunities for the locals within the past five years, Chen Chuan, spokesperson of China Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka (CCCSL), said on Thursday. Chen told journalists here that 90 percent of the …

Ousted President to contest elections

Ousted President to contest elections

Six months after his resounding defeat in presidential elections, Sri Lanka’s former president took the stage in the gardens of his home to tell a crowd of thousands that he would lead an opposition group in parliamentary elections in August. “I am not ready to reject the …

Narendra Modi’s Agenda in Central Asia

Narendra Modi’s Agenda in Central Asia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Central Asia and Russia for the first time next week–with counterterrorism and energy topping the agenda. The eight-day trip (July 6-13) will kick off with state visits to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan July 6 and 7. Then Modi will …

Greece closes banks as crisis deepens

Greece closes banks as crisis deepens

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced a temporary closure of banks, after the European Central Bank (ECB) said it would not increase additional emergency funding to the country. In a television address on Sunday, Tsipras said that the government will also start imposing capital controls …

Public divided on key issues

Public divided on key issues

According to the latest ‘Democracy in Post War Sri Lanka’ survey conducted by Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, divisions between people’s opinions on key issues still persist. On the topic of a credible mechanism look into accountability for …

Why New York banned polystyrene foam

Why New York banned polystyrene foam

New York City is joining a growing group of cities in banning Expandable Polystyrene Foam (EPS). Adam Harris explains what makes this material so worrisome to environmentalists – and appealing to businesses. Starting today, single-use EPS products including cups, bowls, plates, takeout containers and trays …

The 19th Amendment and the Future of Sri Lanka

The 19th Amendment and the Future of Sri Lanka

Prof. Savitri Goonesekere:                                                             Excellencies of the diplomatic community, Mr Abeykoon, Secretary to the President, officials …

Right to self-determination fundamental for all communities says GTF

Right to self-determination fundamental for all communities says GTF

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) spokesperson, in an interview with Ceylon Today, said that the organisation had always stood for a political settlement for the Tamil national question and stressed that self-determination is a fundamental right for all communities. Calling on Tamils to vote for …