Monthly Archives: July 2015

Silk Road meets Sri Lanka’s demand for information

Silk Road meets Sri Lanka’s demand for information

Xinhua’s new Silk Road information service is providing Sri Lanka with much-needed information to promote its exports to China, Sri Lanka’s Commercial Counselor to China Ruwanthi Ariyaratne said Thursday. The China Economic Information Service, a unit under China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency, Thursday launched its …

Rajapaksa’s comeback bid

Rajapaksa’s comeback bid

The 17 August parliamentary election in Sri Lanka is reminiscent of India’s 1980 Lok Sabha election when the choice before the people was to bring back to power Indira Gandhi whom they voted out decisively three years earlier or back a khichdi of infighting political …

The Human Rights situation in Sri Lanka improved

The Human Rights situation in Sri Lanka improved

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office released an update to the 2014 Human Rights and Democracy Report on 15 July 2015. The report said, Sri Lanka took a number of positive steps to address human rights and democracy concerns, although some concerns remain. The human …

Way open for comeback by Mahinda Rajapaksa

Way open for comeback by Mahinda Rajapaksa

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, who was defeated in January, now has a chance to make a major political comeback after his successor cleared the way for him to run for a seat in parliament in elections scheduled for August 17. President Maithripala Sirisena …

Colombo seeks new funding sources

Colombo seeks new funding sources

Sri Lanka is seeking cheaper funding sources to replace billions of dollars in debt from Chinese banks, government officials said, as the six-month-old government distances itself from Beijing weeks before a general election. The government is seeking to consolidate its power in the Aug. 17 vote …

Sri Lanka’s cuppa cheers end of Iran sanctions

Sri Lanka’s cuppa cheers end of Iran sanctions

The easing of sanctions on Iran will deliver a much needed pick-me-up to Sri Lanka’s troubled tea industry by allowing the resumption of direct exports to one of its main markets, the government said Wednesday. Although tea was not on the list of products banned …

On the tea route to happiness

On the tea route to happiness

If tea changed the history of the world three centuries ago, it is still offering newer routes for rediscovering its delights. One such route, the ‘tea route of happiness’ has brought food writer Marie Christine Clement to Kerala. She is exploring the path that interlinks …

EU to observe elections

EU to observe elections

The European Union announced in a press release on 14 July 2015 that the European Union has is to send an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Sri Lanka to observe the Parliamentary Elections scheduled for 17 August 2015. The release said;  Following an invitation from the …

M.K. Sivajilingam contests from Kurunegala

M.K. Sivajilingam contests from Kurunegala

M.K.Sivajilingam, a leader of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO), a member of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), and the prime mover of the February 10, 2015 NPC resolution condemning “genocide” of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, is contesting the August 17 Lankan parliamentary elections …

Moratorium on fishermen’s arrest sought

Moratorium on fishermen’s arrest sought

The World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP) has called upon adoption of moratorium on arrest of fishermen in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the two-day international workshop on “International Guidelines on Securing Sustainable Small Scale Fisheries” here …