Monthly Archives: Feb 2016

Sivajilingam calls for international mediation in constitutional reform

Sivajilingam calls for international mediation in constitutional reform

Northern Provincial Councillor M. K. Sivajilingam called for Sri Lanka’s constitutional reform process to have “involvement, assistance, and assurance” from the international community, in a submission made to the Sri Lankan government’s Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms. As the committee held their first meeting …

Ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity

Ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity

The World Bank in its report “Sri Lanka – Ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity : a systematic country diagnostic” states that Sri Lanka is in many respects a development success story. With economic growth averaging more than 7 percent a year over the past five years …

Rising from the ashes

Rising from the ashes

Rajapaksa’s 10-year rule had become increasingly authoritarian. The new Government is moving carefully to investigate corruption allegations against Rajapaksa, his brothers (including a former minister of economic development and a former secretary of the ministry of defence), and a son suspected of corrupt activity related …

World Bank warns Sri Lanka faces persistent poverty unless revenues increase

World Bank warns Sri Lanka faces persistent poverty unless revenues increase

Sri Lanka’s “chronic” revenue shortfalls must be addressed and its economy must become more competitive and inclusive if poverty is to be reduced, the World Bank has said. The bank highlighted that Sri Lanka has one of the lowest tax-to-GDP rates in the world, undercutting …

Changes don’t happen overnight

Changes don’t happen overnight

In the year since Sri Lanka’s strongman president Mahinda Rajapaksa was ousted from power, a new coalition government has tried to form a national economic and political consensus. One of its leading lights is Dr Harsha de Silva, a former economist and politician who was …

Google balloon reaches Sri Lanka

Google balloon reaches Sri Lanka

Google’s balloon-powered high-speed internet service known as “Project Loon” has started testing in Sri Lanka ahead of a planned joint venture with the government. One of three balloons being used in the trials entered Sri Lankan airspace on Monday, having been launched in South America, …

DMK, Cong join hands for TN polls

DMK, Cong join hands for TN polls

Burying differences on the Lankan Tamils issue that had rocked their nine-year-old alliance in 2013, Congress and DMK today decided to come together to fight the upcoming Assembly polls in the state. The national party described the regional outfit as the “most dependable partner” as …

India eyeing bridge or undersea tunnel to link Sri Lanka

India eyeing bridge or undersea tunnel to link Sri Lanka

India, after signing a road transport agreement with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, is said to be considering an ambitious bridge or undersea tunnel linking the Indian mainland with Sri Lanka. India was mulling the project after the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) suggested that India …

Asian workers making M&S clothes paid less than living wage

Asian workers making M&S clothes paid less than living wage

Workers making clothes for Marks & Spencer in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India are still not being paid sufficiently, six years after the retailer promised to support the payment of a living wage in those countries. Under the British chain’s Plan A environmental and social …

Willing for international probe on war crimes

Willing for international probe on war crimes

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil S Wickremesinghe on Friday made it clear that his government was not averse to international participation in investigating the alleged war crimes in his country, but said “final judgment will be made by the internal judicial system.” Wickremesinghe who was …