Monthly Archives: April 2017

National Interests in a Globalized World

National Interests in a Globalized World

By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera.                                             The first 100 days of the US President Donald Trump’s administration revealed the complexity of a head of state’s task. …

Shares hit 6-month high

Shares hit 6-month high

Sri Lankan shares gained on Friday to hit a more than six-month closing high on foreign buying in market heavyweight John Keells Holdings, helping boost the overall sentiment. Foreign investors net bought equities worth 1.35 billion rupees ($8.88 million) on Friday, extending the week’s net …

Meetotamulla disaster a result of a lack of proper garbage disposal policy

Meetotamulla disaster a result of a lack of proper garbage disposal policy

The landslide disaster at Meetotamulla within Colombo city limits last Friday, in which a 300 ft high mountain of garbage came down on hapless slum dwellers killing 26 and wrecking 84 houses fully and 36 partially, could have been averted if steps had been taken …

Modi to open hospital in Dickoya

Modi to open hospital in Dickoya

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a well-equipped hospital in the central hill area of Dickoya in Sri Lanka, built with the Indian assistance on May 12, dominated by plantation workers of Indian-origin. The opening ceremony of the new Dickoya base hospital will be held …

New Silk Road or New Great Game?

New Silk Road or New Great Game?

As regional powers like China, Russia, Japan, and India vie for political and economic position throughout the eastern realms of Eurasia, many of the less powerful countries caught in the middle are employing what could be called a ‘multi-vector strategy’ as they engage openly with …

PM Modi to visit Sri Lanka in May

PM Modi to visit Sri Lanka in May

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Sri Lanka next month to take part in the celebrations marking the UN ‘Vesak Day’, the most important in the Buddhist calendar. During his visit, he will take part in the UN ‘Vesak Day’ celebrations to be held from …

PM to visit India

PM to visit India

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe will visit India next week to set the agenda for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Colombo in May. “The visit of the PM of Sri Lanka to India from April 25 is part of our continuing engagement with …

I never left the fray

I never left the fray

By Padma Rao Sundarji.                                                         Mahinda Rajapaksa was President of Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2015. He is a …

Sri Lanka battles labour shortage

Sri Lanka battles labour shortage

Cheap Sri Lankan labour has built skyscrapers and condos across the Gulf for decades but now contractors at home are desperate for workers as the island nation experiences an unprecedented construction boom. The labour shortage has seen builders offer lavish incentives ranging from cash to …

Sri Lanka to offer India port development

Sri Lanka to offer India port development

Sri Lanka may find it difficult to wriggle out of China’s clutches because of the massive debt it owes to Beijing but to balance things out, it is now set to allow India to jointly develop the Trincomalee port in northeastern part of the country. …