Monthly Archives: April 2017

International interest in Sri Lanka’s ports

International interest in Sri Lanka’s ports

International actors, notably India and Japan have become increasingly concerned about the level of Chinese investment and influence in Sri Lanka. This has in turn set off a flurry of activity among all parties to secure Sri Lanka’s favours. On April 12th, Prime Ministers Abe …

A Government-made disaster

A Government-made disaster

Rescuers called up from the military continued to dig through heaps of mud and trash that collapsed onto a clutch of homes near a garbage dump outside Sri Lanka’s capital, killing at least 30 people and possibly burying dozens more. When they first arrived at …

Security sector is in need of reform.

Security sector is in need of reform.

The Associated Press recently published a very disturbing story about how UN peacekeepers from Sri Lanka ran a sex ring in Haiti some years ago. According to the piece, “[t]he Sri Lankan peacekeepers wanted sex from girls and boys as young as 12.” More broadly, when …

Colombo’s seafront makes way for financial city

Colombo’s seafront makes way for financial city

It is hard to miss the blue-lettered boards lining the northern end of Galle Face, Colombo’s iconic seafront. “A new Central Park in Colombo”, “A new world class city in South Asia” — they declare in bold font. In the background, a few cranes spray …

Eye Sri Lanka wishes its readers a peaceful and prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Eye Sri Lanka wishes its readers a peaceful and prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Pahan silak se ‘NETHU’ dal wewa Wasanthayak se ‘DIWI’ saru wewa, Pium vilak se ‘SUWADA’ sedewa, Me nawa wasare ‘KIRI’ ithirewa.!!!!

Sri Lanka struggles to build up foreign reserves

Sri Lanka struggles to build up foreign reserves

A South Korean ship unloads its cargo of cars at the Hambantota port, the only sign of life at Sri Lanka’s newest harbor on its southern coast. The rest of this $1.4 billion port, built with a loan from the Export-Import Bank of China, sits …

Peacekeepers involved in non peace duties

Peacekeepers involved in non peace duties

The Haitian girl known Victim No. 1 was 12 when she first had sex with a Sri Lankan peacekeeper. She says she didn’t even have breasts yet. The boy, known as Victim No. 9, was 15 when his ordeal began. Over the course of three …

Critical that Sri Lanka delivers on its commitments

Critical that Sri Lanka delivers on its commitments

The coordinators of all political groups in the trade committee, the Member of European Parliament responsible for GSP+ and Special Rapporteurs of the European Parliament responsible for South Asia expressed  their concerns over the pace of reforms in Sri Lanka.  They expect the Government to table legislation …

Belt and Road Initiative injects new vitality

Belt and Road Initiative injects new vitality

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and China. Over the past 60 years, the Sri Lanka-China relations have withstood the test of international changes and maintained the healthy and stable development. In the past years, the …

Increase Palk Bay patrols

Increase Palk Bay patrols

Sri Lanka on Friday asked India to increase the patrol of the Palk Bay to prevent Tamil Nadu fishermen from trespassing into Sri Lankan waters, even as it expressed positive signs on the likely release of detained Indian trawlers. “The meeting was very useful. We …