Monthly Archives: December 2017

From owning a home to feeling at home

From owning a home to feeling at home

S. Indira Gandhi owns a brand-new house now. She is one of the first few from Sri Lanka’s hill country Tamil community – that has a two century-history in the island – who can call this home, and the piece of land beneath it, her …

Glyphosate ban must be lifted

Glyphosate ban must be lifted

Dr Parakrama Waidyanatha: Now that Europe has reaffirmed the safety of Glyphosate and re-approved it for five more years, Sri Lanka should immediately lift its ill-conceived ban gazetted of October 2015, if it is to save its agriculture. Sadly, it is only the tea industry …

India’s foray to South China Sea root cause of tensions

India’s foray to South China Sea root cause of tensions

China’s political assertion in the Indian Ocean, especially Sri Lanka and Maldives, is a response to India’s moves in the South China Sea, a post on a Chinese website say A blogpost on Xilu.com, which focuses on Chinese military affairs, claims that China has delivered …

Malaysia to send mission to Jaffna

Malaysia to send mission to Jaffna

Malaysia will send a mission to Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka to determine the assistance that can be provided to the war-torn province, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The Prime Minister, who received a courtesy call from C.V. Wigneswaran, the Chief Minister of Sri …

Russia to discuss tea imports in Dec

Russia to discuss tea imports in Dec

Russia’s agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor plans to discuss restricted tea imports with Sri Lanka at the end of December, it said in a statement on Tuesday. Russia placed temporary restrictions on imports of tea and all other agricultural products from Sri Lanka from Dec. 18 …

Kenya eyes Russia

Kenya eyes Russia

Kenya wants to use the current tea trade spat — triggered by a single insect— between Russia and Sri-Lanka to boost its volumes to Moscow after years of low exports. Wire agencies reported on Friday that Russia would place temporary restrictions on imports of tea …

Hambantota

Hambantota

Seven years after the China-built Hambantota Port was inaugurated with great fanfare by the then president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as a symbol of his country’s rising geopolitical aspirations in Asia, the Sri Lanka government has taken the project to its logical and inevitable, …

Government liquidity and external vulnerability risks will remain elevated.

Government liquidity and external vulnerability risks will remain elevated.

Moody’s Investors Service says that Sri Lanka’s (B1 negative) high general government debt levels, very low debt affordability, and fragile external payments position continue to present the sovereign with material credit challenges. In particular, persistently high government liquidity and external vulnerability risks will maintain pressure …

The new political alignments

The new political alignments

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Political parties are busy filing nominations to contest local government elections scheduled for early 2018. As many political analysts have observed, the elections, postponed for more than two and a half years, have aroused the same interest as that of a general election.The …

Sri Lanka signs Ottawa Agreement

Sri Lanka signs Ottawa Agreement

The European Union (EU) issuing a statement on 15 December 2017, welcomed Sri Lanka as the 163rd State Party to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. The European Union is pleased to welcome Sri Lanka as 163rd State Party to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. On 13 December …