Monthly Archives: July 2018

China Moves Northward and India Moves Southward in Sri Lanka

China Moves Northward and India Moves Southward in Sri Lanka

The geopolitical contest between India and China in Sri Lanka is no secret, but it has never been as blatant as was seen in developments last week. Cabinet spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne, in a recent media briefing, spoke of Sri Lanka having to “balance” the two …

Sri Lanka ranked among top five fastest growing tourism markets

Sri Lanka ranked among top five fastest growing tourism markets

Sri Lanka has been ranked as the fourth fastest growing tourism market in the world by GlobalData, a London based digital analysis company, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said in a statement Monday. GlobalData’s ‘Tourism Potential Index’ provides a ranking of 60 major developed …

North confronting a different type of war.

North confronting a different type of war.

Nine years after the end of Sri Lanka’s long drawn conflict between Government forces and the LTTE, the Northern Province is confronting a very different type of war. Communities struggling to rebuild homes and livelihoods nearly a decade after the guns fell silent are finding …

White elephants?

White elephants?

MYTH 1: Chinese lending is commercial. FACT: Since 2012 most Chinese lending is concessionary. In the last five years Sri Lanka’s loans from China EXIM Bank, amounting to 3.1 billion dollars, were all concessionary – fixed at 2%.Sri Lanka also borrowed 400 million dollars from …

Running into chaos

Running into chaos

Last Monday, 23 July 2018,  Senior Colonel Xu  Jianwei, Military, Naval & Air Attaché of Embassy of China in Sri Lanka, hosted a reception at the Shangri-la Hotel to celebrate the 91st founding anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Altogether, 600 invitees including the …

Sri Lanka committed to religious freedom

Sri Lanka committed to religious freedom

Representing Sri Lanka at the Conference to Advance Religious Freedom, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam remarked that Sri Lanka remains committed to advance and uphold the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change ones religion or …

Sri Lanka a key component of maritime silk road

Sri Lanka a key component of maritime silk road

China says Sri Lanka is a key component of the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road”, with the Hambantota Port and Colombo Port City as the two flagship projects of the pragmatic cooperation between China and Sri Lanka under the Belt and Road Initiative. China’s Ambassador …

Northern Provincial Council in deadlock

Northern Provincial Council in deadlock

The tug of war between the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran and Governor Reginald Cooray, which continued unabated for quite some, reached its climax when the Court ruled that the Chief Minister’s move to sack a minister and appoint a new minister …

India’s bid to acquire the “World’s Emptiest Airport”

India’s bid to acquire the “World’s Emptiest Airport”

Over the past year, as India kept making a bid to acquire the Mattala airport in South Sri Lanka, which is universally derided as the “World’s Emptiest Airport” with little or no traffic, many have wondered why New Delhi wants to buy into a failed …

Reform has ‘ground to a halt’ with torture used freely – UN

Reform has ‘ground to a halt’ with torture used freely – UN

Sri Lanka’s progress towards reform has “virtually ground to a halt” and brutal torture is used with impunity, the UN concludes in a scathing report on the country’s human rights record. The report, which comes three years after the country appeared to have turned a …