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China focussed on resource extraction says US senator

China focussed on resource extraction says US senator

Citing the example of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, an influential US senator and a senior Trump administration official said they believe China is engaging in “neocolonial hardball tactics” through its development activities. “China’s neocolonial hardball tactics and use of debt to force Sri Lanka …

Reforms need to bring transparency, accountability and cost-efficiency

Reforms need to bring transparency, accountability and cost-efficiency

A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Manuela Goretti visited Colombo during September 13-27, 2018 to hold discussions on the fifth review of the Sri Lanka’s economic program supported by a three-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF). The mission said after a …

EU launches Asia strategy to rival China’s ‘new Silk Road’

EU launches Asia strategy to rival China’s ‘new Silk Road’

As doubts grow over China’s vast “Belt and Road” trade infrastructure project, the EU is launching an alternative plan for Asia that it says will not saddle countries with debt they cannot repay. EU member countries are expected to sign off on the new “Asia …

Sri Lanka to shift its focus to emerging threats

Sri Lanka to shift its focus to emerging threats

The US state Department released its Country Report on Terrorism on 19 September 2018, which describes the global counter terrorism landscape in 2017 and  laying out the United States Government’s assessment of recent counter terrorism trends and highlighting efforts taken to combat terrorist groups. The …

Transitional justice efforts fall short

Transitional justice efforts fall short

Just before and during the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Sri Lankan authorities made several announcements to signify their commitment to pledges made in an October 2015 resolution on justice and accountability for abuses during Sri Lanka’s civil war. The Government …

The Sri Lankan who solved a maths problem for Jeff Bezos of Amazon

The Sri Lankan who solved a maths problem for Jeff Bezos of Amazon

Yasantha Rajakarunanayake is surprised Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, remembers him three decades after they lost touch. The Sri Lankan scientist, now based in the US, was Bezos’ classmate at Princeton University in the 1980s. Speaking at The Economic Club of Washington, …

Sri Lanka among the few countries that are well-prepared to rise

Sri Lanka among the few countries that are well-prepared to rise

Sri Lanka is ready to rise again — a nation on the path to sustained growth path, that is. That’s according to a recent McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study, which names Sri Lanka among the few countries that are well-prepared to rise among emerging markets …

Indo-Lanka accord best way to solve Tamils issue

Indo-Lanka accord best way to solve Tamils issue

Douglas Devananda, 61, is the leader of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and a MP in the Sri Lankan Parliament representing Jaffna. He was a Minister in the Cabinets of President Chandrika Kumaratunga and later Mahinda Rajapaksa. In this interview on the sidelines of …

UK says a clear time-bound action plan is needed

UK says a clear time-bound action plan is needed

Delivering a statement at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council, on behalf of the Sri Lanka Core Group  comprising  Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK, the United Kingdom urged Sri Lanka to prioritise and drive forward implementation of the UNHRC Resolutions 30/1 and …

Sri Lanka’s Stalled Reforms

Sri Lanka’s Stalled Reforms

Ruki Fernando is a human rights activist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This interview has been edited lightly. Three years on, what’s your broad take on the coalition government’s performance? Where does the reform agenda currently stand? Some reforms have happened since 2015 to varying degrees, …