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Weedicide Ban Hits Tea Workers

Weedicide Ban Hits Tea Workers

Sri Lankan tea workers are being affected by a government ban on a popular weedicide as large plantations become overgrown with weeds. The country banned the import of Glyphosate in 2015 under the Import and Export (control) Act over concerns that it could cause chronic …

Struggling to keep promises of reform

Struggling to keep promises of reform

At the time, it was seen as an astonishing victory. In retrospect, it was also something of a Pyrrhic one. Few expected Maithripala Sirisena to defeat the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa …

Japan courts Sri Lanka

Japan courts Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s strategic location, astride the main shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean, has kept in the gaze of the world powers more and more. The latest example of such attention turned out to be the visit of Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to Sri …

Tea Farmers sense trouble brewing over Glyphosate ban

Tea Farmers sense trouble brewing over Glyphosate ban

By Adam Allington: Tea farmers in Sri Lanka want their government to reauthorize the use of glyphosate for agriculture. The country is one of only five in the world to …

Nothing excites, or agonises, Sri Lankans like cricket

Nothing excites, or agonises, Sri Lankans like cricket

Cricket runs through the veins of Sri Lankans, philosophised Randika, our young Man Friday during our tour of the island, as he pointed to a park between the hills of Nuwara Eliya and the sun-kissed beaches of Hikkaduwa, where a match was on full steam. …

What’s the Buzz about Sri Lanka’s Honey Bees

What’s the Buzz about Sri Lanka’s Honey Bees

Shannine Daniel.                                     Bees may be small creatures, but the role that they play …

Militarization of the Indian Ocean

Militarization of the Indian Ocean

By P.K.Balachandran :                                           One of the fallouts of the rise of China as an economic and military power in recent times has been the militarization …

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Hang on to your truth and respect the truth of others Choose to be happy Forgive those you can forgive and seek forgiveness of someone who deserves it  Do something …

Is the JVP ready to embrace change?

Is the JVP ready to embrace change?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath’s recent comments (in an English Daily) on his party’s stance on the national question makes interesting reading; especially in the context of the current constitution making process. Herath, asked to explain the JVP’s current position, …

Visit of enormous significance

Visit of enormous significance

The visit of the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to Sri Lanka on 5 January is going to be short – just a day. But it is of enormous significance …