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Sri Lanka’s ‘Look East’ Strategy

Sri Lanka’s ‘Look East’ Strategy

Two Southeast Asian leaders, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsieng Loong and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, visited Sri Lanka during the week ending January 26. During Lee’s visit (from January 22 to 24) Sri Lanka signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore, described as being …

Disillusionment and Frustration Pervade the Electorate

Disillusionment and Frustration Pervade the Electorate

Sri Lanka’s local government elections, scheduled to be held on February 10, have elicited the interest of a national election, and with good reason. This is the first time the …

Reuniting the Ex-LTTE Cadres into main stream politics

Reuniting the Ex-LTTE Cadres into main stream politics

A former active member of the LTTE and many of his colleagues in the erstwhile outfit, have come forward to reunite the divided, scattered and splintered former LTTE members into …

Japan stakes a claim

Japan stakes a claim

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono’s visit to Sri Lanka earlier this month was the first by a Japanese foreign minister in 15 years. Governmental confirmation of Sri Lanka’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) project came during Kono’s visit, when the prime minister’s office revealed that …

China and the Politics of Investment

China and the Politics of Investment

Last month, the Sri Lankan government formally handed over control of the port of Hambantota to Chinese interests on a 99-year lease. The price was over one billion dollars, but this came mostly in the form of a reduction in the enormous debt burden to …

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. …