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Colombo: Beyond concrete and asphalt

Colombo: Beyond concrete and asphalt

In 2014, the island was listed as one of the least urbanized countries in the World Urbanization Prospects (WUP),  with less than 20 percent of the population in urban areas. By 2050, WUP projected that number would rise to only 30 percent. Does this mean …

Confronting Sri Lanka’s past

Confronting Sri Lanka’s past

At first, the tall, brooding silhouette at her doorstep was unrecognisable. After more than three decades, Sellaiah Manoranjan, an ex-Tamil fighter, returned to a house in Jaffna where he and his family once sought refuge from the Sri Lankan military. It reminded his Sinhalese host …

With Sri Lankan port acquisition, China adds another ‘pearl’ to its ‘string’

With Sri Lankan port acquisition, China adds another ‘pearl’ to its ‘string’

When Sri Lanka’s government first looked to develop a port on its southern coast that faced the Indian Ocean, it went not to China, but to its neighbor, India. Then-Sri Lankan …

Action regard to constitution after the election?

Action regard to constitution after the election?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Last week, leader of the opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R. Sampanthan, had two diplomatic meetings in Colombo with leaders of two Asian countries, who were on state visits to Sri Lanka, and a third with the Colombo based political section head …

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 …