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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 …

Economic nationalism backfires

Economic nationalism backfires

Classical liberal economists have long argued that free trade leads to peace, and economic nationalism and protectionism (which usually also involves minority oppression and ethno religion fascism) lead to soured international relations and war. Russian tactics to block the import of Sri Lanka tea over …

Local polls crucial for Govt

Local polls crucial for Govt

Some 15.8 million Sri Lankans will vote in the country’s third tier elections on February 10, 2018 to chose 8,293 members to 341 local bodies, namely 24 municipal councils, 41 urban councils and 276 pradeshiya sabhas or divisional councils. A mixed electoral system will be …

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 …

Rising concern about Chinese investment

Rising concern about Chinese investment

Sri Lanka wants a longer-time period to negotiate a free trade agreement with China as it is concerned about the economic impact of a rushed deal on their small country, the Sri Lankan ambassador said on Sunday. There has been rising concern in the South …

China is trying to strangle India by befriending its neighbours

China is trying to strangle India by befriending its neighbours

Differences between India and China are likely to deepen and the Doklam standoff was not a one off incident, former National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said today and cautioned that the differences may lead to “unexpected consequences”. Narayanan, while speaking at the international symposium …

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 …

India doubles budgetary allocations for Sri Lanka

India doubles budgetary allocations for Sri Lanka

A quiet maritime strategic diplomacy has emerged as the key theme of this year’s Union budget, as the government has allocated large sums of money — hitherto meant for key neighbouring countries. Beneficiaries of the Budget are Seychelles, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Maldives — all …

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 …

China leads Sri Lanka’s FDI

China leads Sri Lanka’s FDI

Sri Lanka attracted $1.63 billion in foreign direct investments (FDI) in 2017, a record high, according to data released by Sri Lanka’s Board of Investment on Monday, with about 35% of it coming from China, making China the country’s largest source of FDI. Malik Samarawickrama, …