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Colombo’s seafront makes way for financial city

Colombo’s seafront makes way for financial city

It is hard to miss the blue-lettered boards lining the northern end of Galle Face, Colombo’s iconic seafront. “A new Central Park in Colombo”, “A new world class city in South Asia” — they declare in bold font. In the background, a few cranes spray …

Peacekeepers involved in non peace duties

Peacekeepers involved in non peace duties

The Haitian girl known Victim No. 1 was 12 when she first had sex with a Sri Lankan peacekeeper. She says she didn’t even have breasts yet. The boy, known as Victim No. 9, was 15 when his ordeal began. Over the course of three …

Critical that Sri Lanka delivers on its commitments

Critical that Sri Lanka delivers on its commitments

The coordinators of all political groups in the trade committee, the Member of European Parliament responsible for GSP+ and Special Rapporteurs of the European Parliament responsible for South Asia expressed  their concerns over the pace of reforms in Sri Lanka.  They expect the Government to table legislation …

Increase Palk Bay patrols

Increase Palk Bay patrols

Sri Lanka on Friday asked India to increase the patrol of the Palk Bay to prevent Tamil Nadu fishermen from trespassing into Sri Lankan waters, even as it expressed positive signs on the likely release of detained Indian trawlers. “The meeting was very useful. We …

China and Sri Lanka keep up bonhomie

China and Sri Lanka keep up bonhomie

When Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the fourth most important leader in China, visited Sri Lanka this week, he was pleasantly surprised to get a very warm reception. “The warm hospitality I got was far beyond expectations,” Yu publicly …

Global tea production trends lead to an upward price trajectory

Global tea production trends lead to an upward price trajectory

In the current year, tea realisations are expected to remain buoyant following higher demand for tea, particularly given the expected supply side issues in both Sri Lanka and Kenya. However, buying patterns across tea segments, which had witnessed a considerable change in CY2016, will remain …

Concerns over Chinese presence

Concerns over Chinese presence

Congress MP and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor flagged India’s concerns over China’s presence in Sri Lanka, pointing to “military intervention in the guise of trade” even in the earlier avatar of China’s Silk Road initiative. He was speaking at the launch of Prime Minister …

China will still own Hambantota Port

China will still own Hambantota Port

China is in Sri Lanka to stay, and will continue to own the Hambantota port for years to come. In fact, ten years from now Beijing will still own 60 percent of the Hambantota port. That’s according to Sri Lanka’s State Minister of International Trade …

Only justice can heal our wounds

Only justice can heal our wounds

Acknowledging “important improvements” in the overall situation of human rights in Sri Lanka, Secretary General of Amnesty International Salil Shetty on Wednesday said it was now time for the government to act, after it recently got a two-year extension at the UN Human Rights Council …

Reasons behind China’s big Investments in Sri Lanka

Reasons behind China’s big Investments in Sri Lanka

What’s China doing in Sri Lanka? Officially, it’s building the country’s infrastructure. Like the ports of Colombo and Hambantota, which have left the country heavily indebted. Unofficially, China is setting up outposts in the Indian Ocean as part of Beijing’s broader strategy to secure the …