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Upcountry set to welcome Modi

Upcountry set to welcome Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Colombo on Thursday to participate in the international UN Vesak Day hosted by Sri Lanka. During the two-day visit, he will address thousands of upcountry Tamils of the country, shining the spotlight on the 1.6 million-strong community inhabiting …

Sri Lanka, vital test case for neighbourhood first policy

Sri Lanka, vital test case for neighbourhood first policy

While a penchant for Hindu symbolism is a leitmotif of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unique brand of politics domestically, one of the more interesting and under-reported aspects of his international diplomacy has been a focus on the cultural power of Buddhism and India’s special identity …

We will stand firm on our demands

We will stand firm on our demands

Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Leader and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Mavai Senathiraja said his party will not sacrifice or change their mentality in achieving a political solution through a North-East merger as it is an essential demand of his people. “The proposal put …

Chinese Buyers Behind Surging Demand For Latest Bonds

Chinese Buyers Behind Surging Demand For Latest Bonds

A surge in demand for Sri Lanka’s latest dollar bond is putting a spotlight on the appetite for emerging-market securities, even amid the Federal Reserve’s tightening campaign. The small South Asian country garnered more than $11 billion of orders for the $1.5 billion of 10-year notes …

Colombo under ‘Belt and Road Initiative’

Colombo under ‘Belt and Road Initiative’

China is building a new city along Colombo’s coastline that will become the city’s central business district by 2030, creating 80,000 jobs for Sri Lankans, under the mainland’s “Belt and Road Initiative”. “Sri Lanka is in urgent need of a high-end platform to attract financial …

Constitutional Reforms debate likely end June

Constitutional Reforms debate likely end June

A debate on Constitutional reforms by the Constitutional Assembly is likely to take place towards the end of June. The interim report of the Steering Committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be placed before the Assembly next month, a member of the Steering …

Women in Sri Lanka take on male roles to help recovery from civil war

Women in Sri Lanka take on male roles to help recovery from civil war

Women and girls whose male relatives were killed in Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war are now helping the country recover, taking on roles formerly reserved for men and heading to schools and universities to complete their education. The so-called “Border Girls” mostly come from towns …

Consensus on issues not included in draft

Consensus on issues not included in draft

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday alleged that those who had been responsible for formulating controversial policy and legal framework relating to the proposed Counter Terrorism Act (CTA) conveniently ignored consensus reached on some crucial issues at the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security. The …

IMF reaches staff-level agreement

IMF reaches staff-level agreement

On May 3rd the IMF announced that it had reached a staff-level agreement with the government of Sri Lanka in the second review of the country’s existing extended fund facility (EFF). Analysis It seems likely that the conclusion of the staff-level discussions will clear the way for …

Prime minister Modi will connect with Indian-origin tea workers

Prime minister Modi will connect with Indian-origin tea workers

In a move that has come to characterise his visits overseas, Prime minister Narendra Modi will connect with Indian-origin tea workers in Sri Lanka when he travels there on May 12. Modi will be chief guest for the UN Vesak Day celebrations in Sri Lanka, …