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China wants to build in North

China wants to build in North

China wants to build houses and roads in Sri Lanka’s north, much of which is in a state of disrepair nearly a decade after the end of civil war, Chinese and Sri Lankan officials said, in a bid to expand it influence beyond the island’s …

Vulnerable to rising interest rates

Vulnerable to rising interest rates

Moody’s Investors Service says that the credit profile of the Government of Sri Lanka (B1 negative) is supported by the authorities’ progress in implementing reforms, which entail fiscal consolidation and a build-up of foreign exchange reserves. Sri Lanka also benefits from moderate per capita income …

Japanese and Indian help to develop Trincomalee harbour?

Japanese and Indian help to develop Trincomalee harbour?

The United States and Japan have both cast their eyes on the Eastern Sri Lankan port of Trincomalee to counterbalance the presence of the Chinese in Hambantota in the South and Colombo in the West and its growing clout around the Bay of Bengal. The …

Try to move forward

Try to move forward

By Prof. Charles Sarvan:                                       The Colombo Telegraph (14 October 2017) reported that in Mullaitivu there’s one Sinhalese soldier for every two Tamil civilians. It added that this …

US, Japan Wooing Sri Lanka to Contain China’s Rise in Into-Pacific

US, Japan Wooing Sri Lanka to Contain China’s Rise in Into-Pacific

Japan has handed over two naval patrol boats worth over $11 million to Sri Lanka in a bid to boost the country’s defense. A week earlier the US State Department gave $39 million to Colombo to strengthen the country’s navy capabilities. The announcement of Tokyo’s …

UN Rights chief urged to ensure accountability

UN Rights chief urged to ensure accountability

In a statement released on 18 August 2018, on the appointment of former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet as the new UN human rights chief, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) called on the newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to ensure there is accountability …

Sino-Lankan archaeologists look for Chinese artifacts in Jaffna

Sino-Lankan archaeologists look for Chinese artifacts in Jaffna

An archaeological team from Shanghai Museum have set off for Sri Lanka on a 40-day excavation mission to learn more about the ancient Maritime Silk Road. Led by archaeologist Chen Jie, the five-member team also features pottery and porcelain experts. Chen and his colleagues have …

UK funds resettlement and peacebuilding

UK funds resettlement and peacebuilding

Nearly 600 families resettled on newly released land in the North and East of Sri Lanka will benefit from £1 million from the UK Government to support the provision of basic infrastructure and services. Helping families return to their villages is a crucial element of …

Escaping the paradox of slow growth and labour scarcity

Escaping the paradox of slow growth and labour scarcity

In the World Bank’s Sri Lanka Development Update Report 2018 on creating more and better jobs for an upper middle-income Sri Lanka. The theme chapter usefully analyses the state of Sri Lanka’s labour market and identifies various challenges to attaining this development goal such as …

India warns states on dealing directly with countries of concern

India warns states on dealing directly with countries of concern

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has warned states against directly dealing with policing agencies of “countries of concern” like China, Iran and Afghanistan on matters of internal security. In a communication to states, the MHA said that any such communication must be routed through …