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Russia to discuss tea imports in Dec

Russia to discuss tea imports in Dec

Russia’s agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor plans to discuss restricted tea imports with Sri Lanka at the end of December, it said in a statement on Tuesday. Russia placed temporary restrictions on imports of tea and all other agricultural products from Sri Lanka from Dec. 18 …

Kenya eyes Russia

Kenya eyes Russia

Kenya wants to use the current tea trade spat — triggered by a single insect— between Russia and Sri-Lanka to boost its volumes to Moscow after years of low exports. Wire agencies reported on Friday that Russia would place temporary restrictions on imports of tea …

Hambantota

Hambantota

Seven years after the China-built Hambantota Port was inaugurated with great fanfare by the then president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as a symbol of his country’s rising geopolitical aspirations in Asia, the Sri Lanka government has taken the project to its logical and inevitable, …

Government liquidity and external vulnerability risks will remain elevated.

Government liquidity and external vulnerability risks will remain elevated.

Moody’s Investors Service says that Sri Lanka’s (B1 negative) high general government debt levels, very low debt affordability, and fragile external payments position continue to present the sovereign with material credit challenges. In particular, persistently high government liquidity and external vulnerability risks will maintain pressure …

The new political alignments

The new political alignments

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Political parties are busy filing nominations to contest local government elections scheduled for early 2018. As many political analysts have observed, the elections, postponed for more than two and a half years, have aroused the same interest as that of a general election.The …

Sri Lanka signs Ottawa Agreement

Sri Lanka signs Ottawa Agreement

The European Union (EU) issuing a statement on 15 December 2017, welcomed Sri Lanka as the 163rd State Party to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. The European Union is pleased to welcome Sri Lanka as 163rd State Party to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. On 13 December …

India expects Sri Lanka to keep its security concerns in mind

India expects Sri Lanka to keep its security concerns in mind

India expects Sri Lanka to be mindful of its “security concerns and sensitivities”, the external affairs ministry said on Thursday while reacting to the Sri Lankan government handing over the Hambantota port to China on a 99-year lease last week. Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also …

Russia restricts tea supplies

Russia restricts tea supplies

Russia will place temporary restrictions on imports of all agricultural products from Sri Lanka, including tea, from Dec. 18, the Russian agricultural safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said on Thursday. The watchdog said it had taken the decision to impose restrictions after it found an insect, known …

Ram Setu is man-made

Ram Setu is man-made

The claim made in a new show of a US science channel that the ‘Ram Setu’ is man-made and not natural has reaffirmed the stand of the BJP on the issue, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today. He also hit out at the previous …

Problems Resolved

Problems Resolved

The three constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) amicably resolved their differences, concluded their seat sharing arrangements for the local government elections in the North and Eastern provinces and agreed to work together as one team. All the three TNA constituent parties agreed …