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Sri Lanka battles labour shortage

Sri Lanka battles labour shortage

Cheap Sri Lankan labour has built skyscrapers and condos across the Gulf for decades but now contractors at home are desperate for workers as the island nation experiences an unprecedented construction boom. The labour shortage has seen builders offer lavish incentives ranging from cash to …

Sri Lanka to offer India port development

Sri Lanka to offer India port development

Sri Lanka may find it difficult to wriggle out of China’s clutches because of the massive debt it owes to Beijing but to balance things out, it is now set to allow India to jointly develop the Trincomalee port in northeastern part of the country. …

A Government-made disaster

A Government-made disaster

Rescuers called up from the military continued to dig through heaps of mud and trash that collapsed onto a clutch of homes near a garbage dump outside Sri Lanka’s capital, killing at least 30 people and possibly burying dozens more. When they first arrived at …

Security sector is in need of reform.

Security sector is in need of reform.

The Associated Press recently published a very disturbing story about how UN peacekeepers from Sri Lanka ran a sex ring in Haiti some years ago. According to the piece, “[t]he Sri Lankan peacekeepers wanted sex from girls and boys as young as 12.” More broadly, when …

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 …