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Talks on FTA with China progressing

Talks on FTA with China progressing

Sri Lanka, on Sunday said talks on a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China were progressing smoothly and both countries hoped to sign the agreement soon. Commerce and Industry Minister, Rishard Bathiudeen said Sri Lanka had to date held six sessions of discussions with …

Implement Geneva resolution or face consequences

Implement Geneva resolution or face consequences

Alleging that ‘retrograde elements in the security establishment and their allies’ in the government were trying to undermine post-war reconciliation process, the UN yesterday warned Sri Lanka of dire consequences unless the government fully implemented Geneva Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration in Oct …

UN report wants an end to involvement in commercial or civilian activities

UN report wants an end to involvement in commercial or civilian activities

The UN Committee on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session, held from 29 May to 23 June 2017, in Geneva:  Australia, Uruguay, The Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The UN committee …

The need for transition to deep sea fishing

The need for transition to deep sea fishing

India’s prestigious English daily The Hindu has in its editorial hailed Sri Lanka’s legislative amendment to prohibit bottom trawling as a welcome move. It has however urged the need to discuss marine conservation, thus giving equal importance to protecting livelihoods and sustainable fishing. The Editorial …

Sri Lanka must shift its growth model

Sri Lanka must shift its growth model

In June 2017, the World Bank launched the most recent edition of the Sri Lanka Development Update (SLDU). Produced every six months, the report provides a more in-depth examination of selected economic and policy issues, and analysis of medium-term development challenges. This edition’s special focus …

Emmerson taken aback

Emmerson taken aback

Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, had a heated argument with visiting UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter Terrorism Ben Emmerson, QC, over UN intervention here Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, had a heated argument with visiting UN Special Rapporteur on Human …

An elephantine rescue

An elephantine rescue

The Sri Lankan Navy has rescued an elephant that was struggling in the water about five miles (eight kilometers) out to sea. Navy divers and wildlife experts worked for 12 hours on Tuesday to tie ropes around the animal and gently tow it to shore …

At the crossroads

At the crossroads

Sri Lankan cricket is at the crossroads after their humbling loss against Zimbabwe in the five-match ODI series. Having lost the first match of the series, Angelo Mathews-led team came back and won the following two encounters. However, the visitors turned the tables and bagged …

Brakes on constitution making process?

Brakes on constitution making process?

The Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe regime in Sri Lanka is suffering from a stress induced migraine since its election in 2015, triggered by strikes from trade unions against foreign assisted development projects, strikes by doctors against a controversial private medical college, and the shadow of former …

Economic relationship, not a one-way street

Economic relationship, not a one-way street

The Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, is taking pains to assuage Sri Lankan fears that India is planning to dominate the Sri Lankan economy through its projects and especially through the proposed Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA), writes P.K.Balachandran in …