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Economy poised to Leapfrog

Economy poised to Leapfrog

Sri Lanka under the unity government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe is poised to leapfrog the economy after long years of conflict and political instability, according to the nation’s Finance Minister. The Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangla …

North shuts down

North shuts down

Sri Lanka’s former war torn north came to a complete standstill on Friday as the public launched a protest, urging the release of political prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Law. Shops, schools and offices were closed across the district as people gathered outside …

India eyes airport

India eyes airport

India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate an airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its Belt and Road initiative, a Sri Lankan minister said. Sri Lanka’s civil aviation minister, Nimal Siripala, said …

Sri Lanka’s growth to be lowest among key South Asian nations

Sri Lanka’s growth to be lowest among key South Asian nations

Sri Lanka’s economy is expected to grow 4.6 percent this year, but the growth is said to be low compared to other key South Asian countries, a latest World Bank forecast, quoted by a local media report said here Wednesday. The estimated 4.6 percent growth …

Sovereignty shouldn’t be sacrificed

Sovereignty shouldn’t be sacrificed

Rear Admiral Karambir Singh, Vice Chief of Staff of the Indian Navy told the annual Galle Naval Dialogue here on Monday, that international cooperation for ensuring maritime security should not be at the cost of national sovereignty. “Nations should strive for self-governance and self sufficiency …

Jaffna’s social issues are coming to the fore

Jaffna’s social issues are coming to the fore

Issues of social inequality and oppression among the Tamils of North Sri Lanka, which were brushed under the carpet either by tradition or by the exigencies of war, are now coming into the open, thanks to the end of the 30 year war in 2009 …

Chronicles of a carnage foretold

Chronicles of a carnage foretold

At the peak of the Sri Lankan war, four activist-academics tirelessly documented the atrocities of all the warring parties. After one of them was killed, the rest fled the country amid death threats. Nearly 20 years later, Meera Srinivasan listens in as they sit together …

Future Banking – Mobile Banking is dead

Future Banking – Mobile Banking is dead

I saw a post earlier this week which asked what mobile banking would look like in the future. There were a few responses discussing personal dashboards, statements with PFM insights, chat banking etc. Quite frankly nothing new. We’re moving from transactions to experiences… As customers …

The rise of the Sinhala fundamentalist

The rise of the Sinhala fundamentalist

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka.                                                          Philosophy, said Kautilya (Chanakya) in the Arthashathra, deals primarily with the right and wrong use …

Indian Origin Tamils in the North cry for attention

Indian Origin Tamils in the North cry for attention

Thanks to the end of the war in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province in 2009, and the subsequent restoration of democracy there in 2013, depressed Tamil communities, including the Indian Origin Tamils,are becoming conscious of their constitutional and human rights and have begun to voice …