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Primary cause of problems is non-resolution of ethnic issue

Primary cause of problems is non-resolution of ethnic issue

The division of the country would be neither beneficial to the nation nor the Tamil speaking people, said Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, appealing to the Tamils not to lend their support to any political movement that advocated secession. “This was the position taken by the …

Sri Lanka’s enforced disappearances

Sri Lanka’s enforced disappearances

Sri Lanka has used abductions as a way to instill fear since the days of civil war. In the last three decades, 60,000 people have gone missing. Many families continue to protest every day under makeshift tents in towns across the country’s north. They hold …

Port City sees up to $4 billion investment interest

Port City sees up to $4 billion investment interest

A Chinese-backed real estate project near Sri Lanka’s main port is in discussion with investors for up to $4 billion in investments in its first phase, the developer said on Wednesday. Work on the $1.4 billion Port City project by China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) …

Congressional Caucus on Ethnic & Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka

Congressional Caucus on Ethnic & Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka

A panel event by the Congressional Caucus on Religious and Ethnic Freedom in Sri Lanka saw a lively discussion on the link between Sinhala Buddhism and extremist violence in Washington DC last week. The panel, moderated by the co-chair of the caucus Representative Bill Johnson, …

LTTE supporters get 10-year jail

LTTE supporters get 10-year jail

Ramanathapuram. The district court has convicted two supporters of the proscribed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who had procured cyanide capsules in a bid to revive the militant organisation, under the provisions of Unlawful activities (prevention) Act, 1967 and awarded them 10 years imprisonment. Passing …

$100 million from World Bank to strengthen education

$100 million from World Bank to strengthen education

The World Bank, on Friday, approved a loan of US 100 million dollars to support and modernize Sri Lanka’s education system. The General Education Modernization Project (GEM), for which the loan has been approved, will modernize and diversify the curriculum of general education in keeping …

How China trapped Sri Lanka under a mountain of debt

How China trapped Sri Lanka under a mountain of debt

Sri Lanka’s economy is struggling under the weight of massive debts owed to China, with the rupee hitting an all-time low on Monday. The big picture: As the small South Asian country’s economy spirals downward, it’s freeing itself from debts by selling Chinese-funded infrastructure projects …

China never interferes in internal affairs

China never interferes in internal affairs

Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has strongly denied reports of Chinese militarization of the Chinese funded Hambantota Port, in southern Sri Lanka, and stressed the Sri Lankan Navy was the sole military force responsible for the security of the Port. During discussions with China’s …

Sri Lanka to push ahead with Reforms

Sri Lanka to push ahead with Reforms

Sri Lanka will continue to press ahead with reforms and revenue for the start of the year is on target, junior finance minister Eran Wickramaratne said in an interview. “We are more or less on track” with the reform program, said Wickramaratne, who represents the …

“Belt and Road” Ports Align with Military Interests

“Belt and Road” Ports Align with Military Interests

A new report by non-profit C4ADS suggests that China’s “Belt and Road” seaport projects in the Indo-Pacific may be intended to serve strategic, military objectives. Based upon the unofficial views of Chinese academics, Beijing’s “core interest” in maintaining access to sea lanes is a key …