Why Is India Worried About China Consolidating In Sri Lanka?

by Swaran Singh On Saturday, Sri Lanka finally signed a $1.1 billion deal selling China 70 per cent stake in its strategic Hambantota Port. The fact that the Chinese signatory, the state-run China Merchant Port Holdings, is a Hong Kong based firm reminds not just of a similar 99-year lease that Chinese had signed in [...]

Beijing Not Fully Satisfied With Hambantota Port Deal

by  Easwaran Rutnam China is not fully satisfied with the agreement reached on the Hambantota Port deal, Chinese government sources said. Sources said that Beijing had questioned the Chinese Embassy in Colombo about the agreement reached with Sri Lanka. China had provided over USD 1 billion for the construction of the port as a loan. Under [...]

Trade Unions Raise The Red Card

by  Ashanthi Warunasuriya Trade unions have warned that they will unite to take on the government if the Essential Services Act is used against them. President Maithripala Sirisena made a proclamation last week in the form of an order under Section 2 of the Essential Public Services Act, No. 61 of 1979 which was published [...]

Missing Seek Answers As OMP Takes Step Forward

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya President Maithripala Sirisena recently signed the gazette notification for the establishment of the Office of Missing Persons. This topic had been discussed for many years and the current government gave a pledge to the people that it would implement it. However, even if its implementation took a long time, many civil society [...]

Sexual Exploitation Of Women In The North-East Continues

Government officials, Non-governmental organisation (NGO) staff, workers and military personnel continue to exploit women in the North and East. While domestic abuse and sexual violence or exploitation are problems across Sri Lanka, its higher prevalence in the north and east is a consequence of armed conflict and continued militarisation, exacerbated by the culture of sexual [...]

SriLankan Staff Up In Arms

by Nirmala Kannangara Employees of SriLankan Airlines are up in arms against Minister of Public Enterprise Development Kabir Hashim, for accusing the airline trade unions for their failure to protect the national carrier from lavish spending by its former Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe, without pointing a finger at the Management for their failure to take action [...]

Police Action Raises Several Questions

by Ashanthi Warunasuirya The manner in which the Police had attempted to arrest a student activist recently has raised several questions. The Police in plain clothes had attempted to arrest student activist Ryan Jayalath in Colombo over his involvement in a recent protest at the Health Ministry. The attempt to arrest the activist was seen [...]

Controversy Surrounds Decision To Close Wilpattu

by Nirmala Kannangara Controversy surrounds on the decision taken by the Department of Wildlife Conservation to close the country’s largest national park , Wilpattu for the first time in history. Although the Wildlife Department claims the decision to close the park was due to the prevailing drought, questions have been raised as to who had [...]

Fifty Years On: LGB&T Equality Brings Success

by James Dauris British High Commissioner  to Sri Lanka On July 27 the United Kingdom marked the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. On this day in 1967 the Sexual Offences Act was passed, decriminalising same-sex acts between consenting adults over the age of 21. Homosexual acts had until then been outlawed by [...]

Marine Drive To Bulldoze Historic Sites

by Easwaran Rutnam The Marine Drive expansion plan is set to bulldoze some historic sites in Colombo, including the Colombo Swimming Club and S. Thomas’ Preparatory School. Last Friday the bulldozing began with a section of the wall surrounding the Colombo Swimming Club being flattened. The Road Development Authority (RDA) and the Police on Friday [...]

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