Eateries Threaten Closure As Polythene Ban Nears

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya  The government has banned polythene lunch sheets from September 1 and certain demands have been made by the restaurateurs. But in the event these demands are not met, all eateries around the country will be closed from September 1, said the President of the Sri Lanka Canteen Owners Association Asela Sampath. According [...]

Dengue Now “ Threat To National Security”

The current state for emergency in the country as a result of the rapid spread of dengue which has reached epidemic proportions is seen as a threat to national security. The impact on several sectors such as tourism, investments, education and the overall workforce has potential to cripple the economy. Therefore, a meeting was held [...]

Approximately 30% Of Dengue Patients Are Children

Approximately 30% of dengue patients are children between the years of 5 -19 years, according to the National Dengue Control Unit of the Ministry of Health (MoH). Sri Lanka is reporting an increased number of dengue cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. From 1 January to 28 July 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Battle Lines Drawn As Dengue Toll Increases

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The spread of dengue has taken a turn for the worse putting the government on a war footing with cabinet last week approving a proposal to amend the Public Security Act to assist in the fight against dengue. The Public Security Act is to be used to check abandoned property, including houses [...]

Dubious Deal Of Kotte MC Unearthed

by Ashanthi Warnasuriya With the garbage issue getting out of hand dengue too has reached epic proportions and there seems no solution in sight. According to Policy Planning and Economic Development Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva, politicians as well as the relevant officials should take responsibility for this crisis. He said no matter who [...]

Ajith, Suren Combination ‘Crashes’ SriLankan Airlines

By Nirmala Kannangara Another trade union action is looming due to an unprecedented decision taken by the Chairman, SriLankan Airlines to bring crew rostering under the Head of Human Resources in violation of aviation safety laws regulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This decision has compromised the safety of the national carrier and [...]

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