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MMC – Sri Lanka grant history goes back to 2006 and Cabraal was part of it, according to a Wikileaks cable

A Wikileaks cable shows that the discussion  between Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Government of Sri Lanka begun as early as 2006. Although the...

Sri Lanka’s currency suffers as debt trap deepens

Image: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, in southern Sri Lanka, is called "the world's emptiest airport." It has four scheduled flights per week. (Photo by...

Sri Lanka out of viable political options – Prof. Siri Hettige

Speaking to  Colombo based Daily Mirror former chairperson of the police commission Professor Siri Hettige says that " We have run out of viable political...

Women’s and Minority Rights in Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Process

The team: Speakers and few others posed for a phtograph after the side event. (c) s.deshapriya. On Friday 17th March at the 34th session of...

Economists Tell Sri Lanka President, Finance Minister, Their Policies Inconsistent

(Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena (R) looks on next to Ravi Karunanayake Minister of Finance during the 'Sri Lanka Business Forum', in Colombo, Sri...

China, India Tussle for Influence as Sri Lanka Seeks Investment

Gauri Bhatia | Special to CNBC. Situated almost in the middle of the Indian Ocean, there is no escaping Sri Lanka's centrality. The country lies just...

Denmark Tops Global ‘Happy’ Index, Burundi at Bottom

( Image:Denmark lost to Switzerland in the 2015 version of the World Happiness Report but was named the happiest country once again in this...

Indian Envoy Takes on Sri Lankan Opposition Over Economy Pact

Indian High Commissioner Y.K. Sinha (left) said he was “surprised” to come across criticism of ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa (right) as it was the latter’s government...

Advancing Reconciliation and Development in Sri Lanka

By Mangala Samaraweera. 'Reconciliation and Development', as you would agree, are intertwined. It is difficult, almost impossible, to have one without the other. At the time...

Sri Lanka: A Systematic Country Diagnostic – World Bank

The Systematic Country Diagnostic is a comprehensive assessment of constraints and drivers of progress towards the twin goals of ending poverty and boosting shared...

Changing Face of North Sri Lanka: Region Growing Faster Than Any Other

( A morning scene in Jaffna town. Pic by Indika Handuwela) JAFFNA: The thundering roar of a MiG-27 engine on training sorties over the skies...

Enrique Iglesias’ Sexiness is Destroying Sri Lanka’s Proud Culture According to Country’s President

by Emily Bicks Stemming from the wild Enrique Iglesias concert gave on Dec. 20, in Sri Lanka, the country’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, is...

President Assures to Resettle IDPs in North Urgently

( President meeting IDPs in Jaffna) President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday (20) assured the displaced people in the North languishing in the welfare camps that they...

India to Build Sea Bridge, Tunnel to Connect Sri Lanka

India is set to build a sea bridge and tunnel connecting Sri Lanka while a pact has been inked with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal...

Sri Lanka Asks Japan to Arrange North-East Reconstruction Donor Meet

(Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife Maithree met Japan's Emperor and Empress during an official visit. ) Sri Lanka wants Japan to...

Sri Lanka: Economic consequences and challenges of the Geneva resolution

Nimal SanderathneGood governance is good for the nation and people. Irrespective of any economic consequences of the Geneva resolutions, the country must ensure law...

Sri Lanka has 1.4 M Govt employees; one third of them are police and armed forces

Eran drops bombshell in P’ment over public finance    No evidence of Parliamentary control over finance, says Eran    UNP MP charges Article 148 has been...

Lanka does a Maldives, raises duties on Indian vehicles by 73%

Sindhu Bhattacharya This could become the second instance, after the eviction of GMR Infrastructure from Maldives, where Indian companies suffer high handedness of India’s...

Sri Lanka raises taxes to boost defence spending

(AFP) COLOMBO — Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse on Thursday increased import taxes in an annual budget which allocated a record $2.2 ...

Is there any hope in COPE?

By Kelum BandaraMinutes after day’s business started in Parliament on Thursday, Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara rushed to his seat in the chamber of the...

Change in India’s trans-shipment policy hits Colombo

Cochin Port The Cabinet’s recent decision to relax India’s policy on granting ships the right to operate in its waters ~ its “cabotage policy”...

Divineguma Bill: Signs of authoritarianism – Editorial, The Sunday Times

Moves to set up a Divineguma Department estimated to be worth more than Rs. 80 billion by bringing together the existing Samurdhi Authority, the...

SL tops SAARC region in Human Development

An UNDP Human Development report said yesterday the country secured first place in terms of Human Development among SAARC countries. According to the report,...

Sri Lanka resumes printing money to sterilize forex sales

Sri Lanka's central bank has sterilized a foreign exchange sale injecting 8.0 billion rupees in one-month money into the banking system, ending several weeks...

EC warns of further depreciation of rupee, trouble in garment sector

A senior advisor to the European Commission (EC) has said that the exchange rate would stabilize at Rs. 138 per US dollar within the...

Terrible fiscal numbers show only hardship to grow; less money for education more for urban development

Construction on the newly repaired A9 road by JAMES MORGANDr. Harsha De SilvaThe very recent fiscal and government borrowing numbers released by the Central...

Can Burma Leapfrog Sri Lanka?

ForbesWith the rapid-fire opening of Burma/Myanmar stemming from apparently real reforms under new President Thein Sein, an intriguing regional competition may develop. ...

‘Divi Neguma’ Dept: Development catalyst, dependency creator or just a white elephant?

Basil R: on right gets the Divinaguma deptCharitha RatwatteThe Government has gazetted a Bill, on 27 July 2012, to set up a Divi Neguma...
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