Lankan human rights activist Shreen Saroor gets Franco-German award

Lankan human rights activist Shreen Saroor gets Franco-German award

Colombo, December 12 (newsin.asia): Noted Sri Lankan human rights campaigner Shreen Abdul Saroor,  received the Franco-German Human Rights Award at a ceremony here on Monday in the presence of the Sri Lankan Minister of Finance and Media ,Mangala Samaraweera and the German Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jörn Rohde. The Franco German Prize for Human Rights […]

Firebrand Sinhalese leader Weerawansa’s party cracks up

Firebrand Sinhalese leader Weerawansa’s party cracks up

Colombo, December 11 (newsin.asia):  The radical Sinhalese political party, National Freedom Front (NFF) led by the firebrand Wimal Weerawansa, appears to be cracking up, with senor leaders quitting it. On Monday, the NFF’s Deputy Leader, Weerakumara Dissanayake, National Organizer Piyasiri Wijenayake and North Central Provincial Councilor P.B. Kumara, joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) […]

China sends a further 1000 metric ton of rice to Sri Lanka

China sends a further 1000 metric ton of rice to Sri Lanka

Colombo, Dec 11 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka, on Monday received the second consignment of 1000 metric tonnes of rice from China, to be distributed to the drought struck victims in the island country. At the request of the Sri Lankan government, China has agreed to donate 2752 metric tonnes of rice for humanitarian emergency relief. Out […]

Sri Lankan govt’s budget for 2018 passed in Parliament

Sri Lankan govt’s budget for 2018 passed in Parliament

Colombo, Dec 9 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s parliament on Saturday, passed the government’s budget for 2018 with an overwhelming two thirds majority. The budget vote, which was taken up on Saturday evening, saw 155 lawmakers voting in favour and 56 voting against. The budget for 2018 was presented to the Sri Lankan Parliament in November by […]

With launching of Sino-Lankan JV to run Hambantota Port, Lanka joins China’s OBOR

With launching of Sino-Lankan JV to run Hambantota Port, Lanka joins China’s OBOR

Colombo, December 9 (newsin.asia): With the launching of a Sino-Sri Lankan Joint Venture (JV) to run the China-funded Hambantota port here on Saturday, Sri Lanka has joined China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) and 21 st.Century Maritime Silk Route projects, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said. Speaking at the launching ceremony here on Saturday, Wickremesinghe […]

Death due to kidney disease in Pakistan is highest in South Asia

Death due to kidney disease in Pakistan is highest in South Asia

Colombo, December 7: Mortality due to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)  in Pakistan is the highest in the South Asian region with 24.77 deaths per 100,000 population, and is the lowest in Sri Lanka with 16.34 deaths, says www.worldlifeexpectancy.com quoting the World Health Organization (WHO).writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express. At 24.21 deaths per 100,000 population, the […]

Sri Lanka set to unveil ‘Tourism Wonderland’ this X’mas to lure more tourists

Sri Lanka set to unveil ‘Tourism Wonderland’ this X’mas to lure more tourists

Colombo, Dec 7 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Tourism Ministry, on Thursday announced that plans were afoot to transform Colombo into a ‘Tourism Wonderland’ as part of the festive season celebrations. Despite Sri Lanka’s Tourism figures projecting a weak growth in recent months, the Tourism Ministry said they were anticipating higher numbers this month due to […]

Sri Lankan President lays foundation for South Asia’s largest Kidney Hospital

Sri Lankan President lays foundation for South Asia’s largest Kidney Hospital

Colombo, Dec 6 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for a LKR 12 billion (US$ 78.6 million),  state of the art kidney hospital, which will be constructed in Polonnaruwa, in the island’s north central province, with Chinese assistance. The Sri Lankan government has said the hospital will be […]

Sri Lanka to hand port to Chinese firm, receive $300 million

Sri Lanka to hand port to Chinese firm, receive $300 million

Colombo, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka will hand over commercial activities in its main southern port to a Chinese company on Saturday and receive around $300 million out of a $1.1 billion deal soon after, Ports Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.  The deal, signed in July, will see China Merchants Port Holdings (0144.HK), handling the […]