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 […]

Why does India want to buy the world’s emptiest airport?

Why does India want to buy the world’s emptiest airport?

Colombo, Dec 5 – (Quartz) – Geopolitical rivalry between big powers sometimes yields odd results. The latest development in growing strategic competition across the Indian Ocean region is India’s purchase of what has become known as the “world’s emptiest international airport” in Sri Lanka, maybe just to keep it empty. The small fishing town of […]

Straws in the wind suggest memorialization might facilitate reconciliation

Straws in the wind suggest memorialization might facilitate reconciliation

The Great Heroes Day (Maaverar Naal) observances this year in the Northern Province was notable, and perhaps path breaking too, in two ways: Firstly, a  record number of people participated in the various events in public places including Hindu temples and churches. Secondly, the government allowed the observances to take place, though the State Minister […]

Maldives- China FTA will not affect commercial and security ties with India: Maldivian envoy

Maldives- China FTA will not affect commercial and security ties with India: Maldivian envoy

Colombo, December 4 (The Hindu): Enhanced trade relations with China will not affect Maldives’s relations with its neighbors, said a visiting Maldivian Minister, the country’s Attorney General and the Ambassador in Sri Lanka here on Monday. They were defending the recently concluded  Free Trade Agreement with China which has drawn flak from the opposition parties […]

A paradox in this year’s memorialization of dead Tamil Tiger cadres

A paradox in this year’s memorialization of dead Tamil Tiger cadres

The conflict in Sri Lanka over the memorialization of Tamil Tiger militants through the annual observance of Maaveerar Naal or Great Heroes’ Day on November 27, is showing signs of fading. Paradoxically, these signs appeared during this year’s observances which saw unprecedented public participation in the Tamil-majority Northern Province, writes P.K.Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. Even as […]

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