Sri Lanka slips down in global competitiveness index

Sri Lanka slips down in global competitiveness index

COLOMBO, Sept 28 (NIA) - Sri Lanka has fallen behind three notches in global competitiveness this year to rank 71st among 138 countries, the Global Competitiveness Report for 2016/2017 released by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) said Wednesday. Sri Lanka, with a score of 4.19 out of 7 ranked 71st in the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) this year dropping...

US, China express interest in debt stricken Sri Lankan Airlines

US, China express interest in debt stricken Sri Lankan Airlines

Colombo, Sept 28 (NIA) - Two global investment managers, US based BlackRock and TPG Capital, have shown interest in crisis-hit SriLankan Airlines which is looking for a partner, a minister said here on Wednesday. “BlackRock and TPG Capital, two global investment management firms are among the interested parties in addition to some Chinese airlines,” Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of International Trade...

India has set no time frame for signing Economic and Technical and Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with Sri Lanka

India has set no time frame for signing Economic and Technical and Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with Sri Lanka

Colombo, September 27 (NIA): India has not given a time frame for negotiating an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with Sri Lanka, although the Sri Lankan government wants to sign the agreement by year end, the visiting Indian Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said here on Tuesday . Briefing the media after talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Minister...

Sri Lanka to promote eco tourism to protect environment

Sri Lanka to promote eco tourism to protect environment

Colombo, Sept 27 (NIA) - Sri Lanka will seek to promote eco-tourism and protect the environment as part of its tourism agenda in the coming months, Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said here Tuesday. Addressing an event held in Colombo to mark World Tourism Day, Amaratunga said that while accessibility remains a key component of Sri Lanka’s tourism development strategy, sustainability...

Sri Lankan government will not withdraw army from the Tamil North

Sri Lankan government will not withdraw army from the Tamil North

Colombo, September 26 (NIA): The Sri Lankan State Minister of Defense, Ruwan Wijewardene, has said that the government will not remove army camps in the Northern Province even though some people are holding demonstrations demanding their closure. Commenting on the ‘Ezhuga Tamizh’ (Tamils Arise!) demonstrations organized by the Tamil People’s Council (TPC) led by Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on September...

“Ezhuga Tamizh” rally seen as jockeying for power in Tamil nationalistic politics irrespective of consequences

“Ezhuga Tamizh” rally seen as jockeying for power in Tamil nationalistic politics irrespective of consequences

Colombo, September 25 (NIA): The “Ezhuga Tamizh” rally and general strike which were organized in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province on Saturday, represent a jockeying for power and position in Tamil nationalist politics rather than a genuine attempt to find a realistic and sustainable solution to the Tamil question, say independent observers of the North Sri Lankan political scene. Scholarly...

Wigneswaran calls for peoples’ movement to strengthen hands of elected Tamil representatives

Wigneswaran calls for peoples’ movement to strengthen hands of elected Tamil representatives

Colombo, September 24 (NIA): The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, on Saturday gave a clarion call for a peoples’ movement to raise issues pertaining to the Tamil people and thereby strengthen the hands of their elected representatives. Speaking at the “Ezhuga Tamizh” (Tamils Arise) rally at Jaffna, Wigneswaran said that the problems of the Tamil...

A Day Before Ezhuga Tamizh Stir, Sri Lankan Govt. Sends 23 Ex-Tiger Cadres For Rehab and Release

A Day Before Ezhuga Tamizh Stir, Sri Lankan Govt. Sends 23 Ex-Tiger Cadres For Rehab and Release

Colombo, September 23 (NIA): A day before the “Ezhuga Tamizh” (Arise Tamils) stir in the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces challenging the Tamil National Alliance leadership and the Sri Lankan government to implement their electoral promises is to be launched, the Sri Lankan government on Friday sent for rehabilitation and release, 23 of the 118 former Tamil Tiger cadres who...

Schools in Sri Lanka have been barred from imposing dress codes on visiting female parents

Schools in Sri Lanka have been barred from imposing dress codes on visiting female parents

Colombo, September 23 (BBC): The bar on schools imposing dress codes on female parents visiting their children’s schools has come after a public outcry against certain rules imposed by an elite Catholic private school in Colombo. A poster prominently displayed outside the school’s gates dictated what a female parent should wear or avoid wearing when picking up their children. The...

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