Sri Lanka to hold talks with Emirates over partnering with Sri Lankan Airlines

Sri Lanka to hold talks with Emirates over partnering with Sri Lankan Airlines

Colombo, June 19 (newsin.asia) – Several international airlines including Emirates have expressed interest in partnering with Sri Lanka’s national airline carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines for its development under the Private Public Partnership model, an official here said on Monday. State Finance Minister Eran Wickramaratne told reporters here that informal talks had taken place with those having […]

Perpetually abroad, Modi loses sight of the grassroots mauled by demonetization

Perpetually abroad, Modi loses sight of the grassroots mauled by demonetization

With an insatiable thirst for foreign travel (over 64 jaunts since he came to power three years ago), India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have lost sight of India, particularly, the real India living its villages, writes P.K.Balachandran in www.southasianmonitor.com. Though he claims to be a small town man of humble origin, Modi would […]

Internal differences stymie Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s effectiveness

Internal differences stymie Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s effectiveness

Astana, June 12: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which held a summit here in the Kazakh capital this month, has been around for a long time.But till date, it has little to show by way or concrete achievements whether in security or economic cooperation, because of a lack of internal cohesion, writes P.K.Balachandran in South […]

ADB provides $2 million grant for relief efforts in Sri Lanka

ADB provides $2 million grant for relief efforts in Sri Lanka

Colombo, June 9 (newsin.asia) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB), on Friday said it had approved a $2 million grant to finance relief efforts in Sri Lanka following the recent floods and landslides that claimed the lives of over 200 people and damaged the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands more. “Considering the scope of the […]

Beyond parochialism and pettiness: Setting a regional agenda for actual cooperation

Beyond parochialism and pettiness: Setting a regional agenda for actual cooperation

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Colombo, June 8: South Asia has a plethora of regional cooperation institutions, but their performance has been dismal. Parochialism, petty nationalism and mutual suspicions have been the bane of these institutions, though they have been around for decades and have been holding meetings frequently to ritualistically express sentiments of brotherhood and signing […]

BIMSTEC’s success hinges on eschewing parochialism, says Secy Gen. Nakandala

BIMSTEC’s success hinges on eschewing parochialism, says Secy Gen. Nakandala

Dhaka June 7 (newsin.asia): Sumith Nakandala, Secretary General of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), has called upon member states to eschew parochialism and pettiness and develop  pluralistic values to help BIMSTEC realize its full potential as an engine of economic development in the Bay of Bengal region. “ […]

Sri Lankan Airlines to continue flights to Qatar

Sri Lankan Airlines to continue flights to Qatar

Colombo, June 6 (NIA) – Sri Lanka’s national airline carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, on Tuesday said it will continue to operate its flights to Qatar after several Gulf States and the Maldives cut off all ties with the Arab state. Sri Lankan Airlines however said it will continue to monitor the situation in the Middle […]

Ranil tightens grip over economic and foreign portfolios

Ranil tightens grip over economic and foreign portfolios

By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, June 2 (Daily Express): Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has tightened his grip over the country’s economic and foreign policies through the two ministerial portfolio shuffles carried out by President Maithripala Sirisena recently. In Wednesday’s shuffle of junior ministers’ portfolios, banker and Wickremesinghe loyalist Eran Wickramaratne was made State Minister of […]

Here’s how much Exxon paid Republicans who urged Trump to ditch Paris climate deal

Here’s how much Exxon paid Republicans who urged Trump to ditch Paris climate deal

By Tom Cahill/www.resistancereport.com 22 Republicans were behind the push to get President Trump to leave the Paris climate agreement. Those senators are also favorites of polluters. A letter sent to the White House last week — signed by 22 of the most conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate — rejected the overwhelming global scientific consensus […]

Sri Lanka, ‘best island for investment in the future’

Sri Lanka, ‘best island for investment in the future’

Colombo, June 1 (NIA) – The ‘Island Economies of the Future’ of fDi Magazine, published in the UK topped Sri Lanka as the country with best potentials to build up the strongest economy among 27 island nations in the future, the President’s media division said. Accordingly, it points out Sri Lanka will be the most […]

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