South Asia and Beyond

Trade Unions Oppose Adani, Want Shipping Company

The development of the West Container Terminal (WCT) of Colombo Port should be carried out with a shipping company, not with the Indian Adani Group of Companies, say trade unions attached to the Colombo Port. Adani may be suitable to the government for the development of the WCT but it is not suitable to the […]Read More

UN Resolution: Sri Lanka Opts To Go In For Vote

COLOMBO: As a decisive week approaches for Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), with the Core Group resolution on Sri Lanka to be taken up for vote, the Sri Lankan Government has decided to face the vote, even with the surety of being defeated, rather than opt for a last-minute consensual resolution. […]Read More

West Container Terminal: New Proposal For Sri Lanka Cabinet

COLOMBO: Amidst rising pressure from India to respect the tripartite agreement signed between Sri Lanka, India, and Japan for the development of the East Container Terminal (ECT) at the Colombo Port, the Sri Lankan government is in the process of making a new proposal for the Cabinet-approved West Container Terminal (WCT) instead. The new proposal […]Read More

India To Build Petroleum Hub In Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee

COLOMBO: The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and the Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) will be partnering to develop a selected land area in Trincomalee as a “South Asian Petroleum Hub” for petroleum and natural gas, where 24 new oil storage tanks would be constructed. CPC Chairman Sumith Wijesinghe told […]Read More

As Sri Lanka Panel Begins Discussions, No ‘Official’ Acceptance Of

COLOMBO: A committee formed by Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Ports and Shipping will begin discussions pertaining to development of the West Container Terminal (WCT) today. Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Shipping U.D.C. Jayalal told The Morning yesterday that the committee will discuss the proposed shareholding split of 85-15 in favour of India. This […]Read More

India And China Made Sri Lanka Debtor, Japan Did Not:

COLOMBO: It has been a week since the Sri Lankan Government changed its plan to offer 49 per cent stake in the East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port to India, specifically its giant conglomerate Adani Group, reneging on a tripartite agreement signed with India and Japan in 2019. The Indian Government has not […]Read More

SL Ranked 9th In Global Response To Infectious Diseases (GRID)

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka, and its President Gotabaya Rajapaksa have been ranked 9th in the Global Response to Infectious Diseases (GRID) index. The GRID index is designed to rank how efficiently and effectively the leadership of the country and the preparedness of its health system were in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. The results are published in […]Read More

Sri Lanka Rejects UN Special Rapporteur’s Report

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has rejected Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed’s report following his visit to Sri Lanka from 15 to 26 August 2019. Shaheed’s report was presented to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) yesterday. The advanced unedited report of the Special Rapporteur (SR) was shared with Sri Lanka, for […]Read More

Cracks in Colombo Port City?

COLOMBO: The breakwater of the Colombo Port City, officially known as Colombo International Financial City (CIFC), has been damaged twice during the construction period up to now, The Sunday Morning has reliably learnt. The second and most recent incident had occurred in mid-2019 due to heavy winds that created powerful waves. When The Sunday Morning […]Read More