South Asia and Beyond

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

US Bans Army Commander Shavendra Silva

COLOMBO: The United States has banned Army Commander Shavendra Silva and his immediate family members from entering the country over ‘credible’ war crime charges. The statement issued by US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, is reproduced below; The Department of State has designated Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, current Commander of the Sri Lanka Army […]Read More

President Orders Probe Into Alleged Airbus-SriLankan Bribery Deal

COLOMBO: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed relevant officials to launch an investigation into an alleged Airbus-SriLankan bribery deal. International reports revealed on Saturday that Airbus had bribed the wife of an executive of SriLankan Airlines to secure an aircraft deal. The scam is a part of Airbus’s massive scheme to offer and pay bribes to secure […]Read More

Rights Bodies Accuse New Govt. Of Intimidating Critics

COLOMBO: Two rights bodies today claimed that the new government of Sri Lanka, headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has unleashed a chilling process of repression targeting critics and human rights defenders. The International Truth and Justice Project – Sri Lanka (ITJP) and Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) said intimidation and threats to critics […]Read More