News Updates

21 July - 31 July
  • Sri Lanka is a key component of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road with Hambantota Port and Colombo Port City as the two flagship projects of the pragmatic cooperation between China and Sri Lanka under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan said. (Daily Mirror, July 28, 2018)
  • China’s Xi offers fresh US $ 295mn grant to Sri Lanka
    Chinese President Xi Jinping has offered Sri Lanka a fresh grant of two billion yuan (US $ 295 million), as Beijing looks to expand its influence in the tiny island country off India’s southern tip. (Daily Mirror, July 24, 2018)
  • China will continue to provide various training courses for tri-forces of Sri Lanka and make preparations to hand over a gift frigate to Sri Lanka Navy, a top Chinese military official said. (Daily Mirror, July 24, 2018)
  • Bringing Sri Lanka’s traders one step closer to global market Sri Lanka’s traditional lacework famously known as Beeralu is slowly moving into the spotlight of the global fashion industry. (Daily Mirror, July 26, 2018)
  • Sri Lanka signed a US $ 100 million credit agreement with the World Bank to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to strengthen and modernise the general education system in the country. The General Education Modernization Project (GEM) will modernize and diversify the curriculum of general education, in keeping with the transformation taking place in Sri Lanka’s society and economy. (Daily Mirror, July 26, 2018)
  • The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland would arrive in Sri Lanka on August 1 for a four-day official visit, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said. (July 30, 2018)
14th July - 20th July
  • SLA will not close camps in North, said Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake
    “Under any circumstances the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) will not resort to any decisions that would pose a threat to national security, and it always prioritizes national security concerns, the Army commander said in a statement. Sri Lanka Army is prepared round the clock to respond to all security requirements in the country”, he said. (Daily Mirror, July 15, 2018)
  • "Army to be restructured, not downsizing”, the Government informed Parliament. This assurance was given by both Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, who responded to a question raised by Joint Opposition Parliamentary Group Leader Dinesh Gunawardane in the House. (Daily Mirror, July 19, 2018)
  • “Asia and Pacific region should agree for a regional policy to address water-related disaster risk reduction” said State Minister of Irrigation and Water Resource Management, Palitha Range Bandara, at a special side event on Water and Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2018. (Daily Mirror, July 14, 2018)
  • Facebook, which faces growing criticism for posts that have incited violence in some countries including Sri Lanka, said Wednesday that it would begin removing misinformation that could lead to violence, the New York Times reported. (Daily Mirror, July 19, 2018)
9th July - 13th July
  • Thailand and Sri Lanka signed four MoUs
    The four MoU’s are a Treaty between Thailand and Sri Lanka on the Transfer of Offenders and on Co-operation in the Enforcement of Penal Sentences, MoU on Strategic Economic Partnership between the two countries, understanding between Ministry of Social Welfare and Primary Industries and Kasetsart University on Technological Collaboration Related to Value Addition of Primary Products and Joint Action Programme for Cooperation on Sustainable Community Development Model based on the Application on Sufficiency Economy Philosophy in Sri Lanka. (Daily Mirror, July 13, 2018)
  • Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha arrived in Sri Lanka on a two-day official visit on an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena. (Daily Mirror, July 13, 2018)
  • Sri Lanka scores low on providing a conducive business environment for US companies operating in the country owing to policy instability while conditions for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from U.S. companies remain undesirable, according to a latest report by American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and Stax Inc. (Daily Mirror, July 13, 2018)
1st July - 08th July
  • Sri Lanka to shift naval base to China-controlled port city. Sri Lanka is shifting a naval base to a port built and controlled by China, it said on Monday, a move that will strengthen security at a harbour that foreign powers fear China could use for military purposes. The $1.5 billion deepwater port is likely to play a major role in China’s “Belt and Road” initiative and is under a 99-year lease to China Merchants Port Holdings at a cost of $1.12 billion.
  • Government and diplomatic sources have told Reuters that the United States, India and Japan have raised concerns that China might use the port as a naval base. The Sri Lankan government and Chinese embassy in Colombo have denied that and the agreement for the port deal included a clause that it cannot be used for military purpose. (Reuters, July 02, 2018)
  • China refutes so-called 'debt trap' over Sri Lanka's Hambantota port project.
    China and Sri Lanka are committed to pushing forward cooperation on the Hambantota port project and realizing the goal of making Sri Lanka the logistics center of the Indian Ocean, said a Foreign Ministry. (Xinhua, July 04, 2018)
  • The 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report released by the US Department of State revealed that women and girls from Sri Lanka and other countries were subjected to sex trafficking in Afghanistan and India.
  • The report was released by Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo at the State Department headquarters in Washington, DC last week. (Daily Mirror, July 07, 2018)
  • LNG power plant tender to be awarded to Chinese company. A team of experts have pointed out that the possible energy crisis in 2020 would take a turn for the worse, if the tender for the LNG plant in Kerawalapitiya was delayed any further. Though the project was to be implemented this year, uncertainty remains whether it could be done because of the delay in awarding the tender. (Daily Mirror, July 07, 2018)
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