Wickremesinghe Appoints Underprivileged Youths as Multi-Purpose Assistants in Anuradhapura, While Controversy Rages over Meritocracy
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Wickremesinghe Appoints Underprivileged Youths as Multi-Purpose Assistants in Anuradhapura, While Controversy Rages over Meritocracy

Kantale, Sri Lanka (January 4, 2024) – In a move likely to ignite further debate on public service recruitment, President Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided to confirm the appointments of the multi-purpose development assistants (MPDAs) given by the Gotabaya Rajapaksa regime. Current President Ranil Wickrmasinghe has approved the permanent appointment of 219 MPDAs in Anuradhapura district….

Sri Lanka Announces Truth Commission: Hope Flickers Amid Skepticism
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Sri Lanka Announces Truth Commission: Hope Flickers Amid Skepticism

  In a long-awaited move, Sri Lanka has finally taken a concrete step towards reconciliation by announcing the establishment of a Truth Commission. Gazetted on January 2nd, the move aims to address the deep wounds of the three-decade war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and pave the way for healing and unity….

Sri Lanka Blocks Chinese Research Vessels, Fueling Tensions in the Indian Ocean
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Sri Lanka Blocks Chinese Research Vessels, Fueling Tensions in the Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka has ignited a geopolitical firestorm by imposing a one-year ban on Chinese research vessels entering its ports and conducting research in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This move, announced on January 1st, comes after months of mounting pressure from India and the United States, both wary of China’s expanding research fleet in the…

Uncertainty Plagues Rohingya Refugees in Sri Lanka as UN Office Prepares to Close
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Uncertainty Plagues Rohingya Refugees in Sri Lanka as UN Office Prepares to Close

Fear gripped roughly 100 Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka as they protested outside the UN refugee agency’s office on Tuesday. With the agency’s closure looming at year’s end, their basic living allowance and prospects for permanent resettlement hang precariously in the balance. These refugees, mostly rescued at sea while fleeing Myanmar’s brutal crackdown, haven’t found…

Sri Lanka Welcomes Over 1.4 Million Tourists in 2023, Despite Missing Target by a Hair
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Sri Lanka Welcomes Over 1.4 Million Tourists in 2023, Despite Missing Target by a Hair

India Drives Tourism Boom, While Russia Takes Second Place Sri Lanka’s tourism industry celebrated a strong 2023, welcoming 1,487,303 tourists despite falling just short of the ambitious 1.5 million target. This impressive figure marks a 106.6% increase compared to 2022, showcasing a significant rebound for the island nation. India emerged as the undisputed leader, sending…

Ranil Wickremesinghe speaks to Gulf Business on resurrecting Sri Lanka’s economy, COP28 summit 

Ranil Wickremesinghe speaks to Gulf Business on resurrecting Sri Lanka’s economy, COP28 summit 

Gulf Business’ Group Editor, Gareth Van Zyl speaks to Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe on the sidelines of the COP28 summit in Dubai. The wide-ranging discussion delves into the ongoing economic crisis and the looming climate crisis, as parties hash out a climate action deal. Watch the full interview here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTgZWQBaJAE

Elderly Sri Lankans Feel the Brunt of the Newspaper Decline

Elderly Sri Lankans Feel the Brunt of the Newspaper Decline

This is an article about elderly Sri Lankans and the decline of newspapers. It discusses the economic crisis and how it has affected the newspaper industry. As a result, many newspapers have folded or reduced publication. This has left many elderly Sri Lankans without a source of news and connection to their community. They are…

Discussions held on strengthening historic Maldives-Sri Lanka relations

Discussions held on strengthening historic Maldives-Sri Lanka relations

Discussions have been held on strengthening the historic relationship between Maldives and Sri Lanka. The discussions were held during a meeting held between President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu and President of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday. The meeting was held as part of President Muizzu’s ongoing trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to take…

Tropical Belt Climate Ambition Plan: A Beacon of Hope for a Sustainable Future

Tropical Belt Climate Ambition Plan: A Beacon of Hope for a Sustainable Future

In the face of an escalating climate crisis, the call for ambitious action has echoed across the globe. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, President Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka introduced the Tropical Belt Climate Ambition Plan (TBCAP) at the UN Climate Summit in September 2023. This bold initiative aims to transform the highly biodiverse…

Sri Lanka’s President Wickremesinghe Urges for Climate Action at COP28

Sri Lanka’s President Wickremesinghe Urges for Climate Action at COP28

In a powerful address at COP28, Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe urged world leaders to take immediate and decisive action to address the escalating climate crisis. He highlighted the disproportionate impact of climate change on developing countries like Sri Lanka, emphasizing the need for global solidarity and climate justice. President Wickremesinghe called for the establishment…