“Flights soon from Sri Lanka’s Jaffna to 4 Indian cities but not Chennai. Here’s why” Hindustan Times

Since the end of its three-decade long civil war in 2009 and with the help of India, Sri Lanka has been upgrading the Jaffna peninsula’s Kankesanthurai harbour and the adjacent air field Palali, which played a crucial role for the Sri Lankan air force to air-drop relief supplies during the brutal conflict, when supply lines to Jaffna were often cut off by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

via: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/flights-soon-from-srilanka-s-jaffna-to-4-indian-cities-but-not-chennai-here-s-why/story-Ad5cSDmUzDvnIHVTRvtwrL.html?fbclid=IwAR0hdWvNpBj3x2BoOPV-HtvMuC-T40rO_Yl6tQCBT34SQwN44vPBSv-iXww

“Mired by Multiple Loan Sharks” by Amra Ismail

After a nearly three-decade civil war those devastated by it had to rebuild their lives and finding employment was a challenge. The strategy adopted by the Government was to expand credit and promote self-employment. But then things took a turn for the worse when their livelihoods did not flourish. People could not repay the mounting debts. The once war-torn areas of the country are now mired by multiple loans which include ‘predatory’ microfinance loans and loans provided by informal lenders at exorbitant interest rates.Failed attempts at self-employment coupled with accumulating high interest loans have now driven families to the brink of poverty.

via: www.dailymirror.lk/article/Mired-by-Multiple-Loan-Sharks-149365.html

source: dailymirror.lk

“Cooperative System to Rejuvanate Northern Economy” by Azhar Razak

According to plans mooted by the Finance Ministry, the government intends to support community-based co-operative sector by investing in fifty small industries run by over 1,900 regional co-operative movements, in a major bid to spur sustainable and inclusive reconstruction, while generating employment for over 2,500 people.

via: http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2018/04/08/cooperative-system-rejuvenate-northern-economy

“Sri Lankan ice-cream parlour gains fame after surviving brutal conflict” by Channel NewsAsia

After the end of decades of armed conflict, an ice-cream parlour in war-torn Jaffna has gained popularity among Sri Lankans, thanks to its persistence in remaining open despite the violence.

see: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lankan-ice-cream/2052282.html

“Farming recovery in Sri Lanka’s ex-war zone exposes water woes” by Amantha Perera

Since Sri Lanka’s three-decade civil war ended in 2009, Nagarathnam Ganeshan has faced a major new uncertainty: how much water he will have to grow his crops.

see: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/12/us-sri-lanka-agriculture-water-idUSKCN0QH0BV20150812

“Emperor’s new clothes: Pathfinder Foundation’s Economic Blueprint” by Collective for Economic Democratisation

The Pathfinder Foundation’s prescriptions in its recent report, ‘Charting the Way Forward: Prosperity for All’ are a blueprint for the failed neoliberal policies of the past and would lead to prosperity for a few and misery for many. While vague and superficial in its analysis and conclusions, the Pathfinder Report’s conceptualization of structural changes to Sri Lanka’s economy has many faulty if not dangerous assumptions.

In particular, the report proposes cutting back on state budgets while promoting labour regimes that will further undermine workers’ rights and incomes. These ideas will only consolidate tendencies of political decay in Sri Lanka, further removing citizens from decisions made by economic ‘experts’. Finding alternatives then must inevitably expose the hoary claims in the report that are being rejected around the world in the wake of economic crisis.

via: http://www.dailymirror.lk/77371/emperor-s-new-clothes-pathfinder-foundation-s-economic-blueprint

” Sri Lanka balances its ties with two Asian giants” by Barrister Harun ur Rashid

“Sri Lanka needs good relations with both China and India but Rajapaksa turned it into a zero sum game, which made him a liability for India,” said Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, executive director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives in Sri Lanka.

via: http://www.thedailystar.net/op-ed/politics/sri-lanka-balances-its-ties-two-asian-giants-75269

“In Sri Lanka, underworked army runs resorts, shops, salons and travel agencies” by Shubhajit Roy

“A pristine white building with a classy brown wooden finish overlooks the blue Indian Ocean at Kankensanthurai, about 19 km from Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. It’s a luxury resort, and on Sunday mornings, families come here for a meal, a swim in the pool, and to play on the beach. Foot-tapping music plays at the restaurant, and DJs are hired for corporate-sponsored parties.

The owner and operator of this beachfront property, called the Thalasevana holiday resort, is the Sri Lankan Army. It is one of the many commercial establishments that the Sri Lankan armed forces — numbering a massive 300,000 uniformed personnel in this small country of about 2 crore — own.”

via: http://indianexpress.com/article/world/neighbours/in-sri-lanka-underworked-army-runs-resorts-shops-salons-and-travel-agencies/

“Sri Lankan doubts on loans, submarines seen as rebuff to Beijing” by Megha Rajagopalan

If last week’s visit to Beijing by Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera was meant to allay fears that the island nation’s new government was distancing itself from China, it failed.

via: http://news.yahoo.com/sri-lankan-doubts-loans-submarines-seen-rebuff-beijing-141625354.html;_ylt=AwrBJR78B_VUzVsAnYHQtDMD

“Expectations and the Disappointments of the New Government” by D.N.R. Samaranayaka

Although, the coalition criticized the Colombo Port City project as a waste of a colossal sum and promised to terminate it once elected, it now appears that the government is retracting from its earlier commitment. A major promise made prior to its election was the removal of the executive presidency. The Sirisena government is now having second thoughts.

Those who voted for this administration are watching with a keen interest and will no doubt pass judgement on its performance or lack at the soon to be held general election.

via: http://groundviews.org/2015/02/14/expectations-and-the-disappointments-of-the-new-government/

“Winds of change blowing over Lanka” by PM Heblikar

The stage is now set for a resurgence in India-Sri Lanka relations. This will depend on dynamic leadership in India and Sri Lanka. India will certainly look forward to regaining lost ground in Sri Lanka and should therefore re-engage Colombo as a vibrant partner and a reliable neighbour.

via: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/article6879204.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

“Sri Lanka’s new leaders seek $4bn IMF bail-out” by brecorder.com

Sri Lanka’s new government will seek to borrow more than $4.0 billion from the IMF and other international lenders as it “restructures” expensive Chinese debt, the finance minister

via: http://www.brecorder.com/top-news/1-front-top-news/224306-sri-lankas-new-leaders-seek-$4bn-imf-bail-out.html

“Sri Lanka tells James Packer: ‘Do not come to our country in your lifetime'” by The Guardian

Sri Lanka’s new government has declared Australian billionaire James Packer unwelcome in the country after the gaming mogul pulled out of building a luxury resort following a ban on new casinos.

via: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/02/sri-lanka-tells-james-packer-do-not-come-to-our-country-in-your-lifetime

“Financialisation, foreign debt and crisis” by Ahilan Kadirgamar

Since the end of the war, Sri Lanka’s economy is being transformed through a rapid process of financialisation. Such widespread financialisation facilitated infrastructure development, a real estate boom linked to urbanisation and expansion of credit leading to increasing indebtedness of the rural population. In short, financialisation contributed to the geographical changes of the economy through beautification of Colombo and infrastructural connectivity of the country. Furthermore, it has changed the class structure of the society with increasing inequality leading to a new wealthy class and an increasingly indebted population.

via: http://www.sundaytimes.lk/150201/business-times/financialisation-foreign-debt-and-crisis-132297.html

“From Bullets to Ballots: The Face of Sri Lanka’s Former War Zone” by Amantha Perera

In four months’ time, Sri Lanka will mark the sixth anniversary of the end of its bloody civil conflict. Ever since government armed forces declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on May 19, 2009, the country has savored peace after a generation of war.

via: http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/01/from-bullets-to-ballots-the-face-of-sri-lankas-former-war-zone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=from-bullets-to-ballots-the-face-of-sri-lankas-former-war