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Amnesty International Urges Sri Lanka to Drop Terror Charges Against 2 Protest Leaders
November 17, 2022

Amnesty International Urges Sri Lanka to Drop Terror Charges Against 2 Protest Leaders

By Bharatha Mallawarachi
It also called for the repeal of the harsh, civil war-era Prevention of Terrorism Act, under which the two protest leaders are being held.

Sri Lanka Aims to Hike Taxes in Budget to Soften Crisis
November 14, 2022

Sri Lanka Aims to Hike Taxes in Budget to Soften Crisis

By Bharatha Mallawarachi
The Wickremesinghe government plans to more than double tax revenue to be able to meet expenditure without having to print currency.
India’s Opportunity in Post-Crisis Sri Lanka
November 12, 2022

India’s Opportunity in Post-Crisis Sri Lanka

By Avinandan Choudhury
India can follow up on its humanitarian and financial aid by building holistic maritime security and connectivity linkages with its neighbor.

Sri Lanka’s Tourism Industry Revives Despite Public Protests
November 08, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Tourism Industry Revives Despite Public Protests

By Arundathie Abeysinghe
Tourist numbers are rebounding after the worst of the financial crisis, but are still nowhere near government aspirations.

Protests Against Sri Lankan President a Flop Show
November 07, 2022

Protests Against Sri Lankan President a Flop Show

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Low turnout at the protests indicates that Sri Lankans are giving the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration a chance to deliver.

US Global Economic Assistance Should Not Mimic China’s. Just Ask Sri Lanka. 
November 04, 2022

US Global Economic Assistance Should Not Mimic China’s. Just Ask Sri Lanka. 

By Sean Cairncross
China may require little from recipient countries on the front end. But choosing to engage with China is far from cost-free. 

Sri Lankans Rally to Demand Release of 2 Protest Leaders
November 03, 2022

Sri Lankans Rally to Demand Release of 2 Protest Leaders

By Bharatha Mallawarachi
Rights groups say the military has sought to curb protests through intimidation, surveillance, and arbitrary arrests since Ranil Wickremesinghe became president in July.
Belt and Road Buddhism in Sri Lanka?
November 02, 2022

Belt and Road Buddhism in Sri Lanka?

By Tabita Rosendal
China is using Buddhist narratives to promote its soft power in Sri Lanka – and bolster its image as a harmonious regional power.

Sri Lankan President’s Grip Over Power Turns More Tenuous
October 26, 2022

Sri Lankan President’s Grip Over Power Turns More Tenuous

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The vote on the 22nd Amendment to the constitution lays bare the declining grip of the Rajapaksas over the SLPP.

Sri Lankan Lawmakers Debate Bill to Trim Presidential Powers
October 21, 2022

Sri Lankan Lawmakers Debate Bill to Trim Presidential Powers

By Bharatha Mallawarachi
A constitutional amendment to curtail presidential powers – again – was a key demand of the protests that drove the previous president and prime minister from office.

Colombo Lotus Tower and the Case for Transparency
October 14, 2022

Colombo Lotus Tower and the Case for Transparency

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The project cost Sri Lanka $113 million, maintenance costs are reportedly huge and annual revenue is pegged at present at around $8.2 million. When will it recover its expenditure?
Sri Lanka Begins Crucial Debt Restructuring Talks with China
October 07, 2022

Sri Lanka Begins Crucial Debt Restructuring Talks with China

By Krishan Francis
Sri Lanka is nearly bankrupt and has suspended repaying its $51 billion foreign debt, of which it must repay $28 billion by 2027.

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