“In Sri Lanka, US foreign assistance will be cut by 92 per cent, mostly from accounts that have supported programs to promote the rule of law, democratic reforms, post-Civil War reconciliation and related efforts,” rued Congressman Ted Yoho, Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Sub Committee on Asia and the Pacific.
Under the 99-year lease agreement, China’s state-run conglomerate China Merchant Port Holdings (CMPort) is to invest up to USD 1.1 billion in the port. The deal had been delayed by several months over concerns that the deep-sea port could be used by the Chinese navy.
Over 90 foreign military and civil scholars are attending the two-day seminar with 800 participants, including 15 foreign and 12 local guest speakers.
The three Indians, whose names are yet to be known, are aged 27, 36 and 41 years and are residents of Tamil Nadu. They were arrested while they were harvesting a paddy field in the area and have been charged for violating the immigration and migration laws.
In a statement after announcing his resignation, Ravi Karunanayaka told parliament, “I have never done anything wrong, and I resign with pride to create a new political culture in Sri Lanka and ensure good governance.”
Perpetual Treasuries, a Central Bank primary dealer, has been accused of benefiting through insider information during the Governorship of Arjuna Mahendran whose son in law Arjun Aloysius is linked to the firm.
Under the 99-year lease agreement, CMPort is to invest up to USD 1.1 billion in the port and marine-related activities. The initial 80:20 share distribution has been revised to 69.55 per cent to CMPort and 30.45 per cent to Sri Lanka Port Authority
It is seen as part of Beijing’s so-called “string-of-pearls plan” for a line of ports stretching from its waters to the Persian Gulf.
The pact signed last year sparked widespread public anger as Chinese control of the Hambantota port, which included a plan for a 99-year lease of 15,000 acres (23 sq miles) to develop an industrial zone next door, raised fears the port could be used for Chinese naval vessels.
Sri Lanka’s cabinet cleared a revised agreement for its Chinese-built southern port of Hambantota on Tuesday, the government said, after terms of the first pact sparked widespread public anger in the island nation.
According to reports, the army apprehended the fishermen along with a boat near Delft island and have transported them to Kankesanthurai Naval camp.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the bacteria “prevent transmission of dengue virus between humans” and that it has shown success during the last six years in countries such as Brazil, Columbia, Australia, India, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Ben Emmerson’s visit is aimed at gathering first-hand information on counter-terrorism initiatives and assess how they affect the promotion and protection of human rights. In the process, he met Tamil political prisoners arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in Vavuniya in the Northern Province.
According to the GTF, such criticism justified the need for the inclusion of international judges in Sri Lanka’s transitional justice processes.
The commission has urged the president “to take all the necessary actions against the instigators and perpetrators of violence and hate speech targeting the Muslim community”.