Sri Lanka

Luis Carlos And Global Voices, 12 Years And Counting

Part of our Global Voices family with Luis Carlos (on the right) during our Summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo by Jer Clark's public Facebook images, used with permission. Journalist, online activist, humanist, geek and much more besides, Luis...
Related topics: World Photos, Facebook, Social Media, Activism

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China Finances Sri Lanka's Expressway With Largest Ever Single Loan Of $989 Mln

Sri Lanka has accepted another huge loan of $989 million from China's EXIM Bank for the Central Expressway project which will connect the country's more rural areas with its economically developed provinces.
Related topics: China, Banking

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Samantha Power Visits Sri Lanka And Ignores History

Taylor Dibbert Security, Asia Barack Obama's former UN ambassador is no longer the human-rights supporter that she claims to be. Samantha Power recently delivered a big speech in Sri Lanka. She was the keynote speaker at an event that celebrated...
Related topics: Barack Obama, Human Rights

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Sri Lanka Media Rights Activists Decry New Anti-terror Laws 

Media rights activists on Monday urged the Sri Lankan government to withdraw proposed anti-terror legislation, calling it a set of draconian laws aimed at suppressing media freedom and democratic rights.    The new counterterrorism bill...
Related topics: Activism

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The Challenges Of Mapping Street Harassment In Sri Lanka Go Beyond Data Collection

“We don’t react because we’re not ready.”Image via Groundviews. This post by Raisa Wickrematunge originally appeared on Groundviews, an award-winning citizen journalism website in Sri Lanka. An edited version is published below as...

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Thisara Perera Sparks Turnaround For Sri Lanka

Centurion (South Africa) (AFP) – All-rounder Thisara Perera sparked a turnaround for Sri Lanka in the second one-day international against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. Perera took three for 26 as South Africa were bowled out...
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Unusual Alliance In Sri Lanka Forged To Save Blue Whales

When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, business interests often supersede those of the endangered marine mammals.

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Doing Business With Nature

Large tracts of land in the Sinhapura area of Sri Lanka’s North Central Polonnaruwa Province. Globally, 80 percent of such land degradation is caused by agriculture. Credit: Sanjana Hattotuwa/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Mar 2 2019...

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Why Peppercorns Are Being Smuggled By The Ton From Vietnam To Sri Lanka

The dried, wrinkly black fruit of the pepper plant was once so valuable that peppercorns were used as a kind of currency. These days, the spice remains sought after despite its relative expense, featuring in virtually every meal on dining tables the...
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The Week's Best Photojournalism

A decorated elephant walks in a Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka. | (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte) A pig named "Pigcasso" paints at an animal sanctuary outside Cape Town, South Africa. | (REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham) Women work on stuffed toys at a...
Related topics: Reuters, South Africa

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150 Years Of Ceylon Tea: A Day In The Life Of A Plantation Worker

Saraswathi's story. Image via Groundviews. This post, which contains a video by Selvaraja Rajasegar, originally appeared on Groundviews, an award-winning citizen journalism website in Sri Lanka. An edited version is published below as part of a...
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Ancient Sri Lankans Figured Out How To Sustainably Hunt Monkeys And Squirrels

Some 45,000 years ago, the tropical rainforests of Sri Lanka teemed with dangerous plants and lacked big game, yet people made a life there. Our key to success in that seemingly inhospitable region? It was monkeys and squirrels, researchers say —...

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Image: Jewels Of The Maldives

Copernicus Sentinel-2 brings you some of the jewels of the Maldives for Valentine's week. Arguably one of the most romantic destinations in the world, the Maldives lie in the Indian Ocean about 700 km southwest of Sri Lanka. The nation is made up of...
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Sri Lanka Hiring Hangmen For $200 A Month To Execute Drug Dealers

The island nation off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent is eager to bring back capital punishment as a means to crackdown on the drug trade. The only problem is finding executioners.

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Sri Lanka, Russia Discussing Mi-17 Helicopters Deal For Un Missions – Amb.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Sri Lanka is negotiating with Russia the purchase of a new batch of Russian Mi-17 helicopters, which the country will use in UN peacekeeping missions, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Dayan Jayatilleka told Sputnik on Sunday.
Related topics: Russia, Moscow

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Business-friendly & Rights-based Approaches To Achieve Sdgs

Dilum Abeysekera is Founder & CEO, LEEG-net | LexEcon Consulting Group*By Dilum AbeysekeraCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb 5 2019 (IPS)The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 has entered its fourth year...

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Langer Calls On Batsmen To Step Up Against Sri Lanka

Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Coach Justin Langer on Tuesday said senior batsman Usman Khawaja must convert solid starts into hundreds, as Australia look to bounce back from a crushing loss to India when they face Sri Lanka this week. Australia...
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India Offers $400 Million Currency Swap To Help Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s external reserves fell to $ 6.94 billion at the end of 2018 as investors sucked out their money in the wake of the political turmoil that brought down the island nation’s credit rating to an all-time low.
Related topics: India

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Don't Patronise A Pachyderm: Man Crushed To Death Trying To Hypnotise Elephant

In Sri Lanka, an elephant attacked a man who tried to hypnotise him, according to media reports. In a video taken by an eyewitness, a man walks up to an elephant that had emerged in a clearing near Yala National Park in the south of the island and...
Related topics: World Videos

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Man Tries To Hypnotize An Elephant . . . Elephant Crushes Man

YouTube “You’re getting sleepy . . . ” may have been the last words of a man in the Yala National Park in Sri Lanka after he tried to hypnotize an elephant. The elephant proceeded to crush the man. The 41-year-old man...

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