Sri Lanka

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...
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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.
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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.
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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...
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Notoriously Corrupt Sri Lanka Police Force Arrests Citizens For Pretending To Bribe A Cardboard...

Sri Lanka roads might be getting a little safer. Maybe. Along with raising fines for speeding, police agencies are also deploying fake cops. Cardboard cutouts of officers have been placed alongside roads as a deterrent. These cardboard replicants...
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Sri Lanka Initiates Action Against Chinese Firms Using Mandarin On Banners

The government of Sri Lanka has initiated action against several Chinese firms in the country that have put up banners in the Mandarin language instead of the local Sri Lankan language. Sri Lankans see this as an onslaught on their culture and...

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Sri Lankan Leader Forms Cabinet, But Crisis Not Over

Sri Lanka’s president Thursday appointed 28 lawmakers and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as Cabinet ministers after weeks of political crisis led to government dysfunction. President Maithripala Sirisena administered oaths in a private...

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India Welcomes End Of Political Crisis In Sri Lanka - Foreign Ministry

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - India welcomes the end of the political crisis in Sri Lanka, India's Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Monday, noting that such a result demonstrates political maturity of the main forces and institutions of the...
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Wickremesinghe Restored As Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister

Sri Lanka’s sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was reinstated Sunday, his party said, ending a 51-day crisis that had paralyzed the island nation and pushed it toward debt default. The 69-year-old leader was sworn in by President...

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Sri Lanka's High Court Declares President's Dissolution Of Parliament Unconstitutional

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena's move to dissolve parliament last month was illegal.   In a unanimous decision announced Thursday, the seven-member court said that Sirisena violated the constitution when...

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Looking Beyond Fossil Fuels To Reduce Emissions

In 2017 Sri Lanka was hit by the worst drought in 40 years. It forced thousands in Sri Lankans to abandon their livelihoods and seek work in cities. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Dec 6 2018 (IPS)In midst of the...

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Sri Lanka’s Civil Resistance Awakens, Like The Phoenix From The Ashes

By Kishali Pinto-JayawardenaDec 2 2018 (The Sunday Times - Sri Lanka)Despite the undeniable shock caused to Sri Lanka’s democratic system on October 26th 2018 as a result of President Maithripala Sirisena’s swearing in of a new Prime Minister...

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Chinese Loans Leave Sri Lanka With Crippling Debt Burden

In the latest of our reports from Sri Lanka, where a constitutional crisis has pitted two rival politicians in a battle to be PM, one contender leans towards India, the other, China. This has placed the Indian Ocean island on the front line of the...
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