Liu Yunshan said that Sri Lanka is one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the new China. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the bilateral relationship has always been growing in healthy and stable manner. In May, , the two heads of state jointly announced the establishment of China-Sri Lanka strategic partnership, which pointed out the direction for the development of bilateral relations. China thanked the Sri Lankan side for its long-term support to China on issues concerning China's core interests. The Chinese side feels happy for the achievements made by Sri Lanka in recent years in national reconciliation, economic development, and improving people's livelihood. China is willing to work with Sri Lanka to jointly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and continue to maintain high-level exchanges.
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As paralysis gripped the political system and grievances spilled out onto the streets, the turmoil renewed fears over the fragile peace that has held since the end of civil war in Many commentators, including Asanga Welikala and R. The identities of Tamil youths, and former rebel territories in the North and East were securitised as ever-present threat requiring constant vigilance Satkunanathan , with little concern for the abiding sense of alienation which prevailed in the region among minority groups.
So, we are thinking…it will create another war in the Northern Province. Without devising a strategy capable of bringing communities together around a shared vision of the future, the opportunity was missed to build a fair and equitable post-war political consensus. This business-for-peace agenda, first set in motion under Rajapaksa, has continued with little concern for the adverse socio-ecological consequences, and under philanthropic pretences, a resurgent Asian capitalism is now pursued with renewed vigour Widger Indeed, the move to install Rajapaksa was met with alarm by minority communities and civil society groups.
Optimists claim that progress has been made in healing the wounds inflicted on Sinhala-Tamil-Muslim relations, in part due to the investment channelled into roads for the Northern Province. In reality, our research suggests that, rather than facilitating rehabilitation and recovery, these new infrastructures mirror pre-existing political fault lines and entrench the privileged position of the military in Sri Lankan society. In the absence of an honest conversation about the human rights violations and crimes inflicted on civilians during the war, such shifts do little to avail persistent Tamil and Muslim sentiments of political marginalisation, aggravating social fractures and re-constituting the hegemony of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism.
De Mel, N. London: Sage Publications. Hyndman, J. Satkunanathan, A. Venugopal, R. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Widger, T. V Kajotha is a freelance researcher and translator based in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Loritta Chan is a PhD student at the Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh where she is looking at education for waster picker children in an urbanizing India. Kanchana N. Image Credit: Kanchana N. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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Mahinda Chinthana - Vision for the Future
SriLankan, which has been providing MRO services to IndiGo since February on an annual contract basis, reached the milestone of completing the th IndiGo "C" check in January this year, as per a release. The agreement, which will secure a multi-million-dollar revenue for SriLankan over the long duration of the agreement, comes at a time when the Government of Sri Lanka is focusing on promoting the country as an aviation hub, in line with the "Mahinda Chinthana Vision for the Future", and aviation services as a key economic development that demonstrates the market-based viability of constructing MRO, training and other infrastructure facilities at the country's second international airport, Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport MRIA in Hambantota. Speaking about the benefits of the MRO agreement to Sri Lanka, Kapila Chandrasena, CEO, SriLankan Airlines, said, "This agreement stands as confirmation of the level of trust SriLankan Engineering has always maintained among its partners and the efficiency of world-class service offerings it has maintained in its year-long history of operations. In addition, with Sri Lanka fast moving ahead in terms of developing itself as a hub for air and sea transport, this agreement will kick-start the MRO operations at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. This agreement will not only bring about increased foreign investment and exchange, but also boost both opportunities and need for skilled labour in order to facilitate this agreement with IndiGo. Most Popular Most Commented.
ICT capacity building fulfilling Mahinda Chinthana vision for the future in the New Year
Yet it basically outlines a further extension of the policy regime prevalent during the past five years. The conclusion of the war against the LTTE with a military victory, coupled to the global financial crisis and its recovery, has brought about a rare opportunity for Sri Lanka to achieve its long-awaited economic prosperity at a rapid pace. There is, in fact, a natural growth spurt emerging from the end of the war. The insecurity that hampered the investment growth for nearly three decades has been eliminated, though policy and political uncertainties continue to remain. Economic revival in the conflict-affected region as well as the strengthening of its economic ties with the rest of the country could also make a difference to the growth process.