Sri Lanka’s tourism workers hopeful of new wave of travellers Source : sbs.com.au With Sri Lanka’s economy in dire straits, those who rely on its tourism industry are urging international visitors not to stay away for too long. Tourism was one of Sri Lanka’s main sources of revenue and locals are hoping its ranking as one of the world’s great getaways survives the current crisis. SBS Asia Correspondent Aaron Fernandes has been in Sri Lanka and filed this report from Hikkaduwa, a seaside resort town in the country’s south west.  ...

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The Technopolitics of Dissent in Sri Lanka – By Shakthi De Silva     Source:internationalaffairs.org.au Observers in Australia and elsewhere have covered Sri Lanka’s ongoing protests and accurately teased out the nuances of the situation. However, many underestimate how technology played a key role in instigating this organic social uprising. Web platforms and social media has revolutionised the politics of public dissent. They give new meaning to free expression and empower citizen journalism and activism to take a life of its own outside the traditional domains of private or state-influenced media. Information is now coproduced by people and shared on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, and more. Representative democracies around the world are feeling the pinch as stories, pictures, and posts on corruption and political malpractice become viral sensations. In more ways than one, this has become a feature of the modern-day democratic techno-politic climate we live in. Nowhere is ...

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Sri Lanka -current news – by Dr Harold Gunatillake Website:www.doctorharold.com New PM starts talks on Foreign Consortium for Financial Assistance • PM holds preliminary talks with foreign envoys representing India, Japan, United States of America and China • The Indian and Japanese envoys discussed the measures being taken to gather support from other foreign nations to help Sri Lanka’s economy Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has secured the support of key countries in the world such as India, the US, Japan and China. He is expected to get majority support in parliament also, though he is the lone representative of his party, the United National Party, in parliament. Wickremesinghe might not head a truly “national” government composed of all parties inparliament. But he might get the support of enough MPs to have a majority, that is, at least 113 in the House of 225. World’s Interest in Stability ...

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Mirror Business interview with Prof Arusha Cooray Lack of fiscal discipline has plagued Lankan governments over the years: economist – Dr. Arusha Cooray Mirror Business conducted an email interview with Dr. Arusha Cooray, the Lankan born Professor of Economics at the Nottingham University Business School (Malaysia), over the current economic situation of Sri Lanka. Dr. Cooray’s work is widely published and she is one of the leading academics in the field of economics Sri Lanka has produced. Sri Lanka’s economy is currently undergoing extremely testing times amid depleting foreign reserves, an unsustainable debt pile and a looming balance of payment (BoP) crunch. The bad economic policies of successive governments are at fault for the current predicament the country is in, but the present global economic developments also haven’t been in favour of the US $ 82 billion economy. Following are the excerpts of the interview. What is your opinion of ...

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