Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has defended his government’s decision to withdraw licence approval and millions of dollars in tax breaks for James Packer’s now-scrapped $450 million Colombo Crown casino project, saying there was “nothing in it” for the country.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday (18) in Parliament set the record straight yet again with regard to the biggest-ever foreign-funded project – the $ 1.5 billion Port City – saying no go-ahead as yet had been given but two separate committees were studying it and culprits would be punished over serious lapses.
With a promise for a “new beginning” in India-Sri Lanka ties, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in New Delhi on Sunday evening, ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
MP Tissa Attanayake has been expelled from the United National Party. The Working Committee of the Party which met today has taken this decision. Former General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake has been expelled from the United National Party as he worked against the decisions of the Party during the period of the previous Presidential Election.
The election shock on Sri Lanka has been called a model for how reformist elites and a fed up people can get rid of increasingly authoritarian leaders. To become a true role model, the reincarnated Sri Lankan democracy must in the next years deliver political reform, inclusive development and devolved power to minorities.