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Sri Lanka has been seeking to boost its economy following the end of its civil war in 2009, with tourism being a key growth sector. The island nation is witnessing an impressive tourist boom, with foreign investors eyeing the country as a promising growth market. 

 

Aside from the public’s overall lack of awareness about the process, another key takeaway from the report is that there doesn’t appear to be any sort of national consensus about what should be done. That isn’t surprising, although it means that the government’s messaging, awareness-raising and communications strategy surrounding this initiative is crucial. Quite evidently, Colombo’s performance thus far leaves a lot to be desired.

 

Villagers such as Poddibanda, who are the mercy of changing rainfall patterns, have had little help in learning to manage water better, though it is crucial to their economic well being, experts say.

 
President Maithripala Sirisena’s remark at a function held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on October 12 that the CID, FCID and the Independent Commissions are politicised, has also been politicised within hours.  
 
As per a New Indian Express report, Maravanpulavu Sachchithananthan, a former United Nations official who is now a publisher and Tamil nationalist, has formed Siva Senai (Siva’s Army). The purpose of this “army” is to enable Sri Lankan Hindus to counter threats from other religious groups in that country.  
 
Extremists may believe (even if they don’t say it) that the fact of extremism gives moderates maneuverability and therefore increases the chances for moderates to secure ground. Moderates tend to believe that the non-negotiability that is inherent to extremism hardens the other side to a point that makes such extraction difficult if not impossible.     
 
International and domestic studies, articles and reports in Sri Lanka are steadily illuminating the extent of sexual violence committed against women (and men) in the context of the war and times of ‘peace’. Justice and accountability for these harms, however, remain noticeably absent.   
 

For Abarna Suthanthiraj, founder of Palmera, an organization that has been working closely with rural communities across Sri Lanka to create livelihood opportunities, food seemed like the most poignant way to tell these difficult stories, and have them resonate with a wider audience. "I always wanted to tell [these] stories in a different way, but I didn't know how we could make it work," she says. "I thought food would be a language that would be a bit more universal."

 

Of course, Colombo can form new associations with Pakistan and China, the two countries that came to its aid in its hour of need. But would such a grouping find other takers within South Asia? Or western nations willing to bypass India to trade with a group that includes a country which has proven itself as the epicenter of terrorism? And in any case, to what extent would any group without India be a 'South Asian' one?

 

Since time immemorial, whether rural or urban, the basic amenities and services to the residents have been provided by the Local Authorities (LAs). A standard all over the world.     

 


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