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Sri Lanka: Regulation on Crating of Produce

(June 14, 2012) Beginning on June 11, 2012, Sri Lanka's Ministry of Cooperatives and Internal Trade will enforce a regulation first adopted several months earlier. The regulation requires the use of plastic crates to transport 11 types of vegetables and 10 types of fruit. In the past few months, the Ministry distributed plastic crates to […]

Sri Lanka: MOU to Be Signed

(May 23, 2012) According to Dilan Perera, the Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare, Oman and Sri Lanka are planning to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on manpower issues. On the whole, Perera said, conditions are good for workers from his country in Oman, and he added that, “compared to other countries […]

Sri Lanka: Restrictions Placed on Sale of Herbicide

(Mar. 28, 2012) Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara Eliya district, in the central highlands of the country, where a large part of Sri Lanka's […]

Sri Lanka: Media Outlets Face Approval Requirement

(Mar. 14, 2012) In a directive dated March 9, 2012, the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) under Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence announced that media organizations will need to ask for approval to publish certain SMS (Short Message Service) news alerts. According to MCNS Director-General Lakshman Hulugalle, “[a]ny news related to national security and […]

Sri Lanka: Law on Adoption to Be Reviewed

(Jan. 17, 2012) Tissa Karalliyadde, Sri Lanka's Minister of Child Development and Women's Affairs, has announced plans to amend the country's law on adoption. The law will be reviewed by a recently appointed eight-member committee, in response to complaints about existing issues in connection with both domestic and foreign adoptions. One children's home, run by […]

Sri Lanka: Government Permitted to Expropriate Certain Businesses

(Nov. 14, 2011) On November 9, 2011, the Parliament of Sri Lanka passed legislation that will permit the government of the country to expropriate 37 businesses that are currently performing poorly. These are businesses that had been privatized previously. The legislation for the Law on Revival of Underperforming and Underutilized Assets had been presented to […]

Pakistan; Sri Lanka: Free Trade Agreement Meeting to Be Held

(July 11, 2011) Pakistan and Sri Lanka held the tenth session of meetings of their Joint Economic Commission from July 4-5, 2011, in Islamabad, Pakistan. At the meetings, the two nations decided to hold a Free Trade Agreement review session in August in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and to discuss trade matters, including a Comprehensive Economic […]

Sri Lanka: New Panel of Retired Judges to Probe Human Rights Violations

(May 31, 2011) The Government of Sri Lanka plans to appoint a panel of five judges to begin a new investigation of human rights violations in the northeastern part of the country. The body will report its findings to Sri Lanka's Human Rights Commission (HRC). The focus of the investigation will be on complaints lodged […]

Sri Lanka; United Nations: Panel Finds Reports of War Crimes Credible

(Apr. 29, 2011) On April 25, 2011, the United Nations released the report that a panel of experts had completed about a month earlier, concerning accountability in the final stages of the 1983-2009 civil conflict in Sri Lanka. The panel called for further investigation and found credible allegations that both sides in the conflict, the […]

Sri Lanka: Plan for Aid to University Students to Be Developed

(Apr. 1, 2011) Sri Lanka's Minister of Higher Education, S.B. Dissanayake, recently proposed a new law, the Human Capital Development Finance Act. The plan has been approved by the Cabinet, and the drafting process will begin soon. The purpose of the legislation is to provide aid in the form of bank loans to underprivileged university […]