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Sri Lanka: Steps to Stop Underage Employment

(Apr. 14, 2009) Sri Lanka's National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) is taking steps to combat the practice of employing underage children as domestic helpers. According to Jagath Wellawatta, NCPA's chair, the existing laws will be strengthened to protect children. One change favored by NCPA is increasing the age of eligibility for work from 14 to […]

Nepal; Sri Lanka: Agreements Signed

(Mar. 11, 2009) On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed in Nepal, during a visit by Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's President. The new commission is designed […]

Sri Lanka: Electricity Bill Passed

(Mar. 10, 2009) A new bill on electrical power was passed by the Sri Lankan Parliament on March 3, 2009. The vote was 109 to 40, amid controversy over its provisions. Unions representing workers at the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) opposed the bill and held a protest against it. They and the Marxist political party […]

Sri Lanka: Bill Prohibiting Slaughter of Cattle Introduced

(Feb. 5, 2009) On January 30, 2009, a Private Member's bill on prohibiting the slaughter of cattle was given to the Speaker of the Sri Lankan House. Acting as an independent, Wijedasa Rajapaksha, the sponsor of the bill and a ruling party member, argued that killing cattle in Sri Lanka is a breach of the […]

Sri Lanka: Plan to Charge Doctors for Leaving the Country

(Jan. 26, 2009) According to the Deputy Health Director of Sri Lanka's Health Ministry, the government of that country is turning to the courts to implement a plan to receive payments from doctors who work abroad. The charges would essentially be a compensation for the subsidized university education they had received. The Health Ministry is […]

Sri Lanka: Fuel Prices Cut, Other Steps Taken to Aid Budget, Industry

(Jan. 5, 2009) The Government of Sri Lanka has taken steps to cut the cost of living for its citizens and strengthen the economy. They were announced in a special Cabinet meeting called by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on December 30, 2008. The budgets of all state institutions are to be cut by five percent, and […]

Sri Lanka: Constitutional Amendment to Qualify for EU Trade Preferences Rejected

(Dec. 8, 2008) On December 3, 2008, the Government of Sri Lanka rejected a proposal put forth by an opposition political party to amend the country's constitution that would have made international agreements enforceable immediately upon conclusion. The United National Party (UNP) had advocated the change in order to retain Generalized System of Preferences positive […]

Sri Lanka: Injunction Against Posters Criticizing Dairy Company Linked to Melamine

(Oct. 8, 2008) It was reported on October 3, 2008, that a district court in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, issued an injunction against a poster campaign in the city. The posters displayed slogans criticizing Fonterra Brands, a New Zealand-based company that owns 43 percent of San Lu, the Chinese dairy company at the center of […]

Sri Lanka: Rice Designated Essential Commodity

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 23, 2008, the Sri Lankan government designated rice an "essential commodity" in accordance with provisions of the Consumer Protection Act. The move, which will allow the authorities to take actions against any traders who hoard and hide rice, follows reports that rice stocks were being withheld from the market by […]

Sri Lanka: ID Offices to Be Computerized

(Feb. 2, 2008) Sri Lanka's Ministry of Internal Administration has announced that it will establish units in each region of the country to issue computerized identity cards. The new offices will be run by the Department of Registration of Persons, under the Ministry's direction. There are several such offices already established, and the Ministry has […]