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A UN agency targets 35% growth in aquaculture production by 2030 to meet demand and fight hunger

Feb. 22, 2024 09:51 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization on Thursday set a target to further increase aquaculture production to meet a rising demand for seafood and to fight global hunger and undernourishment. The FAO hopes to see 35% growth in the sector by 2030,...

Sri Lankan Cabinet minister resigns after being arrested in a counterfeit drugs scandal

Feb. 06, 2024 17:45 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan Cabinet minister has resigned after being arrested in a scandal over the government's alleged purchase of counterfeit drugs during the country's economic crisis. A government statement Tuesday confirmed that Environment Minister Keheliya...

Debt-laden Sri Lanka marks Independence Day with Thai prime minister as guest of honor

Feb. 04, 2024 03:18 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin was the guest of honor at Sri Lanka’s 76th Independence Day celebrations on Sunday, as the island nation struggles to emerge from its worst economic crisis. Srettha joined Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe at...

Debt-stricken Sri Lanka signs a free trade pact with Thailand

Feb. 03, 2024 10:46 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Debt-stricken Sri Lanka signed a trade pact with Thailand on Saturday in a bid to boost trade and investment as the Indian ocean island nation is struggling to recover from its worst economic crisis that hit two year ago. The Sri Lanka Thailand Free Trade...

Police in Sri Lanka use tear gas to disperse opposition protest against dire economic conditions

Jan. 30, 2024 20:28 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's police used Tuesday tear gas and water cannons to disperse an opposition protest in the island nation facing its worst economic crisis while gearing up for a national election later this year. Protesters from the main opposition United...

Indian and Seychelles forces separately rescue two fishing boats hijacked by Somali pirates

Jan. 29, 2024 11:29 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Indian and Seychelles forces separately rescued Monday two fishing vessels hijacked by Somali pirates and freed 23 crew members from Iran and Sri Lanka, both countries said in statements. The Seychelles’ defense forces and coast guard rescued six Sri...

US expresses concerns over Sri Lanka's controversial internet regulation law

Jan. 25, 2024 19:58 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The United States expressed concerns over Sri Lanka's online regulation bill Thursday, a day after it passed overwhelmingly in Parliament over protests by the media, opposition and rights activists. The Online Safety bill allows the government to set up a...

Sri Lanka passes bill allowing government to remove online posts and legally pursue internet users

Jan. 24, 2024 21:59 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved an internet regulation bill that was highly criticized as a move to stifle speech in an election year while the Indian Ocean island nation copes with an economic crisis that required an international bailout....

Sri Lankan lawmakers debate controversial internet safety bill amid protests by rights groups

Jan. 23, 2024 07:01 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan lawmakers on Tuesday began debating a controversial internet safety bill that has been criticized by opposition politicians, journalists and rights groups as a move by the government to stifle freedom of speech. Public Security Minister Tiran...

Crisis-ridden Sri Lanka's economic reforms are yielding results, but challenges remain, IMF says

Jan. 19, 2024 07:51 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Debt-stricken Sri Lanka’s economic reform program is yielding the first signs of recovery, but the improvements still need to translate into improved living conditions for its people, the International Monetary Fund said Friday. Sri Lanka has been...