IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Siri Lanka

8th - 15th January
  • Sri Lankan Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera met Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on January 13, 2018 to discuss the issues of development cooperation between the two countries.
  • President’s term is only five years; Supreme Court has communicated to the Presidential Secretariat.
  • Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has expressed his desire to watch the Indian movie ‘Padmaavati’ which has been renamed as ‘Padmaavat’ later on.
1st - 7th January
  • China will invest $1 billion in the construction of three 60-storey buildings at a mega-project near Sri Lanka's main port, Colombo. Beijing aims to boost its influence in the Indian Ocean, India believes.
  • The deal follows an earlier Chinese investment of $1.4 billion to carry out reclamation work for the wider Colombo International Financial City development, strategically located next to Sri Lanka's harbour, the only deep sea container port in the region.
  • Sri Lankan Parliament will have more aging members Parliament in 2018. Most of them will be 70 years during this year while only a few others will be nearing that age, parliamentary sources said.