‘President committed to peace talks’
Japan’s Special Envoy to Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi
said the Co-Chairs were concerned with the current stalemate in the
country’s peace process and appealed to the Government and the LTTE
to seek an opening to return to negotiations. In an exclusive
interview with the Daily News Akashi also noted that the peace
processes elsewhere had been reversals and what was need was a
degree of flexibility and accommodation by the parties concerned.
Fair Trade labels: A boon for farmers
Organic farmers in this hilly, central region of
Sri Lanka are convinced that they have a simple fair trade model
that could be replicated in other parts of the world. “What we have
created is the most sustainable model of fair trade and organic food
in the world,’’ insists Sarath Ranaweera, founder of the SOFA,
speaking with IPS.
Today is World AIDS Day:
The Economics of HIV/AIDS
REGARDED by many as the distinctive plague of
the modern era, AIDS took major social institutions, particularly
the government, the health care systems and the economy by surprise
when it was first noticed by medical practitioners in the 1970s.