Three Sri Lankan ports that India could develop: Arjuna Ranatunga

Dakhla: Even as China is solidly settled in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port, the island country has three other real ports – Colombo, Trincomalee and Kankesanthurai – where India could work together for improvement, a Sri Lankan Minister has said.

As indicated by Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, his administration is “taking a gander at an Asian subcontinent speculator” to cooperate with the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to contribute and assume control over the East Container Terminal (of Colombo port) in private-open organization mode.

“India has demonstrated enthusiasm for the East Terminal and Colombo port. Seventy-five for each penny of the trans-shipment goes to India. India is taking a gander at getting a stake in Colombo port. There are two or three privately owned businesses that came and talked, and we will take a gander at them in a positive way,” the previous Sri Lankan cricket awesome told IANS in a visit on the sidelines of a worldwide occasion here.Bulk whatsapp marketing

As per reports, the state-run Container Corporation of India (Concor) has framed a consortium with APM Terminals B V, John Keells Holdings and Maersk Line to offer for the improvement of East Container Terminal in Colombo. The aggregate venture esteem is probably going to be about $550-600 million.



Chikungunya in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal can take a leaf out of Sri Lanka’s battle against Malaria

On visiting many of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Mohalla clinics in Delhi, some surrounded by stinking heaps of garbage next to clogged drains, it becomes instantly clear that a preventive approach to the city’s healthcare is missing. The recent outbreak of chikungunya and the 12 deaths caused by complications triggered due to the vector-borne disease in the capital, is reflective of the shortcoming in the healthcare policy adopted by the Delhi government.

The revolutionary project of opening free Mohalla clinics to provide primary treatment to residents of small neighbourhoods in the city is certainly a giant stride in curative healthcare. The term revolution owes to the real-life challenges faced in operating these clinics and the fact that they attempt to remove the economic disparity in healthcare by way of providing free basic medical care. All this in a city where out-of-pocket health expenditure is as high as 77 percent as per Delhi human Development Report 2013.

But a health policy opted by a government, be it central or state, is expected to address much more than just curative goals. The stakes are even higher when elections are won based on the assurance of providing universal modern healthcare facilities, as the AAP had done.


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