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Contentedly patting an image of the chubby lord on her fencepost, a woman told the New York Times that those who were not similarly protected had been erased, while her house was still standing. There were enough such comments, almost identically phrased, to make it seem certain that the Buddhist authorities had been promulgating this consoling and insane and nasty view. That would not surprise me.

Christopher Hitchens


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Overview: Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government’s triumphalist refusal to negotiate with the Tamil leaders or endeavour to address legitimate Tamil and Muslim grievances certainly seems to have (predictably) increased ethnic tensions and harmed what slender hopes there were of any genuine peace. The administration, led by Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party, had refused to honour agreements with the TNA, broken promises to world leaders and had failed to implement constitutional provisions for minimal devolution of power to Tamil-speaking areas of the north and east. Militarisation and discriminatory economic development in Tamil and Muslim areas were generating anger and increasing pressure on the more moderate Tamil leaders.

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Profile: Sri Lanka 

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- Population,

- Education  

- Health

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- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

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- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

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- Working hours

- Telecommunications

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- Social customs and useful tips

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- Getting there

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Sri Lanka Prajathanthrika Samajavadi Janarajaya / Llankais Sananayaka socialisak kutiyarasa / Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Head of State: President Maithripala Sirisena (since 9 January 2015)
Head of government: President Maithripala Sirisena, Ranil Wickremesinghe (prime minister) (since 9 January 2015)
Ruling party: Coalition led by the United National Party (UNP), United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG)
Area: 65,610 square km
Population: 20.96 million (2014)*
Capital: Colombo (official capital); many governmental functions are centred in Sri Jayawardenepura, a suburb of Colombo.
Official language: Sinhala, Tamil, English
Currency: Rupee (Rs) = 100 cents
Exchange rate: Rs138.38 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$3,558 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 7.40% (2014)*
GDP: US$74.59 billion (2014)*
Labour force: 7.57 million (2009)
Unemployment: 4.00% (2014)*
Inflation: 3.27% (2014)
Balance of trade: -US$8.29 billion (2014)
Annual FDI: US$955.92 million (2011)
* estimated figure

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