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India To Get Control Of Sri Lanka Airport Adjoining Port Given To China

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COLOMBO:

India has agreed to form a joint venture with Sri Lanka to operate the country's loss-making Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota, their Civil Aviation Minister has told Parliament. The $210 million facility, 241km south-east of Colombo, is dubbed the "world's emptiest airport" due to a lack of flights.

India would operate the airport as a Sri Lanka-India joint venture, Sri Lanka's parliament was told on Wednesday.

The joint venture would see India gain a major stake of the airport, he said.

Minister of Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva, speaking at the adjournment motion moved by the Opposition, said: "We need to revive this dying airport which caused a massive loss of rupees 20 billion."

The final terms of the agreement, however, remains to be worked out, the minister said.

Opposition legislator Kanaka Herath asked if the Mattala airport and adjoining Hambantota seaport are to be handed over to India and China to please the super powers. Mr De Silva responded by saying that in 2016, the government had invited proposals from interested international investors to run the airport.

"Only India offered to help us. Now we are in discussion with the Indians for the joint venture," Mr de Silva said.

Mattala airport, named after former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, was one of the major infrastructure projects of Mr Rajapaksa's nearly a decade-long rule. The project was funded through high interest Chinese commercial loans.

The airport was officially opened in March 2013.

The only international flight operating from there was halted in May due to recurrent losses and flight safety issues.

The airport has the capacity to handle one million passengers a year and is expected to handle five million passengers, 50,000 tonnes of cargo and 6,250 air traffic operations per annum by 2028.

The government in 2017 invited investors to turn the airport into a profit-sharing joint venture. However no proposals were received to operate, manage and maintain it.

The seaport built in Hambantota, another one of Mr Rajapaksa pet project, has been leased to China to set off Chinese loans as equity.

The Hambantota port was a major Chinese-assisted infrastructure project in the home district of Mr Rajapaksa, whose nearly a decade-long rule was ended by President Maithripala Sirisena in 2015.

The Rajapaksa-led Opposition has called the Hambantota seaport deal a sell out of national assets to China.

Mr Rajapaksa's administration had been criticised heavily for high commercial borrowings from China.

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/ind...ttala-airport-nimal-siripala-de-silva-1878877
 

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Sri Lanka is a responsible and well respected country. I expect Sri Lankans will make full use of the friction between India and China and play it to their own advantage.

Still Lanka will more than likely be the first developed nation in South Asia.
 
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Bad decision.One word of advise to Sri Lankan friends. Keep an eye on your women and children at the airport. You never know with Indians. Even in public space.
 

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Bad decision.One word of advise to Sri Lankan friends. Keep an eye on your women and children at the airport. You never know with Indians. Even in public space.
Yeah in a country daughters are getting kidnapped , raped and dumped in public places a few meter from own house.
 

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Yeah in a country daughters are getting kidnapped , raped and dumped in public places a few meter from own house.
Look up your own rape statistics ugly fvcker. You are what the world terms as the rape champions.

LOL Even Ramoo cannot stop rape orgies in India. Not my words.
 

punit

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Look up your own rape statistics ugly fvcker. You are what the world terms as the rape champions.

LOL Even Ramoo cannot stop rape orgies in India. Not my words.
Yeah. In one single town **** videos of 200 boys were made. 7 plus daughters abducted , raped and killed barely meters away from their home...So keep us stats to urself
 

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Trying for another Chahbhar ?? :hitwall:
it is better to take control than get enslaved by chinese .:dance3::dance3::dance3:

Yeah in a country daughters are getting kidnapped , raped and dumped in public places a few meter from own house.
Look up your own rape statistics ugly fvcker. You are what the world terms as the rape champions.

LOL Even Ramoo cannot stop rape orgies in India. Not my words.
pakistan me boys ki izzat bhi safe nahi forget about girls . 462 boys raped in village hussainkhanwala of kasur district in one year .nothing to say about other villages in punjab. peshawar requires one full thread for bachabazi .
 

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Indians should be pleased

After Chinese leave Pakistan in mess

Indians will offer help to our western brothers just like we are helping our southern neighbour
 

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Indians should be pleased

After Chinese leave Pakistan in mess

Indians will offer help to our western brothers just like we are helping our southern neighbour
we are always ready to help , pakistani help lene me bhi sharmate hai .:enjoy:
 

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It is not their fault.

They have been told thousands of times that they belong to a superior race.

Hence this is more of a psychological handicap :lol:
Well, Banglas came to their sense and despite hiccups a country which was almost a colony of West Pakistan is now far better off economically than Pakistan.
 

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