Sri Lanka and China jointly launched the “Sri Lanka-China Logistics and Industrial Zone Office” in Sri Lanka’s southern port of Hambantota on Saturday, the Xinhua news agency reported.The office will overlook the operation of the 50-square-kilometer Industrial Zone officially established in January, and serve as a workplace for its Sri Lankan and Chinese staff. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at the launch ceremony that the office was an important milestone in the strong ties between Sri Lanka and China. Sri Lanka is also willing to participate in China’s Belt and Road Initiative which will strengthen connectivity not only between China and Europe but also in entire Asia.“This is the beginning of a new chapter in the Indian Ocean and I believe Sri Lanka will also become a transitional point for China soon,” Wickremesinghe said. Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang said the opening of the office was an important step as many enterprises from China and other countries had expressed interest in investing in the zone.China will help attract all possible industries in the zone and help Sri Lanka achieve industrialization in the future, Yi pledged. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka-China Logistics and Industrial Zone will transform Sri Lanka into an important trading and logistics hub and attract massive investments to the Hambantota area, the prime minister envisioned.
One of the most important results of next week’s Brock University Students’ Union election won’t be found on the electronic ballot.Since voting switched to email from a polling station a few years ago, the modernization has increased interest among students at the University.“It gives the students a better chance to vote,” chief returning officer Mauricio Galko said. “It gives them more opportunities, rather than going to a polling station.”Election officials are hoping for at least 30% voter turnout among undergraduate students who will choose the next BUSU executive.October’s byelections resulted in 15% of eligible students voting.“The amount of students coming out has improved drastically,” deputy returning officer Cody Husk said. “The quota is constantly going up.”There are 13 candidates for five positions this year.“I feel like students want different types of changes and they’re going to vote through their representatives … and pick someone who their ideals match the most,” said Galko, a 22-year-old second-year political science student.An increased effort has been made to make students aware of the elections, including debates, social media, word of mouth, bright yellow T-shirts with the word ‘vote’ on them, and, of course, the candidates’ own self-promotion.It’s especially important to make first-year students aware of the election process, Husk said.“We make sure the candidates, as much as they can, get out there in the busiest halls promoting themselves,” Galko added.Voting runs from Feb. 11-13.Executive positions available:• President• Vice President, Finance and Administration• Vice President, External Affairs• Vice President, Student Services• Board of Directors (1 Year, 2 Years)• Brock Press Board of DirectorsThere is also a referendum question on this year’s ballot:‘Do you support a $32.00 flat fee, to be charged to all undergraduate students, to support the Brock University Students’ Union Programing Levy, as per the Memorandum of Understanding?’To learn more about the election and referendum, visit BUSU or email Galko.