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May’s Conservatives on course for sweeping British election victory

/ Monday, 24 April 2017 00:10

Reuters: Britain’s Theresa May appeared on course to win a crushing election victory in June after opinion polls put support for her...


German lawmaker cites “grave differences” as foreign minister heads for Israel

/ Monday, 24 April 2017 00:09

Reuters: Lack of progress on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict poses a long-term threat to Israel, a key member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ...


North Korea says ready to strike US aircraft carrier

/ Monday, 24 April 2017 00:08

A soldier salutes from atop an armoured vehicle as it drives past the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a military parade ...


California’s ‘weed nuns’ on a mission to heal with cannabis

/ Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:00

  Reuters: The Sisters of the Valley, California’s self-ordained “weed nuns,” are on a mission to heal and ...


Asian stocks climb, euro surrenders gains as French election jitters return

/ Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:00

  Reuters: Asian stocks were set to end the week with a bang, lifted by bets on strong U.S. earnings and tax reform, while th...


Shrinking US role in World Bank would clash with Trump agenda: CEO

/ Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

Reuters: The Trump administration would be working against its “America First” agenda if it were to diminish the United States’ l...


IMF chief says all members believe in free, fair trade

/ Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

Reuters: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday that the 70-year-old multilateral institution will keep ...


Japan’s Aso pushes back against US pressure for bilateral trade deal

/ Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

Reuters: Japan has less room to compromise with the United States under a bilateral trade deal than under a multilateral agreement like the Trans-P...


Trump orders review of H-1B visa program to encourage hiring Americans

/ Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

  Reuters: President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered a review of the US visa program for bringing high-skilled foreign worker...


Indonesia’s Widodo calls for unity as divided Jakarta goes to the polls

/ Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

Reuters: Indonesia’s president called for unity as he cast his vote in Wednesday’s election for Jakarta’s governor, a contest bet...


Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails launch hunger strike

/ Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

AFP: Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike Monday following a call from leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti...


British PM calls for early general election on 8 June

/ Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street in central London on April 18, 2017. British Prime Minister Theres...


Triumphant Erdogan swats away Western criticism of referendum

/ Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

Reuters: A defiant Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan denounced the West’s “crusader mentality” on Monday after European monitors c...


Steel, stimulus drive China’s strongest economic growth since 2015

/ Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:03

Reuters: China’s economy expanded faster than expected in the first quarter as higher government infrastructure spending and a gravity-defyin...


South Korea charges ousted leader Park and Lotte chief with bribery

/ Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:02

Reuters: South Korean prosecutors on Monday charged ousted president Park Geun-hye and Lotte Group chairman Shin Dong-bin with bribery in the lates...


Erdogan wins narrow referendum victory, laying bare Turkey’s divisions

/ Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:01

Reuters: Supporters of Tayyip Erdogan waved flags in the streets while opponents banged pots and pans in protest in their homes, after a narrow ref...


On Easter, Pope denounces “oppressive regimes” but urges restraint

/ Monday, 17 April 2017 00:03

Reuters: Pope Francis denounced “oppressive regimes” in his Easter message on Sunday but in an apparent call for restraint urged world ...


More than 2,000 migrants rescued in dramatic day in Mediterranean

/ Monday, 17 April 2017 00:00

Migrants fall off their rubber dinghy during a rescue operation by the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship in the central Medi...


Death toll from Aleppo bomb attack at least 112 - Observatory

/ Monday, 17 April 2017 00:00

Reuters: The death toll from a bomb blast on a crowded Syrian bus convoy outside Aleppo reached at least 112 people, the Syrian Observatory for Hum...


G7 seeks broad support to isolate Syria’s Assad

/ Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:00

From left: E.U. High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Til...


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Reform of exchange controls: There is a need, but do it correctly – Part I

24 April 2017

The first Ceylonese Governor of the newly-established Central Bank N.U. Jayawardena ​ Proposal to reform exchange controls without giving details Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in announcing the economic policy s...


PIM MBA in Oman: A Sri Lankan pride

24 April 2017

It was indeed memorable to organise an inauguration of a brand new MBA batch at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) in Muscat, Oman. It was encouraging to see the spirit of Sri Lankans in Oman who actively supported our endeavo...


Potential risks and negative implications of the proposed Foreign Exchange Bill

24 April 2017

From the perspective of the Government, the following are the key components of a checklist for assessment and validation prior to the enactment of the proposed Foreign Exchange Bill. Does the Bill in its present form, post enactment: 1.Advanc...


Meethotamulla tragedy and political garbage

22 April 2017

    The Meethotamulla tragedy has brought back the politics of garbage to every screen, newspaper and radio. Street protests are happening around every garbage dump. Modern day popular communication technologies have take...


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