International

Global watchdog says shadow-banking supervision too patchy

/ Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

Workers walk through the More London business district with Tower Bridge seen behind in London, 11 November 2015 LONDON (Reuters):...


Oil nudges $50 a barrel as investors bet on shrinking overhang

/ Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

Crude oil drips from a valve at an oil well operated by Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA, in the oil rich Orinoco belt, near Mori...


Global stocks climb

/ Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

People walk through the lobby of the London Stock Exchange in London, Britain 25 August 2015 London (Reuters): Easing concerns ove...


SuuKyi asks for ‘space’ to address Myanmar’s Rohingya plight

/ Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

  BBC: Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San SuuKyi has asked for “enough ‘space” to address the Rohingy...


Modi to meet Obama, address US Congress next month

/ Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

  Reuters: U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington next month to discuss...


Leaving EU is ‘self-destruct option’ for economy and jobs, British PM says

/ Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

  Reuters: Leaving the European Union would be economic self-destruction for Britain, shattering stability, Prime Minister Da...


US lifts arms embargo on old foe Vietnam as regional tensions simmer

/ Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:03

US President Barack Obama (L) attends a press conference with Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace Compound in Hanoi...


Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani & India’s PM Narendra Modi welcoming ceremony in Tehran, Iran

/ Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:02

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (R) and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi review the honour guard during an official welcoming cerem...


Asian shares rise, but Japan down on tax reports

/ Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:01

Reuters: Asian shares rose on Monday after a solid session on Wall Street, while the dollar moved away from recent highs though remained s...


Lacking new ideas, G7 to agree on ‘go-your-own-way’ approach

/ Saturday, 21 May 2016 00:00

Participants of the G7 finance ministers and central bankers meeting pose for a family picture, ahead of the kickoff of the meeting at Aob...


New Taiwan President pledges peace, urges China to drop historical baggage

/ Saturday, 21 May 2016 00:00

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen reacts after her address during an inauguration ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan May 20, 2016. REUTER...


Snubbed by West, Russia rolls out red carpet for Asian leaders

/ Saturday, 21 May 2016 00:00

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a welcoming ceremony for heads ...


US Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

/ Friday, 20 May 2016 00:00

An American flag flies near the base of the destroyed World TradeCenter in New York, in this file photo from September 11, 2001, takenafter the col...


Oil drops below $48 on Fed hike speculation, fading support from outages

/ Friday, 20 May 2016 00:00

A section of the BP Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) oil platform is seen in the North Sea, around 100 miles east of Aberdeen in Scotland 24 Febr...


BJP wins power in Assam, widens influence

/ Friday, 20 May 2016 00:00

A worker of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rides his bicycle past the party’s campaign billboard featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi out...


Trump would talk to North Korea’s Kim, wants to renegotiate climate accord

/ Thursday, 19 May 2016 00:00

Reuters: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyo...


Maldives sides with Saudis to cut ties with Iran

/ Thursday, 19 May 2016 00:00

AFP: The Maldives has joined its key financial backer Saudi Arabia in cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, accusing it of undermining peace and secur...


Japan economy returns to growth in Q1, avoids recession

/ Thursday, 19 May 2016 00:00

AFP (TOKYO): Japan has sidestepped a recession with modest first-quarter growth, preliminary data showed on Wednesday (18 May), but the re...


US eases sanctions on Myanmar in bid to promote growth, reforms

/ Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00

Members of parliament attend a meeting at the lower house of Myanmar’s parliament in Naypyitaw March 10, 2016. REUTERS  ...


Japan PM says majority of G7 leaders agree on need for fiscal steps

/ Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00

REUTERS: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday a majority of Group of Seven leaders agree on the need to deploy fiscal stimulus measure...


Today's Columnists

‘Something is rotten’

26 May 2016

The appointment of ex-TRC Director General Anusha Palpitato high bureaucratic office in the Home Affairs Ministry and tolerance of senior officials publicly hobnobbing with sinister and notorious corporate entities like the Avant-Garde Chairman sm...


Perfections and imperfections of a hub aspirant

26 May 2016

The United Arab Emirates had almost unlimited capital, but very little of everything else. How they obtained the other necessary resources to achieve what UAE is today, is an impressive story of realism, courage and wisdom   ...


Believe Me I am Genuine: Economics of Trust

26 May 2016

Introduction The world is moving towards consumption of healthy foods. Growing concerns over non-communicable diseases such as diabetics, high blood pressure and cholesterol have pushed people to consume healthy foods.  One clear determin...


Women’s importance to Sri Lanka’s economic prosperity

26 May 2016

 Women’s contribution to the Sri Lankan economy is remarkable as major foreign exchange earning sectors comprise a larger proportion of women. Yet, Sri Lanka’s female labour force participation is behind many Asian nations. Pre...


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