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Brexit worries push gold to highest in over 7 weeks

/ Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

Reuters: Gold prices hit their highest in more than seven weeks on Tuesday, boosted by safe-haven buying ahead of a speech in which British Prime M...


IMF says global growth to expand by 3.4%

/ Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

  Up from 3.1% in 2016, US expected to grow under Trump  China likes to regain crown as fastest growing world e...


Davos CEOs more bullish in short-term, politics clouds future

/ Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

Reuters: Global chief executives are more confident about the economy and the near-term prospects for their companies than they were a year ago, al...


Modi urges Chinese restraint as Trump handover nears

/ Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

  PM warns of rivalries and stress points Coded message to China in conference speech India concerned ...


Chinese President to defend globalisation in Davos

/ Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

  Xi is first Chinese President to appear at WEF Appearance comes amid rising tensions with Trump team Chin...


Britain threatens to undercut EU if Brexit plans fail

/ Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

AFP: Britain warned Sunday it might undercut the EU economically if it cannot obtain both single market access and immigration controls, as Prime M...


Germany urges China to match anti-protectionist talk with action

/ Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

Beijing (Reuters): Germany’s embassy in Beijing on Monday urged China to take action to open its markets to foreign companies to counter risi...


Oil prices slip on doubts over output cuts

/ Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

  London (Reuters): Oil prices slipped on Monday, pressured by doubts that large oil producers will reduce production as prom...


Modi in a spin as he replaces Gandhi as face of India’s homespun cotton

/ Monday, 16 January 2017 00:32

Reuters: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has replaced independence hero Mahatma Gandhi as the 2017 face of the government’s traditional handloom...


Former UN Chief Ban Ki-moon second in South Korea presidential poll

/ Monday, 16 January 2017 00:31

Reuters: Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon polled second in a survey of South Korean presidential favourites released on Friday, 1...


Britain’s May to call for national unity in major Brexit speech

/ Monday, 16 January 2017 00:30

Reuters: Prime Minister Theresa May will use a major speech on Brexit next week to call on Britons to reject the acrimony of last year’s refe...


Oil prices rise on OPEC production cuts, China demand forecast

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

London (Reuters): Oil prices rose on Thursday, supported by signs OPEC is starting to cut output and expectations of strong demand growth in China,...


Japan’s Abe visits Philippines as Duterte’s first top guest

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures towards the portrait of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a ceremony at the presidential pala...


Trump says won’t divest from his business while president

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

President-elect Donald Trump calls on reporters during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City – Reuters/Lu...


Labour leader says UK govt ‘unfit’ to negotiate Brexit

/ Thursday, 12 January 2017 00:03

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (Source: REUTERS AFP: British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Prime Minister Theresa May...


Trump given unverified reports that Russia had damaging details about him

/ Thursday, 12 January 2017 00:02

Reuters: Classified documents that the heads of four US intelligence agencies presented last week to President-elect Donald Trump included claims t...


New UN chief calls for ‘whole new approach’ to prevent war

/ Thursday, 12 January 2017 00:01

AFP; New UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for a “whole new approach” to prevent war, in his first address to the...


Xi to be first Chinese president to join Davos World Economic Forum

/ Wednesday, 11 January 2017 00:00

Reuters: President Xi Jinping this month will become the first Chinese head of state to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, as the foreign mi...


Oil prices steady after recent falls on weaker dollar

/ Wednesday, 11 January 2017 00:00

Reuters: Oil prices stabilised on Tuesday after a sharp sell-off as a fall in the dollar triggered a bout of short-covering, but analysts said the ...


Global stocks and dollar fall; sterling reels from Brexit pain

/ Wednesday, 11 January 2017 00:00

Reuters: Risky assets hit the skids on Tuesday, with stocks and sterling tumbling over political uncertainty over Britain’s future ties with ...


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BPM – finance and accounting: Sri Lankan perspective

18 January 2017

Overview  BPM or Business Process Management, FAO or Finance Accounting Outsourcing, and HRO or Human Resource Outsourcing are a few of the acronyms that getbandiedabout in relation to the Outsourcing industry. The potenti...


How has the drought affected retailers and farmers in Sri Lanka?

18 January 2017

In Sri Lanka, drought is looming into a larger issue as one-third of the population is engaged in agriculture-related activities. According to the Department of Agriculture, 1.8 million farming households across the island are engaged i...


Fighters with no arms, no legs

17 January 2017

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CTF report and the Raviraj case judgement

17 January 2017

    The Report of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms was handed over to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga by Task Force Chairperson Manouri Muttetuwegama on 3 January.  The Consultation T...


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