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Iran says Saudi, Israel working to damage country

/ Tuesday, 21 February 2017 00:00

AFP: Iran on Monday criticised what it said was coordination between Israel and regional rival Saudi Arabia, describing attempts to create an &ldqu...


Asia shares adrift for US holiday, focus on Unilever

/ Tuesday, 21 February 2017 00:00

  Reuters: Asian share markets were mixed on Monday as political uncertainty globally kept the mood cautious, while the US do...


Palanisamy wins stormy confidence vote in Tamil Nadu

/ Monday, 20 February 2017 00:49

Reuters: The chief minister of Tamil Nadu won a confidence vote on Saturday after a brawl in the state assembly, triggered when the speaker rejecte...


Lincoln, Washington and Roosevelt ranked top three US presidents

/ Monday, 20 February 2017 00:45

Former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's statue at the Lincoln Memorial is seen in Washington 27 March, 2015 - REUTERS Reuters:...


Suppressing free press is ‘how dictators get started’: US Senator McCain

/ Monday, 20 February 2017 00:43

MUNICH (Reuters): US Senator John McCain, defending the media against the latest attack by President Donald Trump, warned that suppressing the free...


Suicide attack on Pakistani shrine kills 77, claimed by Islamic State

/ Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00

  Reuters: Wailing Sufi devotees thronged a blood-stained shrine in southern Pakistan on Friday, shouting at police a day aft...


UN wants to negotiate with US, Canada to resettle Rohingya refugees

/ Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00

  COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters): The United Nations’ refugee agency has asked Bangladesh to allow it to negot...


Asia shares ease after run of gains; oil lifted by OPEC cut extension hopes

/ Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00

  Reuters: Asian stock markets took a breather on Friday from their recent surge as investors booked profits, while the dolla...


Malaysia arrests second woman in suspected assassination of North Korean

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

Reuters: Malaysia has detained a second woman suspected in the apparent assassination of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong...


World stocks ride to record high, dollar retreats

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

London (Reuters): World stocks hit an all time high on Thursday as the latest round of robust global data matched hopes that major economies like t...


Meeting Israel’s Netanyahu, Trump backs away from commitment to Palestinian state

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U....


India launches record 104 satellites in one go

/ Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

  Reuters: India successfully launched 104 satellites in a single mission on Wednesday, setting what its space agency says is...


Fed on course to raise interest rates at an upcoming meeting: Yellen

/ Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen prepares to speak before a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the “Semiannual...


India says in talks with Vietnam for first missile sale

/ Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

  Reuters: India is in talks to sell short range surface-to-air missiles to Vietnam, the head of India’s defence resear...


Trump national security aide Flynn resigns over Russian contacts

/ Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:45

  Reuters: President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned late on Monday after revelations...


Trump rally gives way to caution as Yellen testimony looms

/ Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:44

Reuters: Stocks flatlined and the dollar dipped on Tuesday as caution set in before testimony from Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen that may offe...


White House official attacks Court after legal setbacks on immigration

/ Tuesday, 14 February 2017 00:00

  Reuters: A White House official on Sunday attacked a U.S. Court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump’s executiv...


Exports prop up Japan Q4 GDP growth, US protectionist risks loom

/ Tuesday, 14 February 2017 00:00

Reuters: Japan’s economy grew for a fourth straight quarter in the final three months of last year as a weaker yen supported exports, but tep...


Phiippines dismisses about 100 policemen for using drugs

/ Monday, 13 February 2017 00:39

MANILA (Reuters): The Philippine police have sacked nearly 100 policemen since the start of the year because they were found to be drug users, a to...


China gets an early win off Trump, but many battles remain

/ Monday, 13 February 2017 00:38

Reuters: Combining public bluster with behind-the-scenes diplomacy, China wrested a concession from the United States as the two presidents spoke f...


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SAITM and private medical schools: One bad start should not lead to throwing away a good idea

20 February 2017

Opposition to SAITM SAITM, the abbreviation for Sri Lanka's newest private university, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (available at: http://www.saitm.edu.lk/), has been denoting a derogatory meaning in Sri Lankans' pres...


Delightfully imperfect?

18 February 2017

  A foreign national passing through the Colombo Private Bus Terminal on the day of a private bus strike  – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara     “Forty-year-old Mrs. Doreen Kulandivelu ...


Mother Lanka pregnant for the third time!

18 February 2017

A nattami carrying goods at Manning Market; the National Flag is seen on the wall in the background                                      &nbs...


Acting now for a better Sri Lanka

17 February 2017

Soldiers looking for survivors after a massive landslide in Aranayaka last year. The consequences of climate change will create a new pool of conflicts and will force people to survive and find a suitable way to live somewhere else – Pic by ...


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