International

Post-Brexit UK will be just as important to India, says Modi

Views - 4 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:50

London (Reuters): Britain will be just as important to India after it leaves the EU as it is now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his British counterpart Theresa May on Wednesday, May’s spokeswoman said.


China says Nepal a natural area for cooperation with India

Views - 4 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Beijing (Reuters): Nepal is a natural area for cooperation between China and India, the Chinese government’s top diplomat State Councillor Wang Yi said on yesterday (18 April) as he invited India to participate in connectivity projects betwee


More pressure needed on Myanmar to take back Rohingya: Bangladeshi PM

Views - 4 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Tuesday more international pressure was needed on Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees, rejecting an assertion claim by the Myanmar government that it had repatriated a family of fi


Barbara Bush, wife and mother of U.S. presidents, dies at 92

Views - 4 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Reuters: Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, the only woman to see her husband and son both sworn in as president, died on Tuesday (17 April), the Bush family said. She was 92. Bush was the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother of


As trade spat grows, China hits US sorghum imports with hefty deposit

Views - 7 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:19

Beijing (Reuters): China said on Tuesday it will slap a hefty temporary deposit on imports of US sorghum after finding the US grain has damaged the domestic industry in a preliminary antidumping ruling, stirring trade tensions between the world’s t


German investor confidence hits 5-year low on trade tensions

Views - 7 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:17

FRANKFURT MAIN (AFP): Investor confidence in Germany tumbled to its lowest level since 2012 in April, a key survey showed Tuesday, as geopolitical concerns and trade tensions weighed on Europe’s top economy.


China first-quarter GDP grows 6.8%, slightly more than expected

Views - 9 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:16

BEIJING (Reuters): China’s economy grew 6.8% in the first quarter of 2018 from a year earlier, official data showed on Tuesday, slightly above expectations and unchanged from the previous quarter.


Fed’s Kaplan sees solid 2018 US growth, warns on long-term outlook

Views - 7 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:15

Reuters: Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan on Monday forecast falling unemployment, rising wages, and solid economic growth this year and next, but warned that without structural reforms, future growth will suffer.


Singapore exports post surprise fall as electronics decline continues

Views - 6 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:14

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Singapore’s non-oil exports unexpectedly fell from a year earlier in March as electronics fell for the fourth consecutive month, official data showed on Tuesday.


Asia stocks waver after China data, earnings in focus

Views - 3 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:14

TOKYO (Reuters): Asia stocks wavered on Tuesday after data showed both hot and cold patches in the Chinese economy, but losses were limited as investors turned their focus to corporate earnings from Syria.


New York Times, New Yorker share Pulitzer Prize for Harvey Weinstein exposes

Views - 6 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:12

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com): The New York Times and the New Yorker have jointly won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for public service for their influential exposes of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.


Reuters wins Pulitzers for Philippines reporting, Rohingya photography

Views - 5 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:10

NEW YORK (Reuters): Reuters won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for international reporting and photography while the New York Times and Washington Post shared honours for exposing sexual harassment in America and detailing the US investigation of Russia



Syria retracts report on missile attack

Views - 7 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:04

Damascus (AFP): Syrian state media on Tuesday retracted reports of an overnight missile attack on the central province of Homs, saying a “false alarm” had activated its air defences.


France’s Macron warns Europe against ‘authoritarianism’

Views - 5 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:59

Strasbourg (AFP): French President Emmanuel Macron warned Europe on Tuesday against the temptations of “authoritarianism” both around the world and inside the European Union itself. In his first speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, M


Japan, China agree trade war will harm global economy

Views - 6 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:19

Tokyo (Reuters): Japan and China agree that a trade war will have serious consequences for the world economy, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Monday after a high-level economic dialogue between the world’s third- and second-largest econ


Fired FBI director Comey says Trump ‘morally unfit’

Views - 6 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:16

WASHINGTON (Reuters): Former FBI director James Comey said in an ABC News interview on Sunday that US President Donald Trump is a dangerous, “morally unfit” leader doing “tremendous damage” to institutional and cultural norms.


Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits Syria again

Views - 6 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

Moscow/Damascus (Reuters): Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.


Prince Harry promises to listen as he starts new Commonwealth job

Views - 5 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) - Prince Harry has been appointed a Commonwealth youth ambassador, his highest-profile public role to date and a job that will seee him working with his future wife encouraging young people to use the network of mostly form


China first-quarter central government-owned firms’ profits rise, debt levels ease

Views - 6 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): Total profit from China’s central government-owned firms accelerated in the first quarter while debt levels fell from the beginning of the year, suggesting Beijing is having some success with revamping its debt-ridden and lumberi


China to set up Hainan free trade zone by 2020, port by 2025

Views - 5 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

Shanghai (Reuters): China aims to establish a free trade zone in Hainan by 2020 and will encourage multinationals to set up their international and regional headquarters there, as part of plans to open up the province’s economy to foreign investors


US recalls more than 200 million eggs over salmonella fears

Views - 5 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

Reuters - Nearly 207 million eggs from a farm in North Carolina are being recalled from nine U.S. states after 22 people fell ill, the federal Food and Drug Administration has said. It is the largest recall of eggs in the United States since 2010, th


Asia shares mixed, oil down amid Syria fallout

Views - 6 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

Sydney (Reuters): Asian share markets were mixed and oil prices fell on Monday as relief U.S.-led strikes on Syria looked unlikely to escalate was tempered by concerns at Russia’s potential reaction to new sanctions from Washington.


S&P revises Japan’s outlook to positive from stable

Views - 8 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

Reuters: S&P Global Ratings on Friday revised Japan’s outlook to ‘positive’ from ‘stable’ as the country’s stronger economy sets the stage for fiscal improvement. Japan’s formidable external position, its


Toys ‘R’ Us gets $1 b bids for 85% of Asian business

Views - 11 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

Reuters: Retailer Toys ‘R’ Us has received multiple bids of more than $1 billion for an 85% stake in its Asian business, as the bankrupt company moves ahead with plans to sell some non-US operations, its lawyer Joshua Sussberg said.


ASEAN confident of growth outlook despite trade tensions: Singapore

Views - 15 Thursday, 12 April 2018 09:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are confident of their economic growth outlook despite rising global trade tensions, Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said.Heng’s comments at the end of a m


Eurocontrol warns airlines of possible missile strikes into Syria

Views - 6 Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Pan-European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol on Tuesday warned airlines to exercise


US, Russia clash at UN over chemical weapons attacks in Syria

Views - 10 Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

UNITED NATIONS/BEIRUT (Reuters): Russia and the United States tangled on Tuesday at the United Nations over


Seven Myanmar soldiers sentenced to 10 years for Rohingya massacre

Views - 12 Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

YANGON (Reuters): Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to “10 years in prison with hard labour in a remote area


Japan’s Abe sticks to denials as scandal doubts keep swirling

Views - 9 Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denied on Wednesday that he had intervened to secure preferential


Today's Columnists

The glyphosate story – CKDu, food security and national economy

Thursday, 19 April 2018

We in Sri Lanka have a history to be proud of. According to our historical record, the golden age of Sri Lankan agriculture production centres around Polonnaruwa during reign of King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 AD).


President is powerless to remove the Prime Minister

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Some commentators have persistently advanced the proposition that, notwithstanding the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the President’s power to remove the Prime Minister is intact. It is a view that relies on a literal reading of the Sinhala te


The ‘Trafficbathgoda’ town of Kiribathgoda

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Getting through Kiribathgoda town particularly in the evening after work is a real nightmare. Even the morning is equally bad, creating a huge pileup of vehicles along the main road. In particular, in the evening, to move from Tyre Corporation Junct


Beware of evidence-independent recommendations from academics in positions of power

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

It was just over a year ago that I wrote in this newspaper about the need to fact check politicians and pundits (http://www.ft.lk/article/592541/Fact-checking-politicians-and-pundits). That column was triggered by an evidence-independent claim made a


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