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China says will further open up its economy, slams rising protectionism

Views - 4 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:06

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday Beijing will further open up its economy in the face of rising protectionism, as he headed for meetings with Asia-Pacific leaders in Singapore that are expected to focus on trade tensions


Saudi Arabia in talks to cut oil output after US waivers hit prices

Views - 1 Monday, 12 November 2018 01:28

ABU DHABI (Reuters): Saudi Arabia is discussing a proposal that could see OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers cut output by up to 1 million barrels per day, two sources told Reuters on Sunday, as the world’s top oil exporter grapples with a drop in cru


Calls for open trade to greet Pence as Trump skips Asia summit

Views - 1 Monday, 12 November 2018 01:28

Singapore (Reuters): Asia-Pacific leaders will join the heads of Southeast Asian states this week in Singapore to renew calls for multilateralism and fresh pledges to resolve regional conflicts ranging from the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar to tensions


China’s import expo logs $ 57.8 b of deals

Views - 1 Monday, 12 November 2018 01:27

SHANGHAI (Reuters): Around $ 57.83 billion worth of deals were agreed for the year ahead at the China International Import Expo (CIIE), the official China Daily said on Saturday. The 5-10 November CIIE, which brings thousands of foreign companies tog


Iran sells more oil to private exporters to bypass US curbs

Views - 2 Monday, 12 November 2018 01:27

DUBAI (Reuters): Iran sold 700,000 barrels of crude oil to private companies for export on Sunday in a second round of sales aimed at countering US sanctions on the country’s exports, oil ministry news website SHANA reported. Three unnamed companie


Facebook refuses Singapore request to remove post after critical website blocked

Views - 5 Monday, 12 November 2018 01:26

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Facebook has rejected a Singapore Government request to remove a post of an online article that the Government said was “false and malicious”, prompting its Law Ministry to say the case illustrated the need to introduce legis


UK economy grows strongly, but with hints of tougher times ahead

Views - 4 Monday, 12 November 2018 01:25

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain enjoyed its fastest economic upturn since late 2016 during the third quarter, spurred by a surge in consumer spending over the hot summer and the soccer World Cup, which now appears to be tailing off ahead of Brexit. The ec


Turkey gave Khashoggi tapes to European nations, Erdogan says

Views - 3 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

Istanbul (Reuters): Turkey has given recordings related to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi to Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, seeking to maintain international pressure on Riyadh over the Saudi journalist’s de


Bangladesh opposition alliance to contest polls “to rescue democracy”

Views - 2 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

DHAKA (Reuters) - A group of opposition parties in Bangladesh, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), said on Sunday it plans to contest the 23 December general election, despite the ruling party last week rejecting a series of its demands


World leaders in Paris mark 100th anniversary of WW1 Armistice

Views - 3 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

PARIS (Reuters): President Emmanuel Macron led tributes to the millions of soldiers who died during World War One on Sunday, holding a solemn ceremony attended by dozens of world leaders in Paris to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. US Pres


Emirates’ ‘Game Changer’ First Class Suite to debut on Vienna route

Views - 2 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

Emirates’ latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the ‘Game Changer’ First Class product will operate between Dubai and Vienna on a daily basis from 1 December 2018. Austria will be one of the first few countries in the world to be served


Sri Lanka Tourism launches new brand identity ‘So Sri Lanka’ at World Travel Market 2018, London

Views - 2 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism launched its new destination brand identity entitled ‘So Sri Lanka,’ on 5 November at a gala event at the Grosvenor House London Ballroom, coinciding with the World Travel Market (WTM) 2018. The new brand identity was launched


Sri Lanka attracts charter flights from Europe

Views - 2 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

The months of October/November 2018 has begun to herald in a new facet to Sri Lanka Tourism, with the introduction and resumption of three new airlines that will soon service the Sri Lankan route in Asia, increasing a connectivity whilst serving as a


Bangladesh’s PM Hasina to seek re-election 23 Dec.

Views - 2 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:10

DHAKA (Reuters): Bangladesh’s Chief Election Commissioner said on Thursday that the South Asian nation would hold a general election on Dec. 23, and vowed that the Election Commission would ensure a free and fair election. K.M. Nurul Huda, the head


Russia clashes with Western oil buyers over new deals as sanctions loom

Views - 2 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

MOSCOW (Reuters): Russian energy majors are putting pressure on Western oil buyers to use euros instead of dollars for payments and introducing penalty clauses in contracts as Moscow seeks protection against possible new US sanctions. Seven industry


Recounts, runoffs loom over high-profile elections in Florida, Georgia

Views - 2 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

Reuters: High-profile US elections in Georgia, Florida and Arizona remained unresolved on Thursday, two days after the vote, with the prospect of legal challenges, recounts and ballot reviews setting the stage for possible weeks of uncertainty. The s


Britain’s Hunt does not see imminent Brexit deal

Views - 2 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

PARIS (AFP): Britain’s Foreign Minister played down Thursday the prospect of an imminent deal on Brexit and called for greater efforts to be made in the negotiations to “understand the other’s perspective.” After a speech in Paris that sought


Frail Mikhail Gorbachev warns against return to the Cold War

Views - 2 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

MOSCOW (Reuters): Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, warned on Thursday against rising tensions between Russia and the United States and said there should be no return to the Cold War. The frail 87-year-old was physically helped by aides to a


Asia stocks retreat from one-month high as Fed tempers rally

Views - 2 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian stocks pulled back from a one-month high on Friday as the Federal Reserve looked set to deliver another interest rate hike next month, paring gains made earlier this week after US midterm elections triggered a global equities r


Defiant Trump blames media, fellow Republicans for House losses

Views - 2 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): The day after his party lost its lock on the US Congress, President Donald Trump walked into a White House press conference ready for political combat, name-checking Republicans who he blamed for losing their seats and lashing o


Democrats warn Trump after Attorney General Sessions forced out

Views - 2 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): The ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions by President Donald Trump on Wednesday drew sharp criticism from Democrats, who warned Trump against moving to squash a probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.


Gunman kills 12 in California bar packed with students

Views - 2 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Thousand Oaks (AFP): A gunman killed 12 people, including a police officer, when he opened fire in a country music bar packed with college students in California, officials and witnesses said yesterday. Police said the gunman was found dead inside t


Bangladesh Opposition leader Zia returns to jail

Views - 2 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

DHAKA, AFP: Bangladesh authorities on Thursday sent Opposition leader Khaleda Zia back to jail after a month of treatment in hospital, an official said. The move came just ahead of the official announcement of the date of a General election which th


Cambodia’s Hun Sen eases pressure on unions as EU sanctions threat looms

Views - 8 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

PHNOM PENH, REUTERS: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen told his Ministers to ease pressure on labour union leaders on Wednesday, after threats by the European Union to remove the Southeast Asian country’s duty-free trading access. The EU began a fo


Minnesota, Michigan send first Muslim women to US Congress

Views - 8 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:08

Reuters: Voters in Minnesota and Michigan on Tuesday elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the US Congress, a former refugee who fled Somalia’s civil war and a Detroit-born Palestinian-American. The victories by the two Democrats — Ilhan


EU court sets 27 November hearing on Brexit reversal case

Views - 6 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:07

Luxembourg (Reuters): Judges at the European Union’s highest court will hear a case on the Brexit process on 27 November, reviewing whether Britain could unilaterally withdraw its decision to leave the EU, the Court of Justice said in a statement o


Women, youth, Hispanics drive Democratic House wins: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Views - 4 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:07

WASHINGTON (Reuters): Increased support from women, youth and Hispanic voters gave Democrats the boost they needed to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, according to a Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll. Fifty-five per cent of


‘Rebel’ Prince Charles could put monarchy at risk, author says

Views - 4 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:06

London (Reuters): Prince Charles, the “rebel” heir to the British throne, will face a battle to win over Britons and could even put the monarchy at risk if he does not temper his strong views when he eventually becomes king, a royal biographer sa


Bangladesh rejects opposition plea for caretaker government

Views - 4 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:05

DHAKA (Reuters): Bangladesh’s ruling party has rejected an opposition party’s demand for a caretaker government it says is essential for a free and fair general election due to be held in December. Although Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami


Bangladesh exports surge 31% in October, driven by garments

Views - 4 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

DHAKA (Reuters): Bangladesh exports in October surged 31% from a year ago to $3.71 billion, government data showed on Tuesday, driven by a rise in overseas sales of readymade garments. Exports for July to October, the first four months of the country


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The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Saturday, 17 November 2018

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.


Country paying for Sirisena’s childlike behaviour

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Many were surprised on 26 October to see former President Rajapaksa being appointed Prime Minister by the very man who defeated him a couple years ago, at a considerable risk to himself and to those who helped him win the election. Then events beca


The JR-MR effect

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.


The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R


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