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Friday October 22nd, 2021
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Sri Lanka imports Coronavirus vaccines worth US$150mn from ADB credit

ADB is set to hold its annual meeting in Colombo from 2 to 5 May 2022.

3 min read

South Asia immigration barriers hindering industrial hub potential

It is not that the region is lacking in natural and human resources, both skilled and unskilled

3 min read

Time to build upon the COVID dividend in South Asia education

Teachers upgrade skills on their own with private sector support

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Moody's downgrades Maldives to Caa1, despite tourism recovery

Debt consolidation will be slow due to expansionary projects

3 min read

Nepal: Himalayan country in crisis

South Asian countries should have adopted a common regional strategy to combat COVID-19 in the region: Suhasini Haidar

Sri Lanka wins special award for pesticide control, suicide prevention

Sri Lanka has won a special award along with the Philippines and Colombia.

“Happy” Bhutan threatened by climate change and geopolitics

Bhutan, ever on the pursuit of happiness, is threatened by global warming and the India-China tussle, experts say

Kshama Ranawana

7 min read

NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan leaves the region nervous

The vacuummay create an opening for China to step in

Kshama Ranawana

6 min read

World's largest iceberg breaks off from Antarctica: reports

The break-off is part of the natural cycle and since it’s a floating ice shelf it will not cause sea levels to rise.

Mahadiya Hamza

2 min read

Myanmar military coup slams economy, to shrink 8.9-pct in 2021: IMF

Myanmar's economy could shrink 8.9 percent in 2021, as a military coup has descended on the country though most other A...

1 min read

Prince Philip dead at 99

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Maldives dollar Sukuk Islamic bond rated 'B3' by Moody's

Moody's has rated a planned US dollar Sukuk (Shariah law compliant bond) at 'B3' same as the government which will be us...

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Aruba rating downgraded to BBB by S&P, outlook stable

Standard and Poor's has downgraded Aruba's sovereign rating from to BBB from BBB+, with a stable outlook as tourism was ...

1 min read

Restarting South Asia: The Tea industry faces up to its challenges

The coronavirus pandemic wrought havoc on almost all walks of life, and the various industries ranging from commodities,...

Kshama Ranawana

6 min read

Sri Lanka lobbying Muslim countries ahead of crucial Geneva vote

Sri Lanka has ramped up contacts with Islamic countries as the vote on the Resolution against the island nation at the U...

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Bangladesh and Sri Lanka pledge mutual assistance on a range of issues

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have signed 6 memoranda of understanding after Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed a...

1 min read

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Indian becomes the second woman to swim across the Palk Straits

A 47-year old Indian, Syamala Goli, became the second woman and 13th person to swim across the Palk Strait when she reac...

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Mahinda pledges to stand with Bangladesh

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has stressed the possibilities of achieving closer cooperation in maritime, shipping, t...

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MR arrives in Dhaka, welcomed by Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will be the guest of honour at a ceremony to mark the birth centenary of the founder of...

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Prime Minister in Bangladesh on two-day visit

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is in Bangladesh today to join celebrations connected to the hundredth birth anniversar...

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FMM calls Myanmar coup a deathblow to democracy

Sri Lanka’s Free Media Movement (FMM) is strongly condemning the military coup in Myanmar calling it an “outrageous ...

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South Asia forging ahead towards renewable energy

Land-locked Nepal and the island nation of Sri Lanka are both rich in renewable resources that could be utilised for pow...

Kshama Ranawana

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Myanmar military takes over in apparent coup, detains Aung San Suu Kyi

In an apparent coup d'état, Myanmar’s military has handed over power to army chief Min Aung Hlaing, hours after detai...

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Major impact on education by Covid on South Asian kids

Neighbours India and Pakistan are experiencing the impact Covid 19 has had on their education systems very differently.

Kshama Ranawana

6 min read

First Sri Lankans to be vaccinated against Covid 19 will be MPs probably on Feb 4

India’s Serum Institute’s version of the Astro-Zeneca Oxford Vaccine is being shipped free to us by India as part of...

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Sri Lanka, Maldives youth to get new skills to counter hate speech in social media

Social media influencers in Sri Lanka and the Maldives who are countering online hate could sharpen their skills in a pr...

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