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Sunday January 29th, 2023

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden to step down in February

"It's one thing to lead your country through peace time, it's another to lead them through crisis," she said.

January 19, 2023 2 min read

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka allows banned Qatar Charity to open country office eying $11 mln

The charity’s accounts were frozen and a top lawyer was arrested arbitrarily for having linkings with ISIS

January 12, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka to start seafood quality and quarantine process to enable China exports

“Specially for products such as sea cucumbers there is big demand…In India and China..”

January 3, 2023 1 min read

Bangladesh start-ups see progress

Bangladesh's startups grew nearly tenfold in the 2020/2021 period

January 1, 2023 3 min read
IMF urges Maldives to stop money printing to protect rufiyaa, as Sri Lanka rupee collapses

Directors advised that the MMA advances to the government be phased out to lower pressures on reserves

Bhutan’s policies need restructuring to boost economy - experts

Bhutan is graduating to middle-income status but needs modern industry to sustain it

Anwar: Not Malaysia’s Mandela, but something more

To those observing from the outside, it was a remarkable sight.

Krishantha Prasad Cooray
November 28, 2022 10 min read

The Maldives: Once Matriarchal Society is pushing women away from Leadership Roles

Maldivian women professionals and politicians ask, is it religion or society

November 20, 2022 6 min read

Trump launches Presidential bid to make America 'glorious'


November 16, 2022 1 min read

Rishi Sunak named Tory leader, to be appointed UK's first ever non-white prime minister

Sunak is of Indian heritage and is a practising Hindu and will be the UK's first ever non-Christian prime minister.

October 24, 2022 1 min read

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss announces resignation

Upon her succession, the UK will have its third prime minister of the year.

October 20, 2022 1 min read

Sri Aurobindo: Mystical Awareness Supplants Production

In India, religion and socialism commingle and collide.

October 7, 2022 35 min read

UK PM Liz Truss makes surprise U-turn on widely panned tax cut

UK media reported that Truss had conceded that it could not go through the House of Commons.

October 3, 2022 1 min read

Oil prices spike after Putin orders partial mobilisation in Ukraine: report

Putin's order came as Western media outlets began to express cautious optimism about a possible Ukrainian victory

September 21, 2022 1 min read

UK's longest-serving monarch Queen Elizabeth II dies at Balmoral aged 96

With her death, her eldest son Charles will be the new King

September 9, 2022 2 min read

Liz Truss to become UK’s next prime minister

Monday’s announcement triggered the beginning of a handover from Boris Johnson.

September 5, 2022 1 min read
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Multiple bomb, arson attacks rock Thailand's south: Reuters

Peace talks that began in 2013 have faced repeated disruptions.

August 17, 2022 2 min read

WHO declares Monkeypox as public health emergency

Cases have increased to 16,000 cases from 3040 cases a month ago and cases have been reported from 75 countries

July 23, 2022 3 min read

Former Japan PM Shinzo Abe dies after being shot: NHK

Abe was 67 years old.

July 8, 2022 1 min read

Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe hospitalised after apparent shooting: reports

Two gunshot sounds were heard at the site during a speech by Abe, and a male suspect was arrested.

July 8, 2022 1 min read

UK PM Boris Johnson to resign as Tory leader but continue as PM till autumn: BBC

He had vowed to "keep going" following a wave of resignations from the government over his leadership.

July 7, 2022 1 min read

South Asia’s smaller countries have a principled stand on Ukraine war

The South Asian region is deeply divided in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Arjuna Ranawna
June 8, 2022 7 min read

For a “New Nepal”, more youth in political leadership the need

Senior politicians control the levers of power

Arjuna Ranawana
June 2, 2022 5 min read

Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister requests short-term funds from WB

WB is giving re-purposed money

May 30, 2022 1 min read

War in Ukraine and its implications in South Asia


April 11, 2022 8 min read

Japan funds health centre for remote Ampara village

The grant is worth 17.7 million rupees

March 21, 2022 1 min read
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