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Wednesday October 5th, 2022

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

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

Liz Truss to become UK’s next prime minister

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

Sri Lanka falls in transparency index; Bhutan leads in South Asia   

Sri Lanka's ranking under Corruption Perception Index has fallen eight ranks

January 26, 2022 2 min read

Sri Lanka declines USD 3.6 billion Oman fuel credit over conditions: spokesman

Sri Lanka won't go ahead with US$3.6 billion fuel credit line with Oman

January 25, 2022 2 min read

Sri Lanka condemns drone attack on UAE

The attack was on a fuel facility.

January 18, 2022 1 min read

Sri Lanka pledges to co-oporate with UN on labour issues – MFA

Sri Lanka appraised by UN on the progress it has made with regard to making the country a ‘child labour free zone

December 1, 2021 3 min read

Germany converts Sri Lanka Euro13mn maternity hospital loan into grant

The hospital was damaged in 2004 Tsunami

November 3, 2021 1 min read

Does Covid vaccines deprive visa and reduce fertility? - fact-checked

Some countries do not require vaccines and other countries requesting mandatory vaccination do not reject Sinopharm.

October 31, 2021 8 min read

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.

October 6, 2021 2 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

September 30, 2021 6 min read

Time to build upon the COVID dividend in South Asia education

Teachers upgrade skills on their own with private sector support

Kshama Ranawana
September 22, 2021 6 min read

Moody's downgrades Maldives to Caa1, despite tourism recovery

Debt consolidation will be slow due to expansionary projects

August 29, 2021 12 min read
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Nepal: Himalayan country in crisis

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

Kshama Ranawana
July 6, 2021 9 min read

Sri Lanka wins special award for pesticide control, suicide prevention

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

July 3, 2021 2 min read

“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
June 10, 2021 7 min read

NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan leaves the region nervous

The vacuummay create an opening for China to step in

Kshama Ranawana
June 7, 2021 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
May 20, 2021 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...

April 14, 2021 1 min read

Prince Philip dead at 99

April 9, 2021 1 min read

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...

March 27, 2021 2 min read

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 ...

March 27, 2021 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
March 23, 2021 6 min read