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Monday December 6th, 2021
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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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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

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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...

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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

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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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India will hold Sri Lanka to its commitments on reconciliation

Indian External Affairs Minister tells Virakesari that Sri Lanka has promised to work towards realizing the expectations...

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Trump concedes election after Congress certifies Biden’s win

United States President Donald Trump is stepping down and has pledged to an orderly transfer of power to President-elect...

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World leaders condemn 'assault on democracy' at US Capitol

World leaders and governments on Wednesday expressed shock and outrage at the storming of the US Capitol in Washington b...

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Four dead in Washington violence - Police

At least four people are dead in the violent incidents seen in the United States capital Washington where the legislativ...

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Trump nationalists storm US capitol, world leaders condemn violence

Supporters of US President Donald Trump, a nationalist backed by sections of the religious establishment stormed the US ...

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India’s economic recovery will benefit Sri Lanka – Dr Jaishankar

India’s Covid numbers have come down sharply and with vaccination in sight, India’s economic recovery will be “ful...

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Sri Lanka has asked India for Covid 19 vaccines - Indian FM

Sri Lanka has conveyed its interest in accessing COVID-19 vaccines from India, Delhi’s top envoy External Affairs Mini...

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