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UPDATE 1-Sri Lanka central bank keeps policy rates on hold, as expected

Nov 28 2019

COLOMBO, Nov 29 Sri Lanka's central bank left its key interest rates unchanged on Friday, as widely expected, two days after the new government announced major tax cuts to boost economic growth that has fallen to a near two-decade low.

UPDATE 3-Sri Lanka strongman Rajapaksa set to become president after rival concedes defeat

Nov 17 2019

* Deep ethnic and religious divisions in Sri Lanka (Adds Rajapaksa comments, more quotes)

Polls close in Sri Lanka presidential poll marred by violence

Nov 16 2019

COLOMBO Polls have closed in Sri Lanka where elections were held on Saturday for a new president of the tourism-dependent island nation still struggling to recover from the Easter Sunday militant attacks which killed more than 250 people.

Sri Lanka presidential race tightens as minorities seek to stop Rajapaksa

Nov 15 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lankans elect a new president on Saturday in a "finely balanced" race between the early favorite, former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and government minister Sajith Premadasa, who has gained momentum in recent weeks.

UPDATE 1-Sri Lanka c.bank keeps rates steady, rupee still vulnerable

Oct 11 2019

* Says growth likely to remain subdued in 2019 (Adds detail, analysts comments)

Sri Lanka housing minister vows to tap wartime army chief if elected president

Oct 10 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's presidential frontrunner housing minister Sajith Premadasa launched his campaign on Thursday, promising to appoint a wartime army chief as head of national security should he win the ‪Nov. 16 presidency in a nation still reeling from Easter Sunday Islamist attacks.

Sri Lanka ex-defense chief launches presidential campaign, pledges safer nation

Oct 09 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday formally launched his presidential campaign, promising strong national security measures if he wins the Nov. 16 election in the island nation still reeling from Easter Sunday bombings.

Record number of candidates to contest Sri Lanka's presidential election

Oct 07 2019

COLOMBO A record 35 candidates have filed nominations to take part in Sri Lanka's presidential election on Nov. 16, nearly twice as many as participated in the last poll in 2015, posing a logistical headache for election authorities.

Sri Lankan court dismisses challenge to presidential candidate Rajapaksa's citizenship

Oct 04 2019

COLOMBO A Sri Lankan court on Friday dismissed a legal challenge to presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa's Sri Lankan citizenship, removing a major barrier he faced in contesting the Nov. 16 poll.

UPDATE 1-IMF cuts Sri Lanka's 2019 growth target to 2.7%, cites Easter attacks

Sep 25 2019

COLOMBO, Sept 25 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday it has cut its forecast for Sri Lanka's 2019 economic growth to 2.7% from 3.5%, as the Easter Sunday attacks on hotels and churches earlier this year dented tourism and broader business activity.

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