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Tropical Maldives heads to polls amid criticism over fairness of vote

Sep 19 2018

MALE/COLOMBO More than a quarter of a million people will vote on Sunday for the next leader of the tropical Maldives in an election criticized internationally for a lack of transparency and suppression of government critics.

Maldives opposition urges government to ease visa rules for media

Sep 13 2018

MALE/COLOMBO The main Maldives opposition party said on Wednesday that President Abdulla Yameen's government must ease "draconian" visa measures limiting the number of foreign journalists coming to cover a presidential election on Sept. 23.

Maldives accuses U.S. of intimidation after comments on political prisoners

Sep 07 2018

COLOMBO/MALE Maldives accused the United States of intimidation on Friday, a day after Washington called for the release of "falsely accused" political prisoners and threatened action if the island's upcoming election is not free and fair.

Sri Lanka central bank will intervene if rupee moves on speculation, official says

Sep 07 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's central bank will intervene in the foreign exchange markets if its rupee currency moves for any reasons other than global trends, Nandalal Weerasinghe, the bank's senior deputy governor, told Reuters on Friday.

INTERVIEW-Sri Lanka c.bank will intervene if rupee moves on speculation, official says

Sep 07 2018

COLOMBO, Sept 7 Sri Lanka's central bank will intervene in the foreign exchange markets if its rupee currency moves for any reasons other than global trends, Nandalal Weerasinghe, the bank's senior deputy governor, told Reuters on Friday.

Sri Lanka opposition supporters block road over economic hardship, polls

Sep 05 2018

COLOMBO Thousands of Sri Lankan opposition demonstrators led by former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa blocked a main road in Colombo on Wednesday in protest at economic hardship and the delaying of provincial polls.

China aims to build houses, roads in Sri Lanka north to extend sway

Aug 24 2018

COLOMBO China wants to build houses and roads in Sri Lanka's north, much of which is in a state of disrepair nearly a decade after the end of civil war, Chinese and Sri Lankan officials said, in a bid to expand it influence beyond the island's south.

Sri Lanka's central bank warns against dollar hoarding as rupee falls

Jul 11 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's central bank is concerned about the dollar hoarding and market manipulation that's exacerbating the rupee's weakness and has the tools to correct any misalignment in the exchange rate, its governor told Reuters.

Singapore firm to draw up Chinese investment zone plan in Sri Lanka

Jun 06 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's cabinet has approved a proposal for Singapore-based urban planning consultancy Surbana Jurong Pvt Ltd, owned by state investor Temasek Holdings Ltd, to draw up a plan for a Chinese investment zone in the country's southern port city of Hambantota, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Singapore firm to draw up Chinese investment zone plan in Sri Lanka

Jun 06 2018

COLOMBO, June 6 Sri Lanka's cabinet has approved a proposal for Singapore-based urban planning consultancy Surbana Jurong Pvt Ltd, owned by state investor Temasek Holdings Ltd, to draw up a plan for a Chinese investment zone in the country's southern port city of Hambantota, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

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