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Shihar Aneez

'Should I buy a mask or food?' - South Asia's poor face stark choice

Apr 28 2020

KABUL/COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Buy a mask and let his family go hungry, or buy food and go out into the crowded city without one - that is the stark choice facing Hayatullah Khan, an Afghan labourer whose daily earnings have fallen below $1.50 during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sri Lankan Tamils living abroad struggle to reclaim land from afar

Apr 21 2020

KURUMBASIDDY, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The civil war in northern Sri Lanka ended more than a decade ago, but Shan Raj's ancestral home is still surrounded by a fence of barbed wire.

Sri Lanka's 'Foundation of Goodness' turns around a village decimated by tsunami

Dec 17 2019

SEENIGAMA, Sri Lanka When Kushil Gunasekera returned to Seenigama in Sri Lanka's Galle district days after it was wiped out by a massive tsunami on Dec. 26, 2004, he got to work. | Video

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.

Sri Lanka's ruling siblings: New president swears in his brother as PM

Nov 21 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday swore in his elder brother, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, as prime minister, cementing the powerful family's political comeback.

Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa to be sworn in as PM by his brother

Nov 20 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's newly elected president is set to name his brother and current opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa as interim prime minister, a party spokesman said on Wednesday, just hours after the sitting premier said he plans to step down.

Sri Lanka prime minister to resign: government sources

Nov 20 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will announce on Wednesday he is stepping down after his party's candidate lost in a presidential election over the weekend, two government sources said.

A hospital and clean water: China on the charm offensive in Sri Lanka

Nov 19 2019

POLONARRUWA, Sri Lanka Amid the lush paddy fields of central Sri Lanka, a large, state-of-the-art hospital rises between the cranes and cement mixers.

Sri Lanka strongman Rajapaksa wins presidency by big margin

Nov 17 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's former civil wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was declared the winner in the presidential election on Sunday, after promising to secure the country against militant threats following Easter bombings this year. | Video

Sri Lanka president-elect Rajapaksa a war hero to some, a polarizing figure for others

Nov 17 2019

COLOMBO For Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese Buddhists, president-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa is best-placed to take on the hard challenge of defeating enemies of the state such as those who carried out deadly Easter Sunday attacks early this year.

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