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Sri Lanka boosts leader's security over alleged death plot: advisers

18 Oct 2018

COLOMBO Security for Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has been stepped up following the discovery of an alleged plot to assassinate him, two of his advisers said on Thursday.

Sri Lanka reverses $300-million China housing deal ahead of PM's India visit

18 Oct 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka has reversed a decision to award a $300-million housing deal to China in favour of a joint venture with an Indian company, the government said, ahead of a visit by the prime minister to its South Asian neighbour.

Sri Lanka reverses $300-mln China housing deal ahead of PM's India visit

18 Oct 2018

COLOMBO, Oct 18 Sri Lanka has reversed a decision to award a $300-million housing deal to China in favour of a joint venture with an Indian company, the government said, ahead of a visit by the prime minister to its South Asian neighbour.

Sri Lanka surprises, keeps rates steady despite pressure on rupee

02 Oct 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's central bank surprised financial markets on Tuesday by leaving its key policy rates unchanged, despite heavy pressure on the rupee currency and foreign outflows from government securities.

UPDATE 2-Sri Lanka surprises, keeps rates steady despite pressure on rupee

02 Oct 2018

* Rupee down around 10 pct this year amid foreign bond outflows

Tropical Maldives heads to polls amid criticism over fairness of vote

19 Sep 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 criticised internationally for a lack of transparency and suppression of government critics.

Maldives opposition urges government to ease visa rules for media

13 Sep 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

07 Sep 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

07 Sep 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

07 Sep 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.

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