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

28 Apr 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.

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

28 Apr 2020

KABUL/COLOMBO, April 28 (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

22 Apr 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

17 Dec 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

29 Nov 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

22 Nov 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

20 Nov 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

20 Nov 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

20 Nov 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 president-elect Rajapaksa a war hero to some, a polarizing figure for others

17 Nov 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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