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    1. beyondbrics

      January 21, 2015

      Uphill economic task for Sri Lanka's new president

      As Sri Lanka’s new president, Maithripala Sirisena, takes the reigns in Colombo, the focus is on his plans to overhaul...

    2. beyondbrics

      January 19, 2015

      Guest post: can India repeat China's ascent?

      By Frederic Neumann, HSBC Things in China look a bit soggy. True, growth a touch above 7 per cent is nothing to sneer at....

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    1. The World

      January 16, 2015

      Sri Lanka and an unravelling string of pearls

      The recent Sri Lankan presidential election was remarkable for several reasons. First, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the over-confident...

    2. January 16, 2015

      Sri Lanka’s new president appoints central bank governor

      Arjuna Mahendran, a former private banker, has been appointed to head the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in the latest sign of a...

    3. January 14, 2015

      Rajapaksa’s defeat holds lessons for Asia’s rightwing leaders

      Pope Francis rounded off his two-day trip to Sri Lanka on Wednesday by visiting a jungle shrine in the island’s...

    4. beyondbrics

      January 14, 2015

      Sri Lankan election result stirs optimism for Jetwing boss

      When the government finally defeated separatist Tamil guerrillas in 2009 – bringing an end to a 25-year civil war – tourists...

    5. January 13, 2015

      Pope Francis calls for reconciliation in Sri Lanka

      The Pope in Sri Lanka Pope Francis has urged Sri Lanka to investigate the “truth” behind events during its bloody civil war,...

    6. FT Alphaville

      January 12, 2015


      A show of unity in Paris, an AirAsia black box and Apple’s secret door More than 3.7m marched in Paris and across France in...

    7. beyondbrics

      January 12, 2015

      Corruption is key issue as Sri Lankan poll ousts president

      The streets of Colombo were strangely quiet in the hours after Mahinda Rajapaksa, the former Sri Lankan president, conceded...

    8. January 12, 2015

      Five themes colour Pope’s Asia agenda

      Pope Francis departs on Monday for his second trip to Asia — and his seventh international visit — since he was elected to...

    9. January 9, 2015

      Maithripala Sirisena faces task of repairing Sri Lanka’s image

      Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president in front of cheering crowds on Friday evening after his...

    10. January 9, 2015

      Profile: Maithripala Sirisena

      Following his resounding victory, Maithripala Sirisena is the new leader of Sri Lanka’s 21m people and $67bn economy. But...

    11. January 9, 2015

      Stocks retreat after US payrolls data

      Friday 21.00 GMT. Global stocks ended the week on the back foot while Treasury bond prices rose and the dollar’s recent...

    12. January 9, 2015

      Opposition’s Sirisena wins election in Sri Lanka

      President Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat in Sri Lanka’s election early on Friday, handing the reins to opposition...

    13. January 7, 2015

      Sri Lanka: Test for triumphalism

      The Port of Colombo ranks among the busiest in south Asia, with gigantic red and yellow cranes shifting millions of tonnes...

    14. January 7, 2015

      Sri Lanka opposition backs anti-corruption probes

      Sri Lanka’s opposition has outlined plans for a wave of anti-corruption investigations targeting Chinese-funded...

    15. January 6, 2015

      Sri Lanka squares up to a critical election

      In the theatrical words of Mahinda Rajapaksa, president of Sri Lanka since 2005, the country’s electorate this week faces a...

    16. December 28, 2014

      Buddhist militancy triggers international concern

      Shahabadeen Sahira had a traumatic first-hand view of a new wave of militant Buddhist nationalist groups, whose rise across...

    17. December 22, 2014

      Sri Lanka’s leader pledges peaceful handover should he lose election

      Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has offered reassurances that his government will peacefully hand over power in the...

    18. December 12, 2014

      Readers should be told about Sri Lankan life’s less savoury side

      Sir, There was an interesting clash of content last week between different parts of the FT. In Saturday’s “How To Spend It”...

    19. December 12, 2014

      The Diary: James Crabtree

      Sri Lanka’s reliable winter sunshine draws planeloads of visitors to its tropical shores. At Colombo airport the island’s...

    20. December 11, 2014

      The man who mends careers and hearts

      Manj Weerasekera had an itch of an idea that would not go away. The executive coach kept meeting senior businessmen who in...

    21. December 7, 2014

      Asian neighbours respond to Maldives water crisis

      The vulnerability of ever-growing populations in isolated regions was exposed at the weekend by an accident that left Malé,...

    22. December 7, 2014

      Sri Lankan president’s poll lead withers as election approaches

      Mahinda Rajapaksa seems rattled, at least if the outpourings of Sri Lanka’s state-backed media provide any indication of...

    23. December 4, 2014

      Sri Lanka eyes dim sum bond issuance

      Sri Lanka is preparing plans to become the first non-Chinese Asian nation to issue a renminbi-denominated “dim sum” bond...

    24. December 3, 2014

      Rob & Paul Forkan: Brothers who went from tragedy to creating their own shoe empire

      It would be easy to miss the small sign beside a brick archway in southwest London marking the entrance to the headquarters...

    25. beyondbrics

      November 27, 2014

      Vietnam yields cautionary tale over Chinese investment

      China’s new charm offensive in Asia – using infrastructure development to garner soft power at the expense of rivals US and...

    26. November 20, 2014

      Sri Lanka president calls snap poll

      President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka called a snap election on Thursday in hopes that strong recent economic growth will...

    27. November 12, 2014

      Sri Lanka president set to seek third term

      Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa is set to stand for an unprecedented third term in office, following a Supreme Court...

    28. FT Photo Diary

      October 31, 2014

      Relief camp in Sri Lanka

      Eranga Jayawarden/AP A Sri Lankan mudslide survivor child rests in a makeshift cradle at a relief camp in Punagala, Sri...

    29. FT Photo Diary

      October 27, 2014

      Galle Face beach vendor

      Ishara S. Kodikar/AFP/Getty A Sri Lankan street vendor looks on at the Galle Face Beach in Colombo.The International...

    30. October 12, 2014

      Sri Lanka strives to be next Asian tiger

      Sri Lanka is grooming itself to be Asia’s next tiger only five years after a bloody civil war. But while economic reforms...

    31. September 17, 2014

      Sri Lanka sees benefits of China’s ‘maritime silk road’ plan

      President Xi Jinping’s talk of a “21st-century maritime silk road” linking China to Europe through the seas of south Asia...

    32. September 15, 2014

      Gemfields turns to Sri Lanka for sapphires

      Gemfields, the Aim-quoted precious stone miner, has extended its reach to Sri Lanka by buying a majority stake in 16...

    33. August 19, 2014

      Climate change to slash south Asian GDP, development bank warns

      South Asian economies will be badly squeezed by climate change within a few decades if no action is taken to reduce the...

    34. July 4, 2014

      ‘Noontide Toll’, by Romesh Gunesekera

      Noontide Toll, by Romesh Gunesekera, Granta, RRP£12.99, 256 pages “They say this island of ours is the crossroads of the...

    35. FT Photo Diary

      June 24, 2014

      Bubble sunset

      Eranga Jayawardena/AP Sri Lankan children playing with bubbles are silhouetted against the setting sun in Colombo, Sri Lanka ...

    36. FT Photo Diary

      June 18, 2014

      Sri Lanka's Muslims

      Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP Sri Lankan Muslims, made homeless after two days of anti-Muslim riots in the tourist region of...

    37. FT Photo Diary

      June 16, 2014

      Religious conflict in Sri Lanka

      Eranga Jayawardena/AP A Muslim woman looks out on the street in Aluthgama town, 50 km south of Colombo, Sri Lanka. At least...

    38. June 16, 2014

      Sri Lanka struck by religious violence

      Clashes between Buddhist and Muslim groups in Sri Lanka have claimed the lives of three people and injured almost 80,...

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