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Scotland could still declare independence: Salmond

Scotland could still declare independence: Salmond

Alex Salmond has claimed that Scotland could declare itself independent without a referendum in the future. The Scottish first minister, who has said he is standing down after voters failed to back independence last week, said a referendum was the “best route” to statehood, but added that there were others. He said if the Scottish...

Editorial

Scotland decides to be with the UK

IN a historic referendum held Thursday, the Scottish people have had their say about what future they like for themselves: To be an independent entity or remain part of Great Britain. It was an extraordinary sight of how a people decide its political future in a democracy through freely exercising their right to self-determination.     Clearly, pragmatism of the Scottish people has got the better of their emotion through this referendum.    The majority of the electorate,   55 per cent of...

Europe breathes sigh of relief

Europe breathes sigh of relief

Europe breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after Scotland voted to reject independence from Britain, easing fears of a separatist domino effect on the continent and the risk of a British exit from the EU. Many European capitals had the jitters before the vote, worrying how they would deal with an independent Scotland's place...

'Devolution Revolution'

Scotland vote shakes up UK

Scotland vote shakes up UK

Scotland was enticed to reject independence with a promise of new powers but the pledge has pushed Prime Minister David Cameron into offering the same package to England -- a move that could change the face of the United Kingdom. Cameron secured the outcome he wanted after Scots voted "No" by a clear margin...

Gordon Brown emerges as the 'saviour'

Gordon Brown emerges as the 'saviour'

The man credited with swinging Scotland's independence referendum and saving Prime Minister David Cameron's job is ironically his predecessor, Gordon Brown, who was defeated by Cameron in the 2010 election. Tributes flooded in for the former Labour leader yesterday from the same conservative commentators who once mocked his clumsy style and simmering rivalry with...

United Kingdom remains united

United Kingdom remains united

Scots yesterday rejected independence in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but headed for a major shake-up that will give more autonomy to both Scotland and England. Queen Elizabeth II called for "mutual respect" among Scots following a highly divisive campaign. The queen appealed for Scots on both sides to set...

Scotland stays -- but the story's not over

Scotland stays -- but the story's not over

David Cameron has had the narrowest of political escapes. Success for the "Better Together" campaign has saved him from catastrophe: he will not, after all, live on in history as the Prime Minister on whose watch the Scottish nation chose to leave the United Kingdom. But serious questions will now be asked in...

Scotland votes 'No' to independence

Scotland votes 'No' to independence

Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. With 30 out of the country's 32 council areas having declared after Thursday's vote, the "No" side has an unassailable lead of 1,877,252 votes to 1,512,688. The winning total needed was 1,852,828. Nationally, the margin of victory is about 55% to...

UK to make changes after Scotland vote keeps union

UK to make changes after Scotland vote keeps union

Voters in Scotland have rejected independence, but leaders of Britain's three largest parties have promised Scots more autonomy than they have won so far. Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he also wants to give England, Wales and Northern Ireland greater independence from central government. Here's a look at how things might change. THE REFERENDUM...

Govt to export 50,000 MT rice to Sri Lanka

Encouraged by a bumper yield and good stocks at home, the government has decided to export at least 50,000 tonnes of rice, first of its kind since the independence, to Sri Lanka in the current fiscal year.   The decision came at the cabinet meeting yesterday, two months after the government extended the ban on non-fragrant rice export until June 2015 in order to ensure good supply and control price hikes in the local market. Notifying the cabinet about this year's rice...

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