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The richest 10 per cent of the population in countries like Sri Lanka, China, India, Indonesia, Laos and Bangladesh have seen their share of income increase by more than 15 per cent, a study released by rights group Oxfam said.

According to NDTV, the study titled ‘An Economy for the 99%’ was released ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

The report said, on the other hand, the poorest 10 per cent have seen their share of income fall by more than 15 per cent.

"Due to a combination of discrimination and working in low-pay sectors, women's wages across Asia are between 70-90 per cent of men's," it said.  

On a positive note, it said there have been absolute increases in gross domestic product (GDP) in every region of the world over this period. “In South Asia, combined GDP in 2014 was more than five times what it was in 1985,” it said.

The study showed that just 57 billionaires in India now have same wealth (USD 216 billion) as that of the bottom 70 per cent population of the country.

Globally, just 8 billionaires have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 50 per cent of the world population.

In the US, by contrast, billionaires have frequently chosen to cash out of their businesses, and their wealth has not lasted so long.


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  • linusf Tuesday, 17 January 2017 01:34 AM

    The richest in Sri Lanka hide their income and is not declared, so how can anybody say that their income has increased by 15%?

    Ram Tuesday, 17 January 2017 01:40 AM

    When the rich get richer they invest on more ventures generating more employment and that is not a bad sign

    dot Tuesday, 17 January 2017 03:43 AM

    Good to hear that the richest have increased their wealth .A good vote bank for the government .but I hope considering the limited resources of the country the lower section did not feel the pinch when the raking happened to allow for this stockpile of wealth ..Another factor to consider is how much this would be of drug money and the illegal trade in our forest resources ....Get rich but leave something for others who aspire less to be happy too .

    cheers Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:05 AM

    Our latest rich list include Prime minister Ranil, Ravi K and Arjun Mahendra for robbing the central bank and this is not hard earn money buy the hard earn money of the people

    Leo Tuesday, 17 January 2017 06:00 AM

    Probably because the illegal drug circulation in SL is on the increase. via DM Android App


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