Sri Lanka bans polythene for election campaigning ahead of local polls

Sri Lanka bans polythene for election campaigning ahead of local polls

Colombo, Dec 15 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s President, Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the island’s Central Environmental Authority to ban the use of polythene for election campaigns ahead of a crucial local government election scheduled to be held in February, local media reported Friday. Sirisena, who is the Minister of Environment, instructed the Central Environmental Authority […]

Russia restricts tea supplies from Sri Lanka after finding beetle

Russia restricts tea supplies from Sri Lanka after finding beetle

Moscow, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Russia will place temporary restrictions on imports of all agricultural products from Sri Lanka, including tea, from Dec. 18, the Russian agricultural safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said on Thursday. The watchdog said it had taken the decision to impose restrictions after it found an insect, known as the Khapra beetle, in […]

EU parliament demands sanctions against Myanmar for persecuting Rohingyas

EU parliament demands sanctions against Myanmar for persecuting Rohingyas

Colombo, December 15 (newsin.asia): The European Parliament on Thursday called for comprehensive economic, military and legal sanctions against Myanmar for brazenly persecuting the Rohingya Muslims,  over a million have had flee to Bangladesh over the last few years and particularly since August this year. The EU wants the international community to go from uttering words […]

Bengali song “Ami Jamini Tumi Shashi hey” by Manna Dey in the film “Antony Firingee”

Bengali song “Ami Jamini Tumi Shashi hey” by Manna Dey in the film “Antony Firingee”

Antony Firingee is a 1967 Bengali-language biographical musical film directed by Sunil Bannerjee, and starring Uttam Kumar and Tanuja. It is a biopic based on the life of Anthony Firingee (Hensman Anthony), a Bengali folk poet of Portuguese origin. Antony Firingee fell in love with Nirupoma. She agreed to marry him after revealing her tragic […]

Myanmar arrests two Reuters journalists under Official Secrets Act

Myanmar arrests two Reuters journalists under Official Secrets Act

Yangon, December 14 (Reuters):  Myanmar’s government said on Wednesday that police had arrested two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The reporters had been working on stories about a military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine State that has caused almost 650,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. The Ministry of […]

AT least 6,700 Rohingyas killed in the first month of Myanmar’s military crackdown

AT least 6,700 Rohingyas killed in the first month of Myanmar’s military crackdown

Paris, December 14 (AFP): At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of a Myanmar army crackdown on rebels in Rakhine state that began in late August, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Thursday. The figure is the highest estimated death toll yet of violence that erupted on August 25 and triggered […]

Exit polls by TV channels predict BJP victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh

Exit polls by TV channels predict BJP victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh

New Delhi, December 14 (newsin.asia): Exit polls conducted by various Indian TV channels during the just concluded State Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have predicted a convincing win for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in both the states. If the exit polls prove to be correct, […]

Running marathons at 50 for a cause

Running marathons at 50 for a cause

By Amarjot Kaur/The Tribune Fifty year-old retired Indian army officer, Lt Col Sundaresan Ranganathan, has successfully run 50 marathons, each of 42.2 km, in 50 weeks across 23 Indian states and union territories to collect money for the families of soldiers who had died in battle. At Chandigarh’s Military Literature Festival Sundaresan looked back at […]