Afghan violence sees surge in civilian deaths, says UN mission

Afghan violence sees surge in civilian deaths, says UN mission

KABUL, July 28 (NIA): At least 1,601 civilians have been killed and 3,565 injured in the first half of 2016, showing a record surge of four percent in casualties as compared to the corresponding period in 2015, the Afghan news agency Pajhwok said on Monday quoting UN agencies. The total civilian casualties recorded between January […]

Afghan troops foil Taliban plan to bomb girls’ school in Kabul

Afghan troops foil Taliban plan to bomb girls’ school in Kabul

Troops of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) have foiled a planned suicide attack on a girls’ school in Kabul, Daily Outlook Afghanistan reported on Wednesday. NDS troops  shot and wounded Bakhtullah, the would-be suicide bomber, in Khoshi district of the central Logar province. According to the NDS, Bakhtullah confessed to the plot during preliminary […]

Modi Says India’s Aid To Sri Lanka Will Be As Per Sri Lanka’s Choice

Modi Says India’s Aid To Sri Lanka Will Be As Per Sri Lanka’s Choice

Colombo July 28 (NIA): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that India’s development assistance to Sri Lanka will be determined by the choices and priorities of Sri Lankan leaders and people. “India’s development cooperation with Sri Lanka encompasses a wide spread of projects throughout Sri Lanka in different areas of economic activity. But […]

Press coverage of Jaffna Varsity clash reflects pro-reconciliation mood

Press coverage of Jaffna Varsity clash reflects pro-reconciliation mood

Colombo, July 27 (NIA): The sober media coverage of a recent Jaffna University fracas in which Tamil and Sinhalese students violently clashed over the organization of an annual event, indicates that a “pro-reconciliation” sentiment has gained “moral currency” in Sri Lanka, says Verite Research in its analysis of the way the government, political parties and […]

Sri Lanka to set up independent body to probe aircraft accidents

Sri Lanka to set up independent body to probe aircraft accidents

July 27 (NIA) – The Sri Lankan cabinet, on Wednesday, granted approval to set up an independent institution in the island nation which would investigate aircraft accidents as Sri Lanka was a member of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilleke told reporters here that the objective of the Bureau would be […]

India to loan US 318 million dollars to upgrade Sri Lanka’s railway sector

India to loan US 318 million dollars to upgrade Sri Lanka’s railway sector

India has approved a fresh loan of US$318 million to Sri Lanka’s railway department to upgrade its communications system and rolling stock, Media Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke told journalists here on Wednesday. “India has already granted loan facilities of about US$ 966 million for the development of the Sri Lankan railway service and they have been […]