India OK with SAARC meeting in Islamabad, but says no to bilateral talks with Pakistan

India OK with SAARC meeting in Islamabad, but says no to bilateral talks with Pakistan

New Delhi, July 29 (NIA):  India on Thursday categorically ruled out bilateral talks with Pakistan even as Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to visit Islamabad in the first week of August to participate in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) ministerial meet, The New Indian Express reported. The Indian Ministry of External […]

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 […]

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 […]

ETCA will not throw open flood gates to Indian professionals: govt

ETCA will not throw open flood gates to Indian professionals: govt

Colombo, July 26 (NIA): The Sri Lankan Minister of International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama told the media on Tuesday that the proposed Economic and  Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India will  not throw open the flood gates to Indian professionals. “The government will not allow foreign professionals to enter Sri Lanka and take our jobs. Those […]

Emirates flight with over 300 on-board makes emergency landing in Mumbai

Emirates flight with over 300 on-board makes emergency landing in Mumbai

July 26 (NIA) – An Emirates flight flying from Dubai to Maldives with more than 300 people on board, made an emergency landing in Mumbai on Tuesday after smoke was seen in the cockpit and cabin. All passengers and crew of the EK-652 were evacuated with full emergency procedures as it landed in Mumbai and […]

Seven school children killed in accident in India

Seven school children killed in accident in India

July 26 (NIA) – Seven school children were killed in northern India on Tuesday after the van they were travelling in collided with a train, the police said. The accident took place at an unmanned railway crossing in Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh. Police said seven others, including the driver of the school, were grievously […]

Ethnic reconciliation through exchange of Buddha and Thiruvalluvar statues

Ethnic reconciliation through exchange of Buddha and Thiruvalluvar statues

Colombo, July 25 (NIA): At a time when the Tamils of Sri Lanka are seeing the installation of Buddha statues in the Tamil-majority Northern Province as a sign of Sinhalese-Buddhist hegemony, an entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu in India has installed a Buddha statue in his native Thirunelveli and is installing 16 Thiruvalluvar statues in Sri […]

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan freed in poaching cases

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan freed in poaching cases

July 25 – A court in India, on Monday, acquitted a popular Indian movie actor of shooting and killing endangered animals in the state of Rajasthan, two decades ago. The Rajasthan High Court acquitted 50 year old Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in two poaching cases, after he and seven others were accused of killing a […]