Austerity campaigner Imran Khan mocked for using chopper to go to office

Austerity campaigner Imran Khan mocked for using chopper to go to office

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is being mocked for taking a helicopter into Islamabad most days, after declaring he would eschew luxury perks. Information Minister Chaudhry argued that the helicopter uses less fuel than a motorcade, saying at one at one point it cost only 50 Pakistani rupees (40 cents) per kilometer. That calculation provoked ridicule.…

Lankan rights watchdog warns against dilution of progressive anti-terrorism bill

Lankan rights watchdog warns against dilution of progressive anti-terrorism bill

The Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has said that it is concerned with media reports indicating that some members of the Sri Lankan government have expressed reservations about the more liberal provisions of the anti-terrorism Bill, and there is a threat that retrograde features might be reintroduced into the Bill by way of committee-stage amendments. CPA has consistently raised concerns with such practices of committee-stage amendments which are beyond the scrutiny of the judiciary and citizens of Sri Lanka..…

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s total wealth amounts to INR 20 million (US$ 275,000)

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s total wealth amounts to INR 20 million (US$ 275,000)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is worth just over Rs 20 million (US$ 275,000), according to the latest declaration of assets released by the Prime Minister's Office. PM Modi holds a little under Rs 50,000 in hard cash and a little over Rs 10 million in banks. PM Modi also owns gold worth more than Rs 100,000 and has less than Rs 200,000 tied up in investments. The prime minister also holds a one-fourth share worth approximately Rs 10 million in a residential building in Gandhinagar, a plot that Modi bought in 2002 for Rs 130,000, reports NDTV.…

China proposes India-China-Nepal talks to solve issues

China proposes India-China-Nepal talks to solve issues

Nepalese officials say that the Chinese side proposed India-China-Nepal talks to resolve thorny issues. Called the “two-plus one” mechanism, it was proposed by China during Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s visit to Beijing in June this year.“We welcome the two- plus-one format as we are confident that such a dialogue will be conducted in a spirit of equality and mutual respect,” Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Nepal’s Minister of Forests and Environment, earlier told The Hindu.…

Lankan Prez ands PM “very happy” about AIADMK and DMK leaders’ visit, says Speaker Karu Jayasiriya

Lankan Prez ands PM  “very happy” about AIADMK and DMK leaders’ visit, says Speaker Karu Jayasiriya

For the first time in the past several decades, a high-level delegation from Sri Lanka is likely to visit Chennai soon “to carry the message of peace and collaboration” between the people of the island country and “the brethren” in Tamil Nadu. Announcing this at the MGR centenary celebration at his birthplace Kandy on Sunday, Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said it was a momentous occasion for the people of the two countries that Tamil Nadu education minister KA Sengottaiyan had brought a large team of experts from various fields, including education, healthcare, hospitality and industry, besides film personalities to relive the MGR saga on screen and in politics.…

Ensuring free and fair polls, a challenging task in Bangladesh

Ensuring free and fair polls, a challenging task in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is to have its 11 th. parliamentary elections in November-December this year. As in the past, the elections are expected to take place in the midst of several controversies, some new and some enduring. Again, as in the past, ensuring free and fair elections in Bangladesh’s highly divisive, politicized and violence-ridden environment is going to be a major challenge for the State, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Mirror.…

Vishwakarma, the celestial architect who built Sri Lanka

Vishwakarma, the celestial architect who built Sri Lanka

The Uttarakanda of Valmiki’s Ramayana, says that Sri Lanka was created by the celestial architect Vishwakarma for the Gods in heaven. Another lore has it that after Lord Shiva married Parvati, he instructed Vishwakarma to construct Lanka so that the couple might reside there, says cultural anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia…

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China learns badly needed conventional warfare skills from Russian army

China learns badly needed conventional warfare skills from Russian army

"In the past decade, China-Russia military drills mainly focused on anti-terrorism and other non-traditional threats," Major Li Jinpeng, the battalion commander for a Chinese artillery battalion, told Chinese state-run broadcaster CGTN, noting that these exercises appear focused on classical battle campaigns. A military researcher told Chinese media that the Chinese People's Liberation Army could learn from Russia how to "fight in cities, in deserts, and in mountains." China,unlike Russia, has not fought a modern war since 1979.…

Indian envoy visits US$ 1.2 million India-funded women’s self help project in Batticaloa

Indian envoy visits US$ 1.2 million India-funded women’s self help project in Batticaloa

The objective is to empower war affected women by building their capacities in vocations, leadership, entrepreneurial and management skills by setting up a Trade Facilitation Center and a Community Learning Centre in Batticaloa and Ampara. Under the project, SEWA has trained 40 war affected/destitute women from Batticaloa District. These women were trained in various vocational areas such as Textiles and Garments; Surface Ornamentation; Agro food processing; Computers; Enterprise Development; Solar lantern and roof rain water harvesting.…

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Lankan Prez ands PM  “very happy” about AIADMK and DMK leaders’ visit, says Speaker Karu Jayasiriya

Lankan Prez ands PM “very happy” about AIADMK and DMK leaders’ visit, says Speaker Karu Jayasiriya

Indian envoy visits US$ 1.2 million India-funded women’s self help project in Batticaloa

Indian envoy visits US$ 1.2 million India-funded women’s self help project in Batticaloa

China learns badly needed conventional warfare skills from Russian army

China learns badly needed conventional warfare skills from Russian army

Sri Lanka’s Southern Expressway laps up the miles

Sri Lanka’s Southern Expressway laps up the miles

China gives Nepal access to four of its ports to reduce dependence on India

China gives Nepal access to four of its ports to reduce dependence on India

When taking loans developing countries find themselves between the devil and the deep sea

When taking loans developing countries find themselves between the devil and the deep sea

BIMSTEC enters new era with Kathmandu summit

BIMSTEC enters new era with Kathmandu summit

Indian, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan envoys boycott inauguration of China-Maldives Friendship Bridge

Indian, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan envoys boycott inauguration of China-Maldives Friendship Bridge

Bangladesh’s impressive GDP growth needs to be reflected in social indices

Bangladesh’s impressive GDP growth needs to be reflected in social indices

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s total wealth amounts to INR 20 million (US$ 275,000)

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s total wealth amounts to INR 20 million (US$ 275,000)

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

Indian and Tamil nationalisms clash over release of Rajiv Gandhi killers

Indian and Tamil nationalisms clash over release of Rajiv Gandhi killers

Pakistan’s tactical nuclear weapons program worries US

Pakistan’s tactical nuclear weapons program worries US

Study reveals how Pakistan army remains in power without being in the seat of power

Study reveals how Pakistan army remains in power without being in the seat of power

Pakistan army is a paradox: It is both professional and political

Pakistan army is a paradox: It is both professional and political

US stops US$ 300 million military aid to Pakistan for not curbing Islamic militancy

US stops US$ 300 million military aid to Pakistan for not curbing Islamic militancy

India gets BIMSTEC to indirectly condemn Pakistan’s role in cross border terrorism

India gets BIMSTEC to indirectly condemn Pakistan’s role in cross border terrorism

Business

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sept 17 (newsin.asia) – The following are the foreign exchange rates against the Sri Lankan rupee released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on Monday. Buying       Selling Australian Dollar 114.63    119.38 Canadian Dollar 123.30   127.73 Chinese Yuan…

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sept 14 (newsin.asia) – The following are the foreign exchange rates against the Sri Lankan rupee released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on Friday. Buying       Selling Australian Dollar 114.57    119.38 Canadian Dollar 123.13   127.64 Chinese Yuan…

Sports

Sri Lanka recalls Lasith Malinga for Asia Cup

Former Indian skipper Ajit Wadekar, who got India its first Test series win in England, dies at 77