Lankan President says expert committee will choose drug traffickers to be executed

Lankan President says expert committee will choose drug traffickers to be executed

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has made it clear that he will stick to his decision to order the execution of drug traffickers in the death row who have continued to play the drug trade even while being in the death row and will appoint an expert committee of experts from various departments to choose those traffickers who ought to be executed. The first meeting in this regard will take place on Tuesday, he told a meeting in Polannaruwa on Saturday.…

Sri Lanka looks to ease tourist visa requirements

Sri Lanka looks to ease tourist visa requirements

Colombo, July 21 (newsin.asia)  – Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says his government is looking at easing the air traffic system including visas for tourists in order to boost the island’s rapidly developing tourism industry, local media reported Saturday. Speaking at the ‘Hotel Show Colombo 2018’ in capital Colombo, Wickremesinghe said that easing visa […]…

Sri Lanka to begin construction on South Asia’s largest kidney hospital, gifted by China

Sri Lanka to begin construction on South Asia’s largest kidney hospital, gifted by China

Colombo, July 21 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, on Saturday attended the groundbreaking ceremony to begin the construction of a China-Sri Lanka Friendship Nephrology Hospital in Polonnaruwa, in north central Sri Lanka, which is a gift from the Chinese government. The National Nephrology Specialist Hospital is being constructed at a cost of Rs.12 […]…

Bright star Imran Khan could well go the way of his predecessors

Bright star Imran Khan could well go the way of his predecessors

Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricket star, anti-corruption crusader and politician, appears to be within reach of his cherished goal of winning the July 25 Pakistan National Assembly (NA) elections and becoming Prime Minister.  However, the political history of Pakistan shows that while politicians come to power with one attractive credential or the other, they eventually end up losing power either because they turn out to be corrupt and vindictive, earning the peoples’ wrath or they lose the support of the powerful army, which has its own vested interests to safeguard, writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT.…

Rahul Gandhi hugs Modi saying he is not afraid of or angry with him

Rahul Gandhi hugs Modi saying he is not afraid of or angry with him

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said in the Lok Sabhaon Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ruled out of fear, and that fear had turned into anger now. During the debate on the no-confidence motion against the government, Mr. Gandhi said, “The Prime Minister and the BJP president are a different type of politicians. They are not like us [Congress]. We are okay with winning and losing, staying in and out of power. But they cannot afford to lose power. They fear losing power. It is this fear that is turning as anger.”…

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Colombo, July 20 (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 114.95    119.67 Canadian Dollar 118.39   122.63 Chinese Yuan (Renminbi) 22.93     24.01 Euro 182.88      189.09 Japanese Yen 1.3975     1.4479 Singapore […]…

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Japanese expert urges Lanka to get P-3C Orion naval reconnaissance aircraft to meet “Chinese threat”

Japanese expert urges Lanka to get P-3C Orion naval reconnaissance aircraft to meet “Chinese threat”

Dr. Satoru Nagao, a Japanese expert on maritime security who is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, says that Sri Lanka should acquire the Lockheed P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft to meet a possible threat from Chinese submarines. He said in an email interview, that Sri Lanka should be wary of China’s presence in the Hambantota harbor.…

Indian government tells parliament that it has no data on lynching as such

Indian government tells parliament that it has no data on lynching as such

The Central Indian government does not maintain specific data on lynching in the country, the Upper House of the Indian parliament the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. The minister’s response comes a day after the Supreme Court had asked parliament to consider enacting a new law to effectively deal with incidents of mob lynching and cow vigilantism, saying “horrendous acts of mobocracy” cannot be allowed to become a new norm.…

Hundreds killed in Bangladesh’s anti-drugs drive by Rapid Action Battalion

Hundreds killed in Bangladesh’s anti-drugs drive by Rapid Action Battalion

Hundreds of people have been killed in Bangladesh since the government launched a crackdown on drugs in May, according to a local rights group, fueling fears that the country is following the brutal lead of the Philippines,Rights groups say they are extrajudicial killings carried out by police. "It is unprecedented in Bangladesh. So many people have been killed in such a short period of time,” Sheepa Hafiza, executive director of an organization called Ain o Salish Kendra, told AFP.…

Tourist arrivals in Maldives up by 10.5% in the first six months of this year

Tourist arrivals in Maldives up by 10.5% in the first six months of this year

The Maldives Tourism Ministry on Wednesday has said that over 726,000 tourists had visited the island country till June this year, recording a 10.5 percent growth compared to the same period last year. A total of 93,786 tourists visited during the month of June with China, Germany, Britain, Italy and India being the top five markets. Over 127,000 Chinese tourists have visited the Maldives so far this year. Over 127,000 Chinese tourists have visited the Maldives so far this year, reports Xinhua.…

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Air China tells Lankans there’s more to China than Beijing and Shanghai

Air China tells Lankans there’s more to China than Beijing and Shanghai

India re-affirms Indo-Pacific grouping is not aimed at containing China

India re-affirms Indo-Pacific grouping is not aimed at containing China

Hundreds killed in Bangladesh’s anti-drugs drive by Rapid Action Battalion

Hundreds killed in Bangladesh’s anti-drugs drive by Rapid Action Battalion

India drafting plan to build prefabricated houses for returning Rohingyas in Myanmar

India drafting plan to build prefabricated houses for returning Rohingyas in Myanmar

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Shiekh Hasina’s Awami League well placed to win next elections, says BMI Research

India to help Bangladesh produce films on Sheikh Hasina, Mujibur Rahman and 1971 war of independence

India to help Bangladesh produce films on Sheikh Hasina, Mujibur Rahman and 1971 war of independence

Priyanka Chopra was considered “too dark” to win an international beauty pageant

Priyanka Chopra was considered “too dark” to win an international beauty pageant

Indian government tells parliament that it has no data on lynching as such

Indian government tells parliament that it has no data on lynching as such

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Wily Musharraf pushed weak Sharif into disastrous war with India

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Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Colombo, July 20 (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 114.95    119.67 Canadian Dollar 118.39   122.63 Chinese Yuan…

Tourist arrivals in Maldives up by 10.5% in the first six months of this year

Tourist arrivals in Maldives up by 10.5% in the first six months of this year

The Maldives Tourism Ministry on Wednesday has said that over 726,000 tourists had visited the island country till June this year, recording a 10.5 percent growth compared to the same period last year. A total of 93,786 tourists visited during the month of June with China, Germany, Britain, Italy and India being the top five markets. Over 127,000 Chinese tourists have visited the Maldives so far this year. Over 127,000 Chinese tourists have visited the Maldives so far this year, reports Xinhua.…

Foreign Exchange rates in Sri Lanka

Foreign Exchange rates in Sri Lanka

Colombo, July 18 (newsin.asia) – The following are the foreign exchange rates against the Sri Lankan rupee released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Buying       Selling Australian Dollar 115.60    120.33 Canadian Dollar 118.92   123.19 Chinese Yuan…

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