India announces grant of medical visas for Pakistanis

India announces grant of medical visas for Pakistanis

New Delhi, August 16: In a goodwill gesture on India’s Independence Day, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced that India will issue medical visas to Pakistani patients whose requests are pending with the Indian government. In a statement issued in New Delhi Swaraj said that the decision to grant medical visas was being done […]…

US bans Pakistan-based Kashmiri terror group Hizbul Mujahiddin

US bans Pakistan-based Kashmiri terror group Hizbul Mujahiddin

Washington, August 16 (Reuters and other sources): The United States on Wednesday said it has banned Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest of the anti-Indian Kashmiri militant groups fighting in the state divided between Pakistan and India. The US Treasury Department, in a statement on its website, said it had listed the Pakistan-based group as a counter-designated […]…

Colombo among biggest improving cities during five years

Colombo among biggest improving cities during five years

Colombo, Aug 16 – Sri Lanka’s main commercial city Colombo is among the five biggest improvers during the last five years in terms of liveability, recently released Global Liveability Report 2017 showed. According to the report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, Colombo has showed relative improvement during this period, especially after the end of a separatist […]…

W.H.Auden’s elegy on the partition of India in 1947

W.H.Auden’s elegy on the partition of India in 1947

Unbiased at least he was when he arrived on his mission, Having never set eyes on the land he was called to partition Between two peoples fanatically at odds, With their different diets and incompatible gods. “Time,” they had briefed him in London, “is short. It’s too late For mutual reconciliation or rational debate: The […]…

Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?

Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?

Colombo, August 16: Sri Lanka’s Minister for Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, appears to be making a bid to capture the island’s core political constituency – the Sinhala Buddhist-Nationalist constituency – in the absence of credible senior claimants, writes P.K.Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. The constituency was well served by Mahinda Rajapaksa until he […]…

Colorful celebrations marked India’s 71 st Independence Day in Colombo

Colorful celebrations marked India’s 71 st Independence Day in Colombo

Colombo, August 15 (newsin.asia): Colorful celebrations marked India’s 71 st. Independence Day  here on Tuesday. A large gathering of Indians and Sri Lankans congregated at India House in the morning to hear High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu speak, and thereafter fraternize over delicious South Indian snacks and coffee. To the delight of the guests, a […]…

Sri Lanka hopes to play in Lahore, security assessments done

Sri Lanka hopes to play in Lahore, security assessments done

Colombo, Aug 15 – Sri Lanka is committed to playing at least one Twenty20 International against Pakistan in Lahore in September if all logistical and operational plans fall in place. Thilanga Sumathipala, the chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket, at the conclusion of the Asian Cricket Council Annual General Body meeting in Colombo on Sunday (August 12)  said […]…

Tilak Marapana takes over as Sri Lanka’ Foreign Minister

Tilak Marapana takes over as Sri Lanka’ Foreign Minister

Colombo, August 15 (newsin.asia): Tilak Janaka Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments, was sworn-in as Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister on Tuesday in place of Ravi Karunanayake who had resigned last week. Karunanayake had resigned on account of his controversial financial dealings with stock broker Arjun Aloysisus, a principal figure in the 2015 Central Bank bonds scam. […]…

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New Foreign Minister sworn in, in Sri Lanka

New Foreign Minister sworn in, in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Aug 15 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Minister of Development Assignments, Tilak Marapana, was sown in as the nation’s new Foreign Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday, the President’s Media Division said. Marapana who is a national list parliamentarian from…

Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises,…

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New Foreign Minister sworn in, in Sri Lanka

New Foreign Minister sworn in, in Sri Lanka

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China enlarges its footprint in South Asia

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