Adding a spiritual dimension to Indo-Lankan military diplomacy

Adding a spiritual dimension to Indo-Lankan military diplomacy

A group of 160 Sri Lankan military personnel and their families took off for the Buddhist pilgrimage center of  Bodh Gaya in India on Sunday for a three-day visit, giving  Indo-Lankan “military diplomacy” a new, pleasant and spiritual dimension.…

Yameen says he will take more foreign loans if needed for development

Yameen says he will take more foreign loans if needed for development

The Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Sunday declared that he is not afraid to take more loans if these are needed for the development in the island nation. "I will take on more loans to fulfill the needs of the people," he said promising more development projects ahead of the Presidential elections slated for September 23. The Maldives external debt is already US$ 1.18 billion causing concern in the IMF.…

Saudi women hit the road as driving ban is lifted

Saudi women hit the road as driving ban is lifted

Women in Saudi Arabia are now allowed to drive for the first time after the religiously conservative kingdom overturned the world’s only ban on female motorists. The lifting of the prohibition on Sunday, which follows a sweeping crackdown on prominent women’s rights activists who staunchly advocated for the right to drive, was first announced last year as […]…

Sri Lanka aims to strengthen local businesses, improve spending power

Sri Lanka aims to strengthen local businesses, improve spending power

Colombo, June 23 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has assured of rapid development in the next 18 months as the government aims to strengthen local entrepreneurs, local media reported Saturday. Speaking at the launch of  ‘Enterprise Sri Lanka’, Wickremesinghe said the country would look at expanding economic opportunities by strengthening local businesses […]…

Sri Lankan Police hunt for leopard killers

Sri Lankan Police hunt for leopard killers

Colombo, June 23 (newsin.asia) – The Sri Lankan Police on Saturday said it had launched an investigation into the killing of a rare leopard by a group of villagers in Killinochchi, in northern Sri Lanka, earlier this week, and would soon arrest the perpetrators. Police Spokesperson, SP Ruwan Gunasekara told newsin.asia the Killinochchi Magistrate’s Court had […]…

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Lankan President Sirisena graces Yoga Day event in Colombo

Lankan President Sirisena graces Yoga Day event in Colombo

Hundreds of people participated in the International Yoga Day event here on Saturday with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena as the Chief Guest.  People from all walks of life performed various Yoga asanas under the direction of the Sri Lankan yoga exponent Vyasa. The two- hour long program concluded with a unique synthesis of Kathak dance from India and Kandyan dance of Sri Lanka to signify the deep cultural bond between the two neighbors. …

10,000 people perform Yoga at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh

10,000 people perform Yoga at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh

A record 10,000 enthusiasts joined and practiced yoga on the International Yoga Day at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. Earlier the record turnout was around 5,000 last year. Mumpy Dey, teacher of Indian Culture at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre or IGCC, conducted the Common Yoga Protocol. Demonstration of yoga asanas were also performed by yoga students of the IGCC and other yoga institutes in Dhaka.…

In Pakistan, Yoga Rises Above Its Indian Origins

In Pakistan, Yoga Rises Above Its Indian Origins

Yoga is immensely popular in all cities of Pakistan; a yoga teacher named Shamshad Haider claims to run 50 yoga clubs in Punjab, and International Yoga Day has been celebrated in Pakistan for three years in a row. Yoga is practiced all the way from Chitral in the north to Karachi in the south. There’s a whole crop of younger teachers now equipped with training from India, Thailand and Bali, as well as from yoga schools in North America and Britain. Teachers at swank studios in Karachi attract students through Facebook pages and affiliations with the International Yoga Alliance.…

Bollywood blockbuster “Three idiots” is set for a sequel

Bollywood blockbuster “Three idiots” is set for a sequel

One of the highest grossing Bollywood films of all time, Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots is all set for a sequel. Released in 2009, the film has a cult following of its own and an entire generation of youngsters growing up with it. 3 Idiots remains one of most popular films even in its many TV re-runs. The director is currently working on the script of the sequel of Aamir Khan, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi-starrer. Hirani was asked a question while promoting his upcoming film Sanju.…

“Sky is the limit for Maldives-China cooperation”: Maldivian NGO

“Sky is the limit for Maldives-China cooperation”: Maldivian NGO

The Maldives and China have always enjoyed a healthy, mutually beneficial relationship, which has reached to a historic level over the past few years, said the Vice President of the NGO, Maldives China Trade and Cultural Organization (MCTCO) Midhuam Saud. He told Xinhua in a recent interview that in the future, "with sky being the limit", infinite possibilities lie in  cooperation between the two countries.…

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“Sky is the limit for Maldives-China cooperation”: Maldivian NGO

“Sky is the limit for Maldives-China cooperation”: Maldivian NGO

Chinese company pays last tranche of US$ 584 million for Hambantota port

Chinese company pays last tranche of US$ 584 million for Hambantota port

Intricacies of India’s relations with China

Intricacies of India’s relations with China

Sino-Indian bilateral trade should touch US$ 100 billion by 2020, Xi tells Modi

Sino-Indian bilateral trade should touch US$ 100 billion by 2020, Xi tells Modi

10,000 people perform Yoga at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh

10,000 people perform Yoga at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Nixon opposed India’s military action in Bangladesh because it would “set a bad precedent”

Nixon opposed India’s military action in Bangladesh because it would “set a bad precedent”

Roots of democracy deficit in Bangladesh

Roots of democracy deficit in Bangladesh

In Pakistan, Yoga Rises Above Its Indian Origins

In Pakistan, Yoga Rises Above Its Indian Origins

Bollywood blockbuster “Three idiots” is set for a sequel

Bollywood blockbuster “Three idiots” is set for a sequel

Pakistan continues to be ahead of India in number of nuclear warheads: SIPRI

Pakistan continues to be ahead of India in number of nuclear warheads: SIPRI

BJP scuttled Kashmir government to sharpen Hindu-Muslim divide ahead of crucial polls

BJP scuttled Kashmir government to sharpen Hindu-Muslim divide ahead of crucial polls

Bollywood genre “Muslim social” disappeared with the waning of Urdu in India

Bollywood genre “Muslim social” disappeared with the waning of Urdu in India

UN rights commission asks India and Pakistan to respect Kashmiris’ right to self-determination

UN rights commission asks India and Pakistan to respect Kashmiris’ right to self-determination

India rejects UN report on Kashmir calling for international inquiry into alleged rights abuses

India rejects UN report on Kashmir calling for international inquiry into alleged rights abuses

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Yameen says he will take more foreign loans if needed for development

Yameen says he will take more foreign loans if needed for development

The Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Sunday declared that he is not afraid to take more loans if these are needed for the development in the island nation. "I will take on more loans to fulfill the needs of the people," he said promising more development projects ahead of the Presidential elections slated for September 23. The Maldives external debt is already US$ 1.18 billion causing concern in the IMF.…

Sri Lankan shares end low

Sri Lankan shares end low

Colombo, June 22 (newsin.asia) – Shares at the Colombo Stock Exchange ended 0.01 percent lower amid a weak market turnover on Friday. The All Share Price Index ended 6,228.2, down by 1 point. John Keells Holdings emerged as the top…

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Colombo, June 22 (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 115.43    120.10 Canadian Dollar 117.92   122.07 Chinese Yuan…

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England breaks its own world record for the highest team total in one-day cricket.

England breaks its own world record for the highest team total in one-day cricket.

Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales hailed "another very special day" at Trent Bridge, after capitalizing on the pristine batting conditions at their favorite ground for ODI cricket and smashing England's own record for the highest team total in one-day cricket. After being asked to bat first in the third ODI - on the grounds that Tim Paine, Australia's captain, didn't know what would constitute enough runs on what was self-evidently a belter of a pitch - England rampaged to a massive total of 481 for 6, beating by 37 runs the previous record of 444 for 3 that they made here against Pakistan in 2016, reports espncricinfo.…

World anti doping conference gets underway in Sri Lanka

The irresistible rise of Afghanistan’s cricket team