China to open world’s longest bridge over sea on October 24

China to open world’s longest bridge over sea on October 24

The bridge, which connects Hong Kong and Macau with mainland China, is 55 km long and six lanes wide. The project is aimed at bringing these three places closer by reducing the journey time to just about an hour long. Reportedly built using more steel than as many as 60 Eiffel Towers, the multi-billion dollar project has been touted as the result of an international collaboration.…

Chasing dreams in Mumbai

Chasing dreams in Mumbai

Mumbai is a kaleidoscope showing an amazing variety of contrasting images - busy railway stations with  thousands of passengers getting in and out of packed trains; neatly dressed civil servants marching off to their offices; women in crisp cotton saris gracefully walking to their places of work; students on the way to school or home lugging heavy shoulder bags; the hoi polloi  hawking their wares; and beggars brazenly buttonholing passerby for a few coins. But all are fixated on one thing - chasing a dream or a fantasy as in a typical Bollywood film, says Chinese journalist Tang Lu. …

Maldivian opposition wants President Yameen to be blocked from fleeing but ruling party says he will not flee

Maldivian opposition wants President Yameen to be blocked from fleeing but ruling party says he will not flee

The Maldivian opposition alliance late Wednesday asked the police to investigate increasing reports that outgoing President Abdulla Yameen is preparing to flee the country. But Yameen's Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) had said that he will not flee. Since his election defeat last month, the opposition has continued to allege that is planning to flee the country for fear of being investigated for mass corruption and embezzlement.…

Challenges in preserving and promoting Pakistan’s Buddhist past

Challenges in preserving and promoting Pakistan’s Buddhist past

The international media has been portraying Pakistan as a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism, especially after the Americans carried out a surgical strike there to kill international terrorist and fugitive, Osama bin Laden.  But for about a decade now, Pakistan has been trying hard to live down its sectarian image and portray itself as a tolerant society equally proud of its Islamic and pre-Islamic Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh past, writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT. …

61 killed as train rams into crowd in Punjab India

61 killed as train rams into crowd in Punjab India

The accident occurred at Dhobi Ghat near Jaura Phatak level-crossing in Amritsar around 6:45pm on Friday, according to the Hindustan Times. A crowd of around 300 people was watching and shooting videos of a Ravana effigy burn when the train came, it quoted a senior police officer as saying.…

Why India and Sri Lanka papered over President Sirisena’s allusion to RAW

Why India and Sri Lanka papered over President Sirisena’s allusion to RAW

Realpolitik has made Sri Lanka and India paper over the rift that came about as a result of President Maithripala Sirisena’s  remark hinting that the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) may be  behind an alleged plot to assassinate him. Both President Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi realized soon enough that peace and understanding need to prevail between their two countries, and willingly sent out messages to each other and the world around, that the controversial remark was a misinterpretation.…

Around South Asia

Cabinet approves Indo-Lankan Joint Venture to run most of the giant oil tanks in Trincomalee

Cabinet approves Indo-Lankan Joint Venture to run most of the giant oil tanks in Trincomalee

Sri Lanka’s state-owned petroleum refiner and retailer will jointly develop an unused oil tanks in the eastern port of Trincomalee with Indian Oil Corporation’s local unit, Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga said on Wednesday. Lanka Indian Oil Corp. (LIOC),  had taken on lease 99 tanks under an agreement between the Sri Lankan and Indian governments in 2003.But apart from 15 tanks used by LIOC, the other tanks remained unused for the last 15 years.…

Sri Lankan PM leaves for talks to India

Sri Lankan PM leaves for talks to India

Colombo, Oct 18 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Thursday left the island on a three day official visit to India, his office said in a statement. During his visit, Wickremesinghe will hold discussions with his Indian…

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Lankan President’s aides want swift probe into alleged assassination plot

Lankan President’s aides want swift probe into alleged assassination plot

Sri Lankan PM leaves for talks to India

Sri Lankan PM leaves for talks to India

China-built bridge transforms lives in the Maldives

China-built bridge transforms lives in the Maldives

China to support UN listing of terrorist Masood Azar only if Pakistan consents

China to support UN listing of terrorist Masood Azar only if Pakistan consents

India rejects World Bank’s Human Capital Index report which placed it below Nepal, Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar

India rejects World Bank’s Human Capital Index report which placed it below Nepal, Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar

Bangladesh has its first female Major General, Dr.Susane Giti

Bangladesh has its first female Major General, Dr.Susane Giti

61 killed as train rams into crowd in Punjab India

61 killed as train rams into crowd in Punjab India

Sri Lanka President drops assassination bombshell, accuses India

Sri Lanka President drops assassination bombshell, accuses India

Ways to eliminate sexism and sexual predators from Indian newsrooms

Ways to eliminate sexism and sexual predators from Indian newsrooms

Pakistan to co-opt Lanka in developing its Gandharan and Buddhist Studies Center

Pakistan to co-opt Lanka in developing its Gandharan and Buddhist Studies Center

US blames debt to China for Pakistan’s seeking IMF bailout, but Pakistan trashes charge

US blames debt to China for Pakistan’s seeking IMF bailout, but Pakistan trashes charge

Navjot Singh Sidhu prefers Pakistan over South India because of cultural similarities

Navjot Singh Sidhu prefers Pakistan over South India because of cultural similarities

After Saudi Arabia turned a deaf ear, Pakistan seeks IMF package to avoid defaulting on foreign loans

After Saudi Arabia turned a deaf ear, Pakistan seeks IMF package to avoid defaulting on foreign loans

Business

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Oct 18 (newsin.asia) – The following are the foreign exchange rates against the Sri Lankan rupee released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on Thursday. Buying       Selling Australian Dollar 119.17    124.38 Canadian Dollar 128.63   133.58 Chinese Yuan…

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Oct 17 (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 119.19    124.41 Canadian Dollar 129.41   134.39 Chinese Yuan…

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Oct 16 (newsin.asia) – The following are the foreign exchange rates against the Sri Lankan rupee released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Buying       Selling Australian Dollar 118.94    124.15 Canadian Dollar 128.81   133.78 Chinese Yuan…

Sports

Sri Lanka prove too strong for Singapore as they triumph 69-50 in Asian Championship final

Sri Lanka recalls Lasith Malinga for Asia Cup