Rohingya militant group ARSA killed at least 99 Hindus in Rakhine, says Amnesty

Rohingya militant group ARSA killed at least 99 Hindus in Rakhine, says Amnesty

At least 99 Hindus including children were killed by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army or ARSA in the Rakhine state of Myanmar in August 2017, says Amnesty International.It’s hard to ignore the sheer brutality of ARSA’s actions, which have left an indelible impression on the survivors we’ve spoken to,” said Tirana Hassan, Crisis Response Director at Amnesty International, in a media statement released on Tuesday, reports BDNews24.com.…

Over 38,000 affected, 8 killed in heavy rains in Sri Lanka

Over 38,000 affected, 8 killed in heavy rains in Sri Lanka

Colombo, May 22 (newsin.asia) – The death toll from high winds and rains which lashed out across Sri Lanka since Saturday reached eight on Tuesday while over 38,000 people were affected, the Disaster Management Center said in its latest update. The deaths were reported from the island’s south, north west and east which recorded the […]…

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Colombo, May 22 (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 117.24    121.95 Canadian Dollar 121.39   125.69 Chinese Yuan (Renminbi) 24.20     25.30 Euro 182.81      188.88 Japanese Yen 1.3988      1.4479 […]…

Maldivian opposition leader Nasheed to take Elections Commission ban to Supreme Court

Maldivian opposition leader Nasheed to take Elections Commission ban to Supreme Court

The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) on Tuesday vowed to take the dispute over self-exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed's presidential candidacy to the Supreme Court if the country's electoral watchdog refuses to accept his candidacy.Elections Commission on Saturday had effectively rejected Nasheed's candidacy in the upcoming MDP presidential primary.…

China uses educational facilities as instruments of “soft power”

China uses educational facilities as instruments of “soft power”

Educational institutions are key instruments of soft power. Following the example of the Soviet Union and Russia, resurgent China ,aiming to be respected in the world as a benign and responsible power in the face of Western skeptical propaganda, is using its gargantuan educational facilities to recruit, and perhaps influence, foreign students from across the  world, especially those in its backyard and on the Belt and Road path girdling the earth, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Mirror.…

With elections coming, Lankan foreign policy may veer away from the West

With elections coming, Lankan foreign policy may veer away from the West

Due to geopolitical compulsions, Sri Lanka has to keep its relations with the West and India on an even keel. But there are indications that with elections coming in 2020, its foreign policy may tilt towards Russia, China and Iran. This is reflected in President Sirisena's taking a greater role in foreign policy making and his appointing the Russia expert, Dr. Saman Weerasinghe, as his Foreign Policy Adviser ,writes P.K.Balachandran in The Citizen.…

Johann Peries becomes second Lankan to climb Everest

Johann Peries becomes second Lankan to climb Everest

Sri Lanka's Johann Peries successfully climbed the 29,030 feet Mount Everest at 5.55 a.m in Nepal time on Tuesday, his support team in Colombo said. This was his second attempt. Peries now becomes the second Sri Lankan to summit Mt. Everest after Jayanthi Kuru Utumpala did it in 2016.…

Envoy briefs Colombo Varsity on Bangladesh’s indigenous solutions to development issues

Envoy briefs Colombo Varsity on Bangladesh’s indigenous solutions to development issues

The Bangladesh High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Riaz Hamidullah, on Saturday spoke to the Faculty of Graduate Studies in Colombo University about  Bangladesh’s graduation from LDC status, highlighting the many indigenous solutions it had found for development issues across sectors. Hamidullah pointed that Bangladeshi experience,  knowledge and indigenous solutions to problems in agriculture, rural development and disaster management can help Sri Lanka in addressing its challenges.…

Opposition MDP condemns Maldivian Election Commission’s bar on Nasheed

Opposition MDP condemns Maldivian Election Commission’s bar on Nasheed

The Maldivian Joint Opposition has condemned the Elections Commission “in the strongest possible terms”, after the EC announced that all political leaders, apart from President Yameen, are banned from contesting the Presidential elections, due to be held later this year. The EC, which has been handpicked by President Yameen and is stacked with his cronies, made the announcement on Sunday, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said on Monday.…

Around South Asia

Priyanka Chopra visits Rohingya camps. Says kids there have no future

Priyanka Chopra visits Rohingya camps. Says kids there have no future

Bollywood actress and UNICEF Ambassador Priyanka Chopra met Rohingyas and their children at a refugee camp in Bangladesh on Monday and said later that the kids there have no future. Priyanka visited the Shamlapur camp in the afternoon at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar district where the refugees from Myanmar have taken shelter. She arrived at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka in the morning after attending the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle in the UK.…

Joint India-Pakistan course in “Shared South Asian History” deviced

Joint India-Pakistan course in “Shared South Asian History” deviced

The O.P. Jindal Global University in India and the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan, in 2017, prepared and began a course covering important historical landmarks and personalities in modern Indian and Pakistani history. As a result, Dr. Pallavi Raghavan of OPJGU and Dr. Ali Usman Qasemi of LUMS, on two sides of the border, came up with ‘Foundations of South Asian History,’ an undergraduate course for students of their respective universities.…

Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi approves course on Islamic terrorism

Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi approves course on Islamic terrorism

The Academic Council of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi has "passed" a proposal to set up a Centre for National Security Studies under which there would be a course on "Islamic Terrorism", a professor who attended its meeting today said. But many members of the Academic Council opposed the proposal to impart courses on 'Islamic Terrorism', arguing that it is communal in nature, Sudhir K Suthar, a special invitee to the 145th meeting of the Council, said.…

Maldives Election Commission bars Nasheed from contesting party primary for Presidential election

Maldives Election Commission bars Nasheed from contesting party primary for Presidential election

The Maldives' electoral watchdog on Sunday effectively rejected the candidacy of self-exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed in the upcoming main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Presidential primary. Elections Commission in a statement warned about rejecting the results of any primary held with candidates who do not meet the qualifications prescribed in the constitution. Nasheed, who is now in self-exile, is constitutionally barred as he is a fugitive from the law.…

Logjam in ethnic reconciliation spurs extremism in Sri Lanka

Logjam in ethnic reconciliation spurs extremism in Sri Lanka

Nine years after the war between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in May 2009, reconciliation between Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils still appears to be a far cry. And most disturbingly, the logjam is creating the ground for extremist thinking on both sides of the ethnic divide, forcing President Maithripala Sirisena to take note of it in his address to the Security Forces on the occasion of War Heroes’ Day here on May 19, writes P.K.Balachandran.…

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Logjam in ethnic reconciliation spurs extremism in Sri Lanka

Logjam in ethnic reconciliation spurs extremism in Sri Lanka

China’s Guangxi Province exhibits educational facilities to attract Sri Lankan students

China’s Guangxi Province exhibits educational facilities to attract Sri Lankan students

China expresses interest in investing in Sri Lanka’s agricultural sector

China expresses interest in investing in Sri Lanka’s agricultural sector

Chinese media’s approach to Xi-Modi meet depended on readership segment addressed

Chinese media’s approach to Xi-Modi meet depended on readership segment addressed

Priyanka Chopra visits Rohingya camps. Says kids there have no future

Priyanka Chopra visits Rohingya camps. Says kids there have no future

Bangladesh’s first satellite Bangabandhu-1 put into orbit

Bangladesh’s first satellite Bangabandhu-1 put into orbit

South Asian journalists continue to be under duress except in Bhutan and Nepal

South Asian journalists continue to be under duress except in Bhutan and Nepal

Why Is Bangladesh Booming?

Why Is Bangladesh Booming?

Joint India-Pakistan course in “Shared South Asian History” deviced

Joint India-Pakistan course in “Shared South Asian History” deviced

Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi approves course on Islamic terrorism

Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi approves course on Islamic terrorism

BJP rule in Karnataka ends with Chief Minister resigning without moving motion of trust

BJP rule in Karnataka ends with Chief Minister resigning without moving motion of trust

Misuse of State Governors continues in India

Misuse of State Governors continues in India

Pakistan army says it is ready for dialogue with India

Pakistan army says it is ready for dialogue with India

Meher Tarar: an affair with whom rocked Shashi Tharoor’s marriage with Sunanda Pushkar

Meher Tarar: an affair with whom rocked Shashi Tharoor’s marriage with Sunanda Pushkar

Former Indian Minister Shashi Tharoor charged with abetting wife’s suicide

Former Indian Minister Shashi Tharoor charged with abetting wife’s suicide

Business

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Colombo, May 22 (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 117.24    121.95 Canadian Dollar 121.39   125.69 Chinese Yuan…

Shares at Colombo Stock Exchange end low

Shares at Colombo Stock Exchange end low

Colombo, May 21 (newsin.asia) – Shares at the Colombo Stock Exchange ended 0.40 percent lower amid subdued turnover levels on Monday. The All Share Price Index ended 6,466.07, down by 25.99 points. Sampath Bank PLC, John Keels Holdings PLC and…

Sports

Namal Rajapaksa to invite Kashmiri rugby players to participate in Sri Lankan tournaments

Namal Rajapaksa to invite Kashmiri rugby players to participate in Sri Lankan tournaments

Lakshman Namal Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan Member of Parliament and national rugger player, has invited Jammu and Kashmir rugby teams to participate in the Sri Lankan Rugby League through an exchange program. Rajapaksa was on a special visit to Kashmir along with a 10 member delegation from Sri Lanka to impart training to Jammu and Kashmir rugby players.…

Pakistani hockey legend decides not to go to India for heart transplant despite offers of free services

Chennai offers a heart to ailing Pakistani hockey legend Mansoor Ahmed