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Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj undergoes kidney transplant

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj undergoes kidney transplant

New Delhi, December 10 (PTI): Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj underwent a kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday, with the organ having been harvested from a living unrelated donor. According to sources in the AIIMS, the nearly five-hour-long surgery was conducted at the cardio-thoracic centre by a team of doctors including AIIMS...

Tamil Nadu asks New Delhi to allow more pilgrims to attend Kachchativu chapel consecration

Tamil Nadu asks New Delhi to allow more pilgrims to attend Kachchativu chapel consecration

Chennai, December 9 (NIA): The new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam, wrote to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, requesting him to allow more pilgrims to attend the consecration of the renovated and enlarged St.Anthony’s chapel on Kachchativu island in Sri Lanka. Panneerselvam pointed out that while 100 pilgrims from Ramanathapuram alone had sought permission to...

Sri Lankan President clears names of 19 leaders who were branded as traitors during British rule

Sri Lankan President clears names of 19 leaders who were branded as traitors during British rule

Colombo, December 8 (NIA): In a politically significant act which could help him garner the support of Sinhalese nationalists, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena, on Thursday cleared the names of 19 Sinhalese chiefs who were officially branded as ‘traitors’ by the British rulers of the island 198 years ago. The President’s media division said that Sirisena cancelled a gazette issued by...

200 Chinese couples to take part in mass wedding in Sri Lanka

200 Chinese couples to take part in mass wedding in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Dec 8 (NIA) - Sri Lanka has been chosen by 200 Chinese couples to hold a mass wedding event, Tourism Minister, John Amaratunga said here on Thursday. Addressing parliament, Amaratunga said that Sri Lanka had become a popular tourist destination and had also been classified as an ideal wedding destination. "Already reservations have been made for 200 Chinese couples to conduct...

Sri Lanka starts fresh probe into US$700 million China deal

Sri Lanka starts fresh probe into US$700 million China deal

Colombo, Dec 8 - Sri Lanka's government Wednesday launched an investigation into a $700 million river diversion deal that had been finalised with a Chinese company weeks before the fall of the previous regime. The cabinet set up a panel to probe the contract awarded to China CAMC Engineering on the eve of Mahinda Rajapakse's defeat in the January 2015...

Pakistan now has women taxi drivers

Pakistan now has women taxi drivers

Lahore, December 7 (Reuters): In a giant step forward, the international taxi-hailing service Careem has introduced women drivers in Pakistan, who will pick up male as well as female passengers. Careem has a larger market share than rival Uber in most of the 32 cities in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region in which it operates, introduced women...

Sri Lankan government wants tea industry to adapt to changing conditions

Sri Lankan government wants tea industry to adapt to changing conditions

Colombo, December 7 (The New Indian Express): The Sri Lankan Minister for Plantation Industries, Navin Dissanayake, has appealed to the country’s tea industry to change with the changing domestic, international and climatic conditions so that tea remains one of Sri Lanka’s top foreign exchange earners. Briefing the media on plans to celebrate 150 years of the tea industry in Sri...

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