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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...

Pakistan lost a pop music icon in the plane crash

Islamabad , December 7 (NIA): When Junaid Jamshed died in the plane crash at Chitral on Wednesday, Pakistan lost a singing sensation who dominated the Urdu pop scene in the 1990s with his band Vital Signs .Turning to religion and Islamic evangelism in the next decade, he abandoned pop and light music and took to religious music and made a...

At least 40 including famous singer turned preacher Junaid Jamshed die in Pakistan air crash

At least 40 including famous singer turned preacher Junaid Jamshed die in Pakistan air crash

Islamabad, December 7 (Reuters): A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 carrying over 40 passengers crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday at 4:42 pm. Five bodies have been recovered from the wreckage. PIA Spokesman Daniyal Gilani said there were 42 passengers, five crew members and one ground engineer on board. The plane manifest shows there were...

PIA flight with 47 on board crashes on its way to Islamabad

PIA flight with 47 on board crashes on its way to Islamabad

Islamabad, Dec. 7 (NIA) - A Pakistan International Airline, with 47 on board, crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday. Global aviation watchdog Aviation Herald, quoted in local media reports said that PK-661 crashed near Abbottabad, in a mountainous part of Pakistan, due to engine problems. Laiq Shah, a senior police official in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province,...

Sri Lanka to get tough on gender based violence at workplaces

Sri Lanka to get tough on gender based violence at workplaces

Colombo, Dec 7 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's cabinet on Wednesday approved to set up high level committees in each of its ministries to eliminate gender based violence in all workplaces. Cabinet Spokeserson, Rajitha Senaratne said that Sri Lanka was bound to take action to eliminate violence against women in workplaces according to the international conventions it has entered. Accordingly, the proposal...

Sri Lanka halts work on world’s tallest Christmas tree

Sri Lanka halts work on world’s tallest Christmas tree

Colombo, Dec 7 (NIA) - Sri Lanka, on Wednesday said it would halt work on the 'World's Tallest Christmas Tree' which was being constructed at the Galle Face Green in the capital. The tree was being constructed by the Ministry of Ports and Shipping and was poised to be a large tourist attraction. The tree was being constructed to send a...

Kachchativu chapel inauguration postponed due to Jayalalithaa’s death

Kachchativu chapel inauguration postponed due to Jayalalithaa’s death

Colombo, December 7 (NIA): The inauguration of the newly constructed St.Anthony’s chapel on Kachchativu island which was due to be held on Wednesday, has been postponed until further notice because of the demise of J.Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu Chief minister, last Sunday. The parish priest of Delft Island, Fr.Jayaranjan, who is in-charge of the chapel on Kachchativu island said that a...

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