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Sri Lanka to hold grand shopping festival similar to Dubai

Sri Lanka to hold grand shopping festival similar to Dubai

Colombo, Feb 3 (NIA) - Sri Lanka has proposed to host a grand shopping festival similar to the world famous 'Dubai Shopping Festival', ‘Great Singapore Sale’ and ‘Malaysian Mega Shopping Carnival’ in order to attract international and local shoppers, a statement said here Friday. The Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association (SLRA) held a meeting with the Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayake,...

Sri Lanka to set up industrial park with India

Sri Lanka to set up industrial park with India

Colombo, Feb 3 - Sri Lanka and India will set up a joint venture industrial park in the North Central province, close to the expressway that is being built, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said. The government has identified an 800-acre site in Bingiriya, about 76 kilometres from the capital Colombo, to build, the Economynext reported. Prime Minister Wickremasinghe said Andrapradesh...

Pakistani cricketer Ramiz Raja to cast Sunjay Dutt in his maiden cinematic venture

Pakistani cricketer Ramiz Raja to cast Sunjay Dutt in his maiden cinematic venture

Karachi, February 2 (Express Tribune): Former Pakistan batsman Ramiz Raja on Thursday revealed that he is producing a movie and has cast Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt in the lead role. “It’s true, I am making a movie,” Ramiz said while speaking to The Express Tribune. The cricketer-turned-commentator said a lead actress has not yet been finalized yet and he’s uncertain whether it will be a...

Indian entrepreneurs want road link with Sri Lanka across Palk Strait

Indian entrepreneurs want road link with Sri Lanka across Palk Strait

Jaffna, February 2 (The New Indian Express): Representatives of Indian companies who exhibited their products at the Jaffna International Trade Fair from January 27 to 29, were unanimously of the view that for the development and trade and investment between India and the Tamil-speaking Northern Province of Sri Lanka, the construction of a road linking Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu with...

Skeletal remains thrown in road expansion project in Sri Lanka

Skeletal remains thrown in road expansion project in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Feb 2 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Deputy Foreign Minister, Harsha De Silva on Thursday questioned workers involved in a road expansion project in the capital as to why skeletal remains were thrown outside a cemetery where the expansion project was currently taking place. In a video posted on De Silva's facebook page, the Deputy Minister is seen questioning the workers...

Ex-US envoy and academic of Afghan origin being probed for money laundering

Ex-US envoy and academic of Afghan origin being probed for money laundering

Vienna, February 2 (BBC/NIA): top former US Ambassador of Afghan origin, Zalmay Khalilzad, is being investigated for alleged money-laundering through his wife's bank account in Vienna, reports from Austria say. Zalmay Khalilzad is accused of transferring $1.4 million (£0.9 million) to his wife's account, Profil magazine reports. The money is said to be linked to activities involving companies in Iraq...

China plans to destroy ancient Afghan Buddhist city to mine copper

China plans to destroy ancient Afghan Buddhist city to mine copper

By Meriam Amini/CNBC Two Chinese state-owned mining companies plan to destroy an ancient Buddhist city in Afghanistan in order to get the copper underneath it, according to a new documentary According to the film Saving Mes.Aynak Metallurgical Group Corp. (MCC) and Jiangxi Copper are in the initial stages of building an open-pit copper mine 25 miles southeast of Kabul. The location is...

Chinese research vessel arrives in Colombo Port

Chinese research vessel arrives in Colombo Port

Colombo, Feb 2 (NIA) - An Oceanographic research vessel of the Chinese navy, ‘Quan Sanqiang’ arrived at the Port of Colombo for a replenishment and technical halt on Wednesday. The ship was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on her arrival. Subsequently, the Commanding Officer of ‘Quan Sanqiang’ Lieutenant Commander Yang Haitao paid a courtesy call on the Commander, Western Naval Area,...

Bangladesh politico sued for walking on “human bridge”

Bangladesh politico sued for walking on “human bridge”

Dhaka, February 2 (The Daily Star): Nur Hossain Patwary, Chairman of the Haimchar Upazila Parishad in Chandpur, Bangladesh, has been sued for walking on a “human bridge” made up of the students of the Nilkamal Osmania High School in Haimchar on January 30. The event occurred during the school’s sports day in which Patwary, a local political leader, was the...

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