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Sri Lanka to implement national policy to eliminate child labour

Sri Lanka to implement national policy to eliminate child labour

Colombo, Dec 14 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's cabinet, on Wednesday, agreed to implement a national policy to eliminate child labour in the island country. Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilleke told a weekly media briefing here that Sri Lanka had agreed to eliminate child labour at the Global Child Labour Conference held in 2010 at the Hague, and there has been a...

Maldives to unveil 20 new world class resorts in 2017

Maldives to unveil 20 new world class resorts in 2017

Colombo, Dec 14 (NIA) - The Maldives government on Wednesday said that 20 new world class resorts would be unveiled in 2017, in addition to the seven new resorts which were opened this year. A statement from the Maldives Embassy in Colombo said that tourism had recorded a remarkable growth in 2016 and the honeymoon islands were now expecting more...

Sri Lankan Airlines resumes flights to cyclone hit Chennai

Sri Lankan Airlines resumes flights to cyclone hit Chennai

Colombo, Dec 13 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's state owned airline carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines resumed flights to Chennai in southern India on Tuesday after cancelling its flights due to adverse weather in Tamil Nadu. The Airline said it had resumed its operations to Chennai with the deployment of five wide body aircraft. Officials said that SriLankan airlines flight UL129 which was scheduled...

Chennai battles to recover after Cyclone Vardah, 12 killed

Chennai battles to recover after Cyclone Vardah, 12 killed

Tamil Nadu, Dec. 13 (NIA) - Atleast 12 people were killed when a severe cyclone hit southern India on Monday evening, flattening hundreds of houses, uprooting trees and overturning vehicles, the police said. Indi'a southern city of Chennai was the worst hit with seven deaths including that of a three year old child. Some areas recorded rainfall up to 10...

Sri Lanka’s war cost US$ 200 billion

Sri Lanka’s war cost US$ 200 billion

Colombo, December 13 (The New Indian Express): Sri Lanka’s internal war which ended in May 2009, had cost the country around US$ 200 billion according to India’s former National Security Adviser and Foreign Secretary, Shivshankar Menon. In his book Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy , Menon says that US$ 200 billion is five times Sri Lanka’s GDP...

Lt.Gen.Naveed Mukhtar appointed Pakistan spy chief

Lt.Gen.Naveed Mukhtar appointed Pakistan spy chief

Islamabad, December 12 (Dawn): The Pakistan Army on Sunday announced the appointments of Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar as the new Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief and Lt Gen Bilal Akbar as Chief of General Staff (CGS), completing the long drawn reshuffle of the top brass caused by the military’s change of command. Both Gen Mukhtar and Gen Akbar were last posted...

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