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Pushpa Kamal Dahal To Become Nepalese PM on Wednesday

Pushpa Kamal Dahal To Become Nepalese PM on Wednesday

Kathmandu, August 2 (NIA): The Chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre), Pushpa Kamal Dahal , alias Prachanda, is all set to become Nepal’s new Prime Minister with the backing of the Nepali Congress (NC) and the Madesia parties representing the people of Indian origin. After the CPN (Maoist-Centre) withdrew its support from the government of Prime Minister KP Sharma...

Family in India threatens suicide if rape suspects are not punished

Family in India threatens suicide if rape suspects are not punished

Aug. 2 - Three days after a woman and her teen daughter were gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, in northern India, their family has threatened to commit suicide if the accused are not brought to book within three months. At a late night press conference on Monday, the victim’s husband narrated the horror that the six family members went through while they...

Maldives slams international community over defamation bill

Maldives slams international community over defamation bill

Aug 2 (NIA) - The Maldives government, on Tuesday, rejected a joint statement released by the US, EU, UK, Germany, Norway and Netherlands over a draft defamation bill which is being debated in the Maldives parliament. The Maldives said that concerns raised by these countries were 'fallacious and ill-informed' and while the island nation welcomed the opportunity to engage with its...

Rajapaksa accuses Sirisena of entering into pact with India to deny jobs to Sri Lankans

Rajapaksa accuses Sirisena of entering into pact with India to deny jobs to Sri Lankans

Colombo, August 1 (NIA): Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday accused the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government of entering into the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India to give jobs to foreigners and deny jobs to Sri Lankans. Addressing a massive rally here at Lipton Circus at the end of the Kandy-Colombo long march organized by the Joint Opposition...

World Bank approves US$100 million for Sri Lanka’s economic reforms

World Bank approves US$100 million for Sri Lanka’s economic reforms

Aug 1 - The World Bank Board has approved a 100 million dollar credit from the International Development Association (IDA) to support the Sri Lankan government's economic reform program. “Sri Lanka has been making steady progress on economic reforms, with the government aiming to create one million new jobs through a reform package focused on improving the country’s competitiveness, transparency and...

China enters the fray in Afghanistan by inviting Taliban for a briefing

Peshawar, July 31 (NIA): The political situation in Afghanistan is getting more complicated with the Chinese inviting a top Taliban delegation to Beijing to brief them on the emerging trends in the troubled South Asian country. A delegation led by Abbas Stanekzai, head of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, visited Beijing between July 18 and 22, a senior member...

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