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Maldives opposition meet in Sri Lanka to hatch plan against Yameen

Maldives opposition meet in Sri Lanka to hatch plan against Yameen

Aug 26 - The Maldives’ dissident former president met opposition groups in neighbouring Sri Lanka today to hatch a plan to topple strongman president Abdulla Yameen, opposition sources told AFP. Ex-president Mohamed Nasheed, who recently won asylum in Britain after being jailed by Yameen’s government, was among several exiled opposition groups meeting in Colombo, two people in Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic...

Taranjit Sandhu To Be India’s Next Envoy in Sri Lanka

Taranjit Sandhu To Be India’s Next Envoy in Sri Lanka

Colombo, August 26 (NIA): Taranjit Singh Sandhu will be the next Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka succeeding Y.K.Sinha who has completed his term. An old Sri Lanka hand, Sandhu was Political Counselor in the Indian High Commission in Colombo between 2000 and 2004, which covered the 2002-2004 Norway-brokered peace process in Sri Lanka. Born on January 23, 1963, he...

Bombay High Court allows women to worship at Haji Ali Dargah

Bombay High Court allows women to worship at Haji Ali Dargah

Mumbai, August 26 (PTI): In a significant judgment, the Bombay High Court on Friday lifted the ban on women entering the sanctum sanctorum of the offshore Haji Ali Dargah here, saying it contravenes a person’s fundamental right to practice a religion. The court has, however, stayed its order for six weeks following a plea by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust,...

Sri Lankan President “concerned” about corruption charge by foreign media but doubts credibility of source

Colombo, August 26 (The New Indian Express): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is “concerned” about the charge made by Fairfax Media that in 2009-2011, when he was Minister of Agriculture, an Australian company was asked to give a donation to his political party to get contracts for World Bank-funded sewerage and dam projects. On Thursday, the President ordered the Attorney...

21 killed in bus accident in Nepal

21 killed in bus accident in Nepal

Aug 26 (NIA) - At least 21 people were killed and 16 others injured when a passenger bus drove off a highway in Nepal and plunged into a river on Friday, police said. Police said the bus rolled about 100 meters down the slope in the early hours of Friday and crashed into the Trishuli river near Chandibhanjyang, about 120 kilometers west...

Indian hospital staff breaks body at hip to carry it

Indian hospital staff breaks body at hip to carry it

Aug 26 - A day after a man was seen walking with his wife's body slung over his shoulder, another horrifying video has emerged from Odisha. At a hospital in Balasore, a sweeper stands over a dead body, presses it down with his foot and breaks the bones to make it a compact bundle. Two workers are next seen wrapping...

Does Islamic Maldives have a problem with democracy?

A move to oust the president of the Maldives is being planned

London, August 25 (BBC): Opponents of the Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen are looking to move against him within weeks, according to sources. The President's spokesperson confirmed to the BBC that the administration is aware of the moves” by those living outside the Maldives. Such a plot is "disingenuous to the people of the Maldives and in clear breach of international...

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