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Maldives cuts off all ties with Qatar

Qatar says no emergency evacuation of Sri Lankans

Colombo, June 20 (newsin.asia) - The Qatar Embassy in Colombo on Tuesday said there were no plans of an emergency evacuation of 150,000 Sri Lankans in Qatar. In a statement, the Embassy adviced Sri Lankans not to be misled by reports on emergency evacuation plans for the 150,000 Sri Lankans in Qatar, which the Embassy dubbed as their 'second home'. "Officials...

Sri Lanka health workers admit country facing dengue epidemic

Sri Lanka health workers admit country facing dengue epidemic

Colombo, June 20 (newsin.asia) - Sri Lanka's health workers, on Tuesday warned that the country was facing a dengue epidemic with over 63,000 people affected by the virus and at least 200 people killed. Health workers at the Epidemiology Unit said there was a tremendous rise in the Type 2 virus and urgent preventive and curative measures were ongoing to prevent...

Two Pakistani naval officers killed in terror attack near Gwadar port

Two Pakistani naval officers killed in terror attack near Gwadar port

Gwadar, June 19: At least two Pakistani naval officers were killed and three others injured after their vehicle was ambushed by four assailants on two motorbikes in the Jiwani area of Gwadar district, according to the Dawn. The officers were transporting iftar items during a routine run from Jiwani city of the Balochistan province when the attack took place. A...

India ruling party’s choice as Presidential candidate is a masterstroke

India ruling party’s choice as Presidential candidate is a masterstroke

Colombo, June 19: The choice of Ram Nath Kovind as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate for the Indian Presidential election, to be held on July 17, is a political masterstroke by its political managers, writes P.K.Balachandran in www.lankabusinessonline.com. Kovind is a “Dalit”. The Dalits are the lowest caste in the Hindu social hierarchy who were once dubbed and even...

Wigneswaran backs down to pave way for compromise

Wigneswaran backs down to pave way for compromise

Colombo, June 19 (newsin.asia): Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran on Monday backed down from his earlier insistence that the two Ministers against whom he had ordered a fresh probe, have to go on leave till the pendency of the inquiry. This is expected to pave the way for a compromise with his opponent, R.Sampanthan, the leader of the...

Tamil leaders’ spat continues: No Trust Motion will be moved against CM

Tamil leaders’ spat continues: No Trust Motion will be moved against CM

Colombo, June 18 (newsin.asia): The spat between the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, and the senior-most leader of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R.Sampanthan, continued on Sunday, with Sampanthan refusing to accept Wigneswaran’s latest condition for restoring normalcy. Wigneswaran had asked Sampanthan to give a guarantee that the...

PLOTE mulls new formula to bring Wigneswaran and Sampanthan together

PLOTE mulls new formula to bring Wigneswaran and Sampanthan together

Colombo, June 17 (newsin.asia): Given the failure of current efforts to bring about a compromise between the feuding leaders of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, the People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) is believed to be mulling the prospect of putting forward a new proposal. According to sources in PLOTE, an attempt will be made to persuade the Tamil...

Ousted North Lankan Ministers refuse to meet Wigneswaran’s new condition for compromise

Ousted North Lankan Ministers refuse to meet Wigneswaran’s new condition for compromise

Colombo, June 16 (newsin.asia): Two of the ousted Ministers in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province have reportedly refused to accept Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran’s fresh condition to defuse the political crisis gripping the Tamil-majority province. In his discussion with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Supremo, R.Sampanthan, Chief Minister Wigneswaran had said that he will allow P.Sathiyalingam and B.Deniswaran to continue to function...

Buddhist extremism in Sri Lanka: More a question of politics than religion

Buddhist extremism in Sri Lanka: More a question of politics than religion

Colombo, June 16: In Sri Lanka there are influential sections across the ethnic divide, which believe that the on-going attacks against the Muslims, and the attempts to put up Buddha statues in the Tamil areas in the North and East, are manifestations of “Buddhist religious extremism”. But this description is misleading, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express. In a recent article...

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