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Indian women need not change name in passport after marriage: Modi

Indian women need not change name in passport after marriage: Modi

New Delhi, April 13 (The Quint): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Thursday that women don’t have to change their names on their passports after marriage. He added that women don't have to submit their marriage or divorce certificate to get their passport. “It'll be their discretion to use the father's/mother's name in the passport,” he said. The Prime...

Sri Lanka’s call for integrated approach to international infrastructure development

Sri Lanka’s call for integrated approach to international infrastructure development

By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 13 (www.newsexpress.lk): The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has called for an integrated approach to building infrastructure in South and South East Asia in the light of the fact that regional and global powers are flaunting competing schemes for infrastructural development in the Indo-Pacific region. Delivering the keynote address at the Business Forum organized by...

Challenges in re-integrating the Bay of Bengal region

Challenges in re-integrating the Bay of Bengal region

By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 13 (www.newsexpress.lk): The Bay of Bengal region, comprising Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand is marked by commonalities. The linguistic, religious and cultural similarities which run through the peoples of these countries provide a solid foundation for cooperation. In fact, in ancient times, this area was also closely knit by trade with vessels...

Father of Islamic militancy in Bangladesh, HUJI leader Mufti Hannan hanged

Father of Islamic militancy in Bangladesh, HUJI leader Mufti Hannan hanged

Dhaka, April 12 (BDNews24): Mufti Hannan, who is considered the father of Islamic militancy in Bangladesh, was hanged with his two accomplices at Gazipur on Wednesday. The Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami (UJI) leader, walked to the gallows with his accomplice Sharif Shahedul alias Bipul at 10:01pm on Wednesday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told bdnews24.com. His other accomplice Delwar Hossain Ripon was executed at...

Sri Lanka seeks Japanese maritime leadership and investments from India to counter-balance China

Sri Lanka seeks Japanese maritime leadership and investments from India to counter-balance China

By P.K.Balachandran/www.bdnews24.com Colombo, April 12: Given its uneasy relations with China on account of the controversial deal over the US$ 1.4 billion Hambantota port, Sri Lanka is trying to checkmate the Asian giant by cultivating Japan and India. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday urged Japan to take the lead in ensuring maritime security and economic development in the Indo-Pacific...

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