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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan freed in poaching cases

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan freed in poaching cases

July 25 – A court in India, on Monday, acquitted a popular Indian movie actor of shooting and killing endangered animals in the state of Rajasthan, two decades ago. The Rajasthan High Court acquitted 50 year old Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in two poaching cases, after he and seven others were accused of killing a gazelle and two protected antelopes...

Boosting Trade, Investment May Be UK Asia-Pacific Minister Alok Sharma’s Priority

Boosting Trade, Investment May Be UK Asia-Pacific Minister Alok Sharma’s Priority

Boosting Trade, Investment May Be UK Asia-Pacific Minister Alok Sharma’s Priority   Colombo, July 25: Going by his professional background and areas of involvement earlier in his political career, the newly appointed British Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Alok Sharma, will in all likelihood promote trade and investment with the countries of South Asia rather than harp on human...

US Naval ship arrives in Sri Lanka to increase bilateral ties

US Naval ship arrives in Sri Lanka to increase bilateral ties

July 25 (NIA) - A US naval ship, 'LPD-18 USS New Orleans', arrived in the Port of Colombo, in the Sri Lankan capital on Monday, to increase bilateral ties with the Sri Lanka Navy, the navy media unit said here. The ship was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on her arrival. The US Embassy...

India Expels Three Chinese Journalists

India Expels Three Chinese Journalists

India has expelled three journalists of the Chinese official news agency, Xinhua, by refusing to renew their visas to work in the country, a move that could worsen the already strained relations between the two countries, the new Delhi-based Hindustan Times reported on July 24.   On July 14, all three were informed that they had to leave India by...

Ethno-Religious Conflict Has Plagued Afghanistan For Long

Ethno-Religious Conflict Has Plagued Afghanistan For Long

Saturday’s suicide attack on a crowd of demonstrators belonging to the Hazara community in Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul, which left 80 dead and several hundreds wounded, is symptomatic of a deep seated and long standing problem plaguing the country, the problem of weaving into a single nation a country which is sharply divided on ethnic and religious lines. Though...

India Informally Protests To Lanka About Pakistani Demo on Kashmir

India Informally Protests To Lanka About Pakistani Demo on Kashmir

Colombo, July 24: India has unofficially told the Sri Lankan government that it is concerned about the Pakistan High Commission-organized anti-Indian demonstration on Kashmir held here on July 21, The New Indian Express reported today.. About 20 people, including members of the Pakistan-embassy sponsored Kashmir Study Forum, demonstrated before the UN office on Bauddhaloka Mawatha, holding placards asking the UN...

Thousands protest in Maldives demanding President’s resignation

Thousands protest in Maldives demanding President’s resignation

July 23 (NIA) – Thousands of opposition supporters gathered in the Maldivian capital Male in the early hours of Saturday, protesting against President Abdulla Yameen’s government and calling for the President’s immediate resignation. Protestors, who were supporters of the Maldives United Opposition which is backed by former President Mohamed Nasheed, chanted slogans for the police and military to change the...

Sri Lanka condemns deadly shooting in Munich

Sri Lanka condemns deadly shooting in Munich

July 23 (NIA) - Sri Lanka, on Saturday condemned the deadly shooting in the German city of Munich on Friday which left atleast 9 people dead and 16 others injured. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Mahishini Colonne said that Sri Lanka extended its condolences to the families of the victims and wished a quick recovery to those injured. An 18-year-old German-Iranian who...

Jaffna Varsity violence: What really happened and why?

Jaffna Varsity violence: What really happened and why?

Injured Sinhalese Jaffna University student being visited by Sinhalese politicians in Colombo hospital Jaffna Varsity violence: What really happened and why? By, D.B.S.Jeyaraj Violence reared its ugly head again in the Northern city of Jaffna on Saturday July 16th 2016 when student groups fought each other within the Jaffna varsity precincts in Thirunelvaeli known generally as...

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