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How Colombo could have averted live burying under mounds of muck

How Colombo could have averted live burying under mounds of muck

By P.K.Blachandran/www.epaper.newsexpress.lk Colombo, April 17: The landslide disaster at Meetotamulla within Colombo city limits last Friday, in which a 300 ft high mountain of garbage came down on hapless slum dwellers killing 26 and wrecking 84 houses fully and 36 partially, could have been averted if steps had been taken to remove the dump even as late as January 2016....

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...

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...

Hasina claims India’s support for UN recognition of March 25 as “Genocide Day”

Hasina claims India’s support for UN recognition of March 25 as “Genocide Day”

New Delhi, April 8 (newsin.asia): Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina claimed here on Saturday that India has agreed to support Bangladesh’s demand that the UN recognize March 25 as “Genocide Day” to commemorate the massacre of Bangladeshis by the Pakistani army and its killer squads during “Operation Searchlight” launched on March 25, 1971. “India agreed to support us,” Prime Minister...

Sri Lankan court case against gifting elephant to New Zealand shifts focus to conservation

Sri Lankan court case against gifting elephant to New Zealand shifts focus to conservation

Colombo, April 4 (newsin.asia): The on-going court case in Sri Lanka challenging President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to gift a baby elephant to New Zealand, has brought back focus on the protection of the Sri Lankan elephant - Elephus maximus maximus – an endangered species as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). On a writ petition filed by...

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