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SUNFO initiates International Youth Day parade in Colombo

August 9 (newsin.asia) - International Youth Day (August 12) is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. Sustainable Development Goals Youth Network of Sri Lanka (SDGYNSL) initiated by SUNFO is planning to commemorate “International Youth Day” by organizing a...

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Sri Lanka to ban colored water bottles, plastic wrappers

August 7 (Xinhua) - Sri Lanka will soon ban colored plastic water bottles and plastic wrappers on drinking water bottles in order to protect the environment, State Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Ajith Mannapperuma said in a statement here Tuesday. The government information department, quoting the statement, said that the government had received a positive response from water bottle...

Muslim pilgrims are seen moving around the Kaaba, the black cube seen at the center. Photo Credits - AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

Saudi prepares for Hajj as Gulf tensions persist

August 7 (AFP) - More than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, against a backdrop of tensions in the Gulf. Crowds of worshippers have already begun to gather in Mecca in the days ahead of the hajj, the focal point of the Islamic calendar. "It's the...

Police officers seen near central Bangkok's Chong Nonsi BTS station, where explosions were heard on Aug 2, 2019. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

Bangkok explosions: Thai capital hit by six bomb blasts at different locations as it hosts Asean security summit, police say

August 2 (Independent) - Police in Bangkok say at least six bomb blasts went off at a number of locations in the city on Friday, as the Thai capital hosted a key regional security summit. A seventh device was recovered unexploded, officials said, as the Thai prime minister ordered an urgent investigation to find the perpetrators. Four people were injured in the...

Tourists flee Sri Lanka but seasoned travelers say island nation will bounce back

Sri Lanka to waive off entry visa fee for 48 countries from Aug. 1

Colombo, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka will begin to waive off its existing visa fee for travelers from 48 countries including China from Aug. 1 as part of the island's efforts to attract more tourists into the country, Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Minister, John Amaratunga said here Wednesday. In a media briefing held in Colombo, Amaratunga...

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