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Malaysian Premier to send team to North Lanka to explore areas for assistance

Colombo, December 19 ( The visiting Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, told the Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V.Wigneswaran, here on Tuesday, that he would send a Fact Finding Team to the province to explore areas where Malaysia can invest and render aid. At the 45 minute meeting held in Shangri-La hotel, the Malaysian Prime Minister also said that he would...

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Maldives is open to world business, says Economic Development Minister Saeed

Dubai, December 19 (Gulf News):  Apart from the serene beaches and blue lagoons, Maldives is sending a message to the world: It’s open for business. Through presenting its multi-million projects to further develop the infrastructure, mainly the international airport, the South Asian Island country is seeking more foreign investments, declaring it as the “most competitive investment destination” in South East...

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Anti-incumbency underlies Indian election results

Colombo, December 19:: Headlines in the media the world over will trumpet the victory of the Bharathiya Janata Party (BJP)-led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh State Assembly elections as a singular, unmitigated triumph over the Congress led by Rahul Gandhi and declare that the BJP’s victory in the 2019 parliamentary elections is assured....

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Narrow defeat in Modi’s Gujarat signals Congress comeback

The narrow defeat that the Congress party suffered in the just concluded Gujarat State Assembly elections clearly signals the re-entry of the Congress into the Indian political arena as the main challenge to the hegemony of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), its larger than life leader Narendra Modi, and its pernicious ideology, Hindutva writes P.K.Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. Yes,...

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Pakistan to use Chinese currency in phases

Islamabad, December 18 (Express Tribune): The Long-Term Plan (LTP) of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) envisages Pakistan giving Chinese currency a status at par with the US dollar. Pakistan’s Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing on Monday launched the plan for 2017-30 that set out the building conditions of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The document...

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In Gujarat, BJP has won but Congress hasn’t lost

By Gopalkrishna Gandhi/Hindustan Times Gujarat 2017 is an interesting study in terms of election results: the winner has won, but the loser hasn’t lost. If ever a victory has been divided between numerical and moral, it is Gujarat 2017. The BJP celebrates, but it is shaken. It is being congratulated, courteously, on what is its clear but constricted victory. A...

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Pakistan govt’s response to Quetta church blast indicates deep malaise

Karachi, December 18 (Dawn): The capital of the most militarized province in Pakistan has been attacked yet again by terrorists. The Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta was attacked yesterday by suicide bombers; at least nine people were killed and many more injured. An attack almost certainly meant to spread fear countrywide among a beleaguered Christian community preparing to celebrate...

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Hindu extremists ask Christian schools in North Indian State not to celebrate Christmas

Aligarh, December 17 (Outlook India): Christian schools in Aligarh district in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have been warned by the Hindu Jagran Manch, a right-wing Hindutva group affiliated to Yogi Adityanath's Hindu Yuva Vahini, not to celebrate Christmas because it may lure the students to Christianity. The Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYM) suspects Christmas celebration in schools, with a major...

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Remembering Nehru in the time of Modi

By Ramachandra Guha/Hindustan Times Reading the reports of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches in Gujarat, my mind went back to the first general elections of 1951-2, and the speeches made by the prime minister at the time. Memories of Partition were still fresh; the wounds caused by riots and the flight of refugees still raw. Leading the campaign for his...

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Pakistanis and Lata Mangeshkar reach out to each other

Karachi, December 17 (Dawn):  In an unusual case of music crossing disturbed borders, a video of a song sung by a Karachi three-wheeler driver put on Facebook last year drew the attention of Indians across the border and brought encomiums from none other than India’s nightingale, Lata Mangeshkar. Three wheeler driver Master  Aslam’s rendering of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan’s...

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