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India urges countries to make “mature choices” in selecting connectivity projects

India urges countries to make “mature choices” in selecting connectivity projects

Colombo, September 1 (newsin.asia): The Indian Foreign Secretary, S.Jaishankar, has stressed the need for Indian Ocean littoral countries to make “mature choices” when joining internaional connectivity projects which are on offer. Addressing the Second Indian Ocean Conference here on Friday, Jaishankar said: “ There are today various approaches and initiatives that offer choices to the nations of this region. Many...

The very real danger Lankan security forces personnel face

The very real danger Lankan security forces personnel face

Colombo, August 31: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid, had recommended the application of the principle of Universal Legal Jurisdiction in the case of credible violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by the Sri Lankan security forces during the 2006-2009 Eelam War IV against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). And this recommendation has not...

Sri Lanka to convene meeting on improving UN Law of Sea

Sri Lanka to convene meeting on improving UN Law of Sea

Colombo, August 31 (newsin.asia): Sri Lanka will convene an international conference to discuss improvements in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to ensure freedom of navigation which is vital for orderly economic growth and security of commerce in the Indian Ocean Region, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe said here on Thursday. Addressing the Second...

Pakistan’s first ever State Funeral for a Christian

Pakistan’s first ever State Funeral for a Christian

Karachi, August 20 (newsin.asia): In the first ever State Funeral for a Christian in rigidly Islamic Pakistan, eminent German-born anti-leprosy campaigner, Dr.Ruth Pfau, was laid to rest at Karachi’s Gora Qabristan on Sunday. As contingents of the three armed forces gave a 19 gun salute, the body of the German social worker was lowered into the grave watched by thousands...

Sri Lanka “a most valued partner” in India’s ‘Neighborhood First policy’ affirms Envoy

Sri Lanka “a most valued partner” in India’s ‘Neighborhood First policy’ affirms Envoy

Colombo, August 119 (newsin.asia): The Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, has said that Sri Lanka is “one of the most valued partners” in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Neighborhood First” policy. “The verse from Panchatantra, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the whole world is a family), engraved at the entrance of the Indian Parliament, encapsulates all that India stands for,...

India’s “Act East” policy rests on forging closer links with ASEAN

India’s “Act East” policy rests on forging closer links with ASEAN

Given its seemingly intractable problems with neighbors Pakistan and China, India has been reaching out to friendlier countries beyond the region, both to its West and the East. writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT. In the East, its key partners are Japan and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), comprising Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam....

US bans Pakistan-based Kashmiri terror group Hizbul Mujahiddin

US bans Pakistan-based Kashmiri terror group Hizbul Mujahiddin

Washington, August 16 (Reuters and other sources): The United States on Wednesday said it has banned Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest of the anti-Indian Kashmiri militant groups fighting in the state divided between Pakistan and India. The US Treasury Department, in a statement on its website, said it had listed the Pakistan-based group as a counter-designated group, freezing any assets it...

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