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China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinkiang

China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinkiang

Hong Kong, April 25 (The Guardian): “If the government is serious about bringing stability and harmony to the region as it claims, it should roll back – not double down on – repressive policies.” Authorities in Xinjiang passed new legislation last month expanding restrictions, including allowing staff at train stations and airports to deny entry to women wearing face veils...

Garbage Disposal: A scientific study had recommended land filling at Aruwakkalu, says Gotabaya

Gotabaya says it’s the army which picks candidates for intelligence posts in Sri Lankan embassies

Colombo, April 23 (newsin.asia): Former Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa maintains that he cannot be held responsible for choosing Maj.Bandara Bulathwatte, currently a suspect in the assassination of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, for the post of Intelligence Officer in the Sri Lankan Embassy in Thailand. The choice of personnel for such posts rests with the Army, Rajapaksa told newsin.asia on...

Lack of political will stymies garbage management in South Asia

Lack of political will stymies garbage management in South Asia

By Frances Bulathsinghala Colombo, April 23 (www.southasianmonitor.com): Concealed from privileged city dwellers, tucked away from posh tourist resorts and invisible to policy makers are the rubbish dumps in the cities of South Asia. But the thick wall of apathy cracked on April 14 when a 300 ft high mountain of garbage, allowed to build up for years in the low-lying Colombo suburb of Meetotamulla in Kolonnawa, came crashing, killing at least 33...

Japan may help Sri Lanka buy P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft

Japan may help Sri Lanka buy P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft

By P.K.Balachandran/www.southasianmonitor.com Colombo, April 20: Japan may help Sri Lanka buy P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft, apart from persuading India and the US to make Sri Lanka a base for strategic maritime surveillance over the Indian Ocean Region. These are indicated by Japanese security expert, Dr. Satoru Nagao, who is now Research Fellow at the Colombo-based Institute of National Security Studies...

Canadian river vanishes in four days as glacier retreats due to global warming

Canadian river vanishes in four days as glacier retreats due to global warming

Hannah Devlin/The Guardian Ottawa, April 17: An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography. Such a situation can arise in rivers originating in the Himalayas too. The abrupt and unexpected disappearance of...

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....

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