India announces grant of medical visas for Pakistanis

India announces grant of medical visas for Pakistanis

New Delhi, August 16: In a goodwill gesture on India’s Independence Day, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced that India will issue medical visas to Pakistani patients whose requests are pending with the Indian government. In a statement issued in New Delhi Swaraj said that the decision to grant medical visas was being done […]

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 […]

A veteran journalist’s poignant introspection on India’s independence

A veteran journalist’s poignant introspection on India’s independence

By T.Ramakrishnan/The Hindu Chennai, August 16: Seventy years ago, P. V. Krishnamoorthy, a programme assistant in the Tamil unit of the external services of the All India Radio (AIR) in Delhi, was just 26 years old, with barely three years of experience. As he could not make it to Parliament on the night of August […]

Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?

Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?

Colombo, August 16: Sri Lanka’s Minister for Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, appears to be making a bid to capture the island’s core political constituency – the Sinhala Buddhist-Nationalist constituency – in the absence of credible senior claimants, writes P.K.Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. The constituency was well served by Mahinda Rajapaksa until he […]

Colorful celebrations marked India’s 71 st Independence Day in Colombo

Colorful celebrations marked India’s 71 st Independence Day in Colombo

Colombo, August 15 (newsin.asia): Colorful celebrations marked India’s 71 st. Independence Day  here on Tuesday. A large gathering of Indians and Sri Lankans congregated at India House in the morning to hear High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu speak, and thereafter fraternize over delicious South Indian snacks and coffee. To the delight of the guests, a […]

Tilak Marapana takes over as Sri Lanka’ Foreign Minister

Tilak Marapana takes over as Sri Lanka’ Foreign Minister

Colombo, August 15 (newsin.asia): Tilak Janaka Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments, was sworn-in as Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister on Tuesday in place of Ravi Karunanayake who had resigned last week. Karunanayake had resigned on account of his controversial financial dealings with stock broker Arjun Aloysisus, a principal figure in the 2015 Central Bank bonds scam. […]

Sri Lankan Airlines notes success in crack down on human trafficking at BIA

Sri Lankan Airlines notes success in crack down on human trafficking at BIA

Colombo, Aug 15 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s national airline carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, on Tuesday said it had achieved considerable success in recent times in its efforts to crack down on illegal travel through Colombo’s international airport. A statement by Sri Lankan Airlines said that many passengers had attempted to use forged or altered travel documents, […]

Sri Lanka’s ex first lady questioned over ruggerite’s murder

Sri Lanka’s ex first lady questioned over ruggerite’s murder

Colombo, Aug 15 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s former first lady, Shiranthi Rajapakse was questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department on Tuesday over the murder of a former national rugby player. Shiranthi, was escorted into the CID by her husband and former President Mahinda Rajapakse after she was summoned to provide a statement. She is due to […]

Hambantota port deal signed before cabinet sub-committee’s report, says Lankan cabinet minister

Hambantota port deal signed before cabinet sub-committee’s report, says Lankan cabinet minister

Colombo, August 14 (Daily Mirror):  The Sri Lankan Minister for Science and Technology, Susil Premajayantha has said that the agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the Chinese company, CMPort, on the Hambantota harbor, was signed on July 29 before the cabinet Sub-Committee on the deal had submitted its report. Premajayantha ,who belongs to the […]

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