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Implications of growing Indo-Japanese defense ties for Sri Lanka

Implications of growing Indo-Japanese defense ties for Sri Lanka

Colombo, April 1 (newsin.asia): Growing defence ties between India and Japan, with the US in the background, are likely to have an impact on Sri Lanka’s defense choices, as the island nation is situated right next door to India and bang on the main sea route between the East and the West, writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT. The confluence of India,...

Indian civilization unlikely to have been characterized by one religion: Romila Thapar

Indian civilization unlikely to have been characterized by one religion: Romila Thapar

By Dr.Romila Thapar/www.sabrangindia.in In the 1960s we were confident that the use of religion for political mobilisation would decline because nationalism, namely, the secular, all-inclusive, anti-colonialism nationalism that brought us independence, would, despite Partition, be firmly established. This was in some ways such a firm belief that it was not thought necessary to specify the inclusion of secularism in...

China bans beards and veils in Xinjiang

China bans beards and veils in Xinjiang

Xinjiang, April 1 - China has introduced new restrictions in the far western region of Xinjiang in what it describes as a campaign against Islamist extremism. The measures include prohibiting "abnormally" long beards, the wearing of veils in public places and refusing to watch state television. Xinjiang is the homeland of the Uighurs, a traditionally Muslim group who say they...

Colombo most suited to be South Asia’s commercial hub: Port City official

Colombo most suited to be South Asia’s commercial hub: Port City official

EXCLUSIVE By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 30 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan capital Colombo is the most suitable to be South Asia’s commercial hub, says Liang Thow Ming, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of the US$ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City project being executed by the China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) . Speaking to this correspondent on Thursday, Liang said that Colombo is...

Sri Lankan Prez vows not to make any “war hero” a suspect in cases of alleged war crimes

Sri Lankan Prez vows not to make any “war hero” a suspect in cases of alleged war crimes

P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 29 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday categorically stated that he will not make any “war hero” a suspect in cases of alleged war crimes. Speaking at the opening of the newly constructed building at the Defense Services School in Kurunegala, the President said that it is the responsibility and duty of the government to...

Maldives opposition considering impeacing President ahead of 2018 Presidential Poll

Maldivian opposition leader says he will re-negotiate terms of China-funded projects

By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 29 (newsin.asia): The Maldivian opposition leader, Mohamed Nasheed, said here on Wednesday, that he will re-negotiate the terms of Chinese-funded projects to see if they were fair and in the interest of the country. “We will learn from the experience of the Sri Lankan Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga in re-negotiating the deal over Chinese built Hambantota...

Maldives opposition fails to impeach Speaker of Parliament

Maldives govt says foreign partners should respect democratic decisions of state institutions

Maldives, March 29 (NIA) - The Maldives government, on Wednesday said that a vote of no confidence on the Speaker of Parliament which was defeated on Monday was conducted in a transparent and democratic manner. The statement came a day after the US Embassy in Sri Lanka and Maldives released a statement saying it was concerned about irregularities ‎that impeded a free and fair...

Doval’s obsession with China made India go for regime change in Sri Lanka: Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Doval’s obsession with China made India go for regime change in Sri Lanka: Gotabaya Rajapaksa

P.K.Balachandran/newsin.asia Colombo, March 27:India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s obsession with China led to India’s working for a regime in Sri Lanka in 2014, the island nation’s former Defense Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, told the Foreign Correspondents’ Association here on Monday. He said that the Congress-led government had been very supportive of Sri Lanka as revealed in “Choices”, former Indian National...

Maldives opposition fails to impeach Speaker of Parliament

Maldives opposition fails to impeach Speaker of Parliament

Colombo, March 27 (NIA) - A crucial vote seeking to impeach Maldives Speaker Abdulla Maseeh, was defeated in Parliament on Monday with 48 MPs voting against when the vote was taken up. The no confidence motion against the Speaker was bought in by the opposition, who were seeking to win a majority in Parliament. With the Speaker unable to caste his own vote,...

Maldives opposition considering impeacing President ahead of 2018 Presidential Poll

Maldives opposition considering impeacing President ahead of 2018 Presidential Poll

Colombo, March 27 (NIA) - Former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, on Sunday said his party along with opposition legislators were considering the possibility of ousting Abdullah Yameen by bringing in a no confidence motion on the President. Nasheed, who is facing terrorism charges in the island country and is currently in exile in Britain, told NewsIn.Asia that his Maldives...

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