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Maldives ruling group wants re-engagement with opposition on democratic lines

Maldives ruling group wants re-engagement with opposition on democratic lines

Colombo, April 8 (newsin.asia): The three-party Maldives Combined Front (MCF) led by the Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, has appealed to the opposition led by two former Presidents to enter into a “re-engagement” with it on “democratic” lines in a “sincere and honest” manner for the sake of the Maldivian people. The MCF comprises the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM);...

Top Chinese leader says reception to him in Sri Lanka was “far beyond expectations”

Top Chinese leader says reception to him in Sri Lanka was “far beyond expectations”

Colombo, April 8 (newsin.asia): Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the fourth most important leader in China, said here on Friday that the reception that he got in Sri Lanka was “far beyond expectations.” Speaking at a reception given by the Speaker of the Sri Lankan parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, at whose invitation he had come...

Scaling down China’s stake in the Hambantota port

Scaling down China’s stake in the Hambantota port

By P.K.Balachandran/www.newsexpress.lk Colombo, April 7: The prospect of signing a Sino-Sri Lankan agreement on the Hambantota port any time soon, has receded further with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe telling parliament on Wednesday, that the government is considering the possibility of further increasing its stake in the port and bringing down the Chinese stake a few notches down. It is significant...

Imran slams Indian MP for demanding demolition of Jinnah’s house

Imran slams Indian MP for demanding demolition of Jinnah’s house

Lahore, April 6 (Express Tribune): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has criticized the Indian lawmaker’s call to demolish the historic Jinnah House in Mumbai and build a cultural centre in its place. “Indian parliamentarian’s call to demolish Jinnah House unfortunate and disturbing. History cannot be wished away by demolishing buildings,” he tweeted on Thursday. Famed for its Italian marble and...

Sri Lanka expecting A-380s at BIA with opening of new runway

Sri Lanka expecting A-380s at BIA with opening of new runway

Colombo, April 6 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Transport Minister, Nimal Siripala De Silva on Thursday declared open a renovated runway at the country's main international airport leading to the resumption of normal airport services to passengers after three months. The repair and construction of the 30 year old runway was carried out by China National Aero- Technology International Engineering Corporation(CATIC-ENG)...

Over 600,000 tourists arrive in Sri Lanka from Jan to March

Over 600,000 tourists arrive in Sri Lanka from Jan to March

Colombo, April 6 (NIA) - Over 600,000 tourists have arrived in Sri Lanka in the first three months of this year with a 3.4 percent growth from the previous year, statistics released from Sri Lanka Tourism showed here Thursday. However due to the partial closure of the country's international airport in capital Colombo, tourist arrivals in March fell by 2.5...

Sri Lankan court case against gifting elephant to New Zealand shifts focus to conservation

Sri Lankan court case against gifting elephant to New Zealand shifts focus to conservation

Colombo, April 4 (newsin.asia): The on-going court case in Sri Lanka challenging President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to gift a baby elephant to New Zealand, has brought back focus on the protection of the Sri Lankan elephant - Elephus maximus maximus – an endangered species as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). On a writ petition filed by...

The wall between Bangladesh and Pakistan needs breaching

The wall between Bangladesh and Pakistan needs breaching

By Syed Badrul Ahsan/www.southasianmonitor.com My visit to Pakistan this time around was the fourth since late 1995, when I was part of a journalists’ team at a media conference in Lahore organized by what was then known as the South Asian Media Association (SAMA), headed by the respected Javed Jabbar In 2000 and again in 2004, I was in Pakistan,...

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