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When Modi decided to use the rod against NDTV

When Modi decided to use the rod against NDTV

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Only a proper and unbiased investigation will reveal whether or not Dr.Prannoy Roy, founder and co-chairman of New Delhi Television (NDTV), had entered into a plethora of illegal transactions to the tune of INR 20,300 million (US$ 314 million). But there is a wide spread feeling in the independent Indian media that the timing of the investigation...

India mulls greater deployment of armor and Special Forces on Pak-China borders

India mulls greater deployment of armor and Special Forces on Pak-China borders

Colombo, June 8 (www.southasianmonitor.com): India is mulling greater deployment of armor and Special Forces on its borders with Pakistan and China in view of the sustained threat from those two countries, the Indian defense journal Bharat Shakti reports. According to the journal, this was among other ideas, discussed at a conference of Indian Army top brass including army chief Gen.Bipin...

Cheerless domestic situation puts Sri Lanka Freedom Party at the cross roads

Cheerless domestic situation puts Sri Lanka Freedom Party at the cross roads

P.K.Balachandran/www.southasianmonitor.com Colombo, June 8: A cheerless domestic situation, both political and economic, has put the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena at the cross roads. Its members are wondering whether they should stick to Sirisena or respond to the call of former Sri Lankan President and former party chief, Mahinda Rajapaksa, to rally round him to...

India v Pakistan: Is the hype worth it?

India v Pakistan: Is the hype worth it?

By Kanishkaa Balachandran/The Hindu The apparent stage-fright that hits Pakistan’s batsmen has reduced all recent matches between the arch-rivals to duds. Moreover, when every game is pegged as a crunch match, you end up chewing more than you bite off. Some years ago, a popular news channel in India ran a discussion, involving cricket experts and a general audience,...

BIMSTEC’s success hinges on eschewing parochialism, says Secy Gen. Nakandala

BIMSTEC’s success hinges on eschewing parochialism, says Secy Gen. Nakandala

Dhaka June 7 (newsin.asia): Sumith Nakandala, Secretary General of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), has called upon member states to eschew parochialism and pettiness and develop pluralistic values to help BIMSTEC realize its full potential as an engine of economic development in the Bay of Bengal region. “ Political commitment alone will not...

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals break records in January

Overall tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka drop in May, Chinese tourists up

Colombo, June 7 (NIA) - Sri Lanka recorded a 15.6 percent growth in Chinese tourist arrivals in May, compared to the same period last year, although overall tourist arrivals fell by 2.5 percent, statistics from the Sri Lanka Tourism Ministry showed Wednesday. 18,494 Chinese tourists arrived in Sri Lanka in May while 117,539 Chinese tourists arrived from January to May, making...

Sri Lanka continues hunt for radical Buddhist monk as anti Muslim attacks continue

Sri Lanka continues hunt for radical Buddhist monk as anti Muslim attacks continue

Colombo, June 7 (NIA) - The Sri Lankan government, on Wednesday said the police were continuing search operations to hunt for a controversial Buddhist monk who was wanted for making alleged hate speeches and attacks against the minorities in the island country. Cabinet Spokesperson, Rajitha Senaratne said according to information, the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thero,was...

Sri Lanka unable to launch international ad campaign due to former unpaid bills

Sri Lanka named Asia’s Leading Destination 2017

Colombo, June 6 - Adventure-seekers and intrepid globetrotters looking to blaze new trails in Southeast Asia will want to consider adding Sri Lanka to their travel bucket list, after the country claimed the title of leading destination and leading adventure tourism destination for Asia over the weekend. At the World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia 2017, which were held in...

Maldives cuts off all ties with Qatar

Maldives cuts off all ties with Qatar

Maldives, June 5 (newsin.asia) - The Maldives Foreign Ministry, on Monday said it decided to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar after the Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates announced the same decision. A statement by the Maldives Foreign Ministry said the Maldives took the decision because of its firm opposition to activities that encourage terrorism and extremism. "The...

Lanka faces floods and landslides with ethnic unity

Lanka faces floods and landslides with ethnic unity

By Frances Bulathsinghala/www.southasianmonitor.com Disasters and the subsequent suffering as a result of both man-made and natural calamities are nothing new to Sri Lankans. The island nation has seen two bloody Marxist insurgencies in the 1970s and 1980s, the 1983 riots against Tamils as well as the subsequent thirty-year old civil war that ended in 2009 with the defeat of the...

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