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While quarreling with Pakistan and China, India is picking up a fight with Russia

While quarreling with Pakistan and China, India is picking up a fight with Russia

By M.K.Bhadrakumar/Russia Insider An exclusive story in Times of India that India has made Russian projects to construct more nuclear power plants in India conditional on Moscow persuading Beijing to give up its opposition to India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. India argues that sans NSG membership it will be constrained to settle for an indigenous nuclear energy program.. Working...

Roots of anti-Muslim Buddhist nationalism in Myanmar

Roots of anti-Muslim Buddhist nationalism in Myanmar

By P.K.Balachandran/DailyFT If Myanmar is known throughout the world today, it is not for the fabled “Burma” rice and teak, or its ornate Buddhist pagodas, but for the persecution of its Muslim minority, chiefly the Rohingyas, who were formerly known as Arakanese or Rakhine Muslims. Ironically, anti-Muslim feelings and actions have surged with the restoration of democracy in Myanmar, after...

Eight years after war, Sri Lanka still struggles for reconciliation

Eight years after war, Sri Lanka still struggles for reconciliation

By Frances Bulathsinghala Colombo, May 20 (www.southasianmonitor.com): On 18th May 2009 Sri Lanka’s protracted 30th year old war grinded to a bloody halt in Mulliwaikkal, a narrow strip of land between the Nandikadal lagoon and the Bay of Bengal in Mullaitivu district in North East Sri Lanka. Eight years after the war, the last LTTE bastion of Mulliwaikkal, a poverty stricken fishing...

India’s first womb transplant operation a success.

India’s first womb transplant operation a success.

Pune, May 20 (Indian Express): Indian doctors based in Pune in Maharashtra, have succeeded in transplanting a womb. The operation was conducted on a 21-year-old woman who was born without a uterus. The donor was her 41-year-old mother. “The first case always takes time and in the case of this 21-year-old girl who was born without a uterus, we had...

Afghanistan’s first all-women TV station goes on air on Sunday

Afghanistan’s first all-women TV station goes on air on Sunday

Kabul, May 20 (Reuters): Afghanistan’ first all-women TV station, Zan TV ("Women's TV"), goes on air on Sunday ,May 20. The launch has been preceded by a high-profile marketing campaign on billboards in Kabul and on social media. Female newsreaders appear regularly on many Afghan channels, but an entire station for women is a novelty. Its arrival highlights the fact...

Rare whale washes ashore in Sri Lanka

Rare whale washes ashore in Sri Lanka

Colombo, May 19 (NIA) - A massive fish believed to be a rare whale washed ashore in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo on Friday attracting massive crowds to gather at the beach. Police who arrived at the scene immediately notified the relevant authorities. The body of the fish had decayed causing a fur like substance to develop all over its skin. Police...

Sri Lankan forces continue search for survivors after building collapse

Sri Lankan forces continue search for survivors after building collapse

Colombo, May 18 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's tri forces along with the police continued rescue efforts to search for survivors after a building collapsed in Wellawatta, in capital Colombo on Thursday, the police said. According to rescue officials at the site of the disaster, voices of people trapped underneath heavy rubble were being heard while speedy operations were continuing to get...

OBOR “very significant for Sri Lanka” says Central Bank Governor

OBOR “very significant for Sri Lanka” says Central Bank Governor

Colombo, May 18 (newsin.asia): China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) global infrastructure project will be “very significant” for Sri Lanka, said Dr.Indrajit Coomaraswamy, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). Addressing the Foreign Correspondents’ Association here on Wednesday, Coomaraswamy said that Sri Lanka has a special place in the OBOR scheme because of its strategic location in the...

Building collapses in Sri Lanka, several trapped under rubble

Building collapses in Sri Lanka, several trapped under rubble

BREAKING NEWS - Colombo, May 18 (NIA) - At least 13 people have been injured when a five storyed building which was under construction in capital Colombo collapsed on Thursday, police said. The injured have been rushed to the Kalubowila and Colombo National Hospitals. The building is located in Colombo's populated Wellawatta area, just behind the famous Savoy cinema. Several more...

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