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Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh with heavy wind and rain

How Bangladesh has managed to contain the impact of natural disasters

By P.K.Balachandran/DailyFT Bangladesh has been one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries, ravaged year after year by cyclones and floods. Since 1980, natural disasters have claimed over 200,000 lives and caused economic damage to the tune of over $ 17 billion. It is estimated that 14% of Bangladesh’s GDP is exposed to natural disasters, and 1.8 % of it is...

Signing of Sino-Lankan agreement on Hambantota port put off indefinitely

Sri Lanka President says funds donated for floods will be used to re-build homes immediately

Colombo, June 3 (NIA) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, on Saturday said that funds donated for flood relief from its international partners will be used to rebuild for the thousands of families who were displaced by the floods and landslides. The Buddhist Association of China, on Saturday morning donated Rs.22 million to President Sirisena's Disaster Relief National Fund in...

Ranil tightens grip over economic and foreign portfolios

Ranil tightens grip over economic and foreign portfolios

By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, June 2 (Daily Express): Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has tightened his grip over the country’s economic and foreign policies through the two ministerial portfolio shuffles carried out by President Maithripala Sirisena recently. In Wednesday’s shuffle of junior ministers’ portfolios, banker and Wickremesinghe loyalist Eran Wickramaratne was made State Minister of Finance to assist the new...

Here’s how much Exxon paid Republicans who urged Trump to ditch Paris climate deal

Here’s how much Exxon paid Republicans who urged Trump to ditch Paris climate deal

By Tom Cahill/www.resistancereport.com 22 Republicans were behind the push to get President Trump to leave the Paris climate agreement. Those senators are also favorites of polluters. A letter sent to the White House last week — signed by 22 of the most conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate — rejected the overwhelming global scientific consensus behind climate change in favor...

China supports Pakistan case on alleged Indian spy Jadhav and says his code name was “monkey”

China supports Pakistan case on alleged Indian spy Jadhav and says his code name was “monkey”

New Delhi, June 2 (newin.asia): China supports Pakistan’s case that Kulbhushan Jadhav, the alleged Indian spy, was on a mission to create trouble in Balochistan to thwart the China-funded China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and that his code name was “monkey”. A report compiled by scholars from Renmin University also says that India is recruiting poor Afghans with a lot of...

Here’s Selvagomathy, who stalled Indian govt’s covert ban on beef eating

Here’s Selvagomathy, who stalled Indian govt’s covert ban on beef eating

Madurai ,May 31, (The Hindu): Ms.Selvagomathy, Managing Trustee of Justice Shivaraj V. Patil Foundation for Social Legal Education and Development, a non-governmental organisation based in Madurai, took centre stage on Tuesday by filing a public interest litigation petition in the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court and obtaining an interim stay on the statutory rules framed by the Centre...

Indian navy rescues 33 Bangladeshis swept away by cyclone Mora

Indian navy rescues 33 Bangladeshis swept away by cyclone Mora

Dhaka, May 31 (bdnwews24):The Indian navy ship conducting search and rescue operations at the Bay of Bengal have pulled out 33 Bangladeshi victims of Cyclone Mora from two boats along with a dead body in the Maheskhali region The vessel is loaded with relief materials too, which will be dispatched to Chittagong once the search and rescue operation is complete...

Wickremesinghe tightens grip over Sri Lankan economic and foreign policies

Wickremesinghe tightens grip over Sri Lankan economic and foreign policies

Colombo, May 31 (newsin.asia): Wednesday’s shuffle of portfolios at the junior ministers’ level, and the earlier shuffle at the cabinet level, have together placed Sri Lanka’s economic and foreign policies firmly in the hands of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. On Wednesday, financial expert and Wickremesinghe loyalist Eran Wickramaratne was made State Minister of Finance to assist the new Cabinet Minister...

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