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Olympics bus hit by gunfire in Rio

Olympics bus hit by gunfire in Rio

Aug 10 - A bus carrying journalists at the Rio Games was hit by gunfire on a highway between Olympic venues on Tuesday night, witnesses said. No one was seriously injured in the incident, according to a report from Reuters. The bus was making its way from the Games basketball venue to the main Olympic park when, according to passengers,...

Dirty sewage threatens Sri Lanka’s golden beaches

Dirty sewage threatens Sri Lanka’s golden beaches

Aug 8 - Tourists have flocked back to Sri Lanka's palm-fringed beaches since a bloody civil war ended in 2009, but environmentalists warn that unchecked development means some areas are now so polluted, swimming there is a health hazard. Sewage from thriving hotels and guesthouses pours, often untreated, out into the water polluting the sea and shore. Even the country's...

Pakistan asks French NGO ‘Doctors Without Borders’ to send team to troubled Kashmir

Pakistan asks French NGO ‘Doctors Without Borders’ to send team to troubled Kashmir

Islamabad, August 6 (NIA): Pakistan has officially asked the French NGO, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders, to immediately provide medical assistance to thousands of people injured in Kashmir due to “state aggression by Indian forces”, Dawn reported on Friday. The request was put in writing by none other than Sartaj Aziz ,Advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif...

Sri Lanka a magnet for Chinese tourists

Sri Lanka a magnet for Chinese tourists

Aug 5 (NIA) - China grabbed the number one spot with the most number of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka with over 30,000 tourists arriving in the month of July, Sri Lanka's tourism development authority said on Friday. Statistics showed that tourist arrivals from China for the month of July grew 21.9% compared to the same month last year. Last...

Sri Lanka and China to set up joint committee on projects

Sri Lanka and China to set up joint committee on projects

Colombo, August 4 (NIA): Sri Lanka and China have agreed to set up a Joint Committee to take all decisions pertaining to Chinese projects in Sri Lanka. It will especially look into the issue of acquiring land, a very contentious matter in Sri Lanka. China has requested the Sri Lankan government to provide 15,000 acres for the proposed Chinese lndustrial...

Sri Lankan PM to announce five-year economic plan in a few weeks

Sri Lankan PM to announce five-year economic plan in a few weeks

Colombo, August 2 (NIA): The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, will be announcing a Five Year Plan for the country in the next few weeks, the Sri Lankan Central Bank Governor, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, told the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016 here on Tuesday. The Five Year Plan is expected to give the government, the private sector, and foreign...

China agrees to drop compensation claim over Colombo Port City- govt

China agrees to drop compensation claim over Colombo Port City- govt

Aug 2 (NIA) - Chinese investors responsible for constructing a multi billion dollar port City project in capital Colombo have agreed to drop a compensation claim due to a one year delay in the project, and in return the government will give them two additional hectares to cover up for the loss, Sri Lanka's Media Minister, Gayantha Karunathilleke said on Tuesday. Earlier, the China Communications Construction...

China back in Sri Lanka in big way as new mega projects to be launched

China back in Sri Lanka in big way as new mega projects to be launched

Aug 1 (NIA) – Sri Lanka’s government headed by Maithripala Sirisena, who were initially critical of China after being sworn to power last year, are now discussing several new projects with the Chinese government, most of which will be launched in the Southern Coast of Hambantota. According to a report by the Government Information Department, the government is discussing proposals...

Rajapaksa’s Criticism Of Office of Missing Persons Is Pure Humbug: Samaraweera

Rajapaksa’s Criticism Of Office of Missing Persons Is Pure Humbug: Samaraweera

Colombo, August 1 (NIA): Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has described former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s criticism of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) as “pure humbug”. In a statement issued on Sunday, Samaraweera refuted the Joint Opposition leader's criticisms point by point: Criticism 1:. The Office of Missing Persons will not be a part of Sri Lanka’s State law...

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