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China says economic development will ensure maritime security

China says economic development will ensure maritime security

Colombo, October 9 (SAM): China told the Galle Naval Dialogue 2017 held here on Monday, that the best guarantor of maritime security is rapid economic development on a mutually agreed basis. “I believe only through development can we eliminate maritime security threats,” said the Chinese delegate, Rear Admiral Cui Yuzhong, Deputy Commander of the PLA Navy East Sea Fleet. “We...

Chronicle of a carnage foretold

Chronicle of a carnage foretold

By Meera Srinivasan/The Hindu At the peak of the Sri Lankan war, four activist-academics tirelessly documented the atrocities of all the warring parties. After one of them was killed, the rest fled the country amid death threats. Nearly 20 years later, Meera Srinivasan listens in as they sit together in Jaffna and reflect on the political crisis of that time...

Sovereignty shouldn’t be sacrificed for maritime security cooperation: India

Sovereignty shouldn’t be sacrificed for maritime security cooperation: India

Colombo, October 9 (newsin.asia): Rear Admiral Karambir Singh, Vice Chief of Staff of the Indian Navy told the annual Galle Naval Dialogue here on Monday, that international cooperation for ensuring maritime security should not be at the cost of national sovereignty. “Nations should strive for self-governance and self sufficiency and not go for quick fix solutions which could compromise their...

Sri Lanka imposes tough economic sanctions on North Korea

Sri Lanka imposes tough economic sanctions on North Korea

Colombo, Oct 8 (newsin.asia) - The Sri Lankan government, on Friday issued tough economic sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in keeping with the United Nations regulations dealing with the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, the Sunday Times reported Sunday. The regulations were imposed by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana. The sanctions are in keeping with...

Ruling BJP faces uphill task in Gujarat–Modi’s home turf

Ruling BJP faces uphill task in Gujarat–Modi’s home turf

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has ruled the Western Indian State of Gujarat continually since 1998, is facing the December 2017 State Assembly elections there with trepidation rather than confidence, writes P.K.Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. Gujarat, which has been under the watch of the current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 13 years (from 2001 to 2014), is...

Lankan opposition protests against airport deal with India

Lankan opposition protests against airport deal with India

Colombo, October 8 (SAM): Twenty six people were arrested when about 2000 supporters of the opposition Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) tried to storm the Indian Consul General’s office in Hambantota in South Sri Lanka on Friday. The demonstrators led by Namal Rajapaksa MP and son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, were dispersed with the use of water...

China and Russia struggle to gain control over Central Asia

China and Russia struggle to gain control over Central Asia

China and Russia are both trying hard to establish themselves in Central Asia for economic as well as politico-strategic reasons. Although China has thrown a lot of money into the region and has many high value projects to its credit, and Russia has had a long history of close association with the region as a constituent of the USSR, the...

Saudi Arabia rejects UN report on Yemen killings saying it’s inaccurate

Saudi Arabia rejects UN report on Yemen killings saying it’s inaccurate

United Nations, October 7 (Reuters/newsin.asia): Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected a United Nations report blaming a Saudi-led military coalition for killing or injuring 683 children in Yemen and attacking dozens of schools and hospitals. “The report is inaccurate and misleading. We exercise the maximum degree of care and precaution to avoid civilian harm,” said the Saudi Ambassador to the UN,...

Maldivian ruling party MPs brief UN rights chief on the actual ground situation

Maldivian ruling party MPs brief UN rights chief on the actual ground situation

Geneva, October 6 (newsin.asia): A delegation of law makers from the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) had “constructive and involved” discussions with the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Prince Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein and other top diplomats on Thursday on the ground situation in the Maldives. The meeting took place even as the European Parliament passed a resolution...

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