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India mulls indentity cards for cows to check smuggling across borders

India mulls indentity cards for cows to check smuggling across borders

New Delhi, April 25 (SAM): India has proposed introducing Identity Cards cards for cows to prevent them from being smuggled across borders. An unique identity system for cows has been proposed by the central government in the Supreme Court. Unique identification numbers will help track cows and prevent their smuggling, a committee appointed by the Home Ministry said on Monday...

China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinkiang

China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinkiang

Hong Kong, April 25 (The Guardian): “If the government is serious about bringing stability and harmony to the region as it claims, it should roll back – not double down on – repressive policies.” Authorities in Xinjiang passed new legislation last month expanding restrictions, including allowing staff at train stations and airports to deny entry to women wearing face veils...

Maoist rebels kill 25 paramilitary personnel in Central India

Maoist rebels kill 25 paramilitary personnel in Central India

Raipur, April 25 (News18): Hours after Naxals killed twenty-five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condemned the heinous attack. In a series of tweets, the PM said, "Attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh is cowardly and deplorable. We are monitoring the situation closely...We are proud of the valour of our CRPF personnel....

Young MPs from Asia Pacific gather in Sri Lanka to discuss violent extremism in the region

Young MPs from Asia Pacific gather in Sri Lanka to discuss violent extremism in the region

Colombo, April 25 (NIA) - More than 50 young parliamentarians from Asia-Pacific countries gathered in Sri Lanka on Tuesday to participate in a two day meeting to discuss their role in advancing inclusive and peaceful societies and preventing violent extremism in the region. A statement by the UN Office in Colombo said the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Parliament of Sri...

Agitations against Indian and Chinese investments may adversely affect FDI in Sri Lanka

Agitations against Indian and Chinese investments may adversely affect FDI in Sri Lanka

By P.K.Balachandran/www.southasianmonitor.com Colombo, April 24: Agitations against major Indian and Chinese projects in Sri Lanka, trigged by a fear of domination by these powers, may adversely affect the investment climate in the island and reduce the flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) at a time when Sri Lanka desperately needs FDI to tide over a severe resource crunch. Because of...

Sri Lanka’s transport sector heavily disrupted as petroleum strike continues

Sri Lanka petroleum workers call off strike over oil deal with India

Colombo, April 24 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's petroleum workers on Monday called off an island wide petroleum strike after holding talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Petroleum Minister Chandima Weerakkody. During the talks, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had given a written assurance that any agreement over the oil storage tanks in the eastern city of Trincomalee with India would not...

Sri Lanka’s transport sector heavily disrupted as petroleum strike continues

Sri Lanka’s transport sector heavily disrupted as petroleum strike continues

Colombo, April 24 (NIA) - Transport services throughout Sri Lanka was disrupted on Monday as trade unions from the local petroleum sector launched an island wide strike against the government's inaction to address certain issues. Seven trade unions attached to the state owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) launched the strike starting Sunday midnight, over certain issues including the move to sign...

Jinnah’s two-nation theory triumphs in Kashmir

Jinnah’s two-nation theory triumphs in Kashmir

By Sagarika Ghose/www.southasianmonitor.com Kashmir: the jewel in the crown of India’s secularism. In 1947 when the Muslim-majority state acceded to India, it joined a brave homeland for all. India was not going to be a mirror image of Pakistan, a land created for a single religion. Instead pluralism was to be India’s creed, and a secular India laid claim to...

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