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Sri Lanka: A country trapped in debt

Sri Lanka to sign 1.1 billion dollar deal with China over H’tota Port

Colombo, July 28 (newsin.asia) - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Friday said that Sri Lanka would sign a deal with China on the development of the Hambantota Port, in southern Sri Lanka, on Saturday. Speaking at a media briefing in Colombo, Wickremesinghe said the agreement with China Merchants Port Holdings would bring in 1.1 billion US dollars and the...

Ranil tightens grip over economic and foreign portfolios

Sri Lankan FM lauds Belt and Road Initiative, welcomes Chinese investment

Colombo, July 28 - Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake has spoken highly of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, expressing the hope that the government would like to see more Chinese investments. In an interview with China's state run Xinhua news agency, the newly appointed foreign minister said China and Sri Lanka had maintained strong ties since ancient times,...

Pakistani village court orders gang rape as revenge

Pakistani village court orders gang rape as revenge

Multan, July 27 (Reuters): Pakistani police have arrested 25 members of an informal village council accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl as revenge for her brother's alleged sexual assault of another girl. The Supreme Court also requested a report on the case, which echoed a notorious case from 2002 in which another teenager was gang-raped on a...

Western countries alarmed by closure of Maldives’ parliament

Western countries alarmed by closure of Maldives’ parliament

Colombo, July 27 (newsin.asia): The Embassies of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, are “alarmed” by the “forcible closure” of the country’s Majlis or parliament. But the Deputy Speaker of the Maldivian parliament, Moosa Maniku, said that the military...

India’s ruling party ordered online abuse of opponents, claims book

India’s ruling party ordered online abuse of opponents, claims book

By Michael Safi New Delhi, December 27, 2016 (The Guardian):: Former volunteer for the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) says she was told to criticize journalists, actors and political figures online Social media trolling against Indian public figures including journalists and actors has been directly co-ordinated from inside the country’s ruling party, a new book has claimed. An Indian former troll...

Debacle in Doklam reveals serious flaws in India’s “Neighborhood First” policy

Debacle in Doklam reveals serious flaws in India’s “Neighborhood First” policy

The unfolding realities underlying the Sino-Indian standoff over the border in Doklam are clearly bringing out serious flaws in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Neighborhood First” policy, writes P.K.Balachandran in www.southasianmonitor.com The “Neighborhood First’ policy enunciated in 2014 as India’s new foreign policy “mantra” has not achieved what it was meant to achieve. Instead of generating friendly feelings towards India, with...

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