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Sri Lanka president reinstates ousted Prime Minister

Posted by on 16/12/2018
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Sri Lanka president reinstates ousted Prime Minister

Sri Lanka president reinstates ousted Prime Minister

Sirisena berates Wickremesinghe and his supporters COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s president yesterday reappointed as prime minister the same man he sacked from the job nearly two months ago, ending a power struggle that paralyzed the island nation. Ranil Wickremesinghe, whose shock dismissal in late October threw Sri Lanka into an unprecedented constitutional crisis, was sworn in […]

Former Maldives president under corruption investigation – $6.5 million seized

Posted by on 16/12/2018
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Former Maldives president under corruption investigation –  $6.5 million seized

Former Maldives president under corruption investigation – $6.5 million seized

COLOMBO: Former Maldives president Abdulla Yameen is under investigation for corruption, police said yesterday, after a court ordered accounts holding $6.5 million to be frozen. Yameen, who was defeated in a September election, was interviewed by police on the honeymoon islands on Saturday. He has been dogged by allegations that he received close to $1.5 […]

11 dead as gunfight sparks protests in Indian Kashmir

Posted by on 15/12/2018
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11 dead as gunfight sparks  protests in Indian Kashmir

11 dead as gunfight sparks protests in Indian Kashmir

Troops lay siege to militants’ hideout SRINAGAR: Seven civilians were killed as Indian troops fired on protesters yesterday after a gunfight left three armed rebels and a soldier dead in the disputed region of Kashmir, police and hospital officials said. The fighting erupted soon after troops laid siege to a house in the southern Pulwama […]

India’s ruling party to tackle problems after state poll setbacks

Posted by on 13/12/2018
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India’s ruling party  to tackle problems  after state poll setbacks

India’s ruling party to tackle problems after state poll setbacks

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party officials are gathering on yesterday for talks on a general election due by May, with their deliberations overshadowed by the party’s defeat at the polls in three heartland rural states. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the gathering, to be chaired by the party’s president, Amit […]

Supreme Court rules against Sri Lanka president, impeachment edges closer

Posted by on 13/12/2018
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Supreme Court rules against Sri Lanka  president, impeachment edges closer

Supreme Court rules against Sri Lanka president, impeachment edges closer

Wickremesinghe’s party welcome verdict as victory for democracy COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court opened the way for potential impeachment proceedings against the president on yesterday, ruling that he broke the law by dissolving parliament last month. The verdict is a major blow to Maithripala Sirisena, seven weeks into a political crisis in the Indian Ocean […]

Bangladeshi journalists self-censor as election approaches

Posted by on 13/12/2018
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Bangladeshi journalists self-censor as election approaches

Bangladeshi journalists self-censor as election approaches

DHAKA: With less than a month to go to a general election, many journalists in Bangladesh say they are living in fear of ever-tightening media laws and engaging in self-censorship as a result. While Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s administration has won plaudits globally for welcoming hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution in Myanmar, […]

Indian voters boot out cow, happiness ministers in polls

Posted by on 12/12/2018
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Indian voters boot out cow, happiness ministers in polls

Indian voters boot out cow, happiness ministers in polls

NEW DELHI: India’s only dedicated “cow minister” has been dumped in state elections, ending a controversial tenure that saw hundreds of the sacred animals starve to death and poisoned on his watch. Otaram Dewasi, the first head of Rajasthan’s cow ministry, was turfed out Tuesday when the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was thumped […]

Indian girl seeks dad’s arrest over broken promise to build lavatory

Posted by on 12/12/2018
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Indian girl seeks  dad’s arrest over  broken promise  to build lavatory

Indian girl seeks dad’s arrest over broken promise to build lavatory

CHENNAI: A seven year-old Indian girl has complained to the police to have her father arrested after he failed to build a toilet in their home as promised, police said yesterday. Millions of Indians do not have access to sanitation and open defecation is a problem, even in developed, industrial states. The girl, E Hanifa […]

Pakistan rejects US blacklist for religious freedom violations

Posted by on 12/12/2018
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Pakistan rejects US  blacklist for religious  freedom violations

Pakistan rejects US blacklist for religious freedom violations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan yesterday rejected Washington’s decision to place it on a blacklist of countries that violate religious freedom, branding the move “politically motivated” and defending its treatment of minorities. The US move to designate Pakistan “among countries of particular concern” comes at a difficult time for relations between the nations, with the Trump administration accusing […]

‘Humbled’ Modi suffers biggest election defeats

Posted by on 11/12/2018
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‘Humbled’ Modi  suffers biggest  election defeats

‘Humbled’ Modi suffers biggest election defeats

NEW DELHI: India’s ruling party suffered stinging election defeats in three stronghold states, results showed yesterday, in a big blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi before national polls in 2019. The votes held earlier this month and in November were seen as a dress rehearsal for next year when Modi will likely go head-to-head with […]

Twitter warns global users their tweets violate Pakistani law

Posted by on 11/12/2018
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Twitter warns global  users their tweets  violate Pakistani law

Twitter warns global users their tweets violate Pakistani law

WASHINGTON: When Canadian columnist Anthony Furey received an email said to be from Twitter’s legal team telling him he may have broken a slew of Pakistani laws, his first instinct was to dismiss it as spam. But after Googling the relevant sections of Pakistan’s penal code, the Toronto Sun op-ed editor was startled to learn […]

Nearly 100 injured in Bangladesh poll campaign violence

Posted by on 11/12/2018
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Nearly 100 injured  in Bangladesh poll  campaign violence

Nearly 100 injured in Bangladesh poll campaign violence

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s election campaign turned violent yesterday with scores injured at political rallies across the country, as police fired pellet guns into crowds and stick-wielding mobs attacked rival candidates. Police told AFP clashes broke out in at least seven major towns on just the second day of campaigning, injuring nearly 100 people who turned out […]

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