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Pressure mounts for Sri Lanka parliament recall amid warnings

Posted by on 29/10/2018
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Pressure mounts for Sri Lanka parliament recall amid warnings

Pressure mounts for Sri Lanka parliament recall amid warnings

COLOMBO: Ousted Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday demanded parliament be allowed to choose between the two rivals to run the country’s government amid warnings that the constitutional crisis could become a “bloodbath”. With tensions already heightened by the killing of one activist, the United States added to international pressure on President Maithripala Sirisena […]

Bangladesh opposition leader’s Zia gets a new jail term

Posted by on 29/10/2018
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Bangladesh opposition leader’s Zia gets a new jail term

Bangladesh opposition leader’s Zia gets a new jail term

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s imprisoned opposition leader Khaleda Zia was handed another seven years in prison yesterday on corruption charges her supporters say are politically motivated to prevent her running in a general election. Zia, arch-rival of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is already behind bars after being handed a five-year term in February on separate embezzlement charges. […]

Protests greet world’s biggest statue in remote corner of India

Posted by on 29/10/2018
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Protests greet world’s biggest statue in remote corner of India

Protests greet world’s biggest statue in remote corner of India

Angry local communities have warned India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stay away from the inauguration on Wednesday of the world’s biggest statue, a 182 meter (600 feet) high tribute to an independence hero. The Statue of Unity, which is twice the size of the Statue of Liberty, has been built in a remote corner […]

One dead in Sri Lanka shooting as political crisis begins to escalate

Posted by on 28/10/2018
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One dead in Sri Lanka shooting as political crisis begins to escalate

One dead in Sri Lanka shooting as political crisis begins to escalate

New prime minister triggering political chaos COLOMBO: A constitutional crisis gripping Sri Lanka since the president’s shock dismissal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe erupted into violence yesterday, with a man shot dead and two others injured in Colombo. Police said bodyguards for a Sri Lankan cabinet minister allied to Wickremesinghe fired live rounds inside a […]

Pakistan’s ‘penniless billionaires’ expose money laundering frenzy

Posted by on 28/10/2018
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Pakistan’s ‘penniless billionaires’ expose money laundering frenzy

Pakistan’s ‘penniless billionaires’ expose money laundering frenzy

KARACHI: It took rickshaw driver Mohammad Rasheed a year to save 300 rupees to buy his daughter a bike, so when he found three billion rupees ($22.5 million) had passed through an unused bank account in his name, he was stunned … and scared. “I started sweating and shivering,” said the 43-year-old — just the […]

Zika outbreak spreading in India, detected in new state

Posted by on 28/10/2018
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Zika outbreak spreading in India, detected in new state

Zika outbreak spreading in India, detected in new state

First confirmed case outside Rajasthan this year NEW DELHI: India‚Äôs Zika outbreak is spreading, with officials saying yesterday that the mosquito-borne virus has been detected in the western state of Gujarat after nearly 150 cases were reported this year in neighboring Rajasthan. Health authorities in Gujarat said a woman tested positive for Zika and was […]

Radicals attack Hindu retreat as protests mount

Posted by on 27/10/2018
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Radicals attack Hindu retreat as protests mount

Radicals attack Hindu retreat as protests mount

NEW DELHI: Suspected Hindu radicals yesterday attacked a spiritual retreat founded by a preacher who backed letting women enter a renowned Indian temple, police said. The incident heightened tensions in southern India where police have rounded up more than 2,000 people suspected of taking part in protests to stop women from worshipping at the Sabrimala […]

Sri Lanka’s former strongman makes a dramatic comeback

Posted by on 27/10/2018
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Sri Lanka’s former strongman makes a dramatic comeback

Sri Lanka’s former strongman makes a dramatic comeback

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse, who was controversially sworn in as the new prime minister, is a charismatic leader whose human rights record had attracted widespread international censure. Since failing to win a third term as president and being defeated by his erstwhile party secretary Maithripala Sirisena in January 2015, Rajapakse 72, […]

Smartphones emerge as bright spot for Indian manufacturing

Posted by on 25/10/2018
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Smartphones emerge as bright spot for Indian manufacturing

Smartphones emerge as bright spot for Indian manufacturing

Modi’s vow to create new jobs stutters on many fronts NOIDA, India: Smartphone-maker Lava is a small player in India’s booming mobile communications industry, but it has become a poster child for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious effort to make India a global hub for electronics manufacturing. Just a few years ago, Lava imported cheap […]

Long road ahead for #MeToo in Nepal

Posted by on 24/10/2018
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Long road ahead for #MeToo in Nepal

Long road ahead for #MeToo in Nepal

Rape, murder of teenager provoke unprecedented protests KATHMANDU: The rape and murder of a teenager provoked unprecedented protests in conservative Nepal, but activists say a #MeToo reckoning like that unfolding in neighboring India remains a distant prospect. Thousands poured onto the streets after 13-year-old Nirmala Pant’s body was discovered in July angered by allegations the […]

Pakistan urged to cut off extremists

Posted by on 24/10/2018
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Pakistan urged to cut off extremists

Pakistan urged to cut off extremists

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday renewed calls on Pakistan to curb extremists fighting in Afghanistan, saying Washington was holding its uneasy war partner accountable. Pompeo made the comment as he welcomed long-delayed legislative elections in Afghanistan, saying the United States was “encouraged” by voter turnout, despite reports of widespread problems including […]

India FBI-style police agency hit by infighting amid probe

Posted by on 24/10/2018
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India FBI-style police agency hit by infighting amid probe

India FBI-style police agency hit by infighting amid probe

Ministers seek to tighten rules against sexual harassment NEW DELHI: India’s government yesterday ordered a probe at the country’s top crime fighting bureau after its two senior officers accused each other of bribery and interference in police investigations. The weeks-long public spat between Alok Verma, director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and his […]