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Sri Lanka to see another mass protest: Opposition

Colombo: Sri Lanka will soon witness another mass protest the like of which forced then President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee the country because the government is not resolving the serious economic crisis, an opposition leader said in remarks…

Boat tragedy in Bangladesh claims 24 lives

Dhaka: At least 24 people died in a boat tragedy in Karatoa river at Panchagarh in North Bengal of Bangladesh. This incident took place in Aulia Ghat area of ​​Madea Bamanhat Union of the upazila at around 1:30 pm today. Boda Upazila Executive…

Afghanistan to auction $12m to stabilize currency

Kabul: Afghanistan's Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) said on Wednesday that it has put in auction 12 million US dollars as part of efforts to keep the local currency afghani stable. The central bank's decision was made amid tumbling afghani against…

China a close friend, India a brother: Sri Lanka’s Envoy

New Delhi: China is our close friend but India is our brother and sister, said High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Milinda Moragoda on Monday quoting the country's former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Sri Lankan envoy's remarks came…

Shahbaz, Nawaz to meet in London next week

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is scheduled to hold a three-hour long meeting with PML-N supremo and his elder Nawaz Sharif in London, as per local media reports. According to The News International report, Shahbaz Sharif will…

Talks on with India to restructure Sri Lanka debt

Colombo: Lazard, the external debt advisory firm selected by Sri Lanka to help restructure its debt, has commenced discussions with India, China and Japan. Lazard has been hired to hold discussions with bilateral and other debt holders. “These…

Over 62 lakh people in Sri Lanka facing food insecurity

Colombo: Over 6.2 million people in Sri Lanka are facing severe food insecurity, and the situation is expected to worsen unless the problem is tackled by social assistance and livelihood support mechanisms, the United Nations Food and Agriculture…

Helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, 3 killed

KABUL: A helicopter of the Afghan army crashed on Saturday, killing three including the pilot and co-pilot, and injuring five others, the Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement. Five people sustained injuries in two blasts that rocked…

37 new Sri Lankan state ministers sworn in

Colombo: Thirty-seven state ministers were sworn in by President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday. The President's Office said that the state ministers took oaths at the Presidential Secretariat in capital Colombo. Among those sworn in, Shehan…

Myanmar launches airstrikes on B’desh border: Report

Dhaka: The Irrawaddy reports that Myanmar's junta government has carried out airstrikes in the northern Rakhine state bordering Bangladesh. The junta government retaliated after the Arakan Army (AA) attacked a police outpost in Maungdo township.…

Myanmar’s Aung San Kyi sentenced to 3 more years in prison

YANGON: Myanmar's former State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday has been sentenced to three years in jail for electoral fraud in 2020, increasing her total prison term to 20 years, the Information Team of Myanmar's State Administration Council…

Pak Govt. probes ex-PM Imran under terror law

Islamabad: Pakistan's police have said the country's former Prime Minister Imran Khan is under investigation and security has been tightened outside his residence. A day after Khan was booked, security on the road leading to his residence has been…

Explosion at Mosque north of Kabul claims 20 lives

Kabul: An explosion at a mosque north of the Afghan capital of Kabul killed 20 people and injured 40 more, an Afghan security source told Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera on Wednesday. "As a result of an explosion in a mosque north of Kabul, 20 people…

Chinese spy vessel docks at Sri Lanka port

Colombo: The Chinese scientific research vessel 'Yuan Wang 5' arrived at the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka on Tuesday morning amid concerns raised by India. Sri Lanka on Saturday granted permission to the Chinese “research and survey” ship to…