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WHERE ARE THE COMM. REPORTS?

The Government has spent as much as Rs.270 million on 17 Presidential Commissions appointed between 2005 and 2013, but the reports of most of them have still not been presented to Parliament, it was revealed yesterday. Government gave these details in...

Death not caused by Ebola virus

The Health Ministry yesterday allayed fears about rumours that a person infected with the Ebola virus had died and said blood samples obtained from the victim was tested and found that it was not infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

Two Novice monks in hospital

Two novice monks (16) in a temple in Kuliyapitiya had been hospitalised after they had exchanged blows over a cricket bat. This incident had occurred when they had begun to play cricket and one monk had allegedly hit the other and the latter had...

No entry to UN investigators

Sri Lanka would not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island’s decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Tuesday.Sri Lanka has refused to accept the authority of the UN Human...

Vegetable prices come down

The vegetable prices that sky rocketed in the recent past have shown a remarkable decline despite the drought prevailing in most parts of the country, the Co-operatives and Internal Trade Ministry said yesterday.

Bills to bail out LG heads

The Government yesterday presented five Bills in Parliament to provide for the heads of local authorities to remain in office despite their annual budgets being defeated on more than two occasions. According to the local authorities’ election law the...

Kaushal and Soofi to assist local probe

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday he was appointing two more foreign experts -- Indian rights activist Avdhash Kaushal and Pakistani lawyer Ahmer Bilal Soofi to join British lawyers Desmond de Silva and Geoffrey Nice and US law professor David...

For what is expertise sought? - Ranil

Opposition United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday asked the government to announce the areas in which the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons had sought expert views on international law.

Report on welikada riot handed to minister

The committee appointed to look into the riot at Welikada Prison in the year 2012 had completed its work and handed over its report to Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera, Parliament was informed last afternoon.

Blood samples to be sent to India for testing

The director of the Medical Research Institute said yesterday that arrangements had been made to send blood samples of the suspected female Ebola victim to a laboratory in Pune, India.

News

WHERE ARE THE COMM. REPORTS?

These Presidential Commissions were appointed to look into matters such as the assassination of TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham, the alleged frauds in the procurement of military equipment by the Navy, the taxation policy of Sri Lanka and the discovery...

BBS on DCD anD health iSSueS

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Organisation yesterday said Sri Lankans had been victims of multinational companies and they were feasting on poisonous meals because of the negligence of the authorities concerned. They charged that multinational companies in...

Last century when Sinhalese will be the major community of SL – Minister Champika

Although Sri Lankans are extremely proud t o have a free education and free healthcare system for generations, Sri Lanka is the poorest country among 10 countries where t he same facility is available, Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika...

Six jailors seek SC remedy over arbitrary promotions

Six jailors attached to the Prisons Department filed a Fundamental Rights petition before Supreme Court against the Prison Department and Public Service Commission’s alleged arbitrary decision to promote 19 jailors from Class (11) to the Class...

UPFA Govt. a threat to peace-loving people - Sajith

The people in the country were totally confused as to from whom Sri Lanka should be saved, when all ministers and the President go round the country saying that the country has to be saved from extremists and anti-nationalists requesting to help the...

Sabaragamuwa Uni student held by TID

The Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) has expressed grave concern over Sabaragamuwa University undergraduate Shanthikumar Sudharshan who has been detained by the TID for the past week, deprived of access to lawyers or contact with family....

Elderly woman killed by wild elephant

A body of an 82-year-old woman was found inside the Kajuwatta forest area in Hambantota where she had been attacked by a wild elephant. She was a resident of the same area. According to residents similar incidents have been reported in the area in the...

Two suspects arrested and 438 litres of kasippu seized

Two men who were transporting a large stock of kasippu in the Koralawella area in Moratuwa were arrested during a raid by the Moratuwa police and 438 litres of kasippu were seized. The raid was carried out on a tip off received from public. The...

Dengue under control

The Health Ministry has been able to control dengue due to the effort of the Presidential Task Force on Dengue Control, Colombo Municipal Council, local government bodies, health staff and the public, a senior official of the Health Ministry...

One killed and five injured when van plunges into slope

A woman was killed and five others were injured when the van they were travelling plunged into a slope in the Udakahawala area on the Bandarawela-Haputale main road. Police Headquarters said that the 51-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries shortly...

QUERY ON RAILS SOLD OFF TRACK

The Transport Ministry has sold a stock of rails for scrap iron outside the tender procedure with the connivance of an additional secretary close to the minister, United National Party (UNP) MPNalin Bandara Jayamaha said in Parliament...

Girl saved from watery grave

A teenage girl who got into difficulty while bathing in the sea off Arugambay in Pottuvil was saved by the Police STF Lifeguard Unit. The 13-year-old girl from Hulandawa in Monaragala was on a visit to the area with her parents and had gone for a sea...

UPFA PS member forcibly taken out of meeting

Bope Poddala Pradeshiya Sabha member Premalal Abeysekera (UPFA) was forcibly taken out of the monthly meeting yesterday by a group of his own party members following pandemonium that erupted after he accused that the Galle District Parliamentarian,...

Prisoner escaped from Tangalle hospital

A prisoner, who was receiving treatment at the Tangalle Base Hospital escaped yesterday afternoon despite a prison officer having been deployed at the ward. Prison's Media Spokesperson T.N. Upuldeniya said the suspect had been serving a jail term of...

“Ministers’ relations should not be appointed”

Family members and relatives of ministers should not be appointed to state institutions, the United National Party (UNP) MPs who are members of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) suggested yesterday. The MPs also suggested that...

Hakeem pledges changes in the judicial system

Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem yesterday pledged to bring about sweeping changes in the judicial system including electronic filing of petitions, appointment of pre-trial judges and other changes to Criminal Procedure before the next budget. Minister...

Pfoorlircaepoen uthspeelocot kout s

The Weligama Police is investigating to arrest a suspect who is said to have raped 6-year-old girl and her mother on the same night. The police said the suspect had raped the girl who went out to answer the call of nature first and after a few hours...

Two girls washed into the sea at Ambalantota

Two girls were washed into the sea yesterday while they were playing on theAmbalantota beach and one of them had gone missing while the other was rescued by some police personnel who were on duty at the vicinity. The victims aged 15 and 13 from...

S’gamuwa PC member granted bail

BY ROHAN KUMARA Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council UPFA member Imitiaz Cader was taken into custody by the Kegalle police on charges of having possessed an unlicensed firearm. The police said the arrest was made on a tipoff received by them. They said...

Excise OIC released on bail

Excise Department's Special Raid Unit OIC who was in remand on charges of soliciting Rs.50,000 from a licensed manufacturer of Vinegar was released on a cash bail of Rs.25,000 with two sureties of Rs.1,000,000 each. Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan...

RESERVOIRS FAIL TO IRRIGATE PADDY CULTIVATION

Irrigation Engineers in the Polonnaruwa district said the capacity of the reservoirs would not permit the issue of water for paddy cultivation in the Yala season. Addressing a meeting of the district agricultural committee at the Polonnaruwa District...

Estate residents in Nawalapitiya stage protest

More than 2000 employees and residents of eight estates in Nawalapitiya area staged protest compelling the authorities to provide adequate protection from leopards that roam into the human habitats. The protestors who gathered at Barkepal Estate...

Illicit liquor transported in luxury vehicle

A stock of 440 litres of illicit liquor was seized in transit and two suspects arrested during a raid at Uswatta in Moratuwa. The suspects were transporting the stock of illicit liquor in a super luxury motorcar. Moratuwa police carried out the raid...

Fishing cats fall into unprotected well

Three fishing cats that fell into an unprotected well at Yakkala in Galenbindunuwewa were saved by residents of the area and released to the jungle. Fishing cats often roamed into the village in search of food and water due to the prevailing drought...

Opinion

Gaveshana Charika

“G aveshana Charika” literally means ‘investigative tours’. Taken in the literal sense, these investigative tours undertaken by a group of United National Party (UNP) parliamentarians indeed sound very genuine though it is quite obvious to every man...

BOUQUETS FOR MAHELA AS HE LEAVES CENTERSTAGE

There will be many to praise cricketing legend Mahela Jayawardena’s silky cover drive or the crafty glance as he retired from the test cricket arena with 11,814 runs averaging just below 50. Coaches will no doubt ask their students to watch footage of...

Provision of water is a fundamental right

The Water Supply and Drainage Board Minister should and must maintain a steady and uninterrupted supply of water to the people, as no humans, animals or insects could exist or survive without water. It is the bounden duty of the minister to use every...

Bungle in the jungle

The Airport at Hambantota is certainly a bungle in the jungle. The wildlife for miles around has been severely affected. The few planes that use this Airport is enough. As they approach or take off the noises and the vibes reach the ground not from...

Hail Mahela

The ever shining cricketing star, Which never descends. Once as the phoenix Securing runs In the hour of need, Man of the match, The great gentleman of the pitch and The helmsman of the team. With respect esteem We salute you again and...

‘EXECUTIVE SUPPLANTS PARLIAMENT’

The Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader, Minister Dinesh Gunawardane, in an interview with the Daily Mirror, stressed the need to introduce new constitutional reforms that ensure more powers to Parliament in governance. Mr. Gunawardane, the Minister...

Sports

CEAT RACING BOOMS AT GUNNERS’ SUPERCROSS

Ace drivers and riders of the CEAT Racing team outgunned their rivals to secure 16 podium finishes at the Gunners’ Supercross which concluded at the Artillery Complex, Minneriya recently. Continuing its run of good form this season, the CEAT racing...

Colts trounce Old Peterites 7-0

Colts gave Old Peterites Sports Club a 7-0 trouncing in their Andriesz Shield hockey fixture that was conducted by the CHA and played at Reid Avenue recently. At half time Colts led 3-0. In the 15th minute of play, U.D. Dissanayake opened the score...

Neymar set to feature in Suarez's Barca debut

MADRID, AUG 18, 2014 (AFP) Brazilian striker Neymar has been given the all clear to play his first game since suffering a broken vertebra in his back during the World Cup when Barcelona play Mexican side Club Leon on Monday.The 22-year-old could get...

FABREGAS, COSTA IMPRESS IN CHELSEA WIN

New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas made an instant impact for Chelsea as they launched their Premier League title bid with a confident 3-1 win at promoted Burnley on Monday. Former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas, brought in from Barcelona during...

Federer poised to step out of darkness in New York

(AFP) – Twelve months after crashing to his worst defeat in New York in a decade, Roger Federer heads to the 2014 US Open poised to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in more than 40 years. In an astonishing reversal of fortunes, the 33-year-old,...

Wallabies unchanged for Eden Park assault

(AFP) – Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie named an unchanged line-up Tuesday for this week's return clash with the All Blacks after ending the world champions' 17-match winning streak last weekend. McKenzie kept faith with his players after Saturday's...

SSC, NCC book berths in final

The preliminary round matches of the Under-23 Division One cricket tournament that ended over the weekend with the final round of matches being played in venues around the metropolis saw neighbouring clubs SSC and NCC qualify to the final. The last...

RISINI AND SARANI WIN GOLD AND SILVER

W.G. Risini Uthpala and W.A. Sarani Pooja Piumanthi, students of Kirimetiyagara Holy Family Balika Maha Vidyalaya won a Gold and a Silver medal at the South Asia Junior and Senior Karate Tournament held in India recently. The students were felicitated...

Kingswood College and Trinity College win

Both Kingswood College and Trinity College beat St. Sylvester’s College and Vidyartha College respectively in their Milo Under-18 school rugby encounter played at the Bogambara Stadium. Kingswood College beat St. Sylvester’s College by 26 points (3...

HERATH THE DIFFERENCE -MISBAH

Sri Lanka’s first series whitewash since Muttaih Muralidaran’s retirement back in 2009 came on the back of a magical bowling effort by Rangana Herath. The last series whitewash was against New Zealand in 2009. Left-arm spinner Herath picked up nine...

Anika qualifies for two semi-finals

The Junior National Tennis Championship has reached its climax and the completion of proceedings yesterday at the SLTA hard courts in Greenpath, Colombo saw Anika Seneviratne going great guns. Anika has qualified to two semi-finals in the age groups of...

Rasheed in stunning win over fancied Aslam

MSC’s M.S.M. Rasheed pulled off a major upset in the ongoing 62nd National Snooker Championship when he shocked fancied national player S.H.M. Aslam who incidentally is his club mate with a four frames to one win victory in the pre-quarter final...

Sri Lanka call-up Chandimal for Pakistan ODIs

Sri Lanka have made several changes after naming a 15-man squad for the first two one-day internationals against Pakistan Batsmen Upul Tharanga and Dinesh Chandimal, spin duo Seekkuge Prasanna and Suraj Randiv, and fast bowler Dhammika Prasad have...

BUSINESS NEWS

FDIS IN 1H UP 51% TO US $ 817MN

The much needed foreign direct investments (FDIs) to the country during the first half of this year (1H14) has risen by as much as 51 percent to US $ 817 million over the corresponding period of last year, Sri Lanka’s Investment Promotion Minister...

MTD Walkers subsidiary to undertake housing projects as BOI venture

CML-MTD Construction Limited, a subsidiary of MTD Walkers PLC, has set up a BOI venture to undertake housing projects under the Urban Regeneration Plan set out as per the model proposed by the Urban Development Authority. The company has sourced...

Nenasala programme wins top Bill & Melinda Foundation award

Sri Lanka’s e-Library Nenasala Programme (eLNP) won the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation‘s “2014 Access to Learning” award of US $1 million at a ceremony held in Lyon, France recently. The award was in recognition of eLNP’s thrust for providing free...

Sri Lanka’s coasts, agriculture to face climate change threats

Widespread degradation of Sri Lanka’s coastal and agricultural resources due to climate change could cost the economy more than 6 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of this century, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) climate...

Krrish makes another payment, indefinite deadline likely to continue

The controversial Krrish Transworks Colombo (Krrish) has made yet another payment of US $ 0.5 million or just below Rs.66 million during the last 2-months, bringing the total amount paid to 87 percent of the total receivable, according to the...

Winding up notice halts Orient Garment share trading

Share trading of Orient Garment PLC, a company previously controlled by PC House fame S.H.M. Rishan, was halted yesterday due to a winding up notice published in a newspaper, in relation to an application made to the High Court of the Western Province...

Govt. hopeful of signing FTA during Chinese President’s visit

The Sri Lankan government is now contemplating to sign the much expected Free Trade Agreement (FTA) during the impending visit of China’s President Xi Jinping later this year. “Chinese President’s Sri Lankan visit is very much close. I think our...

MTD Walkers’ Top line gains boosT profiT by 74%

MTD Walkers posted a net profit of Rs.281.5 million, up 74 percent year-onyear, amid significant gains at firm’s top line, the interim financial accounts released to the Colombo Stock Exchange showed. The revenue for the period under consideration...

TURNOVER DRIVEN BY JKH

The indices closed i n green due to price gains on counters such as John Keells Holdings, Lion Brewery and Dialog Axiata. Turnover crossed the Rs 8.1 Bn mark with John Keells Holdings accounting for 89% with majority traded as a block. Retail interest...

COMBANK PARTNERS DIMO TO OFFER SPECIAL LEASING PACKAGES

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has once again partnered with Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) to offer attractive leasing options for TATA commercial vehicles in a sixth month promotion commencing August 2014. Under the agreement, DIMO will...

New Suzuki Ertiga to attract families & tourism industry

The new Ertiga from Suzuki is the marque’s exciting first foray into the 7 seat car market; having studied the utility vehicles market careful before entering. Suzuki has successfully created one of the most compelling cars in the market sector by...

AMW set to launch brand new Nissan Teana

The Nissan Teana has long been one of the most revered cars in the Nissan stable, combining luxury prestige and reliability. Associated Motorways (Private) Ltd, local agent for Nissan has announced the introduction of an all new Teana for 2014. The...

Go Green with Multi Finance’s hybrid car promotion

“Hybrid” has become a commonly used word in today’s content, when related to auto industry. Specially for countries like Sri Lanka with the growing congestion and rising fuel cost due to insufficient public transport systems, Auto Mobile Industry’s...

DENGUE DILEMMA AND ITS HEALTH ECONOMICS

Sri Lanka continues to grapple with dengue as the disease keeps claiming more lives every month, especially during the rainy season. In the first half of 2014 alone, this ‘deadly disease of the tropics’ infected 20,610 people, in comparison to 32,063...

Could digitizing of terrestrial TV signals deprive low-income households of free entertainment?

Sri Lanka will adopt Japan’s Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) standard by 2017, in a move that will replace the country’s free to air analogue television signal with a digital signal. For consumers, this means their...

Lankan Angel Network signs MoU with Yarl IT Hub

Furthering the cause of innovation in Sri Lanka, local angel community Lankan Angel Network has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with t he Yarl IT Hub, a community dedicated to elevating Jaffna i nto a Silicon Valley-type centre. In...

SLF ties up with CSSL to promote ICT, training facilities

Sri Lanka Foundation (SLF) and the Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), recently to further expand services of both parties. SLF, the national centre for leadership education and training under the...

Pristine Solutions to host SAP Business One and HANA Forum

Pristine Solutions, the first and only SAP Business One channel partner in Sri Lanka, will host the upcoming SAP Business One & HANA Forum for over 100 of its clients in Colombo on August 21, 2014, at Hilton Colombo. The forum will offer a product...

MILLENNIUMIT RANKED SRI LANKA’S MOST RESPECTED IT COMPANY

MillenniumIT has been ranked the Most Respected IT Company i n Sri Lanka for 2014 by the Lanka Monthly Digest’s (LMD) annual rankings. MillenniumIT tops six other technology companies t hat were nominated in the survey and was also ranked highly in...

Sri Dalada app launched for mobile phones

On the final day of the Randoli perahera, President Mahinda Rajapaksa launched the official mobile application (app) of Sri Dalada Maligawa. The mobile app shows the direction of the Maligawa, history of the Maligawa, the places inside the Maligawa,...

Mobitel Business Solutions introduces NFC technology to JMC

The national mobile service provider Mobitel has partnered with the Jaffna Municipal Council (JMC) in a new initiative toward developing the municipal council’s fuel allowance processes into Mobitel’s One Fuel Card near field communication (NFC)-based...

AMãNA BANK OFFERS LOWEST FIVE-YEAR LEASING RENTAL

Sri Lanka’s premier bank operating on Islamic banking principles, Amãna Bank now offers the market’s lowest five-year leasing (Ijara) rental of Rs.2,131 (inclusive of value-added tax (VAT)) per month for Rs.100,000 lease. Commenting on this, Amãna...

BoC’s ‘Abiman Peragaman’ cycle race on August 23

Celebrating Bank of Ceylon’s (BoC) 75 years of commitment to the nation’s banking and financial industry, the bank is organising the BoC ‘Abhiman Peragaman’ cycle race. Cycling is considered a popular sport event in Sri Lanka and there is a large...

MasterCard launches ‘Ganu Denu’ initiative

Marking 25 years of enabling world-class, secure payments in Sri Lanka, MasterCard launched ‘MasterCard Ganu Denu’ for all MasterCard and Maestro cardholders in the country. The Ganu Denu i nitiative looks to thank cardholders and reward them for...

Fitch rates BoC’s subordinated debt final ‘AA(lka)’

Fitch Ratings Lanka has assigned Bank of Ceylon’s (BoC; BB-/Stable) proposed subordinated debentures of up to Rs.8 billion a final national long-term rating of ‘AA(lka)’. The assignment of the final rating follows the receipt of final documents that...

‘Puritas Sath Diyawara’ opens RO plant in NCP

Puritas (Pvt.) Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of Haycarb PLC – a member of the Hayleys group – commissioned its Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant in D10 Maithreepura, Padaviya, under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) project, ‘Puritas Sath Diyawara’,...

Swadeshi illuminates Devundara Devalaya for sixth year

Swadeshi Industrial Works PLC, the pioneer herbal-personal care products manufacturer, once again illuminated the Devundara Uthpalawarna Sri Vishnu Maha Devalaya. The ‘Aloka Pooja’ was carried out under the theme, ‘Swadeshi Khomba Aloka Puja...

COMBANK CSR TRUST HELPS DROUGHT VICTIMS

The CSR Trust of Commercial Bank of Ceylon (ComBank) has donated a large number of 1,000-litre water storage tanks to the people of Kaduruwela, Ampara and Nikaweratiya and deployed 10,000-litre water bowsers for 15 days in the Mullaitivu District, in a...

DIMO-Toccata donate medical equipment to Tellippalai Trail Cancer Hospital

At a simple event held recently at Hilton Colombo, Toccata musical group officially handed over medical equipment to Tellippalai Trail Cancer Hospital, Jaffna. Each Toccata musical show is also linked to a charitable activity. During the Sri Lankan...

SLCPI donates water tanks to drought-affected Polonnaruwa

Sri Lanka Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry (SLCPI) donated 100 water tanks each with 1000-litre capacity, worth Rs.1 million, to the Health Ministry to assist the people affected by the prolonged drought in the Polonnaruwa area. The donation was...

YAMAHA’S BENCHMARK CL5 DIGITAL MIXING CONSOLE NOW IN SRI LANKA

ASri Lankan event management company has received the country’s first Yamaha CL5 digital mixing console, widely considered the ultimate in digital live sound integration. Imagine Entertainment, the company responsible for sound at some of the biggest...

Sri Lanka represented at Market Research Conference in Jakarta

The Asia Pacific ESOMAR conference and country representative meeting took place recently in Jakarta, Indonesia. Himalee Madurasinghe, CEO of Lanka Market Research Bureau (Pvt) Ltd. participated in this event as the first country representative for...

FACETS Sri Lanka 2014 bullish about international focus

FACETS Sri Lanka 2014, the international gem and jewellery show t hat showcases hundreds of local and foreign exhibitors, is optimistic about a better international audience this year, according to a representative from the organising...

eZ Cash partners Ruhuna University to support congenital hypothyroidism screening

The Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna and eZ Cash have teamed up to enable parents to pay for Congenital hypothyroidism screening of newborns at t he Nuclear Medicine Unit of the Faculty of Medicine at Karapitiya, Galle. Congenital...

Closeup Fashionista – opportunity to win Rs 400,000 worth clothes

Closeup, the toothpaste you choose when you want to get up close and personal, has introduced a one of a kind consumer promotion, the first to give away an unbelievable shopping spree in partnership with Sri Lanka’s Largest Fashion Retailer –...

ABANS PLC RESTRUCTURES BOARD FOR STRONGER CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Abans PLC, a market leader in electronics and home appliances, recently restructured its director board for stronger corporate governance and streamlining operations with the introduction of two new independent directors on its board. In order to...

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

TRAIN SLAMS INTO RICKSHAW IN INDIA, KILLS 20

NEW DELHI (AFP) AUG 18, 2014 -An express train ploughed into a packed rickshaw in northern India on Monday, killing 20 people, eight of them children, a report said. The train was going at full speed when it hit the autorickshaw (motorised rickshaw)...

10 dead in Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria

KANO (AFP) AUG 18, 2014 - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed 10 people who had fled their homes to escape repeated attacks by the insurgents, after hunting them down in a nearby village, witnesses said on Monday. Residents of Krenuwa village fled to...

Separatists to meet Pakistani High Commissioner

SRINAGAR, AUGUST 19, 2014 (HINDUSTAN TIMES) - Separatist leaders on Monday said they will go ahead with their meeting with Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit in Delhi on Tuesday even after India cancelled the foreign secretary level talks with...

Snoozing China air traffic controllers force to delay landing

BEIJING (AFP) AUG 19, 2014 - A Chinese aircraft was forced to delay its landing after two air traffic controllers nodded off, reports said on Tuesday, sparking a wave of online anger about airline safety. The Boeing 737 was preparing to land at Wuhan...

Bangladesh leaders to sack top judges

DHAKA (AFP) AUG 18, 2014 - Bangladesh’s cabinet said on Monday it had voted to give parliament the power to sack Supreme Court judges, a move the opposition condemned as a prelude to one-party rule. Parliament will vote on the proposal to amend the...