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Rajapaksa hopes to return as Lanka president for third term

COLOMBO: ‘s two-time former president hopes to return as the head of the state despite a constitutional provision that bars a person from contesting the presidential election for a third term. “There is an opinion that I could contest again,” the former president told reporters yesterday at Piliyandala, a suburb. The former Sri Lankan strongman‘s nearly a decade-long rule was […]

Afghan officials: Taliban take at least 100 people hostage

KABUL: Afghan officials say the have taken more than 100 people, including women and children, hostage in an ambush in the country‘s north. This comes despite President Ashraf Ghani‘s call for a cease-fire with the Taliban during the Muslim holiday of . Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, the head of the provincial council in , says the insurgents stopped three buses on […]

Afghanistan awaits Taliban response to truce offer

Afghanistan awaits Taliban response to truce offer

KABUL: Afghanistan was Monday awaiting the ‘s response to President ‘s proposal for a three-month ceasefire, an offer welcomed by the United States and NATO after nearly 17 years of war. Ghani unveiled the offer during an Independence Day address late Sunday, saying police and troops would observe the truce from this week — but only if the militants reciprocated. […]

Aung San Suu Kyi says speed of Rohingya return is up to Bangladesh

Aung San Suu Kyi says speed of Rohingya return is up to Bangladesh

SINGAPORE: said on Tuesday it was up to to decide how quickly refugees would return to , appearing to blame Dhaka for the delay. More than 700,000 fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar to Bangladesh after a brutal military crackdown on the stateless minority almost a year ago. The two countries last November signed a deal to repatriate them but it has stalled. […]

KTC to install bio-toilets at bus stands, first 5 at Panaji

KTC to install bio-toilets at bus stands, first 5 at Panaji

PANAJI: To tackle the issue of public urination while also going the green way, the Kadamba limited () will be installing bio-toilets at all major bus stands in Goa. The first terminus to have the eco-friendly facilities will be KTC Panaji. “A Mumbai-based firm has sent KTCL the design of the bio-toilets which have been approved by the corporation,” said […]

Kevin murder a case of honour killing, says SIT

Kevin murder a case of honour killing, says SIT

Kottayam: The special investigation team (), on Tuesday, submitted the chargesheet in (23) murder case before Ettumanoor court on the 85th day after the youth was murdered. SIT has termed the incident as as Kevin, a dalit Christian who fell in love with Neenu Chacko from a higher caste, was pursued by her relatives and forced to jump into a […]

Traffic partially restored in Munnar

Idukki: Traffic was partially restored after one week on Kochi-Dhanushkodi National Highway at Munnar on Tuesday. However, the tourism sector at Munnar is facing serious threats from landslides and heavy rain. Officials suspect that the will hit the eagerly-awaited Neelakurinji flowering season at Munnar. “Landslides and heavy rain seriously damaged the Kochi-Dhanushkodi NH from Munnar to Adimali. We will vigorously […]