Thursday, 13 December 2018

Asia

Sri Lankan top court moved against parliament dissolution

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s main political parties filed legal challenges in the country’s Supreme Court, against the early dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena. The parties which filed a Fundamental Rights petition included the United National Party led by sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the main opposition Tamil National Alliance, ...

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Bangladesh to set election date as opposition cries foul

DHAKA: Bangladeshi authorities were set to announce later on Thursday a date for general elections despite the opposition crying foul and threatening protests. Chief Election Commissioner Nurul Huda will address the nation live at 7pm local time to announce the date, spokesman S.M. Asaduzzaman told AFP. The vote in the ...

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China will continue to support Pakistan in economic development: Hua Chunying

BEIJING: China will continue to offer assistance and support to Pakistan in its economic and social development. This was stated by Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying, while responding to a question during regular press conference in Beijing. Regarding recently concluded visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China, the ...

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Asia Bibi’s lawyer: EU, UN ‘forced’ him to flee the country

LONDON: The lawyer who saved a woman convicted of blasphemy from death row said yesterday that the UN and EU made him leave the country “against my wishes” because his life was at risk. Saiful Mulook, who is in the Netherlands, said he contacted a United Nations official in Islamabad ...

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Sri Lanka’s Speaker refuses to accept new govt

COLOMBO: Speaker of Sri Lanka’s parliament Karu Jayasuriya said on Monday that he would not recognize the country’s new government until it proved majority in 225-seat parliament amid a political crisis in the South Asian island nation. On Sunday, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena ordered the suspended parliament to reconvene ...

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Bangladesh PM to have unprecedented talks with opposition before poll

DHAKA: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will sit down to unprecedented talks with the opposition to discuss installing a caretaker government ahead of December’s election, a key demand of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party. The BNP, in disarray after the jailing of its chief, former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, on ...

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World’s tallest statue worth unveiled in India

The monument is a tribute to Patel who played a major role in integrating the princely states into the Indian Union. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday unveiled the 182-metre high ‘Statue of Unity’ in honour of country’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and dedicated it to the nation. ...

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Pakistan, Uzbekistan to work for Afghan peace

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Uzbekistan vowed to work jointly for regional peace, especially in Afghanistan. Speaking at a joint news conference here after a meeting, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov said both the countries shared views on Afghanistan. They expressed the resolve to further enhance ...

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One ‘black box’ recovered from crashed Indonesia jet

INDONESIA: One black box from the crashed Lion Air jet has been recovered, the head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee said Thursday, which could be critical to establishing why the brand new plane fell out of the sky. The devices record information about the speed, altitude and direction of ...

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Sri Lanka Attorney General refuses to endorse sacking of PM

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka´s attorney general refused to endorse the president´s dismissal of the prime minister for a former strongman accused of rights abuses, the clearest sign yet the move may be unconstitutional. The country has been locked in a tense standoff between two rivals claiming to head Sri Lanka´s government ...

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