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Sri Lanka lifts state of emergency

Sri Lanka lifts state of emergency

Sri Lanka has lifted a state of emergency imposed on 6 March in response to an outbreak of violence against Muslim communities. Two people were killed, nearly 450 Muslim-owned homes and shops damaged and 60 vehicles burnt in attacks in the central district of Kandy. Curfews and social media bans were brought in to try […]

Sri Lanka blocks Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram to stop anti-Muslim violence

Sri Lanka blocks Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram to stop anti-Muslim violence

Sri Lanka shut down social messaging networks including Facebook on Wednesday to control violence targeted at the country’s minority Muslims, officials said, even after the imposition of emergency in the Buddhist-majority island. Tension has been growing between the two communities in Sri Lanka over the past year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of […]

Oil tanker with 22 Indian crewmen missing off Benin

Oil tanker with 22 Indian crewmen missing off Benin

An oil tanker with a crew of 22 Indian nationals is missing in the Gulf of Guinea off Benin in West Africa. There has been no contact with the Panama-registered Marine Express since Thursday. The incident occurred less than a month after another vessel was taken by pirates in the same area. The International Maritime […]

Floor collapses inside Indonesia stock exchange tower, more than 80 injured

Floor collapses inside Indonesia stock exchange tower, more than 80 injured

More than 80 people were injured after a floor at Indonesia’s stock exchange collapsed into the building’s lobby on Monday, police said. “We are still investigating the cause, but for now our priorities are the casualties,” Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono told Metro TV. The police spokesman did not say how many were injured but […]

Huge fire breaks out in Mumbai

Huge fire breaks out in Mumbai

A massive fire broke out at Cinevista studio in in Mumbai’s Kanjurmarg area at around 8 pm on Saturday. The fire was confined to the ground floor and all those present, including actors and crew members shooting for two television serials at the studio, were immediately evacuated. No injuries or casualties have been reported. The […]

Six killed in explosion at cracker factory in India

Six killed in explosion at cracker factory in India

Tragedy struck a village in Balasore district on the eve of Diwali as at least six persons, including a child were killed and six others seriously injured in an explosion at an unlicensed cracker manufacturing unit on Wednesday. Police suspect that the casualty may go up. “We so far recovered bodies of five persons from […]

India to operate airport in Sri Lanka

India to operate airport in Sri Lanka

India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate an airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its Belt and Road initiative, a Sri Lankan minister said. Sri Lanka’s civil aviation minister, Nimal Siripala, said the country had been looking for alternative investors in the […]

Indian naval officer sacked for undergoing sex change

Indian naval officer sacked for undergoing sex change

After being relieved from service for undergoing a sex change surgery, an Indian Navy sailor on Tuesday said she would approach the Supreme Court against the decision and added that she has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. Manish Kumar Giri, who has since changed her name to Sabi, vowed […]

Pakistan building ‘Berlin Wall’ along Afghanistan border

Pakistan building ‘Berlin Wall’ along Afghanistan border

Thousands of Pashtun tribal people who for decades ignored the invisible line that bisects their dusty villages and demarcates the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier are bracing for a Berlin Wall-style divide of their neighbourhoods. Pakistan, worried by Islamist attacks, is building a fence to prevent militants criss-crossing the porous 2,500 km (1,500 mile) frontier along the disputed […]

India’s top court bans firecracker sales before Diwali

India’s top court bans firecracker sales before Diwali

India’s top court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in New Delhi on Monday, ahead of the Diwali festival that leaves the city shrouded in toxic smog. The decision comes a little over a week before Diwali – the Hindu festival of lights – when Delhi fills with acrid smoke from celebratory […]