WorldROME (Reuters) - An earthquake hit the tourist-packed Italian holiday island of Ischia on Monday night, collapsing buildings, killing at least two people and injuring dozens, officials said. Residents and tourists on the island off the coast of Naples ran out on to the narrow streets from homes and hotels. Italian Carabinieri police officer and a doctor carry a child after an earthquake hit the island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, Italy August 22, 2017. Television images showed about six buildings in the town of Casamicciola including a church had collapsed in the quake, which hit at 8:57 p.m. (1857 GMT). The quake hit a few days before the first anniversary of a major quake that killed nearly 300 people in central Italy, most of them in the town of Amatrice.
August 22, 2017 09:22 UTC
Fashion retail giant ODEL has added another 10,000 square feet to its flagship store at Alexandra Place, Colombo. This space... Features & AnalysisSharpening the skills of future marketers with "Strangers 2017"An adventure program designed for brave and the bold “Strangers 2017” is a strategic collaboration by the...De Lanerolle Brothers to present "Keeping It Real" at the BMICHThis year is proving to be a busy year for the De Lanerolle Brothers who will take the stage of the ...'Write' magazine a platform for budding young writers across the islandDo you remember the days where you’ve created something beautiful, but had no way of sharing it with the world?... Fifth edition of Colomboscope 2017 to get underway in SeptemberIn a move to draw in art tourism as a major component of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry and bring in bigger ...
August 22, 2017 06:33 UTC
WorldNEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled a controversial Muslim quick divorce law "unconstitutional", a landmark victory for Muslim women who had long argued that it violated their right to equality. The law allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word "talaq" three times. Muslim women say they have been left destitute by husbands divorcing them through "triple talaq", including by Skype and WhatsApp. Three of the five judges hearing a case questioning the legality of the law ruled it was unconstitutional, effectively ending its legal practice. I have the order that will liberate many Muslim women," Shayara Bano, one of the women who brought the case, told Reuters after the ruling.
August 22, 2017 06:22 UTC
The United National Party (UNP) has formally asked President Maithripala Sirisena in writing to remove Justice and Buddhasasana Minister Wijeyadasa... Features & AnalysisSharpening the skills of future marketers with "Strangers 2017"An adventure program designed for brave and the bold “Strangers 2017” is a strategic collaboration by the...De Lanerolle Brothers to present "Keeping It Real" at the BMICHThis year is proving to be a busy year for the De Lanerolle Brothers who will take the stage of the ...'Write' magazine a platform for budding young writers across the islandDo you remember the days where you’ve created something beautiful, but had no way of sharing it with the world?... Fifth edition of Colomboscope 2017 to get underway in SeptemberIn a move to draw in art tourism as a major component of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry and bring in bigger ...
August 22, 2017 06:00 UTC
NewsReligious rites at the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya were delayed this morning causing a tense situation among devotees. It is reported that a dispute had arisen between the 'Kapumahaththayas' at the Devalaya who are in charge of the poojas. This had resulted in one group taking the keys away from the Devalaya, which meant that the doors to the Maha Devalaya could not be opened for the conduct of religious rites. However, the dispute was later resolved and religious rites began again.
August 22, 2017 05:37 UTC
WorldWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Reversing course from his campaign pledges, President Donald Trump on Monday night committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signaling he would dispatch more troops to America's longest war and vowing "a fight to win." "A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill." Through the speech, Trump insisted that others - the Afghan government, Pakistan, India and NATO allies - step up their own commitment to resolving the 16-year conflict. A Pakistani army spokesman said on Monday that Pakistan had taken action against all Islamist militants including the Haqqani network, which is allied to Afghan Taliban insurgents. We have operated against all terrorists, including (the) Haqqani network," spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor told a media briefing in Islamabad.
August 22, 2017 04:30 UTC
WorldUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations. "The panel is investigating reported prohibited chemical, ballistic missile and conventional arms cooperation between Syria and the DPRK (North Korea)," the experts wrote in the 37-page report. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in an unknown location in North Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 15, 2017. Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons in 2013 under a deal brokered by Russia and the United States. However, diplomats and weapons inspectors suspect Syria may have secretly maintained or developed a new chemical weapons capability.
August 21, 2017 22:18 UTC
NewsSri Lanka would be able to meet its current and future electricity demand by use of renewable energy by 2050, according to a joint study by the UN Development Programme and Asian Development Bank, the Public Finance Report International reported. The report, titled Assessment of Sri Lanka’s Power Sector—100 percent Electricity Generation through Renewable Energy by 2050, noted that by then Sri Lanka’s installed electricity generation capacity needs would increase from the current 3,700mw to about 34,000mw. Of this, 15,000mw would be wind energy and about 16,000mw solar. A long-term switch from fossil to renewable fuels would reduce Sri Lanka’s fuel import bill by about $18bn cumulatively but found the country would need investment of $50bn. “Recent proposals including a rooftop solar programme and a large-scale wind power project demonstrate ADB’s commitment in this regard.
August 21, 2017 16:41 UTC
The continous fast commenced by the 'SAITM Virodhi Sisu Jana Viyaparaya' continues into its second day today. The Inter University Studen... Features & AnalysisDe Lanerolle Brothers to present "Keeping It Real" at the BMICHThis year is proving to be a busy year for the De Lanerolle Brothers who will take the stage of the ...'Write' magazine a platform for budding young writers across the islandDo you remember the days where you’ve created something beautiful, but had no way of sharing it with the world?... Fifth edition of Colomboscope 2017 to get underway in SeptemberIn a move to draw in art tourism as a major component of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry and bring in bigger ...'Ankara' serving up some delectable Turkish cuisine‘Ankara’ is the latest restaurant serving up authentic Turkish food in Colombo. The restaurant, down Mila...
August 21, 2017 06:56 UTC
BusinessDepositors at the failed Central Finance and Investment Ltd (CIFL) are still wary of investors being brought in, even with Central Bank (CB) sanction, because they have been let down many times in the past. While the Swiss company has proposed to initially invest Rs.1.1 billion, its repayment plan presented by association president, W. Gunawardena to depositors was also spelled out at the meeting. The plan provides for 15 per cent of a deposit to be paid within three months after the new company is established. Further, between April 1 and September 30, 2019 another 15 per cent will be paid which then totals 50 per cent of the total deposit. The CB had requested association officials to discuss the proposal with members and report back on the response.
August 21, 2017 06:45 UTC
Along with reopening its land border with Qatar, Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday that King Salman had ordered the dispatch of a Saudi Arabia Airlines plane to fly Qatari pilgrims to Jeddah at his own expense so that they could go on to Mecca, Islam's holiest city. An official from Qatar's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) denied claims made by media outlets in the blockading nations that Qatar had refused to allow Saudi Airlines to fly Qatari pilgrims. Last week, Qatar welcomed the Saudi decision to open the frontier and provide flights for Qatari pilgrims but also said it regarded the move as politically motivated. Qatari pilgrims started going through the land border on Thursday, according to Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television. Qatar had accused Saudi Arabia of politicizing the pilgrimage and complained to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion last month.
August 21, 2017 06:00 UTC
Australia's parliament has been rocked by the revelation that seven politicians, including three ministers, are dual citizens, potentially ruling them ineligible to hold elected office. Turnbull's center-right coalition government trails the opposition Labor party by a margin of 54-46, a Newspoll for the Australian newspaper showed, the lowest since February 2017 when support for Turnbull hit its lowest level. The High Court of Australia will this week set out a timetable for ruling on the eligibility of the seven politicians under a citizenship cloud. A 116-year-old law demands an elected lawmaker only have Australian citizenship, but some have discovered they hold dual citizenship by descent of a father being born in another country, such as neighboring New Zealand. Labor leader Bill Shorten called on the High Court to disqualify the seven politicians.
August 21, 2017 04:52 UTC
WorldWELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's new opposition leader Jacinda Ardern is at the center of a second sexism row not even a month after taking the reins of the Labour Party and almost single-handedly reigniting its chances at a national election in September. Some New Zealand women, led by a television presenter, posted photos of themselves wielding tubes of lipgloss accompanied by the hashtagged phrase '#lipstickonapig'. Prime Minister Bill English, whose center-right National Party has spent almost a decade in power, weighed in, describing Morgan's description of his opponent as "deliberately appalling" and suggested politicians would now avoid working with Morgan. With Labour facing a crushing defeat at the Sept. 23 election, Ardern took over in the hope she could breathe new life into the party. Analysts saw it as a potential game-changer in a contest that until now had been seen as a slam-dunk for the ruling National Party.
August 21, 2017 04:30 UTC
SportREUTERS - Sri Lanka cricket coach Nic Pothas says "too many cooks" are spoiling his efforts to revive the national team and has called for greater autonomy in the wake of yet another confidence-sapping loss against India on Sunday. Sri Lanka were well beaten in the recently concluded three-test series against India, losing the first two matches inside four days and the last one in three to be whitewashed 3-0. "You do get angry - to say 'too many cooks' is probably accurate," Pothas told reporters after Sunday's loss, voicing his concerns at the role played by Sri Lanka's administrators and selectors in running the team. The players work as hard as anyone can ask of them. Sri Lanka were thrashed in both tests and one-dayers in South Africa, lost a home test against Bangladesh and then failed to progress beyond the group stage at this year's Champions Trophy.
August 21, 2017 04:18 UTC
NewsPublic Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim last Tuesday won covering approval from the Cabinet of Ministers for the SriLankan Airlines cancellation of the deal for three Airbus A-350 aircraft. The move comes nearly a year after the SriLankan Airlines paid out more than US$ 146 million as cancellation charges for the lease of the aircraft. Mr Hashim told ministerial colleagues that the amount of compensation was US$ 98 million. However, the amount stated in the agreement is more than US$ 146 and he gave no explanation for it. However, he declared that the SriLankan has got into a financial mess as a result of the actions of the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.
August 21, 2017 01:52 UTC