India's sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers granted same legal rights as humans

WorldAn Indian court has declared the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers living entities, giving them the same legal rights as human beings, in a move analysts say may do little to protect them or keep them clean. “This will help protect the rivers, as they now have all the constitutional and statutory rights of human beings, including the right to life,” said M.C. “It is the constitutional duty of every citizen to protect our natural resources, including rivers,” said Rohilla, an urban water management expert. “We are failing in our duty, and we ignore other laws meant to protect our rivers. So simply giving the rivers greater rights does not automatically give them greater protection.”REUTERS

March 21, 2017 09:33 UTC

U.S. to ban some airline passengers from carrying larger electronics

NewsPassengers on some U.S.-bound foreign airline flights will have to check electronic devices larger than a cell phone once U.S. authorities formalize a new ban in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday. Reuters reported earlier the ban would include airlines based in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Passengers would be allowed to carry larger devices such as tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras in their checked luggage. Saudia Airlines confirmed in a tweet that U.S. transportation authorities had banned carrying larger electronic devices in cabin luggage. United Arab Emirates carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways told Reuters on Tuesday they had not been advised of any new restrictions on carrying electronic devices on U.S. flights.

March 21, 2017 09:33 UTC

Erdogan "not welcome" in Germany: Merkel ally

WorldTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan has crossed a line by comparing Germany's government to the Nazis and is no longer welcome in the country, a major ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday. Erdogan and his government are not welcome in our country, and that must be now be understood,” he told broadcaster DLF. Germany media had reported that Erdogan was planning to visit Germany in March to rally Turkish people living there to support a package of new presidential powers in an April referendum. Germany's government has said it has not received a formal request for a visit by Erdogan. Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul on Sunday: “Merkel, now you're applying Nazi methods.

March 21, 2017 09:00 UTC

Ambulance belonging to 1990 free emergency ambulance service meets with accident in Mathugama

NewsRecently an ambulance belonging to the ‘1990’ free pre-hospital care emergency ambulance service met with an unfortunate accident in Mathugama. The ambulance tumbled down a hilly area injuring the driver. Investigations are underway to ascertain the cause of the accident. The service operates with trained paramedics supported by the India governmen. The service is in operation in Hambantota, Matara and Galle districts.

March 21, 2017 08:48 UTC

Trump weighing broad sanctions on North Korea

North Korea is expected to top the agenda at that meeting. The move under consideration would mark an escalation of Trump's pressure on China to do more to contain North Korea. That effort ultimately led to a 2015 deal to restrict Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief. North Korea has relied heavily on illicit trade done via small Chinese banks. Also under consideration are expanded efforts to seize assets of Kim and his family outside North Korea, the official said.

March 21, 2017 08:15 UTC



China overtakes Japan in S.Koreans' worst countries list

WorldThe row between Seoul and Beijing over the deployment of a US missile defence system has seen China overtake even former coloniser Japan in the ranking of South Koreans' least favoured countries, a survey shows. A drop in the Chinese figure was expected given Beijing's response to THAAD but the “sharp decline” was surprising, Asan said in a statement Monday. “Even more surprising is that Koreans are now more favourable toward Japan (3.33) than China (3.21),” it said, noting Japan had consistently been Koreans' least favoured country after the North. The survey also showed the ratings of US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe all declining, but Xi's falling the most, plunging from 4.25 in January to 3.01 in March. “The only good news for President Xi was that his rating remained higher than Prime Minister Abe's,” Asan said.

March 21, 2017 06:45 UTC

Sri Lanka Police mark 153 Police Heroes Day

The Colombo High Court rejected the bail application filed by National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Wimal Weerawansa today. The former Minist... Features & AnalysisJacqueline Fernandez to play tour guide to Justin BieberBollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez is to take Grammy Award winner and global pop sensation Justin Bieber on...Day two of the HSBC Colombo Fashion WeekDay two of the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week saw the opening of the Main Designer Showcase. Held at the Hilton Colombo Ba...Keith Potger of the Seekers at 'Country Roads' this weekendKeith Potger, one of the founding members of the four piece hit folk group “The Seekers” now returns to S...Colombo Fashion Week kicks off with Emerging Designers’ ShowcaseDay one of Colombo Fashion Week kicked off with the Emerging Designers’ Showcase yesterday at the Hilton ...

March 21, 2017 06:33 UTC

Taiwan launches submarine project in face of China threat

WorldTaiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen launched the island's first ever home-grown submarine project Tuesday in the face of what the government says are growing military threats from China. Taiwan last week warned of an increased invasion risk from China and has pledged to boost its military in response. Tsai called the launch of the submarine plan a “historic moment” at a naval base in southern city of Kaohsiung. As part of her visit Tuesday, Tsai boarded Taiwan's Zwaardis-class submarine the Hai Hu, which was purchased from the Netherlands. But Taiwan has turned to the domestic submarine project after years spent waiting for US models.

March 21, 2017 06:22 UTC

Katchatheevu triggers heated debates

Stalin on a call attention on the killing of Thangachimadam fishermen Britjo allegedly by the Sri Lankan navy, the minister recalled the granting of Katchatheevu islet. The DMK members were on their feet strongly objecting to Jayakumar's remarks, leading to noisy scenes in the House. Speaker P. Dhanapal tried to pacify the DMK members saying that the minister did not refer to the DMK and he was only making a general statement. The minister also asked why the DMK members are agitated at the mention of Katchatheevu. He said DMK leader M. Karunanidhi who was the Chief Minister in 1974 had written a letter to the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi against granting Katchatheevu to Lanka.

March 21, 2017 05:37 UTC

U-20 Rugby: Royal thrash DSS 47-7 and remain unbeaten

Former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapakse's brother Gotabaya directed a top-secret death squad which targeted journalists and dissidents, a... Features & AnalysisJacqueline Fernandez to play tour guide to Justin BieberBollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez is to take Grammy Award winner and global pop sensation Justin Bieber on...Day two of the HSBC Colombo Fashion WeekDay two of the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week saw the opening of the Main Designer Showcase. Held at the Hilton Colombo Ba...Keith Potger of the Seekers at 'Country Roads' this weekendKeith Potger, one of the founding members of the four piece hit folk group “The Seekers” now returns to S...Colombo Fashion Week kicks off with Emerging Designers’ ShowcaseDay one of Colombo Fashion Week kicked off with the Emerging Designers’ Showcase yesterday at the Hilton ...

March 21, 2017 03:33 UTC

U-20 Rugby: Trinity beat S. Thomas' 29-14 to regain Canon R.S. De Saram Trophy

SportTrinity College defeated S. Thomas' College by 29-14 in their Singer Schools Under-20 Rugby League Championship match played at Longdon Place on Monday (20). With the win Trinity retained the Canon R.S. De Saram Trophy, for which the two teams clash annually. At halftime Trinity led 19-0 and went on to score from five tries and two conversions. S. Thomas' collected their points from two converted tries.

March 21, 2017 03:33 UTC

U-20 Rugby: St. Joseph's outsmart Dharmaraja 44-10

Tamil Nadu Assembly witnessed noisy scenes when finance and fisheries minister D. Jayakumar on Monday alleged that granting of Katchatheevu to Sri ... Features & AnalysisJacqueline Fernandez to play tour guide to Justin BieberBollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez is to take Grammy Award winner and global pop sensation Justin Bieber on...Day two of the HSBC Colombo Fashion WeekDay two of the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week saw the opening of the Main Designer Showcase. Held at the Hilton Colombo Ba...Keith Potger of the Seekers at 'Country Roads' this weekendKeith Potger, one of the founding members of the four piece hit folk group “The Seekers” now returns to S...Colombo Fashion Week kicks off with Emerging Designers’ ShowcaseDay one of Colombo Fashion Week kicked off with the Emerging Designers’ Showcase yesterday at the Hilton ...

March 21, 2017 03:33 UTC

Larger electronics on U.S.-bound flights to be banned

WorldPassengers traveling on certain U.S.-bound foreign airline flights will have to check electronic devices larger than a cell phone once U.S. authorities formalize a new ban in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday. Saudia Airlines confirmed in a tweet that U.S. transportation authorities had barred carrying larger electronic devices in cabin luggage. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, David Lapan, said the agency has “no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide an update when appropriate. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly called congressional lawmakers this weekend to notify them of the plan, congressional aides said. In July 2014, the Homeland Security Department stepped up security of U.S.-bound flights, requiring tougher screening of mobile phones and other electronic devices and requiring them to be powered up before passengers could board flights to the United StatesWASHINGTON, REUTERS

March 21, 2017 00:56 UTC

Bill Gates again world's richest man; Trump slips

WorldMicrosoft co-founder Bill Gates once again topped the Forbes magazine list of the world's richest billionaires, while US President Donald Trump slipped more than 200 spots, the magazine said Monday. Gates, whose wealth is estimated at $86 billion, led the list for the fourth straight year. The global billionaire population jumped 13 percent from last year to 2,043, the biggest annual increase in the 31 years since the magazine began compiling the list, Forbes said. Trump himself slipped 220 spots on the list to number 544 with an estimated $3.5 billion. “Forty percent of Donald Trump's fortune is tied up in Trump Tower and eight buildings within one mile of it,” Forbes said.

March 20, 2017 13:30 UTC

Gotabaya 'led death squad': Court

NewsFormer Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapakse's brother Gotabaya directed a top-secret death squad which targeted journalists and dissidents, a court was told Monday. The CID said it found evidence that the death squad was controlled by Gotabaya Rajapakse who has already publicly denied involvement in the killing of former Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga. Fonseka who led Sri Lanka's successful military campaign against Tamil rebels in 2009 fell out of grace after he unsuccessfully challenged Rajapakse at January 2010 elections. In a written report to court, the CID said a fresh autopsy revealed that Wickrematunga had been stabbed to death and not shot as previously recorded in the original death certificate. But police have said they do not believe the claim and are treating the officer's death as a murder.

March 20, 2017 13:18 UTC




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