Sri Lankan government defeats noconfidence motion brought over Easter bombings

first_imgIslamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, though Sri Lankan authorities have blamed two little known domestic Islamist groups: the National Thawheedh Jamaath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim. (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Frances Kerry) Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 28 Apr 2019 Sri Lankan police raid Islamist group suspected of suicide bombings Related Newscenter_img World 22 Jun 2019 Sri Lanka extends emergency for third month after Easter bombings World 03 May 2019 Churches in Sri Lankan capital cancel Sunday mass due to threat COLOMBO (Reuters) – The Sri Lankan government on Thursday defeated a no-confidence motion brought by an opposition party over what it called “criminal negligence” in failing to prevent Easter Day bomb attacks on hotels and churches that killed more than 250 people.The motion, brought by the small Marxist opposition party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna or Peoples Liberation Front, was defeated by 119-92 votes. It said the government should have acted on the information it had, referring to warnings by Indian intelligence that attacks were being planned.Defeat of the motion will strengthen Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has been at loggerheads with President Maithripala Sirisena since last year. Their political differences widened following the attacks.The suicide bomb attacks on April 21, targeting three churches and three luxury hotels, sent shockwaves through the Indian Ocean island state, which had enjoyed relative peace since a civil war ended a decade ago. The economy has slowed, forcing the government to seek foreign loans, and the tourism industry has been hit.last_img read more

Emmas back on the gold trail after ankle surgery

first_img Related News Nation 07 Jul 2019 Manila’s other champion Tags / Keywords: {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} KUALA LUMPUR: After a five-month hiatus, Emma Firy­ana Saroji (pic) re­­turned to lawn bowling with a bang.The national athlete spent five long months recovering from an ankle surgery but came good at Bukit Kiara on Wednesday by winning the National Lawn Bowls women’s singles title.She defeated Kedah’s Nurul Alia Fitrah Mohd Ali 19-13 in the final. Earlier, in the semi-finals, she edged Nur Izati Ibrahim of Perak 17-16.Yesterday, Emma and nine other women bowlers left for Manila for a one-week training session to prepare for the SEA Games which will be held in the Philippines from Nov 30 to Dec 11. AdChoices广告The 33-year-old Emma was happy to be back in the national team after her surgery in January.“I missed training for the last five months and I am glad that I won the national singles title to earn back my place in the national team.“My life is all about lawn bowls and I want to continue to train and play for the country for many many more years,” said Emma, who has represented Malaysia for the last 15 years.“Now that I am back in the national team, I want to help Malaysia win medals in competitions. I am also looking forward to training with the Philippines athletes in Manila and also to test out the venue for SEA Games,” said Emma.Last year was a remarkable year for Emma as she won gold in the pairs event with Siti Zalina Ahmad in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. She also won gold in the Asian Championships in Henan, China in the pairs and bronze in the singles.Emma, who won the singles title in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017, was sad that there is no singles event in the Philippines Games,“There are pairs, triples and fours events in the Philippines Games and I am not sure I will feature in which event. But it does not matter as my goal is to help Malaysia win gold,” said Emma, who also won a gold medal by partnering Azlina Arshad in the 2007 Korat SEA Games.Emma, who is pursuing a degree in management organisation at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), said that her aim next year is to feature in the World Championships in the Gold Coast from May 23 to June 7 and win a medal. Other Sport 08 Jul 2019 Other Sports: Aznil and Erry carry the weight of winning medals in Samoa Other Sport 29 Jun 2019 Other Sports: Women’s lawn bowls team settle for silver in Gold Coast Related News Lawn Bowlslast_img read more

Trump to discuss immigration with Guatemalan president at White House on Monday

first_imgThe White House said in a statement Trump and Morales “will discuss ways to create a more robust relationship focussed on addressing migration and security priorities.””The two leaders will also discuss how Guatemala can build a stronger relationship with its Central American partners to expand economic growth, create jobs, and promote opportunities for their citizens,” it added. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Susan Thomas) World 2d ago Trump’s plan to have Guatemala absorb asylum seekers could face court challenge in Central America Related News Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img World 09 Jul 2019 Trump, Macron discuss Iran’s nuclear programme – White House WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales at the White House on Monday for talks on immigration and security, the White House said on Friday.Government sources from both countries have said Morales may sign an agreement with Trump on Monday declaring the Central American country a safe destination for asylum seekers, while five former Guatemalan officials have gone to court to block such a deal.Trump said last month the United States and Guatemala were close to reaching a “safe third country agreement” as part of his efforts to curb U.S.-bound migration from Central America.Under such an agreement, Guatemala would be obliged to process asylum claims from migrants who entered its territory en route to the United States. Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador heading to the U.S.-Mexican border overland usually cross into Mexico via Guatemala. World 1d ago Crackdown on immigrant families to start Sunday, Trump sayslast_img read more

Germans fret about Merkel after shaking episodes

first_img World 1d ago Merkel’s shaking episodes fuel debate about German power handover BERLIN (Reuters) – “Does Merkel travel too much?” asked mass-selling daily Bild on Friday as Germans fret about the health of their chancellor, who sat rather than stood at a ceremony on Thursday after shaking for the third time in as many weeks when standing a day earlier.The shaking episodes – all while standing at ceremonies – have unnerved many Germans, who look to Angela Merkel as a rock in an unstable world, and have raised questions about her health and whether her punishing schedule is proving too much.”Dear sitting chancellor, it broke my heart when I saw you sitting for the military honours for the Danish prime minister,” Bild columnist Franz Josef Wagner wrote of her decision to break with protocol and sit at Thursday’s welcoming ceremony.”We are seeing someone who wants to stay strong, and shakes and shakes,” he added. AdChoices广告Bild counted 21 foreign trips that Merkel, who turns 65 next week, has been on so far this year, which it said was more than 41-year-old French President Emmanuel Macron, on 17, and 62-year-old British Prime Minister Theresa May, on 16.Leading the European Union’s largest economy, Merkel is renowned for her work ethic and has a reputation for outlasting other leaders at EU summits with her ability to focus on the details of complex discussions deep into the night.Merkel appeared cheerful and steady at two appointments on Friday morning, posing briefly while standing before cameras to receive a report on carbon pricing and for a gallery opening.The chancellor, who has no history of serious health issues, insisted “I am fine” on Wednesday, after trembling at a ceremony to receive Finland’s prime minister, and said she was “working through” a bout of tremors that first occurred in mid-June.But she has declined to give any details about her health.After a June 27 episode of shaking at an event with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Merkel went ahead with her planned trip to Japan for a G20 summit before returning to Europe for three days of tortuous talks at an EU summit.”I look after my health,” she said on Thursday.Merkel has led Germany since 2005, making her the longest-serving political leader of a major Western democracy. She plans to step down before the next federal parliamentary election, due in 2021. (Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Gareth Jones) Related News World 2d ago I take care of my health, says Merkel after several shaking episodes Related News World 10 Jul 2019 Merkel has third bout of shaking, says she is fine and ‘working through’ issue {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

National Lok Adalat held in all courts across JK over 12000 cases

first_imgNational Lok Adalat held in all courts across J&K, over 12,000 cases settledOut of a total number of 19,686 cases taken up by 133 benches in the day-long Lok Adalat at various courts across Jammu and Kashmir, 12,884 cases were settled.advertisement Next Ashraf Wani SrinagarJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 23:24 IST The Lok Adalat was organised in all the court complexes of three divisions — Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. (Photo: Reuters)A National Lok Adalat, second in the series of 2019, was held in all the courts across Jammu and Kashmir, including both wings of the High Court of the state on Saturday.The National Lok Adalat was held under the guidance and supervision of Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice High Court of J&K, Justice Rajesh Bindal, Judge High Court of J&K, and under the aegis of National Legal Services Authority.Mohammad Akram Chowdhary, Member Secretary J&K State Legal Services Authority, on the basis of information collected from all the courts, disclosed that the Lok Adalat was organised in all the court complexes of three divisions — Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh.Out of a total number of 19,686 cases taken up by 133 benches in the day-long Lok Adalat at various courts across Jammu and Kashmir, 12,884 cases were disposed of and an amount of Rs 54,04,22,009 was awarded as compensation/settlement amount in civil, criminal, labour disputes, electricity and water bills cases, land acquisition, family matters, cheque dishonour and bank recovery cases.Also Read | Over 4,000 cases settled in single day in National Lok AdalatAlso Read | BJP to relaunch Kashmiri Pandit rehabilitation plan after J&K pollsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more

Operation Thirst 1371 arrested for selling unauthorised drinking water in Indian Railways

first_imgOperation Thirst: 1,371 arrested for selling unauthorised drinking water in Indian RailwaysIndian Railway started Operation Thirst, an all India drive to crackdown the selling of unauthorised packaged drinking water.advertisement Next Asian News International New DelhiJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 19:08 IST Indian Railway crackdown the selling of unauthorized Packaged Drinking WaterHIGHLIGHTS1,371 people were arrested and over 69,294 bottles were seized by the Railway Protection Force under Operation ThirstThe operation was launched in all major railway stations across the countryCarried out on July 8 and 9, Rs 6,80,855 fine was collected from offendersAs many as 1,371 people were arrested and over 69,294 bottles were seized by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) under ‘Operation Thirst’, an all India drive to crackdown the selling of unauthorised packaged drinking water here.According to RPF, the operation was launched in all major railway stations across the country to curb the menace of unauthorised packaged drinking water on railway stations.”During the operation, which was carried out on July 8 and 9, a total fine of Rs 6,80,855 has been realised from these offenders. Four pantry car managers involved in the selling of spurious mineral water were also arrested,” an official statement said.Stalls on platforms were also found selling packaged drinking water bottles of brands which are not authorised by the Indian Railways, it added.The bottles were seized under the sections of 144 and 153 of the Railway Act.Further investigation is underway.ALSO READ | Govt trying to sell railway assets through PPPs, privatisation: CongressALSO WATCH | All over for Congress-JDS in Karnataka?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Kashyap Tags :Follow Indian RailwayFollow Railway Protection Force (RPF)Follow Operation thirstFollow Unauthorized Packaged Drinking Waterlast_img read more