Thursday , 15 November 2018

World News

New details highlight Lion Air jet’s problems before crash

AP Jakarta New details about the crashed Lion Air’s jet previous flight have cast more doubt on the Indonesian airline’s claim to have fixed technical problems as hundreds of personnel searched the sea a fifth day Friday for victims and the plane’s fuselage. The brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane plunged into the Java Sea early Monday, just minutes ... Read More »

Sirisena lifts Parliament’s suspension

PTI   Colombo Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has summoned Parliament on Monday, officials said Thursday, a move which could resolve the political crisis arose after he sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and installed former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sirisena was under increasing political and diplomatic pressure to reconvene Parliament which he had suspended till November 16, apparently to allow Rajapaksa ... Read More »

One ‘black box’ recovered from crashed Indonesia jet

AFP   Jakarta 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 the plane as well as flight crew conversations ... Read More »

France casts doubt on Saudi Khashoggi probe

AFP   Paris France’s foreign minister cast doubt on Saudi Arabia’s investigation into the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Wednesday, saying “not enough” was being done to find those responsible for his murder. The comments appear to signal France upping the pressure on Saudi authorities, having so far declined to openly criticise the Riyadh regime over a death ... Read More »

UN envoy meets Sirisena, discusses political crisis

PTI   Colombo Amidst the political turmoil in Sri Lanka, a top UN envoy here met President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday and discussed the prevailing political crisis, days after he sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa. United Nations Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer met Sirisena days after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed “great concern” over ... Read More »

Indonesia military chief believes crashed jet found

AFP   Jakarta The smashed fuselage of a crashed Indonesian jetliner may have been found, the country’s military chief said Wednesday, two days after the deadly accident feared to have killed 189 people. Hadi Tjahjanto said authorities were confident sonar technology had pinpointed the location of the Boeing 737-MAX plane that plunged into the sea on Monday. “We strongly believe ... Read More »

Trump criticised for his decision on citizenship

PTI Washington President Donald Trump’s decision to end birthright citizenship — the process by which babies born in the country automatically become citizens – to non-US citizens has triggered widespread criticism, even from his own party, ahead of the crucial mid-term elections next Tuesday. In his latest hardline immigration rhetoric, Trump has said the birthright citizenship “has to end” and ... Read More »

Trump to replace Kavanaugh with Neomi Jehangir Rao

PTI   Washington US President Donald Trump has interviewed an Indian-American woman to replace Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the powerful federal appeals court in Washington, according to a report. Neomi Jehangir Rao, 45, who is currently administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, was recommended for the judgeship on the DC Circuit Court by former White ... Read More »

Maldives court suspends jail term for ex-president Nasheed

AP   Male The Maldives Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a 13-year jail sentence given to the country’s exiled former president until it reviews his conviction as requested by the prosecutor general. The court ordered that the government, police and prison authorities adhere to the suspension of the sentence for the former leader, Mohamed Nasheed. The order came two days ... Read More »

Mass protest rally in Lanka against ousted PM’s sacking

PTI   Colombo Hundreds of protesters gathered in Colombo on Tuesday at a mass rally organised by ousted Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s party against what it said was a “coup” by President Maithripala Sirisena, amid efforts by opposing sides to secure their numbers in Parliament to end the country’s political crisis. Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) demanded that ... Read More »