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Sri Lanka’s national anthem will be in Sinhalese

Colombo: For the first time since 2016, there will be no Tamil national anthem at the 72nd Independence Day celebrations in Sri Lanka and it will only be rendered in Sinhalese, the government announced on Monday, amply demonstrating the administration’s priority for the majority Sinhala community. The then Sri Lankan government in 2015 started including the Tamil national anthem as …

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Stab frenzy man shot dead was convicted Islamist terrorist: UK

London: A man shot dead by the Scotland Yard after he went on a stab frenzy on a busy high street in south London was a convicted Islamist terrorist, with family links to Sri Lanka, who was recently released from prison after serving half of his sentence period for preparation of acts of terrorism, police said. The Metropolitan Police said …

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China intensifies efforts to combat coronavirus as death toll rises to 305

Beijing/Wuhan: China on Sunday resorted to more drastic measures like isolating coronavirus patients to designated areas and restricting the movement of residents in regions hit by the rapid spreading virus that has killed 305 people and infected over 14,000 others. The Philippines on Sunday reported the first death outside China from the deadly virus that has spread to 25 countries, …

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Pak acquires testing kits from China for coronavirus diagnosis

Islamabad: Pakistan said on Sunday that it had acquired nearly 1,000 coronavirus testing kits from its all-weather ally China to boost the country’s capability of diagnosing the disease which has claimed over 300 lives. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Zafar Mirza took to Twitter to share the development in the wake of concerns that Pakistan lacked capacity to …

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Bangladesh halts visa-on-arrival for Chinese nationals

Dhaka: Bangladesh has temporarily suspended its visa-on-arrival services for Chinese nationals and issued directions not to recruit them for ongoing projects in the country after the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 300 people and infected 14,562 others spread to 25 countries. Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen during a media briefing on Sunday said the government has …

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Pompeo condemns China’s Xinjiang crackdown during Central Asia tour

Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on countries to offer asylum to ethnic minorities fleeing China’s troubled Xinjiang region during a visit Sunday to oil-rich Kazakhstan — a country that borders the region. “We ask simply for them to provide safe refuge and asylum for those seeking to flee China,” Pompeo said at a press appearance with …

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Coronavirus death toll reaches 259 in China, 11,791 infected

IANS  Beijing Chinese authorities on Saturday confirmed that the death toll from the deadly novel coronavirus in the country has increased to 259, with 11,791 infected cases in 31 provincial-level regions. The National Health Commission said that 1,795 patients remained in critical condition, and 17,988 people were suspected of being infected with the virus as of Friday night, reports Xinhua …

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CAA in ‘clear violation’ of Constitution, international human rights law: Amnesty

PTI Washington Amnesty International has told the US lawmakers that the recently enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) stands in “clear violation” of the Constitution of India and international human rights law and “legitimises discrimination” on the basis of religion. The new citizenship law passed by Parliament in December 2019 offers citizenship to non-Muslim persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and …

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Abbas threatens to cut security ties with Israel, US

AP Cairo Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to cut security ties with both Israel and the US on Saturday, in a lengthy speech delivered at an Arab League meeting in Egypt’s capital that denounced a White House plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The US plan would grant the Palestinians limited self-rule in parts of the occupied West Bank, while …

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