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Court stops Sri Lanka deporting foreign refugees COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's court of appeal has ordered a halt to the deportation of Afghan and Iranian refugees before their asylum claims are fully assessed, an official said on Saturday.The court order came after a woman challenged Sri Lanka's decision to expel foreign nationals despite warnings that doing so may violate international law.A court official said judge A. W. A. Salam, head of the Court of Appeal, had on Friday ordered the defence ministry to suspend the deportations."The case will be called again on August 29," said Lakshan Dias, a Sri Lankan lawyer representing the Pakistani petitioner. "For the moment we have stopped the refoulement (forced return)."He said the government had deported 28 foreigners in the past two weeks and arrested another 75 and were holding them at a detention centre in the island's south. Another 1,800 foreigners, including Afghans, Iranians and Palestinians, risked being sent back, he said.The United ...

India PM Modi set to visit Japan end of August NEW DELHI: India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi will head to Japan at the end of the month on his first bilateral visit outside South Asia since coming to power, officials said Friday.Modi will visit from August 31 to September 3 and plans to meet with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and Emperor Akihito, said a statement from India's foreign ministry."The Government of Japan sincerely welcomes the visit of the Prime Minister, which will further ...
India's monsoon rains 20pc below average in past week NEW DELHI: India's rainfall was 20 percent below average in the week to Aug. 13, the weather office said on Thursday, reversing the preceding week's 19 percent surplus. Last week's poor show kept the seasonal rainfall deficit unchanged at 18 percent below average. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
India talks to buy French fighter jets still on: minister NEW DELHI: India's talks to buy fighter jets from France's Dassault Aviation in a 2012 deal worth $12 billion are still underway but are complex, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has said.India chose Dassault for "exclusive negotiations" for 126 Rafale jets, but successive deadlines to complete one of the world's biggest airline contracts have slipped by."Given the complexity of the procurement case, the process of negotiations with Dassault Aviation on various aspects of the commercial proposal ...
Power-starved Bangladesh approves $4.6bn energy project DHAKA: Bangladesh has approved a $4.6 billion project to build coal-fired power plants and a deep-sea port in the Bay of Bengal with Japanese funding, as it seeks to ease a chronic energy shortfall.Despite major investment in new plants that has seen electricity production double in the last seven years, impoverished Bangladesh continues to face major power shortages.The National Economic Council on Tuesday approved the project, which includes two 600-megawatt coal-fired power plants and a ...
Donald Trump says optimism returning to India under Modi MUMBAI: US property tycoon Donald Trump praised India's new prime minister on Tuesday, saying foreign investors were returning to the country after years of slowing economic growth.The developer and television star predicted that "money will pour into India" as he briefed journalists on a new luxury apartment block in Mumbai dubbed "Trump Tower"."I have not met him, but your new PM has done a fantastic job of bringing people together," he told the journalists in ...
Modi makes landmark visit to IoK KARGIL: Narendra Modi travelled on Tuesday to Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), where he will become the first Indian prime minister in 15 years to visit the Siachen glacier -- dubbed the world's highest battlefield.Modi landed in the Himalayan town of Leh on Tuesday morning, according to his official Twitter feed.He will visit troops and open two hydropower plants in the Indian occupied Himalayan region, accompanied by India's new army chief Dalbir Singh Suhag.Copyright AFP (Agence ...


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