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Sri Lanka appoints minority Tamil as top judge COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday appointed a Tamil judge as the country's chief justice, the first member of the minority community to hold the post in more than two decades.Kanagasabapathy Sripavan, 62, was sworn in on Friday, ending a crisis in the Supreme Court triggered by the sacking of former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake two years ago.Sripavan becomes the first Tamil to occupy the top judicial position in 24 years as Sri Lanka's new leaders seek to mend ties with the country's largest ethnic minority after a bloody 37-year war."Justice Sripavan was sworn in before President Sirisena," the presidential secretariat said in a statement.The appointment comes two days after Sirisena declared the controversial impeachment of Bandaranayake by the previous regime illegal, fulfilling one of the pledges he made before his surprise win of this month's election.Bandaranayake stepped down on Thursday, a day after being formally restored to ...

Suicide attack on Afghanistan funeral kills at least 8: officials KABUL: At least eight people were killed Thursday when a suicide bomber detonated himself at a funeral for the victims of a roadside bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan, provincial officials said.A local official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said at least eight people were left dead in the attack in Mehtarlam, in the eastern Laghman province. Laghman governor spokesman Sarhadi Zwak placed the death toll at 16, with another 39 wounded.No one has claimed ...
India wields club on golfing bureaucrats: report NEW DELHI: India's right-wing government has scrapped membership of Delhi's prestigious golf club for bureaucrats as part of a crackdown on its notoriously work-shy civil servants, a report said Thursday. The memberships had been awarded to a select group of serving and retired bureaucrats by the previous left-leaning Congress government, the Hindustan Times daily said.But Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has now scrapped the perk, cancelling memberships for 27 civil servants teeing off from the ...
Sri Lanka probes political links to drug kingpin COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's police said Tuesday they were investigating whether a man who confessed to smuggling over 1,000 kilos of heroin to the island over three years had political protection.Samantha Kumara Vithanage was arrested in Pakistan earlier this month and taken back to Sri Lanka, police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.He told detectives he had imported about 1,000 kilos (2,200 pounds) of heroin since 2012 worth a total of $75 million to Colombo, a key hub ...
Iran warns of 'consequences' for Israeli attack TEHRAN: Iran has told the United States that Israel should expect consequences for an attack on the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights that killed an Iranian general, a senior official said Tuesday.Revolutionary Guards General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi died alongside six fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah group in the January 18 attack on forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war.Israel has not officially acknowledged carrying out the attack, but was already warned last week of an eventual ...
United States can be India's 'best partner': Obama NEW DELHI: President Barack Obama said that the United States can become India's "best partner" as he wrapped up a three-day visit to New Delhi on Tuesday."India and the United States are not just natural partners -- I believe that America can be India's best partner," Obama said in a speech before an audience of young people."Of course, only Indians can decide India's role in the world," said the US president who received a rapturous ...
Modi pledges 'predictable, competitive' tax regime NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised US executives Monday that he would forge a "predictable and competitive" tax regime as he sought to shake off his country's reputation as hostile to business.Speaking alongside US President Barack Obama at a meeting of American and Indian CEOs, the right-wing premier said the business climate had already dramatically changed since he came to power and the transformation would step up pace."You will find an environment that ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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