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Pakistani investors in Sri Lanka to discuss business opportunities

Colombo, April 24 (IANS) A group of Pakistani investors arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday to explore investment opportunities in the island nation in the fields of health, housing, tourism, science and technology. The Pakistani delegation met President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo, during which special emphasis was also given to building highways and oil exploration, reports Xinhua news...

19 hours ago
Hopeful of more India-Bangladesh cricket series in new FTP: BCB

Kolkata, April 24 (IANS) There are chances that India might host Bangladesh more in future with the isuue of a greater number of bilateral series between the two set to be discussed when Future Tours Programme (FTP) for 2019-2023 is confirmed here during the on-going five-day International Cricket Council (ICC) meet. We are expecting some more matches in the next ICC FTP cycle. There wil...

2 days ago
Nepal in talks with India, Pakistan to revitalise Saarc

Kathmandu, April 22 (IANS) Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli on Sunday said Nepal has been holding negotiations with India and Pakistan to revitalise the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc). The Prime Minister said Nepal, as the current chair of Saarc, has been making sincere efforts to remove misunderstandings between India and Pakistan through dialogue with r...

2 days ago
India calls for 'quota-based resource base' for IMF

Washington/New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Calling for a timely review of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)'s quota system, India has urged for the creation of a robust quota-based permanent resource base for the multilateral lender to mitigate risks to the international monetary system. The call was made by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his speech at the International Monetary a...

5 days ago
Jaishankar seeks waiver of cooling-off period for joining Tatas

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Former Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar is slated to join Tata Sons as its head of global strategy and has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a waiver of the mandatory cooling-off period for bureaucrats seeking commercial employment, well-informed sources said on Thursday. The sources said Jaishankar, 63, who retired on January 28 after steering India's...

5 days ago
Over 500,000 still affected by Sri Lanka drought

Colombo, April 19 (IANS) Over 500,000 people still remain affected by the drought in 10 districts of Sri Lanka, according to a report released by the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre (DMC) on Thursday. The DMC said the 10 districts located in the northern, northwestern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka had been affected. The Puttalam district in the northwestern province i...

7 days ago
Commonwealth wants Modi's commitment to beat malaria

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) With one in seven Indians at risk of contracting malaria and an unfortunate break in the dramatic success of the last decade, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment at the Commonwealth summit in London this week to beat the disease is eagerly awaited, say experts India is central to this achievement (eradication of malaria from Commonwealth countries). We lo...

8 days ago
FAO to name 14 new agricultural heritage sites

Rome, April 16 (IANS/AKI) The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)will on Thursday unveil 14 new heritage sites in eight countries in Asia, the Middle East and Central America at an award ceremony here. FAO chief Jose Graziano da Silva, Italy's Deputy Agriculture Minister Andrea Olivero and his Chinese counterpart Zhang Taolin are among senior officials attending the c...

8 days ago
Ex-Sri Lankan minister arrested over alleged financial fraud

Colombo, April 16 (IANS) Sri Lanka's former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage was arrested on Monday over an alleged financial fraud amounting to $340,000 committed during the tenure of the previous government. Aluthgamage arrived at the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) in Colombo to record a statement over the alleged deal which involved importing a consignment of ...

8 days ago
SriLankan Airlines achieves record passenger revenue

Colombi, April 16 (IANS) SriLankan Airlines, the flag carrier of the island nation, on Monday said it had achieved a record annual passenger revenue of $830 for the 2017-18 fiscal, the highest ever in the company's 38-year history. In a statement, the airline said the revenue came as a result of its recent expansion to several new destinations such as Hyderabad (India), Gan Islands (Mald...

8 days ago
39 killed in accidents during Sri Lankan New Year

Colombo, April 16 (IANS) Thirty-nine people were killed in accidents across Sri Lanka during the New Year period which began on April 12 and ended on Monday, police said. The accidents were mainly due to drunken driving and speeding, police spokesperson S.P. Ruwan Gunasekara told Xinhua news agency. Over 515 drivers were also arrested for drunken driving from various districts d...

9 days ago
New Zealand skipper Williamson idolises Tendulkar

Kolkata, April 15 (IANS) New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on Sunday said he idolised batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar as a youngster. Some of my favourite cricketers have been Indians. Indian player Sachin Tendulkar, I met him during my debut for New Zealand. We were playing against each other, and I was looking at what he was doing. That was a bit of distraction, Williamson told repo...

9 days ago
Dhawan to join family business after cricket

Kolkata, April 15 (IANS) India opener Shikhar Dhawan says he wants to join his family business post retirement. Dhawan was asked about his interests other than cricket. The flamboyant southpaw revealed he would love to join his family business after calling it a day. I would have been into business. Once I finish my cricket I will be into business, Dhawan told reporters during a ...

10 days ago
Neeraj, Manika, Sanjeev delight: 3 boxing gold, 2 wrestling gold swell India's pride

Gold Coast, April 14 (IANS) Neeraj Chopra and Manika Batra clinched India's first-ever gold medals in men's javelin throw and women's singles table tennis respectively while boxers Vikas Krishan, M.C. Mary Kom and Gaurav Solanki claimed top podium finishes. Golden wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Sumit Kumar and shooter Sanjeev Rajput took third-placed India's tally to 59 medals (25 gold, 16 silver, 1...

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Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth, Satwik-Chirag in finals; Ashwini-Sikki get bronze

Gold Coast, April 14 (IANS) Indian star shuttlers P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and the men's doubles pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty reached the finals while the women's doubles combine of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy bagged the bronze medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Saturday. Ashwini, however, failed to grab a bronze medal in the mixed doub...

10 days ago
IPL-2018: KKR rope in Nayar as part of support staff

Kolkata, April 14 (IANS) Two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Saturday roped in Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar to be part of its support staff for the ongoing season. On a day when U-19 pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti was ruled out for the season with a foot injury and replaced by Karnataka fast bowler Prasidh Krishna, KKR added to their off-field supp...

10 days ago
CWG: Shuttlers Satwik-Chirag reaches men's doubles final

Gold Coast (Australia), April 14 (IANS) India's Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty thrashed Sri Lanka's Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonethilleka 21-18, 21-10 in straight games to enter the badminton men's doubles final at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Saturday. The Indian pair hardly lost a sweat in getting the better of the Sri Lankans in what turned out to be an one-sided affair, ...

11 days ago
CWG: Wrestler Bajrang, shooters Anish and Tejaswini reign supreme; 6 boxers in finals

Gold Coast, April 13 (IANS) Shooters Anish Bhanwala and Tejaswini Sawant clinched gold medals, while wrestlers earned four medals, including a golden show from Bajrang, even as five boxers entered the finals on a day India clinched 10 medals at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Friday. Among other success stories, Indian shuttlers claimed berths in seven semi-finals, while the wo...

11 days ago
Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth, Prannoy, Satwik, Ashwini in semis

Gold Coast, April 13 (IANS) India's star singles shuttlers P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy advanced to the semi-finals, while Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwik Rankireddy reached the semi-finals in both the doubles categories at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Friday. London Olympics bronze medallist Saina hardly broke sweat to clinch a 21-8, 21-13 win over Can...

11 days ago
CWG: 5 Indians reach finals; Bronze each for Naman, Manoj & Hussamuddin

Gold Coast, April 13 (IANS) Indian boxers Vikas Krishan, Satish Kumar, Amit Panghal, Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik entered the finals of their respective categories, while Naman Tanwar, Manoj Kumar and Mohammed Hussamuddin got bronze medals after losing in the semi-finals at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Friday. The finals will take place on Saturday, with legandary M.C. ...

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