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Modi arrives in Sri Lanka as part of foreign visit

Colombo, Jun 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Sri Lanka Sunday on the second leg of his first foreign visit after re-election last month to strengthen the bilateral ties with the island nation, reflecting the importance India attaches to its 'Neighbourhood First' policy.

Modi was received by his...

In a first, ferry service to connect India and Maldives

Male, Jun 9: India and the Maldives have agreed to launch a passenger-cum-cargo ferry service between Kerala's Kochi and the Maldivian capital Male via Kulhudhuffushi atoll to strengthen connectivity between the two countries and boost tourism.

The initiative was announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day state visit to...

Lanka president hits out at committee probing Easter Sunday attacks

Colombo, Jun 8: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has publicly taken to task the parliamentary select committee on the Easter Sunday jihadi attacks, saying he was opposed to top officials testifying on national security matters before the media.

Sirisena's outburst is set to trigger another conflict between him the...

We did that 50 yrs ago: Trump takes U-turn on NASA Moon mission

Washington, Jun 8: US President Donald Trump on Friday criticized NASA for aiming to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024 and urged the space agency to focus instead on “much bigger” initiatives like going to Mars, undercutting his previous support for the lunar initiative.

“For all of...

UAE supports investigation of massacre in Sudan: Gargash

Bratislava, Jun 8: The United Arab Emirates is concerned about the "massacre" in Sudan and supports calls for an investigation, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Friday.

Sudan's new military leaders have been under pressure after the worst violence since Omar al-Bashir's fall in April....

Pakistan PM Imran Khan writes to Modi, offers talks

Islamabad, Jun 8: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday wrote a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi offering dialogue to reconcilable problems.

In a letter to Modi congratulating him on his second term as the Prime Minister, Khan wrote that Pakistan desires the resolution of all problems,...

In a first, US Air Force allows Sikh airman to keep turban, beard on duty

Washington, Jun 8: A Sikh airman has been allowed by the United States Air Force to serve with a beard, turban and unshorn hair, making him the first active-duty airman to be granted such a religious accommodation.

Airman Harpreetinder Singh Bajwa, who joined the US Air Force in 2017,...

Sri Lanka braces for PM Narendra Modi's visit on Sunday

Colombo, Jun 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will briefly visit Sri Lanka on Sunday during which he will hold discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena, according to the president's office here.

Modi will be the first foreign leader to visit the island nation after the Easter bombings that killed over...

May quits as party leader, starting succession race

London, Jun 7: British Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down as leader of her Conservative Party on Friday, formally triggering the race for a successor who will try where she failed to deliver Brexit.

May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in...

Obamas sign deal to produce podcasts for Spotify

New York, Jun 7: Barack and Michelle Obama's production company Higher Ground has signed a deal with Spotify to create a series of podcasts for the music streaming service, which is seeking to diversify its content.

"We're excited... because podcasts offer an extraordinary opportunity to foster productive dialogue, make...