At least seven killed in gas explosion in Bangladesh

Published On: November 17, 2019 06:23 PM NPT By: Reuters

DHAKA, Nov 17 :  At least seven people were killed and eight injured on Sunday after a gas pipeline exploded in the Bangladeshi port city of Chittagong, a police official said.

COLOMBO, Nov 17 : Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera resigned from his post on Sunday saying he had lost the mandate after voters rejected the ruling party’s candidate in a presidential election.

Sri Lanka strongman Rajapaksa wins presidency by big margin

Published On: November 17, 2019 05:50 PM NPT By: Reuters

COLOMBO, Nov 17: Sri Lanka’s former civil wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was declared the winner in the presidential election on Sunday, after promising to secure the country against militant threats following Easter bombings this year.

BANGKOK, Nov 17: The United States and South Korea announced on Sunday they will postpone upcoming military drills in an effort to bolster a stalled peace push with North Korea, even as Washington denied the move amounted to another concession to Pyongyang.

COLOMBO, Nov 17: Sri Lanka’s former wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was set to become president after his main rival conceded defeat on Sunday in an election that came months after bombings by Islamist militants threw the country into turmoil.

Palestinian rockets, Israeli airstrikes jolt tenuous Gaza truce

Published On: November 16, 2019 08:30 PM NPT By: Reuters

JERUSALEM, Nov 16: Palestinian militants fired two rockets deep into southern Israel from Gaza on Saturday, and the Israeli military responded with a number of air strikes on militant targets, shaking an already tenuous truce

COLOMBO, Nov 16: Sri Lankans trickled into polling centres early on Saturday to choose a new president for the island-nation still struggling to recover from Easter Sunday attacks on hotels and churches that have heavily weighed on its tourism-dependent economy.

Attack on Fulani village kills 20 in central Mali

Published On: November 15, 2019 08:25 PM NPT By: Reuters

BAMAKO, Nov 15: At least 20 people were found dead after an attack on a Fulani village in central Mali, where communal violence has surged in recent months, the government said on Friday.

Venice braces for another devastating high tide

Published On: November 15, 2019 04:28 PM NPT By: Reuters

VENICE, Nov 15 : Venice braced for another devastating high tide on Friday morning as the lagoon city struggled with the wreckage left by the biggest surge of flood waters in 50 years earlier this week.

Sri Lanka's presidential election, by numbers and issues

Published On: November 15, 2019 03:21 PM NPT By: Reuters

COLOMBO, Nov 15: Sri Lanka will pick a new president in a vote on Saturday that comes months after Easter Sunday attacks by Islamic State that raised fears over the safety of the tiny island, undermined investor confidence and choked its economy.