Friday, April 26, 2019
A 61-year-old Indian has been jailed in the US for five years for smuggling foreigners, including a majority of Indians, into America, the Department of Justice has said. Yadvinder Singh Sandhu pleaded guilty early this year, saying he personally assisted around 400 aliens to unlawfully enter the US between 2013 and 2015, according to the Department...
Japan's government has apologised to tens of thousands of victims forcibly sterilised under a now-defunct Eugenics Protection Law and promised to pay compensation. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says he is offering "sincere remorse and heartfelt apology" to the victims. Japan's parliament enacted legislation earlier Wednesday to provide redress measures, including 3.2 million yen (USD 28,600) compensation for...
Sri Lanka remained on high alert as police on Wednesday carried out a controlled explosion of a suspicious motorcycle parked near a cinema hall here. The police said that the area near the Savoy Cinema at Wellawatta, South Colombo was cleared and the controlled explosion was carried out by the bomb disposal squad...
Asian and African leaders plan to press Beijing at a conference this week to reduce the politically volatile debt burden left by its Belt and Road Initiative to build ports and other trade-related infrastructure. That may bring a note of conflict into the official celebration of President Xi Jinping's signature foreign initiative, which has stirred anxiety in...
A robust framework for accountability against sexual violence in armed conflicts must include all actors, irrespective of their affiliations and motivations, India has said as it stressed the need to understand the nexus between terrorism, trafficking and sexual violence to address the scourge. First Secretary in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said at the UN Security Council high-level open...
Afghan civilians are for the first time being killed in greater numbers by US and pro-government forces than by the Taliban and other insurgent groups, a UN report released Wednesday revealed. The bloody milestone comes as the US steps up its air campaign in Afghanistan while pushing for a peace deal with the Taliban, who...
Four prominent leaders of Hong Kong's democracy movement were jailed on Wednesday for their role in organising mass pro-democracy protests in 2014 that paralysed the city for months and infuriated Beijing. The prison terms are the latest hammer blow to city's beleaguered democracy movement which has seen key figures jailed or...
Srinagar: A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck China’s remote Himalayan region of Tibet close to India early Wednesday, authorities said. The epicentre of the quake, with a depth of 10 km, was monitored at 28.40 degrees north latitude and 94.61 degrees east longitude, according to the China Earthquake Networks Centre. There were no...
Colombo: The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the devastating Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, according to a posting by the group's Amaq news agency Tuesday. Without offering evidence of its involvement, the group commonly known as ISIS said the suicide attacks that killed more than 320 people were...
Colombo: Islamic state has claimed responsibility for coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka which killed 321 people and injured about 500 others, the group’s AMAQ news agency said on Tuesday. The group did not give evidence for its claim. Sri Lanka on Tuesday placed all police stations in Colombo on high alert...