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SAITM says will cooperate with government's policy decisions

Sun, May 21, 2017, 11:25 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka. May 21, Colombo: The Management of South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) says it will be cooperating with the policy decisions presented by the Government and the suggestions made by President Maithripala Sirisena.
 

China warns Taiwan of continued lockout from WHO assembly

GENEVA (AP) — China's health minister has all but slammed the door on Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization's annual assembly until the island's government accepts the "One China" principle. Health Minister Li Bin blamed Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's ruling party for Beijing's....

Trans Mountain $1.75-billion IPO comes at awkward time for Kinder Morgan

CALGARY – Kinder Morgan’s plan to raise money for its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion through an initial public offering could not come at a more awkward time. In addition to ongoing protests and federal court challenges, a vote recount in B.C. could tilt the balance of power, giving the Greens or NDP a chance to bog down the $7.

Crucial counts start Monday in B.C. election

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark pauses to read her notes while addressing MLAs during a caucus meeting at a hotel in Vancouver on May 16, 2017. British Columbia's final ballot count starts Monday to determine which party forms the province's next government almost two weeks after election day, barring judicial recounts.

This week on Focus Montreal: May 20

Focus Montreal introduces Montrealers to people who are shaping our community, and brings their stories into focus. It airs on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and midnight. Take a look at who we’re meeting this week on Focus Montreal: It’s a bill that would offer....

Maker of Nathan’s hot dogs issues recall over metal concerns

Published: May 21, 2017, 3:25 pm The Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) – The company that makes Nathan’s and Curtis hot dogs is recalling more than 200,000 pounds (90,700 kilograms) of the products after getting complaints of metal found in the packages. John Morrell and Co.

Ex-RBS boss Fred Goodwin to defend financial crisis role in court battle

Royal Bank of Scotland is bracing for a costly court battle with shareholders that is to see former boss Fred Goodwin defend his role in the lender's near collapse during the financial crisis. Mr Goodwin and a raft of former executives are in line for a public grilling as part of a £700 million....

33-year-old charged in connection with cash and cannabis seizure in Dublin

A 33-year-old man has been charged in connection with the seizure of cash and cannabis in Rathmines in Dublin. Cannabis herb and resin with an estimated street value of €30,000 was discovered along with €6,000, during an operation carried out by the Dublin Eastern Divisional Drugs Unit in the early hours of this morning.

Southern Yemenis stage independence rally

Thousands of Yemenis who back southern secession demonstrated in second city Aden on Sunday as a self-proclaimed autonomous body said it would press for the south's "liberation" from the north. The protest was the second since May 4 when thousands of southerners marched in support of former Aden....

S. Africa risks becoming 'mafia state' warns Ramaphosa

South Africa risks becoming a "mafia state", Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa warned Sunday, calling for a corruption probe at the top as he stepped up criticism of President Jacob Zuma. Ramaphosa is one of the main candidates to succeed Zuma as head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ahead of general elections expected in 2019.

IIT aspirants find JEE advanced moderate to tough

As thousands of students took the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) paper for admissions to IITs across the country, experts said the paper was easier than last year. Pawan Kumar, Deputy Director of FIIT-JEE, said that most students had found paper-II tougher than paper-I. “Compared to 2016, this year’s paper was definitely easier,” he said.

North Korea fires off medium-range missile in ‘challenge to the world’

North Korea launched an apparent medium-range ballistic missile Sunday in what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe termed a “challenge to the world.” The U.S. Pacific Command said it detected and tracked the launch at 4:59 p.m. of a “medium-range ballistic missile” from near Pukchang, in the central portion of North Korea.

Report: China cripples CIA operations, kills informants

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Chinese government "systematically dismantled" CIA spying operations in China starting in late 2010 and killed or imprisoned at least a dozen CIA sources over the next two years, The New York Times reported Saturday. The newspaper cited 10 current and former U.S.

Busuttil: We must rewrite our country’s history

Nationalist Party (PN) leader Simon Busuttil has said that the whole country could feel that the country was going through a very “particular moment” in the run up to the forthcoming election, and that that which was at stake was more than a simple choice of government. “We must choose to rewrite the history of country,” he said.

Fiduciary companies, Bannister must go to save Financial Services sector -AD

The first step to address the issues raised by the publication of the Malta Files and save Malta's financial services sector is to address the conflicts of interest at in the regulator's top brass, say Alternattiva Democratika. Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi's legacy will be the incalculable harm....

Corbyn says Labour will deliver 'fair' immigration policy but refuses to confirm if less people would be accepted to UK Evening Standard

Pressed further on the issue, Mr Corbyn went on: "I want us to have a society that works and I cannot get into a numbers game because I don't think it works." Asked again on whether he wanted immigration numbers to increase or decrease, Mr Corbyn replied: "What I want is a society that works and what I want is fair migration.

Report: China cripples CIA operations, kills informants

The Chinese government "systematically dismantled" CIA spying operations in China starting in late 2010 and killed or imprisoned at least a dozen CIA sources over the next two years, The New York Times reported Saturday. The newspaper cited 10 current and former U.S. officials, who described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades.

Peru organizes 2019 Pan Am Games in wake of deadly flooding

Construction for the 2019 Pan American Games is way behind schedule. But that's a secondary problem. The quadrennial event in Lima, Peru, has no sponsors, no marketing and is relying on a $1.2 billion budget financed by the national government. "This is the biggest challenge I have today — the....

Connecticut budget-fixing ideas: Legalized pot, new casino

They may have snuffed out the idea of legalizing marijuana in past legislative sessions, but Connecticut lawmakers now include it among several speculative proposals they are seriously considering to balance the state's deficit-plagued budget. Democrats are also pitching highway tolls and at least....

Noonan "intervened to keep Coveney in leadership race"

It's reported Michael Noonan intervened yesterday, to make sure Simon Coveney stayed in the race for Fine Gael leadership. The Sunday Independent reports the Finance Minister's encouragement was crucial in his decision. Colette Sexton of the Sunday Business Post thinks the move was designed to bolster Fine Gael's image outside of Dublin.

Plan now to avoid power blackouts this summer, government told

Warnings of electricity blackouts next summer due to a lack of generation capacity should be used by government to implement a series of measures to avert the looming crisis, the Grattan Institute has warned in a new report. Last summer, wild weather and a lack of generation capacity saw blackouts....

ICAC concerned over planning reforms

Proposed changes to NSW planning system do not go far enough to weed out avenues for corruption and potentially introduce new vulnerabilities, according to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. The ICAC, whose investigative powers have often examined flaws and loopholes in the state's....

Wikipedia targets Australians in bid to change the law

In an Australian first, the US-based crowd-sourced encyclopedia will launch on Monday a political campaign to change the Australian law, by displaying messages targeting Australians who visit pages it was able to create using a US provision known as "fair use".

Old Street tube station closed after body found in the early hours of the morning

Old Street tube station in London has been closed after a body was found in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police were called to the underground station at 1.27am to reports that a body had been discovered. The station was closed to Northern Line trains and Great Northern rail services.

World Cup winner and Manchester United legend Nobby Stiles is in the final stages of his battle with Alzheimer's

World Cup-winner Nobby Stiles is in the final stages of his battle with Alzheimer's and 'is not aware of anything' according to his son Rob. Stiles, 74, is regarded as one of all the all-time greats in English football having lifted the World Cup for England back in 1966 before winning the European Cup with in 1968.

Venezuelans shut down capital roads to protest government

CARACAS, Venezuela. Masses of protesters with white shirts, homemade gas masks and flags draped around their shoulders shut down a main road in the Venezuelan capital on Saturday in a continuation of near-daily street protests. Soldiers shut down access to the center of the city and officials....

'Zuma used fake intel to cull Eskom execs'

President Jacob Zuma is said to have used a "devious" intelligence report compiled by Duduzane, his son, to effect the suspensions of four top Eskom executives in 2015. The move paved the way for Brian Molefe's first posting to Eskom as its CEO and came months after Gupta associate Salim Essa's....

Israeli official troubled by $110 billion US-Saudi arms deal

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s first trip abroad (all times local): 1:16 p.m. A senior Israeli Cabinet minister has voiced concern about the U.S.’s $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Yuval Steinitz, a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said....

Connecticut budget-fixing ideas: Legalized pot, new casino

They may have snuffed out the idea of legalizing marijuana in past legislative sessions, but Connecticut lawmakers now include it among several speculative proposals they are seriously considering to balance the state's deficit-plagued budget. Democrats are also pitching highway tolls and at least....

Peru organizes 2019 Pan Am Games in wake of deadly flooding

Construction for the 2019 Pan American Games is way behind schedule. But that's a secondary problem. The quadrennial event in Lima, Peru, has no sponsors, no marketing and is relying on a $1.2 billion budget financed by the national government. "This is the biggest challenge I have today — the....

Connecticut budget-fixing ideas: Legalized pot, new casino

They may have snuffed out the idea of legalizing marijuana in past legislative sessions, but Connecticut lawmakers now include it among several speculative proposals they are seriously considering to balance the state's deficit-plagued budget. Democrats are also pitching highway tolls and at least....
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