(MOGADISHU, LANKAPUVATH) – Some 110 people have died in Southern Somalia in the last 2-days from famine and diarrhea resulting from a drought, the Prime Minister said on Saturday (04), as the area braces itself for widespread shortages of food."Somalia says 110 dead in last 48-hours due to drought"
(CHINA DAILY, CHINADAILY.COM.CN) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday (05) that China will “Try to achieve better results” in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2017, as its growth target is set at “around 6.5 percent”. Analysts said the goal is achievable since the economy could have hit the trough last year."Chinese Government aims to pursue more proactive, effective fiscal policy"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will not be visiting Sri Lanka this month as she had been tentatively scheduled to, the global lender said on Sunday (05)."IMF Chief Christine Lagarde will not make Sri Lanka visit this month"
(CHENNAI, LANKAPUVATH) – Citing the report of United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Raad Al Hussein accusing Sri Lanka of failing to comply with the Commission’s resolutions for hybrid mechanism to probe the war crimes and return of Army occupied lands to Tamils, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) Youth Wing Leader Anbumani Ramadoss on Saturday (04) asked the Union Government to take the issue to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to ensure justice for Tamils."“Need Centre’s help in Sri Lanka issue,” says Anbumani Ramadoss"
(CHINA DAILY, CHINADAILY/COM.CN) – Having made headlines at the Davos World Economic Forum with his vigorous defence of globalisation, President Xi Jinping is expected to take the spotlight in another gathering with global influence: the Two Sessions in Beijing. The 5th session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the 5th session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), will open on Friday (03) and Sunday (05), respectively."Two Sessions to highlight President Xi’s thoughts"
(TORONTO, LANKAPUVATH) – Toronto Mayor John Tory is to lead a trade mission to India and Sri Lanka, The Star reported."Toronto Mayor to lead trade mission to India and Sri Lanka"
(CHINA DAILY, CHINADAILY/COM.CN) – China will continue to be the engine of global growth as its economic fundamentals remain strong and resilient, a senior official said on Thursday (02), dismissing the pessimism regarding the country’s economic prospects."CPPCC Spokesperson upbeat on growth as gathering opens"
(CHINA DAILY, CHINADAILY/COM.CN) – “Every member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) strongly expects proposal formulation to be involved in policy making. However we should also pay attention to its effect on society,” according to Wang Ming, Director of Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Research Center with Tsinghua University, during an exclusive interview with China Daily."Two Sessions: Political Advisor unlocks mystery of effective proposals"
The Government has apparently decided to ban all tuk tuk prints and quotes. What does this mean for us? Tuk tuk quotes are the main source of literary edutainment for commuters when on the road, what with their deep, confusing, and more often than not completely bizarre and paradoxical statements. They range from declarations of love (spurned love, maternal love, patriotic love, and love in all its subjugations), philosophy and poetry, sometimes with a dash…"Tuk-tuk Quotes: A Thing of the Past?"
The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) yesterday accused the Education Ministry officials of having deprived more than 200 doctors’ children of their right to education. These children have failed to gain admission to schools in the areas where their parents have been transferred to. Addressing the media at the OPA, GMOA Secretary Dr. Nalinda Herath said the union had held several discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena, who had brought the situation to the notice of…"More than 200 docs’ kids left without schools – GMOA"