Indian detectives approach Sri Lankan government. to get DNA samples on ‘Angoda Lokka’ probe

The Crime Branch-CID of India approached the Sri Lankan government through diplomatic channels to get DNA and fingerprint samples to establish the identity of Sri Lankan don ‘Angoda Lokka’ who died in Coimbatore recently, reported the Times of India

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World Bank declares Pakistan's water project unsatisfactory

The World Bank has declared the $73 million Water Sector Capacity Building and Advisory Services project (WCAP) as “unsatisfactory” after losing its last hope to revive the scheme.

Unprecedented Indo-British collaboration in healthcare sector

British and the Indian institutions are collaborating in the field of healthcare at an unprecedented pace and 2020 is expected to witness an "inflection point" in India-UK Healthcare Collaboration, participants in a conference in Birmingham agreed.

India to open up protected dairy, poultry markets for US

In a major concession, India is likely to give the US access to its dairy and poultry markets in exchange for renegotiated terms for its pharmaceutical, textile and industrial exports under a new bilateral trade deal to be signed during President Donald Trump's visit to New Delhi later this month. Top sources told IANS that India is willing to partially open up its traditionally protected sectors -- dairy and poultry -- on the condition that the US grants India better terms for its pharmaceutical, textile and agro-machinery products.

Bhutan passes GST Bill despite legal issues

Bhutan's National Assembly passed the much touted Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill 2020 despite legal questions surrounding the House’s decision to defer its implementation. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering initially said that the government would implement the GST by July 1, 2022. He said that the two-year incubation period was required in view of the need to develop GST billing software and carry out sensitisation programmes, Kuensel reported.

Indian economy needs course corrections: Budget 2020-21 was a missed opportunity

In her marathon two hours and 46 minute-speech introducing India’s 2020 budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman painted an optimistic picture of the Indian economy

IMF wants India to focus on medium-term fiscal consolidation

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that the recent Indian budget's “accommodative fiscal stance” is appropriate in the weaker economic scenario, but wants New Delhi to focus in the medium term on fiscal consolidation because of the growing debt levels.

Maldives passes resolution to declare climate emergency

The Maldives Parliament has unanimously passed a resolution to declare a climate emergency in the country.

Will light up every house by ‘Mujib Barsha’: Bangladesh PMWill light up every house by ‘Mujib Barsha’: Bangladesh PM

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Pakistan government set to encourage growth in IT sector

Pakistan government set to encourage growth in IT sector and back the youth in entrepreneurial ventures said Prime Minister Imran Khan, Dawn reported.  

Indian light helicopter gets clearance; can be a new turn in Indian aerospace

The Indian Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), designed and developed by state-owned aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), received Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) from the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) at the conclusion of DefExpo 2020 on  February 7 at Lucknow

South Asia on the brink of locus invasion: FAO official

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has issued a warning about twin invasion of desert locusts coming to India and Pakistan starting in May

Bilateral deals to boost tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government is planning to sign bilateral agreements with a number of countries including China, Pakistan, and Iraq, aimed at increasing tourist arrivals and to boost the crisis-hit sector, a top official said

Four state-owned Bangladesh commercial banks ‘to be listed by Oct’

Bangladesh Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal  said the government is planning to offload the shares of four state-owned commercial banks (SOCBs) by October in a bid to give a boost to the stock market

Sri Lanka to develop northern harbour

Sri Lanka's cabinet has given approval to acquire a total of 50 acres of land to extend and develop the Kankesanthurai (KKS) harbour in the northernmost district of Jaffna.

'Sri Lankan economy recovering from Easter terror attacks'

Sri Lanka is gradually recovering from the economic impact of last year's Easter terror attacks, the media quoting International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Division Chief, Manuela Goretti reported.

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