Sri Lanka will not extend a state of emergency imposed to control anti-government protests as the situation in the impoverished nation has "stabilised", the President's office said Tuesday. Ranil Wickremesinghe invoked the tough laws four days after his predecessor fled the country and resigned on July 14 after months of protests over acute shortages of food, fuel and medicines. The emergency imposed by Mr. Wickremesinghe is due to lapse on August 18 and he has the power to renew it every month thereafter. "The situation in the country has stabilised, there is no need to reimpose the state of emergency when it lapses this week," Mr. Wickremesinghe's office quoted him as saying. The emergency regulations allow troops and police to arrest and detain suspects for long periods. The state of emergency has been widely criticised by rights groups as a draconian step that allows the President to make regulations and limit citizens' freedoms without judicial review. Mr. … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka to end state of emergency, says President Wickremesinghe
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A private school, which had introduced tablets as a replacement for textbooks, withdrew the move on Thursday after a protest by parents. The Sri Chaitanya Techno School at Bannerghatta Road, which follows the CBSE syllabus, had introduced the tablets for students between Classes 3 and 6. Parents felt that the move would end with children getting addicted to such devices. There’s also the cost factor: parents allege that they would have to pay an average of Rs. 15,000 for the device and the content or pre-loaded syllabus. Satish H.P., a parent said that while he is not against tablets and other such learning devices, he is wary of introducing it to his child at such an early age. “Replacing textbooks with tablets can be detrimental to the child’s learning. The school initially said it was mandatory. Later, they made it optional. But we do not want students in one class to have different learning experiences,” he said. ‘Addicted to the screen’ Gauri Kamath, another parent, … [Read more...] about Parents protest replacement of textbooks with tabs
Several people from villages in and around Parandur walked out of a public hearing, which was held for the construction of Chennai’s second airport , at the Kancheepuram Collectorate. Many residents of Parandur and its neighbouring villages have been staunchly opposing the upcoming airport project , which is proposed at Parandur, fearing that their agricultural lands would be taken away for construction. Many persons who came for the public hearing alleged that they were made to wait for hours and weren’t informed that Ministers would participate in the hearing. L Ilango, a farmer from Eganapuram, said, “We waited for almost two hours. This is not the way to treat farmers. We felt humiliated that we had to cluelessly sit for hours together,” he said. Villagers from #Parandur & surrounding villages staged walkout during a public hearing meeting at #Kancheepuram collectorate on Tuesday, in protest against proposal for #Chennai 's 2nd airport & delayed arrival of 3 … [Read more...] about Residents of Parandur, neighbouring villages walk out of public hearing
azaan and banning of Muslim traders from fairs around Hindu temples have somewhat dented the party’s image. Bommai clearly has no time to drop the ball. The state of Karnataka, which had been known to be a peaceful, inclusive and forward-thinking, today seems to be tottering under the pressure of communal conflicts, audio clips allegedly exposing the internal rumblings in the government, flex wars involving posters of Savarkar, Tipu Sultan and Nathuram Godse to a string of revenge murders that have left the Karnataka BJP exposed. Long-serving leaders in the BJP seem to fear that with just a few months left for Assembly elections, the ruling party finds itself struggling for firm ground to base its election strategy on. On Independence day, the Karnataka government received flak from several quarters for omitting Jawaharlal Nehru’s photograph from a gallery of freedom fighters in a government advertisement for Independence Day, pushing Bommai into national focus. After the … [Read more...] about Southern Slice | Can Bommai Express Power BJP to Jinx-Breaking Win or Will Controversies Derail Run?
The UK has seen soaring temperatures this summer and after more hot weather earlier this month droughts were declared in eight areas in England . Much of the UK has seen the driest July since 1935 and many reservoirs have been badly affected. The hot weather is now coming to an end as the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms and heavy rain across the UK this week. But despite the end to the dry weather, this isn't expected to be enough to replenish the country's low water supplies. Hosepipe bans have already come into effect in some areas of the country, and more will be imposed in the coming days and weeks. Here's everything you need to know about where the hosepipe bans will be, what the rules are, and how long they'll be in place for. Which parts of the UK have hosepipe bans? Several million people in the UK are currently being restricted in their water use Four areas of the UK are currently under hosepipe bans, but in the … [Read more...] about UK hosepipe bans mapped: Where are they, what are the rules and how long will they last?
WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump attempted to make the Jan. 6, 2021, march on the Capitol appear spontaneous even as he and his team intentionally assembled and galvanized a violence-prone mob to disrupt certification of his electoral defeat, the House committee investigating the attack showed on Tuesday. “POTUS is going to have us march there/the Capitol,” Kylie Jane Kremer, an organizer of the “Save America” rally on Jan. 6, wrote in a Jan. 4 text shown by the panel on Tuesday as it detailed Mr. Trump’s efforts to gather his backers in Washington for a final, last-ditch effort to overturn his loss. Ms. Kremer added that Mr. Trump was “going to just call for it ‘unexpectedly.’” Mr. Trump weighed announcing the move, according to documents obtained from the National Archives, which provided the investigators with a draft tweet that said: “I will be making a Big Speech at 10AM on January 6th at the Ellipse (South of the White House). Please arrive early, massive crowds … [Read more...] about Trump Sought to Conceal Plans for March to Capitol, Panel Says
Australia received praise across corporate media for months on end as the island nation seemingly controlled the spread of coronavirus, albeit through the use of intense lockdown restrictions. But with a surge in cases, the nation has now resorted to measures like shooting dogs at shelters. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK!?!? They’re SHOOTING all the rescue dogs in Australia because of COVID!!! Who could do that??? That country is trying to be worse than even China. https://t.co/LKU9RwMDyi — Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 22, 2021 The New York Times (NYT) released an analysis in February, calling the nation a “model” for coronavirus response. “Ask Australians about the approach, and they might just shrug,” the piece claimed. “Instead of loneliness and grief or outcries over impingements on their freedom, they’ve gotten used to a routine of short-term pain for collective gain.” Forbes published a piece claiming Australia’s “success proves that a strong public health … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS: Australia Was A COVID-19 Media Darling. Now They’re Shooting Dogs To Slow The Spread
News Desk (AFP) Peshawar, Pakistan ● Fri, December 1, 2017 2017-12-01 16:10 1721 1f87594453bb792833e1ece3a2b9db5b 2 World #Pakistan,#attack,#Taliban Free At least nine people were killed and dozens of others wounded when Taliban gunmen stormed a school in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar Friday, officials said. "We have received six dead bodies and 18 injured, two of them are in critical condition," a spokeswoman for the Hayatabad Medical Complex, Ishrat Bibi, told AFP. Another government-run hospital, the Kyber Medical Complex, said it had received three dead bodies and was treating 20 injured people. The militants are believed to remain inside the compound. An AFP reporter at the site saw a helicopter hovering over the area and heard gunshots from inside the building. A residential area also within the training institute compound is being evacuated. Wasim Riaz, a senior police official, said seven people injured so far have been … [Read more...] about Nine dead in Taliban attack on Pakistan school
In “ Thirteen Lives ,” a documentary-styled dramatization of the 2018 flooded cave-complex rescue in northern Thailand, telling the story from the perspective of the local Thai people was a priority. To tell the story of the rescue of a youth soccer team and their coach, film director Ron Howard styled it as an ensemble film with a small cast not only of individual heroes, but also a wide array of characters who ultimately made it happen. It was the individual acts of heroism of the people involved, most of whom were Thai, that amounted to the miraculous rescue. The film, released on Amazon Prime and in select theaters, tells the story of the villagers helping the rescue effort by diverting rainwater from the mountain above and the farmers’ flooding their paddy fields to receive the water, even if that meant losing their livelihoods -- all the while the parents remained committed to keep faith. “[Howard] was very clear in the beginning that he wanted to make a film that … [Read more...] about Thai cave rescue film prioritized cultural nuance: ‘Most Thai people will get it immediately’
Amit Panghal (52kg) picked up his second successive gold medal of the year, while Pooja Rani (81kg) finished on top among the women to bring a fine end to India’s phenomenal campaign in the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok on Friday. India ended the event with 13 medals — two gold, four silver and seven bronze medals — in the tournament which was held simultaneously for men and women for the first time. Panghal, who won the Asian Games gold medal last year, defeated Korea’s Kim Inkyu in a unanimous decision. He came into the tournament on the back of a gold at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in February in Bulgaria. The 28-year-old Pooja, a silver-medallist at the event in 2012, struck gold among the women by defeating China’s Wang Lina. The Haryana-pugilist took to boxing against the wishes of her father, who relented after a six months of pleadings by the boxer and her coaches in Bhiwani. She also has an Asian Games bronze medal, which she claimed in 2014. However, … [Read more...] about Asian Boxing championships: Amit Panghal continues golden run; Pooja on top among women