US sanctions former Sri Lankan Navy commander for human rights violations

Colombo: The US has sanctioned former senior Sri Lankan Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda for “gross violation” of human rights during the brutal conflict with the LTTE, evoking a strong reaction from Colombo which said the “unilateral” move was “counter-productive”. The 70-year-old former Navy commander from 2005-2009 is the second senior defence official of such stature to…

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EAM Jaishankar discusses situation in Indo-Pacific with his Colombian counterpart Duran

Bogota: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Colombian counterpart Alvaro Leyva Duran and discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on global issues, including the situation in the Indo-Pacific region. Jaishankar arrived here in Colombia’s capital from Panama on Wednesday. He is the first external affairs minister to have visited Colombia. “Met Foreign…

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Quad leaders to meet in Sydney on May 24 for third in-person summit

Washington/Canberra: The third in-person Quad summit will be held in Sydney next month to deepen cooperation on critical and emerging technologies, high-quality infrastructure, global health, climate change and other pressing issues pertaining to the strategic Indo-Pacific region, it was announced on Wednesday. The Quad or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue comprises India, the US, Japan and Australia….

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Senior Madhesi leader Upendra Yadav elected HoR member from Nepal’s Bara-2 constituency

Kathmandu: Senior Madhesi leader and former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Upendra Yadav has been elected as a member of the House of Representatives from Bara constituency-2, the Election Commission said on Wednesday. The by-elections were held on Sunday in Nepal’s three constituencies Tanhun-1, Chitawan-2 and Bara-2. Yadav, the Janata Samajwadi Party Chairperson, is the only…

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Australia to ramp up ties with India, Japan in Indo-Pacific amid China’s aggressive actions

Melbourne: Australia on Monday said it will deepen its diplomatic and defence partnerships with key allies in the strategic Indo-Pacific, including India and Japan, in response to China’s growing assertion of sovereignty over the South China Sea and its threat to the global rules-based order. Unveiling the Defense Strategic Review in Canberra, Prime Minister Anthony…

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