Kamala Harris Castigates Donald Trump’s Merit-Based Immigration Plan Saying It Was Short-Sighted

New Delhi: Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin Senator castigated President Donald Trump’s merit-based immigration plan saying it was “short-sighted” and invoked her unique background as a Democratic candidate for the White House in 2020 -- being the daughter of an Indian immigrant.

Trump on Thursday rolled out the system that would prioritise high-skilled workers over those who already have relatives in the country when determining who receives green cards.

Harris, Senator from California, criticised the proposal, which Democratic leaders have vowed to fight, saying that Americans routinely celebrate a “unified culture” and the US Constitution guarantees equality for all people.


Easter Terror Attack In Sri Lanka Puts Tamil-Speaking Islamist Groups Along Palk Strait Under The Scanner

New Delhi: Easter terror attack in Sri Lanka that claimed 253 lives has put Tamil-speaking Islamist groups on either side of the Palk Strait under the scanner. The National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) is one of the prime suspects that the Sri Lankan government banned in the immediate aftermath of the eight serial blasts, for which the Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility.

President Maithripala Sirisena used his emergency powers to ban the NTJ and another group known as the Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI). Security and counter terrorism experts in Sri Lanka believe the hitherto little-known NTJ to be an organisation that split from the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamaath (SLTJ) in 2014.

SLTJ, a prominent Muslim outfit that seeks to spread a fundamentalist, Wahhabi version of Islam has a track record of inciting racial hatred, vandalising Buddhist places of worship, and openly endorsing the IS brand of violent jihad. In 2016, SLTJ’s general secretary Abdul Razik was arrested for hate speech.


Theresa May Announces EU Withdrawal Agreement Will Be Re-Introduced In The Week Beginning June 3

New Delhi: The EU withdrawal agreement has been voted down thrice in the House of Commons, but Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Tuesday night that it will be re-introduced in the week beginning June 3, prompting rebels to announce they would vote it down again.

There is little evidence of the Conservative government and the opposition Labour reaching a consensus position to pass the bill in cross-party talks. Both parties face another bruising in the May 23 elections, latest polls suggest.

A Downing Street spokesperson said on Tuesday: “This evening the Prime Minister met the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons (Jeremy Corbyn) to make clear our determination to bring the talks to a conclusion and deliver on the referendum result to leave the EU”.


Sri Lankan Government Banns 3 Islamic Extremist Groups Including NTJ That Carried Out Easter Attack

New Delhi: Continuing tough measures after the Easter attack by Islamic terrorists, Sri Lankan government has banned three Islamic extremist groups, including the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) that carried out the country’s worth terror attack on Easter Sunday in which over 250 people were killed.

President Maithripala Sirisena issued an extraordinary gazette banning a number of extremist organisations. He also prohibited the use of drones in the country till further notice.

According to the Gazette the National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ), the Jamaathe Millaathe Ibrahim (JMI), and the Willayath As Seylani (WAS) organisations have been banned.

On April 21, nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels, killing 258 people, including 44 foreigners 10 of them Indians, and injuring over 500 others.


Sri Lankan Enforces A Six-Hour Countrywide Curfew As Communal Violence Continues To Spread

New Delhi: The Sri Lankan authorities enforced a six-hour countrywide curfew as communal violence continued to spread in the island nation in the latest fallout from the Easter Sunday suicide bombings, which killed nearly 260 people. “The curfew has been imposed from 9 p.m. tonight to 4 a.m. tomorrow,” a police spokesperson said. Earlier in the day, the police reimposed a curfew, few hours after it was lifted, on four towns of Kuliyapitiya, Bingiriya, Dummalasuriya and Hettipola in the north western region till 4 a.m. tomorrow following a communal clash in the area. It was later extended to the entire North Western Province as violence continued to spread.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also appealed for calm after the unrest broke out, especially in Kurunegala district targeting Muslims, and appealed to the public not to be swayed by false information.