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Sri Lanka’s Main Tamil Party Urges President To Reconvene Parliament To End Political Crisis

New Delhi: As the minority ethnic community emerged as kingmakers in the power struggle, Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party urged the President to reconvene Parliament and end a worsening political crisis.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) could tip the balance should parliament be recalled this week to decide between two rivals both claiming the lawful right to head Sri Lanka’s government.

Sri Lanka has been gripped by constitutional turmoil since president Maithripala Sirisena sacked his former ally, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and his cabinet on October 26.

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China To Provide $6 billion Aid To Pakistan To Minimise Its Dependence On IMF Bailout

New Delhi: China reportedly agreed to provide $6 billion in aid to Pakistan to minimise the cash-strapped country’s dependence on an IMF bailout package as Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Khan, who is here on his maiden visit, met Xi in the Great Hall of People where the two leaders also held one-on-one meeting besides delegation-level talks, Pakistani media reports said.

Pakistan is expected to receive USD 6 billion economic package from China during the visit, Geo TV quoted sources as saying. A loan of USD 1.5 billion is also expected to be offered, along with an additional package of USD three billion for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the report said.

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Bus Service Between Kashgar In Xinjiang Province And Lahore To Be Launched On November 3

New Delhi: China said that it wasn’t aware of India’s protests against a Sino-Pakistan bus service through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) as part a bilateral economic corridor. It argued that the service would not change its stand on Kashmir.

The bus service between Kashgar in China’s far-western Xinjiang province and Lahore is expected to be launched on November 3 during Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan’s high-profile visit to the country.

India has protested the move, saying it’s a violation of its territorial sovereignty. The Chinese foreign ministry, however, played down India’s concerns.

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Acquittal Of Asia Bibi Sparks Protest Across Pakistan And Death Threats From Religious Extremists

New Delhi: Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam nearly eight years ago, sparking protests in several cities across the country and death threats from religious extremists.

A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had earlier reserved its decision on Asia’s appeal on October 8. On Wednesday, amid great tension and tight security at the apex court, the judgement was read out by the Chief Justice, who cited the Quran in his ruling.

“The judgement of the (Lahore) high court and that of the trial court is reversed,” Nisar said, adding Asia should be set free from a jail in Sheikhupura, near Lahore, if she wasn’t wanted in any other case.

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Man Suspected Of Sending Pipe Bombs Had A List Of Officials And Other Intended Targets

New Delhi: The man suspected of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and other opponents of President Donald Trump kept a list of elected officials and others who investigators believe were intended targets.

The disclosure came as 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc made his initial court appearance in Miami federal court Monday, saying little but tearing up, and after bomb squads were called to a post office in Atlanta about a suspicious mailing to CNN similar to the pipe bomb packages recovered in the case last week.

The official said authorities had recovered soldering equipment, a printer, and stamps similar to those used on the package bombs in the investigation into Sayoc, who was arrested last week in Florida. Authorities believe Sayoc was putting explosives together in his van.