Sri Lanka Announces Entering Into Partnership With India And Japan To Develop A Deep-Sea Container Terminal

New Delhi: The state-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has said a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) had been signed between the three countries to develop what is known as the East Terminal of the Colombo port. Sri Lanka has announced that it is entering into partnership with India and Japan to develop a deep-sea container terminal next to a controversial $500-million Chinese-run container jetty in Colombo harbour.

The SLPA said it will retain 51 percent of the company that will run the terminal while the rest will be owned by India and Japan. It gave no further details of the costs of the project. “The MOC demonstrates Sri Lanka’s ability to maintain and further it’s national interests while cooperating with international partners,” the SLPA said in a statement.


Sajid Javid Announces His Candidature In The Election For The Next Party Leader And Prime Minister

New Delhi:  Sajid Javid on June 27 announced his candidature in the election for the next party leader and prime minister, joining eight others in the race. Javid entered politics in 2009 after giving up a lucrative career in banking and rose fast in the Conservative party.

Son of a Pakistan-origin bus driver, Javid, 49, is the home secretary in the Theresa May government. He previously held the role of Culture secretary, and later as Business secretary interacted with leading Indian companies, including the Tata group.

Announcing his bid on twitter, Javid referred to the party’s poor performance in the European elections and said they made it “all too clear” that the government “must get on and deliver Brexit to ensure there is renewed trust in our democracy”.


Over 600 People Mostly Children Tested HIV Positive In Pakistan’s Sindh Province

New Delhi: Over 600 people, mostly children, have been tested HIV positive in Pakistan’s Sindh province, raising concern among health authorities who sought support of WHO to cope with the alarming number of cases. A ten-member team of experts from World Health Organisation will visit Pakistan within few days to ascertain causes of spreading HIV/Aids in Larkana region of Sindh, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health Zafar Mirza said in a press conference on Sunday.

The health authorities have requested the WHO to provide 50,000 HIV testing kits and send rapid response team to the area.

Mirza in a letter written to WHO said that most alarmingly, of over 600 cases that have surfaced so far, 500 are children between 2 months to 12 years old, the Nation reported.


US Indicts Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange On Multiple Counts Of Violation Of Country’s Espionage Act

New Delhi: The United States announced the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on multiple counts of violation of the country’s Espionage Act, that raised questions about implications for the freedom of press guaranteed by the American constitution’s First Amendment.

He was charged with 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act and one of computer intrusions. The maximum punishment for espionage is 10 years for each count, and 5 years for computer intrusion.

The charges supersede an earlier indictment obtained by the US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in April charging Assange with computer hacking, which formed the basis for an extradition request from the US that led to his arrest in the United Kingdom, soon after he left the Ecuadorean embassy where he had taken shelter for seven years.


White House Proposing Deployment Of 10,000 Troops To West Asia In Light Of Escalating Tensions With Iran

New Delhi: The US department of defense is expected to present a plan to the White House proposing the deployment of up to 10,000 troops to West Asia in light of escalating tensions with Iran even as top Trump administration have maintained the continuing build-up is about deterrence and not war.

The Pentagon presentation is slated for Thursday, but it was not known if President Donald Trump will attend the briefing. No timeline was disclosed for the deployment, but reports citing unidentified US officials indicated the additional troops are not expected to be sent all at once, and will be mostly in deterrence posture.