Trump baffles Sweden with crime comment

Sri Lanka, Feb. 21 -- A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on a television report he had seen. Trump told a rally on Saturday that Sweden was having serious problems with immigrants.

"You look at what's happening last night in Sweden," Trump said. "Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having p... Read More

Fadnavis gave interviews, violated poll code: Sena

Mumbai, Feb. 21 -- A day before Mumbai goes to polls, the Shiv Sena alleged that CM Devendra Fadnavis violated the poll code and misused his official position as he gave media interviews after the last date for campaigning.

The party took its complaint to the State Election Commission (SEC) and said it would approach the courts if the SEC fails to act against the CM. The Sena said if Fadnavis can be allowed, all parties should be permitted.

Sen... Read More

Freebies to woo north Indian voters

Mumbai, Feb. 21 -- Political parties relying on the north Indian vote bank are a little worried about people leaving for Uttar Pradesh for its Assembly elections.

Majority of the north Indian population that live in the city, hail from Purvanchal or the eastern part of the state. Voting in that part will be held in the last two phases, on March 4 and 8.

Several north Indians have already gone for the polls in Uttar Pradesh and this could affect... Read More

SPC hearings commence today

Sri Lanka, Feb. 21 -- The Special Presidential Commission (SPC) appointed to inquire into the Central Bank (CB) bond scam will commence its public hearings today, the Ministry of Justice said yesterday. The proceedings will take place at No. 94 of the court complex on Court Avenue, Colombo 12.

The commission was appointed by the president in late January with a mandate to look into the bond scam, investigate it and then report on it. It was to c... Read More


Thane, Feb. 21 -- The police raided two places within Thane commissionerate and seized liquor bottles worth Rs1.27 lakh on Monday.

The accused, a history sheeter is absconding. Cases have been lodged with the Ambernath police station and Rabodi police station.

In the first incident, the Ambernath police got a tip-off that one Abhimanyu Mhatre, a resident of Wadol village in Ambernath, had stocked alcohol worth Rs67,000 at his home on Monday. Th... Read More

Be the change you want to see, please go and vote

Mumbai, Feb. 21 -- Voting to elect representatives who will rule the civic body for next five years is today. 91.80 lakh voters are expected to participate in the process. We don't know whether the city will continue with its reputation of low voter turnout in civic polls or do better this time.

Throughout the year, we Mumbaiites keep talking about the state of the city and keep criticising corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, as well as greedy ... Read More

'Debt trap must be sprung sans economic collapse'

Sri Lanka, Feb. 21 -- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has stressed the need for the country to overcome its debt crisis without letting its economy collapse unlike what happened to Greece. He said this at the Entrepreneur of the Year awards ceremony organized by the Kegalle Chamber of Commerce and Industry over the weekend.

"We will have to spend the next ten years paying off our debts. Meanwhile, we cannot let our economy collapse like what... Read More

Noisy campaigns silent on citizens' woes

Mumbai, Feb. 21 -- Goons versus extortionists, transparency in the civic body versus transparency in the state government, tiffs over who the real Mumbaiite is, and,an opposition fighting for its own space by hitting out at the two ruling parties.

The collapse of the BJP-Sena alliance, and the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party tie-up meant a campaign season full of name-calling and mudslinging.

It's time to vote now, but rarely were the r... Read More

Constitution-making going nowhere

Sri Lanka, Feb. 21 -- The Constitution-making process is reportedly at a standstill since December last year because the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have asked for more time to submit their proposals to the Constituent Assembly. A reliable source said yesterday the only positive outcome had been the flexible stance of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and pointed out that President Maithripala Sirisena m... Read More

I'll talk to President, PM about the delay: Jaishankar

Sri Lanka, Feb. 21 -- Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary (FS) S. Jaishankar assured the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that he would raise the delay in the constitution-making process with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the TNA said yesterday. It said in a statement that it met Mr. Jaishankar and updated him about the constitution-making process which appeared to have stalled.

"The foreign secretary assured... Read More