Many interpreters have already left the country on their own while several have been relocated by their former employers, for fear that after the withdrawal they will be more vulnerable to revenge attacks from the insurgents.
China is hosting foreign ministers from 10 Southeast Asian nations amid heightened competition between Beijing and Washington for influence in the region.
Marine experts in Sri Lanka recovered the data recorder of the Singapore-flagged fire-stricken cargo ship sinking slowly off the country’s capital, officials have said as authorities appointed a panel to look into the impact of the incident on the marine environment.
A new Constitutional Bench of the Nepal Supreme Court was formed on Sunday to hear a bunch of petitions against the May 22 dissolution of the House of Representatives after differences among justices over its composition delayed the crucial hearing, according to media reports.
A minivan carrying civilian passengers in northwest Afghanistan was hit by a roadside bomb, leaving at least 11 passengers dead, including three children, an Afghan official said Sunday.
A stranded boat carrying 81 Rohingya Muslims was found by villagers in Indonesia’s Aceh province. The 81, including children, had left a refugee camp in Bangladesh, officials said. 90 people were on the boat when it left the refugee camp on February 11, but nine died during the course of the journey, said Miftach Cut …
Fire stricken Singapore registered MV X-Press Pearl cargo ship, which caught fire near the Colombo harbor,had sunk off the coast of Sri Lanka during an attempt to tow the vessel to deeper waters.
The ship was heading to Colombo from Gujarat in India when the blaze started, having previously visited Qatar and Dubai. There were 1,486 containers on board. Out of that, 81 containers were classified as holding “dangerous cargo.”
A fire-striken Singapore-flagged cargo vessel laden with chemicals started to sink on Wednesday off Sri Lanka’s main port, a senior navy official said, fuelling severe environmental concerns as the container ship still has several hundred tonnes of oil in its fuel tanks.
At least 20 civilians were killed and 34 others were wounded in a series of violent attacks in five provinces of Afghanistan in the span of 24 hours, underlining the already dilapidated security situation in the country as the US withdraws its troops.
Nepal’s Opposition alliance on Sunday urged all state institutions not to support Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli government’s “unconstitutional” and “anti-democratic” activities and expressed hope that the Supreme Court’s verdict on the petitions against the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament will come in its favour, according to a media report.
The X-Press Pearl has been blazing out of control for a week and with heavy winds battering the Singapore-registered vessel, authorities fear a new oil disaster on Sri Lanka’s beaches.
Nepal’s Supreme Court on Thursday sent all the 19 petitions challenging the dissolution of the House of Representatives and rejection of Opposition leader Sher Bahadur Deuba’s claim by the President for the post of prime minister to the Constitutional Bench.