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Japan wants Sri Lanka’s Hambantota to be military free

The minister, who made a brief stopover at Hambantota on Wednesday, said there is an agreement that port remains free of military activities. The port was leased to a Chinese company last year for operations for 99 years and there are concerns over its possible military use. Sri Lankan government, …

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Talking to an android: Meet ERICA, she wants to listen to you

We’ve all tried talking with devices, and in some cases they talk back. But, it’s a far cry from having a conversation with a real person. Now a research team from Kyoto University, Osaka University, and the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute, or ATR, have significantly upgraded the interaction system for …

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ICC wants harsher punishment for ball tampering

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on Sunday was charged for ball-tampering in the second Test against the West Indies in St Lucia and the ICC said it is likely to push for upgrading ball tampering from a Level 2 offence to Level 3. Currently the maximum sanction under a Level …

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AIIMS wants Lalu to return to Ranchi hospital, RJD workers protest

NEW DELHI: RJD workers protested outside the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi against the hospital’s decision to move their corruption-convicted leader Lalu Prasad to a hospital in Ranchi. Lalu is presently in the middle of a sentence after his conviction four separate cases in the …

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Chinese President wants screening of more Bollywood movies in China

Briefing reporters at the end of the two-day informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi in the central Chinese city, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said they proposed collaboration in the areas of spirituality, trade, technology, tradition and entertainment including films. “President Xi said that he had seen …

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Kathua rape case: PDP wants two BJP ministers out, may break alliance

New Delhi: The uneasy alliance between People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and BJP may be nearing an end in Jammu and Kashmir with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti reportedly demanding that two BJP ministers in the cabinet be removed for allegedly instigating protests against investigations in the Kathua rape case. PDP has …

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