FGN36 LANKA-POLL-2NDLD RESULTS Lanka’s Rajapaksa clan registers landslide win in parliamentary polls; gets two-thirds majority Colombo: Mahinda Rajapaksa will be sworn in as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister for the fourth time on Sunday after his party registered a landslide victory in the general election, securing two-thirds majority in Parliament needed to amend the Constitution to further consolidate the powerful Rajapaksa family's grip on power.
FGN38 US-TRUMP-TIKTOK-2NDLD BAN Trump signs executive orders banning Chinese apps TikTok & WeChat; cites India's action Washington: President Donald Trump, citing India's recent ban on Chinese social media apps, has signed executive orders that would prevent TikTok and WeChat from operating in the US as they threatened America's national security and economy.
FGN40 NEPAL-POLITICS Prachanda tells party workers to prepare for worst as power tussle with PM Oli intensifies Kathmandu: Nepal Communist Party's executive chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has asked the party workers to prepare for the 'worst' as the ongoing power tussle between him and Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has intensified with no solution in sight.
FGN28 UK-CAT-RETIREMENT UK Foreign Office cat, Lord Palmerston, retires as mouse catcher London: The resident cat at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, dubbed “Lord Palmerston the Chief Mouser” in reference to its mouse-catching duties, is to retire from diplomatic service, the FCO said on Friday.
FGN26 VIRUS-JAISHANKAR-LD POMPEO Jaishankar, Pompeo exchange views on bilateral ties, Indo-Pacific, COVID-19 By Lalit K Jha Washington: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his US counterpart Mike Pompeo have shared assessments on regional and global issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, Indo-Pacific and Quadrilateral coalition during a wide-ranging conversation.
FGN23 PAK-FATF Pakistan Parliament approves FATF-related Bill Islamabad: Amidst vociferous protests from Pakistan's religious parties, the Parliament has approved a third Bill related to the tough conditions set by the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog FATF.
FGN14 VIRUS-US-TRAVEL-ADVISORY COVID-19: US lifts global health travel advisory; Urges citizens not to visit India, China Washington: The US has lifted the highest level of its global health travel advisory for Americans due to the coronavirus pandemic and restored the previous country-specific system without changing the status of over 50 countries, including that of India and China.
FGN5 US-TRUMP-CHINA US will end reliance on China, other nations for pharmaceuticals and medical supply:Trump Washington: The US will end its reliance on China and other foreign nations for pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, President Donald Trump has said, asserting that Beijing would have to pay the price for the wound it has inflected on America and the world by spreading the deadly coronavirus. PTI TEAM NSA