One month after fall of Kabul, economic crisis stalks Taliban

Sept 15 (Reuters) – A month after seizing Kabul, the Taliban face daunting problems as they seek to convert their lightning military victory into a durable peacetime government. After four decades of war and the deaths of tens of thousands of people, security has largely improved, but Afghanistan’s economy is in ruins despite hundreds of billions of dollars in development spending over the past 20 years. Drought and famine are driving thousands from the country to the cities, and the World Food Programme fears food…

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Damian McKenzie starts at fly-half for All Blacks vs Pumas in Rugby Championship clash, live on Sky Sports | Rugby Union News

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster makes some 12 changes to his starting XV to face Argentina on Saturday, live on Sky Sports; the headline selection sees Damian McKenzie start at fly-half for the first time in three years, with Beauden Barrett on the bench; the entire pack has been changed Last Updated: 16/09/21 11:05am Damian McKenzie starts at fly-half at Test level for the first time in three years vs Argentina on Saturday Damian McKenzie will make his first Test start at fly-half for three years against Argentina in…

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The Game & The Rampage

Sep 16 (CT) It was evident since the death of D.S. Senanayake, rituals of democracy in Sri Lanka have been one of the biggest scams on earth. The result of this hideous act carried out by the present and past politicians is evident through the two major violent uprisings carried-out by Sinhalese and Tamil youths of the country. The deceptive politicians of every colour survived the wrath of these young people due to the intervention of the impartial heroic armed forces of the country. more..

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Biden calls Australian PM ‘that fellow down under’

US President Joe Biden appeared to forget the Australian prime minister’s name during a video conference. He referred to Scott Morrison as “that fellow down under” after addressing his UK counterpart, Boris Johnson, on first-name terms. Their virtual meeting had been held to discuss the Aukus security pact in the Asia-Pacific between the three nations. Read more: UK, US and Australia launch pact to counter China Source link–!Thank You !–

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Keeping our promises: Sri Lanka and UNHRC

Sep 16 (DM) As the SL Govt contends with urgent economic and public health crises, the specter of the 48th session of the UNHRC hangs over it. Recent sessions have emphasized SL’s short-comings in the context of previous commitments. A Jan 2021 UN report “warns that the failure of SL to address past violations has significantly heightened the risk of human rights violations being repeated. It highlights worrying trends over the past year, such as deepening impunity, militarization more..

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Minister accused of holding Tamil prisoners at gunpoint must face investigation

Sep 16 (AI) Responding to reports that SL’s State Minister Lohan Ratwatte, forcibly entered a state prison in Anuradhapura on 12 Sept and held Tamil prison inmates incarcerated under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) at gunpoint and threatened to kill them, Yamini Mishra, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director said: “These dumbfounding reports go to show that our ongoing concerns regarding SL’s treatment more..

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Editorial: Arrest them!

Sep 16 (Island) Lohan Ratwatte is reported to have resigned as the State Minister of Prison Management & Prisoners’ Rehabilitation over two separate incidents where he and a group of persons, described as his friends, forced themselves into two prisons and threatened some inmates and made a nuisance of themselves to the prison officers. He, however, will continue to function as the Sate Minister of Gem, Jewellery related Industries. (A gem of a minister!) It is a criminal offence more..

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Ratwatte remains a state minister despite resignation over running amok in prisons

Sep 16 (Island) State Minister of Prison Reform and Rehabilitation Lohan Ratwatte said that he had informed Prez Rajapaksa that he would step down immediately from his post as the State Minister of Prisons. However, he will continue to be the State Minister of Gem and Jewellery Industries. Minister Ratwatte said that had decided to step down after taking responsibility for the incidents that took place at the Welikada and Anuradhapura Prisons. more..

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‘UN intervention will cause embarrassment’

Sep 16 (CT) The SJB said it would be a disgrace to Sri Lanka if UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has to intervene to ensure the existence of democracy in the country. SJB MP Imthiaz Bakeer Markar said the Sri Lankans in Italy are pushing the international community to protest because of the loss of democracy and the loss of human rights of people in Sri Lanka. “Yesterday (15) was an important day, as the United Nations declared it as the Day of Democracy in 2007. more..

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UN office in Colombo condemns ill-treatment of prisoners

Sep 16 (Island) The United Nations (UN) office in Sri Lanka says it condemns any ill-treatment of prisoners. The UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer-Hamdy said that it is the duty of the State, as per the Mandela Rules, to protect the rights of prisoners. “In our work on prison reform and drug rehabilitation UN Sri Lanka works to strengthen capacities to uphold the rights of all those in custody and condemns any ill treatment of prisoners,” Hanaa Singer-Hamdy tweeted. more..

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Formula One: Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll to race for Aston Martin next season

Aston Martin sit seventh in the constructors’ championship, with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel taking their best result of the season after finishing second in Azerbaijan By PA Media Last Updated: 16/09/21 10:08am Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll will race again for Aston Martin next season Aston Martin have announced an unchanged driver line-up for the 2022 Formula One season with both Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll retained. Formerly Racing Point, Aston Martin returned to Formula One this year and sit seventh in the constructors’ championship with four-time world champion…

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Lankan novelist Arudpragasam shortlisted for 2021 Booker Prize

Lankan novelist Anuk Arudpragasam’s “A Passage North” has been shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize. The final shortlist of six novels has been revealed for this year’s Booker Prize. The final six include debut novelist Patricia Lockwood with “No One Is Talking About This”. Damon Galgut makes the list for the third time with “The Promise”, and Richard Powers makes his second shortlist appearance with “Bewilderment”. Also making the list are Anuk Arudpragasam for “A Passage North”, Nadifa Mohamed with “The Fortune Men” and Maggie Shipstead with “Great Circle”. The…

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Chris Hughton sacked by Nottingham Forest with Championship club bottom of the league with one point | Football News

Nottingham Forest have sacked Chris Hughton after six defeats in their opening seven league games left the club bottom of the Championship with one point. Having already overseen Forest’s worst start to a season in 108 years, Hughton’s final game in charge was a 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough at the City Ground on Wednesday. Their latest defeat left Forest without a win in 13 matches stretching back to last season, in which Hughton guided the club to a 17th place position, finishing nine points above the relegation zone. Former Newcastle…

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On the trail of fake medicine smugglers in Benin

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there’s been an increase in the production and smuggling of fake drugs around the world. Authorities are cracking down on this type of crime and the BBC was given exclusive access to a global operation led by World Customs. Reported, produced and edited by Hannah Gelbart Filmed by Mark Koumagnon Additional reporting in French by Rachida Houssou More from BBC What’s New Source link–!Thank You !–

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Technical Committee on Vaccination meets today

The special technical committee appointed for vaccination is scheduled to meet today. Dr. Anwar Hamdani, Director of Medical Technical Services, Ministry of Health, said that the Technical Committee will pay special attention to vaccinating school children and reopening schools. There will be a lengthy discussion today on how to vaccinate school children and several decisions will be made in this regard. Anwar Hamdani says that the proposals submitted by the Government Medical Officers’ Association regarding vaccination will also be considered at the meeting. The education…

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NFL Fantasy Football: Deebo Samuel ‘gut feeling helps Hannah Wilkes to an opening weekend win | NFL News

Hannah Wilkes Overtime Presenter & NFL Reporter Hannah Wilkes – off to a winning start in the 2021 NFL season – says look to the Detroit Lions for Fantasy sleeper picks; watch NFL Overtime with Wilkes and Josh Denzel, as well as guests Kay Adams and Will Blackmon, every Thursday from 9pm on Sky Sports NFL Last Updated: 15/09/21 10:21pm Deebo Samuel racked up 189 yards receiving and a touchdown on nine catches for the San Francisco 49ers in Week One Sky Sports‘ NFL Fantasy Football guru Hannah Wilkes helps…

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