Gotabaya Rajapaksa is declared the winner in a poll that has split the country along ethnic lines. Official results showed Mr Rajapaksa, 70, took 52.25% of the vote. His rival Sajith Premadasa had already conceded. Mr Rajapaksa was the clear victor in Sinhalese majority areas while Mr Premadasa scored better in the Tamil-dominated north. The election is Sri Lanka's first since the deadly Easter Sunday attacks. Militants linked to the Islamic State group targeted churches and high-end hotels across the island in April, killing more than 250 people. As a result, national security was seen as a dominant issue ahead of the vote. Mr Rajapaksa, who has positioned himself as a strong figure who can assure Sri Lankans' security, is a highly controversial figure among the country's more than two million Tamils. He and his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, the former president, spearheaded the defeat of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009, ending a decades-long war in which at least 100,000 people … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka election: Wartime defence chief Rajapaksa wins presidency
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With more than a billion subscribers, India is one of the biggest mobile markets - what went wrong? One of India's biggest telecoms firms, Vodafone India, has posted record second quarter losses of 510bn rupees ($7bn; £5.4bn) further exacerbating fears about the state of the industry. Economist Vivek Kaul explains further. What has caused these losses in such a big market? With more than a billion mobile subscribers, India is one of the world's biggest telecoms markets. But there are two reasons for this bloodbath. The first is that for many years while the prices of telephone calls fell, data prices continued to remain high. However, with the entry of Reliance Jio three years ago, this entirely changed. The company slashed data prices and, in the process, managed to change what was essentially a voice market into a data market. This resulted in India ending up with the cheapest mobile data in the world. But this put massive pressure on the players already in the market. … [Read more...] about How did Vodafone lose $7bn in India in just one quarter?
The Indian girl was enrolled in school after a photo of her peeking into a classroom sparked outcry. A five-year-old in the southern city of Hyderabad was enrolled in school after a photo of her peeking into a classroom sparked an outcry. BBC Telugu's Deepthi Bathini reports on why the photo doesn't tell the full story. Divya is something of a local celebrity in the slum where she lives. The shy five-year-old was the subject of a recent photo which went viral - it showed her clutching a bowl and peeking into a classroom at the local government school. The touching image was published in a Telugu newspaper on 7 November with a caption that translates from the Telugu as "hungry gaze". It quickly grabbed people's attention: a children's rights activist shared it on Facebook, lamenting that yet another child was being denied the right to food and education. It had such an impact, the school enrolled Divya the following day. But her father, M Lakshman, says the photo and the outcry … [Read more...] about The truth behind India’s viral photo that got a girl into school
Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh talks to Vietnam News Agency about ASEAN-Vietnam co-operation and the roles of Vietnam as ASEAN Chairman in 2020. Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh. — VNA/VNS Photo How do you assess co-operation between ASEAN and Vietnam, especially in terms of economics, one of three pillars of the bilateral co-operation? Vietnam became an ASEAN member in 1995 after the country had its embargo lifted and commenced its comprehensive and extensive reform. Regarding global integration, Vietnam’s participation in border trade, ASEAN and ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) in 1996 were the first steps to realise the resolution of the seventh Party Congress which looks towards external relation strategies on the basis of multilateralism, diversification and considers economic co-operation as an important foundation. Vietnam’s development serves as a foundation for integration strategies of external relations and economy in later … [Read more...] about Vietnam makes important contributions to ASEAN economic co-operation: minister
Nation NA to hold secret ballot to relieve Minister of Health The Saigon Times Daily Monday, Nov 18, 2019,15:23 (GMT+7) NA to hold secret ballot to relieve Minister of HealthThe Saigon Times Daily Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien - PHOTO: VGP HCMC - Nguyen Thi Kim Tien will be relieved of her post as minister of health through a National Assembly secret ballot on November 22. Even though Tien’s term of office has yet to end, she has reached her retirement age. In the fifth working week of the NA’s eighth sitting, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will submit a proposal to relieve Tien, while the NA Standing Committee will submit a proposal to relieve Nguyen Khac Dinh, head of the NA’s Committee on Laws, as he has been chosen as Secretary of the Party Committee of Khanh Hoa Province, Tuoi Tre Online newspaper reported. Dinh’s successor will be elected in the following week, while the election … [Read more...] about NA to hold secret ballot to relieve Minister of Health