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Bolt poised for surprise trial with Aussie football club        Iceland coach steps down after 7 years in charge        Govt doubles import duty on over 50 textile products        Walmart partners with Microsoft for cloud solutions        Official: 54 released from Taliban prison in Afghanistan        Putin: US-Russia ties should not be held hostage to Mueller probe        Two dead, 3,500 relocated as rains lash parts of Gujarat        LJP raises Dalit issues in all-party, NDA meetings        SC asks Parliament to consider new law to deal with mob lynching        Court's duty to strike down law if it violates fundamental right: SC        After Kohli, assistant coach Bangar comes to Dhoni's defence        France set for heroes' welcome after thrilling World Cup win        Niti Aayog working on proposal to replace LPG subsidy with cooking subsidy: Kumar        May announces new 2 bn pounds UK-Italian fighter jet project        Russia targeted by almost '25 million cyber-attacks' during World Cup: Putin        Afghan official: Taliban kill 7 police in eastern province        Trump and Putin open historic summit        From April next year, national database for gun licence holders        SC refuses to stay new rules on health warning for tobacco products        CBI chargesheets Farooq Abdullah, three others in JKCA scam        
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International News
Six ministers quit Sri Lanka's troubled government
 
(COLOMBO, Apr 12, 2018):Six ministers quit Sri Lanka's troubled coalition government, forcing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to patch up his cabinet Thursday ahead of a wider reshuffle.

Mr Wickremesinghe gave the duties of the six Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) ministers to four other members of his Cabinet.

The prime minister's United National Party had increased pressure on the followers of President Maithripala Sirisena - who voted against Mr Wickremesinghe in a recent no-confidence motion - to resign.

With the help of minority Tamil and Muslim parties, the premier defeated the motion, dealing a blow to Mr Sirisena, who had campaigned for Mr Wickremesinghe to stand down.

Those who voted against Mr Wickremesinghe "have no moral right to remain in government", Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said.

Relations between the rival groups in the unity government soured after both suffered losses in February's local council elections.

Former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa's party trounced the UNP and SLFP to win control of two-thirds of the 340 local councils at stake.

In the run-up to the election, Mr Sirisena branded the prime minister and his party as more corrupt than the Rajapaksa regime, which Mr Sirisena and Mr Wickremesinghe jointly toppled in 2015.

A presidential spokesman said a wider government reshuffle would be announced next week.

The SLFP is to decide later this month if it will remain in government. Rajapaksa is pressing for a 2020 national election to be brought forward.


Official: 54 released from Taliban prison in Afghanistan
Putin: US-Russia ties should not be held hostage to Mueller probe
Russia targeted by almost '25 million cyber-attacks' during World Cup: Putin
Afghan official: Taliban kill 7 police in eastern province
Trump and Putin open historic summit
Trump asked me to sue EU over Brexit, says Theresa May
Haiti prime minister resigns after deadly unrest
Former PM Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam arrested for corruption in Lahore
After UK-US spats, Trump flies in to turmoil in Britain
Buddha of Swat smiles nearly 11 years after Taliban dynamited it
Turkey jails mine bosses over 2014 disaster that killed 301
Merkel fires back at Trump: Germany makes 'independent decisions'
Panama, China open talks on free trade agreement
Trump names Kavanaugh as nominee for next supreme court justice
Turkey's Erdogan begins new term with expanded powers
Sharif, his daughter will be arrested on their arrival at any airport in Pak: Minister
N Korea slams 'gangster-like' US in nuclear talks
'Race against time' to rescue Japan flood victims: PM
Iran says Trump 'destabilising' oil market
Toll from deadly Thai tourist boat sinking rises to 41
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
I am a big flop actor: Karan Johar
 (Mumbai, May 5, 2018): Filmmaker Karan Johar is in mood to take up full-fledged acting jobs.  
Bittersweet moment for us: Akshaye on Vinod Khanna's Dadasaheb Phalke honour
Happy Sonam is getting married, Anand a great guy: Harshvardhan Kapoor
Auctioning 'Rustom' costume for good cause: Akshay Kumar
KERALA NEWS
Kerala among 13 states on thunderstorm alert
 (New Delhi, May 7, 2018): Thunderstorms accompanied by squall, hail and heavy rains are likel
Kerala Karshaka Jadha Opens to a Great Beginning / Video
Malappuram press club attack: RSS workers nabbed
Workers injured in mudslide at construction site
NATIONAL NEWS
Two dead, 3,500 relocated as rains lash parts of Gujarat
 Rajkot/Ahmedabad, Jul 17 (PTI) Two persons, including a school boy, drowned as incessant rains lashe
LJP raises Dalit issues in all-party, NDA meetings
SC asks Parliament to consider new law to deal with mob lynching
From April next year, national database for gun licence holders
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