Newly elected President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksha, was sent to Pakistan as a young officer for a training course in the early 1970's, and his closeness with the country might test Sri Lanka's ties with India, The Economic Times has reported.According to the newspaper, when Gotabaya was the defence secretary during the Sri Lankan civil war, Pakistan military had supported the Sri Lankan army's war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).After Gotabaya was elected, Pakistan was one of the first countries to congratulate him on his victory and, according to the report, expressed its hope that the new dispensation would reverse some of the decisions related to Pakistan taken recently.Close Sri Lanka had supported India on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), particularly after the abrogation of Article 370 in August. Sri Lanka, under current Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, had also supported India in boycotting the SAARC summit in 2016, which was … [Read more...] about Lankan President-elect Gotabaya’s ties with India will depend on his approach towards Pakistan: Report
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Over the last decade–and especially since the enshrinement of wellness in the Affordable Care Act–American workers have found themselves subjected in ever-increasing numbers to workplace wellness programs. While originally these programs were confined to large organizations, that market is now saturated. Consequently, the thousand or so wellness vendors in the marketplace are turning their sights on companies like yours. advertisement advertisement These vendors pay your company’s own benefits brokers (whom they ironically refer to as “trusted advisors”) to convince your human resources department that weighing you, lecturing you, and poking you with needles will save them money. Since almost no employee would actively request their company to do these things, employers use bribes and fines, now averaging $521 per program, to drive participation. Your instincts to steer clear of these programs–or do the minimum necessary to collect your … [Read more...] about Will Workplace Wellness Actually Make Workers Healthy?
Acknowledging India's reliance on Russian military hardware for its defence needs, the Trump Administration has said that it wants New Delhi to address its protocols and processes on protecting sensitive military technology and procurement processes to be a "tighter and closer partner" of the US.Responding to questions on Thursday, a senior State Department official reiterated that there is no blanket waiver for the punitive sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) on countries buying major defence equipment from Russia.It's the significant acquisitions that put at risk inter-operability, the official said in response to a question on CAATSA sanctions.Close “What's the message that's going to India, and where do you see them now, particularly with the potential purchase of a major system like the S-400?” the official was asked. related news Centre releases over Rs 800 cr for vital health projects in J&K Family … [Read more...] about India needs to address its protocols and processes on protecting US defence technology: Official
Protests opposing the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill erupted in the Northeast on November 18.These coincided with the first day of Parliament’s Winter Session, during which the contentious Bill is expected to be introduced.Effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi were burnt in Assam, according to a report by news agency PTI.Close Sit-ins were also launched in various parts of Assam’s capital Guwahati. Effigies of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal were burnt by youth organisation Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) in different parts of the state as a mark of protest. related news NGT forms fresh committee on natural conservation zones Uber in talks with bike rental startup Bounce to list two-wheelers on its app: Report Expect lower electricity bills as power tariffs fall: Report The protests were held by the North East Students Organisation (NESO), the region's umbrella organisation of students’ unions, its constituents, farmers' … [Read more...] about Protests erupt across Northeast as Centre prepares to introduce Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on November 22 said the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre made the country proud by abrogating Article 370 in Kashmir, as the special status granted to the Valley "posed a challenge to India's unity".Addressing a poll meeting here in Palamu, Gadkari said abolition of articles 370 and 35 A had featured on the agenda of the Jan Sangh and the BJP since Independence.He alleged that the erstwhile Congress governments did not take any measure to scrap the special provisions in Kashmir as they were afraid of losing votes.Close "Why is that the Congress and the so-called secular parties never touched Article 370? They were afraid of losing votes. The special status had always posed a challenge to the unity of the country. related news Landless labourers not covered under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme: Govt NGT forms fresh committee on natural conservation zones "We are proud that the Modi government took the bold and decisive step," the … [Read more...] about Modi govt made country proud by abrogating Article 370: Nitin Gadkari