Lanka PM backs protesters demanding president’s ouster

Sri Lanka’s new PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has extended public support to the protesters, who have been camping at a popular beachfront here for over a month calling for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation for mishandling the country’s worst economic crisis. The PM on Saturday said he had appointed a committee to look after the interests of the ‘Gota Go Home’ village protesters.

Will accelerate Finland, Sweden membership process: Nato

“I’m confident that we will be able to address the concerns that Turkey has expressed in a way that doesn’t delay the membership,” Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said. He also said that the military alliance would ensure a “quick and swift process” for potential applications for membership by Finland and Sweden.

Heatwave scorches Pak, mercury shoots to 51°C in Jacobabad

Heatwave across Pakistan is creating a major health crisis with mercury shooting as high as 51° Celsius in Jacobabad, Sindh on Saturday. Residents said that prolonged drought and unavailability of clean water are compelling people to drink contaminated water to beat the heat. Unconfirmed reports suggest at least three people died of acute water diarrhoea in a remote area of Sindh, Kaccha, in Dadu.

Shehbaz Sharif govt to abolish CPEC authority: Report

Pakistan government decided to abolish China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority, local media reported, adding that all the matters of the project will be handed over to the Planning Commission. Gilgit Baltistan has been witnessing a spurt in local protests against the Pakistan army over land issues. Local people are angry at the ‘land grabbing’ spree of the army, all in the name of CPEC.