Sri Lanka’s ruling party secured a two-thirds majority in the recent parliamentary election, giving the Rajapaksa brothers the power they sought to amend the Constitution.
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) obtained nearly 60% of the total votes polled, almost equalling the Rajapaksa-led front’s biggest mandate yet in 2010, when it peaked in popularity on the heels of ending the civil war.
The SLPP, one of Sri Lanka’s newest parties founded by the Rajapaksas, won 145 seats in the 225-member legislature. With the assured support of at least five allies, the party can easily reach the 150-seat mark needed for two-thirds support.
The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, and 10 other senior officials in Hong Kong and mainland China over their roles in cracking down on political dissent.
The move comes after China announced that it was imposing a national security law in Hong Kong to grant security agencies expansive powers.
The sanctions are the first against officials in Hong Kong and mainland China over suppression of pro-democracy protests and dissent in the territory. Last month, President Trump signed an executive order seeking to punish China for its repression in Hong Kong.
Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomarflagged off the country’s first Kisan Rail train from Deolali in Nashik to Danapur in Bihar, through video-conferencing.
Kisan Rail is a weekly service that will depart from Deolali every Friday at 11 a.m. and reach Danapur the next day at 6.45 p.m. On the return journey, the train will depart from Danapur every Sunday at 12 p.m. and reach Deolali at 7.45 p.m. the next day.
The Kisan Rail will provide good market to the farmers for their produce. Aggressive marketing is being done by the Central Railways in coordination with local farmers, businessmen, and the APMC to ensure farmers get maximum benefit.