Ferry carrying schoolchildren sinks in India, killing 2

The Press Trust of India news agency quotes police as saying another 32 children have been rescued after Saturday’s incident. (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 13 January 2018
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Ferry carrying schoolchildren sinks in India, killing 2

NEW DELHI: Indian police say a ferry boat carrying schoolchildren sank in the Arabian Sea off the country’s western coast, killing two students and leaving six missing.
The Press Trust of India news agency quotes police as saying another 32 children have been rescued after Saturday’s incident in Maharashtra state.
India’s coast guard officials say they are carrying out search operations in the sea using a plane, helicopters and some ships.
Such accidents are common in India, where many ferry boats are poorly built and often overcrowded, and there is little regard for safety regulations such as providing lifejackets.
Boats are often the main mode of transport in remote areas.


Sri Lanka’s former PM Wickremesinghe to return to post

Updated 6 min 20 sec ago
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Sri Lanka’s former PM Wickremesinghe to return to post

  • The South Asian island country had plunged into instability after President Maithripala Sirisena replaced Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa
  • An official at the president’s office confirmed Wickremesinghe’s oath taking

COLOMBO: Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will return to the post on Sunday, a lawmaker from his party and a source at the president’s office said, likely ending a political crisis that began in late October when he was ousted in a surprise decision.
The South Asian island country had plunged into instability after President Maithripala Sirisena replaced Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was then twice sacked by parliament. Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday as a government shutdown loomed.
“He (Wickremesinghe) will take oath at an auspicious time today morning,” Rajitha Senaratne, a cabinet spokesman under Wickremesinghe’s former government, told Reuters.
An official at the president’s office confirmed Wickremesinghe’s oath taking.