HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka ( The Island/ANN ) - Chinese speed was a key factor in the time taken to complete construction of the Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) being more than halved, Chief Operating Officer of the Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) ,  Tissa Wickramasinghe  said on Friday.

COLOMBO ( The Island/ANN ) -  Sri Lanka and Oman have signed an agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN ) - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka has  entered into a partnership agreement with the Government of the United Kingdom, to extend support for Sustainable Resettlement of recently released lands in the Northern and Eastern provinces.

BEJING (China Daily/ANN) - China has completed a document on measuring “hidden” local government debt, particularly those incurred since 2015, two senior ministry officials told China Daily.

BEIJING (China Daily / ANN) - China and Malaysia signed several cooperative agreements including a currency deal on Monday, while Premier Li Keqiang and his visiting Malaysian counterpart, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, looked on.

BEIJING (China Daily / ANN) - There is no Chinese military presence in Syria, and Beijing firmly supports the peaceful settlement of the Syrian issue, a Chinese envoy said on Monday.

BEIJING (China Daily / ANN) - President Xi Jinping will host the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation to be held Sept 3 and 4, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang announced on Monday.

ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - ​Foreign minister says India PM Modi has written a letter to PM Khan, indicating the beginning of talks between the two countries. 

LAHORE [Dawn/ANN] - Former Indian cricket star governor-designate Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar at a local café.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Pressure to be applied on PM-appointed panel to ban three chemicals.