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Netherlands'' King Willem-Alexander , Queen Maxima, gets warm welcome in Alappuzha        PM Modi has no understanding of economy: Rahul        INX Media: Chidambaram conspired with son, misused official position, says CBI charge sheet        US dream shattered, 311 Indians land in Delhi after deportation from Mexico        US to host 2020 G7 summit at a Trump golf resort        Trump speaks over phone with Turkey''s Erdogan over cease-fire in Syria        Twin blasts in Afghanistan''s mosque kill 62        China''s Q3 GDP growth slows to 6%, slowest in 27 years        Ranchi Test: India eye clean sweep against Proteas        Pakistan sacks Sarfaraz as captain in Test, T20I formats        Mentally-unstable man jumps inside lion enclosure in Delhi zoo, escapes unhurt        BSF jawan killed, 1 injured in firing by Bangladeshi troops along border in West Bengal        At least 35 people killed in bus accident in western Saudi Arabia        UK, EU hail new Brexit deal, but Parliament sign-off hangs in balance        Nearly 100 people injured in Catalonia unrest on Wednesday: Medics        Indo-Pak bilateral ties subject to approval from PMs of both countries: Ganguly        Aiden Markram ruled out of Ranchi Test with wrist injury        Indian challenge ends at Denmark Open        Aussie cricketer Watson apologies for 'illicit' social media posts        India's performance was no match to atmosphere at Salt Lake: Chhetri        
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International News
Lanka govt appeals to parents to send their children to school without fear
 
Colombo, May 20 (PTI) Sri Lankan government on Monday appealed to all parents to send their children to school without fear, as the country tightened security ahead of the reopening of some Catholic schools Tuesday for the first time since the Easter bombings. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe requested all students to return to school and resume academic activities as usual since the country''s security has been restored to normalcy.

The Prime Minister made this request while addressing a press conference at Temple Trees today. During the briefing, Wickremesinghe also emphasised that permission will not be granted to set-up Sharia universities in the country, the Sunday Times reported. “We can only permit the establishment of degree awarding institutes. A legal order must be issued to bar any institution from functioning as a Sharia university,” Wickremesinghe noted. He also added that all Madarasa institutions will be brought under the Education Ministry in future.

Several private Catholic schools will reopen Tuesday after Easter holidays were extended because of the suicide bombings on three churches and three hotels in which nearly 260 people were killed. Following the attack carried out by local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama''ath (NTJ), the authorities closed all the schools until further notice. The government schools were reopened early this month, but attendance has been low despite new security measures. Army chief Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake requested all parents to send their children to school without fear due to the security measures which are in place for students.

Issuing a special statement, the Army Commander observed that parents were reluctant to send their children to schools owing to several "unconfirmed stories, various rumours and gossip" which were being shared among the people. The Army chief emphasised that operations which are currently underway to apprehend those involved in the Easter Sunday terror attacks are "effectively advancing" with a "marked progress" at present. "A satisfactory level of attendance of employees at private and state sector has been reported in the recent few days...," he pointed out adding that the situation was being restored to normalcy due to the heightened security measures in place.

He also said that the Armed Forces and the Police have launched a joint programme to prevent the occurrence of more violent acts in retaliation to the recent terror attacks. On the same lines, he added that a special security network involving security forces played an instrumental role in protecting all Buddhist places of worship to ensure that peace prevails during the Vesak Festival celebrations.


US to host 2020 G7 summit at a Trump golf resort
Trump speaks over phone with Turkey''s Erdogan over cease-fire in Syria
Twin blasts in Afghanistan''s mosque kill 62
At least 35 people killed in bus accident in western Saudi Arabia
UK, EU hail new Brexit deal, but Parliament sign-off hangs in balance
Nearly 100 people injured in Catalonia unrest on Wednesday: Medics
US House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'
India halved its poverty rate since 1990s: World Bank
Russia's Putin arrives in UAE on first visit since 2007
Syria offensive to continue until 'objectives achieved': Erdogan
Japan looks for missing as typhoon kills as many as 56
Syria regime steps in to halt Turkish assault on Kurds
Kurds ''may be releasing'' IS prisoners in Syria to get US involved: Trump
Multiple arrests in Hong Kong as "flashmob" protests hit pro-Bejing targets
Typhoon leaves as many as 33 dead as Japan continues rescue
Heavy rain, winds lash Tokyo as powerful typhoon hits Japan
At least four dead in NYC shooting: police
Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel peace prize
Iran tanker hit by suspected missile strikes off Saudi coast
First man to conduct spacewalk, Alexei Leonov, dies
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
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KERALA NEWS
Netherlands'' King Willem-Alexander , Queen Maxima, gets warm welcome in Alappuzha
 Alappuzha: Netherlands'' King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, who are on a two-day visit to Keral
Scribe's death:Kerala IAS officer's suspension extended
Kerala's CPI to discuss Vedas and Marxism in seminar
Kerala Assembly session from Oct 28
NATIONAL NEWS
PM Modi has no understanding of economy: Rahul
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US dream shattered, 311 Indians land in Delhi after deportation from Mexico
Mentally-unstable man jumps inside lion enclosure in Delhi zoo, escapes unhurt
Senior Odisha BJP leader Damodar Rout quits party
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