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PM visits Gujarat, post grand electoral triumph        CBI summons ex-Kolkata police chief, asks him to appear before it on Monday        Irani''s aide shot dead in Amethi; FIR lodged against 5 persons        Former Thai PM Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98        Trump downplays North Korea launches on Japan visit        Imran Khan speaks to PM Modi, expresses desire to work together: FO        Fifth-seeded Kerber stunned in French Open opening round        No need to press panic button yet, says Tendulkar after India''s loss to NZ in warm-up game        World Cup Munich: Chandela clinches gold in 10m air rifle        Twenty-four killed in Afghanistan floods        New Zealand beat India by six wickets in warm-up match        President appoints Modi as Prime Minister        Modi asks NDA MPs to work without discrimination, reach out to minorities        Day after BJP''s massive victory, all eyes now on govt formation        Cong-JDS cabinet reposes faith in Kumaramaswamy after dismal show in LS polls        Surat: 19 students die as fire engulfs commercial complex        Britain''s Brexit-beaten Theresa May announces resignation, to step down on June 7        Two more Indian mountaineers die on Mount Everest, toll of Indians rises to 8        Nadal, Federer set up potential semifinal at Roland Garros        India, New Zealand seek tune-up in warm-up clash        
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International News
Won''t runaway, won''t be intimidated, won''t resign till I crush terrorism: President Sirisena
 
Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday said he won''t step down and leave or be intimidated in crushing the terrorism from the country and those responsible for the April 21 bomb blasts, in which over 250 people were killed, would be brought to justice. Speaking at a public event in the eastern district of Ampara, he also said that after receiving the interim report on the lapses by the officials that led to the Easter Sunday blasts, he suspended the police chief and also replaced the Secreatry to the Defence Ministry.

Over 250 people, including 44 foreigners 10 of whom were Indians, were killed and 500 others injured in the blasts in three churches and as many hotels on April 21. The Islamic State terror group claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ). Sri Lanka banned the NTJ and arrested over 100 people in connection with the blasts. A state of emergency was imposed in the country since the attacks and sweeping powers were given to soldiers and police to arrest and detain suspects for long periods.

"I won''t resign, I won''t go home or be intimidated, I will not rest until I crush terrorism," he said addressing a public event in the eastern district of Ampara today. Attacking the Opposition deamding his resignation following the blasts, Sirisena said almost all European capitals were attacked by the ISIS terrorists but "people in those countries never asked their leaders to step down or resign." Sirisena came under sharp criticism for failing to prevent the terror attack by the NJT as the Minister of Defense and the Commander-in-Chief of the defence forces, despite receiving tip-off from Indian intelligence agencies.

The lapse was also blamed on the power struggle within the government where Sirisena and prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe do not see eye to eye. Sirisena said that the security forces have almost crushed the threat from the Jihadists and asked the people to carry out their normal business. The President said he effected a revamp of the security establishment after the attacks and appointed a new secretary to the defense ministry in addition to suspending the police chief. The Committee, headed by a Supreme Court judge, is expected to submit a report next week, to fix the alleged negligence by the officials.


Former Thai PM Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98
Trump downplays North Korea launches on Japan visit
Imran Khan speaks to PM Modi, expresses desire to work together: FO
Twenty-four killed in Afghanistan floods
Britain''s Brexit-beaten Theresa May announces resignation, to step down on June 7
Two more Indian mountaineers die on Mount Everest, toll of Indians rises to 8
US aviation regulator says Boeing hasn't submitted 737 MAX fix
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US-Japan vision for Indo-Pacific serves as foundation for global partnership: White House
Protesters clash with Indonesian police after election loss
Indian-American judge orders Trump accounting firm to hand over records to Congress
Australia govt says it won't break election tax pledge
Indonesia's Joko Widodo wins second term as president
Lanka govt appeals to parents to send their children to school without fear
US delays implementation of Huawei trade ban by 90 days : Commerce Dept.
S. Arabia calls GCC, Arab League meetings
Blast near tourist bus injures at least 17 in Egypt
UK gets new weapons act, secures Sikh right to carry kirpans
Austrian far-right leader resigns over ''Ibiza affair''
Afghan security forces killed in US strike in Helmand
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Cate Blanchett, Yvonne Strahovski to star in 'Stateless'
 Los Angeles: Cate Blanchett is set to feature in Australian TV psychological drama "Stateless".
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KERALA NEWS
Rahul elected from Wayanad LS seat
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LS polls candidate attacked in Kerala
Two women abort their plan to enter Lord Ayyappa temple Sabarimala
Kerala CM meets CEOs of leading business firms in Switzerland
NATIONAL NEWS
CBI summons ex-Kolkata police chief, asks him to appear before it on Monday
 New Delhi: The CBI has summoned former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, asking him to appea
Irani''s aide shot dead in Amethi; FIR lodged against 5 persons
President appoints Modi as Prime Minister
Day after BJP''s massive victory, all eyes now on govt formation
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