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Thursday, March 08, 2018

All-women crew to take Air India flight to Lanka on Women’s Day
Air India will operate a flight with all-women crew to Sri Lanka tomorrow to mark International Women's Day. Air India will operate the all-women crew flight tomorrow from Chennai to Colombo and then from Colombo to New Delhi, the Indian High Commission said in a statement today. Capt V Roopa(inset) and Capt Nimisha Goel will be operating the flight. Air India's Sri Lanka office is separately commemorating International Women’s Day at Air India office at Bristol Street in Colombo.

Regime sends more forces to Ghouta as UN decries 'apocalypse' in Syria
Syria's regime sent reinforcements to Eastern Ghouta today, tightening the noose around the shrinking rebel enclave hours before a top-level UN meeting on the escalating violence. The blistering onslaught has prompted outrage against the regime, with the United Nations' human rights chief saying the government was orchestrating an "apocalypse" in Syria. The Russia-backed Syrian army and allied militia launched an offensive on February 18 to retake the last opposition bastion near Damascus.

Curfew re-imposed in Kandy; Govt blocks internet
Curfew was re-imposed today in Sri Lanka's riot-hit Kandy district with immediate effect until further notice following reports of violence between majority Sinhala Buddhists and minority Muslims in other areas of the multi-ethnic district. The authorities yesterday imposed curfew till this morning after communal violence erupted in the Theldeniya area of the central hill district that left two persons dead and damaged several mosques and homes. Government spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said that the curfew has been extended to prevent further violence.Police fired teargas shells to disperse rioters in curfew-bound areas hours after a state of emergency was imposed in a bid to quell anti-Muslim violence.

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