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Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena announced that he is bringing an end to the nationwide state of emergency which has been in place since the 6th of March.

The emergency was declared in the wake of communal violence between nationalist Buddhists and Muslim minorities.

Police arrested close to 300 people including a hard-line Buddhist organization leader on the suspicion of inciting the violence.

The proposed high-level meeting on the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT) between India and Bangladesh next month is expected to finalize its Standard Operating Procedures (SoP), an official said.

Once the PIWTT SoP is in place, inland waterways will boost trade with the northeastern states and Bangladesh from Kolkata, he said.

The two countries had agreed on the extension of PIWTT.

US Vice President Mike Pence in a strong message to Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqani Abbasi told that his country "must do more" against Taliban and other terror groups, said the White House.

Pence said this to Abbasi, who was on a personal trip to the US this week. They met at the Naval Observatory residence of Pence on Friday at Abbasi's request.