News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 29, 2018, 06.43 PM(IST)

A Lion Air plane is seen in the water after missed the runway Bali in 2013. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Top developments of the day.

In joint statement, India, Japan pledge partnership in maritime security, space exploration & digital growth

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and PM Modi today released a joint statement emphasising trade, maritime security and space exploration as the driving force between the two countries.

High-speed railway will be promoted, the Japanese PM said during the joint statement, adding that digital partnership will be improved.

Lion Air plane crash: Body parts found as rescue agency says ‘likely’ all 189 aboard crashed jet dead

All 189 passenger and crew aboard a crashed Indonesian jet were “likely” killed in the accident, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said Monday, as it announced it had found human remains.

Mahinda Rajapaksa assumes charge as Sri Lanka's new prime minister

Former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday assumed charge as Sri Lanka's new prime minister after the surprise sacking of his predecessor Ranil Wickremesinghe by President Maithripala Sirisena which plunged the island nation into an unprecedented political crisis.

German Chancellor Merkel will not seek re-election as party chairman: Source

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told leaders of her Christian Democrats (CDU) that she will not seek re-election as party chairwoman at a conference in early December, a senior party source said on Monday.

Sri Lanka police arrest ex-oil minister Ranatunga over shooting

Sri Lankan police on Monday arrested deposed oil minister Arjuna Ranatunga over a shooting that killed one person on the weekend, police spokesman said.