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Obama taking oaths

Barack Obama – the 44th President of America.

Obama taking oathsMore than 1 million spectators convened on the National Mall to watch Barack Obama take the oath of office Tuesday. Eearly estimates ranged as high as 2 million people, satellite images of Obama's swearing-in suggested the crowd was probably about half of that. Barack Obama took power as the first black U.S. president on Tuesday and quickly turned the page on the Bush years, urging Americans to rally to end the worst economic crisis in generations and repair the U.S. image abroad. "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America," Obama said, addressing an exuberant sea of people in an inaugural speech that was optimistic but realistic about the challenges ahead.

U.N. Chief Appalled at Israeli Destruction in Gaza

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When Israel went on a military rampage during its 22-day air strikes and artillery attacks on Gaza, it largely singled out residential neighborhoods, hospitals, schools and U.N. buildings on the pretext of targeting Hamas fighters. But John Ging, director of operations for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), based in Gaza, kept insisting there were no Hamas fighters anywhere in the vicinity of U.N.-run schools or warehouses. "What we have regretted in the past is that we have not been given a hearing to answer," he told reporters Monday.

Stalwart Or Nincompoop?

By Neville Perera – Sri Lankan Echo Europé

Living in Germany, I am aware that, 60 years or more of intensive soul- searching, has not clarified the role of Hitler as a person in the minds of many Germans. This enigmatic figure shall occupy the German imagination for many more decades! Kilinochi has fallen. So is Elephant- Pass. For Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman & Co: it's high noon. For Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksha, Sarath Fonseka, it's time for jubilation. For the majority of the Sinhala patriots it is time for merriment as well as the auspicious moment to reprimand those elements who undermine the achievements of the armed forces. In Sinhala jargon it is time to guard your tongue! "Kata Parissamin!".

Indian agriculture is bouncing back

By Amit Dwivedi

Agriculture is facing several problems in India. On the one hand natural calamities adversely affect agriculture production, while on the other hand policy makers make agriculture policies which benefit industries more than agriculture. According to the National Crime Record Bureau, Government of India, more than 150,000 thousand farmers committed suicide during the period 1997 to 2005. Two thirds of these belonged to Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Saint Sebastian venerated for intervention in epidemics

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Most Catholics in Sri Lanka are pilgrims and the purpose of visiting various shrines are to take their troubles and difficulties to God and implore mitigation of their woes. They also seek the intervention of various saints through whom the Catholics believe that these saints would become the mediators in carrying these messages to God. Among these saints there are some favorites these Catholics believe are more powerful and have proved to bring results than others. Some of the most favored are: St Mary, St Sebastian, St Anthony and St Jude.

Ashirwada Pooja held in New Zealand

Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka (SPUR) New Zealand held an "Ashirwada Pooja"at Otahuhu temple in Auckland on 4th in order to invoke blessings to our brave war heroes who liberated Kilinochchi to safeguard our beloved mother Lanka. ealous Sri Lankan expatriates who are heavily imbued with patriotism attended the religious ceremony and observed two minutes silence in the memory of our immortal fallen war heroes. he chief incumbent of the temple Venerable Walgama Munindawansa thero bestowed merits on our war heroes by delivering a spellbinding patriotic speech which deeply embedded in our consciousness. Venerable Walgama Munindawansa thero pointed out in his speech that "we are indebted to our immortal fallen war heroes and those who are currently embattled in the front line to safeguard our beloved mother Lanka."

Is Iran Gas Pipeline Project On?

By Chandrahasan - Syndicate Features

His 'official' mission might have been positive and sombre but the Iranian deputy foreign minister, Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh during his brief visit to New Delhi, achieved through his indiscrete comments on the Mumbai terror attacks something that might not have been part of his original agenda. He succeeded in further dampening India’s willingness to participate in the much-hyped Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project.

A new chancery building in Chennai

Laying foundation stone The foundation laying ceremony for the new chancery of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai was held today, on 21st January 2009 in Nungambakkam, a posh locality in Chennai. According to a press release from the Deputy High Commission in Chennai, the land for the proposed building was purchased in the year 2000, the building of the chancery became a reality following the guidance given by Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka and on the instructions of Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Foreign Affairs.