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With his family 1990 (Third son was not born)

By C.L. Ihalagamage in Beirut

By C.L. Ihalagamage in Beirut

Sri Lankan migrants accepti each other as brothers and sisters of the same Lord - Archbishop Dr. Malcolm Ranjith at Padua

Fr. Shamindra Jayawardena OSB, reporting from Rome.

St. Anthony The first of May has been, for the last 10 years, a special day for all the Sri Lankan migrants working in Italy as it has been the day on which all of them gather at Padua. This year too, around 15,000 Sri Lankans gathered to celebrate the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, one of the most popular saints in Sri Lanka and the world over. St. Anthony was born in Lisbon in 1195 and died on the 13th of June 1231 in Padua, Italy. The entire world calls St. Anthony its own, but his home city of Lisbon, Portugal, delights to name him its most saintly native son.

Migrants Need to be Included in National Responses to Influenza A

Governments need to include migrant communities in national response plans if measures to counter any possible pandemic of Influenza A (H1N1) are to be fully successful, says the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Many governments had developed influenza and pandemic preparedness plans before the current outbreak which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), has so far resulted in 331 confirmed cases in 11 countries. However, the needs of migrant populations had often not been taken into consideration. These now need to be so and urgently, if a global public health crisis is to be averted.

Pakistan fully prepared to prevent swine flu virus: minister

By Farzana Shah - Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Federal Minister for Health Ijaz Hussain Jhakhrani has said that Pakistan is fully alert and prepared to prevent the spread of swine flu virus in the country. "Pakistan has stayed alert to the disease. Virus has no boundaries, we are inspecting every body that is coming from other country and trying our best to prevent it", he told Radio China. Expressing satisfaction over the precautionary measures adopted by the country, he said Pakistan is in regular contact with World Health Organization and China for further assistance.

More than 30 die in Afghanistan due to US led air strikes: ICRC

Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed in US-led air strikes while sheltering in homes from a battle Monday and Tuesday in Western Afghanistan, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday. ICRC spokeswoman Jessica Barry said the group had dispatched a team which reached the scene of the air strikes on Tuesday afternoon. They saw houses destroyed and dozens of dead bodies, including women and children, providing the first international confirmation of the incident which US and Afghan authorities say they are investigating. "There were women and there were children who were killed. It seemed they were trying to shelter in houses when they were hit," she said.