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Missing scientist's body fished out of river

The body of Mr L Mahalingam, a scientist at the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd in Karwar, Karnataka, was fished out from Kali river by naval divers late on Saturday night, reports reaching here said. Reports quoting the police said the highly decomposed body was found near the guest house of the Kaiga power project. It was identified by his family members as well as officials of the nuclear power plant where Mr Mahalingam was working for the past ten years after starting his career in Kalpakkam atomic power plant, 50 km from Chennai.

BJP in a spot as Sinha quits party posts

The leadership struggle in the Bharatiya Janata Party has intensified with vice-president Yaswhwant Sinha quitting all party posts, holding that no one is being held accountable for the party's defeat in the recent Lok Sabha elections and accusing Leader of the Opposition L K Advani's acolytes like Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj of being in the "rat race for posts".

Three weeks on, Nepal’s cabinet yet to get full shape

Three weeks have already passed by since newly-elected Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal assumed his office on May 23. But there are little signs that the cabinet will get its full shape anytime soon.

New spate of acts of terror to unnerve leadership

Swat militants had wrecked havoc to the enchanting tourist resort and terrorized the people through acts of savagery. Using Islam as a shield they indulged in using naked force, hypocrisy and malice coupled with deception and treachery. Many instances took place where policemen and soldiers were deceived by the Taliban pretending as friends on basis of Pashtun net and making them believe that they wanted to offer their hospitality. After treacherously disarming them they were kidnapped. Those who didn’t part with their guns were not touched. Slaughtering captured persons with blunt knife to prolong the agony of victims was most gruesome.

Andhra man is Obama’s ambassador to Belizé

A Hyderabadi is the United States president’s choice as Ambassador to the Central American nation of Belizé. President Barack Obama has nominated his friend and former room-mate and major campaign fund-raiser Vinai Thummalapally of Colorado Springs, Colorado, as the next US Ambassador to Belize, the only country in Central America where English is the official language.

Stocks gain amidst IMF hopes

Acuity – HNB Stockbrokers Research in their review indicated that market returned to its upward trend during the week in the midst of bargain hunting, as investors expected a positive outcome on the IMF bailout soon. Stocks turned up on Friday after two days of flat trading as retail interest lifted stocks higher on improved activity.

Megalomania of Ban Ki-Moon

Ban Ki-Moon has been appointed as the Secretary General of the United Nations with the approval of America, for without American approval no one today shall be Secretary General of the UN. If America could have her man Russia, China and Iran should have a better chance of having their man and the set up at the UN will change.

When A(H1N1) flu cases flew down to Indian cities

The number of A (H1N1) flu cases across the country climbed to 17 on Saturday with a toddler testing positive for the infection in Hyderabad., five in Chennai and two in Bangalore. The one-and-a-half-year-old boy tested posivite a day after his six-year-old sister tested the same for A(H1N1) flu in Hyderabad. The siblings had reached India along with their parents from New York on June 10. Since they are too young to be quarantined, the sister-brother duo are being accompanied in hospital by their grandfather, who was put on anti-viral drugs and has tested negative for H1N1 virus.

Failure of political party leaders to work together biggest threats to Nepal's peace process: US Assistant Secretary Blake

The visiting US Assistant Secretary of State Robert O' Blake said that the single largest threat to Nepal´s peace process lay in the "failure on the part of the political party leaders to work together." Addressing a news conference before wrapping up his two-day Nepal visit on Saturday, Blake said there are major differences among them on the ways to lead the peace process to a logical conclusion and the drafting of a new constitution even though the political leaders expressed their commitment to achieving peace in the country as per the wishes of the Nepali people.

Sri Lanka And India : Both Watch Out?

When the Ministry of Youth Development was created in Sri Lanka and the pen that created it was given to the daughter of the minister, it caused me amusement but when I saw in the media that Mr. Yasushi Akashi has created peace courses in Japan for youth for which a few LTTE cadres may be eligible it sent a shock wave down my spine because we have I understand about 400 hard core LTTE cadres in rehabilitation camps.

India holds Rajapaksa to his promise

India will hold Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to his promise to give equal rights to Tamil minorities and to rehabilitate the nearly three lakh Tamils displaced in the final stages of the war between the armed forces and the LTTE, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Saturday.

The Tide of Nazism and the Absence of Seismic Factor in Europe

The recently concluded elections to choose the representatives for the European Parliament witnessed the erosion of support for the main established parties while so-called fringe parties making sweeping gains across Europe. The emergence of parties with extremely right wing agenda set alarm bells ringing across the political landscape in Europe as never before.

A deceptive democracy -2

Proudhon as an anarchist-idealist might not have cared for worldly riches.

Democracy and Patriotism

The Tigers’ worldview was rigorously and uncompromisingly black and white. There was the ‘National community’ and there was, well, the rest of the world. The first category was reserved for those who supported the LTTE unconditionally and obeyed the Supreme Leader unquestioningly. Everyone else, the non-faithful, fell into the second category. There was no room within the ‘National community’ for any Tamil nationalist or even a Tamil separatist who did not adhere to the Tiger creed. Such people were branded as traitors and exiled from the ‘National community’. Between these two antithetical poles there were no intermediate spaces; tolerance was considered weakness, or worse and intolerance celebrated.

Sunday Celebrity: David Selvaraj works to transform conflict into peace

Here is an ambassador of peace, civil rights. He is leading a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), creating awareness on civil rights, sensitivity and democracy, et al. He mostly hops between and Myanmar and India, trying to convert conflict into peace. His work is among the global youth. His name is David Selvaraj, a personality with undaunting spirit, based in Bangalore.

A deceptive democracy -2

Proudhon as an anarchist-idealist might not have cared for worldly riches.

Appropriateness of ‘Ominous Signs of a Breakdown in the Justice System

The highest bastion of justice, fair play and to ensure the rights of the people in a democratic country is the Courts of Law and the highest appellate body in Sri Lanka is the Supreme Court. Justice Asoka de Silva recently ushered to be the New Chief Justice. For posterity’s sake given below are two speeches delivered by Justice Asoka de Silva – One in March 2000 made during the induction of the new President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka –Ajantha Athukorala and the other on 11th June during the ceremonial sitting in the Superior Court Complex when he was welcomed by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka as Chief Justice, at the induction of the President Bar Association in March 2000

UAE Foreign Minister visits Sri Lanka

United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan visited Sri Lanka today (Saturday) – the first high level visit from that country since his father, the then Foreign Minister visited Sri Lanka in 1976. Addressing a media conference in Colombo, Foreign Affairs Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said that this is a unique event in view of the highest level of engagement taking place between the two countries after nearly 35 years. “This shows the growth that has taken place in contemporary times. The UAE has employed 240,000 Sri Lankans. This figure represents a million people if the families of these employees are taken into account and could be translated to five percent of our population,” said Minister Bogollagama. He added that there is great potential and growth between the two countries.

Sri Lanka And India : Both Watch Out?

When the Ministry of Youth Development was created in Sri Lanka and the pen that created it was given to the daughter of the minister, it caused me amusement but when I saw in the media that Mr. Yasushi Akashi has created peace courses in Japan for youth for which a few LTTE cadres may be eligible it sent a shock wave down my spine because we have I understand about 400 hard core LTTE cadres in rehabilitation camps.

India holds Rajapaksa to his promise

India will hold Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to his promise to give equal rights to Tamil minorities and to rehabilitate the nearly three lakh Tamils displaced in the final stages of the war between the armed forces and the LTTE, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Saturday.


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