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Now Thirukkural in digital format, along with explanatory notes

Thirukkural in digital format, first time in music, has hit the market. If Kalaigner Karunanidhi has penned Kuralovium, an explanatory note on Kural, now there is somebody from his family casting it in micro chip. The world book of knowledge is going far to capture the present-day global Tamils obsessed with western music and pop and rock

‘Off-white blimps’ and West’s ‘infallibility’

A section of Sri Lanka’s Opposition and other pundits have launched a barrage of criticism on the government over what they call its “anti-Western rhetoric” They say GOSL has antagonized the ‘democracies’ on human rights issues and by refusing entry to the likes of Bob Rae. We know how the democracies attempted to secure peace and uphold human rights by trying to pressure an elected government to negotiate with a tyrant who terrorized the country at gun-point for nearly 30 years. When that failed they tried to save his life at the last minute. These double games have clearly exposed the true nature of these self-proclaimed crusaders against terrorism.

Vanni TNA MP pours scorn over Prabhakaran Chelvanayagam

Vanni TNA Member of Parliament is the surprise addition to the growing tribe of leaders who are pouring scorn over Prabhakaran and Chelvanayagam The surge of surrender of erstwhile LTTE cadres is continuing. On Wednesday alone, 9,700 LTTE cadres surrendered to the Sri Lanka Army; they were moved to temporary camps set up at Rambaikkulam Girls School, Kovil Kadavai Hindu College, Technical College, Co-operative building (at Poonthoddam) and University building at Pambai Madu.

Ready to retrieve Katchativu, if all party stood united: TN CM

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M . Karunanidhi on Thursday said he is ready to pass a resolution in the State Assembly urging the Centre to retrieve Katchathivu from Sri Lanka, if all political parties stood united over the issue. The Centre "cannot remain a mute spectator" about Sri Lanka's reported plans to build a military base in Katchathivu, an islet ceded by India to the island nation, he said in the Assembly.

Nepal cabinet expanded yet again

Nepal’s Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal expanded his cabinet for third time by inducting five new ministers and six ministers for state ministers. The cabinet has not taken full shape yet as three coalition partners —Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF), Tarai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP) and Sadbhawana Party—failed to send the names of their candidates. Of the newly inducted cabinet members, four ministers and three state ministers belong to prime minister’s party, CPN (UML), and one minister and three state ministers from another coalition partner, Nepali Congress.

LTTE comes to terms with Prabhakaran's death, at last

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has at last acknowledged that its "national leader" V Prabhakaran has died in action. In a statement on Thursday, Kathirkamathamby Arivazhakan, head of the external affairs wing in the department of intelligence in the LTTE said it has now been confirmed that "Tamil Eelam National Leader...V. Pirabaharan has attained martyrdom".

Indian PM Talks to President Zardari - US welcomes the dialogue

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh continues to take a tough stand on Pakistan. He expects President Asif Ali Zardari to take strong and effective steps to end terrorism directed against India from Pakistan soil. Both leaders met on the sidelines of SCO summit at Yekaterinburg in central Russia on Tuesday for forty-minutes.

42 million displaced last year, says UNHCR

The UN refugee agency reports 42-million people were forcibly uprooted by conflict and persecution at the end of last year. In its annual report, the UNHCR says most of the world's refugees and internally displaced people are in developing countries.

Dr. Swamy for ‘autonomous Tamil state’ in Sri Lanka

Janata Party president Dr. Subramanian Swamy has said " there is a need to create an autonomous Tamil state" in Sri Lanka. “Now that the LTTE is no longer in the picture, we can go ahead and help the Tamils", he told reporters here on Wednesday.

Now Thirukkural in digital format, along with explanatory notes

Thirukkural in digital format, first time in music, has hit the market. If Kalaigner Karunanidhi has penned Kuralovium, an explanatory note on Kural, now there is somebody from his family casting it in micro chip. The world book of knowledge is going far to capture the present-day global Tamils obsessed with western music and pop and rock

Indian PM ready to talk to all Kashmiri groups

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed his readiness to hold talks with the separatist Hurriyat Conference and all other Kashmiri groups for peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir. He made it clear that his government would not allow any human rights violation and see that the culprits of rape and murder of two women at Shopian were punished.

‘Off-white blimps’ and West’s ‘infallibility’

A section of Sri Lanka’s Opposition and other pundits have launched a barrage of criticism on the government over what they call its “anti-Western rhetoric” They say GOSL has antagonized the ‘democracies’ on human rights issues and by refusing entry to the likes of Bob Rae. We know how the democracies attempted to secure peace and uphold human rights by trying to pressure an elected government to negotiate with a tyrant who terrorized the country at gun-point for nearly 30 years. When that failed they tried to save his life at the last minute. These double games have clearly exposed the true nature of these self-proclaimed crusaders against terrorism.

Dr. Swamy for ‘autonomous Tamil state’ in Sri Lanka

Janata Party president Dr. Subramanian Swamy has said " there is a need to create an autonomous Tamil state" in Sri Lanka. “Now that the LTTE is no longer in the picture, we can go ahead and help the Tamils", he told reporters here on Wednesday.

After toys, dairy products, Chinese phones face Indian wrath

After toys and dairy products, it is the turn of Chinese phones to be banned in India. The Commerce Ministry clamped the ban on Chinese hand sets without ‘unique identity’ code numbers.


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