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Nepal government revokes previous government’s decision to dismiss army chief

Nepal government on Thursday overturned the decision of erstwhile government led by Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to sack army chief Rookmangud Katawal.

A cabinet meeting of the newly-formed government held in Singh Durbar took a decision to this effect. The Maoist government on May 3 had decided to relieve army chief Katawal from the service before he would get retirement and appointed his second in command Kul Bahadur Khadka as acting chief of Nepal Army.

Swamy writes to PM: Put on hold Sethu project till analysis completes

Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to issue a directive putting the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project (SSCP) on hold till all analysis were carried out. In a letter to Manmohan Singh, a copy of which was released to media here, he claimed that the SSCP was conceived and inaugurated without the Ministry of Shipping doing the basic tectonic survey and risk analysis about the possible effects of tectonic changes in Gulf of Manar and Palk Strait as stated by National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in its report.

Nuclear deterrence keeps our adversaries at bay

In pursuant of its stated objectives, India dismembered Pakistan into two in 1971. Basking in the sunshine of glory it embarked upon an ambitious force modernization program and also carried out weapon grade nuclear test at Pokhran in 1974 to become unchallenged regional power. RAW had a hand in KGB-KHAD supported insurgency in Balochistan in 1970s.. Sindh was picked up as the prime target for subversion on the model of East Pakistan.

Environment: Indian Prez appeals for conserving natural resources

On the World Environment Day, Indian President Pratibha Patil has called for greater efforts at ecologically sustainable development.International community, she told an audience which assembled at Rashtrapati Bhavan to witness the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskaar (IGPP) awards, is currently engaged in the process of negotiations on climate change. It is a challenging issue. Eradication of poverty and the imperatives of economic and social development are equally important. One is not to the exclusion of the other. The over-riding priority for developing countries is sustainable development and environment.

64th birthday Of Aung San Suu Kyi: It's Time to Release

June 19 marks the 64th birthday of Nobel Peace Laureate and Burma's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. The importance of this day, although it is observed in silence in repressive Burma, underlines the status of The Lady and raises again the reality that she is central to the development of democracy in Burma.

Maker of Tamil version seeks Rs 230cr from producers of Hindi ‘Ghajini’

The producer of the original Tamil version of Amir Khan super-hit starrer “Gajini” has moved the Madras High Court seeking a deposit of Rs 230 crore from its Hindi producers. A Chandrasekaran of the Chennai-based Sri Saravana Creations said he had first filed a civil suit days before “Gajini” was to be released in December 2008. He wanted to be declared as copyright-holder of the film, and wanted the court to restrain others from dubbing or re-making the film in any other language, except Telugu, without his permission.

Pallium on Metropolitan Archbishops

Pope Benedict XVI will impose the woolen bands, called palliums, around the necks of new archbishops on June 29 Monday during the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul at 9.30 AM at the Vatican Basilica, as a symbol of their authority and responsibility.

FIR against Shah Rukh for comments on Prophet Mohamed

From S Murari, Chennai

Chennai, 19 June (Asiantribune.com): The Mumbai Police have registered an First Information Report (FIR )against Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on the basis of a complaint that he had made derogatory comments against Prophet Mohammed in a magazine interview.

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Ask Lanka to allow relief ship, Karunanidhi tells Indian Govt

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Friday asked the India Government to prevail upon Sri Lanka to allow a ship carrying humanitarian aid collected by Tamils in Europe for the internally displaced people.

Nepal government revokes previous government’s decision to dismiss army chief

Nepal government on Thursday overturned the decision of erstwhile government led by Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to sack army chief Rookmangud Katawal.

A cabinet meeting of the newly-formed government held in Singh Durbar took a decision to this effect. The Maoist government on May 3 had decided to relieve army chief Katawal from the service before he would get retirement and appointed his second in command Kul Bahadur Khadka as acting chief of Nepal Army.

Software and Hardliners: America’s use of ‘Software’ to understand ‘Internal Affairs’ of Iran

The Obama administration is in an expedition tour to totally understand the unfolding history in Iran. The U.S. administration has adopted a ‘hands-off’ attitude toward Iran at a time thousand are daily demonstrating in Tehran in support of the leading opposition candidate Mir Hussein Moussavi denouncing the alleged vote rigging that produced a landslide electoral victory at last week’s presidential poll to Ahmadinejad.

Ask Lanka to allow relief ship, Karunanidhi tells Indian Govt

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Friday asked the India Government to prevail upon Sri Lanka to allow a ship carrying humanitarian aid collected by Tamils in Europe for the internally displaced people.

Sri Lanka and Maldives agree on intelligence sharing

Sri Lanka and the Maldives have reached agreement to share intelligence and exchange information on the flow of funds that may be linked to terrorist activities. This understanding emerged following discussions between Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and the visiting Maldivian President, Mohamed Nasheed in Colombo today (19 June 2009). The Maldivian dignitary arrived last evening on a brief visit to Sri Lanka.


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