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12 Nepali, 11 Indians and a few Bangladeshi confirmed killed Gulf ship tragedy

Kosh R. Koirala - At least 12 Nepali nationals are confirmed killed after a Doha-bound ship carrying 35 people from Dubai of the United Arab Emirates capsized in Gulf Sea on Tuesday morning, according to Nepal Embassy in Doha.

JHU and Weerawansa faction face President’s ire; Both told ‘no going back on promises’

Jathika Hela Urumya and the Wimal Weerawansa faction have faced the ire of President Mahinda Rajapaksa over the devolution issue. In fact, the President is understood to have read the riot act, telling them bluntly that they could leave the government if they don’t like his ‘acceptable’ and ‘sustainable’ solution to the ethnic issue

U.S. Embassy fabricates non-existent political violence in Sri Lanka: To benefit its diplomats wallets

Daya Gamage - The June 26 ‘Travel Warning’ issued by the United States Department of State, a highly fabricated internal political violence and crime and safety report on Sri Lanka, has dual effect: The report justifies the earlier State Department-classified “Hardship and Dangerous” category to which the Colombo American Embassy and its Foreign Service Officers were listed for the continued 20% additional special pay increase. And the other, the adverse effect Sri Lanka will face worldwide on her drive to get investors to the island for feasibility studies, the much needed investments and the promotion of her tourism industry.

12 Nepali, 11 Indians and a few Bangladeshi confirmed killed Gulf ship tragedy

Kosh R. Koirala - At least 12 Nepali nationals are confirmed killed after a Doha-bound ship carrying 35 people from Dubai of the United Arab Emirates capsized in Gulf Sea on Tuesday morning, according to Nepal Embassy in Doha.

Dhaka University celebrates 88 years of educational contributions to the nation

William Gomes - 88th anniversary of Dhaka University was celebrated by the students, teachers and employees. The theme of this year’s celebration was ‘Higher Education for Democratisation’

Sack Raja for threatening judge: Jaya

S Murari - All India Anna DMK general secretary and Leader of the Opposition in Tamil Nadu J Jayalalitha on Thursday alleged that it was Union IT Minister A Raja of the DMK who threatened Madras High Court judge R Reghupathi in a criminal case relating to anticipatory bail for a doctor and his son and demanded that he be sacked immediately

Ending Terrorism – Winning Peace

Ladies and gentlemen,We are at a critical juncture in our history. We have the unique opportunity to bring our people together and make this blessed island a better place for all. As the Bard said, time and tide waits for no man. We must grab this chance and ride the tide as it rushes in, said Dr. Palitha Kohona.

Yet another Lankan boat with 7 fishermen caught

Gopal Ethiraj - Yet another Sri Lankan boat found fishing ill-legally between Tamil Nadu and Andhra border with seven Sinhala fishermen were arrested on Monday evening.

Storming the ‘Red Fort’

Chandrahasan - The security forces may have won the battle against the Maoists in Lalgarh (literally, Red Fort), a village in West Bengal, by driving them out of the village police station, but there is no sign that the more important goal of defeating the Maoists has been achieved. The message that the retreating Maoists left was: ‘We’ll come back.’

Left tastes defeat in West Bengal’s civic polls also

M Rama Rao - Bad luck continues to haunt the Left parties in India. Just two months after tasting defeat in the Lok Sabha election, they were trounced in West Bengal’s civic elections by Congress Trinamul combine prompting loud demands for the resignation of chief minister Buddhdeb Bhattacharjee. This is bad news for the Marxists who are getting ready to for the assembly elections.

Return of the Colombians

Gomin Dayasri - All those in Colombo are not Colombians. It is only the superficial superlatives; some Colombians have sprung like jack in the box to become ardent Mahindians. There are still many in Colombo who stand on principle, refined to the core, constructively critical, tolerating no nonsense. Colombians come -lately with giddy minds, in search of upward mobility proselytized in their hunt to be associated with the winner looking for possible advancement in silence or in secret, have made the over night crossing. It is a passing phenomenon. They will soon return to base.

With Narayanaswamy’s election challenged, seven under question

Gopal Ethiraj - Apart from six election-challenging petitions in Tamil Nadu, the lone Puducherry LS seat victory is also being questioned now. Of the 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, seven is now under question. The election of Union Minister V. Narayanaswamy from the Puducherry Lok Sabha constituency in the recent polls has been challenged before the Madras High Court by S.P.K. Dhamodhar of Mudaliarpet in Puducherry, who said he was a voter and the chief election agent for the BJP candidate in the constituency.

Ethnic Cleansing as a State Policy

Nicola Nasser - In his speech at Bar Ilan University on June 14, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed a new Israeli “peace plan,” with preconditions that a Palestinian negotiator must first meet before he would “promptly” engage in “unconditional” bilateral talks to meet an international consensus demanding the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Ministerial Changes in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka President has appointed Minister Milinda Moragoda, who was the Minister of Tourism as the Minister of Justice and law Reform. He took oaths this morning . He fills in the vacancy created by the recently demised Amarasiri Dodangoda who was the Minister of Justice and Law Reform.

Sack Raja for threatening judge: Jaya

S Murari - All India Anna DMK general secretary and Leader of the Opposition in Tamil Nadu J Jayalalitha on Thursday alleged that it was Union IT Minister A Raja of the DMK who threatened Madras High Court judge R Reghupathi in a criminal case relating to anticipatory bail for a doctor and his son and demanded that he be sacked immediately

Ending Terrorism – Winning Peace

Ladies and gentlemen,We are at a critical juncture in our history. We have the unique opportunity to bring our people together and make this blessed island a better place for all. As the Bard said, time and tide waits for no man. We must grab this chance and ride the tide as it rushes in, said Dr. Palitha Kohona.

U.S. Embassy fabricates non-existent political violence in Sri Lanka: To benefit its diplomats wallets

Daya Gamage - The June 26 ‘Travel Warning’ issued by the United States Department of State, a highly fabricated internal political violence and crime and safety report on Sri Lanka, has dual effect: The report justifies the earlier State Department-classified “Hardship and Dangerous” category to which the Colombo American Embassy and its Foreign Service Officers were listed for the continued 20% additional special pay increase. And the other, the adverse effect Sri Lanka will face worldwide on her drive to get investors to the island for feasibility studies, the much needed investments and the promotion of her tourism industry.

Gay Sex Gets Legal Sanction in India

Rama Rao - Celebration time for gay activists in India. The Delhi High Court Wednesday declared the Victorian era ban on gay sex in India is a violation of fundamental rights. So it has stuck down Section 377 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) as far as it criminalizes gay sex among consenting adults. Homosexuality will therefore remain a crime for non-consensual and non-vaginal sex.


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