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U.N. Team on War Crimes Condemns Israel, Hamas

A four-member United Nations fact-finding mission, which has just concluded an investigation into last year's brutal conflict in Gaza, makes a strong case for war crimes charges against Israel for its unrelenting 22-day military attacks on Palestinians, largely civilians, including women and children.

Visit to Sri Lanka by United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe arrived in Sri Lanka today. He is in Colombo, at the request of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Govt takeover of Chidambaram temple upheld

The Madras High Court has upheld the takeover of the famous Chidambaram Nataraja temple by the Tamil Nadu Government and dismissed an appeal against it by the Podhu Dikshitars, holding they have no hereditary rights over the temple nor have they managed it properly.

Another Health Centre for IDPs

Opening of the Second Health Care Center in Sumathi Puram IDP camp where 1500 families were living in tents, took place recently. This programme was partly sponsored by the Triple Gem Society Humanitarian Fund and the building consists of a maternity room, a dispensary, a drug storage room, a patient care room and a doctor's office. The project was constructed by Buddhika Construction Company in six weeks.

Rahul follows mother’s lead, takes train to visit Punjab

Following the ‘austerity’ example set by his mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, whose air travel these days is by economy class, her son Rahul Gandhi traveled by chair car in an air-conditioned train to Punjab on Tuesday. The nearly three - hour long train journey to Ludhiana was uneventful. Punjab Youth Congress chief and Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh gave company to Rahul on the train.

Insurance Company Joins with the Government to Develop the War Torn Areas

Sri Lanka’s one of the major insurance companies yesterday (September 15) announced that they would extend their services to the North and the East provinces which were cleared from the 30 year long terrorism.

Pak opposition threaten to move parliament over Musharraf issue

The leader of opposition in Pakistan’s national assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ahmed threatened to move the parliament against country’s president Zardari over his statement about giving safe passage to ex-President Musharrf.

100 Families receive semi-permanent home

Building of hundred 100 semi-permanent housing units for the families who lost their homes due to war and have been living in tents for over two months was completed recently and handed over to them. The recipients were very happy to move out of their tents and come to live in houses.

Foreign Minister Bogollagama requests India for the early release of Sri Lankan fishermen

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has requested the Indian Government for the assistance in the early release of 51 Sri Lankan fishermen who are under the custody of the Andaman and Nicobar island authorities along with nine fishing vessels, during a meeting held with the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Alok Prasad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 14th September 2009.

Maldives News in brief : CSC yet to decide on salary cut despite President’s proposal

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is yet to finalise a proposal to downsize its staff including a salary cut despite President Nasheed announcing plans to that effect.

President urges SLFP Paris Branch to work for communal amity

President Mahinda Rajapaksa advised the SLFP Paris Branch to work in harmony with the members of all Sri Lankan expatriate communities and to work together to assist development activities in Sri Lanka. He said this at a luncheon discussion with SLFP (Paris Branch) Treasurer Ananda Dodangoda at the Temple Trees in Colombo.

Indian foreign secy Rao concludes two-day visit to Nepal- Reiterates India’s security concerns

Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao concluded her two-day visit to Nepal Tuesday.

Pakistani parliamentary body seeks explaining from govt over Blackwater

A Pakistani parliamentary body - National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Interior has expressed concern over the alleged activities of US security agency ‘Blackwter’ in Pakistan.

Sri Lanka to Improve the Infrastructure Facilities of Higher Education Institutes

Sri Lankan Government has planned to increase the annual intake of students for the higher education. University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof. Gaminie Samaranayake said that necessary facilities in the island wide universities will be improved to meet the demand of the students who qualify for higher education opportunities.

Fate of USA will be similar to vanquished empires

USA comprise of fifty states. It has 9.16 million sq km land, 19924 km coast line 307 million population production worth $14 trillion. It is the biggest economic power and strongest military power in human history. Its new world order formulated in early 1990s envisages ruling the world for next 100 years by maintaining economic domination and preserving military hegemony.

America’s Channel 4 drama?: John Perkin’s “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” (EHM)

The Channel 4’s doctored video allegedly on Sri Lanka, but which could have been shot in any part of the world, where lighter-skinned men are available to pose as victims, and that of John Perkins’s well documented book despite its fiction-style but presentation in many parts, but other-wise a matter-of-fact presentation (reminds one of Graham Green’s “Ugly American”), may present two different situations. But the embarrassment they cause to the respective governments cannot be dissimilar.


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Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanam gets copyright for Tirupati laddoo

The Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanam has got geographical indication(GI) certificate for Tirupati laddoo offered as prasadam to devotees at the Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala hills. This copyright means no one can make and sell laddoos as Tirupati prasadams within a specified territory.