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Listening Vs. Reading - Which skill is more important for language learning?

Someone who read my language acquisition articles recently wrote in to ask me if I believed reading was more important than speaking, and if I believed you could learn pronunciation from reading.

UNP-JVP and General Fonseka in a limbo, so far

On Monday 23rd, the President had sent a proclamation to the Commissioner of Elections to seek a fresh mandate. And this was a much awaited declaration for the Opposition Front.

Obama, Singh agree on closer cooperation between intelligence agencies for tackling terrorism

US President Obama will visit next year India, which he described as a rising, responsive global power next year. Addressing a press conference at the White House after 25-minute long talks with visiting Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, he stated deepening of the ties between the two countries is ‘my priority’.

60 day accelerated development programme

Every citizen in this country is now enjoying permanent peace which was merely a dream, four years before.

CBI raids Chennai airport customs cargo complex; 9 officials arrested for bribes

In one of its biggest raids on the Customs Department in Chennai, the CBI has arrested nine officials and two others from the Chennai Airport.

‘Indian Army chief’s remarks reflect Indian offensive nuclear doctrine’

Terming the Indian army chief’s remarks about nuclear war as a reflection of India’s offensive nuclear doctrine, Pakistan on Tuesday said it was fully capable of safeguarding its national sovereignty and defending its borders.

The Essence of Hajj

Already millions of Muslims from all over the world have poured into the holy city of Makkah (Mecca) to observe the hajj. There is no other annual event on the face of the earth, religious or non-religious, that compares to hajj in terms of the sheer number of participants, duration of the event and the breadth of agenda. Despite all these, it has always remained equally fascinating and mysterious to not only non-Muslims who are barred from entering the holy city, but also to millions of Muslims who had not performed hajj.

DMK- AIADMK announce candidates for two by-elections

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Tuesday announced its candidates for Vandavasi and Tiruchendur constituencies, where by-polls are scheduled to be held on December 19. They are Kamalakannan and Anita Radhakrishnan, respectively.

The presidential election would provide opportunity for North voters to exercise franchise freely

The decision to hold the presidential election two years ahead of my first term was prompted by the fact that people in the North should have an unadulterated mode to exercise universal franchise which the people of North claimed deprived at the previous occasion due to the threat of LTTE terrorism, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

Show cause notice for contempt to 4 top brass in police-lawyer clash case

The Madras High Court has directed four top state police officials, connected with the February 19 violent clashes between police and lawyers, to appear before the Division Bench on a suo moto contempt.

Soft drinks to be banned in government schools in Bangkok

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to ban carbonated drinks in schools under its umbrella, part of a four-measure strategy to strengthen the health of Thai youth and to prevent obesity among Thai children.

EU demands that Copenhagen Conference result in rapid action for rainforests

The EU wants a Copenhagen agreement to contain rapid action for adaptation measures and against deforestation. This was the message presented by Swedish Minister for the Environment Andreas Carlgren in a debate in the European Parliament on Tuesday.

Now Consular services at Tamil refugees’ door steps ; Concessions galore

Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu will soon be more than contended if the wind fall of concessions announced from various quarters of late, reach them and start working.


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