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Nasheed to address Parliament today midst PA boycott

President Mohamed Nasheed will address the customary opening of Parliament for 2011 today while the opposition People’s Alliance is set to boycott the session citing the last year address where he “threatened political opponents.”

Efforts on to rescue Indians taken hostage by Somalian pirates

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Wednesday said India was making the best efforts to secure the safe release of its sailors held hostage by Somali pirates as only a week remains for expiry of the deadline set by the sea brigands to meet their demands.

Sri Lanka's Seylan Bank PLC appoints Kapila Ariyaratne as new CEO

Sri Lanka's leading private bank- Seylan Bank PLC on Wednesday (March 02, 2011) announced the appointment of veteran banker, Kapila Ariyaratne as its new General Manager / Chief Executive Officer.

TN elections 2011: Sonia's emissary Asad meets Karunanidhi in the night: Deadlock continues in the seat sharing

The emissary of the Congress Party President and UPA chairperson Ms Sonia Gandhi, Gulam Nabi Asad met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK party leader M Karunanidhi on Wednesday night at the party headquarters Anna Arivalayam in Chennai and discussed about the seat sharing in forthcoming assembly polls for Tamil Nadu and conveyed the reservations of Ms Gandhi.

Power of mass protests & Western Strategy

Countries of the Middle East have taken center stage. Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Yemen, Morooco, Bahrain, Syria & Libya are said to be facing uprising and we are suddenly told that people of these countries are demanding “democratization” of their country and the ouster of their “despotic” leaders.

TN elections 2011: AICC emissary Aaad ignored Karunanidhi's appointment and returns hurriedly to Delhi

Union Health Minister and UPA chairperson Ms Sonia Gandhi's emissary Gulam Nabi Azad ignored Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK party president M Karunanidhi's appointment this (Thrusday) morning and left to Delhi from Chennai hurriedly.

Sri Lanka: Fonseka’s appeal against the order of CA’ on the 2nd CM to be taken on July 11 by SC

The application by the former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka for special leave to appeal, challenging the order of the Court of Appeal that dismissed his Writ petition is to be taken on July 11 by the Supreme Court.

TN Elections 2011: Ruling DMK convenes high level Action Plan Committee

Eventhough there is a deadlock in the seat sharing talks between ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(DMK) and Congress, the Dravidian Patriarch and state chief minister M Karunanidhi has convened his party high-level Action Plan Committee meeting on March 5 to discuss the April 13 Assembly Elections and prepare party's Election Manifesto which stole the limelight in the last election.

Seats’ parleys with DMK: Congress ready to climb down

Faced with the DMK chief M.Karunanidhi’s adamant attitude of “take it or leave it” on the issue of number of seats that can be allotted to the party, the Congress leadership in New Delhi seems to have decided to climb down on its demands for nearly 80 seats and an assurance on power-sharing.

Ananda and Nalanda–A symbol of Sri Lankan Cricket

Last Sunday I saw a significantly small article written at one of the leading Sunday national news paper in English, on the annual battle between Ananda and Nalanda. This is very common in last decades. But again we can observe more articles (especially in English) which went for pages written on other big matches played in Sri Lanka.

Spectrum issue : Court criticises Raja’s rude letter to Prime Minister

Former Telecom Minister A.Raja, prime accused in the 2G case, was on Wednesday pulled up by the Supreme Court for using “intemperate” and “objectionable” language in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue of spectrum allocation policy.

Stop distributing Color TV sets: EC orders Tamil Nadu Government

The Election Commission (EC) of India has ordered the DMK government in the state to stop the distribution of Color Television Sets to public immediately.

Sri Lanka: Seylan Bank to reduce 250 employees through Voluntary Retirement

Seylan Bank PLC which underwent a successful restructuring during the last two years had decided to reduce 250 employees from its cadre under uniform Voluntary Retirement Scheme for all employment categories.

Pak-US relations must not be made hostage to Davis case

Although the US has carried out two troop surges and has increased its force level to over 100,000 and total ISAF strength to 152,000, initiative is still in the hands of Taliban. Possibility of regaining initiative by US military through Kandahar operation has become remote.

Elect Government Party Candidates To Take Forward Development Activities – Minister Devananda In Koapy


Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, participating as the Chief Guest to reopen a renovated Public Library at Kopay, on last 18th, said that it would be wise to select the candidates fielded by the government in order to take forward the development activities in the peninsula; and in the event the power being transferred to the members of the opposition parties, there could be a reversal in the development activities that are in progress today.

Final year exams and festival ahead: Change the TN Poll Date-CPM-BJP urges EC

The Communist Party of India-Marxist(CPI(M) and Bharathiya Janata Party(BJP) has urged the Election Commission to change poll date in Tamil Nadu sheduled for April 13, citing +2 exams and Tamil New Years day.


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