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Letter from America: The Never-ending Pogroms in Myanmar

It was not too long ago that we witnessed the grisly massacre of minority Rohingya Muslims in the Arakan (Rakhine) state of Myanmar (Burma). Many of the western observers who grew up seeing the smiling face of Dalai Lama were simply shocked to see armed Buddhist monks participating in that ethnic cleansing of the unarmed Rohingya Muslims.

Letter from America: The Never-ending Pogroms in Myanmar
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War or Peace: Our Choice

Almost four years after winning the Eelam War, Sri Lanka has no discernible enemy and a very discernible military. This gross disproportion would not have mattered overmuch had the economy fared better and the people were burdened less. But with a distorted economy and a weighted-down populace, even Rajapaksa supporters might question the logic of maintaining a gargantuan military sans an enemy.

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Governor has no power to pardon Sanjay Dutt

The Maharashtra Governor lacks power to pardon Sanjay Dutt, senior lawyer and BJP leader Mahesh Jethmalani on Saturday said criticizing Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju for his "unseemly haste" in seeking relief for the actor sentenced to 5 years' jail for possessing arms during 1993 Mumbai blasts.

Sanjay Dutt
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Catch them early–can we?

“I will not take all these medicines for two years... they are very strong medicines. I won’t be able to go to school” said 12 year old Abu (name changed) as the doctor explained to him that his sputum was still positive after six months of treatment. Abu was now affected with Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and the person from whom he had contracted it was his 17 years old brother. Abu’s mother sat helpless recalling all the money she had already spent on doctors, medicines and nutritious food for her children.

Carolyn Kavita Tauro
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Chidambaram hopes people of Valley will reject militants’ call

Finance Mminister Palanivel Chidambaram on Saturday rejected any suggestion that J&K was "back to square one" after the execution of Afzal Guru and hoped that people of the state will not heed to call of separatists.

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram
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Indian High Commissioner met with Senior Monks Of Maha Sanka

The High Commissioner of India has held meetings with Venerable Senior Monks of the Maha Sangha, to address their concerns about the two recent unfortunate incidents involving assaults on Sri Lankan Buddhist monks in Tamil Nadu state of India.

(Right to Left:  Ashok K. Kantha, High Commissioner of India;  Ven. Dr. Nagoda Amarawansa Thero; Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero; Ven. Dr. Brahmanawathe Sivalee Thero; Ven. Dr. Akuretiye Nanda Thero; Ven. Prof. Bellanwilla Wimalaratna Anunayake Thero; Ven. Dr. Itapana Damalankara Anunayake Thero; Mr. P. Kumaran, Deputy High Commissioner
(Bottom Row Left to Right: Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero; Ven. Thiniyawala Palitha Thero; Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero; Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero; Ashok K. Kantha, High Commissioner of India; Mr. Vasantha De Silva, Secretary Mahabodhi Society; Ven. Kirima Wimalajoti Nayaka Thero; Ven. H. Kondangna Thero;  Top Row Left to Right: Mr. Sunil Achaya, Counsellor (Consular); Ven. Galagoda Attha Gnanasara Thero; Mr. P. Kumaran, Deputy High Commissioner)
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Heart specialists from India awarded by American College of Cardiologists

The Cardiology Department of King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in India added yet another feather to its cap with two of its faculty members being awarded in the same year with the prestigious fellowship of American College of Cardiologists. Dr Rishi Sethi and Dr Sharad Chandra, both Associate Professors in the Cardiology Department at KGMU, were awarded the coveted Fellowship of American College of Cardiologists in its Convocation held in San Francisco on 11th March 2013.

Heart specialists from India awarded by American College of Cardiologists
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Pakistani Community Celebrated National Day of Pakistan

The High Commission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Pakistani community based in Sri Lanka celebrated the 74th National Day of Pakistan with traditional fervor and resolve to make Pakistan a strong, vibrant, progressive and democratic Islamic welfare state.

High Commissioner of Pakistan Maj Gen (R) Qasim Qureshi hoisting the national flag of Pakistan
High Commissioner of Pakistan  Maj Gen (R) Qasim Qureshi speaking on the occasion
A group of Pakistani women at the Flag hoisting ceremony on the occassion of the National Day of Pakistan
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“We wouldn't have built houses in a cemetery if we were afraid of ghosts,” Rajapaksa

Following the US-India backed resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka is ready to face any challenge. Using the Sinhala proverb on courage and fearlessness, he said, “We wouldn’t have built houses in a cemetery if we were afraid of ghosts.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa
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