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Resolution on Sri Lanka submitted in the US Senate

February 10, 2014 at 12:43 am

Sun, Feb 9, 2014, 07:32 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 09, Washington, DC: A resolution on Sri Lanka has been presented to the US Congress by the Republican Senator of North Carolina Richard Burr.

The resolution S. RES. 348, titled, “Expressing support for the internal rebuilding, resettlement, and reconciliation within Sri Lanka that are necessary to ensure a lasting peace,” is co-sponsored by Senators Robert Casey, Patrick Leahy, Sherrod Brown, Barbara Boxer and John Cornyn.

SL military harasses families living near Mannaar mass grave

February 10, 2014 at 12:41 am

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 February 2014, 23:05 GMT] A group of the occupying Sri Lankan military officials, who have been visiting the families that have resettled in the vicinity of the recently discovered mass grave at Thirkkeatheesvaram in Mannaar have been harassing the families to give false witness that the locality of the mass grave was a graveyard belonging to a church situated in the area, residents say.
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) youth wing leader and a leading civil activist in Mannaar Sivakaran also confirmed the reports of alleged military harassment.
The families were all uprooted from the area in 1990 and resettled back at the area recently, Mr Sivakaran said adding that the residents have no knowledge of what went on inside the area which was maintained as a high security zone by the SL military.

Tamil cattle farmers complain of Sinhala occupation in Chengkaladi division

February 10, 2014 at 12:40 am

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 February 2014, 23:47 GMT] Sinhala paramilitary known as ‘home guards’ from Thambitiya in Ampaa’rai district have encroached into the grazing lands near Nediya-vaddaik-ku’lam in Pu’liyadip-poaththanai in Chengkaladi, Batticaloa, occupying the lands for sugar cane cultivation. The occupying Sinhala military and Buddhist monks from Ampaa’rai have also been accompanying the intruding Sinhala home guards, civil sources in Batticaloa said. Pu’liyadip-poththanai is located on A5 Badulla – Chengkaladi Road in Kiththu’l GS area of Chengkaladi DS division.

Civil servants in Jaffna threatened to withdraw their support to NPC

February 10, 2014 at 12:36 am

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 February 2014, 22:58 GMT] Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has been refusing to extend his cooperation to the repeated pleas made by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to appoint a non-military governor and to install a Chief Secretary capable of extending allegiance to the elected representatives of the NPC, has now gone to the extent of allowing the occupying Sinhala military in Jaffna to harass and threaten the other senior civil officials to render the NPC defunct. While escalating the rift between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) councillors and the SL governor installed chief secretary on one hand, the civil servants who extend cooperation to the elected NPC are being systematically subjected to SL military threat in Jaffna.

Syria crisis: New round of peace talks to begin in Geneva

February 10, 2014 at 12:24 am
A pick-up truck loaded with belongings drives past damaged buildings in Syria's eastern town of Deir Ezzor (9 February 2014) The Geneva talks take place as large areas of Syria have been reduced to rubble and thousands of people have been killed or injured

The second round of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition representatives is due to begin in Geneva on Monday.

Have money? will host-Bhupesh Bhandari & Indulekha Aravind | New Delhi/ Bangalore BS

February 9, 2014 at 11:43 pm

On Sunday, Manvendra Singh Shekhawat took an American guest, the wife of a diplomat, from Delhi to Bikaner in a railway saloon. The coach, which he had hired from the Railways, was attached to the end of the train to the city known for its palaces, temples, camel fair and namkeen. Shekhawat had stocked the pantry well and staffed it with butlers. On an earlier occasion, after an English guest at Suryagarh, his hotel in Jaisalmer, said over dinner how she’d love to drive around the city in a sports utility vehicle, Shekhawat called a friend in faraway Jaipur to send one right away – he gave the keys to the guest at breakfast the next morning.

Newspapers hit warpath after survey surprises-Vanita Kohli-Khandekar | New Delhi BS

February 9, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Don’t trust the new Indian Readership Survey (IRS), it is full of shocking anomalies.” That is the message that the Indian Newspaper Society, or INS, sent out through advertisements, press releases and articles in the papers owned by its powerful roster of members all of this week and last. This includes The Times of India, Anandabazar Patrika and Dainik Bhaskar, among others. It is a strong message. But it has not yet rattled the Media Research Users Council, or MRUC, which owns IRS. “If you find a real error in the study, we will fix it,” says MRUC Chairman Ravi Rao, who is also leader (south Asia) at media buying agency Mindshare.

Sunita Narain: The politics of particles- BS

February 9, 2014 at 11:26 pm


Sunita NarainChulhas – cook stoves of poor women who collect sticks, twigs, leaves and every other biomass material they can find to cook meals – are today at the centre of failing international action. The concern is that women are breathing toxic emissions from the stove and that these same emissions are also adding to the world’s climate change burden. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 established that indoor air pollution from cook stoves is a primary cause of disease and death in South Asia. As many as 1.04 million premature deaths and 31.4 million disability-adjusted life years – a measure of years lost owing to ill-health, disability or early death – are related to exposure to biomass burning in poorly ventilated homes.

Mumbai monorail a hit, 136,000 use it in a week-Sanjay Jog | Mumbai BS

February 9, 2014 at 11:10 pm

It is official. India’s first monorail, which was started here on February 2, is a hit. The ticket sale in the first week itself crossed 100,000 and on the whole, the new mode of transport has run to its optimum best. A total of 136,865 passengers had travelled in the monorail till Sunday.
While the total token sale for the week was 132,523, total revenue for the week reached Rs 14,24,810. On Sunday, over 29,000 passengers travelled in the four-coach pink, blue and green monorail trains and the total collection was about Rs 3,00,000.

The recent snapping of ties between Bombay Rayon and Bestseller, owner of Vero Moda, Jack & Jones & Only, is a case of one too many-Raghavendra Kamath | Mumbai BS

February 9, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Denmark-based fashion house Bestseller, which owns Vero Moda, Jack & Jones and Only, recently snapped its four-year-old franchisee ties with its Indian partner, Bombay Rayon‘s Prashant Agarwal. Bestseller, owned by Danish billionaire Anders Povlsen and family, is the latest in a series of such splits.
Last year, there were at least five such break-ups between overseas brands and Indian partners and the year before that, Indian fashion saw some of the biggest companies ending their partnership. First there was a break-up between Mumbai-based Alok Industries and UK’s iconic suit maker Savile Row as the former wanted to exit the retail space.

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