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Titanic violin fetches £900,000 record price

October 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm

The moment the violin was sold for £900,000

The violin that was apparently played to calm passengers on the Titanic as it sank was sold for £900,000 in just 10 minutes at auction in Wiltshire.

It was played by band leader Wallace Hartley, who died along with 1,517 others as the ship went down. It had a guide price of £300,000.

JP Morgan ‘may pay record $13bn fine’

October 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm
JP Morgan exterior JP Morgan has recently found itself overwhelmed by mounting legal troubles

US banking giant JP Morgan is set for a record $13bn (£8bn) fine to settle investigations into its mortgage-backed securities, US media reports say.

A tentative deal is believed to have been reached in talks with senior US justice department officials.

Tight security at India ‘treasure hunt’ site

October 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm

In this Oct 17, 2013 photo, people visit the fort of King Rao Ram Baksh Singh in Unnao in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in India Reports say a Hindu seer dreamt that 1,000 tonnes of gold was buried under the ruins of the 19th Century fort

Police in northern India have secured the site of an archaeological dig after hundreds of people gathered there amid reports it held buried treasure.

The crowds gathered as media reports say that a Hindu seer dreamt 1,000 tonnes of gold was buried under the ruins of a 19th Century fort.

Afghanistan: Towards a brighter future or a darker past?

October 18, 2013 at 6:27 pm

An Afghan man walks towards an Ariana Afghan Airlines plane on the tarmac at the Kabul airport January 10, 2002 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s national airline suffered under the Taliban

Every time I land at Kabul airport I remember a day in December 2001.

It was a day Afghan pilots cried.

We stood on a cracked and cratered tarmac to witness the landing of the only plane from Ariana National Airlines to survive the punishing years of war.

Fake Xanax anxiety pills from China seized in Zurich

October 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm

A sample of the counterfeit drugs seized by Swiss customs officials Experts think it would be hard to spot the drugs are fake at first glance

Customs agents have seized one million fake anti-anxiety pills in transit at Zurich airport, Swiss officials say.

The four-crate shipment was on its way from China to Egypt, the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products said.

Khuram Shaikh: Six charged with murder over Sri Lanka killing

October 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Khuram Shaikh Khuram Shaikh was killed while on holiday in the resort of Tangalle

An “associate” of Sri Lanka’s president and five other men have been charged with the murder of an aid worker in the country on Christmas Day 2011.

Red Cross worker Khuram Shaikh, 32, from Milnrow, Rochdale was shot and stabbed while on holiday.

TNA détente with MR; but cracks erupt within

October 18, 2013 at 5:53 pm



  • MR has cordial meeting with Wigneswaran and Sampanthan, presents statue of Hindu god as token of cooperation
  • Khurshid comes, concurs and conquers on important issues; sidelines poaching crisis

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had a thoughtful gift for C.V. Wigneswaran after he swore him at three different times last Monday morning. The first was as an elected member of the Northern Provincial Council, the second as its Chief Minister and the third, as a minister of the PC cabinet. All three oaths were taken in Tamil.

Into the heart of Saradiel country

October 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm


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Utuwankande is where the legendary Saradiel roamed and for photographer Stefan D’Silva this rocky hideout is one of those forgotten places which he feels must be documented before it falls under the tide of modernisation. Though based in Australia, Stefan has a strong passion for his roots and is currently in the process of compiling a series of books about Sri Lanka; the third of which, ‘Places Once Denied’, was launched a few months ago.

Wignes: Star of northern hopes

October 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm



Heavens be praised! At long last the whole pantheon of Hindu gods have showered their manifold blessings on Lanka’s Tamils by manifesting in the form of former Supreme Court Judge Vishwalingam Wigneswaran a messiah to lead them to the promised land.

What a contrast from the bloodthirsty demon who usurped the mantle of Tamil leadership by exterminating all who stood in his way, at whose bloody satanic altar thousands were slaughtered in a elusive quest to establish an utopian Eelam on Lankan soil.

Editorial – Island.lk

October 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Human rights as a cover

October 18, 2013, 8:30 pm

India’s participation at next month’s CHOGM in Colombo is still  in the balance and speculation is rife that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh  may skip it.

The Sri Lankan government, no doubt, deserves most of the flak  it receives and should get its act together on the human rights front instead of  venting its spleen on its critics. If not for pressure Britain has brought to  bear on it in the run-up to the Colombo CHOGM the killers of a British citizen  would have been handled with kid gloves. But, the fact remains that it is not  human rights concerns that have prompted Canada to boycott CHOGM and India to  dillydally on its participation.

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