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Main Tamil party of Sri Lanka pushes for an international probe into war crimes allegations

December 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Main Tamil party of Sri Lanka pushes for an international probe into war crimes allegations Sat, Dec 28, 2013, 09:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has said that it will push for an independent international probe into alleged war crimes committed by the government during the final phase of the civil war against the Tamil Tiger terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Armed men abduct son of leading civil activist in Jaffna

December 28, 2013 at 9:46 pm

[TamilNet, Thursday, 26 December 2013, 11:49 GMT] Four masked men carrying handguns have abducted 22-year-old son of the leading fisheries society activist Kanthavanam Sooriyakumaran in the early hours of Thursday at Inparuddi, Point-Pedro, in Jaffna district, according to the relatives of the victim, Thamilamuthan Sooriyakumaran. The abduction took place while Mr Thamilamuthan was alone at his sister’s home, as the family had gone to Vadamaraadchi East to take part in the memorial event held for their children and others who had perished in 2004 tsunami tragedy. Mr Thamilamuthan has already complained to his family and friends that Sri Lankan military intelligence operatives were closely following him during the past few days. His father, Mr Kanthavanam, is the president of the Federation of fisheries societies in the Northern Province.

No Indian houses for uprooted Batticaloa Tamils from Vanni

December 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm

[TamilNet, Saturday, 28 December 2013, 22:30 GMT] Hundreds of Tamil residents, who were uprooted from Vanni in the 2009 genocidal onslaught and resettled in Batticaloa district now, have not been provided permanent houses under the Indian housing project, according to complaints made to the Batticaloa District Citizen Committee.
The resettled survivors of the genocidal onslaught are still sheltered in temporary huts in Batticaloa.
The affected people residing in Aaraip-pattai (Aaraiyampathi), Thaazhagkudaa and Kiraan-ku’lam attended the monthly meeting of the Batticaloa Citizen Committee last Sunday and brought their pathetic situation without permanent dwellings to the notice of the civil society.


Colombo’s wildlife department appropriates lands in Paddippazhai for Sinhalicisation

December 28, 2013 at 9:44 pm

[TamilNet, Saturday, 28 December 2013, 12:40 GMT] Colombo government’s Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC), deploying Sinhala settlers from Ampaa’rai district and paramilitary known as Home Guards, has put up a fence covering 800 acres of Tamil villages of Batticaloa district. The land appropriation is taking place under the guise of constructing a fence to prevent wild elephants from entering Batticaloa district from the jungles of Ampaa’rai district, according to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) councillor of the Eastern Provincial Council.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who led an uncommon life-Kunal Pradhan and Bhavna Vij-Aurora /IT

December 28, 2013 at 9:36 pm

In the wintry lanes of Bara Mohalla in Hisar, Haryana, a few of the  older bystanders still remember the day Gita Devi and Govind Ram were  blessed with the arrival of their first-born. Which Govind Ram, they  first ask, before answering with a sly rhetorical question that tells  you they know why you’re here: “Woh Jindal colony wale? (The one from  Jindal colony?)” The boy was born on Janmashtami on August 16, 1968. His grandparents had decided to call him Krishna. Now, 45 years later, the  world knows him as Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of Delhi and  architect of a hitherto unthinkable political revolution that does not  derive its power from religion, caste, class or cadre.
The  Kejriwals lived on the outskirts of Hisar in a colony meant for  employees of Jindal Strips where his father worked as an electrical  engineer. Their house was a simple, cluttered quarter. The only vehicle  the family owned was a scooter.

Arvind Kejriwal’s full speech as Delhi Chief Minister at Ramlila Maidan-India Today Online New Delhi

December 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Full text of Arvind Kejriwal as taking oath as Delhi Chief Minister.
Brothers and sisters, mothers and the elderly, namaskar and pranam.
Friends, today is a historic day. This oath was not taken by Arvind Kejriwal and the six ministers. The people of Delhi have taken the oath as chief minister and ministers.
This movement was to give power into the hands of the people. Today is a victory for the common people.

Banker Meera Sanyal to join Aam Aadmi Party-Virendrasingh Ghunawat | Headlines Today | New Delhi

December 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm
Meera Sanyal
Meera Sanyal

Meera Sanyal, banker and former chairperson of Royal Bank of Scotland will be joining Aam Aadmi Party next week.
Sanyal is one of the leading bankers in India, who recently announced her resignation from the post of CEO and chairperson of the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The banker has confirmed to Headlines Today that she will be stepping down from Royal Bank of Scotland on December 31, 2013.
Preeti Sharma, official spokesperson of Aam Aadmi Party says discussions are going on her joining.
Meera Sanyal was an independent candidate in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from the Mumbai South constituency.
Sources say she being a banker by profession, will be offering financial advise and support to AAP at national level.

Arvind Kejriwal: Behind soft exterior a man of steel-IANS New Delhi

December 28, 2013 at 9:04 pm

For years he championed the cause of the marginalised and fought for the rights of the voiceless, as he took up issues from transparency to corruption, but was not much known to the people of India.

Arvind Kejriwal, whose fluent articulation of the cause and his motivated attitude catapulted him to fame when Anna Hazare fasted here for 12 days in 2011, Saturday became Delhi’s seventh – and youngest – chief minister.

Behind the meteoric rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that crushed the Congress and denied a victory to the BJP in Delhi lies a man of steel with politics in his DNA, one who dramatically transformed an anti-corruption drive into a successful political party in just two years.

Arvind Kejriwal takes charge as Delhi chief minister, transfers nine senior officers- India Today Online New Delhi,

December 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Within hours of assuming charge of the Delhi government, Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday effected reshuffle in bureaucracy, making top-level changes in the Delhi Jal Board and power department.
Delhi Jal Board CEO Debashree Mukherjee has now been posted as the Chief Managing Director of Delhi Transport Corporation. Eight other IAS officers were also shunted out.
Senior IAS officer Vijay Kumar has been made the new CEO of Delhi Jal Board. Power Secretary RK Verma, who is also the CMD of Delhi Transco Ltd and Chairman of Pragati Power Corporation Ltd, has been shifted as the Principal Secretary of Higher Education. He will also hold charge as the Principal Secretary, Training and Technical Education.

Lal Bahadur Shastri’s grandson Adarsh Shastri quits Rs.1 crore job at Apple to join Aam Aadmi Party-India Today Online New Delhi

December 28, 2013 at 8:17 pm
Adarsh Shastri (Photo: Twitter)

Adarsh Shastri, the grandson of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and son of Congress leader Anil Shahstri has left his job as the sales head in Apple Inc and joined Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), said a news report on Saturday.
The 40-year-old told The Economic Times said he was inspired by Kejriwal and felt compelled to join AAP.


The MBA degree holder said he did not join his father’s party since he felt he would not be able to fit into the Congress.
Anil Shastri told the paper that not of his three sons were inclined towards politics but said the AAP seemed to have changed Adarsh’s perception.

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