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Who are the British jihadists in Syria?

October 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm

By Jenny Cuffe Reporter, File on 4

Opposition fighters in the city of Deir Ezzor There are thousands of foreign fighters in Syria and some 200 are believed to be British residents


The home secretary and MI5 have warned about the terrorist threat from British residents fighting in Syria. But who are these young men who have gone to fight in another country’s war – how did they get there, what are their long term goals and do they pose a threat to UK security?

Why is the number 1,729 hidden in Futurama episodes?

October 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

By Simon Singh Science writer

Bender from Futurama


The year 1913 marked the beginning of an extraordinary relationship between an impoverished Indian clerk and a Cambridge don. A century later, their remarkable friendship has left its mark in the strangest of places, namely in Futurama, the animated series from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and physics graduate David X Cohen.

Protest against CHOGM in Sri Lanka intensifies in Tamil Nadu

October 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm
Posted by Sri Lanka Guardian

( October 13, 2013, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) ‘Boycott CHoGM in Sri Lanka’, a narrowed down and concrete demand reverberating from its parent ‘Boycott Sri Lanka’ movement is now gaining impelling strength all over the world, especially in India. While Tamils around the world and many international human rights organizations have called for an independent international investigation of war crimes by Sri Lanka, the Common Wealth Council has planned to enthrone the alleged war crimes perpetrator Mahinda Rajapaksa as the “Commonwealth Chairperson-in office” for the next 2 years in the CHOGM summit which is to be held in Sri Lanka between November 15- 17, 2013.

13 minus Sampur

October 14, 2013 at 10:32 pm
Posted by Sri Lanka Guardian

| by Upul Joseph Fernando
( October 9, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The first foreign representative the Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council, C.V. Wigneswaran, met after he was sworn-in was Salman Khurshid, the Minister of External Affairs of India. He has come to Sri Lanka to assess the situation, ahead of the final decision on Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh’s participation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Sri Lanka next month.
Although the Sri Lankan Government held a free and fair election to elect members to the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) as it had promised India, the recent Supreme Court verdict on the devolution of land powers has shocked the mighty neighbour. It is considered as the reason that compelled Premier Singh to say in New York that he expected the Sri Lankan Government to devolve powers to the Northern Province as granted by the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution. The Indian External Affairs Minister’s visit appears to be a move at obtaining a guarantee from its counterpart in Sri Lanka in this regard. The official statement on the participation of the Indian PM in the CHOGM would remain pending until then.

Canada shames Australia on CHOGM boycott

October 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm
Posted by Sri Lanka Guardian

| by Michael Mullins
( October 14, 2013, Canberra, Sri Lanka Guardian) Protest against Sri Lanka GenocideCanada’s conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has put Australia to shame by confirming that his country will boycott next month’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka over human rights concerns.
Canada has criticised the Commonwealth for ‘accommodating evil’ by allowing Sri Lanka to host the event, while Tony Abbott has said simply that ‘different countries have different national priorities’.

Investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala buys six Mumbai flats for Rs 176 crore=By Ravi Teja Sharma & Divya Sathyanarayanan, ET Bureau

October 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm

The Ruias of Essar group, Shapoorji Pallonji Mistry, Adi Godrej, Pranav Mody and Venugopal Dhoot— all have homes here. The combined net worth of residents of Malabar Hill is around $30 billion. (Image: Rakesh Jhunjhunwala)The Ruias of Essar group, Shapoorji Pallonji Mistry, Adi Godrej, Pranav Mody and Venugopal Dhoot— all have homes here. The combined net worth of residents of Malabar Hill is around $30 billion. (Image: Rakesh Jhunjhunwala)

Flipkart founders, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, get million dollar paychecks- By Shilpa Phadnis, TNN

October 14, 2013 at 8:21 pm

IITians Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal took home a handsome remuneration of Rs 10.25 crore each in the six months between September 2011 and March 2012.IITians Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal took home a handsome remuneration of Rs 10.25 crore each in the six months between September 2011 and March 2012

Another C-4 problem- Island.lk

October 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm


October 13, 2013, 8:33 pm

It has been reported that state intelligence agencies are  looking for a Channel Four journalist believed to have come here with his  partner. The purpose of their visit is said to be unclear, but it is said they  could be on a campaign to discredit Sri Lanka or on some private business.

Channel Four propaganda against Sri Lanka is blatantly  lopsided and obviously aimed at ruining its tourism industry besides backing the  LTTE’s war crimes campaign. Therefore, the government’s concern about well  organised vilification campaigns carried out by a section of the international  media is understandable. But, restrictions or bans on foreign journalists are  ill-conceived and unacceptable. Such draconian measures are also  counterproductive, especially in the run-up to the forthcoming CHOGM.

What a way to spite wife!

October 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm

October 13, 2013, 8:35 pm

I am certain all your readers would have gleefully read the  story headlined, ‘Man fights wife, cuts off own genitals in the front page of  The Island of 9th Oct. Your Puttalam correspondent deserves to be complimented  for picking up this story which certainly adds spice and variety to the  entertainment provided regularly by our politicians.

Unraveling the limitless content of humour packed into this  story is not only thought-provoking but also laughable. It surely must be a  topic of light hearted conversation in the bars and ante-rooms of clubs and at  many social gatherings.

Appeal to President for early publication of reports on prison riots

October 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm

October 13, 2013, 8:34 pm

A riot at the Welikade Prison (File Photo)

This intervention is made in a spirit of democratic engagement  by the Friday Forum, a group of concerned citizens who have come together to  consider current issues of public interest with a view to making a contribution  to peace, democracy, good governance and social justice in Sri Lanka.

When persons in the custody of a state institution meets with  violent death it is a matter of great public concern, reinforcing and even going  beyond the immediate issue of justice for victims and their families.

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