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  • Sri Lankan President Concedes Defeat After Startling Upset

    01/09/2015 1:07:07 AM PST · by Cronos · 1 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 9.Jan.2015 | Ellen BArry and Darisha Bastians
    After a startling upset in Sri Lanka’s presidential election, President Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat on Friday morning, bringing an abrupt end to a larger-than-life, increasingly controlling presidency that he had hoped to extend into a third six-year term. Mr. Rajapaksa left his residence, Temple Trees, shortly after 6 a.m. “to allow the new president to assume his duties,” a presidential spokesman announced. Mr. Rajapaksa’s defeat is remarkable because he had an overwhelming advantage going into the election, which he decided to hold two years ahead of schedule. During nearly a decade in office, he had built close ties with China,...
  • Celebrities Among Victims of Tsunami

    12/28/2004 2:41:47 PM PST · by TheDon · 24 replies · 5,828+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 28, 2004 | Rob Kennedy
    By ROB KENNEDY, Associated Press Writer BANGKOK, Thailand - A German statesman, a Czech supermodel and a Swedish Olympic ski champion were among the vacationers whose search for peace and sun in tropical southern Asia was shattered by the tsunamis that spared neither rich nor poor. AP Photo   Petra Nemcova — who appeared on the cover of 2003 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue — was carried away with her boyfriend, the fashion photographer Simon Atlee, after a huge wave plowed into southern Thailand on Sunday. Nemcova's New York spokesman, Rob Shuter, said the model and her boyfriend had been vacationing...
  • When the UN Apes Al Sharpton

    12/12/2014 4:10:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 12, 2014 | Horace Cooper
    Among the familiar hucksters who sought to capitalize on the troubles in Ferguson, Missouri, came a new face: Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights and self-styled heir to the non-existent royal houses of Iraq and Syria. “I am deeply concerned,” Prince Zeid said in a press release, about “institutionalized discrimination” in America, and “I urge the U.S. authorities” to conduct “in-depth examinations” of racial justice. Notwithstanding the overwhelming evidence that Michael Brown’s death resulted from the criminal acts he engaged in before and during his encounter with officer Darren Wilson, Zeid’s Human Rights Council...
  • Slavery is a business reality, and it’s up to companies to stop it

    10/31/2014 11:33:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Toronto Globe And Mail ^ | Oct. 29 2014, 1:59 PM EDT | (Reuters)
    There are more slaves now than at any point in history, and companies need to look closely at their supply chains to ensure their products or services aren’t coming from operations that force people to work with no pay, a U.S. writer and private-equity executive said during a recent financial and risk summit in Toronto hosted by media and information firm Thomson Reuters. […] People often think of slavery as a thing of the past, but today there are an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide—most of them toiling for nothing more than a meager daily meal, (Benjamin) Skinner said. He...
  • Like magic: A purifying powder can turn muddy water clear, and safe.

    01/07/2005 4:15:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 85 replies · 2,943+ views
    The Philidelphia Inquirer ^ | Wed, Jan. 05, 2005 | Tom Avril
    They took a bucket of muddy, bacteria-laden water. Added a bit of white powder. Stirred. And within minutes, standing amid 100 refugees in war-torn Liberia, researchers from Johns Hopkins University had produced what seemed like a magic trick: Clear, drinkable water. "I couldn't believe it when I saw it," Hopkins researcher Shannon Doocy said of her work last year. "The people in Liberia couldn't believe it." The powder, developed by Procter & Gamble Co. with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is now headed for its biggest test yet: the tsunami zone. Relief agencies, led by AmeriCares of...
  • PLA sub's Sri Lanka visit suggests China projecting power into Indian Ocean

    09/24/2014 9:36:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-09-25
    The Changzheng 2, a Type 091 Han-class nuclear-powered submarine has become the first Chinese submarine to visit Colombo Harbor in Sri Lanka according to the website of state-run Sri Lanka News on Sept. 15. The Chinese submarine arrived at Colombo Harbor one day before Chinese president Xi Jinping began his visit to the country on Sept. 16. In addition to the Changzheng 2, there were two other People's Liberation Army Navy warships in the harbour. The Changzheng 2 is currently under the command of the PLA Navy's North Sea Fleet. Equipped with C-801 anti-ship missiles, it is capable of attacking...
  • Dog Owner Wants Cops' Protection if Pet Removed

    07/28/2014 8:33:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 28, 2014
    American complains of barking dog, crowing cockerelAn engineer from the US, who had been residing in Jaffna has lodged a complaint with the police that his neighbour’s dog and the cockerel are creating a nuisance, barking and crowing and disturbing him. The engineer who lives in Navalar Road Jaffna has said that he has been disturbed by the noises around his house. When the owner was called in, he said he cannot control his animals from making noise. However, the police asked him to remove the dog from the premises, to which the owner said that if the dog is...
  • Sri Lanka accused of turning blind eye to violence (like Burma?)

    07/05/2014 7:45:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 5, 2014 2:09 AM EDT | Krishan Francis
    The attackers stormed in close to midnight, tearing through town with gasoline bombs and clubs before carting away piles of cash and jewelry they stole from Muslim families in this tiny corner of Sri Lanka. The onslaught incited by the Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Power Force, a hard-line group that has gained thousands of followers in recent years, killed at least two Muslims and injured dozens more last month in the worst religious violence Sri Lanka has seen in decades. Now, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government is under fire, accused of failing to protect Sri Lanka’s tiny Muslim minority and...
  • EU alarmed by anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka

    06/18/2014 10:04:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 9:12 AM EDT | Bharatha Mallawarachi
    The European Union expressed alarm Wednesday at recent violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka in which three people died and more than 50 were injured, and urged the government to ensure that the rule of law is upheld. […] Hard-line Buddhists hurled gasoline bombs and looted homes and businesses in attacks Sunday evening in several towns in southwestern Sri Lanka. The attacks were led by a mob from Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Power Force, which rails against the country’s Muslim minority. …
  • Cobra Used in Attempted Murder

    05/15/2014 10:48:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, May 15, 2014
    A 35-year-old man has been arrested in Sri Lanka for attempting to kill another man with a cobra. According to police, the suspect allegedly tied up a man and put him in a plastic barrel with a cobra in a sugarcane plantation in Weveyaya, Sevanagala on May 9. The victim, who was bitten by the cobra, is currently receiving treatment at the Embilipitiya hospital.
  • BREAKING: #MH370 Mystery Deepens – Pentagon Bans ALL LEAVE TRAVEL TO DIEGO GARCIA

    04/09/2014 5:21:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 132 replies
    The Gatewary Pundit ^ | 4/9/14 | Jim Hoft
    This is weird. This was posted April 4 on the Diego Garcia Passenger Facebook Page. Via RedFlagNews:Malaysian news reported MH370 Captain Zaharie Shah’s homemade flight simulator had five runways programmed into the system.The runways included:** Three airports in India and Sri Lanka** One airport in Maldives** One US military base in Diego GarciaThe Malaysian pilot on missing flight MH370 was reportedly a political fanatic who attended the trial of the country’s opposition leader hours before the flight.The Daily Mail reported:
  • Three more Ethiopians killed in Saudi Arabia (massacres reported)

    03/25/2014 1:00:54 PM PDT · by pabianice · 20 replies
    Three more Ethiopians killed by Saudi police. The killing of Ethiopians continues in Saudi Arabia Three more Ethiopians killed in Saudi Arabia Three more Ethiopians have been killed in Saudi Arabia. Thousands of Ethiopians are leaving the middle east country after scores have been killed in the past few days. Hundreds more injured and women are being raped in front of their families. It is astounding and mind boggling the international community is so silent about this shameful actions of the Saudis. "The act of killing innocent civilians is uncalled for, we condemn that," Foreign Ministry spokesman Dina Mufti told...
  • Lankan Mafia Godmother: Breaks Men, Solicits, Fights Drug Dealers

    01/18/2014 4:24:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, January 18, 2014
    Police bust a crime gang led by womanColombo: Sri Lankan Police has busted an organised crime gang led by a woman, whose alleged practises will put to shame seasoned godfathers of the underworld. According to a report in ‘Sunday Times’, she has beaten out limbs of men, has been involved in territorial wars with drug peddlers, pimps and managed sex workers including men in Colombo. The gang was spread across the city and worked out of night clubs and casinos. In a sting operation, the protagonist along with her aides was arrest from a place in Marine Drive, Kollupitiya last...
  • Not an upgrade – rebirth (Israeli Kfir fighter)

    01/17/2014 2:39:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Flight Global Blogs ^ | 14 January, 2014 | Arie Egozi
    Upgrading military aircraft – fixed wing and rotary – is a common operation performed all over the world. You take an old platform, reinforce the fuselage and wings, install some new systems and it can fly for many more years. But what Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is currently doing with its old Kfir fighter aircraft is an exception. The Kfir (Lion Cub) fighter is a single-seat multitask fighter built by IAI. The aircraft was first built for the Israeli air force (IAF). The first Kfir was delivered to the IAF in 1975, and entered into service in 1976. The fighter...
  • As ties with India grow, Israel again says won't supply arms to Pakistan

    09/15/2013 7:56:04 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    NDTV ^ | 15 Sep., 2013 | NDTV
    NEW DELHI: With its defence ties with India growing at a rapid pace, Israel today asserted that it will not supply any weapons systems and military hardware to Pakistan, saying the policy in this regard was "very clear" and "strict". Israeli Ambassador Alon Ushpiz said his country follows a very strict guidelines in exporting weapons systems and there was no question of reversing its policy of not supplying military hardware to Pakistan. "The policy of Government of Israel is (very clear) and we are tremendously strict about it that we do not export weapons system to Pakistan," he said. A...
  • Husband Pawns Wife for Money to Buy Drugs

    09/11/2013 12:33:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, September 11, 2013
    Wife refuses to return to husband; 'new owner' also refuses to let her goA husband in Sri Lanka pawned his wife to his friend for 90 days to borrow Rs15,000 from him to buy drugs, the ‘Mirror’ newspaper has reported. But the husband got a shock when his wife, a mother of two, refused to return to him after 90 days. Her ‘new owner’ also refused to let her go. The husband then approached the Dambulla police station for help to get his wife released. Since she had always been harassed always by her drug addicted husband, the woman had...
  • Sri Lankan police apologize for dog wedding

    08/27/2013 6:08:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 27, 2013 8:42 AM EDT
    <p>Sri Lanka police have apologized for holding a wedding ceremony for sniffer dogs after the country’s culture minister condemned the event and demanded an investigation.</p>
  • Evidence of 3,000-Year-Old Cinnamon Trade Found in Israel

    08/20/2013 9:55:09 AM PDT · by Renfield · 16 replies
    Live Science ^ | 8-20-2013 | Owen Jarus
    How far would you go to get your cinnamon fix? If you lived in the Levant 3,000 years ago (a region that includes modern day Israel), very far indeed new research indicates. Researchers analyzing the contents of 27 flasks from five archaeological sites in Israel that date back around 3,000 years have found that 10 of the flasks contain cinnamaldehyde, the compound that gives cinnamon its flavor, indicating that the spice was stored in these flasks. At this time cinnamon was found in the Far East with the closest places to Israel being southern India and Sri Lanka located at...
  • IAI selling upgraded Kfir jets for $20m

    08/08/2013 4:46:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Globes, Israel ^ | 6 August 13/ | Yuval Azulai
    IAI selling upgraded Kfir jets for $20m Israel Aerospace Industries promises very short delivery schedules for the renovated jets, which it claims are even better than fourth-generation jets. 6 August 13 17:45, Yuval Azulai Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) is trying to sell dozens of Kfir fighter jets to foreign air forces, offering a 40-year manufacturer's guarantee. The veteran jets are equipped with new avionics and powerful radars developed by IAI unit Elta Systems, diversified armaments, updated electronic warfare systems, and air-to-air refueling. IAI has told its sales reps to sell the Kfirs to Eastern European countries that...
  • Israel Embassy detains 'suspicious' Iranian man in Kathmandu

    04/22/2013 4:28:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    THE HIMALAYAN TIMES.com (THT Online) ^ | Added At:  2013-04-21 7:58 PM Last Updated At: 2013-04-21 12:39 PM | n/a
    KATHMANDU SNIPPET: The Annapurna Post vernacular daily reported on Sunday that the arrest was made on April 13. Identified as Mohsin Khosravian, the suspect is currently in police custody.

 The security officials at the Embassy speculated that the suspect was scouting the facility with a harmful intention "for he carried a tourist map of the Lazimpat area" where the Israeli mission is located. 

He had stayed in a Thamel-based hotel. After his arrest, the suspect told police that he had ventured out to find out a shop to repair his laptop.

 According to the report, the Nepal Police's Central Bureau...
  • Beer Seized After Bar Sold Alcohol Without Permit

    04/21/2013 7:21:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Valley Central ^ | 04.21.2013 | Christina Garcia
    A local Brownsville bar was shut down for allegedly selling alcohol without a permit. The bar, once called Xolchi’s on Boca Chica Boulevard, sold a bottle of Miller Lite to an undercover Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agent. On Friday, the investigation ensued to determine if they were selling alcohol without a license. The bar did not have a permit or license to sell alcoholic beverages. At around 9:15 p.m. two agents entered Xolchi’s and bought a beer for $1.75 from bartender Casimiro Hernandez. Agents seized 140 bottles of Michelob Ultra, Bud Light, Budweiser, and Miller Lite. Hernandez was arrested for...
  • Meet the Tarantula as Big as Your Face

    04/07/2013 4:49:54 AM PDT · by Renfield · 42 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 4-5-2013 | Marc Lallanilla
    It's big, it's hairy, and it's venomous. The newest spider to give arachnophobes the willies, a tarantula named Poecilotheria rajaei has been discovered on the island nation of Sri Lanka. With a leg span of 8 inches (20 centimeters) and enough venom to kill mice, lizards, small birds and snakes, according to Sky News, the crawler is covered in subtle markings of gray, pink and daffodil yellow. "It can be quite attractive, unless spiders freak you out," Peter Kirk, editor of the British Tarantula Society journal, told the New York Daily News. Even the scientists studying the spiders admit to...
  • Sri Lanka police stand by as Buddhist extremists attack Muslim-owned store

    03/30/2013 6:12:20 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 39 replies
    France 24 ^ | 29/03/2013
    Police in front of a Muslim-owned clothing store's warehouse in Colombo, Sri Lanka, after it was attacked by a mob. An angry mob of hundreds of people, led by Buddhist monks, attacked a warehouse belonging to a Muslim-owned clothing chain in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo on Thursday. This comes as Buddhist hardliners ramp up their campaigns against Muslims’ lifestyles. The scene was eerily reminiscent of attacks on Muslim-owned stores throughout the past week in Burma. One video shows a monk throwing a rock at a security camera in front of the warehouse, as policemen look on and the mob erupts...
  • Italy-India row: Rome to send marines back for trial

    03/21/2013 1:40:12 PM PDT · by cold start · 8 replies
    Two Italian marines accused of murdering two Indian fishermen, in a case that has sparked a diplomatic row, are to be sent back to Delhi for trial. The Indian government had allowed them to return to Italy to vote in last month's election. But when they failed to return, India's Supreme Court ruled Italy's ambassador was barred from leaving the country. The Italian government said it had received assurances about the men's treatment and their human rights. The marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, are accused of shooting the fishermen off the Kerala coast in February 2012. The marines had...
  • Switzerland is nerve centre for rebel groups

    07/12/2002 11:13:53 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 156+ views
    Swiss Info ^ | July 12 2002 | Urs Geiser
    Switzerland is being used as a base by criminal and rebel groups to organise and fund their activities abroad, says a new police report. The annual report from the Federal Police Office, said militant groups from the Balkans and Sri Lanka were particularly active in Switzerland last year. It added that ethnic Albanians and Tamil Tiger rebels used the country as a safe haven and logistics centre to direct guerrilla campaigns. “Members of international criminal and extremist organisations use Switzerland as a safe haven and dissemination point of propaganda,” the report said. “In addition, money is raised to support the...
  • Maoist flag has Tiger stripes

    09/12/2006 3:35:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 166+ views
    Times of India ^ | 12 Sep, 2006
    HYDERABAD: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels were frequent visitors to Andhra Pradesh prior to 1996 and they even trained the Maoists on guerrilla warfare, highly-placed sources in the police department have revealed to TOI. Expert fighters from the LTTE reportedly visited a camp held in the Nallamala forests in November 1996 to train Maoists. Though it was their last visit to the state, the sources said that since then the LTTE and CPI (Maoist) have developed a friendship that continues even today. They continue to share ideas, tactics and even literature. However, they have stopped exchanging weapons...
  • Murphy's Law: Terrorists in the Courtroom

    12/03/2006 6:15:07 AM PST · by Valin · 4 replies · 479+ views
    Strategypage ^ | 12/3/06 | Harold C. Hutchison
    December 3, 2006: In the United States, a federal judge has ruled that the President does not have the authority to designate certain organizations as terrorist groups. This ruling is the latest round of lawfare against the war on terror. In this case, two foreign terrorist organizations, the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elan (LTTE), were the beneficiaries of this suit. Why is this case, filed on behalf of the Humanitarian Law Project, important? After all, a number of human rights groups have still been waging lawfare, largely on behalf of al Qaeda. This suit...
  • Mumbai: possible Tiger links probed (Hillary Clinton's background and Ram Ranjan?)

    12/01/2008 9:50:21 PM PST · by earmarksrus · 7 replies · 821+ views
    It's a Kwazy Life ^ | December 1, 2008 | Tom Lamb
    Link "Pakistan told Indian officials to look into all aspects, including an LTTE or Al-Qaeda connection. Pakistan also informed India that some of the terrorists appeared to be South Indians and looked like LTTE cadres. India investigated every angle," the official said. London's Pakistani High Commissioner in an interview told BBC over the weekend that some of the terrorists looked very much like South Indians. From Sir Lanka Ministry of Defence ....... A little known terror outfit "Deccan Mujahideen" has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Anti-terrorist operations are continuing as Indian security forces take on the formidable mission to...
  • Secretary of State Clinton Blames the Sri Lanka Government for Possible Tamil Tigers's Actions

    04/25/2009 3:34:03 AM PDT · by theanchoragedailyruse · 3 replies · 462+ views
    It's a Kwazy Life ^ | Saturday, April 25, 2009 | Tom Lamb
    When I heard Clinton was picked by the Obama administration to serve as the Secretary of State, I was curious if anyone in the Senate confirmation hearings would bring up her political ties with Ram Ranjan.And since her confirmation, Clinton has now put blame on Sri Lanka for the death of civilians. For those who don't know who Ram Ranjan is, he was involved with a political fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. Ram Ranjan is a supporter of the Tamil Tigers. The Tamil Tigers are considered a terrorist group. In the above hyper link you will find the following: Update II:...
  • The Bombay bombing and the LTTE (Hillary Clinton's ties with Ram Ranjan should be looked at)

    12/09/2008 3:21:48 AM PST · by earmarksrus · 3 replies · 383+ views
    The Island ^ | December 8, 2008 | K Godage
    The terrorists who attacked Mumbai had come from the sea. This serves as a reminder to us that the LTTE has in years past tried to penetrate our harbours and Colombo has always been a target. (...) Whenever there was military action against the LTTE by the Sri Lankan forces, LTTE had two cards to play. First relates to violation of human rights by the armed forces, which resonates well with the West. That also helps LTTE immensely as foreign governments tend to make their bilateral assistance to Sri Lanka conditional to good governance by GSOL. The second was the...
  • Oslo killer met LTTE activists in Norway?

    08/03/2011 9:33:41 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    island.lk ^ | August 2, 2011 | Shamindra Ferdinando
    Could there be a link between Norway-based LTTE operatives and Anders Behring Breivik, who bombed the Norwegian government headquarters in Oslo and wiped out a youth group on a nearby island on July 22 killing over 80 civilians? Responding to a query by The Island, informed sources said that the Norwegian could have had a link with the LTTEactivists in Norway. Breivik, in his 1,518 manifesto, which was released hours before he carried out the massacre, said had felt that Europe should follow the LTTE example of expelling the Muslims from Sri Lanka. He had interpreted the expulsion of Muslims...
  • Ramayana bridge

    10/21/2002 12:58:08 PM PDT · by bala · 30 replies · 414+ views
    ANCIENT RAMAYANA BRIDGE - A REALISTIC POSSIBILITY
  • Report on Hindu god Ram withdrawn

    09/14/2007 11:45:44 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 24 replies · 784+ views
    BBC ^ | 14 September 2007
    The Indian government has withdrawn a controversial report submitted in court earlier this week which questioned the existence of the Hindu god Ram. The report was withdrawn after huge protests by opposition parties. The report was presented to the Supreme Court on Wednesday in connection with a case against a proposed shipping canal project between India and Sri Lanka. Hindu hardliners say the project will destroy what they say is a bridge built by Ram and his army of monkeys. Scientists and archaeologists say the Ram Setu (Lord Ram's bridge) - or Adam's Bridge as it is sometimes called -...
  • History stands still in seabed off Sri Lanka

    07/08/2007 11:01:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 485+ views
    Asian Tribune ^ | Sunday, July 8, 2007 | Janaka Perera
    The popularization of scuba diving after World War II had its impact on Sri Lanka, when Sir Arthur Clarke and Mike Wilson (later Swami Siva Kalki) came here after their successful expedition on the Great Barrier Reef. They came here to write on the 'Reefs of Taprobane' (Sri Lanka ). Here they were joined by Jonklass. Although spear-fishing and coral reef exploration were the scuba divers' primary aims, searching for wrecks soon became their past time in a sea strewn with ship wrecks. It was Sir Arthur Clarke's book which first carried colour photographs of off-shore shipwrecks and the ruins...
  • Ram Sethu: Scientific Evidence Of Ancient Human Activity (Ramas Bridge)

    04/23/2007 3:35:24 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 895+ views
    Organizer ^ | 4-29-2007 | S. Kalyanaraman
    Ram Sethu: Scientific evidence of ancient human activity By S. Kalyanaraman Scientific evidences point to human activity in ancient times on both sides of Ram Sethu as found by Dept. of Earth Sciences and ocean technologists of Bharatam. This area should be declared a protected monument under the Protection of Monuments Act and declared as a World Heritage site by the Government of India and advised to UNESCO. The Geological and geophysical survey of the Sethu-samudram Project clearly reveal that Rama’s bridge appears to be a major Geological feature. The surveys reveal that to the north of Ram Sethu on...
  • Can the monkey god save Rama?s underwater bridge?

    03/27/2007 6:43:20 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 21 replies · 2,389+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 27, 2007 | Ruth Gledhill and Jeremy Page
    Hindu groups are launching an international campaign today to halt India?s plans to create a shipping channel by dredging the sea between India and Sri Lanka. They say that the project will destroy an ancient chain of shoals known as Adam?s Bridge, which Hindus believe was built by an army of monkeys to allow Lord Rama to cross to Lanka to rescue his abducted wife. They are also protesting on environmental grounds, arguing that the 30-mile string of limestone shoals, also known as Ram Sethu, protected large parts of India from the 2004 tsunami. ?The bridge is as holy to...
  • Hanuman bridge is myth: Experts

    10/19/2002 4:25:58 PM PDT · by jimtorr · 15 replies · 4,312+ views
    THE TIMES OF INDIA ^ | SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2002 | No Author listed
    NEW DELHI: After Nasa, it's the turn of Indian experts to declare that there is no evidence linking the mythical Lanka bridge built by Hanuman to the chain of sandbanks captured by the US space agency's cameras across the Palk Strait. Eminent astrophysicist J V Narlikar, when contacted in Pune, said he had seen reports claiming about the mythical bridge, but there was no evidence to suggest that what had been located had links with the bridge mentioned in the Ramayana. "There is no archaeological or literary evidence to support this claim," eminent historian R S Sharma told The Times...
  • NASA digital images discover ancient "Ramayana" bridge between India, Lanka

    10/09/2002 8:35:38 AM PDT · by vannrox · 36 replies · 7,047+ views
    PTI ^ | Washington, October 09 2002 | Editorial Staff
    NASA digital images discover ancient "Ramayana" bridge between India, Lanka PTI Washington, October 09 2002 The NASA Shuttle has imaged a mysterious ancient bridge between India and Sri Lanka, as mentioned in the Ramayana. The evidence, say experts matter-of-factly, is in the Digital Image Collection. The recently discovered bridge, currently named as Adam's Bridge and made of a chain of shoals, 30 km long, in the Palk Straits between India and Sri Lanka, reveals a mystery behind it. The bridge's unique curvature and composition by age reveals that it is man-made. Legend as well as Archeological studies reveal that...
  • Khan made trips to Niger, Sudan

    02/23/2004 8:27:58 PM PST · by piasa · 14 replies · 1,072+ views
    The Times of India ^ | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2004 | CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
    WASHINGTON: The famous African explorer Dr David Livingstone might have been impressed, even if the agenda was suspect. Pakistan’s disgraced nuclear proliferator-hero Abdul Qadeer Khan traversed the breadth of Africa in his hey day as a nuclear salesman , going to as romantic a getaway as Casablanca in Morocco and as remote an outpost as Timbuktu in Mali.   US officials might dearly like to get hold of Khan’s travel agent, or simply his itinerary, since he seems to have pretty much charted his own course during his profligate proliferating days. According to accounts now surfacing in the Pakistani media,...
  • [Iraqi PM] Maliki in Russia for huge arms deal, Syria agreement

    10/09/2012 5:06:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Sri Lankan Daily News ^ | Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | unattributed
    Russia eyes a record arms deal and rare agreement over Syria on Tuesday when it hosts Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for the first time in almost four years. Maliki arrived in Moscow for three days of discussions Monday that media reports speculated would conclude with the signing of a $4.3 billion arms deal that makes Russia Iraq's biggest supplier after the United States. But that contract and talks about new energy tie-ups were likely to create only the background to a strong common stance against any form of outside pressure on Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad to leave power. "The...
  • 1500 Muslims Burn Effigies Of Obama And Terry Jones During Mohammed Movie Protest

    09/19/2012 3:22:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 19, 2012
    … and going. (Times) — About 1500 people belonging to a Muslim outfit called the Sri Lanka Thaweed Jama’ath (SLTJ) protested in front of the fort railway station today voicing for the removal of video “Innocence of Muslims” which insults Prophet Mohammed.The protestors who were initially shouting anti United States slogans at the fort railway station then later marched towards the American Embassy holding placards and effigies of Barack Obama and the producer of the movie Terry Jones.The leaders of the organisation were escorted by the police when they reached next to Galle Face and were taken to the American...
  • India reject reports of US troops on its soil

    03/05/2012 10:26:18 PM PST · by U-238 · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | 3/4/2012 | AFP
    India has denied as "factually incorrect" a report that US special forces were stationed in the country as part of counter-terrorism cooperation. Media reports quoted top Pentagon commander Admiral Robert Willard as telling a Congressional hearing on Thursday that US special forces teams were stationed in five South Asian countries, including India and Sri Lanka. "The report is factually incorrect in so far as the reference to India is concerned," Indian defence ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar said in a statement late on Friday. "US special forces teams have never been stationed in India in the past, nor are such teams...
  • Muslim father beats daughter to death in Sri Lanka

    12/25/2011 8:54:07 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Colombo Page ^ | Dec 25, 2011
    A Muslim extremist style killing has been reported from Sammanthurai of Ampara district of Sri Lanka's Eastern Province. ... The 17-year-old daughter was killed by father allegedly for having a relationship with a person belonged to another religion.
  • “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 (Super) Hornet” an Aussie exchange pilot says

    12/12/2011 3:36:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | December 5, 2011 | David Cenciotti
    “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 (Super) Hornet” an Aussie exchange pilot says December 5, 2011 “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 Hornet”. This alleged Australian exchange pilot’s statement is one of the most interesting outcomes (and marketing slogans) of BERSAMA LIMA 11 an exercise marking the 40th Anniversary of the Five Powers Defence Agreement (FPDA) the only multilateral defence agreement in South East Asia with an operational element commitment undertaken by five nations (UK, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Australia) to consult in the event of an...
  • Sri Lankan immigrant found in trunk of car in Sullivan City [South Texas]

    12/14/2011 4:27:17 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies
    KGBT ^ | 12/14/2011 | Sergio Chapa
    Two men are behind bars after Border Patrol agents caught them smuggling illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested Juan Lamas III and Junior Garcia-Amador on human smuggling charges on Monday afternoon. Court records show that a Sullivan City police officer pulled over Lamas' 2000 Dodge Neon for a seat belt violation around 2:30 p.m. Monday. Sri Lankan immigrant Ananasekarm Tebanesan was in the back seat while Velupplai Gnanes was in the trunk of the car. Tebanesan and Gnanes told investigators that they waded across the Rio Grande River and waited in the woods for a day....
  • PM 'skeptical' of Sri Lanka's president's promises (Canadian Prime Minister Harper)

    10/30/2011 7:58:40 PM PDT · by Clive · 3 replies
    Sun News Network ^ | 2011-10-30 | David Akin
    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - Alone among its Commonwealth peers, Canada is calling out Sri Lanka's government for failing to investigate war crimes allegedly committed by Sri Lanka's army in the final months of that country's bloody civil war. The Commonwealth, on the other hand, rewarded Sri Lanka Sunday by re-affirming its decision to hold its 2013 heads of government summit in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. Prime Minister Stephen Harper won't be going, though. He said Canada will boycott that meeting unless Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa allows an independent investigation into allegations that the Sri Lankan military engaged in...
  • Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

    09/15/2011 3:41:27 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 25 replies · 1+ views
    BBC World News ^ | 15 September 2011 | Charles Haviland
    A group of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka led a crowd that demolished a Muslim shrine last week. This incident took place on Saturday in Anuradhapura, an ancient Buddhist city and Unesco world heritage site.
  • ‘Grease Devil’ Haunts Sri Lankan Women

    08/22/2011 6:30:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    ARAB NEWS ^ | Aug 17, 2011 | MD RASOOLDEEN
    Sri Lankan women in the Kingdom who want to go home for their Eid holidays are panicking over recent incidents in the country caused by night prowlers dubbed "grease devils." A grease devil is a thief who wears only underwear and covers his body in grease to make himself hard to grab if pursued. Panic over midnight assaults by the alleged grease devils is rising across rural Sri Lanka, leading to the deaths of at least three people last week. This has prompted women to stay indoors and men to arm themselves, police and local media said. At least seven...
  • US apologises for diplomat's 'dirty' Indians comment

    08/13/2011 9:43:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/12/11 | Agence France-Presse, by Staff
    The United States has apologised for controversial remarks made by a US diplomat who spoke of "dark and dirty" Indians, calling the comments "inappropriate". US Vice-Consul Maureen Chao told Indian students on Friday that her "skin became dirty and dark like the Tamilians" after a long train journey, according to Indian media -- referring to people from the southern state of Tamil Nadu. During her speech in the Tamil Nadu capital, Chennai, Chao was quoted as saying: "I was on a 24-hour train trip from Delhi to (the eastern Indian state of) Orissa. "But, after 72 hours,
  • 'Longest Tusked' Elephant in Asia Dies in Sri Lanka

    08/07/2011 7:46:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 4 August 2011 | Charles Haviland
    An elephant said to have the longest tusks in Asia has died in Sri Lanka. The animal, named Millangoda Raja, was about 70 years old and had served in a ceremonial capacity for several decades in the city of Kandy. Many Asian elephants, smaller in stature than their African cousins, fail to grow tusks at all. But Millangoda Raja's tusks were so long that they reached to the ground. There are now plans to stuff the dead elephant and put him on public display. His owner, Appuhami Millangoda, recalled that Millangoda Raja had been among a batch of elephants he...