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A Long Watch: Captivity and Return in Sri Lanka: Commodore Ajith Boyagoda, as told to Sunila Galappatti

A Long Watch: Captivity and Return in Sri Lanka: Commodore Ajith Boyagoda, as told to Sunila Galappatti

The Tamil Tigers’ top “show prisoner” tells all By,A.S.H.Symth/ The Spectator ‘Missing in action is the worst state to which we can lose a human being,’ avers Commodore (Ret.) Ajith Boyagoda — and he should know. A not especially academic young chap from the hill country, Boyagoda joined the then Ceylonese navy for the glamour of it; progressed fair-to-middlingly; saw...

Sri Lanka beat Australia to clinch series

Aug 6 (NIA) - Sri Lanka beat Australia by 229 runs on day three of the second test to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series at Galle on Saturday. Chasing 413 for victory, Australia were all out for 183 in their second innings in the afternoon session. Sri Lanka last won a series against Australia in 1999...

Pakistan seeks US, Afghan help to recue helicopter crew

Pakistan seeks US, Afghan help to recue helicopter crew

Aug 6 (NIA) - Pakistan has sought help from the US and Afghan government to ensure the safe return of the crew of a Pakistani helicopter that crash-landed in a lawless region of Afghanistan and is being held by the Taliban. An MI-17 helicopter owned by Punjab provincial government was on its way to Russia for routine maintenance when it...

Sri Lankan Tamil politicians investigating mysterious deaths of ex-LTTE cadres

Sri Lankan Tamil politicians investigating mysterious deaths of ex-LTTE cadres

Colombo, August 5 (NIA): Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council (NPC) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) are investigating reports of former Tamil Tiger cadres dying mysteriously, The New Indian Express reports. According to the Tamil media, 105 former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have so far died mysteriously, allegedly after being injected with a drug when...

China tests giant ‘flying’ bus

China tests giant ‘flying’ bus

Aug 5 - Every urban commuter laments the twice-a-day headache of traffic congestion and the often disappointing alternatives that mass transit offers. A Chinese company has officially rolled out one potential solution: the TEB-1, or Transit Elevated Bus. The giant "flying" bus, as some have called it, straddles two lanes of traffic and stands nearly 16 feet tall so that...

Hopes of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh jointly fighting terrorism crumble at SAARC conclave

Hopes of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh jointly fighting terrorism crumble at SAARC conclave

Islamabad, August 5 (NIA): Hopes that the SAARC Home Ministers’ conference held here on August 3 and 4 would enable India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to jointly fight terrorism, were dashed when the Bangladeshi Home Minister opted out of the conference in protest against Pakistan’s alleged role in fomenting Islamic terrorism in his country, and the Indian and Pakistani Home ministers...

Sri Lankan court sentences 7 family members to death

Sri Lankan court sentences 7 family members to death

Aug 5 (NIA) - A Sri Lanka high court in the country's central hills of Nuwera Eliya, on Friday sentenced seven members from the same family to death over a murder committed 16 years ago. The suspects had been charged over the assault and murder of a resident of Venture Estate in Nuwara Eliya in July, 2000. High Court Judge Lalith Ekanayake...

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