War survivors turn counsellors in Eastern Sri Lanka

War survivors turn counsellors in Eastern Sri Lanka

By Meera Srinivasan/The Hindu Batticaloa, January 26: When Thangamanikkam Saradadevi, Vellathambi Junaida and Jayadeepa Padmasri sat on a panel listening to hundreds of people in Batticaloa speak of their missing relatives, of land occupied by the military and of their waning patience, they could instantly relate to them. This was not merely because the three women were trained as counsellors...

Plea for Jallikattu type world-wide struggle to promote Sri Lankan Tamil cause

Plea for Jallikattu type world-wide struggle to promote Sri Lankan Tamil cause

Colombo, January 23 (The New Indian Express): Sri Lanka’s largest selling Tamil daily Virakesari has, in an editorial on Monday, called for a Jallikattu type non-partisan, peaceful, world-wide mass struggle in support of the Sri Lankan Tamil cause. Expressing amazement at the way Tamils in Tamil Nadu and abroad spontaneously rose in defense of a cultural right shunning political parties...

Mother Teresa went barefoot even in Beijing’s harsh winter

Mother Teresa went barefoot even in Beijing’s harsh winter

Colombo, January 21 (The New Indian Express): An epitome of simplicity and piety, Mother Teresa went about barefoot even in the biting cold of Beijing, recalled A.Natarajan, India’s Consul General in Jaffna, while speaking at a talk given by the Mother’s biographer, Navin Chawla, in Jaffna on Friday. Reminiscing on his encounter with Mother Teresa in December 1995 at Beijing,...

Giant sweaters and pyjamas clothe shivering Indian elephants

Giant sweaters and pyjamas clothe shivering Indian elephants

Mathura, January 21 (NIA): Adorable elephants dressed in jumbo sized multi-colored sweaters and bright red pyjamas are now drawing crowds in the North Indian city of Mathura. Moved by the plight of elephants shivering in the North Indian cold, villagers of the Mathura area have knitted giant sweaters in flashy colors to make the pachyderms both warm and attractive. Giant...

Air India to reserve seats for women

Air India to reserve seats for women

New Delhi, January 14 (The Hindu): India’s national carrier Air India will now be reserving six seats in the front rows of domestic flights for women, The Hindu reported. In the past, buses, trains and even auto-rickshaws in India have reserved seats for women, but this is the first time an airline has implemented such a policy. “We will soon reserve...

Pakistan Prime Minister promises equality to minorities at 1500 year old Hindu temple

Pakistan Prime Minister promises equality to minorities at 1500 year old Hindu temple

Chakwal (Pakistani Punjab) January 11 (Dawn): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said here on Wednesday , that the day is not far when Pakistan will be recognized as a "minorities-friendly country" and that his government is taking steps to improve the lives of under-represented religious groups. The Premier said his government, through its actions, promotes the belief that 'to each...

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