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Wigneswaran’s backers are repackaging LTTE’s exclusivist project

Wigneswaran’s backers are repackaging LTTE’s exclusivist project

By Ahilan Kadirgamar/The Hindu The recent no-confidence motion in Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council (NPC) in Jaffna, moved by a section of the Council members against Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, has brought the deep divide in Tamil nationalist politics to the fore. The turbulence lasted a week, after he called on two ministers to resign on corruption charges and two...

Lord Jagannath’s Ratha Yatra takes place in Muslim-majority Bangladesh during Ramzan

Lord Jagannath’s Ratha Yatra takes place in Muslim-majority Bangladesh during Ramzan

Dhaka, June 26 (BDnews24.com): Signifying the existence of religious tolerance in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness or ISKON was able to take out a colorful procession depicting a journey by chariot of Sri Jagannath Dev during Ramzan in Dhaka on Sunday. The procession took place festival marks the return of Lord Krishna to Brindaban. The procession started...

Demand for probe into departments headed by Wigneswaran

Demand for probe into departments headed by Wigneswaran

Colombo, June 26: The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), which is the principal constituent of the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, is demanding a probe into complaints about the working of departments directly under Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express. “There are complaints against departments directly under the Chief Minister. That is...

Sri Lankan doctors call off nationwide strike after 3 days

Sri Lankan doctors call off nationwide strike after 3 days

Colombo, June 24 (newsin.asia) - Sri Lankan doctors attached to the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA), on Saturday called off an island wide strike after three days following successful talks with President Maithripala Sirisena. The GMOA said its executive committee had held talks with Sirisena afterwhich the doctors had decided to suspend their strike. During discussions Sirisena had assured to address...

54 dead in Pakistan bombings disrupting Eid celebrations

54 dead in Pakistan bombings disrupting Eid celebrations

Islamabad, June 24 (Dawn): Bombs targeted civilians and security personnel in Parachi­nar and Quetta on Friday, leaving at least 54 people dead and over 120 injured. Most casualties happened in Parachinar — 41 dead and about 100 wounded — because a second bomb was detonated when people gathered at the place where the first explosion had occurred to carry out...

Caste brought to the fore in Indian Presidential election

Caste brought to the fore in Indian Presidential election

For the first time in the history of Indian Presidential elections, caste has been brought to the fore in the run up to the July 17 Presidential poll, reflecting the nature of politics in the country now, writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT. Both the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the...

Choice of Kovind: BJP’s bid to hit many birds with one stone

Choice of Kovind: BJP’s bid to hit many birds with one stone

By choosing Ram Nath Kovind as its candidate for the Indian Presidency, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), spear headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has hit many birds with one stone, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express The choice of a Dalit - a member of India’s “lowest” caste, previously considered “untouchable” but now considered politically very “potent” - ensures...

Indian Presidential poll no longer a one horse race

Indian Presidential poll no longer a one horse race

With the Congress-led Indian opposition putting up the experienced and distinguished Meira Kumar as its candidate for the July 17 Indian Presidential election, the race is open now, though as on date, the Bharatiya Janata Party's Ram Nath Kovind has an edge, writes P.K.Balachandran in Lanka Business Online. Till Thursday evening, the Indian Presidential election, slated for July 17, seemed...

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