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India’s intelligence services have become increasingly concerned about the prospect of an election-time attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on top political leaders, including Congress party chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Sources in the intelligence services have told The Hindu that while there is no substantive intelligence to indicate that assassinations or attacks have been ordered by the LTTE, the inflammatory language being used by the terrorist group’s supporter in India was a cause for concern.
Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, has commented on the situation in Sri Lanka following worrying reports of fighting taking place in civilian concentrated areas within the country.
David Miliband said:
"Recent reports suggesting that the Sri Lankan military have now captured all the territory outside the so-called 'no fire zone' and that fighting is now going on inside the zone, where the civilian population is concentrated, are deeply worrying..."
The UN has issued a fresh appeal for a humanitarian pause or lull in the fighting in Sri Lanka to avoid a "bloodbath" on the beaches.
Exuding confidence that LTTE will never "raise its head again" after it suffered a string of military defeats at the hands of the Sri Lankan Army, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has asked the rebels to surrender, promising to "rehabilitate" them as "good citizens".
Sri Lanka's military on Wednesday broadcast a final surrender offer to Tamil Tiger rebels surrounded in a tiny strip of coast, urging them drop their guns and free tens of thousands of civilians or be destroyed.
Passions were running high with many protestors saying they had family members who were killed or wounded in recent violence in Sri Lanka, although the demonstrators insisted their action would remain peaceful.
The urgent need in Sri Lanka is a resolution to the humanitarian crisis and strong pressure to stop government persecution of minorities, argues Ahilan Kadirgamar. But solidarity has to be pluralist, he emphasises, recognising the brutality of the Tamil Tigers and avoiding the polarisation or marginalisation of the country’s diverse communities
Five people were arrested today during clashes in London between police and more than 1,000 protesters demonstrating against the civil war in Sri Lanka.
NEW YORK: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern Friday that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were keeping civilians in a conflict zone against their will and called for their freedom.
"While some have been able to leave or escape, some reports indicate the LTTE have prevented others from leaving, including firing at them," Ban said in a statement, adding that civilians have suffered heavy casualties.
"The severe restrictions of the LTTE on their freedom of movement violate international law," he said.
The haunted eyes of the grandfather who had just escaped from the Tigers at their most furious betrayed the horror he had left behind him. "I want to live, not die, and that's why I have come here with my family," he said.
The exhausted businessman was safe in a Sri Lankan Army base after enduring weeks of terrible stress - trapped among 150,000 other civilians on a seven square mile strip of land on Sri Lanka's north-east coast, short of food and fresh water and incessantly pounded by shells.
"As he carries out a retooled strategy in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama says he will consult with Pakistan's leaders before pursuing terrorist hideouts in that country.
Obama said U.S. ally Pakistan needs to be more accountable, but ruled out deploying U.S. troops there. ''Our plan does not change the recognition of Pakistan as a sovereign government,'' the president told CBS' ''Face the Nation'' in an interview broadcast Sunday.
Israel's recent bombing and ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, Operation Cast Lead, killed 1,417 Palestinians; thirteen Israelis were killed, five by friendly fire. Thousands of Palestinians were seriously wounded and left without adequate medical care, shelter or food. Among the Palestinian dead, more than 400 were children. In response to this devastation, Caryl Churchill wrote a play.
Stripped naked and brutally assaulted by a violent mob in broad daylight, she had to run for her life in Guwahati on November 24, 2007. The barbaric incident, captured graphically on TV, which shocked the nation, took place when this young adivasi girl travelled 258 km from her village to the State capital for the first time to take part in a rally by the All-Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam (AASAA) to demand Scheduled Tribe status for the adivasis of Assam...
In an unprecedented order, the Election Commission tonight recommended to the BJP that it should not nominate Varun Gandhi as a candidate for the Lok Sabha elections after holding him guilty of violating Model Code of Conduct for his hate speeches against Muslims. Coming done heavily on the 29-year old son of late Sanjay Gandhi and Menaka Gandhi, the Commission in a 10-page order said Gandhi's controversial speeches in Pilibhit(UP) early this month contained "highly derogatory" references and seriously provocative language of a "wholly unacceptable" nature against a certain community.
This article poses two questions: on the day after US/Nato forces invade and occupy some of Balochistan and Waziristan, what will we say we should have done, and why aren’t we doing it now? Is this far-fetched?
Prabhakaran is alive and leading the war in Sri Lanka – the LTTE's political wing chief Nadesan tells CNN-IBN in an exclusive e-mail interview. He also says the LTTE doesn’t consider India its enemy.
“We are not against development. But why should we not get the real value of our land,” says Sandeep Mhatre, a 28-year-old former agent, sitting outside his tin-roofed home in Washim village.
Sandeep has 2 acres of rice fields. He admits he’s not interested in farming. But he says he will hold out till Reliance ups its offer of Rs 20 lakh.
“I won’t settle for less than Rs 70 lakh,” he says. “If the Mahamumbai SEZ wants more land, they’re going to have to pay more for it.”
AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa on Sunday flayed the Sri Lankan government's move to declare Kachchativu, an islet ceded to it by India in 1974, as a 'sacred area', saying it belonged to India and demanded its retrieval.
Kachchativu, situated in the Palk Straits between Sri Lanka and India, has been in the limelight in recent past as fishermen from Tamil Nadu at times are attacked allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, causing casualties which has led to protests by political parties in Tamil Nadu.
As a Democratic Congresswoman from California, Ms Tauscher was one of the most prominent critics of the Bush administration’s push to open the doors of global nuclear commerce for India. Not only did she vote against the ‘123 agreementR 17; in the House last year but she also proposed amending the terms of the deal to make the cut-off of fissile material production by India a precondition when the Hyde Act was before Congress in 2006.
Mohanrao Bhagwat, the new RSS chief, indirectly told the Nagpur conclave of the organisation on Friday that RSS cadres must aim for the BJP’s victory in the coming parliamentary polls.
Although Mr. Bhagwat did not mention that the RSS must campaign for the party, the context in which it was said made this quite clear. Party sources confirmed that this time the organisation would canvass wholeheartedly for the BJP...
After being pushed to a small strip of land, the beleaguered LTTE has offered fresh talks without pre-conditions but the Sri Lankan government snubbed the proposal, asking the Tamil Tigers to lay down arms first.
Balasingham Nadesan, the political head of the rebels, has again called for an urgent ceasefire, saying the Tigers would enter negotiations with the government "without pre-conditions", The Sunday Times reported today.
"We call for a ceasefire, loudly and clearly," he told the newspaper in an interview.
Home Minister P Chidambaram's meeting with CIA chief Leon Panetta showed that India was "fast becoming like Pakistan" and signalled a "new status" of the American intelligence agency in the country, the CPI(M) alleged today.
Rashtriya Swayayamsewak Sangh (RSS) 'Sar Sangh Chalak' (chief) K S Sudarshan today stepped down after nearly nine years at the helm, paving way for general secretary Mohan Bhagwat to succeed him, RSS sources said here.
The change of guard in the Sangh Parivar hierarchy came on the second day of the RSS' three-day Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha, which is in progress at Reshimbagh Smruti Mandir here.
Veteran ideologue Suresh Soni will be the new 'Sar Karyawaha' (general secretary) of the Sangh Parivar fountainhead, the sources added.
India's government says it has "overwhelming evidence" that "official agencies" of Pakistan were involved in attacks on Mumbai that left 165 people dead. Home Minister P. Chidambaram also accused Pakistan in a TV interview to be aired Sunday of doing nothing to dismantle "the infrastructure of terrorism" on its soil amid heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
The new director of the CIA held high-level talks in Pakistan on Saturday after a provincial leader warned against expanding U.S. missile strikes on al-Qaida and Taliban targets inside the country's thinly policed border with Afghanistan.
Leon Panetta arrived in Pakistan on his first overseas trip since taking office as the Obama administration seeks a strategy to turn around the faltering war against Taliban militants in neighboring Afghanistan.