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Jayalalithaa slams Karunanidhi on Prabhakaran remark
Tuesday, 6 July 2010 - 10:34 PM SL Time

Chennai: AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa on Tuesday alleged that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi`s remarks on slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran was an open acknowledgment that he condoned the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and asked the Congress to realise the `true mindset` of its alliance partner.

`Karunanidhi faults me for piloting a resolution in the Assembly urging Sri Lankan Government to arrest Prabhakaran and hand him over to India to face trial in the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case. I am not surprised,` she said.

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Microsoft extends Windows XP downgrade rights until 2020
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 - 9:51 AM SL Time

With 74% of business PCs running XP, the move is more proof that it`s the OS that won`t die.

Just a day before Microsoft drops support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), the company announced on Monday that people running some versions of Windows 7 can `downgrade` to the aged operating system for up to 10 years.

The move is highly unusual. In the past, Microsoft has terminated downgrade rights -- which let customers replace a newer version of Windows with an older edition without paying for two copies -- within months of introducing a new OS.

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Vaiko arrested, remanded to judicial custody
Thursday, 15 July 2010 - 9:36 AM SL Time

Vaiko arrested, remanded to judicial custody

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: MDMK general secretary Vaiko, Tamil Nationalist Movement leader P. Nedumaran, Periyar Dravida Kazhagam leader Viduthalai Rajendran and CPI cadre were arrested on Wednesday when they tried to take out a procession towards the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission, demanding its closure.

They have been remanded to judicial custody. They have been charged under the provisions of Section 153 (A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and various other Sections of the IPC and 7 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act.

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Russell Peters in London - Difference between Sri Lankans and Indians
Friday, 16 July 2010 - 1:38 AM SL Time

Enjoy and have a few laughs :)
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Ship full of migrants heading to Canada
Friday, 16 July 2010 - 9:05 PM SL Time

A ship suspected of being connected to the Tamil Tigers and carrying as many as 300 migrants has weighed anchor and set a course for Canada, according to reports in the Sri Lankan media.

Canadian authorities have been monitoring the ship for months.

The Sunday Observer, a Colombo newspaper, reports that the MV Sun Sea, formerly known as the Harin Panich 19, is carrying Tamil Tiger leaders among its passengers.

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Another Ship full of New Canadians on the way
Friday, 16 July 2010 - 9:15 PM SL Time

A ship suspected of being connected to the Tamil Tigers and carrying as many as 300 migrants has weighed anchor and set a course for Canada, according to reports in the Sri Lankan media.

Canadian authorities have been monitoring the ship for months.

The Sunday Observer, a Colombo newspaper, reports that the MV Sun Sea, formerly known as the Harin Panich 19, is carrying Tamil Tiger leaders among its passengers.

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Aid group linked to Tamil Tiger arms dealer
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 - 2:54 AM SL Time

TORONTO An Ottawa-based aid group stripped of its charity status on the weekend was linked to an arms merchant for Sri Lanka`s Tamil Tiger rebels, according to Canada Revenue Agency documents released today.

The documents obtained by the National Post allege that Thiruthanikan Thanigasalam, a convicted weapons dealer, had served as the Toronto representative of the Tamil (Sri Lanka) Refugee-Aid Society of Ottawa.

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Fakir `beheads` toddler, `drinks` his blood in Tamil Nadu
Monday, 26 July 2010 - 11:41 PM SL Time

MADURAI: In a chilling incident of child sacrifice, a fakir and his woman associate allegedly kidnapped, beheaded a one-and-a-half-year-old baby and buried the remains at two different places in southern Tamil Nadu, apparently to attain supernatural powers, the police said.

The police also suspected that the kidnapper may have drunk the child`s blood as part of occult rituals.

The police have arrested the two and exhumed the torso of the child from a secluded spot near Erwadi dargah in Ramanathapuram district and the head from Kallamozhi near Yeral in Thoothukudi district. Abdul Gafoor, the fakir, had apparently sacrificed the child to goddess Kali Amman.

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Leads on LTTE`s global ring
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 - 9:51 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka intelligence agencies, with help from Interpol, have unearthed vital information on the international network of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

According to the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry, information gathered from documents in the possession of an LTTE operative has helped intelligence agencies zero in on a few key LTTE operatives abroad.

The Ministry said the information related to LTTE activists engaged in human trafficking, arms smuggling and financial fraud based in East Asia, Western Europe, Canada and Africa.

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Looking back at the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord
Thursday, 29 July 2010 - 1:45 AM SL Time

It is 23 years since the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement was signed on July 29, 1987. The agreement is popularly referred to as the Rajiv-Jayewardene Accord, after its architects Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and President J.R. Jayewardene.

Unfortunately, the event is today remembered only for its unpleasant fallout after India unwittingly got entangled in a counter-insurgency war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from 1987 to 1990. After sacrificing the lives of over 1,200 of its soldiers, India felt cheated when President Ranasinghe Premadasa joined hands with the LTTE to send the Indian troops out of Sri Lanka before they had completed their job.

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The curious case of the Scarborough stench
Thursday, 29 July 2010 - 8:25 PM SL Time

July 29, 2010

Amy Dempsey

Nearly every day since March, John McDonald and his family have been forced indoors by a stench that invades their backyard for hours at a time.

At best, it smells like soggy cardboard. At worst, it`s a mix of rotten eggs, sewage and burnt rubber.

You can`t stay in the backyard, McDonald said. It`s brutal.

His wife, Sandy, hosted a poolside bachelorette party a couple of weeks ago, but her swimsuit-clad guests were forced inside when the stench crashed the event.

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LTTE lost because of Al Qaeda
Saturday, 31 July 2010 - 12:03 AM SL Time

The multi-pronged 9/11 attacks by Al Qaeda on the US in 2001 turned world opinion against armed insurgencies across the world including the LTTE, leading eventually to its decimation, a top Tamil Tiger leader has said.

Currently the senior-most Tiger leader in custody, TS Pathmanathan, widely known as KP, also said that he was in touch with the United Nations during the last days of the war in May, 2009 to work out an arrangement probably either a surrender or cessation of hostilities but nothing could be done as chief V Prabhakaran failed to make his move earlier.

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