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Research vessel launched in Sri Lanka for ocean-based research

Oct 19, Hambantota: Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday officially launched the Samudrika Research Vessel (Samudrika RV) of the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) at the Hambantota Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa International Harbor.

Health Ministry of Sri Lanka to enact new regulations on chemical fertilizers

Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry is considering enacting legislation to ban or control the use of chemical fertilizer, insecticides and weedicides and other agro chemicals containing harmful elements.

Team Anna asks Pranab to come clean on rice scam allegations before contesting presidential election

Team Anna’s UP tour to make people aware of charges against 14 ministers and demand of SIT probe ended on Wednesday.

Doing Business – Country Moves to Improve Ranking

[Leadership] Nigeria has an ambitious plan to improve…

Polish man found in mountains is Iraq war veteran

A man found with severe frostbite in subzero temperatures in the southern Polish mountains was being taken to a military hospital on Friday after his family identified him as a veteran of the Iraq war.

Accomplices of Pakistan doc who helped US track down Osama 'suspended'

Islamabad, Feb 20 (ANI): At least 11 accomplices of Dr Shakil Afridi, who was accused of helping the US track down former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, were suspended from their duties on Sunday.

China paper accuses West of stirring Syria unrest

Western support for Syrian rebels could trigger civil war in the violence-hit nation, an influential Chinese newspaper said, as it defended Beijing’s decision to veto a UN resolution.

Malaysia deports Saudi blogger behind Prophet Mohammad tweets

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia deported a Saudi Arabian blogger on Sunday, police said, despite fears voiced by human rights groups that he could face execution in his home country over…

Italy says it should handle Indian shooting case

ROME (Reuters) – Italian authorities should be allowed to deal with allegations its forces killed two Indian fishermen, the foreign ministry said on Monday, criticizing Indian police for arresting servicemen acting to protect a cargo ship from pirates. The two Italian marines were part of a security detachment assigned to protect…

China's leader-in-waiting Xi wraps up Ireland visit

China’s Vice President Xi Jinping wrapped up his three-day visit to Ireland on Monday with a trade and investment summit, as Dublin seeks to provide Beijing with an EU financial foothold.

Iran to host high-level UN team

Iran is to host a high-level team from the UN nuclear watchdog on Monday as part of efforts to defuse dire international tensions over its atomic activities through dialogue.

Live! Kingfisher: Can pay wages if accounts are unfrozen’s Toral Varia tells us that the Mumbai crime branch will file a supplementary chargesheet against journalist Jigna Vora for he alleged role in the the murder of Mid Day journalist J Dey murder tomorrow.

F1: Bahrain disappointed to lose season open date

Feb.20 (GMM) Organisers of the Bahrain grand prix have admitted disappointment with being bumped from the head of the 2012 calendar. Following the cancellation of its 2011 race and test over the civil unrest early last year…

Caribbean News Now!: UN Security Council focuses on police …

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Police reform and the living conditions of Haitians who remain displaced after the January 2010 earthquake were the focus of the final day of the United Nations Security Council’s four-day visit to the …

Early polls can be held only after amending the constitution: Nasheed

Kulhudhufushi MP Mohamed Nasheed has said that early presidential elections can only held after amending the constitution. In an interview to DhiTV, the famous lawyer said that the constitution is very clear about the five-year term of presidency. He said that there …

Katzenberg takes DreamWorks to China

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation is moving into China with…

The real slumdogs: Supermodel Erin O’Connor visits Delhi’s poorest region

It’s not often that a celebrity is embarrassed by the size of their entourage. Usually it’s the bigger, the better – a signal of enduring popularity and profile. But today Erin O’Connor is visibly wincing, horrified by the pack of people who seem to have …

New approach urged for late-talking bilingual babies

AFP – Babies who are raised in homes where two or more languages are spoken may appear to talk later than those learning just one language, leaving parents puzzled and concerned as to the reasons why. Conventional wisdom often suggests …

5 kids buried alive under sand mound

Five children, including four girls, were buried alive under a sand mound near the coastal village of Agatariya, 9 km away from Mahuva town in Bhavnagar district.

In 40 years, US could face water crisis

Global warming and climate change are likely to unfold a water crisis in the United States within the next 40 years, says a new report.

Man, machine and mountain

The reverberation of F1 engines can no longer be heard and the dust has settled on the Buddh International Circuit. What most people believe is India’s first and biggest international motorsport event is done with now.

Iran nuclear-programme could start cold war: Hague

London, Feb 18 (IANS) If Iran acquires nuclear weapons it could lead to a new cold war in the Middle East, a former British foreign secretary has warned.

India SKNL Front-Runner For Peacocks; Deal Seen Within Week-Report

Mumbai-based S. Kumars Nationwide Ltd. (514304.BY) is the front-runner to buy discount fashion chain Peacocks out of administration, with a deal expected over the next week, the Sunday Times reports, without identifying sources.

Asia Stocks Equal Record Win Streak as China Pledges Help on Europe Crisis

Asian stocks rose this week, with the MSCI Asia Pacific Index equaling its longest streak of advances, as China pledged to do more to help Europe cope with the

An Ambivalent China Affirms the Charisma of the Dalai Lama

HONG’AI, China — Despite the absence of road signs or Web sites, a dozen or so people each day manage to find their way to this sleepy hamlet that sits in …

New Maldives leader agrees to poll

The country’s new leader has reportedly softened his stance and agreed to hold early elections to break a political impasse after his predecessor resigned.

Flyers hit as Kingfisher cancels flights, stops ops

Kingfisher flyers across the country were in for a rough haul on Saturday as the airline abruptly suspended operations in Kolkata till February 24 — following a flash strike by unpaid employees.

Crows are dying in Bihar from bird flu

Crows are dying in Bihar because of bird flu. This was revealed in the report of the Bhopal-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL), officials Saturday said.

Would-be Capitol jihad bomber wanted to target synagogue, military gathering place

As we saw in Mumbai, jihadists like to target Jews above all, as they are, according to the Qur’an, the worst enemies of the Muslims (5:82). “Landlord says he reported terror suspect to police,” by Nedra Pickler for the Associated Press, February 17 (thanks to Kenneth): WASHINGTON …

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Putin May Copy U.K.’s 5 Billion-Pound Windfall Tax on State Asset Sales

Russia may follow the example of a 5 billion-pound ($7.9 billion) one-time windfall tax imposed on privatized utilities in the U.K. in 1997, the head of the country’s budget watchdog said.

Indian-born Kamal Bawa wins award for sustainability work

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Kamal Bawa, an Indian-born professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is the 2012 winner of the Gunnerus Sustainability Award, the world’s first major

With country's economy in ruins Mugabe plans 'lavish $1mln birthday bash'

Harare, Feb 18 (ANI): Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is all set to have a near million-dollar birthday bash when he turns 88 next week, at a time when most people in his country

EU Parliament approves disputed Morocco farm trade deal

The European Parliament approved on Thursday a controversial agricultural and fisheries trade agreement with Morocco that has angered French and Spanish farmers.

Congress Sends Payroll Tax Cut to Obama

After months of negotiations, Congress finally approved a comprehensive package to extend the Social Security payroll tax credit, unemployment insurance and the Doc Fix for Medicare doctors through the end of the year, delivering the bipartisan agreement to the president for his signature Friday with…

Cameron urges Scots to stay in UK by offering more

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron delivered an impassioned plea to the Scots on Thursday in defence of the United Kingdom, enticing Scotland to reject independence with an offer to devolve more power to Edinburgh. Scotland’s nationalist government, which already controls some spending from its own parliament in Edinburgh, wants…

Special Operation underway to bring peace and order throughout the 7 provinces

A press conference that was held on 15 February 2012 for the local media at Police Iskandar Building announced the Special Operation underway to bring peace and order to …

India calls to hold early polls as soon as the situation calms down

India has called on the government to hold early presidential election with the agreement of the political parties as soon as the current situation of Maldives calms down. Speaking to the press, the visiting foreign secretary of India, Ranjan Mathai said that…

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