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  • New Zealand supermarket stabbing: Government to toughen anti-terror laws

    09/04/2021 1:32:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    The attacker, a known supporter of Islamic State, was shot dead by police. He has now been identified as Ahamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen, a 32-year-old Tamil, who arrived in New Zealand in 2011 and sought refugee status. Ardern, who described the stabbings as a "terrorist attack", said...legislation is expected to make it easier to convict someone for planning a terror attack. Samsudeen, whose identity was suppressed by court order until now due to his refugee status, arrived in New Zealand on a student visa in 2011. A surveillance team and a specialist tactics group had followed Samsudeen from his home...
  • Kamala blooms

    08/14/2020 4:59:51 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 46 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Editorial
    Kamala blooms Editorial The Pioneer Thursday, August 13, 2020 [Image] Kamala Harris is the third woman to stand for Vice-President of the US. Can she do better than the earlier two? Kamala Harris' selection as the running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is a momentous one. She is just the third woman to stand for Vice-President of the United States after Geraldine Ferrero in 1984 and Sarah Palin in 2008 but the first woman of colour to do so. This, four years after Donald Trump unexpectedly defeated Hillary Clinton, the first female US presidential candidate for the White...
  • Forecasting Tsunami Threats Through Layers of Sand and Time

    03/19/2008 2:45:31 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 475+ views
    Newswise ^ | 3-19-2008 | Dalhousie University
    Forecasting Tsunami Threats Through Layers of Sand and Time Map Of The Bay Of Bengal The catastrophic Indian Ocean event in December 2004 that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries – including 15,000 in India – was hardly a one freak occurrence. It could happen again. Newswise — Azhii peralai: from the deep … large waves. This is the expression for ‘tsunami’ in Tamil, the oldest language in southern India. For an ancient dialect to have its own phrase for destructive waves triggered by earthquakes, the people of Tamil Nadu likely experienced tsunamis periodically through the centuries, says Halifax...
  • Disease and trauma within collapsing Indus Civilisation

    12/27/2013 3:02:52 AM PST · by Renfield · 31 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 12-25-2013
    During the third millennium BCE, the Indus Civilisation flourished in what is now northwest India and Pakistan. Between 2200-1900 BCE the culture was characterised by long-distance exchange networks, carefully planned urban settlements such as Harappa and Mohenjo Daro that had sophisticated sanitation facilities, standardised weights and measures, and a sphere of influence that extended over a million square kilometres of territory. The culture was seemingly at its height when the end came (collapse attributed to climatic change) but recent research published in both the open access journal PLoS ONE and an earlier 2012 article in the International Journal of Palaeopathology...
  • Of lasting genes and lost cities of Tamil Nadu

    01/11/2003 1:43:22 PM PST · by vannrox · 12 replies · 560+ views
    Hindusantimes ^ | Chennai, January 5 | Papri Sri Raman (Indo-Asian News Service)
    Of lasting genes and lost cities of Tamil Nadu Papri Sri Raman (Indo-Asian News Service)Chennai, January 5 India's East Coast, especially along Tamil Nadu, is increasingly drawing the attention of archaeologists and anthropologists from across the world for its evolutionary and historical secrets.The focus has sharpened after genetic scientist Spencer Wells found strains of genes in some communities of Tamil Nadu that were present in the early man of Africa.In the "Journey of Man" aired by the National Geographic channel, Wells says the first wave of migration of early man from Africa took place 60,000 years ago along the continent's...
  • South Indians in Roman Egypt?

    04/07/2010 7:37:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 574+ views
    Frontline, from the publishers of The Hindu ^ | Volume 27, Issue 8, April 10-23, 2010 | R. Krishnakumar
    One way to understand the implications of the archaeological discoveries at Pattanam is to delve into the amazing wealth of data from the excavations at the lost Ptolemic-Roman port city of Berenike, on Egypt's Red Sea coast. During the Ptolemic-Roman period (third century B.C. to sixth century A.D), Berenike served as a key transit port between ancient Egypt and Rome on one side and the Red Sea-Indian Ocean regions, including South Arabia, East Africa, India and Sri Lanka, on the other. This ancient port city was well-connected by roads from the Nile that passed through the Eastern Desert of Egypt...
  • Sri Lanka police stand by as Buddhist extremists attack Muslim-owned store

    03/30/2013 6:12:20 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 39 replies
    France 24 ^ | 29/03/2013
    Police in front of a Muslim-owned clothing store's warehouse in Colombo, Sri Lanka, after it was attacked by a mob. An angry mob of hundreds of people, led by Buddhist monks, attacked a warehouse belonging to a Muslim-owned clothing chain in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo on Thursday. This comes as Buddhist hardliners ramp up their campaigns against Muslims’ lifestyles. The scene was eerily reminiscent of attacks on Muslim-owned stores throughout the past week in Burma. One video shows a monk throwing a rock at a security camera in front of the warehouse, as policemen look on and the mob erupts...
  • US apologises for diplomat's 'dirty' Indians comment

    08/13/2011 9:43:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/12/11 | Agence France-Presse, by Staff
    The United States has apologised for controversial remarks made by a US diplomat who spoke of "dark and dirty" Indians, calling the comments "inappropriate". US Vice-Consul Maureen Chao told Indian students on Friday that her "skin became dirty and dark like the Tamilians" after a long train journey, according to Indian media -- referring to people from the southern state of Tamil Nadu. During her speech in the Tamil Nadu capital, Chennai, Chao was quoted as saying: "I was on a 24-hour train trip from Delhi to (the eastern Indian state of) Orissa. "But, after 72 hours,
  • Ex-rebel Tamil party sweeps local polls in Sri Lanka’s north

    07/24/2011 1:07:15 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    BNO News ^ | 7/24/2011
    People in Sri Lanka's war-ravaged north casted an overwhelming majority of their votes to the candidates of the major Tamil party at the local government elections held on Saturday, the Colombo Page reported on Sunday. Despite the massive campaign launched by the ruling party United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in the Northern districts where elections were held for the first time after 29 years, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), formerly controlled by the Tamil Tiger rebels, won 18 out of 26 councils. An estimated 60 percent of the 2.5 million eligible voters turned out to cast their ballots throughout the...
  • Jesuit Worships Shiva with Ravi Shankar

    12/16/2010 9:51:20 PM PST · by 0beron · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 12/15/2010 | Tancred
    Remember when the 60s were fun? Father Jegath Gaspar Raj SJ has had a lot of interesting connections, playing an intermediary in the peace talks between Tamil Tigers and the government of Tamil Nadu, running businesses and then becoming implicated in running the 2G Spectrum Scam. Now he's worshipping Shiva to promote his musical endeavor and get himself and the local Archdiocese out of a financial jam. Some people seem to think that the Jesuits in India are pretty good. We're inclined to think they might be even worse than the ones in the West. Has anyone warned Father that...
  • End refugee free-for-all

    08/18/2010 3:23:21 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | Aug. 15, 2010 | Ezra Levant
    Great news for health care! The Victoria General Hospital is reopening a whole ward that had been shut down. They’re even contemplating dusting off an extra emergency department. No more waiting lists in that B.C. city! Just joking. The VGH is indeed doing all of that, but it’s not for mere Canadians. It’s for a ship of 490 Tamils from Sri Lanka who decided they’d like to move to Canada, but don’t want to bother asking us first, or waiting in line like everyone else. Reports from the ship say there was an outbreak of tuberculosis. It’s a safe bet...
  • Migrant ship docks in Canada, refugee debate flares (500 Tamil )

    08/13/2010 8:18:52 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 1+ views
    VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canadian authorities unloaded a cramped cargo ship on Friday of nearly 500 Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka whose arrival has sparked a national debate over the country's immigration and refugee laws. The sun was just rising on Pacific Coast when MV Sun Sea sailed under escort into a Canadian Navy base near Victoria, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island, and docked next to a makeshift camp set up to process the men, women and children on board. Officials said the ship was in good condition, but they would not describe the accommodations of the estimated 490 people...
  • Canadian navy escorting suspected Tamil ship into B.C. (est. 500 refugees on board)

    08/11/2010 9:20:59 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 29 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 08/11/2010 | Todd Coyne
    VANCOUVER — A suspected Tamil migrant boat now believed to hold as many as 500 refugees has entered Canada's 200-mile exclusive economic zone and is heading for the B.C. coast. "We expect it will land either late (Thursday) evening or early Friday morning," a senior federal official said Wednesday of the Thai-flagged ship, the MV Sun Sea. While Canadian Navy and Coast Guard authorities would neither confirm nor deny the whereabouts of the vessel Wednesday, US Coast Guard Commander Mark McCadden said that the 188-ft cargo ship had been spotted approximately 300 miles off the coast of British Columbia early...
  • Terrorism Defeated: Catholic Pilgrimage Unites Sri Lanka

    08/16/2009 9:33:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies · 381+ views
    BBC News ^ | August 16, 2009
    In pictures: Pilgrimage unites Sri Lankans The church sits on a site where there has been a shrine to the Virgin Mary for hundreds of years. Catholics, both Tamil and Sinhalese, and members of other faiths revere it.
  • Sri Lanka's Victory

    05/19/2009 5:52:41 PM PDT · by bluejay · 4 replies · 410+ views
    WSJ ^ | MAY 20, 2009 | WSJ Editorial Board
    ... Mr. Rajapaksa, elected in 2005, finally put an end to the "peace process" with Prabhakaran and focused on winning the military fight. In 2007, with the help of a Tiger splinter group, the government subdued the Eastern Province; the first elections were held there last year. The fighting then moved to the North. It has not been cheap or easy. Military spending in the 2009 budget is $1.7 billion, 5% of GDP and 20% of the government's budget. ...
  • Voices: Tamil diaspora in shock

    05/19/2009 11:04:38 AM PDT · by walford · 34 replies · 1,534+ views
    BBC World News ^ | 19 May 2009 | Multi
    As Sri Lanka declares an end to its 26-year civil war, Tamils outside Sri Lanka describe their shock and disbelief at news of the military demise of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the death of its leader, Vellupillai Prabhakaran. VASUKI MURUHATHAS, LAWYER, LONDON ...There are LTTE supporters all over the place and all over the world. Unless we have a solution for the Tamil people, this problem will continue. We need to recognise their lands. This is an unnecessary loss in our beautiful country. The government should immediately give us a solution and show us regard, look...
  • Tamil Tiger rebels admit defeat in Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war

    05/17/2009 8:20:09 PM PDT · by americanophile · 26 replies · 1,982+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | May 17, 2009 | AP
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Tamil Tigers admitted defeat Sunday in their fierce quarter-century war for a separate homeland as government forces raced to clear the last pockets of rebel resistance from the war zone in the north. Far from the battlefield, thousands of Sri Lankans danced in the streets of Colombo, celebrating the stunning collapse of one of the world's most sophisticated insurgencies. But with rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran still at large, the threat of renewed guerrilla warfare remained. Several rebel fighters committed suicide when they were surrounded, but it wasn't clear whether Prabhakaran or other leaders were...
  • [Tamil Nadu] 'TN inhabited by people dissimilar to Tamils in pre-historic times'

    02/16/2009 7:30:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 524+ views
    The Hindu ^ | Sunday, February 15, 2009 | unattributed
    The south east coast of Tamil Nadu was inhabited in pre-historic times mainly by Caucasoids, Mongoloids, Negroids and Australoids rather than people similar to contemporary Tamils, a dental anthropological study has found. A team of anthropologists came to the finding after studying more than 1,000 teeth from Adichanallur's pre-historic harbour site on the south-east coast of Tamil Nadu that dates back to 2,500 BC... Optical microscope techniques were employed to study the teeth, which have shown the various growth stages, ageing and wearing processes, racial and ethnic and geographical affinities, dietary patterns, jaw mechanism, constitutional abnormalities of the jaws, pathological...
  • India slams LTTE, says it has no sympathy for it

    01/27/2009 4:53:10 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 3 replies · 323+ views
    PTI ^ | 27 Jan. 2009 | PTI
    NEW DELHI: External affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday made it clear that India has no sympathy for LTTE, but said that civilian Tamils have to be prevented from becoming victims of the conflict in the island nation. "We are for the fight against terrorists and all sorts of terrorism. Therefore, we have no sympathy for any terrorist activity indulged in by any organization, particularly LTTE (which) is a banned organization in India," he told reporters ahead of his Sri Lanka visit. He made the remarks hours before his departure for Sri Lanka, where the government has claimed to have...
  • From Indus Valley To Coastal Tamil Nadu

    05/02/2008 8:03:44 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 100+ views
    The Hindu ^ | 5-2-2008 | TS Subramanian
    From Indus Valley to coastal Tamil Nadu T.S. Subramanian Strong resemblances between graffiti symbols in Tamil Nadu and the Indus script Continuity of tradition: Megalithic pots with arrow-work graffiti found at Sembiankandiyur village in Nagapattinam district. CHENNAI: In recent excavations in Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu, megalithic pottery with graffiti symbols that have a strong resemblance to a sign in the Indus script have been found. Indus script expert Iravatham Mahadevan says that what is striking about the arrow-mark graffiti on the megalithic pottery found at Sembiyankandiyur and Melaperumpallam villages is that they are always incised twice and together, just...