Reining in the Governors of India’s States
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By P. K. Balachandran/Sunday Observer Colombo, February 25: Tamil Nadu Governor R.N Ravi walking out of the State Assembly in protest against the speech written by the State Governments.Tamil Nadu Governor R.N Ravi walking out of the State Assembly in protest against the speech written by the State Governments. Politics being fiercely competitive, India’s Central Governments have a tendency to use the Governors they appoint to bring State Governments ruled by Opposition parties under their tutelage. The Constitution of India describes the country as a Union of States. But in effect it is a sem ..read more
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Six-party coalition government to be formed in Pakistan  
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By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, February 25: A six-party coalition government comprising the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) and four others, is to be formed in Pakistan following the February 8 elections to the National Assembly. Efforts are on to form the government by March 2.  The six-party alliance has a clear majority of 207 members in the National Assembly. In the house of 336 members, 169 is the magic number for the formation of a government. The other members of the alliance are: Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQMP), Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (I ..read more
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QUAD’s rationale
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By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, February 25: QUAD, which is an association of the US, Japan, Australia and India, offers a developmental cum security model for democracies in the Indo-Pacific region, says India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar.   Addressing the inaugural session of the “Quad Think Tank Forum” in New Delhi on February 24, Jaishankar said that QUAD is meant to sustain democracies through developmental schemes in a challenging security environment. Significantly he did not even once mention China, though QUAD is widely seen as a West-led alliance to counter China in the Indo-Pa ..read more
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Though branded as a Kannadiga, actress turned politician Jayalaithaa was a Tamil Brahmin
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By D.B.S.Jeyaraj/www.dbsjeyaraj.com Colombo, February 24: Today (Feb 24) is the Birthday of yesteryear Actress and former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalaithaa Jayaram. If she were among the living, the alluring actress- powerful poitico would have celebrated her 76th birthday today. She passed away eight years ago at the age of 68 in 2016. Jayalalithaa was born on 24 February 1948 at Melukote in the Pandavapura division of Mandya district of present day Karnataka state. Jayalalithaa was given her grandmother’s name Koamalavalli at the time of birth. The name Jayalalithaa was adopted later whe ..read more
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Sri Lanka’s premier Tamil party is in the eye of a legal storm
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By D.B.S.Jeyaraj/Daily Mirror Colombo, February 24: The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) known in English as the Federal Party (FP) is in the eye of a legal storm. The premier political party representing the Sri Lankan Tamils of the Northern and Eastern provinces is currently undergoing an internal crisis mainly due to recently held inner-party elections. Issues relating to the intra-party elections have brought about a clearly visible divide within the ITAK.   This in turn has led to an unprecedented situation where two members of the ITAK have sought legal recourse against alle ..read more
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Scientists announce discovery of 240-million-year-old ‘Chinese dragon’ fossil
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Feb 24 (ABC News) – Scientists in Scotland have revealed a remarkable discovery of a ‘very strange’ 240-million-year-old ‘Chinese dragon’ fossil. The international team from National Museums Scotland revealed their discovery — found in Guizhou Province in southern China — of the Dinocephalosaurus orientalis, a 5-meter-long aquatic reptile from the Triassic period dating back an estimated 240 million years. For similar articles, join our Telegram channel for the latest updates. – click here ‘With 32 separate neck vertebrae Dinocephalosaurus orientalis had an extraordinarily ..read more
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Sri Lankan chef wins 4 Gold medals at Culinary Olympics in Germany
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Feb 24 (Khaleej Times) – For chef Sameera Madushanka Dahanayaka, winning a gold medal is a breeze – he has already snagged 30 in various competitions. However, his recent triumph at the 26th IKA Culinary Olympics in Germany is the most remarkable one. Representing the UAE national team, the Sri Lankan wowed the judges in both pastry and culinary art categories at the event. He earned two gold medals in salt carving and two in sugar carving, showcasing his exceptional skills. The UAE national team secured 27 silver medals, highlighting their culinary prowess. For similar articles, join our  ..read more
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Challenges a new Pakistan government will be up against
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By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, February 24: A coalition government comprising the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) is likely to be formed in Pakistan following the hard-fought and controversial February 8 elections to the National Assembly. As per the deal being worked out, PML (N)’s Shehbaz Sharif, younger brother of the party’s founder-leader Nawaz Sharif, will be Prime Minister and Asif Zardari of the PPP is expected to be elected President when the Presidential election is held on March 9. However, till Saturday morning there was no clarity about the PPP j ..read more
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Don’t dry your iPhone in a bag of rice Apple says
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Feb 24 (BBC) – If your iPhone gets wet don’t dry it in a bag of rice, Apple has advised. Despite the technique’s popularity, experts have long warned against it, with tests suggesting it doesn’t work. And now the tech giant itself has published guidance telling users it could result in small particles of the grain damaging their devices. The firm said people should instead gently tap out any liquid, with the phone connector facing down, then leave it to dry out. Despite the increasing sophistication of smartphones, popular approaches for fixing them if they have been dropped in water remain ra ..read more
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Colombo land value growth slows down
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Feb 24 (AdaDerana) – Land Valuation Indicator (LVI) for Colombo District indicated a slowdown on a year-on-year basis, recording a growth rate of 7.1 per cent during the second half of 2023. This slowdown could be observed in all sub-indicators of LVI, namely Residential, Commercial and Industrial LVIs which recorded annual increases of 8.8 per cent, 6.7 per cent and 5.9 per cent, respectively. For similar articles, join our Telegram channel for the latest updates. – click here LVI indicated a deceleration on semi-annual basis as well registering a moderate growth of 2.1 pe ..read more
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