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altPresident of the Janata Party in India, Subramanian Swamy, today termed the MDMK's cheif Vaiko's remarks against Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam as "scurrilous" and demanded his immediate arrest.


altFormer South African President Nelson Mandela been re-admitted to hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mr Mandela was admitted just before midnight a statement from the South African presidency said.

The 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader is being treated for a "recurrence of his lung infection" and doctors are ensuring he has the best possible treatment, the statement said. South African President Jacob Zuma wished Mr Mandela a speedy recovery and appealed for  prayers.  

"We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray  for our beloved Madiba and his family and to keep them in their thoughts. We have full confidence in the medical team and know that they will do everything possible to ensure recovery," he said. The former president is often fondly referred to by his clan name, Madiba.

Mandela has been admitted to hospital several times since last year, most recently earlier this month when he received what a presidential spokesman described as a "successful" medical test.

"Doctors are attending to him, ensuring that he has the best possible expert medical treatment and comfort," the Zuma statement said. It appealed "for understanding and privacy in order to allow space to the doctors to do their work".

Late last year Mr Mandela spent three weeks in hospital being treated for a lung infection and gallstones.  A year ago, he was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital for what officials initially described as tests but what turned out to be an acute respiratory infection. He was discharged days later. He had surgery for an enlarged prostate gland in 1985.

Under South Africa's white-minority apartheid regime, Mandela served 27 years in prison, where he contracted tuberculosis, before being released in 1990. He later became the nation's first democratically elected president in 1994 under the banner of the 

African National Congress, helping to negotiate a relatively peaceful end to apartheid despite fears of much greater bloodshed. He served one five-year term as president before retiring.

Mandela last made a public appearance on a major stage when South Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup.


altDefence lawyers for the former graduate student accused of killing 12 people at a Colorado cinema last July have offered a guilty plea in exchange for a sentence of life imprisonment, according to court documents.

Lawyers for James Holmes, 25, said in their filing on Wednesday that prosecutors have so far not accepted the offer, which would spare their client the death penalty.

Holmes is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder stemming from the massacre at a showing of the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado in which 58 people were also wounded. Prosecutor George Brauchler has said he would formally inform the court as to whether his office would seek the death penalty at during a hearing scheduled for Monday next week. In February, Brauchler announced that he had added a death penalty lawyer to the prosecution team.

All three of Colorado's death row inmates were convicted and sentenced in Arapahoe County, where Brauchler is chief prosecutor. At a state legislative hearing earlier in March, he testified in favour of keeping the death penalty in Colorado. Defence lawyers said in their filing that if prosecutors agree to take the death penalty off the table, the case could be resolved on Monday. They had been expected to mount an insanity defence.

"As previously stated in court, counsel for Mr Holmes are still exploring a mental health defence, and counsel will vigorously present and argue any and all appropriate defences at a trial or sentencing proceeding as necessary," the filing said.

"Nevertheless, Mr Holmes is currently willing to resolve the case to bring the proceedings to a speedy and definite conclusion for all involved." Lawyers for Holmes have said their client has been admitted to hospital twice since his arrest, once after hitting his head against a cell wall.

Holmes was also held in restraints for several days at a psychiatric hospital in November after jail officials determined he was a threat to himself, according to his defence team.


altIt is reported that the former Cuban leader Castro was chatting with masses after a long reticence. Castro who came to vote for the parliament election has been chat for few hours with voters and journalists who were in the voting center. it is reported that Fidel Castro who is in 86 years old is living leisurely after giving the leadership of the country to his brother.


altA news has been reported from America regarding normalizing a baby girl using a rose colour covering who born with a heart which was located outside the body.


altToday, Pakistan top anti-corruption official told the Supreme Court that he cannot comply with court order to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf renewing fresh confrontation between judiciary band the country's leadership. 
On Tuesday the chief justice of Pakistan, Iftikar Muhammad Chaudhry ordered the arrest of Prime Minister. Mr. Ashraf and 15 other officials as part of a curruption prosecution relating to Mr. Ashraf's tenure as minister for water and power between 2008-2011.
The order faced a large protest in capitol- Islamabad, led by Muslim clerics and government supporters accused the chief Justice of taking advantage of the crisis situation to press his rivalry with the government. 
Chief Justice Chaudhry who had pursued cases against politicians and military generals with zeal, accuses anti-corruption officials and his prosecutors are
behaving like defense counsel for the government.  


altPakistan's Supreme Court has plunged the country into fresh political crisis by ordering the arrest of the prime minister as part of a long-running corruption investigation.

The announcement, at a time when tens of thousands of followers of a Sufi cleric had brought the capital Islamabad to a standstill, immediately raised fears that the judiciary was part of a plot to bring down the government.

Raja Pervez Ashraf, appointed as prime minister last year, has been under investigation for his role in an alleged procurement scam.

But government supporters and analysts said the timing was no coincidence.


alt"Long before Europeans settled in Australia humans had migrated from the Indian subcontinent to Australia and mixed with Australian Aborigines," says the study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. A genetic study of more than 300 Aborigines, Indians and people from Papua New Guinea and south-east Asia found a "significant gene flow" from India to Australia about 4230 years ago. It also says the humans from the subcontinent may have brought the dingo with them.

"We also detect a signal indicative of substantial gene flow between the Indian populations and Australia well before European contact ... We estimate this gene flow to have occurred during the Holocene, 4,230 years ago."

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also says the Indian migrants may have introduced food processing and tool technology to Australia.The finding challenges the long-held assumption that humans arrived in Australia about 40,000 years ago from Africa and remained isolated from other populations until British settlers appeared in the late eighteenth century.

altA young woman is in critical condition in hospital, after having flung from a moving train to escape a sexual assault. The incident happened when 25 year old woman from Darjeeling was travelling to Delhi on last Thursday(03/01/2013). The man allegedly tried to molest her, when she used the lavatory, after fighting him off, she jumped from the moving train of Brahmaputra as it passed through Bihar.

altThe lagoon of Nanthi Kadal, on the island’s north coast, was, in 2009, the scene of atrocities in the Sri Lankan army’s final push against the Tamil Tigers. Now the location, where the UN estimates tens of thousands of civilians were killed, is the setting for army-run holiday homes. One teak villa was opened by the president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, and his brother, the defence secretary.

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