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‘South African women carving out bigger roles’

New Delhi, March 11: Women are carving out a bigger role for themselves in the socio-religious and political arena in post-apartheid South Africa, said Episcopal priest Mpho A. Tutu, a daughter of Nobel laureate Desmond M. Tutu. “Two women have been ordained as bishops by Anglican Church recently in South Africa. It has been a long process. Getting the women ordained as bishops was not easy…... 

President, PM salute maestro Ravi Shankar’s contribution

New Delhi, March 7: Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar’s legacy lives on and would continue to illuminate the world of music, President Pranab Mukherjee said Thursday. He was speaking at a ceremony here at which the first Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony was posthumously conferred on Ravi Shankar, who passed away in December 2012. The president gave the award of Rs.1 crore to Ravi Shankasr’s... 

Sunita Willams returns from space with new record

Washington, Nov 20: Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams has returned to earth after 127 days in space with a new record under her belt – the most spacewalking time by a female at 50 hours and 40 minutes over seven career excursions. Williams, who was commander of Expedition 33 on the International Space Station returned home with two space-going colleagues aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule... 

Bal Thackeray – Bollywood’s friend, philosopher and guide

Mumbai, Nov 17: There were reasons why Bollywood celebrities queued up to call on Bal Thackeray when the Shiv Sena supremo lay in a critical condition before he breathed his last Saturday. He was always with them, for them in their times of need. With some, he shared an endearing relationship, and with some, one of love-and-hate. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who visited Thackeray Wednesday, recently... 

Italian lady bequeathes $2.5 mn to her dog

Caserta, Oct 22: An Italian lady has given away all her property worth about 2 million euros ($2.5 million) to her beloved dog. The 84-year-old woman, living in Caserta town with her daughter and several grandchildren, has made the will stating her mongrel dog called Kikko will inherit two apartments, several land estates and also bank accounts. The old woman has decided this soon after her husband’s... 

World’s richest man aims for a simple life!

Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim may be the world’s richest man but he limits his monthly salary to 24,000 dollars and travels in a Suburban, according to his latest biography. Slim, 70, knocked Bill Gates from the top of the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires this year with an estimated fortune of 53.5 billion dollars. He began his business career aged 10, selling sweets and drinks to his... 

INS Vindhyagiri ‘sinking’ after collision with Norwegian vessel

MUMBAI: A major fire has broken out on Indian naval ship INS Vindhyagiri, which was involved in a collision with a merchant vessel, at the naval dockyard here today. The ship is listing and unconfirmed reports said it was sinking. A defence spokesperson said they are awaiting further details. A dozen tankers are engaged in firefighting operations, officials said. An official said there was a dent in... 

Offices of anti-govt website in Sri Lanka set on fire

COLOMBO: A group of men broke into the offices of a website critical of Sri Lanka’s government and set fire to it Monday, a journalist from the publication said, adding that he suspected a government role in the attack. Bennett Rupasinghe, news editor of LankaeNews.com, said the fire destroyed everything in the offices. He said the attackers could have been sent by the government as punishment... 

Rajapaksa sued in US Courts over war-crimes

WASHINGTON D.C: Three Tamil plaintiffs whose relatives were killed in three different incidents, all considered to be war-crimes, filed a civil case in the District Court of District of Columbia against Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday at around 4:00 p.m, the attorney for the plaintiffs and former Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the US, Mr Bruce Fein, said in a release sent... 

Karunanidhi meets PM, discusses fishermen issue

DELHI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and is understood to have raised the issue of Indian fishermen being killed allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy. Mr. Karunanidhi, who arrived here yesterday on a three-day visit, met Dr. Singh at his 7, Race Course Road residence and is believed to have asked the Prime Minister to tell Colombo not...