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Flightless Mosquitoes the Solution to Dengue Fever?

Where: Oxford, United Kingdom February 27, 2010 :Scientists have come up with a novel method to tackle the menace of dengue fever. They propose to breed mosquitoes that cant fly. The plan is to genetically alter the male of the species. These males will father a new generation of female mosquitoes with limited wing growth. The females will...

Militants Attack Police Academy in Pakistan

Where: Lahore, Pakistan March 30, 2009 : Less than a month after the terror attack on Sri Lankan cricketers, militants targeted a police training school in Manawan on the outskirts of Lahore. They killed eight police recruits and two civilians, and injured nearly 100 people. At 7.30 a.m., around 850 unarmed recruits at the school had assembled for their morning...

Terror Attack on Touring Sri Lankan Test Cricketers in Pakistan

Where: Lahore, Pakistan March 3, 2009 : In an incident that shocked the governments and the people of the cricket-loving region, visiting players became the targets of a terrorist attack. Seven members of the Sri Lankan cricket team touring Pakistan were injured and six Pakistani poicemen were killed. The players were on their way to the Gaddafi stadium on...

Sri Lanka’s Humanitarian Crisis : Thousands Trapped in War Zone

Where: Vavuniya, Sri Lanka January 30, 2009 : The Sri Lankan army has been engaged in fierce fighting with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) forces. In the first weeks of 2009, the army took control of the main rebel bases of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. The LTTE is a militant group that formed in 1976, and their...

Language Split

November 18: The English language is believed to have caused one of Sri Lanka's leading political parties to split. How? Well, the party's leader, being a member of the upper class, spoke in English during press conferences, a language his local language-speaking cadre or party members could not fathom. This double talk of the politician caused the party members...

Super Moms

Japan: Mothers for peace Did you know that mothers in Japan were among the first to protest against nuclear weapons? This happened 45 years ago, in 1955. In 1945, at the fag end of the Second World War, the US dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bombs killed 3,40,000 people. About 300,000 were...

A Girl Soldier Speaks Out

September 8: At seven Arumuyam Malar could handle a gun better than a pencil. At eight she could handle the wireless radio and knew how to use hand grenades and semi-automatic rifles. As an 'Eelam tigress', or a child guerrilla of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka, she was told that she had to fight till...

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Batik: Ancient Art of Painting in Wax

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