Ramanujam said militant and extremist organisations remain banned in the state, while a strict vigil is maintained to curb overt and covert activities. It said that relevant agencies of the two countries have ongoing cooperation and no such information has been brought to the notice of the Government of India.About 150 terrorists, trained in India, have landed in Sri Lankan shores in the garb of fishermen to destabilise the country, a local newspaper reported on Monday quoting Sri Lankan state intelligence. The police today denied reports that some 150 LTTE cadres have infiltrated the north and east from Tamil Nadu.When contacted by the Colombo Gazette, police spokesman S.P Ajith Rohana said that the police did not have any information of such infiltration and felt the report was a “bogus” news item. ‘The suggestion contained in the news item regarding the training of terrorists at three secret camps in Tamil Nadu, India is entirely erroneous and baseless,” the High Commission said. Meanwhile the Indian High Commission in Colombo also denied the news report. The Tamil Nadu Police meanwhile on Monday termed as “totally baseless” the Sri Lankan newspaper item on the existence of three LTTE camps in the state which reportedly trained 150 cadres of the banned outfit.“There are no such training camps in Tamil Nadu. Some time back a similar report surfaced in Sri Lanka and later it was retracted by seeking to put the blame falsely on the Indian media,” DGP K Ramanujam said in a statement.He said the news item stated that over 150 LTTE cadres underwent special arms training in three secret camps in Tamil Nadu and then returned to Sri Lanka disguised as fishermen to carry out a destabilisation campaign. “Any activist identified is lodged in a special camp. There is therefore no question of any training camps functioning or being allowed to function in Tamil Nadu,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

” “The most egregious example is North Korea,” continued Ms. Bishop, pointing out that the country is openly defying the UN Security Council, putting millions of people at risk. It is crucial for all UN Member States to strictly implement the Council’s sanctions to compel Pyongyang to abandon its “illegal programmes.” Other threats highlighted by the Foreign Minister were the increasing activities of non-State actors, terrorism and violent extremism. “Global terrorism – and the extreme Islamist ideologies driving it – must be confronted and defeated,” she stressed. Ms. Bishop maintained that terrorism can be effectively battled, and beaten, if everyone worked together, sharing knowledge and resources. Ms. Bishop drew a link between security and economic development, saying that one cannot be achieved without the other. She endorsed a UN development system more focused on sustainable economic development that provides opportunities and facilitates partnerships with the private sector. Noting that economic resilience can be undermined by natural and man-made disasters, she cited the 2030 agenda, Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Humanitarian Summit’s Grand Bargain as “a blueprint for global action on those problems which can only be addressed by working together on challenges that don’t respect national borders.” Full statement available here read more

first_imgAlex Ferguson’s wife Cathy in the stands yesterday. Pic: Mike Egerton/EMPICS SportFittingly, given United’s track record of scoring dramatic late goals on Ferguson’s watch, United beat Swansea with an 87th-minute winner from Rio Ferdinand after Swansea’s Michu had cancelled out Javier Hernandez’s opening goal.Ferguson confessed that such late drama is the one aspect of football management he will most miss. ALEX FERGUSON YESTERDAY revealed that loyalty to his wife, Cathy, was the key factor in his decision to retire from football management at the end of the current season.The 71-year-old Scot enjoyed an emotion-charged farewell in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Swansea City at Old Trafford on Sunday, his last home game after more than 26 years in charge of the new English champions.The fixture came just four days after Ferguson’s announcement that he is to retire stunned the football world and, after the celebrations that followed the victory, he took time to explain the reasons behind his decision for the first time.“Around last Christmas,” said Ferguson, when asked when he had decided to bring an end to his reign.“Basically, things changed when Cathy’s sister died. She is isolated a lot now and I think a lot of the time, for 47 years, she has been the leader of the family, looked after our three sons and sacrificed herself for me.“Now she has the grandchildren, and they all dote on her, but now she has lost her best friend — her sister — so that was important. I think it is also important to go out as a winner. That is really important at this club. It is all I ever wanted to do here — be a winner.”Ferguson and United had hoped to delay the announcement until later in the build-up to the Swansea game, only for rumours to run rife through Manchester on Tuesday following a club golf day.“It was very difficult to keep it a secret,” added Ferguson. “There were some times when we almost blurted it out to the family. We told our sons in March, but my brother didn’t know until Tuesday night. I wanted to tell the players first really, the players and the staff. But unfortunately, there were rumours going around on Tuesday. So all that started to speed it up a bit.” “The last-minute goals. I love them,” he smiled. “We lost a few, but it’s part of the history as well. It is hard to look back. I have never done that, but I have plenty of time to do that now. The most important achievement, without doubt, was winning the first league (in 1993). Once we did that, a door opened.“We just grew and grew after that and saw some fantastic changes. There have been some great players and it has been an honour to manage them; different personalities and different cultures. It has been a fantastic challenge of management.”Ferguson, who delivered a post-match speech on the pitch before United were presented with the Premier League trophy, confessed that the occasion almost got the better of him.“The atmosphere today was absolutely magnificent,” he told Geoff Shreeves. “It was fun, there was enjoyment and it is great to be in the stadium where everyone is enjoying themselves. I didn’t know what to say. I was grasping at things that I could possibly say. I spoke to my son Jason in the morning and he said, ‘Go with the flow, start talking, and you’ll get there.’“I babbled on a bit, I suppose. It was emotional. During the week was emotional with the staff. That was hard. They’ll get through it.”© AFP, 20135 thoughts from this weekend’s Premier League gamesZlatan, Paris Saint-Germain clinch Ligue 1 titlelast_img read more