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Defeating terrorism: Great Opportunity for Peace in Sri Lanka; Hillary Clinton

(NIDAHASA News) Defeating terrorism presents great opportunity for peace, said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a telephone conversation with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (13). The President`s office says that Clinton acknowledged that this presented a great opportunity to restore peace, leading to reconstruction and rehabilitation in the country. The President`s media unit said that the telephone discussion which was warm and cordial was originated by the US Secretary of State. She stated that terrorists should not be permitted to destroy the lives of people in such manner, expressing her condolences for those killed in the recent attack in Matara. US looked forward to working with Sri Lanka once the current conflict ends, she added. Mrs. Clinton appreciated the assurances given by Secretary Defense that civilians would not be subjected to any attacks by the military.

Comment: Terrorism Isn't Just Destroying Cricket In Pakistan

Source: In the wake of the recent Lahore attacks on Sri Lankan cricketers, Muhammed Wasim looks at the problems that Pakistani football is experiencing due to security concerns and terrorism. 14-Mar-2009 5:29:24 AM Photo Gallery Zoom Pakistani Players with Flags, Pakistan Related Links The terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan shocked the global sports community. Football’s governing body FIFA called a special ‘crisis evaluation committee’ meeting with the South African 2010 organizers to upgrade or further beef up the security plans for the world’s biggest sporting events. Safety measures for the 2010 World Cup will be reviewed again and again to make the v

Sharif defiant, troops deployed in Pak capital

Source: TOI ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday ordered troops to be deployed at sensitive areas in the capital as the threat by the opposition to go for a mass Pakistani journalists and employees of a private channel hold protest against the blockage of their channel transmission in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo) More Pictures sit-in outside the Parliament neared, but the army said the deployment would take place "only if the situation warrants." Meanwhile, PML (N) chief Nawaz Sharif has refused to negotiate with the government and said the Long March to Islamabad will continue despite government crackdown. The army said it had received a request from the government to deploy troops at sensitive locations to maintain law and order during the protest by lawyers and opposition parties. The troops will remain on alert and will "move only if the situation warrants it", chief military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas told Dawn News channel. He refused to identify t

Maulana Mahmood Madani, India Today Conclave 2009

Transcript of address by Maulana Mahmood Madani, former Gen Secy, Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Hind The Dalai Lama made some valuable suggestions in the first session. If we follow them, it will mean a solution to 90 per cent of our current problems. Today’s subject is what is the role of religion? In fact, the greatest problem is terrorism, which is a fact. And terrorism is giving a bad name to it. Today’s topic has changed from religion to Islam. But the crux of the problem is that terrorism is being used for political gains. People are using religion for political gains. Who has been maligned by this? Religion, or plainly speaking, Islam. On the other side are those who have started the war on terror. It has its speakers, writers and fighters and they too have targeted Islam. One of the speakers said terrorism cannot be fought because there is no weapon to prevent suicide bombers. But I feel responsible people should neither lose hope nor show pessimism. Some of us are putting up resistance ag

Sri Lanka suicide blast kills 14, wounds minister

Source: AP COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - A suicide bomber attacked government ministers leading a procession to mark a Muslim festival in southern Sri Lanka, killing 14 people and severely wounding one of the officials.The government blamed Tamil Tiger separatists for Tuesday's blast, which wounded 45 other people, saying the rebels had grown desperate in the face of an army offensive that has driven them close to defeat after more than 25 years of civil war.If the assault was carried out by the Tigers, it shows that the guerrillas can still launch strikes far from their traditional strongholds in the north and east even as they face battlefield defeat. As the military has pushed the rebels into an ever-shrinking sliver of territory in the north, human rights and aid groups have voiced concern for the fate of the tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the pocket. Heavy artillery attacks Tuesday killed at least 49 ethnic Tamil civilians and wounded hundreds of others, the top governm

Major terror attacks across the world

Here's a list of some of the major terror attacks that have taken place the world over. September 20, 2008: A massive suicide truck bomb attack on The Marriott hotel in Islamabad kills over 60. September 6, 2008 : Over 50 people are killed in two blasts that rip through Peshawar. July 7, 2008 : At least 58 are killed when an automobile laden with explosives blows up in front of the Indian embassy in Kabul. June 17, 2008 : Over 63 are killed when a minibus laden with explosives is detonated in a marketplace in Baghdad. Benazir, minutes before the attack February 1, 2008 : Over 98 people are killed when mentally unstable women were strapped with explosives and blown up in a Baghdad market. January 16, 2008 : Civilian bus bombed in Buttala, Sri Lanka. At least 30 are killed. January 10, 2008: 23 killed in suicide attack in Pakistan. December 27, 2007 : Benazir Bhutto is assassinated. At least 24 others are also killed in the attack on her rally in Rawalpindi. November 6, 2007 : Eighty

Major terror attacks on India

September 13, 2008: At least 15 killed and over 110 injured in five blasts across New Delhi. July 26, 2008: 29 killed and over 100 injured in 17 serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad. Read story: The nation that failed July 25, 2008: At least two killed and 20 injured in eight low-intensity blasts in Bangalore. May 13, 2008: At least 63 were killed in nine bomb blasts in Jaipur. Read story: Why and who did it? One of those injured in the Jaipur blasts August 25, 2007: At least 42 people were killed in two blasts in Hyderabad's Lumbini park and a restaurant. May 18, 2007: At least 13 were killed in the bombing at Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad, which took place during Friday prayers. Ripped bogie of a Mumbai local train September 8, 2006: Over 37 killed and 125 injured in a series of bomb blasts in the vicinity of a mosque in Malegaon, Maharashtra. July 11, 2006: Over 200 killed in a series of seven blasts in Mumbai local trains. March 7, 2006: At least 21 killed in three attacks in Varanasi in

Terror attacks India and World

India terror attacks Source: India Today World terror : Terror attacks Across the globe Source: Internet

India loses maximum lives to terror except Iraq

27 Aug 2007, 0023 hrs IST, Shankar Raghuraman, TNN The US and UK may like to believe that they are leading the war on terror globally, but the country that has had to face the worst of terrorist attacks on its own soil, barring war-torn Iraq, is India. In fact, India has since 2004 lost more lives to terrorist incidents than all of North America, South America, Central America, Europe and Eurasia put together. All of these vast swathes of the globe lost a total of 3,280 lives in terrorist incidents between January 2004 and March this year. India alone lost 3,674 lives over the same period of three years and three months. In yesterday's edition of TOI, in our front page lead report on the Hyderabad blasts, we had said that terror groups have left India with perhaps the highest number of civilian victims of terror (apart from war-torn countries like Iraq). Later, on Sunday, when we looked in detail at the worldwide numbers, we found India not only had the highest number

Mumbai terror victims list

Source: google docs # from original list Hospital Name Name Age M/F Injured Dead click on the tabs above, left, to see sorted versions . 1 KEM Hospital Sadanand Date NA Male Injured . 2 KEM Hospital Suryakant Gaikwad NA Male Injured . 3 KEM Hospital Chandrakant Dike NA Male Injured . 4 KEM Hospital Arvind Bhalekar NA Male Injured . 5 KEM Hospital S.H.Wardhankar NA Male Injured . 6 Nair Hospital Mohammed M. Ansari 19 Male Injured . 7 Nair Hospital H.K. Asif 22 Male Injured . 8 Nair Hospital Unknown NA Male Dead . 9 Nair Hospital Unknown NA Male Dead . 10 Cooper Hospital Balkrushna R. Bare 40 Male Injured . 11 Cooper Hospital Unknown 45 Male Dead . 12 Cooper Hospital Unknown 40 Male Dead . 13 Cooper Hospital Unknown 40 Male Dead . 14 Cooper Hospital Shyamsundar Choudhari 45 Male Injured . 15 JJ Hospital Abdul Sheikh Sohel 5 Male Injured . 16 JJ Hospital Siddhiki Sheikh 35 Male Injured . 17 JJ Hospital Rajendra Prasad 20 Male Injured . 18 JJ Hospital Heena Sheikh 16 Female Injured . 19 JJ