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Carry on in Colombo: Tamils have high expectations from the Prime Minister

England's India itinerary altered again

The Indian cricket board has altered England's tour itinerary and dropped the lone warmup game.

Tamil Tigers cornered by Sri Lankan army

Rebels in desperate fight to defend last stronghold against government forces

Southern India's political parties in bid to recruit film stars

You can make promises, you can campaign, you can even throw around lots of money. But in southern India nothing lures potential voters like a big-name movie star.

Indian board seek Test delay to avoid Twenty20 final clash

Test cricket received another slap in the face yesterday when the Indian game's governing body asked its English counterpart whether it would be prepared to delay next month's first Test between the sides for a day. The request has been made so that Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian captain, can play in the final of the Twenty20 Champions League should his side, the Chennai Super Kings, reach it.

Sri Lanka army seizes entire west coast

Sri Lanka's military said troops seized the entire western coast of the Indian Ocean island on Saturday, capturing the key Pooneryn area where Tamil Tiger rebel artillery had kept soldiers at bay since 1993.

Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan: Violinist whose work encompassed classical and popular music

As a violinist and composer, Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan was a powerhouse of creativity. Steeped in the customs, devotional austerities and elations, grammar and vocabulary of Carnatic art music, Vaidyanathan was also a revelator of musical unorthodoxy and adventurousness. The most astonishing aspect of his lengthy musical career was neither his reputation as a principal soloist nor the pantheon of notable musicians whom he accompanied or played with. Rather it was his straddling of and success in two musical camps at opposite extremes.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/indias-preposte.html">Asian (con)Fusion: India's preposterous priorities</a>

There is apparently great excitement among the scientists involved in India's first unmanned mission to the moon which is due to blast off in less than two weeks from Satish Dhawan Space Centre near the southern city of Madras.

Sri Lanka suicide bomb kills 26

A Sri Lankan suicide bomber killed 26 people at an ancient tourist town today, including a popular retired army general who was the main opposition party's provincial leader.

Tamil Tigers killed during sea battle with Sri Lankan navy

Sri Lanka's navy sank 10 Tamil Tiger boats and killed at least 25 rebel sailors yesterday during a sea battle off the country's north-western coast, according to military sources.

Sri Lanka military says fighting kills 27 rebels

Sri Lankan troops killed 27 Tamil Tiger rebels in fresh fighting in the country's far north, the military said today, as government forces continued their push against the rebels' northern stronghold.

Primark faces demonstration after child labour TV exposé

Campaigners will be demonstrating outside Primark's flagship London branch this morning, accusing the cut-price fashion chain of behaving irresponsibly in response to allegations of child labour in its overseas manufacturing operations.

Deaths reported in Sri Lanka train bombing

At least seven people were killed and dozens injured when a bomb exploded on a train during rush hour in the Sri Lankan capital today, military officials said.

Trio held in Tamil Tigers terror probe

Three men were arrested today by counter-terrorist officers in London and Wales as part of a long-term investigation into the Tamil Tigers.

Shia and Sunni are divided by militant leader's demise

Many Iraqis welcomed the news of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's assassination, but the American airstrike has, once again, exposed the country's sectarian faultlines.

New laws 'have not made the UK safer'

The Government's controversial anti-terror laws have done nothing to make Britain a safer place, a former law lord said yesterday in the most damning critique yet of Labour's response to the 11 September 2001 and 7 July 2005 attacks.

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