BJPs Subramanian Swamy meets Mahinda in Medamulana

“It was a hugely enjoyable trip to South Sri Lanka to meet Fmr SL President Sri Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family. He is a man to be admired for his decisiveness to wipe out LTTE terror and incidentally also soothe India’s hurt feelings due to Rajiv’a assassination by LTTE,” Swamy said.He added that while in Colombo he had a chance meet with former Maldives President Naseed. “I welcomed my good friend Dr. Subramanian Swamy to Medamulana today and am honoured to accept his invitation to speak in New Delhi. A long-time friend of Sri Lanka who has always so vehemently spoken out against LTTE terrorism, he has always had #SriLanka’s best interest at heart,” Rajapaksa tweeted. Meanwhile, Swamy tweeted saying Rajapaksa must be admired for his decisiveness to wipe out LTTE terrorism. “He is apprehensive of gross rigging in their forthcoming election. India cannot allow that as a neighbour and also since current usurper President Yamin has humiliated Indians recently. We need an action plan,” Swamy tweeted. (Colombo Gazette) India’s ruling BJP party senior member Dr Subramanian Swamy met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Medamulana today.Rajapaksa tweeted saying he was invited by Swamy to speak at an event in New Delhi. read more

UN relief workers concerned about civilians in Mosul threatened by Iraqi forces

Speaking to reporters in New York, the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General said that some 360,000 people are believed to be caught between the fighters.“Families continue to arrive at the newly established mustering point at Badoush, northeast of Mosul, along the Syrian highway, where emergency assistance and basic services are being provided by humanitarian partners,” Stéphane Dujarric said, citing information from UN humanitarian authorities. Aid workers are responding to these and families still trapped inside “wherever access allows.” They are providing emergency response packages with basic food, water and hygiene items. Some 2.6 million people have received aid since October. The UN and partners is trucking 3.1 million litres of water per day into eastern Mosul to meet water shortages. That figure was about 2.3 million litres at the end of April. In addition to aid, the UN is concerned about the high trauma and casualty rates. Since 17 October, health care partners report over 12,000 people have been referred to hospitals in Mosul and neighbouring governorates, and nearly half of these reported cases were from west Mosul only, Mr. Dujarric said. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said that new field hospitals have also been created, one for emergency reproductive and obstetric healthcare. read more