Stalin condemns attempt by Sri Lankans to attack Vaiko at UNHRC

A woman in the group yelled at Vaiko, saying that he was not a Sri Lankan Tamil to raise the Sri Lankan issue, said a statement from the party on Monday.When Vaiko said he had the right to speak up for Sri Lankan Tamils with whom Tamil Nadu’s relations were intertwined, the men allegedly shouted at him, saying that rebel LTTE cadre were ruthless murderers and cut-throats, alleged the MDMK. The release said the Sri Lankan Tamils present at the venue felt that it was a deliberate attempt to stop Vaiko from attending the UNHRC session. India’s DMK working president M K Stalin condemned attempts by “some Sri Lankan nationals” to attack MDMK chief Vaiko after he spoke about the “genocide” in northern Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).“I condemn the incident in Geneva. I take objection to the way a person from India was treated by Sri Lankan nationals and this has led to it becoming a cause for concern. I request the Indian Government to condemn the incident,” Stalin said, the Deccan Chronicle reported. According to the New Indian Express, a group of Sinhalese encircled Vaiko after he concluded his address for the second time at the UNHRC. Earlier, Vaiko had expressed concern over the alleged torture of Tamils at the hands of the Sinhalese. He noted that about 1.46 lakh Tamils were killed till May 2009, and 90,000 women were rendered war widows.The only way to protect the Tamils and ensure justice to them was to refer the issue to the UN General Assembly and recommending to constitute the International Criminal Court, Vaiko emphasised. (Colombo Gazette) Vaiko addressed the UNHRC meeting last week and accused the Sri Lankan Government of presiding over “genocide.” He also lamented about the lack of progress in investigations into the atrocities committed allegedly by the Sri Lankan army. read more

Football Ohio State moves up to No 3 in the AP Poll

Celebration in Ohio Stadium after the Buckeyes beat No. 2 Penn State 39-38 on Oct. 28. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s come-from-behind 39-38 victory against Penn State, the Buckeyes rose to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. Penn State dropped from No. 2 to No. 7.The Buckeyes will hope to defend its ranking when it travels to Iowa City, Iowa, to play Iowa Saturday at 3:30 p.m.No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Georgia, No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 5 Notre Dame round out the top five in the rankings.The Big Ten featured five teams in the top 25. Along with Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin, Michigan State remained in the poll, but moved down to No. 24 after its 39-31 loss to Northwestern.AP Poll Alabama (59) Georgia (2) Ohio State Wisconsin Notre Dame Clemson Penn State Oklahoma Miami (FL) TCU Oklahoma State Washington Virginia Tech Iowa State UCF Auburn USC Stanford LSU North Carolina State Mississippi State Memphis Arizona Michigan State Washington State read more