Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tamil Nadu delegation arrive in Lanka, meet TNA MPs

Tamil Nadu delegation arrive in Lanka, meet TNA MPs

A delegation of Tamil Nadu MPs who arrived in the country this evening had talks with a delegation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarians at the official residence of the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo.
The Tamil Nadu delegation consists of T R Baalu, Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi , T K S Elangovan, A K S Vijayan, Helen Davidson(all DMK); , Sudarsana Natchiappan, J M Haroon, N S V Chithan, K S Azhagiri (all Cong); and Thol Thirumavalavan(VCK).

Dating Older Women

Dating Older Women

The reasons why some men date older women are as varied as the women themselves. These women, because of their experience, often have more wisdom and self-assurance than younger women -- perhaps they may also possess more self-reliance and tolerance.
Some men receive mentoring from older women, who have had more relationship experience and often understand men well.

Some men receive mentoring from older women, who have had more relationship experience and often understand men well. Clearer about who they are and what they want, "older women" may even have an advantage in the dating arena.

In some cases, having a relationship with an older woman may work for men who don't want children:"My wife and I have been married for almost 20 years," says Rocco. "She was 53 and I was 41 when we met. We both shared many values, including our faith. Our children are grown up now, and mine love her. So, it's worked out very well. I tell men who have been divorced at least once to go for an older woman... If you find the right one, don't worry about age -- unless you still want more children."

A man who dates someone who has children his age will run into the occassional social opposition. But there are men (like Ben, 25, who is dating a 45-year-old woman) who can overcome resistance. Ben says:"A woman can be 25 and marry a man of 45 or 55 and, hey, whatever.

Traditionally, it's been ingrained in our psyches... that's the way it goes, but not the other way around. We've always known that age may be an issue. But now that we've been together for a while, I have a new perspective.

Not all men are comfortable dating older women. Some men, like Clyde, worry about the future. Clyde says:"I dated a woman who is 15 years older. We dated for a bit and then settled into just enjoying each others company. She has a fit body and is an attractive woman. People said to me, why don't I commit to her if we enjoy each other's company? I told them I worried about how things would feel in 10 years when she's over 60 and I'm in my 40s... And then further down the years."

Through my experience as a therapist and marriage counselor, age difference isn't as important in a relationship as most people think. What counts is whether a couple can create a working partnership and build an enjoyable life together. So, for you men who've fallen head-over-heels in love with an older woman, I've developed nine tips on how to enjoy your newly found romance:
1. Be a gentleman.

An older woman wants to be treated with respect, like any woman does. While she might attracted to your rebelliousness or youthful attitude, she still wants you to treat her with good manners.

2. Don't get ahead of yourself.

Don't worry about the future until you actually might have one. Take your time and allow the relationship to develop.

3. Stay calm.

You may be excited, but don't overdo it. Have fun and enjoy your dates, but don't come on too strong. She has some reservations, too.

4. Be charming.

Don't underestimate how powerful your smile can be. Use it often, make eye contact, and keep the conversation flowing. Pay attention to what interests you about your date, and show interest in her opinions, experiences, and activities. Be complimentary whenever possible, and respond intelligently to whatever she says.

5. Don't focus on looks.

Give compliments, but focus less on her physical appearance -- she may be anxious about it.
Give compliments, but focus less on her physical appearance -- she may be anxious about it. And even if you're complimentary, she may worry that you're too focused on looks. She wants to be appreciated for who she is, including her intellect and style. Compliments like "That color is lovely on you," or "You look great tonight" are safer than "You're in great shape."

6. Have fun.

Keep your dates simple and have a good time. Focus on being pleasant, and not getting too far ahead of the relationship. Refrain from talking too long about any one subject without inviting a comment from your date.

7. Keep conversation interesting and light.

Feel free to talk about anything, including your personal lives, past relationships, and love in general, but don't be the one who brings up the intimate topics first. Be wary of prying too deeply into her private life and secrets, unless the information is voluntarily offered.

8. Avoid talking too much about yourself.

Keep your focus on learning about your date. Dole out the boring information about yourself. Punctuate your conversation with questions: "What do you think?" "Has it been that way for you?"

9. Pay attention! Listen to answers to your questions.

You have things to learn here! Seek to get to know each other better. No matter how thrilled you may be about her, listening to what she says, watching what she does, and understanding how she feels are the most important things you can do.
Pakistan News

All Terrorists killed in GHQ Gunbattle and situation fully under control: ISPR

At least four gunmen tried to storm Pakistan’s army headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on Saturday, engaging in a heavy battle with security forces as they attempted to break the outer security cordon, officials and local news media said.
It was the third attack by militants in Pakistan this week, raising concern that
Taliban fighters were preparing a new wave of attacks as the government planned to launch a military offensive in the frontier region of South Waziristan.

The spokesman Pakistan army Major General Athar Abbas has confirmed that the situation outside army General Headquarters (GHQ) has been brought under total control meanwhile, all four terrorists who carried out gun onslaught at army checkpost, have been killed.
According to sources, four terrorists, driving a white Suzuki van and dressed in army uniform, opened firing and hurled hand grenades at army checkpost outside headquarters’ main gate, which security forces retaliated successfully, killing all four terrorists while two were arrested.
Some security guards were also embrace martyrdom during offensive, Abbas said, adding, army commandos had cordoned off the entire area and search operation remained underway to locate other militants who might have fled through adjacent areas.
The miscreants have been overpowered and the situation is under complete control just after one-hour long gunbattle, spokesman ISPR .According to details suspected militants attacked tightly guarded army headquarters on Saturday, as they were in a white Suzuki vehicle and were intercepted at army checkpost no 1, they opened fire and threw five hand grenades at a main gate, security officials and media said.
“They wore army uniforms and tried to enter the headquarters area but when they were stopped they opened fire and hurled hand grenades and later were killed following a deadly gunbattle,” a security official told media.
Four terrorists were killed and two were arrested during one-hour long encounter and four army men embraced martyrdom, army sources said.
Media sources said firing continued with the two or three gunmen for forty minutes after the attack was launched. Three blasts had been heard, they said.
Soldiers had sealed off roads leading to the headquarters and two helicopters remained hovering over the area.

A group of Kuwait Journalists undertakes a promotional tour to Sri Lanka

A group of Kuwait Journalists undertakes a promotional tour to Sri Lanka

A 13-member group of Journalists representing both print and electronic media will be in Sri Lanka from 28th Sept. to 05th Oct. on a familiarization cum goodwill tour organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Kuwait in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) and the Sri Lankan Airlines.
The Journalists group which is led by Mr.Adnan Khalifa Rashed Ibrahim Al Rashed, Vice President of the Kuwait Journalist Association comprises of high ranking editorial staff from main stream Kuwaiti newspapers such as Al-Jarida, Al-Anbaa, Al-Dar, Al-Watan, Al-Qabas, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) and the Kuwait Television (KTV), which are extremely popular among the Arabs from Gulf and Middle Eastern countries.
The Ministry of Information of Kuwait, on a request made by the Sri Lankan Embassy selected the group of Journalists for the FAM tour aimed at promoting Sri Lanka as a destination for tourism, investment, leisure, shopping, entertainment etc. The Journalists during their stay in Sri Lanka will conduct interviews with President, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Tourism, Media and other dignitaries as part of their tour itinerary. They will also visit places of interest and attraction throughout the country including Kandy, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya and the world heritage sites to get a first-hand glimpse of Sri Lanka's heritage, history, culture & food, leisure, fauna & flora etc. Their programme in Sri Lanka will be coordinated by the Foreign Ministry together with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau with the assistance of the relevant ministries and departments.
The FAM tour is expected to general much publicity and awareness on Sri Lanka among Kuwaitis through coverage to be given by the media delegation through their respective newspapers and TV channels. It is noteworthy that during the first half of 2009, the number of Kuwaiti tourists to Sri Lanka has gone up by 22% compared to the same period last year.

Foreign Ministry launches website on the 8th Asia Cooperation Dialogue Ministerial Meeting to be held in Colombo in October

Foreign Ministry launches website on the 8th Asia Cooperation Dialogue Ministerial Meeting

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a website for the forthcoming 8th Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Ministerial Meeting to be held in Colombo on 14th and 15th October 2009 at the BMICH. The theme of this year's meeting is 'Spirit of Asia: Global Economic Recovery and Development Prospects'.

The website which was designed by a team of Information Technology Officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs contains all the relevant information connected to the ACD along with the necessary application forms.
The website can be accessed on:

H. E Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka will inaugurate the Ministerial Meeting scheduled for the morning of 15th October 2009. Hon. Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Foreign Affairs will Chair the Ministerial Meeting. All 31 member countries of the ACD are due to attend the 8th Ministerial Meeting in Colombo.

Eight foods fight Fat

Eight Foods That Fight Fat

Want to lose weight as you chow down? Your wish is granted! (I promise, this is no fairy tale.) Your supermarket is filled with foods that studies show have lipid-melting powers to help melt fat and keep you slim. Stock up on these fat-fighting super bites, and you'll be trimmer even as you indulge. Read on to discover the eight foods that deserve a permanent spot in your fridge—and in your diet!

These yummy nuts are high in alpha-linolenic acid, which can accelerate your metabolism of fats. In fact, dieters who ate 3 ounces of almonds daily slashed their weight and body-mass index by 18 percent, while those who skipped the nuts reduced both numbers less— just 11 percent—a study in the International Journal of Obesity revealed. Chomp almonds à la carte (limit yourself to 12 per serving to keep calories in check). I get a pack at Starbucks and nibble throughout my day. Or sprinkle them into a recipe such as Black Bean–Almond Pesto Chicken. Go nuts!


I tell my daughter, "These are nature's candy!" Turns out they're also your body's best friends. Strawberries, raspberries and other vitamin C–spiked fruit can supercharge your workout, helping you burn up to 30 percent more fat, research from Arizona State University at Mesa has found. If they're not in season, buy the little gems frozen in a bulk-sized bag so you'll always have them on hand to whip up a Berry Bliss Smoothie or Strawberry-Sunflower Pops, regardless of whether berries are in season.


Adding 1/4 teaspoon to your plate may prevent an insulin spike—an uptick that tells your body to store fat. Sprinkle it on your morning cereal or coffee or on your yogurt in the A.M., or savor it in Apple-Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal.


It's heaven on a soft pretzel, but mustard may also be a weight loss wonder. Turmeric, the spice that gives mustard its color, may slow the growth of fat tissues, a study in the journal Endocrinology finds. Use it on sandwiches instead of mayo, or sprinkle turmeric on cauliflower pre-roasting to give it a kick. Try it on tuna salad—I promise it adds zest.

This citrus fruit, which contains fat-blasting compounds known as flavones, deserves to be your main squeeze. Women who ate the most flavones had a much lower increase in body fat over a 14-year period, a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition notes. Eat oranges sliced or swig fresh OJ (including pulp!) to get the best benefit from the fruit.


Reason to toss a half cup on your salad? Soybeans are rich in choline, a compound that blocks the absorption of fat and breaks down fatty deposits. Oh, and they're addictively delish! But if breast cancer runs in your family, experts suggest you should talk to your doc before adding soy to your diet.

7.Sweet potatoes

The colorful spuds' high-fiber content means they keep your insulin steadier than their white sisters, which means less fat packed on your hips, research finds. Top a small baked tater with lowfat cottage cheese for a tempting side dish, or whip up Miso Soup With Sweet Potato Dumplings.

8.Swiss cheese

Calcium-rich foods reduce fat-producing enzymes and increase fat breakdown, and Swiss has more calcium than many of its cheesy peers. Choose the reduced-fat variety, such as Sargento. Slip it into your sandwich, put it on top of high-fiber crackers or use it for a healthier grilled cheese. Yum!
For other tricks to eating your way to your healthy, happy weight, load up on these
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