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AIADMK election manifesto includes pushing for justice in Sri Lanka

Reiterating the party’s stand, Panneerselvam said AIADMK would press for the release of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and strive for the scrapping of the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test for medical admissions.“AIADMK will urge the Government of India and the president to give due direction to the Governor of Tamil Nadu for release of seven Tamil convicts as ordered by the Supreme Court and approved by the cabinet of Tamil Nadu government,” he said. India’s AIADMK election manifesto has included ensuring justice for the Tamils in Sri Lanka.On the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, AIADMK said it would press the Centre to take up the issue of “massacre” of civilian Tamils in the island republic during the peak of hostilities, with the International Criminal Court at the Hague, the Press Trust of India reported. The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu Tuesday promised a slew of measures in its election manifesto, including a national poverty eradication initiative that will be named after the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Releasing the manifesto for the general election at a press conference, AIADMK coordinator and Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said the party would “vigorously pursue” the Amma National Poverty Eradication Initiative (ANPEI). In September 2018, the cabinet had recommended to Governor Banwarilal Purohit the release of Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Ravichandran, Robert Payas and Nalini, all serving life in prison for their involvement in the killing of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally here in 1991 by an LTTE suicide bomber. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Brazil activists free 200 dogs used for drug tests

first_imgBRAZILIAN ACTIVISTS ARE said to have stormed a laboratory in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo and freed some 200 Beagle dogs used for drug testing.Most of the animals had their skins shaven and one was found dead, frozen in liquid nitrogen and with signs of mutilation, according to reports carried by websites of the dailies Folha de Sao Paulo and O Estado de Sao Paulo.Rat fetuses were also found during the operation which occurred at the Royal Institute lab located in Sao Roque, 60 kilometres from Sao Paulo. Police made no arrests.The lab was not available for comment.Giulana Stefanini, one of the animal rights protesters who took part in the action, was quoted as saying that one of the beagles “was found with no eyes.”Ahead of their action, the activists went to police to complain of alleged mistreatment of animals at the lab, but they said no action was taken.The lab cancelled a meeting with the protesters at the last minute and described the invasion as “an act of terrorism,” insisting that its activities are monitored by Brazil’s Health Surveillance Agency, according to O Estado.Animal testing for scientific research is legal in Brazil and is regulated in line with international norms.- © AFP, 2012Read: Irish Wildlife Trust calls on public to help change animal welfare bill>last_img read more