Chennai students fasting over Lanka hospitalised

Police also detained supporters of the students present at the venue here and sealed the building. Condemning the police action, MDMK General Secretary Vaiko said besides his party Deputy General Secretary Mallai Satya, many others including some Tamil cinema directors were detained. “Undertaking fast is a democratic right. I condemn the police” for denying it, he said in a statement. Eight students of a Chennai based college, who were on a fast unto death on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, were removed by police and admitted to hospital, the Press Trust of India reported today.Police also detained many of those who supported them, drawing criticism. Police sources said the students were removed and admitted to hospital last night, three days after they embarked on the protest pressing for a seven-point demand, including calling for an international probe against Colombo for alleged war crimes. Vaiko, who met the students and expressed his party’s support to them, demanded that all detained persons should be released. All India youth federation also criticised the police action. read more

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DR of Congo UN mission denounces reported flight of banned ammunition

The UN Mission said the act violated Security Council resolution 1484, which bans all military assistance to armed groups in the DRC, which has been riven by civil war and fighting between rival militias.The plane, carrying many boxes of ammunition and seven military and two civilian passengers, was reportedly travelling from Aru to Mangbwalu. It was diverted to Beni due to bad weather conditions. The plane was handed over to the UN by the Congolese Rally for Democracy – Kisangani/Liberation Movement (RCD-K/ML) on 20 July.

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