Tamil Nadu Assembly adopts resolution on Lanka

A day after India and Sri Lanka decided to renew efforts to address the vexed ethnic issue in the island nation, Tamil Nadu today stepped up pressure on the Union government for an international probe against alleged human rights violations and war crimes committed in 2009 in Northern Sri Lanka, the Press Trust of India reported. “The Tamil Nadu Assembly requests the Government of India that if America takes a stand supportive of Sri Lanka [at the UNHRC], then India must take diplomatic efforts to change that,” the resolution, which was unanimously adopted by the House, said.Ms Jayalalithaa recalled the earlier resolutions in the Assembly seeking to stop treating Sri Lanka as a ‘friendly nation’ in the context of the alleged atrocities on ethnic Tamils.It had also demanded that India boycott a meeting of Heads of Commonwealth nations held in Sri Lanka in 2013, besides insisting that the AIADMK government would not allow Sri Lankan players and officials to participate in IPL sporting fixtures scheduled in Chennai, which was duly followed by the BCCI. The State government was referring to reports that the US, which earlier favoured international probe into alleged human rights violations and war crimes during the peak of hostilities in Sri Lanka in 2009, had altered its stand now. Earlier, Opposition parties, including DMK, welcomed the resolution. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the Assembly that the US now reportedly proposed internal probe by Colombo at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and that it was “against natural justice.”The resolution moved by Ms. Jayalalithaa said that India itself should move a “strong resolution” at the UNHRC along with the US, seeking international probe against those who had committed human rights violations and war crimes in contravention to the international rules and conventions. In a resolution adopted in the Assembly, the State government sought diplomatic efforts by India to change any possible pro-Sri Lanka stand adopted by the United States in the UN rights body. “This is a timely resolution,” DMK’s senior leader Durai Murugan said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Jeff Horn beats Anthony Mundine with 1st round KO

BRISBANE, Australia — Australia’s Jeff Horn needed only 96 seconds to knock out veteran compatriot Anthony Mundine on Friday in their non-title catchweight bout at Suncorp Stadium.Horn was late to the pre-fight weigh-in because of Friday night traffic in Brisbane but made up for lost time with a swift first-round finish.The 43-year-old Mundine, who twice held the WBA super-middleweight title, looked sluggish from the start. He took several heavy blows from the faster, stronger Horn before being floored with a left-hook which slipped past his right glove.Mundine later said his “time’s up” as a boxer, ending an 18-year professional career which followed his successful career in rugby league.“Jeff proved tonight he’s the better man,” Mundine said. “That’s the next generation man. I was ready. I was prepared well. It’s just boxing, you get caught sometimes.”The bout took on increased significance for Horn, the former WBO welterweight champion who suffered his first professional loss to American Terence Crawford in June.“I feel really, really strong at this weight,” Horn said. “I was expecting a hard fight. I’m happy to get it over and done quickly.”The non-title fight was a catchweight at 71 kilograms (156 pounds). Catchweight refers to a weight division which falls outside traditional weight classes but which both boxers agree on before the fightHorn, 30, came into the fight with 18 wins in 19 fights, 12 by knockout. Mundine, a 43-year-old former rugby league player, had fought 56 times with 48 wins, 28 by knockout, and eight losses.Horn’s biggest and most controversial fight came on July 2, 2017 in the same Suncorp Stadium when he beat Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title in a unanimous decision that many boxing commentators said should have been awarded to Pacquiao.Horn lost that title to Terence Crawford in Las Vegas in June. Before the fight against Mundine, Horn talked about trying to get a rematch with Crawford in Australia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more