Raghavan visited the former stronghold of the LTTE in Kilinochchi yesterday to award grants to some 1,233 small and medium scale businesses. India and Sri Lanka have agreed to resume the ferry service between Rameshwaram and Talaimannar within the next two months, Additional Secretary of the Indian External Affairs Ministry P S Raghavan said.The service was suspended in 2012. “The government of India will be with you in your economic development and prosperity”, Raghavan, part of a team of officials with a 5-member Indian parliamentary delegation, told the gathering.The 1,233 businesspersons received cash grants ranging between Sri Lankan rupees 50,000-200,000 based on the scale of devastation suffered by them due to military clashes between the government troops and the LTTE. India has also extended financial grants to businesses in northern Sri Lanka, ravaged by the nearly three-decade-long civil war, to promote economic development and prosperity in the country, the Press Trust of India reported. Raghavan said that building of two railway tracks to link Talaimannar with Pallai in Jaffna and the building of 50,000 homes are two key Indian assistance-funded projects in the north.India will also fund the commissioning of a factory to process palmyra-related products. read more

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2014 10:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Feb. 22, 2014 file photo shows Oprah Winfrey speaking at the 45th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, Calif. Winfrey’s latest book project will be”What I Know for Sure” a collection of her magazine columns she wrote for O, the Oprah Magazine. Flatiron Books, a new nonfiction imprint of Macmillan, announced Wednesday, March 12, that the book will come out Sept. 2. It will be the imprint’s first release. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Compilation of Oprah Winfrey magazine columns to be published in September NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oprah Winfrey’s latest book project is a collection of magazine columns by a writer she knows quite well.Oprah Winfrey.“What I Know for Sure” features the monthly essays that Winfrey has written for O, the Oprah Magazine over the past 14 years. Flatiron Books, a new nonfiction imprint of Macmillan, announced Wednesday that “What I Know for Sure” will come out Sept. 2. It will be the imprint’s first release.According to Flatiron, the book will be organized around such themes as joy, gratitude and possibility. Winfrey has said she named her column “What I Know for Sure” after film critic Gene Siskel asked her “What do you know for sure?” during an interview. She has called the columns a way of “taking stock” of her life.Winfrey will write the book’s introduction. read more