TODAY in HISTORY: MAY 07

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 07 Reuters 1915 – The British passenger liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine, contributing to the United States’ entry into World War One; 1,198 passengers and crew perished. 1942 – The Austrian conductor and composer Felix Weingartner died. He was best […]

TODAY in HISTORY: MAY 06

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 06 Reuters 1910 – Britain’s King Edward VII died. 1919 – L. Frank Baum, U.S. author of children’s stories about the imaginary land of Oz, died. The film version of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” became a classic. 1932 – French President Paul […]

TODAY in HISTORY: MAY 02

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 02 Reuters 1936 – Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and his family fled Addis Ababa, three days before its capture by the Italians. 1951 – The Shah of Iran signed decrees approving the nationalisation of Iran’s oil industry. 1953 – In Jordan, King Hussein […]

Sudanese women at forefront of protests after years of oppression

Michael Georgy Reuters Mervat al-Neel was one of the many women whose protests helped bring down Sudanese autocrat Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Now she is standing up to the generals who replaced him. After decades of oppression under Bashir’s Islamist rule, when they could be dragged before the police if a man didn’t approve of what […]

TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 30

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 30 Reuters 1945 – Adolf Hitler and his wife Eva Braun committed suicide in his underground bunker in Berlin. 1975 – In South Vietnam, President Duong Van Minh announced an unconditional surrender to the Vietcong, ending the 20th century’s longest armed conflict. 1997 […]

Moving beyond brownfield assets for infrastructure investors

Taponeel Mukherjee IANS Given the size of the Indian economy and expectations of future growth, infrastructure remains a crucial area of focus for both financial and strategic investors alike. As capital flow gradually picks up in the sector over the last five years and operational assets are bought out, the obvious question is: What next […]

TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 29

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 29 Reuters 1945 – The terms of surrender of the German armies in Italy were signed; Venice and Mestre were captured by the Allies; in Berlin, Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun, but also made his will naming Admiral Karl Doenitz as his successor. […]

Today in History: April 28

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on April 28: 1923 – First-ever Wembley FA Cup Final. 1936 – King Faud I of Egypt died and was succeeded by his son, Farouk I. 1945 – The Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was executed by partisans near Lake Como, one day after being caught. […]

TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 25

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 25 Reuters 1915 – Australian and New Zealand troops stormed ashore at Gallipoli, Turkey, in World War One as part of a British-led Allied force. Some 7,000 Australians and 2,000 New Zealanders were killed during the eight-month battle against Turkish forces. 1945 – […]

TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 24

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 24 Reuters 1916 – The Easter Rising, an insurrection aimed at setting up an Irish Republic, began in Dublin. 1926 – Russo-German Treaty signed. 1939 – Robert Menzies became Australian prime minister, succeeding Joseph Lyons who died earlier in the month. 1975 – […]

Who are Sri Lanka’s Christians?

Mathew Schmalz, College of the Holy Cross Nearly 300 people were killed in several coordinated bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter. Several Christian communities spread across the island nation were targeted in the attack: Suicide bombers detonated one set of bombs at churches in the cities of Colombo and Negombo […]