President Sirisena alleges RAW is plotting his assassination

When contacted for verification, a senior officer at the President’s media unit said: “We will verify this and revert.” However, there has been no response till the time of going to print. The CID interrogated Kumara. The police subsequently also arrested an Indian national late in September. Local media reported that the Indian, identified as M. Thomas hailing from Kerala, claimed he knew of the plot.However, the Sri Lankan government issued an elaborate denial to the report and clarifications came from the highest level. Media Minister, Mangala Samaraweera slammed it as a “disinformation campaign”, urging reporters to be responsible.At Tuesday’s meeting, Sirisena reportedly said “the Indian national must be a RAW agent trying to kill me. The Indian PM may not be aware. That is often the case. Trump may not be aware of CIA’s similar moves.” The Hindu, on Tuesday evening, spoke to multiple sources in government — across political parties — who attended the meeting, and they confirmed this. In a move that might seriously impair Indo-Lanka relations, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday accused India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of plotting his assassination, The Hindu reported.Sirisena, who was speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting, told Ministers that the Indian intelligence agency was “trying to kill” him, but that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi may not be aware of the plan,” The Hindu has learnt from sources present at the discussion. Tuesday’s meeting also saw a heated argument between President Sirisena and Mr. Wickremesinghe, when a cabinet paper on developing the Colombo Port came up for discussion. Sources said Mr. Sirisena vehemently objected to any Indian involvement in upgrading its east container terminal – a project that New Delhi has been keen to take up.However, Wickremesinghe is said to have countered by saying Colombo had already promised New Delhi on collaborating on the project, and it was important to rope in India at the terminal, given that about 80% of the cargo handled at the transhipment hub was meant for India. He reportedly sought a week’s time to sort out the issue, since he would be meeting Mr. Modi soon.Meanwhile, the President’s media unit on Tuesday called off a scheduled press meet by Mr. Sirisena’s advisers on the reported assassination plot. When contacted, Presidential adviser Shiral Lakthilaka told The Hindu: “We cancelled it because we are awaiting more information”. Asked if it was connected to Mr. Sirisena’s reported remarks at the Cabinet, he said: “No, it had nothing to do with that.” President Sirisena’s claim comes days before Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s scheduled visit to New Delhi, where he will meet Mr. Modi to discuss bilateral matters, including key, India-assisted projects on the island.However, this is not the first time a Sri Lankan leader has accused the Indian agency of interference. Following his poll defeat in 2015, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa held RAW among those responsible for the change in regime. Mr. Sirisena’s allegation, sources at the meeting said, came when he raised concerns over the government’s “indifference” to an assassination plot targeting him. Reports of the said plot emerged last month when an individual named Namal Kumara, part of an anti-corruption outfit, claimed he was aware of a plan to assassinate Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. “We were just shocked when he said it,” a source said, requesting anonymity. read more

Pfizer cuts cost of Viagra to compete with generic pills after court

TORONTO – Pfizer Canada is cutting the price of Viagra, bringing the cost in line with generic versions of the erectile dysfunction drug.The price drop follows a ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada earlier this month that invalidated the Viagra patent held by the pharmaceutical giant.“We are committed to ensuring that Viagra patients can continue to have access to the original brand at a competitive price,” said spokeswoman Julie-Catherine Racine.For a package of four Viagra pills, with each pill at 100 milligrams, the new price is about $37, she said. The price had been about $49.The new prices are now in effect, she added.The Nov. 8 decision by the high court threw open Canada’s market for generic erectile dysfunction drugs.The Supreme Court, in an unanimous 7-0 ruling, annulled Pfizer’s Viagra patent, saying it tried to “game” the Canadian system.The high court sided with Teva Canada’s challenge of the legitimacy of the patent, paving the way for generic versions.The decision has big implications for users of erectile dysfunction drugs and the pharmaceutical industry because it allows companies to create generic versions, which are usually cheaper for consumers.Pfizer obtained the patent in 1998 after applying four years earlier. It was first challenged by the generic drug maker in 2007.Teva originally questioned Pfizer’s patent in Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, but lost at both levels.The ruling wiped out Pfizer’s market dominance with Viagra. Its patent had been scheduled to expire in 2014.Hours after Teva won its appeal before the high court, it posted notice of its own generic version on its website — the first commercial challenge to Pfizer’s 14-year Viagra monopoly. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 22, 2012 6:23 pm MDT Pfizer cuts cost of Viagra to compete with generic pills after court ruling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Conor McGregor versus Dustin Poirier set for Las Vegas in September

first_imgCONOR MCGREGOR IS not wasting any time.The Dubliner — fresh from his win in the O2 on Saturday night — has been booked to take on Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 on 27 September. And it’s in Las Vegas.McGregor stopped Diego Brandao in the first round in front of a sold-out crowd in Dublin and immediately set his sights on Poirier.The bill will be topped by the Jon ‘Bones’ Jones and Alexander Gustafsson rematch. McGregor said: “It’s a dream for any athlete to fight in Las Vegas, and when Lorenzo (Fertitta) and Dana (White) told me they were bringing me to Vegas post-UFC Dublin, that adrenalin went up again,” said McGregor. “It was down from the fight, and then it came right back up again. So I barely had time to let that last one settle and I really don’t want to let it settle. I just want to keep that momentum going, get back in the gym, keep preparing, and carry on. Ultimately I want everyone in this division. I want this to be a one-man division, and Dustin Poirier is next in line.”James Rodriguez rescues pitch invader at his Real unveiling Tell Jon I’m taking a cut of his PPV.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 22, 2014center_img Source: Conor McGregor/Twitterlast_img read more