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PM not to attend CHOGM; Salman Khurshid to represent India

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has given up to the opposition’s pressure against his participation in the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Sri Lanka. He has decided not to attend the meeting. In the absence of PM, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will lead the Indian delegation at the meet.

Why there is opposition to PM participation in  Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)?

There is opposition by parties in Tamil Nadu as well as a section in Congress who want PM to skip the CHOGM as a show of protest against the Sri Lankan government alleging it of inflicting atrocities on Tamils by the Sri Lankan military forces during the war against LTTE. They are also cynical about Sri Lankan government plans to devolve powers to the ethnic Tamils.


Gariela Isler of Venezuela crowned Miss Universe

Gabriela Isler(25) of Venezuela has been crowned Miss Universe 2013 at a grand finale held in Moscow, Russia. Year 2012 winner Olivia Culpo of the United States placed a diamond crown on the head of Isler.

This is the third win for Venezuela in the last six Miss Universe pageants. Dayana Mendoza and Stefania Fernandez won in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

The runner-up positions were bagged by Miss Spain, Patricia Rodrigues, Constanza Baez from Ecuador, Ariella Arida from the Philippines, and Jakelyne Oliveira from Brazil respectively.