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2011-01-20 15:17:00

RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ChildFund is assisting children and families in Sri Lanka following flash floods resulting from ongoing heavy rains. More than 1 million people have been affected, and, at the peak of the floods, more than 360,000 evacuated from their homes. ChildFund, one of the largest child development organizations in the world, is providing emergency relief to children and families in the districts of Batticaloa and Trincomalee. Families are...

2010-11-18 09:43:00

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sri Lanka's new pounds Sterling 226 million deep sea port at Magampura harbor, Hambantota, on the south coast of the island has today been officially opened with the ceremonial docking of the first vessel to use the port facilities. In a ceremony presided over by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as part of the week-long festivities surrounding his official inauguration for his second term in office, a traditional sailing yacht,...

2010-01-13 06:41:00

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, January 13 /PRNewswire/ -- This time of year is a period for reflection for many people around the world. For the people of Sri Lanka it brings back acutely painful memories, but also for the first time in many years a genuine sense of hope. On the 26th December 2004, one of the worst natural disasters in modern times befell our country and we required aid and other support from the world on an unprecedented scale. The tsunami that struck the length of Sri...

2008-08-30 09:00:49

Text of report by Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order website on 30 August The Japanese government has extended further support for humanitarian de-mining activities in Sri Lanka and has provided a grant assistance of 1.6m dollars (approximately 170m rupees) to FSD (Swiss Foundation for Mine Action) and DDG (Danish De-mining Group) to accelerate de-mining activities in the conflict-affected areas, particularly Jaffna, Batticaloa and Trincomalee, so that the...

2006-09-04 02:50:29

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military has taken control of the northeastern area of Sampur from Tiger rebels after days of fighting to secure the southern lip of strategic Trincomalee harbour, a military official said on Monday. The fall comes after days of fierce artillery battles between the foes for control of the area, from which the rebels had been able to shell a major naval base and disrupt a maritime supply route to government-held Jaffna peninsula to the north. "Sampur...

2006-09-01 12:25:00

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's army mounted an offensive to capture rebel-held territory south of the strategic northeastern harbour of Trincomalee on Friday, officials said, and a naval battle broke out off the island's northern tip. The army is trying to take the Tamil Tiger-held town of Sampur, from where the rebels are in artillery range of a major naval base and able to disrupt a key maritime supply route to the besieged army-held northern Jaffna peninsula. "We are...

2006-08-31 07:50:08

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - The United Nations threatened overnight to suspend aid operations in Sri Lanka after international truce monitors accused government troops of executing aid workers. Nordic truce monitors on Wednesday formally accused Sri Lankan soldiers of being behind the execution-style murders of 17 local staff members of the Action Contre La Faim aid agency earlier this month during a battle with Tamil Tiger rebels in the northeast. The government denies...

2006-08-31 01:25:22

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - The United Nations threatened overnight to suspend aid operations in Sri Lanka after truce monitors accused the security forces of executing aid workers. Nordic truce monitors on Wednesday formally accused the security forces of being behind the execution-style murders of 17 local staff of aid agency Action Contre La Faim earlier this month in the northeast. The government denies it, and angry officials accused the monitors of being biased toward...

2006-08-30 22:43:25

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - The United Nations threatened overnight to suspend aid operations in Sri Lanka after truce monitors accused the security forces of executing aid workers. Nordic truce monitors on Wednesday formally accused the security forces of being behind the execution-style murders of 17 local staff of aid agency Action Contre La Faim earlier this month in the northeast. The government denies it. "We have no independent information ourselves in the U.N., but...

2006-08-29 07:58:12

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops battled Tamil Tiger rebels on Tuesday in a new offensive, jeopardizing the evacuation of foreign nationals from the besieged north of the island and threatening an escalation of the conflict. The government offensive is aimed at forcing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to vacate positions around Sampur on the southern edge of Trincomalee harbor, from where they have launched attacks on military shipping and shelled the...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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