Indias envoy to Sri Lanka warns of threat from jihadi ideology

“If Yoga teaches us to be one, Jihadi terrorism is telling us exactly the opposite, that we are not one. This jihadi ideology is a common threat to all of us.We must cleanse the minds of the people of these divisive ideologies. It is time that we strengthen the forces that unite us. United we stand, divided we fall,” he said. The High Commissioner also said that India has a special relationship with Sri Lanka and after the dastardly Easter Sunday attacks, it was the Prime Minister of India who was the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka, to express solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.“It was a reflection of our belief in the resilience of Sri Lanka, that Sri Lanka will rise, and rise again in all its glory,” he said. The High Commissioner concluded by saying “As a wise man once said inhale the future, exhale the past. Just breathe…Afterall, life is just a breathe”. (Colombo Gazette)Related: Sri Lanka celebrates International Day of Yoga The High Commissioner was speaking at celebrations held in Colombo today to mark the International Day of Yoga. India’s envoy to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu today warned of a threat from the jihadi ideology.He said that there are forces that are trying to divide communities. read more

Mamma Mia Understudy from theatre next door steps in to save the

“But he told me that Mamma Mia!’s company manager was on the phone asking if I was in the building because they had an emergency. I simply got told: ‘They need you there, can you run over to Mamma Mia! and go now’.”The reaction from the 1,100-strong audience when Parry, 35, stepped on stage was euphoric, with loud applause greeting her appearance. Mr Effeney said the chances of Parry being able to step in had been “one in a billion”, telling the Evening Standard: “Otherwise we would have had to abandon the show and refund everybody’s money.”He added: “It was a completely unique experience for the audience. When something like that happens and it works the audience love it.”View latest offers from Theatre Tickets Direct During the scramble to find a replacement for Deverill they had been told theatre management were doing their best to make sure the award winning show could continue, but few held out much hope until they managed to get hold of Parry.“There was huge applause when she came on stage,” said a spokesman for the Novello Theatre. “They were desperate to see the show so you can imagine the reaction.”Parry last played the part of Donna Sheridan on stage in 2013 – although she did reprise the role on a cruise ship last year – so says she was a bit rusty, particularly in the dance scenes.“Suddenly had to revert right back, so I was being pulled around stage and guided along by others as we went through the night,” said Parry.“It was a packed house and they were marvellous. I honestly wish I could have taped the reaction and had it on demand for whenever I’m feeling down. I think it’s a really good moment to celebrate the camaraderie of the West End, that 42nd Street wanted me to go and help out another show and that we could pull all that together for the audience.” The Novello Theatre, in London's West End When the lead in the West End hit musical Mamma Mia was forced off stage with a calf injury the Novello Theatre faced the prospect of having to send the audience home.Fortunately stage manager Philip Effeney remembered that an actress who had previously played the part at the theatre was now an understudy at another venue, a few minutes down the road.So it was that just 20 minutes after the show had “ground to a halt”, Steph Parry stepped into the shoes of the injured Caroline Deverill – making sure the show did indeed go on.In a further twist the show Parry had originally been preparing for that night – 42nd Street – is based entirely on the premise of an understudy’s rise from showgirl to star.Her appearance as Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! on Thursday night was doubly lucky, as Parry had only got back from a holiday that day in order to take up her role as understudy in 42nd Street, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.She said: “It was my first day back at 42nd Street after a holiday, and I was back to being a standby waiting in the dressing room tucking into some carrots and hummus. My company manager then gave me a call, so I thought I was going to have to go on at the Theatre Royal. The Novello Theatre, in London’s West EndCredit:Nigel Howard/Evening Standard Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more