Jyothy Labs’ M.P. Ramachandran turned Henkel around in less than two years. Will he next give consumer products giants a tough fight? Ajita Shashidhar

September 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm


Ullas Kamath (left) and M.P. Ramachandran of Jyothy Labs

Ullas Kamath (left) and M.P. Ramachandran of Jyothy Labs show off their product, Ujala, which has 72.6% of the fabric whitener market Photo: Nishikant Gamre/www.indiatodayimages.com

One January morning in 2011, Ullas Kamath, Joint Managing Director of Jyothy Laboratories, learned that German consumer products major Henkel AG wanted to sell its 25-year-old Indian operations.

Why the border in Kashmir is restive again

September 23, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Mohammad Deen Mohammad Deen’s wife was injured in shelling from Pakistan
Ten years after India and Pakistan agreed a ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between the two countries, mortars and shells are once again being exchanged on the disputed border. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey reports from Poonch in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Pakistan blasts: Angry protests after Peshawar church attack

September 23, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Members of the Pakistani Christian community hold a placard as they shout slogans during a protest rally to condemn Sunday"s suicide attack in Peshawar on a church Protests erupted in cities across Pakistan, as anger about the bombings swelled

Protests and vigils have taken place across Pakistan as Christians demand better protection after suicide blasts killed at least 80 people at a church.

Sunday’s double suicide bombing is thought to be Pakistan’s deadliest attack against Christians.

Govt. should work with TNA -Hakeem

September 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm

September 22, 2013, 8:36 pm

SLMC leader and parliamentarian Rauff Hakeem yesterday said that  the government should regard the victory of the TNA as an opportunity to work  with a party that represents a people who wish to share the same destiny as that  of the majority, who have solidly expressed their support for the UPFA. As its  name suggests, it should indeed be a united freedom alliance of all the people  of Sri Lanka.

The following is the text of the SLMC leader’s statement: “I  take this opportunity to congratulate the Tamil National Alliance for the  decisive endorsement they received from the people of the Northern Province and  the UPFA in the other provinces. On behalf of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, I  thank all voters of the North, North-Western and Central Provinces, of Sri  Lanka, for helping our party to retain its core support base in each of the  three Provincial Councils with four seats in total. We have succeeded in earning  our presence in every council having contested on our own. We obtained a single  seat representation for the first time in the de-merged Northern Provincial  Council. We remain content with the three seats we won in the North-Western and  Central provinces as it allows us the voice we sought for the Muslim community  in provincial power sharing.

TNA demands ‘a measure of autonomy within a united, undivided Sri Lanka’

September 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm

September 22, 2013, 10:13 pm

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Having secured the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) with an  overwhelming majority at Saturday’s Provincial Council polls, the Ilankai Tamil  Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) aka TNA yesterday urged the government to ‘grant a  measure of autonomy to Tamil speaking people within a united undivided country.’

Saturday’s was the first Northern PC polls since the  introduction of the 13th Amendment, in accordance with the Indo-Lanka Accord,  signed on July 29, 1987.


September 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Winners and losers

September 22, 2013, 12:00 pm

The PC polls have ended without surprises. The UPFA has won  comfortably in the Northwestern (NWP) and Central Provinces (CP) and the TNA has  swept the polls in the Northern Province (NP). The UNP and the JVP have lost as  usual and Gen. Sarath Fonseka’s newly formed Democratic Party (DP) has got  something to crow about. The Elections Commissioner says the polls were free and  fair in spite of several incidents.

UPFA bags CP, NWP; TNA wins North

September 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm

JVP suffers crushing defeat in all provinces UNP loses 6 seats in CP and UPFA 3 in NWP TNA takes all 14 electorates in North Govt. wins 39 out of 40 electorates in CP, NWP SF’s DP emerges third force in NWP, CPSeptember 22, 2013, 10:09 pm

By Shamindra Ferdinando

The UPFA bagged both the Central and North-Western Provinces  while the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK/TNA) secured the Northern PC with  ease at Saturday’s Provincial Council polls.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa led the campaign in all three  provinces for the UPFA.

Politicization of war-crimes: Bashir and Rajapakse

September 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm

[TamilNet, Thursday, 19 September 2013, 10:58 GMT] While Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who bears command responsibility for the killing of  nearly UN-estimated 100,000 Tamil civilians by  the Sri Lanka military, is attending the 62nd United Nations General Assembly, commencing on September 25, the White House is not commenting on if the US would be issuing an entry visa to alleged war-criminal and Sudan’s long time leader Hassan al-Bashir to attend the UN annual meeting. Recently, the US State Department, using its discretionary powers, intervened to save Rajapakse from war-crimes charges in Court cases filed by affected Tamils. 

Wigneswaran becomes chosen mouthpiece of imperialist orchestration

September 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm

[TamilNet, Saturday, 21 September 2013, 05:57 GMT] Following an interview to The Hindu, condemning Tamil Nadu voicing for the independence of Eezham Tamils, the NPC Chief Minister candidate C.V. Wigneswaran in an interview to The Times of India on Friday denounced the call for boycotting CHOGM meet in Colombo as well. The boycott call comes largely from the international human rights circles outside of the Establishments. More than representing the true aspirations of Eezham Tamils, and placing them in the right perspective to the international community of peoples, the focus of Wigneswaran is primarily on facilitating the agenda of the international community of Establishments that attempts to confirm its ‘victory’ in upholding the Colombo-centric State and at the same time absolve the genocidal crimes of all concerned, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics.

North decisively rejects Colombo rule

September 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm

[TamilNet, Saturday, 21 September 2013, 21:41 GMT] More than 67% of the voters, who have cast their votes in the NPC elections on Saturday were overwhelmingly (78%) in favour of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and have categorically rejected Colombo’s political parties. Despite all manipulations, the TNA has secured 84% of polled votes in Jaffna, 81% of votes in Ki’linochchi, 78% in Mullaith-theevu, 66% in Vavuniyaa and 62% in Mannaar polling divisions, according to the official results released Sunday noon. The TNA has secured 30 seats, including 2 bonus seats, of the 38-seat NPC. Colombo’s UPFA, mainly represented by Douglas Devananda’s EPDP, secured 7 seats and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress received 1 seat. Despite demographic manipulations, threats, intimidations and the psy-ops war waged by the occupying SL military, the people have been firm in passing their message, political observers in Jaffna said.

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