Denim companies see boom in small towns on brand aspirations- Arpita Mukherjee Mumbai BT

October 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm


In small town, brand aspirations see denim firms boom

Photo: Reuters

Denims are selling briskly in Tier-2 and Tier-3 towns, reaping the benefits of a growing number of customers with rising aspirations.
The fabric, which was historically worn by sailors from Genoa, Italy and owes its denim name to the French town of Nimes, is known for its durability. In the latter part of the last century, however, it began to be promoted more as fashion wear, with brands focusing more on the urban market.

Yahoo Mail revamped with 1 TB storage, themes and threads – Nandagopal Rajan BT

October 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm


Yahoo Mail revamped with more storage, themes

Yahoo has also introduced new themes where users will be able to have 24 Flickr backgrounds to their mail

Nandagopal Rajan

Yahoo Mail has gone through yet another transformation. Just half a year after it allowed users to send up to 100 MB of attachments, it has now increased the mail limit to a whopping 1 terabyte or 1,000 GB.
As David McDowell, Senior Director of Product Management for Yahoo Mail, told Business Today in a telephonic interaction from the US, “that will take an average user 6,000 years to use up. It is more than what anyone would ever need.”

The mass escape of Jews from Nazi-occupied Denmark

October 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm

By Ellen Otzen BBC News

Jewish refugees after arrival in Sweden


Seventy years ago this month, an extraordinary mass escape happened from Nazi-occupied Denmark. Tipped off about German plans to deport them to concentration camps, almost the entire Jewish population – several thousand people – fled their homes and left the country.

What John Boehner’s ambition has to do with the shutdown

October 7, 2013 at 8:07 pm

By Dick Meyer Executive Producer, America, BBC News, Washington

Speaker of the House John Boehner listens to US President Barack Obama during a meeting with bipartisan Congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington to discuss a military response to Syria, 3 September 2013 John Boehner, left with Obama, is not seen as a conservative ideologue, yet he is following the policy agenda of his most ideological members

On a very simple level, the closing of most of the American federal government can be pinned on the ambitions of one man, Speaker of the House John Boehner.

There is little doubt that Mr Boehner, a Republican, could whenever he wants gather enough votes from moderate Republicans and most all Democrats to reopen the government.

Editorial –

October 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Scholarship or torture?

October 7, 2013, 7:57 pm

Close on the heels of a report that an unsuccessful Grade  Five Scholarship Examination (GFSE) candidate had been chased away from home by  way of punishment in Moneragala has come the sad news, from Bogawantalawa, of an  estate worker burning his son’s face and limbs with a heated iron rod for  failing that exam.

Memories that linger – III

October 7, 2013 at 7:14 pm


One day, at about 4 o’ clock in the evening, when there were  about 25 students around the table, lo and behold, who walks in but R. K. W.  Goonasekera, the Principal of Law College. He made a straight line towards me. I  was then supposed to be the biggest veteran at the Cut Table. He said, “Mr.  Warnakulasuriya and Mr. Devapura, both of you come to my office.” I reminisced  of what happened to me at Royal College when Mr. Bogoda Premaratne was the  Acting Principal. When Bogoda Premaratne wanted to cane me, I said “Sir wait,  there is a huge bug on your coat” and tried to remove a nonexistent bug from his  pure white coat, while rubbing all the dirt on to it. Then what happened was  history.

Strategic thinking to sustain the devolution process

October 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm


By Jehan Perera

One of the first decisions that the TNA had to take after its  victory at the Northern Provincial Council elections was before whom to take the  oaths of office.  The overwhelming electoral mandate received by the party  would have induced them to make the most of the occasion in symbolic and  political terms.  The option they were unanimous in rejecting was to have  their members take the oath of office before the Governor of the Northern  Province.  As former army chief in Jaffna, Governor G A Chandrasiri has had  to carry with him the legacy of that war which was very negative to the Tamil  population n the North and East.  The civilian casualties during the last  phase of the war in the North exceeded any previous period of the three decade  long war.  This is a legacy that will take a long time to become erased  from the consciousness of the people.  Since the end of the war, and his  appointment as Governor of the Northern Province, Governor Chandrasiri has also  been working closely with the military that he once commanded in Jaffna.

Governor as change-agent

October 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm


By Somapala Gunadheera

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is likely to have a head  start over the other councils due to its orientation, composition and support  base. Its prime objective would be to recoup the North from its deprivations in  the past and to maximise its productivity. It seems to have the manpower to do  so, even without the direction of an effective governor. The Diaspora will  associate itself with the venture and extend its unstinted support to it.

My dear pensioners

October 7, 2013 at 7:04 pm


I am also a pensioner who retired before 2006. like you all and  awaited long, enough to draw the pension which was disclosed in the President’s  Election Manifesto the “Mahinda Chintana” – Towards A New Sri Lanka” (page 48).  Sometime ago about 5000 pensioners and their dependants were invited to Temple  Trees and promised that the pension anomaly of the pensioners who retired before  2006 would be solved very soon, and in the Budget Speech,2012 the President in  the capacity of the Minister of Finance highlighted the same promise and pledged  that all existing anomalies in the pensions would be rectified.

Senarath Siyambalangamuwa: A gentleman to the finger tips

October 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm

FOUR MONTHS ago the prestigious Matale Science College P. P.  A. held its Annual General Meeting: as usual it was a heavily attended occasion;  it is a foregathering of the School’s past pupils scattered throughout the  Island, not to speak of hundreds of others working abroad, unable to attend,  holding responsible positions, mostly in the Sciences and Technological fields.  Among the scores of them who attended that day, was our much-loved past pupil  and devoted friend. Senarath Siyambalangamuwa, better known to his friends as “Siyambala  Tikka” or simply, “Tikka”, arriving accompanied by his noisey, voicey and  fun-loving companions, in a fleet of vehicles, from Colombo. Few, if at all,  would have thought that day, it would be the last time that Tikka was attending  a P. P. A. Meeting of his beloved School or that he was present among her  familiar scenes. where in his time, around half a century ago, his voice echoed  and the impact of his presence was keenly felt: he had been one of her star  pupils and, now he was dead.

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