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In 10 months, Devyani Khobragade’s property value has zoomed almost 6 times-K Raghavendra Kamath, Sanjay Jog & Aneesh Phadnis | Mumbai ,BS

December 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Devyani KhobragadeIndian Foreign Service Officer Devyani Khobragade, at the centre of a huge diplomatic row after she was arrested recently by the US government for allegedly underpaying her maid and misrepresenting her salary, might well be a wealthy woman in her own right – she owns properties worth over Rs 8 crore in Maharashtra, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh.

Cyrus Mistry’s to-fix list widens -Krishna Kant | Mumbai ,BS

December 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Cyrus Mistry

Cyrus Mistry
Steve Jobs once said there were many great firms but very few made good money for shareholders. Cyrus Mistry, who completes a year as Tata Sons chairman on Saturday, faces a similar challenge. There is no doubt he has received an enviable legacy from his predecessor — many Tata firms have consistently shown the ability to take risks, invest in new products and ideas and put the money where his mouth is; but that hasn’t always translated into superior financial returns for shareholders. Nearly half the group’s revenue is currently is accounted for by companies and businesses that earn below-par returns.

Editorial -island.lk

December 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm

The Grim Reaper vrooms

December 25, 2013, 6:13 pm

There has been an alarming increase in the number of people  killed by drunk drivers, according to the latest police statistics. The figure  has jumped from 171 last year to 279 up to mid December this year and it is  expected to go up further during this festive season when Bacchus worshippers  run wild.

Eye witness evidence vs forensic evidence and police manipulation of evidence

December 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm

December 25, 2013, 5:39 pm

Continued from Midweek Review of Dec 18, 2013

By A concerned scientist

Police manipulation of evidence

Senior readers may recall the famous Sathasivam case in the  early fifties where a housewife was found murdered in a garage in a house in  Colombo. The Police suspected the husband and the servant boy but later got the  servant turn to a crown witness despite the fact that he had made a confession  to the murder at the initial inquiry. Subsequently he had given evidence against  the husband as an “eye-witness” implicating him to be the murderer.


December 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Pope Francis kisses a statue of the Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas  Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Tuesday

Sri Lanka War Dead Count Improper: Tamil Party

December 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party today said a census to ascertain the number of dead and disappeared in the country’s nearly three-decade-long civil war was not being conducted properly.
“We feel that the census is not being properly conducted,” said M A  Sumanthiran, a senior leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).
TNA’s grassroots representatives in the former conflict zone were of the opinion that the census was not being done in the right manner, he said.

Sri Lankan government to establish a sanctuary for wild horses in Delft Island

December 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Wed, Dec 25, 2013, 10:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Wildlife Conservation Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa says that a sanctuary will be set up for the wild horses in the Delft island in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.

The Minister recently held a discussion with the Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development Douglas Devananda also.

Baby 81 Nine years later

December 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm


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The four month-old that became an icon of hope for the thousands that suffered separation by the devastating waves of the Boxing Day Tsunami,  nine years later, worries of being identified only with the ordeal that befell him as a baby. . .
He was floating inside a plastic basin in the murky waters midst the rubble and the dead, some said. Others said he was discovered lying underneath a pile of debris. Despite many versions that spun around how the four-month old famed as the ‘Tsunami baby’ or ‘Baby 81’ was found surviving the treacherous waves of the 2004 Tsunami, he became a symbol of hope for the thousands of Sri Lankans devastated by the angry waves that tore across the Indian Ocean.   Some 15 couples were reported to have claimed this tough little survivor as theirs and one mother amongst them had reportedly threatened to end her life if she wasn’t given her baby back.

Chinese smugglers ‘dig tunnel to Hong Kong’

December 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm

A policeman inspects a tunnel which was built by smugglers near the border of Hong Kong, in Changling village of Shenzhen, Guangdong province December 24 Officials said the tunnel cost almost $500,000 to build

Chinese authorities have uncovered a tunnel from the mainland to Hong Kong, apparently built by smugglers.

The tunnel, with concrete walls and interior lighting, started under a garage near the city of Shenzhen and stretched for 40m (130ft) under a river and into reed-beds in Hong Kong.

Mao Zedong remembered: China’s multi-faceted deep-thinking leader

December 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Sidney Rittenberg meets Mao Zedong (C 1970) Sidney Rittenberg met Mao Zedong in the early 1970s

US citizen Sidney Rittenberg spent 35 years in China at a time of momentous upheaval, personally befriending Mao Zedong and other veteran Chinese revolutionary leaders as they seized power from the Kuomintang from 1945 onwards. Here he reveals his unique perspective on the civil war, the early days of Communism and Mao’s philosophy.

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