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The First 30 Days Of The First 100 Days-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

February 8, 2015 at 8:23 pm

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

To reassure that “My-3” – CBKWickremesingheSirisena — meant business and should be taken seriously before casting the vote of January 8, 2015 a time-table was set to impress the voters that the Manifesto comes with a day-to-day schedule guaranteeing progress leading to the promised “ideal country”. We have now arrived on February 9 – time to test how far the political guarantors of the Manifesto had progressed during the first 30 days of the first 100 days.

The baby that divided a nation

February 8, 2015 at 8:15 pm

By Nick Thorpe BBC News, Hungary

Rikardo Racz

As 2015 began, a boy was born in Hungary – the country’s first baby of the year. But his family who are Roma, or Gypsy as they prefer to be known, found themselves at the centre of a national debate about racism.

Bantams: The army units for those under 5ft 3in

February 8, 2015 at 8:08 pm

By Tom de Castella BBC News Magazine

The Birkenhead Bantams

A century ago the British Army set up Bantam battalions for men under 5ft 3in. Why were short men put in special units during World War One?

If Arvind Kejriwal succeeds, urban ‘class’ will be the first new big idea in our politics after Mandal, Mandir and Moditva-Shekhar Gupta- IT

February 8, 2015 at 6:13 pm

Shekhar GuptaJust as the history of mankind so far has been demarcated between B.C. and A.D., you can safely predict that in the future it will be divided by B.G. and A.G. (before and after Google). As for political history, you could even say before news-TV and after. But if you have been a political journalist across these two epochs, it is fascinating to find comparisons as history repeats itself.

Delhi elections — a lesson for BJP-Tarun Chaturvedi- BS

February 8, 2015 at 5:49 pm


Tarun Chaturvedi

The way the party is going about fighting the Delhi elections shows that all is not well within the BJP. All talk about Amit Shah being the wizard of electioneering is turing into a myth. It is time BJP takes stock of the ground situation and initiates corrective action.

BJP is a party in a mess. The handling of the entire campaign for the Delhi assembly elections is proof that Amit Shah and company need help. After sweeping the Lok Sabha polls and specially the performance in states like Uttar Pradesh, it was felt that Amit Shah, Narendra Modi combine has magical skills when it comes to fighting elections. The unfolding events in Delhi, it seems, are hinting that the past was just a freak incident.

BJP takes stock, AAP takes a break-Archis Mohan | New Delhi -BS

February 8, 2015 at 5:36 pm


The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s city unit, with some of its central leaders and all its candidates for the legislative assembly polls here, met on Sunday evening for a review.

They took stock of the performance, with each candidate giving an assessment of the voter turnout on their seat, their prospects and the reasons. The analysis gave the party enough confidence to believe it might fare better than in the 2013 assembly polls, despite most exit polls on Saturday predicting a win for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Magna Carta edition found in Sandwich archive scrapbook

February 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm

A parliamentary archive conservator examines the Salisbury copy of the Magna Carta Magna Carta has been on display at the Houses of Parliament

An early edition of Magna Carta has been found in a Victorian scrapbook during a search of a council’s archives

Eros International: betting on budget films, satellite rights –

February 8, 2015 at 5:01 pm

February 8, 2015:

As the economic recovery gathers steam, discretionary spends are also likely to rise. Entertainment is one segment that will benefit from this trend.

Multiplexes are reporting a steady increase in ticket prices and spends by customers on food and beverages, suggesting increasing interest in the segment.

Japan seizes passport of Syria-bound journalist

February 8, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Silent rally for Kenji Goto, 1 February 2015 People have held silent rallies for journalist Kenji Goto, who was killed by IS militants in Syria last month

China week: A miscarriage of justice and a cyber crackdown

February 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm

I’m writing from the back seat of a Chinese police car.

An interesting enough location you might think, but the novelty wears off if you sit in gridlocked traffic for long enough, and I can now report first-hand that however magisterial the Chinese state, its citizens, when stuck in traffic, do not readily give way for a police car.

It’s hard to have my finger on the pulse of national news here.

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