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A journalist and his typewriter

February 1, 2014 at 4:29 pm

By Stuart Hughes BBC News, Geneva

Gordon Martin

A seldom-heard noise is emanating from a small cubicle at the far end of Press Room One at the Palace of Nations, the imposing home of the United Nations in Geneva.

It’s the sound of metal keys clattering against paper, punctuated frequently by the muted ping of a small steel bell.

Can Ukraine cut its umbilical cord with Russia?

January 31, 2014 at 10:46 pm

The western press doesn’t understand Ukraine. That is clear after weeks of reporting the demonstrations. We are given the absolutely minimal background on the history and culture of Ukraine. This is like when writing about the sea to only write about the waves and not the fishes and rocks beneath.

India refuses to support SL against US resolution in UNHRC

January 31, 2014 at 10:38 pm

 

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To avoid hurting Tamil sentiment ahead of elections, the government has refused to commit Sri Lanka any support against a US-sponsored UN resolution accusing its military of committing war crimes in the final assault on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009.
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris met his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid in New Delhi Wednesday and sought the Manmohan Singh government’s support to ensure that the final resolution does not call for any international probe into alleged human rights violations, officials at the External Affairs Ministry said.

Editorial – Island.lk

January 31, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Jarawa eating

January 31, 2014, 8:36 pm

Politicians are notorious for ‘eating jarawa  (filth)’–local slang for taking bribes–which is the main attraction in politics  as is only too well known. It is the lure of jarawa that has caused so  many people to fall over themselves to secure nominations from the two main  political parties to contest the forthcoming PC polls.

Sri Lanka probes China coal plant for defective materials, design

January 31, 2014 at 10:33 pm

January 31, 2014, 8:24 pm
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Pavithra Wanniarachchi

Sri Lanka is probing a Chinese built coal plant for possible  material, design or construction defects, following leaks in a steam cooling  unit, officials said.

Power minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said she had informed  Chinese embassy officials at a meeting in Colombo that the builders had to bear  responsibility for the latest breakdown and it was not good for China’s image.

Chandrika established Estate Infrastructure Ministry,Mahinda abolished it – Yogarajan

January 31, 2014 at 10:22 pm

January 31, 2014, 9:43 pm
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R. Yogarajan

By Zacki Jabbar

An opposition legislator charged yesterday that President  Mahinda Rajapaksa had abolished the Estate Infrastructure Ministry which former  President Chandrika Kumaratunga had established.

Simmering battle over Colombo Mayor’s wife wanting political career …Muzammil shouldn’t be rewarded for playing ball with GR

January 31, 2014 at 10:19 pm

 

January 31, 2014, 9:37 pm
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By Shamindra Ferdinando

There is strong opposition within the UNP to Colombo Mayor A. J.  M. Muzammil’s wife, Ferouza seeking to launch a political career at the  forthcoming Western Provincial Council election.

Session for Jan Lokpal Bill to cost Rs. 50 lakh -Sowmiya Ashok

January 31, 2014 at 8:41 pm

 

 

A file photo of the Delhi Assembly in session. The Delhi Cabinet on Friday decided to call a special session of the Assembly to take up the Jan Lokpal Bill on February 16, 2014 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
The Hindu – A file photo of the Delhi Assembly in session. The Delhi Cabinet on Friday decided to call a special session of the Assembly to take up the Jan Lokpal Bill on February 16, 2014 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium

The Aam Aadmi Party government will hold a special one-day session of the Delhi Assembly on February 16 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill.

With last flight, Puducherry airport runs out of steam-C. Jaisankar

January 31, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Passengers entering the SpiceJet flight at Puducherry Airport on Friday. Photo: S.S. Kumar
The Hindu – Passengers entering the SpiceJet flight at Puducherry Airport on Friday. Photo: S.S. Kumar

Government will talk to SpiceJet management on February 3

Just over a year after the SpiceJet introduced its flight service on Puducherry-Bangalore sector, the Puducherry airport, owned by Airports Authority of India, has once again become a non-functional airport, causing concern among tourists and residents.

‘It is in Pakistan’s best interests to help stabilise the situation in Afghanistan’

January 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm

'REALISATION: Afghans have learned that national unity is the key to our survival. So, while there are efforts to incite tensions, I think there is also a deep wisdom among the people, which will prevail.' Photo: AP
AP ‘REALISATION: Afghans have learned that national unity is the key to our survival. So, while there are efforts to incite tensions, I think there is also a deep wisdom among the people, which will prevail.’ Photo: AP

Interview with Afghanistan presidential front runner Abdullah Abdullah


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