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Afghanistan landslide: Rescuers end search for survivors

May 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm

David Loyn: “As second night fell the only sound that could be heard was women weeping for the dead”

The heroism of everyday life in Baghdad

May 3, 2014 at 7:03 pm

The book market in Muntanabi Street

More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in April, making it one of the bloodiest months for years. Despite this, Iraqis went to the polls in large numbers, which the BBC’s Kevin Connolly describes as nothing less than heroic. He’s also impressed by those who make sure ordinary life continues.

Mauritania: The Saharan nation of ocean fishermen

May 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm

By Chris Terrill Mauritania

Leaving the beach

Think of Mauritania and you are likely to imagine the burning sands of the Sahara, nomads swathed in wind-blown robes and camel trains moving through the heat haze. All correct… but don’t forget the fishing fleet.

Russia sympathisers vent anger at Ukraine Odessa deaths

May 3, 2014 at 11:19 am


 The BBC’s Fergal Keane reports from Odessa’s Trade Unions House

Pro-Russia supporters in the Ukrainian city of Odessa have voiced their anger a day after 42 people were killed.

Is Robert Vadra a liability for Priyanka’s political career?-Shantanu Bhattacharji | New Delhi BS

May 3, 2014 at 12:04 am

With the political rhetoric of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls getting shriller, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, joined the battle last week amid a growing demand for her to succeed her brother Rahul Gandhi as the party’s election campaign. Priyanka is often compared to her grandmother, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to whom she bears a striking resemblance. At present, the Congress is worried that the Robert Vadra issue adds to the scam-tainted image of the Grand Old Party.

Mihir S Sharma: 8 Questions for Robert Vadra on his land deals BS

May 2, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Mihir .S.Sharma
Arwind Kejriwal’s new allegations against Robert Vadra, DLF, and the Haryana government make for interesting reading. But then, Mr Kejriwal always gives journalists good copy; some might claim it’s his only really useful trait.That doesn’t mean that the deals Mr Kejriwal’s chosen to highlight aren’t interesting in their own way. Essentially there are two: on the DLF SEZ holding company that Mr Vadra bought into, and on the plot of land in Manesar that Mr Vadra sold to DLF – using the advance on that sale to buy into several DLF properties.

How a Rajasthan village lost to Robert Vadra-N Sundaresha Subramanian | Sujasar/Gajner BS

May 2, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Umrao Khan is a driver who retired from Rajasthan’s state-run roadways. More than 10 years ago, he had bought 50 bighas in Sujasar village, about 20 kilometres from Pokhran, best known for being India’s nuclear test site, at Rs 3,000 a bigha. Across a dirt track lay a vast stretch, the villagers put it at 1,600-1,700 bighas, where the proposed Rajasthan Solar Processing Zone (RSPZ) was to come up.

The Sahara endgame-Business Standard

May 2, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Subrata Roy

Subrata Roy
Author: Tamal Bandyopadhyay
Publisher: Jaico
Pages: 412
Price: Rs 450

Two meetings – running for hours – at the RBI headquarters on Mint Road, Mumbai, on 12 and 16 June 2008, sealed Sahara’s fate. Of course, these two meetings were preceded by a courtroom drama, both in the Allahabad High Court and the Supreme Court. However, unlike the legal battle with Peerless that lasted nearly two decades, the legal cases in this instance were more of an interlude in the prolonged closed-door negotiations between the RBI and Sahara [Sahara India Financial Corp or SIFCL]. The legal fight lasted just for a day each – on 5th June in the high court and on 9th June at the Supreme Court.

T N Ninan: Putin model & Russia’s future BS

May 2, 2014 at 11:23 pm


T N Ninan

 T N Ninan
The Soviet system collapsed because its economy underperformed. From growing faster than the developed market economies in the 1950s and 1960s, and matching their speed in the 1970s, Soviet growth in the 1980s slipped to well below those of the market economies. By 2000, when Vladimir Putin came on the scene, Russia was on its knees as its economy had shrunk by nearly a half since the Soviet collapse, causing widespread misery. The country’s resurgent power after that was on the back of renewed growth at a sustained annual rate of seven per cent. That, however, has slipped to 3-4 per cent in recent years, and now to virtually zero. Can the country, while losing economic momentum and witnessing a flight of foreign capital, hold out in a new test of wills against the West?

Editorial- island.lk

May 2, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Carts and wheels

May 2, 2014, 8:36 pm

Reminiscing of what the late President J. R. Jayewardene had  said of himself and his strong-willed, ambitious deputy Prime Minister  Ranasinghe Premadasa many years back, Colombo Mayor A. J. M. Muzammil has  compared UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and former UNP Deputy Leader  Sajith Premadasa to the wheels of a cart. The duo, perennially at loggerheads,  should get together for the party to move forward, the Mayor has argued, at  Thursday’s commemoration of President Premadasa’s 21st Death Anniversary in  Colombo.

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