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Hyderabad boy set to become Microsoft CEO-Itika Sharma Punit & Bibhu Ranjan Mishra | Bangalore BS

January 31, 2014 at 4:05 pm

The third CEO in Microsoft’s 38-year-old history after Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer could be an India-born, two media reports said on Friday, citing sources familiar with the processes of selecting the new leader at the Redmond-based company.

Indian cars fail European crash test-BS Reporter | Mumbai

January 31, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and Hyundai i10, the two best-selling Indian-made hatchbacks, were among a batch of five cars that failed to pass the Global New Car Assessment Program (Ncap) by a UK-based independent charity focused on consumer-orientated vehicle safety initiatives.

Editorial- Island.lk

January 31, 2014 at 1:40 am

‘Star wars’

January 30, 2014, 8:22 pm

Artistes appear to be a really invasive species. There is hardly  any field they have spared. Found virtually everywhere they range from the  sublime to the ridiculous like all other professionals. Their number in politics  is growing rapidly like that of briefless pettifoggers.

Access Engineering completes Eastern Province bridge construction project

January 31, 2014 at 1:37 am


January 30, 2014, 7:49 pm

Post-war infrastructure development in the North and East involved the  construction and rehabilitation of a number of bridges and culverts along  various roads. Access Engineering played a pivotal role in the Eastern and North  Central Provincial bridge project which is part of the government’s overall  strategy to strengthen the road network in the region in order to improve  livelihoods by jumpstarting economic and infrastructure development activity.

Apparel industrialists hailed as visionaries

January 31, 2014 at 1:34 am


JAAF, a model to emulate says Treasury Secretary

January 30, 2014, 7:41 pm
article_image By Harischandra Gunaratna  

Treasury Secretary P.B.Jayasundara on Wednesday addressing the members of the  Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF)said that restoring peace is not enough;  the apparel industry in the country should strive to be among the top ten in the  world and hailed the entrepreneurs in this industry as visionaries.

The continuing divide…: Navy hq responds

January 31, 2014 at 1:10 am


January 31, 2014, 8:34 am


Apropos an article titled ‘The continuing divide between what  is required to be done and what is done’ by The Island columnist  Jehan Perera on January 27 edition, the Sri Lanka Navy has sent the following  statement

*The article distorts facts and  therefore, harmful to the good name of the Navy.

* The Navy, being the first line of  defence of the island-nation, is vested with the responsibility of safeguarding  the vital coastline and the country’s waters. Accordingly, the Navy established  a camp at Mullikulum due to its strategic importance for the national security.  The naval camp is tasked with providing protection to the north-western  coastline, adjacent waters and the fishing activities. It conducts operations to  prevent drug trafficking and poaching and acts as a deterrent to illegal  immigration and emigration. Naval presence has barred deforestation and illicit  sand mining in the area.

The Elections Commissioner

January 31, 2014 at 1:05 am


January 30, 2014, 9:22 pm

I refer to the news item very prominently published in The Island newspaer of  28th January 2014 titiled ‘Polls Chief tells Candidates: No asset declarations,  no IDs’. Every right thinking citizen in this country, and elsewhere too, would  have read that news item with great appreciation. I believe it must be the first  time that such requirement, which had lain dormant,

had been forcefully stated and brought to the notice of the public too.

Govt.pushing Northern CM to extremism – MG

January 31, 2014 at 1:03 am


January 30, 2014, 10:21 pm

by Lal Gunasekera

Leader of the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) Mano Ganeshan said yesterday  that UPFA government, instead of protecting the Northern Provincial Council (NPC),  was pushing its Chief Minister Wigneswaran into the hands of  extremists.  He said that the three resolutions passed by the NPC including the call for  international probe on war crimes charges were the outcome of the failure of  Mahinda Rajapaksa government to address the issues affecting the Tamil people.

CEB in dumps, but its engineers’ rewards rosy as ever

January 31, 2014 at 1:01 am


January 30, 2014, 12:00 pm

by Ifham Nizam

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) engineers should be blamed for the  frequent breakdowns in power plants. Had they been doing their jobs properly in  keeping with thumping emoluments paid to them, the CEB would not be in the  current sorry plight, senior trade unionists allege.

Third consecutive US resolution targeting SL: Consultations in London after US official’s Jaffna visit

January 31, 2014 at 12:59 am


January 30, 2014, 10:14 pm


By Shamindra Ferdinando

Senior British officials dealing with the LTTE based in the UK will meet US  Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal early next week in London as they step  up pressure on member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)  to back a third US resolution targeting Sri Lanka since 2012.

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