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Wigneswaran takes oaths adhering to the Constitution

October 8, 2013 at 8:16 pm

October 8, 2013, 4:53 pm

By Nalin de Silva

Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran was  sworn in before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees in Colombo on Monday  (Oct 07). Governor of the Northern Province G.A.Candrasiri is also in the  picture.

A tribute to Prof. A. J. Wilson

October 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

October 8, 2013, 4:51 pm

By Laksiri Fernando

This tribute is not only from me but also from a friend of  mine who had associated Professor Alfred Jeyaratnam Wilson, even more than me,  for over two and a half decades very closely even living in his home in  Frederickton, Canada, for few years. I am writing this not only as a tribute to  this great man and an undisputed silent humanist, Wilson, but also to show how  some of the hidden stories of Sinhala Tamil relations could bring certain sanity  to the otherwise poisoned atmosphere in Sri Lanka and promote reconciliation and  harmony among different communities.

Mervyn’s confidant, another abducted

October 8, 2013 at 8:06 pm


October 8, 2013, 10:15 pm

By Madura Ranwala and Saman Gamage

A close associate of Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva went  missing with another person while returning home from a casino in the early  hours of yesterday. The luxury vehicle they were travelling in was found  abandoned on the road side at D.R. Wijewardene Mawatha by the Maradana police.

Sri Lanka President emphasizes parliament’s role to devolve power

October 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Tue, Oct 8, 2013, 07:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 08, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today emphasized that parliament is the best place to address the issue of power devolution in the country.

President Rajapaksa expressed his views when the Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid called on the President at the President’s House this morning.

“Rajapaksa, a serial abuser of human rights”

October 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 08 October 2013, 00:35 GMT] Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has concluded that Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is a serial abuser of human rights and is refusing to be photographed getting out of a car and shaking hands with him, Canada’s CBC News said Monday. The Prime Minister, while citing “intimidation and incarceration of political leaders and journalists, harassment of minorities, reported disappearances, and allegations of extra-judicial killings,” in accusing Rajapakse of gross rights violations, also took a swipe at the Commonwealth accusing the organization as “the great, lumbering remnant of the British empire [that] has betrayed its values by letting Sri Lanka off the hook, and by allowing it to host the summit at all,” CBC reported.

New Delhi minister cancels press conference in Jaffna

October 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 08 October 2013, 17:44 GMT] New Delhi Establishment’s External Affairs Minister Salman Kurshid, visiting Jaffna on Tuesday, cancelled the ‘press conference’ he had scheduled at a hotel room in Jaffna exclusively for the Indian media accompanying him, after protest by local media about its exclusion. Eight journalists from Indian mainstream media, including The Hindu, accompanied the minister to set opinion orchestration in India. New Delhi official in Jaffna, Suresh Menon, had earlier announced that the press conference was for Indian journalists. The minister responded to the local media protest by cancelling media meet with all, and thus he also escaped answering questions from the local media, news circles in Jaffna said.

Indian FM in Jaffna talks of ‘tri-lingual, united, sovereign, devolved and connected’ Sri Lanka

October 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 08 October 2013, 17:12 GMT] Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, who visited Jaffna on Tuesday, ceremonially opened two houses of the controversial ‘50,000 House Project’, by visiting Thanthai Chelvapuram village at Thellippazhai in Valikaamam North, after landing in Palaali, meeting SL military officials and paying tribute to slain Indian soldiers in the war 23 years ago. Mr Khurshid then proceeded to lunch with the war-crimes accused Sri Lankan colonial governor in North and thereafter met the Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council. Salman Khurshid, addressing the beneficiaries of financial asssistance and the journalists at Tilko hotel was talking of devolved Sri Lanka under the 13 Amendment, for a happy, prosperous and tri-lingual Sri Lanka which is sovereign and united and connected with India.

Vodafone to invest $2 bn to raise stake in Indian arm – BS Reporter | New Delhi

October 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm

British telecom major Vodafone Plc is planning to invest more than $2 billion (Rs 12,360 crore) to increase stake in its Indian entity by buying out minority shareholders, according to a Financial Times report.

Tata Motors launches Nano CNG at Rs 2.52 lakh – BS Reporter | Mumbai

October 8, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Tata Nano emax CNG

Tata Nano emax CNG
Tata Motors  India’s biggest automobile company, today announced the launch of the compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the Nano at Rs 2.52 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).

Cooper rejects Apollo pressure on deal size – BS Reporter | Mumbai

October 8, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has rejected Apollo Tyres’ demand  to cut the proposed $2.5-billion deal size by as much as 25 per cent.
Cooper, in its filing on Friday, said it was acting in the best interests of its stockholders, who overwhelmingly approved the pending merger with Apollo for $35 a share. Apollo had offered to buy Cooper at this price in June but later retracted over labour trouble at the latter’s China and US plants.

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