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Campaign trail: Amma’s style, fave menu -By Lakshmi Subramanian

March 22, 2014 at 10:18 pm
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa addressing a election campaign rally in Thiruvannamalai – PTI

   On March 3, when the AIADMK czarina set out for the election campaign, her cadre was quite enthused seeing their leader in a dark blue sari, as deep colours always denote victory for them.  And not just the colour of her sari, everything from the time she sets out to the time she reaches the campaign venue, the size of the stage, the podium and how the candidates present themselves on stage before Amma gives her speech are all a calculated move. 

Pincode-400010-Anchored in history -By Monty Majeed

March 22, 2014 at 10:11 pm
Old-world charm: Matharpacady. Photo by Amey Mansabdar

   Samuel Leao, 71, says something under his breath to the workers fixing his compound wall; they are unable to comprehend his broken Hindi. “Jesus! In which language do I make these buggers understand now!” exclaims Leao. One of a pair of concrete lions that stood at the gates of his house now sits flush with his front door. “These BMC people are always digging or widening the roads,” he says. At this rate, the lion might soon be chased indoors.

Up to 200 tonnes of gold is being smuggled into India every year. And smugglers are at their innovative best-By S. Neeraj Krishna

March 22, 2014 at 9:55 pm

ILLUSTRATION: JOB P.K.

Chemical formula: Customs officers in Kochi recently found ’liquid gold’ concealed in detergent containers.

Chemical formula: Customs officers in Kochi recently found ’liquid gold’ concealed in detergent containers.

Eastern hub: Customs officers with gold bars seized at the Kolkata airport. Gold is being smuggled into India through the Bangladesh border, too. Reuters Photo

Eastern hub: Customs officers with gold bars seized at the Kolkata airport. Gold is being smuggled into India through the Bangladesh border, too. Reuters Photo

Phase of greed: An air hostess and her friend were recently arrested for smuggling through the Kozhikode airport.

Phase of greed: An air hostess and her friend were recently arrested for smuggling through the Kozhikode airport.

K.N. Raghavan

K.N. Raghavan

 

A Courtesan’s Tale -By Nanditta Chibber IE

March 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm

 

Old times always speak about ghosts in the ruins. A mofussil town of magnificent ruins of cenotaphs, forts, palaces and temples left behind by its former Bundelkhand rulers is what describes Orchha best. Enveloped by hillocks and Dhak forest in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh and skirted by the Betwa river, Orchha—‘hidden’ in Bundelkhandi—had deftly concealed its medieval splendour till a decade ago.

No Replay of Khobragade Affair for Bangladeshi Diplomat -By Arun Kumar | IANS – WASHINGTON

March 22, 2014 at 9:38 pm

It looks like a replay of the Devyani Khobragade affair that strained India-US relations, but it isn’t. A former domestic worker has slapped a civil suit against Bangladesh’s consul general in New York and his wife accusing them of keeping him in slave-like conditions.

But unlike Khobragade, India’s then deputy consul general in New York, the Bangladeshi diplomat has neither been arrested nor strip searched.

In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court Friday, Mashud Parves Rana said Consul General Monirul Islam and his wife, Fahima Tahsina Prova, forced him to work from 6.30 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week for 18 months – and never paid him a dime, according to New York Daily News.

Tamil Tigers And Sinhala Tigers, Reborn-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

March 22, 2014 at 9:33 pm

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Gobi…… was actively involved in reviving the LTTE through regrouping LTTE cadres and recruiting unemployed local youth with the intention of using them for acts of terrorism. …. The detention….of Mr. Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen…..were in connection with the aforesaid investigation into attempts to revive the LTTE….” – Sri Lanka’s official statement to the UNHRC[i]

The first arrests came in January 2007. Others followed, in succeeding wavelets. Altogether twenty five Sinhala men were arrested by the TID (Terrorism Investigation Unit) and detained under the PTA.

gota-and-mahindaThe government called them ‘Sinhala Tigers’.

Dhanapala May Be Influenced By Large Payment He Receives From Dialog – Professor Kumar David-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

March 22, 2014 at 9:21 pm

“I have thought about Dhanapala’s position quite a bit. Dialog clearly considers him a valuable person and seems to pay him well for his services on the Board. I have no problem with that. However, irrespective of whether I was a member of the Friday Forum, Bolshevik Party or anything else, I would have a problem if a company on whose board I served, engaged in unethical practices.” says Professor Kumar David.

Prof. Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

Extremists Will Incite Trouble After Geneva: JVP Best Bet In The Provincial Elections-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

March 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

The mood a propos Western and Southern Provincial elections is not disinterest; it is mild indecision and gentle bemusement. I am not referring to anti-government folks only, though most of my associates belong in this category. Though UPFA supporters are lackadaisical now, this may change; Op-Eds in newspapers say preparations are afoot to bus thousands into Colombo to unleash frenzied xenophobia if the UNHRC enacts a regime-hostile resolution. This incitement is probably a prelude to presidential and parliamentary elections. A soda-bottle outburst is likely, depending on spending on advertising (top firms have been hired), food, goodies and transport. There is enough graft and drug loot in the kitty to bankroll it. If sanctions bite later in the year, things will first become ugly, then pain will turn people against the government. Whether the government accepts the Geneva resolution and strangles it in implementation, or rejects it outright, Lanka is headed for a year of tumult and turmoil.

Jayantha Dhanapala Is A Liar; Caught Lying Over Silence On Colombo Telegraph Blocking–COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

March 22, 2014 at 9:06 pm

 

Jayantha Dhanapala, member of the Board of Directors, Dialog Axiata PLC, key co-signatory of the Friday Forum and much sought after resource person for workshops, seminars and conferences on good governance, has studiously dodged queries from Colombo Telegraph regarding his silence on the matter of Colombo Telegraph being blocked by Dialog. [Colombo Telegraph is being blocked by all internet service providers and mobile networks – private and state owned – in Sri Lanka.]

Dhanapala

Dhanapala

Dhanapala, one time Under Secretary General, United Nations, was specifically asked to state his position regarding the blocking of Colombo Telegraph given his many media communiques championing the freedom of expression.

Sithie Tiruchelvam Passes Away-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

March 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Sithie Subahanya Tiruchelvam, Attorney at Law, passed away on March 22. Mrs. Tiruchelvam was 69 years old and was a founding partner of Tiruchelvam Associates, the law firm she started with her husband, the late Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam, P.C., M.P.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMrs. Tiruchelvam qualified as an attorney in 1968 and was a law graduate of the University of Ceylon.


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