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An Electric Rail Track System Linking Jaffna To Colombo

October 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

By Nagananda Kodituwakku –

Nagananda Kodituwakku

Invitation for a challenging mission to Chief Minister Wigneswaran: Install an electric rail track system linking Jaffna to Colombo

Just after the end of the civil war that cost the nation immensely, this same open invitation was originally extended to the President Rajapaksa in 2009 to set up a fast electric rail track linking Jaffna to Colombo, which sadly saw no light of the day.

Amara Raja has a stellar record to show, but its ambition of a three-fold jump in revenue needs more than just the ordinary – Krishna Gopalan

October 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm
A Prabhakar Rao
“This is not an easy market to  be in. But we have managed to get a few things right” —Jayadev Galla, vice-chairman and managing director, Amara Raja

Jayadev Galla laughs as you make guesses on the origins of his company’s name. It’s obviously not after the founder — Jayadev’s father, Ramachandra Galla. When you give up, he explains that Amara Raja is a portmanteau created from his grandparents’ names, Amaravati and Rajagopal Naidu. “It really is that simple,” he says. And if the name can also be literally translated as “immortal king”, that’s an added bonus. “That is what we want the brand to be,” the 48-year-old Galla concurs.

Expansion into smaller towns and a booming healthcare industry are helping Apollo Hospitals find favour with investors – Kripa Mahalingam

October 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm


It is unusual to hear the finance team in hospitals talk about medical outcomes. For doctors, medical outcome is the Holy Grail, while keeping a tight leash on costs is what finance guys do. But Suneeta Reddy, who spearheads the finance function as joint managing director of Apollo Hospitals, keeps telling her teams to focus on medical outcomes rather than worry about costs. “The Apollo model is built on clinical excellence. Without that, we would not have the pricing power or the volumes that have been essential drivers of our growth.” she says, sitting in her swanky office overlooking a terrace garden on the 12th floor of the new corporate office in Chennai. “There is a demand-supply gap but there are a number of hospitals coming up. The choice is with the customer and we want to ensure the decision tilts towards us by focusing on medical outcomes.” she says.

Muslim law doesn’t apply to Jinnah, says daughter

October 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Gandhi And Jinnah

In the dispute over the palatial Jinnah House in south Mumbai, Dina Wadia, the only daughter of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, has stated before the Bombay High Court that her father is not governed by Islamic succession laws, but by Hindu customary law instead.

Still The Hindu Divided Family?

October 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Siddharth Varadarajan, the first non-dynastic professional Editor of The Hindu newspaper,  publicly announced his resignation after nearly two years in  office, as he posted on Twitter:
Soon thereafter came a full formal announcement by the Hindu on its website: Changes at the Helm: Editorial and Business:

Dangerous ‘truth’: The Kabul women’s poetry club

October 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Karima Shabrang Karima Shabrang says she would “prefer a dignified death to a life lived as a hostage in silence”

In Afghanistan, women are determined to protect new-found freedoms. For the BBC’s 100 Women season, I met the women poets who face great risk, including death threats, to express their deepest thoughts.

Maldives crisis: New presidential election dates set

October 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Maldives President Mohamed Waheed interviewed by the BBC in his office President Mohamed Waheed restated his intention not to stand in the elections

Maldives electoral officials have set new dates for a presidential poll amid a growing row over the delayed vote.

The first round of the elections will now be held on 9 November, and a run-off – if required – on 16 November.

Reform, Coup and Collapse: The End of the Soviet State

October 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

By Professor Archie Brown Last updated 2011-02-17

Image of the flag of the Soviet UnionProfessor Archie Brown explains the reasons behind the dramatic collapse of the Soviet Union, and examines how such an authoritarian system could be dismantled peacefully.

A Point of View: Kim Philby and the evanescence of power

October 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Kim Philby, the double agent who was connected with spies Burgess and Maclean, at a press conference at Drayton Gardens in London on 8 November 1955

Cambridge spy Kim Philby betrayed his country because he loved power and thought history was on his side. It’s a trap many others have since fallen into, writes John Gray.

You can usually learn something about people from the books they read, and occasionally you discover things they don’t know about themselves.

The BBC’s first Man in Moscow

October 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm

By Steve Rosenberg BBC News, Moscow

Erik de Mauny

The BBC tried to open a bureau in Russia during World War II but only succeeded some 20 years later – in 1963. In the last half century, much has changed for the BBC’s Man in Moscow.

It was the summer of 1942 and Winston Churchill had flown to Russia to cement his wartime alliance with Joseph Stalin.

“We will continue hand in hand like comrades and brothers,” Churchill declared on arrival, “until every vestige of the Nazi regime has been beaten into the ground.”

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