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Dayasiri suffers first defeat

October 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm


By Madura Ranwala


Indrani Dassanayake proposed by Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera, at yesterday’s inaugural meeting of the Northwestern Provincial Council, for the post of PC Chairman was defeated by UPFA councillor, Dharmasiri Dassanayake, proposed by UNP member S. M. Perera.




Indrani obtained only 22 votes against Dharmasiri’s 30.

Ministers, deputies play truant at question time

October 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Speaker informs President:


By Saman indrajith


Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday informed President Mahinda Rajapaksa that most ministers and deputy ministers were not present in Parliament during question time to provide answers to queries raised by the Opposition.


Speaker Rajapaksa pointed this out to the President when the latter arrived in Parliament yesterday.

Mangala claims PSD men were in UNP reformists’ armed protest march

October 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm

* Parts of my speech in parliament deleted.


by Zacki Jabbar


Head of the UNP’s Communications Division, Mangala Samaraweera, MP yesterday alleged that eleven Presidential Security Division (PSD) personnel, in civvies had taken part in last Saturday’s clash in Matara between UNP dissidents and his supporters.


Samaraweera told a news conference in Colombo that his reference to 11 PSD men being present in the protest march calling for the ouster of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had been deleted from the audio recording of his speech in Parliament.

Unsubstantiated war crimes allegations reiterated

October 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

New Delhi confab:


By Shamindra Ferdinando


Adam Roberts


The South Asia Bureau Chief of The Economist, Adam Roberts, last Tuesday (08) alleged that the Sri Lankan Army had executed LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s youngest son, Balachandran (12), during the final phase of the conflict in early May 2009.

TNA crisis deepens: The NPC members boycott swearing in

October 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm

By Shamindra Ferdinando and Franklin R. Satyapalan


The post-election crisis in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has deepened with some elected members, of its constituent parties, boycotting the swearing-in ceremony of newly appointed ministers as well as the members of the first elected Northern Provincial Council (NPC), at the Weerasingham Hall in Jaffna.

For Malala Yousufzai, a Nobel Prize could cap a remarkable year since Taliban shooting

October 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Malala Yousafzai arrives to promote her book "I am Malala" at "The Daily Show" on Tuesday in New York City.

Malala Yousafzai arrives to promote her book “I am Malala” at “The Daily Show” on Tuesday in New York City.

ISLAMABAD – Just one year and two days since she was shot in the head at point blank range by Taliban gunmen, Malala Yousufzai could become the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

ITAK announces NPC ministers, EPRLF challenges

October 10, 2013 at 8:05 pm

[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 October 2013, 12:43 GMT] A press note coming from the ITAK, the main party in the TNA, on Thursday, has announced the list of chairperson and deputy chairperson of the council and the provincial ministers to function under Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. But EPRLF, the party next in line in terms of number of seats in the council, challenged the list, saying that it was highhandedly decided by a few in the ITAK. In a hastily convened press conference in Jaffna on Thursday, Mr. Suresh Premachandran of the EPRLF, denouncing the list, blamed Mr R. Sampanthan for creating internal dissension within TNA. He also condemned the act of C.V. Wigneswaran taking his oath before Mahinda Rajapaksa.

T A Pai Management Institute, Manipal, has risen dramatically in the rankings this year, thanks to its persistent emphasis on quality- K. R. Balasubramanyam BT

October 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Great Leap Upward

TAPMI Director R.C. Natarajan (in forefront) with students. PHOTO: Nilotpal Baruah/www.indiatodayimages.com

IFC to sell rupee-linked bonds to fund India investment

October 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm

An Indian rupee note The Indian currency’s recent weakness may make rupee linked investments more attractive

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s investment arm, plans to raise $1bn (£630m) by selling Indian rupee-linked bonds.

IFC will use the proceeds to finance “private sector investment in India”.

China’s scorned mistresses take revenge on ‘corrupt lovers’

October 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm

By Martin Patience BBC News, Beijing

Video still showing Ji Yingnan with her lover, who she says is government official Fan Yue Ms Ji, left, posted photos and videos of her spending time with Mr Fan

Lust, power and corruption can make for an explosive mix. An unlikely whistle-blower for President Xi Jinping’s much publicised crackdown on official corruption has emerged – the scorned mistress.

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