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How Eastern UP became part of India-Mihir S Sharma | New Delhi BS

March 23, 2014 at 4:52 pm

There is good news from Uttar Pradesh: Market forces work. Across the flat, green springtime plains, cold storage plants are being built. Frequently, they’re the biggest structures for miles around, still waiting for a lick of paint. They’re set in the middle of fields growing potatoes and pulses. Farmers in Deoria district of eastern UP worry that the unseasonal rain has damaged the pulses crop in particular — if so, the possible scarcity of pulses in the coming months will mean that these brand-cold warehouses will have to come into their own.

Corporate sector fuelling Modi’s campaign: Sibal-Press Trust of India | New Delhi

March 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Kapil Sibal
The corporate sector is fuelling the campaign of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, because it wants “freebies” from him which he had extended in Gujarat, Law Minister Kapil Sibal said on Sunday.     

Missing jet episode raises questions on pilots’ mental health checks–Surajeet Das Gupta, Sharmistha Mukherjee & Aneesh Phadnis | New Delhi/Mumbai BS

March 23, 2014 at 4:44 pm

The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines jetliner, MH370, has put in the spotlight airlines’ role in assessing the psychological and mental health of their pilots to ensure there is no compromise on safety.
Among the possibilities being examined in the jetliner case are a malicious action on the pilot’s part that could have led to a self-hijack of the plane and the pilot’s suicide on board that could have caused loss of lives of 237 passengers and crew members.

Editorial – island.lk

March 23, 2014 at 1:05 am

MR vs. CBK

March 22, 2014, 7:26 pm

Both President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former President Chandrika  Kumaratunga, who’s been having a go at each other last week, will best know how  well equipped the Sri Lankan State is to mount illegal surveillance on its  citizen and how widely used such facilities are. It is the tragedy of this  country that such spying is too often used not necessarily for valid reasons of  national security but for the gathering of political intelligence for the use of  the incumbents in power. Last week’s exchange between the president and CBK saw  the inevitable finger pointing and Rajapaksa who has had the last word at least  for now has accused CBK for timing her onslaught for Geneva. However that be,  even those who do not belong to the ranks of the Rajapaksa faithful must admit  that there is a plausible ring to that particular accusation.

Professor Gladwin Percy Wannigama – An Appreciation.

March 23, 2014 at 1:00 am

March 22, 2014, 6:56 pm

The death of Emeritus Professor Gladwin Percy Wannigama has  removed from the Academia of this country one of the longest serving, dedicated  and committed of University teachers. Wannigama commenced the teaching of  chemistry at the University of Ceylon then in Colombo since 1951, just soon  after he graduated with a first class honours degree in chemistry and winning  the coveted Khan Gold Medal for Chemistry and with it the Ceylon Government  scholarship to enable him to proceed to the U.K. to do a Doctorate in his chosen  subject.

Philip Gunawardena: A profound influence on modern Lanka

March 23, 2014 at 12:57 am

42nd Commemoration of Late Philip Gunawardena

March 22, 2014, 6:55 pm

by Prof. Wimal Dissanayake

Don Philip Rupasinghe Gunawardena (1901-1972), as a political  leader, exercised a profound influence on the thought and imagination of modern  Sri Lanka. He was a natural-born leader who instinctively understood the hopes  and aspirations of the people; he was close to the heart beat of the nation. As  a leader he realized if he is too far ahead of his followers he would lose  contact with them; on the other hand, if he was content with merely echoing the  sentiments of his followers he would not be able to lead. He knew the right  balance.

The Bogambara Prison

March 23, 2014 at 12:52 am

– its Past and its (Doubtful) Future

March 22, 2014, 6:52 pm

Another landmark is in danger of being wiped off the slate, or  being altered beyond recognition, unless we the public are vigilant in seeing to  its protection. Is this protection completely wishful thinking?

The Kandy Prison for hard core criminals

A tribute to the late Dr Walter R Gooneratne

March 23, 2014 at 12:47 am

March 22, 2014, 6:51 pm

By Dr C G Uragoda

Dr Walter R Gooneratne, son of the well known Headmaster of St  Thomas’ College, Mt Lavinia, O P Gooneratne, died on 7th March, 2014, at the  grand age of 90 years. He lived a chequered life with many nostalgic moments in  it.

He passed out as a doctor in 1948 and his first appointment was  at Maha Oya. It was a small hospital where a few villagers, possibly including  one or two Veddhas, called for treatment each day. The post had been vacant for  five or six years as no doctor wanted to go there, but Walter enjoyed every day  of his stay. He used to admire the myriads of water birds that flew in and out  of the tank situated behind the hospital.

Elder statesman of Sri Lanka’s earth science community turns 88 on Mar. 24

March 23, 2014 at 12:42 am

March 22, 2014, 6:50 pm

‘Vidya Jyothi, Deshamanya’ Dr. Panabokke

Mention the name CR Panabokke, and the first thing that comes to  one’s mind is soil science. Indeed, he is unquestionably the foremost soil  scientist produced by our country to date, as well as one of Asia’s most  renowned soil scientists. He has authored many books and published over 30  research papers in reputed International journals in addition to presenting 35  scientific papers at national and international workshops/conferences on: Soils  of Sri Lanka and fertilizer use, groundwater conditions in Sri Lanka, small  village tank systems, and agro-ecological environments of Sri Lanka.

Harvesting Rainwater as a Disaster Risk Reduction Tool

March 23, 2014 at 12:38 am

World Water Day fell on March 22nd

March 22, 2014, 6:22 pm

By Randima Attygalle

Let not a single drop of water that falls from the skies flow to  the sea, without it being used for the benefit of man- King Parakramabahau  the Great

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