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Constitutional Configurations Lanka Should Avoid: The Democracy Deficit In The US

October 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm

By Kumar David –

Prof Kumar David

The United States prides itself as the longest continuous constitutional democracy though the Brits, home of the mother of parliaments, may demur. The written document apart, US pride must be tempered by the unfortunate truth that enforcement of the right to vote by blacks became reality only after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Squabbling with the Brits aside, the American Constitution enshrines the separation of powers, Presidential term limits, checks and balances, and most important, accountability and answerability to the people. A hyperactive media both helps and confounds the processes of American democracy.

Learn To Keep Your Friends Close

October 22, 2013 at 6:51 pm

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Were Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stay away from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) summit in Colombo next month, it would not only be perceived as a snub by Sri Lanka but would damage Delhi’s soft-power projection in its own environs and prove deleterious to India’s interests.

Bandula Wants To Come Back, President Says ‘No’

October 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Sri Lanka’s Consul General to Sydney, Australia “Ambassador” Bandula Jayasekera has requested permission to return to Colombo cutting short his tour of duty, Colombo Telegraph learns.

Bandula Jayasekara

Jayasekera who was formerly Presidential Spokesman was posted to Sydney as Consul General in November last year.

Before ending a year in his new position, Jayasekera has expressed a desire to return to Colombo, sources told Colombo Telegraph, but President Mahinda Rajapaksa has turned down the request.

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.

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