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  • CPArts: 50 years of peace-building in Sri Lanka
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:48:10 +0000 - By Thulasi Muttulingam Sixty-seven years since Sri Lanka gained her independence from colonial rule, there are many left wondering what has become of their beloved country, and what is yet to become of it. It is a country that inspires despair and worry, yet also pride and hope in its many constituents. Among those with [...]
  • Tea Avenue now open for breakfast
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:42:30 +0000 - By Sarah Hannan Tea Avenue has been in operation for nearly three months now and as promised it is open for breakfast from 6:30 a.m. onwards since 8 January. Introducing a concept hangout spot that specialises not only in tea but also coffee, the venue is mostly frequented by young adults who work in and [...]
  • Biryani spots around Colombo
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:41:05 +0000 - Enticing yellow rice, a generous portion of chicken leg/thigh, delicious mint sambol and a boiled egg – the cardinal components of a good biryani. Here’s a list of some places in and around Colombo where you can find all this and more in a biryani.   1. Raheema Hotel A good place to satisfy a [...]
  • Cinnamon Lakeside serves up new menu at Long Feng
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:39:08 +0000 - Known for consistent excellence over the years, Long Feng is one of Cinnamon Lakeside’s signature restaurants and has served up authentic Chinese dishes to discerning diners over the years. With excellent service, good food and decent prices, Long Feng has held its own despite stiff competition in the city. However, determined to rise to new [...]
  • The Foot Aqua Lounge At 7° North
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:37:29 +0000 - Famed for its open deck that reaches out to touch the surrounding Beira Lake and starlit skies, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo’s 7° North is introducing its latest concept to guests, the Foot Aqua Lounge, the only aqua lounge in Colombo. Comfortable seating placed in the shallow pool, overlooking the larger infinity pool, allows diners to dip [...]
  • EDEX exhibition
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:21:06 +0000 - The EDEX exhibition was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena, in the presence of Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, EDEX Chairman Kamal Abeysinghe and Royal College Principal Upali Gunasekara. It will be held  until 25th January and will feature stalls by leading higher education institutes in Sri Lanka and a job fair introducing quite a [...]
  • Child Development Centres at RPC estates see vast progress
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:20:14 +0000 - More than 60% of CDCs at estates managed by plantation companies have achieved ideal status The colourful and well-equipped buildings in which young children of Regional Plantation Company (RPC) estates are taken care of, are now advanced early childhood development centres, a vast improvement from the single-room ‘Pullemadus’ that were used earlier for the purpose. [...]
  • Abans conducts blood donation campaign for 9th consecutive year
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:18:39 +0000 - Abans successfully completed another worthwhile CSR project, a Blood Donation Campaign, on Tuesday 20 January at Abans Head Office, 498, Galle Road, Colombo 3. This is the ninth consecutive year that Abans Dealer Channel, under the purview of General Manager Laleendra Brahmana, has conducted a blood donation campaign where the staff of Abans large workforce [...]
  • Commercial Bank presents 50 more scholarships, laptops to undergraduates
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:17:39 +0000 - The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has presented another 50 undergraduates from seven State universities with scholarships and laptops under the Bank’s CSR Trust’s ‘Sarasaviyata Nawa Saviyak’ community initiative. The selected undergraduates will each receive Rs. 30,000 a year for the period they spend at university. This was Commercial Bank’s seventh undergraduates’ scholarships presentation under this [...]
  • Team Airtel spreads joy of Christmas at Lady Ridgeway Hospital
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:16:39 +0000 - Bharti Airtel Lanka, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa spread the joy of Christmas when they visited the in-house patients of Lady Ridgeway Hospital recently. The children at the hospital were able to enjoy ever popular Christmas carols as the employees of [...]
  • McLarens Lubricants helps less fortunate
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:15:01 +0000 - Donates valuable supplies to school in Anuradhapura McLarens Lubricants Ltd., the sole distributor of ExxonMobil Lubricants in Sri Lanka, recently conducted another CSR project to help uplift the lives of the less fortunate people of rural Sri Lanka. The latest CSR project was conducted at the Perakum Vidyalaya in the Galkulama area in Anuradhapura. The [...]
  • Seylan Bank celebrates Thai Pongal festival
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:14:10 +0000 - The staff of Seylan Bank celebrated the annual Thai Pongal festival on 16 January at the Seylan Bank Head Office, Kollupitiya. General Manager/Chief Executive Officer Kapila Ariyaratne, senior management and staff members of Seylan Bank graced the occasion
  • UK says no overall improvement in human rights in Sri Lanka during last year
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:13:20 +0000 - The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK has listed Sri Lanka as a country of concern in the field of human rights. The latest quarterly update to the original “2013 Human Rights and Democracy Report” states that there was no overall improvement in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka during the last [...]
  • As Obama visits, signs that India is pushing back against China
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:12:56 +0000 - NEW DELHI (Reuters): When Sri Lanka unexpectedly turfed out President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an election this month, it was the biggest setback in decades for China’s expansion into South Asia – and a remarkable diplomatic victory for India. Despite New Delhi’s protestations, diplomats and politicians in the region say India played a role in organising [...]
  • State Minister of Plantation Industries assumes office
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:11:53 +0000 - State Minister of Plantation Industries K. Velayathum assumed duties at Sethsiripaya in Battaramulla. Newly appointed Secretary Wijayaluxmi was also present - Pic by Ashraff A. Samad
  • West’s defence of Charlie Hebdo worries moderate Asia Muslims
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:11:26 +0000 - KUALA LUMPUR: The West’s defence of Charlie Hebdo’s right to offend is testing the patience of Muslims even in moderate Indonesia and Malaysia, who fear it could fuel radical sentiment kindled by the Islamic State group. Publicly, the issue has stirred barely a ripple in the Southeast Asian neighbours, underscoring their cultural and philosophical gap [...]
  • Women’s Affairs Deputy Minister starts work
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:10:16 +0000 - UNP MP in Jaffna District Wijayakala Maheswaran yesterday assumed duties as the Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs at her office located on the sixth floor of Sethsripaya in Battaramulla – Pic by Ashraff A. Samad
  • The cost of black money
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:10:00 +0000 - Dirty money or black market cash illegally transferred to tax havens scattered around the world is robbing everyone a chance for a sustainable future. A record $ 991 billion in unrecorded funds left 151 developing and emerging economies in 2012, up nearly 5% from a year earlier, according to US-based watchdog Global Financial Integrity (GFI) [...]
  • The new Government’s real agenda
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:09:18 +0000 - Who and what do we take more seriously? Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s promise made to the Sri Lankan Parliament of ‘the implementation of the 13th Amendment within the unitary state’, or that which his Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has disclosed in New Delhi, India, while “talking to a select group of journalists”? I’d go with the [...]
  • Sri Lanka’s ‘rainbow revolution’
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:08:53 +0000 - The challenge we face today is to rebuild our institutions while maintaining the principles upon which our campaign was developed, and to re-emerge into the global sphere as a key stakeholder in Asia and thereafter the world, as a nation committed to democracy, good governance, law and order and pluralism, states Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera [...]
  • Friday Forum on Independence Day and other urgent concerns
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:06:22 +0000 - The Friday Forum, an informal group of concerned citizens pledged to uphold norms of democracy, good governance, the rule of law, human rights, media freedom and tolerance in our pluralist society yesterday issues a statement on the upcoming Independence Day as well as other concerns. Following is the full text.   The presidential election of [...]
  • What really happened on 8 January night? CaFFE observation report
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:04:32 +0000 - It has been now revealed that there was an attempt by the Rajapaksa Government to prevent the election results being announced on 9 January. Although what really transpired in these fateful hours can only be known with certainty after the relevant mandated and legitimate institutions conduct a proper investigation, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections [...]
  • Modi to discuss Lankan refugee repatriation during Colombo visit
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:03:37 +0000 - NIE: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be discussing the repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to their homeland in his talks with the Lankan leaders when he visits the island nation soon, the Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told newsmen here on Thursday. More than 100,000 Lankan Tamil refugees are living in camps across Tamil [...]
  • ECB’s stimulus boost lifts Asian markets, euro wallows near 11-year low
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:01:16 +0000 - Reuters: Asian stocks extended a global rally on Friday after the European Central Bank launched a landmark bond-buying stimulus program that buoyed investors’ risk appetite, drove bonds higher and left the euro pinned near 11-year lows. Crude oil prices jumped after Saudi Arabia announced that King Abdullah had died and his successor, Salman, moved quickly [...]
  • Saudi King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:59:14 +0000 - Reuters: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world’s top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in a statement carried by state television. King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir, rapidly moving to forestall any fears [...]
  • Tokyo Muslims pray for Japanese hostages
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:56:46 +0000 - Reuters: As the fate of two Japanese hostages being held by Islamic State under a deadline and ransom remains uncertain, Tokyo’s muslim population gathered to pray for the fate of the hostages. In an online video released on Tuesday (20 January), a black-clad figure holding a knife stood between journalist Kenji Goto and troubled loner [...]
  • New Govt. bans foreigners from mining gems
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:54:52 +0000 - President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to relevant officials not to let any foreign national or a foreign company mine gems in Sri Lanka. The President said the Government is not ready to endow the local gem industry to foreign companies and instructed the officials to refuse requests for gem mining. Assuming duties as the [...]
  • World record partnership steers NZ to win
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:53:53 +0000 -   Ronchi, Elliott slaughter SL with 267-run partnership New Zealand beats inconsistent and complacent Sri Lanka by 108 runs to take 3-1 series lead Dilshan scores 20th ODI ton as SL all out for 252 Reuters: Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott put on a world record 267-run partnership as New Zealand recovered from 93-5 to [...]
  • Northern Power says it has no hand in Jaffna water contamination
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:53:09 +0000 - No evidence yet found by Govt.-appointed independent committee: MTD Walkers Plc CEO By Waruni Paranagamage There is no scientific evidence to prove accusations which link the Northern Power Co. Ltd. to the controversial water contamination issue in Jaffna even though baseless allegations have been made by parties with vested interests, Northern Power’s parent company, MTD [...]
  • Dialog powers mobile subscription for Falck Emergency Medical Services
    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:51:43 +0000 - With the objective of providing high quality emergency medical care to the entire Western Province by March 2015, Falck recently entered into a strategic partnership with Sri Lanka’s premier telecommunication service provider, Dialog Axiata. Falck, the world’s leading Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider and Dialog are able to integrate Falck membership plans to all Dialog [...]

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