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  • Aitken Spence Travels concludes ‘Big Holiday Beach Clean’ at Ahungalla
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:40:59 +0000 -   Sri Lanka’s largest Destination Management Company, Aitken Spence Travels organised its own ‘Big Holiday Beach Clean’ event in Ahungalla this July, as a part of TUI Travel PLC’s worldwide series which included destinations such as Mexico, Greece, Turkey and even a reef clean in Egypt, to support ‘Make Holidays Greener Month’, the Travel Foundation’s [...]
  • Esala pageant Continuing an age-old tradition
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:40:53 +0000 - …That they may honour these Gods, and procure their aid and assistance, they do yearly in the Month of June or July, at a New Moon, observe a solemn Feast and general Meeting, called Perahar. The greatest Solemnity is performed in the City of Cande… The priest bringeth forth a painted stick, about which strings [...]
  • Batsmen dominate latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:40:47 +0000 - Herath, Perera and Moeen Ali lead bowlers’ charge Hashim Amla of South Africa has returned to the top three, Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews has achieved a career-best ranking and Ian Bell of England has earned a place in the top 20 of the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, which were released on [...]
  • Dipped Products Group maintains momentum with new facility
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:33:43 +0000 - Leader in the global non-medical rubber glove market, Dipped Products PLC, a subsidiary of the Hayleys Group, posted steady financial performance in 1Q 2014-15. In a filing to the Colombo Stock Exchange, Dipped Products reported a turnover of Rs. 8,741 m and a Profit Before Tax (PBT) of Rs. 441 m for the quarter ending [...]
  • Altair opens fully-furnished ‘show apartments’ at project site
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:32:28 +0000 -      Indocean Developers Chairman R. S. Goenka receives the blessings of Ven. Galaboda Gnanissara Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Gangaramaya   Altair, the architecturally-unique, 400-apartment twin-tower high-rise condominium at Sir James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 2, opened its ‘show apartments’ at the site on Thursday, with a simple religious ceremony attended by the directors [...]
  • Mihin Lanka fulfills dreams of pilgrims
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:58 +0000 - Mihin Lanka, Sri Lanka’s national low-cost carrier operates a choice of flights to religious destinations and has over the years helped thousands of pilgrims fulfill a lifelong dream of visiting a sacred site. The airline operates flights across the region to sacred places that are of significance to different religions; however one of the airline’s most [...]
  • Article critical of Jayalalithaa on SL Army website creates furore
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:57 +0000 - Defence Ministry tenders unqualified apology to Modi and Jayalalithaa over article; TN parties  including DMK back Tamil Nadu Chief Minister    An unqualified apology Following is the defence.lk’s unqualified apology An article titled ‘How meaningful are Jayalalitha’s love letters to Narendra Modi?’ had appeared on our website along with a graphical portrayal of Prime Minister [...]
  • US silence on Israel: A reply
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:56 +0000 - With regard to the letter titled ‘US silence on Israel’ by reader Mahinda Senanayake, I like to respond by saying there are thousands of Sri Lankans employed in Israel, comparatively receiving more decent salaries than local senior executives, with the majority being mothers of Sri Lanka. Would this Mahinda Senanayake take on the role of [...]
  • Modi’s election is popular in Sri Lanka
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:55 +0000 -   TNS Lanka’s latest nationwide poll for LMD reveals that at least half of the people living in Sri Lanka believe that “Narendra Modi’s election as Prime Minister is positive for Sri Lanka,” the magazine says. It adds: “They view the incumbent Indian PM as a supporter of Sri Lanka, and one who maintains a [...]
  • Aluthgama rebuilding operations in progress: Brigadier Wanigasooriya
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:53 +0000 - Around 100 houses and seven shops have been completely renovated and handed over to their owners which were severely damaged during the communal riots in Aluthgama and Beruwala last month. Director of the Media Centre of Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that Among the remaining houses and shops which are [...]
  • Big draw for CCC Economic Summit
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:52 +0000 - With an excellent agenda which had attracted close to 450 participants by Monday 28 July, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has been compelled to close registrations for the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2014. The Chamber, which organises the summit on an annual basis, had initially premeditated to register 350 participants, but went further to accommodate [...]
  • Yamaha Motorcycles: Leading the pack
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:51 +0000 - Yamaha is a name that has been trusted and respected for countless generations. Both in Sri Lanka, and abroad the mere mention of the name in motorcycle communities embodies power, prestige and reliability – all strong hallmarks of the Yamaha brand. However, Yamaha didn’t achieve this success overnight. The Yamaha Motorcycle story has been a [...]
  • Antonians girls win Hockey big match
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:51 +0000 - St Anthony’s Girls College Kandy defeated Mahamaya Girls College by 3-0 in their “Flames of Gold” big match hockey encounter which concluded at the St Anthony’s Girls grounds in Kandy. At the short breather winners led 1-0 Nadeesha Wanigahetti and Sandunika (20 scored the goals for the winners. Umpires-Nadarajah Paraneetharan and Roshan Hemantha Most outstanding [...]
  • Ricciardo won’t give up on F1 title
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:51 +0000 - Daniel Ricciardo is refusing to rule himself out of the hunt for this year’s Formula One world title until the mathematics say otherwise. Other than Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Ricciardo is the only driver to have taken the chequered flag this season. But despite the Australian’s second victory in Hungary on Sunday, [...]
  • Mountain bikers eye $1 million in ‘toughest race on earth’
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:49 +0000 - Reuters: Mountain bikers tempted by the $1 million in prize money up for grabs in a new South African endurance race are given a warning before they sign up: “This could change your life, or end it”. Teams of two will have to come up with a $10,000 entrance fee to race on Dec. 3 [...]
  • Amos wins 800 gold to shock Olympic champion Rudisha
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:48 +0000 - Reuters: Botswana’s Nijel Amos produced a stunning late surge to land the 800 metres gold medal and shock Olympic champion David Rudisha at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.    Botswana’s Nijel Amos wins the men’s 800m final in the athletics competition at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland – REUTERS Amos, [...]
  • People’s Bank main sponsor of Dalada Perahera
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:45 +0000 - People’s Bank has come forward as the Main Sponsor of the historic Kandy Esala Perahera this year too. The sponsorship cheque was handed over by Assistant General Manager-Central Zone, People’s Bank, R.M.S.B. Rathnayake to Pradeep Nilanga Dela, Diyawadane Nilame at Sri Dalada Maligawa recently. This special occasion was graced by the Kandy Regional Manager Gamini [...]
  • Commercial Bank enhances support to education with novel online project
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:41 +0000 - More than 20,000 children from 20 schools now learning Math & Science via IT labs donated by the bank’s CSR Trust The Commercial Bank’s role as a key corporate supporter of children’s education in Sri Lanka has taken a giant leap forward with the launch of an innovative online education program by the country’s largest [...]
  • Kaymer would love to partner Langer at Ryder Cup
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:41 +0000 - LONDON (Reuters): U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer has added his name to a growing list calling for Europe captain Paul McGinley to consider 56-year-old Bernhard Langer as one of his three Ryder Cup wildcard choices.    Martin Kaymer Former skippers Colin Montgomerie and Tony Jacklin have already outlined their support for the German veteran while [...]
  • Lawyers Collective condemns Israel attack on Gaza
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:40 +0000 - ‘Lawyers Collective’ in a statement has condemned the attack by Israel on unarmed civilians in Gaza and other parts of Palestine in the guise of neutralising armed Hamas militants, who have also resorted to provocative attacks. Over a thousand civilians have died upto date and caused injuries to thousands including children, disabled and old persons [...]
  • All set for Colombo Centenary International Scout Jamboree
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:40 +0000 - Sri Lanka is ready to host one of the biggest international jamborees in the world to be held from 1-7 August at the Ygro Camp site in Madampe. Over 400 overseas participants from 20 countries will present in addition to a large contingent of local delegates. The ceremonial opening of the Colombo Centenary International Scout [...]
  • Sri Lanka launches drought relief measures for farming families
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:40 +0000 - Sri Lanka’s Government will roll out a relief program to help vulnerable farmers cope with the effects of a worsening drought, as part of a wider effort to protect people from the frequent extreme weather events that are threatening the country’s steady economic gains.    A persistent drought is likely to reduce Sri Lanka’s vital [...]
  • ‘Kedella Living in Style’ exhibition
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:39 +0000 - The ‘Kedella Living in Style’ exhibition organised by C.E.C Events Ltd. kicked off yesterday at the BMICH. The three-day exhibition is a great platform for those seeking all housing and construction needs under one roof. The event comprises over 250 stalls including land loans companies, construction items, roofing and paints, water systems, steel items, home [...]
  • From the days of the postal runner
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:35 +0000 -   It costs 10 rupees now to send an ordinary letter by post. It’s a stiff increase of 100%. One may, of course, argue that 10 rupees is “nothing” today. the Postal Department says that the increase has come after six years even though the rates are generally revised every three years. I remember the [...]
  • English FA tightens betting rules for new season
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:34 +0000 - LONDON (Reuters): Tough new rules introduced by the Football Association will outlaw all football-related betting for players, club employees and match officials in the top eight tiers of the English game.    The Ladbrokes (top) and PaddyPower Sport betting websites are seen on electronic devices in this picture illustration taken in Paris – REUTERS The [...]
  • Rugby ‘Lion’ for Tharinda Ratwatte
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:34 +0000 -    Tharinda Ratwatte Trinity College Rugby Captain this year Tharinda Ratwatte received a ‘Lion’ for rugby football yesterday at the College Hall from Principal Brig. Udaya Ariyaratne. His father Ashan Ratwatte who led Trinity in the centenary year in 1983 too received a ‘Lion’ for rugby football. Earlier in Trinity rugby history, Philip Bultjens (1922) [...]
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan drives on his way to a century…..
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:34 +0000 - Tillakaratne Dilshan drives on his way to a century, Middlesex v Surrey, Royal London Cup, Lord’s, 31 July 2014 – Getty Images
  • Dangerous beauty
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:33 +0000 -   A review of the play ‘Walking Path’ by Stages Theatre Group There is a saying about the approaches to right behaviour in England France and Russia, which goes something like this – in England, if it is not prohibited it is allowed; in France, even it is prohibited it is allowed; and in Russia, [...]
  • The De Lanerolle Brothers in song with Sabina Cvilak and Rohan De Silva on piano
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:32 +0000 - The De Lanerolle brothers were in a variety of moods with the added glamour of Sabina Cvilak and Rohan de Silva’s magic on piano when they enraptured their audience with a rare combination of Classical and Broadway music. Sabina was beautiful to look at and a picture of elegance wearing stunning clothes and jewellery. That [...]
  • Former Khmer Rouge leaders begin genocide trial
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:30 +0000 - BBC: The last two surviving leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime are to begin their second trial in Phnom Penh. Khieu Samphan, the former head of state, and Nuon Chea, Pol Pot’s deputy, are already on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.    Former Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan (left) and Nuon Chea [...]

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