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  • Funtoon 02/03/2015
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  • Tata officials explain the One Colombo project
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:53:47 +0000 -   Flashback: Tata officials explain the One Colombo project to the then Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the ground breaking ceremony held in May last year. File photo
  • First Chinese, now Indians under probe!
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:51:46 +0000 - Cabinet approves full review of $ 430 m ‘One Colombo’ mixed development project in Slave Island by world-famous and highly-respected corporate giant Tata of India Project envisaged three apartment blocks comprising 40 storeys each containing 580 housing units not less than 400 sqft per unit and 96 luxury housing apartments Flashback: Tata officials explain the [...]
  • Cement industry fighting for survival due to low demand
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:50:21 +0000 - From left: Ultra Tech General Manager Technical Sandeep Holey, Ultra Tech Cement CEO Kiran Redker, Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka Civil Engineering Sectional Committee Chairperson Prabodha Jinasena and Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka Committee Member Niyas Samad – Pic by Lasantha Kumara     By Charumini de Silva The cement industry is fighting for survival [...]
  • After 10 years, the tourism hierarchy at ITB
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:48:59 +0000 - The world’s leading travel trade show ITB, which is staged annually in Berlin where the leading 180 countries in the business of tourism meet to discuss key trends whilst contracting the top deals for a country, will be represented by Minister for Tourism and Sports Navin Dissanayake, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Chairman Dr. Rohantha [...]
  • MTI’s Daily FT column to be published as book – exclusively for our readers
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:47:51 +0000 - A book is to be published based on MTI Consulting CEO’s column in the Daily FT and it will be exclusively available to Daily FT Readers. Titled ‘Strategic Reflection,’ it will include over 125 single paragraph columns that the MTI CEO has been exclusively writing for the Daily FT. It will also include his ‘Power [...]
  • Mangala to address UNHRC today
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:47:04 +0000 - Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is scheduled to address the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva today. Today is also the opening day of the 28th session of the UNHRC. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on 16 February approved a recommendation to delay the consideration of a report looking [...]
  • Govt. seeks public opinion on 100-day program
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:46:16 +0000 - The Government said yesterday it has launched a special survey to find out the opinion of the general public and to analyse the progress of the 100-day program. Details of this program could be obtained from website The aim of the Government is to carry out this program effectively in a transparent manner with [...]
  • Colombo tea auction ends February with dip in NSA
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:45:54 +0000 - The tea industry has experienced yet another dip in National Sale Averages for the month of February by Rs. 63.54 per kilo to Rs. Rs.418.29 in comparison to a year earlier. This is the second consecutive month of decline for the new year. Ceylon Tea Brokers said the cumulative Jan/Feb NSA average which recorded Rs. [...]
  • University of Minnesota Duluth aids in establishing a Soils Research Laboratory
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:36:46 +0000 - UMD Associate Professor Pat Farrell (in blue cap) takes geography students from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, on a field trip to gather soil samples Farrell meets Sunanda Madduma Bandara, the Vice Chancellor of University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka     A health crisis in Sri Lanka has taught a cruel lesson on the [...]
  • Sri Lanka, China reiterate firm commitment to strengthen “all weather friendship”
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:36:42 +0000 -   Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Saturday concluded a successful two-day official visit to China. During the visit he paid a courtesy call on the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and also held extensive bilateral discussions with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, as well as met with the Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the [...]
  • Coca-Cola’s 5by20 program continues to empower women across Sri Lanka
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:36:21 +0000 - The three 5by20 participants with the Women in Management Team      The Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 program is part of a global initiative that strives to empower five million women around the world by 2020. In Sri Lanka, Coca-Cola has partnered with Women In Management (WIM) and the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs [...]
  • Sri Lanka thrash England
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:36:05 +0000 - Sangakkara races to his fastest ODI 100 and second in current World Cup Thirimanne becomes youngest Lankan to score century in World Cup as Sri Lanka clinches 9 wicket victory over England’s score of 309  English bowlers toil without success; heroics by Joe Root to become England’s youngest World Cup centurion in vain Kumar Sangakkara [...]
  • Top UN official holds discussions with President
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:35:23 +0000 -     A top United Nations official arrived in Sri Lanka on a four-day official visit called on the President on Saturday in Colombo for discussions. The United Nations Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman met with President Maithripala Sirisena last afternoon at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo. Feltman earlier met with [...]
  • Emerging food standards: A cause of concern for the Sri Lankan tea industry
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:34:43 +0000 - By Janaka Wijayasiri Over the last two decades, there has been a tightening of public standards, a shift from product standards to process standards, an increase in the importance of private standards and a widening scope of standards. These developments have raised concerns amongst developing countries, as standards can become non-tariff measures with falling tariffs. [...]
  • JVP declines invitation for debate
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:34:37 +0000 - The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday declined the open invitation made to the party to enter into a debate with Minister of Justice and Labour Relations Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and owner of Avant-Garde Security Services Nissanka Senadhipathi on the controversy relating to the latter’s passport. JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva during a press conference yesterday said that it [...]
  • Buddhist Defence Foundation writes to the Queen
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:34:22 +0000 - The Buddhist Defence Foundation will today post a letter to the Queen of England requesting the relevant authorities to conduct an audit to take stock of direct and indirect impacts the Sinhale Nation had gone through due to the influences of the British colonial rule while urging British authorities to guarantee a suitable plan of [...]
  • Sri Lanka woos UK travellers for weddings and honeymoons here
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:33:59 +0000 - National Wedding Show London   With the view of developing new product segment for UK travellers, Sri Lanka Tourism took a strategic decision in partnership with the industry to showcase Sri Lanka as a premium travel destination in the UK’s original and largest wedding event, The National Wedding Show in London last week. By exhibiting images of ‘One Island and a Thousand [...]
  • Australian Alumni Excellence Awards 2015
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:33:15 +0000 - The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) with the support of the Australian High Commission and partners staged the 7th edition of ‘Australian Alumni Excellence Awards’ in Colombo on Friday, 13 February at the Taj Samudra Hotel. The Australian Alumni Excellence Awards is an annual event organised by Austrade to recognise   high-achieving alumni who have studied [...]
  • Irfan, Riaz help Pakistan claim first win
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:32:44 +0000 - Pakistan’s Mohammad Irfan (C) celebrates with team mates after dismissing Zimbabwe’s Chamu Chibhabha for nine runs during their Cricket World Cup match at the Gabba in Brisbane March 1, 2015. REUTERS Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz (L) celebrates with team mates after dismissing Zimbabwe’s Tawanda Mupariwa for a duck during their Cricket World Cup match at the [...]
  • Questionable governance when loss-incurred CB has made a profit transfer to Government
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:31:52 +0000 - Massive losses incurred by Central Bank in 2013 A very vital piece of information relating to the Central Bank which has been missed by many has been the incurrence of a massive loss amounting to Rs. 24 billion in its ordinary operations during 2013. This loss has further been increased to Rs. 39 billion when [...]
  • No big bang, but budget goes for growth, investment
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:31:24 +0000 - India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (C) poses as he leaves his office to present the 2015/16 federal budget in New Delhi February 28, 2015. REUTERS      Reuters: Finance Minister ArunJaitley on Saturday unveiled a budget that aims to ramp up growth, aided by a slowed pace of fiscal deficit cuts and a raft of [...]
  • Herath doubtful for Australia clash
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:31:18 +0000 - Rangana Herath (L) is assisted from the field after injuring a finger while fielding against England during their Cricket World Cup match in Wellington, 1 March – Reuters     WELLINGTON (Reuters): Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath is doubtful for next weekend’s World Cup Pool A clash against Australia after hurting his spinning hand while [...]
  • Polls Chief urges action against abuse of State resources during elections
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:31:01 +0000 - By Waruni Paranagamage Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said legal action would be initiated against parties and candidates who abused State resources in the run-up to the presidential election. Addressing the gathering at the launch of ‘Electoral Integrity,’ the final report on presidential election monitoring by Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) at the BMICH lastweek, the [...]
  • Holcim Lanka hosts Concrete Week on Innovation and Application for key stakeholders
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:30:57 +0000 - Thomas Machai of HTEC Switzerland   Holcim Lanka recently held its first Innovation and Application (I&A) week at its new I&A centre at R. A. De Mel Mawatha to create awareness among its key stakeholders of the several value added services offered by the centre. During the week, three key events for stakeholders were organised. [...]
  • Afghan bowlers a bigger test than England’s: Centurion Thirimanne
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:30:54 +0000 - LahiruThirimanne celebrates reaching his century during their Cricket World Cup match against England in Wellington, 1 March – Reuters     Reuters: Lahiru Thirimanne’s unbeaten century to guide Sri Lanka to a crushing nine-wicket victory over England in their World Cup Pool A clash on Sunday could not have come at a better time for [...]
  • Passenger traffic up 4.6% in January for Asia Pacific’s airlines
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:30:53 +0000 -   Preliminary traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) for the month of January 2015 show continued steady growth in both international air passenger numbers and air cargo demand. Underpinned by robust regional travel markets, a combined total of 22.4 million international passengers flew on the region’s carriers in January, 4.6% more [...]
  • Architects to design reconciliation bridge
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:30:50 +0000 -   The Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA), as part of its CSR initiative, transported 90 students from Jaffna to attend the exhibition on architecture at the BMICH. The schoolchildren were from Hindu College Jaffna and Kokuvil Hindu College. The event, attempting to raise awareness of the profession and to create a dialogue, helped the [...]
  • Commercial Bank ramps up IT education initiatives
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:30:50 +0000 - Offers Cisco’s ‘IT Essentials’ course to students via its online education program One of the training programs conducted for teachers, at the Cisco Networking Centre of the University of Moratuwa The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has partnered with Cisco Networking Academy to offer a comprehensive ‘IT Essentials’ course for teachers and students free of charge, [...]
  • Dynasty Residence Kandy optimistic for completion within record 20 months
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:30:49 +0000 - A lifestyle that promises to blend the regal grandeur of an ancient kingdom The Dynasty Residence apartment project, being built on the banks of the Mahaweli River in the ancient city of Kandy, promises to be the first and last of its kind. Construction of the much-anticipated project is now underway and heading towards a speedy completion [...]

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