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  • GSK wins four National Business Excellence Awards
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:14:37 +0000 - Receives Gold for Corporate Governance, Gold as best in ‘Healthcare’ sector, Silver in the ‘Extra Large’ category and adjudged overall runner-up     The GSK team with the four awards they won at the 2014 National Business Excellence Awards       The Sri Lanka operations of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) won four National Business Excellence Awards [...]
  • Ceylinco Life protects students of Ecole Internationale Kandy with unique policy
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:13:55 +0000 - Ceylinco Life, the country’s leading life insurer, has partnered with Ecole Internationale to develop an insurance policy that will enable the school’s students to continue their education in the event of the premature death or disablement of their parents. Ceylinco Life’s Senior AGM Asoka Sirisena (3rd left) and Ecole Internationale Managing Director Chandre Monerawela exchange [...]
  • Macksons Holdings launches Macktiles
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:13:20 +0000 - Macksons Holdings launched their latest venture, Macktiles in a spectacular event held at the Water’s Edge on 9 December 2014. Dr. Jian Dominco Milano, Deputy Ambassador for the Embassy of Italy in Sri Lanka was the Chief Guest while Milfer Makeen, Chairman of Macksons Holdings, Mizver Makeen, Managing Director of Macksons Holdings, board of directors, [...]
  • Oracle Executive Seminar: Innovation in Practice
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:12:56 +0000 - Featured speakers at the recent ‘Oracle Executive Seminar: Innovation in Practice’ discussed ways in which to drive down the complexity at data centers and simplify IT by adopting Engineered Systems to save cost, time, space, while enabling businesses to embrace newer concepts like ‘social’ and ‘mobility’. The seminar also illustrated how business and technology leaders [...]
  • Vietnamese business delegation visits the National Chamber of Commerce
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:12:33 +0000 - An 18-member business delegation from Vietnam visited the National Chamber of Commerce recently. The delegation comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Industry & Trade of Vietnam, Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency and companies engaged in different fields of business such as fertiliser machinery, oil and gas handicrafts, construction, electrical, freight forwarding, logistics etc. The delegation [...]
  • Takas.lk partners with Etisalat Lanka to offer Epic Rewards to customers
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:11:29 +0000 - Etisalat Lanka together with Takas.lk, one of Sri Lanka’s largest e-commerce sites, is now offering exclusive benefits for Etisalat Epic Rewards customers. The partnership will give Epic members exclusive offers and discounts on over 6,000 products with convenient door step delivery, island-wide within three working days. Customers have the option of making their purchases via [...]
  • Airtel launches ‘Internet Scratch and Win’ promotion to celebrate the season
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:11:16 +0000 - Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, recently announced the launch of the ‘Internet Scratch And Win’ promotion in line with the upcoming season. Airtel Customers will now be able to win an exciting range of prizes such as laptops, smart phones, data dongles, motorbikes [...]
  • MR assures east of brighter future
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:04:34 +0000 - President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday assured the people of the east a better future and urged them not to be misled by false propaganda. Speaking at an election rally in Batticaloa, the President said that Sri Lanka will not face another dark era like it did during the war. He said that the public in the [...]
  • Broken promises for Sri Lankan tsunami survivor Baby 81
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:03:50 +0000 - Colombo (dpa) – Abilash Jeyaraj, a 10-year-old boy living in a village in eastern Sri Lanka, says his only ambition is to become an engineer when he grows up. He was lucky enough to survive the deadly tsunami waves that hit Kalmunai, a coastal village 306 kilometres east of the capital, when the Indian Ocean [...]
  • SriLankan Airlines receives second A330-300
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:02:32 +0000 - Sri Lanka’s national carrier and oneworld member, SriLankan Airlines, continuing its extensive wide-body re-fleeting program, received its second Airbus 330-300, on 19 December. The new aircraft, named ‘The City of Sihagiri’, will be utilised for the major Far Eastern markets of Canton, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. SriLankan Airlines A330   This latest wide body [...]
  • Japan deports 26 Lankan asylum seekers
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:01:14 +0000 - Japan has deported 26 Sri Lankans including asylum seekers on Thursday, after their applications for refugee status were rejected. The Government of Japan has determined that they did not qualify for refugee status, rejecting each individual’s application twice, a Japan Times report said. Lawyers and activists have denounced the Government’s move, which also led to [...]
  • Sri Lanka’s proposal to establish ‘World Youth Skills Day’ adopted by the UN
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:00:58 +0000 - Yesterday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus, a resolution, spearheaded by Sri Lanka, declaring 15 July World Youth Skills Day. Sri Lanka initiated this resolution with the assistance of the G77 and China to highlight at a global level the importance of youth skills development. The goal is to achieve better socioeconomic conditions [...]
  • Maithri vows to cancel Crown, JKH casino licence
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:00:30 +0000 - Reuters: Maithripala Sirisena, who is challenging Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bid for a third term as Sri Lanka’s president, will cancel a casino licence given to Australia’s Crown Resorts Ltd. if he wins the vote, his party’s manifesto said. With an eye on the votes of Buddhists opposed to the casinos, Sirisena’s New Democratic Front said it [...]
  • Bourse ends at 2-week high; blue-chips lead
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:00:09 +0000 - Reuters: Stocks ended at their highest in two weeks on Friday led by blue-chips, amid political worries ahead of the 8 January presidential poll, stockbrokers said. The main stock index ended 0.31% firmer at 7,252.60, a level last touched on 4 December. It had hit a near three-week low on Wednesday. Stockbrokers said the gains [...]
  • Rupee forwards end steady for 5th straight session
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:59:51 +0000 - Reuters: Rupee forwards closed steady for a fifth straight session on Friday, as the Central Bank capped trading at 132.00 per dollar through moral suasion. The four-day forwards or spot-next-next, which were actively traded, closed at 131.98/132.02 per dollar, little changed from Thursday’s close of 131.98/132.05. The spot currency and three-day forwards, or spot-next, were [...]
  • Maithri’s majestic manifesto
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:59:24 +0000 - A new country in 100 days, promises Common Candidate Maithripala Power goes out at Viharamahadevi while Sirisena makes speech Roadmap for abolition of presidency revealed Ranil to be PM in 100-day national Govt., then elections Parliament to be dissolved by 23 April 2015 18th Amendment out, independent commissions in Impeached CJ Shirani Bandaranayake to be [...]
  • Opposition’s Common Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena presents the first copy
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:56:37 +0000 - Opposition’s Common Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena presents the first copy of his manifesto to Leader of the Movement for Social Justice Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero – Pic by Shehan Gunasekera  
  • Friday Forum calls for action against Minister S.B. Dissanayake
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:51:50 +0000 - Urges him to make a public apology and resign over remarks made against CBK   The Friday Forum has called for action against Minister S.B. Dissanayake and has urged him to resign and make a public apology over remarks he is alleged to have made against former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. Following is the statement [...]
  • No benefit for youth from Mahinda Chinthana: UNP
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:50:33 +0000 - UNP MP and National Youth Front President Ruwan Wijewardene said yesterday the upcoming presidential election would be a crucial one that changes the next decade and would be decisive particularly for the youth because they had been neglected by the present Government. At the UNP press conference yesterday from left: Western Provincial councilor Hirunika Premachandra, [...]
  • This is the golden era of the public service: President
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:50:23 +0000 - President Mahinda Rajapaksa, while reiterating that his government’s policy has always been to expand the public service by strengthening the state sector, said this is the golden era of the public service. The Government has strengthened and streamlined the public service to obtain the maximum benefits for the country and people. Public service officials therefore [...]
  • SL Govt. offer condolences and support to Pakistan over school attack
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:45:23 +0000 - The Sri Lankan Government has strongly condemned the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar on 16 December. Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs G.L Peiris visited the High Commission of Pakistan to express his sorrow and grief over the incident.   In his discussion with High Commissioner Maj. Gen. (R) Qasim Qureshi, Prof. [...]
  • Meelad Un Nabi: Prophet Muhammad’s birthday celebrations
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:42:06 +0000 - The Board of Trustees of Ummu Zavaya (Al Fassiya Ash Shazuliya Thareeqa ), M.J.M. Lafir Mawatha, Colombo 12 has organised the 112th year ‘Shamail Muhammadiya’ program (1st to 12th days of Rabi Ul Awwal) to mark the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday from 24 December 2014 to 3 January 2015 at 7:30 a.m. onwards at the mosque. [...]
  • Housing project for Meeriyabedde landslide victims
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:23 +0000 - The resettlement of the families affected by the recent landslide in Meeriyabedde in Koslanda got off the ground on Thursday. Commencing the project, Secretary Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa laid the foundation stone for the new housing scheme. Under a presidential directive and the supervision of the Secretary of Defence, the Urban Development Authority [...]
  • TISL releases observations on misuse of public resources for Presidential poll
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:36:18 +0000 - Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has released its latest observations on alleged misuse of public resources for the upcoming presidential elections. Following are TISL’s observations which have been communicated to the Elections Commissioner as well:   Free distribution of mobile phone to pensioners The Ministry of Public Administration, The Pensions Department, Sri Lanka Youth and [...]
  • Rangana Herath to miss first Test
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:35:29 +0000 - Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has been ruled out of Sri Lanka’s first Test against New Zealand by the hamstring tear he suffered last week, Team Manager Michael de Zoysa has confirmed. Herath had damaged his upper, inner left thigh while training ahead of the fifth ODI against England, and though team management had initially been [...]
  • The journey of value(s): Artistic integrity for sale
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:35:26 +0000 - By Imaad Majeed We are discussing an octopus. It was taken off the internet and superimposed over a photograph of a scene in Pettah. It is now being exhibited at the Saskia Fernando Gallery. Poornima Jayasinghe is an artist. Poornima Jayasinghe is For Sale. For Sale is the title of the exhibition that is ongoing [...]
  • MR congratulates Japanese PM on his election victory
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:35:06 +0000 - President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday congratulated the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe who won a snap vote to secure support for his “Abenomics” economic reforms. In a Twitter message President Rajapaksa wished the Japanese PM for success in continuing “‘Abenomics’ reforms to steer Japan to greater heights”. “Congratulations @AbeShinzo on your re-election. Best wishes for [...]
  • NThe long trek to Presidency From Kings to Governors
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:35:06 +0000 - By D.C. Ranatunga The unbroken line of kings ruling Sri Lanka since the arrival of Vijaya, expelled from home for his misdeeds with 700 comrades around 543 BC, saw its end when the British captured King Sri Vickrema Rajasinghe. Legislative Council building – later Senate building  When the British troops attacked the last native ruler’s [...]
  • Court grants bail to Danuna
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:35:04 +0000 - A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to Danuna Tilakaratne, the son-in-law of former Army Commander and Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka after he surrendered to the court on Friday. Colombo High Court judge Iranganie Perera released Tilakaratne, who appeared in court through legal counsel, on a cash bail of Rs. 400,000 and two sureties. [...]
  • 5 things worth checking out in Kosgoda
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:34:04 +0000 - On route to Galle lies the often overlooked town of Kosgoda, a perfect setting not only for those looking for an adventurous getaway but also for those seeking out rest and relaxation. Nestled between the towns of Balapitiya and Induruwa and known mainly for its sea turtle conservation projects which are an attraction for tourists [...]

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