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  • For Singapore, F1 race gets tourism back on track
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:04:26 +0000 - Reuters: Singapore will be counting on its marquee Formula One race to help make up for a 30 percent drop in Chinese tourists this year. The three-day event, including the night street race, clocks more than S$100 million ($80 million) in tourism receipts and opens a window on the country for a global television audience. [...]
  • China’s Li Na announces her retirement from tennis
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:57:32 +0000 - Reuters: China’s Li Na, Asia’s only grand slam singles champion, announced her retirement from tennis on Friday, citing the effect of long-term injuries, especially her knees. “It has been a difficult year, and I have had to face a lot of things, such as making the decision to end my professional tennis career,” Li said [...]
  • Knocked out Southern Express says missed Malinga, Dilshan
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:56:43 +0000 - ESPNCricinfo: The absence of two high-profile Twenty20 cricketers hamstrung Sri Lanka’s Southern Express in Champions League T20, their manager has said. Southern Express lost all three matches of the qualifying group – to Northern Districts (from New Zealand), Mumbai Indians and Lahore Lions (Pakistan) – to make an early exit from the tournament. “[Tillakaratne] Dilshan’s [...]
  • R&A allows women members after overwhelming ‘yes’ vote
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:55:26 +0000 - Reuters: After 260 years of exclusion, women will be allowed to join the Royal and Ancient golf club after an overwhelming members’ vote on Thursday opened the doors to the famous St Andrews clubhouse and a role in the governance of the game. More than 75% of the club’s 2,400 worldwide members, voting in person [...]
  • Sri Lanka face South Korea at Junior World Rugby Tournament
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:55:05 +0000 - By Shamseer Jaleel Sri Lanka will lock horns with South Korea in their opening encounter at the Asian edition of the Junior World Rugby Tournament (JWRT) 2014, which will kick off tomorrow at the Race Course rugby grounds at 4.30 pm. On the same day, in the tournament opener, Hong Kong will battle it out [...]
  • First Crafts Map of Sri Lanka copy presented to President
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:50:13 +0000 - President Mahinda Rajapaksa was presented with the first copy of a Crafts Map of Sri Lanka at a ceremony organised at Temple Trees on Thursday. The Crafts Map that was published with the assistance of the India-Sri Lanka Foundation was presented to the President by National Crafts Council Chairman Buddhi Keerthisena in the presence of [...]
  • SriLankan and Pilots’ Guild sign three-year collective deal
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:48:50 +0000 - SriLankan Airlines and the Pilots’ Guild entered into a new three-year collective deal last week to work together for the betterment of the national carrier. President Pilots’ Guild Capt. Chaminda De Soysa (third from left) and SriLankan Airlines CEO exchanging the agreement while (from left) Pilots’ Guild Secretary Capt. Suneth Fernando, Capt. Suneth Fernando Vice [...]
  • Fun Toon 2014\09\20
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:47:52 +0000 - Hard-fought polls for Uva today    
  • Hard-fought polls for Uva today
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:43:59 +0000 - By Dharisha Bastians Nearly a million people are eligible to vote in an unexpectedly hard-fought electoral contest that will take place in the Uva Province today. Following a furious provincial polls campaign to secure the two Districts of Badulla and Moneragala over the past six weeks, the ruling party will try to retain its big [...]
  • IMF says Sri Lanka’s poor tax administration could cut economic growth
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:39:35 +0000 - Reuters: Sri Lanka’s continuing failure to strengthen its tax administration could force the its Government to spend less, which would hit economic growth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Friday. Since the Fund extended a $2.6 billion loan in 2009, it has regularly called for the Government to raise more revenue by broadening the [...]
  • Court of Appeal to take up Wanathamulla eviction case as urgent matter
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:38:30 +0000 - The Court of Appeal has decided to take up the case of residents from 34 Watta in Wanathamulla as an urgent matter after the UDA attempted to demolish homes in the area on Thursday despite the pending court case. In the case filed by four residents from 34 Watta in Wanathamulla (CA Writ 283/2014) against [...]
  • India, China sign 5-year trade, economic deal
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:38:12 +0000 - Xi Jinping pledges $ 20 b investments and give India greater access in China Reuters: India and China have signed a five-year trade and economic cooperation pact, an Indian Government official said on Thursday during a visit by the Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The two [...]
  • Sri Lanka to set up joint trade commission with Russia
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:37:25 +0000 - Cabinet has given its approval to establish a joint commission with the Russian Federation to enhance bilateral trade ties. Meeting on Wednesday, the Cabinet approved a proposal made by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen to enter into an agreement on establishment of the ‘Inter-governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation’ [...]
  • Water donation campaign to drought-affected areas in Hambantota by Believe
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:36:30 +0000 - ‘Believe’ is a recently established charity in Sri Lanka, which is committed towards uplifting the standards of education and eradicating poverty. Once this charity was established, several projects were launched in line with achieving the foundation’s charitable objectives. Members of ‘Believe’ recently visited some villages in Hambantota which were severely affected by the drought in [...]
  • Tristan’s Conquest – Knights of Olympus launched
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:35:36 +0000 - Sri Lanka’s first contemporary epic fantasy series The genre of contemporary epic fantasy fiction is growing in popularity both globally and in Sri Lanka through popular international books, TV shows and movies. Tristan’s Conquest – nights of Olympus goes a daring step further in bearing the genre of contemporary epic fantasy with a touch of [...]
  • JVP ready to change Constitution and economic system
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:35:12 +0000 - The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says it is ready to implement a new Constitution as the country’s outdated present Constitution has led to a dictatorship. “We hope to implement a new constitution. The present Constitution has created a constitutional dictatorship. The present Executive has swallowed the Parliament and the Judiciary,” JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake [...]
  • Bangladesh National Defence College delegation visits LKIIRSS
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:35:10 +0000 - The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) hosted a Bangladesh defence delegation on Wednesday, 10 September, from 10:30-12 p.m. Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa and Hasalaka Arampola addressed the delegation. Speaking under the topic of ‘Anti-terrorism and Human Rights Protection, Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa started off his speech discussing Sri Lanka’s success in defeating [...]
  • ready For Uva Election
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:33:42 +0000 - Election officials issuing ballot boxes for the Uva Provincial Council Election, at the Moneragala Rajakeeya National School yesterday – Pix by Shehan Gunasekara
  • ‘The Terrorist’s Daughter’
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:33:37 +0000 - As a child Thisuri watched her mother write. Malraji Wanniarachchi is the author of several novels and short story collections. It is no surprise that Thisuri followed in her footsteps. First, Thisuri wrote in the Sinhala language. The Sinhala short story ‘Thaththa’ which she wrote at the age of 11 won a national short story [...]
  • The long trek from Yogiyana
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:33:30 +0000 - By D.C. Ranatunga On 7 March 1957, the editorial in the ‘Ceylon Observer’ commended the Speaker of the House of Representatives for instructing the Government to take down the “monstrosity” in the House premises  (where the Presidential Secretariat stands today) and replace it with a new statue worthy of the man who was depicted – [...]
  • Low income urban slum dwellers given houses
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:33:14 +0000 - The newly-constructed ‘Puradora Sewana’ housing scheme in Orugodawatte, Colombo was declared open by the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa recently. After unveiling a commemorative plaque, he declared open the new urban housing scheme. The complex of four, two-storied housing blocks comprises 34 houses. Houses were handed over to selected low income [...]
  • ‘Set for Peace 2014 Sri Lanka’ at Park Street Mews on Sunday
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:32:56 +0000 - Peace starts with individual action, and your actions will inspire others. So, what will you do on Peace Day, 21 Sunday September? Who will you make peace with? Calling DJs and promoters around the world to celebrate Peace Day – Saturday 21 September, DJs will be asked to play a ‘set’ in the name of peace and [...]
  • Wallapatta smugglers nabbed
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:32:55 +0000 - Two Chinese nationals who tried to smuggle out 35 pieces of wallapatta logs valued at Rs. 28.5 million weighing 38Kgs were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport this week, attempting to take it out to Shanghai, China. Here Customs officers inspecting wallapatta logs – Pic by Kumarasiri Prasad, Our Airport Correspondent
  • Kurunegala relief program helps drought-affected Anuradhapura
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:32:41 +0000 - Kurunegala District Divineguma Social Relief Program has launched a number of programs to assist the drought-stricken people in the Anuradhapura district. Accordingly, a stock of potable water and dry rations were handed over to the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Minister of Special Projects, S.M. Chandrasena at a ceremony held in Zone 2 office of [...]
  • ‘My Chequered Life by Nihal Jinasena – A Memoir’
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:32:39 +0000 - Autobiography of Deshamanya Dr. Tissaweera Nihal Jinasena – Veteran industrialist and sportsman, Dr. Nihal Jinasena is currently the Chairman of Lalin Michael Jinasena and Co. We read books for various reasons – for entertainment, to learn things, to relax, to get a thrill, and on that rare occasion we pick up a book to feed [...]
  • R U OK?
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:32:37 +0000 - One Thursday in September school children, university undergraduates, workers and ordinary people are encouraged to ask their family members, friends and colleagues “R U OK?” As you may have guessed, they give a phone call and ask ‘Are you ok?’ in a meaningful way. Why? To make a difference in someone’s life and even save [...]
  • Int’l Bar Association calls for protection of Lankan lawyers after death threats
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:32:20 +0000 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has called on the Sri Lankan Government to take immediate measures to protect the independence of the legal profession in Sri Lanka, following concerns at an escalation of intimidation against lawyers and civil society members working on human rights and rule of law issues. In particular, the [...]
  • Jagath Weerasinghe: Artistic insights
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:30:59 +0000 - Trekurious sat down with artist Jagath Weerasinghe to get some insight into the artist who is the host for the first Artist’s Table at the Saskia Fernando Gallery By Sareena Hussain Jagath Weerasinghe is pivotal to the exposure of contemporary Sri Lankan art, and has been a significant driving force in its development since the [...]
  • Singaporean F1 night races live at ZAZA Bar
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:30:59 +0000 - The much awaited Singaporean Formula One night races is finally here and Casa Colombo is geared to entertain adrenaline junkies with an experience second to none. Support your favourite team while sipping on your selected beverage and feel your pulse accelerate to the sound of fierce racing action.  The Formula One night race weekend will [...]
  • Ambassadors’ Cricket Cup held in Washington DC
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:30:58 +0000 - The Embassies of cricket-playing nations located in Washington DC held their annual Ambassadors’ Cricket Cup Tournament 2014 this week with a view to promoting friendship, cooperation and camaraderie between cricket-playing nations in the world and extending it towards the people of the United States. Teams from Australia, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, [...]

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