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WIMAL GOES SOLO IN UVA

Government ally, the National Freedom Front (NFF) had decided to contest on its own at the elections to the Uva Provincial Council under its ‘Panchayuda’ symbol, NFF leader and Minister Wimal Weerawansa said yesterday. The main reason why the party...

Four year old boy kidnapped

Police are investigating the kidnapping of a four year old boy named Damindu Yasen Ekanayake and an attack on his parents in Katugampalagama village in the Meegalewa Division. The Meegalewa Police said that four persons wearing masks had forcibly...

Prohibit crossovers

The Sri Lanka branch of Transparency International (TISL) has recommended that laws should be introduced to cancel the parliament membership of politicians who crossover from one political party to another.

JVP leader’s double-cab driver arrested

JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s double-cab driver was arrested on charges of reckless driving, following Monday’s accident in which Mr. Dissanayake was injured, Police said yesterday.

Wife-killer sentenced after 26 years

A man found guilty of murdering his wife was sentenced to ten years rigorous imprisonment by Balapitiya High Court Judge Mohan Seneviratne yesterday in a 26-year-long trial, which included the non-summary proceedings in the Magistrate’s Court and later...

Exorcist turns rapist

A ‘Kattadiya’ was yesterday arrested on charges of having raped a young woman whom he had confined to a room for about four hours on the pretext of curing her of a chronic ailment, Daulagala police said and added that the 35-yearold suspect was arrested.

China assures even stronger bilateral relations

A Chinese diplomat said China-Sri Lanka defence relations had developed steadily in recent years and expressed optimism that such relationship would rise to a higher level.

Tuition classes for A/L candidates banned till Aug. 29

Private tuition classes for candidates sitting the G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination will be prohibited from midnight today till the end of the exam on August 29, the Department of Examinations said. Accordingly, everyone is prohibited from conducting...

Norway bored

Norway, which facilitated the peace process between the then Government and the LTTE was now giving less emphasis to the peace building process in Sri Lanka, a TNA politician said yesterday.

Dead man’s gold vanishes from EAM supplies div.

The External Affairs Ministry has started an inquiry into the loss of some gold items, dispatched to the country through the diplomatic corps from Korea.

News

Heroin-laden coffin - KEY SUSPECT ARRESTED

Punchi Borella Otha alias Wasantha Sanjeewa Abeyweera who was wanted in connection with the alleged transportation of 17 kilos of heroin concealed in a coffin from Borella to Minuwangoda was arrested by the Borella police last evening. Police had...

Boys stone train, hit district sec.

The Ella Police said that two boys in Heeloya had thrown stones at a train carrying tourists from Badulla to Colombo yesterday at about 11.00 a.m. and that a stone had struck the face of Nuwara Eliya District Secretary D.P.P.Kumarage. The DS had...

Deaths of Uma Maheswaran and A. Amirthalingam commemorated

People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) commemorated the 25th death anniversary of its founder and former leader Uma Maheswaran and also that of former Tamil United Liberation Front leader A. Amirthalingam, in Zurich, Switzerland. Both...

P’ment employee drowns in Benthara River

A parliament canteen employee was drowned in the Benthara River when he fell off a floating restaurant during a trip with 20 of his colleagues. Polcie said the victim identified as Elroy Perera (54) was a resident of Pannipitiya and a father of three...

CAA to raid all canteens

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) will carry out raids on all canteens from today in order to determine whether they are run in a hygienic manner. Cooperatives and Internal Trade Ministry spokesman Nipun Ekanayake told Daily Mirror that the...

Kataragama Opposition leader joins UPFA.

Kataragama Pradeshiya Sabha Opposition Leader Ashoka Wickramasinghe joined the United People’s FreedomAlliance on July 28. He had been a powerful member of UNP for about 25 years and been chairman of the Kataragama Pradeshiya Sabha for 19 years. He...

Pope due in January

The Vatican Press Office yesterday announced that Pope Francis had accepted the invitation from the Sri Lankan civil authorities and the bishops, and would make an apostolic visit to Sri Lanka from 12 to 15 January. The programme for the trip is to be...

EXPERTISE IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva urged Sri Lankan professionals to turn to Asian countries to obtain expertise in science and technology instead of the European countries. He said Sri Lankans had been looking...

SL-Singapore strengthen bilateral ties

Expansion of economic relations in the atmosphere of peace and stability prevailing in the country was the central focus of the bilateral discussions which took place in Singapore yesterday between External Affairs Minister Professor G.L.Peiris and...

Reaping the benefits of JR’s work

The Parliamentary watch dog, Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) established on July 21st, 1979 under late President J.R. Jayewardene’s regime has contributed immensely to minimise corruption and mismanagement at state enterprises and promote good...

Hill-country rail track inspected

The railway track between Pattipola and Badulla had been inspected yesterday by the Railway Department officials following a series of service disruptions on the line in the recent past. Nawalapitiya Station Deputy Superintendent C.M. Rathnayaka said...

Sixty persons to gain SLFP candidacy for Uva polls

The Chairman of the SLFP Nomination Board, Minister W.D.J. Seneviratna said yesterday (29) that sixty persons including the three ministerial siblings were being short-listed as candidates on behalf of the SLFP for the Uva Provincial Council...

Two who entered grocery as customers snatch gold chain from owner

Two men who came on a motorbike took away a gold chain worth around Rs.90,000 belonging to a woman who was running a grocery in the Nagollagoda area in Bingiriya. The suspects had entered the grocery as customers and then snatched her gold chain and...

Two suspects arrested with large stock of illicit liquor

A large stock of illicit liquor was seized and two suspects were taken into custody during a raid carried out on an illegal kasippu distilling centre in the Galathpahala area in Bulathsinghala. The team deployed by the Bulathsinghala police seized two...

Illegal sand miners arrested while transporting sand

Two lorries transporting sand was seized in transit and the two drivers arrested by the Matugama police during a raid carried out in the Horawela area. Investigations revealed that the suspects were illegal sand miners transporting sand to building...

Remanded for stealing iron from IRD site

Three workers attached to a private construction firm and a trishaw driver who were arrested on charges of having stolen several iron bars worth Rs.23,000 from the construction site belonging to Inland Revenue Department in Colombo 2, were yesterday...

Thousands of families affected by rubber crisis

Some 500,000 people in the districts of Kalutara, Ratnapura, Kegalle and Colombo who depend on the rubber industry as a means of livelihood are being affected with the declining rubber prices, the United National Party (UNP) MP Ajith P Perera said...

Unregistered vehicle seized for speeding

Police gave chase and seized an unregistered motorcar speeding along the MatugamaColombo main road yesterday morning. Investigations revealed that the owner of the vehicle was a resident of Dodangoda area. The suspect was taken into custody by a team...

Elephant calf at ‘Eth Athuru Sevana’ dies mysteriously

An elephant calf that had been left in the custody of EthAthuru Sevana in Udawalawe, managed by the Wildlife Department on a court order, had died on Monday (28). Sources revealed that this calf, supposedly owned by Waruna Kannangara of Kahatapitiye...

Posing as a Muslim in Saudi lands housemaid in trouble

A woman by t he name of Sivaneshwari, who hails from NanuOya, had gone to Saudi Arabia as a domestic in order to secure the future of her three children, but had been forced to return back to Sri Lanka after just one year and four months after having...

TEACHER SLAPS CLERK FOLLOWING ARGUMENT

The Wellawaya Police said that a teacher (28) had been arrested for allegedly slapping an accounts clerk attached to Wellawaya Zonal Education Office. The suspect arrested was said to be a teacher of a junior school in Weherayaya in Wellawaya. This...

Disabled-friendly buses in Colombo soon

A fleet of luxury and semi luxury buses from Colombo to the suburbs with facilities for differently-abled people to embark and disembark without a hassle will be operated by the SLTB and a purchase order has been placed with an Indian company,...

Japan –Lanka FTA close to becoming a reality

Plans to sign a Sri Lanka – Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA) got a boost yesterday with the visit of a senior minister from Japan to the country. In the backdrop of Sri LankaJapan bilateral trade reaching the US$ 890 million mark in 2013, Kazuyoshi...

Uni leadership training to start on Sept. 7

The 4th stage of the training programme on ‘Developing Leadership Qualities and Positive Thinking’ will begin on September 7, this year, Minister .S.B. Dissanayake announced recently. The programme would consist of three stages, to be run consecutively...

Navy arrest another 50 Indian fishermen

A Sri Lanka Navy patrol from the Northern Naval Command arrested 50 Indian fishermen and took into custody their seven fishing trawlers in the seas off Point Pedro on Monday night. Navy Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said the Indian...

Man goes to HRC to get back wife

A resident of Ampara had lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) urging them to bring his wife who was abused by her Arabic employer in Oman back to Sri Lanka. He complained that she was being housed at “Suraksha” a place where abused...

Good demand for Ragala pears

Vendors say there is a very high demand for pears that are grown in the Ragala area in the Nuwara-Eliya District. These vendors could be seen on both sides of the access roads to Nuwara-Eliya doing a brisk business. According to them a kilo of pears...

India to upgrade 70 CDCs in the estate sector

The Government of India would be upgrading 70 Child Development Centres (crèches) in the Estate Sector, a statement said yesterday. Following the conclusion of the tendering process, the 'Contract Agreement' was signed with M/s. R.A. Constructions and...

RESURGENCE OF RAWANA Ramayanaya

Was Rawana a fictitious character in a fable or was his reign a story annihilated by time-worn history? It is in question why the chroniclers allowed Rawana to fade into oblivion and opened the road to the advent of Vijeya. However, Rawana was a king...

Aadippoora Mahotsavam at Muththumari Amman Temple at Modera Maha Vishnu Devasthanam

The Aadippoora Mahotsavam of Sri Muththumari Amman Temple at Colombo Modera Arul Mighu Sri Venkateswara Maha Vishnu Devasthanam commenced on 20/07/2014 and will end today with Paal Kuda Pavani (milk pot), which will start from Arul Mighu Sri...

ISRAEL STRIKES HOUSE OF HAMAS GAZA LEADER

GAZA/JERUSALEM, JULY 29, 2014 (REUTERS) - Israel’s military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country should prepare for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave, squashing any hopes of a...

Islamic State video wages psychological war on Iraqi soldiers

BAGHDAD JULY 29, 2014 (REUTERS) - Islamic State, the al Qaeda spin-off that seized wide swathes of Iraq almost unopposed last month, has released a video warning Iraqi soldiers who may still have some fight in them that they risk being rounded up en...

Nepal allows Tibetan monk cremation after China controversy

KAtHMANDU,JULy 29, 2014 (AFP) - Nepal said Tuesday it had agreed to allow a senior Tibetan Buddhist monk to be cremated in Kathmandu, overturning an earlier ban which had sparked claims that it had caved to pressure from China. The Nepalese Embassy...

Karzai’s powerful cousin killed, worsens strains over poll deadlock

KABUL JULY 29, 2014 (REUTERS) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s powerful cousin, a close ally of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, was killed in a suicide bomb attack on Tuesday, officials said, deepening strains over an election marred by fraud and...

Canada says China launched cyber attack on its science agency

OTTAWA JULY 29, 2014 (AFP) - Canada accused China on Tuesday of hacking into the computers of its research and development arm, which partners with thousands of Canadians firms each year to roll out new technologies. “Recently, the government of...

Magnitude 6.3 quake hits Mexico, no major damages or injuries

(REUTERS) JULY 29, 2014 -A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit southwest of Juan Rodriguez Clara, in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz on Tuesday at a depth of 95 km (60 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of...

Cameron vows to ‘put British first’ in battle for vote

LONDON (AFP) July 29, 2014 - Britain’s prime minister announced new measures to cut immigration on Tuesday in a bid to lure voters from eurosceptic rivals 10 months from a general election. “We are making changes to put the British people first,”...

Israel knocks out Gaza power plant, digs in for long fight

GAZA/JERUSALEM JULY 29, 2014 (REUTERS) - Israel knocked out Gaza’s only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave on Tuesday, with no end in sight to more than...

Clashes kill 30 in Benghazi in escalating Libya turmoil

BENGHAZI JULY 29, 2014 (REUTERS) - Libyan forces on Tuesday battled Islamist militants with rockets and warplanes for control of an army base in the eastern city of Benghazi after at least 30 people were killed in overnight fighting. Intense fighting...

Two frontline soldiers commit suicide in S. Korea

SEOUL (AFP) July 29, 2014 - South Korea’s military confirmed Tuesday the apparent suicides of two army privates, raising fresh questions over the deployment of young conscripts in frontline units after a deadly shooting spree last month. The two...

India road accidents kill 33

PATNA, INDIA, JULY 29, 2014 (AFP) -A speeding truck driver ran over and killed 12 Hindu pilgrims on Tuesday who were sleeping on the side of a busy road in northeastern India, while another bus crash claimed 21 lives further north. Four women were...

Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor dies from virus

FREETOWN JULY 29, 2014 (REUTERS) - Sierra Leone’s top doctor fighting an outbreak of Ebola has died from the virus, the country’s chief medical officer, Brima Kargbo, said on Tuesday. Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100...

Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious beliefs

WASHINGTON (AFP) JULY 28, 2014 - Conflicts and repression around the world in 2013 triggered the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, a US report said Monday, revealing millions had fled their homes.

Opinion

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DAMNED...

“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” —CONFUCIUS The culvert has gone into neglect for a long time. The government civil engineer had promised the...

QUESTIONS OVER SECURITY FOR BASL CHIEF

he question involving the security of Sri Lanka Bar Association President Upul Jayasuriya continues with the authorities dragging their feet in providing him with security while travelling. In a latest development the Inspector General of Police (IGP)...

Two blessed journeys

As an expatriate holidaying in our blessed Motherland for the 4th time in two years -- I knew there was some ‘unfinished’ business -- One, was to come across any of our Special Disabled War Heroes. This wish was granted when I happened to be in...

Noise pollution at cricket matches

During the recent cricket matches between Sri Lanka and S. Africa, the noise from some horns blown by spectators were causing quite a nuisance to us watching and enjoying the match. The level of noise pollution must have been very high. There were...

‘He slapped me; then he kicked me in my abdomen’

Q What is your GN division? 617Ambakotte GN division under the Rideegama Divisional Secretariat. QWhere do you live? Alawala, a village close to Rideegama. QAt what time of day did this incident take place? As I remember it was at about 4.00 pm on...

‘I said I would slap them both’

It has been reported that a politician of the ruling party recently assaulted a Grama Niladhari in the Rideegama area in Kurunegala. Our sister paper, Sunday Lankadeepa had a discussion with the Kurunegala District MPNimal Wijesinghe (alias Nilvala...

Navin rebuts media report President criticised him

It was reported in the media that the Public Management Reforms Minister Navin Dissanayake had been seriously criticised by the President recently. Dayasili Liyanage, a journalist attached to our Sunday Lankadeepa newspaper met with Minister...

Features

A dream within a dream

Kumudu Wijesinghe nee Pasqual, who was born in 1967 and educated at Musaeus College, had an inherent talent and a passion for art from an early age but blossomed much later in life. Kumudu, who is a US-qualified Interior Designer, took up painting as a...

UOP emerges champions at the Hulftsdorp Debates 2014

The only all-island inter-university debating championship, the Hulftsdorp Debates 2014 organized by the English Literary Association (ELA) of the Sri Lanka Law College (SLLC), drew to an end, with the University of Peradeniya (UOP) proudly taking the...

Sports

Horsey edges McGrane in play-off to take Russian Open

MOSCOW, July 27, 2014 (AFP) - Englishman David Horsey won his third European Tour event, but only his first since 2011, as he edged out Irishman Damien McGrane in a Russian Open playoff on Sunday. The 29-year-old who led from day one looked to have...

HAT-TRICK BY ABITHA FERNANDO FOR BRC

Abitha Fernando was in excellent form to nest a hat trick of goals for BRC in their 3-1 win over Old Wesleyites SC when the two teams met each other in the opening fixture of the Andriesz Shield hockey tournament conducted by the Colombo Hockey...

BROAD KEEPS INDIA ON THE BACK FOOT IN THIRD TEST

Stuart Broad took wickets at either end of a long, hot day while Moeen Ali turned the focus back onto his cricket as England strengthened their grip on the third Test against India in Southampton. At the close of Tuesday's third day, India were 323...

Colombo University emerge cricket champs

The Colombo University emerged the champions of the Inter-University cricket championship 2014 defeating Kelaniya University by 186 runs in the final pose for a photo after their victory. The tournament was held at the Kelaniya University ground on...

Lyceum International School, Nugegoda emerge runners-up

Lyceum International School, Nugegoda emerged runners-up at the Inter International Schools under 17 boys soccer tournament organized by the British School in Colombo. Ten schools participated in the final played recently at the Obeysekerapura ground...

Java Lane thrash new comers Thihariya

Host Java Lane clinched a comfortable 3-1 win over new comers Thihariya Youth in the Dialog Champions League 2014 opening match at the City Football Complex on Saturday. Thihariya did well to hold winners 1 all at the short breather but lost their...

Uni. of J’pura and Kelaniya take major honours

University of Sri Jayawardenapura women and Univerity of Kelaniya men clinched the title in the Inter University Basketball tournament 2014 concluded yesterday. The final day of the tournament comprised of semifinals in the morning followed by finals...

Masters Basketball with Maldivian flavour

The Masters Basketball Inter Club Championship for 2014 conducted with the blessings of the Sri Lanka Basketball Federation (SLBF) will be worked off from Thursday, July 31 to Thursday, August 7. The tournament had to be brought forward by one day, due...

First innings win for Kurunegala Youth

Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club scored an easy first innings victory over Old Dharmapalians Sports Club in their Inter club under 23 division two cricket tournament match concluded at the Welagedara Stadium Kurunegala on Sunday. Old Dharmalpalians -185...

KAZAKHSTAN WANTS TOUR DE FRANCE

A PARIS, July 28, 2014 (AFP) - fter Kazakhstan won the Tour de France, the Central Asian state now wants to host the Tour, a top official said on Monday. Rejoicing after Vincenzo Nibali of the government-backed Astana team clinched victory on Sunday,...

‘SPINNERS BOWLED THEIR HEARTS OUT’

COLOMBO, JuLy28, 2014 (AFP) - Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews on Monday lavished praise on his ace spinners for nearly winning his team the secondTest against South Africa with a lion-hearted effort. The hosts were agonisingly close to victory, having...

Blessing Okagbare storms to 100m gold with a record

The fastest woman in Africa is now the fastest woman in the Commonwealth. Blessing Okagbare backed up a series of scintillating runs at Hampden Park to claim a stunning Commonwealth Games 100 metres title ahead of Jamaica’s Veronica CampbellBrown and...

Blatter postpones Sri Lanka visit

FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter has postponed his scheduled visit to Sri Lanka by two months, Sri Lanka Football Federation president Ranjith Rodrigo told “Daily Mirror” yesterday. “We received a message from FIFA headquarters last week that the...

MERCEDES TO RETHINK TEAM ORDERS

Mercedes are to review their team orders policy after Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix with team chief Niki Lauda backing Lewis Hamilton for ignoring instructions to allow Nico Rosberg to overtake. Hamilton went on to finish third and trim teammate...

David hopes gold will lift Malaysian spirits

Nicol David and Nick Matthew successfully defended their Commonwealth Games singles squash titles with victories at the Scotstoun Sports Campus on Monday. Malaysian world number one David recovered from a slow start to beat England's Laura Massaro...

Okagbare targets Commonwealth treble

Were it not for the track and field schedule, Nigerian Blessing Okagbare could almost be expected to be going for four medals at the Commonwealth Games. The 25-year-old scorched to a commanding victory in the women's 100m at Hampden Park on Monday,...

Green fights to show he belongs with Bayern

Bolstered by a dramatic World Cup goal for the United States, 19-year-old striker Julian Green wants to prove he belongs with German champions Bayern Munich. The German-American prodigy rewarded US coach Jurgen Klinsmann for giving him a World Cup...

Griezmann to join Spanish champions Atletico

(AFP) – Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal to sign France international Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad, the Spanish champions announced on Monday. “Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad have reached an agreement for the transfer of Antoine...

Blatter postpones Sri Lanka visit

FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter has postponed his scheduled visit to Sri Lanka by two months, Sri Lanka Football Federation president Ranjith Rodrigo told “Daily Mirror” yesterday. “We received a message from FIFA headquarters last week that the...

Malinga turns back on local team

Sri Lankan star Lasith Malinga has confirmed that he would represent his Indian Premier League (IPL) side Mumbai Indians at the forthcoming Champions League T20 tournament. Malinga’s local team Southern Express team manager Shane Fernando said that...

Christine Merrill crashes out at first hurdle

American-based hurdler Christine Sonali Merrill crashed out of the Commonwealth Games with yet another disappointing performance in her pet 400m hurdles event yesterday. Merrill had clocked a substandard 58.65 seconds to finish sixth in the qualifying...

BUSINESS NEWS

FURTHER EASING NO HEALER FOR DISMAL CREDIT GROWTH

Further easing of the monetary policy may not solve the problem of extremely low private credit growth, which fell to more than a four-and-a-half-year low of 2.2 percent in May 2014, compared with 3.3 percent a month earlier, according t o Standard...

JLR buys Britain’s biggest private car collection

DAILYMAIL: A dentist who amassed Britain’s biggest private car collection has sold the entire £ 100 million fleet to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). Dr. James Hull, 53, spent tens of millions of pounds filling a number of warehouses in Hertfordshire with...

Dialog powers Sri Lanka’s first street parking meters with Tenaga

The country’s premier telecom service provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, partnered with Tenaga Car Parks to introduce parking meters for the first time in Sri Lanka. The first two solar-powered parking meters were installed on Baron Jayathilaka Mawatha in...

Watawala posts Rs.231mn net profit for June quarter

Watawala Plantations PLC said its net profit rose to Rs.230.9 million in the June 2014 quarter (1Q15) as against Rs.11.4 million a year earlier, helped by a 25 percent year-on-year (YoY) top line growth to Rs.1.9 billion. The company recorded earnings...

Jayantha De Silva appointed as SLASSCOM Chairman

IFS Sri Lanka President and CEO Jayantha De Silva was appointed as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) at the Annual General Meeting held last week. The SLASSCOM is t he national chamber for IT/BPM...

Veteran stockbroker on Dipped Products board

Dipped Products PLC, the rubber glove manufacturer of the Hayley group, said Sujeewa Prasanga Peiris, who currently serves as a Director of Bartleet Religare Securities (BRS), would be appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director to its...

BoC leverages Seychelles to enter African continent

While defending the opening of a branch in the tiny Southeast African island with less than 100,000 people, Bank of Ceylon (BoC) Chairman Air Chief Marshall Harsha Abeywickrema said the entry into Seychelles would be an ideal platform to make inroads...

Lucky Lanka shares to hit bourse today

Lucky Lanka Milk Processing Company Ltd, a dairy firm which conducted an Initial Public Offer (IPO), said its ordinary voting and non-voting shares would be listed on the Colombo Stocks Exchange’s secondary Diri Savi Board under the beverage, food and...

Albatross Boutique Hotel Resort developed to provide 5-star service

The Albatross Boutique Holiday Resort has been developed by its owners, the Ranfer Group, to provide a high-end 5 star service unit but amidst a leisurely and casual family atmosphere. The tranquillity of the Resort remains unparallel and provides a...

Air India joins Star Alliance

Star Alliance, the way the Earth connects, welcomed Air India as a full member of its global family of airlines, opening the national carrier’s strong domestic network in the fifth largest aviation market to Star Alliance customers worldwide. Air...

UNION RESORT & SPA TO SET UP RS.650MN ECOFRIENDLY HOTEL IN SIGIRIYA

Recent economic growth, infrastructural development and an overall rise in tourism to the island has also seen a host of ambitious new projects, which will cater to these new arrivals and the projected boom in tourism. Union Resorts & Spa Ltd has...

Emirates resumes full schedule of 34 flights a week from Colombo

Emirates has announced t he resumption of its daily flights from Colombo to Singapore, following the completion of a comprehensive runway upgrade project at Dubai International Airport which resulted in a temporary suspension of these...

Flag & Whistle relaunched as a family restaurant

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Flag & Whistle relaunched itself as a family restaurant, following a month of renovation valued at Rs.7 million. The establishment strives to provide an unforgettable dining experience with its signature dishes and...

Japanese tourists unaware of SL tourist attractions

Sri Lanka’s tourism sector should build awareness about the island’s tourism attractions and also improve its tourism facilities, if the country needs to attract more Japanese tourists to the country, said Kiichiro Iwase, First Secretary of Head of...

KIA’S SRI LANKA DISTRIBUTOR WINS AWARD FOR ‘MOST IMPROVED’ IN ASIA PACIFIC

Kia Motors (Lanka), the sole distributor i n Sri Lanka for the Korean automobile brand, has been presented with an award for the ‘Most Improved’ in the region at the 2014 Asia – Pacific Parts Conference of MOBIS – the spare parts division of the...

Yamaha motorcycles lead pack through annals of history

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...

Orient Finance-United Motors relaunch trade-in offer for Mitsubishi vehicles

Orient Finance PLC and United Motors have relaunched their very successful partnership with their unique solution where a used vehicle of any brand can be traded in for a brand-new Mitsubishi vehicle, eliminating the hassle of selling the used...

AMW introduces ‘Marathon Radial’ precure tyre

Associated Motorways (Pvt.) Ltd (AMW), one of the leading companies in the Sri Lankan corporate sector, recently added value t o its retreading tyres product line by introducing ‘ Marathon Radial’ procure tyre. AMW Group Managing Director Samantha...

Delmege spearheads headhunting partnership with Carmart

The Service Cluster of Delmege Forsyth & Co. recently signed an agreement to operate as the official headhunting partner for Carmart Limited. The Service Cluster, which initially operated under the brand name of Delship Recruitment, has cemented its...

Setting strategic direction for faster growth

Prime Minister Modi’s elections were hailed as a resounding victory for his pro-growth/pro-business agenda. There was an expectation among pro-market economists and business that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s maiden effort would lay out a vision for...

ASIA MUST MIND THE GAPS TO SECURE ITS FUTURE

The latest Asian Development Outlook from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) underlines the economic prowess of the Asia and Pacific region in the wake of the global financial crisis. Its economies continue to shine while many advanced countries have...

DASA MUDALALI AND SRI LANKA’S EXPERIMENT IN PROTECTIONISM

S. D. Gunadasa, better known as Dasa Mudalali, was a name that was ubiquitous during the business landscape of the 1970s. The era saw the rise of a breed of entrepreneurs the likes of which have been seldom seen since. Maliban Mudalali, Nawaloka...

Alliance Finance’s new leasing product to deliver multiple benefits

Alliance Finance Group Head of Business Development Ali Ahlam Nawaz speaks exclusively on Lease Plus Bonus Cash, the newest leasing product from Alliance Finance, a company with a rich history of almost six decades. The first of its kind in the...

HNB ASSURANCE WINS HIGH AT NASCO AWARDS

HNB Assurance (HNBA) secured four main awards at the National Sales Congress Awards (NASCO) organised by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM). NASCO 2014, its premier event, is dedicated to recognise the efforts and performance of sales...

Janashakthi gives protection to Centara Resorts Maldives

Janashakthi recently paid out a claim worth approximately US $ 0.9 million to a luxury resort in the Maldives when one of its buildings was gutted by fire. Centara Hotels and Resorts is a prominent Thai-based chain which also has hotels based in Bali,...

Orient Finance reaches Rs.2bn deposit mark

Orient Finance PLC achieved another milestone by surpassing the Rs.2 billion threshold in their deposits during the first week of July. Having reached Rs.1 billion in deposits merely six months ago, doubling the deposit base to trigger Rs.1 billion...

Seylan gifts Tikiri accounts to Kegalle quintuplets

Dilini Rasangi Shyamini, a 29-year-old mother from Hettimulla, Kegalle gave birth to Sri Lanka’s second set of quintuplets at the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital in the early hours of Thursday, July 2. The father of the two boys and three girls, Shilantha...

Union Bank opens Medawachchiya branch

Union Bank has extended its services to Medawachchiya with the opening of its 59th branch at No: 40, Kandy Road, Medawachchiya. The new branch was ceremonially opened by Union Bank Chief Operating Officer Nilanth de Silva. Union Bank’s entry into...

SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR CEYLON GREEN TEA

Q) Let us start the very beginning how do you describe tea as a common drink? Tea was accidentally invented by Shen Nong (father of tea) in 2737 BC and in Ceylon tea was grown commercially initiated by Mr. James Taylor a Scotsman, in Loolecondera...

Agarwood investment posts higher returns within short time

Today in existence are several investments instruments that can be employed to secure future savings that can in turn provide prosperous returns. Utilizing various methodologies, the range of existing investment tools offered to prospective investors...

TWO MORE BRANDIX FACTORIES AWARDED M&S PLAN A ‘ECO FACTORY ATTRIBUTE’

Two manufacturing facilities of Brandix Apparel Solutions Limited - Lingerie Cluster in Nittambuwa have been awarded Eco Factory Attributes by the global retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) in recognition of achievements in reducing their environmental...

Kelani Cables introduces ‘Kelani Tube Bulb’

Kelani Cables PLC as of today has consolidated its position in the market place as Sri Lanka’s number one brand in secure electrical and communication cables. Kelani Cables electrical bulb product range too is gaining momentum at present. The company...

Neochem celebrates five years of growth in chemical industry

Neochem International (Pvt.) Limited, one of Sri Lanka’s innovative solution providers for chemical products, celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier this month. Neochem, which commenced operations in 2009 as a solution provider for the cosmetics and...

SLIM Brand Excellence 2014 attracts record number of entries

The keenly-awaited SLIM Brand Excellence Awards has attracted more than 100 applicants this year. This is the 13th successive year that Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) is organising this prestigious event. “The increased number of entries this...

Charles & Keith opens at Arcade Independence Square

Charles & Keith celebrates the grand launch of its second store in Colombo 7 at the newly unveiled Arcade Independence Square shopping mall situated in the heart of the busy city. The design concept of the new store combines details of the heritage...