For almost 14 years, the building of the Open Art Gallery Rangiri-Dambulla T.B. Tennakoon has been at a standstill. The gallery was to be used to give artists residing in and around Dambulla possibilities.
In a new turn of events, Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said if elected to run for the presidency, he will abolish the executive presidency.
In collaboration with the 10th installment of “The Diyakawa mission”, the commando regiment of the Sri Lanka Army hosted a military exercise yesterday at the BMICH on rescuing hostages.
Plans for the construction of a second terminal at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) have been renewed in hopes of completing construction by 2022, The Sunday Morning Business learned.
United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa today announced that he is prepared to give way if the UNP, by majority vote, decides to pick another candidate to contest the Presidential elections.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said he did not issue directives in Minister Duminda Dissanayake for an exorbitant amount of leasing out the controversial agriculture building. Wickramasinghe testified yesterday before the Presidential Inquiry Commission(PCoI) to investigate misappropriations and corruption in state-owned enterprises.
To obtain more income, solar panels would be installed on railway station roofs and sold energy produced, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga says. The private sector will be invited to supply and reorganize the solar panels on a profit-sharing basis, the minister said recently.
With Sri Lanka on the cusp of establishing a digitally empowered country and knowledge economy, the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), Sri Lanka's apex government agency for ICT under the ministry's authority and management of Ajith P. Perera, Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology, continues to harness exponential technological channels effectively.
Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread company, is launching Coats Digital. The integrated technology business brings together all its software solutions under a new single brand which describes and aligns with the offering to its customers across the apparel and footwear industries.
Textrip[ Pvt] Ltd, a subsidiary of the Elasto Group of Companies, won the 2019 CNCI Achievers Award for Achievement of Industrial Excellence in the Large Category-Manufacturing Sector and Silver Award of the Provincial Large Category-Manufacturing Sector.
At the recently concluded Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards 2019, Sri Lanka's leading private-sector commercial bank, HNB, once again delivered notable performance, ranked among the Ten Best Integrated Reports for 2019.
Dentsu Grant Group has launched Amnet, the programmatic platform from Dentsu Aegis Network, in Sri Lanka. Amnet comprises a team of programmatic experts from the Dentsu Aegis Network, who specialize in programmatic buying, programmatic media planning, data analytics and audience data. Amnet’s mission is to build and leverage data, in order to deliver more meaningful and personalized messaging insights.
Showery condition over the island is expected to persist, especially in the southwestern part. Showers or thundershowers will sometimes take place in the provinces of Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central, and Northwest. In some places in the provinces of Central, Sabaragamuwa and Kaluthara, Galle and Matara, fairly high falls above 50 mm are probable.
With a' Freshness Guarantee' or doubling your cashback commitment in 2018, Keells continues to invest in fresh processes, equipment and innovations to offer the best in freshness and quality to clients.
The country’s foremost economic event, the Sri Lanka Economic Summit (SLES) 2019, at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo today (17).
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) promotes Women's Entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka through its Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi)-supported Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Line of Credit Project.
A delegation of five senior European Commission officials lately toured the Katunayake Export Processing Zone in connection with the GSP+ status of Sri Lanka. The delegation comprises Thorsten Bargfrede, Head of Political, Trade and Communication Section, Walter Van Hattum, GSP Trade Preferences, Trade and Sustainable Development Coordinator, Nikolaos Zaimis, Trade and Sustainable Development Advisor, Elina Laurinen, Senior Trade Expert, South and South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Trade and Rudi De
First-ever state-run Wheel Alignment Center (WAC) was launched for the four-wheel light car class, demand for its facilities peaked–not from state-owned cars, but from private car owners starving for trustworthy service.
Cinnamon's Summer Escapes 2019, a combination of three distinctive edutainment camps, including West End Theater Camp, Culinary Camp, and Summer Camp, recently effectively completed by Cinnamon at Habarana Village.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden, living in Russia since leaking a trove of classified documents showing the scope of post-9/11 US government surveillance, wants to claim asylum in France, according to an interview published Saturday.
Oil prices surged by nearly 20% after two attacks on Saudi Arabian facilities on Saturday knocked out more than 5% of the world's supply.
Working around the clock, thousands of firefighters are struggling to contain smog-belching blazes raging across rainforests and farmland in Indonesia, one of the frontlines against fires blamed for aggravating global warming.
Sri Lanka's diverse conglomerate Sunshine Holdings PLC (CSE: SUN) would support the country's leading summit for important policymakers, company leaders, thought leaders, and professionals for the fifth successive year, the 2019 Economic Summit. Hosted annually by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), the country's leading financial event would take place at Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, on September 17 and 18.
A gang of thieves stole an 18-carat gold toilet from an art exhibition at the Blenheim Palace in Britain on Saturday, police said-causing the World Heritage Site to flood. The full-functioning piece by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, dubbed "America," was once exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and offered to US President Donald Trump on loan.
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron launched a blistering attack on the UK’s current leader Boris Johnson in extracts of his memoirs published Sunday, accusing him of only backing Brexit to further his own career.
Najibullah Zadran struck a blistering half-century as Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 28 runs in Saturday's first game of the Twenty20 International tri-nation tournament in Dhaka.
With the participation of DFCC bank, Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, Hilton Hotel, and host Lake House, the inaugural quadrangular sports festival arranged by the Lake House Sports Club under the patronage of its chairman Krishantha Cooray have become a resounding success.
Manchester City succumbed to a first Premier League defeat since January in amazing fashion to the newly promoted Norwich 3-2 on Saturday as Liverpool opened up a five-point lead at the top of the table by beating Newcastle 3-1.
70 percent of the construction of the Palali Airport has already been completed, said the Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga.
In the near future, technical colleges will be inaugurated in Karuwalagaswewa in Puttalam and Anamaduwa and a marine university in Puttalam, "said Parliamentarian Palitha Range Bandara.
In 2019, Sri Lanka enhanced paddy (rough rice) output from both growing seasons to 4,613 million metric tons, up 5.5 percent from an initial estimate, and up 17 percent from last year, state agricultural officials said.
The Artillery Regiment made all arrangements at the Artillery Complex Minneriya on Sunday, October 06, 2019 to hold the Gunner Supercross 2019, the country's most popular autosport event. The magnificent event, organised for the 14th successive year in association with Sri Lanka Auto-sports Drivers Association (SLADA),
It is expected that the prevailing shower situation on the island will remain over the next few days. Showers or thundershowers will sometimes occur in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central, Northern, and Northwestern provinces and heavy falls are probable to be about 100-150 mm in these areas in some places.
Queen’s Hotel Kandy, one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka, would soon be converted to be amongst the top few luxury heritage hotels in the world. The hotel would also witness the addition of nearly 30 more room to their inventory under this upgrading drive.
Sri Lankan born Sabrina Ghouse in her newly released, thought-provoking book ‘Built to be CEO, A Woman’s Journey to the Top’ gives a powerful message to women who are undecided as to what they want to be when it comes to their careers. And she convincingly says ‘You are built to be CEO.’
Capitol TwinPeaks, the flagship residential venture of the Sanken Group, located on the Beira lakefront in Colombo 2, has recorded an increase in Sri Lankan expatriate interest in both the residential project, as well as Central Colombo’s luxury apartment market segment.
The Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2019” will be held today at the Shangri-La Hotel Colombo.
Hyundai Motor Company today announced bans Auto as the authorized distributor for Sri Lanka. As the authorized distributor, Abans Auto will market and service the total model range of Hyundai Vehicles in Sri Lanka. The landmark agreement embodies Abans Auto’s significant brand presence and influence in the automotive industry as well as Hyundai Motor’s aim to expand further into this emerging market.
The efforts of the Ceylon Commercial Bank to enhance financial literacy among micro-entrepreneurs recently reached Angunakolapelessa in the district of Hambantota, when the Bank, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Central Bank, held a seminar for growers of vegetables, paddy and maize in the area.
The Nations Trust Bank has recently expanded its reach at No.340, Galle Road, Kalutara, with its newest branch in Kalutara, expanding its branch network to 96 locations across the island. Senior bank officials, clients, and other dignitaries attended the opening ceremony to mark the inauguration.
At the 15th edition of the Lanka TUK-TUK Challenge, more than 40 enthusiastic competitors from seven countries made up of 20 teams were flagged off by cricketer Rangana Herath at the Tamarind Tree Hotel in Minuwangoda. Large Minority organized the UK-TUK Challenge in collaboration with Connaissance de Ceylan.
Wickramarachchi Opticians & Hearing Care is hosting the first-ever three-day ' Sports Rehabilitation Seminar ' at the WISH Auditorium, High Leval Road, Delkanda, from October 25 to 27 in a bid to introduce a novel mode of self-employment-generating wellness facilities.
Central Bank Governor, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy called on the public to be more aware of the proposed changes to the Monetary Law Act. He was speaking at the Central Bank Auditorium recently before an annual oration by political scientist and former advisor to the Ministry of Finance Razeen Sally.
Weightlifters from Sri Lanka will participate in the World Weightlifting Championships to be held in Thailand from September 16 to 27. Sri Lanka's eight-member squad includes six males and two females. The skilled Sri Lankan weight lifter Chintana Geethal Vidhanage, the former Olympian and gold and silver medal winner, is the highest player in this squad, taking part in the 81 kg weight class, while Sudesh Pieris,
According to sources, the International Cricket Council will review safety provisions in Pakistan prior to the Sri Lankan series. The ICC will evaluate the safety plans, according to the sources of the Urdu daily, before appointing neutral umpires and matching referees.
H. G. Sasindu (Makandura CC) Sankalpa and K. Shashikala Dilshani (Makandura CC) from both the Southern Province won the 14 km All Island Nestomalt marathon for the boys and girls, while Ambagasdowa President's College was awarded the general champions when the much-anticipated college marathon in Giriulla was played out on Saturday.
After recording a statement, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left the Inquiry Presidential Commission. It is noted, however, that the Prime Minister is planned to return at 1.30 pm to the Presidential Commission.
The Excise Department announced yesterday that the liquor licenses obtained during the years 2017 and 2018 will be subject to cancelation if procedural conditions under the Excise Ordinance have not been met.
Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, said India and Sri Lanka share umbilical connectivity and the two nations should not forget that one can not survive without the help of the other.
Saturday evening, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, the musical show Udarai Oba organized by the Defense Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit was held at the Nelum Pokuna Theater.
In the context of the continuing heavy rains, a Disaster Management Center released a landslide alert for several districts. Kiriella, Kalawana, Ratnapura, Eheliyagoda Divisional Secretariat and surrounding places in Ratnapura District, Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat Division
Due to flooding close the Barber Street Junction along the primary road connecting Nawaloka Roundabout and Pettah, heavy traffic was reported in Kotahena, police said.
Rs.2, All Island Bakery Owners Association said the cost of a normal loaf of bread is now reduced. N.K.Jayawardena, president of the Association, told news media that this decision had been made since they were notified that the price of wheat flour would be lowered by Rs.5.50.
It is anticipated that the prevailing shower situation on the island will remain over the next few days. Showers or thundershowers will occur in the Western Provinces, Sabaragamuwa, Southern Provinces, and heavy falls of about 100 mm are probable to occur in some places in these areas.
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), Sri Lanka's major provider of telecommunications services, is happy to announce its epic achievement in the technological infrastructure field with the utmost devotion and commitment of the entire SLT family. The' Lotus Tower–Multi functional TV and Telecommunications Tower' is expected to be one of Sri Lanka's major landmarks and an epitome of the economy.
SLNS "Sindurala" and SLNS "Suranimila" which left for India on last 5th September to participate in Sri Lanka India Naval Exercise-2019, arrived the island. Accordingly, SLNS "Sindurala" arrived at Naval Dockyard Trincomalee on 14th September while SLNS "Suranimila" arrived the port of Colombo on 15th September and the two ships were welcomed SL Navy in accordance with Naval traditions.
The 2019 State Literary Awards Ceremony was held in the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall yesterday (12th) afternoon, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, to honor the literati who enriched the field of literature in Sri Lanka.
Rs. 2 has not implemented the price increase of a loaf of bread and the price will remain the same as before, said the Bakery Owners ' Association. The president of the All Ceylon Bakery Owners ' Association, N.K. Jayawardena, said the decision had been taken after the cost of wheat flour had been reduced.
The Easter Sunday terrorist attacks threatened public security in Sri Lanka with a huge adverse financial effect on the country's rapidly increasing tourism industry. As an immediate reaction to the incident, the Government of Japan has agreed to grant Japanese Yen 01 billion (roughly Rs. 1.6 billion)
The US Coast Guard thinks the environmental impact from an overturned cargo ship along the Georgia coast is limited so far, Cdr. Norm Witt said Tuesday.
Drug-making giant Purdue Pharma has reportedly reached a US multi-billion dollar tentative agreement to settle a host of lawsuits against it. The company owned by the Sackler family is accused of fueling the U.S. opioid crisis through drugs such as OxyContin painkiller.
International News from World: Alibaba chairman Jack Ma is due to step down from Tuesday’s e-commerce giant, marking the company’s
The World Surfing League Qualifying Series 3000, also known as So Sri Lanka Pro 2019, is scheduled to take place at Arugam Bay's World Class Point Break from September 25th to 29th of this month, attended by over 122 surfers from 24 countries.
The new Court Complex, Polonnaruwa was opened to the general public under the distinguished patronage of his Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena on the invitation of Hon. Thalatha Atukorale , Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms.
Modernization of the railway operations was recognized as the need for time to meet the growing demand of the railway industry. Railway Master Plan has therefore been prepared under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Technical Assistance.
Flexible packaging for Sri Lankan Tea Industry Under BOI Agreement, Japanese investor to begin manufacturing »
The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka signed an Agreement with Sugano Packing Materials Co., Ltd., a Japanese Company to establish a plant that will be manufacturing flexible packaging that will be utilized by, among other sectors, the local Tea industry. The packaging produced in Ja-Ela, Sri Lanka would be mainly flat bottomed bags.
His Eminence Cardinal, Most Rev Dr Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo blessed the office of the new Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva when he paid obeisance to His Eminence at the Archbishop's House in Colombo 8 Tuesday (10) afternoon upon assumption of his duties at the Army Headquarters.
The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) have continued to engage regional entrepreneurs through a series of events presenting CSE’s SME listing platform, the Empower Board. The latest events were organized in Jaffna and Matara recently and followed forums organized in Anuradhapura, Negombo, Kurunegala, and Kandy.
The legendary Ramayana Trail begins with India’s leading travel writers and social media influencers »
A familiarization tour of Sri Lanka's historic monuments connected with the Ramayana Legend was organized by SriLankan Airlines, the Sri Lankan National Carrier and a member of the Oneworld alliance. The familiarization tour offered a chance for visiting social media influencers,
Sri Lanka and Togolese Republic leaders have focused on expanding trade and investment between the two countries. This was discussed at length when yesterday, at the President's Office, President Maithripala Sirisena and the visiting President of the Togolese Republic Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé met (11).
Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine recently set the foundation stone for a development initiative to be initiated at De Soysa Hospital for Women at a price of Rs. 250 million.
President Maithripala Sirisena handed over title deeds of 75 shrines to the Maha Sangha at the House of President on Tuesday as part of the domestic program to hand over land deeds and land certificates to one million people. Over 355 title deeds of sacred premises have been issued from 2015, with arrangements being made to provide another 700.
SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lanka's national carrier, and Oneworld alliance member, recently celebrated 40 years of operations at the Katunayake Airport. On the occasion, State Finance Minister Eran Wickramaratne was the chief guest. The event was attended by the Chairman of SriLankan Airlines, G.S. Withanage, Chief Executive, Vipula Gunatilleka and many staff members.
Under the monthly fuel price formula, fuel prices except Auto Diesel were reduced from midnight yesterday. Rs. 1, Octane 95 petrol by Rs. 2 and Super Diesel by Rs. 2 reduced the cost of one liter of Octane 92 petrol. Octane 92 petrol's current liter cost is Rs.137,
Yesterday, under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the construction of the new Rs. 28 billion Port Access Elevated Highway from New Kelani Bridge to Colombo Port City began.
Sarah Hulton OBE, the new United Kingdom High Commissioner for Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Sri Lanka, sent a courtesy call to Parliament to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. Speaker was hosting a Luncheon session after the bi-lateral debate.
More than 300,000 individuals visited Jaffna Muttraveli grounds to see the exhibition of Enterprise Sri Lanka held there on Monday until its third day. It said the main zone of the Enterprise Sri Lanka Exhibition, the Entrepreneurship Zone, is drawing the largest government response.
The Lotus Tower, the biggest 350-meter tower in South Asia, would be proclaimed open on September 16 at 5:00 p.m. under the aegis of President Maithripala Sirisena. USD 104 million was spent on building the tower and eighty percent of the price was financed by China's EXIM Bank.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, Saudi Arabia's Speaker of the Shoura Council (Parliament), said effective measures would be taken to build powerful collaboration between Saudi Arabia and the parliaments of Sri Lanka. He said this when, today (September 10), he called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the office of the President in Colombo.
President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurates MAS Athena, Thulhiriya, of the Asia-Pacific Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (10). President Sirisena pointed out that it is vital to maintain human beings and the environment in a healthy way in a timely way to ensure sustainable human and social life.
Pulathisi InterCity train service today commenced the first run from Colombo Fort to Polonnaruwa. President Maithripala Sirisena joined the inaugural Pulathisi train and traveled from Fort to the railway station in Maradana.
In particular, in the Eastern, Uva, Central and North-central provinces and in the districts of Vavuniya and Mullaitivu over the next few days, there is a strong chance for afternoon thundershowers. Therefore, it is kindly requested that the general public take appropriate precautions to minimize damage caused by temporary powerful localized winds and lightning.
In Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern and Northwestern provinces there will be several showers of spells. Showers or thundershowers will take place at various places in Central, North-Central, Uva and Eastern provinces and after 2 p.m. in Vavuniya, Mullaitivu districts.
It was the celebrated opening of Footsteps on 7 September which saw more than 100 invited guests at the ceremony. Children and toddlers now have a preschool at 29, Kadawatha Road, Dehiwala. A number of parents are already flocking to the preschool.
Heritance, Kandalama, owned and operated by Aitken Spence Hotels hospitality chain, would quickly add to the hotel more sustainability characteristics.
Proactive negotiations are ongoing to finalize a crucial barter agreement between Sri Lanka and Iran to resolve the impasse over tea exports and oil import payments.
A mechanic who produced a jeep at a cost of Rs. 55,000 was reported from a remote village in Galbokkayaya that could accommodate five people.
With their historic partnership with Warner Bros, Elephant House Ice Cream, Sri Lanka's famous and iconic ice cream household brand, has taken another giant leap. This game-changing partnership is set to revolutionize the country's entire FMCG landscape,
At the opening of' Sri Lanka Buildcon and Wood International Expo 2019' at the BMICH on Friday, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka informed visitors that the government gazetted the Port City landmass that will be part of the Colombo
President presents ‘Polonnaruwa’, academic research-based academic volume, to school children and public »
The book titled' Polonnaruwa; Narapathi Yugaye Sita Janapathi Yugaya Dakwa' was submitted today to college pupils and the public in Polonnaruwa, a research-based educational volume.
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) hosted a press tour for a delegation of high profile journalists from prominent media houses in India, who arrived in Sri Lanka in order to promote the destination as one of the best and the safest tourist destinations.
The ‘Yaal Virindu’ food festival commence last week and will hold till September 15, 2019, at Ramada Hotel Colombo. The event is organized with the key objective to celebrate the distinct flavors of Northern Sri Lanka that separate it from the traditional cuisine found in the rest of the island.
The forex reserves of Sri Lanka increased to 8,532.6 million US dollars in the month of August 2019, official information showed. The gross official reserves of Sri Lanka consist of both the central bank and the treasury's balances. Fiscal balances, which operate as debt raising and settlement,
The 15th Seva Vanitha Unit Army President (ASVU) Mrs.Sujeewa Nelson took office in her office in Narahenpita last month in the midst of religious blessings, warm greetings, and good wishes.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe opened the third exhibition of Enterprise Sri Lanka in Jaffna on Saturday. The PM said Rs.90,000 mn was disbursed as loans for multiple companies among 53,000 people.
In order to meet the shortage of subject-specialist educators in domestic and provincial colleges, 4,286 graduate holders of Colleges of Education were hired to the teacher service yesterday at a ceremony held yesterday under the patronage of the Prime Minister at Temple Trees.
A distinct fund will help to set up companies in the Jaffna region, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Jaffna last week at a conference on the Jaffna Municipal Grounds following the launch of several development initiatives in the Jaffna region. He said that the fishing industry will also be enhanced so that fishermen can go fishing in the deep sea.
Priority will be provided to duty-free shop stalls for Jaffna products at Palali Airport, Petroleum Resources and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunge said in Jaffna. Minister Ranatunge visited Palali Airport with a group of 80 representatives to see the project.