Ensuring education and a brighter future for communities hit by CKDu

Ensuring education and a brighter future for communities hit by CKDu »

19 Feb, 2020

IconicSri Lankan multinational conglomerate, Hayleys PLC completed its sixth annual school supply distribution initiative for the 2020 academic year, as part of a long-standing commitment by the group to support rural communities in the North and North Central Provinces under the banner of its flagship ‘Puritas Sathdiyawara: Going Beyond’.

Sunshine Holdings records Rs.15.8 bn revenue, a dip of 4.9% YoY

Sunshine Holdings records Rs.15.8 bn revenue, a dip of 4.9% YoY »

19 Feb, 2020

Sunshine Holdings PLC reported notable growth in bottom-line performances during the first nine months of the current financial year (9MFY20). During this period, the Group posted consolidated revenue of Rs. 15.8 billion, delivering a 32.3% Year-on-Year (YoY) increase in Profits After Tax (PAT).

Atlas Axillia rewards loyal Chooty fans with gifts

Atlas Axillia rewards loyal Chooty fans with gifts »

19 Feb, 2020

Atlas Axillia recently conducted the Atlas Chooty Rahasak Thagi Godak a promotion inviting Atlas Chooty enthusiasts to send in three empty refills, where each entrant was subsequently entered into the draw.

CIPM Panel Discussion Concludes with Consensus on Embracing Change in Public Sector

CIPM Panel Discussion Concludes with Consensus on Embracing Change in Public Sector »

19 Feb, 2020

CIPM Sri Lanka – the Nation’s leader in human resource management organized a ½ day seminar and panel discussion on the topic “Promising Prospects for HR in the Public Sector” on Tuesday 11th February at “HR House” in Colombo 5.

UNIDO opens food laboratory at Industrial Development Board

UNIDO opens food laboratory at Industrial Development Board »

19 Feb, 2020

Within the framework of the EU-Sri Lanka Trade Related Assistance project, funded by the European Union (EU) and co-implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC), UNIDO is facilitating the achievement of international recognition for select conformity assessment bodies (CAB) to increase the supply and array of quality infrastructure services offered to enterprises in the food and spices sectors in Sri Lanka.

Remove obstacles to uplift the local industry – President tells officials

Remove obstacles to uplift the local industry – President tells officials »

19 Feb, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed officials to take measures to uplift local industries and encourage investors by removing obstructions.

COPA Report for the Fiscal Year 2018 of 844 Government Institutions Presented in Parliament

COPA Report for the Fiscal Year 2018 of 844 Government Institutions Presented in Parliament »

19 Feb, 2020

The Committee on Public Accounts report on 844 institutions of State, Provincial Councils and Local Government for the Fiscal Year of 2018, was tabled in Parliament today (18th) by its Chairman, State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna. That report consists of over 800 pages.

Deutsche Bank launches digital FX platform for corporate clients in Sri Lanka

Deutsche Bank launches digital FX platform for corporate clients in Sri Lanka »

19 Feb, 2020

Deutsche Bank  announced it is investing in Sri Lanka and launching a major push into the corporate client market, with the rollout of a new digitally-enhanced foreign exchange (FX) platform.

President determined to make Sri Lanka the number one country for investments

President determined to make Sri Lanka the number one country for investments »

19 Feb, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated that his resolution is to transform Sri Lanka as the most favourable country for investments.

Ceylon Chamber identifies Afghanistan as a potential market to further expand business with Sri Lanka

Ceylon Chamber identifies Afghanistan as a potential market to further expand business with Sri Lanka »

19 Feb, 2020

“I am very grateful to H.E. the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Hon. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for their deep interest in elevating Afghanistan - Sri Lankan bilateral ties and further enhancing our two countries’ cooperation within the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC),

Squad for the Official Warm Up Game vs West Indies

Squad for the Official Warm Up Game vs West Indies »

19 Feb, 2020

The following 14 member squad has been selected to represent the ‘Board President’s XI’ to play the Warm Up Game vs West Indies, scheduled to be played on the 20th February, 2020 at the CMCG, Katunayake.

SLAF Men’s Team Wins National Club Kabaddi Championship 2020

SLAF Men’s Team Wins National Club Kabaddi Championship 2020 »

19 Feb, 2020

Sri Lanka Air Force Men’s Team defeated Sri Lanka Army Team to emerge as Champions at the National Club Kabaddi Championship 2020 held from the 14th to the 16th of February 2020 at Point Pedro Mahajana Grounds, Jaffna.

Defence Attaché of Embassy of People’s Republic of China visits Naval Headquarters

Defence Attaché of Embassy of People’s Republic of China visits Naval Headquarters »

19 Feb, 2020

New Defence Attaché of the Embassy of People’s Republic of China, Senior Colonel Wan Dong made a visit to the Naval Headquarters recently

EDB continues to promote Sri Lanka ICT and BPM products in Japan 2020

EDB continues to promote Sri Lanka ICT and BPM products in Japan 2020 »

19 Feb, 2020

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) is on a call for applications from companies with cutting-edge technologies to join its delegation to Japan IT Week 2020 from 8-10 April.

EDB Establishes a Help Desk For Customers

EDB Establishes a Help Desk For Customers »

19 Feb, 2020

The Export Development Board has taken an initiative to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of EDB Services delivering satisfaction to all customers. The Exporters, Entrepreneurs and public alike will be assisted through the Help Desk on support services and necessary guidance on other related Institutions.

Most Ven. Ohtani Chohjun honored with Great Sasana Ratna Award at the Parliament

Most Ven. Ohtani Chohjun honored with Great Sasana Ratna Award at the Parliament »

19 Feb, 2020

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said the contribution by the Honganji Foundation led by the Most Ven. Ohtani Chohjun towards strengthening the relations between Sri Lanka and Japan over the decades has been monumental.

Boat production factory at Karainagar to be improved with new technology -Minister Devananda

Boat production factory at Karainagar to be improved with new technology -Minister Devananda »

19 Feb, 2020

Hon. Minister, Douglas Devananda’s attention has been directed to improve the boat production factory at Karainagar, Jaffna with new technology for the benefit of the entire country. He said so when he made an observation tour recently to look into the affairs of the factory.

Sri Lankan Cultural Week Commences At The People’s Friendship University Of Russia

Sri Lankan Cultural Week Commences At The People’s Friendship University Of Russia »

19 Feb, 2020

Sri Lankan students, currently enrolled at the People’s Friendship University of Russia (RUDN), are organizing the Sri Lankan Cultural Week to promote Sri Lankan historic and cultural heritage among the international student community at the RUDN University.

Sri Lanka Participates At Tourist Travel Fair In Estonia

Sri Lanka Participates At Tourist Travel Fair In Estonia »

19 Feb, 2020

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) in partnership with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden arranged the participation of Sri Lankan Destination Management Companies (DMCs) at Tourest 2020 in Tallin, Estonia on 7-9 February.

Sri Lanka Food Festival – Islamabad And Rawalpindi

Sri Lanka Food Festival – Islamabad And Rawalpindi »

19 Feb, 2020

Marriot Hotel – Islamabad and Pearl Continental Hotel – Rawalpindi with the support of Sri Lanka High Commission organized a Sri Lanka food festival on the 05 and 06 February 2020 in Islamabad and Rawalpindi in line with the 72nd anniversary of the independence of Sri Lanka.

High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi Organizes Art Exhibition to Commemorate Independence

High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi Organizes Art Exhibition to Commemorate Independence »

19 Feb, 2020

An exhibition of paintings was held recently at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi to coincide with the 72nd anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka.

Largest Commercial Bank Of South Korea Is Keen To Engage With Sri Lanka »

19 Feb, 2020

The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Korea, Dr. A. Saj U. Mendis, called on the Co-Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Chief Global Strategy Officer of KB Financial Group of Kookmin Bank Cho Nam Hoon, recently, at the Corporate Head Office in Seoul.

Ambassador Calls On Speaker Of Parliament Mustafa Sentop

Ambassador Calls On Speaker Of Parliament Mustafa Sentop »

19 Feb, 2020

Ambassador Mohamed Rizvi Hassen paid a courtesy call on Speaker of Parliament of Turkey Mustafa Sentop at his office in Ankara

Sri Lanka at Biofach 2020 In Nuremberg, Germany

Sri Lanka at Biofach 2020 In Nuremberg, Germany »

19 Feb, 2020

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Frankfurt assisted the Export Development Board in organizing the Sri Lanka Pavilion at the World´s Leading Trade Fair for ‘Organic Food and Natural Beauty’ – BIOFACH 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany from 12 to 15 February 2020.

Mainly fair weather over the island »

19 Feb, 2020

Mainly fair weather will prevail over most parts of the island. Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces during the morning.

Americans arrive home from virus-infected cruise ship

Americans arrive home from virus-infected cruise ship »

18 Feb, 2020

More than 300 Americans rescued from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan because of the new coronavirus arrived back in the United States Monday for two more weeks of medical seclusion, as concern rose over passengers who dispersed around the globe after leaving another ship in Cambodia.

Morocco fortress village hopes to draw ‘Game of Thrones’ fans

Morocco fortress village hopes to draw ‘Game of Thrones’ fans »

18 Feb, 2020

Millions worldwide may have seen the desert fortress in the hit fantasy series "Game of Thrones", but fewer know they can visit the Moroccan village of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

Jeff Bezos: World’s richest man pledges $10bn to fight climate change

Jeff Bezos: World’s richest man pledges $10bn to fight climate change »

18 Feb, 2020

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has pledged $10bn (£7.7bn) to help fight climate change. The world's richest man said the money would finance work by scientists, activists and other groups.

Apple warns coronavirus will hurt iPhone supplies

Apple warns coronavirus will hurt iPhone supplies »

18 Feb, 2020

Apple has warned that disruption in China from the coronavirus will mean revenues falling short of forecasts. The tech giant said production and sales were affected, and that "worldwide iPhone supply would be temporarily constrained".

Fitch affirms Siyapatha Finance at ‘A(lka)’; Outlook Stable

Fitch affirms Siyapatha Finance at ‘A(lka)’; Outlook Stable »

18 Feb, 2020

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Siyapatha Finance PLC’s National Long-Term Rating of ‘A-(lka)’. The Outlook is Stable. The agency has also affirmed the National Long-Term Rating on Siyapatha’s senior unsecured debentures at ‘A-(lka)’ and subordinated debentures at ‘BBB+(lka)’.

Fitch affirms Singer Finance at ‘BBB(lka)’; Outlook Stable

Fitch affirms Singer Finance at ‘BBB(lka)’; Outlook Stable »

18 Feb, 2020

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Singer Finance (Lanka) PLC’s (SFL) National LongTerm Rating at ‘BBB(lka)’. The Outlook is Stable. A full list of rating actions is at the end of this commentary.

Fitch rates DFCC’s Basel III sub-debt ‘A+(EXP)(lka)’

Fitch rates DFCC’s Basel III sub-debt ‘A+(EXP)(lka)’ »

18 Feb, 2020

Fitch Ratings has assigned DFCC Bank Plc’s (DFCC, AA-(lka)/Negative) proposed Sri Lanka rupee-denominated Basel III-compliant subordinated debentures an expected National Long-Term Rating of ‘A+(EXP)(lka)’.

99X Technology Invests in Building Product Management Capability for Next Wave of Growth

99X Technology Invests in Building Product Management Capability for Next Wave of Growth »

18 Feb, 2020

With a renewed focus on empowering their employees to become product consultants to a growing global clientele, software product engineering specialist 99X Technology engaged Tarigo Consulting, UK to conduct Product Management workshops to drive their next wave of growth.

Standard Chartered is Proud to #StandRed with Liverpool FC for 10 Years

Standard Chartered is Proud to #StandRed with Liverpool FC for 10 Years »

18 Feb, 2020

Standard Chartered has been the Official Main Partner of Liverpool FC (LFC) since 2010 and this year marks the 10th anniversary of the longstanding partnership.

NDB Becomes the Official Team Sponsor of Trinity Rugby 2020 as well as the Official Sponsor for the 76th Bradby Shield

NDB Becomes the Official Team Sponsor of Trinity Rugby 2020 as well as the Official Sponsor for the 76th Bradby Shield »

18 Feb, 2020

NDB Bank recently joined hands with Trinity College, Kandy for the first time as the official sponsor of Trinity Rugby 2020 as well as the official sponsor for the 76th Bradby Shield. Trinity College, Kandy has a rich and proud history in Rugby. Trinity took up Rugby in 1906 and is the only School to continue playing rugby to date.

Coca-Cola rehabilitates two water reservoirs to open floodgates for economic and social empowerment

Coca-Cola rehabilitates two water reservoirs to open floodgates for economic and social empowerment »

18 Feb, 2020

Restoring the marvel of ancient engineering in Sri Lanka, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd. (CCBSL) with the funding support of The Coca-Cola Foundation, and under its commitment to water stewardship, took the lead to rejuvenate two key water reservoirs in the marginalized village of Thammanawa in Anuradhapura.

Sarvodaya-Fusion partners with Open University of Sri Lanka and NIBM to offer advanced ICT education to rural children

Sarvodaya-Fusion partners with Open University of Sri Lanka and NIBM to offer advanced ICT education to rural children »

18 Feb, 2020

In line with its mission to offer valuable Information and Communication Technology (ICT) education opportunities to rural youth, Sarvodaya-Fusion recently partnered with the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) and National Institute of Business Management (NIBM) to facilitate advanced ICT learning opportunities to students across the island.

Seylan Bank Successfully Concludes “Diyunuwata Saviyak” SME Workshop

Seylan Bank Successfully Concludes “Diyunuwata Saviyak” SME Workshop »

18 Feb, 2020

As the bank with a heart, driven with a strong desire towards progressive knowledge sharing and transformation, Seylan Bank recently concluded “Divunuwata Saviyak”, a knowledge-sharing workshop for potential entrepreneurs interested in the export sector. The event was held at the Full Moon Garden Hotel in Katunayake recently.

Singer Partners with Cake Specialist Dushanthi Madanayake to enhance User Experience

Singer Partners with Cake Specialist Dushanthi Madanayake to enhance User Experience »

18 Feb, 2020

Singer, country’s premier consumer durables retailer recently partnered with cake specialist, Dushanthi Madanayake in an attempt to provide an all-new user experience for food enthusiasts who are passionate about baking products and equipment.

HNB Assurance produces 75 MDRT qualifiers for 2020

HNB Assurance produces 75 MDRT qualifiers for 2020 »

18 Feb, 2020

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) announced its qualifiers for the upcoming prestigious Million Dollar Round Table Conference (MDRT) in the United States of America. The Company has produced its highest number of MDRT qualifiers of 75, including 3 Court of the Table (COT) qualifiers and 1 Top of the Table qualifier (TOT). This is the highest number of MDRT and COT achievers the Company has produced.

CIPM Sri Lanka to Provide Training for Officers of Maldives Civil Service Commission

CIPM Sri Lanka to Provide Training for Officers of Maldives Civil Service Commission »

18 Feb, 2020

CIPM Sri Lanka – the Nation’s leader in human resource management hosted the President of the Civil Service Commission of Maldives (CSC) – Dr. Aly Shameem (PhD) and Ms. Maryam Saaniga Rasheedh – Second Secretary of the Maldivian High Commission in Colombo for a discussion on the capabilities of CIPM Sri Lanka in assisting the CSC in building capacity to fulfill its future endeavors and objectives.

‘Level up-to a quality smartphone experience with the new Nokia C1’

‘Level up-to a quality smartphone experience with the new Nokia C1’ »

18 Feb, 2020

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, announces the Nokia C1 availability in Sri Lanka, a smartphone designed to entertain – anytime, anywhere. Nokia C1 featurs an impressive 5.45" display and with lighter apps and less bloatware,

Pan Asia Bank celebrates Valentine’s Day

Pan Asia Bank celebrates Valentine’s Day »

18 Feb, 2020

Pan Asia Bank, recently introduced yet another novel concept internally to enhance employee engagement coinciding with the Valentine’s Day.

Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call on Newly Appointed  Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia

Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call on Newly Appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia »

18 Feb, 2020

Ambassador Sugeeshwara Gunaratna paid a courtesy call on the newly appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Redwan Hussien, on 12 February at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia.

“So Sri Lanka: The Resplendent Island” Tourism Promotion And High-Level Networking Session

“So Sri Lanka: The Resplendent Island” Tourism Promotion And High-Level Networking Session »

18 Feb, 2020

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila, in cooperation with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), organized a tourism promotion and high-level networking session themed “So Sri Lanka: The Resplendent Island” on 5 February 2020 at Shangri-La Makati. The event was held in line with the SLTPB’s participation at the PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2020.

Sri Lanka Food Festival Intrigues Turkey

Sri Lanka Food Festival Intrigues Turkey »

18 Feb, 2020

Sri Lanka Food Festival 2020, Turkey concluded in a high note in Ankara and historic city of Istanbul. The Embassy of Sri Lanka, Ankara coinciding with the 72nd Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Hilton hotel Colombo, Qatar Airways, Swiss Hotel in Ankara, Hotel Anemon Galata, Istanbul and Beta Tea House, Istanbul organized Sri Lanka Food Festival 2020 Ankara segment from 04-05 February and Istanbul segment from 08 -10 February.

Turkey looks forward in sharing SL’s experiences in countering terrorism

Turkey looks forward in sharing SL’s experiences in countering terrorism »

18 Feb, 2020

Turkey looks forward in sharing Sri Lanka’s experiences in combating terrorism and enhancing intelligence sharing in a combined effort to combat violent fundamental extremism.

Police and intelligence units to raid illegal weapons »

18 Feb, 2020

With the conclusion of the week- long firearms amnesty, the Police together with other intelligence agencies have commenced raiding illegal firearms. During the grace period, 200 firearms without valid permits or with no renewed permits have been handed over to Police stations in nine provinces.

SL – Turkey Successfully Concluded Negotiations On The Elimination Of Double Taxation

SL – Turkey Successfully Concluded Negotiations On The Elimination Of Double Taxation »

18 Feb, 2020

Sri Lanka and Turkey concluded the negotiations of the “Elimination of Double Taxation with respect to taxes on income and the prevention of tax evasion and avoidance” from 21 to 24 January 2020 in Ankara.

Thailand Stands Ready to Support Sri Lanka’s Development Says Thai Prime Minister »

18 Feb, 2020

The Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha recalling the strong bilateral ties between the two countries reassured the support of Thailand for Sri Lanka’s development efforts.

Bipartisan Us Congressional Delegation Holds Discussions In Sri Lanka

Bipartisan Us Congressional Delegation Holds Discussions In Sri Lanka »

18 Feb, 2020

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena met yesterday (17 February 2020) the visiting US Congressional delegation, comprising Mr. Ami Bera, MD, Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Non-Proliferation and Representative Mr. George E.B. Holding, Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Budget Committee and Ethics Committee and two members of the Congressional Committee Staff.

Two Sri Lankan Crew Members Safe On Board Diamond Princess »

18 Feb, 2020

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Tokyo is closely coordinating with the cruise company of the Diamond Princess in regard to the safety of the two Sri Lankans on board the vessel in Yokohama Japan. The Embassy has informed that the two Sri Lankans who are crew members are in good health and are regularly in contact with their relatives in Sri Lanka

Initial report on MCC presented to President

Initial report on MCC presented to President »

18 Feb, 2020

The preliminary report of the 4- member Committee appointed to review the proposed Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact (MCC) was handed over to the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday

Exports declined while expenditure on imports increased during December 2019

Exports declined while expenditure on imports increased during December 2019 »

18 Feb, 2020

Earnings from exports declined while expenditure on imports increased during December 2019, widening the trade deficit. During the year 2019, the trade deficit contracted significantly, driven by a sharp contraction in import expenditure.

Cabinet Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on 12.02.2020

Cabinet Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on 12.02.2020 »

18 Feb, 2020

Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers held on 12.02.2020. Contribution of Sri Lanka for the arrears amounts recovery and loan concessionary package expected to be established in assistance for the reformation process of Somalia, using the internal resources with the contribution from the member countries of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Newly Appointed Turkish Ambassador to Sri Lanka Calls on Commander »

18 Feb, 2020

The Ambassador of Turkey to Sri Lanka, Demet Sekercioglu paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air force, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias at the Air Force Headquarters

SLAF Women’s Team Wins 7th Consecutive Defence Services Volleyball Title

SLAF Women’s Team Wins 7th Consecutive Defence Services Volleyball Title »

18 Feb, 2020

SLAF Women’s Team emerged as Champions while the Men’s team became Runners Up at the Defence Services Volleyball Championship 2020.

Permanent Mission of SL to the UN’s together with the Sri Lankan community in the tri-state area of NYK celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of Independence

Permanent Mission of SL to the UN’s together with the Sri Lankan community in the tri-state area of NYK celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of Independence »

18 Feb, 2020

The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, in association with the Sri Lankan community of the tri-State area of New York, celebrated the 72nd Anniversary of Independence on 9th February 2020 at the High School of Fashion Industries Auditorium in New York. The event was attended by an audience of over 700 persons.

The President Gotabaya Rajapaksa receives an invitation to attend “The future of Asia” conference

The President Gotabaya Rajapaksa receives an invitation to attend “The future of Asia” conference »

18 Feb, 2020

The Japanese Government will ensure that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s scheduled visit to Japan will be successful and productive, assured Japanese Ambassador Akira Sugiyama. He met with President Rajapaksa last evening

Mainly fair weather will prevail over most parts of the island »

18 Feb, 2020

Some parts of the island will prevail mainly by fair weather. In some areas in the Nuwara-Eliya district in the early hours of the morning there is a chance for ground frost. Wind speeds in the districts of Matara, Hambanthota, Monaragala, Gampaha, Kurunegala and Puttalam may sometimes increase to 40-50 kmph.

Afghanistan to support Sri Lanka in anti-drug trafficking

Afghanistan to support Sri Lanka in anti-drug trafficking »

18 Feb, 2020

Afghanistan Ambassador to Sri Lanka M. Asharf Haidari pledged that Afghanistan would provide its assistance to Sri Lanka in countering drug trafficking in the South Asian region.

Siyapatha Finance introduces Siyapatha Debit Card

Siyapatha Finance introduces Siyapatha Debit Card »

18 Feb, 2020

Siyapatha Finance PLC, being the first finance company to join the National Card Scheme of Lanka Clear, launched the JCB/LankaPay/Siyapatha Dual Interface Debit Card (Siyapatha Card) on Wednesday 12th February 2020.

Hambantota Port observes employees returned from China before epidemic broke

Hambantota Port observes employees returned from China before epidemic broke »

18 Feb, 2020

With the coronavirus epidemic becoming a serious cause for concern, the Hambantota International Port (HIP) has put in place several measures to ensure the safety of their staff, environment, and the general public.

Sri Lanka’s Paragon Holdings launch augmented reality app

Sri Lanka’s Paragon Holdings launch augmented reality app »

18 Feb, 2020

Paragon Holdings, specialising in outdoor advertising, TV & Radio advertising production, event management, and digital marketing announced the launch of their augmented reality application through Sri Lanka Augmented Reality (SLAR), recently in Colombo.

Aitken Spence Travels, first DMC to be Travelife Certified

Aitken Spence Travels, first DMC to be Travelife Certified »

17 Feb, 2020

Aitken Spence Travels the leading destination management company in Sri Lanka has been awarded the Travelife Certified sustainability award. The Travelife Certified award is recognition for the company’s long-term efforts and leading position regarding sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Dialog Launched the Innovative Apple Watch Series 5 in Sri Lanka

Dialog Launched the Innovative Apple Watch Series 5 in Sri Lanka »

17 Feb, 2020

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider and the only 4G VoLTE and VoWiFi mobile network, authorised reseller and partner network for Apple devices, launched the highly anticipated Apple Watch Series 5 in Sri Lanka on 7th February 2020.

Arimac Digital and Harpo’s Pizza partner to launch ‘Harpo’s Pizza Rush’

Arimac Digital and Harpo’s Pizza partner to launch ‘Harpo’s Pizza Rush’ »

17 Feb, 2020

IMI Games, Sri Lanka’s premier online gaming platform by Arimac Digital has partnered with Sri Lanka’s first-ever home grown Pizza brand, Harpo’s Pizza & Pasta to launch their brand-oriented gamification project, ‘Harpo’s Pizza Rush’on IMI games platform.

Dwaraka in Mount Lavinia offers ‘authentic’ North & South Indian flavors

Dwaraka in Mount Lavinia offers ‘authentic’ North & South Indian flavors »

17 Feb, 2020

Dwaraka, a pure vegetarian spot for authentic North and South Indian flavors opened their second restaurant at Old Quarry Road, Mount Lavinia recently. The fully air conditioned restaurant has a spacious dining area that comfortably accommodates 100 persons with all modern facilities.

Airtel launches ‘Data Double, Awasi Double’

Airtel launches ‘Data Double, Awasi Double’ »

17 Feb, 2020

Cementing its presence as the most preferred mobile service provider among youth, Airtel Lanka recently announced ‘Data Double, Awasi Double’ the telco’s latest package which provides double data benefits. The new offer aims to provide users with maximum value by delivering 100% extra data on Rs. 99 recharges via the ‘My Airtel’ App.

70 ComBank branches to stay open on February 21 – Mahasivarathri Day

70 ComBank branches to stay open on February 21 – Mahasivarathri Day »

17 Feb, 2020

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has announced it will keep 70 branches open for business on Friday, 21st February, a Public and Bank holiday to mark the celebration of Mahasivarathri.

India assist’s to Central Province House Projects and new Auditorium for Thondaman Vocational Training Centre

India assist’s to Central Province House Projects and new Auditorium for Thondaman Vocational Training Centre »

17 Feb, 2020

Foundation Stones laid for India assisted projects in Central Province : Indian Housing Project at Vellai Oya Estate and New Auditorium for Thondaman Vocational Training Centre (TVTC), Hatton

Acting High Commissioner of India speaks about India’s recent strides in the renewable energy sector: Energy alternatives should be “available, affordable and accessible”

Acting High Commissioner of India speaks about India’s recent strides in the renewable energy sector: Energy alternatives should be “available, affordable and accessible” »

17 Feb, 2020

Acting High Commissioner of India Mr. Vinod K. Jacob spoke about key milestones achieved by India in the renewable energy sector. He was speaking at the third edition of Renewable Energy Growth Forum - Sri Lanka Chapter - which was held in Taj Samudra recently.

Rtd Major General Prasad Samarasinghe assumes duty as new head of management to the Lotus tower

Rtd Major General Prasad Samarasinghe assumes duty as new head of management to the Lotus tower »

17 Feb, 2020

At the Lotus Tower today, retired Major General Prasad Samarasinghe took up duties as Head of management. He had served in the capacity of Sri Lankan Army chief of staff until his retirement in 2015 after 35 years of service in the Sri Lankan Army.

Wuhan mission, a diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka – Army Commander

Wuhan mission, a diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka – Army Commander »

17 Feb, 2020

An event organized to hand over the 33 students who were flown back from Wuhan in China, to their parents was held under the patronage of the Commander of Sri Lanka Army and Chief of Staff of the Sri Lankan Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva at the Army Headquarters in Akuregoda recently.

Timelines evolved externally would hinder process of reconciliation – Sri Lanka’s envoy tell the UN Security Council »

17 Feb, 2020

Local News: The Government has informed the UN that ‘timelines evolved externally in achieving stated objectives would only seek to hinder

Sri Lanka Flag Flies High at The “Bahrain For All” Festival

Sri Lanka Flag Flies High at The “Bahrain For All” Festival »

17 Feb, 2020

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Kingdom of Bahrain successfully co-ordinated Sri Lanka’s participation at the “Bahrain for All” festival held at Bahrain Bay from 06 to 07 February 2020.

President meets Trade Union activists

President meets Trade Union activists »

17 Feb, 2020

A meeting between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and representatives of Progressive Trade Union Federation held at the President’s House in Fort recently

Classic Travel and FlySmiLes encouraging all to fly more – • FlySmiLes members can earn a free mile on the membership program for every LKR 100 spent at Classic Travel

Classic Travel and FlySmiLes encouraging all to fly more – • FlySmiLes members can earn a free mile on the membership program for every LKR 100 spent at Classic Travel »

17 Feb, 2020

Classic Travel, a subsidiary of Expolanka Holdings PLC, will be the first travel agency to partner with SriLankan Airlines. The company will join a large network of international and local partners that offer the airlines’ passengers benefits and rewards on their FlySmiLes membership.

President of Guinea-Bissau meets Prime Minister during his brief visit to Sri Lanka

President of Guinea-Bissau meets Prime Minister during his brief visit to Sri Lanka »

17 Feb, 2020

President of the Republic of Guinia-Bissau, Umaro Cissoko Embalo, accompanied by Ms. Suzi Barbosa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guinea-Bissau who made a brief visit to Sri Lanka this morning en route to Spain called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees.

Navy contributes in conservation of coastal environment

Navy contributes in conservation of coastal environment »

17 Feb, 2020

Once more extension of beach clean-up drive of the Sri Lanka Navy, mooted in view of conservation of beaches around the island, was successfully carried out at several beaches in the Eastern, Southern, North Central and South Eastern Naval Areas, on 10th, 15th and 16th February 2020.

ComBank Chairman graces Sri Lankan Chartered Accountants’ event in Kuwait

ComBank Chairman graces Sri Lankan Chartered Accountants’ event in Kuwait »

17 Feb, 2020

Commercial Bank of Ceylon Chairman Mr Dharma Dheerasinghe was the Chief Guest and keynote speaker at ‘New Horizons’ – a special programme organised by the Kuwait Chapter of Sri Lankan Chartered Accountants to promote Sri Lanka as a land of opportunities.

Bank of Ceylon Awards 2000 Ran Kekulu Scholarships to Grade 5 Scholarship highflyers

Bank of Ceylon Awards 2000 Ran Kekulu Scholarships to Grade 5 Scholarship highflyers »

17 Feb, 2020

The Bank of Ceylon felicitated two thousand Grade 5 scholarship highflyers of 2019 recently with a scholarship worth Rs.15,000/- each, encouraging students to pursue their education diligently.

Amana Bank Ladies Shopping Bonanza Is Back

Amana Bank Ladies Shopping Bonanza Is Back »

17 Feb, 2020

In appreciation of the significant contribution of women towards enriching the many lives around them, Amãna Bank has once again launched its “Ladies Shopping Bonanza” promotion for its Ladies Savings Debit Card holders.

President makes an inspection tour of Colombo Port City

President makes an inspection tour of Colombo Port City »

17 Feb, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa inspected the progress of Port City Colombo yesterday (16). Attention was drawn to the plan of the Port City during the National Law Conference held under the patronage of President Rajapaksa recently.

Mainly fair weather will prevail across the island »

17 Feb, 2020

Mainly fair weather will prevail over most parts of the island. However, showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Kaluthara, Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 pm.

Defence Adviser of British High Commission calls on Commander Eastern Naval Area

Defence Adviser of British High Commission calls on Commander Eastern Naval Area »

17 Feb, 2020

Colonel David Ashman, the Defence Adviser at the British High Commission in Sri Lanka met the Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Merril Wickramasinghe recently

A National Salaries Commission established

A National Salaries Commission established »

16 Feb, 2020

A National Salaries Commission has been established to provide guidance and assistance to the Government in formulating and executing a National Salaries Policy. The Commission has been established by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in accordance with the powers vested upon him under the Article 33 of the Constitution.

SL’s Electrocutions Reached an Alarming Situation In 2019 Due To Illegal Power Tapping– PUCSL Report »

13 Feb, 2020

Sri Lanka reported 103 fatalities due to electrocution in the year 2019 up from 89 fatalities reported in 2018, the electrocution report 2019 released by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, revealed.

Israel offers assistance to improve Sri Lanka’s digitization process

Israel offers assistance to improve Sri Lanka’s digitization process »

13 Feb, 2020

Israel is willing to assist Sri Lanka to digitalise its state sector while strengthening military ties, sharing intelligence and offer more training opportunities for Sri Lanka Police and Tri Forces personnel.

Dhammika Perera signs MoU with luxury brands, Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott

Dhammika Perera signs MoU with luxury brands, Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott »

13 Feb, 2020

Corporate trailblazer, Chairman of Greener Water Limited Dhammika Perera (Fully owned subsidiary of Vallibel One PLC) and Chairman of Summer Season Limited Mohan Pandithage signed two groundbreaking MOUs to establish global luxury brands JW Marriott & Ritz Carlton in Sri Lanka.

Teejay posts 9-month PBT of Rs 2.36 billion on sales of Rs 26.3 billion

Teejay posts 9-month PBT of Rs 2.36 billion on sales of Rs 26.3 billion »

13 Feb, 2020

Teejay Lanka PLC has reported profit before tax of Rs 2.364 billion at Group level for the nine months ending December 31, 2019, an improvement of 56% over the corresponding period of the previous year.

Hajar Alafifi assumes duties as Chairperson of Unilever Sri Lanka

Hajar Alafifi assumes duties as Chairperson of Unilever Sri Lanka »

13 Feb, 2020

With effect from 1st February 2020, Hajar Alafifi assumed duties as Chairperson of Unilever Sri Lanka and joins the Unilever South Asia Leadership Team. Taking the helm from her predecessor, Carl Cruz who has been appointed as Managing Director, Unilever West Africa Multi Country Operation (MCO) – Ghana and Nigeria.

Sri Lanka Insurance relocates Gampaha Branch

Sri Lanka Insurance relocates Gampaha Branch »

13 Feb, 2020

Sri Lanka Insurance relocates the Gampaha branch providing total insurance solutions with a hassle free customer experience for the customers in the area.

AIA Suwa Diriya; A life insurance plan that helps you fight the fear of critical illness

AIA Suwa Diriya; A life insurance plan that helps you fight the fear of critical illness »

13 Feb, 2020

Everyone aspires to live a long healthy life and as we go on this journey, we do everything we can to ensure our families are happy. But things don’t always go as planned and unwelcomed things can happen. That is why having a life insurance plan is important, so that even in unfortunate times, your family can remain financially secure.

AkzoNobel Sri Lanka kicks off Let’s Colour initiative with a successful event at SOS Children’s Village in Monaragala

AkzoNobel Sri Lanka kicks off Let’s Colour initiative with a successful event at SOS Children’s Village in Monaragala »

13 Feb, 2020

AkzoNobel Paints recently kicked-off its activity in Sri Lanka as part of its partnership with SOS Children’s Villages, where employees volunteered to visit the SOS Village in Monaragala for a fun-filled day which involved the painting of an entire family home, the donation of paint for the rest of the Village, as well as enjoyable activities for the children.

EDB Continues The Marketing Support For The Boat Building Sector

EDB Continues The Marketing Support For The Boat Building Sector »

13 Feb, 2020

Boat Building is a focused sector identified in the National Export Strategy (NES) 2018-2020 as it has the potential to contribute markedly to the foreign exchange earnings of the country.

Aitken Spence PLC: Revenue grows 3.3% to Rs. 43.8 Billion

Aitken Spence PLC: Revenue grows 3.3% to Rs. 43.8 Billion »

13 Feb, 2020

Aitken Spence PLC remained resilient during a difficult period through its diversity of investments in eight countries, thereby recording favourable results for the nine months ended December 2019.

The first IPO since January 2018

The first IPO since January 2018 »

13 Feb, 2020

HNB Finance Limited, a licensed finance company has obtained approval from the Colombo Stock Exchange to list its voting and non-voting ordinary shares.

Union Bank’s new and improved BizDirect+ provides expert tools for liquidity management

Union Bank’s new and improved BizDirect+ provides expert tools for liquidity management »

13 Feb, 2020

Union Bank announced the re-launch of latest Union Bank BizDirect+ proposition which is enhanced with new features for better performance and convenience of clients.