Govt. insists UL-AerCap deal to cancel A350s was in country’s best interests

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  Minister Kabir Hashim says decision will save over $ 200 m for SriLankan Airlines Expertise from aviation ind...

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Singer Sri Lanka reports strong growth in 2016

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 750

  Group revenue increases 21% to Rs. 46.9 b Group net profit increases 91% to Rs. 2.4 b  Singer...

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No Weekend FT tomorrow

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 359

In view of the public, bank and market holiday today on account of Maha Shivaratri, the Weekend FT will not be published tomorrow. ...

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President discusses electricity generation plans with CEB engineers

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 679

President Maithripala Sirisena this week held a discussion with a group of members of the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Association at ...

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Stock market ends firmer; earnings lift sentiment

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 583

Reuters: Shares ended slightly firmer on Thursday, further moving away from a more than one-week closing low hit earlier in the week, as better-tha...

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Hambantota land will be leased to JV, not sold to foreigners: Sarath Amunugama

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 778

Promising not to sell Hambantota land to foreign parties, Minister of Special Assignments Dr. Sarath Amunugama said that land needed for developmen...

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Sri Lanka to hire Euroclear to boost appeal of bonds

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 632

Reuters: Cabinet has approved a proposal to employ a global stock and bond settlement house to help boost foreign investment in its Government bond...

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Rupee ends firmer as exporters sell dollar

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 665

Reuters: The rupee ended firmer on Thursday as exporters sold the US dollar, but concerns over possible further depreciation in the domestic curren...

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DFCC records outstanding performance for 2016

Thursday, 23 February 2017 00:44 Views - 1233

DFCC’s Profit after Tax (without extraordinary capital gains) in 2016 has crossed the Rs. 3 billion mark for the first time in the bank&rsquo...

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TNA leader ‘extremely unhappy’ with the way Tamils are treated by Govt.

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 801

Promises not kept: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (left) and Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan.     By Me...

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Socioeconomic rights won’t make huge difference: political scientist

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 680

By Himal Kotelawala Though it may greatly satisfy civil society activists on a superficial level, there is little evidence to suggest that the co...

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Youth should prepare for 500,000 jobs to be generated after 6 months: Ravi

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 646

Five hundred thousand jobs will be created through ongoing development projects under the good governance administration in the next six months, ac...

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Bede Dhammika Cooray new Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka for state of Hawaii

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 521

Bede Dhammika Cooray receiving his appointment as Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka for the state of Hawaii from Sri Lankan Ambassador to the U...

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TNA commends Government’s efforts to bring in constitutional reforms

Thursday, 23 February 2017 00:37 Views - 816

The importance of the “satisfactory conclusion” of the processes in a genuine and purposeful manner to ensure “permanent peace wi...

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Sirisena calls for unity at meet with SLFP electoral organisers

Thursday, 23 February 2017 00:36 Views - 773

A meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) electoral organisers was held at the President’s Hous...

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PM advises NFF MPs to operate as independent members

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 636

Rejecting their request to be recognised as another political party represented in Parliament, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday offere...

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German Embassy Colombo funds ‘Right to Women’s Political Representation in Sri Lanka’ project

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 655

German Ambassador Jörn Rohde  formally handed over the cheque to Dr. Nimalka Fernando On 21 February Ambassador Jörn Rohde...

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SLFP admits SAITM origins questionable

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 884

  COPE to investigate approval process  SLMC still has to comply with Court order  By Himal Kot...

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War of words over CBK comments

Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 Views - 546

A war of wards erupted yesterday with Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) Chairperson former president Chandrika Kumaratunga denyin...

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Country is at critical point to reach political solution to ethnic issue: PM

Thursday, 23 February 2017 00:36 Views - 849

  Confident of arriving at a political solution acceptable for all concerned, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday s...

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UNHRC to take up SL report on 22 March

Thursday, 23 February 2017 00:36 Views - 783

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will take up for consideration the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on promoting...

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Ting, ting! Alarm bells for the economy, jingle bells for the banks!

24 February 2017

Even after discounting for political rhetoric (on all sides), economists are convinced that our economy is in a critical stage. This course is the culmination effect of how the economy has been managed over the last few decades. At the same time, ...


A ‘Big Match’ ban: Monkey business?

24 February 2017

FEVER – There is a sense in which tradition (not always defensible on rational grounds) is a rite of passage for politicians as much as for schoolboys in which to “Be (Thou) Forever” means players from all walks of life partake i...


Government very badly needs a PR machine to highlight the positives

24 February 2017

When the BJP was getting a lot of bad press all over the world and particularly in the US, to counter the bad press, Lal Krishna Advani, then BJP President, decided to launch an overseas wing to educate American lawmakers, the American people and ...


Mobilising against measles

23 February 2017

The WHO South-East Asia Region is making rapid progress against vaccine-preventable diseases. The Region was certified polio-free in 2014. Maternal and neonatal tetanus was routed in 2016. And routine immunisation for diseases such as diphtheria a...


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