SLT successfully conducts SME Business Customer Forum in Sabaragamuwa Province

Views - 31 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the national ICT solutions provider in Sri Lanka, successfully conducted Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Business Customer Forum in Sabaragamuwa Province recently, as the first customer forum in 2019. The forum was held at

NDB ‘Unu Kewum’ offers are back this Avurudu

Views - 31 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year is a one-of-a-kind celebration that is held with great reverence in Sri Lanka. It is also a time when we shop for gifts, new clothes and other essentials for ourselves and our loved ones. Understanding this requirement

Seylan Bank: Title sponsor and official banking partner for Kedella Construction Expo 2019

Views - 24 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

The bank with a heart extended its presence as the title sponsor and official banking partner for Kedella Construction Expo 2019, Sri Lanka’s most sought after housing exhibition for the sixth consecutive year. Organised by the Asia Exhibitions an

Japan to provide waste collection trucks for Jaffna

Views - 363 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

The Government of Japan has extended a total sum of $ 83,432 (approx. Rs. 15 million) for “The Project for Providing Secondhand Waste Collection Trucks in Jaffna” through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). The gra

Hakeem says United National Front Govt. formed joining Sirisena yielded bitter experiences

Views - 20 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

SLMC Leader, Minister Rauff Hakeem said that the United National Front Government formed joining with President Maithripala Sirisena has yielded bitter experiences during the regime. The Minister was speaking at the opening of the National Water Supp

Progressive Professional Forum seminar

Views - 61 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

The seminar organised by the Progressive Professional Forum (PPF) was held under the patronage of Dinesh Gunawardhana on 17 March, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.  Gamini Gunasekara chief organiser and coordinator of PPF handed over policy pa

Sri Lanka Embassy in Bahrain organises free medical camp

Views - 18 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

The Al Hilal Hospital, based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Sri Lanka Club, in close association with the Embassy of Sri Lanka, conducted a free mega medical clinic and camp at the Al Hilal Hospital premises, to coincide with the 71st Independence Da

Tripitakabhivandana Dhamma Discussion: Buddha’s words a gift to humanity

Views - 64 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney together with the jointly organised a Dhamma Discussion with Ven. Ajahn Sujato Thero, Co-Founder of SuttaCentral and Dr. Mark Allon (PhD Cambridge), Chair of School of Languages and Cultur

Sharing of success stories of doing business in the Greater Mekong sub-region: Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam

Views - 50 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:51

The Sri Lanka Greater Mekong Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will be organising an event entitled “Sharing of Success Stories of doing business in the Greater Mekong Sub-region: Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam” on Thursday, 21 Ma

Lanka Impact Investing Network to hold “Emerging Women’s Summit” on 10 April

Views - 56 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:51

Lanka Impact Investing Network, the very first impact investing company of Sri Lanka, is hosting the “Emerging Women’s Summit (EWS): Female leadership in social entrepreneurship and impact investing”, on April 10th at Hatch in Colombo. The even

Govt. faces $810m penalty if dairy cow import agreement cancelled

Views - 191 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:51

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Early termination of the agreement to import cattle from Australia will result in the Government having to pay a penalty of $810 million, Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, I

NCE conducts productive Post-Budget Exporters’ Forum

Views - 30 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:36

The National Budget for 2019 presented by the Minister of Finance on 5 March is generally considered by many as progressive from an economic point of view, in spite of 2019 being an election year. In this context the Minister of Finance has commendab

“Sri Lanka will see more mid-cap M&A deals”: MTI

Views - 305 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

According to MTI’s Corporate Finance and Investment Banking practice, over the next two years Sri Lanka is likely to witness a strong pipeline of mid-cap M&A deals. Commenting on what is driving this, MTI CEO Hilmy Cader said, “There is a multitu

Dialog and NIMB partner to establish National Innovation Centre

Views - 89 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, and the National Institute of Business Management (NIBM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a National Level Big Data Analytic Lab at the National Innovation Centre

8th EU-SL investor dialogue consolidates economic relations and resolves important matters

Views - 54 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

The Eighth EU-Sri Lanka investor dialogue was held at the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade recently. Many of the earlier outstanding matters had been resolved through dialogue and the joint efforts of the Sri Lanka and EU au

Linda and Jayomi selected for E&Y Entrepreneurial Winning Women Asia-Pacific program

Views - 729 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, EY Sri Lanka has announced the selection of two prominent local women entrepreneurs, Linda Speldewinde and JayomiLokuliyana, for the 2019 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Asia-Pacific class. The program is

Spices industry welcomes Budget 2019

Views - 34 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

The Spices and Allied Products Producers’ and Traders’ Association (SAPPTA), in a statement, has expressed satisfaction at the reduction of the Economic Service Charge for corporates paying concessionary taxes to 0.25% as against the 0.5% charged

ITI to hold Open Day tomorrow

Views - 41 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

By Charumini de Silva The Industrial Technological Institute (ITI) — the pioneer scientific research and development (R&D) organisation will open its doors on 19 March to investors, entrepreneurs, university students and general public to create aw

SLAMERP welcomes 2019 Budget proposals on rubber sector

Views - 53 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Association for Manufacturers and Exporters of Rubber Products (SLAMERP) welcomes the focus given by the Finance Minister and the Ministry on a key value-added export sector at the Budget 2019. The rubber industry currently exports $ 1

Dr. Kapila Ranasinghe appointed Chairman Skills Development Fund

Views - 281 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Academic Dr. Kapila Ranasinghe has been appointed as the Chairman of the Skills Development Fund Ltd. (SDFL) by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The SDFL was established as a pilot project in 1998 on the recommendation of Presidential Task Force

Daraz Express Hubs create wider opportunities for sellers and customers

Views - 82 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:28

Online retail is fast capturing the local market and expanding to regions beyond the city centres. The leading e-commerce online shopping platform Daraz recognised the importance of decentralising operations and establishing regional hubs as early as

JLanka Technologies leadership recognised at Sri Lankan Entrepreneur Awards 2019

Views - 27 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:27

JLanka’s visionary leadership that is paving the way for an energy revolution across Sri Lanka was recognised and lauded by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) at the 23rd Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year Aw

Three Sinha Group of Companies receives 2 FCCISL Gold Awards

Views - 14 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:27

Three Sinha Group of Companies, an organisation that constantly strives to break new barriers in the roller door industry won the Gold Award of National Level, Extra Large Category at the Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2018 organised by th

Deen Brothers shines in Gold and Silver at FCCISL Awards

Views - 23 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:26

Deen Brothers Imports Ltd., who earned a name as importers of agricultural, industrial, mechanical and technical tools and electric appliances became the proud recipient of two coveted awards at the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year Awards’ ceremony orga

Petform wins two Silver Awards from FCCISL

Views - 15 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:25

Petform Ltd., the giant of the plastic and paper based packaging industry bagged two Silver Awards from the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Awards Ceremony organised by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industries in Sri Lanka. Petform Ltd. M

Home Lands rewards Derana Dream Star winner with biggest prize in Sri Lankan reality arena

Views - 53 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:24

Home Lands Skyline Ltd., being the Official Real Estate Partner for popular Sri Lankan reality series – Derana Dream Star, awarded the Winner of Season VIII of the series at the Grand Finale event held recently at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, Co

US Ambassador meets Malik

Views - 45 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Ambassador of The United States of America in Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz paid a courtesy call on the Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama at the Ministry. Discussions were held towards further strengtheni

Interactive session on ‘Driving towards Global Success’

Views - 69 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

The Coffee with CEO Talk Series hosted by the Young Leaders, a Steering Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, will be organising their third interactive session with Expolanka Group CEO Hanif Yusoof. Building on the success of the past two eve

Deloitte’s Vishwas to speak at Fireside Chat 2019

Views - 61 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Vishwas Udgirkar, Deloitte’s Head of Government Practice in India, will participate in the Fireside Chat as a panellist in the closing session. His areas of expertise include business planning, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), bankability studie

University of Colombo MBA Alumni partners with Fireside Chat 2019

Views - 79 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Following the success of Fireside Chat 2018, with six bold and daring Sri Lankan entrepreneurs, ICC Sri Lanka and CIMA Sri Lanka will come together again to jointly host Fireside Chat 2019, featuring leading foreign envoys in Sri Lanka. The theme of

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Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre

Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh

The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth

No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch

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