Supply of fuel from CPC to CEB to be increased

Views - 41 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

Steps will be taken to increase the limit of fuel provided to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation from the current limit of Rs. 80 billion to Rs. 90 billion, following a request from the CEB. In a statement issued y

Dialog launches ‘SAVIYA’, mobile advisory service for dairy farmers

Views - 43 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, announced the launch of ‘SAVIYA’, a mobile based advisory service for dairy farmers to improve dairy production capacity, quality of milk produced, and health of livestock. The serv

Singaporean agri-business gets Cabinet nod for fertiliser procurement contract

Views - 148 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

Singaporean agri-business Ameropa Asia Ltd. was recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC) to award the tender for procuring a supply of 15,000 MT of Urea (Granular) to the Ceylon Fertiliser Company Ltd. and the Colom

Dulan wins Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2019

Views - 45 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

South Asia’s most excellent Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 has been awarded to Dulan Hettiarachchi in recognition of his remarkable initiative for building 52 houses across the island for the poor. He had been the think tank of the concept t

Daraz partners with Department of Samurdhi Development to uplift rural entrepreneurs

Views - 70 Thursday, 16 January 2020 02:06

Daraz Sri Lanka partnered with the Department of Samurdhi Development to enhance the economic engagement and success of entrepreneurs in rural Sri Lanka. Apart from leading the tech industry with mobile phone brands and other tech-related products, D

GSEA Sri Lanka seeks next generation of student entrepreneurs for 6th consecutive year

Views - 167 Thursday, 16 January 2020 02:02

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) has played an influential role in Sri Lanka, enriching and empowering student entrepreneurs since 2015. Over the years, Sri Lanka has produced three global finalists. This year marks the sixth consecutive

To accolades for Sri Lanka tourism

Views - 74 Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:18

The New Year 2020 kicked off with a fresh start and good vibes for Sri Lanka, for the island destination bagged its first award of the year, as Asia’s best destination for wildlife tourism at Top Asia Corporate ball 2019, which was held in Shangri-

‘Port of Galle to be made a tourist port’: State Minister of Ports Development Kanaka Herath

Views - 70 Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:07

State Minister of Ports Development Kanaka Herath made a special inspection visit at the Port of Galle recently with the objective of seeking possibilities to make it a tourist port.

Program to reduce soil erosion in 2,500 hectares of land

Views - 18 Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:06

Steps are being taken to reduce soil erosion in 2,500 hectares of land as per the 2020 development plan of the Hadabima Authority of Sri Lanka and an annual budget of 150 million rupees has been allocated for the program.

SLAITO welcomes Thilak Weerasinghe’s appointments

Views - 126 Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:05

The Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators in a statement congratulated Thilak Weerasinghe on his appointment to the Board of Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd. and the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).

‘Born in Sri Lanka’: Country-Of-Origin Mark supports SL brands in the global market

Views - 990 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

The Sri Lankan Export Development Board’s country-of-origin certification mark for the spices sector supports growers, processors and manufacturers by helping them to identify their products as ‘Sri Lankan Born,’ and informs customers and consu

Advocata calls for entrepreneurship stories

Views - 50 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Advocata Institute recently launched a study on removing barriers to Micro and Small Entrepreneurs (MSEs) through regulatory and legislative reform. The economic contributions of MSEs are seen as one of the major driving forces pushing economic growt

New Commissioner General appointed to Excise Dept.

Views - 56 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

A. Bodaragama, who served as an Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Economic and Policy Development, has been appointed as the Commissioner General of Excise. He joined the Department in 1985 as an excise inspector and has held various posts in the E

Five Sri Lankan companies to participate at Ambiente 2020

Views - 82 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Five Sri Lankan companies will participate at the world’s largest consumer goods show, Ambiente in Frankfurt, Germany next month. Ambiente 2020 is offering a unique spectrum of products for the table, kitchen and housewares, gifts and decorative ar

Chaudhary Group: Forging ahead globally, uplifting Nepal locally

Views - 895 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:39

As Chaudhary Group (CG) Managing Director Nirvana Chaudhary increasingly takes command of his family-owned, third generation business empire from his father, CG Chairman and President Binod Chaudhary, a role he has been groomed for since he was a

Global growth of 2.5% in 2020 amid mounting debt, slowing productivity gain: WB

Views - 50 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:03

WASHINGTON: Global economic growth is forecast to edge up to 2.5% in 2020 as investment and trade gradually recover from last year’s significant weakness but downward risks persist, the World Bank said in its January 2020 Global Economic Prospects.

Bahrain Chambers to assist Sri Lanka in trade and investment

Views - 39 Monday, 13 January 2020 08:28

Sri Lanka Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Pradeepa Saram met with Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Chairman Sameer Nass at Bait Al Tijjar on 7 January. The meeting hailed the cordial bilateral relations that exist between the two

Sri Lanka – Japan Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce holds 40th AGM

Views - 91 Monday, 13 January 2020 08:26

The 40th Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka – Japan Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce was held recently. The Sri Lanka – Japan Business Council was set up in 1979 as the Sri Lanka – Japan Business Co-operation Committee (

Browns Hospitals honoured at National Business Excellence Awards

Views - 276 Monday, 13 January 2020 08:25

Browns Hospitals was recognised for the second consecutive year for its exceptional commitment in healthcare sector at the recently concluded National Business Excellence Awards 2019. Accordingly, Browns Hospitals emerged runners-up under the Healthc

Power Ministry cautions CEB on hydropower generation

Views - 51 Monday, 13 January 2020 08:23

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has been asked to exercise caution when using water for power generation despite there being a considerable volume of water in reservoirs, the Power and Energy Ministry said in a statement yesterday.

SriLankan Airlines clarifies claims on purchases of drinking water

Views - 120 Friday, 10 January 2020 00:00

SriLankan Airlines yesterday issued a clarification on what it described as erroneous news items with regard to the purchase of drinking water for its valued passengers. As per the statement the correct facts are as follows. Due to the extensive time

Joint program to develop tourism, investment, aviation services

Views - 79 Friday, 10 January 2020 00:00

Comprehensive strategy by early Feb. Govt. expects 7 m tourist arrivals, earnings over $ 10 b by 2030 By Charumini de Silva The Government is planning a joint program for the development of the tourism, aviation and investment promotion sectors to

Kotagala Kahata Tea concludes ‘Rasa wasana’ consumer promotion

Views - 61 Friday, 10 January 2020 00:00

The ‘Kotagala Kahata – Rasa Wasana’ consumer promotion, which took place from 5 September to 8 November 2019, recently came to a successful conclusion. 20 TVS Scooty Peps were awarded to the winners of the competition at a special prize giving

PIM recognised for its employee value addition at Productivity Awards

Views - 58 Thursday, 9 January 2020 01:39

The Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), the nation’s management mentor, was recently awarded a special commendation in the Service Sector (Small Category) at the National Productivity Awards organised by the National Productivity Secretaria

Dipped Products participates at Intersec Dubai 2020

Views - 54 Thursday, 9 January 2020 01:39

Dipped Products PLC (DPL) from Sri Lanka is participating at the 22nd edition of Intersec Dubai 2020, which brings thousands of security and safety solutions under one location. Intersec has a broad profile with vertical sections of Commercial and In

UL changes Colombo-London route to avoid airspace of Iran, Iraq

Views - 34 Thursday, 9 January 2020 01:37

Sri Lanka’s national carrier SriLankan Airlines has altered the route of its Colombo-London-Colombo flights to avoid the airspace of Iran and Iraq with immediate effect. The precautionary measure was taken due to the prevailing unsettled situation

ICC Sri Lanka launches new and improved electronic Certificate of Origin website

Views - 48 Thursday, 9 January 2020 01:37

The International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka has relaunched its electronic Certificate of Origin (eCOO) website ( with new features from 1 January 2020. Improvements to the website will pave the way for ICC Sri Lanka eCOO

Veteran technologist appointed Chairman of Ceylon Ceramic Corporation

Views - 102 Thursday, 9 January 2020 01:37

Industries Minister Wimal Weerawansa has appointed veteran ceramic technologist Jude Fernando as the new Chairman of Ceylon Ceramic Corporation. Fernando has previously served the multinational ceramic giant Noritake as a top executive for over 30 y

Restaurant owners want price controls for big onions and potatoes

Views - 116 Thursday, 9 January 2020 01:36

The Association of Sri Lanka Restaurant Owners (AOSRO) yesterday charged that middlemen engaged in the vegetable transportation industry were manipulating potato and big onion prices despite tax reductions by the Government. The Government reduced ta

Lankatiles collaborates with Chinese company and American counterpart to export mosaic tiles to USA

Views - 248 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

Lankatiles, the pioneering wall and floor tile manufacturer in Sri Lanka, announced that it would be entering the globally-competitive mosaic tiles segment. Lankatiles will collaborate with a Chinese mosaic tile manufacturer, Foshan Shiwan Yulong Ce

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Autocatalytic descent from plural democracy to supremacist authoritarianism

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

In a few days, Sri Lanka will celebrate its 72nd year of independence from colonialism. But behind the pomp and pageant of that celebration is a sad reality of an autocatalytic process – a small initial event triggering a chain reaction that evolve

Trump destroying brand USA: Implications for Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

There is an old adage that ‘politics and tourism’ has a positive correlation. Many have tried to disprove this aspect but the relationship is coming out very strongly, the latest case study to the world being in the United States. Trump cost $4.

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. In the name of freedom – the freedom of the powerful to exploit the weak, the rich to exploit the poor. The definition of freedom is, the condition of

Development project information: Public expectations and their right to know

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

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