Data essential to drive SDG goals

Views - 17 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 01:19

Sri Lanka’s efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be centred on diverse types of data to provide clarity on policymaking, top officials said yesterday, calling on the Government and other stakeholders to focus on targets ba

Business mission from New Zealand to arrive in April

Views - 24 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 01:17

A group of 20 delegates representing 13 innovative New Zealand companies will arrive in Colombo on 2 April for a three-day visit to continue forging business and trade links with Sri Lanka.

Informal economy calls for country-specific solutions not global prescriptions: Former EFC Chief

Views - 21 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 01:15

Sriyan de Silva, former CEO of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC), a one-time Deputy Director of the ILO’s Bureau for Employer Activities and a Senior Adviser to the International Organisation of Employers (IOE),

Amunugama calls for setting up of an international-level exhibition centre

Views - 21 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:16

Participating as the Chief Guest at the opening of the International Printing Exhibition, Special Assignments Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said that an international-level exhibition centre is necessary for Sri Lanka, and that action should be taken

14th Sujata Jayawardena Memorial Oration on 3 April

Views - 68 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:08

High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu is to deliver the 14th Annual Sujata Jayawardena Memorial Oration on 3 April at the BMICH on the topic’Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas (Together We Progress): India-Sri Lanka Relations in the light of India

US closes anti-dumping inquiry on Sri Lanka rubber bands after successful DoCSL intervention

Views - 41 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:08

The United States has terminated the anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of rubber bands from Sri Lanka on 15 March. The decision on 15 March at 11 a.m., to terminate anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations on

PM recommends incentive for carbonic manure

Views - 26 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:07

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed relevant sectors to grant an incentive to manufacturers of carbonic fertiliser, in order to encourage them to produce the total quantity of carbonic manure needed for the country within the next six ye

DFCC goes for Rs. 7 b BASEL III debentures

Views - 33 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:07

DFCC Bank PLC will raise Rs. 7 billion via BASEL III compliant debentures. The Bank said it will issue 50 million BASEL III compliant, Tier II, listed, rated, unsecured, subordinated, redeemable debentures with a non-viability conversion at an issue

NCE welcomes enactment of legislation on antidumping, countervailing and safeguards; urges measures

Views - 40 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:07

The National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) has welcomed the much-awaited Antidumping, Countervailing and Safeguard Measures Acts which were passed in parliament on 7 March. The enactment of these two acts were long overdue in the case of Sri Lanka since

Colombo Port aims to handle 7 m containers in 2018: Samarasinghe

Views - 35 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:07

Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port expects to handle 7.0 million containers in 2018, up 12.9% from the 6.2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) handled in 2017 with joint marketing by three terminals, Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe sa

e-ROC: Way forward for Registrar of Companies

Views - 42 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:04

By Chamindi Ekanayake Registrar of Companies down D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo 10 is the focal point for company incorporations in the island. Anyone who intends to register a company, to maintain the company records or to obtain details about a

Malaysian police rescue two Sri Lankan engineers duped into forced labour

Views - 17 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:04

Malaysian police in Sibu have rescued two Sri Lankan engineers last Saturday (17 March) after they were allegedly tricked into forced labour by an employment agency. Madusanka Perera Edirisinghe and Dushan Kavinda De Silva, both 21, were promised job

Durdans Hospital Nephrology Unit Kidney Transplant Program for end-stage kidney disease

Views - 11 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:03

End-stage kidney failure is a growing concern in Sri Lanka especially among the elderly population. Among those greatly at risk are individuals with Diabetes Mellitus while people with high blood pressure, polycystic kidney disease and anatomical pro

Malik, Harsha hold symposium for improving biz climate

Views - 45 Monday, 19 March 2018 02:23

The Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade last week organised a symposium on ‘Initiatives to Improve the Business Climate in Sri Lanka’ at the Taj Samudra Hotel.

Investment opportunities in Colombo Port City showcased

Views - 327 Monday, 19 March 2018 02:21

A recently concluded breakfast meeting held at Hilton Colombo Residencies, organised by the European Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka in collaboration with CHEC Port City Colombo Ltd., showcased the investment opportunities in the Colombo Port City and

Value chain stakeholder meeting on processed food and pepper sectors begins today

Views - 22 Monday, 19 March 2018 02:19

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will convene a two-day stakeholder meeting to discuss and validate UNIDO’s findings in a value chain (VC) assessment of processed food and pepper today at Renuka City Hotel in Colombo.

First ever women-owned SME garment factory opens in Kotte

Views - 62 Monday, 19 March 2018 02:19

The first ever woman-owned garment factory was opened yesterday in Kotte in an initiative spearheaded by National Policies and Economic Affairs State Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva and the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF).

Interim order issued against LCSN preventing rebroadcast of Indian Star TV channels

Views - 18 Monday, 19 March 2018 02:18

The Commercial High Court of Colombo issued an interim order preventing the Lanka Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Network Ltd. (LCSN) from rebroadcasting the Star TV channel of Star India Ltd, Mumbai.

CSR Sri Lanka collaborates with CSR Netherlands to create new business model

Views - 17 Monday, 19 March 2018 02:18

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative,USAID-supported CSR Sri Lanka collaborated with CSR Netherlands (MVO Nederland), supported by the Netherlands Embassy and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency,to conduct a three-day workshop focu

SLINTEC delegation visits Melbourne

Views - 88 Monday, 19 March 2018 01:39

A delegation from the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC), headed by Chief Executive Officer Harin de Silva Wijeyeratne, and comprising Research & Innovation Chief Professor Gehan Amaratunga, Senior Scientist/Head of Strategic Planning Dr

Gold Awards for NOLIMIT from JASTECA for 5S practices

Views - 12 Monday, 19 March 2018 01:36

NOLIMIT, Sri Lanka’s leading fashion retail chain recently won an array of awards and recognition for being commendable in 5S practices from Japanese Sri Lanka Technical and Cultural Association (JASTECA). The highly respected alumni society with a

Oxford Elevators Company hosts key customer get-together

Views - 59 Monday, 19 March 2018 01:36

OEC (Oxford Elevators Co.) Group of Companies, which also launched its operations in Sri Lanka over a year ago providing cost saving alternative maintenance options, recently hosted an insightful ‘all India customers meet’ on 27 February at Hotel

Free rice cooker with Singer Sewing Machines this festive season

Views - 9 Monday, 19 March 2018 01:35

The Sinhala and Hindu New Year is just around the corner and is a cheerful time full of happiness and surprises - and special gifts are on the cards.

Nawaloka continues winning legacy with top honours at ACCA Sustainability Awards

Views - 16 Monday, 19 March 2018 01:35

Nawaloka Hospitals PLC was awarded the top award in the General Services and Utilities category for the second consecutive year at the ACCA Sustainability Reporting Awards 2017, organised by the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) S

DIMO expands marine, general engineering to the Maldives via JV with Coastline

Views - 40 Monday, 19 March 2018 01:34

Diesel and Motor Engineering Plc (DIMO), one of the leading engineering companies in Sri Lanka, has expanded its marine and general engineering business to the Maldives with the unveiling of DIMO Coastline Ltd. (DCL), a joint venture between DIMO and

European Chamber to host breakfast meeting on Strategic Corporate Sustainability

Views - 18 Monday, 19 March 2018 01:34

The European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL) will be hosting a breakfast meeting titled “Drive towards Strategic Relevance – A Seminar on Strategic Corporate Sustainability”. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Ravi Fernando (

Nordtex clinches Gold and Silver at Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Views - 16 Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:45

Nordtex Ltd., recognised among the leading manufacturers in Asia for tents, sleeping bags and bivi bags, clinched Gold and Silver Awards at the prestigious Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year Awards ceremony. Organised by the Federation of Chambers o

OPPO delivers double-digit growth; ranked No.2 in South-East Asia for 2017

Views - 13 Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00

OPPO posted double-digit growth of over 29% in 2017 to rank second in annual smartphone shipments for the South-East Asia region, according to the latest report from market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC).

Freelan Soya customers inspired with Dambadiwa pilgrimage opportunities

Views - 8 Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00

Matara FreelanEnterprizes Ltd., a leading company in the business of spices in the country, manufactures spices flavoured with delicacies from Matara and distributes them islandwide. It launched a promotional program named ‘DambadiwaWasana’ and i

NDB Official Banking Partner at Kedella 2018

Views - 8 Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00

NDB partnered with Sri Lanka’s premier living in style exhibition Kedella 2018 as the official Banking Partner for the third consecutive year.

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Putin, Mahinda and Gotabaya

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

I have to say that I am very happy indeed about the resounding victory scored by President Putin. If not for him, there would be no multi-polarity in the world; no chance of a global equilibrium; no ally for the rising economic power of China which w

President’s backflip toward Rajapaksa camp summons Ranil’s reserves to meet the challenge

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, is hard put to it in meeting the very strenuously intricate challenge foisted upon him by his partner in the Yahapalanaya Government – President Maithripala Sirisena. Inasmuch as Mahinda Rajapaksa

The world moves forward and we move backwards

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Communal riots emerged once again. It will emerge over and over again since we, those who govern and those who are governed, over and over again prove that we do not learn from the past mistakes. My first experience of communal riots was black July 1

Drop the guns, ‘Hit Refresh’

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

‘Drop the guns’ is my addition based on his own analysis, but ‘Hit Refresh’ is Satya Nadella’s main title of the quite praiseworthy book with a vision for everyone, not only in the technology field, but also in other areas of knowledge and

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