Saturday 19th April 2014

SLT partners 15 global telcos to connect continents via SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system

Published : 12:00 am  March 10, 2014  |  Category: Front Page  |  Leave a Comment  |  526 views  |  

A giant step towards a SMART Sri Lanka Capacity gained through SEA-ME-WE 5 will serve country’s data demand for next 25 years Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) – the country’s ICT giant – has announced that the company has partnered 15 international telecommunication operators representing 17 countries to build the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) state-of-the-art undersea cable system: a multi-regional superhighway spanning approximately 20,000 kilometres from Asia Pacific to Europe via Sri Lanka. The said group of telecom companies have formed a consortium to jointly pursue the building of this undersea cable system with state-of-the-art technology. The collaboration... 


SLPA justifies Colombo Port City Development Project

Published : 12:00 am  March 10, 2014  |  Category: Front Page  |  Leave a Comment  |  738 views  |  

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has expressed its concern over statements made by various personages via the media, based on adverse information on its ‘Port City,’ the project that has been launched with the largest financial investment in Sri Lanka. The project could be known as the largest-ever private, overseas financial investment project implemented via SLPA in Sri Lanka. The investment in its initial stage comes to US$ 1.34 billion. Most importantly, the project is not funded by the Government of Sri Lanka or the SLPA. Accordingly, a land of 233 hectares is planned to reclaim beside the breakwater of the Colombo Port Expansion Project towards the Galle Face Green. This would... 


Interest free loan scheme for women entrepreneurs

Published : 12:00 am  March 10, 2014  |  Category: Front Page  |  Leave a Comment  |  583 views  |  

Marking International Women’s Day, President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday launched the ‘Liya Isuru’ interest free loan scheme for women entrepreneurs in the country. Under the free loan scheme for women entrepreneurs announced in the 2014 Budget and implemented by the Regional Development Bank, women entrepreneurs can get an interest free loan of maximum Rs. 200,000 irrespective of their age without need for collateral. The Government has allocated Rs. 3.2 billion for the loan scheme in the first stage. This is the first time such a loan scheme has been implemented in the country. Addressing the function held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo to launch the loan scheme on Saturday,... 


Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Family of Chinese passenger says mobile phone working

Published : 12:00 am  March 10, 2014  |  Category: Front Page  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,011 views  |  

A Chinese family successfully rang the mobile phone of a passenger on board Malaysia Airlines plane MH370, which is still missing after it lost contact with the ground on Saturday. “5 theories on what could have happened to MH370 1. Act of terrorism 2. Explosion on board 3. Mechanical fault 4. Sudden stall of the plane 5. Pilot fault Source: Reuters, AFP” A video clip showing the family member dialing the number made its rounds online on Sunday. The call got connected, but no one picked up. The Chinese media also reported that a man successfully made a call to the mobile phone of his elder brother, who is a MH370 passenger. He made a total of three calls, but no one answered. The... 


WNL’s Ada paper and Leo Burnett win Gold for Sri Lanka at ADFEST 2014

Published : 12:01 am  March 8, 2014  |  Category: Front Page  |  Leave a Comment  |  440 views  |  

Leo Burnett Solutions Inc. (LBSI), the local office of the global advertising network Leo Burnett Worldwide once again brings recognition to Sri Lanka by bringing home the Gold Lotus in the promotion category for the best use of Print/Conventional Outdoor for the Ada, Unity Paper from ADFEST, Asia Pacific’s premier advertising festival and awards show. ADFEST, the first and most respected advertising awards show in the region is held annually in Pattaya, Thailand. This success showcases Leo Burnett Sri Lanka’s strength as a marketing communications agency in the region. This year’s theme at ADFEST is to Co-Create the Future. The festival hosts delegates from Asia Pacific to the Middle East... 


Kuwait sees trouble ahead at UNHRC on Iran, Syria and Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  March 8, 2014  |  Category: Front Page  |  1 Comment  |  740 views  |  

Kuwait, a voting member of the UNHRC, has predicted major polarisation in the UN Human Rights Council this month, because the session would address what it called several sensitive files, including the issue of Sri Lanka. Kuwait’s permanent delegate to the United Nations Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim told  a Kuwaiti news agency that the Council would witness polarisation on the draft resolutions submitted on Syria, Iran and Sri Lanka because for the first time in the history of the Council, all five permanent members of the security council were also voting members at the UNHRC.  Unlike the Security Council, the Kuwaiti Ambassador said, the UNHRC does not permit the use of veto power. He pointed... 


Samarasinghe heads to Geneva “to defend war heroes”

Published : 12:00 am  March 8, 2014  |  Category: Front Page  |  Leave a Comment  |  746 views  |  
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Launches scathing attack on US and western powers Says UNHRC move is not an international inquiry but an international meddling Accuses Navi Pillay of being a “lying, vengeful”  High Commissioner Claims he sat Pillay down and told her to stop being biased Best answer to resolutions is for people to vote for Govt.   President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Special Envoy on Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe heads to Geneva today on a mission he says is aimed at defending the country’s war heroes against destructive foreign forces. Speaking at an election rally yesterday full of bravado, Samarasinghe said the country that had invaded Iraq and created chaos in that country, went to... 


UNP wants two-day debate soon on no confidence motion

Published : 12:00 am  March 8, 2014  |  Category: Front Page  |  Leave a Comment  |  307 views  |  

The United National Party yesterday reiterated the need for a two day debate on the no confidence motion filed on 21 February 2014 highlighting the Government incompetency in curbing drug trafficking and to reveal the state politicians supporting heroin and ethanol imports. Charging the Government for giving a lame excuse purposely delaying the debate UNP lawmaker Ravi Karunanayake said: “We call upon the Government to stop their nonsense and fooling around. We are very concerned that the Government is just giving a convenient excuse and a scapegoat of Geneva. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe and G.L. Peiris are adequate to handle the matters in Geneva. Why have the others gone there? As if it... 


SriLankan Airlines to join oneworld on 1 May

Published : 12:00 am  March 8, 2014  |  Category: Front Page  |  Leave a Comment  |  464 views  |  
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 First carrier from Indian subcontinent to enter any global alliance   SriLankan Airlines will become a full member of oneworld, offering the alliance’s complete range of services and benefits with effect from Thursday 1 May – as the first carrier from the Indian subcontinent to become part of any global airline groups. The national airline of Sri Lanka received clearance to board oneworld, the world’s leading quality airline alliance, after successfully completing a thorough review of its readiness conducted by Cathay Pacific Airways, which is sponsoring its entry into the alliance, with the oneworld central team. Its addition to oneworld will come a month after the alliance welcomes... 


Kadawatha Road Mosque reopened

Published : 12:00 am  March 8, 2014  |  Category: Front Page  |  1 Comment  |  402 views  |  

Magistrate sets aside order after mosque trustees file appeal The Gangodawila Magistrate yesterday reversed its order on the Kadawatha Road mosque in Dehiwala and permitted the reopening of the premises, following an appeal lodged by the masjid’s trustees. The Magistrate ordered the closure of the mosque on Tuesday (4) after police filed a public nuisance complaint against the premises and claimed it was operating without authorisation from the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs. However lawyers appearing on behalf of the mosque trustees led by M.M. Zuhair President’s Counsel, argued that the mosque was operating with Wakf board approval, the legal authority vested with power... 


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