BJP’s social media expert logs in for Rajapaksa

Published : 1:06 am  December 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  169 views  |  

The Hindu: President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is running for a third term in office, has roped in an Indian IT expert to help with his social media campaign for the 8 January elections, The Hindu has learnt. Arvind Gupta, one of the chief architects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s social media campaign in the general election, is among those offering assistance to the incumbent President, according to highly-placed sources in Colombo. However, when contacted by The Hindu on Thursday, Gupta, who heads the BJP’s IT cell, at first said: “We are being unnecessarily dragged into this. People know that we worked for a massive victory in the Indian elections, and we have been winning election... 

Police nab 660 drunk drivers

Published : 1:05 am  December 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  107 views  |  

The Police Media Unit said that the special operation to nab motorists under the influence of liquor during the festive season was successful. The Police have arrested 660 drunk drivers from 24-29 December and among the arrested were 335 motorcyclists, 227 three-wheeler drivers, 43 motorcar drivers, 20 lorry drivers, 20 van drivers and five private bus drivers. The special operation to apprehend drunk drivers, which commenced on 24 December, will continue till 5 January 2015.  Read More →

Indonesia arrests 14 Sri Lankans

Published : 1:05 am  December 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  146 views  |  

Indonesian authorities have arrested 14 Sri Lankans for being in the country without valid passports, the Indonesian media reported. The 14 Sri Lankans had been arrested in Belawan in Indonesia after they had reportedly entered the country by boat from Malaysia. Officials had arrested the Sri Lankans when they were seen roaming around Belawan, a busy port city in Indonesia and investigations had later revealed that they did not possess valid passports. (Colombo Gazette)  Read More →

Talawakelle wins two Golds, Silver at National Business Excellence Awards

Published : 1:05 am  December 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  184 views  |  
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Talawakelle Tea Estates Plc won two Gold awards and a Silver at the National Business Excellence Awards, conducted by the National Chamber of Commerce, at the Colombo Hilton recently. Director/DCEO, Dilantha Seneviratne receiving the Sector Gold Award   Talawakelle was adjudged the winner in the Agriculture and Plantations Sector and also won the Gold Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability and a Silver for Excellence in Capacity Building. The winners were judged based on the fulfillment of stipulated criteria under the categories: Excellence in Leadership, Corporate Governance, Capacity Building, Performance Management, Local and Global Market Reach, Business and Financial... 

Hero Motocorp presents award of excellence to Abans Auto

Published : 1:02 am  December 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  275 views  |  
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Hero MotoCorp Ltd., India’s largest manufacturer of two-wheelers, presented Abans Auto Ltd., a member of the Abans Group of companies, with an award of excellence for outstanding contribution to their global business. The prestigious award to Abans Auto is in recognition of promoting Hero motorcycles and scooters in Sri Lanka and making it a leading brand in the country within just two years. The award was presented by Hero MotoCorp Ltd. Vice President and Head of Global Business Deepak Mokashi to Abans Group Chairperson Aban Pestonjee, at a private ceremony at Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo recently, in the presence of Abans Group Director Behman Pestonjee   The award was presented by Vice... 

Sunshine Holdings picks up Silver at CA Sri Lanka’s Annual Report Awards

Published : 1:01 am  December 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  181 views  |  
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Sunshine Holdings Plc won Silver at the Annual Report Awards competition, organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) recently. Winning under the Diversified Holdings (up to five subsidiaries), this is the conglomerate’s second award for its annual financial reporting, winning bronze last year under the same category. Sunshine Holdings Plc receiving a Silver award for their ‘integrated’ annual report at the CA Sri Lanka Annual Report Awards 2014   “We like to keep things simple. Our annual report this year too follows the same principle. It is important that we present our information simplistically, making it easy to understand. Couple this with... 

Trials completed for certified compostable plastic bags that degrade within 5 weeks

Published : 1:00 am  December 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  139 views  |  
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A German multinational company, BASF Lanka Ltd., supplied Ecovio raw material to produce certified compostable plastic bags which completely degrade within five weeks and the trials were successfully completed at the Mihisaru – Nagoda, Kalutara composting plant. German Ambassador Sri Lanka Dr. Juergen Morhard and his team personally viewed the degradation status of the biodegradable bags at the Mihisaru composting plant. It was observed that the environmental friendly biodegradable bags degraded in controlled conditions with other compostable materials. The raw material imported from BASF – Germany is ideal to produce flexible packaging, garbage bags, shopping bags, etc. Waste Management... 

Korea funds Rs. 10.2 b worth Deduru Oya, Ruwanwella water supply projects in Kurunegala and Kegalle

Published : 12:32 am  December 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  156 views  |  
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The Government of Republic of Korea has agreed to provide two concessional loans for $ 78.685 million (approximately Rs. 10,230 million) to improve water supply facilities for the people in Kurunegala and Kegalle districts in line with the Government’s target of providing safe drinking water for all citizens. Finance and Planning Ministry Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera shakes hand with YIM Seong-Hyeog, Vice president of the Export-Import Bank of Korea after signing of the loan agreement   Rapid spreading of chronic kidney disease has become a burning issue in Sri Lanka. Mahawa and Popithigama divisions in Kurunegala District have been identified as the prominent areas of chronic kidney... 

Sri Lanka, UAE Customs sign agreement to boost technical cooperation

Published : 2:15 am  December 30, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  403 views  |  

Abu Dhabi: Customs departments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Sri Lanka have signed an agreement to boost the technical cooperation between the two agencies. The UAE, represented by the Federal Customs Authority, FCA, and Sri Lanka Customs, have initialed the agreement on customs technical cooperation in Colombo, during a UAE delegation’s visit to discuss ways to bolster cooperation, Emirates News Agency reported.   The agreement was signed by Saud Salem al-Aqrouby, FCA Head of the International Relations Department, and S. Rajendran, Additional Director of Sri Lankan Customs in the presence of Director-General of Sri Lankan Customs, Jagath P. Wijeweera, and several additional Directors-General... 

President meets Sri Lankans in Europe Association

Published : 2:10 am  December 30, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  362 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa met members of the Sri Lankans in Europe Association yesterday in Colombo. – Pic by Sudath Silva  Read More →

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