SL establishes diplomatic relations with Saint Vincent and Grenadines

Published : 12:00 am  February 21, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  402 views  |  

Sri Lanka, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines established formal diplomatic relations on 15 January, the Ministry of External Affairs sated.  Read More →


Who needs Halal?

Published : 12:21 am  February 18, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  11 Comments  |  2,158 views  |  

By Hejaaz Hizbullah (Groundviews.org):  When the big international fast food chains came to Sri Lanka they did not have Halal certification. However, subsequently most of these chains went ‘Halal’. This had nothing to do with any ‘Islamist’ conspiracy to take-over Sri Lanka. It was a pure case of demand and supply and the pursuit of profit.  Read More →


Rushing into a religious war

Published : 12:20 am  February 18, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  1 Comment  |  627 views  |  

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts”. Patrick Henry (Speech at the Second Virginia Convention 1775) Sri Lanka is one of those fortunate countries which never had to experience the indescribable horrors of a full scale religious war. That millennia-long run of luck might be coming to an end. If the criminally irresponsible activities of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) are not nipped in the bud, legally and democratically, Sri Lankans may soon know what it is like to be killed for a religion.  Read More →


Who should regulate Kosher and Halal food?

Published : 12:00 am  February 18, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  1 Comment  |  487 views  |  

The Economist: Keeping the government’s nose out of anything with a religious whiff is one of America’s founding principles. With this in mind on 31 January a federal district judge in Minnesota dismissed a lawsuit contending that Hebrew National, a big American meat-products brand, fraudulently labelled its hot dogs ‘100% kosher.’  Read More →


Worrying fall in Government revenue

Published : 3:23 am  February 14, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  1 Comment  |  569 views  |  

There has been a sharp fall in Government revenue in 2012. Revenue collection is likely to have declined to as low as 11% of GDP. This is significantly less than the 14%-15% that has been recorded in previous years and compares very unfavourably with 17%-18% of GDP that is the mean for countries at Sri Lanka’s level of development (lower-middle-income country). It also seems to imply that growth has been less than the 6.5% officially recorded.  Read More →


EU Heads of Mission visit Hambantota

Published : 3:21 am  February 14, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  556 views  |  

French Ambassador Christine Robichon, German Ambassador Dr. Jürgen Morhard and British High Commissioner John Rankin visited Hambantota from 12-13 February 2013, along with representatives of their respective trade teams. The primary objective of the visit was to explore trade and investment opportunities for their respective countries.  Read More →


India renews call for democracy in Maldives

Published : 3:20 am  February 14, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  431 views  |  

India has renewed its call for proper democracy in the Maldives ahead of the presidential elections slated for mid-September.  Read More →


Hummingbird International to represent Consulus Singapore as business design consultants

Published : 12:00 am  February 14, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  1 Comment  |  674 views  |  

Consulus Singapore appointed Hummingbird International (HBI) as their country representatives for Sri Lanka and Maldives to provide business design solutions to local organisations.  Read More →


Green buildings – Laying tomorrow’s foundations today

Published : 12:00 am  February 14, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  411 views  |  

By by Dick van Dijk, Essam E. Khalil, Egil Öfverholm, Jonas Santesson & Stephen Turner Expectations about what buildings should be like have dramatically changed over time. Now the industry must strive to meet demands for functionality, comfort and design together with environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. ISO has developed a toolbox of practical state-of-the-art International Standards to meet today’s building challenges.  Read More →


‘Architect 2013’ from 20 February

Published : 12:00 am  February 14, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  968 views  |  

By Rashika Fazali Marking the annual architecture exhibition for the 30th year, the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) will inaugurate the Architect 2013 exhibition on 20 February, followed by the opening of the Members’ Work and Trade Exhibition, which will continue until 24 February at the BMICH starting from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Read More →


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