Infrastructure chugs ahead with China support

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: TOP STORY  |  1 Comment  |  1,274 views  |  

By Uditha Jayasinghe Continuing its enthusiasm for infrastructure development, the Government yesterday approved Rs. 3.3 billion worth of loans from China for a slew of road construction projects and building of 13 bridges. President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping presented the paper outlining the projects worth Rs. 3.3 billion (US$ 25.4 million) to the first Cabinet meeting for 2014, which was approved. Accordingly, China Development Bank will fund four road construction projects worth Rs. 2.2 billion. This will cover the Narandeniya- Hakmana Road (11.95 km), Ayagama-Egaloya Road (23km), Mawanella- Hemmathagama- Gampala Road (26 km) and Hatton-Maskeliya- Delhousie... 

Database for dual citizen seekers

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: Front Page  |  13 Comments  |  2,919 views  |  

Cabinet approval was given yesterday for the Immigration and Emigration Department to start an archive applications received by Sri Lankans living overseas seeking dual citizenship and other services. Cabinet Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella noted that the facility was needed since the end of the war had resulted in a huge influx of requests from locals. The database will also store applications for registering of children born overseas to Sri Lankan parents and applications asking for visa. The electronic document archive will be used to check and facilitate requests in the future, the Minister assured. “The database will strengthen the visa and citizenship issuance process and upgrade... 

CHOGM exhibition ground to become “Forest Resort”

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: Front Page  |  Leave a Comment  |  391 views  |  

The area that was used for the “Reflections of Sri Lanka” exhibition on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be converted into an urban forest resort under a new project. Cabinet approval was given to Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa to covert the 11 acres owned by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) as a landscape area to attract both local and foreign tourists. (UJ)  Read More →

New coins to promote districts

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: Front Page  |  Leave a Comment  |  207 views  |  
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The Central Bank said on Thursday  a new series of coins representing the districts of the country would be issued this year. “The designs for the new series of Rs. 10 coins will depict one or more of unique archeological, cultural, economic, environmental, religious or social characteristics of each District. This will also be of interest to collectors of coins,” Central Bank Chief Nivard Cabraal said. Citing an example, he said the Rs. 10 coin depicting the Colombo District would portray certain city sights and the Colombo Port.  Read More →

Asia shares roiled by risk aversion; yen rallies

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: International  |  Leave a Comment  |  312 views  |  
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Reuters: Asian share markets were under water on Friday after a sudden reversal in some very popular, and thus crowded, trades sparked a bout of global risk aversion. The net result was a pullback in the euro, sterling, and stocks and a bounce for the yen, gold and bonds. Oil prices had also taken a spill, though for purely idiosyncratic reasons. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed 1%, with markets from Shanghai to Sydney all in the red. The various moves seemed divorced from the news flow, which was mostly upbeat with global manufacturing ending 2013 on a strong note as the United States, Japan and Germany all saw demand pick up. The fly in the ointment was China... 

Student centred education to be introduced in universities

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  562 views  |  

The Ministry of Higher Education announced that a student centred education system would be introduced in the country’s universities from this year. The Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne said the present lecture method would be changed with the introduction of the student centred education. Dr. Navaratne said that the student centred education system would be introduced first in Art, Social Sciences and Management faculties of the universities. Subject oriented text books are also to be introduced for the university students under the new system. The Secretary further stated that the aim of the student centred education is building a creative generation... 

Deyata Kirula Mobile Service Phase 2 begins in Kegalle Jan. 17

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  518 views  |  
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Phase 2 of the Deyata Kirula Mobile Services will commence in the Kegalle District parallel to the 2014 Deyata Kirula National Development Program on 17 January with the participation of Ministry Secretaries to solve people’s common and individual problems that were not solved under the program launched in 573 Grama Seva Divisions of 11 Divisional Secretariat areas. Deyata Kirula Mobile Services were launched on 1 July last year under Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s direction in accordance with a concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to solve people’s problems from village to village and from house to house. The number of people who attended the 573 mobile services in... 

Sri Lanka, US talks on importing Iranian oil not successful: Yapa

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  280 views  |  
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The Ministry of Petroleum Resources said the talks held between Sri Lanka and the US over the imports of Iranian crude oil were not successful. Petroleum Resources Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa has said that several rounds of discussions were held between Sri Lankan officials and the US Embassy in Colombo as well as between the Us Authorities and Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington. However, the two sides haven’t been able to come to an agreement over importing oil from Iran and the government has been informed that it cannot import Iranian oil. The Government has requested an exemption to import Iranian crude to start the now closed oil refinery in Sapugaskanda which has been built to process... 

Grand Meelad Conference

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  302 views  |  

By Ruzaik Farook Assunnah Trust Sri Lanka, a popular Dawah organisation which spreads peace, unity and love, are organisers of the upcoming biggest Meelad conference in Sri Lanka. The upcoming month signifies Rabiul Awwal which is known for the birth of the Prophet Muhammed (may peace and blessings be upon him) and this conference goes in the same theme which is titled ‘Seerathul Musthafa’ and will be based on the life history of Prophet Muhammed (may peace and blessings be upon him) such as his blessed birth, his youth life, prophecy and miracles and the Wafath Sheriff, (may peace and blessings be upon him). There will be local as well as international speakers at the event such as Hafiz... 

124th Commemoration Oration of late Dr. T.B. Jayah

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: CSR / Events  |  Leave a Comment  |  887 views  |  

Pix and text by Ashraff A. Samad The 124th Commemoration Oration of the late Dr. T.B. Jayah by the Dr. T.B. Jayah foundation was held on 1 January at Colombo 10 Muslim Ladies Study Circle Auditorium. Dr. T.B. Jayah Foundation President Ashraff Hussain presided at this event. The keynote address was delivered by Chief incumbent Sri Naga Viharya Kotte Ven. Dr. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Rahitha Bogollagama also addressed this meeting. Dr. Maduluwawe Sobhitha said Dr. Jayah was one of the great leaders who championed the cause of an independent Sri Lanka. “Dr. Jayah taught N.M. Perera, Philip Gunawardena and Robert Gunawardena at the Ananda College. Philip Gunawardena...