New Sabaragamuwa University buildings costing Rs. 557 m open

Published : 12:00 am  July 27, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  705 views  |  
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Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said recently that the Government had taken steps to provide every graduate with an opportunity to find a job according to his/her qualifications without having to go behind various people to find employment. The Government is spending massive amounts annually for free education under President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s leadership, according to the Minister. Minister Rajapaksa was addressing those who attended the ceremony held in connection with the opening of the new building complex and the play ground of the Sabaragamuwa University.  The Higher Education Ministry has spent Rs. 557 million on these constructions which include a new hostel which can... 


New Australian migration policy to block Sri Lankan boat people

Published : 12:00 am  July 27, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  648 views  |  
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Policy comes under fire from UNHRC All arrivals after 19 July to be processed in Papua New Guinea By Uditha Jayasinghe Hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers will be deeply affected by a new Australian migration policy, which bans settlement in that country and aims to smash local people smuggling cartels but has come under fire from the United Nations. Landmark changes in Australia’s migration policy were inked into law by new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ending hundreds of Sri Lankans’ hopes of settling there. “Many of you are aware last week the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced a significant change to Australia’s approach to irregular migration. As on 19 July, the date... 


Discovering Loon Tao’s hidden dishes on its 5th anniversary

Published : 12:00 am  July 27, 2013  |  Category: Dining  |  Leave a Comment  |  668 views  |  

By David Ebert When Loon Tao Managing Director/CEO Janaka Wimalananda speaks about running a restaurant, he comes across as a person who was born to do just that. He doesn’t see himself doing anything else, as his job satisfaction he says, lies in the little things such as an unexpected compliment from a customer or even familiar faces coming back regularly for his beach side Chinese cuisine. Right from the age of 16, which was when he moved to Japan, his chosen career was already decided in his mind. After eight years of working his way up to Operations Manager in a highly competitive Japanese restaurant with the added burden of having to learn the language along the way as well, he recalls... 


Aitken Spence launches ‘Empowering Sri Lanka First’

Published : 12:00 am  July 27, 2013  |  Category: CSR / Events  |  Leave a Comment  |  793 views  |  

Aitken Spence PLC has launched ‘Empowering Sri Lanka First,’ an English and IT teaching program for children from its neighbouring communities as its flagship corporate community engagement initiative. The leading diversified conglomerate commenced the pilot phase of the English program benefiting 180 students in Dambulla, Ahungalla and Mawaramandiya in May. The eight-year old students follow a globally recognised British Council syllabus combined with accompanying teaching material delivered by local teachers who have completed British Council conducted teacher training. Aitken Spence was recognised as Sri Lanka’s Best Corporate Citizen for 2012 by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. “With... 


Checks on indiscriminate usage of chemical fertiliser and agrochemicals

Published : 12:00 am  July 27, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  288 views  |  

With the rising incidences of chronic kidney diseases in the agricultural areas of the island, the Government is taking measures to control the indiscriminate usage of chemical fertiliser and agrochemicals by the farmers. According to the Government the country is experiencing adverse effects of the use of chemical fertiliser and agrochemicals introduced to increase crop productivity and ensure food security. Although Sri Lanka has become self-sufficient in rice and some other crops, the adverse effects of chemical usage such as damage to bio-diversity, contamination of water and soil due to chemical substances leading to various health problems, particularly renal diseases in agricultural areas... 


Swadeshi Khomba illuminates Devundara Uthpalawarna Sri Vishnu Maha Devalaya

Published : 12:00 am  July 27, 2013  |  Category: CSR / Events  |  Leave a Comment  |  816 views  |  

Swadeshi Industrial Works PLC, the pioneer herbal personal care products manufacturer, once again illuminated the Devundara Uthpalawarna Sri Vishnu Maha Devalaya. The “Aloka Pooja” was carried out under the theme, “Swadeshi Khomba Aloka Puja Sathkaraya” and was held from 16 to 22 July 2013, during the annual Esala festival. As a part of its annual CSR program, Swadeshi provides funding and supports the Aloka Poojas of all the temples honouring the four guardian Gods of Sri Lanka, Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya – God Vibishana, Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya – God Kataragama, Saman Devalaya Ratnapura – God Saman and Devundara Uthpalawarna Sri Vishnu Maha Devalaya – God Uthpalawarna... 


Japan stocks tumble, dollar near five-week low

Published : 12:00 am  July 27, 2013  |  Category: International  |  Leave a Comment  |  499 views  |  
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Reuters: Tokyo shares fell sharply on Friday on the back of a stronger yen and the dollar languished at a five-week low against a basket of currencies as investors waited for clarity on US stimulus at the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting next week. A Wall Street Journal report that the Fed may debate changing its forward guidance to help ram home its message that it will keep interest rates low for a long time to come put the dollar on the back foot overnight. But most economists and traders still expect the Fed could start tapering its monetary stimulus in September. The dollar eased 0.4% against a basket of major currencies to be not far from a five-week low touched on Thursday, offering... 


Revisions to the 13A not possible before provincial polls

Published : 12:00 am  July 27, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  378 views  |  

The governing party of Sri Lanka says that the proposed revisions to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution would not be possible before the forthcoming provincial council election. General Secretary of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), Minister Susil Premajayantha says the amendment “will not be possible” before the provincial council elections planned to be held in latter half of September as there is a specific procedure to follow. “There is a process that has to be followed by the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC). We have referred all these issues to the Parliamentary Select Committee and they will discuss and decide on its implementation. Before election it... 


Being rude to French President no longer an offence

Published : 12:00 am  July 27, 2013  |  Category: International  |  Leave a Comment  |  622 views  |  
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Reuters: Being rude to the French President is no longer an offence after parliament agreed on Thursday to amend legislation dating back to 1881 in favour of freedom of speech. Whereas before any rude remark risked an automatic fine for ‘offending the head of state’, the President is now reduced to the same category as ministers and parliamentarians and would need to have a judge prove there had been slander or defamation. The change came after the European Court of Human Rights ruled in March that France violated a demonstrator’s right to freedom of expression when it fined him for holding a banner up to former President Nicolas Sarkozy reading: ‘Get lost, jerk’. That slogan has been... 


US Embassy improves fishing and agri sectors via Ag-Biz North 2013

Published : 12:00 am  July 27, 2013  |  Category: Business  |  Leave a Comment  |  241 views  |  

The US Government, through its development arm the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is supporting Ag-Biz North 2013, an agricultural trade exhibition in Kilinochchi from 26-27 July. This support is part of a $ 996,000 grant to develop livelihoods opportunities for vulnerable families in the agriculture and fisheries sectors through new markets, infrastructure and provision of critical training and equipment. NGO Practical Action is the implementing partner. “Agriculture and fishing remain essential to the northern economy. This timely initiative will help resettling communities in the region re-start and improve their livelihoods in these sectors, and thereby contribute to the...