Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner

Published : 12:00 am  April 30, 2013  |  Category: International  |  Leave a Comment  |  427 views  |  
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Reuters: The US President Barack Obama poked fun at the media, his critics and himself on Saturday at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, a star-filled event where journalists and celebrities mixed with the Washington elite.  Read More →


Taliban vow suicide and ‘insider’ attacks in new spring offensive

Published : 12:00 am  April 30, 2013  |  Category: International  |  Leave a Comment  |  214 views  |  
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KABUL (Reuters): The Taliban in Afghanistan vowed on Saturday to start a new campaign of mass suicide attacks on foreign military bases and diplomatic areas, as well as damaging ‘insider attacks’, as part of a new spring offensive this year.  Read More →


Etihad, Jet forge alliance for bigger growth

Published : 3:07 am  April 29, 2013  |  Category: Shipping / Aviation  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,144 views  |  

Etihad Airways of the United Arab Emirates and Jet Airways of India recently announced that the UAE national carrier has agreed to subscribe for 27,263,372 new shares in Jet Airways at a price of INR. 754.74 per share. The value of this equity investment is US$ 379 million and will result in Etihad Airways holding 24% of the enlarged share capital of Jet Airways. Etihad Airways’ wider overall commitment to Jet Airways includes the injection of US$ 220 million to create and strengthen a wide-ranging partnership between the two carriers.  Read More →


DHL rewards exceptional solutions with Innovation Award

Published : 3:06 am  April 29, 2013  |  Category: Shipping / Aviation  |  Leave a Comment  |  389 views  |  

Deutsche Post DHL distinguishes most innovative customer, scientist and employee for the fifth time Award ceremony honours pioneering solutions and innovative spirit for future logistics For the fifth time, Deutsche Post DHL honoured outstanding inventions with its annual DHL Innovation Award for scientists and entrepreneurs, customers and employees. Volvo was honoured for the most innovative customer solution, whereas Harald Lemke from Deutsche Post DHL’s MAIL division won the award in the category most innovative employee.  Read More →


Ethiopian Airlines first to fly 787 Dreamliner since grounding

Published : 3:05 am  April 29, 2013  |  Category: Shipping / Aviation  |  Leave a Comment  |  756 views  |  

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters): Ethiopian Airlines on Saturday became the world’s first carrier to resume flights with Boeing Co’s 787 Dreamliner passenger jets, a Reuters witness said, three months after they were grounded over battery meltdowns.  Read More →


Canada resists Qatar bid to move ICAO from Montreal

Published : 3:04 am  April 29, 2013  |  Category: Shipping / Aviation  |  Leave a Comment  |  431 views  |  

Reuters: Canada is resisting a push by Qatar to move the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) from Montreal to Doha, said a Government Official. Qatar proposed at a meeting with ICAO officials on Monday that the organisation leave Montreal, where it has been based since it was created as a UN agency since 1947, an ICAO spokesman said.  Read More →


Oil price plunge fuels new call for surcharge cuts by airlines

Published : 3:03 am  April 29, 2013  |  Category: Shipping / Aviation  |  Leave a Comment  |  430 views  |  

One of Australia’s leading travel agency groups has called for airlines to reduce their fuel surcharges in response to falling global oil and jet fuel prices. Flight Centre Limited Managing Director Graham Turner said recent jet fuel reductions, which had seen prices fall to the lowest levels in more than 12 months, should lead to widespread changes to airlines’ complicated fuel surcharge structures.  Read More →


Oil falls below US$ 103 on poor global growth outlook

Published : 3:03 am  April 29, 2013  |  Category: Shipping / Aviation  |  1 Comment  |  193 views  |  

LONDON (Reuters): Brent crude oil slid below US$ 103 a barrel on Friday after rising US$ 3 in the past two sessions as investors were cautious over the tepid outlook for growth in the world’s two largest oil consumers, the United States and China.  Read More →


US continues support for Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Navy

Published : 3:02 am  April 29, 2013  |  Category: Shipping / Aviation  |  Leave a Comment  |  613 views  |  

The United States concluded its second training program for the Sri Lanka Coast Guard at the Trincomalee Naval Base recently. The training was funded under the US Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program, which promotes maritime security cooperation. Featuring three US Coast Guard instructors, 20 personnel from the Sri Lanka Coast Guard and four from the Sri Lanka Navy graduated as Coast Guard Instructors.  Read More →


3 ships from Indian Navy’s training squadron visit Sri Lanka

Published : 3:02 am  April 29, 2013  |  Category: Shipping / Aviation  |  Leave a Comment  |  715 views  |  

In continuation of the training interaction between the Sri Lankan Navy and Indian Navy, three ships from the Indian Navy’s ‘First Training Squadron’ commanded by Senior Officer Capt. Vinay Kumar Sawhney and comprising INS ‘Sujata’, INS ‘Tarangini’ and ICGS ‘Varuna’ visited Colombo from 17-21 April 2013.    Read More →