Australian PM Abbott announces fresh security crackdown

Published : 12:51 am  February 24, 2015  |  Category: International  |  Leave a Comment  |  255 views  |  
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Reuters: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday announced a national security crackdown that could deny welfare payments to people seen as potential threats, strip the passports of those with dual nationality and curb travel overseas. Abbott, bruised politically and facing pressure for dramatic action after surviving a leadership challenge this month, unveiled the measures in the wake of a hostage siege in a Sydney cafe that left three dead in December. He said some personal freedoms would have to be curtailed to fight what he called a rapidly growing threat from radical groups such as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.   “For too long, we have given those who might be a threat... 

Honda, in unexpected move, says CEO Ito to step down

Published : 12:50 am  February 24, 2015  |  Category: International  |  Leave a Comment  |  294 views  |  
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Reuters: Honda Motor Co, in an unexpected move, said on Monday that Chief Executive Officer Takanobu Ito would step down in late June, making way for Managing Officer Takahiro Hachigo after six years in the top post. Hachigo, 55, an engineer, joined Honda in 1982 with a career spanning several countries including the United States, China, and Britain. Japan’s No.3 automaker has hit a rough patch over the past year with quality problems that have led to multiple recalls of its popular Fit hybrid subcompact.  Read More →

500 Chinese opt for Sri Lanka to celebrate Lunar New Year

Published : 12:49 am  February 24, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  551 views  |  

Viluxur Holidays steps up wooing Chinese tourists; 2 charters operated by SriLankan Airlines Nearly 500 Chinese have opted to celebrate their New Year in Sri Lanka with two groups savouring a captivating holiday. Arranged by Viluxur Holidays, the Chinese tourists from Hangzhou came via two charters operated by national carrier SriLankan Airlines. The first flight was operated on 13 February with 225 passengers and the second arrived on 20 February with 250 passengers. A spokesman for Viluxur Holidays said the 13 February charter flight was the first arrive during this year’s Chinese New Year. The Chinese tourists enjoyed their itinerary covering Colombo, Habarana, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Bentota.... 

Cutting edge genomic diagnostics and prediction now in Sri Lanka

Published : 12:48 am  February 24, 2015  |  Category: Healthcare  |  Leave a Comment  |  431 views  |  
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              Medical history was created in Sri Lanka when Credence Genomics, the country’s first and only commercial biotechnology venture, equipped with next generation sequencing technology was launched on 20 February. The farsighted team behind this pioneering venture – Dr. Vaz Santosh Gnanam, Raj K. Omprasadham, Ananda Atukorale and Malaka Talwatta – have succeeded where few have dared to venture and are the first to create such entity in Sri Lanka, and in fact are amongst a handful in the world at the forefront of this field.                                                     Speaking... 

Australia’s casinos play winning hand as China crackdown spooks Macau

Published : 12:47 am  February 24, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  348 views  |  

Crown Resorts says Melbourne VIP gambling surges Shares up 10% even as Macau six-month profit slides Echo Entertainment also luring custom from Macau   SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s top two casino operators are profiting from expanding at home as China’s anti-corruption crackdown empties the once-booming gambling hub of Macau, sending Asian high rollers further afield. As Macau’s takings slide, Crown Resorts Ltd, Australia’s biggest casino firm by market value, said on Thursday revenue from VIPs gambling at its Melbourne casino nearly doubled in the six months ended December. Rival Echo Entertainment Group Ltd has also said VIP gambling in its Australia casinos hit a record in... 

Miss World opts for BMW mini

Published : 12:46 am  February 24, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  298 views  |  

Miss World Rolene Strauss was in Sri Lanka to attend the Rotary Sri Lanka District Conference 2015. Over 2,000 Rotarians comprising of professionals and businessmen attended this conference. The event which was held for three days at the BMICH was also graced by Rotary International Global Vice President Celia Cruz de Giay. Prestige Automobile was the proud sponsor of the event and in fact has been the sponsor of the Rotary District conference for the last seven consecutive years. Prestige Automobile Ltd is the local agent for BMW, MINI and Hyundai. According to Chairman/MD Hanz Reuter, Prestige Automobile has repeatedly come forward for this sponsorship due to the fact that as an organisation... 

Arjuna, John tour BIA

Published : 12:45 am  February 24, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  269 views  |  

Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga giving an examination tour on the arrivals and departures area of the Bandaranaike International Airport to Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs John Amaratunga. Minister Ranatunga during this visit had said that instead of building airports for exhibition, more purposeful and convenient airports for the public should be created in the country – Pic by Kumarasiri Prasad  Read More →

Sri Lanka’s first aviation related event ‘Sky Fiesta’ 2015

Published : 12:45 am  February 24, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  259 views  |  

Aviation Voice is a voluntary group who are working so hard in aviation to prepare the next generation in Sri Lanka to lead the aviation industry. Their purpose is to form various types of aviation events and to motivate kids in aviation with assistance and co-operation of all the voluntary organisations. As to the above matters they formed their annual event as ‘Sky Fiesta 2015’ a gathering of aviation lovers on 28 February from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Royal College Junior Grounds, Colombo 07. The main objective is to gather all the aviation lovers in to one place and enhance the Aviation subject and also to promote their Aviation Voice website/magazine and the social media. A large number of... 

AstraZeneca bets on gene editing for broad range of new drugs

Published : 12:44 am  February 24, 2015  |  Category: Healthcare  |  Leave a Comment  |  181 views  |  

Four research deals tap into pioneering CRISPR technology AstraZeneca working with academic groups and Thermo Fisher Builds on in-house CRISPR program at drugmaker   LONDON (Reuters): AstraZeneca said recently it had struck four research collaborations in the hot area of genome editing as it bets on a new technology to deliver better and more precise drugs for a range of diseases. The academic and commercial tie-ups will allow British-based AstraZeneca to use so-called CRISPR technology across its entire drug discovery platform in areas such as oncology, cardiovascular, respiratory and immune system medicine. CRISPR, which stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats,... 

Tokyo remains top overseas destinations for Thai travellers in 2014

Published : 12:44 am  February 24, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  181 views  |  

The latest Hotel Price Index reveals that the vibrant city of Tokyo remained the top holiday booking destination abroad for Thai travellers in 2014. The survey shows that the preferred destinations for Thai travellers remained very similar to those in 2013. Within Asia, the top five destinations for Thai travellers outside Thailand in 2014 were Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul. Bangkok, with its two international airports, reigns steadily the top Thai destination among foreign travellers, while Phuket remained the runner-up and in 3rd place Koh Samui was replaced with Pattaya. The survey is based on data accrued through hotel bookings made through and its partners. Top... 

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