Yamaha Alfa now available in Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  January 23, 2015  |  Category: Motor  |  Leave a Comment  |  248 views  |  

Yamaha Sri Lanka recently introduced the latest addition to their impressive line-up of scooters and motorcycles: The brand new Yamaha Alpha Scooter! The Yamaha Alfa is designed to perform smoothly under varying conditions, and packs many new and exciting features into a small yet nimble chassis. The new Yamaha Alpha has also been designed to delight, with a package of on-board comfort, storage capacity and ease of use with its modern design. The air-cooled, 4-stroke, 113cc engine that features on the Yamaha Alfa is engineered for reliability and fuel economy, whilst retaining smooth acceleration and pleasing pickup. The BS24 carburettor with Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) delivers outstanding... 


Birthday package offer at Galadari

Published : 12:00 am  January 23, 2015  |  Category: Dining  |  Leave a Comment  |  45 views  |  

The Galadari Hotel is offering a one-of-a-kind fabulous birthday package deal on a daily basis at the Coffee Shop and California Grill from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Now you have the unique opportunity to celebrate your birthday in style with your family and friends. There is no need to stress yourself out looking for that perfect venue to organise your birthday. The Galadari offers everything you will need to dine and party. Packed with special surprises to make your birthday that much more special this offer should not be missed. Enjoy a 10% discount up to 10 guests and for every additional guest thereafter enjoy a discount representing the number of guests. This offer is limited up to 30 guests. The... 


Indian Government fires employee who skipped work for 24 years

Published : 12:00 am  January 23, 2015  |  Category: HR  |  Leave a Comment  |  32 views  |  

Reuters: Even in India, where government jobs are considered to be for life, A.K. Verma was pushing it. Verma, an executive engineer at the Central Public Works Department, was fired after last appearing for work in December 1990. “He went on seeking extension of leave, which was not sanctioned, and defied directions to report to work,” the government said in a statement on Thursday. Even after an inquiry found him guilty of ‘wilful absence from duty’ in 1992, it took another 22 years and the intervention of a cabinet minister to remove him, the government said. India’s labour laws, which the World Bank says are the most restrictive anywhere, make it hard to sack staff for any reason... 


American Chamber hails President and new Cabinet; welcomes reforms

Published : 12:00 am  January 23, 2015  |  Category: Front Page  |  Leave a Comment  |  50 views  |  

The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) yesterday welcomed the election of Maithripala Sirisena as President and appointment of a new Cabinet. AMCHAM is the country’s premier chamber for conducting business with the United States of America and offered its congratulatory wishes to MaithripalaSirisena on being elected as the sixth Executive President of Sri Lanka at the recently-concluded presidential elections, taking on the responsibility of leading the nation into the future. The Chamber issuing a statement also extended its wishes to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the newly-appointed Cabinet of Ministers, Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers on their new roles. AmCham said... 


TVS rolls out six new models

Published : 12:00 am  January 23, 2015  |  Category: Motor  |  Leave a Comment  |  247 views  |  

TVS Lanka (TVSL) this week rolled out six new models to the market offering wider choise and convenience as well as value. The company specialises in micro automobiles, such as motorcycle, scooters and three wheelers. Spare parts, tyres and lubricants form the rest of the portfolio of products. TVS Lanka Ltd Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ravi Liyanage (Second from left) addressing the media. Others from left TVS Lanka Head of Marketing Hashan Haputhanthri, and TVS Motor Company India General Manager Auro Ashish Choudhari – Pix by Daminda Harsha Perera   “Having recorded an unprecedented Rs. 1.6 billion revenue growth and eight times growth in operational profits at the end of the third... 


Israeli arrested in Madonna song leak probe

Published : 12:00 am  January 23, 2015  |  Category: Entertainment  |  Leave a Comment  |  25 views  |  

Reuters: An Israeli man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of hacking into the computers of singers including pop star Madonna and selling their songs online, according to Israeli and US law enforcement sources. An Israeli police spokesman said a 39-year-old Israeli had been detained, but declined to name him, citing a court-issued gag order. US Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Joshua Campbell said the arrest of the Tel Aviv resident was the result of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and Israeli authorities. “This case highlights the international scope of online criminal activity and the need for close cooperation between nations as we collectively identify and bring to justice... 


Grand Barista Championship brews innovation and industry leadership

Published : 12:00 am  January 23, 2015  |  Category: Dining  |  Leave a Comment  |  38 views  |  

Internal competition recognise top talent within the 12 outlets island wide A perfect cup of coffee can change everything. It can make a bad day seem better, help unwind after a hard day at work and simply lift your spirits. Barista Lavazza specialises in exactly this – the perfect cup of coffee – with enough flavours and variations to please even the most discerning palate. The pinnacle of recognition for this incredible skill is the Grand Barista Championship or GBC. This competition brings together employees from all of the chain’s 12 outlets to battle it out to crown the brand’s number one barista. GBC 2014 Champion D.M.D. Sampath receiving the Championship Trophy from Barista... 


Wimal questions yahapalanaya; points to 53 ministerial types

Published : 12:00 am  January 23, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  44 views  |  
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Jathika Nidahas Peramuna (JNP) Leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday questioned the “yahapalanaya” promised to voters by the Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe nexus. He said that during the campaign it was promised that Cabinet Ministers would be limited to 25 but it had now increased to 29 and with State Ministers and Deputy Ministers the number was 53. “Forget the 100-day program but within 10 days they have broken promises. Is this how they promised to eliminate waste?” queried Weerawansa. He said that there were only 49 MPs of UNP in Parliament and of the 53 ministerial types 40 are from UNP. “So in effect Maithripala has appointed a UNP Government,” Weerawansa added.  Read More →


Strange Fruit book signing tomorrow

Published : 12:00 am  January 23, 2015  |  Category: Entertainment  |  Leave a Comment  |  30 views  |  

Barefoot Bookstore (706 Galle Road, Col 3) will be hosting a book signing by Afdhel Aziz, author of the new novel ‘Strange Fruit’, on Saturday 24 January from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  ‘Strange Fruit’ is about Maya, who as a child, was forced to flee Sri Lanka following the 1983 riots. As a fiercely independent young woman, she returns to explore the country of her birth, when she falls deeply, serendipitously in love with gentle, romantic Malik. But tragedy strikes when her mother is killed in a terrorist attack, setting into motion a life-changing chain of events. From raves on moonlit beaches and secret drag balls on private islands, to encounters with death squads in forests dense with... 


India revives sell-off drive in race to hit deficit target

Published : 12:00 am  January 23, 2015  |  Category: International  |  Leave a Comment  |  231 views  |  
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NMDC 10% stake worth $ 893 m Govt considering selling stake in IOC Indian asset sales way short of target NEW DELHI (Reuters): India invited bids from bankers on Wednesday to manage the sale of a 10% stake in iron ore miner NMDC, trying to revive a $ 10 billion asset sale programme and narrow the country’s fiscal deficit to a seven-year low. Barely two months before the end of the financial year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is racing to raise even a fraction of the target, a centrepiece of his promise to trim the deficit to 4.1% of gross domestic product. To date, he has managed to garner a little more than $ 300 million from asset sales. The NMDC share sale could fetch $ 893 million... 


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