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Drug companies to get stimulus dosage

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:01

​ PM drafts policy to give extensive tax concessions to local pharmaceutical companies  Govt. looks at sector ...


CCC marks 178 years of service to the nation

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:01

  The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce,  Sri Lanka’s premier business chamber, will complete 178 years of service to t...


Industrialists sound alarm bells over China-Sri Lanka FTA 

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

Concerned over possible reduction of negative list and removal of CESS within five years    A group of local indus...


Sirisena–Putin friendship praised

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

The friendship between President Maithripala Sirisena and his Russian counterpart has established a new landmark in relations between the two count...


Rs. 2.3 b supplementary estimate

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

The Government yesterday moved two supplementary estimates in Parliament totaling Rs.2.3 billion with Rs.370 million earmarked to purchase vehicles...


Competitiveness enhancement for exports

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

A joint program of technical assistance and advisory services to the Government to enhance the competitiveness of the private sector and unleash th...


CA probes into Perpetual Treasuries pedigree

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

Directs counsel to furnish structural chart setting out formation of company     By S. S. Selvanayagam ...


Govt. awards long-awaited duty free tender

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

Flemingo Duty Free gets best space with 40% revenue share to Govt.    The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation...


Russia pledges to enhance economic cooperation

/ Friday, 24 March 2017 01:02

President Putin extends fullest support to President Sirisena’s policies during visit  Sri Lanka and Russia ple...


Sri Lankan Melbourners urged to give back by investing

/ Friday, 24 March 2017 01:01

Unity Government’s efforts to transform Sri Lanka with reconciliation and reforms underscored at packed CSE forum in Melbo...


Mixed fortunes for tea

/ Friday, 24 March 2017 00:59

Exports drop by 1.2 m kg but prices increase by Rs. 2.6b Production drops by 4.5 m kg to 18.4 m kg, lowest since 2009&nb...


Whopping Rs. 150 m monthly rent bill for ministries

/ Friday, 24 March 2017 00:58

JVP slams Govt. for wasteful expenditure Agriculture Ministry paying highest Rs. 24 m rent for unoccupied buil...


Rupee ends weaker ahead of CB rate review

/ Friday, 24 March 2017 00:58

Reuters: The rupee ended slightly weaker in thin trade on Thursday as dollar demand from importers surpassed selling of the US currency by exporter...


Invest Sri Lanka Forum today in Melbourne

/ Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:10

The Invest Sri Lanka forum organised by the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) will be held today in Melbourne in a bid to woo interest in capital market...


Tightrope walk for CB on rate hike

/ Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:10

  Rupee under downward pressure despite past rate hikes   Economic growth slows on past tightening   ...


Cabinet endorses drafting new Inland Revenue Act

/ Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:08

Legislation to be in line with IMF commitments and levying Capital Gains Tax  Separate Cabinet paper by PM to allow for voluntary...


One shot, several injured in UK Parliament ‘terrorist incident’

/ Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:05

Injured people are assisted on Westminster Bridge in London- Reuters    Reuters: A policeman was stabbed, an assaila...


New Securities Exchange Act gets Cabinet nod

/ Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:00

Slew of legal amendments including new Foreign Exchange Bill to encourage foreigners and diaspora to transfer money to SL  ...


Cabinet greenlights PM proposal to put up highways for PPPs

/ Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:00

Following approval for a Special Infrastructure Company Govt. to appoint procurement and negotiating committees    ...


COMBANK named Best Bank in SL by Global Finance

/ Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:00

18th year of being featured among 30 best banks in Asia Pacific    The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been nam...


Today's Columnists

FDIs into capital markets?

25 March 2017

Yesterday’s FT article on the CSE road show in Melbourne, appealing to expat Sri Lankans, triggered this. Emotional pleas and guilt appeals may be good enough to generate some charity or philanthropy (and do not confuse it with im...


Jobs and no takers, or what?

24 March 2017

IT and Commerce Minister of Telangana State Minister Rama Rao speaking at the Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit in Colombo said that the Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge created a platform between Government, academia and industry t...


Cavaliers, roundheads and the big match season

24 March 2017

Big match season lays bare the tribalism and sexism in our society     Big match season brings out the best in us and also the worst, I think. The camaraderie and the loyalty of the old boys and the enthu...


Of new social contracts and ‘goon squads’ on social media

24 March 2017

I don’t often quote the United Nations (UN). Not because they don’t say sensible stuff. But because their sound bites are not as memorable as that which their opposition – rogue states, global terrorists – says. Because the...


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