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NCE holds 60th AGM

Views - 0 Friday, 26 April 2019 00:00

The 60th Annual General Meeting of the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka was held at The Kingsbury recently. Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya was the Chief Guest at the event – Pix by Upul Abayasekara

Securing Sri Lanka’s safety

Views - 30 Thursday, 25 April 2019 00:00

Security forces carried out several controlled explosions of suspicious motorbikes and scooters parked in busy areas in the capital Colombo yesterday – Pix by Chamila Karunarathne, Gayan Amarasekara and Ishan Sanjeewa

More funerals as nation mourns

Views - 32 Thursday, 25 April 2019 00:00

Several funerals were held in Madampitiya and Negombo yesterday for those who lost their lives in the Easter Sunday attack at St. Anthony’s Church Kochchikade and St. Sebastian’s Church Katuwapitiya Negombo – Pix by Ruwan Walpola and Shehan Gun

Sri Lankan New Year festival successfully held in Dubai

Views - 28 Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:00

Zabeel Park Dubai was crowded with over 20,000 Sri Lankans and the other nationals under the flag of Sri Lanka on Friday 12 April, to celebrate the Sri Lankan New Year Festival, a whole day event organised by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka, along

A day of mourning

Views - 18 Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:00

Funerals were held in Negombo yesterday for those who lost their lives in the Easter Sunday attack at St. Sebastian’s Church. The explosion at St. Sebastian’s Church is believed to have claimed more lives than any of the other attacks that day

Batticaloa bleak

Views - 17 Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:00

Shops were closed and flags of mourning displayed in Batticaloa yesterday. The explosion at the Protestant Zion Church happened just before Easter mass was to begin, claiming at least 26 lives and injuring over 100 – Pix by Kushan Pathiraja

After-effects of Easter Sunday attacks

Views - 72 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Daily FT Photojournalists captured these scenes across the Western Province on Monday in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks. The current death toll has increased to approximately 290, with close to 500 injured. – Pix by Shehan Gunasekara,

Easter Sunday blasts

Views - 66 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:19

Scenes of chaos engulfed parts of Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa yesterday as the Colombo Kochchikade Church and two others as well as Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels were targeted by blasts that left over 200 people dead and hund

Presidential Media Awards 2018

Views - 48 Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:00

The Presidential Media Awards 2018, organized by the Ministry of Mass Media, was held recently under the patronage President Maithripala Sirisena at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) - Pix by Ruwan Walpola

Maithri Gunaratne PC celebrates swearing-in at Galle Face Hotel

Views - 312 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

An evening of cocktails was hosted by Maithri Gunaratne PC recently at the Galle Face Hotel Colombo to mark his swearing-in as President’s Counsel - Pix by Ruwan Walpola

Great Manager Awards at the Kingsbury

Views - 97 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

The Colombo Leadership Academy and People Business organised a Great Manager Awards held at the Kingsbury Hotel recently. Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha De Silva was the Chief Guest at the event

ACOB holds AGM, annual get-together

Views - 121 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:59

The Association of Compliance Officers of Banks (ACOB) held its Annual General Meeting and annual get-together at Elevate Restaurant, Access Towers recently – Pix by Chamila Karunarathne

SLAAQP guest lecture and networking evening

Views - 96 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:28

Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity (SLAAQP) held a guest lecture and networking evening recently at Waters Edge, Battaramulla – Pix by Ruwan Walpola

Port City Colombo Golf Classic 2019  

Views - 109 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

Royal Colombo Golf Club March monthly Medal Award Ceremony ‘Port City Colombo Golf Classic 2019’ Medal Award Ceremony organised by Royal Colombo Golf Club and sponsored by Port City Colombo was held at Royal Colombo Golf Club recently – P

Feedertech hosts gathering for Sri Lankan shipping and ports community

Views - 203 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

Feedertech, which is a renowned Feeder carrier in the shipping industry under the dynamic vision of Chairman Ali Maghami and the leadership of CEO/Director Jeanie Tan, were in Colombo, along with their highly professional team, to meet and engage the

Gathering hosted by Kongahage and Wijesinghe

Views - 92 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

The cocktail and dinner was hosted by Sarrath Kongahage P.C. and Sarath Wijesinghe P.C. recently at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute recently to mark their swearing-in as Presidents’ Counsel.

ICS Sri Lanka holds 25th Annual Awards Ceremony

Views - 124 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers – Sri Lanka Branch held their 25th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel recently. The Chief Guest was Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake – Pix by Ruwan Walpol


Views - 39 Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:01

VET Expo, the veterinary exhibition organised by the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association (SLVA), was launched at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) yesterday. The exhibition will be held until Sunday (7). Agriculture, Rural

‘Ransalu’ at BMICH

Views - 29 Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:00

The national handloom exhibition ‘Ransalu’ was launched at the BMICH in Colombo yesterday with a view of promoting handloom produce during the festive season. The exhibition will be held till Sunday (7) – Pix by Kithsiri de Mel

National Day of Bangladesh celebrations

Views - 135 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The National Day of Bangladesh was celebrated recently at Cinnamon Lakeside. Officials in attendance included the Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Riaz Hamidullah, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, ministers, MPs, dignitaries and other i

79th National Day of Pakistan celebrations

Views - 100 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:27

The 79th National Day of Pakistan was celebrated at the Galadari Hotel’s Grand Ballroom recently. Opposition Leader and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Government ministers, MPs, dignitaries, business community, members of the security forces a

Celebrating ‘Earth Hour’ for a future of climate action at the Taj

Views - 45 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

At precisely 8:30 p.m. on Saturday 30 March, hundreds of millions of people from communities, businesses and governments, all over the world turned off their lights for Earth Hour, transcending all barriers of race, religion, culture, society, genera

Celebrating Earth Hour at the Galle Face Hotel

Views - 40 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

South Asia’s leading grand dame, the Galle Face Hotel celebrated Earth Hour on the 30 March by arranging a beach cleanup at the Galle Face Green. This opportunity was for the guests residing at the hotel as well as the team members. Earth Hour is a

20th Annual Pride of Ownership drive

Views - 68 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

The Volkswagen Beetle Owners Club held its 20thannual ‘Pride of Ownership’ drive on Sunday. This is a landmark event of the Club, as the Pride of Ownership drive has carried on unbroken for the past 20 years, and this year’s drive coincided wit

SLASSCOM hosts first ever AI Asia Summit

Views - 88 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

The Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) hosted a first-ever AI Asia Summit held at Kingsbury Hotel recently - Pix by Upul Abayasekara

HNB marks International Women’s Day

Views - 92 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

As a progressive bank that actively supports women’s advancement and helps forge gender parity, HNB maintains a strong connection between their higher purpose and their business, understanding the importance of women’s contribution to society. Th

PM visits Laugfs Gas Terminal, CMPort-SLPA’s Hambantota Port

Views - 157 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday visited the terminal belonging to Laugfs Gas in Hambantota as well as the China Merchant (CMPort) and Sri Lanka Ports Authority managed Hambantota port. He was detailed about the on-going developments

Importance of gender equality via puppetry

Views - 57 Saturday, 30 March 2019 00:10

‘Why? Saama’ – a puppet show on the importance of gender equality was performed in celebration of International Women’s Day and World Puppetry Day at the British Council Library on Saturday, 23 March. Performed by finger, hand and giant puppe

Dian Gomes celebrates appointment at Mount Lavinia Hotel

Views - 905 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

Newly-appointed Honorary Consul-General to Georgia Dian Gomes hosted a reception at the Mount Lavinia Hotel recently. Ministers, MPs, dignitaries, members of the business community, members of the security forces, and other invitees attended the ce

Ex-Commercial Bankers’ 12th Annual Get-Together

Views - 177 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:00

The 12th Annual Get-together of Ex Commercial Bankers was held at Hotel Sapphire, Colombo recently. The gathering had a wide representation of banking professionals - those who have retired from service, moved out of the banking service, and also tho

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Friday, 26 April 2019

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Friday, 26 April 2019

One of the first moves the Government considered after the 21 April tragic events of coordinated Easter Sunday bombings of churches and hotels in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa was a temporary block of social media. There was no debate about requisi

Terrorism, violence, and incompetent political leadership

Friday, 26 April 2019

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