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Dark day for democracy

Views - 75 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:10

Chaos unfolded in Parliament yesterday with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya being escorted into the Chamber by police and taking a fresh vote on the no confidence motion while parliamentarians loyal to MP Mahinda Rajapaksa hurled projectiles at the police an

Parliament reconvenes

Views - 111 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:42

Parliament was a hive of activity yesterday as members convened to prove their majority. Both the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) were out in force, along with key Opposition lawmakers to uphold the sovereignty of t

K&D Group of Companies holds annual awards ceremony

Views - 85 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

The annual awards ceremony of the K&D Group of Companies was held recently at its newly-opened office premises at Dalugama, Kelaniya recently – Pix by Indraratne Balasuriya

Serenia Residences’ private groundbreaking celebration at Shangri-La

Views - 103 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

The unique luxury residences in Talpe – Galle, Serenia celebrated the commencement of construction on their project on 22 October at the Shangri- La Hotel, Colombo. Access Projects took possession of the site on 5 October and construction is now on

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka 2018 Day 3

Views - 79 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:21

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka 2018 conceptualised by AOD in partnership with Dimo – the official custodian of the Mercedes-Benz brand in Sri Lanka – was held at Dimo 800 Colombo – Pix by Ruwan Walpola

Demonstrating for democracy

Views - 144 Monday, 12 November 2018 01:31

A large crowd gathered for a candlelight vigil yesterday near the Beira Lake opposite the Gangarama Temple from 6.00 p.m. to show their support for democracy in Sri Lanka – Pix by Sameera Wijesinghe

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka 2018 Day 2

Views - 67 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka 2018, conceptualised by AOD in partnership with Dimo, the official custodian of the Mercedes-Benz brand in Sri Lanka, was held at Dimo 800 Colombo – Pix by Upul Abayasekara

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka 2018 Day 1

Views - 67 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:10

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka 2018, conceptualised by AOD in partnership with DIMO – the official custodians of the Mercedes-Benz brand in Sri Lanka – was held recently at DIMO 800, Colombo – Pix by Indraratna Balasuriya

Planters’ Association of Ceylon holds 164th AGM

Views - 117 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

The 164th Annual General Meeting of the Planters’ Association of Ceylon was held at the Galadari Hotel recently – Pix by Upul Abayasekara

Sampath Bank marches ahead ‘Towards Vision 2020’

Views - 183 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Sampath Bank ceremonially embarked on the second phase of its strategic vision for the year 2020 at a gala event titled ‘Towards Vision 2020’. This grand event, attended by close to 3,000 members of Team Sampath, was held at the Sri Lanka Exhibit

Sri Lanka Retail Forum 2018 launch at Cinnamon Grand

Views - 149 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association Chairman and Executive Committee’s launch of the Sri Lanka Retail Forum 2018 was held recently at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo. The Chief Guest was Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe – Pix by Ruwan Walpola

Colombo’s first internationally acclaimed lifestyle brand CE LA VI opens

Views - 139 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

Premier lifestyle destination CE LA VI opened its doors recently at The Kingsbury rooftop as Colombo’s first internationally acclaimed lifestyle brand on the invitation of Hayleys PLC Chairman and Chief Executive Mohan Pandithag

Infotel 2018 at BMICH

Views - 75 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

Infotel 2018, the biggest and most prestigious ICT exhibition in Sri Lanka and the whole of South Asia, organised by the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS), kicked off on 2 November at the Bandaranaike Memorial Internatio

Austria National Day celebrations

Views - 149 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:00

Austria National Day was celebrated by Austrian Honorary Consul Senaka D. Amarasinghe recently at the Califonia Grill, Galadari Hotel Colombo – Pix by Ruwan Walpola

HNB Singithi Savings Day attracts children of all ages

Views - 88 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

Excited children of all ages rushed into over 71 Hatton National Bank (HNB) Customer Centres across the island to participate in mega-celebrations for ‘Singithi Savings Day’ on Saturday, 20 October. The Singithi Savings Day program included a num

Raid Amazones, largest female-only adventure challenge, comes to Sri Lanka

Views - 247 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:00

The world’s largest female-only adventure challenge, the Raid Amazones, successfully completed the first of its two editions to be held in Sri Lanka. 266 women, primarily from France, took part in the event divided in teams of two or three. The con

90th year celebration of Rotary Club of Colombo

Views - 154 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

The 90th year celebration of the Rotary Club of Colombo was held at the Hilton Colombo recently. The Chief Guest at the celebration was Rotary International President Barry Rassin, accompanied by First Lady Esther – Pix by Upul Abayasekara

CSE-SEC Investor Forum in UK, Scotland a success

Views - 348 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

The Colombo Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission successfully concluded the Invest Sri Lanka Forums in London, UK and Edinburgh, Scotland recently. Separately presentations were made to Sri Lankan diaspora in London as well, host

‘Sihina Niwahana – Art of Living’ at BMICH

Views - 56 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:09

‘Sihina Niwahana – Art of Living,’ the year-end interior and trade fair organised by Asia Exhibition and Conventions, was launched at the BMICH on Friday. Construction equipment, household items, furniture and many more services are available a

Zahira College Colombo Group of 80 celebrates 25th anniversary

Views - 148 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:01

Zahira College Colombo Group of 80 held its 25th anniversary celebration themed ‘Inspire to Change’ at the Ramada Hotel, Colombo, recently. Professor M.T.A. Furkhan was the Chief Guest. Principal Trizviiy Marikkar, Board of Governors Chairman Fou

King of the Mambo opens in Colombo!

Views - 196 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Galle Face Hotel and Infini Concepts invited guests to the opening of King of the Mambo, a new restaurant-bar hybrid located in the hotel’s seafront wing. King of the Mambo draws inspiration from Cuban culture, with a colourful space designed to ev

MAS Active Trading (Kreeda Division) wins SC Trophy ’18

Views - 157 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Standard Chartered’s five-a-side futsal tournament, the SC Trophy 2018, was held on Saturday, 20 October at the Racecourse Grounds, Colombo 7. The closely-battled final match between MAS Active Trading (Kreeda Division) and Digital Mobility Soluti

Singapore Airlines hosts Passenger and Cargo Top Agent Awards

Views - 154 Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:00

Singapore Airlines (SIA) Sri Lanka held an appreciation event to recognise the contributions made by tis top performing passenger and cargo partners at the Grand Ballroom, Hilton Colombo recently. The event was attended by key personnel of leading tr

Softlogic Retail and Candy Group host cocktails

Views - 177 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

The management of Softlogic Retail together with the Candy Group launched new products recently and hosted cocktails at Mont Blanc, Movenpick Hotel Colombo – Pix by Ruwan Walpola

Celebrating China

Views - 106 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:51

The 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China was celebrated at the Shangri-La Hotel’s Grand Ballroom recently. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Government Ministers, MPs, members of the security forces and the busines

Seylan Colombo Motor Show at BMICH

Views - 70 Saturday, 20 October 2018 00:10

The Seylan Colombo Motor Show, which is being held for the 11th consecutive year, kicked off at the BMICH yesterday. The exhibition features vehicles of latest models, car shows and much more and will continue over the weekend

German National Day celebrations

Views - 147 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:01

Mixing of the Traditional Christmas Cake at the Taj

Views - 85 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

Christmas is never Christmas without its finest traditions. One of its sweetest traditions was Christmas cake which originated in Europe centuries ago. The Christmas cake is a favorite amongst all that enjoy sweet treats during festive season, the wo

The Kingsbury hosts Christmas cake mixing with Shakin’ Stevens

Views - 87 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

The Kingsbury Colombo held its traditional Christmas cake mixing at Ce La Vi recently, with Shakin’ Stevens doing the honours of commencing the ceremony, aided by Hayleys CEO and Chairman Mohan Pandithage and The Kingsbury Colombo General Manager C

Delifrance hosts cocktails and cookery demo with Michel Roth

Views - 157 Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:00

Softlogic Restaurants Ltd. together with Delifrance hosted cocktails and a cookery demo by Michelin starred Chef Michel Roth at Delifrance ODEL recently – Pix by Indraratne Balasuriya

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Will Kyaukpyu overtake Gwadar and Hambantota?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

China last month signed a $1.3 billion contract for Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port project. The figures doing rounds in media in the run up to this port deal were as high as $7.9 billion which had ignited enormous curiosities. The Chinese had been negoti

Fruits, flowers and futile triumphalism at Galle Face?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Every morning, I play voyeur and watch that nice neighbourhood uncle pluck flowers to pooja-fy his guardian deities. He is quite religious about it. And industrious to boot. The problem, of course, is that he doesn’t restrict himself to his garden.

Things to do in a Democracy when you’re dead…

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In yesterday’s column, I argued a case for not impeaching the chief executive of the coup that has left our country situation in ruins. At the end of a pitched battle between the forces of unconstitutional ambition on one hand and democratic resist

Tweaking the New Inland Revenue Act (Part II)

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In the backdrop where the recent amendment to the country’s supreme law is called in question, it may be appropriate to recall that the passage of the new Inland Revenue (IR) Act through Parliament was far more controversial. Nevertheless, the new

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