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Prima Ceylon celebrates landmark 40 years in Sri Lanka

Views - 11 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:18

Prima Ceylon, the flagship company of the Prima Group Sri Lanka, celebrated four decades of successful partnerships and growing together with the nation, at an event recently in Trincomalee, where its state-of-the-art flour milling complex and one of


Sri Lanka participates in World Food Poland International Food and Drinks Exhibition

Views - 7 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:15

Four Sri Lankan tea companies – Damro, Halpe, Samly and Ceylon Fresh Tea – jointly with the Ceylon Tea Board and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Poland participated at the World Food International Food and Drinks Exhibition 2019, held at the Warsaw


Elephant House Cream Soda extends winning streak at People’s Awards

Views - 10 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:13

Sri Lanka’s most popular beverage, Elephant House Cream Soda, has again earned the highly coveted ‘Beverage Brand of the Year’ honour at the recently concluded SLIM-Nielsen People’s Awards 2019.


German Green Energy travelling exhibition in Sri Lanka

Views - 14 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

Germany’s Energiewende exhibition that is travelling to various countries worldwide will arrive in Sri Lanka this week and offer interested students, enthusiasts and professionals alike a unique opportunity to experience ideas on what’s happening


Youth leaders of South Asia gather in Colombo to enrich equality and sustainable change

Views - 41 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

Implementers of change from across South Asia, who are driven towards developing impactful initiatives to promote democracy, sustainability and human rights, gathered at Barefoot Café in an event organised by The Swedish Institute (SI). Participants


Singer Fashion Academy to nurture fashion entrepreneurship in the country

Views - 16 Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:00

Unleashing the spirit of entrepreneurship: Women aspiring to be fashion entrepreneurs now have more reasons to rejoice, with The Singer Fashion Academy, a part of the leading conglomerate Singer Sri Lanka PLC, launching an initiative designed to trai


CFW Fashion Design Exhibition opens at Hilton Colombo lobby

Views - 19 Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:00

Colombo Fashion Week yesterday opened the Fashion Design Exhibition at the Lobby of the Hilton Colombo. Chief Guest was Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake. The exhibition kicks off the CFW 2019 aimed at celebrating the work of important Sri Lankan design


Jaffna takes on the challenge of entrepreneurship and business development

Views - 36 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:10

Yesterday, Friday, 25 January, the three-day Jaffna International Trade Fair commenced for the 10th consecutive year, under the theme ‘The Gateway to the North,’ held at the Jaffna Municipal Council grounds. With 350 stalls featuring Sri Lankan a


CILT starts New Year by inducting new Corporate Partners and members at Logistic Leaders’ Evening

Views - 87 Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:08

The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka held their first Logistics Leaders Evening for 2019 on 10 January at the Kingsbury Hotel. The eminent speaker for the evening was CHEC Port City Colombo Ltd. (CPCC) Assistant General M


ISMM to hold joint seminar with Ceylon Chamber Imports Section

Views - 45 Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:05

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Institute of Supply and Materials Management has organised a joint seminar on ‘Why Supply Chain is considered key to profitability’ on 24 January at the Auditorium of the Ceylon Chamber of


Hambantota Port scores another first with slag cargo

Views - 81 Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:05

The Hambantota International Port (HIP) scored another first recently when the ‘Ithaca Patience’ docked in its harbour to discharge 27,150MT of slag cargo – an additive used in the manufacture of cement. The operation was successfully completed


EU judges overturn Brussels veto of UPS-TNT shipping buyout

Views - 43 Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:04

Luxembourg, AFP: The European Commission was wrong to stop US shipping giant UPS from buying its rival TNT Express, the EU’s highest court ruled on Wednesday. The European Court of Justice “confirms that the commission’s decision prohibiting t


National Chamber workshop on import procedures and documentation

Views - 40 Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:04

A full-day workshop on import procedures and documentation will be held on Thursday, 31 January 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the National Chamber auditorium No. 450 D.R. Wijewardene Mw, Colombo 10. The workshop is designed for those who are in


Surge in piracy off West Africa in 2018: maritime watchdog

Views - 38 Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:02

Kuala Lumpur, AFP: Pirate attacks rose worldwide in 2018 due to a surge off West Africa, a maritime watchdog said Wednesday, calling for increased international cooperation to halt the spate of hijackings and kidnappings. There were 201 recorded inc


GSK to divest Horlicks, other consumer healthcare nutrition products to Unilever for £ 3.1 b

Views - 69 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

Following the completion of its previously announced strategic review, GlaxoSmithKline Plc yesterday announced the divestment of Horlicks and other consumer healthcare nutrition brands to Unilever Plc and the merger of GSK Consumer Healthcare Ltd. (G


Bairaha Farms opens DOC sales office at Kochchikade

Views - 78 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

The modern and the newest Day Old Chicks Sales Office of Bairaha Farms PLC was ceremonially opened by its Managing Director Yakooth Naleem on 28 November. The ceremony was graced by the Executive Director Riyal Yakoob, Director Operations Imtizam Wa


Nestlé, Unilever in pole position for GSK’s Indian Horlicks business

Views - 76 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:00

BENGALURU (Reuters): The race for GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s Indian Horlicks nutrition business is nearly over and one of two European consumer giants, Unilever Plc and Nestlé SA, is likely to be the winner, media reports indicated. The auction for the


Dioxins in food more harmful than thought, EU watchdog says

Views - 55 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on Tuesday slashed its recommended limits in food of dioxins and related toxins – chemicals that have been linked to problems with reproductive health, the immune system, hormone levels an


Keells: A step in a fresh new direction

Views - 115 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:00

This November, Keells ushered a new campaign that embodies two core values of the brand identity- Freshness and Quality. On 23 November, Keells launched its ‘Fresh Guaranteed: Double Your Money Back’ campaign, reflecting the brand’s promise an


Teatime is changed forever: The debut of ‘Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century’ in Dubai

Views - 142 Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:00

A new chapter has opened in the culinary history of the world with the debut of the ‘Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century’ challenge, launched in the United Arab Emirates by family tea company Dilmah. Once again, taking Ceylon Tea across borders Di


CHSGA-initiated Ceylon Tea Masters Cup Winners to participate at Tea Masters Cup Int’l in Vietnam

Views - 67 Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:00

Yasaratne Bandara and Panchali Mandakini, who were named winners at the Ceylon Tea Masters Cup competition, will be representing Sri Lanka at the Tea Masters Cup International competition to be held in Vietnam from 23 to 27 November. They were select


Intex South Asia textile sourcing show opens

Views - 73 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:10

Highlighting global innovation, technology and market intelligence, the 4thIntex South Asia, the textile sourcing show,inaugurated yesterday to be held until 16 November at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre. Showcasing over 200


Strengthening indigenous food systems is key to achieving a zero-hunger world

Views - 63 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

Indigenous food systems and indigenous traditional knowledge have survived hundreds and sometimes thousands of years; therefore they may have some of the answers we are looking for, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said last week. FAO con


Shangri-La Hotel partners Bio Diversity Sri Lanka to commemorate World Food Day

Views - 67 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

The theme set for the 2018 commemoration was to highlight the importance of adopting sustainable lifestyles, working with sustainable partners, and sharing knowledge with the view of changing the world – for the better. The panel consisted of cata


Waste not, want not: Improving diets by reducing food loss and waste

Views - 60 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

With one in five deaths associated with poor-quality diets, a policy brief launched recently urges policymakers to prioritise the reduction of food loss and waste as a way of improving people’s access to nutritious and healthy food. The brief, Prev


48th Piyawara Preschool opens in Mahakachchakodiya, Vavuniya

Views - 77 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Piyawara has touched the lives of the children in Mahakachchakodiya, an underserved community in the Vavuniya District, with the construction of its 48th preschool and added another Piyawara Preschool to the national network. The school was donated b


INSEE Cement builds brighter futures for school children in Wanathawilluwa and Puttalam

Views - 101 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Uplifting the lives of children is a priceless contribution to the nation’s future. INSEE Cement has always played an important role in grooming our children to become valuable, responsible citizens when they grow up. On 4 October, World Children


Children’s Day celebrations with Mobitel

Views - 64 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Children’s Day was celebrated by the world over on 1 October 2018. Mobitel saw this day as a way to connect with the children of the country and hosted a fair for children from rural areas at the Badulla Football Ground on 6 October. The event sta


HNB Singithi Savings Day attracts children of all ages

Views - 72 Friday, 9 November 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 numb


Sri Lanka to be centre of excellence for Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services

Views - 1261 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

The world’s leading provider of front-office offshore support to the financial services industry, Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, has seen its Sri Lankan operations expand during the last few years. The Knowledge Services arm is part of Moo


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M.N. Nambiar: Birth centenary of Tamil cinema’s greatest screen villain

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Thursday 7 March this year was the birth centenary of Indian film actor Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar known to the world at large as M.N. Nambiar. The great Thespian who made a name for himself by acting in negative roles was hailed by many as the greate


An innocent utopian dream

Saturday, 23 March 2019

In an article published in the Daily FT on 19 February 2015, I predicted the trajectory of the ‘Yahapalana’ Government. In that piece of conjecture captioned ‘Maithri’s Mandate and Ranil’s Royalist Regency’ I said that Sri Lanka was witne


Historic betrayal of SLMC and ACMC

Saturday, 23 March 2019

It appears, according to a news report that the leaders of SLMC, ACMC and DPF during a meeting with President Sirisena to discuss constitutional reforms have “reneged on their promise to back the ongoing efforts to abolish the executive presidency


Playing with history

Friday, 22 March 2019

First of all, I was delighted to note a counter criticism ‘A reply to Victor Ivan’s ‘What went wrong with Sri Lanka?’ published in the Financial Times on 11 March in response to my article which appeared in the same newspaper on 22 February.


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