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Queen declares CHOGM open amidst pomp and pageantry

Views - 103 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

Queen Elizabeth II formally declared open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham


Leaders’ Retreat at Windsor Castle today

Views - 331 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

The leaders of the Commonwealth’s 53 member countries who gathered in the UK for the first time in over 20 years


A country’s sustainable future must be built on foundation of self-discipline and equity: Presiden

Views - 118 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:50

President Maithripala Sirisena said that a country’s sustainable future must be built on the foundation of self-discipline and equity, and referred to the learning from Buddhist traditions prevalent in Sri Lanka, on the three types of human conflic


Queen Elizabeth II set to welcome 53 world leaders at Buckingham Palace today

Views - 150 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

All roads will lead to Buckingham Palace today with Queen Elizabeth II set to welcome the 53 Heads of State at the formal opening of the 25th Commonwealth Head of Meeting 2018, scheduled to be held in London and Windsor.


Google’s ‘WomenWill’ program debuts in Sri Lanka

Views - 411 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:58

Gender gaps hold the world back. Focusing on giving equal status to women, Google commenced a ‘Women Will’ programas a global initiative to help bridge the gender gap and empowerwomen worldwide, by focusing their resources, time and technology to


Women in Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka recognises ‘HerForShe’ corporates

Views - 119 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:56

In pursuing WiLAT Sri Lanka’s mission to empower women in Logistics and Transport, at the fourth year anniversary celebrations of UN Women, the ‘HeForShe’ movement was partnered to provide an opportunity and framework for corporates to demonstr


BCIS seminar puts spotlight on ‘‘Women as Change Agents,, to reach to the top

Views - 115 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

A seminar on ‘Women as Change Agents’, organised by the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) last week


Embassy of Sri Lanka in Lebanon celebrates International Women’s Day

Views - 236 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beirut organised an event to celebrate the International Women’s Day, which was held at the Preres Unis School


UK threatens action against 1,500 firms over silence on gender pay gap

Views - 87 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About 1,500 large British companies that failed to meet a government deadline


David Pieris Group celebrates completion of first batch of ‘Empowering Women through Technical Train

Views - 130 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

A certificates handing over ceremony to participants of the first women group of Bajaj three-wheeler repairing program named ‘Empowering


The Great Managers Awards: A call to greatness

Views - 299 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:00

Colombo Leadership Academy and People Business recently held the inaugural Great Manager Awards, recognising leadership competencies that produce stronger results amidst challenging business landscapes, creating stronger values to drive performances.


Norway’s Arctic town envisions gateway on Polar Silk Road with link to China

Views - 56 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

Envisioning a new port on the Barents Sea coast and a railway that goes all the way southward to the Baltic Sea, Norway’s


A major activity hub

Views - 39 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

“This project with railway connected to the Belt and Road Initiative through the Northern Sea Route and the Arctic strategy of China


Polar Silk Road to China

Views - 113 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

The report, which said the Arctic railway is potentially a new “maritime silk route in the north,” was released just a few days before China


Chinese scientists identify gut bacteria beneficial to type 2 diabetes patients

Views - 119 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

Chinese scientists have identified a guild of particular gut bacteria that can ferment dietary fibres to help control blood glucose


A touch of future with cutting-edge Chinese technologies at Mobile World Congress

Views - 87 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

Just by putting on a black helmet, a backpack and a pair of gloves, Hose Aquinas made his personal history of setting his own feet on the “moon”.


China’s digital publication industry grows in 2017: Report

Views - 52 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

The value of China’s digital publication industry reached 4.15 billion yuan ($ 657 million) in 2017, a year-on-year increase of 21.3%, a report showed.


China winning war against pollution: US study

Views - 96 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

Chinese cities combating smog have significantly cut serious air pollution in the past four years, a study by a University


Rotary celebrates 27th district conference: $3.9 million from Rotary to Sri Lanka

Views - 178 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

There has been $3.9 million in donor funding given by Rotary Foundation to Sri Lanka in the last five years


10 things businesses can learn from the next startup success

Views - 54 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

The startup scene has become one of today’s most exciting and fluid industries to be a part of. The constant stream of innovative and disruptive


Dialog Axiata Digital Innovation Fund picks first three start-ups

Views - 340 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

Dialog Axiata stated on Thursday that it has selected Roar Media, InsureMe and MyDoctor.lk as its first phase of investments from the Digital Innovation Fund (DIF).


idea2fund finalist pitch to MTI’s CEO

Views - 368 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

The third wave of MTI’s ‘idea2fund’ successfully completed stage three pitch presentations recently at the Hilton Colombo


Pathfinder Foundation conducts 2nd regional conference: ‘Trincomalee Consultations 2018’

Views - 257 Saturday, 31 March 2018 00:07

Following the successful first regional conference held in 2017 under the theme ‘Regional Cooperation for Economic Prosperity and Maritime Security in the Bay of Bengal’, Trincomalee Consultations – 2018’ was conducted by The Pathfinder Found


John Keells Group wins Platinum at WiLAT Sri Lanka’s “HeForShe” Awards 2018

Views - 113 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00

John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) won the Platinum Award at the Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Sri Lanka’s “HeForShe” Awards on 23 March.


Cinnamon Lakeside celebrates International Women’s Day

Views - 102 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Lakeside General Manager Dermot Gale and the management team hosted an exquisite High Tea for the lady


BMICH remembers its founder on International Women’s Day

Views - 125 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00

The iconic BMICH joined the world community recently in celebrating International Women’s Day, with its 2018 theme ‘Time is now: Rural & Urban


Embracing gender diversity: MAERSK Lanka fills 50% of top management team with women

Views - 1300 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00

With much debate over the past decades, about the difficulty that companies in male-dominated sectors claim to have


Sri Lanka sinks in water safety with no national plan in place

Views - 554 Thursday, 29 March 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka suffers a staggering 850+ recorded deaths a year by drowning, falling short quite dismally in delivering on health and safety obligations in the water. In fact, the country has the 12th highest drowning rate out of 61 countries analysed in


Sri Lanka ready to send more female ‘Blue Berets’

Views - 1025 Thursday, 29 March 2018 00:00

By Shanika Sriyananda Can women in military help to prevent and reduce sexual and gender-based violence against women and children in a war? In many conflict situations this has proved successful according to several researches and the UN. They have


IFC-CB Policy Forum explores women’s market in Sri Lanka and beyond

Views - 164 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

The IFC-Central Bank Policy Forum themed ‘Exploring the Women’s Market in Sri Lanka and Beyond’ recently discussed


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We need to challenge climate change doubters before it is too late

Friday, 23 August 2019

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The Provincial Council Elections – The charade goes on

Friday, 23 August 2019

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The presidency and the dilemma of the Presidential Election

Friday, 23 August 2019

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Enough power in the presidency for the right person

Friday, 23 August 2019

The presidency has not much power some say, but I would say there is plenty for the right person. By intention or otherwise, our Constitution leaves the presidency to be defined by the person occupying the chair. Maithripala Sirisena (MS) showed us t


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