Special Report

Chinese FM calls for mutual trust with India

Views - 35 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 09:42

Foreign Minister Wang Yi Thursday called mutual trust “an issue that needs to be addressed urgently” between China and India. “With political trust, not even the Himalayas can stop us from friendly exchanges. Without it, not even level land can

Chinese scientists develop DNA nano robots to treat cancer

Views - 150 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 09:42

Chinese scientists said they have successfully created and tested the world’s first autonomous DNA Nano robots to combat cancer tumours, paving the way for revolutionary cancer therapy. Scientists from China’s National Centre for Nanoscience and

China to strengthen financing support for Belt and Road Initiative

Views - 20 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 09:39

China will strengthen financing and tax support to better serve the Belt and Road Initiative, a deputy finance minister said on Wednesday. The Ministry of Finance is forming an international financing cooperation centre in a bid to build a long-term,

Women co-architects of Sri Lanka’s post-independence welfare state: Minister Bandara to UN

Views - 65 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 08:50

Women and Child Affairs Minister Chandrani Bandara this week said that in Sri Lanka, women were the co-architects of Sri Lanka’s post-independence welfare state, which ensured free education and healthcare for all its citizens.

LSEG Sri Lanka launches Diversity and Inclusion program

Views - 349 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 08:49

In an environment where equality, inclusivity, diversity, and creativity are as important as bottom line numbers, London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) Sri Lanka has launched an internal program that will focus on diversity and inclusiveness within the

June Manoharan shares experience with WISTA members to mark Intl. Women’s Day

Views - 50 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 08:48

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018, WISTA Sri Lanka invited June Manoharan, the Managing Director – Middle East, Asia and Africa of LUKOIL Marine Lubricants, the recipient of “The Maritime Standard Woman In Shipping Award” at th

Sri Lankan women should not take a back seat to men

Views - 67 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 08:47

http://blogs.worldbank.org: We have a strict ‘no jerks’ policy at the company where I work. It means we just don’t have room for people who bully or mock their co-workers. Our employees don’t invade each other’s personal space or make uninv

SL Ceramics and Glass Symposium 2018: A bid to enhance industry and new market opportunities

Views - 266 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:00

By Shannon Jayawardena The Sri Lanka Ceramics and Glass Symposium 2018, in a bid to enhance the industry and new market opportunities, invited several leading professionals to share insights and their view points on 6 March at the Taj Samudra. The ob

KPMG presses for progress to empower change

Views - 252 Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00

8 March was International Women’s Day (IWD) and KPMG in Sri Lanka celebrated the day by recognising this year’s theme ‘Press for Progress

Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka recommends measures to empower women in informal sector

Views - 65 Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) in a report released has recommended measures for state institutions to take in empowering women in Sri Lanka’s informal sector.

Microsoft partners with Sysco LABS to celebrate International Women’s Day

Views - 177 Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00

To mark International Women’s Day, Microsoft launched the #MakeWhatsNext campaign and co-hosted a forum alongside Sysco LABS

ODEL pulls out all stops to make women ‘Feel Royal’ on International Women’s Day

Views - 35 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

“Every Woman is a Queen” sang Queen Latifah, and on 8 March, ODEL rolled out the right royal treatment for all women customers visiting its flagship store at Alexandra Place, to celebrate International Women’s Day with the élan and extravaganc

Serendib Flour Mills celebrates the power of women

Views - 152 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

Serendib Flour Mills celebrated International Women’s Day recently on 8 March under the theme ‘7 Star Women – Empowering You for Tomorrow’ to salute the remarkable contribution made by women towards society. Globally, International Women’s

People’s Bank celebrates International Women’s Day

Views - 80 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

In conjunction with International Women’s Day, a special program was held recently at the People’s Bank Headquarters branch under the patronage of People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer/General Manager N. Vasantha Kumar. Popular actress Senali

Role of women in SL economy remains relatively low, says CB Additional Director Dr. Perera

Views - 290 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

By Shannon Jayawardena The role of women in the Sri Lankan economy remains relatively low and static, said Central Bank Additional Director Dr. Roshan Perera at the IFC-CB Policy Forum held on 12 March at the Hilton Hotel. Speaking on women’s finan

Nations Trust Bank marks Women’s Day with an interactive forum

Views - 70 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

The life of the successful modern woman is often a delicate balancing act between work and home. Understanding this dynamic in detail and learning from the experiences of others can help young women looking to build a career for themselves. In this l

SLASSCOM People’s Summit 2018 sheds light on future challenges and prospects

Views - 143 Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

The SLASSCOM People’s Summit 2018 successfully concluded recently sharing key insights to challenges and prospects for the professional community.

Sri Lanka makes compelling investment case in Singapore

Views - 820 Monday, 12 March 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Inc recently made a compelling case to woo more portfolio and direct investments from companies and funds based in Singapore.

‘SHE CAN – inspired women, inspire women’ organised by IIT on 15 March

Views - 65 Monday, 12 March 2018 00:00

The Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT), the pioneer in providing British Higher Education in Sri Lanka, will be holding ‘SHE CAN – inspired women, inspire women’, at the Orchid Room of the BMICH on 15 March from 6.00 p.m.

Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce to commemorate Intl. Women’s Day on 15 March

Views - 153 Monday, 12 March 2018 00:00

Taking the world theme ‘Press for Progress’ into action, the Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce is commemorating International Women’s Day 2018

Australian High Commission celebrates “Press for Progress: International Women’s Day 2018”

Views - 281 Monday, 12 March 2018 00:00

This year’s International Women’s Day theme ‘Press for Progress’ is a timely reminder to celebrate achievements to date and renew efforts moving forward.

President calls on women to come forward as a powerful force to build nation

Views - 60 Monday, 12 March 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena extended an invitation to women in the country to come forward as a powerful force to stop the deteriorating human values, and build a nation that values peace and where all the people could live in brotherhood and harm

SKAL donates to Women in Need

Views - 76 Monday, 12 March 2018 00:00

Etihad Airlines Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal General Manager Dougie Douglas made a fervent appeal on the behalf of non-governmental organisation Women in Need (WIN) at the recent Annual General Meeting of SKAL International Colombo.

ADB President reaffirms commitment to a more gender equal Asia Pacific

Views - 61 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao yesterday marked International Women’s Day by reaffirming

Australian HC calls for gender equality, empowerment in SL

Views - 261 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

As Sri Lanka posts one of the lowest female workforce participation rates of any comparable country, Australian High

PickMe honours spirited women entrepreneurs with launch of ‘PickMe Sri Liya Abhinandana’

Views - 263 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

At a time when women’s voices are rising around the world, International Women’s Day was commemorated globally

It’s time to #PressForProgress for Sri Lanka’s women: World Bank

Views - 59 Thursday, 8 March 2018 00:00

International Women’s Day is always an important marker in my calendar and this year’s theme #PressForProgress couldn’t be more exciting. Starting today, 8 March, we at the World Bank are embarking on a year-long effort to rally the government

CSE rings bell for gender equality

Views - 454 Thursday, 8 March 2018 00:00

Chief guest Prof. MaithreeWickremesinghe says people think that gender equality means women’s equality but it doesn’t, it’s so much more By Shannon Jayawardena The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) together with IFC, a member of the World Bank Grou

Chinese textile firm weaves success through decades of reform

Views - 27 Friday, 2 March 2018 00:00

It used to be trendy for Chinese to dress in clothes of foreign brands, but now China is helping shape the latest trends in the fabric and apparel world.

China’s punishment to polluting firms

Views - 60 Friday, 2 March 2018 00:00

Chinese authorities had issued more than 20,000 pollutant emission permits by the end of 2017, an official from the Ministry of Environmental Protection said.

Today's Columnists

The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Saturday, 17 November 2018

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.

The JR-MR effect

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.

The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R

Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme

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