Special Report

APB ceremonially holds 350th Council Meeting at Kingsbury 

Views - 27 Monday, 26 March 2018 00:00

APB ceremonially held its 350th Council Meeting at Kingsbury recently. It was an important milestone in the history of APB.


APB holds first event in Kandy

Views - 146 Monday, 26 March 2018 00:00

Association of Professional Bankers – Sri Lanka held its first event in Kandy to provide its members in the Kandy region an opportunity to participate in an event without having to travel down to Colombo. The event was held at the ‘Oak Ray Lounge


Venture Frontier Lanka to create a culture of entrepreneurship for greater economic prosperity

Views - 279 Monday, 26 March 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s first integrated entrepreneurship platform, Venture Frontier Lanka, was launched last week by Ovibees Ventures, focused on the development of the complete startup lifecycle across five key industries such as leisure and tourism, educati


WiLAT SL showcases POC as case study for progress on gender diversity results at 6th SAARC Business

Views - 198 Friday, 23 March 2018 00:00

The 6th SAARC Business Leaders Conclave 2018 commenced on 16 March in Kathmandu, Nepal under the theme


McLarens celebrates International Women’s Day 2018

Views - 79 Friday, 23 March 2018 00:00

Everywhere, every day and every hour, progress in relation to gender disparity is made by women, for women.


RDB Bank celebrates International Women’s Day with pride

Views - 25 Friday, 23 March 2018 00:00

The International Women’s Day Commemoration Program organised by the Kelaniya branch of the Regional Development


IIT inspires women with ‘She Can’ International Women’s Day conference

Views - 236 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

Colombo, Thursday 15th March 2018: The pioneer in British higher education in Sri Lanka, Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) launched the ‘She Can’ campaign in conjunction with International Women’s Day which was celebrated earlier this m


International Women’s Day celebrated by Rotary

Views - 44 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

By Safna Malik In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018, Rotary Club of Colombo Mid City members organised an event titled ‘Celebration of Women in Rotary’ under the theme of ‘Press for Progress’ recently at Hilton Colombo. Five emi


Chinese, American scientists “light up” lung cancer mutations

Views - 30 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 09:44

Chinese and American scientists have found a new way to identify non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC), the most common type of lung cancer, non-invasively. In a study reported on Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the scientists


First ultra-high-voltage clean power line is here!

Views - 38 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 09:43

China’s first ultra-high-voltage power superhighway for transmitting clean energy has been approved, with construction to start in the second half of the year. The 800-kilovolt direct current transmission line will extend 1,600 km across five provi


Chinese FM calls for mutual trust with India

Views - 21 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 - 34 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 - 10 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 - 22 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 - 253 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 - 13 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 - 14 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 - 194 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 - 188 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 - 48 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 - 95 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 - 9 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 - 116 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 - 26 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 - 223 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 - 50 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 - 102 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 - 622 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 - 36 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 - 123 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


Today's Columnists

The glyphosate story – CKDu, food security and national economy

Thursday, 19 April 2018

We in Sri Lanka have a history to be proud of. According to our historical record, the golden age of Sri Lankan agriculture production centres around Polonnaruwa during reign of King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 AD).


President is powerless to remove the Prime Minister

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Some commentators have persistently advanced the proposition that, notwithstanding the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the President’s power to remove the Prime Minister is intact. It is a view that relies on a literal reading of the Sinhala te


The ‘Trafficbathgoda’ town of Kiribathgoda

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Getting through Kiribathgoda town particularly in the evening after work is a real nightmare. Even the morning is equally bad, creating a huge pileup of vehicles along the main road. In particular, in the evening, to move from Tyre Corporation Junct


Beware of evidence-independent recommendations from academics in positions of power

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

It was just over a year ago that I wrote in this newspaper about the need to fact check politicians and pundits (http://www.ft.lk/article/592541/Fact-checking-politicians-and-pundits). That column was triggered by an evidence-independent claim made a


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