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Sri Lanka; Wreck removal project in Kankesanthurai port

The work on the wreck-removal and salvage portion of the Kankesanthurai Harbour was inaugurated by Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa and High Commissioner of India Ashok K. Kantha at a ceremony in Kankesanthurai.

Another slight recovery at Colombo Bourse

Colombo Stock Indices bounced back after dipping during early trading on Tuesday the 26 July 2011, with the increased participation of investors.

Raja still blames PM in issue of 2G Spectrum licences

Hours after saying that he did not seek to implicate Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum case, former telecom minister A. Raja on Tuesday once again blamed the Prime Minister for not forming a Group of Ministers (GoM) to examine the issues related to 2G spectrum allocation.

Sri Lanka SEC grants Investment Manager License to Kenanga Investment Corporation

Kenanga Investment Corporation Limited (KICL) an arm of K & N Kenanga Holdings Berhad (“Kenanga”) in Sri Lanka and former subsidiary of Ceylinco group led Seylan Merchant Bank (SMB), was granted an Investment Manager License by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) of Sri Lanka on June 29.

'Indian Man behind Mumbai blast arrested'

Police have arrested a person allegedly involved in blast in Mumbai, India, state-owned Gorkhapatra Daily claimed on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka in Fortune China Mag’s radar, I&C Minister sends message of new upswing to top Chinese investors & executives


Chinese and far eastern businesses are invited to Sri Lanka’s mega International exhibition and business forum “EXPO2012” to be held in Colombo next year. They are also encouraged to capitalize on the emerging investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s latest economic upswing, says Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce.

Sri Lankan Footwear Manufacturers plans to make the country a footwear hub in Asia

Sri Lanka’s Leather Footwear Advisory Council said footwear industry is expected to see a healthy growth due to the increase in the per capita footwear sale. At present it has reached the average of two pairs for a person.

Sri Lanka; External Sector Performance – May 2011

Sri Lanka’s trade deficit expanded to US dollars 932 million in May 2011, according to Central bank latest statistics.

Terror to top agenda in talks with Pakistan

Ahead of the crucial meeting between Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday, government sources said that terror was still the number one issue on the agenda for talks with Pakistan.

Sri Lanka; Fitch Rates Regional Development Bank 'BBB+(lka)'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Ratings Lanka has assigned Regional Development Bank (RDB) a National Long-Term rating of 'BBB+(lka)'.

Illegal Immigration and Regional Security


Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister took up the issue of illegal immigration and regional security with his New Zealand counterpart.

Guide Lines for Greening Sri Lankan Hotels

Sri Lankan tourism as usual patronized by the Western clientele and they are also very much keen on the environment where they visit and thus like in the case of garments exports where the consumers in Europe are concerned of adherence to proper labor conditions, in the travel trade too the tourists, specially the European clientele are now increasingly concerned of Sri Lankan Hotels that adhere to norms on environment, of proper water and energy management and waste management.

DMK Calls for an agitation against the government’s move on 'Samacheer Kalvi"

One of the Opposition group in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(DMK) on Tuesday gave a call for boycott of schools and colleges on July 29 to press its demand for immediate implementation of the Samacheer Kalvi system (uniform system of school education) in the state.

Thasmeen expresses “gratitude” to Gayoom

Giving a brief respite to the war of words perhaps, opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party Leader Thasmeen Ali expressed “gratitude” to its founder and ex Leader Abdul Gayoom – despite the two being in a bitterly fought leadership battle – when the divided party celebrated its 6th anniversary.

Sri Lanka’s Minister of External Affairs attends the 18th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Bali, Indonesia


The 18th meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum was held on 23rd July 2001 in Bali, Indonesia. The Security Forum was chaired by Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.

Gen Petraeus and Gen McChrystal were weak generals

Looking back into the events of first decade of new millennium, one is bewildered to see that despite being the most powerful nation on earth and having military apparatus on a scale greater than the sum of every other country, the US has patently failed to impose its solution on Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Karunaidhi's Third wife Rajathi Ammal demolished Dalits houses in Tiruchy: Complaint lodged

A shocking complaint was received by the Revenue Officials and police that former chief Minister M Karunanidhi's third wife and mother of 2G- Spectrum Scam accused M K Kanimozhi who was lodged in Tihar Prison in Delhi directed her close associates to demolish the houses of Dalits to grab their lands.

Dharma Vijaya, a Buddhist Vihara for Everyone in Los Angeles

When Ven. Walpola Piyananda founded Dharma Vijaya in 1980 he envisioned it as a busy center for disseminating the Buddha Dhamma – not just to Sri Lankans, but to the greater community of Americans as well – all races and ethnic origins included. After all, this is the purpose of dhammaduta.

Beck the wicked man

Glen Beck, the American right-wing talk show host in Murdoch’s FOX, has compared the victims of the carnage, in Norway, to ‘Hitler’s Youth’.


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