Delay in 2017 Budget move locks billions of capital in listed firms

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A near year-long delay in gazetting a 2017 Budget-approved liberalisation move is locking up billions of capital in listed firms and discouraging a hi ..


TEA brews urgent blend for industry’s survival

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:13 Views - 350

Renewing its call for liberalisation, the Tea Exporters’ Association (TEA) last week highlighted multiple issues plaguing the sector and asked the G


Sri Lanka to enter into agreements with Qatar in energy, water supply sectors

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:07 Views - 202

The Sri Lankan Government has received Cabinet approval to enter into several agreements with Qatar to cooperate in the energy, water supply and waste


Experts call for reality check on logistics and transport

Monday, 23 October 2017 00:00 Views - 70

Experts called on Sri Lankan logistics firms to embrace disruptive digital technologies for crucial restructuring in business models to remain competi


Building a thriving fashion business ecosystem in Sri Lanka

Monday, 23 October 2017 00:00 Views - 91

Sri Lanka is to witness its first international fashion event this month with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Hosted as a joint coalition between Sri Lank


‘Invest Sri Lanka’ at iconic NASDAQ market site

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:11 Views - 481

Representatives of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) were recently hosted by NASDAQ at th


Disruption from logistics perspective

Monday, 23 October 2017 00:00 Views - 65


Retail industry poised to take off: SLRA Chairman

Monday, 23 October 2017 00:00 Views - 65

Sri Lanka Retailers Association Chairman Hussain Sadique last week declared that the country’s retail sector was poised to take off, with the indust


People wary of benefits from 2018 Budget: Survey

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:02 Views - 428

The latest monthly poll conducted by research firm Kantar TNS, for business magazine LMD, reveals that 42% of respondents have high expectations of Bu




Devolution of power is not for benefit of politicians but for the public: President

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:05 Views - 56

President Maithripala Sirisena said the devolution of power should be used to fulfil the needs of the people while strengthening them, but not for the


Iran, Sri Lanka sign extradition treaty

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:03 Views - 80

Teheran: Iran and Sri Lanka have signed an agreement on the transfer of prisoners between the two countries in Teheran.


Brutal assault in police custody: SC awards torture victim Rs. 300,000

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:02 Views - 51

The Supreme Court awarded Rs. 300,000 to the victim-petitioner in a fundamental rights violation petition filed against three police officers attached


Fresh general amnesty for Army deserters

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:01 Views - 10

A General Amnesty will be offered to Army absentees from 23 October to 15 November this year enabling them to receive their legal discharge.


Police arrest Buddhist monk wanted for attack on Rohingya refugees

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:10 Views - 64

The police yesterday arrested a Buddhist monk who was wanted in connection with last month’s attack on a group of Rohingya refugees that were under


Sivajilingam and Jaffna students’ representatives meet President

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 94

A group including Northern Provincial Councillor K. Sivajilingam who recently protested in Jaffna hoisting black flags met with President Maithripala


State Minister discusses Defence Cooperation with South Korean Minister

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 40

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, in a meeting with Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Korea Song Young-mooon held in Seoul th


Human Rights Watch makes submission to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 22

New York-based global rights organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) has made a submission to the 77th Working Group of the United Nations Committee on


‘Pakistan Alumni Society of Sri Lanka’ debuts

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 43

With the vision of ‘Re-Connecting the Alumni for Greater Collective Good’, the Pakistan Alumni Society of Sri Lanka (PASS) was launched recently a


President Xi Jinping opts for wider consultation to steer China forward

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 39

Text and pic by Ashwin Hemmathagama in Beijing The remarkable and promising report President Xi Jinping presented at the 19th National Congress of th


National Scout Teams of 5 South Asian countries in SL

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 13

National Scout Teams of five member countries of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) who arrived in Sri Lanka to watch Hermann L


Minister Amunugama promotes greater ties with Australia

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 90

A meeting between Special Assignments Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama and High Commissioner for Australia in Sri Lanka Bryce Hutcheson took place at the



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Need for tax reforms: Government should not lose it this time but go for them early

Monday, 23 October 2017

In the first economic policy statement, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a number of pledges related to taxes and tax reforms. One was that the Government would review whether the tax concessions given to investors have really delivered the e

Lessons from Geneva

Saturday, 21 October 2017

‘Mission Impossible – Geneva’ is an inspiring account of developments at the Human Rights Council in Geneva when Dayan Jayatilleka was our Permanent Representative there. It is written by his wife Sanja, which provides for fascinating insights

Xi Jinping to enhance military power while keeping economic growth “moderate”

Saturday, 21 October 2017

In his keynote address on the opening day of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Beijing on Wednesday, the Chinese President and party supremo, Xi Jinping, made two points of great relevance to the rest of the world. One is tha

Priming the pump to make your MP jump

Friday, 20 October 2017

Here’s a radical idea. What if – instead of liking it or lumping it as you do for years on end – the voter could hold his or her Member of Parliament accountable for their performance?

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