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Apr 15, 2014 4:38:34 PM - www.ft.lk
The Mega Wasi Season 2 grand prize, a Kyron SUV, went to a customer of the Bank of Ceylon Akkaraipattu branch. The draw took place at the Bank of Ceylon Head Office premises on 9 April under the patronage of BOC Chairman Air Chief Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama, Bank of Ceylon Directors, General Manager D.M. Gunasekara ...
Apr 15, 2014 4:34:41 PM - www.ft.lk
Geneva: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for February showing demand growth of 5.4% compared to February 2013. Although this represented a slowdown compared to the January traffic increase of 8.2%, cumulative traffic growth for the first two months of 2014 was 6.9%, which compares favorably with the 5.2% overall ...
Apr 15, 2014 4:30:01 PM - www.ft.lk
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in February showing a 2.9% increase in demand compared to February 2013. The first two months of 2014 have seen an overall 3.6% improvement in demand over the previous year. This continues the strengthening in cargo markets which began in the second ...
Apr 15, 2014 4:27:36 PM - www.ft.lk
Reuters: Wi-Fi in the sky is taking off, promising much better connections for travellers and a bonanza for the companies that sell the systems. With satellite-based Wi-Fi, internet speeds on jetliners are getting lightning fast. And airlines are finding that travellers expect connections in the air to rival those on the ground – and at ...
Apr 15, 2014 4:25:30 PM - www.ft.lk
The Colombo Port recently received the latest Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) from Queens Group, pioneers in the field of Marine Electronics since 1956 This specialised VTMS is the first and only one of its kind in the country from Signalis of France an Airbus Defense and Space company; owners of Airbus Industries of France ...
Apr 15, 2014 4:23:41 PM - www.ft.lk
Reuters: The exodus of foreign money from emerging markets gives more room for Danish oil and shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk to invest there, the company said in an internal publication on Friday. “The exit of short-term financial investors means less competition for major projects, and could signal a new opportunity for us to play an ...
Apr 15, 2014 4:23:00 PM - www.ft.lk
REUTERS: Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 6.9% to $ 1,156 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index told Reuters. Maersk Line, a part of oil and shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk has ...
Apr 15, 2014 4:22:11 PM - www.ft.lk
NYK has reached time charter agreements for eight new containerships, each capable of carrying 14,000 TEUs. These vessels will be built at the Kure shipyard of Japan Marine United Co. Ltd. These ships, which will be delivered from February 2016 through January 2018, will have improved fuel efficiency and cargo loadability among today’s container ships ...
Apr 15, 2014 4:21:44 PM - www.ft.lk
MUMBAI: Cargo volume at Jawaharlal Nehru Port fell by 3.32% in the last fiscal, mainly due to labour troubles and cut in output by one of the private terminals, JNPT said on Friday. The country’s largest container port which handled 62.35 million tons of cargo during fiscal 2013-14 as compared to 64.49 tons in the ...
Apr 15, 2014 4:21:00 PM - www.ft.lk
Major Abu Dhabi projects picking up pace Container traffic to hit 1.1 million TEU in 2014 General and bulk cargo seen over 12 million tons 92 cruise vessels call at Port Zayed in 2013 REUTERS: State-owned Abu Dhabi Ports Co (ADPC) expects a surge in shipping traffic towards the end of this year as work ...
Apr 15, 2014 4:17:15 PM - www.ft.lk
Talks between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka’s fishermen have been given the nod after months of diplomatic uncertainty. The Indian Central Government has publicly declared the delay was caused by feet dragging on the side of Chief Minister Jayalalitha. The outcome of the talks remain in limbo as frostiness remains between the two sides despite ...
Apr 15, 2014 4:15:15 PM - www.ft.lk
We are in the midst of Avurudu celebration from work to enjoy “life”. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review reconnected me with this ongoing debate on so called “work-life balance”. It was heartening to see the standpoint I took two years ago in writing a paper and making a presentation on the “myth ...
Apr 15, 2014 4:12:08 PM - www.ft.lk
Two contenders for leadership with stark differences India, the world’s supposed-to-be the-largest democracy if one goes by the number of voters, is now in the process of choosing its next leadership. The two leading contenders have stark differences. The incumbent government party, United Progressive Alliance or UPA, is led by young Cambridge University MPhil Degree ...
Apr 15, 2014 4:04:42 PM - www.ft.lk
REUTERS: US President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that Russia’s actions in Ukraine were not conducive to a diplomatic solution of the crisis in that country, and the White House warned that Moscow would suffer further costs for its behaviour. Obama spoke to Putin at the Russians’ request, a senior administration ...
Apr 15, 2014 3:54:54 PM - www.ft.lk
REUTERS: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies are set to win a narrow majority in the world’s largest democratic election, the latest opinion poll showed on Monday. The Hindu nationalist opposition party, led by prime-ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi, and its allies have until now been forecast to win the largest chunk of the ...
Apr 15, 2014 3:52:37 PM - www.ft.lk
REUTERS: The Guardian US and Washington Post were awarded the most prestigious Pulitzer prize on Monday for coverage of secret surveillance by the US National Security Agency that sparked wide debate over government spying. Reuters won in international reporting for its coverage of the violent persecution of a Muslim minority in Myanmar who in efforts ...
Apr 15, 2014 3:51:01 PM - www.ft.lk
NEW DELHI Thomson Reuters Foundation: The Supreme Court on Tuesday recognised India’s long marginalised transgender community as a third gender and, in a landmark judgment lauded by human rights groups, called on the government to ensure their equal treatment. There are hundreds of thousands of transgenders in India, say activists, but because they are not ...
Apr 15, 2014 3:48:49 PM - www.ft.lk
The 43rd National Day of Bangladesh was celebrated recently at the Taj Samudra hosted by Bangladesh High Commissioner Mohammad Sufiur Rahman. Ministers, dignitaries and other invitees attended the event – Pix by Nirmala Dhananjaya
Apr 15, 2014 3:46:31 PM - www.ft.lk
Tickets for first week sold out ESPNCricinfo: On Monday afternoon, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium looked like it had been airlifted out of India. This impression came partly from the lightweight tent-like roofs covering the stands at the other end, the sort of roof that has sprung up over pretty much every new stadium in India. ...
Apr 15, 2014 3:43:40 PM - www.ft.lk
Sri Lankan star targets next World Championship Dilantha Malagamuwa, the Sri Lankan racing superstar who won four races at the recently concluded Malaysian FIA GT Series Round 1, was felicitated at a recent press conference held at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo. Racing in his Lamborghini for the team Dilango Racing, Dilantha won the ‘GT Open’ and ...
Apr 15, 2014 3:41:33 PM - www.ft.lk
Sri Lanka’s 29-year-old women’s cricketer Shashikala Siriwardene says decision to step down from the captaincy was a tough one. The Sri Lankan all-rounder relinquished team captaincy last week. Speaking exclusively on Sunday morning over her mobile from Colombo, she said: “Yes, it was a tough call but have no regrets. I am happy to end ...
Apr 15, 2014 3:41:02 PM - www.ft.lk
Reuters: The 78th Masters began as one of the most wide open in decades, but it will not go down as a classic after a surprisingly lacklustre finish on Sunday when Bubba Watson clinched his second green jacket. The roars for which the year’s first major is famous never materialised on the back nine, mainly ...
Apr 11, 2014 2:35:58 PM - www.ft.lk
The Sri Lanka-Germany Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce held a breakfast meeting with SLPA Chairman Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama to learn about the proposed Port City and the country’s journey towards becoming South Asia’s maritime hub and a logistics centre. The meeting, which took place recently in Colombo, with the attendance of ...
Apr 11, 2014 2:35:51 PM - www.ft.lk
By Cheranka Mendis Despite the sunny smile of the Sun Gods being replaced with the blessings of the rain, the Sinhala Tamil New Year is just around the corner. The spitting and crackling of the hot oil coming from the kitchen is a welcoming change as the women busy themselves in front of the hearth, ...
Apr 11, 2014 2:31:29 PM - www.ft.lk
President Mahinda Rajapaksa today freed a group of Presidential Security Division (PSD) officers jailed over their involvement in the harassment of popular singers Rukantha Gunatillaka and Chandralekha Perera several years ago. The Panadura High Court had last year sentenced to jail 10 former PSD officers over the incident. The 10 former PSD officers were given 4 1/2 ...
Apr 11, 2014 2:30:53 PM - www.ft.lk
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader and Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem issued the following statement yesterday on the disruption of meeting by Bodu Bala Sena (BBS): How the press conference organised by a body that calls itself a ‘Jathika Bala Sena’ was disrupted by a group of venerable monks led by the Venerable Galaboda Aththe ...
Apr 11, 2014 2:30:52 PM - www.ft.lk
Chaaya Tranz’s third restaurant is a meat lover’s paradise in Hikkaduwa   By Cheranka Mendis Away from the bustling city of Colombo, on the stunning coastal belt of Hikkaduwa lies Chaaya Tranz – a beautiful hotel offering guests and travellers a gastronomical journey like none other. Having recently opened their third restaurant to add diversity ...
Apr 11, 2014 2:30:52 PM - www.ft.lk
(Reuters): Search and rescue officials in Australia are confident they know the approximate position of the black box recorders from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday. At the same time, however, the head of the agency coordinating the search said that the latest “ping” signal, which was captured ...
Apr 11, 2014 2:30:49 PM - www.ft.lk
Emirates, the global connector of people and places, celebrated the opening of its 35th dedicated lounge at Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Rome. The Emirates Lounge at Leonardo Da Vinci Airport represents a Euro 2.53 million investment on the part of the airline, with the aim to provide a seamless, luxurious travel experience to its ...
Apr 11, 2014 2:30:48 PM - www.ft.lk
Eleven employees of Brandix, or associates as they are titled by Sri Lanka’s single largest apparel exporter, have been recognised for voluntary community service as part of the Group’s commitment to World Water Day 2014, observed annually on 22 March. Titled ‘Nihanda Mehewara’ (silent service), this year’s initiative sought to identify those among Brandix’s associates ...
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