Lt. Col. Chandana Weerakoon MSc The author is a specialist in Transportation Systems and Management and conducts lectures on Transportation and Logistics at the CINEC Maritime University. Present ship prices have decreased drastically around 80% than in 2008 and around 80% of the operational fleet is laid up due to the slump. It is clear that seafarer opportunities have boomed. The vision ...
Subashini Senanayake A fire broke out in the early hours of yesterday morning causing heavy damage to Cargo Warehouse No 1 (Container Freight Station) of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, ...
Irangika Range Sri Lanka Railways has introduced a special train service in view of the Vesak Week for those travelling to Colombo for the Vesak celebrations. The special services will be in operation on May 25, 26 and 27 from Colombo Fort to Mahawa, Colombo Fort -Rambukkana, Colombo Fort - Aluthgama to Veyangoda, and Maradana to South Kalutara.Sri Lanka Railways Operations Superintendent L.A.R. ...
Visiting Sri Lanka on a shoestring budget or planning to travel around the country economically? Most of the time the modern traveler - be they young and independent or older and adventurous - is limited by income, and cash thereby becomes a key determinant when deciding on destinations and accommodation. Hence the reason Jetwing Hotels came up with their latest brainchild of Hotel J ...
Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday warned the government of dire consequences in case the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won the first northern provincial council election. The defence chief was responding to a statement attributed to Petroleum Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, at Wednesday's post-cabinet media briefing, that the election would be held in accordance ...
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The Passenger (Professione: reporter) [DVD]
Following the scandalous international success of Blow-Up (1966) and the thundering failure of his critical American debut Zabriskie Point (1970), director Michelangelo Antonioni paired with Jack Nicholson to make The Passenger (Professione: reporter), a slow- ... ...
In February, a Tibetan protester in monk's robes doused himself with gasoline, set himself ablaze and chanted anti-China slogans as he ran down a street in Nepal's ...
There are growing tensions in northern Sri Lanka as Tamil people try to prevent the Sinhalese-dominated army from taking over their land. In a new development, villagers have driven out a group of surveyors sent by the authorities. Thousands more are engaged in court action to try to win back land they were displaced from years ago. Sri Lanka's army defeated separatist Tamil Tiger rebels ...
A one-year-old child died after accidentally being run over by his ...
While New Delhi and Washington harp on either the 13th Amendment or holding Northern Provincial Elections (NPC) as solutions to the national question in the island of Sri Lanka, a statement coming from SL presidential sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa reconfirms the unworkable nature of the Provincial Council (PC) model in a unitary constitution of the Sinhala state, Tamil political observers in the ...
Emirates, a fast growing airline, said it will increase capacity on its services to Colombo from June 30, with the addition of three more flights per week. The addition of three more services, which will operate between Dubai and Colombo on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays, will increase the number of flights between the two cities to four each day on those days. The additional Dubai-Colombo ...
Dominican Republic authorities have arrested four men from Sri Lanka accused of smuggling at least 60 migrants from India and the Middle East into the U.S. and Canada using fake passports. Officials with the National Investigations Department say the alleged leader of the group is a Canadian citizen identified as 42-year-old Karunhanithy Nallathamby. Director Fidel Calcagno said late Wednesday ...
Inquiries on import cargo at Container Freight Station 1, which was gutted in fire today, can be obtained from the duty manager via the phone number 071-8688361 or 011-2482579, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said. A fire had broken out in the inbound cargo warehouse CFS 1 at JCT terminal inside the Port of Colombo at around 1.00am today, however was completely quelled several hours ...
Karaikal: Twenty-six Indian fishermen, who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy last month, returned to the port city of Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry on Friday morning, said government officials.According to Puducherry Agriculture and Fisheries Department, the fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy off Kodiakarai coast on Apr 5 while they were fishing.The fishermen were ...
Sri Lankan refugees, who were trying to escape to Australia arrested by Q Branch of Tamil Nadu police and Kerala police from Ernakulam North, at Central police station on Thursday. Images: Express ...
by Sebastian Rasalingam ( May 24, 2013, Toronto, Sri Lanka Guardian) A propos the discussion between Mr. Dayan Jayatilleke, G. H. Peiris and others in the public media, allow me to add a few words - the words of a humble Tamil who comes from a social stratum lacking a voice in Tamil affairs. The dominant Thamillian-voice is that of the upper classes ('castes') led by the ...
A Buddhist monk was rushed to the Kandy General Hospital with serious burn injuries after he attempted self-immolation near the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic) in Kandy this morning. The Buddhist monk doused himself with petrol and set himself ablaze in front of the Wahalkada of the Dalada Maligawa at around 11.30 a.m. protesting against cattle slaughter, Ada Derana ...
It has been a month since a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than 1,000 people. The disaster has prompted calls for better regulation of the industry in the region. Sri Lanka, a neighbour of Bangladesh, is one country gaining a reputation as an ethical source of clothing, putting pressure on manufacturers to improve safety standards and workers' rights. The ...
Coimbatore police intercepted four Sri Lankan Tamils from various Sri Lankan refugee camps in western Tamil Nadu who were being allegedly escorted to Kochi, Kerala, to be illegally taken to Australia. Each of them reportedly paid 100,000 Indian rupees to agents and was promised a safe passage to Australia by sea in a vessel from Kochi. All four of them have been handed over to Q branch officials ...
Some of the projects funded by foreign diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka might not have been in the best interests of the country, Sri Lankan government sources said yesterday.These sources told The Island that in spite of severe criticism of some projects undertaken by NGOs, since 2002, there hadn't been any initiative to inquire into what was going on.Responding to a query, a senior ...
An armed squad that came in a white van on Tuesday abducted a 68-year-old activist, Thangathurai Veluppillai, a supporter of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in Ampaa'rai district. The victim was blindfolded while he was at Kalmunai public market and was taken away by the squad that tortured him to obtain the names of the TNA activists in Ampaa'rai district. The abduction comes a few ...
Continuing their wave of global recognition for sustainable efforts, Sri Lanka's Jetwing Hotels have been awarded the prestigious Travelife Gold Award for 7 of their properties. Travelife ...
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The dedicated inbound travel arm of Jetwing Travels, Sri Lanka Tailor-Made (SLTM) has been recognized for the very core values it stands for, quality and innovation. Sri Lanka Tailor-Made's website ...
An inbound cargo warehouse (CFS 1) in Colombo Port has been gutted by fire early this morning, Chairman of the Ports Authority ...
The commander of the occupying SL military in Jaffna, Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, together with all of his senior officers and a section of soldiers, observed ...
After years of civil war, peace has arrived in Sri Lanka -- and so have the tourists. The reason is that the country is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, an array of beaches and exotic animals, plus it's affordable and the English-speaking people are friendly. All of this is packed into a country the size of West ...
Shenali D. Waduge The most powerful single factor in the development of Sri Lanka has been Buddhism evidence of which is available through 2300 years of predominantly Buddhist governance. The status quo changed only with the arrival of Western colonials in 1505 ruling, plundering and removing Buddhism from its foremost place among religions in the conquered territories of Sri Lanka, for ...
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Sri Lanka denied Wednesday plans to roll back power sharing mechanisms with the Tamil minority despite attempts to stop long overdue elections in the former war-torn north.
Technology and Research Minister Champika Ranawaka announced Tuesday plans to present an act in parliament next week to abolish provincial councils and the India-backed 13th constitutional amendment, reports Xinhua.
The main Tamil political party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has insisted that it would not contest the upcoming elections in the north if police and land powers were taken away by the government.
However, acting cabinet spokesman and Petroleum Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa dismissed such moves and insisted that the government had no plans as yet to change the constitution.
"The president expressly said a Parliamentary Select Committee consisting of all political parties can discuss if there will be any changes to the present constitution, especially to the 13th amendment.
"In that scenario, no steps have been taken to change the status quo. These arguments have been going on for a long time, these are not new arguments. But the 13th amendment is still there.
"There have been no discussions to change the amendment up to now," he said. ...
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