NewsPolice have closed off the main bridge linking Biyagama and Kaduwela to vehicular traffic at Nawagamuwa. Police said the bridge, situated along the Kaduwela-Colombo main road, is in serious danger of sinking due to soil erosion underneath the bridge caused by adverse weather. Police are advising motorists and members of the public to use alternate routes to minimise inconvenience.

May 23, 2018 06:22 UTC

NewsArea residents, the army and Government officials launched a major operation yesterday (22) to save the Udunowa tank in Rasnayakapura after a tunnel emerged from beneath the concrete layer near the tank's spill gate. Officials said the tunnel had emerged from beneath the concrete layer and there was a clear danger to the spill gate from water escaping from the spot. An operation was launched yesterday to pile sandbags in the area and officials from the Rasnayakapura Divisional Secretariat said that the situation was critical. Text and Pix by Hiran Priyankara Jayasinghe in Puttalam

May 23, 2018 06:00 UTC

NewsChevron Lubricants Lanka PLC’s long-standing Managing Director/CEO Kishu Gomes has resigned from the company with immediate effect. Asked to comment on the unexpected move, Mr. Gomes told TimesOnline that this change (moving out) had been planned for a long time to enable him to spend more time on helping people, particularly the youth, and communities. Mr. Gomes has worked at two multinationals including Coca Cola over the past three decades. The company said Mr. Gomes’ resignation is effective May 22 and that Rochna Kaul has been appointed as Managing Director/CEO in an acting capacity. Ms. Kaul is General Manager of Chevron Lubricants Asia/Pakistan region, responsible for the sales and marketing of finished lubricants and coolants in Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

May 23, 2018 04:03 UTC

Effie awards’ is one such platform that recognizes creative ideas that makes an enormous impact in a society. In continuing to raise the standards of advertising anc creativity, the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing hosts the Effie Awards 2017 for the 10th consecutive year while Effie Awards Global celebrates 50 years this year. Mr. Ranwala also pointed out that small and upcoming advertising agencies did quality case work at last year’s Effie Awards. Effie Awards Project Chairman, Gayan Perera mentioned that entry for this year’s awards is for cases done by agencies between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017. Judging of the cases will take place in July and August and the Effie Awards 2017 will be held in September this year, he added.

May 23, 2018 03:33 UTC

NewsAlthough there are more educated women than men in Sri Lanka, this development impacts on the economy and when that happens, it’s the women who eventually suffer, according to Dr. (Ms) Sulochana Segera, Founder/Chairperson, Women in Management. She was speaking at the media briefing to launch of ‘Top 50 Professional and Career Women Awards Sri Lanka 2018’ held Tuesday at Hilton Colombo. Last January, ‘The Awards’ event was held in Canada with Sri Lankan-born women in Canada being recognised and another ‘Mini-awards would be held in Maldives in July this year. At this media briefing, Ms Amena Arif, Country Manager Sri Lanka and Maldives, IFC (International Finance Corporation) spoke on equal opportunities, equal resources and equal choices of women. In Sri Lanka formal female labour force participation dropped from 41 per cent in 2010 to about 36 per cent in 2016.

May 23, 2018 03:22 UTC





The adverse weather that continues to prevail in the country has now affected 84, 943 persons from 18, 542 families across 12 districts, the Disast... Features & AnalysisIn pictures : AsymmetryThe cast of Silent Hands recently presented Ric Robinson’s Asymmetry, a story of human relationships that ...'Superman' star Margot Kidder dead at 69Margot Kidder, best known for her role as Lois Lane in the "Superman" films of the 1970s and 80s, has di... In Pictures: 'Fun Home'Captured here are images from the musical ‘Fun Home’ written by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron was pre...“Chaos by SMS” this weekend“Chaos by SMS” is back by popular demand. First staged in November last year, the play was an instant hit...

May 23, 2018 03:22 UTC

BusinessAitken Spence PLC recorded a steady financial performance for the financial year ending March 2018 with a 22 per cent year-on-year growth in profit-before-tax to Rs. The holding company’s revenue growth reflected across all key operational sectors including tourism, maritime and logistics, strategic investments and services. 10.7 billion, Rs. 1.9 billion respectively, indicating a growth of 7.7 per cent, 6.3 per cent and 16.8 per cent respectively, over the year. Aitken Spence PLC reported a profit attributable to shareholders of Rs.

May 22, 2018 11:26 UTC

Cabinet today approved a 12.5 per cent increase in bus fares. Accordingly, the minimum fare will rise to Rs.10 to Rs.12 under the new price scheme.... Features & AnalysisIn pictures : AsymmetryThe cast of Silent Hands recently presented Ric Robinson’s Asymmetry, a story of human relationships that ...'Superman' star Margot Kidder dead at 69Margot Kidder, best known for her role as Lois Lane in the "Superman" films of the 1970s and 80s, has di... In Pictures: 'Fun Home'Captured here are images from the musical ‘Fun Home’ written by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron was pre...“Chaos by SMS” this weekend“Chaos by SMS” is back by popular demand. First staged in November last year, the play was an instant hit...

May 22, 2018 09:45 UTC

NewsOver 150mm of heavy rain can be expected at some places in the Sabaragamuwa, Western, Central, North-western provinces and in the Galle, Matara districts during the next 24 hours, the Met Department stated. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-western provinces. Showers or thundershowers will occur elsewhere particularly after 2.00 p.m. There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. The general public is requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

May 22, 2018 07:30 UTC

NewsThe Puttalam district has been lashed by heavy rain during 24 hours which ended at 8.30am yesterday. According to rainfall figures from the Met Department, the highest rainfall of 353.8mm has been reported from Anamaduwa. Andigama and Kamalsram, also from the Puttalam District, has also received rainfall in excess of 300mm. Andigama has received 339mm of rain while Kamalsram has received 302mm. The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) states 5862 persons from 1486 families have been affected by adverse weather in the Puttalam district, with 728 persons from 206 families displaced.

May 22, 2018 07:18 UTC

NewsAbout 150 families in the Alamba village in Maikkulam, Chilaw claim that they have been exposed to floods due to a canal that had been dug in an unsystematic manner. The canal had been dug by the Puttalam District Disaster Management Unit about a year ago on a request made by the Puttalam District Coordination Committee. However, the water which flows along this canal has now caused flooding in the Alamba village. Residents claim that the flooding in the village is due to the canal, which authorities had allegedly dug in an unsystematic manner. They claim that water flows into the village as there is no proper way for the canal to flow into the nearby lagoon.

May 22, 2018 06:11 UTC

NewsThe number of confirmed deaths due to the adverse weather has risen to eight while seven others have been injured, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said. As per the DMC's situation report issued at 9.00am today (22), 38, 046 persons from 9817 families had been affected by the weather. Gampaha district comes second with 6780 affected while 5852 have been affected in the Puttalam district. Nineteen houses have been completely destroyed while 918 others have suffered partial damage due to the weather. The DMC's report notes that three small and medium enterprises have suffered damage while five instances of damage to critical infrastructure has also been reported.

May 22, 2018 05:48 UTC

NewsJohann Peiris has successfully summited Mount Everest this morning in his second attempt. He is the second Sri Lankan to summit the world's highest mountain. He successfully summited Mount Everest at 5.55 a.m. Nepal time Tuesday (22 May 2018),the Everest Expedition page confirmed today. In 2016, Jayanthi and Johann were the first Sri Lankans to undertake the challenge of summiting Everest but Johann had to return without making to the top as his oxygen tank failed 400 meters before the summit. His local team in Colombo reported on their FB page that Johann has now begun his descent, which is far more treacherous than the ascent and will take two days to reach the Base Camp, when he will be in communication with his team.

May 22, 2018 04:52 UTC

WorldJAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia’s most active volcano, Mount Merapi on densely populated Java island, has shown danger signs with a series of small eruptions, and authorities have ordered villagers living on its slopes to leave and hikers to stay clear. A series of eruptions at Mount Merapi in 2010 killed more than 350 people and authorities are taking no chances after plumes of smoke and ash billowed into the sky late on Monday. “There can be no public activity within a 3 km radius. Hiking is also temporarily prohibited,” a spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said in a text message.

May 22, 2018 03:45 UTC

Kamindu is the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2018 and his performances in the school tournaments and in the international arena reasonably justifies the selection. Coming second best to Kamindu is Savindu Peiris of Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa, who will be crowned the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2018 runner-up. Randeera emerged runner-up in Emerging Schoolboy Cricketer, Best Batsman and Best Allrounder, which was won by Pathum Madushanka of Devapathiraja Rathgama. The fourth award was for the Dialog 4G Most Number of Outright Wins in 2018, which Richmond College Galle claimed with ease. This team was led by the glamour boy Kamindu Mendis and the team had a total of 15 players.

May 21, 2018 16:07 UTC