Logistics Conference to set Lanka on right track By Sunimalee Dias View(s): View(s):Sri Lanka is hoping its logistics industry could be doubled capturing a significant space through the expansion of the ports and this is the main aim of holding the two-day Colombo International Logistics Conference scheduled on August 1. “We are promoting warehousing and distribution hub” for Sri Lanka through this conference, he explained. Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Chairman Kavan Ratnayaka said that logistics is a key part of the master plan for the Colombo Port. At the same meeting, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) Chairman Kishu Gomes said that Sri Lanka saw a 70 per cent drop in arrivals in May compared to the same month last year. Sri Lanka Logistics and Freight Forwarders Association (SLLFFA) Jagath Pathirana said that they ensured the supply chain continued to function even with air freight as there was a good infrastructure and workforce in place.
“In his call, the SIS Director told me that tomorrow will be dangerous and something can happen. Then Defence Ministry Secretary (Hemasiri Fernando) also called me not long after and inquired whether I got a call from Nilantha. I was puzzled as even the report sent by the SIS Director earlier in the day did not speak of an imminent attack. Former Defence Ministry Secretary Hemasiri Fernando told the Committee that the SIS Director also called him on April 20 evening and said “Something will happen tomorrow. “Though the information was not specific, the CNI’s letter was signed by him on behalf of the Defence Ministry Secretary.
CASA optimistic about proposed new terminal View(s):Minister of Ports and Shipping Sagala Ratnayaka at a recent inspection tour of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, emphasised the importance of expanding Colombo Port’s capacity to ensure the port’s sustainable growth. Immediate measures should therefore be taken to operationalize the ECT which is designed as a deep water terminal. It is disappointing that no strategic decisions pertaining to the expansion of the Colombo Port’s capacity was made during the last few years despite the industry highlighting the urgency. “A second deep water terminal is a must for Colombo as we are facing the risk of losing cargo for regional competitors. As Sri Lanka gears up to become a regional hub, many other countries are turning to port development to accommodate growing volumes.
Semi-finalists found in U-21 Women’s Hockey By Lakshman Ranasinghe View(s): View(s):Kandy District Hockey Association, Colombo Hockey Association, Sri Lanka Schools ‘Gold’ and Wennappuwa Hockey Association made their way to the semi finals of the Sri Lanka Hockey Federation’s Under 21 Junior Women’s Hockey National Championship 2019 continued for the second day at the Astro Turf, Torrington Square yesterday. Kandy HA meets Schools ‘Gold’ in the first semi final and Colombo HA meets Wennappuwa HA in the second semi final to be played today at the same venue. M. Jayasinghe of Colombo HA was the most outstanding player of the tournament so far scoring 11 goals in three matches. The highest number of goals were scored by Colombo HA (17) against Gampaha DHA. Results of yesterday’s matchesSri Lanka Schools (Gold)-3 (Lakmini Udayanganie (1), Lakshani Jeewananda (1), T.S.
A film on corrupt politics and the battle for justice ‘Goori’ By Susitha Fernando View(s): View(s):‘Goori’, a Sinhala action movie, the third direction by Harsha Udakanda is now being released in MPI Theatres around the country. The story also focuses on a police officer who tries to implement the law and order. The cast of the film includes Sriyantha Mendis, Aryan Kularatne, Roshan Ranawana, Pubudu Chathuranga, Anuj Ranasinghe, Vinu Siriwardena, Tina Shanel, Rajitha Hiran, Kumara Ranapura, Sugath Janaka, Chathura Perera, Sanet Dikkumbura and the child actor Pahandhi Nethara. The playback songs are sung by Ashan Fernando, Pahandhi Nethara, Amila Muthugala and Revka. Produced by Nishantha Jayawardena, the screenplay, lyrics and direction of ‘Goori’ is by Harsha Udakanda.
COP higher than coconut sale price By Quintus Perera View(s): View(s):Coconut growers of Sri Lanka are seriously worried that the farm-gate price of coconut is dropping sharply to the extent that the average growers are compelled to stop maintaining their coconut estates as the cost of production(COP) has become higher than the farm-gate price of a nut. Growers are alarmed that the present farm-gate price is around Rs. 35 and are urging the government to work out a formula where the farm-gate price could be an a ‘break-even’ farm-gate price of at least little over Rs. Ranjith Dias, veteran coconut grower and a past President of CGA explained to the Business Times a series of reasons that caused the decline of the farm-gate price of coconut. The other reasons are: Absence of price formulas to reflect the minimum cut off price for coconuts; unregulated import of crude palm olein (unrefined and waste) and coconut oil purported to be under a special scheme.
pow-wow on tourism relief package By Sunimalee Dias View(s): View(s):With the UK travel advisory softening its stance on travel to Sri Lanka the French are likely to follow even as the Deputy Mayor of Paris arrived in Colombo this week to give a briefing on their efforts carried out to overcome the bombs. Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga confirmed that the UK travel advisory was to be softened, which happened on Thursday, and that the French were likely to follow in due course. Deputy Mayor Jean Francois Martins had made a brief presentation to tourism officials on how Paris recovered from the bomb attacks. He was expected to meet the President and Prime Minister as well during his two-day visit to the country, the minister said. Meanwhile, the sub-committee appointed to look into providing a relief package to ease financial burden of the tourism industry that has fallen on hard times with a dearth of tourist arrivals were found to be wanting in obtaining the concessions offered by the government.
The Glory and the Ignominy of Sri Lanka Football! View(s):Congratulations is due to the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) President on his election as a co-opted member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). An enviable achievement this, even if it is for representing South Asia Football Federation (SAFF), rather than the FFSL. One can bask in the glory, but it is the ignominy of failure that the Football boss must deal with on an urgent basis. Merely remaining in office is not a ticket for posterity ridden by such depressing standards of performance or governance.
Infusing traditional handweaving with contemporary designs View(s):Ethical. These are three words, 27 year old Umanga De Alwis Kulasekara uses to describe her brand ‘UDAK’ that’s creating a buzz. “For my final year I wanted to take hand-weaving into the contemporary world and show them, hand-weaving can be taken to the contemporary world of fashion.”Focusing on the people who help create her pieces of clothing, Umanga considers the Ududumbara hand weavers her family. We have stepped into this contemporary world where these primitive designs are given less attention. By using handweaving in her production, she reduces the use of machinery whilst helping the artisans grow economically and socially.
Joes down Thomians to retain Jayatilleka Shield View(s):St. Joseph’s College recovered from an early setback to beat S. Thomas’ College 22-10 in their Inter-Schools Under-19 League Rugby Tournament second-round fixture worked off at Mount Lavinia yesterday. In contrast, the Thomians after a very promising start to the game failed to keep the same momentum and eventually, they managed to score just a couple of tries. St. Joseph’s success also had a great amount of significance as they went on to retain the Lady Jayatilleka Shield for the third successive year and also maintained their unbeaten record in the tournament. After Shehan Rajapaksa had provided the Thomians with an early try, it was all one-way traffic as the Joes went on to dominate proceedings with a combination of power and elegance. Incidentally Gunawardena had an outstanding game as he had the satisfaction of scoring a hat-trick of tries while making his presence felt in both attack and defence.
Lack of quarantine equipment prevents fruits being exported to Japan, China By Jayampathy Jayasinghe View(s): View(s):Plans have been drawn by Nelna companies to set up a new fruit processing factory in Sri Lanka at an estimated cost of Rs. The Nelna Group was formed by Mr. Nanayakkara having worked in several other poultry farms in the country to gather experience. Nelna Group director Punya Nanayakkara said that Nelna has become the largest mango producer in the country under the Nelna Mango brand TJC category for the local and foreign markets. Nelna Group General Manager Dr. Mangala Amarasinghe said that around 130-135,000 chickens are produced each month in 34 registered and licensed farms in Sri Lanka. Nelna has one of the most modern poultry manufacturing plants in the country powered by cutting edge technology, machinery to meet international standards.
This was planned by the terror group in the name of the religion. Therefore, to protect our land from similar scourges, it is necessary to understand the historical antecedents of this terror group. The group then came to be known as ISIL — meaning the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Arabic acronym of which was Daesh. It was the beginning of the modern ISIS and the Islamic Caliphate under its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The ISIS misused Islam and Islamic concepts such as jihad and caliphate.
Sri Lanka lack situational awareness, energy and intent By Kumar Sangakkara View(s): View(s):One-week into this World Cup and it’s already proving to be a fascinating tournament with plenty of fantastic cricket and also some unexpected results, Pakistan’s upset against tournament favourites England being the most eye-catching. England remain tournament favourites, but no team can afford to be complacent in this World Cup. They have a good team balance, top-class spin bowling, and Jasprit Bumrah was exceptional as we have become used to. The batsmen showed a lack of situational awareness and a lack of energy and intent. If the choice is between Dhananjaya de Silva or Jeevan (Mendis) then I think Jeevan needs to play.
A voice for unity, diversity and healing By Shamalee De Silva Parizeau Anoma Wijewardene’s multi-sensory installation ‘Kintsugi’ on show during the 58th Venice Biennale View(s): View(s):Life can break us; But, courage allows the healing that makes us stronger. At the time, she was dealing with her emotions on the racial tensions mushrooming around Sri Lanka. The last time that Sri Lanka had the honour was 70 years ago, with the inclusion of the 43 Group at the Arsenale. A six-month viewing period, close to an estimated 500,000 visitors, and most importantly, an opportunity for Sri Lanka to share a voice on diversity, unity and healing—something I felt the world really needed right now. Her monograph launched in London in March this year will soon be released in Sri Lanka.
Something old, a lot of new The wedding scene today is changing with the times while keeping tradition alive too, say wedding planners By Sashini Rodrigo and Ruqyyaha Deane View(s): View(s):It’s June – the month favoured by brides as custom decrees. Today, Erandi is the face behind ‘Esquared Events & Moments’, while Sabrina runs her own company ‘Wedding Stories by Sabrina’. According to Melisha, weddings today are a mix of traditional and modern. As wedding planners, this makes their jobs more interesting and exciting as opposed to sticking to the old routine. No wedding is complete without the cake and it appears that there is a growing demand for real cakes as opposed to the traditional cake structures.
June 08, 2019 19:07 UTC