Obtain Ceylon Chamber publications online

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce which on a regular basis publishes key business publications providing vital business information, analysis on economic trends and statistics and also sector-based reports have now made them available via online for interested parties to obtain those publications. The periodic, annual and issue driven publications launched by the CCC’s Economic Intelligence Unit and the Business Information Division can be downloaded by visiting https://www.chamber.lk/business-services/business-intelligence Currently, the publication portal of www.chamber.lk has several important reports covering sectors such as, Apparel, Dairy and Tea. Visitors also can purchase the ‘Sri Lanka in Brief 2016,’ via online, which provides vital socio-economic information on the country. Interested parties can also obtain the CCC’s latest publication, ‘Economic Review and Outlook 2017,’ a news report, which contains information on trends, risks and prospects of both Sri Lankan and the global economy.

February 17, 2017 20:37 UTC

wanted for Sri Lanka economcally active youth

Despite being students, only a small proportion of youth in education are in a university or a vocational training institution. Policies for Improving Youth Labour Force Participation As noted earlier, many youth delay entering the labour market due to studies. Policies should aim at reducing the transition time between general and tertiary education and ensuring that the education courses are completed according to a schedule. With prior experience in the labour market, they are more likely to resume work after their reproductive years than those who never work. Given budget constraints, expanding publicly provided vocational training may not be an option.

February 17, 2017 20:37 UTC

LONI’s ark in Wattala

Apparently pigeons were not Pigeon-man Loni’s only interest. Loni and his wife Monika designed their house in Wattala together. Loni’s olfactory senses have gone for a six because of the tea. Ten years ago one of Loni’s friends in Germany sent him eight pigeons. So when the birds fly back with the phone numbers and we call them, they are quite shocked,” said Loni.

February 17, 2017 20:37 UTC

Windfall for village kids

“What inspired me to start this project was when I was recently talking to a principal of a school in Mount Lavinia. I wanted to do so much more.”Accordingly, Gunarwardena together with Rex Gunatilleke, Deputy Chief Operations Officer conceptualized ‘Ceylinco VIP Akurata Saviyak’ with the blessings of the staff. Some of the staff members have even come forward and made contributions for this worthy cause out of their own pockets. When asked how they arrived at the figure of Rs.1500 as the allowance, Gunawardena said that although it may feel meager to someone from an urban setting, a child in a rural village can do a considerable amount of things with that amount of money. ‘Ceylinco VIP Akurata Saviya’ will be officially launched on February 23 in Moneragala with the participation of Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

February 17, 2017 20:37 UTC


Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando last week confirmed that Google was exploring ‘other options’ to pilot and implement Project Loon as there have been certain inefficiencies recently in relation to getting the required spectrum for the trials. The delay in the Loon project is the contaoversy with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) regarding the 700MHz sepectrum. Project Loon is an innovation spearheaded by Google and is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to extend internet connectivity to people of a given country. He said that Rama Co will own the Loons under ‘Project Rama’. Innovation was never in our DNA but then Google Loon came along and we were excited about it.”Setting the record straight however, Fernando said that Project Loon was not yet another ‘Volkswagen Story’ – implying that Google has so far been on the same page as the government and ICTA.

February 17, 2017 20:26 UTC

Hallyu Wave hits Sri Lanka

As much as it has been inspired by Western Pop music, this culture shock due to its unique genre is popularizing at an accelerating pace globally making the ‘Hallyu wave’ one giant Tsunami. Remember the spoiled, puppy–eyed Lee Young Jae of Full House, the first national introduction of the uprising Hallyu wave to Sri Lanka? In March 2012 the world saw most extensive world tour by a Kpop group even penetrating the Latin Americas. It’s a challenge to the fans as they try hard not to succumb to the oncoming fresh waves of idols in the Hallyu Wave. The Hallyu wave keeps on rolling, recruiting new audiences worldwide through music and drama, inventing interesting concepts in its unlimited fairy tale happenings.

February 17, 2017 20:26 UTC

Newest Lanka Sathosa outlet records Rs.611,000 on day one

“Lanka Sathosa now employs more than 3500” Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishard Bathiudeen said last week. The minister was addressing the opening event of 325th Lanka Sathosa outlet in Muthur. “Lanka Sathosa under my Ministry is the state-owned large scale retail business in Sri Lanka. 30 billion,” said Bathiudeen and added: On its first day in action, Mutur’s Lanka Sathosa outlet recorded a turnover of Rs 611,000 catering to almost 1000 consumers who patronised it. Market studies reveal Lanka Sathosa is mostly used by households whose income is Rs 30,000 and below – 60% of Sri Lanka’s population.

February 17, 2017 20:14 UTC

Career builder vs job-hopper » The Nation

Again, that’s OK. What’s not OK is bouncing around from position to position, leaving the job the second you get bored. So, how can you prove you’re committed to your career path without sticking around at your current company forever? Whatever you do, be sure you’re always learning and growing. With the number of career opportunities available today, it’s no surprise that people want to move around. But before you leave one job for the next be sure you’ve done everything possible to get the most value out of the experience.

February 17, 2017 20:03 UTC

Make money from home

Freelance workIf you have a marketable skill then this is probably the best way to make money online. BloggingIf you have a knack for writing then blogging is a great way to make money online. Joining paid to write sitesIf you’re good at writing then this is a great way to make money online. This is a great way to make money online for free if you find the right product in the right niche. Buying and selling domainsThis is another good way to make money online but you need to have some knowledge about domain valuation and the rest to make money through this method.

February 17, 2017 20:02 UTC

100 singers to grace Joseph Vaz celebration

Some of Sri Lanka’s most famous singers will sing together to prop up the Catholic Church’s push to celebrate the Nation’s First Saint Joseph Vaz on February 26 at St Lucia’s Cathedral in Colombo. According to Cardinal Ranjith at a press conference, 100 reputed singers with 200 schoolchildren will be part of the celebration with priests and nuns. “We believe that when we sing, we pray twice and we invite all music lovers to join us,” Cardinal Ranjith told journalists. He noted that the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has played a huge role in shaping the careers of many singers in the country. The singers will be directed by Britisher Gregory Rose while the schoolchildren will be guided by veteran musician Francis de Almeida.

February 17, 2017 19:44 UTC

Whale-watching Mirissa » The Nation

Whale-watching! We had left the Mirissa Fisheries Harbour around 6.30 in the morning. The whale-watching season begins in late November and continues until April. Anyway, we had already been at sea for more than five hours and were yet to sight a whale. Its true dimensions became apparent, simply because we could compare it with the size of the people on the boats.

February 17, 2017 19:44 UTC

Weekly Predictions

Venus exalted in the 12th House imbues you with a pragmatic outlook, altruistic disposition and a keen perception. Taurus (Vrushabha): A rise in career is indicated for natives running the Sun-Mercury Dasa combination. An increase in income and the pleasure of the company of friends are held out by an exalted Venus in the 11th House. Venus exalted in the 8th House wards off the threat to life posed by Mars in the same House. However, a generally favourable time continues with an exalted Venus conjunct with friendly Mars in your Lagna.

February 17, 2017 19:44 UTC

Too big for cricket, but not for rugby’s boots

“I still give credit to my dad because it’s he who saw my potential and directed me to rugby,” Kishore told the Nation in an interview. You have to be somebody if you are to be recruited by Kandy SC. The big boy from Chillaw happily settled at Kandy SC when he joined them back in 2005. Unlike in Colombo, he soon got used to mingling with rugby fans in the hill capital. Here in Kandy, fans cultivate a close relationship with players and express their sadness when Kandy SC doesn’t end up as winners.

February 17, 2017 19:41 UTC

Screening of Malayalam film ‘Orazhcha’

The Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo will be screening a Malayalam film ‘Orazhcha’ along with a meeting of the debutant Director of the film Anila SK on Wednesday, February 22 at 6.00 pm at ICC auditorium at 16/2 Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7. Hailing from Kerala, she made her debut film ‘Orazhcha’ in Malayalam, which was premiered at the Jaffna International film festival in September 2016 and was one of the eight films in competition. ‘Orazhcha’ (A week), is a film that tells the story of an old, retired, middle class couple in Kerala, India and their life in a week. Treated and filmed in the realistic genre with live sound recording, the movie tells the real life stories of the main cast. Although relationships seem closer and the world smaller with technology, life at an individual level seems to be a lonely existence, for a few.

February 17, 2017 19:41 UTC

‘Fixing’ fix this virus

Unlike international cricket played in Sri Lanka, the media does not follow domestic club matches with the same zeal thereby leaving room for shady conduct between teams, players and even umpires. The umpires report has now become one of the most precious documents in the files of Sri Lanka Cricket and well guarded by a faction that is opposed to the manner in which administrators conduct their business. An investigation conducted by the Nation revealed that before the latest episode, manipulating the results of matches had been taking place unchecked. The less-fancied club, which is under the influence of an official who holds a big stake or say at Sri Lanka Cricket, is then able to beat the ‘weakened team’. “This is something the Press does not know”, said a retired club player and now a Sri Lanka Cricket employee who requested that his name not be published for obvious reasons.

February 17, 2017 19:41 UTC

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