BusinessLand values in Colombo are growing at a remarkable rate, a recent study has found. According to the National House Price Index maintained by LankaPropertyWeb.com, average land prices in Colombo has increased by 36 per cent within the last year alone, making it the biggest increase in the real estate sector, when compared against house and apartment prices. The overall land prices for the country have also shown an accelerated growth within the last year. Colombo's land prices map shows that Colombo 1, 3 and 7 remains the most expensive, while 9, 13, 14 and 15 are the least expensive. With the Port City adding 269 hectares of land to Colombo and sales expected to start by 2018, it’ll be interesting to see at what prices the lands will be sold at, the release said.
October 11, 2017 04:18 UTC
Member boards will be encouraged to play T20Is during tours but no other ODIs can be scheduled along with Women’s Championship series. “The journey to reach the next ICC Women’s World Cup starts here, so we will be taking it one match at a time. “All of the players that were involved with the last ICC Women’s World Cup have been retained, so we are quite familiar with each other. We urge supporters in Trinidad to come out and watch some entertaining ICC Women’s Championship matches. This tour for us is a combination of a bilateral series and the launch of the ICC Women's Championship.
October 11, 2017 03:00 UTC
SportOff-spinner Dilruwan Perera finished with five wickets to help Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 68 runs in the second Test in Dubai on Tuesday (10) and take the series 2-0. But once their partnership was broken Sri Lanka, having already won the first Test by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi, quickly closed in on the victory. “It was a tough series against India but we learnt a lot from it. “It was a tough series for us. Sri Lanka had gained a decisive 220-run lead by scoring 482 in the first innings on the back of Karunaratne's career best 196 and then bowled Pakistan out for 262.
October 11, 2017 01:52 UTC
WorldNEW YORK (Reuters) - The New Yorker reported on Tuesday that 13 women have claimed that movie producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, including three who told the magazine they had been raped. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual,” Hofmeister was quoted as saying. “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. FILE PHOTO - U.S. film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives to attend the presentation of the Burberry Autumn/Winter 2014 collection during London Fashion Week February 17, 2014. Separately, the New York Times reported on Tuesday that actress Gwyneth Paltrow said she was sexually harassed by Weinstein more than 20 years ago and that Angelina Jolie said she “had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth and as a result chose never to work with him again.”
October 11, 2017 00:56 UTC
NewsIn today's News SL vs Pak: Sri Lanka clinch Test series in UAEUPFA MP and five others were arrested by the Hambantota police over last week's protests and clashes in the area, police said. Among others arrested were MPS D.V.Chanaka and Prasanna Ranaweera. They are due to be produced before a Magistrate. Last Friday clashes broke out when the police tried to control the protest organized by the Joint Opposition.
October 10, 2017 16:41 UTC
The decision by the government to introduce sanctions against North Korea is in keeping with the country’s obligations as a member of the Uni... Features & AnalysisVictoria Golf and SLEA Horse Cross CountryThe inaugural Cross Country Horse Riding Competition was held recentlyat the Victoria Golf and Country... In Pictures: The Big Bad Wolf book saleThe Big Bad Wolf book sale was officially opened to the public yesterday. The book sale which will be open 24/7 will&...Mixing Kafka with Jane Austen: Ishiguro wins literature NobelSTOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Kazuo Ishiguro, the British author of “The Remains of the Day”, won the Nobel Prize...Big Bad Wolf book sale now open to the public till Oct 15The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, was inaugurated by Chief Guest Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and ...
October 10, 2017 10:14 UTC
LatestIn today's News SL vs Pak: Sri Lanka clinch Test series in UAEThe Appropriation Bill was presented in Parliament for the first reading today by the State Minister for Finance Eran Wickramaratne. The Higher Education and Highways Ministry is to be allocated Rs 182 billion and the Health Ministry is to be allocated Rs 178 billion. According to the proposal the bill records an allocation of Rs.260,711,375,000 as recurrent expenditure for the Ministry of Defence and a capital expenditure of Rs. The Finance Ministry estimates a total expenditure of Rs. The Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera will present the 2018 Budget during the second reading of the Appropriation Bill onNovember 9.
October 10, 2017 09:56 UTC
NewsHambantota Police have summoned Joint Opposition MP Namal Rajapaksa and several others to the Hambantota Police Station this evening (10) to record their statements regarding the unrest that took place during a protest demonstration in Hambantota Town last week. Besides MP Rajapaksa, Western Provincial Councilor Upali Kodikara, Southern Provincial Councilor Sampath Athukorala and Major Ajith Prasanna have all been told to appear at the Hambantota Police Station this evening. However, Hambantota Police had yesterday (9) agreed to give a date after October 25 for MP Namal Rajapaksa to come make his statement to the police. Four of the suspects were produced before the Hambantota Magistrate's Court yesterday, where they were ordered to be remanded till October 16. With the latest arrests, the number of suspects arrested in connection with the incident has gone up to 33.
October 10, 2017 07:41 UTC
NewsThree people were killed after a car veered off the road, crashed into a motorbike and ran over two women before crashing into a wall at Gonawala, Teldeniya this morning. The accident occurred due to the driver of the car falling asleep at the wheel, police added. The motorcyclist and the two women who were run over by the car, were rushed to Teldeniya Hospital, but succumed to their injuries. The driver of the car and another passenger were also injured and are being treated at the Teldeniya Hospital. Meanwhile, on Sunday (8), two people were also killed at Teldeniya when a bus veered off the road and plunged down a precipise.
October 10, 2017 07:07 UTC
NewsOrnella Iresha De Silva,a former Director of Gowers Corporate Services (Private) Limited owned by MP Namal Rajapaksa, was granted bail by the Colombo High Court a short while ago. She had earlier been arrested by detectives from the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning. Ms De Silva was wanted in connection with a money laundering case. An international warrant had earlier been issued for her arrest as she was allegedly absconding and in hiding overseas.
October 10, 2017 06:56 UTC
NewsMinisters Malik Samarawickrama and Kabir Hashim have been summoned by the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the treasury bond issue tomorrow (11) regarding its ongoing investigation. Meanwhile, MP Hector Appuhami, who served in the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has been summoned before the Commission today. He appeared before the Commission a short while ago to give evidence.
October 10, 2017 06:00 UTC
At least ten Indian fishermen were arrested this week for engaging in poaching activities in Northern Srilankan waters, Navy said. One of their mec... Features & AnalysisVictoria Golf and SLEA Horse Cross CountryThe inaugural Cross Country Horse Riding Competition was held recentlyat the Victoria Golf and Country... In Pictures: The Big Bad Wolf book saleThe Big Bad Wolf book sale was officially opened to the public yesterday. The book sale which will be open 24/7 will&...Mixing Kafka with Jane Austen: Ishiguro wins literature NobelSTOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Kazuo Ishiguro, the British author of “The Remains of the Day”, won the Nobel Prize...Big Bad Wolf book sale now open to the public till Oct 15The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, was inaugurated by Chief Guest Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and ...
October 10, 2017 05:48 UTC
NewsThe ‘whale’ synonymous with the Colombo Museum has now shifted to the new Osteology Gallery of the Natural History Museum, which will be open to the public from today. This new addition to the Natural History Museum, coming under the Colombo National Museum, will also become home to nearly 30 exhibits of mammal, bird and reptile skeletons. Parallel to the opening of the Osteology Gallery, the upgraded Geology and Plant Science Galleries of the Natural History Museum will also be open to the public. Speaking to the Sunday Times, Director, Department of National Museums, Sanuja Kasthuriarachchi says, that the addition of an Osteology Gallery is a means of benchmarking our museum with internationally renowned museums. “All world renowned museums claim an Osteology Gallery dedicated to skeletons and bony structures of animals and our new gallery is in recognition of this.” The Osteology Gallery fills the long-felt lacuna for a single gallery to which the specimens, previously exhibited at the Natural History Museum will be transferred.
October 09, 2017 06:45 UTC
NewsSwiss police have shot and killed an asylum seeker from Sri Lanka near a refugee center in the Swiss canton of Ticino after he allegedly threatened fellow refugees with two knives, RT reported. Police was alerted to a brawl involving several asylum seekers in the town of Brissago on Saturday afternoon. Upon intervening, officers escorted two asylum seekers into the building where they were rushed at by a 38-year-old man brandishing two knives. The Swiss prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into the conduct of the officer responsible for the man’s death. The refugee center, situated near a town hall, is said to have been housing dozens of Sri Lankan asylum seekers for several years, the report claimed.
October 09, 2017 04:41 UTC
NewsSri Lankan police have arrested two men for allegedly helping international criminals who hacked into computers at a Taiwan bank and stole millions of dollars, an official said Sunday. "We are looking at some $1.3 million that had come into three accounts in Sri Lanka," the official involved with the investigation told AFP, asking not to be named. Police in Sri Lanka did not disclose the name of the affected bank in Taiwan or the sum said to have been stolen, but a Sri Lankan media report said tens of millions of dollars had been wired out of the island. Taiwanese media quoted the bank as saying that it detected irregularities in its SWIFT system and there were suspicious transactions starting Thursday to Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the United States. Sri Lankan police investigated a similar theft in February last year when hackers broke into the computer system of the Bangladesh central bank and transferred $20 million of stolen money to a Sri Lankan businesswoman.
October 09, 2017 04:18 UTC