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Dams Rehabilitation In Aug.

A study has identified 32 high risk dams in the country, an engineer told a seminar at the Institute of Engineers in Colombo on Wednesday. Sudharma Elakanda, Agriculture Ministry’s Project Director Dam Safety & Water Resources Planning Project said that among those were the Victoria Dam, the rehabilitation works of which would cost around Rs. [...]

Bottleneck To Investments

We are not addressing the root cause of our economic problems,” former corporate leader Chandra Jayaratne tells Benchmark. “I think the West has lost confidence in Sri Lanka’s ability to handale rights, equality and social justice issues and freedoms before the elections. I would think that the ‘international relations driven risk’ for Sri Lanka from [...]

No Bellhop Look

SriLankan, for the first time, has changed the uniform of its cabin crew after a lapse of more than 30 years. The airline, with its “modern” outlook, was founded in 1979, replacing the then Air Ceylon. “The men in our cabin crew, with their red uniforms, looked more like hotel bellhops, that was one of [...]

Sampur Power

The 500 mega Watt (m.W.) coal fired power plant in Sampur is expected to be on stream by 2014, an engineer said. Bandula Thilaksena, Project Director of the programme told The Sunday Leader that the project which would be a joint venture on a 50-50 equity partnership basis between C.E.B. and N.T.P.C. Ltd., India, an [...]

Sales Dip 0.2. Mn M.T.s.

One of the larger players in the country’s cement industry has seen sales drop by 200,000 metric tons (m.t.s.) year on year (y.o.y.) to one million m.t.s. last year. Stefan Huber, Chief Executive Officer Holcim (Lanka) Ltd., attributed this drop to the economic downturn. “The first five months of last year was bad, with sales [...]

“Water Master Plan”

A government agency responsible for rehabilitating 32 high risk dams in the country plans to enlist the support of the National Planning Department (N.P.D.) to come up with a “National Water Use Master Plan “(N.W.U.P.). Sudharma Elakanda, Agriculture Ministry’s Project Director Dam Safety & Water Resources Planning told a seminar in Colombo on Wednesday that [...]

Healing Trauma

U.K. funds support 21,500 children to enjoy child friendly activities in Internally Displaced Persons (I.D.P.) camps. U.N.I.C.E.F. in collaboration with partners, has established a total of 130 Child Friendly Spaces (C.F.S.) in the North and East that are providing children with psychosocial support through cultural, recreational and other guided activities; 66 of these have been [...]

“Mahanayakes Threatened With Temple Bomb Attack” — Prelate

Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero Refutes Bomb Allegations By Nirmala Kannangara in Kandy The proposed Sangha Convention that was scheduled for last Thursday had to be postponed by the Mahanayakes after a group of pro-government Buddhist monks threatened to bomb the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy, the most venerated Buddhist shrine in the country. Executive Committee Member of the Sangha [...]

Inflation 6.5%

Annual average inflation declined to 3.1% last month, although inflation, as measured by the year-on-year  (y.o.y.) increase in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (base=2002) increased to 6.5% in January 2010, from 4.8% at end 2009, Central Bank of Sri Lanka (C.B.S.L.) said. The gradual increase in y.o.y. inflation mainly reflects the dissipation of the base [...]

AIBA Rule K.O. Kiridena; Ex-Dig Next ABA Boss

By T.M.K. Samat Udeni Kiridena steps down as ABA president next month after just one term. The logical successor would be Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya, but The Sunday Leader understands, the incumbent senior vice president is to decline the post as he’s amidst getting to terms with his new appointment as Army Commander. Second Vice [...]

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