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NEWS UPDATE: UNHRC sessions underway in Geneva

  The 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council opened today with statements by Remigiusz A. Henczel President of the Human Rights Council, Vuk Jeremic, President of the General Assembly and Navanethem Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights. This was followed by the commencement of the High Level segment where country statements were delivered. Sri [...]

Govt., Navy Inaction Encourage Indian Fisher Poaching

Indian fisher poaching in the North cropped up at a seminar in Colombo on Wednesday. Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage speaking at this occasion said that however due to geopolitics, the navy’s hands were tied in taking action against such miscreants. Literally thousands of Indian trawlers cross over to the Sri Lanka side daily, [...]

Ayurvedha Promotion Via Housemaids

The local ayurvedha market is Rs. 10 billion and growing, but exports are stagnating at the US$ ($) 10 million level, a businessman involved in this sector told this reporter on Monday. Asoka Hettigoda, Managing Director Hettigoda Group, one of the island’s larger ayurvedha manufacturing houses said that the biggest export market for local ayurvedha [...]

Paradise On Earth

By Dinushka Chandrasena Photo By Dennis Muthuthanthri Anilana Hotels, Resorts & Retreats opened its first hotel on a picturesque setting on the East coast tourist destination Pasikuda recently. The brain child of Managing Director Asanga Seneviratne, Anilana resorts embodies luxury in its purest form which is evident from its architecture to its high service standard. [...]

Lankans Looking For Sophisticated Products

 Roy Silva The Sri Lankan market, especially since the end of the three-decade-old conflict, is moving towards a more sophisticated, eco-friendly and better quality products. As such, Singer has decided to be associated with brands that meet those requirements, BEKO and Grundig, said Asoka Pieris, CEO/director, Singer Group of Companies on Thursday. Making his presentations [...]

Has Sinhala-Muslim Harmony Gone Unnoticed?

Valuable Memories of friendship – A tribute to the cordial relations between Muslims and Sinhalese in the past A one-time Minister of Foreign affairs A. C. S. Hameed once pointed out that “Historians have traditionally been attracted by wars and rebellions whereas the peaceful co-existence of groups of people over long periods tends to be [...]

Double Blow

The loss of obtaining a new IMF loan has had a negative impact on local investor sentiment, while the second US resolution against Sri Lanka’s human rights (HR) record due to be tabled in Geneva next month is having a negative impact on foreign investor sentiment too, a stockbroker told this reporter recently. The source [...]

Two Of My Three Children Are Blind!

By Camelia Nathaniel As a mother having to bear the anguish of having a child being born blind is a nightmare in itself, but for K. Siriyalatha for some unknown reason two of her three children were born visually impaired. M. Nandasena and Siriyalatha had settled down in Yakawewa, Halmillawetiya, Kebithigollewa after marriage and commenced [...]

Govt Cannot Overcome Current Crises – Ravi K.

Incompetence in handling international community UNP Colombo District parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake said the government’s incompetence in handling the international community has resulted in the current issues faced by the country. “Your own bad governance, your own white van records, your own media harassments, your own opposition attacked or your own impeachments have led to the [...]

Billion-Rupee Vehicle Import Fraud Continues

Ignoring Court of Appeal Judgement By Nirmala Kannangara Startling revelations have come to the fore on how the Director General of Customs (DGC) is aiding a vehicle spare parts importer, against a Court of Appeal judgment delivered in 2000, causing losses amounting to thousands of millions to Sri Lanka Customs. Director General of Customs, Jagath [...]

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