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Heavy Fuel Sell Out

By Camelia Nathaniel The Ceylon Electricity Board’s (CEB) cost estimation for 2013 was Rs 256 billion, while Rs 33 billion of this figure was obtained through the increase in the price of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) from Rs 65 to Rs 90 per litre as of April this year. The Ceylon Petroleum Company (CPC) claimed [...]

Child Abuse In Vavuniya?

By Nirmala Kannangara Following the latest sordid episode of child molestation reported from Vavuniya where a young man in robes is accused of committing the crime, questions have been raised as to whether there are loopholes in the law in the country that prevents or delays action being taken against the perpetrators. Sumithra Fernando, Attorney-at-Law, [...]

Budget To Standardise Pipes,Fittings, Plumbers’ Qualifications

B.O.T. Projects For Water Sector Due To Govt.’s Capital Constraints Budget 2014 will introduce proposals to minimize the waste of treated water, while the Government will encourage “b.o.t.” projects with the private sector due to capital constraints, an NWSDB officer said. The proposals include regularizing pipes and fittings and also setting standards for plumbers, said [...]

The Fight Against Forced Religious Conversion

By Camelia Nathaniel While religions and other beliefs have brought hope and consolation to the lives of billions of people, it has also held great potential for peace and reconciliation. However not only in present times but in the past too it has also been a source of tension and conflict leading to innumerable tragic [...]

Tea Exports Hit Rs. 142 Bn.

Tea export earnings in the first nine months of the year increased by Rs. 10.6 billion year on year (YoY) to Rs. 141.9 billion, Forbes & Walker (F&W) in a report said. Export earnings in the first eight months of the year also increased by the same margin to Rs. 123.1 billion (see also The [...]

SL Preferred Over India

A UK based higher education advisory set up office in Sri Lanka with long term plans to service the region, including that of South India because it preferred local employees to that of Indians, one of its managers told this reporter at its official launch here on Thursday (October 24). Christopher Price, director/CEO Adventus Education, [...]

CMMI Mandatory In US Govt. Dealings

Never mind whether the US government can tap in to your e.mails, nevertheless computing too has standards, to ensure “secured” and timely delivery and quality of service to the end user. One such quality certification is Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), which is sine qua non when dealing in transactions with the US government, even [...]

Rupee Strengthens, Longer Term Yields Fall

The exchange rate (ER) at Friday’s trading held on to its Thursday’s position on thin trades, while the yields of long tenure treasuries continued to fall in the backdrop of Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) announcing a Treasury (T) Bond auction tomorrow (Monday), market sources told this newspaper. As a result, the ER remained [...]

The Administration’s Choices With TNA

By Harim Peiris The Administration’s desire to host the a global event,  the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) suddenly forced the sdministration to heed and take note of international opinion and global standards, especially on ethnic minority and human rights. Now the Indians, who had long been reduced to wringing their hands in despair at [...]

Rathupaswala Reignites

By Waruni Karunarathne – Picture by Saman Kariyawasam Rathupaswala, Weliweriya was up in arms last week, not just over the water issue but also over the monk who had campaigned on the water issue but later turned tables and spoke in support of a controversial gloves factory in the area. The monk, Venerable Theripaha Siridhamma [...]

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