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A plethora of modern luxuries at The Habitat in Kosgoda

In line with the Company’s vision to offer exclusive leisure properties at key selected destinations, Asia Leisure, a subsidiary of Asia Capital PLC opened its 5th leisure property in the southern coastal belt, ‘The Habitat’ Kosgoda on the 28th November 2017. Initiated with an investment value of USD 5 million (over LKR 750 million) in [...]

Turyaa Chennai: Sri Lankan hospitality in the heart of India

Nestled in the busy humdrum of India’s bustling metropolitan, Turyaa Chennai marries the world of business with that of a five-star deluxe classifiedhospitality and much deserving leisure. Carrying the inherent warmth of Sri Lankan hospitality and award-winning service standards of the truly Sri Lankan Aitken Spence Hotels chain, Turyaa Chennai caters to the discerning professionals [...]

When an ‘arm-twisted’ LTTE leaned on a sympathetic MGR

The refusal of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to accept the Indo-Sri Lankan accord of 1987 led to a war between India and the Tigers, but the militant group claimed that the then Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran unequivocally supported its stand on the issue. Details of a tense conversation between LTTE leader V. [...]

A luxury resort in Pottuvil dedicated for surfers

Setting a benchmark in eco-tourism and hospitality, Jetwing Hotels introduces the award winning eco-luxury surf resort, Jetwing Surf in Pottuvil Point. Built on minimum carbon footprint this Jetwing Symphony invested property recently received the award for the Best Hotel Architectural Design at the Asia Property Awards 2017. A luxury resort dedicated for surfers, Jetwing Surf [...]

Ruling Zanu-PF in Zimbabwe urges Mugabe to step down

Regional branches of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party have joined growing calls for President Robert Mugabe to resign. War veterans until recently loyal to the 93-year-old president and liberal groups have also urged him to quit. Earlier Mr Mugabe made his first public appearance since the takeover. Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days, [...]

Amagi Hotels debuts new brand Amagi Aria in Negombo

Amagi Hotels has announced a brand new look for its Negombo property, located alongside the Negombo lagoon. Previously known as Amagi Lagoon Resort and Spa, the hotel then comprised of 21 standard rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a banquet hall. The new look includes a brand new 7-storey wing comprising of 43 tastefully designed [...]

Shangri-La Hotel Colombo opens in grand style

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts celebrated the opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo with an inauguration ceremony that signalled the city’s most highly anticipated hotel launch in nearly 30 years. The official opening was graced President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe ministers of the Government of Sri Lanka, key representatives of Shangri-La’s owners and management, [...]

Queenstown family face deportation to Sri Lanka

Living in a one-bedroom former camping ground cabin in Queenstown are three brothers, their mother and father. There’s not much space but the family’s priorities are clear. On the walls are maps and mathematics charts. Desks and chairs cluttered with books and papers sit in a line under the window. Cricket bats and guitars are piled in between. The Wijerathne boys – aged [...]

A port town’s story of myopic vision and fading development

By Meera Srinivasan “One job per family” is what Sri Lankan authorities promised families like that of Y.B. Henry while taking over their land in 2009 for a deep-water container port. Now ‘resettled’ on government-allocated land located 15 km away from the port, the nearly 475 families are faced with a basic question about livelihood. “My [...]

Return To Sri Lanka: Indian Soldier Revisits A Brutal Battlefield

A 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka left at least 100,000 people dead on both sides of the conflict. In 1987, India sent a peacekeeping force, but it ended up getting drawn into the fighting. Thirty years on, BBC Hindi’s Vineet Khare revisits the former battlefields of Sri Lanka with a retired Indian major-general who [...]

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