Brandix secures 7th Exporter of the Year Award

Leading Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer Brandix was named ‘Exporter of the Year’ for the 7th time, winning the Award for 2019/20 at the 24th Presidential Export Awards 2019/20 and 2020/21. Organised by the Export Development Board, the event was held under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The company celebrated the collective effort of its 60,000 Associates in cementing its position as the highest contributor to the national economy across all categories of exports during this period. In addition to the title award for the year 2019/20, Brandix’s other awards…

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Sri Lanka tourism to re-bounce with more travellers in the offing

Sri Lanka’s pandemic-hit tourism industry is confident of a strong resurgence and US$500 million revenue for the financial year ending in March 2022 with at least 50,000 arrivals per month, industry representatives said. Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka have exceeded 100,000 since the reopening of borders on 21 January.  With 41,177 tourists recorded from 1 to 28 November, the cumulative arrival figure for the year so far is 101,872, the Tourism Ministry report revealed. Quoting statistics from the Tourism Development Authority of Sri Lanka (SLTDA),…

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John Keells launches Digital Learning Initiative to support online education of school children – The Island

John Keells Foundation (JKF) launched the pilot of John Keells Praja Shakthi Digital Learning Initiative on 11th November 2021 in Ranala. As a medium-term response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project aims to facilitate online based learning of disadvantaged school children who are preparing for public examinations in the midst of the pandemic and mitigate the increase in inequalities in accessing educational opportunities. The pilot project involves the distribution of a total of 100 Samsung A8 tabs and data packages to selected O’Level and A’Level students in John Keells Praja…

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Three students killed, eight others injured in U.S. school shooting

Three students have been killed and eight others injured, including a teacher, in a high school shooting in the US state of Michigan. The dead include a 16-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl, officials say. Police say the 15-year-old suspect fired 15 to 20 shots with a semi-automatic handgun and acted alone. The assailant’s motives for the attack in the town of Oxford, about 40 miles (65km) from Detroit, remain unclear. Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe told reporters at a news conference outside the Oxford High School…

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3 dead, 8 injured in shooting at Michigan high school

A 15-year-old boy is in custody after three students died and eight were injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon at a high school in Oxford, Michigan, authorities said. The Oxford High School students killed were a 16-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl, Oakland County Undersheriff Michael G. McCabe said at a news conference. Eight others were shot, one of whom is believed to be a teacher, McCabe said. Of the eight injured, two are currently in surgery and the other six are…

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Speaker blasts ministers who often skip sittings

‘They are here only when Prez visits Parliament’ By Saman Indrajith Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena expressed his displeasure over ministers skipping Parliament sessions while there were questions that they should be answering. Following a heated argument between government MPs and their Opposition counterparts over explosions caused by defective domestic gas cylinders, the Speaker said that it was highly regrettable that there were no front-row ministers to respond to queries from the Opposition. “I have noticed that all the ministers are present on the days the President visits Parliament. The ministers…

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