High Commissioner Amarasekara calls on the Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation of Botswana

Sri Lankan High Commissioner for South Africa Sirisena Amarasekara recently visited the Republic of Botswana and held bilateral discussions with the  Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation of Botswana Dr. Lemogang Kwape. High Commissioner Amarasekara conveyed greetings from the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Prof. G. L. Peiris to Dr. Lemogang Kwape. During the discussion, High Commissioner Amarasekara appraised the friendly relationship between the two countries while Minister Kwape showed appreciation towards the contributions made by Sri Lankan professionals to the economy and public administration…

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Coconut industry products raking in forex to the tune of $ 7000 yearly – State Minister – The Island

The Annual Graduation Ceremony of ESOFT Metro Campus was held at the Bandaranaike International Memorial Hall (BMICH) on the 23rd and 24th of November 2021. A total of 1,800 students graduated at this year’s event. Successful students received their Pearson BTEC Higher National Diplomas, Pearson Level 7 Qualifications, London Metropolitan University (UK) Degrees and MBA’s, Kingston University (UK) Degrees and MSc’s. It was held across two days and split into 9 sessions, to be in full compliance with health guidelines. In addition to the conferring of degrees, batch tops were…

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CBSL announces series of benefits to encourage sending remittance via official channels

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has announced a series of benefits to ensure that more migrant workers send remittances to the island via official channels. Speaking at a media briefing today (December 04), the CBSL Governor, Ajith Nivard Cabraal listed some of the benefits the bank hopes to introduce, such as insurance and pension schemes. Apart from export earnings and tourism receipts, the foreign remittance inflow which is the hard-earned money of the Sri Lankan migrant workers plays a major role in strengthening the country’s economy. In such…

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LAUGFS Chief guarantees their gas cylinders have no dispute in standard

LAUGFS Chief W.H.K. Wegapitiya speaking to media today (04) guaranteed that their gas cylinders are of no dispute in terms of the standards and are being distributed as per the approval of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA). Wegapitiya added that the LAUGFS Gas Industry is operating to the highest standards and has been operating internationally, including in countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Maldives, India and some countries in the African region, for the past 25 years. The LAUGFS Chief emphasised that any dispute related to the…

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Chamal tells Parliament if power failure is due to sabotage, culprits will be dealt with severely – The Island

Unions suspect sinister attempt to call in military Engineers say technical fault caused power failure CEBEU suspends work-to-rule protest By Ifham Nizam The government was trying to pin the blame for yesterday’s countrywide power outage on the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) trade unions in a bid to call in the military, Joint Trade Union Alliance Convener Ranjan Jayalal said yesterday. Jayalal told The Island the government’s attempt would tarnish the image of the military and that of the country, but such intimidatory tactics would not deter the CEB unions from…

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Gas cylinders to be produced to market under conditions from tomorrow

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has decided to release domestic gas cylinders to the market under specific conditions from tomorrow (05). Accordingly, these gas cylindersbe released to the market under the supervision of a committee appointed to inquire into the matter and ensure quality, along with the following conditions;  1. Gas that were previously imported cannot be released 2. Inclusion of mercapton in new stocks in compliance with the standards for fume recognition. 3. In the process of manufacturing cylinders, one out of every 100…

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Mendis and Embuldeniya seal big win for Sri Lanka 

Rex Clementine in Galle  In Test cricket, no Sri Lankan bowler has had such an early impact as those with the surname of Mendis, not even the great Muttiah Muralitharan or his partner in crime Chaminda Vaas. First it was Ajantha Mendis and now it is Ramesh Mendis. These are very early days for this Dharmashoka lad but he could go onto become a prominent Test cricketer as he showcased with a match bag of 11 wickets yesterday as Sri Lanka completed a 164 run rout of West Indies in…

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Micro Financing in Sri Lanka: An acute problem in a highly gendered sector

Rural Women in poverty as an ‘easy prey’, Manpower agencies associated with Micro Finance companies, Members of the security establishments connected with micro-financing companies, and GOSL has not taken any effective and timely action to date With the end of the mission of his country visit in Sri Lanka from 26th of November to 3rd of December, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery stressed the need to regulate the microfinance sector in Sri Lanka.  Concluding the visit which was upon an invitation by…

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ESOFT Metro Campus holds Graduation Ceremony 2021 – The Island

The Annual Graduation Ceremony of ESOFT Metro Campus was held at the Bandaranaike International Memorial Hall (BMICH) on the 23rd and 24th of November 2021. A total of 1,800 students graduated at this year’s event. Successful students received their Pearson BTEC Higher National Diplomas, Pearson Level 7 Qualifications, London Metropolitan University (UK) Degrees and MBA’s, Kingston University (UK) Degrees and MSc’s. It was held across two days and split into 9 sessions, to be in full compliance with health guidelines. In addition to the conferring of degrees, batch tops were…

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We would be able to import and distribute the chemical fertilizer among farmers by March next year

The Special Fertilizer Importers’ Association states that the preliminary work has commenced with the approval of the importation of Special chemical fertilizers. Accordingly, the necessary documents are being prepared to enter into agreements with foreign companies for the importation of these special fertilizers, said the Secretary of the Association Sujeewa Walisundera to the media. However, according to the normal process of importing fertilizer, it will take about three months for the stock of fertilizer to reach Sri Lanka, he said. Accordingly, they would be able…

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Countrywide power outage act of sabotage, claim TU, officials – The Island

Unions suspect sinister attempt to call in military Engineers say technical fault caused power failure CEBEU suspends work-to-rule protest By Ifham Nizam The government was trying to pin the blame for yesterday’s countrywide power outage on the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) trade unions in a bid to call in the military, Joint Trade Union Alliance Convener Ranjan Jayalal said yesterday. Jayalal told The Island the government’s attempt would tarnish the image of the military and that of the country, but such intimidatory tactics would not deter the CEB unions from…

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High Commissioner Moragoda seeks greater Defence and Security Cooperation with India

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Milinda Moragoda explored avenues to further strengthen defence and security cooperation with India during a meeting with the Defence Minister of India Shri Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on 30 November.  He was accompanied by the High Commission’s Defence Advisor Commodore Thushara Karunatunga (SLN). High Commissioner Moragoda thanked Minister Singh for the support that the Indian defence establishment has been extending to Sri Lanka over the years in many spheres, particularly referring to the assistance received in controlling…

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