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Sri Lanka bombings: three months on, tourism workers tell their stories

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Courtesy The Guardian May and June are the low season in Sri Lanka, but this year, following the Easter Sunday bombings, tourism ground to a halt. Hotels were empty, beaches were deserted and popular attractions that had been starting to suffer from overtourism were eerily quiet. The UK Foreign Office’s warning against all but essential […]

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වසර 115කට පසුව මහව ඕමන්තේ දුම්රිය මාර්ගය සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම අලුත් කෙරේ…

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

ප්‍රවාහන හා සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අමාත්‍යාංශය. වසර 115කට වඩා පැරණි මහව – ඕමන්තේ දුම්රිය මාර්ගය සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම අලුත් කිරීම හෙවත් දැනට භාවිත වන පැරණි දුම්රිය මාර්ගය ඉවත් කර ඒ වෙනුවට නව දුම්රිය මාර්ගය සෑදීමේ  ව්‍යාපෘතිය අද නිල වශයෙන් ආරම්භ විය. ඒ එම ව්‍යාපෘතියේ ඉදිකිරීම් ගිවිසුම ප්‍ර‍වාහන සහ සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අමාත්‍ය අර්ජුන රණතුංග මහතාගේ ප්‍ර‍ධානත්වයෙන් අත්සන් කිරීමෙනි. ගිවිසුම් […]

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Lankan wedding exhibitions give brides and grooms the very best

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

by Tang Lu Courtesy NewsIn.Asia COLOMBO, July 17 (Xinhua) — Sri Lankan bride-to-be Aniya Perera was keenly enquiring about the glitzy exhibits at the Wedding Show-2019” held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo last weekend. My wedding is in February 2020, but I have been visiting a number of wedding exhibitions […]

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India and Lanka sign US$ 91.26 million contract to upgrade Maho-Omanthai rail track

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, July 18 (newsin.asia): A contract agreement for around US$ 91.26 million to upgrade the railway track from Maho to Omanthai under Indian concessional financing was signed by IRCON International Limited of India and the Government of Sri Lanka here on Thursday. The contract agreement was signed by Sunil Kumar Choudhury, Chairman & […]

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ප්‍රවාහන ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ දැවැන්ත පෙරළියක් – Google transit විශේෂාංගයේ මෙහෙයුම අරඹයි…

Friday, July 12th, 2019

ප්‍රවාහන හා සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අමාත්‍යාංශය. මෙරට ප්‍රවාහන ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ දැවැන්ත පෙරළියක් ඇති කරමින් Google transit විශේෂාංගය මෙරටට හඳුන්වා දීමේ මූලික ව්‍යාපෘතිය ආරම්භ වෙයි. ඒ ජාතික ගමනා ගමන කොමිසම් සභාවේ විසිපස්වැනි සංවත්සරයේදී ප්‍රවාහන සහ සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අමාත්‍ය අර්ජුන රණතුංග මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙනි. ගූගල් මැප් යනු ගූගල් සේවාව ලබා දෙන අන්තර්ජාල සිතියම් සේවාවකි. එම සිතියම් සේවාවෙන් දැනට Google traffic යන විශේෂාංගය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට විවෘතව […]

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Colombo Dockyard Launches Dedicated Afloat Repair Service

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Courtesy The Maritime Executive Leading Sri Lankan shipbuilding and ship repair service provider Colombo Dockyard PLC has established a dedicated unit to handle afloat ship repairs with fast response and reliable service capability at all Sri Lankan ports. The RAPID RESPONSE AFLOAT REPAIR SERVICE (RRARS) was officially launched on May 31, 2019 following two years […]

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Hazardous material from UK – Re-export containers: CEA tells Customs

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Chaturanga Samarawickrama Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) said yesterday it had directed Sri Lanka Customs to re-export the illegally imported containers filled with industrial waste to the country of origin. The shipments were reportedly imported from Britain. The Director of the Chemicals and Hazardous Waste Management Unit of the Waste Management […]

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Sri Lanka to reduce handling charges for foreign flights to boost tourism

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, July 8 (newsin.asia) – The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority together with the Prime Minister’s office, the Ministry of Tourism and the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka tabled a cabinet paper on Monday and received the approval for the reduction of ground handling charges, aviation fuel, and the embarkation levy for […]

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Spilling the Tea in Sri Lanka

Monday, July 8th, 2019

BY PHILIP YIANNOPOULOS Courtesy Foreign Policy.com As large colonial-era tea plantations crumble, family-owned plots are trying to take their place and save the industry. For nearly a year now, Priyantha Gamage, the son of a Tamil tea plucker, has been documenting the scars and scabs of the tea plantation workers on the Deniyaya Estate in the […]

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Sri Lanka is a paradise for Israelis – Israel Envoy

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Ananth Palakidnar Courtesy Ceylon Today Sri Lanka is a paradise for Israelis according to Israeli Ambassador to India and Sri Lanka, Dr. Ron Malka who was on a three day visit to the Island. Speaking to Ceylon Today on Israel – Sri Lanka relations, Dr. Malka said that several countries had alerted their citizens over travelling to […]

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Tourism has promising future in Sri Lanka – PM

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Courtesy Adaderana The Lonely Planet magazine, despite all the troubles Sri Lanka faced due to the attacks, has named Sri Lanka the best destination for tourists to visit, says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. At the beginning of the year, Lonely Planet magazine named Sri Lanka as the world’s best destination to visit. However, after the […]

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Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka sharply decline after attack

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

BY BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI  ASSOCIATED  PRESS Courtesy The Modesto Bee COLOMBO, SRI LANKA Arrival of tourists to Sri Lanka has rapidly declined in June, dealing a severe blow to the Indian Ocean island nation’s lucrative tourism industry in the aftermath of the Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people, the state-run tourism agency said Wednesday. […]

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Hard road ahead for Lankan tourism after blasts, riots and political unrest

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, June 20 (Daily Express): The Sri Lankan tourism industry is on the hard road to recovery from the devastation caused by two very violent episodes in April and May and the political crisis which these triggered. The April 21 multiple suicide blasts, allegedly carried out by local affiliates of the Islamic State […]

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Rooms 50% off and ads in Russia: Sri Lanka woos tourists after attacks

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Courtesy Reuters https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-tourism/rooms-50-off-and-ads-in-russia-sri-lanka-woos-tourists-after-attacks-idUSKCN1TB0KZ COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s battered tourism industry is trying to woo visitors back to beaches deserted after deadly Easter bombings, slashing hotel rates and pushing promotions in key markets like Russia. Tourism, which accounts for 5% of Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product, tanked after Islamist bombers on April 21 attacked luxury […]

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Updated travel advice for Sri Lanka

Friday, June 7th, 2019

ABTA The Foreign Office has changed its advice for Sri Lanka and no longer advises against all but essential travel to the country. It is currently low season for Sri Lanka, meaning very few people will have had holidays booked for this time. Travel providers will now review the advice and make decisions as to when they […]

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Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals in May fell 70 percent-Biggest decline from China, arrivals from Russia intact

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals in May fell 70 percent year-on-year (YoY) to 37,000 in the aftermath of Easter Sunday attacks, with the largest decline in arrivals recording from China. We have been talking about hotels going empty and westerners not visiting Sri Lanka. However, with safety being restored, we see numbers […]

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Sri Lanka aims at least 2.5 mln tourists in 2019 with ease of travel bans

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, May 30 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka targets at least 2.5 million tourists this year after several countries eased their travel advisories which were issued after deadly terror attacks killed over 250 people on the island last month, a minister said. Sri Lanka’s Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs John […]

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Lanka, India and Japan sign MoU to jointly develop East Container Terminal in Colombo port

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

By Meera Srinivasan/The Hindu Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, May 28: Sri Lanka, Japan and India on Tuesday signed an agreement to jointly develop the East Container Terminal at the Colombo Port. The signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) is significant, given that India and Sri Lanka were negotiating a potential partnership on the project, although […]

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Monthly inbound flights reduced by 300: Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that the number of monthly inbound flights at the Bandaranaike International Airport has been reduced by 300.   Making a statement in parliament, he said artistes including film directors who had made movies for Vesak and those who were planning to put up pandals and other decorations […]

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TRAGEDY -Sri Lanka Was One of the World’s Hottest Destinations. Now It’s Eerily Empty.

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Tim Johnson Courtesy Daily Beast In one moment everything changed on this island nation that until a couple of weeks ago enjoyed unprecedented peace and surging prosperity. Having landed a few minutes earlier here at Colombo’s international airport, our jam-packed flight from the Maldives is disembarking its crammed cabin, passengers marching down the arrival ramp […]

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Sri Lanka’s hotels, beaches, eateries now empty of tourists

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Courtesy fox business In this Friday, May 10, 2019, photo, the 17th century built Dutch fort, which was a popular tourist site, stands empty in Galle, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was the Lonely Planet guide’s top travel destination for 2019, but since the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and luxury hotels, foreign tourists […]

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Iran’s Non-Oil Trade With Sri Lanka Exceeds $140m

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Courtesy  Financial Tribune Iran traded 256,551 tons of non-oil commodities worth $141 million with Sri Lanka in the last fiscal year (ended March 20, 2019) to register a 53.58% growth in tonnage and 8.22% decline in value compared with the year before, latest data released by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration show. Iran’s […]

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Sri Lanka’s Hambantota International Port — Gateway to the sub-continent

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Courtesy Lloyd’s List Intelligence RO-RO TRANSHIPMENT OPERATIONS AT THE PORT. IN 2018, HIPG DOUBLED THE NUMBER OF RO-RO VESSELS HANDLED DURING THE PREVIOUS YEAR HIP is the latest addition to Sri Lanka’s network of harbours, currently being developed in different parts of the island. The expansion is an initiative of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), to […]

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Solar power could save Rs 266b – SIA

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

RANMINI GUNASEKARA Courtesy Ceylon Today The immediate implementation of the ‘Least Cost Long Term Solar Power Generation Plan’ will save a total of Rs 266 billion for the Sri Lankan economy, the Secretary of the Solar Industries Association (SIA), Lakmal Fernando claimed today (18). He said this at a SIA Press conference held in Colombo. […]

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Several Sri Lankan Airlines flights diverted to Mattala due to bad weather

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, April 17 (newsin.asia) — Several Sri Lankan Airlines flights arriving at Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport on Wednesday, were diverted to a southern airport due to adverse weather, local media reports said.Some of the flights included UL 315, which was arriving from Malaysia, UL 365 arriving from Jakarta and UL 303 arriving […]

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Govt. defies environment lobby, opts for dirty power

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

By Ifham Nizam Courtesy The Island The government would go ahead with the proposed plan 2019 to establish 2700 MW of fossil fuel fired power stations by year 2020, a senior ministry official said. Ministry Secretary Dr. Suren Batagoda said that there would be 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle at Kerawalapitya by WindForce Consortium, […]

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Sri Lanka to offer free visas to tourists from 30 countries, including US

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

USA TODAY Sri Lanka aims to boost its tourism efforts by giving away free visas to travelers from more than 30 countries.  The small island nation off southern India will offer the promotion starting May 1 to travelers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia […]

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SpiceJet to start non-stop flights to Colombo, Jeddah, 5 other international destinations

Monday, April 15th, 2019

By: PTI |Courtesy Financial Express Riyadh and Kathmandu are two upcoming international destinations for the airline. SpiceJet will launch direct flights from Mumbai to seven international destinations, including Colombo, Jeddah, Dhaka, Riyadh and Hong Kong. Direct flights would also be operated from Mumbai to Bangkok and Kathmandu. The no-frills airline would start the services from the end of […]

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Scientists Baffled: Pillows Older Than 3 Years Infested With Millions of Germs in 99% Of Cases

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Courtesy latestbuzztoday.com Scientific studies show that sleep is one of the most crucial parts of living a happy and stress-free life, but many adults are still sleeping with inferior pillows. If you find yourself feeling tired or discouraged throughout the day even after a long sleep the night before, it’s probably due to you unknowingly […]

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Chinese Investments: Malaysia Dares Something Sri Lanka, Pakistan, And Philippines Didn’t

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Panos Mourdoukoutas Courtesy forbes.com In dealing with China, Malaysia has dared to do something Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and the Philippines didn’t: bring Beijing back to the negotiating table to cut the cost of the investment projects assigned to Chinese contractors. This week, China agreed to cut the cost of East Coast Rail Link project by […]

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