STF seize "Walla Patta" worth Rs 200 Million, 6 arrested
Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel recovered 13,499 kilograms of Wallapatta herb valued at around Rs 200 million to be smuggled out of the country and arrested 6 suspects including 2 Indian nationals during a raid in Kolonnawa.The arrests were made last night while the suspects have been handed over to Wellampitiya Police for onward action, police
Hayleys records highest-ever pre-tax profit of Rs. 5 b
Three keysectors Hand Protection, Purification Products and Transportation and Logistics individuallysurpass PBT of Rs. 1 b
Group after tax profit up 119% to Rs. 3.6 b; net profit attributable to equity holders up 78% to Rs. 1.8 bHayleys Plc., one of Sri Lanka's leading conglomerates, yesterday announced an exceptional financial performance in 12/13, despite challenging
JKH soars to a $ 2 b company; market cap tops 10% mark
Premier blue chip John Keells Holdings Plc's (JKH) recent meteoric rise reached a climax yesterday when its market value crossed the $ 2 billion mark, thereby surpassing the 10% share of the CSE's total. Share price of JKH yesterday hit an intra-day high of Rs. 298.50 before closing at Rs. 297.10, up by Rs. 12.20. At yesterday's closing the market capitalisation of JKH
Nepal’s first Forbes dollar billionaire to expand investments in Sri Lanka
Binod Chaudhary has an estimated US$ 200 m invested in Sri Lanka. Has submitted a 75 m proposal to Govt. to build state-of-the-art cement plant in Jaffna Even before Forbes placed Binod Chaudhary in its 2013 annual global rich list, his love affair with Sri Lanka had begun with a foray into Colombo in 2000, when he acquired a substantial stake in the Taj Lanka Hotels,
Jetwing Hotel debuts “no frills” J in Negombo
Visiting Sri Lanka on a shoestring budget or planning to travel around the country economically? Most of the time the modern traveller, be they young and independent or older and adventurous is limited by income, and cash, thereby becomes a key determinant when deciding on destinations and accommodation. Hence the reason Jetwing Hotels came up with their latest
China upgrades Sri Lanka’s expo partnership
In a significant development in Lanka-China bilateral trade, China has upgraded Sri Lanka to no less than a Joint Sponsor in the first of its newest international trade event series- the CSAE.We thank you for making Sri Lanka a Joint Sponsor in the first China South Asia Exposition (CSAE) to be held in Yunnan in June. We are currently working on a 150-strong Sri Lankan
Namal says Mattala Airport will boost overall economy of south and Sri Lanka
MP Namal Rajapaksa said yesterday that the international airport in Mattala, opening today, will have a major boost to the economy in the south as well as to Sri Lanka overall. "The Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) will not only benefit the aviation sector; a host of other connected developments within Hambantota will spur the economy of the south and the
Who is who in new Cabinet?
Following new appointments were made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as part of the Cabinet reshuffle. Ministers:
Susil Premajayantha – Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy
(Previously Minister of Petroleum Industries)
'Disbelief' after babies switched at hospital
A new born baby will have to undergo a year of medical tests for HIV and hepatitis because he was accidentally put in the wrong bassinette by a Minnapolis hospital and then breastfed by the wrong mother.
The mix-up happened Wednesday in Abbott Northwestern Hospital when Tammy Van Dyke's little boy Cody was accidentally switched to the wrong bassinette in the nursery.
"You put your baby in the nursery, not even 48-hours old, and you think they're safe," Van Dyke told ABC News today. "I'm holding it together. I'm just in disbelief, and it was like I was in a dream, a bad dream, and I couldn't get it to stop."
scientists under threat– Champika
Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday charged that the 'cooked up' story of Pakistan- aided nuclear plants in Sri Lanka was part of a major conspiracy to put the lives of Sri Lankan nuclear scientists in danger."This story fabricated by a group comprising Indians and Sri Lankans and an Indian media group, had twin purposes. One was to blacklist
Body found on railway track
An unidentified body has been found along the railway track in Orugodawaththa.According to the Police Media Unit, the body was found last night.
The body is currently lying at the Colombo National Hospital.
Alleged gay brothel raided in Nugegoda
Police raided an alleged gay brothel in the Nugegoda area said to be run by a prominent businessman and arrested three males last night.A special police team from the Mirihana police conducted the raid following information that this particular businessman was running the business under the guise of 'Salons'. Police also arrested two women sex workers along
SL to bring down artificial rains
The government is ready to seek Chinese assistance to generate artificial rains, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said today.Addressing a meeting at the opening ceremony of a Rural Health Centre at Koggalla in Ambalantota, he said the government had the courage to face any sort of challenge."The drought is not a new experience to us. Temporary
KANDY-NUWARA ELIYA ROAD BLOCKED BY WATER
Rising water from the Garandi Ella is flowing to the Kandy-Nuwara Eliya road and obstructing traffic, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said a short while ago.
2 HOUR WATER CUT IN SEVERAL AREAS TOMORROW
A 12-hour water cut from 8am tomorrow (October 14) in Kelaniya, Peliyagoda, Wattala, Hendala, Dompe, Biyagama, Mahara, Ja-Ela and Negombo Municipal Councils, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) stated.
Big harvest of Fish in Potuvil
Picture shows fishermen in Chilaw at the fish market along with their bumper catch. The fishermen opined that during the current high-tied season (Warakan), the fish harvest was much bigger than the previous season. Pic by Augustin Fernando
Ban spot-fixers for life, says Muralitharan
Anyone involved in spot-fixing should be banned for life, former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan told Reuters on Saturday, days after six umpires were provisionally suspended for allegedly agreeing to fix matches.India TV showed footage on Monday of what the news channel said was officials from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka negotiating deals with
World’s first underwater nightclub in the Maldives to open this month
The world's first underwater nightclub will be launched this month. The venue in the Maldives, which is only accessible by boat, will offer party-goers a view of the surrounding sea bed. It was fully built on land before being lowered into the water to minimise damage to the environment and the protected coral reefs. It has ceiling-to-floor glass windows which will allow
A dragon in Dehiwala
A group of new animals arrived at the National Zoological Gardens in Dehiwela yesterday.The new arrivals were brought down to Sri Lanka from the Prague zoo in the Czech republic.The first Komodo Dragon set foot in Sri Lanka yesterday.The Komodo Dragon which is the largest in the Varanus Genus, are endemic to Indonesia and a carnivore animal with a lifespan
Injection takes life of child in hospital
A nine-year-old girl from Galle, receiving treatment at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital has died reportedly due to an allergic reaction to an injection.The Deputy Director of the hospital, Dr. Jayampathy Senanayaka stated that the child had symptoms of fever and nausea when she was admitted to the hospital Thursday.He said that the child had developed an allergic