Batticaloa and the adjoining areas which were devastated by war and the tsunami will gain a major economic transformation when internal air flights are started soon linking Colombo Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Sigiriya and Palali. “This will be a major boost to the tourist industry in particular, which will provide ample job opportunities and income avenues to the people,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
President Maithripala Sirisena who attended the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) held in Kathmandu, Nepal, commenced his two-day state visit to Nepal with the conclusion of the Summit, yesterday(01st).President Sirisena marking his first programme worshipped several religious places including the magnificent Lumbini, the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama.The Chief Minister of the province and the Minister of the Culture warmly received the President when he arrived at the venue.
The team of the Jaffna Puththur College wins the All Island School volleyball tournament cup held at the National Enterprise Sri Lanka Exabition at Monaragala on August 31st, last day of the exabition.
Realizing its large potential for the development of Adventure Tourism which is an emerging sector with possibilities of future expansion, Sri Lanka has launched a program to assist the tourism industry to standardize and develop adventure tourism and training in the country.Under the initiative, Sri Lanka Tourism Development and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga launched "The Adventure Tourism Curricula" at a ceremony held on 29th August 2018 at the Temple Trees.
SriLankan Airlines, the largest foreign carrier into India, resumed its services to the southern Indian city of Cochin yesterday (30th August), which had been suspended since 15th August due to the worst flooding in the state of Kerala in nearly a century.
Ministry of Tourism has decided to once again implement the Minimum Room Rate (MRR) regulation for Colombo City Hotels due to surge of demand from high end hotels said Minister of Tourism and Christian Affairs, John Amaratunge.
Gayanthika Abeyratne and Indunil Herath have qualified for the Women’s 800m final of the ongoing Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday. The finals will be worked off today (August 28), starting with the women’s final at 6.00pm (local time) followed by the men’s final at 6.10pm.Gyanthika finished yesterday’s qualifying round third race in third place with a timing of 2:06.31 secs but her teammate Nimali Liyanarachchi competing in the first qualifying race ended up in fourth place clocking 2:06.74 secs.
The Minneriya National Park has not been closed says Wildlife Director General Chandana Sooriyabandara adding that there is no truth in news reports that it has been closed.He said there is a false news spreading everywhere that the Minneriya National Park has been temporarily closed following a tense situation between villagers and forest rangers yesterday.
The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to construct a new Conference Hall with the State of the Art facilities which could house around 150 trainees at one given time, in place of the old Conference Hall now being used with inadequate facilities at the Joint Services Language Training Institute at Kotmale, which provides training in various languages to the officers of the Tri Forces and the Police, was approved by the Cabinet.
The final Randoli Perahera of historic Esala festival in Kandy will parade streets today.The Tusker, Nedungamuwe Raja carrying the Sacred Relics Casket of the Buddha will join the Perahera at an auspicious time of 7.58 p.m.