With the last week’s launch of A350 aircraft to Sri Lanka Qatar Airways has increased its daily capacity to Colombo by 15 percent. An airline spokesperson said, with an additional 195 seats per day the airline has increased travel demand to and from Sri Lanka.
The English Patient,” the wartime love story by Sri Lankan born Canadian Michael Ondaatje, won the Golden Man Booker Prize in London on Sunday night, the New York Times reported. The one-off award, voted for by the public, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker prize. The shortlist of five novels was selected by a panel of judges from the 51 previous winners of the Man Booker, which honors the best novels written in English and published in Britain or Ireland.
Tamil Nadu Global Food Expo and Summit 2018 organized a roadshow in Colombo at Hotel Galadari on 5th July 2018 with the support of High Commission of India, Colombo. The roadshow was focused to strengthen the bilateral trade relations between the India and Sri Lanka in food sector and with a view to promote participation of Sri Lankan companies from food, agro-products and related sectors to attend Vibrant Tamil Nadu Global Food Expo and Summit 2018 which will be held at Madurai in Tamil Nadu State of India during 12-15 August 2018.
Indian Railways plans to launch an express train connecting the cities associated with the epic tale of Ramayana. Indian Railways' new 'Sri Ramayana Express' tourist train will take its maiden journey on November 14 from Ayodhya, the birth place of Rama to Colombo in Sri Lanka where he fought Rawana, Hindustan Times reported.
President Maithripala Sirsiena was the Chief Guest at “A Sathbudu Vandana Poojopahara” Pinkama to invoke blessings on the Government led by the President, Security Forces, Police and the people held at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Premises, Anuradhapura on July 7 morning. It was replete with the boiling of pots of milk at the four main gates amidst a Hewesi Pooja, a Kiripindu Pooja in keeping with ancient tradition. Ven. Kegalle Pannarathana Nayaka Thera conducted religious observances while Ven. Walapane Sasanarathana Thera conducted the Punyanumodana’. Minister Duminda Dissanayake, State Ministers Lakshman Seneviratne and Weera Kumara Dissanayake, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna and North Central Province Governor M.P. Jayasinghe were also present on the occasion.
President Maithripala Sirisena will inaugurate filling water to the Kalu Ganga reservoir that is being built in parallel to the Moragahakanda reservoir under the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga multi-purpose irrigation project and the construction of the canal taking water from the Kalu Ganga reservoir to Moragahakanda reservoir on July 23.
Unveiling of the new granite Buddha Statue which was built opposite the Moragahakanda Reservoir and renaming Moragahakanda Reservoir as 'Kulasinghe will also be carried out on this occasion, the Chief Resident Engineer of the Kalu Ganga project Lal Kumarasiri said.
State Minister of Mahaweli Development Weerakumara Dissanayake and a group of Mahaweli officials yesterday visited the Kalu Ganga reservoir to inspect the progress of the construction of the reservoirs and Elahera canal. The Mahaweli officials and the State Minister initially inspected the construction of the 102-kilometer Elahera canal, which takes water from the Moragahakanda Reservoir for distribution to the North central and Northern provinces.The Minister discussed the existing problems and instructed the contractors to expedite the work on the construction to complete the project.
In terms of a MoU entered into between the Gulf Holding Business Services EST and the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Jeddah, arrangements are being made to collaborate on providing 3000 SIM cards to enable Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims to communicate with their fellow pilgrims free of charge and to contact their families in Sri Lanka at a concessionary rate of 99 Halala per minute. In addition, the pilgrims are also given a 500 MB free data facility.
Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 19.0 percent in June this year compared to the same period last year, the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed. The month recorded 146,828 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 123,351 arrived in June 2017.
The Sports Ministry Secretary through the Attorney General yesterday informed the Court of Appeal that authorities have made arrangements to conduct the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) election under the prevailing laws.