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Sunday, 19 July 2015


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Dialog which recently moved to its own 15-floor building in Colombo 2 has an iconic store on the ground floor and an auditorium on the 15th. This landmark office building was opened by President Maithripala Sirisena. An area in the mezzanine floor is dedicated to the new Dialog home broadbased high-speed internet powered virtual reality experience. Here a customer is engaged in virtual gaming at the store. Pic: Vipula Amerasinghe

CAA reviews plans for Mattala Airport

The former regime defying the views of aviation experts went ahead stubbornly with the construction of the second international airport in the South, which has failed to produce any results except being a burden to the economy. Experts said the need was only to construct an alternative runway with a small terminal.

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Increase in import of zero-emission vehicles

The global trend is shifting towards green technology, be it industry, agriculture or technical. The automobile industry has also turned towards green technology such as zero emission, Defence Ministry Secretary, B.M.U.D. Basnayake told the Vehicle Importers Association of Lanka (VIAL) Business Conference 2015 in Colombo recently.

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Inward remitances via mobiles

The annual inflow of foreign remittances to Sri Lanka is US $ 7.2 billion through formal channels. This is 10 percent of the national GDP and a 10 percent growth compared to last year. However, it is not possible to quantify remittances through informal channels which is considered to be a significant percentage of total remittances, Hatton National Bank Managing Director and CEO Jonathan Alles said.

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Potential to double tea exports to Iran

The easing of sanctions on Iran will deliver the much needed pick-me-up to Sri Lanka’s troubled tea industry by allowing the resumption of direct exports to one of its main markets, a government official said last week. Although tea was not on the list of products banned from being exported to Iran over its nuclear program,

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Total mismanagement by former regime:

CEB, CPC worst loss-making State institutions

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) which have been white elephants were in a worse predicament during the former regime which carried out unsolicited bids and ran into its earnings by total mismanagement making them among the worst loss-making State entities in the country.

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