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banuthev
30-12-2010, 06:22 PM
Please post all discussion and pictures relating to non-aviation ..

whoisdomain.net
03-01-2011, 09:06 AM
ah,,, also a construction ,,,
Is this a forum which belongs to any company,,,
any way I like to know more about all...
so so,,
By best wished to all of you to keep this without any problem,,

whoisdomain.net
04-01-2011, 02:26 PM
Over 330 km inclusive of A9 highway: Northern roads to be developed

A major road rehabilitation and development project is to be undertaken by the Government with Chinese financial assistance in the Northern Province. Accordingly, 332 km length of roads inclusive of Kandy-Jaffna A9 highway will be developed and modernized on a proposal by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

This road development project covering the most part of Northern Province will help to revive the economic activities of the Northern communities who have economically suffered for a long-term because of the terrorism. It is also estimated that the economic benefits of these projects to the country as a whole will be far in excess of the financial cost of the project.

Accordingly, 153 km length of Kandy-Jaffna A9 highway from Galkulama to Jaffna will be rehabilitated and modernized as part of the main gateway to the Northern Province. The other roadways that will be developed under this projects are 84 km length of Jaffna-Point Pedro AB20 road, Puttur-Meesalai AB32 road and Jaffna-Pallai AB18 roadways. Rehabilitation and improvement of 95km length of the B334, B297 and B296 roads will also take place covering the areas of Mullaitivu-Kokilai-Pulmudai roadway, Oddusudan Nedunkerney roadway and the Mullaitivu-Puliyankulam roadways as separate projects.

The total cost of the project will be US 355 million of which 85 percent will be financed by the Government of China while the local component of 15 percent will be borne by the Government of Sri Lanka.

whoisdomain.net
04-01-2011, 02:34 PM
ශ්*රී ලංකාව ගැන
ඉන්දියන් සාගරයේ දූපතක් වන ශ්*රී ලංකාව ඉන්දීය අර්ධද්වීප*යට දකුණින් පිහිටා ඇත. එය සමකයට උතුරින් 5° 55' සහ 9° 55' අතර ද නැගෙනහිර දේශාංශ 79° 42' සහ 81° 52' අතර ද පිහිටා ඇත. මෙහි මුළු භූමි ප්*රමාණය වර්ග කි.මී. 65,610 කි. ප්*රදේශ පුදුමසහගත විවිධත්වයක් උසුල යි. කි.මී. 445 ක දිගින් ද කි.මී. 225 ක පුළුලින් ද වට වූ බිම් ප්*රමාණය තුළ අලංකාර ඝර්මකලාපීය මුහුද වෙරළවලින් ද දැකුම්කලු වෘක්ෂලතාවලින් ද පෞරාණික ස්මාරකවලින් ද සියල්ලන්ගේ රුචිකත්වවලට සරිලන අපරිමිත සොඳුරු දසුන් වලින් ද අනූනය. දිවයිනේ භූ විෂමතා ලක්ෂණ, මධ්*ය ප්*රදේශයේ සිට තරමක් දකුණු දෙසට, මීටර් 2500 ඉක්මවන උසකින් යුත් කඳුරාශියකින් ද ඒ වටා ඇති තැනිතලාවලින් ද සමන්විත වේ. පොල් ගස්වලින් ගහණ වෙරළ තීරය දිවයින වටාම විද්*යාමාන වන අතර මුහුදු උෂ්ණත්වය සෙල්සියස් අංශක 27 න් පහළට වැටෙන්නේ කලාතුරකිනි.

whoisdomain.net
04-01-2011, 02:35 PM
Sri Lanka Economy

An island country, Sri Lanka is located in the Indian Ocean 31 kilometers (19.3 mi) off the southern coast of India. Till 1972, it was called Ceylon and its official name the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Its strategic location makes it an important naval link between West Asia and South East Asia. Sri Lanka is a popular tourist attraction due to its landscape, beaches and tropical forests. Direct flights to Sri Lanka are available only from Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The total population of the island of Sri Lanka stood at 20,238,000 as of 2009. The island has the credit of being the most literate nation amongst developing countries with 82% literacy rate.

Sri Lanka Economy: Profile

Sri Lankan economy has registered a strong growth in the first decade of 21st century, despite suffering civil war from 1983 to 2009 and some major natural disasters. The gross domestic product of the country grew at an average rate of 5% during the war period. One of the major factors behind development and economic growth is government spending. Agricultural production, tourism, textile, apparel and tea export are the biggest economic boosters. A lot of foreign exchange also comes through overseas employment especially in the Middle East.

whoisdomain.net
05-01-2011, 01:31 PM
2004 96,695 37 1999
2005 11,650 127 -87.95 % 2002
2006 97,287 42 735.08 % 2003
2007 97,287 42 0.00 % 2003
2008 97,286 44 0.00 % 2003
2009 97,286 44 0.00 % 2003

whoisdomain.net
05-01-2011, 01:36 PM
Statistics (GDP

$106.46 billion (2010 est.)
GDP growth 3.5% (2009)/ 7.1% (Q1 2010) /8.5% (Q2 2010)/ 9.0%+ (2010 est.)
GDP per capita $5,300 (2010 est.)
GDP by sector agriculture: 12.8%; industry: 29.2%;services: 58% (2009 est.)

Inflation (CPI)
3.4% (2009 est.)
Population
below poverty line
7.6% (2010 est.)
Gini index
49 (2007)
Labour force 8.1 million note: excludes northern and eastern provinces (2009 est.)

whoisdomain.net
05-01-2011, 01:37 PM
1980s
In the 1980s, funded by aid received from the European Community, a colonisation scheme was started at Periya Vilankulam (Mahadiulwewa) tank, 30 km north-west of Trincomalee town.[3]

The colonisation scheme was extended into the Northern province with the introduction of the Manal Aru (Weli Oya) scheme, which covered the districts of Mullaitivu, Trincomalee, Vavuniya and Anuradhapura.[9]

Sinhalese were settled in traditionally Tamil land, given land, money to build homes and security provided by the Special Task Force.[1][10] Although the scheme covered four districts, administration was handled from the Sinhalese dominated Anuradhapura district.[9] The scheme aroused much anger amongst the Tamils.[11]

This anger boiled over into violence when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam attacked the Kent and Dollar Farm settlement at Weli Oya, killing 62.[11]

whoisdomain.net
06-01-2011, 02:52 PM
The main economic sectors of the country are tourism, tea export, apparel, textile, rice production and other agricultural products. In addition to these economic sectors, overseas employment contributes highly in foreign exchange, most of them from the middle

whoisdomain.net
08-01-2011, 08:52 AM
our million home gardens were to have been created under this programme to create a food surplus in the country. "However there were no facilities and structures to back this campaign and now we are importing food.

lordvader
30-01-2011, 10:50 AM
Stadium at the beginning of January 2011

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COURTESY OF: http://cricketique.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/sooriyawewa-cricket-ground-today10-january-2011/

lordvader
01-02-2011, 12:42 PM
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COURTESY OF: http://www.slcricket.com/cricket-world-cup-2011/25962-r-premadasa-stadium-latest-photos.html

lordvader
01-02-2011, 12:45 PM
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COURTESY OF: http://www.slcricket.com/cricket-world-cup-2011/25962-r-premadasa-stadium-latest-photos.html#post404553

lordvader
01-02-2011, 12:48 PM
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COURTESY OF: http://www.slcricket.com/cricket-world-cup-2011/25962-r-premadasa-stadium-latest-photos.html#post404555

lordvader
01-02-2011, 12:49 PM
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COURTESY OF: http://www.slcricket.com/cricket-world-cup-2011/25962-r-premadasa-stadium-latest-photos.html#post404554

USER: mr.cricket
SOURCE: http://www.slcricket.com/cricket-world-cup-2011/25962-r-premadasa-stadium-latest-photos.html

lordvader
01-02-2011, 12:53 PM
Interviews with some of the bid officials and a video of the unveiling of the logo:
http://www.hambantota2018.tv/

CMB Expres
02-02-2011, 10:19 AM
No new pics yet....

Longranger
11-02-2011, 08:58 PM
Latest Vessel Made In Sri Lanka For Greatship Group Named “greatship Rohini”

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GREATSHIP ROHINI NAMING CEREMONY

http://www.prlog.org/11292407-latest-vessel-made-in-sri-lanka-for-greatship-group-named-greatship-rohini.html

PATHUM
23-02-2011, 02:40 PM
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PATHUM
23-02-2011, 02:49 PM
COLOMBO PORT 2011-FEB-17
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PATHUM
25-02-2011, 03:54 PM
COLOMBO PORT 2011-FEB-17
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lordvader
25-02-2011, 11:58 PM
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Serendib
12-03-2011, 09:27 AM
Sri Lankan Southern Highway

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images - http://riseoflanka.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-post_09.html

Serendib
12-03-2011, 09:30 AM
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http://riseoflanka.blogspot.com/2011/03/25000.html

lordvader
19-03-2011, 09:56 AM
Info on Colombo- Katunayake Expressway (with concept pics):
http://www.mohsl.gov.lk/projects_E/cke_E.html

lordvader
19-03-2011, 09:58 AM
Games Bid
18 Mar, 2011 14:08:59

Sri Lanka prepares model in bid for Commonwealth Games

Mar 18, 2011 (LBO) - Sri Lanka has prepared a model with 20 key venues and facilities in its bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the southern town of Hambantota, the central bank said in a statement.
The organising committee of the Commonwealth Games 2018 Candidate City Hambantota is preparing an "attractive" bid document under the 15 stipulated themes to be submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), it said.

The model of Sri Lanka's Games City which includes an athletics stadium, an aquatic centre, a multi-sports complex, a velodrome stadium and a hockey stadium is to be unveiled on Saturday.

The recently built Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota also serves as a key venue of the city plan and all other sites including the Games Village are to be constructed around the cricket stadium.

CGF chief executive Mike Hooper is scheduled to visit the proposed games city at the weekend.

"The key purpose of the CEO’s visit to Sri Lanka will be to understand the steps being taken by Hambantota as a Candidate City for the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and to assess the commitment and preparedness of the city towards hosting the games," the statement said.


http://www.lbo.lk/fullstory.php?nid=709953235

lordvader
19-03-2011, 09:59 AM
Highway Hopes
18 Mar, 2011 17:27:56

Sri Lanka expressway first stage nears completion

Mar 18, 2011 (LBO) - Construction work on stage one of Sri Lanka's first expressway is set to end this month with 99 percent of the work over, according to details revealed by the Road Development Authority.
The southern expressway, being built in four stages, will have a total length of 131.1 kilometres and allow 100 kilometres an hour travel between the capital Colombo and the southern town of Matara.

The total cost of the first three phases of the project with a highway length of 95.3 km to the southern town of Galle has risen to 59.5 billion rupees, according to the RDA.

The first stage of the road to be done, by end-March, a 29.3 km section between the town of Kurundugahahetekma and Pinnaduwa, in southern Galle, is funded by a loan from the Asian Development Bank.

Contractor Kumagai Gumi of Japan started work in April 2003 and the cost of this project has increased to 24.1 billion rupees, the RDA said.

Another section of 34.4 km from Kottawa, a suburb of Colombo, to Dodangoda, which is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), started in September 2005 and is scheduled to end in July 2011.

The RDA said 85 percent of the work on this section is over. It is being built by China Harbour Engineering Company with the cost having risen to 20 billion rupees.

Another section of 31.6 km from Dodangoda to Kurundugahahetekma, also funded by JICA with Taisei Corp of Japan as contractor, is set for completion by end-July 2011.

The RDA said 80 percent of work on this section, which began in March 2006, is over with the cost having risen to 15.4 billion rupees.

The fourth section of 35.8 km of the southern expressway, started in June 2010, will stretch from Pinnaduwa in Galle to the southern town of Matara.

This section is funded by Exim Bank of China with the contractor being China National Import & Export Corporation.

The RDA did not reveal the cost of this section nor the scheduled completion date.

The southern expressway will initially have four lanes, later to be widened to six lanes, with 11 interchanges connecting to the rest of the road network, RDA director-general R W R Pemasiri said.

Pemasiri said part of the expressway from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa in Galle, will be opened to the public in July.


http://www.lbo.lk/fullstory.php?nid=1397277430

Azamh
04-04-2011, 02:45 AM
are they upgrading or is it about the colombo port city development with new apartments hotels etc.....

lordvader
19-04-2011, 02:57 AM
New thread to discuss about the new Colombo Port City. The Colombo Port Project thread can be used to discuss about the new Colombo South Port Project.




A new port city in Colombo soon

[March 24 2011]

By Uditha Kumarasinghe

Ports and Highways Deputy Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena told the Parliament a feasibility study is undertaken to reclaim a land of 300 - 400acres in the open sea between Galle Face to Kollupity to establish a new port city.

The proposed new port city will be planned and develop as a modern city to establish economic centre of Colombo city addressing constrains related to the haphazard development of buildings and road network in the existing Colombo city, he said.

The Minister said new port city will enhance the investment opportunities in phase with the Colombo Port expansion project and enable to reach megaeconomic targets.

According to Minister this approximate project cost is estimated as US $300 million and the feasibility study of the project is being done by a team of professionals comprising Moratuwa University and Sri Lanka Authority.

He said the construction work on the oil tanks complex of the port will be completed by May this year. Therefore the port would be able to provide fuel to ships with effect from June the port would provide various other services to ships as well.

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2011/03/20/oostory.asp?sid=20110323_15&imid=Port_city.jpg&dt=[March%2024%202011]

lordvader
19-04-2011, 03:03 AM
Expected ‘Port City’ comes to Colombo

Posted by ann on Feb 14th, 2011 and filed under News.

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Sri Lanka Ports Authority has started the initial construction work of the proposed “Colombo Port City” project, a top official of Ports Authority told “Lanka News Today”.

It will be built near Galleface, adjacent to Colombo South harbor.

Revealing about the new project, the top official of Sri Lanka Ports Authority told ‘Lanka News Today’ that the initial land surveys are being conducted at the moment. Though the official did not reveal the deadline, he said the project will reach its completion as quick as possible.

“Colombo Port City” which is going to be built in a 400 acre land area, acquired from the sea. Sri Lanka Ports Authority has already planned to build the “port city” as a separate island near Galleface.

The planned “port city” will be used for business oriented purposes, entertainment and tourism promotion.

Sri Lankan government is expecting to spend more than $400 million dollars to complete this massive project.

Internationally, there are so many sophisticated “port cities”, connected to the busiest harbours all over the world. Sri Lanka Ports Authority is planning to construct a “port city” of that caliber, in order to attract investors and tourists.

Formula One track

A Formula One track is planned for the New Port City to be constructed in the vicinity of the Colombo Port. According to the Chairman, Ports Authority, Dr. Priyath Wickrama an eight lane F1 track will “definitely” be a part of the New Port City, he said.
Formula One has strict requirements for its tracks and the Sri Lankan track, if it is to be a reality, must be carefully planned if it is to be implemented in the New Port City. Currently planners are formulating ways of fitting the track in the premises of the city whilst also allowing for maximum leeway for commercial activities. Space is also a problem so a synergistic approach with commercial roads must also be adopted. F1 tracks around the globe often use sections of public roads for racing.
The New Port City will set Sri Lanka up for its own city-on-the-sea akin to Palm Island and The World, Dubai. The city is to be constructed on filled land taking up the area between the Southern edge of the new Colombo South Port and the Fort Lighthouse. The total area of sea reclaimed is set to be 400 acres.
‘The New Port City Development Project will be implemented in March 2011’ said Chairman, Ports Authority, Dr. Priyath Wickrama in an exclusive interview with The Sunday Leader. The New Port City is a concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was apparently inspired while out on a visit to inspect the landfill being constructed for the Colombo South port.
‘The new city is going to be well planned. Colombo unfortunately is not very well planned anymore. It was a quite well planned city during colonial times but has since become haphazard,’ said Wickrama.
The initiatives for the city involves shopping complexes, hotels, office complexes, etc. There is also a marina planned for boats and other water based activities.
The construction is set to begin in March 2011 with an initial budget of $400 million. The filling of the land is projected to take two years while subsequent infrastructure construction is projected to take another one and a half years.
‘The Ports Authority will call for investors to buy land for use and construction as the project gets underway’ said Wickrama adding that private sector funds will be key in ensuring that the project is completed in time. He also said that many investors both local and foreign have shown ‘a lot of interest’ in investing already.
‘The models have been constructed and feasibility studies have been done. All the expertise has been provided by us and no foreign consultants have been approached so far. The technology and knowledge needed for filling the land is sophisticated. A monorail is planned to reduce congestion in the city. Entrants will be encouraged to park their cars at the entrance and use the monorail to navigate the city,’ he said. According to Wickrama the funding will likely come from a Chinese source as some interest has already been conveyed from there. Wickrama also mentioned that bonds will be issued to raise funds in addition to private investments.
‘The Ports Authority has been financially stable but could perform much better,’ said General Manager Capt. Nihal Keppetipola, adding that a key reason for this is the foreign exchange loss suffered in the repayment of a yen loan taken for super infrastructure developments a decade ago. ‘The New Port City project more than anything else will be a massive revenue earner for the Ports Authority,’ he said.


http://www.lankanewstoday.com/expected-%E2%80%98port-city%E2%80%99-comes-to-colombo

lordvader
19-04-2011, 03:06 AM
* Filling sea land for new city in Sri Lanka capital to begin next month
Sun, Apr 17, 2011, 08:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka is to begin filling the sea land in May to build the proposed Port City attached to Colombo.

The sea land to be filled is from the breakwater of the Colombo South Harbor to the Galle Face in front of the Presidential Secretariat.

Under a directive of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan government is to reclaim between over 400 acres of sea land to build the Port City at a cost of US$ 300 million.

Chairman of the Ports Authority Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama, who is in charge of the construction, says that the new city to be built in a 450-acre land created by filling the sea land will be a separate administrative unit.

The buildings to be constructed in the new city are to be above 35 stories, he told the media.

The proposed offshore city, to be divided into three segments- business, residential and leisure, will be developed into a modern city with high rises, hotels, residential apartments, shopping malls, and other space to cater to the public needs.


http://www.colombopage.com/archive_11/Apr17_1303050739KA.php

lordvader
19-04-2011, 03:12 AM
Lotus Tower to begin work next month

National policy on broadband soon:

Sanjeevi JAYASURIYA

The final Bill Of Quantities (BOQ) of the proposed Colombo TV tower project is now being finalized.

The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) expects to start construction work of the tower next month.

The 350-metre tower in Peliyagoda will be constructed with an investment of US $ 103 million. This Lotus Tower will be the latest in the country with seven levels, TRCSL Director General Anusha Palpita told Daily News Business.

The tower is scheduled to be completed within 30 months and will be managed by a public company owned by the TRCSL.

Its shares will be issued to the public once the construction process is completed.

The country has sufficient TV and radio stations to match the frequencies available and we are in the process of re-aligning the radio frequencies to provide a better service to customers. A committee is appointed to study the situation, as at present there are more stations than the country can afford.

“A specialized team of engineers is working on this matter to provide a solution,” he said.

Though there is no room for another mobile service provider the TRCSL will take measures to introduce a player to the market in the event the present mobile industrialists fail to increase broadband penetration in the country.

The TRCSL’s aim is to increase penetration in urban and rural areas, as there is low penetration currently.

The TRCSL is concerned about the broadband speed provided by operators and to ascertain the speed subscribers will have the opportunity of speed testing utility from their own network shortly.

It is in the process of carrying out the initial work on the formulation of a national policy on broadband to enable an effective service, Palpita said.


http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/01/05/bus03.asp

lordvader
19-04-2011, 03:15 AM
Sri Lankan version of Rs. 11bn Eiffel tower mooted
Wed, 2010-11-10 02:50 — editor

By Santhush Fernando in Colombo
Colombo, 10 November, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa mooted setting up country’s tallest multipurpose tower at a cost of nearly Rs. 11bn (US $ 100) which will be funded by China.

The 350 meter-tall lotus-shaped tower is primarily built to house radio, television, and telephony serving greater Colombo area and will be equipped with restaurants and observation facilities for tourists.

Hopeful of listing 30 percent in Colombo Bourse

Sri Lanka’s telecom watchdog- Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) is hopeful of listing 30 percent of the venture in the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) within two years.The Cabinet recently approved the Memorandum of Cabinet presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, under whose purview TRC comes.

Broadcasting and telecasting towers together with telecommunication towers located in Colombo and suburbs are to be dismantled in stages, in order to be housed at the Peliyagoda tower. The tower along with the surrounding amusement park, is scheduled to be completed within three years.



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SOURCE: http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2010/11/10/sri-lankan-version-rs-11bn-eiffel-tower-mooted

lordvader
19-04-2011, 03:23 AM
Lotus Pond in the heart of Colombo:
The wonder world of performing artistes

by Padma EDIRISINGHE

Right now it has no name, I mean a cute little name. Its long and official baptismal name however is National Performing Arts Theatre. In Sinhala, Jathika Prasanga Kala Rangahala, a long-felt need in the aesthetic arena of the country.

The big baby, or more correctly, the huge giant is gradually emerging from the womb of the mega city in one corner of the cultural box of Colombo. This box in itself is fantastic in that for about two-and-a-half centuries it has been housing such vital institutions as the National Museum, the Archaeological Department premises and the Royal Asiatic Society premises. No other apt location could the baby have chosen to come out into the wide world.

For those digging into the antecedents of the area, it was at one time blanketed with the Kurundu Kale or the cinnamon groves of Colombo. Once this hotly pursued bride of the Orient, promoted here by the Dutch, was chased away by the British to make way for a swarm of human habitats and commercial complexes with the above mentioned venues too sprouting here and there.

The whole city was burgeoning not only into prominence, but also to an overspill of asphalt constructions that the city found it hard to breathe.

Prof. Nimal De Silva, who leads the Sri Lankan team in the venture of putting up the wonderland, says that the golf links of Colombo came to play the role of the lungs of Colombo enabling the city to breathe.

The Nomads Golf Links, one such land that later was converted into the Municipality Cricket Grounds of Colombo, today is the sprawling area throwing up the ‘wonderland’ with gusto and grandeur.

Springboard for action

According to the Professor, the idea of putting up a spacious venue for performing artistes was born as far away as the Sirimavo Bandaranaike regime. It again made some headway during Chandrika Bandaranaike's regime too, but only as an idea. The springboard for action was the vision and the electrified energy of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Fuelled by the attention of Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, bristling and vibrant action commenced.

Perhaps, some may argue whether there is the need for such a centre when the city is already endowed with the grand BMICH and other venues such as the John De Silva Theatre (in the vicinity), the Tower Hall, the Elphinstone and Lionel Wendt. But each of them does not aspire to the standards of a proper centre for performing arts.

The BMICH was built as a conference hall and not as a theatre hall and the others specifically built as theatre halls are not spacious enough and lack many a facility.

According to Cultural Ministry sources, the total project is funded by the Chinese Government - 40 percent as a grant and 60 percent as a soft loan. When the Chinese team came in, they had a look around the island for inspiration from Sri Lanka's traditional architecture, and the Lotus Pond of Polonnaruwa caught their roving eye.

So the Theatre for Performing Arts would bloom out in Colombo 7 in exactly the same aesthetic glory that is stamped in our second capital. Artistic motifs such as Palapethi and Narilatha will embellish its balustrades and stairways and ceilings, evoking the cultural efflorescence of the island of centuries gone by.

Seven storeys high, it is again a Sath Mahal Prasada in itself, sprawling in an area, which according to Ministry sources, spans 2.17 hectares, the building covering 15,562 square metres. Its main components are the theatre hall, rehearsal and dressing rooms, large cafeteria, and car park for 550 vehicles. A sophisticated lighting and sound system is another asset.

The petals as they open out provide seating to spectators. The ensuing dazzling view has only to be seen to be believed, but to be seen it is not yet complete and the accompanying visuals will help, constructing the envisaged Nelum Pokuna that will grace our commercial capital from the dawn of the 21st Century.

Nelum Pokuna! It means the Lotus Pond! What more fitting name than this for a venue of aesthetes that will raise the city to the choicest of the world's mega cities in the sphere of cultural showcasing and entertainment of rich vintage?

The writer is indebted to Wimal Rubasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs for his assistance in gathering information for this article.

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SOURCE: http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2010/03/28/spe01.asp

lordvader
19-04-2011, 03:27 AM
China gifts performing arts centre

By L.S. Ananda WEDAARACHCHI

The first International Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) which is a donation from China worth over Rs. 3,200 million will be opened soon. The construction work of this centre which is situated next to the Visual and Performing Arts University of Sri Lanka at Albert Crescent, Colombo 7 will be completed shortly.

The Sunday Observer had an interview with Culture and Arts Ministry Secretary Wimal Rubasingha on the IPAC.

Excerpts of the interview:

Q: What is meant by 'Performing Arts'?

A: Performing Arts could be defined as the joint and live presentation of dance, music and drama on stage.

Sri Lanka is endowed with an advanced civilisation and a culture of over 3,000 years.

We have a written record of history in the great chorinicle "Mahawamsa" going back 2,600 years.

Dance, music and drama have been Sri Lanka's pride for centuries. Legend has it that Prince Wijaya, the first king of Sri Lanka heard music when he met Kuveni who was spinning yarn.

Sri Lankans are a highly cultured people largely nourished by Buddhism for over 2,600 years. Buddhism acknowledges the aesthetic values of man.

Q: Why do you say that this is the first international Performing Arts Centre in Sri Lanka.

A: A fully fledged performing Arts Centre was a long-felt need of the Sri Lankan artistes. Although they used the BMICH Theatre, Royal College New Arts Theatre, Elphinstone or Tower Hall they were not perfect performing arts stages.

Q: Can you elaborate?

A: Asian countries such as Japan, China, South Korea have performing arts theatres that have facilities such as moving stages, dressing rooms, rooms for relaxing for artistes and car parks under one roof. The recently refurbished. Tower Hall has only 300 seats. Other centres cannot accommodate more than 500 persons. This was a long-felt need for Sri Lanka.

Q: What made China to donate such a state-of-the-art theatre to Sri Lanka?

A: China and Sri Lanka have had cordial relations throughout history. Famous Chinese Bhikkhus Fa-Hien and Hiyun San visited Sri Lanka in the sixth century.

Archaeological evidence bears testimony to China-Sri Lanka Social, Cultural and Economic relations which go back thousands of years.

Although China was willing to fund a part of the construction cost of the project at the beginning later they expressed wiliness to fund the entire project of Rs. 3,200 million.

Construction materials were imported from China for the project.

The Project Manager IPAC - former Secretary of the Smallholder Development Ministry S. Vithanage said that IPAC has all the facilities of a modern performing art centre.

It consists of an ultra modern moving stage on the ground floor, open arts theatre on fifth floor, 17 dressing rooms, office rooms, canteen and parking facilities for over 300 cars.

The Municipal grounds which has an extent of 2.17 hectares was taken over by the Cultural Ministry to set up the Centre for Performing Arts. The centre is 29 metres high and covers 14,000 square metres, he said.

Construction work of the IPAC is handled by China's Xanjian Group.

Its Deputy Chief Engineer and the Acting Head of the Chinese Staff Han Chunlei said that more than 100 Chinese engineers, technicians and labourers worked up to last month.

At present there are only 37 engineers and technicians tasked with the responsibility of completing the project on target.

Han said that the interior is expected to be completed before the end of this month.Chinese staff will work in Sri Lanka for a couple of months to train their Sri Lankan counterparts in the maintenance and operations work of the centre.

Sri Lankan engineers Gamunu Silva and Nimal Silva are the engineering consultant and architectural consultant for the project.


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SOURCE: http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2011/02/13/fea06.asp




RENDERING OF THE FINISHED BUILDING

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SOURCE: http://english.yanjian.com.cn/Photo/ShowPhoto.asp?PhotoID=13

fyuew
04-06-2011, 03:49 AM
Sri Lanka to end use of its colonial name Ceylon

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/03/AR2011010300570.html

This is good decision to improve ceylon tea brand

Madurai
19-06-2011, 04:01 PM
Sri lankan sea ways is now strengthened by starting a ferry between Colombo and Tuticorin. The name of the ship is Scotia Prince :)

Serendib
23-06-2011, 06:42 PM
US$ 1.5 billion financial assistance from China for Sri Lanka's infrastructure projects

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_11A/Jun23_1308845523CH.php

Airborne
28-06-2011, 08:10 PM
thanks for the info.

suzienderson
07-07-2011, 04:40 AM
These are the great pictures of Lotus tower. It looks great in the day but in the night I looks amazing. We can see the lighting of the building. I will go there to see.

JDFD
10-07-2011, 05:21 AM
In Sri Lanka, the people like the Formula 1?

Gothami Perera
10-07-2011, 11:51 AM
Actualy, formula 1 isn't a rated game in sri lanka.but it has some youngest crowed atraction.

JDFD
11-07-2011, 06:02 AM
Hmmm. In the Skyscrapercity i seen a thread wich says in Sri Lanka have a circuit with capacity to albergate a F1 race.

Thanks for the answer and sorry for my bad english :)

Serendib
10-08-2011, 06:08 AM
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One of the Sri Lanka’s long felt infrastructure needs will be soon fulfilled on September 2, when the first phase of the Colombo-Matara Expressway will be opened up to Galle taking a passenger to the Southern capital in less than one and a half hours. This would also be the country’s first toll highway. The first entry point from Colombo is at Pannipitiya, Makumbura.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/08/10/main_Business.asp

Serendib
11-08-2011, 08:55 PM
Building the expressway

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more : http://www.dailymirror.lk/caption-story/12867-building-the-expressway.html

Srilankan1
27-09-2011, 12:35 PM
Answer is simple...

Here we goes..

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Max
28-11-2011, 01:58 AM
SL exports to EU grew by 25% in first nine months

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=39991

Max
03-12-2011, 02:08 AM
National Geographic Traveler magazine has named Sri Lanka among its top six destinations for world travelers in 2012, lauding the island nation’s heritage sites, wildlife, lush landscapes and pristine beaches.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/12/03/news03.asp

Max
04-02-2012, 02:35 AM
Today - Sri Lanka Celebrates 64th Independence Day

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FROM INDIA

It gives me immense pleasure to convey heartiest felicitations and warm greetings to you on behalf of the Government and people of India on the occasion of the 64th Independence Day of Sri Lanka.

India and Sri Lanka share a centuries old friendship and a common heritage. Our close bilateral relations are characterized by the spirit of mutual understanding and constructive cooperation. I am confident that our relations will continue to strengthen in the years ahead to the mutual benefit of our two peoples.

I wish to convey my best wishes for your good health and well being as well as for the continued progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Sri Lanka.

Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister of India

FROM PAKISTAN

On behalf of people and the Government of Pakistan and on my own behalf, it is with immense pleasure that I extend heartiest and warmest greetings to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on the auspicious occasion of 64th National Day of the country.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have enjoyed close, cordial and cooperative relations in all fields since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The bilateral cooperation has witnessed a significant progress and diversification.

I am confident that our bilateral relations will be further strengthened and consolidated to the mutual benefit of our two countries in the years ahead under your leadership.

Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani
Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

FROM CHINA

On the auspicious occasion of the 64th anniversary of Independence of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, on behalf of the Chinese government and people and of my own, I wish to extend my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to Your Excellency and through Your Excellency, to the Sri Lankan government and people.

Under the leadership of Your Excellency, Sri Lanka has maintained social stability, rapid economic development and people’s living standard has been continuously uplifted. I sincerely hope that Sri Lanka will accomplish greater achievements in the path of nation building.

Since diplomatic ties between our two countries were established over half a century ago, China - Sri Lanka relationship has developed continuously, healthily and smoothly. Currently, China - Sri Lanka relationship is at its best in history. Our two countries have maintained frequent high- level contacts.

Our exchanges and cooperation in areas of economy, trade, culture and education, etc have achieved new progress. We support each other on the issues of major respective concerns. I’m willing to make joint efforts with Your Excellency to further promote the China -Sri Lanka All-round Cooperative Partnership to new heights. May Your Excellency enjoy good health. May Sri Lanka enjoy prosperity.

Hu Jintao
President of the People’s Republic of China

FROM BAHRAIN

On behalf of the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain and on my own behalf, I wish to convey to Your Highness, and through you to the Government and the people of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, my sincere greetings and best wishes on the happy occasion of celebrating the Independence Day of your country.

I am confident that the friendly relations and close cooperation that exist between our two countries will be further strengthened in the years ahead.

I take this opportunity to convey my best wishes for your good health, and happiness for the continued success and prosperity to the people of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka under your able and wise leadership.

Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa
King of the Kingdom of Bahrain

FROM AUSTRIA

On the occasion of the Independence Day of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka I take great pleasure in conveying to you my warmest congratulations. I take this opportunity to extend my best wishes for your personal well-being as well as for a happy future of the Sri Lankan people.

Heinz Fischer
Federal President of the Republic of Austria

FROM CZECH REPUBLIC

On behalf of the people of the Czech Republic and on my own behalf may I extend to you my most sincere congratulations on the National Day of your country – the Independence Commemoration Day.

I am confident that the traditionally good relations existing between our countries will continue to develop in the spirit of friendship and cooperation.

I avail myself of this opportunity to wish you good health, happiness and every success in your work.

Vaclav Elaus
President of the Czech Republic

FROM SINGAPORE

On the joyous occasion of the Independence Day of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on February 4, 2012, I wish to extend on behalf of the people of Singapore, our sincere congratulations and best wishes for the peace, progress and prosperity of your country and people.

Tony Tankeng Yam
President of Republic of Singapore

FROM MALAYSIA

On behalf of the Government and people of Malaysia, I wish to extend my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to you and the people of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, on this auspicious occasion of the 64th Anniversary of the Independence Day of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

I note with satisfaction that the cordial relations between our two nations have continued to strengthen over the years. With the existing strong bold of friendship and understanding, I am confident that the relations between our two countries will be enhanced in the years ahead.

Dato'Sri Mohd Najib
Prime Minister of Malaysia

FROM MYANMAR

On behalf of the people and Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, I have the great pleasure to extend to Your Excellency and through you to the people of Sri Lanka our warmest greetings and felicitations on the occasion of the 64th Anniversary of the Independence Day of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Thein Sen
President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

FROM CAMBODIA

On the auspicious occasion of the Independence Day of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on behalf of the Royal Government and People of Cambodia, I have the great pleasure to extend my heartfelt felicitations to Your Excellency and all my best wishes for happiness and prosperity to the people of Sri Lanka.

I strongly believe that the good relations of friendship and cooperation between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka will be further strengthened and deepened for the benefits of our two countries.

May I also take occasion to extend to Your Excellency my best wishes for your good health and greater success in your noble tasks in the years to come.

Hun Sen
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia

FROM THAILAND

On the occasion of the Independence Day of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, I have the honour to extend on behalf of the Royal Thai Government and the Thai people, my sincere congratulations and best wishes for the prosperity and progress of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and her people.

Yingluck Shinawatra
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/02/04/news11.asp

Serendib
09-02-2012, 07:30 PM
SL emerging as global sourcing destination

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Sri Lanka is clearly emerging as a global sourcing destination in the region according to the Tholons 2012 Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations report. The report identifies the top global cities and counties for outsourcing IT/BPO services.

In this year’s report, 14 cities have been cited from the South Asian region, with Colombo, Sri Lanka moving up the ranking by one position to the 19th position. With the improvement in the country’s value proposition in IT/BPO, the positive socio-political developments driven by the country’s improving security conditions have been highlighted as key reasons for attracting more companies focused on FAO (Finance and Accounting Outsourcing) and software development, in addition to the vast pool of accountants and software engineers in Sri Lanka too was taken in to account in this report.

The report highlights that South Asia is experiencing a continuing stream of investment from outsourced service providers with high- value solutions across vertical specific industries.

Leveraging on the location advantages, recently the global IT/BPO company Mphasis (an HP Company), set up their delivery centre in Colombo to provide high- value finance accounting outsourcing services out of Sri Lanka. The leading BPO service provider, First Source entered Sri Lanka with a joint venture with Dialog. Several others have set operations during the last two years, adding to the fast growing IT/BPO exports out of Sri Lanka.

The reports further said that the growth has also been accelerated by the conclusion of the 30-year civil strife in the northwestern region of the country paving the way for recovery and rehabilitation, serving to attract investments into the country. These positive developments in the country serves to move Colombo up one spot to 19th place this year, and remain as one of the top emerging cities in the report.

“Sri Lanka moving up the ranking highlights the improving strengths as an outsourcing destination. During the last two years, we witnessed steady expansion of existing players and a new interest from global companies to operate out of Sri Lanka. The IT/BPO and Knowledge Service industry is targeted to grow to become a billion dollar industry by 2015,” said SLASSCOM Vice President Madu Ratnayake.

SLASSCOM acts as the catalyst of growth for the Sri Lankan IT and BPO industry by facilitating trade and business, propagation of education and employment, encouragement of research and innovation, and by supporting the creation of a progressive national policy framework.

More information on the report could be obtained from www.slasscom.lk

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/02/10/bus01.asp

Serendib
05-04-2012, 05:57 PM
Apr 05, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government was compelled to take measures to control the rising usage of motor vehicles in the country since 2009 as the situation has become unbearable, a government minister said today.

Justifying the government's recent decision to impose heavy taxes on personal motor vehicles at the cabinet media briefing today in Colombo, Cabinet spokesman and Acting Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said the Sri Lanka's annual usage of motor vehicles has been rapidly increasing after government slashed the duty on vehicle imports by 50% in June 2010.

He noted that in 2009, the 211,679 of motor vehicles were imported and the figure rose 148% to 523,963 in 2011.

Had the government allowed the situation to continue for another two years, the road traffic would have become unbearable, the Minister said.

He also pointed out that with increasing number of motor vehicles the country had to import fuel and fuel import expenditure went up by 19% percent in January this year, in comparison to 2011 January. This increase in fuel imports amounted to US$ 484 million, the Minister said.

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12/Apr05_1333647835CH.php

Serendib
05-04-2012, 06:00 PM
The Sri Lankan economy registered its highest post-independence growth rate of 8.3 per cent in 2011, over the 8 per cent growth in 2010, with increased contribution from Industry and Services sectors, the Central Bank said this evening.

The growth in Agriculture sector was subdued, but was adequate to enforce a substantial downward pressure on domestic commodity prices. While year-on-year non-food inflation increased in March 2012 due to the full impact of the adjustment of domestic energy prices and bus fares, year-on-year food inflation remained negative for the third consecutive month.

Overall, the year-on-year change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index increased to 5.5 per cent in March 2012 from 2.7 per cent in February.

Domestic foreign exchange market has shown clear signs of stabilization following the expected volatility during the early stages of allowing greater flexibility in the Rupee/US dollar exchange rate, the bank said.

Accordingly, the Rupee, which depreciated against the US dollar to Rs. 130.41 on 21st March, appreciated by 3.94 per cent during the period from 21st March to 4th April 2012 to reach Rs. 125.47.

The increased foreign exchange inflows contributed to this stabilisation, while prudential measures implemented by the Central Bank supported this development.
Significant foreign inflows in the first three months of the year included the inflows to the Government securities market amounting to US dollars 400 million and inflows to the Colombo Stock Exchange of US dollars 164 million. Thereafter, on 2nd April 2012, the eighth tranche under the IMF-SBA facility amounting to US dollars 427 million was also received.

These and other foreign receipts to the private sector and the Government, have now raised the gross official reserves (without ACU balances) to approximately US dollars 6.1 billion as at 4th April 2012, which is equivalent to 3.6 months of imports, the bank said.

The Central bank also said that broad money supply (M2b) grew by 21.9 per cent, year-on-year, in February 2012.

Net Credit to the Government (NCG), increased substantially by Rs. 136.3 billion during the first two months of the year, while credit extended to the private sector also increased, year on-year, by 34.4 per cent (amounting to around Rs.100 billion in the first two months of the year).

These developments resulted in the continued high growth of monetary aggregates, although the recent policy measures introduced by the Central Bank are expected to decelerate the expansion in broad money supply in the near term. Towards such outcome, it is essential that the current shortfall in Government revenue is effectively addressed and public expenditure is further rationalised, so as to significantly lower the reliance on bank sources to finance the Government budget deficit.

Such a course of action would reverse the trend observed in the first quarter of 2012, and in that context, the recent upward revision of customs and excise duties on selected items by the Government is a display of its commitment to the necessary fiscal consolidation process, the Central Bank added.

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/04/05/lanka-records-highest-ever-gdp/

banuthev
26-04-2012, 11:29 AM
Promote your Travel Destinaton with Air Sri Lanka Forum..

SSCMK
26-04-2012, 04:16 PM
Banuthev, thanks for asking tourism info regarding Madurai and giving me an opportunity to explain the same. Madurai is the 2nd most visited place in TamilNadu next only to Chennai. It is because of the world famous Meenakshi Amman temple that was even about to become a world wonder. Apart from the Meenakshi Amman Temple, the town planning of the historical city will be awesome with planned ring roads kind of roads well in before several hundred years. You can find a mixture of tourism options in Madurai. Temple tourism (apart from Meenakshi amman temple, there are plenty saying about the temple architecture of the Pandya and Naicker rulers), Heritage tourism, Jasmine and agri markets tourism, Architectural tourism like palaces and Chettinad bungalows, Freedom fighters places are here, Jain caves, Mahatma Gandhi museum, Hill stations such as Meghamalai, Kodaikanal are there in the vicinity. Courtallam waterfalls (about 8 water falls are available there), Kanyakumari and Rameswaram beaches and temples are here, Many of the abodes of Lord Murugan such as Tiruparankundram, Pazhamuthirsolai, Tiruchendur, Palani etc. Meghamalai, Kalakkad are tiger reserves and give you thrilling wild life sighting also.

Since it is a very large content and explanation could not be done that easily, please try this link : http://www.maduraitourism.info/places-of-interest/

It has good details on each site when clicked.

To have a view of the places in the form of pictures, use this : http://www.developmenttourism.in/tourism_maduraiwonder.php

And if you need to explore the less known heritage sites, use this link : http://www.developmenttourism.in/maduraiwalk.php?id=9

This has many powerpoint presentations on less trodden places.

If you want to see everything in detail during your tour with good relaxation, it will take about 5 to 8 days for Madurai and allied South Tamilnadu. There are a lot many tourist guides available whose details may be availed in most cases in the hotel where you stay itself.

If you need more, let me know.

Thanks.

4R-ADA
27-04-2012, 08:44 AM
And if you need to explore the less known heritage sites, use this link : www.airsrilanka.org/forum/newreply.php?do=postreply&t=393

did you post the correct link??

SSCMK
27-04-2012, 04:40 PM
did you post the correct link??

Thanks for notification. I corrected my post with correct link and added another link also above that which has good pictures of the places.

Serendib
04-05-2012, 07:27 AM
http://www.news360.lk/tourism/18439-9999
http://www.news360.lk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/FTI-Berlin-plans-Colombo-entry.jpg
FTI Group, one of Germany’s leading tour operators will start operating a cruise line to Colombo Port over a four month period, starting from end this year.

Accordingly, the company will deploy the “FTI BERLIN” its flagship cruise liner, which will call at the Colombo port carrying up market Austrian, German and Swiss clientele.

The liner will call at and depart Colombo ten times between December 2012 and March 2013.

It will cruise from Dubai to Colombo and Colombo to Dubai with stops in Muscat and the Indian ports of Mumbai, Goa and Kochi.

Embarkation and disembarkation can be done both in Dubai and Colombo.

“All passengers disembarking or starting their cruise in Sri Lanka have the option of spending additional holidays in the Island, on the beaches or on round trips”, added a statement issued by the operator.

FTI’s Group CEO Dietmar Gunz who was in Colombo yesterday to announce the new plans said, “We are assured to be successful with this innovative cruise routing between Dubai and Sri Lanka”

The Company’s statement also said, the vessel ‘FTI Berlin’ consist of two restaurants, a bar, a lounge and a beer garden, one outdoor pool, one indoor pool and also a Spa etc.

Diethelm Travels, which is a subsidiary of the Hemas Group, Sri Lanka is the local partner of the FTI group

Serendib
17-05-2012, 08:14 PM
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ministry of Transport have commenced a technical cooperation project, to conduct a comprehensive study and formulate an urban transport master plan for the Colombo metropolitan region.

The study will focus on identifying the optimum methods of resolving traffic congestion and transport difficulties faced by the public in Colombo city and suburbs. It will review present conditions, on-going developments and future plans, to identify short and mid term measures to improve the existing transport system, and in the long term to establish possibly a new mode of transport as the core system to fulfil the growing public and corporate mobility needs.

The study will consist of a number of surveys to obtain accurate and current data of public requirements as well as traffic conditions. Ministry of Transport together with JICA conducted a trial survey in early 2012 in preparation for the main surveys. "We thank the public who contributed to the preparatory survey with their valuable input, and request public support also for the main surveys to ensure the core transport system is determined in line with the actual requirements of the public", said Mr. K. D. Dhammika Perera, Secretary of the Ministry of Transport.

The study is conducted under JICA’s technical cooperation assistance and is provided on the basis of a grant. Feasibility analysis for the identified core transport system would be also included in the study.

"Depending on the results of the study, we would positively consider financing the implementation of the core transport system under concessionary Official Development Assistance loan terms" said Harumi Ao, Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office.

The Record of Discussion for conducting the study was signed by K. D. Dhammika Perera, Secretary, Ministry of Transport in the presence of Kumar Welgama, Minister of Transport and Harumi Ao, Chief Representative of JICA – Sri Lanka.

JICA’s on-going support to development of the transport sector in Sri Lanka include financial and technical assistance for improvement of the road network including rural, provincial and national roads, construction of Southern Expressway and Colombo Outer Circular Expressway, and most recently the expansion and development of Phase II of Bandaranaike International Airport.

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=52052

Tanveer
19-05-2012, 07:31 AM
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ministry of Transport have commenced a technical cooperation project, to conduct a comprehensive study and formulate an urban transport master plan for the Colombo metropolitan region.

The study will focus on identifying the optimum methods of resolving traffic congestion and transport difficulties faced by the public in Colombo city and suburbs. It will review present conditions, on-going developments and future plans, to identify short and mid term measures to improve the existing transport system, and in the long term to establish possibly a new mode of transport as the core system to fulfil the growing public and corporate mobility needs.

The study will consist of a number of surveys to obtain accurate and current data of public requirements as well as traffic conditions. Ministry of Transport together with JICA conducted a trial survey in early 2012 in preparation for the main surveys. "We thank the public who contributed to the preparatory survey with their valuable input, and request public support also for the main surveys to ensure the core transport system is determined in line with the actual requirements of the public", said Mr. K. D. Dhammika Perera, Secretary of the Ministry of Transport.

The study is conducted under JICA’s technical cooperation assistance and is provided on the basis of a grant. Feasibility analysis for the identified core transport system would be also included in the study.

"Depending on the results of the study, we would positively consider financing the implementation of the core transport system under concessionary Official Development Assistance loan terms" said Harumi Ao, Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office.

The Record of Discussion for conducting the study was signed by K. D. Dhammika Perera, Secretary, Ministry of Transport in the presence of Kumar Welgama, Minister of Transport and Harumi Ao, Chief Representative of JICA – Sri Lanka.

JICA’s on-going support to development of the transport sector in Sri Lanka include financial and technical assistance for improvement of the road network including rural, provincial and national roads, construction of Southern Expressway and Colombo Outer Circular Expressway, and most recently the expansion and development of Phase II of Bandaranaike International Airport.

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=52052

It's definitely good news, Sri Lanka need bigger roads some thing like this

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/54626137.jpg

Serendib
20-06-2012, 07:11 PM
Sri Lanka Lotus Tower


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg1rGDRYk-M

umedhah
13-03-2013, 06:24 AM
Hi guys... can anyone help me on the quickest way to to share news/articles to the forum?? i.e. not just pasting a link... ( i need help on how to attach few images and post an article) thanks guys!!! :)

ak892
18-06-2014, 01:33 PM
If you're from the UK and don't already know, there's a great TV programme on British Airways which you can watch on BBC Iplayer. There's 3 episodes.

If you live outside of the UK and wish to watch it, I would recommend using Google Chrome and downloading a Google Chrome app called Hola. It's a great app which allows you to watch programmes from another country (which would other wise be restricted if you are not from that country).

channa
15-02-2015, 01:38 PM
It is good to see that new president of Srilanka Mr Maithripala Sirisena visiedt India using regular UL passenger flight instead of using a dedicated flight as done by his predecessor. He flew using UL 195 to New Delhi with a vey limited number of government delegation. This is a very good sign and saves lots of money for UL.
Except Mr Rajapaksha all other previous heads of state used to fly for state foreign visits using regular passagenger flight.

Max
31-10-2015, 06:40 AM
Nissan Leaf - Electric Revolution of
Sri Lanka

2015 Nissan Leaf review

The Nissan Leaf is the world's best-selling electric car, and this new 30kWh version has a longer 155-mile range. We've been finding out what it's like and what else is new.

http://cached.imagescaler.hbpl.co.uk/resize/scaleHeight/655/offlinehbpl.whatcar.com/galleries/RCW/nissan-leaf-2015-wc-0039.jpg

In case you’ve missed it, the electric revolution is underway. We’ve already got electric super saloons such as the Tesla Model S, and even a hybrid-electric supercar in the form of the BMW i8. If you want to sign up to this revolution but can’t afford those cars' hefty price tags, the Nissan Leaf 24kWh has offered you membership to the electric vehicle (EV) club since 2010.

However, if the 24kWh version’s claimed range of 124 miles (which in the real world is nearer 70 to 80 miles) isn't enough for you, then you'll be interested to hear that the world’s most popular EV can now go 25% farther.

It's thanks to the bigger battery in this new 30kWh model, which sits alongside the existing line-up. Nissan reckons it’ll manage a maximum of 155 miles on a single charge, which in general driving will be more like 100 to 120 miles.

The bigger battery is only available from the mid-level Acenta trim upwards, so prices start from £24,490 if you include the £5000 government subsidy. For that price, you also get a warranty that covers the battery for up to eight years or 100,000 miles. Curiously, the warranty for the 24kWh version remains at five years or 60,000 miles.

The new car is 21kg heavier than the 24kWh version, but that shouldn’t make too much difference to how it feels on the road. Indeed, the performance is identical, taking 11.5sec to reach 62mph, before heading to a top speed of just less than 90mph.

Whether you chose the existing 24kWh or the 30kWH version, all Leafs from Acenta trim up benefit from an improved infotainment system called Nissanconnect EV. This includes a DAB radio, 7.0in touchscreen and sat-nav, plus a host of new features.

For instance, the system can tell you how far you are from the nearest charging point – of which there are currently an estimated 9384 spread across the UK, including 500 30-minute rapid chargers - and whether or not it’s occupied.

Using an app on your smartphone you can also check remotely on the Leaf’s charge status, or, if you’ve forgotten where you left it, locate it on a map. On frosty mornings, you can even use your phone to switch on the car’s heater, making it nice and toasty before the morning commute.

http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/nissan/leaf/2015-nissan-leaf-30kwh-review/1367060

banuthev
08-01-2016, 02:05 PM
Sri Lanka to be made a global mega city: PM

Sri Lanka will be developed into a global city that will go between Dubai and Singapore where international trade and movement is concerned, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.

Speaking at the Sri Lanka Economic Forum 2016 in Colombo, the Prime Minister said the time had come to make plans to fulfil this objective. - Source & See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/102205/sl-to-be-made-a-global-mega-city-pm#sthash.GupQuIkk.dpuf

ejanson65
09-04-2016, 05:09 AM
Disclaimer:- I'm not an Investment advisor of any kind - my opinions are based on my own observations. I encourage everyone to do their own research to verify what I say and make the decisions that are right for them.

As you've probably been reading in the papers the GOSL is frantically trying to borrow money as they are rapidly running out.

There are negotiations ongoing with the IMF - they are the "lender of last resort". IMF are bastards - any loans always come with conditions. These always hurt the poorest people in the country.

There's plenty of information online about how the IMF operates.

The last time the GOSL borrowed money from the IMF one of the conditions was the devaluation of the Rupee. About 9 or 10 years ago the Rupee devalued over the course of a weekend. The official story blamed "currency speculators".

My guess is something similar is about to happen.

How to counter this?

Obviously you don't want to be holding Rupees.

Converting to Foreign currencies is an option (beware of the different rates between buying and selling). When I lived in Sri Lanka I had minimal Rupees in my account - I kept everything in Dollars and Euros. I know the rules are different for Sri Lankan nationals.

The other option is "hard" assets. These include Gold/Silver/Land/Property.

Land/Property are normally long-term investments and tie up money for a long time.

I'm not familiar with the Gold/Silver market in Sri Lanka but this is something that people could look into. The benefit of this market is that it is relatively easy to buy and sell Gold/Silver which makes it a good way to store wealth both short and long term. Normally you pay "spot price" plus a premium. The same sometimes goes for selling.

I personally own Gold and Silver (actual coins - not a piece of paper).

The idea is to convert Rupees before the devaluation and then convert back after this takes place. Depending on the premiums involved this may or may not be a good option.

Example:- You pay "Spot Price" + 5% for Silver. The Rupee devalues 10%. You make 5% on your investment.

There is plenty of information available on the Internet and I encourage people to do their own research.

You may not be able to stop your Politicians but you can protect your savings.

Hope this information is useful.

banuthev
09-01-2017, 05:43 AM
I would like to know your views about Sri Lanka leasing Hambantota Port to China for 99 years.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h-xQpUlPTY

Azamh
09-01-2017, 05:46 PM
I would like to know your views about Sri Lanka leasing Hambantota Port to China for 99 years.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7h-xQpUlPTY


I think it's a good idea also about the industrial zone.
Srilanka can't build any factory or production anytime soon.
If this china factories comes ,at least our guys will have jobs and can get experience,eventually it's a benefit for our country ,nowadays most of the srilanka s are 3wheel drivers others are labourers in Middle East which they don't get any life experience . The cycle is eg normally they study up to o/l due to family difficulties they go to Middle East work like horse 5-6 then coming back and drive 3 wheel then go behind politics ,this is the srilankan cycle ,for example as I know about China most of them work in factories part time they study, learn what happens in factory they try to open up a small work shop what big factory needs , for example a garment factory staff eventually open a work shop where he can print labels and sell it to the garment factory where he worked.

We need to change srilanka life cycle , currently only one bread winner all others just stay at home talking nonsense,
If we have factories even students can work part time ,then will not have poverty nowadays everyone depend on one person in family this kind of things will change, we can't wait till srilanka open there own factories now we need to go with the trend...

dilushasg-bdavi
09-01-2017, 10:07 PM
I think it's a good idea also about the industrial zone.
Srilanka can't build any factory or production anytime soon.
If this china factories comes ,at least our guys will have jobs and can get experience,eventually it's a benefit for our country ,nowadays most of the srilanka s are 3wheel drivers others are labourers in Middle East which they don't get any life experience . The cycle is eg normally they study up to o/l due to family difficulties they go to Middle East work like horse 5-6 then coming back and drive 3 wheel then go behind politics ,this is the srilankan cycle ,for example as I know about China most of them work in factories part time they study, learn what happens in factory they try to open up a small work shop what big factory needs , for example a garment factory staff eventually open a work shop where he can print labels and sell it to the garment factory where he worked.

We need to change srilanka life cycle , currently only one bread winner all others just stay at home talking nonsense,
If we have factories even students can work part time ,then will not have poverty nowadays everyone depend on one person in family this kind of things will change, we can't wait till srilanka open there own factories now we need to go with the trend...

Spot on!!

Serendib
29-07-2017, 06:08 AM
http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2017/07/27/china-buys-up-strategic-sri-lankan-seaport-as-the-maritime-silk-road-sails-on/

banuthev
26-08-2017, 11:05 AM
Guys,

My parents wants to rent out their property in Dehiwela through Estate Agent. So it will hassle free as Estate Agent would deal with maintenance, rent collection and rental issues.

Does any body know any reliable estate agent in Dehiwela and Colombo area?

Appreciate your support

Thank you,