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Sam “The Man” – we never forget!

Posted on 20 July 2017

  Colombo – 1957,a boy who had just left school was asked to play the Saxophone for Leonard Franke’s band “The Manhattans.” He never looked back. Music was to become his life for the next sixty years. It took him from the Royal Albert Hall in London to the United States, Salzburg-Austria, Canada, Japan, Australia, […] Continue Reading

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SRI LANKA

SriLankan Airlines global network expands to highest number of destinations

Posted on 19 July 2017

Colombo, July 19, 2017: SriLankan Airlines recorded an exciting milestone last Sunday as it launched a new four-times-a-week service to Coimbatore. This took SriLankan’s online destination count to 41, the highest ever in Sri Lanka’s aviation history. With the recently launched routes to Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, as well as the seasonal flights to Gaya and Varanasi […] Continue Reading

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SRI LANKA

Former Ceylon cricketer Dr. Cyril Ernest chief guest

Posted on 19 July 2017

  Thursday, July 6, 2017  At the invitation of Rev. Bro. Henry Dissanayake, Director of St. Benedict's College, top all-round sportsman and former Ceylon cricketer Dr. Cyril Ernest, now domiciled in the USA will be the chief guest of the St. Benedict's College Prize Giving 2017 on Friday July 7 at the College premises. Dr. […] Continue Reading

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SRI LANKA

Purelankan is a Sri Lankan eBook Store that offers English, Tamil and Sinhala eBooks

Posted on 18 July 2017

    Purelankan is a Sri Lankan eBook Store that offers English, Tamil and Sinhala eBooks. These eBooks are read on the exclusive Purelankan iOS and Android Apps, available on both smartphones and tablets.  For anyone interested to use the service, it is a very simple process. You have to sign up and purchase ebooks […] Continue Reading

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CRICKET

Sri Lanka’s Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal promises to play fearless cricket

Posted on 18 July 2017

by Rex Clementine – Courtesy: The Island.   Former great Aravinda de Silva always speaks of trusting your instincts and playing an aggressive brand of cricket that often upsets the rhythm of the opposition. As Sri Lanka completed a stunning four wicket win chasing down a mammoth 388 run target to keep their unbeaten record […] Continue Reading

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SPORTS

Sri Lanka chase record total to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in one-off Test

Posted on 18 July 2017

Sri Lanka chase record total to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in one-off Test. After losing ODI series, Sri Lanka restore some pride as they chase down record 388-run target to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in one-off Test. Rangana Herath was star of the match for his 11-wicket haul; Dickwella and Gunaratne hit solid fifties […] Continue Reading

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Tribute

THOMIAN LIVE WIRE GAMINI GUNAWARDENA PASSES AWAY IN THE UK – BY IVAN COREA

Posted on 16 July 2017

Ivan Corea remembers his Thomian batchmate and friend! Gamini Gunawardena is no more. Everyone knew him as ‘Chucker’. The "larger than life Chucker" full of stories, jokes and that hearty laugh. His death was untimely, his sister Patricia was by his side at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington as he slipped away peacefully at 3.15 a.m.  […] Continue Reading

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CANADA

This Is A MUST Read: Take A Gander At This Amazing, But Little Known, 9-11 Story

Posted on 16 July 2017

  This incredible story is from a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15: On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic. All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As […] Continue Reading

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SRI LANKA

SRI LANKA: Tourists From Seven Countries To Be Screened due to Security Concerns

Posted on 16 July 2017

By Indika Sri Aravinda – Courtesy: The Sunday Leader. The government has decided to screen tourists from seven countries including Syria, Pakistan and Nigeria. Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs S. B. Navinna told The Sunday Leader the screening will be carried out in light of national security concerns. Visitors from Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, Ivory Coast, […] Continue Reading

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SRI LANKA

Level-playing field key to tourism growth in Sri Lanka

Posted on 15 July 2017

        Sri Lanka is a destination with a high degree of peace with the entire world knowing the fact that our troubled times are over. However we still are struggling to ensure a reasonable bottom line for all the industry investors. The main reasons are being the supply of government- approved, star-rated […] Continue Reading

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USA NEWS

Sri Lankan doctor among 14 indicted in largest ever US medicare fraud

Posted on 15 July 2017

  A United States-based Sri Lankan-origin doctor is among 14 people charged in the Central District of California for allegedly participating in health care fraud schemes. Dr. Kanagasabai Kanakeswaran was indicted late last month on one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks for health care referrals and four counts of receiving kickbacks for […] Continue Reading

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SRI LANKA

Dual Citizenship At A Price!

Posted on 15 July 2017

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, TSL. Dual Citizenship from a Canadian perspective vis-a-vis Sri Lanka!  If you are a dual Canadian citizen used to travelling to or transiting through Canada by air with a non-Canadian passport, you will no longer be able to do so as of November 10, 2016. You will need a valid Canadian […] Continue Reading

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InMemoriam

‘SAM THE MAN’ will be laid to rest on Sunday, July 16 at Mt. Lavinia Cemetery

Posted on 14 July 2017

SAMARASINGHE – NIHAL (SAM THE MAN) – Beloved son of late Solomon and Gertrude Samarasinghe – Dearly beloved husband of Felicia,​ loving and devoted father of Nuwan – Loving father-in-law of Koshi,​ loving brother of Tasil,​ passed away on Tuesday,​ 11th July 2017. Cremation at Galkissa Cemetery on Sunday,​ 16th July,​ 2017 at 10.00 a.m. Cortege […] Continue Reading

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SRI LANKA, Travel & Hotels

Special fares from Emirates on travel from Colombo to Singapore & Melbourne

Posted on 14 July 2017

  July 14, 2017. Emirates has made travel from Colombo to Singapore and Melbourne significantly more affordable with Companion Fares announced this week. The special offer for two or more people travelling together, has prices of Economy Class return tickets starting at just Rs 36,162 to Singapore and from Rs 116,339 to Melbourne, both fares […] Continue Reading

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SRI LANKA

BOI Chairman Upul Jayasuriya has resigned his post on personal grounds

Posted on 13 July 2017

The Chairman of the Board Of Investment (BOI) Upul Jayasuriya has resigned from his post on personal grounds. His resignation comes as the BOI faces allegations over some of the agreements it had signed in the recent past. Jayasuriya was the former President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka. Speaking to Ada Derana, Jayasuriya […] Continue Reading

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CRICKET

Mathews stepping down a sad saga

Posted on 13 July 2017

  Courtesy: By Srian Obeyesekere. The great game called cricket is also about heartbreak! Heartbreak off the field as much as it is about the ecstasy of high performance and defeat and the bonding camaraderie the centuries long noble game manifests. Indeed, the ups and downs in criowncket like in life is a part and […] Continue Reading

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Editor, TSL

Thilan Wijesinghe to head National Agency for Public Private Partnership

Posted on 13 July 2017

The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) in a proactive directive has called on Thilan Wijesinghe, former Chairman/DG of the Board of Investment to head a cohesive new agency called 'National Agency for Public Private Partnership. An initiative by the Finance Ministry and International Trade Ministry, this is hailed as an excellent move by the government to […] Continue Reading

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Editor, TSL, SRI LANKA

Use of polythene, rigifoam, shopping bags banned effective September 2017

Posted on 13 July 2017

Central Environment Authority (CEA) has banned the use of polythene lunch sheets, rigifoam boxes and shopping bags, with effect from 1st of September. The Government yesterday decided to impose a ban on the use, sale and production of polythene, including commonly used lunch sheets from September this year, following a proposal presented by the expert committee […] Continue Reading

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Headline, SRI LANKA

Coimbatore becomes SriLankan Airlines’ 14th destination in India

Posted on 17 July 2017

Colombo, July 17: SriLankan Airlines is pleased to announce the launch of new services from July 16th to Coimbatore, the second largest city in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu.  Accordingly, the airline will be offering a four-times-a-week service to Coimbatore, connecting the state’s second largest city to the world through its global route network. […] Continue Reading

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SRI LANKA, TOURISM

Kavan Ratnayaka to head Tourist Development Authority

Posted on 14 July 2017

Chairman of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. (ANCL) Kavan Ratnayaka has been appointed the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA). The SLTDA is the body entrusted with the tourism industry and Ratnayaka is tasked with implementing a national tourism plan that will positively affect the tourism industry. Ratnayaka, who is responsible […] Continue Reading

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Headline, SRI LANKA

Breaking News: President removes BOI Chairman and Board

Posted on 14 July 2017

Executive action following criticism on the way BOI was run and underperformance Upul Jayasuriya says he was to resign anyway for personal reasons and decisions made at BOI were in best interests FDIs fell to a new low last year due to weak foreign investor sentiments on policy inconsistency Assures future outlook for FDIs promising as Govt. keen to create […] Continue Reading

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