Srilanka Waterfront Project continue as Cinnamon Life

John Keells Holding PLC’s subsidiary project of Waterfront has been renamed  as “Cinnamon Life” and continue their project as planned.

The project is expected to restrict the ability to rent space for gaming activities but it is to developed as both residential and commercial space with iconic design which believes would transform the landscape of Colombo

How much Maruti Suzuki Cars (Less than 1000cc) prices will go down in Sri Lanka after New Budget

Vehicle Importers Association Chairman Mahinda Sarathchandra stated to media that prices of vehicles below 1000 cc would come down only by Rs. 25, 000 in the wake of the 15% tax reduction announced in Thursday’s mini budget while all hybrid cars would go up by as much as Rupees one million.

The custom duty for less than 1000cc vehicle is 172.5% which had been imposed on cars below 1000 CC was reduced to 155.25% which would result in a decrease of Rs. 25, 000 for cars below 1000 cc.

New reduced bus fare from 1st February 2015

National Transport Commission announces the new bus fare revision after the fuel Price reduction in last week. The below Fare reductions will be implemented from 1st February 2015.

The starting bus fare has reduced by Rs. 1/- from Rs. 9/- to Rs. 8/-.

See below image for the details bus fare reduction from 1 to 305th Bus fare stage.

New reduced bus fare from 1st February 2015
New reduced bus fare from 1st February 2015

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Jaffna trade Fair – 23rd January 2015

The Jaffna International Trade Fair (JITF), the most comprehensive and ‘looked forward to’ exhibition in the North will be held for the sixth consecutive year at the Durayappah stadium in Jaffna from January 23 to 25.

The exhibition which was the first of the kind to be held in the Northern region of the country has throughout the years been renowned as the best and most potent platform for the meeting of investors, businesses and the masses in the region.

JITF has been hailed to be the common platform under which networking and expanding of investments, business ideas, existing businesses and sharing of knowledge occurs, after the end of the civil conflict that ravaged the area.

The North is yet to be fully penetrated by private investments and remains ‘virgin territory’, with many of the resources in the area yet to be fully utilized.

The exhibition last year drew record number of visitors with each exhibitor achieving well beyond their expected targets in terms of all indicators.

The exhibition will feature the construction industry, hospitality industry. Food beverage and packing industry, Automobile industry, ICT industry, financial services, Apparel, Agricultural, Consumer goods and many others, which will be on show during the three days.

Jaffna trade Fair – 23rd January 2015
Jaffna trade Fair – 23rd January 2015

Laya Waves at Kalkudah – Sri Lanka Army Newest Project

Sri Lanka Army’s newest project for rest and recreation, ‘Laya Waves’ at Kalkudah, built by Engineer Service Regiment (HSR) troops as one more addition to the Laya chain of hotels, was opened to the the public by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake on Monday morning during a formal ceremony.

The state-of-the-art Laya Waves with eight cabana-type constructions with deluxe single and family rooms overlooking the serene Kalkudah beach also has special suites in its two-storied building.

Dedicated as one more welfare project of the Directorate of Welfare, all Army personnel are entitled to receive concessionary rates in this picturesque hotel, erected in this area considering future potentials.

Commander of the Army after the formal inauguration closely watched the interior of the construction, in the company of officers and spoke to the new staff at the hotel. The Army-managed Laya Hotel chain has already won accolades for its management, facilities and services after the Army established Laya Beach, Laya Safari and Laya Leisure in Wadduwa, Yala and Kukuleganga.

Presidential Election Result 2015- Start Releasing Now

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Central Bank Introduce New Rs. 10.00 Coins with 25 District representations

Today, Central Bank Announce it is honour the people of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka by Launching a new series of Rs.10 coins

These new coins will be in circulation throughout the country, and could be used for payment in any part of the country.

See below images for how its represent each district as  and you could buy these 25 different Rs.10 Coins as collection as below

  • Coin Pack with 25 coins Rs.2,000 (with box) Rs.1,000 (with pouch)
  • Single Coin Card Rs.50/-
  • Coffee Table Book Rs.4,000


Those available for sale at

  • Economic History Museum: No.54,Central Point Building, Chatham Street, Colombo 1
  • Anuradhapura : No.341, Stage 1, Anuradhapura
  • Matara: No.35, Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Matara
  • Matale: No.805,Trincomalee Street, Mandandawala, Matale
  • Jaffna: No. 105, Arasady Road, Jaffna
  • Trincomalee: No. 103, Post Office Road, Trincomalee.
Central Bank Introduce New Rs. 10.00 Coins with 25 District representations
Central Bank Introduce New Rs. 10.00 Coins with 25 District representations

Sri Pada Season begins in December 6, 2014

Sri Pada season 2014/2015 this year will commence on December 6, with the dawn of Unduwap full moon Poya day and last till the Wesak full moon Poya in May 2015.

A preliminary discussion on making arrangements for the pilgrim season and providing facilities to the pilgrims was held yesterday at the Nallathaniya Health Centre.

Sri Lankan Railway Super luxury Trains Services Starts

The Sri Lanka Railway Department today announced the introduction of a super luxury services with adjustable box seats.

Railways Superintendent stated that it would be only one additional compartment that will have this facility.

The first services will inaugural on September 20th at 6.30 am from the Maradana Railway station for Colombo to Galle and Matara train. And these services would be made available for other trains as well in the future.

Officials said a ticket from Colombo to Galle would be priced at Rs. 800 while the ticket from Colombo to Matara would be priced at Rs.1,000.


Colombo International Book Fair 2014 Open till 16th September 2014

Sri Lankan Book Publishers Association organised an annual Colombo International Book Fair 2014 from 10th September to 16th September 2014 at BMICH from 9.00 Am to 9.00 Pm.

The Colombo International Book fair had open by His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa on 10th September 2014 for People at large of books lovers.

Visit to Colombo International Book Exhibition 2014, and enjoy your special discounts.

Colombo International Book Fair 2014 Open till 16th September 2014
Colombo International Book Fair 2014 Open till 16th September 2014

Kalpitiya to become a tourist destination

Kalpitiya area will be developed as a tourist destination, Wayamba Development Authority Chairperson stated recently.

He said Kalpitiya and Arugambay are two of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Wayamba is still at basic; level and much more have to improve in the tourism industry of the area.

Three tourist information centres are located at Kurunegala, Badagamuwa and Yapahuwa.

He states tourist hotels in Kurunegala are small. Wayamba has archaeological sites of four kingdoms, European colonial monuments, birds and wildlife sanctuaries and such areas should be developed as tourist hotspots.

The main target of the Wayamba Development Authority is to attract foreign as well as local tourists and boost hotel accommodation. He said there are less hotels in Kurunegala and this would affect tourism. A large number of youths will benefit if tourism industry in the area is developed.


Vannerikulam become Bird Sanctuary in Northern Province

A resolution was passed at the Northern Provincial Council to declare Vannerikkilam area within the purview of the Northern Provincial Council as a Bird sanctuary.

Preliminary work in Vannerikulam within tte Karaichichi Pradheshiya Sabha should be commenced forthwith and should be made available to the general public as early as possible. This would ease the minds of the people affected by the war and tourism too could be developed.


Urban Development Project at Kandy City at a cost of USD 100 Million

The strategic Urban Development Project centered round the historic Kandy City, would be launched in August, this year. Initially US$ 100 Million would be spent on this project handled with the active contribution of the Defence and Urban Development Ministry.

This was revealed at a special meeting held at the Kandy Kachcheri. It was also revealed that three sub urban main roads would be developed under this project. This would include the Getambe-Katugastota road via Gohagoda, Katugastota – Madawala road and Dharmasoka Mawatha.

Historical significance of the City of Kandy and its environmental protect ion will be given pride of place under this project while emphasis would also be given on attracting tourists and ensuring the safety of the pedestrians and drivers.

The Moratuwa University has already completed initial research work on the project, while land acquisition work for road development is already in progress.

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Central Bank decided to stop printing 10 rupee notes; replace by 10 Rupees Coins

Sri Lanka Central Bank decided to stop printing this lower denomination currency replacing it with 10 rupee coins.

Most of these notes are disfigured and the Central Bank is now issuing coins to all banks replacing the old notes, a senior official of the Central Bank’s currency management division said. The CB has placed a massive order to mint a series of 10 rupee coins featuring important land marks of Sri Lanka’s 25 administrative districts.

Sri Lanka army is into Economic Supportive development of Dairy farming

The Sri Lankan army, involved in business and economic activity since the May 2009 end of the conflict, is aiming to be one of the country’s largest milk producers.

As it expands its contribution to GDP growth – not through salaries, wages and expenditure on military hardware but real economic activity, the army has established its own Directorate for Agriculture and Livestock to promote agriculture and dairy industry.

This department is currently negotiating with an investor to import 10,000 cows with the capacity to produce 60 litres of milk per cow per day, from an Australian company.

A comprehensive plan has been crafted to increase milk production at its Kandakadu Agriculture Farm in Welikanda spanning over 11,140 acres and transforming it to become the biggest farm in South Asia. The milk production would be made available to MILCO for distribution.

Amidst the controversy last year, spilling into 2014, of contaminated milk from imported products, a campaign was launched to increase local milk production to reach self-sufficiency, and the army’s effort is in line with the national plan.

Sri Lanka annually requires around 900 million litres of milk but has the capacity to produce only 300 million litres, just 25-30 per cent of the total need. This is despite 30 per cent of the workforce of Sri Lanka being engaged in animal farming,

The milk food import bill costs US$400 million (or more than Rs. 49 billion) a year and the government’s plan is to attain self-sufficiency in milk by 2016. Several initiatives been directed towards this target through government and private sector efforts.

The army’s latest initiative is commensurate with its role of changing the landscape of Colombo and suburban areas and other cities including Kandy as well as entry into the hospitality and tourism sectors with the advantage of cheap labour and skills of security forces personnel. While there has been some criticism of the army’s role in business and allied activity particularly since it provides stiff competition to others which offer more costly services, the military hierarchy has somewhat deflated this criticism through showpiece infrastructure development like the Colombo Racecourse, the Arcade Independence Square, beautifying parks, playgrounds and the creation of walking, cycling and jogging tracks in Colombo and the suburbs.

The Kandakadu farm was taken over by the army from the control of the LTTE and reopened in 2011. The army is in the process of using the whole land area for agriculture, livestock and diary development. So far 300 acres have been cultivated while the dairy section of the farm currently has 200 milk cows.

According to military sources, the army will provide the skilled labour for the planned joint venture project with an Australian company which will set up cool rooms.

Meanwhile in another project to enhance local milk production, the Economic Development Ministry recently signed up with the Export Finance Insurance Corporation ( EFIC) of Australia and the Rabobank, Netherlands to provide funds to import 20,000 cows. Under this, the ministry will import 20,000 cows from Wellard Rural Export Pvt. Ltd, Australia at a cost of nearly $ 74 million (more than Rs. 9.6 billion).

In addition to the Kandakadu farm, the army has farms in Ella- Kantale, Kuttigala, Diyatalawa, Paanaluwa, Habarakada, Ekala, Kandakadu, Udayarkattukulam, Menik Farm, Nachchikuda, Kohilawaguruwatta, Palali and Wellakulam areas totalling 2196 acres.

Those farms grow paddy, corn, vegetables, fruits, coconuts, sugarcane, peanuts, oranges, arecanut, cinnamon, banana, jak, seasonal crops and produce dairy products. In addition, some of those farms carry out animal husbandry, poultry and dairy cattle activity.

Troops of the Sri Lanka Army General Services Corps are actively engaged in these projects island- wide and sell the harvest to the public at reasonable price.


Colombo City and Subs Garbage going to be Solid Waste to Puttalam

For the first time in Sri Lanka history, the Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) will transport garbage as part of a solid-waste disposal project in which garbage will be collected from Colombo City and the suburbs. The garbage will be disposed at a site in Aruakkalu in Puttalam under a newly formulated Municipal Solid Waste Disposal System.

Government was looking forward this project as environmentally acceptable and economically feasible solid waste management project for some time to dispose the solid waste collected in the Colombo City and the suburbs such as Nugegoda, Kaduwela, Moratuwa, Ratmalana, Mt. Lavinia, Ja-Ela and Kolonnawa.

At present 700 metric tons of solid waste is collected in Colombo each day while 1,200 metric tons are collected from other urbanized local authorities.

How to search where the train is in Sri lanka (system to keep track of trains) – Click

A new train tracking system to enable the public view coastline train movements, has been launched. The train tracking system named Railway Traffic Optimisation System (RTOS) was launched today at the University of Colombo’s School of Computing (UCSC), and could be viewed on

General Manager Railways, B.A.PAriyaratne said the system was developed based on research where problems regarding technical issues were studied.

Railway Dept’s, National Research Council and UCSC undergraduates conducted joint research on the railways and came up with a solution to train delays and safety.

UCSC Lecturer, Dr Kasun De Zoysa said the RTOS is a train tracking system based on the GPRS system that could be monitored via computers or devices such as mobile phones with internet facility.

The system provides direct information on trains operating, their destinations, their speed and the time table including cancellations. The facility will be available to engine drivers and station masters as well, and will help them monitor the train movements.

Commercial Bank begins renovation of Sri Pada steps – as CSR Activity

The Commercial Bank has begun work on renovating two sections of the steps to the summit of Sri Pada for the benefit of thousands of pilgrims who make the trek up Sri Lanka’s holy mountain. The Bank’s CSR Trust has allocated substantial funds for the project, which entails repairs to the steps between lamp posts 192 to 212 and 247 to 260, on the stretch leading up to Seetha Gangula.

The work in two phases is due to be completed in December, before the commencement of next Sri Pada worshipping season. Labour for the project is provided by the Civil Defence Force.

This is the second occasion that Commercial Bank has undertaken restoration of the pathway up Sri Pada. Commercial Bank’s Maskeliya Branch has undertaken to coordinate the project, liaising with suppliers to arrange the building materials, and the Civil Defence Force unit attached to Sri Pada.

The Commercial Bank previously funded the reconstruction of the pathway between Seetha Gangula and Thenna in 2008.

Sri Pada is revered as a holy site by several religions and annually thousands of pilgrims climb the steps up this holy mountain to worship. It is of particular significance to Buddhists due to the belief that the foot print of Ix>rd Buddha is imprinted on top of the mountain.

The peak pilgrimage season is in April. Preserving Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage is one of the focus areas of the CSR Trust of Commercial Bank. Two of the main projects it has completed in this sphere are the construction of a Museum at Krivehera and the renovation of the lamp posts donated by the Bank to Dambulla Temple.

Commercial Bank contributes a percentage of its post tax profits annually to its CSR Trust, established in 2004. The Bank defines the overall goal of its CSR policy as ‘to generate measurable and sustainable social dividends for different segments of society, in particular those which require empowerment and enrichment’.

Other initiatives of Commercial Bank’s CSR Trust include donation of IT laboratories to schools, presenting scholarships and laptops to undergraduates, providing English education to rural school children, supporting healthcare projects around the country and supporting facilities for war heroes.

The only Sri Lankan Bank to be listed three years consecutively in the world’s Top 1,000 Bank’s, Commercial Bank operates a network of 235 branches and 590 ATMs in Sri Lanka. Ranked the most valuable private sector brand in the country in 2014, the Bank has won multiple awards as Sri Lanka’s best bank over several years, and was adjudged one of the country’s 10 best corporate citizens by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in 2013.

Government allows import of high-powered motorbikes

The Government will allow the import of high powered motorcycles -from 450 cc to 1001 cc — upon payment of duty.

The decision by the Cabinet of Ministers overturns objections earlier by the Police that they did not possess such high capacity motorcycles to cope with an influx.

Ministers have decided to lift the restrictions imposed on the import of high powered bikes up to 1001 cc. They can now be imported legally and registered with the Department of Motor Traffic.

Last year the Government granted permission to register motorcycles with high capacity engines only for sports purposes. The approval of the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence was needed for such imports. Prior to that, the import of motorcycles with a capacity higher than 350 cc was banned.

Earlier, the police had expressed concern over granting of permission for high-powered motorcycles as they could be used for criminal activities and they could escape as the police did not have such powerful bikes. However, recently, the Police imported some 230 bikes of 600 cc capacity. But most of them have been distributed in and around Colombo.


New Luxury buses for Arugambay and Passikuda

The Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) will launch two super luxury bus services along Arugam Bay-Colombo and Pasikuda-Colombo routes from this week.

SLTB Chief Operations Superintendent said the bus fare will be Rs. 1,100 per person on the Colombo-Arugam Bay route while the bus fare per person would be Rs. 1,000 on the Colombo-Pasikuda route.

Meanwhile, a new supper luxury bus service was introduced on the Colombo-Badulla route last week the bus fare per passenger is Rs. 750 per journey.

Super luxury buses already operate on the Kandy-Kurunegala, Kalpitiya-Kandy, Kalpitiya-Colombo, Colombo-Puttalam and Colombo-Chilaw routes.

The number of buses will be increased according to the needs in the future. He said that buses of a high standard were purchased by the SLTB with passenger safety in mind. Well-experienced drivers and luxury coaches are a must to operate transport services on long distance routes. We have trained drivers in this regard.

We plan to add more super luxury buses to the main towns and cities including the North and East on both expressways in due course

NSBM Green University Town will be open in 2015

South Asia’s first Green University Town, NSBM will be open for both Sri Lankan and foreign students by the end of 2015. The university town is a great investment as the country can save a large amount of money spent by students for their foreign university degrees.

The university, being constructed in 26 acres at a cost of Rs. 10.2 billion, will have state-of-the-art lecture hall facilities, laboratories, libraries, modern auditoriums and cutting-edge tech labs, proffering the highest standards of education at its three faculties of Computing, Management and Engineering. It will house 30,000 local and foreign undergraduates.

The university complex will also have hostels, free study areas, cinemas, walking and lounge areas, swimming pools, modern gymnasiums and a business unit. The contractor of the project is Maga Engineering Ltd, while Engineering Consultants (Pvt) Ltd consultancy services. The Bank of Ceylon extends financial facilities


The transmission of 300 MWs to the national grid from the third and final phase of the Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant (LCPP) was expected to begin by the end of August, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) announced. Two generators are running at the moment with a capacity of 300 MWs each and the installation of a third generator with the same capacity is almost completed now. With the launching of the three phases of the LCPP by the end of this month the CEB will be adding 900 MWs to the national grid.

The total cost of the three phased LCPP, one of the largest development projects undertaken by China in Sri Lanka, which started construction in 2006, was US$ 1,341 million (Rs. 1,743 billion). With commissioning of the LCPP, the CEB would be in a position to provide power to every household in the country. The country’s power coverage is at 96% at present.

Kandy expressway to go via Pothuhera (Kurunegala)

Initial plans made for the proposed Kandy Expressway have been changed because hilly areas are an obstruction to the expressway having direct access from Ambepussa to Kandy, According to our amended plans the expressway will start in Kurunegala and move via Pothuhera and Mawathagam to Kandy.

The interchange to the expressway would be at Pothuhera, a few kilometres from Kurunegala.  And the Expressway from Pothuhera to Kandy is 52 kilometres.

Meanwhile the Ministry said feasibility studies for the Northern expressway had been completed and the acquisition of land and other planning work was now in progress.

It said the proposed Northern Expressway would be constructed in four stages. The Northern expressway will start at Kurunegala and continue to Dambulla via Melsiripura and Galewela. From Dambulla the Expressway will turn towards Jaffna in the North and Trinco in the east.

Srilanka Start Exporting King Coconuts and Self-sufficient in Coconut Production

Srilanka have commenced to export king coconut. Around 700,000 king coconuts have been exported during the first six months of this year. It is a 276 percent improvement in king coconut exporting.

And Sri Lanka has never imported coconuts since 2010 as the coconut industry achieved a huge progress with the establishment of the Coconut Development and Janatha Estate Development Ministry, Minister Jagath Pushpakumara said.

The new export venture will boost srilankan foreign income earning and will give a good foreign export exposure to the local king coconut manufacturer.

Sri Lanka Police is going to Update CCTV installation in Colombo

A new CCTV technology and an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system are to be installed n tie Colombo District Police said.

The Sri Lanka CCTV system established in 2010 is operated under a Senior DIG and a DIG. The 105 closed circuit cameras installed at main intersections in the Colombo city continuous transmit images that are viewed in the control room on 28 LCD screens.

The unit stores images for several toys and are used for “National Security Purposes, and the City traffic management that has a daily average of over 200,000 vehicles in the Colombo city.

The new AN PR system is to capture an image of the number plates of vehicles automatically. The existing system would only take a picture of the entire frame as a whole. ‘Sometimes we would not be able to decipher the number plate from the image taken with the new system we would get good images of the number plates. CCTV cameras have also been installed in Kandy and Galle cities and are to be updated with the new system after Colombo. The project has been done in collaboration with the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka Telecom, and the Ceylon Electricity Board. Metropolitan office (Pvt) Ltd and the Colombo Municipal Council.


How is your experience of Srilanka’s Long Distance Bus Travel?

Chairman of the National Transport Commission (NTC) Renuka Perera states that the passengers will enjoy improved long distance bus travel in Srilanka. Most of the bus travel services has been hassle due to lack of proper toilet facilities and the availability of clean food.

From recent inspections carried out by the Ministry of Health it was found that Iong distance buses stopped at rest houses that were of ‘C Grade’ quality. Perera said that around 35 C-Grade rest houses identified along long distance bus corridors. “We have given these rest houses three months to improve their facilities and quality of service. If they agree to upgrade to B-Grade, we will improve facilities available to bus travellers in such rest houses,” he said.

He added that inspections will be carried out by the Ministry of Health in three months’ time and action will be taken against rest houses that operate in unhygienic conditions. “Bus drivers decide at which rest houses they stop. We do not want to stop that practice, but if they fail to upgrade to B-Grade within three months, the NTC will select other rest points.

Therefore we hope the long distance bus services will have a proper restroom and hygienic foods in near future.


Bogambara Prison Coverted to New Hotel in Kandy

The land of Bogambara Prision located 8.5 Acres is proposed to construct a hotel, a leisure area, mini cinema, shopping complex and a stage for cultural and entertainment activities by the Urban Development Authority (UDA).

The proposals still on a planning stage and the construction work is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year and would be completed in two years at a cost of Rs.300 million which is funded by the UDA.