SriLankan Airline New Business Strategies of MRO and Domestic Flight services

SriLankan Airlines will negotiate with an Asian based air service company to begin a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) centre at the Mattala airport in Hambatota.

SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ajith Dias states proposal for an MRO at the Mattala international airport was in the pipeline for several years but it never got off. We are now in talks with an Asian counterpart to get this project of the ground at least now and this MRO will help the bottom line of the airline to a great extent as they could harness big business due to SriLankan Engineering’s track record.

He further said Srilankan Airlines are going to re-evaluate to begin domestic operations next year by acquire two 40 seater aircraft for this operation and hope to operate regular flights to selected domestic airports out of total 12 domestic airports in Sri Lanka. and with increased tourism we see great potential in this project.

Commenting on the re fleeting of the airline by the end of this year they will have seven new aircraft increasing the total fleet to 20. In the next two years we will get eight more. Subsequently all ageing A340 aircraft will be retired and Sri Lankan will have a fleet less than 3 years of age. All these aircrafts will be for SriLankan Airlines and not for Mihin.

With the new aircraft the national carrier will add more frequencies to key destinations. The airline may not look at new routes but will increase frequencies to existing destinations that include China, London and India.

Korean company keen to start Mega City project in Sri lanka

Top officials from one of the world’s leading township developers, Korea Land and Housing Corporation were in Sri Lanka looking for a township development project to the value in excess of USS 5 billion.

The team met senior officials of the Megapolis Authority last week and informed that they are here on a fact finding mission to build a mega township development project which would be one of the biggest in South Asia.

The official said We are keen to create a new city in the Western Province in an area of around 300 hectares of land. He further said that with the new political developments, Korea Sri Lanka relations have reached a new dimension and they were also very impressed with the concept of Megapolis. This is the new trend of the world and we are happy to note that this is being followed by Sri Lanka even at this late stage.

The official said that they would clear the given land and have modem infrastructure in place for a ‘Mega City’ and then invite Korean and other investors from around the World to build housing, recreation, commercial and other facilities in it.

The company, then plans to link the proposed ‘City’ with a speed train which too would be included under the project. And ministry also said that they have similar projects located 50 km off the capital and they are connected with a speed rail link. Due to this link a resident in the ‘Township’ could get to the Capital in less than 20 minutes.

He said this proposed ‘Mega City’ would be self sufficient in every need of a modem population. ‘The project would have its own sewerage and garbage clearing system. They would also generate electricity from this waste and give it back to the Mega City.”

“Security too would be a prime concern and special cameras would be installed to even track each vehicle entering and departing. This would be based on vehicle registration number plates.”

Another first for Sri Lanka would be the special bus and speed train service where the station and the bus stand would have the route, arrival and departure times of each bus/train on a digital screen. He also disclosed that Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modhi too had requested them to build six similar models in India and they are currently engaging this.

Sri Lanka Minimum monthly salary of public servants now Rs. 30,040/-

The Deputy Minister Policy Development and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva said the Sri Lankan Public Sector has enjoyed a highest salary increment since Independence on 1948.

The current Basic Salary for the Public Servant is about Rs. 30,040/-, how ever a low scale Private sector Employee gets approximately Rs. 15,000/- as their basic salary.

It is a great increment for the public sector as promised in the Presidential election campaign.

Senior Citizen Fixed Deposits new interest rates, Deposits Less than 1 Million 15% and Deposits Less than 2.5 Million 12% per Annum – Confirmed by Central bank of Sri Lanka

Central Bank of Sri Lanka has said that it had instructed all the banks to allow senior citizens who are over 60 years of age to avail them of the special interest scheme meant for them as announced in the interim budget of 2015, with effect from February 1, 2015.

Accordingly, senior citizens above the age of 60, who held fixed deposits not exceeding Rs.1 million in aggregate in all banks as at January 31, 2015, would be eligible for an interest rate of 15% per annum. Senior citizens who have reached the age of 60 after January 31, 2015 and hold fixed deposits not exceeding Rs.1 million will also be eligible for the same interest rate.

Senior citizens who opened fixed deposits of up to Rs.2.5 million prior to January 16, 2015, under the previous scheme, will be eligible for a 12%per annum interest rate

Free Wi-Fi access in Sri Lanka Railways Station for rail passengers

Railway passengers in Sri lanka would be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi facilities at some 100 selected railway stations in the country by April, the Railway Department said to news.

Under this programme Wi-Fi hotspots are due to be established in over 100 stations around the country with the support of Sri Lanka Telecom which is a leader in Telecommunication in Sri Lanka.

Railway Commercial Superintendent  stated to media that “We are going to begin this programme next week from the Fort Railway Station. By April, there will be almost 100 railway stations with free internet access which enables passengers to access internet via smart phones or tablets”. And the infrastructure facilities for the project are still being constructed by the Railway Department in the selected railway stations.

Another joint project was launched by SLT and Mobitel that has provided access to free Wi-Fi hotspots on Intercity Express trains for passengers. It was launched by SLT Chairman, Kumarasinghe Sirisena yesterday in the Jaffna Station

Impact the Ban of Sri Lanka Fishery Product Exports to Europe

The European Commission has stated that the ban on the purchase of fishery products from Sri Lanka imposed since the island had failed to take necessary steps to halt the fishing while violating maritime boundaries and several conditions imposed by the European Union.

Sri Lanka has export around 1,500 tonnes of Sri Lanka fishery products to Europe and it is about 50% of total fishery exports from Sri Lanka.

The ban cause to loss of USD 200 Million to the country and many fishery exports companies faced to closing down.

Green Light to Colombo Port City Project

The Cabinet of Sri Lanka has decided to continue with the Chinese government assisted Colombo Port City Project. This decision has been taken at the Cabinet meeting held in 5th February 2015.

The China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) is one of the major investors in the Colombo Port City project which would reclaim land on the Colombo shoreline. The company will also own 20 hectares of the land on completion and have a 99 year lease on another 170 hectares, the total extent of the development being 233 hectares.

It is learned that the Colombo Port City Project has approved with out a license for the Casino.

This project funded through a loan from EXIM Bank of China.

~ NEWS~

Why Indian visits to Sri Lanka (Few Reasons to visit Sri Lanka)

Srilanka is a fast growing tourist destination in South Asian country which attracts more Sri Lanka Honeymoon Packages and Typical Sri Lanka cultured wedding Packages.  In addition to that Sri Lanka cater to all needs of your tourism in nature, Beaches, Wild life safaris, cultural tours, Sri Lanka History tour, Honeymoon Tour, Education Tour and Shopping tours within this tiny island.

But for last 20 years Indian Tourist to Sri Lanka is keeping as higher number of foreign tourist arrivals, these days the Indian tourist arrivals denoted about 16% of total tourist arrivals of Sri Lanka tourism.

There are few reasons for Indian Tourist to visit Sri Lanka

Cost of Air Travel Cost (Flight to Sri Lanka)

Flights are quite affordable, A Delhi-Kochi return fare for weekend would cost INR 16,905 while a Colombo return would cost INR 22,576. Plus,  of course a ‘foreign’ tag to boast about.

VISA Process

The Emigration and Travel Approval or ETA, equivalent to a visa, is online and comes in minutes. Immigration clearance in Colombo is a breeze with travellers getting a free SIM card.

Hotels

Booked online with no advance required – all payments on arrival. The rates for decent three to four star hotels range between INR 7,000 and 12,000 with breakfast and wifi free.

Liquor

Freely available and fairly cheap. Unlike Kerala you don’t have to hide beer in coffee mugs at bars

Getting around

The expressway to the city from the airport is a smooth drive. Cars can do up to 120 kmph on the southern expressway though many prefer the longer, more scenic route. Highway to Jaffna also good.

Food

Quite cheap with plentiful seafood, and so are taxis and public transport

Shopping

Not on the scale of Bangkok but Colombo does offer quite a few international brands at bargain prices. Also does great linen and handlooms

 

Pakistan looking forward USD 1 Billion trade with Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka ‘s second largest buyer in SAARC, Pakistan is set to push towards US $ 1 billion trade target, as the next step in boosting bilateral trade.

The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka stated to the news that there is great upward trade potential that we can jointly explore beyond the current US $460 million volume, and therefore it is time to take steps to move towards US$1 billion in bilateral trade, as our next trade goal. Sri Lanka was the first country with whom Pakistan signed an FTA. This shows the importance

The Pakistan Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (PSFTA) came into force in June 2005_

Srilanka Dual Citizenship open now for all Sri Lankans

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake presenting the interim budget 2015 said that the option of dual citizenship would be available to all persons of Sri Lankan origin and granted after due valuation. A payment of Rs. 500,000 will have to precede each individual request.

Furthermore, provision will be made for foreigners seeking resident static in Sri Lanka who are in a position to invest US$ 10 million in the country. All such applications would be subject to the approval of the Defence Ministry, and would need to be renewed every 5 years. The visa fee for such persons will be Rs. 25 million.

 

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

Samsung Mobile Phones loosing Market Position in India and China

The times are changing. And so are the preferences of Smartphone users in the world’s two biggest markets – India and China. These changes do not bode well for global market leader, South Korea’s Samsung Electronics.

Recent industry figures have shown that during the second quarter of the year, Xiaomi, a handset maker in China, and Micromax of India have toppled Samsung from the top spot in each of their home markets.

The main reason, is that both Xiaomi and Micromax offer Smartphone which are low-on-price, high-on-specs models – which are more wallet-friendly than those Samsung has to offer.

In the no-holds barred battle of the handset makers, dominance in the Chinese market really matters.

Firstly, it is already the world’s biggest market for Smartphone. More than 108 million of the things were sold here in China in the second quarter of this year, something close to 40% of what was sold globally.

And secondly, with a total of 700 million Chinese people already owning a Smartphone, there is, in a population double that size, still room to grow. But how much growth there might be is a big question and, in terms of new users, price is probably a key driver. Which is where Xiaomi has been driving home its advantage.

~NEWS~

Government of Srilanka Supports to upgrade Masulita Vocational Training Centre in Kampala, Uganda

It is happiest news to see, where srilanka is helping an African national to develop their vocational training centres, especially the Government has taken steps to upgrade the Masulita Vocational Training Centre in Kampala, Uganda.

The proposal has been approved by the Cabinet of ministers. It follows a recommendation by Dullas Allahapperuma, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development. Instructions have gone out to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Kampala to arrange for suitable land in consultation with the Ugandan Government for this purpose.

 

Arrested Pakistanis and Afghans in Srilanka is expected to be sent back

There are discussions going on to sent all arrested Afghan and Pakistani asylum seekers and their families back to their countries as early as possible. The news stated those who visited as asylum seekers came with return air tickets would be sent back and not deported, whereby there would be no record of deportation on their travel documents.

There are 75 Afghans, and 1443 Pakistani asylum seekers in Srilanka, where some of 185 Pakistani and 2 Afghans who were given refugee status here are to be relocated in third country.

In the aftermath of the flow of asylum seekers, the Government has withdrawn on arrival visa facilities for Pakistanis. However, this facility is still available for Afghans.

.london domain is available from 29th April 2014

This year the internet is changing. For the first time in a generation London businesses have an opportunity to claim a web address that associates them with London, one of the greatest cities on earth, and make their web address more relevant and memorable. It is why we are supporting the new Dot London domain.

It is hard to imagine that 25 years ago few of us had heard of the internet now we take it for granted: watching films on demand and buying the weekly groceries.

To date companies have marked their presence online with generic internet domains like .com or .co.uk. From April 29 London businesses will be able to choose something more relevant and memorable -.london – a domain uniquely associated with the city and its powerful global brand. However, a web address ending in .london says more about a business than just where it is – it is a statement about who they are and the aspirations they pursue.

As companies we rely on the web as a shop window for delivering goods and services. But it is also a tool for making connections. Twenty-five years ago it was about connecting computer networks. Today it is about connecting with people, communities and customers – and being relevant to them.

As the internet changes so businesses must evolve. We are all signing this open letter in support of the new Dot London domain and for all the benefits we believe it can bring. We would urge others to support it as well.

100 years of Tibet on 29th Nov to 1st Dec 2013 at Kandy City Centre

The Embassy of People’s Republic of China organised an event 100 years of Tibet on 29th Nov to 1st Dec 2013 at Kandy City Centre Level 02.02 from 10.00 Am to 7.00 Pm.

Taken by Tibet’s first photographer, the 10th Demu Denzin Gyaco and his second son Demu Wangiug Doje, the chairman of the Tibet Photographers’ Association.

Entrance Free

For more information see below image

100 years of Tibet on 29th Nov to 1st Dec 2013 at Kandy City Centre
100 years of Tibet on 29th Nov to 1st Dec 2013 at Kandy City Centre

CHOGM heads to name baby elephants

Wildlife Conservation Department (WCD) officials have provided an opportunity for the Heads of States arriving in the country to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 to name a baby elephant in the Udawalawa Elephant Transit Home (Eth Athuru Sevana) with a name of their choice.

This is the event with the purpose to passing the Srilankan National Wealth of Elephants and the Wildlife environment to their respecting Country heads and to promote tourism into the country in long run.

2015 US Green Card Lottery begins today 1st October to 2nd November 2013

The US Embassy Colombo made an announcement today that the 2015 Diversity Visa Lottery Programme also know as Green Card Lottery 2015 will start accepting online applications from 9.30 PM ( Srilanka Time) on 1st October 20133 till 9.30 PM on 2nd November 2013.

The Diversity Visa Lottery or Green Card Lottery is an annual program that allows people who were born in certain countries, including Sri Lanka and Maldives to apply for a chance to migrate to the United State of America Legally.

Click Here for Diversity Visa Lottery or Green Card Lottery Programme Instructions

 

Public Presentations on Diversity Visa Lottery Program

MATALE

Venue: Matale Town Hall, Matale

Date:  October 05th 2013

Time: 10:00 am

 

KANDY

Venue: E. L. Senanayake Children’s Library Hall

Kotugodalla Street, Kandy

Date:    October 5th 2013

Time:   03:00 pm

 

COLOMBO

Venue: Bishop’s College Auditorium, Colombo 03

Date: October 9th 2013

Time: 5:30 pm

 

FREE ADMISSION TO EVERY ONE – Click Here to Register for the Above Programmes

Introduction of Diversity Visa Lottery or Green Card Lottery could be available at Below Link

English: http://travel.state.gov/pdf/DV_2014_Instructions.pdf

Sinhala: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/sri-lanka/5/pdfs/dv_%20requirement_sinhala.pdf

Tamil: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/sri-lanka/5/pdfs/dv_%20requirement_tamil.pdf

 

Eligibility for the DV Program

In order to be eligible to receive a Diversity Visa, registrants selected by the automatic system will be required to prove at the time of their visa interview that they have met either the education or work experience requirement of the DV program.

Education: The minimum educational requirement is the successful completion of 3 GCE A-level subjects, not including General English.  In compliance with U.S. immigration regulations, completion of 6 GCE O-level subjects is no longer sufficient to qualify for the DV program.

Work Experience: Applicants without the necessary academic qualification can instead use work experience to qualify.  Applicable work experience is defined as two years of work experience within the previous five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform.

The State Department uses the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net OnLine occupational network database (http://online.onetcenter.org/) to determine qualifying work experience.  The qualifying occupation must be listed in this database with a designated “job zone” of 4 or 5 and a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) range of 7.0 or higher.  Occupations that have a job zone lower than 4 and/or an SVP range of less than 7.0 will not qualify under the DV program.

Diversity Visa Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters

The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. All applicants should be familiar with information about DV scams provided by the Federal Trade Commission. Also, review the procedures for the DV program provided below, so that you know what to expect, when to expect it, and from whom.

DV 2013 Program:

Entrants in the Diversity Visa 2013 program may now check the status of their entries through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website through September 30, 2013.

For All Successful DV 2013 Entrants: If you have been selected for further processing in the Diversity Visa program, after you receive instructions, you will need to demonstrate you are eligible for a diversity immigrant visa by successfully completing the next steps. When requested to do so by the Kentucky Consular Center, you will need to complete an immigrant visa application, submit required documents and forms to the Kentucky Consular Center. Please note that the Kentucky Consular Center will provide application information online ONLY through the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website www.dvlottery.state.gov.

Diversity Visa Program Fees & Interview Appointment Date

Selected program entrants will be provided further instructions along with their appointment date, including information on fees associated with immigration to the U.S.  The Diversity Visa application fee is currently $330 (Rs.44,600) per person.  The application fee is the only fee required and it is to be paid to the cashier at the U.S. Embassy at the time of the visa interview. This is the only fee for the Diversity Visa Program.

Please bring all the documents listed on DV Checklist for your visa interview. Applicants must schedule their medical appointments with one of the panel physicians. Medical forms are available with the panel physicians. 

 

Source: http://srilanka.usembassy.gov/visas/diversity-visa-lottery-program.html

 

 

Nissan to recall 841,000 vehicles due to steering wheel glitch

Nissan Motor Co Ltd will recall about 841,000 vehicles worldwide including Nissan March Model, as a result of a steering wheel glitch. These cars were produce in Britain and Japan between 2002 and 2006.

It is pulling back vehicles in Japan, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. The bolt used in the steering wheel of these cars may not have been properly tightened and at worst the steering wheel may not function, as stated by Nissan.

While there s No accidents, injuries or deaths have been reported Nissan will fix the glitch by either tightening the bolts or replacing the steering wheel with a new one. The repair will take about 40 minutes.

~ NEWS ~

China Boosting Sri Lankan Economy for Long term Relationship and Building Srilankan Products in China

Vice Minister of China’s Ministry of Commerce Chen Jian expressed interest in boosting two-way trade between the two countries and further promoting investments during a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees.

The delegation from China’s Commerce Ministry is in Sri Lanka to take part in the joint economic and trade commission during which the delegations of the two countries will discuss plans for the next three to five years. “Our bilateral relationship is in very good shape,” Jian said. “China and Sri Lanka have a long-standing and traditional friendship. There is no barrier to further cooperation between us.”

While China-Sri Lanka two-way trade is growing, “the two countries should work together to reduce the trade deficit.” he said.

The Chinese officials informed President Rajapaksa that Sri Lankan products are becoming more popular in China and that they hope more Sri Lankan products will be introduced to the Chinese market in the future. With regard to investment promotion, Jian indicated that China, in addition to collaborating on large-scale projects would also like to invest in small and medium-scale projects.

VIP Protection Training Course for 30 Maldivians Police Personals

The Special Task Force (STF) of Sri Lanka Police conducted a special training course for Maldivian Police personnel on VIP protection. 30 Maldivian Police Officers including two female officers who followed the VIP protection training course, passed out at the STF Training School in Katukurunda, Kalutara.

The passing out parade of the Maldivian officers was held under the patronage of STF Commandant DIG R.W.M.C. Ranawana. Maldives Police Service Assistant Police Commissioner Ahamad Saudee and – Maldives Police Commissioner’s International Coordinator Joona Lathief were also present.

The STF has organised several VIP protection courses for Maldivian Police personnel. The course support police personnel to develop their professional skills.

UK Visa Applications will be online from May 6, 2013 in Sri Lanka

Applicants and dependants applying for a UK visa will need to make their applications online from May 6. British High Commission sources in Colombo said; The High Commission said May 6, 2013 this date, manually completed application forms will no longer be accepted.

Online applications and appointments will be mandated for all applications under the points based system. visitor and settlement routes. This means applicants will need to complete and Click here to submit your Online Application

Applicants will then need to print off a hard copy of their application form and make an online appointment to attend their nearest visa application centre (VAC). They should bring the application form printout to their appointment at the VAC, along with the necessary supporting documentation. Applicants will need to give their biometrics (finger scans and digital photograph) at the VAC in line with the current practice.

By completing and submitting a visa application online, the customer saves time when attending the visa application centre. This is because information about the application has been received and recorded. It is also possible for the relatives of applicants to assist them to complete their application online.

Click Here to Obtain Online VISA Application for United Kingdom

News

1699 Chinese nationals Works in Sri Lanka

The News indicated that the 1,699 Chinese nationals are in Sri Lanka with encaging in to the 14 Projects being implemented under financial assistance of China.

The most of the Chinese nationals are engaging in activities at Colombo – Katunayake highway projects and Norochcholai coal power Projects; which is out of 42 Project financial assisted by Government of China

Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio selected as new Pope

76 Years old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio selected as 266th Pope. The Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose his Name as Pope Francis.

The Pope Francis from Argentina Latin America and he is the first Pope from Latin American region.  The Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is born in December 17, 1936, ordained as a Jesuit in 1969 and appointed as Cardinal on 1998.

New Sources

 

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

Cambodia Angkor Wat Temple attracts over 2 Million Foreigners in 2012

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat Temple, one of the World Heritage Sites, received 2.06 million foreign visitors last year, which is 28% higher than last year of 1.61 million.

Cambodia Angkor Wat Temple Entry Fee

One day for Foreigner USD 20.00
Three Day for Foreigner USD 40.00
Weeklong visit for foreigner USD 60.00

 

Number of Tourist arrivals in 2012

Country Number of Tourist
South Korea

339530

Vietnam

220050

Chinese

184965

Japan

134630

Thailand

129660

United States Lead China in Owning Rolls Royce Cars

The Rolls Royce a Luxury British carmakers announced that the Rolls Royce recorded highest sales in Year 2012, amounted of sold 3,575 vehicles in 2012.

And the Rolls Royce is remaining leader in ultra luxury segment vehicles costing above USD 265,000.00. And United States overtook china to regain the number one regional position.

 

China Launches World Largest Bullet train services

China starts services on the world largest high speed rail route on 27th December 2012 from Beijing to Guangzhou of 2,298 Km.

At the initial travels the trains traveled at an average speed of 300 Km per Hour over the line includes 35 stops in major cities.

China established high speed rail networks in 2007 and complete its world largest railway track of 8,358Km in 2010 and it could be expected to be almost double in 2020.

The New High Speed Train services are launched before China’s Lunar New Year Holiday Period which falls in mid of February 2013. So this train service would be more utilized by hundreds of millions people in China.

 

TechCamp Mumbai 2013 – Digital Capacity of NGOs focus on Youth Development in South Asia

The U.S Consulate centre, Mumbai organizing TechCamp Mumbai 2013 a South Asia regional conference on February 19- 21st 2013. The event will be focus on the theme of youth empowerment through 140 international technology experts for highly motivated NGO participants from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Srilanka and Maldives.

The TechCamp Mumbai 2013 will provides low or no cost new and online technology training to help them address some of the most pressing social changes in south asia.

See below image for more information about TechCamp Mumbai 2013 and process to participate.

 

TechCamp Mumbai 2013 – Digital Capacity of NGOs focus on Youth Development in South Asia
TechCamp Mumbai 2013 – Digital Capacity of NGOs focus on Youth Development in South Asia