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2014-04-29 08:41:38

MUMBAI, COLOMBO, Sri Lanka and DALLAS, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- - Launches a 600-seat facility - About 1000 direct and 1500 indirect jobs to be generated Aegis Limited, a global outsourcing and technology services company, today officially inaugurated its newest center in the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka. This experience center was inaugurated by Dr. Lakshman Jayaweera, Chairman & Director General, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka in the presence of...

2012-10-22 04:02:22

Hyatt Regency Colombo becomes first Hyatt hotel in Sri Lanka and Crystal Travel continues to wow its members by adding a new vendor. Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) October 21, 2012 According to sources at Crystal Travel, they just signed a new vendor, ensuring that the members of their private travel club will be of the first to visit the newest Hyatt in Sri Lanka. According to the October 19, 2012 article on the website Hotel News Resource, "Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that a Hyatt...

2008-06-16 09:01:06

Sri Lanka's trade deficit, largely because of higher food and fuel imports in April, soared to $659 million from $393.8 million in the year-ago period. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka reported Monday the deficit in the four months of this year totaled $2.045 billion, compared to $1.063 billion in the same period of last year, Colombo Page, a Sri Lankan Internet news site, reported. Sri Lanka's foreign exchange reserves at the end of April totaled more than $3.3 billion, the bank said.

2006-08-08 05:12:53

COLOMBO (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in a central residential neighborhood of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Tuesday, killing two people, including a small child, the military and a Reuters witness said. "The blast was near St. Paul's college, it was a van," said a military spokesman. "There are several casualties... two dead." A Reuters witness at the scene saw the boy of a child on the tarmac, with a towel draped over it as an elderly man cried nearby. The body of the second...

2006-06-14 22:41:39

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Up to 20 people were feared killed in a mine attack on a civilian bus in central Sri Lanka on Thursday, police said. "There were 50 people on the bus including schoolchildren," police Deputy Inspector General Kingsly Ekanayake told Reuters." He did not say who was responsible for the attack, which took place in the central Anuradapura district. The army has blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for similar attacks on military buses.

2006-05-05 03:54:23

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's air force destroyed a rebel Tamil Tiger boat off the island's northwest coast on Friday, a senior official said, adding that a second boat had been destroyed by the navy in an incident already reported. The air attack, near the northwestern Mannar district, was the first of its kind in over a week. The government launched two days of strikes on rebel positions in the northeast last week after a suicide attack on army headquarters. "There were two...

2006-04-12 04:21:48

By Peter Apps and Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - For Buddhist monks and astrologers, when Sri Lanka permanently puts its clocks back thirty minutes at midnight on Friday, the island is putting itself back in sync with the stars and planets. For those of a more technocratic bent -- including the island's most famous foreign resident, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke -- shifting the country's clocks for the third time in a decade in unnecessary and harmful to its image. And...

2006-03-06 05:57:05

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will permanently move its clocks back by half an hour in April, a senior official said on Monday, putting the island five and a half hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in line with neighbor India. The director of the policy research and information unit at the Sri Lanka's president's office, Lucien Rajakarunanayake, said the decision came after parents complained that it was still dark when children left for school in the mornings. "It is the...

2005-12-23 04:59:05

COLOMBO (Reuters) - The bodies of 12 sailors have been recovered from a bus attacked by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in northwestern Sri Lanka, the navy said on Friday, in the worst ever breach of a 2002 truce. The exact number of dead we do not know but we have recovered 12 bodies, navy spokesman Jayantha Perera said. Earlier, an army spokesman said the rebels had detonated a claymore fragmentation mine and a land mine as a naval bus and truck passed down a road.

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'