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2008-09-27 15:00:24

The Government of India has commended SriLankan Airlines for its handling of Indian VVIP flights during the recent SAARC Summit in Colombo. The gathering of Presidents and Prime Ministers of the eight- nation South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) involved hundreds of senior government officials from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka, amidst tight security. SriLankan Airlines provides ground handling facilities for all airlines and...

2008-09-12 09:00:19

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, Sept. 12 Kyodo - Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake will visit Japan for four days starting Monday, the Foreign Ministry said Friday. Wickremanayake is scheduled to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on Wednesday, the ministry said. Originally published by Kyodo News Service, Tokyo, in English 1114 12 Sep 08. (c) 2008 BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights...

2008-09-09 21:00:11

Sri Lanka's jungle adventures Adventure tourism a growing global phenomenon Lazy summer days at the beach getting a tan are pass as Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Board (SLTPB) is marketing the country as an adventure destination with adventure seekers being identified as a potential growth market. "Adventurous holidays are a rapidly growing trend in global tourism and an increasing number of travellers are seeking out new adventures like Sri Lanka having done the usual African Safaris,"...

2008-09-02 09:00:26

Sri Lanka has first lady captain in aviation industry COLOMBO, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- With Anusha Siriratne being appointed as SriLankan Airline's captain recently, the South Asian island now has a lady captain in its aviation industry for the first time, the Daily Mirror reported on Friday. The newspaper quoted SriLankan Airline's CEO Manoj Gunawardena as saying that the appointment "is a significant event for the national carrier." Interestingly, Captain Anusha and her husband Captain...

2008-08-30 09:00:49

Text of report by Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order website on 30 August The Japanese government has extended further support for humanitarian de-mining activities in Sri Lanka and has provided a grant assistance of 1.6m dollars (approximately 170m rupees) to FSD (Swiss Foundation for Mine Action) and DDG (Danish De-mining Group) to accelerate de-mining activities in the conflict-affected areas, particularly Jaffna, Batticaloa and Trincomalee, so that the...

2008-08-19 06:00:50

Profit Attributable to Equity Holders from Continuing Operations Surges to HK$1.2 Billion HONG KONG, Aug. 19 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Key highlights: -- Total mobile customer base rose 68% year on year to 11.1 million; particularly strong momentum in Indonesia -- Turnover increased 22% year on year to HK$11.8 billion -- EBITDA was 14.7% up year on year to HK$3.2 billion -- Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company from...

2008-08-11 09:00:49

Ditech Networks (Nasdaq:DITC), a leading provider of voice quality solutions to the world's communications industry, announced today that Dialog Telekom, Sri Lanka's leading mobile service provider and a subsidiary of TMI Group, has deployed additional equipment from Ditech Networks to extend voice quality throughout its GSM network. This deployment further establishes Dialog as a technology leader in providing consistent voice quality to its rapidly growing base of mobile subscribers, no...

2008-08-09 06:00:16

SriLankan Airlines reported a 33 per cent surge in tourist traffic to Far Eastern destinations including Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Singapore among leisure travellers from the Sultanate of Oman. V. Ravindran, Sri Lankan Airlines' Manager of Oman, said: "An increasing number of Omani nationals and expats chose to travel with SriLankan on their way to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Singapore for holidays during the summer and made a stopover in Colombo as part of their itinerary." He reported a 33...

2008-08-04 18:01:03

By Joshua Norman COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Almost exactly eight months before Hurricane Katrina, Sri Lankans faced one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. About 30,000 Sri Lankans perished when a tsunami created by an undersea earthquake crashed ashore on Dec. 26, 2004. Tens of thousands more were injured or lost property. Yet today, nearly all say they have recovered from the trauma of the disaster. The answer to their recovery lies in their community, most say, specifically their...

2008-08-04 18:01:03

By Joshua Norman COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - It was morning when the water unexpectedly rose and rushed ashore, destroying nearly everything in its path. The human toll was inexplicable and fears of a mass mental health crisis were profound. Those are just some of the many similarities between the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. While the number of victims was vastly larger in Asia - more than 250,000 people were killed in the tsunami; 1,836 were confirmed dead with...


Latest Sri Lanka Reference Libraries

Sri Lankan Elephant, Elephas maximus maximus
2014-04-11 10:52:49

The Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is a subspecies of the Asian elephant that can be found in Sri Lanka. This species resides in lowland dry zone habitats in eastern, southeastern, and northern areas of Sri Lanka. It reaches an average height between 6.6 and 11 feet at the shoulders and weight between 4,400 and 12,000 pounds. It is darker in color than the other two subspecies of the Asian elephant and has more depigmentation its belly, face, ears, and trunk. Only seven percent...

Purple Faced Langur, Trachypithecus vetulus
2014-04-11 10:26:51

The purple-faced langur or purple-faced leaf monkey (Trachypithecus vetulus) is a species of Old World monkey that can be found in Sri Lanka. It prefers to reside in mountainous areas in southwestern regions of this range, in habitats known as wet zones. It can be found in the canopies of dense forests at low elevations. This species holds four subspecies including the western purple-faced langur, which is one of the most endangered primates in the world, and the dryzone purple-faced langur....

Sri Lanka cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum
2014-02-09 09:22:38

Cinnamomum verum is an evergreen tree species. The plant may also be commonly referred to as True cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, or Sri Lanka cinnamon. C. verum belongs to the Lauraceae family. This small tree is popular because its inner bark is used to make the common spice cinnamon.  A large majority of plants grow in Sri Lanka; however it is cultivated for commercial purposes in other regions. C. verum trees can grow anywhere between 32 and 50 feet tall. Its leaves are longer than they...

Sri Lanka cat snake, Boiga ceylonensis
2013-10-14 14:36:42

The Sri Lanka cat snake (Boiga ceylonensis) can be found in Sri Lanka and throughout the mountain ranges along the Western side of India, the Western Ghats. A member of the Colubridae family, this species is mildly venomous and bites rarely cause any issues other than some local swelling. The species has a fairly aggressive disposition and is known to strike out and bite when in danger or feels threatened. Typically, a Sri Lanka cat snake measures approximately 4 feet long. You can expect...

Sri Lankan Leopard, Panthera pardus kotiya
2012-12-10 12:05:00

The Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) is a subspecies of the leopard that is native to Sri Lanka. The range of this subspecies is highly fragmented, but in some areas, it does occur in high numbers. It prefers many types of habitats including rainforests, arid scrublands, evergreen monsoon forests, upper and lowland forests, and damp forests. The Sri Lankan leopard differs in size depending upon sex. Males can reach and average body length of about our feet with an average weight...

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