ADB provides $2 million grant for relief efforts in Sri Lanka

ADB approves $100 million additional funding for Sri Lanka

Colombo, April 2 (newsin.asia) - The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors, on Monday, approved a 100 million dollars results-based loan as additional financing for the Sri Lankan government's efforts to develop skills to meet labor demands, support economic diversification, and enhance productivity in the country, the ADB said in a statement. “Sri Lanka has achieved universal primary and high...

Sri Lanka to introduce light railway system, seperate lanes for public buses to ease traffic congestion

Sri Lanka’s Light Rail Transit system to be operational by 2025

Colombo, April 2 (newsin.asia) - The Sri Lankan government is planning to establish a Light Rail Transit System (LRT) in capital Colombo that will be operational by 2025, the government information department said here Monday. The government is taking measures to implement a LRT project to establish an efficient and effective passenger transport system in the Colombo Megapolis area, the...

Maldives calls Germany’s bluff on punitive cancellation of flights

Maldives calls Germany’s bluff on punitive cancellation of flights

Colombo, April 1 (newsin.asia): The Maldivian airports operator has called the German Ambassador’s bluff about a purported decision by major European airlines to cancel flights to the Maldives to punish the Abdulla Yameen government for alleged transgressions of democratic norms. The Colombo-based German envoy for the Maldives, Joern Rohde, tweeted on Friday: "We hear big airline carriers from Europe will...

US visa applicants to be asked about their social media history

US visa applicants to be asked about their social media history

Washinton, March 31 (Reuters): The US State department is expected to introduce a regulation by which US visa applicants will have to reveal their social media identities over the previous five years as a security requirement. The proposal, which must be approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), would require most immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants to list...

28 million apply for 90,000 jobs in the Indian Railways

28 million apply for 90,000 jobs in the Indian Railways

New Delhi, March 31 (Times of India): Over 2.8 crore (28 million) people will take the online examination for nearly 90,000 jobs offered by the railways in what is being touted as as the world's largest recruitment exercise. In fact, the number of applicants for the scarce government jobs may rise further before the deadline comes to an end today....

Bank of China to link Sri Lanka to China, India and the world, says Wickremesinghe

Bank of China to link Sri Lanka to China, India and the world, says Wickremesinghe

Colombo, March 29 (newsin.asia): The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has said that the Bank of China, which opened its branch here on Wednesday, will help the Sri Lankan economy link up with the world, namely, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI); the vast Indian economy through the proposed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA); and the European market through...

Indian officials explain to Lankan businessmen the benefits of the all India Goods and Services Tax

Indian officials explain to Lankan businessmen the benefits of the all India Goods and Services Tax

Colombo, March 27 (newsin.asia): At the request of Government of Sri Lanka, the High Commission of India here organized an awareness workshop on the Indian Goods and Service Tax (GST) on March 23. A three-member delegation from the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), Government of India, headed by Commissioner Upendra Gupta conducted the workshop. Sonali Wijeratne, Director General,...

Sri Lanka’s re-developed Eastern airport set to boost tourism into former war ravaged areas

Sri Lanka’s re-developed Eastern airport set to boost tourism into former war ravaged areas

Colombo, March 26 (newsin.asia) - Sri Lanka's Transport Ministry, on Monday said a newly re-developed airport in Batticaloa, in eastern Sri Lanka, will boost tourism into the region and pave way for more flights to land there. The government information department said the Batticaloa Airport which was re-developed as a domestic airport was opened by Transport Minister Nimal Siripala De...

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