SriLankan borrows USD 175 million

SriLankan Airlines has sold five year bonds valued at USD 175 million at a yield of 5.3 percent, reports Bloomberg. Some 60 percent of these bonds have been reportedly bought by Asian investors while European investors have bought 25 percent and Middle Eastern investors 15 percent. These bonds have been provided a government guarantee and…

(0)Comments | June 24, 2014 11:11 am

ADB expectations over Colombo-Kandy expressway

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it is discussing with the government to provide funds for construction of the proposed Kandy-Colombo or Northern Expressway. ADB president Takehiko Nakao who is in Sri Lanka revealed this while responding to a question during a media briefing in Colombo. He said the ADB was holding discussions with the…

(0)Comments | June 18, 2014 5:37 pm

Interest rates can be lowered further, Central Bank warns banks

The Central Bank’s Monetary Board has decided to keep its interest rates that decide the interest rates of commercial banks unchanged in June as well. Accordingly, while further maintaining the Central Bank’s policy rates unchanged from 6.5 to 8.0 percent in June as well, the Central Bank has urged commercial banks to further reduce their…

(0)Comments | June 18, 2014 12:18 pm

Whither Sri Lanka’s tourism in face of Aluthgama incidents?

With Australia issuing a travel advisory to tourists to be vigilant when travelling to Sri Lanka following the sectarian clashes in Aluthgama and Beruwala, Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) chairman Mahendra Kariyawasam said that these incidents have not affected tourism in the areas as yet. He added that May-June is a lean…

(0)Comments | June 17, 2014 4:51 pm

Central Bank clarifies recent media reports on External Debt Statistics in Annual Report

The recent press release by the Public Debt Department (PDD) highlighted the improvements in government’s external debt position. These improvements are well documented in the Central Bank Annual Report 2013 under Section 6.4 (pp. 176-180) and in Appendix Tables 105 to 113 and in Special Statistical Appendix Table 7, where the external debt of the…

(0)Comments | June 13, 2014 6:11 pm

What happens to AIG policy holders, employees? IBSL chairperson speaks out

AIG Insurance is to submit a written proposal to the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka (IBSL) of its withdrawal from the Sri Lankan market and once it is submitted the Board would take the necessary action, IBSL chairperson Indrani Sugathadasa told AIG’s Regional Managing Director had called for an emergency meeting with her and…

(0)Comments | June 13, 2014 12:15 pm

India launches Chinese-style economic revival plan

Narendra Modi’s new government in India on Monday announced ambitious, Chinese-style plans to revive the struggling economy with everything from a nationwide high-speed rail network and a better tax system to improved schools and more toilets. “The people of India have given a clear mandate,” President Pranab Mukherjee told parliament in a formal speech outlining…

(0)Comments | June 10, 2014 9:51 am

Court orders liquidation of Touchwood

While court ordered today that the controversial reforestation company Touchwood be liquidated, the current Chief Executive Officer of the company says that they would appeal against this verdict. A group of investors had filed legal action before the Commercial High Court No. 3  claiming that Touchwood had failed to pay any dividends to its depositors and…

(0)Comments | June 5, 2014 2:32 pm

Toilet Shortage in India Fuels Rape as Women Are Prey Walking to Wheat Fields

The young girls always traveled in pairs when walking to the wheat fields near their northern Indian village at night to relieve themselves before bed. That precaution wasn’t enough to prevent them from being raped and killed last week. Women in Katra village, where the murders took place, describe the act of open defecation as…

(0)Comments | June 4, 2014 12:55 pm

Controversial Touchwood breathes new life

Even while some depositors have requested that the reforestation company to be liquidated, Touchwood Investments has announced that it is to begin a new operation at another premises under a new theme and a new logo. It states that its offices would be moved to Pelawatte in Battaramulla and its operations would begin on 02…

(0)Comments | May 30, 2014 8:35 pm

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