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High street hit: London busker of 20 years lands £1million record deal

Singer Si Cranstoun, 38, spent years struggling to make ends meet performing for passer-bys – including then PM Tony Blair, who once gave him 30p. But last April, Si landed a breakthrough deal with music giants Warner. The busker’s first single ‘Caught in the Moonlight’ was shortlisted on the Radio 2 playlist last month and…

(0)Comments | July 15, 2014 10:17 am

Another interim order against PC House Holdings

Adam Investments Limited, an investor group in PC House Holdings PLC said it has obtained an interim order from the Commercial High Court of Colombo restraining PC House Holdings PLC from selling or transferring Bieco Link Carbons (Pvt) Ltd shares to MMD Lanka Ventures (Pvt) Limited. This order also restrains MMD Lanka Ventures (Pvt) Limited…

(0)Comments | July 14, 2014 9:16 pm

Sri Lanka’s International Reserve position

By end May 2014, Sri Lanka’s gross official reserves amounted to US dollars 8.8 billion while total foreign assets which include foreign assets of the banking sector amounted to US dollars 10.2 billion. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka says in terms of months of imports, gross official reserves were equivalent to 5.9 months of…

(0)Comments | July 14, 2014 8:56 pm

Gold imports down: Sri Lanka’s foreign trade performance

Latest data released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) reveals that Sri Lanka’s Trade Deficit has further decreased due to the country’s export earnings increasing and import expenditure decreasing last May. While the reduction in imports of crude oil, gold and diamonds have resulted in the reduction of import expenditures, the inflow of…

(0)Comments | July 14, 2014 8:49 pm

Stock Market Review – 14th July 2014

Colombo equity market started fresh week on a positive note where ASI touched 52wk high of 6,713.95 amid the low level of activity. ASI gained 37.63 index points or 0.56% to end at 6,699.03 while 20-scrip S&P SL index gained 13.07 index points or 0.35% to close at 3,721.23. Price appreciations in counters such as…

(0)Comments | July 14, 2014 5:10 pm

Whither interest rates in July?

While the Monetary Board of the Sri Lanka Central Bank (SLCB) has decided to retain the interest rates which in turn decide the interest rates of the commercial banks unchanged at 6.50 and 8.00 percent in July as well, it has pointed out to the commercial banks that the lending rates should be further reduced….

(0)Comments | July 14, 2014 11:45 am

P. Samarasiri appointed as a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank

The Monetary Board, with the concurrence of the President and Minister of Finance, has appointed Mr P Samarasiri as a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, with effect from 1st June, 2014. Mr. P Samarasiri has functioned as an Assistant Governor in the Central Bank over the previous six and half years and while holding…

(0)Comments | July 14, 2014 11:15 am

World Cup 2014: Germany Defeats Argentina in Final

Germany won the World Cup on Sunday for the fourth time, defeating Argentina, 1-0, in the final. The crowd was overwhelmingly in support of Argentina, as more than 100,000 Argentines flooded over the border and coated Rio in a sea of blue. It hardly mattered to Germany, though. Mario Goetze scored in extra time –…

(0)Comments | July 14, 2014 5:28 am

President declares open renovated Independence Square shopping precinct -Photos

The renovated old Auditor General’s office complex, completed as part of the Independence Square Development programme was declared open by HE the President Mahinda Rajapaksa today evening (13th July). President Rajapaksa unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion amidst the distinguished invitees at the opening. Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the driving…

(0)Comments | July 13, 2014 10:27 pm

President ceremonially opens Arcade Independence Square today -Video and Photos

Another landmark in the process of the planned beautification of the city of Colombo comes alive this evening when President Mahinda Rajapaksa ceremonially declares open the luxury shopping complex and other facilities in Colombo 7. This modern shopping complex near Independence Square, established within the renovated colonial building which earlier housed the Auditor General’s Department…

(0)Comments | July 13, 2014 2:22 am