2 new varieties of Wood apple

The National Agriculture Information and Communication Centre (NAICC) says that two new varieties of Wood apple have been introduced.

The new varieties, known as ANK-1 and ANK-2, will increase the number of Wood apple varieties in Sri Lanka to 176.

Sri Lanka says has $300 million loan offer from Bank of China, may increase to $1 billion

Sri Lanka is considering an offer from Bank of China (601988.SS) for a loan of $300 million, which could be raised to $1 billion, to help it meet repayments in coming months, junior finance minister Eran Wickramaratne told Reuters on Tuesday.

He also confirmed that Sri Lanka had started negotiations to increase the amount of a swap deal with India’s central bank to $1 billion, up from a previously negotiated $400 million.

Hathurusingha charges $60,000 for assessment report

High profile Sri Lankan coach - Chandika Hathurusingha has charged Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLC) a whopping 60,000 US dollars for his annual statistical and assessment report on the national team, Cricket Age reports.

The payment for this report for the year 2018 has been approved by SLC CEO Ashley De Silva, the website adds.

President to sign six MoUs in Manila today

Sri Lanka and the Philippines will sign six Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) enhancing bilateral ties in many fields including the economic, cultural and political during President Maithripala’s visit in Manila today.

The President will meet his Philipino counterpart Rodrigo Duterte and their discussion will focus on enhancing decades long cooperation between the two nations

4-time Asian champion runner tests positive for steroid

Four-time Asian Games champion Kemi Adekoya has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

The Athletics Integrity Unit said Monday a "notice of allegation" was sent to Adekoya, a Nigerian-born runner who switched allegiance to Bahrain.

Cabinet approval to make Tripitaka a world heritage

President’s proposal to make the Tripitaka of Theravada Buddhism a world heritage has received the approval of the Cabinet, stated President’s Media Division.

Recently, on 5th January 2019, the Tripitaka was declared a national heritage. President Maithripala Sirisena, at the ceremony held to proclaim the Tripitaka a national heritage, stated that the next step would be to declare it a world heritage.

Arugambay to be a tourism zone

With the number of illegal settlers and land grabbing in the lagoon areas of Arugambay in Ampara District on the rise, it has been decided to select the area as a tourist zone.

The Fisheries department is to mark out areas on this regard, says Add. Director of Fisheries in the Kalmunai District - Prabhath Wickramarachchi.

Closed door meeting between Ranil and Lakthilake

Senior adviser to the president Shiral Lakthilake had a closed door meeting with prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recently, say government sources.

The meeting took place at the invitation of the PM and the president has sanctioned it.

Presidential election most likely next – Akila

General Secretary of UNP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that the upcoming election would most probably be a presidential election.

Addressing a UNP meeting in Nikaweratiya area, he says that he is 500 percent sure that his party would win the presidential election.

World's End to get glass box to keep visitors safe?

Of late, several accidents were reported from the popular tourist spot - 'World's End' located in Horton Plains, with some ending fatally.

The most recent incident ended in a similar tragedy when a German national fell to her death at World's End.