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A teenage entrepreneur we can all learn lessons from

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Bethany Mota is no Sheryl Sandberg; she is 18 and yet to get a degree in business studies. But Mota, who is better known to millions of teenage girls on YouTube as “Motavator”, has already created a million dollar fashion and media empire just by sitting in her bedroom of her California home and posing videos on......

Sri Lanka needs more balanced and holistic alcohol policy

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Alcohol sales would have no doubt peaked during the last week or so, along with Avurudu festivities across the country – rural and urban alike.
The use of alcohol is embedded in the daily lives of many ordinary citizens in our island nation. Despite certain efforts by the government in regulating the....

Innovative technologies and sustainable solutions to develop oil palm industry

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Palm oil mills are in an enviable position to harness enormous amounts of renewable energy with high efficiency, the potential which remains largely unrealised, palm oil expert Krishna Moorthy says.

Opportunities for entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka and key challenges

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Start-ups play a vital role in a country’s economy, filling in niches and creating employment. In developing economies such as Sri Lanka, entrepreneurship is often viewed as an important component in stimulating economic growth, innovation and competitiveness.

Sri Lanka tourism: What got us here, won’t get us there

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In 2009, Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals were a mere 447 thousand. By 2010 the arrivals increased almost 50 percent to 654 thousand. That number is estimated to have almost doubled by 2013 to almost 1.3 million. The current plans are for this number to double again by 2016 to 2.5 million.

CB keeps policy rates unchanged

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The Monetary Board of Central Bank yesterday decided to keep the policy rates unchanged with government and state-corporations borrowing less, which in return has created a favourable environment for private credit to pick up, the Central Bank said.

Palm oil imports rise as coconut oil output drops

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A sharp decline in Sri Lanka’s coconut oil production in 2013 has resulted in significantly more palm oil imports, which is a close substitute for coconut oil, the 2013 Central Bank annual report showed.

Special ventures and promotions from findmyfare in Nuwara Eliya this holiday season

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The comforting atmosphere and luxuriant green mountain peaks attract thousands of visitors to Nuwara Eliya especially during the month of April. Findmyfare.com Sri Lanka’s first and largest online travel company was a part of the excitement around the Gregory Lake in Nuwara Eliya  with a special social media promotion for the findmyfare Facebook fans as a special seasonal giveaway.

Fashion Bug powers 22nd Fox Hill Supercross

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Fashion Bug, one of Sri Lanka’s leading retail clothing stores with over 17 outlets island-wide, stepped up as the principal sponsor and exclusive apparel partner in extending its support to the most popular and thrilling motor sports event Fox Hill Supercross 2014 which was held recently on 19th April.

360-degree feedback – Developing self-awareness among employees

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In the 1990s, organisations started to change from highly structured pyramid-like hierarchies towards flatter and leaner shapes. The autocratic management styles that suited a pyramid structure won’t work in the modern organisation with its wide spans of control, high levels of self-management and a workforce that relies on....

Are you a responsible investor?

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During the past few weeks we have addressed the need of educating yourself on the stock market prior to investing. An equally important factor is to manage your relationship with the stockbroker firm/investment advisor and refrain from unwanted disputes that could have an adverse impact on one’s portfolio.

Dialog Axiata to invest US $ 30mn on new submarine cable

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Dialog Axiata PLC, a unit of Malaysia’s Axiata Group said, it will invest US $ 30 million on a new sub marine cable and has entered into an agreement with Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) Consortium to establish a Cable Landing Station in South Colombo (Mount Lavinia, off De Saram Road).

Sri Lanka among top 10 broadband countries

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Sri Lanka has been rated among the top 10 broadband countries in terms of growth in 2013 by Broadband Forum, a leading non-profit telecom industry consortium dedicated to developing broadband network specifications.

March vehicle registrations up on Feb effect

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Sri Lanka’s vehicle registrations in March rose 16 percent to 26,921 units over February, though the increase was mainly due to the less number of days and more holidays in February, according to a monthly analysis of vehicle registrations by research and stock brokerage firm, JB Securities Limited.

Conflicts among Sri Lanka’s health workers hurting patients

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All health sector workers – doctors, nurses, midwives and other paramedics – share the responsibility for delivering good health services in government hospitals. Duties and roles of these professionals are intertwined. Health workers who are discharging duties in health facilities are the products of years of

Balancing short-term vs. long-term interest of workers

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There were recent press reports that a number of trade unions have submitted proposals to the National Pay Commission requesting establishment of; 1. a national wages commission for the private sector, 2. a national minimum wage, 3. an unemployment benefit insurance scheme, 4. a pension scheme for the.....

Fashion Bug makes CSR effort towards public health

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In its recent CSR activities, Fashion Bug, one of Sri Lanka’s leading retail clothing stores with over 17 outlets island-wide, refurbished the maternity ward at the Ragama-based Colombo North Teaching Hospital for the beneficial of its needy patients.

What can female entrepreneurs rejoice about?

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It seems much. According to the Gender Global Entrepreneurship Development Index, the conditions that foster high potential female entrepreneurship are three-fold - encouraging an entrepreneurial environment, entrepreneurial eco-system and entrepreneurial aspirations.

Focus should now shift to long-term targets: Cabraal

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Sri Lanka is on course to achieve macro-economic targets in the near-medium term, and focus must now shift towards longer-term targets up-to and beyond 2030, according to Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Governor, Ajith Nivard Cabraal.

Holcim, Lafarge agree merger to create cement giant

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REUTERS: Switzerland’s Holcim has unveiled an all-share deal to buy France’s Lafarge to create the world’s biggest cement maker with combined sales of 32 billion euros.

Unresolved sustainability issues in global tea sector

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Although the subject of sustainability in tea plantations had been discussed on many occasions before, yet in view of its importance to the tea sector and also as many issues still remain unresolved, this article re-examines this subject.

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