Last update:Wed, 08 May 2024

Tourist arrivals in January grow by 6.6 percent

Newsimage8Sri Lanka registered a tourism growth of 6.6% with a total visitors of 156,246 in January as per the provincial data with key markets of India at +28.8% with 22,944 visitors, UK at +4% with 13,410 visitors, France +7.9% with 9,095 visitors, Germany at +12.6% with 10,375 visitors, China at +8.9% with 11,375 visitors and Italy at +8.5% with 2,710 visitors Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau Chairman Rohantha Athukorala said.

Maithri calls for true unity

Newsimage7President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday emphasized the urgent need for unity in its truer sense, which he said the new Government would sincerely endeavour to deliver, along with a stronger democracy and economy.

Volkswagen interested in Sri Lanka export manufacturing plant

Newsimage6Germany's Volkswagen has been trying set up a plant to produce vehicles for export for years but had not succeeded due to unspecified reasons, a statement quoted the German envoy to Colombo as saying. German ambassador Juergen Morhard who had met deputy economic affairs minister Harsha de Silva Monday had said the country looked forward to becoming a friendly partner to Sri Lanka. The ambassador was quoted as saying though Volkswagen, the second largest car maker in the world, "had strived since 2008 to start up a business to manufacture cars in Sri Lanka for export, it did not succeed for various reasons."

Foreign Minister Samaraweera visits Brussels

Newsimage5Foreign Minister Samaraweera with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Didier Reynders. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mangala Samaraweera, concluded a two day official visit to Brussels today. Foreign Minister Samaraweera met Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Didier Reynders and members of the European Parliament. He also held talks with the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs & Fisheries, Mr. Karmenu Vella, and the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr. Neven Mimica.

Lankans must accept to learn to live as one family: Pope

Newsimage4Pope Francis who arrived in the country on January 13 said that he hoped every word and action of Sri Lankan political and religious leaders will make a lasting contribution to the material and spiritual progress of all the Sri Lankans. Speaking at the Bandaranaike International Airport upon his arrival, the Pope said that promoting human dignity and respect for human rights was also essential as well as improving infrastructures and material needs.