Author: LMD International

A TASTE OF SRI LANKA Cultural celebrations across the seas CUCINI XPRESS Whitby and Toronto Siblings San and Mirna – who are passionate about food – founded their first take-out restaurant in 2020; it is now a local favourite serving authentic Sri Lankan food along with fusion dishes in Ontario’s Whitby. San has worked in the restaurant sector for 20 years while his younger sister Mirna has a lifelong passion for cooking. She enjoys trying new foods and creating her own recipes. In addition, the restaurant has cloud kitchens that operate for delivery and pick up through its commissary. The…

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Extracted from interviews published in LMD. Q How do you view the brain drain – and why is there still no reversal of it, in your opinion? JUNE 2022 Gaddafi Ismail Founder and PresidentDe Lune Corp Springfield (Virginia) As someone who left Sri Lanka for opportunities elsewhere, I can hardly fault young, educated Sri Lankans for moving out. However, there are many who – given the chance – would prefer to stay but feel hopeless about the future of the country and how valued they would be. Sri Lanka needs a visionary road map that reverses the brain drain and…

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THE GAME CHANGER For business and leisure Port City Colombo is an ambitious development project that’s capturing the attention of investors globally. Located in the heart of Colombo, the project promises to transform business and lifestyles in Sri Lanka, by developing a world class master planned business city coupled with state of the art living and residential facilities. The Port City Special Economic Zone is tipped to attract top multinational companies and global businesses looking to set up regional hubs and headquarters. The development is set to act as a gateway for the world to Sri Lanka and South Asia…

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ECONOMIC STABILITY A SINE QUA NON Reproduced from the March 2023 edition of LMD. The export sector went through its most challenging year in 2022 due to the economic crisis. Towards the latter half of last year, export businesses faced an unprecedented slowdown in orders due to the risk of recession in major markets. In the meantime, central banks around the world have continued to raise policy rates to curb inflationary expectations, which are unfavourable to export manufacturing countries such as Sri Lanka. Mohan Pandithage, the Chairman of and Chief Executive of Hayleys, maintains that “exporters played a significant role…

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A handout picture provided by Saudi Arabia on 26 July last year unveils the design for the 500 metre tall parallel structures – known collectively as The Line – in the heart of the Red Sea mega city – Neoum. The futuristic city – sans vehicles, streets and carbon emissions – is set to feature two massive mirror encased skyscrapers that extend over 170 kilometres of desert and mountain terrain. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced that the Neom project will ultimately house nine million people.

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Japan’s next generation H3 rocket, carrying the advanced optical satellite Daichi 3, left the launchpad at the Tanegashima Space Center in the Kagoshima Prefecture on 7 March. The rocket failed shortly after lift off with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) issuing a self-destruct command due to the second stage engine apparently failing. H3 has been proposed as a possible competitor to SpaceX’s Falcon 9.

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“I’m not a politician, nor do I come from a political background,” said Roshan Mahanama – the former Sri Lankan cricketer – as he launched into expressing his views on holding politicians responsible and accountable

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EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Denis Chaibi is confident that despite the dire consequences of the economic crisis, Sri Lanka is a strong and resilient country that will eventually bounce back

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The Chairman of Jetwing Symphony Hiran Cooray remarked in an interview with LMDtv recently that Sri Lanka’s branding is confusing, and pointed out that the country is referred to as Ceylon or Sri Lanka especially when citing exports such as Ceylon Tea

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