The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 18, 2017 EST, USA
VOL. 18, NO. 134

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Sri Lanka names first Tamil navy chief since 1970 - Daily Mail
Daily Mail, 2017-08-18 08:10:00 EST. Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday appointed an officer from the island's Tamil minority to head the navy for the first time since a separatist war erupted 45 years ago. Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah is the first Tamil to head a wing of ... More...
Published: Fri Aug 18 15:18:10 EDT 2017

Tax cut on trucks, motorbikes; 10% telecom levy on data removed
Daily Mirror, 2017-08-17 14:54:25 EST. The 10% telecommunications levy imposed on data will be removed from September 1. Customs duty on small trucks have been reduced by Rs.300,000 while the duty on motorcycles (less than 150 cc) has been reduced by 90% from midnight today, the Finance Ministry announced. More...
Published: Fri Aug 18 15:20:20 EDT 2017 Back to the top

The Evolution of Sri Lanka's Jewelry Industry over the Ages - Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror, 2017-08-18 06:03:19 EST. The history of Sri Lanka's Jewelry Industry is as old as that of its other half – the Gem Industry. The two industries are indeed two halves of one coin. The Mahavamsa shows that even before the coming of Vijaya, the Yaksha and Naga clans were ... More...
Published: Fri Aug 18 15:19:16 EDT 2017 Back to the top

Sri Lanka cuts taxes to lift disaster-hit economy - Yahoo7 News
Yahoo7 News, 2017-08-17 13:38:56 EST. Colombo (AFP) - Sri Lanka announced tax cuts and subsidised loans for small businesses and exporters Thursday, amid concerns a raging drought and flash flooding could drag on economic growth... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Transition Grinds to Halt at India Roadblock - News18
News18, 2017-08-17 10:08:48 EST. Two years have passed since Sri Lanka bid farewell to the last of their batting greats yet the South Asian side appears no nearer to ending what has been a difficult period of transition... Back to the top

Eastern University closed indefinitely
Daily Mirror, 2017-08-17 10:18:26 EST. Vantharumoolai and Batticaloa premises of the Eastern University have been closed indefinitely from today due to an unsettled condition prevailing at the University,” Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr... Back to the top

Sri Lanka police chief slammed over meditation rage video - Daily Mail
Daily Mail, 2017-08-16 10:52:30 EST. A video showing Sri Lanka's top police officer angrily assaulting an employee who refused to participate in compulsory morning meditation sessions has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the Buddhist-majority nation... Back to the top

Google adds voice recognition for Sinhala and Tamil
Daily Mirror, 2017-08-15 08:50:26 EST. Aiming to make its voice typing technology more inclusive, Google has added 30 new languages to voice search including Sinhala and Tamil, bringing the total number of languages supported by speech recognition via Gboard on Android Back to the top

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