Last Updated : 26-07-2014 07:06

 
 

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Economic transition presents insurance players opportunity

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The period of transition Sri Lanka’s economy is currently in where low interest rates and single digit inflation is factoring in, presents the country’s insurance industry immense opportunity to grow their business and introduce new products, Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said.
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SL apparel industry in a global context and future fortunes

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The Sri Lankan apparel trade today is well renowned around the world to be the most cutting-edge and innovative when it comes to apparel manufacturing.
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Skills and competencies CEOs must possess

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Generally, CEOs in Sri Lanka are selected based on their branch of learning and because they know how to meet customer demands, by building disciplined operational skills through understanding systems, and by ensuring financial rigor through implementing financial controls.
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Hemas exiting power business?

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Market speculation is rife that Sri Lanka’s diversified Hemas PLC may exit from power business or trim its exposure to the sector in order to focus more on its core businesses, FMCG and pharmaceuticals, while aggressively expanding its leisure sector operations, Mirror Business learns.
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Involving employees – Making best use of wisdom of teams

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Smart organisations involve their employees in running the business. The idea that staff turn up for work, hang their brains up near the front door, do a day’s work and then pick their brains up on the way out, was abandoned long ago by most organisations.
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Stock-picking strategies

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Here is a breakdown of some of the numbers value investors use as rough guides for picking stocks. Keep in mind that these are guidelines, not hard-and-fast rules:
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Rubber production falters; Minister calls for crisis forum

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Sri Lanka’s Plantation Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has called for a special stakeholder forum to discuss the present crisis situation faced by the country’s rubber sector originating from lower demand at the international market place.
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Asian shares mixed, China data provides lift

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Asian markets were mixed yesterday, following a Wall Street sell-off, as oil prices hit a nine-month high on concerns about the growing crisis in Iraq but Hong Kong and Shanghai reversed morning losses following upbeat Chinese data.
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Is entrepreneurship recognized and rewarded in Sri Lanka?

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There’s something about innovation and entrepreneurship that goes hand-in-hand. While inventions on their own are fine, if they are not tied to fulfilling a practical need, the invention is likely to lie idle. In Sri Lanka, we see many inventors whose stories hit media often.
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Sideways move continues with strong foreign buying

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Foreign money seems to be flowing into the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) listed equities with Rs.3.1 billion worth of shares been bought by overseas investors month to-date in June, while the net foreign purchases thus far for the month was Rs. 2.6 billion.
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Proposed Holcim-Lafarge merger: Holcim CEO sees no impact on Lankan operations

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The proposed merger between cement majors Holcim and Lafarge is unlikely to have any negative implication on Holcim’s Sri Lankan operations, as the country remains a “strategic market”, a top Holcim official said.
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Aitken Spence in US $ 25mn Indian hotel acquisition

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Leading leisure sector operator Aitken Spence PLC said it purchased a brand-new five-star hotel with 143 rooms in Chennai for a consideration of US $ 25 million. The acquisition has been carried out through Aitken Spence Hotel Managements (South India) Private Limited.
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Problem with plantations

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“Plantations are not forests” is a phrase that has been around for many years, but that does not mean that tree plantations are neither good nor bad in them. The benefits or threats of plantations depend on their scale, their objective, the trees planted and the natural and..........
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Tourism sector hit by marketing, resource snags

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Some core challenges continue to pose threats to the future viability of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry despite positive changes which have brought new opportunities, head of a leading leisure group said.
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Implications of Modi’s victory for Indo-Sri Lanka relations

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The outcome of LokSabha (lower house of the Indian Parliament) elections on May 16th was unexpected and unprecedented over the last three decades.The outcome of LokSabha (lower house of the Indian Parliament) elections on May 16th was unexpected and......
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Middle East investors see SL ‘fertile’ for entry: MTI

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The Middle East investors, particularly in the six Gulf States, are increasingly positive about entering and investing into Sri Lanka, according to MTI’s ‘Market Pulse’.
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Situational leadership for productivity through people

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We saw last week how the two management gurus, Ken Blanchard and Paul Hersey interpreted their secret to success of leadership. Through their popular theory called situational leadership, they advise managers that there is no best style of leadership.
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Stock-picking strategies

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Aside from having a general understanding of what a company does, you should analyse the characteristics of its industry, such as its growth potential. A mediocre company in a great industry can provide a solid return, while a mediocre company in a poor industry......
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Aitken Spence’s B’desh power sector hopes shrink

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Aitken Spence PLC, which has interests in hotels, shipping, power and plantations has exited from a proposed thermal power project in Bangladesh with authorities failing to provide suitable land for the plant. However discussions continue in relation to the second project.
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China calls SA biz experts to promote new silk route

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At the launch of the second China- South Asia Expo in Kungmin, China announced its strategy of implementing ‘Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, facilitating scientific and technological co-operation with South Asian nations such as Sri Lanka.
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Does your success define you?

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There’s something about success that doesn’t hinge right for some. While achieving success is expected in today’s competitive world, once it is indeed achieved, how do you define it – are you an extension of your success or vice versa?
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