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Crisis over SriLankan move to twin towers

Sept 30 (DM) Many an eyebrow has been raised as to why the cash-strapped national carrier SriLankan has planned to shift its commercial division with a staff of 100 to the World Trade Centre (WTC) at an initial cost of Rs.20 million and a monthly rental of Rs.5 million despite such facilities being available at Katunayake. The airline office will move to the 21st and 22nd floors of the WTC East Tower at Echelons Square in Fort by more..

Sri Lanka to scrap on-arrival visas; tourism operators fret

Sept 30 (Reuters) Sri Lanka on Wednesday said it will throw out an existing on-arrival visa scheme for 76 countries in favour of an online application process, a move tourism operators criticized as an additional barrier to visitors. Currently, visitors from 78 nations are granted visas when they land on the Indian Ocean island nation. Now, only visitors from Singapore and the Maldives will have that privilege, since they offer it to Sri Lankan citizens. more..

'Commonwealth could split'

Sept 30 (DM) The Sri Lankan govt which rejected a move by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to appoint a Commissioner on Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law said yesterday the push for a “punitive role” by a few commonwealth countries could cause a split in the organisation. Speaking to the diplomatic community yesterday Minister G.L Peiris said he had pointed out four areas of contention regarding the proposed recommendations of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) of more..