Master Plan for Colombo to be unveiled in Jan

Minister Ranawaka speaking at the Monthly Committee Meeting of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, which is taken part by nearly 30 top corporate executives of the country, said the first phase will span from the year 2016 to 2020, while the second and third phases of the project will span from year 2020 to 2030. He said, the proposed Megapolis will be built with ‘Public Investment’, ‘Private Investments’, ‘Public and Private Partnerships’ and also ‘Foreign Direct Investments’, which would be the four pronged strategy that would be adopted. The Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Honorable Champika Ranawaka says the Government will unveil the ‘Master Plan’ it has developed to build Sri Lanka’s proposed ‘Western Region Megapolis’, during early January, 2016.According to the Minister, the government is planning to adopt a four pronged strategy to build the ‘Megapolis’ which will be built within three phases running between the years of 2016 to 2030. According to the Minister, the Government will consult the private sector and seek their views about the ‘Master Plan.’The meeting was chaired by Samantha Ranatunga, the Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. The Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce meets on a monthly basis to discuss important economic and business matters. read more

Powder politics of makeup on the move

first_imgIt has become one of the most common – and divisive – sights of the morning commute to work; the woman rapt in concentration as she carefully applies her make-up, from foundation to the finishing touches of mascara.But as some of her fellow passengers seethe in quiet irritation, they might want to take comfort from the fact many commuters find this sort of behaviour equally off-putting.And it appears that women are even more likely to disapprove of others applying make-up on trains and buses that men. A quick touch-up of mascara or lipstick is acceptable but best to refrain from more extensive grooming in publicLucy Hume, Debrett’s Queen A Japanese girl applies make-up en routeCredit:Alamy make-up Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It’s fascinating to see how divided we are on the issue of applying make-up in publicPippa Bailey, Ipsos Marketing love doing live make up tutorials on public transport— kasia (@wifeyriddim) July 27, 2016 Pippa Bailey, senior director of Ipsos Marketing, which commissioned the research as part of a study of attitudes to grooming and cosmetics in the UK, said: “It’s fascinating to see how divided we are on the issue of applying make-up in public.“To think that around four in 10 of your fellow public transport passengers are offended by this, with men and women virtually aligned, with 41 per cent of men and 42 cent women finding it unacceptable.”At a time when manufacturers are innovating to create ever more compact and convenient make-up for use on the go, it appears the attitudes of many Brits still lag behind with the feeling that the application of beauty products is best kept behind closed doors.” The Queen at the Royal Cornwall Show in 2000 Credit:Paul Armiger/Alpha But she added that future attitudes to make-up and grooming may start to cross the gender divide, as male-make up becomes more common.“As traditional gender roles start to become less relevant in modern society, it’s interesting to take a look at how this is affecting our attitudes to personal grooming.“There are signs that younger generations have less rigidly gendered views. Looking to the future, the fact many people say men wearing make-up will be unremarkable could be a sign the gender divide for personal care will start to blur,” said Ms Bailey.Which suggests that commuters will have to grow used to the sight of both men and women applying the war-paint on the 7.39. The poll also found a gender divide in attitudes to that other contentious aspect of person grooming – beards.And on this subject women are more forgiving than men.Overall 65 per cent of women said employers had no right to ban beards as part of uniform codes, compared with only 58 per cent of men.But on one thing there is almost unanimous agreement. Overall  90 per cent of women and almost 80 per cent of men agreed that women are still under greater pressure than men to look “well groomed” .“It’s still widely accepted that women are held to higher standards than men and are spending more of their time on personal grooming,” said Ms Bailey. New research by Ipsos MORI has found that 42 per cent of women believe it to be socially unacceptable.And while a third of men had no strong feelings either way, 41 per cent of them disapproved of the practice, with just 22 per cent saying they had no problem with it.As is so often the case with modern manners – whether it eating on a train or making a phone call in a crowded carriage – it seems it is a case of less is more.“Our advice is that a quick touch-up of mascara or lipstick is acceptable, but best to refrain from more extensive grooming in public,” explained Lucy Hume, editorial manager at Debrett’s,  the traditional arbiter of etiquette.Wielding devices such as eyelash curlers on packed- and often juddery – trains is a different matter altogether, said Ms Hume, adding: “That is probably down to personal judgment but the health and safety factor, apart from anything else, would be a concern.”last_img read more