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Four time Grammy award winner Olivia Newton John will perform in Colombo on the 4th and 5th of April 2012 at the Musaeus Auditorium and opening for her would be local singing sensations De Lanerolle brothers.
The world’s largest voluntary environmental campaign to fight climate change, "Earth Hour" happens this Saturday 31 March 2012 from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm when everyone is requested to switch off all non-essential lights as a symbolic act to support this cause.
In yet another revolutionary move in banking service, Sampath Bank has introduced 'Flash Remit' under its e-remittance services for the quick and most reliable transfer of money from the Middle East to Sri Lanka.
It is a service arranged in association with UAE Exchange which has branches in 17 countries including Dubai , Qatar, Oman, UAE, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Jordan & Kuwait.
Triumph rewarded its loyal customers with Apple iPads and iPod Shuffles through its recently concluded February consumer promotion. The consumers who emerged as the lucky winners were presented with iPads on the 12th of March 2012 at the Head Office in the presence of the General Manager of Triumph International Lanka Private Limited Mr. Shalindra Fernando.
Veteran banker Eastman Narangoda today stepped down as Chairman of Seylan Bank after a record-making three year tenure at its helm. Making the announcement at the Bank’s AGM today, Mr. Narangoda cited “personal reasons” for his decision.
Hilton Colombo plans to mark Earth Hour 2012 from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 31, 2012 as people and organizations around the world turn off their lights in support of action on global climate change.
2012 marks an important milestone for AV Productions as they celebrate their 20th year in business being one of the oldestaudio-visual integrated solutions company in Sri Lanka. AV Productions specializes in events, branding, project management and outdoor visibility.
As the third-year commemoration of the end of the military conflict in Sri Lanka draws near, Ceylinco Life has paid tribute to the sacrifice of one gallant soldier by providing funds for the construction of a house for a war-hero who was disabled in the liberation effort.
Orient Garments PLC, a subsidiary of PCH Holdings Limited, appointed its new Board of Directors last week following PCH Holdings Chairman S. H. M Rishan acquiring 51% stake late last year and former controlling shareholders Finco representatives stepping down.
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, one of the fastest growing international airlines, has cemented its position as aleadingglobal player in air cargo industry by winning the Platinum Award (Air Cargo Carrier – 800,000 or more tonnes) at the prestigious Air Cargo Excellence Awards 2012.
Account holders of the Commercial Bank of Ceylon now have access to internet banking facilities offered by the Bank even while they are on the move, following the launch of a dedicated WAP Portal by the Bank to facilitate access to a wider segment of mobile phone users.
Four time Grammy award winner Olivia Newton-John will perform in Colombo on the 4th and 5th of April 2012 at the Musaeus Auditorium. The concert in Colombo presented by Wizard Entertainment, is part of ONJ's Asia 2012 Tour which includes Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong and Indonesia.
Sri Lanka’s economy recorded a high growth rate of above 8 per cent for the second consecutive year in 2011. The continued favourable performance of domestic supply also helped offset, to a large extent, the adverse impact of rising commodity prices in international markets.
America’s capital city will soon enjoy enhanced international connections through a non-stop link to Emirates’ global network, after the airline announced that it would start flights to Washington Dulles International Airport from September 12th, 2012.
Earth Hour is a global grass-roots movement encouraging individuals, households, businesses and governments around the world to take positive actions for the protection of environment and affirming their commitment to the planet by switching off their non-essential lights for one designated hour. 1.8 billion people in 135 countries observed Earth Hour in 2011.
Sachin Ambekar, Leo Burnett Solutions Inc.’s Chief Creative Officer joins ADFEST 2012 as a member of the Jury for ‘Outdoor Lotus’. ADFEST also known as the Cannes of Asia is the oldest advertising festival in Asia Pacific and is held annually in Pattaya, Thailand. The 15th edition of ADFEST will be on from the 18th till 20th March this year.
Sri Lanka is now recognized as one of the best ornamental fish suppliers to the international market. “Sri Lanka began ornamental fish exports in 1950’s and I am pleased to announce that now we are recognized as one of the best ornamental fish suppliers in the international market.
Dr. K. Sridhar, a highly acclaimed Neuro & Spine surgeon, who is the Director, Institute of Neurosciences and Spinal Disorder at Global Hospitals and Health City, in Chennai, with over 20 years experience in his area of speciality will visit Sri Lanka from 15th to 17th March.
Citizens Development Business Finance PLC (CDB) recently consolidated its presence in the Eastern town of Trincomalee, thereby offering its bouquet of products and financial services to the people of the city and surrounding areas.
Embraced by the parental strength of the Bank of Ceylon, Merchant Bank is an incumbent player that has projected immense comfort cum stability to its clientele, while blending with better industry practices.
As Sri Lanka – Bangladesh trade topped an all-time high of $ 45 Mn, the latest round of Sri Lanka-Bangladesh Joint Commission on Economic and Technical Co-operation (JT&EC) will commence in Dhaka, Bangladesh, tomorrow 07 March.
Etisalat, a leading telecommunications company with operations in 17 markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has won three of the sector’s most prestigious international awards at Mobile World Congress, the global event held annually in Barcelona, Spain.
During the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this year, 192 exceptional individuals from around the world received their official nomination as Young Global Leaders. Mr. Asanga Abeyagoonasekera was selected from Sri Lanka as an emerging young global leader.
With one day to go until the biggest ever Earth Hour, a record 147 countries and territories are preparing to send a united message that now is the time to take action for the planet. Hundreds of landmarks across more than 5000 cities and towns will go dark at 8:30PM on Saturday local time, with Libya, Algeria, Bhutan and French Guinea among those participating for the first time.
Sawy International (Pvt) Ltd & Sawy Marketing (Pvt) Ltd launched Drypers Brand Baby Care Products with covering the total care for your baby namely Baby wipes, Baby bath, Baby shampoo, Baby talcum, Baby head to toe. Those Brands are internationally recognized having larger market share in Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore & Maldives.
Emirates, the international airline which serves India with 185 weekly flights has strengthened its commitment to the country by becoming the Team Sponsor of IPL side Deccan Chargers. Emirates, which connects 10 points in India with flights to Dubai and its global network spanning six continents, will be supporting the Hyderabad-based club, which won the IPL in 2009, for their forthcoming season.
The ISO 9001:2008 standards certification awarded by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution was presented to the Arpidag International Limited, a member of the Richard Pieris Group of Companies. This standards certification was awarded to Arpidag Intenational Limited as an updating of the certification secured in year 2001 by Arpidag International.
H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa uses an iPad to switch on an innovative 3D video mapping technique at the Brandix stall at Sri Lanka Expo 2012, which opened today. One of the highlights of the stall was the use of video mapping to attire a mannequin in the apparel manufactured by Brandix for top international labels. Brandix Group CEO Ashroff Omar and CEO Corporate Marketing M. Raghuraman (2nd and extreme right respectively) and EDB Chairman Janaka Ratnayake (left) are also in the picture. Brandix is Sri Lanka’s largest apparel exporter and the Strategic Partner of Sri Lanka Expo 2012.
Leo Burnett Solutions Inc. (LBSI) the Sri Lankan office of the internationally acclaimed advertising agency network Leo Burnett Worldwide, recently concluded the sixth edition of the Agency’s Annual Review.
The National Award Ceremony of the Toyota Dream Car Contest, the first ever international art competition held in Sri Lanka organized by Toyota Lanka (Private) Limited was concluded followed by a colourful ceremony held on 27th February 2012 under the patronage of Yoshiaki Kato, Managing Director, Toyota Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, and Ms. Kanthi Wijethunga, Secretary to the Ministry of National Heritage at the Oak Room of Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo 3.
As part of its ongoing commitment to improving the health and well-being of communities, Fonterra Brands Lanka has partnered with international child development organisation, ChildFund to increase the capabilities of specialised health and nutrition services for underprivileged children aged 0-5 years and their families. For an initial 12-month period, the joint programme will support nutrition, children’s health and educational activities at Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centers, located in the Polonnaruwa district.
Sri Lanka's first ebook store, BookHUB, was officially opened to readers marking a momentous mile stone in Sri Lanka's publishing history. Spearheaded by Etisalat, Microimage and M.D. Gunasena, Book Hub has been released, a month after its announcement. The BookHUB website www.thebookhub.lk and the reader for Android smart devices and PCs were launched at a ceremony at the Hilton Residence in the presence of Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President and Pradeep Gunawardana, Chairman of the State Trading Corporation.
In January 2012, earnings from exports stood at US dollars 918 million, indicating a marginal decline of 0.6 per cent, compared to that of January 2011, which was largely attributable to the decline in earnings from agricultural exports and higher base in January 2011. Meanwhile, the expenditure on imports increased by 20.1 per cent to US dollars 1,883 million in January 2012, showing a deceleration for the second consecutive month.
Sri Lankans living and working in Qatar who bank with Doha Bank can now electronically transfer funds from those accounts to their accounts at the Commercial Bank of Ceylon, following a milestone agreement between the two banks.
Expolanka leads Sri Lanka to join hundreds of millions of people in 5251 cities and towns, in 135 countries and territories across seven continents around the globe to commemorate ‘Earth Hour’ this year.
The important role life insurance can play in a modern economy was emphasised by a top international economist when life insurance leader Ceylinco Life recently honoured 250 top achievers who contributed to the company’s stellar growth in 2011.
Renowned for their hospitality in Sri Lanka, Hilton Colombo has been dedicated to service excellence and innovation. Keeping in line with their 25th Anniversary celebration Hilton Colombo is introducing three tantalizing signature cakes; each of which have been carefully created with the culinary expertise of Hilton Colombo’s very own Pastry Chefs.
Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka launches their new Water Neutral by 2015 initiative in Sri Lanka. The project will be to implement ultra-filtration followed by scale removal through Nano technology to use treated waste water for non-production purposes.
The signing ceremony to the feasibility study by KPMG Mumbai India for the investment venture by Airport Express Air and Rail System (Pvt) Ltd "Speed Train System" Katunayake International Airport to city of Colombo was taken place at cinnamon Lakeside hotel today (20).
Godrej, one of India’s largest and most respected conglomerates with businesses spanning industrial engineering, appliances, FMCGs, furniture, security solutions, agri-care and real estate, and a pioneer, innovator and key player in refrigerator manufacture, launched its hi-tech, and stylishly designed range of refrigerators in several models and colours under the Godrej EON brand.
Increasing Sri Lanka’s export volumes further will help solve the crucial Balance of Payment issue. “Sri Lanka is now faced with the Balance of Payments issue which has become a crucial, if not the most pressing economic issue at this moment. This is due to the growing domestic demand as a result of our new economic growth. I believe that expansion of exports and resulting revenue can be a promising way out from this situation” said Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development of Sri Lanka.
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The Project Management Institute (PMI) Sri Lanka Chapter together with the Project Management Institute Inc. will host the Regional Project Management Conference 2012 at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo from 27th to 29th April, 2012.
Mansoor & Sons Enterprises, the official distributors of the Power Horn energy drink in Sri Lanka announced the launch of its very own racing team today. Titled ‘Power Horn Racing’ – the team consists of top achievers in Sri Lanka’s motorsports industry.
Sri Lanka’s favourable trade balance with Jordan is set hit higher levels as Jordan is keen for more Pure Ceylon Tea. “We are thirsty for more and more Ceylon Tea. We can’t get enough of it and we look for increased Tea imports from Sri Lanka” revealed H.E. Mohamad Sharari El-Bakheit El- Fayez, new Ambassador of Jordan to Sri Lanka.
The Hemas Group recently celebrated ten successful years of its early childhood development initiative “Piyawara” in partnership with the Children’s Secretariat of the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs.
Sampath Leasing and Factoring Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Sampath Bank PLC has completed yet another successful year recording Pre Tax Profit of Rs 232.20 Million for the financial year ended 31st December, 2011. The reported Profit after Tax (PAT) for the same period was Rs 192.39 Million.
When Mrs. Annette Thayanandi Emmanuel opened a savings account with Seylan Bank in the Zone 03 Arunachalam Refugee Camp off Chettikulam, Vavuniya in June 2008, little would she have realised that she would walk away with a lap top in Seylan Bank’s mega ‘Seylan Thagi Pita Thagi’ rewards scheme four years later.
Business class passengers, departing Bandaranaike International Airport on SriLankan Airlines, to any of its 34 online destinations, could avail of a unique ‘Silk Route’ offer which streamlines check-in, customs, immigration & security formalities.
The benchmark internet business solutions provider in Sri Lanka, announced today that it has received the International Organization for Standardization ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system.
Colombo will host the first ever FutureGov SAARC Summit which will at the same time be the third annual FutureGov Forum Sri Lanka. Distinguished local and international participants are poised for valuable contribution at the conference on 18th and 19th July 2012 .
The Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) signed up with partner organizations to further strengthen and develop Future Careers, introducing “Future Careers Partner Programme together with Strategic Partner – Vocational Training Authority (VTA), Virtusa, Pearson, IFS, Zone24/7, Millennium IT (part of London Stock Exchange), HSBC and First Source- Dialog. The official launch of Future Careers Partners for 2012 was held recently at the Dialog Auditorium, amidst the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education and a large gathering of member companies and corporates.
Orient Insurance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Arab Orient Insurance PSC was officially launched in Sri Lanka today, in the presence of Hon Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Senior Minister International Monetary Cooperation; Mr. Omer Al Futtaim, Vice Chairman, Al-Futtaim Group UAE; Mr. Omer Elamin, Senior Managing Director, Arab Orient Insurance UAE and Chairman Orient Insurance Ltd Sri Lanka; Deshabandu Tilak De Zoysa, Vice Chairman, Orient Insurance Limited and President Associated Motorways Private Limited and Deepthi Lokuarachchi, Chief Executive Officer, Orient Insurance, Sri Lanka.
Life insurance leader Ceylinco Life has educated 250 schoolchildren of 27 schools in Jaffna on road safety, by conducting a major awareness programme on the subject in collaboration with the Colombo Traffic Police and the Jaffna Police.
High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka His Excellency Mr. Ashok K. Kantha recently launched Sri Lanka’s first ever Corporate Fuel Card and XtraPremium Euro 3 at M/s. Felix Perera, Lanka IOC’s flagship retail outlet in Colombo 07.
Softlogic Information Technologies one of the premier IT companies in Sri Lanka and a pioneering subsidiary of Softlogic Holdings announced that the company launched a unique concept, Dell Gallery at Supun Arcade Colombo providing a platform for new heights of a retail shopping experience. The new introduction will further engage customers to observe and experience the latest Dell offerings – PC, notebooks, netbooks and the new mobility products range.
Sri Lanka’s only computer manufacturer EZY, who revolutionized the computer by lanuching the EZY Slimtop and thereafter went on to introduce the world’s smallest computer, EZY Slimtop Smart, successfully concluded their newest installation of computers by concluding the delivery of the 2nd Computer Lab of Trinity College Kandy, a few days back.
SriLankan Airlines’ sportsmen and women have made a top level re-entry into the sports arena, with a huge haul of medals, at the recent Mercantile Athletics Championship. The SriLankan team had a haul of 27 gold, 19 silver and 19 bronze medals at the Championship, making them clear winners.
When the Colombo Stock Exchange upgraded its Automated Trading System with Version 7 on the 24th of February, IronOne Technologies was at hand to ensure that the online traders were not out in the cold. With a simultaneous launch at all 15 brokerage houses where ATRAD is currently in use, IronOne transited to its upgrade FIX 5.0/FAST Protocol to the greater satisfaction of all its clientele. The ATS 7 is a sophisticated system with many new functions, and, IronOne’s platform integrated them easily in FIX 5.0/FAST version of the ATRAD.
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) donated a computer lab to the Embilipitiya Junior Secondary School in one of the company’s latest CSR efforts. The programme was initiated and organised by the Sri Lanka Telecom Havelock Town Welfare Society.
Thirteen senior sales managers of life insurance market leader Ceylinco Life were among 4,500 top notch international insurance professionals from 46 countries at the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Experience Conference 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand recently.
In keeping with the mission to continually enhance the professional management and HR practices of the IT/BPO and knowledge services industry, SLASSCOM together with PwC published the second annual Salary and Benefit Survey.
Launched on the 27th of March 2012, www.weddingdirectory.lk is the online version of the SLT RAINBOW PAGES Wedding Directory, a one of a kind resource that includes a thorough listing of suppliers and service providers covering every possible wedding related product and requirement.
Bartleet Finance recently made it a priority to address the needs of the inmates of the School for the Deaf & Blind at Ratmalana. A programme of events under the banner, “Doing more than our minimum for society” were brought to realization radiating joy amongst these differently-abled children.
The draw to select the winners of the ‘Atlas Ganimu, Thegi Dinamu’ promotional draw, organized by Atlas, the largest stationery manufacturing company in Sri Lanka to reward their loyal customers, was held recently at the Grand Oriental Hotel Colombo.
The PCH 9 to 9 Showroom, Sri Lanka’s first super market style IT Store in the Sri Lankan market dedicated to bringing consumers the very best in IT products and services, celebrated its second year with the launch of its new 9 to 9 IT Call Center – offering consumers a dedicated hotline to solve all their IT problems.
The students of the Welioya Ethawatunuwewa Vidyalaya in the Anuradhapura district were recently gifted with a much looked forward to IT lab and were connected to the worldwide web by Citizens Development Business Finance PLC (CDB) as part of its flagship CSR project – ‘CDB Pariganaka Piyasa’.
Lassana Flora recently opened Sri Lanka’s first ever Flower Collection Centre in Nuwara Eliya, thereby further expanding its service offering to its hundreds of suppliers in the upcountry region. It was inaugurated by the Mayor of Nuwara Eliya His Worship Mahinda Dodampe Gamage.
DFCC Vardhana Bank announced that it would keep a majority of its main branches open over the weekend, to ease customers’ financial transactions. This new move was adopted, to enhance the service offered to the bank’s customers, giving them the opportunity to carry out their transactions with ease over the weekend; avoiding the usual week-day rush.
Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka, has been received by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar following an audience being granted to Minister Bathiudeen on 21 March (Wednesday).
SLASSCOM, Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies has partnered with the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) with the aim of developing the capacity of the legal outsourcing industry in Sri Lanka and to promote Sri Lanka as an outsourcing destination for outsourced legal services.
Leo Burnett Solutions Inc. commercial titled, "Pass it on when you're done with it" created for the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society (SLEDS) continues its winning streak with a metal win in the Film Lotus category under the sub category Single Best of Social Engagement at Adfest 2012.
Richard Pieris Distributors Limited that has secured customer confidence with the introduction of Sri Lanka’s No.1 water pump ARPITEC, has recently introduced their newest product ARPITEC Electric Ceiling Fans with many special features to the local market.
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) triumphed at the 2010/11 Vision Awards Annual Report Competition to win a Gold Award in the Telecommunications Sector. Organised by the League of American Communication Professionals (LACP), SLT was also placed 19th overall in the Top 100 Worldwide Rank of this much coveted global annual report competition.
Sri Lanka secured third place in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under 13 tournament sponsored by Samaposha, flagship brand of Plenty Foods (Pvt.) Ltd, a subsidiary of Ceylon Biscuits Limited (CBL).
The Bartleet Finance PLC, a member of the Bartleet Group, one of the foremost conglomerates in Sri Lanka, launched their ‘Bilindu’ Children’s Savings Account, designed to give every child born in Sri Lanka a bank account with a cash deposit, at the Castle Street Hospital For Women under the patronage of Chairman Mr Dharma Dheerasinghe , famous story writer and child entertainer Mrs Sibil Wettasinghe and Board of Directors of Bartleet Finance PLC.
The Brandix Group’s leadership in the field of Human Resources Development once again received international acknowledgement when Ashanthi Fernando, Head of Group HR Operations was conferred an HR Leadership Award at the recently concluded Global HR Excellence Awards 2011-2012 in Mumbai, India.
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the nation’s telecommunications powerhouse launched a new Technology Experience Centre – a platform where enterprise and SME customers can experience first-hand, the company’s enhanced services provided through state-of-the-art technology.
Informatics International Limited and Converse Solutions Ltd, two of Informatics Group’s fastest growing subsidiaries were certified with the carbon neutral certification by the Carbon Consulting Company (CCC), Sri Lanka’s premier carbon footprint expert.
The 37th Kiwanis International Asia-Pacific convention is to be held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo from the 14th to the 17th of March 2012. The convention is to be held under the banner “Lighting the Lives of Children” and will host over 500 Kiwanians from the Asia-Pacific region.
“Sadaharitha forestry awards” the annual award ceremony of Sadaharitha Plantation Ltd was held at the Galle face hotel on the 6th March 2012 under the patronage of a distinguished gathering headed by it’s Chairman Mr.Sathis Nawarathna.
“Sadaharitha forestry awards” the annual award ceremony of Sadaharitha Plantation Ltd was held at the Galle face hotel on the 6th March 2012 under the patronage of a distinguished gathering headed by it’s Chairman Mr.Sathis Nawarathna.
The staff in Sri Lanka of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals bonded together recently in the spirit of adventure in an exciting team-building initiative involving activity-based soft skills development training, rock climbing and river crossing.
Fresh with the thoughts of the International Women’s Day ICTA launches the first women’s rural BPO today. It is also the third rural BPO to be thus launched. This BPO , this time in the Jaffna District, is being launched in partnership with the Foundation for Advancing Rural Opportunities.
The Project Management Institute (PMI), Sri Lanka Chapter will host the second international conference “Regional Project Management Conference 2012” from the 27th - 29th April 2012 at the Cinnamon Lakeside.
The Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) has long upheld the tradition of a balanced education that caters to the wholesome and well rounded application of students’ knowledge, wisdom, talent and creativity.
Plans to revive tourism in the picturesque Passikudah bay on Sri Lanka’s east coast reached a milestone on 6th March 2012, with the commissioning of a hi-tech central sewage and waste water treatment plant for the proposed National Holiday Resort, comprising of 13 star class hotels.
It has been established that the antibiotic administered to a woman who died after child birth at the De Soysa Hospital for Women was a generic version of co-amoxiclav and not Augmentin as reported in some media.
Access Engineering Limited announced that its Rs. 500 million IPO has been oversubscribed within a few hours of opening. As the IPO was oversubscribed, the subscription list closed on March 6, 2012, the official day of opening of the IPO, according to the regulations laid down by the Colombo Stock Exchange.
MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 27, 2012 – Intel Corporation President and CEO Paul Otellini today detailed a number of announcements and plans aimed at expanding the company’s smartphone product portfolio and customer ecosystem, including strategic new engagements with Orange*, Lava International Ltd.*, ZTE*, and Visa*.
AirAsia, the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline (Skytrax Award 2009, 2010, 2011), celebrates their inaugural flights from Colombo to Bangkok. FD 3881 departed from Bandaranayake International Airport at 09.35hrs with a load factor of 80%.