EditorJanuary 21, 2018


Wednesday 17th January 2018, Colombo: One of the leading flour mills in Sri Lanka, Serendib Flour Mills, proudly welcomes New CEO Mohamed Riyal at the helm of the company to spearhead its growth and expansion plans as it celebrates its glorious 10th anniversary in 2018. A trailblazing business strategist, the new CEO is expected to inject a renewed sense of purpose to achieve the company’s ambitious goals and expansion plans for the future. A joint venture between UAE’s Al Ghurair Foods (AGF) and Emirates Trading Agency (ETA), Serendib’s ‘7 Star’ brand of flour has been nourishing the nation for 9 years and embodies purity, innovation, quality, freshness, expertise, service and trust.

An innovative leader; Mohamed Riyal has worked in various positions in a variety of business segments in countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Africa and Germany. His notable contributions include establishing the brand name of Audi and Volkswagon in the Middle East region and trebling the market share within a period of two years.  He also worked as a Group Planning and Budgeting Manager for Al Ghurair Investments (the holding company of the largest Group of Companies in U.A.E.), where his contribution was immense in setting up group reporting and providing business analysis and plans to turnaround various business units of the Group.

Thereafter in 2010, Riyal relocated to Sri Lanka to take up the position as the Chief Financial Officer at Serendib Flour Mills, where he played a pivotal role in stabilizing the business and achieving the profitability targets of the investors.  Riyal is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Member of the Certified Management Accountants and possess an MBA in Business Strategy from the University of Derby, United Kingdom.

Commenting on his appointment, the incoming CEO of Serendib Flour Mills, Mohamed Riyal, said, “I am humbled to be appointed CEO of the company and look forward to go for further expansion of the business by increasing the production capacity and stepping into diversified businesses.  Initially, I will embark on developing the existing personnel to be ready to take up bigger challenges ahead.”

During the previous year, 7-Star Brand was recognized as B2B Brand of the Year at the SLIM Brand Excellence 2017. Serendib Flour Mills is committed to becoming the number one producer of wheat flour in Sri Lanka and the preferred flour supplier in international markets.

Serendib Flour Mills launched operations with a state-of-the-art single-line capacity wheat flour mill in the Port of Colombo on 26th May 2008 using sophisticated Swiss Buhler Technology. Carefully produced through a state-of-the-art milling process, using the very best wheat from countries such as Canada, Australia USA and Russia, the ‘7 Star’ range of flour contains the optimal mineral, gluten, water absorption and nutritional balance, making it a healthy and wholesome ingredient that is ideal for everyday use. Serendib Flour Mills has adhered to international standards of quality and best practices, and produces over 10 different varieties of flour, which are wholesome and packed with nutrition. Serendib Flour Mills has developed and implemented an integrated management system (IMS) based on ISO 22000:2005, FSSC 22000, ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015 requirements. And also 7 Star is the only SLS certified brand of Wheat Flour in Sri Lanka.

The ‘7 Star’ range of flour is ideal for making a delicious range of breads, buns, rottis, pastries, noodles, biscuits and other sweet meats.

EditorJanuary 16, 2018


An oversubscription for Sri Lanka “Wonder of Asia” IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo, with over 850 registrations two months prior to the main event

IRONMAN is an iconic high profile international triathlon event, which has been chosen to be staged in Sri Lanka on the 25th of February 2018. There are over 850 athletes representing 63 nations have signed up for the Sri Lanka “Wonder of Asia” IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo organised by Pro-Am Serendib, the official licensee of the IRONMAN global triathlon brand in Sri Lanka.

This challenging race will start with a 1.9-km open water swim in the salty, sensual seawaters of the Indian Ocean near Galle Face green. This will be followed by a 3-lap, flat, fast 90-km bike leg that takes the competitors through the Colombo Port and Marine Drive. The final leg will be a 21.1-km run before finishing at Galle Face.  Registrations have officially been closed now, with an oversubscription from both local and international athletes two months prior to the event. This is a significant achievement for an inaugural event demonstrating the confidence in Sri Lanka as a destination for multi-sports and endurance events.

The event organiser, Pro-Am Serendib, is all geared up to hold this prestigious international sporting event in Sri Lanka, which will be the only IRONMAN event in the South Asian region, thereby putting Sri Lanka on the global map as a sporting destination. With a goal of attracting a global audience of over 3,000 people to the country for this event, Pro-Am Serendib is ready to make Sri Lanka the destination of choice to compete and travel while also giving participants and their families a uniquely Sri Lankan experience.

The Sri Lanka “Wonder of Asia” IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo, International Triathlon will form a qualifying round for the triathletes to participate at the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships to be held in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa in September 2018. There are 30 world championship qualifying slots available for grab and the event organisers expect high quality competition amongst the athletes to win one of those slots to secure their place at the world championship start-line.

IRONMAN triathlon is a global phenomenon with a 40-year history. The birth of it can be traced back to Hawaii. During an awards banquet, a few athletes began debating which athletes were the fittest: swimmers, bikers, or runners. Later, US Naval Commander John Collins and his wife Judy decided to combine three toughest endurance races in Hawaii—the 2.4-mile (3.8 km) Waikiki Rough water Swim, 112 miles (180 km) of the Around-O’ahu Bike Race and the 26.2-mile (42.2 km) Honolulu Marathon—into one event. On February 18, 1978, 15 competitors, including Collins, came to the shores of Waikiki to take on the first-ever IRONMAN challenge. Since the first ever race, the IRONMAN World Championship race is held in Hawaii in October each year. It is the number one user-based sports brand in the world with 15 Billion media impressions for the IRONMAN World Championship, a global audience of over 6,000,000 spectators, over 250,000 athletes representing 200 countries participating at over 250 IRONMAN branded events globally, which include IRONMAN and the IRONMAN 70.3 series.

EditorJanuary 11, 2018


UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Una McCauley addresses the launch of pioneering RIA deliberations in Colombo as visiting Senior Consultant for Regulatory Reform of UNIDO Ms Delia Rodrigo (far left), Head of UNIDO Colombo Focal Point Nawaz Rajabdeen (second from left), Additional Secretary of industry and Commerce Ministry M Thajudeen (fourth from left), Chairman of CAA Hasitha Tillekeratne (fifth from left), Senior Advisor to Minister of Industry and Commerce Ms Himali Jinadasa (third from right) look on at Shangri La Hotel, on 8 January

EditorJanuary 9, 2018


January 3, 2018: The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) has appointed Lalith Obeyesekere as its Secretary General, effective January 1, 2018. A respected, plantation industry professional and an active member of the PA, Obeyesekere headed the Association as its Chairman from 2010 to 2013 and has played a vital role in promoting the collective interests on all issues concerning the Plantation Industry. Obeyesekere takes over duties from industry veteran, Malin Goonetileke, who retired as Secretary General, a position he held for 16 years, since 2001.

As Secretary General, Lalith Obeyesekere will serve on several national and industry related Boards and committees, representing the PA and its membership. He will also play a key role in liaising with Government and trade bodies in promoting the interests of its membership and the industry in general. Obeyesekere has over four decades of experience in the plantation sector, having commenced his career as a Management Trainee at Mackwoods Estates & Agencies Ltd in 1973 and retired as the Director/CEO of two RPCs. Obeyesekere will continue to assist the membership of 21 Regional Plantation Companies in maintaining healthy industrial relations amongst all stakeholders.


He is a fellow of the National Institute of Plantation Management in Sri Lanka.

EditorJanuary 9, 2018


The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency Amari Wijewardene initiated a high powered parliamentary delegation from The UK to Sri Lanka on the invitation of Mr. Ranil Wicramasinghe, The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on 02nd January, 2018 to further strengthen bilateral relationships between Great Britain and Sri Lanka.

The five member delegation to Sri Lanka headed by Hon Ranil Malcolm Jayawardena M.P, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group-SL, UK, Hon Michele Donalan M.P, Hon Chris Green, M.P, Hon John Lamont, M.P, Ms. Clemency Eleanor Huggins, Parliamentary Secretary of the Chairman.

The delegation group will meet Hon President, The Hon Prime Minister, The Hon Speaker and will call on the foreign ministry of Sri Lanka. The main objective of this delegation is to develop stronger economic, trade and cultural and also education relationships with Sri Lanka.

Further during their visit the delegation will be meeting Chairman of BOI, Chairman of EDB, the and Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. They will be facilitated to visit London Stock Exchange Group Technology and the Colombo port City.

Also the delegation will visit Galle to meet Hon Governor and Hon Chief Minister of the Southern Province. In Jaffna they will meet the Hon Governor of Northern Province. During their visit to Jaffna they will meet the Commander of the security forces in Jaffna. The delegation will pay a visit to the Dalada Maligagawa in Kandy and Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil in Jaffna as well.

Her Excellency Amari Wijewardene, The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to The UK has initiated many successful measures to promote Sri Lanka in the UK and has been able to build strong relationships with key British parliamentarians, important economic institutions, key ministries in the U.K. and other key diplomatic missions for the benefit of Sri Lanka.

A few of the key initiatives made on the social aspect could be identified as promoting cultural ties and the creative harmonious relationships with all communities and successfully organizing events to bind all Sri Lankan communities in the UK.

The Vesak, Deepavali, Ramazan and Christmas celebrations were attended with unprecedented participation and also her efforts have been commended by participants. Also her effort in promoting tourism with tourist board in the UK has resulted in Sri Lanka being voted as the No. 01 travel destination amongst the British. Sri Lanka also awarded the winner of ‘The Family Traveler Award’ for the best long travel destination.

Mr. David Pittaway Q.C treasurer of the Inner Temple was also invited to Sri Lanka on her initiative to help to expedite and improve the judicial system. Many events were felicitated to commemorate 150 Years of History of Ceylon Tea in the UK. Independence Day celebrations of 2017 was carried out very successfully and plans are underway with the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry and British and Commonwealth office for yet another Successful 70 year Independence Day celebrations and CHOGM 2018.

It is worthwhile to mention that all activities have made with the concurrence of the Foreign Ministry in Sri Lanka.

EditorJanuary 9, 2018


Guests were treated to a spectacular display of lights, decorations and fabulous array of foods from all over the world. Party goers feasted whilst the multi-talented band, 16 by Four played songs from the pantheon of classic pop.  And the fabulous Navy drummers, dressed in shimmering Shalwar Kamese and golden turbans, treated the crowd, assembled on the beach side deck, with the heart stirring beat of their drums.

Two clowns complimented the fire eaters, devil dancers and Kandyian drummers.  The masters of ceremony, Mr. Sampath and Ms. Erandi lead the guests from dinner to dancing to competing in light hearted competitions, which included the famous Queen of the Night catwalk.

First prize was awarded to a Sri Lankan beauty. First prize for the raffle draw was a fabulous opportunity to stay in Calamander Unawatuna Beach and Calamander Lake Gregory, with transport provided between the two hotels.

At one minute to midnight the countdown was announced and the guests and staff gathered by the beach to witness a spectacular display of fireworks with the crowning event for all the staff and guests, the launching of hot air lanterns into the inky blackness of the night sky.

Hundred of lanterns, silhouetted against the moonlight, sailed towards the full moon.  It was indeed a magical sight.  The bubbly flowed and the guests danced until dawn.  And guests were overwhelmed by the warmth  and hospitality of the staff.  In 2018, Calamander Unawatuna Beach, looks forward to another year of change and development and continued success,  ensuring its future as the best beach resort down south.

EditorJanuary 7, 2018


Possibly one the best and most looked forward to aspects of IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo will be IRONKIDS Sri Lanka. Scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Galle Face Green Precinct, Colombo the event will be one of the main focal points as it is set to bring together between 350 to 450 children up to the age of 14 years. The IRONKIDS race will be a run only event.

The race is set to start at 9am on the day before IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo which will be held on Sunday February 25, 2018 and the event is open to all children aged from 3 up to 14 years old. Parents/caregivers are able to accompany their child. The event will feature four distances to cater for all ages and abilities.

IRONKIDS is organised and run by Pro-Am and is fully included in the event schedule as a key ancillary event under the IRONKIDS branded finish arch in the official finish chute. The colourful event is bound to attract children from the local community as well of those participating in IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo.

IRONKIDS Sri Lanka is all about inspiring the kids to embrace an active lifestyle from a young age and to make them part of the big IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo event weekend. Participants will receive an IRONKIDS branded t-shirt, medal and a certificate, and the event is set to create a festival-like atmosphere for those participating due to the inclusion of music and commentary. The children will be ably supported by well known personalities in the sports and entertainment field which will include adults and children alike.

The event course will cover the entire Galle Face Walk and pavement up to Chaitya Road and the format will include a two kilometre run for the 12-14 year age group, a one and a half kilometre run for the 9 to 11 year olds, a one kilometre run for those aged between 6 to 8 years, and a 500 metre run for those aged 3 to 5 years.

Children interested in participating are encouraged to register online at https://goo.gl/8WeX3k on or before February 20th, 2018. Registration per child is USD 10. If the event is not sold out prior, parents/ caregivers can register the children from February 22nd at the Shangri La Hotel Grand Ball Room. Note that there will be no registration on the day of the event.

On the race day children participating in IRONKIDS are expected to wear the branded IRONKIDS t-shirt which they will receive on registration and the collection of the bib. A race briefing will take place at 8.30am at the Southern End of the Transition Area near the event information booth. The event sequence will be as follows: The first event will start with the off at 9am and once all the 500m participants have turned into the finish chute, the 1kmm event will start the same will follow for the  1.5km and the 2km events with medals being presented to each participant at the finish line.

For parents concerned about safety, don’t fret as an ambulance will be stationed at the recovery area to evacuate anyone who would require further medical attention while medically trained staff including two doctors, four nurses and six first aid staff will be made ready on site over the duration of the event while First Aid staff will be part of the volunteer crew.

EditorJanuary 5, 2018


Colombo, Thursday 4th January 2018: What better way to start the day than with a hearty breakfast. But with the busy lifestyles that we city dwellers lead, it is often difficult to find time to make a healthy and filling meal. So we opt for a quick bite which may not always be what you need to start the day. Enter THE CAULDRON!

With their vivid imaginative food creations, THE CAULDRON introduces their exclusive Roast Paan Breakfast Range. With a twist on the traditional sandwich, this Sri Lankanized version of a typical breakfast sandwich comes packed with tastes that are familiar of home.

The Roast Paan Sandwich range includes an eclectic mix of East meets West in a sandwich that is also the right mix of sugar and spice with its SeeniSambol & Cheese combination. Perfect for the Vegetarians this sandwich is also for those who need a fiery start to the day. For those who need a daily dose of Pol Sambol, THE CAULDRON offers it combined with a Halmasso Baduma (Sprats Fry). For a more European flavor there is also the Egg & Chilli Mayonnaise. The range also includes a hearty option for the meat lovers with a Kalu Chicken Curry, Pol Sambol & Cheese.

Introducing the range Founder of THE CAULDRON Tharanga Perera said, “We are working our magic to combine Sri Lankan classics and turn them into delicacies.THE CAULDRON continues to live our dream whilst sharing our best with our customers. We are cheerfully excited to write many more chapters in our joyous story at THE CAULDRON where all good things combine.”

The greatest part about THE CAULDRON’s Roast PaanBreakfast is that it isn’t limited for breakfast and can even be picked up for a brunch snack or early lunch. Add to this a cup of Lavazza coffee or a pot of tea and you have a complete meal to tuck in to at THE CAULDRON’s cozy interior. The range will be available for just 350 rupees from 7:00am to 11:30am daily.

For more information please contact THE CAULDRON on 0112 366243.

EditorJanuary 2, 2018


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