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Introducing range rover velar

  • A new addition to the Range Rover family, filling the white space between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport
  • Land Rover reaffirms its position as the world’s leading SUV brand
  • From a bloodline like no other, Velar name is derived from the original Range Rover prototypes of 1969
  • World premiere on 1 March 2017

 Friday, February 24 2017, Colombo:  The luxury SUV was created in 1970 when Land Rover launched the original Range Rover. Almost half a century later that spirit of innovation continues with the introduction of the fourth member of the Range Rover family, to be unveiled on 1 March 2017.

 Elegant simplicity, a visually reductive approach and pioneering consumer technology are the hallmarks of the new Range Rover Velar. 

 Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, said: “We call the Velar the avant garde Range Rover. It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand. The Range Rover Velar changes everything.”

 Refined for every occasion, for every terrain, Velar uses unique sustainable materials and advanced engineering to continue Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond. The origin of the Velar name (pronounced vel-ar) dates back to the first Range Rover prototypes of the Sixties: the pioneers of the luxury SUV landscape. When development engineers needed to hide the true identity of the 26 pre-production Range Rovers, they chose the name Velar, derived from the Latin velare meaning to veil or cover.

Full details of the Range Rover Velar will be announced on 1 March 2017.

Published in Automobile

30% and 20% discounts for Credit and Debit Cardholders at 64 restaurants till 10th April 2017

If good dining brings smiles to the diners, Commercial Bank’s Credit and Debit Card holders will be smiling a lot over the next two months as they enjoy the Bank’s latest ‘Dine & Smile’ promotion.

Sixty four popular restaurants including 40 located within 21 leading hotels will offer discounts of 30% on COMBANK Credit cards and 20% on COMBANK Debit cards till 10th April 2017, the Bank announced.

The offer is applicable for payments made by both Visa and Mastercard branded Credit and Debit cards issued by the Commercial Bank.

Eighteen restaurants at 11 hotels of the Jetwing Group in Dambulla, Negombo,Galle, Yala, Jaffna, Passikudah, Wellawaya and Panadura are among the participating restaurants in hotels, along with four restaurants each at the Galadari hotel and the Eden Resort & Spa; three restaurants at Waters Edge; two each at Club Bentota, Earl’s Regency Kandy, Paradise Resort & Spa Dambulla and the Dikwella Resort & Spa; and one each at Heritance Negombo, The Calm Resort & Spa at Passikudah, and The Thinnai in  Jaffna.

The participating standalone restaurants are Caffe Michaelanjelo; Loft Lounge Bar, Scarlet Room and Amberat Colombo Courtyard; Asylum, Great Wall restaurants, Harpo’s, Berlin Sky Lounge, Il Cielo; Jack Tree, Jade, King Coconut Negombo, Loon Tao, Maharaja Palace, Raja Bojun; Siam House, Street 360, The Mango Tree, The Sandwich Factory, The Stuart by Citrus, Tilko Jaffna, Sunshine Batticaloa (Tomato family restaurant), Tsing Tao and Tsukiji Uoichi.
These discounts significantly enhance the benefits already offered by Comdeals, a programme which provides value addition to Commercial Bank cardholders through discounts at a number of major retail outlets in the country and 0% easy payment schemes for Credit cardholders. Commercial Bank cardholders are also eligible to participate in global promotions carried out by Visa and Mastercard and receive more benefits under ‘COMBANK Max Loyalty rewards.’

Commercial Bank cards are the fastest growing cards in Sri Lanka and enjoy market leadership in Credit and Debit Card cumulative point-of-sale usage. The Bank offers a variety of credit cards in the Silver, Gold and Platinum tiers of both Visa and Mastercard as well as Visa Signature, World Mastercard and Visa Infinite cards in the premium segment. The cards are equipped with ‘Tap & Go’ NFC technology and are backed by a strong NFC Point-of-Sale (POS) network. Commercial Bank Max Loyalty Rewards scheme is the only loyalty scheme that offers loyalty rewards points on both Credit and Debit cards.

The only Sri Lankan bank to be ranked among the Top 1000 banks of the world for six years consecutively, Commercial Bank operates a network of 256 branches and 659 ATMs in Sri Lanka. The Bank has won multiple awards as Sri Lanka’s Best Bank, Best Trade Bank, Strongest Bank, Most Respected Bank from a number of local and international institutions and publications over several years and has also been adjudged one of Sri Lanka’s 10 best corporate citizens by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce for several years.

Published in monetary

Friday, February 24 2017, Colombo: Blue Mountain Achilleion, Sri Lanka’s seven star luxury real estate project, made a splash at the Maldives Living Expo 2017, which was held in Male, in the Maldives, recently from 16th to 18th February 2017. The attractively decorated stall by Blue Mountain Achilleion witnessed a throng of prospective clients wanting to know further details of the project. This one-of-a-kind seven star luxury project stood out amongst the international condominiums, local buildings and apartments, lifestyle appliances for modern homes and home financing and insurance suppliers who were present at the Maldives Living Expo.Blue Mountain Apartments’ latest real estate development, Achilleion, the first-ever 7-star luxury apartment building in Sri Lanka, is ideal for investors and home-owners seeking a high return on investment - as it will be an iconic, first of its kind, super luxury in the South Asian region.

 “We were glad to have Blue Mountain onboard with a signature project such as Achilleion at the Maldives Living Expo as it attracted many Maldivian investors. Given the current trend for Maldivians to own a second home or a ‘home-away-from-home’ in another country, many investors have evinced in this luxury project. Highrise has built the Living Abroad platform to introduce high-end apartments for sale in Sri Lanka in conjunction with one of Maldives' premier lifestyle shows, Living Expo, that has become one of the top events in Maldives since 2013,” explained Tuan Saabir Vaffoor - Director, Highrise Pvt Ltd and Organizer of Maldives Living Expo and Living Abroad 2017.

Commenting on the overwhelming response received for the Achilleion project during the Maldives Living Expo 2017, Dr.Hiran Hettiarachchi (MBBS-Colombo & MBA-Australia) – Group Chairman of Blue Mountain said, “We are pleased with the tremendous flood of customers who expressed interest in investing in Achilleion during the expo. The high profile project’s sound credentials and reputed partners such as Singapore-based architect and interior design specialists - Palmer and Turner and Index - respectively, and the cutting-edge facilities, which have been incorporated into the property’s iconic design has struck a chord with discerning investors, who realize the value of the project. We look forward to add many of the prospective clients who approached us at the expo as our loyal customers who can enjoy the prestige and luxury of owning a home in Achilleion.”

 In order to ensure that residents always travel in style, the complex will offer access to a rooftop helipad and a private helicopter for the use of the residents. A fleet of 5 Mercedes Benz luxury cars will also be available for residents to use at their leisure. This state-of-the-art complex will also feature Sri Lanka’s first-ever sky bridge, the tallest sky restaurant by sea and an infinity pool, which will offer breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean and the vibrant Marine Drive stretch. Other facilities include a 24-hour medical centre – the first of its kind to operate in a private residential complex, a comprehensive library and a private theatre.

 The 50-storey twin tower apartment complex will consist of 618 luxury units of one, two or three bedroom apartments, duplexes and two penthouses with more than 85% of the apartments enjoying the glorious view of the Indian Ocean.

 The iconic design and structure of the development is being supported by the global real estate titan, Palmer & Turner (P&T) Group Singapore, heralded as the No. 2 ranked residential developer in the world. Enhancing the property’s value even further, the complex’s plush interiors are being curated by Index Design, a leading interior design practise also based in Singapore, which reflects the ultra modern and latest international style that the apartments will deflect. Achilleion has won three international awards already, including the best ‘Luxury Show Apartment’ at the prestigious Asia Pacific Property Awards 2016/2017.

Published in Property & Building

Thursday, 23rd February, 2017, Colombo: Sri Lanka's leading e-commerce site,, recently launched its latest social media and internal campaign #wOwLoveFest, to spread some love on Valentine's Day. The focus of the campaign was to not only celebrate the love that couples share, but to celebrate love for one's self, one's team members, family, friends and the community. 

Commenting on the Valentine's Day campaign, Naresh Sathasivam – General Manager Sails and Marketing, Digital Commerce Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., the company that owns and said: "This Valentine's Day, we were able to run an array of contests and promotions, that enabled us to truly interact and engage with our valued customers. We applied a multi-dimensional approach to our campaign, and focused on celebrating love amongst our customers, employees and community members in need. Our Valentine's Day competitions were light-hearted, upbeat and added an element of fun to the occasion, brightening up the day for all of our key stakeholders. The campaign was also in keeping with our ongoing efforts to establish higher levels of engagement on our social media and digital platforms in order to strengthen the relationship and connection that our customers have with the brand."

 Giving the perfect gift: In the run-up to Valentine's Day, focused on making the process of buying and giving special gifts both easy and affordable. Discounts of up to 60% off were offered on a carefully curated selection of 'his & her' gifts. A separate landing page was developed on the website for customers to learn more about the entire Valentine's Day gift collection. The majority of products were available for immediate pick-up or giving the perfect gift and customers received a complementary teddy bear with every purchase. In order to offer a wide array of gifts, to suit a broad range of interests and preferences, also partnered with new merchants, to offer customers a unique and useful range of products for the occasion.

 Prizes galore in-store: All walk-in customers during Valentine's week, were able to participate in an in-store lucky dip and stand the chance to win a total of four exclusive prizes. A Puma watch for him and an Elle SPIRIT watch for her (provided by Blink International (Pvt) Ltd), along with Nike Gold edition perfumes for men and women were up for grabs, along with a Helinta Beauty Care Pack (featuring aloe vera gel, face scrub, foot scrub and massage balm). One lucky winner also walked away with a dinner voucher for two worth Rs. 10,000 from Mango Tree.

 Sharing love on social media: also held two social media contests, for couples and single customers alike. For the 'Spill & Win' contest on Facebook, customers had to share the nickname that their significant other calls them (bae, baby or boo), and the person who shared the cutest nickname, walked away with a romantic getaway at Sunrise by Jetwing. Single customers were also included in the Valentine's Day hype, and had to share the best and worst pick-up lines that they had ever heard and three lucky winners received SENNHEISERER earphones from Dynamic AV. 

Spreading love in the workplace: All of's employees also came together to celebrate Valentine's Day and were treated to delicious cupcakes and a lucky sticker competition. Each employee had a sticker placed at the bottom of their cupcake and the team member with a special sticker, won a gift voucher worth Rs. 10,000. team members spent some time together in the morning, taking a break from their day-to-day work to bond and catch up with their fellow colleagues and friends. 

Circulating love in the community: To give back to the community on Valentine's Day and in keeping with the company's commitment to share love with everyone, including those in need, worked together with the National Blood Transfusion Service and the youth of St. Theresa's Church, Thimbirigasaya (which is located near the head office), to run a blood donation drive. A total of 80 customers, staff members and well-wishers participated in the drive, and all collections were sent to help individuals in need of urgent transfusions due to life threatening conditions or medical emergencies. is owned and operated by Digital Commerce Lanka (Pvt) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dialog Axiata PLC. The company is an industry pioneer and the largest e-commerce company that caters to domestic consumers. continuously strives to meet the varied needs of the local online shopping community, delivering a superior virtual shopping experience with a variety of affordable products and services.

Published in Lifestyle

23 February 2017, Colombo: As a prelude to the 2017 Wedding Season, Hameedia who dressed bridegrooms for generations will offer its Customers a Bespoke Tailoring package that will award the third piece free of Bespoke Tailoring charges. The promotion will apply to orders for 2 shirts or Trousers and the Customer will enjoy the benefit of having the full bespoke charges waived off on the 3rd shirt or trouser. The promotion is tipped to run until the 15th of March 2017.

 This is a valuable opportunity for the fastidious gentleman avail themselves of Hameedia’s Bespoke and Made to Measure (MTM) services that has been a hallmark of their business. Using the latest technology and a modern manufacturing center, Hameedia ensures the best bespoke tailoring in the country. Bespoke tailoring enables customers to handpick their own fabrics not usually found in the readymade range, and have their garment stitched to fit perfectly well according to the contours of their body structure.

 The menswear specialist established its credentials decades ago for its impeccable master sewing capabilities and has since innovated and expanded its suite of products and services. This precise tailoring capability remains at the core of the brand’s success for over decades using fabrics and accessories sourced from specialists in the bespoke trade worldwide. Bespoke Tailoring has been an age old preference for men who understand the little details of classy dressing. The impeccable fit and styling of Hameedia’s bespoke tailoring enhances the personality of the wearer and makes a lasting impression, whilst updating his wardrobe for the festive season ahead.

 Hameedia was established in 1949 and has grown to become a fashionable brand in Sri Lanka. Renowned for their high quality custom tailoring under the Bespoke category and ready-made clothes for gentlemen, the Hameedia multi-brand retail stores house a collection of quality menswear brands Le Bond, Envoy, Signature, Raymond, Lee and Adidas to name a few. Hameedia also prides itself on offering exceptional standards of service to ensure that clients enjoy a positive and personalized experience at each store. With a network of over 30 outlets across Sri Lanka and a large and experienced team Hameedia has a strong local presence and has also expanded globally with outlets in the Maldives and Australia.

Published in Textile & Fashion
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