Items filtered by date: April 2017

Colombo, Wednesday 5th April 2017: The month of April has a special place in the hearts of people all over the country as the nation comes together to celebrate Sinhala and Tamil New Year. In honor of this special holiday that is celebrated by everyone in the Sinhala and Tamil communities, all schools in the island close for the first term.

The school holiday season usually calls for fully stocked pantries and refrigerators in households throughout the country. During a time when kids are allowed to indulge in as many sweet treats and snacks as possible as a part of the festivities, it is also important to purchase products that are high in nutrients and contributes positively towards their wellbeing. As the holidays also calls for much activity outdoors, healthy snacks are a must have to feed the growing child.

Pelwatte Dairy is one of the leading 100% Sri Lankan dairy companies in the country producing all natural dairy products that do not contain any preservatives or additives used to enhance the quality of the product. The delicious and nutrient dense Pelwatte Yoghurt is currently the lowest priced yoghurt on the market even though the quality of the product is exceptional.

Pelwatte Yoghurt is made up of only a handful of ingredients such as sucrose, milk solids, milk fat, gelatin, vanilla flavor, permitted colors and yoghurt culture. The product comprises of a wide variety of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, Iron, Phosphorus, Calcium, Thiamine and quantities of proteins as well as carbohydrates.

Strive to keep your children healthy and happy this holiday season by purchasing the healthiest choice of yoghurt on the market. The range of yoghurt presented by Pelwatte Dairy will definitely keep your little ones asking for more.

For more information please contact Pelwatte Dairy on 0112 452094.

Published in Marketing

Award reinforces VirtusaPolaris' focus and commitment for HR Excellence

VirtusaPolaris, the market-facing brand of Virtusa Corporation and Polaris Consulting & Services, Ltd., a leading worldwide provider of information technology (IT) consulting and outsourcing, announced that it has won the overall Gold Award for HR Excellence at the SHIFT 2020 - Sri Lanka Human Capital Management (HCM) Awards 2016 held in Colombo recently. The company also received the special award in the 'Performance Management' category at the event.

Accepting the award on behalf of the company, Chandi Dharmaratne, senior director – Human Resources, VirtusaPolaris said, "At VirtusaPolaris, we firmly believe that our team members are our greatest asset. Their ingenuity and tireless efforts drive us forward in our ongoing pursuit of reimagining the digital realms of some of the world's largest enterprises. We are truly honored to see our commitment to them being recognized by some of the region's finest minds in human resource management at this prestigious forum. Such awards motivate us to strive harder to provide an engaging work environment for our largely millennial teams that enables greater levels of learning, growth and collaboration."

Aimed at recognizing public and private sector organizations that have demonstrated innovative and inspiring HR practices, the awards are presented by the Association of Human Resource Professionals Sri Lanka in association with the National Human Resource Development Council of Sri Lanka (NHRDC) of the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs. The Society for Human Resource Management India (SHRM India) lends its support to the event as the technical partner.

"We are delighted to be honored for our industry-leading people practices and approach. Our teams around the world continue to support clients in their innovation journey, as they push the boundaries to reimagine the digital landscape of the industries that they serve. As a company, we are committed to providing our teams a digitally enabled, future ready work environment that nurtures innovation and high performance. Our vision is to transform the way we work, learn, share and connect with our clients and across our teams." said Madu Ratnayake, CIO and general manager, VirtusaPolaris.

VirtusaPolaris has been recognized all over the world for its commitment to modern people practices. Some of the awards the company has been honored with include Achiever's Top 50 Most Engaged Work Places in North America, UK's Top Employers Award, Stevie International Business Award for HR, the Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award, and Asia's Best Employer Brand, among others.

Published in Achievement

Kansai Paints promises change in Sri Lanka 

Number One Paint Company from Japan launches generation next high technology, healthy paints for Sri Lankan homes   

Kansai Paints Ltd. from Japan launched a range of paints in Sri Lanka amidst huge fanfare and celebration at the Steins Studios.  Plans for a new production facility in Koggala have also taken off along with the initiation of a well-established distribution channel for Kansai Paint island-wide.

Global giants Kansai is partnering with The Capital Maharaja Organisation Limited and has established Kansai Paints Lanka (Pvt) Ltd with state-of the-art manufacturing capabilities in Koggala. The inauguration ceremony was graced by R. Rajamahendran – Chairman Managing Director of The Capital Maharaja Organization Ltd, Katsuhiko Kato - International Business Head and Executive Committee Member Kansai Japan, Upul Jayasurya Chairman BOI and members of the Board of Kansai Nerolac India, The Capital Maharaja Organisation and Kansai Paints Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.

Unveiling the generation next technology in paint, Katsuhiko Kato - International Business Head and Executive Committee Member Kansai Japan said, “We are here to bring real change to the Sri Lankan paint market. Sri Lankans are seeing a growth in their economy and an overall improvement in their lifestyles and aspirations. We are therefore bringing you generation next Japanese technology for your painting needs"

“We have considered the tropical nature of Sri Lankan climate. And to cater to the change that it poses to exterior walls, we introduce Mica Marble finish exterior paints, using mica technology of water resistant and marble to retain shine full”

He further added “We also know how Sri Lankans value a clean green environment and home and so we offer paints with no smell, ultra low VOC and no added lead which means a paint that is safer and healthier too. Indeed we are delighted to bring this generation next paints from Japan that are brighter, stronger and healthier to Sri Lankan houses.”

Other features include High-definition colors. Kansai impressions eco clean is power packed with micro embedded brightness boosters (MEBB) a special ingredient added to paint, giving it visibly brighter, more vibrant colors . A true high definition look.

Excel mica and marble – One-of-a-kind exterior paint that gives superior performance. Mica plates act as a water barrier making walls stronger. And marble particles give superior sheen for a longer duration.

About Kansai Paints    

Kansai Paints is Japans number one paint brand and is amongst the world’s top 5 paints and coatings brand. Kansai paints is the pioneer in new technologies in the industry.

Kansai Paints was founded in 1918 in Japan. In the year 1926 Kansai Paints developed its pioneering product, ‘CELVA’ the first lacquer based paint to be developed in Japan. With such new products, Kansai Paints soon became the number one paint in Japan and expanded its operations in various other regions.

Today with its established global production, distribution and marketing activities Kansai paints offers high quality products all around the world.

Kansai paints has production and distribution facilities in Japan, China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines and India catering to the local markets.

In addition, Kansai Paints are available in North American regions including the United States and Mexico, Europe and the Middle East.

Kansai Paints strong presence in the technologically advanced marine and automotive industries is a testimonial to its continuous innovation and commitment to research and development.

Published in Marketing

DSI recently announced the launch of the DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship 2017, which will begin on the 20th of May.

Having joined hands with the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation and the School Volleyball Association of Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka’s leading footwear manufacturer and distributor has come forth to conduct the championship for the 17th time.

Initiated in 1999 by DSI with the collaboration of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation and the Ministry of Education, the DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship provides both rural and urban players with an opportunity to develop and showcase their talents and further build their careers in both national and international arena. Since its initiation the tournament has served to produce a total of 40 national sports personalities. 

A special addition to this year’s tournament agenda is the re-introduction of the Under 13 Boys/Girls category with the objective of developing an enthusiasm and passion for the country’s national sport amongst youngsters as well.
The tournament will be conducted at district and national levels with the former being conducted from the 20th of May to the 12th of June and the latter taking place between the 24th to the 28th of June. The finals are scheduled to be held on the 8th and 9th of September.

With the addition of the new category, the organizers expect to see the application of almost 4000 teams from all 4 categories - Under 13 Boys/ Girls, Under 15 Boys/ Girls, Under 17 Boys/ Girls and Under 19 Boys/ Girls. A considerable number of teams will be taking part from the Northern and North Eastern Provinces.

Applications for the tournament will be sent out to all schools and can be collected from all DSI Showrooms across the island, as well from the sports division of all Provincial Educational Departments and Zonal Education Offices. Completed applications must be posted to the Department of Marketing of D. Samson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd at No. 257. High Level Road, Nawinna, Maharagama or handed over to the nearest DSI Showroom. The title, ‘DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship – 2017’ must be mentioned on the left corner of the envelope.

“We at DSI have been honored and delighted to play such a vital role in ensuring the development of our national sport for the past 17 years. We are also very happy about our partnership with the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation and the Sports Division of the Ministry of Education. The main objective of organizing this championship is to develop the talents of both urban and rural young sportsmen/women and to assist them in qualifying for the national and international levels of the game. As a local conglomerate, DSI has been able to achieve this objective over the past 17 years by producing talented sportsmen/women who have achieved greatness and we wish to continue our efforts in supporting the further development of the game of Volleyball in Sri Lanka”, stated Mr. Thusitha Rajapaksa, the Managing Director of D. Samson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd.

Published in Miscellaneous
Friday, 28 April 2017 22:40

TukTuk releases latest updated App

One of Sri Lanka's leading transportation apps that has the highest number of Tuk Tuks registered numbering to over 6,000 recently updated their apps in both Google Play Store and Apple App Store recently. Tuk Tuk app has been in the transportation landscape in Sri Lanka for nearly two years and the network of Tuk Tuks working with the company has increased over time.

 Speaking on the launch of the TukTuk App's latest version CEO of Tuk Tuk Network Nadeesha Lokumannage said that the new version of the mobile app offers an array of backend network services in collaboration with largest mobile operator in Sri Lanka. TukTuk Network Services facilitate the customers to identify drivers based on Location Based Services (LBS) and Global Positioning System (GPS), and get notifications via Short Message Service (SMS) and Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) services to send a text between a mobile phone and the TukTuk Network in order to hire a Tuk Tuk for a ride. Main advantage of TukTuk Network is due to Drivers ability to register with the Network using any type of mobile phone. This provides the company the unique advantage of technology to reach the total Tuk Tuk population of 1.1 million Tuk Drivers registered in Sri Lanka. Officials also added that company is also inviting female taxi drivers and female taxi fleet operators to join the company's Tuk Tuk Network since majority of female commuters in the country feel safer and are more confident when travelling in a Taxi driven by a female. According to statistics over 36% of Sri Lanka's workforce are females and most working women and house wives use Taxis as convenient and a reliable transport service in their day to day life. Tuk Tuk Network aims to provider faster, safer and a convenient service for mainly to that segment of the population. According to the officials from the Tuk Tuk Network the TukTuk App has the potential to reach 20% of Sri Lanka's Tuk Tuks with nearly 6,000 Tuk Tuks and over 20,000 passengers already being registered with the App.

 The latest version of the TukTuk App makes it easy to get any ride across Sri Lanka via downloading from Having the largest network of registered Three wheelers in the country Tuk Tuk Network offers the convenience of finding any Tuk Tuk driver or any cab company even individual transportation service providers with the latest upgraded app that allows you to send a SMS to get a Ride, as faster as possible.

Tuk Tuk Network's primary objective is to uplift the living standard of the Tuk drivers, reduce pollution and traffic whist providing connectivity with passenger for at a nominal charge of Rs 100 per month from each Tuk Tuk. The company also aims to provide variety of services needed for the Tuk Tuk industry through tying up with industry related partners to offer services such as affordable spare parts, affordable leasing solutions, and a novel concept to monetize interior of Tuk Tuks making it a space to market and brand products for advertising industry; which would also benefit Tuk Tuk Drivers at large to earn an extra income' it stated.

As a result of the drawbacks of inconvenience and non-availability in both state owned Bus services and Train services many commuters in Sri Lanka tend to seek out the famous 'Tuk Tuk' or the Three wheeler whenever they want to reach a destination faster in urban environments. Tuk Tuk App helps you to get a faster ride and for more details anyone could check out or or download the app from  The founders of Tuk Tuk App, the  Tuk Tuk Network officials also note that the Tuk Tuk App welcomes registrations from all the Tuks Tuks and Cab Services. All you need to do is type reg (space) tuk(space) <vehicle number> and sms to 87711.

Published in Automobile
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