Telecom spreads knowledge to blind students at Ratmalana
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the nation’s number one integrated
communications service provider, presented Braille books to the School
for the Blind at Ratmalana, a branch of Ceylon School for the Deaf and
Blind under its book programme ‘Spreading the wealth of knowledge,’
which is currently in its sixth consecutive year.
Chairperson of SLT Leisha De Silva Chandrasena, handing over the
braille books to Executive Director, Ceylon School for the Deaf
and Blind Lucien M.C. Perera. (From left) Vice Principal/School
for the Blind at Ratmalana Kusum Wickramasiri, Principal/School
for the Blind at Ratmalana Sandya Kotuarachchi, Country
Representative The Asia Foundation Nilan Fernando, and Director
‘Books for Asia’ in Sri Lanka Anton Nallathamby.
The programme is part of the long-term partnership with the Asia
Foundation in Sri Lanka to distribute a wide range of books to libraries
across the country. Chairperson of SLT Leisha De Silva Chandrasena,
along with Country Representative, The Asia Foundation Nilan Fernando,
handed over the Braille books to, Executive Director, Ceylon School for
the Deaf and Blind Lucien M C Perera.
This is the first time that a book presentation has been made to the
School for the Blind by SLT, and it is also the first corporate entity
in Sri Lanka to fill the libraries with books in Braille.
This initiative is also part of the company’s efforts to minimize the
gap between the differently-abled community and other people in society,
helping to educate them as well as bringing in the necessary technology
to enable easier access to information.
Speaking on the significance of the book programme, Chairperson of
SLT, Leisha De Silva Chandrasena said, “SLT has been seriously
considering the ways in which we can uplift society as a whole.
This is yet another milestone for SLT as this is the first time that
our company, along with the Asia Foundation, has bestowed books in
Braille to the School for the Blind. We hope that these books will help
bridge the gap between the differently-abled people and others, as well
as create a more conducive environment, enabling better communication
between all members of society.”
Adding further, Executive Director, Ceylon School for the Deaf and
Blind Lucien M C Perera said, “I am truly grateful to Sri Lanka Telecom
as well as the Asia Foundation for conferring books to our school.
This has been a heartfelt need for us and it will go a long way in
giving our students the necessary skills and resources in developing
their literacy and educational capabilities. I hope that other
corporates too, will follow SLT’s initiative in providing resources that
provide differently-abled children with opportunities to develop
themselves into well rounded individuals that can make a contribution to
The world over, most deaf and blind people rely on technology for
communication as well as achieving independence. Information
Communication Technology (ICT) training is one of the most effective
ways in which we can assist differently-abled people, with assistive and
adaptive technology that enable them to use a computer.
With the creation of devices that produce books as well as others
that allow people to read information on computers and the internet in
Braille, modern technology has come a long way. These allow people who
are fluent in Braille, to complete their schoolwork, take care of
personal duties as well as work.
With the objective of ‘Spreading the Wealth of Knowledge’, Sri Lanka
Telecom and the Asia Foundation embarked on a book programme in 2003 as
a part of the foundation’s ongoing ‘Books for Asia’ initiative.
Thus far, SLT has supported by distributing more than 100,000 books
per year to schools, universities, professional institutions, libraries
and other government education institutes island-wide. The subjects are
as diverse as science, geography, art, engineering, and english amongst
This is a part of the company’s continuous support of the country’s
educational institutions and its youth to build and further develop
capabilities through the provision of books and other educational
material to schools, libraries and other learning academies which will
undoubtedly enhance the proficiency and skill levels of schoolchildren,
university students, professionals and others.
Aramex provides logistics solutions for Silver Medalist
Aramex Sri Lanka in collaboration with its Singapore and U.K offices
coordinated and provided Logistic solutions in air and ocean freight
services for the silver medalist - Borneo Exotics Sri Lanka at the
Singapore Garden Festival. Aramex was pleased to be a part of the
operation of this event which brought in much fame for Sri Lanka.
Congratulated by Singapore’s Minister Mentor.
This event is probably the most exclusive Garden Show in the world;
the Singapore Garden Festival pits the best of the best of the world’s
top award winning garden designers against one another.
The designers are selected for their previous achievements such as
multiple Gold Medals at top garden shows such as the renowned Chelsea
Flower Show and other major shows around the world.
Designers Diana Williams and Robert Cantley from the Sri Lankan
company Borneo Exotics (Pvt) Ltd staged a 100 sq. m Garden called
‘Season of Mist’ which was entirely constructed in Sri Lanka before
being containerized and shipped to Singapore.
The main plants exhibited were Nepenthes, all multiplied in Borneo
Exotics laboratory, grown in their nurseries in Sri Lanka and then
shipped and exhibited, straight out of the box in perfect condition.
This was made possible thanks, to the dedication and care of Borneo
Exotics’ Sri Lankan staff and the professionalism of Logistics Partner ‘Aramex’,
who handled all the logistics for this complex exhibit.
Held in the massive Suntec City Convention Centre, the show attracted
more than 300,000 visitors over 8 days, which is 50% over the target of
200,000 set by the organisers. By comparison, the Chelsea Flower Show
boasts only 160,000 visitors over the same period.
Many dignitaries visited the show and congratulated the designers in
person, including Singapore’s ‘Minister Mentor’ Lee Kuan Yew and the
Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri.
Billed as one of the 10 must-see things to see at the Festival by the
Singapore’s leading newspaper, the ‘Straits Times’, Sri Lanka’s exhibit
‘Season of Mist’ combined magical fantasy with the largest exhibition of
Nepenthes plants ever shown.
The theme of the exhibit was to celebrate the life of the 17th
Century botanist George Everhard Rumphius, who made the first ever
scientific description of a Nepenthes plant as well as publishing 8,000
other descriptions of plants.
The figure of Rumphius himself was represented by a wax effigy
created by craftsmen from Madam Tussauds in England and transported to
Singapore by perfect condition courtesy of Logistics provider ‘Aramex’.
He was a big hit with the visitors as he was so incredibly lifelike!
‘Season of Mist’ also highlighted the plight of many species of
Nepenthes which are facing imminent extinction in the wild due to
habitat loss and the important role of artificial propagation as the
only hope for their survival.
DHL employees drive volunteerism initiative across Asia Pacific
DHL, Express and Logistics Company recently celebrated ‘DHL Volunteer
Day’ in the Asia Pacific region, encouraging the spirit of volunteerism
The DHL Express Sri Lanka Team at the Dharga Town Government
A division of parent company Deutsche Post World Net (DPWN), the
world’s sixth largest employer, DHL called upon employees in Asia
Pacific to demonstrate the true spirit of corporate social
As part of ‘DHL Volunteer Day’, 31 DHL staff in Sri Lanka together
with other 15,000 employees in over 20 countries in Asia Pacific jointly
volunteer time and effort towards various local causes earlier this
The DHL Sri Lanka employees were involved in the complete renovation
of Ward 02 of the Dharga Town Government Hospital. Country Manager, DHL
Express Sri Lanka Martin Dudek, said, “Our volunteers spent two entire
days at Dharga Town cleaning, repairing and painting beds and cupboards
in the hospital under the guidance of the hospital authorities.
I am proud to say that our staff showed a great interest in this
initiative and tirelessly worked towards its success”.
Across Asia Pacific, DHL offices partnered with local NGOs and
welfare organisations to collaborate on projects. Environmental
protection featured strongly in the choices of NGOs and projects
employees chose to partner.
Clean-ups in public parks and beaches took place in Australia, Japan,
Korea, Singapore while replanting of trees and mangrove saplings took
place in Indonesia, New Zealand and Singapore.
Health and education of children and young adults were the common
themes across India, Malaysia and China while projects involving
orphanages took place in Taiwan and Malaysia.
“People are the greatest resource of any business. As one of the
world’s largest employers, the combined effort of our staff across the
region can create a tremendous positive impact on local communities,”
said Dan McHugh, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific.
Fish Industry in Sri Lanka - Part I
Bojoon.com teams up with Browns Beach Hotel, Negombo to explore the
future of our fish industry.
Sri Lanka until very recently had strong reservations about meat
consumption, says the executive chef of Browns Beach Hotel, Jagath
Senevirathne. This is partly due to the Buddhist influence, but also due
to other factors.
Chief among these factors, he elaborates, was the Royal decree that
forbade man from harming plant or beast in the forests. Other than for
simple tasks such as wood and herb gathering, the common man was not
allowed into these forests.
These forests were protected so diligently because these acted as a
sponge to the heavy rainfalls that the monsoons especially brought,
preventing both floods by breaking the waterfall and overfeeding the
rivers and draughts by continuously feeding the rivulets in a steady
It also stopped water seeping between rock and soil and thereby
prevented landslips. Even the beast was protected and only the Royalty
had the right to hunt in these protected forests.
Then the ancient holistic medicines, ayurveda, followed by the Sri
Lankan also discouraged the regular consumption of meat. This medicinal
approach strongly believed that the final moments of the animal to be
slaughtered is so stressful that it generates an excess of certain
hormones that is actually harmful to the human.
However, it is ironic, notes Chef Jagath, that Sri Lankans did not
have the same compunction when it came to fish. In fact, even today many
who claim to be vegetarian consume fish without a second thought. Fish,
for some peculiar reason is not considered as meat by many in Sri Lanka.
Even a supposedly one hundred percent vegetarian meal is rarely pure
vegetarian for many add a sprinkling of maldive fish to the curries,
sambols and mallums.
Perhaps because of the unavailability of meat and perhaps because of
the ready availability of fish, fish became such an accepted component
in everyday meals muses Jagath.
Unlike meat, fish is plentiful in the tiny tropical island of Sri
Lanka, which is surrounded by the sea and the inland is richly veined
with waterways, rivers and even manmade ‘oceans’. In these water systems
thrives a distinct aquatic life that has contributed a variety of fish
to our Sri Lankan cuisine.
The fish in Sri Lanka are thus categorised distinctively as produce
from the sea and lake fish.
Sandwiched between the lagoon and the sea, Negombo is one of the best
places to understand the significance of fish in the Sri Lankan economy,
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AMCHAM Business Leaders Forum
The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) of Sri Lanka will hold a
unique half-day Forum on September nine at Hilton Hotel on the theme of
Managing IT Operations: Best Practices and Trends.
Speakers Jeff Watts (Senior VP, AIG, New York), Deny Rahardjo (Area
IT Manager - Asia Pacific, Microsoft, Singapore) and B. Raghunandan
(Consulting Manager, Computer Associates, India), will share tools that
address how operational excellence in information technology can be used
to increase productivity of IT operations and increase return on
investments and drive business strategy.
The speakers will be joined by Madu Ratnayaka (General Manager,
Virtusa) for an interactive Panel Discussion.
Executive Director, AMCHAM Gordon Glick, said “investments in IT have
become so critical to companies that CEOs can no longer afford to ignore
“They should strive to use IT as a competitive business tool and use
IT Professionals as full business partners”.
He said “operational excellence in IT will eventually lead to
creating competitive advantages for business”.
Interested participants can register via www.amcham.lk