ComBank’s e-Exchange users to win cash prizes
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon will distribute a whopping Rs. 1.2
million among 12 lucky recipients of remittances via the bank’s
e-Exchange Instant Money Transfer Service during an extended festive
season, the Bank announced this week.
The winners to be selected at four monthly draws will share this
fortune, each winning Rs.100,000.
All customers who receive money through Commercial Bank’s e- Exchange
service during the period between 21st December, 2008 to 15th April 2009
will be automatically eligible for the draws and three winners will be
selected each month, Commercial Bank’s Senior Manager for e-Banking
Pradeep Banduwansa said.
“With this promotion, our customers will be celebrating well beyond
Christmas and into the National New Year,” he said.
ComBank e-Exchange is a sophisticated yet low cost real time on-line
money transfer facility which is made available to remitters through a
network of agents in over 50 countries worldwide. Those receiving money
through this facility can collect the proceeds of the remittances from
any of Commercial Bank’s 170 computer-linked branches islandwide.
Proceeds can be collected even on holidays through the bank’s Holiday
Banking Centres and at any of the Super Market counters numbering 28 and
even on Saturdays at the Saturday Banking Centres. Even non-customers of
Commercial Bank can receive inward remittances direct or to their
accounts with other banks in Sri Lanka.
Incorporated in 1969, Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC owns a network of
170 computer-linked branches, supermarket banking outlets and service
centres, and 335 ATMs in Sri Lanka.
The Bank was recently named one of the top 1000 banks of the world
and ranked 155th in the world on soundness, by ‘The Banker’, a top-notch
global banking magazine.
Snow falls at Excel World
Children at Excel World Picture by Sumanachandra Ariyawansa
The annual one and only spectacular snow show at Excel World is once
again on show at the snow dome. This time the snow show commenced
recently and will go on till January 14.
A launch was held in the snow dome itself to brief the media on the
activities lined up which will underpinned other facilities-offered at
Excel World. The theme for this year is named Winter Paradise in order
to create the mood for the Christmas season focusing on amusement and
excitement for the entire family in mind.
A giant pandal depicting the theme is positioned at the main
entrance. The walk way leading to the Winter Paradise has come alive
with many famous cartoon and Christmas characters leading to the snow
dome. The huge 50 foot Christmas tree is once again on show.
Director/CEO of Excel World Ravi Wijenathan said Winter Paradise 2008
is an event for the entire family to enjoy the festive season for all
communities who enjoy the spirit of Christmas and New Year, forgetting
the religious affiliation.
“This year’s entertainments will be filled with live music,
competitions while experiencing snow falls. The customers could dance
and play with snow while experiencing the unique ambience and lighting
in the snow dome.
Trinco Farmers trained
The Ministry of Agriculture of the Eastern Province, in collaboration
with Oxfam GB and a district stakeholder steering committee decided to
help implement proposals to strengthen producer organizations of market
garden farmers. Some of the proposals will engage retail companies to
integrate producers in value chains on fair and equitable terms.
These decisions were made at a workshop to present the findings and
proposals for market garden (fruits and vegetables) sector development
recently in Trincomalee.
Over 100 stakeholders from farmers themselves right through to senior
decision makers from private sector companies, policy makers,
development actors, and donors attended the event to build understanding
about the inefficiencies in the value chain, and to identify effective
ways to make a stronger contribution towards the development of the
The value chain analysis established who the key players are, what
impacts the value chain activities have on small producers particularly
women, and highlighted drivers and barriers to pro-poor change in the
Based on the analysis, fourteen thematic proposals were identified
across the entire value chain, to be implemented by the district
stakeholder steering committee, which has been formed to plan,
coordinate, and lead on the market garden sector development related
activities in Trincomalee.
The composition of the committee includes District Secretary, Deputy
Director of Agriculture Department, Chairman of Federation of Chambers
of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka, General Officer Commanding,
Assistant Regional Manager for Eastern Province of People’s Bank, and
Director of Rural Industries.
Market gardening is a source of food security for those who are
vulnerable and living in poverty; It is also a source of primary and
secondary income for 11,000 households in Trincomalee, however the
average net income earned by a farmer remains below Rs. 3,500 per month.
Poor cultivation practices and post-harvest handling contribute to 40
per cent loss of production, and as a result, Trincomalee district
maintains a net deficit in the production of fruits and vegetables.
Kelliewatte grabs ISO
Kelliewatte Tea Factory of Kotagala Plantations, managed by Lankem
Tea and Rubber Plantations, has achieved an operational milestone with
its Environment Management System (EMS) and Occupational, Health and
safety Management system
(OHSAS) being certified compliant with ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS
This is in addition to the certifications Kelliewatte Factory has
already achieved, which are ISO 9001:2000, ISO 22000: 2005, Ceylon
Quality Certification (CQC One Star rating) and Fairtrade Certification
which is awarded by Fairtrade Labelling Organisation International (FLO).
With this achievement Kelliewatte becomes the only factory in the
island which has been able to obtain the above mentioned certifications.
4 A’s re-elects Board
The Accredited Advertising Agencies Association (4A’s) concluded a
very active and successful year by unanimously re-electing its Board of
Directors at the Annual General Meeting of the association held at the
Trans Asia Hotel on December 16.
Laila Gunasekera was elected President.
Joining her on the newly constituted board are first Vice President
Keith Wijesuriya BBDO/Swara), second Vice President Paddy Weerasekera
(Bates 141) Secretary Sanith de S. Wijeyeratne (Minds Draftfcb),.
Treasurer Dilith Jayaweera (Sarva) and Directors Michael Holsinger
(Triad) Alyna Haji Omar (Response Marketing) Alann Lopez (5th Elephant),
Chalaka Gajabahu (Lowe LDB) and Thayalan Bartlett (JWT).
The Board also unanimously endorsed the President’s nomination of
Rohan Rajaratnam as Advisor to the Board.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) - Jaya Container Terminal,
JCT recently entered into a long term, exclusive Terminal
Service Agreement with Emirates Shipping Line. Emirates
Shipping Line is one of the growing shipping lines in the
world, registered in Dubai Maritime City of United Arab
Emirates and commercially headquartered in Dubai and Hong
Kong. The line is using Colombo as their Hub port to serve
the region. All Emirates Shipping Lines services are calling
at SLPA/ JCT covering Far East, India, Gulf & East Africa.
Chairman of SLPA Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama, Managing
Director of SLPA Capt. Nihal Keppetipola, Chairman and CEO
Capt. Vikas Khan and Vice President (Operations) of Emirates
Shipping Line and Khawar Ahamed.