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Coca-Cola Sri Lanka ties up with Pizza Hut

Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Limited continued its collaboration with Pizza-Hut by entering into a partnership agreement for the second consecutive year.

From left Country Sales Manager, CCBSL, Kenneth Kamulegeya, Chief Operating Officer Pizza-Hut, Yasa Nadarajah, Country Manager CCBSL, Patrick Pech, Manager - Marketing Pizza Hut, Ramzeena Lye, and Country Manager Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Coca-Cola Far East Limited Manish Chaturvedi.

As part of the agreement Coca-Cola becomes the official beverage partner for the entire Pizza-Hut chain in Sri Lanka. The agreement was signed by Country Manager, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Limited Patrick Pech and Chief Operating Officer, Pizza-Hut Yasa Nadaraja on February 27, 2009 at Pizza Hut, Union Place.

The collaboration was successful last year and has proved to be a winning combination for both Coca-Cola and Pizza-Hut. "At Coca-Cola we are always on the lookout of opportunities to add fun and refreshment into the lives of consumers.

The strategic agreement with Pizza Hut is a great opportunity to connect and strengthen our bond with consumers.

This ideal partnership that is dually beneficial to both the companies and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Pizza Hut," Pech said.

Nadaraja, expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the continuation of the partnership between Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Limited and Pizza-Hut.

"When we initially signed the agreement in November 2007, we knew that it would be a winning combination for the consumers as well as the brands. The success of our agreement has prompted us to further our partnership and continue to provide consumers with the best combination of food and beverage in the country."

NDB Bank expands operations in Piliyandala

NDB Bank CEO, Eran Wickramaratne addressing the gathering at the Piliyandala Branch.

Following its outstanding growth in the retail banking sector in 2008, NDB Bank shifted its operation at Piliyandala to a more spacious and convenient location, offering customers easy access and enhanced service.

The branch is manned by a team of highly-experienced banking professionals who will offer customers best-in-class service and the whole range of innovative solutions presented by the bank.

In 2008, the NDB Group reported a profit after tax of Rs 1.7 bn, an increase of four percent over the previous year, whilst the bank's profit after tax was Rs 1.2 bn, an increase of eight percent over the previous year.

The growth of the bank will result in improvements and value additions this year at many of its branches to ensure convenience to customers.

The upgrade of NDB Bank's Piliyandala branch is the first in a series of developments the bank aims to carry out at some of its key branches islandwide.

"At NDB Bank, we always keep the customer in mind; to serve them better at all times. This is our key objective in effecting this relocation," Indrajit Wickremasinghe, Vice President and Head of Retail Banking and Marketing at NDB Bank said. "Our new branch will provide better access to customers together with the world-class services that we offer all Sri Lankans. Reliability, outstanding customer service, and an extensive range of products and services are some of the key strengths of NDB Bank, and we promise to deliver the best solutions at every instance."

Seylan Bank's anniversary promotion

Seylan Bank offers the public exciting prizes as well as gifts in the Bank's Aluth Avurudhu Thagi Varam mega promotion for the Sinhala and Tamil New year.

The Bank's islandwide branch network had opened for Avurudhu Ganudenu on April 14, 2009, new years day from 7.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

The promotion commenced at 7.00 a.m. on April 14 and will continue upto the April 30.

Individuals who invest in six months Savings Certificates during this period would be entitled to one chance per every Rs. 1,000 invested, in the draw to be held at the end of the promotion. Seylan Bank would also pay 12 percent p.a. interest on the Saving Certificates thus invested.

Twenty-one prizes would be on offer, symbolizing the 21st anniversary of the bank. The first prize would consist of 21 Gold Sovereigns in addition to 20 prizes of Rs. 50,000 each totalling to Rs. 1 million in six months savings certificates. Seylan Bank would also offer investors during this period an attractive "Travelling Bag" to everyone who invests Rs. 20,000 or more in six months Savings Certificates. The customers could avail themselves of the bag till stocks last.

Managed by a new and professional Chairman and Board of Directors since January 1, 2009, the Bank has made steady progress amply demonstrated by a very positive public response.

LG KC910 Renoir digital camera launched

LG KC910 Renoir is an artistically mobile phone with a eight megapixel pack, full touch interface, Dolby Mobile and Wi-Fi.

This phone from LG, is a feature packed phone with camera capabilities that surpass those found in standalone digital cameras.

The multitude of features include Schneider-Kreuznach certified optics, Xenon Flash, Auto and Manual Focus, sensitivity up to ISO 1600, Geo-tagging using advanced GPS to determine exact spot where photo was taken, and above all an eight megapixel camera with remote controlled shutter.

Renoir's touch-shot feature increases the accuracy of photos taken, where users are able to determine the focus of the photo by touching the screen. Photos can also be edited within the phone itself or taken with its various creative shot modes the leverages on face detection capabilities, making them instantly available for use.

With HSDPA connectivity at 7.2 Mbps and seamless connections through Wi-Fi, users can browse the internet at blazing speeds in areas where wireless internet service is available.

Other features include Backlight Compensation, Art Shot, Beauty Shot, Face Tracking, Blink Detection, Smile Shot, Slow Motion and Fast Motion Video Recording.

The Dolby Mobile in LG KC910 brings depth and richness as well as clean, powerful bass to deliver a more immersing and engaging listening experience while playing music.

The video recording capability of LG Touch Phones supersede that of other mobile phones, with the ability to capture super-high quality 120 frames per second slow motion video, accompanied by a noise-free microphone. Equipped with the latest 3.5G HSDPA networks and Wi-Fi.

In addition to the KC910, LG also has to its smart and touch screen phone range the highly acclaimed KV990 (Viewty) and KP500 (Cookie).

The amazing range of LG Touch Phones are available at all Abans Office Automation showrooms at a price that's even more amazing. For more information log on to www.abans.lk.

To help clients combat market challenges:

Bates installs a powerful team

Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary in its new 'white house' office, Bates has installed a powerful creative and management team to offer its clients superior capability in meeting the challenges of the market downturn.

Seated from left COOs Namalie Herath, Rezani Aziz and Sheron Jayasundera. Standing from left Creative All Stars Kumara Perera, Harendra Pushpakumara, Vajira Casturi, Digby Hill, Angelo Jayasinghe, Shehan Karunatilaka.

Appointing an all female trio of COO's to its three business units and a star cast of Creative Directors, the agency has sought to address market challenges through a team that can create the much needed breakthroughs for its clients.

"The challenges of the market downturn are a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our superior strategic and creative capability to help clients fight demand declines and fierce competition and boost their sales, customer base and footfall. In the easy times, one could get by with mediocre marketing and advertising, but in this testing environment only those able to command strategically conceptualized, results focused advertising will be able to surmount the marketplace challenges" Bates Chairman and CEO Nimal Gunewardena said.

"Our investment in a top notch creative team and a team of COOs with excellent experience and feminine tenacity will help to leverage our superior professional prowess for our clients and deliver best value on their marketing investment," he said.

Bates 141 COO Sheron Jayasundera has wide experience in all aspects of advertising, having spent 18 years in the industry and 12 years with Bates.

Former broadcaster and presenter Rezani Aziz leverages valuable media coverage for clients as COO of the agency's PR arm, which is affiliated to the top global network Burson-Marsteller. Experienced statistician and media planner Namalie Herath plays a valuable role as COO of Mediaedge in working to consolidate the strengths of GroupM's media buying to deliver unmatched media deals for clients.

The all star creative team comprises ECD Digby Hill who has been an institution at Bates, Angelo Jayasinghe who lifted the fortunes of his previous agency with his brilliant creative campaigns for Hutch, Lanka Bell, Paracetol, Asian Alliance and many others' Gratiaen Prize winning writer Shehan Karunatilaka who adds this latest prize to his award-winning creative work, and Bates' star of the 2008 Chillies success Harendra Pushpakumara, supported by top designer-illustrator Kumara Perera and seasoned Sinhala copywriter Vajira Casturi.

Bates will give this year's Chillies a miss due to an unfortunate and unresolved situation that arose, but vows to focus on their clients for now and show their awards potential in the future.

Dialog customers earn airmiles from FlySmiLes

Dialog Telekom, has tied up with the national carrier, SriLankan Airlines, to offer FlySmiLes to its post-paid subscribers. FlySmiLes is the frequent-flyer program of SriLankan Airlines, and Dialog Telekom is a founder partner of the new loyalty scheme of the national airline.

All Dialog post-paid subscribers who register for the program qualify to earn miles based on their bill value.

“Our partnership with SriLankan Airlines underscores Dialog’s continuous commitment to offer extended services and value to its customers,” said Group Chief Executive of Dialog Telekom Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya.

“Dialog pursues a vision to enrich customer experience, and this extends beyond their connectivity needs. Our association with FlySmiLes is founded on the shared vision of our organisations to deliver unmatched value and service excellence to Sri Lankans.

We are indeed honoured to be a founding partner of the programme,” Dr. Wijayasuriya said.

CEO of SriLankan Airlines Manoj Gunawardena said, “We are delighted to welcome Dialog Telekom and its subscribers to the world of FlySmiLes. Our frequent flyer program has now truly arrived, and we are rapidly turning it into the program of choice among air travellers. FlySmiLes is known as ‘the program that Rewards and Delights’. With our network of partnerships which comprises well-known global and local brands, we are providing the maximum benefits to our members. No other program gives customers so many ways to earn points, and you can start earning without even getting on a flight!”

FlySmiLes offers a wide range of exciting rewards for passengers aboard Sri Lanka’s national carrier. Members can redeem miles for rewards for air tickets to Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and the Far East, plus, passenger upgrades. They also receive a host of other benefits including pre-assigned seating and priority wait-listing.


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