BoC, Maliban Milk Products team up
Kiri Upahara for the nation:
Nalinda Jayamanna, Head of Sales and
Marketing Maliban, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka,
Luxman Weerasuriya group CEO Maliban, BAC Fernando GM/BoC at
the Maliban Kiri Upahara launch. Pic. by Sumanachandra
Maliban Milk Products (Pvt.) Ltd has joined hands with the Bank of
Ceylon (BoC) to offer customers a unique opportunity that they receive
an appreciation for being a loyal consumer of Maliban Milk and loyal
accountholder of the Bank of Ceylon.
The BoC will issue to all their accountholders; on a monthly basis,
for one year; Kiri Upahara discount coupons for purchases of Maliban
Maliban Milk Products (Pvt.,) Ltd., will provide all the branches and
extended offices; adequate quantities of Kiri Upahara discount coupons;
and make all arrangements at some outlets close to each branch for the
convenience of BoC clients to purchase Maliban milk under this program.
The Bank of Ceylon together with Maliban Milk Products (Pvt.)
Limited., share the pride of launching this program and a promotional
campaign at national level to announce, encourage and persuade more
people to take part in this program.
Rhino donates items for IDPs
Rhino Roofing Products Ltd, recently donated milk powder, hygiene
packs, undergarments and sewing machines among displaced persons in
Vavuniya through the Alliance Development Trust (ADT). ADT is currently
faced with the challenge of continuing to provide for the daily needs of
these civilians, until the Government re-settles them in their own
Managing Director of Rhino Roofing, Jayaseelan Gnanam took action to
supply these items to the displaced.
Participating in the official handing over of these items to the
Alliance Development Trust on July 27 were Godfrey Yogarajah - General
Secretary ADT; T.A.S. Vimalan, Coordinator Relief and Development, ADT;
Jayaseelan Gnanam, Managing Director, Rhino Roofing; Manoj Weeraman,
Chief Financial Officer, Rhino and Priyantha Jayasinghe, Marketing
DFCC Vardhana Bank opens 50th branch
DFCC Vardhana Bank (DVB), celebrated the opening of its 50th retail
outlet in Beliatta.
Beliatta was one of four new DVB postal units opened this month. The
others are Hambantota, Ambalantota and Tangalle, bringing the total
number of DVB postal units to nine.
"This is an important milestone for DFCC Vardhana, and reiterates our
commitment to providing our customers with the most accessible branch
network, offering a full range of products and services to meet all
their financial requirements under one roof.
The focus on the Southern Province in opening new branches reflects
our confidence in the potential for development in this province in the
wake of mega development projects undertaken by the Government in the
province." said Managing Director and CEO, DFCC Vardhana Bank L.G.
DFCC Vardhana Bank covers nearly all districts in Sri Lanka. This
comprehensive network makes it convenient for DVB customers to access
the bank and its services.
DVB's postal units also ensure that customers have better access to
the bank's commercial and personal financial services.
The postal units; offered through the SL postal network aims to focus
on providing formal banking facilities to rural areas through the
extensive network of postal and sub-post offices.
Sleep lab at Nawaloka Hospital
Nawaloka Hospital, has added unique facility with the establishment
of its state-of -the-art sleep laboratory which is now fully
"Sleep studies are tests that allow doctors to observe what happens
to your body during sleep which enables them to identify sleep related
disorders and assess its severity. Sleep studies are important because
untreated sleep disorders can increase the risk of high blood pressure,
heart attacks, strokes, hormonal disorders like impotency and motor
vehicle or work related accidents. Getting quality sleep is essential as
having good nutrition and exercise," said Director/General Manager
Nawaloka Hospitals, Prof. Lal Chandrasena.
The sleep laboratory is manned by an experienced team including a
senior medical officer and nurses who provide the highest quality of
care for the evaluation and treatment of people with sleep disorders.
Sleep disorders do not only affect adults. As many as one out of three
schoolchildren may suffer from sleep problems at some time in their
lives, with many going undiagnosed.
According to Prof. Chandrasena, amongst the common sleeping disorders
are snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) which is a cessation of
breathing many times during sleep for longer than 10 seconds at a time,
when the muscles of the tongue, throat and larynx loose their elasticity
and collapse during sleep thus resulting in a blockage of air flow into
the lungs. "Untreated sleep apnea could result in day time fatigue and
sleepiness, morning headaches and dry mouth, loss of memory and
concentration, irritability and depression, high blood pressure, as well
as cardiovascular risk, such as strokes and heart attacks".
The sleep lab is managed by a team of trained doctors and nurses.
Exetel scholarships for SLIIT students
Exetel, one of Australia's communications services providers recently
awarded scholarships to students of Sri Lanka's premier Information
Communication Technology education institution, the Sri Lanka Institute
of Information Technology (SLIIT), at a ceremony at the SLIIT's Malabe
Through this offer, Exetel will take advantage of the excellent level
of computer programming and networking skills developed at SLIIT, to
more rapidly develop both their off-shore programming services and
"We are delighted to offer two full scholarships every year to SLIIT
in recognition of the high standards of IT education that the University
maintains", said Exetel's Director, Steve Waddington. "We recognize that
it takes a combination of hard work and educational funding for most
students to achieve their goal of tertiary education and that is why
we've developed a set of scholarships that help address the critical
need of student funding," he explained.
Chairman of SLIIT, Prof. S. Karunaratne said, "Scholarships of this
nature are always welcome as they help address the financial needs of
some of the most brilliant students who otherwise have no means of
funding their further education.
It also offers a natural spring board for a career path to the
student to gain exposure in a global company".
Airtel joins Sri Lanka's modern retail
Bharti Airtel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd has conquered yet another unchartered
territory for the telecom industry. Customers who patronise Cargills
Food City, Keells and ARPICO supermarkets and Singer and Abans showrooms
as well as M.D. Gunasena outlets can now experience Airtel's range of
service offerings with ease.
Explaining how customers can enjoy enhanced opportunities of
convenience to access information, stay connected and enjoy Airtel's
rich array of services on offer, CEO of Bharti Airtel Lanka Amali
Nanayakkara said, "The strategy is in line with our commitment of
providing effective services for customers to experience the brand
She said that being present at all relevant touch-points at the
correct time to deliver customer delight.
Our organized retail and alliance partnerships enmesh that vital
element of service, combining ease of access and customer convenience,
keeping abreast of intricate customer requirements to constantly service
customers fully to this end".
Services on offer range from bill payment for all postpaid
connections and reload facilities for prepaid connections. In addition,
Airtel Stores have also been set up at selected strategic locations
within partner establishments, where services extend to the purchase of
new prepaid and postpaid connections.
"Through strategic innovation, Cargills Food City has clearly evolved
from being a supermarket to a one-stop-shop solution offering a variety
of value-added services to households.
Our tie-up with Airtel further strengthens our efforts to provide a
comprehensive service to our customer base," says Executive Director,
Retail and Restaurants, Cargills (Ceylon) PLC. Sidath Kodikara.
The availability of the array of offerings has also been widely
accepted by other major Modern Trade partners as well. CEO Jaykay
Marketing Services (Pvt) Ltd and Vice President - John Keells Group
Charitha Subasinghe, said that "At Keells Super, we continue to explore
ways of creating value to our shoppers. This partnership is yet another
step in that direction".
Three major milestones for AIU Holdings
AIU Holdings accomplished three major milestones towards becoming an
independently operated company - the formation by American International
Group, Inc. (AIG) of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) into which AIG
intends to contribute the equity of AIU Holdings, subject to receipt of
applicable regulatory approvals; the appointment of Kristian P. Moor as
its President and Chief Executive Officer; and the creation of a new
brand, Chartis. These actions accelerate the unification of its
worldwide businesses and further advance the organization toward its
goal of operating independence.
Chartis, headquartered in New York, includes Commercial Insurance,
Foreign General Insurance, and Private Client Group operations. It
offers an unrivalled global footprint and breadth of product across one
of the world's largest, most sophisticated and most successful
commercial and personal insurance platforms, with a combined statutory
surplus of $32.1 billion worldwide at year-end 2008. Chartis serves more
than 40 million clients in over 160 countries and jurisdictions. "We are
excited by this new stage in our evolution, which will sharpen
appreciation for the value of one of the most experienced and extensive
insurance platforms in the world," Moor said.
"Chartis employees are our greatest asset and our new brand embodies
their relentless pursuit of excellence through innovation and an
unwavering commitment to meeting clients' needs. Today's developments
give us an even greater opportunity to build on our historic success."
The SPV formation, the appointment of Moor, and the new brand allow
Chartis to advance its reputation as a preeminent global insurance
organization and showcase its strengths: a deep bench of world-class
industry talent; financial stability; a multinational service offering;
sector-leading product innovation; and dedication to client service.
Chartis, with its own brand and management team and a well-capitalized
and focused portfolio of businesses, will benefit from a better-defined,
more distinct role in the marketplace. The Company will be led by Moor
and a leadership team that have an average of more than 20 years of
insurance industry experience.
Chartis derives from the Greek word for map, underscoring the
Company's 90-year history as a successful global pioneer that is able to
guide clients to customized solutions. Chartis and its compass logo also
capture the franchise's disciplined-yet-flexible approach to navigating
changing marketplaces and complex risks worldwide. As the Chartis name
and its history suggest, Chartis employees are problem solvers and
innovators who possess a global perspective combined with intimate
knowledge of the regions and cultures that shape their clients' needs.
PATHE Academy launches one-year training program
United Kingdom Regent College principal Selva Pankaj said that the
English language is the International language all should learn. While
respecting other languages in the world all communities, specially
students, should learn English to be fully equipped intelectually and
academically to face the challenges and successfully enter the
development process and procure lucrative employment in the world.
Picture by Sudath Malaweera
Principal Selva Pankaj, who was on a brief holiday in Sri Lanka, on
an invitation of 'People's Academy of Tertiary and Higher Education' (PATHE)
Sri Lanka told the "Daily News" that PATHE Academy, Sri Lanka can expect
a training program that is on par with European standards.
Regent Group managed by Pankaj is an experienced investment and
finance professional with an education, investment and property sector
background. Principal Pankaj is a qualified Chartered Accountant and
completed his MBA at University of SDA Boccani, Milan.
The Regent Group is a well established Education Group in the UK,
which manages Regent College, Burlington College, Regent Learning,
Regent Nursery and an Investment Division called Chesterfied Partners.
Regent College is a co-educational independent senior school and
Sixth Form college located in Harrow, in north-west London.
"We dedicate ourselves not only to providing an excellent academic
education, but also to providing an environment where students feel they
can achieve their best with the support of the staff and their fellow
students," said Princiapl Selva Pankaj.
'Adventura' at Excel World
A child at
the launch of the Adventura dry ride park.
The "Adventura", fun ride area at the Excel World, the famous
entertainment park was launched last week. The company has invested Rs.
40 million on the Italian imported equipment and fittings and plans to
further invest Rs. 60 to Rs. 100 million by March next year, said Joint
Managing Director Excel Global Holdings Kiron Shenoy.
"This is the first stage of our project, which comprises bumper cars,
a pirate ship, carousel and a bees ride specially imported from Preston
These rides are complemented with a swan ride, a fancy train and the
existing 4D simulation ride with 14 different films. This park will be a
combination of value for money, centrally located, hassle free
environment, ambience and good food", he said.
Adventura will be added with further new rides within next six months
and our intention is to provide a unique experience to all who seek a
good time. With the country's situation improving there will be a
growing demand for entertainment activities, he said.
Oscar Award winner inaugurates Apollo Children's hospital
Oscar Award Winner, Dr. A.R. Rahman inaugurated the Apollo Children's
Hospital, the First Standalone Quaternary Care Paediatric Hospital in
the Apollo Hospitals Group. Apollo Hospitals Group is the Asia's most
trusted healthcare provider and has continuously excelled and maintained
leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and
cutting edge research.
The Apollo Children's Hospital is designed to provide comprehensive
pediatric care to children and adolescents up to 16 years all under one
roof. Established on a built up area of 39,000 sq.ft, it is complete
with a neonatology care unit, pediatric intensive care facilities,
state-of-the-art operating rooms including facility for complex cardiac
surgeries, procedure rooms, laboratory services, dedicated clinics for
chronic ailments, preventive healthcare, developmental disorders and
counseling services, an NICU, Isolation ward, three operation theaters,
sunshine ward, cheerful private rooms and tasteful suites. The hospital
is staffed with 45 of India's finest pediatric specialists and over 180
Dr. A.R. Rahman said, "Apollo's new paediatric hospital is like a
symphony with numerous centres of excellence, highly skilled doctors,
caring nurses, state-of-the-art technology and an incredibly child
friendly ambience. I am sure that this harmony will enable boundless
possibilities and make medical marvels happen everyday."
Bahrain’s Prime Minister Sheikh
Khalifa Ibn Salman Al-Khalifa visited Zam Gems on his recent
visit to Sri Lanka. A spokesman for the company said having
taken a keen interest in the striking designs and attractive
patterns on display, Sheikh Khalifa Ibn Salman Al-Khalifa
showed his appreciation of Sri Lanka’s gems and jewellery
based craftsmanship and called upon Zam Gems to open a
franchise shop in Bahrain in the near future. Having started
from humble beginnings in 1979 Zam Gems has evolved within
30 years to become one of the most sought after
merchandisers of Sri Lanka’s gems and jewellery. Zam Gems
has outlets in Colombo, Kandy and at the BIA departure area
apart from those at the five star hotels in Colombo.
Minister of Export Development and
International Trade Prof G.L. Peiris, was the principal
speaker at the recent meeting of the Sri Lanka-France
Business Council. Minister Peiris, French Ambassador Michel
Lummaux and President of the Sri Lanka-France Business
Council Nirmalie Samaratunga at the event.