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SLT employees to provide schols

Sri Lanka Telecom’s (SLT) employees’ initiative to help innocent children of our nation, who were war victims, by providing educational material and cash deposits for their future requirements. The main objective behind this program with the theme, “Apey Daruwo”, organized by the ‘Sri Lanka Telecom Employees’ Alliance for harmony and co-existence’ was to restore their childhood, which was stolen by the war.

The employees of Sri Lanka Telecom presented scholarships to 50 children aged between five and 16 years, who were victims of the war, at an official ceremony at the Sri Lanka Telecom Headquarters premises recently.

Amongst those present at the ceremony were, Sri Lanka Telecom Chairperson Leisha De Silva Chandrasena, Sri Lanka Telecom CEO Greg Young, Chairman of

Sri Lanka Telecom Chairperson Leisha De Silva Chandrasena handing over gift pack to a student.

Ranaviru Seva Adikariya Major General Palitha Fernando, Department of Probation and Child Care Services Commissioner D. M. S. Abeygunawardana, Product Manager of Product and Development Banking Division, Bank of Ceylon Anura Weerasinghe, Chief Manager Bank of Ceylon Bambalapitiya Branch W. N. P. Surawimala.

A gift pack which included a school bag, shoes, books as well as other essential school material was distributed to each of the 50 children and a fund was created at Bank of Ceylon, as a fixed deposit account, for these 50 children where Rs. 25,000 was deposited for each child.

Sri Lanka Telecom will remain as custodians of this fund until the children reach 18 years of age when they will be able to make use of the cash.

Proceeds were collected for this fund by inviting contributions from all employees of Sri Lanka Telecom to donate Rs. 100 per month from their salaries for a period of one year from June 2009 to June 2010.

Out of the 50 children present, 25 had been refugees at IDP Camps, who had lost their parents and were now settled temporarily at the Kovilkulum Children’s Home; 24 were the children of war heroes who incurred disabilities or lost their very lives for the country during the war; one child was from Matara area, who had lost both parents during a bomb explosion.

Another long-term vision of this program is to encourage the children of today to live in unity and harmony with each other, irrespective of race, gender, colour or other differences.

Sri Lanka Telecom Chairperson Leisha De Silva Chandrasena said, “It is very important to educate the new generations of the necessity to live in harmony with each other.

Our nation has suffered a lot in the past decades, and it is important to ensure that our children and the generations to come will not have to face a similar period ever again.

Therefore, from their young days children should be educated and encouraged to be understanding and co-operative and bring them up in such a way that they will learn to not only accept, but also appreciate the differences between people.”

Com Bank goes to Kiribathgoda

Commercial Bank Chief Operating Officer Ravi Dias greets the first depositor of Laugfs Holdings Managing Director Thilak De Silva, Manager of the Service Point Janaka Pathiraja (right) and Regional Manager - Colombo Metro, Ivan Fernando (centre) look on.

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has introduced 365 day Banking in Kiribathgoda with the opening of its 172nd banking outlet at Laugfs Super Market at Kiribathgoda.

The new service point is linked to all other Commercial Bank branches and the 24 Supermarket Banking Centres islandwide permitting online real-time banking. It is also equipped with an ATM linked to 348 ATMs of the Bank and over one million ATMs belonging to the Cirrus (Mastercard network) and Visa networks worldwide.

Besides Kiribathgoda, 29 other Commercial Bank branches and Supermarket Banking Counters already offer 365 day banking in most major towns of the country, including Jaffna.




NDB Bank encourages families to save

As the World Thrift Day draws near, we begin the month of savings; making it an ideal opportunity to remember the value of saving.

NDB Bank inculcates the habit of saving in every sphere of business. It is a passion and a commitment that the Bank shares with their valued customers and business partners.

The savings habit begins at home with the family; it is for your future and those of your loved ones. Save today, for a better tomorrow, a future that is both secure and one where your dreams will come true. NDB Bank offers a range of savings products to fit every lifestyle and savings need. From among its wide-range of products and services, NDB Bank offers its customers a number of savings products that they can select according to a customers preference and need.

The most recent addition to the NDB Bank savings product range was the launch of the NDB Savings Star Account.

This account rewards account holders, with continuous benefits; and can be opened with an initial deposit of just Rs.1,000. Account holders can earn up to 10 percent interest per annum. Interest rates will increase in proportion with the account holder’s savings. Thereby encouraging customers to increase their savings balance. The more a customer saves, the higher the interest rate.

The initial deposit for Savings Star Accounts to receive a valuable wristwatch from NDB Bank with a two year warranty from W. A. De Silva and Company has been reduced to Rs.10,000, to encourage people to save during this month.

Among the savings products that are offered by NDB Bank, Vishmitha Savings is yet another innovative product. It gives customers the option of taking an interest free loan up to 75 percent of their average daily savings balance after one year. The higher the average account balance, the higher the loan option, while the available savings balance receives full interest even while the loan remains outstanding. It also offers a super high interest rate with no restrictions on withdrawals.

NDB Bank believes that through Vishmitha, its customers will not only be able to achieve the long-term goals for which they save up for, they will also be able to spend for important things while they save.

PC House wins gold award

The role played by PC House (Pvt) Ltd. in the Sri Lankan IT scene has long been that of an innovator. Winning the coveted gold award in the Information and Technology Category at the recently concluded sixth Annual Sri Lanka - Malaysia Business Awards Ceremony further established this title.

The main aim of the Awards is to strengthen bi-lateral trade and ties between the two nations while also recognizing the individual contributions of companies toward the strengthening of opportunities for trade between Sri Lanka and Malaysia in the last decade.

The award presentation took place at the Hilton Colombo amid the cream of Sri Lanka’s Commercial Powerhouses. PC House and its group PCH Holdings Chairman S.H.M. Rishan said, “As a company we believe in doing our best in whatever we undertake. This applies not just in a local context but in the international context as well.

Through our partnership with international brands, we have entered the Malaysian business community and furthered our reputation as the benchmark in quality IT solutions as well as customer care.”

The criteria this year placed special significance on corporate social responsibility and research and development activities consistently carried out by competing companies over the span of three-five years.

Orange Electric wins Silver again for exports

Orange Electric was again recognized as a significant contributor to the national economy by winning the NCE Silver Award in the extra large Industrial section for exports -2008.

This is the second consecutive year that the company won this prestigious award by the Chamber.

The world had not anticipated Sri Lanka to be a world-class electrical switch manufacturing destination.

Global players were surprised that Sri Lanka could design, produce, compete and export engineering products to the world.

Today Sri Lankan made Orange Electric switches and sockets stand out on shop shelves of many countries and are in high demand. Currently the company exports to 15 countries across four continents. The company’s adherence to stringent quality standards has been a contributing factor to the company’s success in it export exploits and leadership position in the local market. From the inception, the company has always believed that it could produce a world-class product that is second to none.

Striving for this excellence the company invested in cutting edge technology believing that along with superior technology and local engineering expertise the company could compete on the world stage.

Gateway College presents concert

The new International School in Colombo 4, opened by Gateway College Chairman R. I. T. Alles in January 2009, presented their first concert recently. Appropriately named ‘Teeny Boppers on Stage’, the program included songs, dances and drama. Children between 2 1/2 years and 11 years took part. The 30-minute drama - ‘Black Bird Pie’ brought alive the old favourite - ‘Sing a song of Six pence’ complete with the pie and the black birds, much to the delight of the kids present.

This concert is a prelude to many more successful events by Gateway College, Colombo 4, at Vajira Road. Classes are being conducted from playgroup to grade 6 and will go up one grade each year, to provide education up to London Edexcel Examinations.

A group of teachers guided by its Consultant Mrs Noreen Welikala, a founder Principal of a leading International School in Colombo provides a loving and caring atmosphere where children are able to learn and play - shedding their inhibitions and developing confidence in themselves.

The school provides a wide range of extra-curricular activities and other facilities as well and is fast gaining popularity with parents living in Colombo South and its suburbs.

Amex offers two instalments at Abans

Nations Trust Bank launched a new facility for their American Express Cardmembers, whereby customers can enjoy two installments free when they make their purchases at any Abans Elite showroom.

Cardmembers are entitled to a waiver of up to two monthly installments when they opt for a 12 month installment plan for their purchases. It is available till November 15. This benefit is available on a selected range of items exclusively for American Express cardmembers.

Nations Trust Bank Chief Manager Cards and Consumer Assets Lewie Diasz said, “We are delighted to partner with Abans to extend this unique opportunity to our Cardmembers. This again reiterates our commitment in offering our customers the best value in every aspect. For the first time our cardmembers can enjoy the benefit of actually paying for only 10 months out of their 12 month installment plan which is truly a value filled opportunity.”


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