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IDM offers Canadian degrees

IDM Affiliated University College officially launched the degree programs of the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada, that are scheduled to be delivered through IDM Affiliated University College Campuses in Sri Lanka.

The launching ceremony was held at Hotel Renuka, Colombo last week. Dr. Mike Alderson was the Chief Guest and IDM Affiliated University College Chairman Dr. Bandu Ranasinghe was the Guest of Honour at this ceremony. IDM, one of the pioneer higher education service providers, started to provide internationally recognized quality education services more than 30 years back and is now designated as the IDM Affiliated University College.

At the launch

IDM offers several degree programs in affiliation with prestigious UK and Australian universities for Sri Lankan students and contributes a lot to the human resource development of the nation and knowledge - based economy.

The University of New Brunswick, established in 1785, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Canada. The UNB joins the IDM Affiliated University College in introducing Canadian degree programs in Sri Lanka for the first time in the history of education in the country.

Initially the UNB will introduce two degree programs, fully accredited Canadian internal degrees, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSc CS) and Bachelor of Information Science (BISc) through the IDM Affiliated University for the benefit of the Sri Lankan students.

IDM will be the off - shore campus for the UNB Canada and will be conducting these Canadian degree programs in Colombo, Jaffna, Kandy and Matara for the benefit of the Sri Lankan students who want to secure a degree from a well-recognized university for better careers in Sri Lanka or overseas.

Students after GCE O/L or A/L can complete these four year Canadian degree programs within three years and the investment will be a fraction of the cost which has to be incurred in Canada. Options are available for students to complete the whole degree program in Sri Lanka or transfer to the University of New Brunswick, Canada, at any time.

IDM Affiliated University College has its' Head Office at Daisy Villa Avenue, Colombo 4. Other campuses of IDM are the UNB - Canada Sri Lanka Campus at Wijerama Junction, Nawinna, the UNB - Canada City Campus three at Wellawatte and the UNB - Canada Jaffna Campus at Nawalar Road, Jaffna.


For differently-abled persons :

Hameedia holds ‘Open Market’

Hameedia recently held a two-day “Open Market” project at which a wide range of products made by differently-abled persons were exhibited and sold at the Majestic City Lobby in Colombo.

Held over the weekend of December 19 and 20 last year to coincide with the International Day for the Disabled, this project attracted hundreds of Christmas shoppers who patronized the Open Market and thus boosted sales.

The “Open Market” at the Majestic City Lobby in Colombo

C.T. Land (Pvt) Ltd. provided facilities for these persons to market their products at the Majestic City Complex while food, accommodation, transport and other facilities were provided by Hameedia.

Chief Guest on the occasion was Hameedia Deputy Managing Director Hussain Sadique while Dr. Ajith Perera was the Guest of Honour.

Hameedia Managing Director Fouzul Hameed said that the company was deeply honoured to be of assistance to such differently-abled persons.

He expressed confidence that a project of this nature would not only break man-made barriers but also empower these differently-abled persons and help them reach out to customers from different social strata in the local market.

Majestic City Shopping Complex Managing Director Joseph Chandrakuma Page commended Hameedia for spearheading a project of this nature as part of its social responsibility program to ensure a better deal for differently-abled persons. He further assured his full support for more such events like this in the future.

This project saw the active participation of inmates from the School for the Deaf - Ratmalana, Sri Lanka Council for the Blind, School for the Deaf and Blind - Moneragala, Eastern Paper Community - Batticaloa, Vocational Training Centres - Kalawana and Horana, ECSAT (Equality Based Community Support and Training) - Galle, SIA (Spinal Injuries Association) - Ragama and Victoria Home.

Among the range of items on sale were handloom textiles, greeting cards, ornamental paper creations, wax products, school bags, kitchen utensils, handloom bags, thread toys, cushion mats, stationery, candles and handicrafts.


Commercial Bank updates corporates on ‘Paymaster’

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has conducted a customer awareness program for corporate customers in the Central Region to improve awareness on the Bank’s ‘Paymaster’ product.

Workshop in progress

The event held at Mahaweli Reach, Kandy explained the benefits of the product including recent additions such as payment of ETF through Paymaster.

Paymaster is a total payment solution that enables organizations or individuals to make virtually any type of payment to multiple beneficiaries by simply uploading a file to Commercial Bank’s web platform.

The web based product facilitates numerous types of payments, including settlement of suppliers, disbursement of dividends and interest, payment of insurance claims and agent commissions and payment of salaries and bonuses.

There are no limits to the number of transactions and any number of payments can be accommodated in a single file sent to Paymaster.

If the paying party and beneficiary both maintain accounts at Commercial Bank, the transfer of funds would be virtually instant.

With Paymaster, the need to write cheques or physical handling of cash and the risk in transporting cash can be eliminated and saves on the costs of transporting cash for various purposes.

Commercial Bank’s Paymaster facility is currently used by over 1,200 corporate clients.


Janashakthi schols for children of SLAF personnel

Janashakthi Insurance PLC (JIC) recently donated scholarships to the children of war heroes of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF). Under this project 50 children of war heroes killed in action, disabled in action and civilian staff of the Sri Lanka Air Force received scholarships sponsored by the SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit and Janashakthi Insurance PLC.

JIC General Manager - Sales and Marketing Ravi Liyanage (second from left) hands over a scholarship to one of the children. JIC Director Ramesh Schaffter looks on.

Present on the occasion were the Commander of the Air Force Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke, the Chairperson of the SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit Nelun Goonetileke, Director, Janashakthi Insurance PLC Ramesh Schaffter, General Manager - Sales and Marketing Ravi Liyanage and several other distinguished guests.

Under this scholarship scheme, the fifty students, based both in Colombo and largely in the outstations, will receive a grant of Rs. 10,000.00 each to be used for their educational needs.

Chairperson of the SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit Nelun Goonetileke thanked Janashakthi Insurance PLC for its dedication and commitment to assisting the deserving children. “I have no doubt that these 50 children will greatly benefit from this scholarship scheme, and I look forward to a greater collaboration with Janashakthi in future years”.

Janashkathi Insurance PLC General Manager - Sales and Marketing Ravi Liyanage said that these scholarships further strengthen the close ties which have existed between the Sri Lanka Air Force and Janashakthi Insurance for the past ten years. “As a responsible corporate citizen, it is our duty to care for the valiant security forces of Sri Lanka for having liberated this country from the clutches of terrorism. The dividends of peace are now being enjoyed by every level of society, thanks to the dedication and sacrifice of our security forces”.

“Recognizing the importance of a child’s education, this scholarship scheme is also an ideal example of assisting individuals who deserve help. I am confident that these children will one day be well educated and empowered citizens of Sri Lanka,” Liyanage said.


Brandix 2010 calendar:

‘Vessels that graced homes and palaces’

Apparel exporter Brandix has elevated the wall calendar, a ubiquitous utility in Sri Lankan homes and offices, to an elegant expression of thought-provoking information and corporate philosophy that pays tribute to the wisdom and design acumen of Sri Lankans of yore.

The Group’s 2010 calendar edition, themed ‘Water in Vessels’ offers an inspiring and nostalgic look at the conscientious and considerate manner in which water was once — and in some parts of the island is still — stored, transported or dispensed.

Each of the 12 leaves dedicated to the months of the year, presents a simple every day vessel that graced the homes of the royal and the humble alike, and provides well-researched vignettes of information on how it was used.

From the simple grace of the Kalagediya, the sturdy Kotalaya and the finely contoured Nembiliya to the austere Patraya and intricate Kendiya, the calendar provides examples of how water was treated as a precious resource in a culture of profound respect for the environment and for customs.


Coca-Cola ‘Open Happiness’:

Global Campaign unveiled in Sri Lanka

Coca-Cola in Sri Lanka unveiled ‘Open Happiness’ - its global campaign. The global marketing campaign for Brand Coca-Cola is about inviting people to welcome small moments of joy and happiness into their lives also interpreted as the physical opening of a bottle of Coca-Cola.

‘Coca-Cola Open Happiness’ is designed to serve as the platform for all integrated marketing initiatives for brand Coca-Cola globally. Inviting consumers in Sri Lanka to pause and enjoy a moment of cool refreshment, the latest communication features Coca-Cola brand ambassadors Bhatiya and Santhush. Coca-Cola Far East Limited, Country Manager, Sri Lanka and Maldives, Manish Chaturvedi, said “The latest Global Campaign- Open Happiness brings forward the thought of enjoying a bottle of Coca-Cola while taking a pause from the daily routine to connect with others.

The new campaign invites people to welcome and share small moments of joy and happiness into their lives with a bottle of Coca-Cola. Open Happiness also captures the anticipation and effervescent quality that marks a New Year.”


Arpico introduces rubber slippers

Richard Peiris Rubber Products Company, a subsidiary of Arpico, recently unveiled its range of comfortable and durable rubber slippers. As a pioneer in the Rubber Products market, the Company has already introduced a variety of new products in the past few years

Richard Peiris Rubber Products Company is confident that its premium quality Arpico Slippers brand will become a market leader, due to its comfort, durability, and style. In order to uphold the Company’s stringent quality standards, Arpico Slippers are manufactured from the highest quality rubbers using the latest technology.

Managing Director, Sunil Liyanage, Director Marketing, Emil Senanayake, Factory Manager, Kalinga Perera, Product Manager, Dilshan Abeysekera, and Category Manager, Suresh Sebastian spearheaded the Company’s marketing and manufacturing efforts.

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