Mobitel empowers Jaffna city
Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel in affiliation with the Environment and
Natural Resources Ministry, recently engaged in a three day CSR
initiative, under the aegis of the ‘Urban City Development’ project, in
an effort to uplift the Jaffna city.
Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel Regional Development Manager R J
Sathish and Worldwide Creative Development Organization Managing
Director Dhammika Wickramasinghe, handing over the agreement to
Northern Province Senior DIG Gamini Silva. Looking on are the
Northern Province DIG Gamini Amarakoon and Senior SSP, Neville
Piyakaru Purawara in partnership with the Worldwide Creative
Development Organization, set out to establish street name boards,
direction boards and message boards across the war torn peninsula.
Piyakaru Purawara with the aim of informing and educating locals and
foreigners on the roadways in Jaffna, placed name boards on streets,
lanes and on the borders of every town across the northern peninsula. In
addition, message boards to inform the public concerning epidemics,
safety messages on minimizing road accidents and minimizing the crime
rate in Jaffna were also established.
Such measures will serve to help in building and establishing a safe
environment for residents and those who visit this city.
The Jaffna peninsula the northernmost region, is one of the oldest
habitation sites in South Asia. Presently, Jaffna has emerged to become
a popular tourist attraction and bring in foreign investment to the
country. Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, opened a branch in Jaffna earlier
The branch was situated to empower the city by providing Jaffna’s
communication needs and offers the whole range of services provided by
Mobitel islandwide including the provision of pre-paid connections to
Making available 30,000 lamps:
Delmege supports ‘Safe Bottle Lamp’ project
Delmege a leading corporate supports Dr Wijaya Godakumbura’s ‘Safe
Bottle Lamp’ Project.
F.G.N. Mendis and Dr Godakumbura
“Delmege is conscious of the role that a corporate has to play in
society and we have sponsored a variety of causes, as part of the
Groups’ CSR initiative.
“We understand from Dr Godakumbura that his project is one that has
saved a number of lives and his lamps have been approved by the WHO,
Unicef, International Society for Burn Injuries, National Committee for
Prevention of Injuries, the Sri Lanka Medical Association and many other
such associations, therefore we are pleased to be associated with such a
life saving project,” said Delmege Group Chairman F.G.N. Mendis.
Delmege will make available 30,000 lamps over a period, as part of
their CSR initiative. “Burns are the most devastating form of injury a
person could sustain, and expect to live through. Kerosene burns are
extremely common in countries in Asia and Africa, such as ours where
there is a widespread use of kerosene for lighting as well as cooking
purposes”. Dr Godakumbura said, only 82 percent of families in Sri Lanka
have electricity, while in four districts it drops to below 60 percent.
“Many people use makeshift, unsafe lamps out of burnt out bulbs, and
bottles which tip over easily, causing extensive burns, which result in
excruciating pain and much scarring, sometimes with blindness and loss
Those with severe burns die. We launched our campaign in 1992 and
have so far replaced 800,000 unsafe lamps with our safe lamp”, he said.
Dr Godakumbura, who is the recipient of several international awards
including the Rolex Award, the Readers Digest Award and the Lindbergh
Award, was also recently awarded the World Challenge Award, said “We
have received a great deal of international acclaim and as a result Sri
Lanka too has benefited.”
Dr Godakumbura said that the Safe Bottle Lamp Project is arguably the
most internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan project and he was indebted to
the Delmege Group for having volunteered to support this project.
Personal Legal Liability:
Janashakthi D and O Insurance to protect Directors
Janashakthi Insurance, one of the few insurers specialized in Sri
Lanka for Directors’ and Officers’ (D and O) Liability Insurance,
recently carried out a workshop with Howden Insurance Brokers, for their
underwriters and top sales professionals to enable them to keep abreast
with the latest developments taking place globally in D and O Insurance.
From left JIPLC, Insurance General Manager, Dayalanie
Abeygunawardane, India, Howden Insurance Brokers, Vice President
and Reinsurance Head, Nitin Vaidya, JIPLC, Sales and Marketing,
General Manager Ravi Liyanage and Howden Insurance Brokers,
Liability Head, Mahesh Chainani at the seminar.
Janashakthi Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance policy
financially safeguards Directors and other company officials against the
legal liabilities that may arise against them under the Companies Act
No. 7 of 2007.
Janashakthi Insurance PLC General Manager Sales and Marketing Ravi
Liyanage said, “Not only globally but in Sri Lanka too the trend of
claims filed against corporate executives exposing them to potential
personal liabilities for violations of laws and regulations has shown a
marked increase, especially with the collapse of some major financial
“Some well-known business leaders and top corporate executives have
lost virtually everything they had earned during their lifetime.
“Government regulatory bodies, depositors, shareholders/investors,
employees, and consumer groups are more aggressively asserting their
perceived rights to influence corporate decisions and business
“Business leaders are thus confronted with various risks such as
hazards associated with mergers, acquisitions, public offerings,
“The Companies Act places a greater accountability on Company
Directors and Officers for their decisions and never before have they
faced a greater likelihood of being sued because of their decisions.”
Howden Insurance Brokers, India, is one of re-insurance broking
partner of Janashakthi for Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance.
Howden Insurance is part of Hyperion Insurance Group in UK. It
focusses internationally on insurance solutions for business critical
risks such as Directors’ and Officers’ liability, professional liability
and catastrophe risks in the energy industry.
CEAT launches Saksham
To help career aspirants:
CEAT Sri Lanka MD/CEO Randeep Narang
Developing personal grooming and self-confidence, two essential
qualities for aspiring career builders, is the focus of a new corporate
social responsibility initiative launched in Sri Lanka by CEAT, the
market leading international tyre brand.
Comprising a series of CEAT sponsored training workshops for young
people on the threshold of employment, the program titled Saksham (The
Last mile) is modeled on the CSR initiative in India by the RPG Group,
CEAT’s parent company.
The first such Saksham program to be conducted in Sri Lanka saw the
participation of 38 students from the final year of the Higher National
Diploma in Engineering. The program was conducted by Image Consultants
Managing Director Nayana Karunarathna.
“Saksham is designed to give young talented individuals who are
entering the career market the self confidence and personal grooming
skills necessary to maximize their potential,” CEAT Sri Lanka Managing
Director Randeep Narang said. “It has had a very positive impact in
India, and has the potential to change the lives of many young and
talented Sri Lankans too,” he said.
The Saksham program is the second community-well-being initiative
involving young people to be launched in Sri Lanka by CEAT in the last
one year. The other is a series of interactive programs in schools to
inculcate the basic precepts of road safety to students, parents and
school van drivers. The program which also includes the donation of
customized traffic management aides to the schools has to date
benefitted 26 schools and reached 8,500 students.
Caption - Maliban Company Sales and Marketing CEO Ravi
Jayawardena receiving the award from Agriculture Development and
Agrarian Services Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena
Maliban Milk Products (Pvt) Ltd., Sales and Marketing Head
Nalinda Jayamanne receiving the award from Agriculture
Development and Agrarian Services Minister Mahinda Yapa
Maliban wins MACO Award 2010
Maliban was recognized with honorary awards in the Sales and
Marketing segment at the MACO Special Award Ceremony 2010 organized
recently by the Mass Communications Association of Sri Lanka at the
Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo, recently.
Vavuniya welcomes LB Finance
At the Vavuniya branch opening
LB Finance opened its branch in Vavuniya last week as the 40 year-old
company forges ahead with its islandwide expansion strategy. A
trailblazing pioneer in the industry, the company has launched several
new branches over the last year, including Trincomalee and Bandarawela,
and is planning further openings in Embilipitiya and Jaffna in the
“Our main strategy right now is to aggressively expand our reach
within the island,” said LB Finance Managing Director Sumith Adhihetty
“We have further locations identified, including Jaffna and Embilipitiya
which will be opening very soon, and we are pushing to take root in as
many provinces as possible as we are committed to reaching out to the
entire country,” he said. Adhihetty said that expansion to the North and
the East is crucial especially during the current period of post-war
recovery and growth.