World class healthcare experience:
Nawaloka Hospital - 25 years of caring
Nawaloka Hospital that revolutionized private hospitalization and
healthcare having set up the only state-of-the-art hospital in 1985
celebrated 25 years of caring for human lives. Nawaloka hospitals brings
to Sri Lanka a world class healthcare experience.
H K Dharmadasa and Prime Minister D M
Jayarathna at the anniversary celebration
In celebration of this milestone of achievement over 100 nurses fully
trained by the Sri Lanka Nursing Association joined the Nawaloka staff
that promises the best in medical care to all their patients.
Nawaloka Hospitals offers a comprehensive range of medical services
with over 200 highly qualified specialists using the latest medical
technology for the ease of all patients and patrons and is equipped with
tomorrow’s technology for precision diagnostics and care.
Over 85 consultation rooms are made available located at the ground
floor to meet these specialist doctors covering almost all areas of
medical emergencies at the hospital ranging from on call Consultant
Physicians, Paediatricians, Eye Surgeons, ENT Surgeons,
Gastroenterologists, Cardiologists/Chest specialists, Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists, Rheumatologists, Oncologists (Cancer Specialists),
Nephrologists, Neurologists and Orthopaedic Surgeons to cover all
medical emergencies throughout the day.
Since its inception and inauguration in 1985 by H K Dharmadasa, and
his successor Nawaloka Hospitals Deputy Chairman Jayantha Dharmadasa to
date maintains the same integrity and its passion for medical care and
has moved with the times by constantly bringing world class medical
treatment technologies to many Sri Lankans.
This event was graced by the Prime Minister D M Jayarathna, Health
Minister Maithreepala Sirisena and many distinguished invitees and
“It is indeed a great honour that we have been certified as the only
ISO accredited hospital in Sri Lanka and it is such a privilege to have
all you eminencies patronizing this wonderful event. I’d like to
congratulate and acknowledge my staff for all their efforts having
played an integral part towards achieving this honour,” H K Dharmadasa
SLT donates books to schools
International Literacy Day:
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), embarked on a series of book distribution
programs during September, to commemorate International Literacy Day.
These book distribution programs were conducted under SLT’s major CSR
initiative, Spreading the wealth of knowledge, conducted in
collaboration with the Asia Foundation.
SLT, Corporate Relations Deputy
General Manager Nilanthi Jayakody, SLT Deputy Chief
Corporate Officer Vijitha Ratnayake, SLT, Galle Regional
Telecom Office Manager, U A Illeperumachchi, Galle, Mahinda
College Principal R M Werehara and Galle, Mahinda College,
Librarian at the donation
The first of these programs, which was conducted recently in Galle,
provided a range of books to libraries of five schools - Batemulla Maha
Vidyalaya, Pilana Vidyarthodaya Vidyalaya, Hapugala Maha Vidyalaya,
Meepawala Amarasooriya Vidyalaya, Sangamitta College, Mahinda College
and Karapitiya Hospital. Books were distributed on a wide range of
subject areas including English Language, Geography, Science,
Mathematics etc. The other programs organized for the month will aim to
spread the wealth of knowledge to schools and public libraries in all
parts of Sri Lanka.
Low literacy is a major concern the world over. According to UNESCO,
today, one in five adults is illiterate, out of which two thirds are
women; almost 75 million children do not attend school, or attend school
irregularly, only to drop out very early in their years. Literacy is a
basic human right and is at the heart of social and human development.
Thus the UNESCO set September 8 as a global day of observance to mark
the International Literacy Day with the aim of raising awareness amongst
the public on the importance of literacy.
SLT together with the Asia Foundation has been conducting these
programs since the year 2004, being committed to addressing the needs of
primary and secondary education through this program. Through the
provision of books and other educational material to schools, libraries
and other learning academies, SLT helps students to improve their
literary skills by adopting a reading culture. It also helps educators
and schoolteachers to improve vocational and research skills. SLT
considers these book programs as an important investment in the
community, providing access to information, education and English
Language skills for students, teachers and professionals.
NCE Awards 2009:
Elephant House, Keells Foods win awards
JKH Consumer Foods Sector continued its winning streak in the Sri
Lankan food and beverages manufacturing sector in 2009 when Elephant
House and Keells Food Products bagged Bronze and Silver awards at the
prestigious National Chamber of Exports Awards respectively.
This award also recognizes the company’s continuous commitment to
grow the local exports industry. Elephant House exports its ice cream to
the Maldives while holding the market leader position in the Maldives
with a market share over a 40 percent.
Keells Food Products sends its products to India, the Maldives and
The award was given after evaluating the financial performance,
volume growth in exports and new markets developed by the respective
Kia launches 2011 Sportage
A new marque in motoring style, machismo and performance made its
debut in Sri Lanka yesterday with the launch of the 2011 Kia Sportage,
an all-new compact SUV that is destined to be a head turner on local
The New Kia model instantly recognizable by its distinctive “tiger
face” — Peter Schreyer’s signature grill design — greeted guests on the
lawn of Waters Edge.
The new Kia Sportage is the first model from the Korean maker to be
designed from scratch by Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer, the former
Audi Chief and a man renowned for some benchmark designs such as the T.T.
Motors (Lanka) Limited, the brand’s sole distributor in Sri Lanka said
of the category: “One can question the purpose of an SUV but it is one
of the most in demand in the market. Everyone seems to want one.
The new Kia Sportage is the latest to enter the fray. The well-priced
compact off-roader is still very robust and has been given the attention
seeking looks and a commanding road presence.” “The Sportage is a
crucial car for Kia because it sells globally in vast numbers.
Consequently, when creating its replacement, there was no point in
designing a car with very specific cultural or geographic appeal — it
had to be universally attractive to be a strong seller globally, not
just in one market.”
Designer Peter Schreyer has said of the new model: “With new Sportage
we have achieved a radical departure from the previous generation model
— it is sleek, rakish and modern — while successfully balancing what the
market would accept, what current owners would buy and what consumers
new to Kia will expect.” “There is a lot to like about the Kia Sportage,”
said Kia Motors (Lanka) Limited Managing Director Mahen Thambiah. “It’s
a well-judged package in terms of its drivability, equipment levels,
pricing and the usability of its cabin. It has excellent ride and
handling with light steering at low and high speeds, and its new engines
deliver outstanding fuel consumption. It could well be best in class,”
“The Sportage’s classic SUV character will appeal to many buyers,” he
said. “A big soft, high riding car that is easy to drive, affordable to
buy and own, and with a three year/100,000 km warranty, the new Kia has
all the appeal that many more conventional rivals lack,” he said.
Kia Motors (Lanka) Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Colonial
Motors, a company that has been in the automobile business for more than
a century. Since it commenced representing Kia in Sri Lanka in 1995, Kia
Motors has sold more than 1,000 first and second generation models of
the Kia Sportage, and says it is confident that the new third-generation
Sportage will sell more than this number in its first year.
George Steuarts marks 175 years
One of Sri Lanka’s oldest commercial establishments George Steuarts
celebrated its 175th anniversary with a call by the Chairman Jayantha
Wimalagooneratne to the gathered Steuartians who were present, to ready
for another exciting journey of 175 years and beyond. Founded in 1835,
George Steuarts has for long upheld very stringent values, principles
and ethics and it was this, he said, that must continue to be the
foundation of the next phase of the Group.
Speaking at a ceremony at the Hilton Colombo in the presence of past
chairmen, directors and other stakeholders, Wimalagooneratne, flanked by
the busts of founders Captain James and George Steuart, relived some of
the memorable moments of the Group’s past.
Director K Neelakanthan presenting
‘The George Steuarts Story’ to Chief Guest British High
Commissioner Dr Peter Hayes
“We are extremely proud to be the oldest corporate in Sri Lanka.
Going through history, one would find that there are many who
contributed in no small measure to ensure the continuity of the company
for 175 years.” He traced the centenary celebrations held in 1935 at the
Galle Face Hotel under the aegis of Senior Partner Sir Thomas Villiers,
quoting from the Ceylon Observer and Daily News of that time, “Of no
corporation existing in Ceylon could it be said with greater truth that
it has always lived up to the highest British traditions than of M/s
George Stueart and Co. Ltd.,”
The Chairman also recalled the relationships nurtured with three
great institutions, two spanning over a century and one over eight
“F J and G De Saram’s have been our lawyers since the inception of De
Sarams in 1841 and that unique relationship has continued to date for
169 years,” he said.
He said that George Steuarts has been a member of the Ceylon Chamber
of Commerce since 1856, “with George being one of the original members
of the Chamber. In 1894, when the Ceylon Tea Traders’ Association was
established, George Steuarts was one of the founder members.”
He mentioned Ernst and Young, Chartered Accountants’ relationship
spanning over eight decades, adding that while the partners of the firm
are personal friends, “there is a thick line drawn between friendship
and professional duties when it came to reporting or expression of
Chief Guest, British High Commissioner Dr Peter Hayes who was
presented with a commemorative volume of the George Steuart Story penned
by Manel Abhayaratne and a team led by Group Deputy Chairman K
Neelakanthan further augmented the raison d’etre for George Steuarts
“George Steuarts is founded upon the good Scottish virtues of
honesty, integrity and hard work. But the company has also demonstrated
the toughness in adversity for which the Steuart clan is famous. It is
these qualities that have seen the company survive and prosper through
good times and bad over the past 175 years. They are a great British
success story and a great Sri Lankan success story,” he said.
The commemorative volume which was presented to all guests present
that evening has the unique feature of being culled from handwritten
journals that meticulously recorded the entire journey of George
Steuarts from as far back as the early 1820s.
Northern schools :
Hayleys, employees donate IT Centres
Hundreds of school-going children rebuilding their lives in the
post-conflict Wanni region will receive essential IT education thanks to
a community project launched by the Hayleys Group and its employees.
Hayleys Group Human Resources Head
Sunil Dissanayake (left) hands over the IT Centre at the
Yogipuram Maha Vidyalam to Northern Province Governor Major
General G A Chandrasiri
Donations of a day’s salary by employees across the blue chip
conglomerate doubled by matching contributions by their respective
companies have paid for two fully-equipped computer training centres at
the Mullaitivu, Mallavi Yogipuram Maha Vidyalayam and the Kilinochchi
Poonekary Maha Vidyalayam.
The first of these two centres equipped with a duplicator machine,
eight new computers with UPS units, a printer, multimedia projector,
wall screen, white board, 4mb flash drives, and all software licenses,
was handed over to the school recently in the presence of Northern
Province Governor Major General G A Chandrasiri.
The second IT Centre in a building constructed by Hayleys for
Poonekary Maha Vidyalayam is equipped with ten computers and the
equivalent number of UPS units, a printer, multimedia projector and
screen, computer tables and chairs and a whiteboard. It is expected to
be complete in November.
The cost of these two projects alone exceeds Rs 3.7 million in terms
of materials and equipment, the Group said. The donation of a duplicator
machine to the Yogipuram Maha Vidyalayam IT Centre would also benefit
ten schools in the area, enabling them to print their examination
The school is the first in areas once controlled by militants to
receive comprehensive IT training facilities, and the Hayleys Group has
extended its commitment to the institution by offering to train two
teachers to become competent IT trainers.
“We are confident that our efforts will have a potentially
life-changing impact on the education and prospects of school children
in these neglected regions,” said Hayleys Group Human Resources Head
Sunil Dissanayake at Hayleys who led Group representation at the handing
HNB commends MTI Corporate Finance
HNB has successfully concluded a pioneering consulting study on the
emerging market for Cards (Credit and Debit) in Sri Lanka, based on
which the bank has already taken steps to roll-out some innovative
strategies that will further strengthen HNB’s position as the leader in
the PFS (Personal Financial Services) Domain. The consulting project was
conceptualized, researched and delivered by the Corporate Finance arm of
Bahrain-based MTI Consulting. At the project conclusion, HNB MD/CEO
Rajendra Theagarajah, commended MTI for their effective consulting
approach, the innovative research methodology and for the value it has
delivered to the bank.
MTI Consulting has a growing financial services practice in Sri Lanka
and internationally, including experience with the likes of LOLC, NSB,
BOC, HNB, NHBA, Union Bank, Sanasa (in Sri Lanka) and internationally
with the likes of American Express, Ahli United, Arab Financial
Services, ARIG, Bahrain Saudi Bank, Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, Bahrain
Islamic Bank, Bahrain Kuwait Insurance, Bahrain National Insurance, BMI,
Citibank, Credimax, Daman, Grameen-Ceylinco, HSBC Amana, Isthithmar,
National Bank of Bahrain, National Finance House, Middle Sea, Orix
Leasing, SG, Standard Chartered and Solidarity Takaful.