Mobitel introduces Smart pre paid SIMS
Mobitel, the National Mobile service provider has initiated yet
another first by Introducing SMART PRE PAID SIMS for travellers with
multi Language user guides. The pocket user guides will be available in
10 languages namely, Arabic, Dhivehi, French, German, Hindi, Italian,
Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Russian. The pocket user guides can be
collected at the Mobitel Arrival Lounge counter at the BIA, selected
outlets across the country and downloadable via www.mobitel.lk
In addition to the pocket user guide, travellers can also access the
interactive voice response in Hindi, Dhivehi, French, German, Russian,
and Japanese & Mandarin by calling 141 on their SMART Pre-Paid
connection. The Interactive voice response will enable tourists to
access services such as querying their account balance, recharge their
accounts and activate pre-paid data plans.
The multi-language user guides from National Mobile Service provider
will be a value addition for the Tourism Industry as a whole, as the
country sees rapid growth.
Commenting on the launch of this novel initiative, SGM - Marketing,
Sales and Distribution of Mobitel, Chandika Vitharana stated: "With the
boom of tourism in Sri Lanka, it is essential for us to advocate
initiatives that will assist to enhance tourism in the country. The
immediate post war phase had given rise to an increase in arrivals to
Sri Lanka, ratifying the fact that the tourism industry is a front-end
industry. The multi-language support will facilitate conveniences for
many tourists by introducing 10 commonly used languages by travellers
who visit Sri Lanka."
Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, the National Mobile Service Provider and
the official sponsor of the National Cricket Team, is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom. In January 2004, the company had
launched its fully-fledged 2.5G GSM network that is EDGE/GPRS enabled
and designed to operate on dual band. In December 2007, the company had
launched its 3.5G HSPA network - the first Super 3.5G network in South
Asia. Further, Mobitel had successfully demonstrated HSPA + MIMO
technology with down link speed up to 28.8 Mbps and had carried out a
successful trial of 4G/LTE technology with downlink speed exceeding 96
Mbps, for the first time in the South Asian Region. Investments
committed to date in the 2.5G/3.5G/4G networks and service offering has
amounted to over US$400 mn.
ComBank - Trade Finance's best Sri Lankan Trade Bank once again
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been adjudged the 'Best Sri Lankan
Trade Bank' by the prestigious UK based Trade Finance magazine in yet
another international acknowledgement of the Bank's status as the
country's best bank. This is the second occasion that the Commercial
Bank has been declared the Best Sri Lankan Trade Bank by Trade Finance.
The Bank previously received this accolade in 2009, the year that the
category was introduced at the magazine's annual awards for banking
The Commercial Bank's strong network of agents and correspondents and
its expertise in international trade were cited as some of the reasons
for the Bank being singled out for honours at the Trade Finance Awards
These awards are to be presented on the basis of individual
performances of the respective banks.
"This award is an important reiteration of Commercial Bank's
pre-eminent position as a service provider to businesses, especially
those in import and export," said Commercial Bank's International DGM
"It emphasises the fact that our commitment to this customer segment
has been sustained and strengthened," he said. He said that the skills
and expertise developed by Commercial Bank in trade finance during its
nearly 100 year long involvement in the sphere, supported by its network
of branches, agents and correspondents in all key markets that its
customers operate in, as well as in global financial centres had enabled
the Bank to secure the award for a second time.
Published by Euromoney PLC, London, Trade Finance magazine has been
reviewing the global trade market since 1983.
he magazine is a channel for the latest news and analysis covering
trade services and supply chain, factoring, structured commodity finance
and export as well as agency finance.
Established in 1969, Commercial Bank owns a network of 198
computer-linked branches and supermarket banking counters in Sri Lanka.
The Bank also owns the single largest network of ATMs in the country,
currently numbering 420 terminals.
The Bank has been adjudged 'Best Bank in Sri Lanka' for 13
consecutive years by 'Global Finance' Magazine, 'Bank of the Year' seven
times by The Banker magazine, and the Best Bank in Sri Lanka twice by
New technology to detect osteoporosis
Hemas Southern Hospital has obtained the latest technology to detect
osteoporosis. The state-of-the-art machine is known as Dual-Energy X-ray
Absorptiometry (DEXA) scanner.
This is the first time the DEXA technology is made available in a
private hospital outside Colombo and the first time a private hospital
in Sri Lanka acquired the modern fan-beam technology, a Hemas Hospitals
The machine is capable of scanning clinically relevant skeletal sites
such as the spine, proximal femur, and forearm in detecting
osteoporosis. Manufactured by Hologic Inc USA, the machine is fitted
with the latest WHO FRAX algorithm software which is used widely to
define intervention thresholds in postmenopausal osteoporosis, the
Explaining the new technology, Galle Medicine Faculty Professor
Sarath Lekamwasam, said that DEXA is the gold standard technology in
detecting bone density which is used to diagnose osteoporosis and
determine fracture risk. He added that many patients with osteoporosis
are not detected due to the restricted availability of this technology.
Currently, there are only four DEXA machines in the country.
He said "The DEXA machine installed at Hemas Southern Hospital uses
the state-of-the-art fan-beam technology and this is the first time such
a machine is made available in the private sector of Sri Lanka.
He emphasized that it is a very safe procedure and no special
preparation is required before the test.
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by reduced bone material
content associated with the deterioration of bone strength, finally
leading to a fracture or bending of spine. In the new technology the
patient only needs to lie down on the scan table for 8-10 minutes to
complete the scan. During the procedure, the patient can wear normal
clothes but metallic objects like pins and clips have to be removed.
By using DEXA technology, it is possible to decide the type of care
the patient requires in order to prevent the progression of the disease.
This could vary from prevention to treatment.
Hemas Hospitals recently enjoyed the honour of receiving an
international accreditation from the prestigious Australian Council on
Healthcare Standard International (ACHSI) which is Australia's leading
healthcare accreditation provider delivering accreditation and quality
improvement programmes throughout the world.