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Saturday, 6 August 2011






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Kelsey launches three exclusive residencies with ‘Westbrook’ Colpetty

Offers affordable solution to Special Primary Residential Zone limitations:

A project to build three super-elegant homes in one of the most exclusive residential areas of Colombo is to be a prototype for a new line of housing developments by Kelsey Homes, one of the country’s leading housing solutions companies.

An artist’s perspective of Westbrook Residencies

‘Westbrook Residencies’ at 27th Lane, Colombo 3, behind Ladies’ College, was conceptualized as a relevant solution to the ‘Special Primary Residential Zones’ regulations introduced by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) mainly in Colombo 7 and Colombo 3, the company said.

The regulations prevent sub-division of blocks of land that are less than 20 perches in extent, placing a restriction on construction of new homes on smaller, affordable extents of land within the zones. While many developers have responded by building high-rise apartment blocks, Kelsey Homes says there is an important customer segment that prefers individual homes to apartments, and the company’s answer is attached home units with their own gardens, parking and custom-designed interiors.

The first of this series of Kelsey residencies, ‘Westbrook’ comprises three luxury homes built on 17.45 perches of prime residential land, each home comprising 3,300 square feet of living space, and 900 square feet roof terrace.

Selling at Rs 54 million, each home unit is a three-storied individual house comprising four bedrooms with attached toilets, spacious living and dining room, well-appointed pantry, servant’s room, roof terrace, covered parking for two vehicles and a rear garden of 10-foot width.

All bedrooms and the living and dining area are air conditioned and hot water is provided to all toilets and the pantry. “Many people aspiring to live in Colombo 3 and Colombo 7 are faced with a dilemma because a 20 perch block is beyond their budget, given the high prices of land in these areas,” Kelsey Developments PLC Director and Chief Operating Officer Jude Fernando said. “At the same time, owners wishing to sell land in these areas are also unable to sub-divide blocks that are smaller than 20 perches,” he said. “Kelsey is the first property developer to offer a solution with its new residencies model,” he said.

Kelsey is also on the lookout for more land in the areas designated by the UDA as Special Primary Residential Zones for more projects like Westbrook, he said. “Competent architects would develop new plans for each new site, ensuring that only two or three such homes would ever be built,” Fernando added.

Construction of Westbrook Residencies is to be completed between 12 and 15 months, and buyers would receive the Kelsey warranty of 10 years on the structure and a 12-month defects liability period.

Campaign against having a covered face?

Some women with covered faces

Many citizens have reported sightings of gatherings of women like the ones in the photograph, who have been seen wearing regular pink clothes but have bags over their heads from the neck upwards.

These women, who otherwise look like regular demonstrators, have been spotted in Colombo and in the surrounding areas of Kiribathgoda and Wattala. Some reports have even come in of processions in front of tuition classes in Nugegoda, around the Pettah bus terminal and near garment factories. Other than the bags over their heads, there seems to be nothing unusual about their behaviour. They do not seem to be more than ordinary women supporting a special cause.

When spoken to some of the ladies, they said their campaign is to better their looks.

This leads one to ponder the purpose behind covered faces. Why are they covered? The mystery continues as people wonder, in a time and age that women are more confident and more extroverted about themselves, why are these women covering their faces?


Pan Asia opens in Ambalanthota

Pan Asia Bank further expanded its branch network with the opening of its 53rd branch at No 155/1, Tissa Road, Ambalanthota on August 4.

The chief guest Hambantota district MP, V.K.Indika opening the branch. Guests of honour Hambantota Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Gamini Gunaratne and Pan Asia Bank Chairman A G Weerasinghe look on.

The new branch was opened by the chief guest MP for Hambantota district, V.K.Indika. The guests of honour were, Hambantota district Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Gamini Gunaratne and the Pan Asia Bank Chairman A.G. Weerasinghe. The opening ceremony was attended by the Hambantota district Chamber of Commerce Director General Azmi Thassim, HDCC Chairman Kumara Jayasinghe, customers in the area, other distinguished guests and well-wishers. Listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange and in operation for 16 years, it offers a full range of retail and business banking products and services.

Pan Asia Bank has already opened 11 branches within the year, and continues its vigorous expansion drive with a view of achieving 25 new branches in 2011 and 100 branches by the end of 2012.

Pan Asia Bank takes pride in its customer centric focus and will be offering a highly personalized service, competitive deposit and loan rates and an array of novel banking products including Champion Saver account with a very attractive interest of 8% for a savings account, three types of minor savings accounts, gold loans with the highest advance amount up to Rs 43,000/- per sovereign, and leasing at the lowest market rate down to 1%.

Pan Asia bank Ambalanthota branch is headed by Hiran Hettiarachchi. The branch will be opened from 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays and from 9am to 1 pm on Saturdays.

MARKSS Healthcare supports Sri Lanka College of Urological Surgeons

MARKSS Healthcare (MARKSS HLC) one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in Sri Lanka, under its flagship sustainability initiative, “Markss Wellness Campaign”, conducted a skill development session for the Sri Lanka College of Urological Surgeons recently. The session focused on the topic “surgical skills management of a damaged urethra” and was targeted at budding surgeons and trainees.

Trainees were given the opportunity to learn and practice best techniques one-on-one with an elite panel of experts including Professor Neville Perera, Professor Srinath Chandrasekera, Dr. K. L. Fernando and Dr. Ajith Malalasekera. Professor Neville Perera in his opening remarks mentioned that, Sri Lanka requires more hands on skills training programmes in this calibre.

Markss HLC - Director Medical Dr S Mahakalanda said, “We consider it a privilege to play an integral part in this valuable knowledge sharing session which enriches future surgeons in the country. MARKSS have supported the course from the beginning and we will continue to develop high skill levels in the healthcare industry of Sri Lanka.”

Professor Srinath Chandrasekera extended his gratitude towards MARKSS for its continuous support through the programme. He also commented on the value of this programme to the trainees as a highly respected course accredited by the Royal College of Urological Surgeons UK. He further acknowledged the efforts of Professor Peter Thompson, the designer of the course.

To introduce Loyalty Card:

CF joins Laugfs SunUp

Central Finance Co Ltd (CF), a predominant player in the financial sector joined with Laugfs SunUp to offer daily discounts on selected items. CF’s, motive is to reward their long-standing customers by introducing a Loyalty Card which will accrue savings on their daily expenses through discounts offered by its islandwide network of merchant partners.

Laugfs SunUp Supermarket which is tagged as “the Super Store that never sleeps” was the first to introduce the 24-hour retail concept in Sri Lanka. The supermarket chain has a proud reputation for the most diverse product range.

Reckitt’s launches ‘Vanish Fabric Stain Remover’

Reckitt Benckiser launched its latest product - ‘Vanish Fabric Stain Remover’ under its brand theme “Trust Pink. Forget Stains”. “This product has been developed by working closely with consumers around the world. Global market researches on both housewives and working ladies show the need for an effective solution to the age old problem of removing of tough stains despite the regular wash. This insight instigated the launch of Vanish by Reckitt Benckiser, after working closely with consumers to understand their exact need. Vanish, with its special formulation is effective on tough stains like coffee, chocolate, tea etc. and even old dried stains up to five days” said Reckitt Benckiser Managing Director Rahul Murgai.

“There are many stain removal products in the market, but what makes Vanish unique is that it contains a stain lifting active and 10X more oxygen than detergents, ensuring that you never have stains left on your clothes after the wash. Vanish works equally well in a bucket or a washing machine. You just need to add Vanish with your detergent on regular wash and you can find the difference” said Reckitt Benckiser Marketing Head Syed Tanzim Rezwan. “Vanish comes with the slogan of “Trust Pink. Forget Stains.” It comes in two pack sizes - 120gm and 240gm and will be available in all the leading super markets of the island. To mark this auspicious day, we have launched the product in association with Keells. We have also arranged shoppers’ briefing, demos and the ‘Vanish’ kiddies painting corner to inform the consumers about the launch. Such activities will be rolled out in various leading Super Markets across the city,” said Vanish Assistant Brand Manager Chrishankar Janathanan.

Vanish is manufactured and marketed by Reckitt Benckiser. Reckitt Benckiser is a global success story, a world leader in the household, health and personal care sectors. Their success is led by power brands - premium brand names such as Veet, Mortein, Dettol, Harpic, Airwick, Strepsils, Colmans, Robin, Disprin, Cardiprin, Gaviscon and Flybogel.

Copyline marks 20 years

One of the foremost producers of annual reports, Copyline celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Established in 1991, as a part of the Copyline Group, the company has since come a long way in design and production and is currently a much sought after service provider in the industry. To celebrate this significant milestone, the company at its 20th Anniversary celebration with clients, unveiled a vamped up logo and tagline A Great Equation which sums up the strength and philosophy behind the venture; the perfect mix of creativity, hard work and great personalities.

Anjum Cader

The Chairman Mano Tittawella pointed out that Copyline is now poised to launch a more innovative product range in the coming years.

Copyline Chief Operating Officer, Anjum Cader said, “Copyline is embarking on a challenging path in exciting times - a path that inspires us to be more creative, more daring - in times that require us to make a difference and we are certainly up for that challenge.”

The key words when it comes to the production of Annual Reports are ‘clarity’ and ‘innovation’. Companies need to provide precise and accurate information to shareholders and other interested parties, while maintaining their interest.

At Copyline, a dynamic and creative team is available to undertake any concept and work to reduce the demands placed on busy clients through efficient management and friendly and reliable service.

Since inception, Copyline has been a pioneer in the publication of annual reports for many industry leaders and blue chip corporations in Sri Lanka. Many of their clients have won awards at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka Annual Report Awards in the past few years.

Their client list encapsulates various industries and sectors, which include Union Assurance, Sampath Bank, People’s Leasing, LB Finance, John Keells PLC, Lanka Tiles Ltd., Colombo Dockyard, Richard Peiris, HDFC and many more.

Offering a total solutions package from brief to production, with careful attention paid to every aspect of the publishing process, research, writing and design are all provided by the company and Copyline has a comprehensive client service team that ensures timely and effective logistics, every step of the way. Copyline produces a vast range of printed material; from year end products such as calendars and diaries to coffee table books and corporate profiles. Each project is given individual attention to ensure that they are of high quality with maximum impact.

More information could be obtained from visit www.copyline.com.

KOICA volunteers help IT training

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Sri Lanka Office and Matara Technical College (TC) jointly held an opening ceremony for the upgraded Computer Lab at the Matara TC.

The project for the upgrading of the computer lab at TC was designed and completed by the KOICA volunteer, Koh Hun-Min, in cooperation with the TC over the last eight months under the KOICA’s technical cooperation scheme to Sri Lanka.

Koh has been dispatched as a mechanical engineering instructor to the Matara TC upon his arrival in Sri Lanka in July 2009.

Since his deployment in the TC, he found out that the TC’s computer lab was equipped with outdated and low-quality computers so that he was not able to teach better computer literacy to the students. The newly established computer lab is equipped with new 25 computers and online training network equipment and supplies and etc. The computer lab will provide a better education environment to not only the students studying computers but students of other subjects by using such computer and audio-visual teaching aids leading to enhancing capacities for their vocational skills.

As part of technical cooperation programmes, KOICA sends volunteers with appropriate skills and technologies to universities, schools and institutes of Sri Lanka to share their knowledge and experience with their counterparts, aimed at building the capacities of Sri Lankan manpower.

Colombo Dockyard relaunches website

The revamped website of the Colombo Dockyard PLC was launched on Wednesday displaying and incorporating the modern day development in the shipping industry.

Colombo Dockyard officials at the website re-launch.

The website will have in-depth information and is more interactive and user friendly. There are advanced features for the browsers such as job inquiry, subscription and supply information, Colombo Dockyard Managing Director and CEO Mangala P.B. Yapa told Daily News Business.

This website will cover three broad aspects of brief description, services provided and strategic location. The re-launched website will take Dockyard to the next level through e-commerce, he said.

Colombo Dockyard is the country’s pioneering ship repair and ship building facility. The company celebrated its 37 years of operational excellence on August 1 this year. The company accounts for 1.5 percent of total exports of Sri Lanka and has a market capitalization of Rs 18 billion.

Colombo Dockyard has completed 9,000 jobs during its 37 years of operation and expects this year to record higher in terms of profitability and performance compared to last year.


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