Kelsey launches three exclusive residencies with ‘Westbrook’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.