This year marks eight years since the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The WHO FCTC was a milestone for the promotion of public health and provides new legal dimensions for international health cooperation.
There has been a rapid growth in the number of parties to the Convention, now up to 176 countries, covering some 90% of the world’s population. The countries themselves have been taking extraordinary steps in tobacco control, with nearly 80% adopting or strengthening tobacco control legislation.
Ven. Shiraishi Mineyoshi, a Buddhist Priest from Japan, arrived in Sri Lanka to participate in a special meditation ray power treatment program for people. Meditation ray power treatment helps restore the body’s natural balance and bring the body back into its natural rhythm. This tour was organised by Darshana Tours
President Mahinda Rajapaksa participating in the Vesak Week activities, paid homage to the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) in Kandy on Wednesday and received blessings from the Chief Prelate of Asgiriya Chapter, Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkhita Maha Nayake Thera.
During the visit to the temple, the President also opened a cobblestone footpath constructed by the National Lottery Board at a cost of Rs. 4 million for the benefit of the temple goers.
With the aim of giving back to the community this Vesak season, leading mobile telecommunication innovator Etisalat Lanka will drive a unique Vesak Dansala to provide over 3,000 spectacles to financially challenged Sri Lankans, unable to afford the services of an optometrist and lenses.
In partnership with the Non-Governmental Organisation So Others May See Inc (SOMS), Etisalat will conduct the Vesak Dansala themed ‘Bringing hope, Giving sight’ under Etisalat’s Corporate Social Responsibility banner.
Solar Therm, a pioneer in solar energy, implements a total solar solution making history this year at the country’s most celebrated religious festival, Vesak, by powering Sri Lanka’s first solar-powered Vesak pandol.
The first-of-its-kind solar-powered pandol is an idea conceptualised by Leo Burnett Solutions Inc. (LBSI) for Solar Therm/Alpha Solar executed in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Affairs.
Maha Nayaka of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya, most venerable Davuldena Gnanissara Thero and Maha Nayaka of the Ramanna Maha Nikaya most venerable Napana Premasiri Thero visited Japan from 9 to 16 May, accompanied by a high-level delegation of Buddhist clergy.
The Art and Literature Association of Sri Lanka Insurance held a ‘Bathi Gee Saraniya’ on 22 May 2013 as part of insurance industry giant’s celebrations of Vesak. SLIC Managing Director Mohan de Alwis was the Chief Guest
Four pioneering organisations specialising in ship owning, crew management and crew training, frames the newly appointed Mercmarine Group of Companies.
Transportation and Logistics giant Hayleys Advantis Limited, has signed up to be the main sponsor of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) International Convention 2013, to be held at The Kingsbury Hotel from 3 to 5 June 2013.
Global ocean carrier Evergreen Line has been awarded ‘Best Ocean Carrier Trans-pacific’ by Cargonews Asia in the 27 Annual Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) sponsored by the publication. The award was presented recently, at a ceremony taking place at Conrad Beijing. Evergreen Line emerged as top choice out of 11 container carriers entered in the competition.