HDFC Bank moves to new location at Vavuniya

Published : 12:01 am  November 19, 2013  |  Category: Financial Services  |  Leave a Comment  |  531 views  |  

The Vavuniya branch of HDFC Bank has moved on to new premises at No. 113, Kandy Road, Vavuniya, a prime location in the heart of Vavuniya town. Chairperson of the Bank Siromi Wickramasinghe graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The new location with a spacious environment will provide the people of the area a more convenient banking experience. HDFC Bank established the Vavuniya branch in 2010 with the objective of expanding the branch network and to facilitate the people of Vavuniya in all their housing needs. Today, the branch offers a comprehensive range of banking services including housing finance, savings accounts, fixed deposits, education loans, gold loans, micro finance loans and ... 

Bachelet triumphs in Chile election but faces runoff

Published : 12:01 am  November 19, 2013  |  Category: International  |  Leave a Comment  |  204 views  |  

REUTERS: Leftist candidate Michelle Bachelet was the clear winner in Chile’s presidential election on Sunday, although she will have to wait until a second-round runoff next month to seal her victory. With nine candidates running, the vote was fractured and Bachelet, seeking her second term as president, fell just short of the 50% she needed for an outright first-round victory. Bachelet, who led Chile between 2006 and 2010 as its first female president, clinched just under 47% of the vote. Runner-up Evelyn Matthei of the ruling right-wing coalition was second with 25%. The two will now go head-to-head in a runoff on 15 December. Bachelet is promising an ambitious program of tax and education... 

GroupM builds adaptable, cohesive teams through experiential learning

Published : 12:01 am  November 19, 2013  |  Category: Marketing  |  Leave a Comment  |  4,712 views  |  

If advertising effectiveness is a cornerstone of a successful media management agency, effective training is fundamental to honing its most valuable resource. GroupM, the leading media agency globally and locally, is an advocator of high quality human resource development initiatives.  A recent experiential learning program took fifty-two GroupM Sri Lanka employees to an artillery complex in Minneriya with the objective of enhancing individual and team performance. The intensive two day program stretched participants beyond their comfort zones in a natural, new and conducive environment. Participants were presented with a set of gruelling challenges varying in nature to those encountered during... 

Inspection visit to Invest Sri Lanka Pavilion

Published : 12:00 am  November 19, 2013  |  Category: Special Report  |  Leave a Comment  |  600 views  |  
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Minister of Investment Promotion Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana inspected the ‘Invest Sri Lanka Pavilion’ at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. The Invest Sri Lanka Pavilion is a facility that will function as a centre to help and assist investors during the Commonwealth Business Forum that will take place on 12 – 14 November 2013. The CBF is Sri Lanka’s biggest ever event with 640 foreign participants and 700 local participants. Also accompanying the Minister are Deputy Minister of Investment Promotion Faiszer Mustapha, Ministry Secretary M.M.C. Ferdinando and Director Media and Publicity Dilip Samarasinghe.            Read More →

D-Link scales industry verticals through structured cabling

Published : 1:27 am  November 18, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  1 Comment  |  2,909 views  |  

By Sarah Hannan In September, D-Link marked its business expansions in Sri Lanka by carrying out channel activations in Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Matara and Jaffna. Attending the milestone event D-Link Regional Country Manager Bishwajit Sutradhar, in his recent visit to Colombo, joined Daily FT for a brief talk on the company’s plans and newest additions to their product lines. Speaking about the company’s worldwide presence, Sutradhar said: “Our company operates in over 110 countries out of which 78 of it hold branch operations. In Sri Lanka, our marketing strategy is completely based on channel partners who are enthusiastic about creating business opportunities to their resellers.” D-Link’s... 

Dot London: City launches own domain to boost online presence

Published : 1:26 am  November 18, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  543 views  |  

Reuters: London will join a handful of cities launching their own internet domain names next year to build a greater online presence and promote the British capital, the mayor’s office said on Friday. ICANN, the world body that oversees the web’s naming conventions, gave London the go-ahead this week to use its own unique domain name from 2014, along with New York, Berlin, Vienna and Brussels. The city’s mayor, Boris Johnson, said adopting the ‘.london’ suffix would enable organisations to associate themselves more closely with London’s global brand. “This is also an excellent opportunity to expand London’s digital presence, which in turn is set to generate funds to invest back... 

SLT’s ‘Intelligent Solutions’ for investors and businesses of CHOGM Business Forum

Published : 1:25 am  November 18, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,017 views  |  

SLT’s Intelligent Solutions business communication portfolio is aimed at equipping investors and local businesses with the full range of ICT solutions to help them succeed globally. This sector-wise communication solution approaches 10 main economic sectors, including tourism and leisure, IT-BPO and knowledge services, packaging and branding industry, universities and educational institutes, aviation services, new zones and petroleum refinery, ports, transport, manufacturing and health sector that can be accessed through ( Speed, connectivity, reliability and security Speed, connectivity, reliability and security are key demands of businesses and... 

FBI warns of US Govt. breaches by Anonymous hackers

Published : 1:25 am  November 18, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  778 views  |  

Reuters: Activist hackers linked to the collective known as Anonymous have secretly accessed US Government computers in multiple agencies and stolen sensitive information in a campaign that began almost a year ago, the FBI warned this week. The hackers exploited a flaw in Adobe Systems Inc’s software to launch a rash of electronic break-ins that began last December, then left ‘back doors’ to return to many of the machines as recently as last month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a memo seen by Reuters. Widespread problem The memo, distributed on Thursday, described the attacks as “a widespread problem that should be addressed.” It said the breach affected the US Army, Department... 

Cameron’s message driven by diaspora, says Lankan Envoy

Published : 1:18 am  November 18, 2013  |  Category: News  |  2 Comments  |  921 views  |  

Prince of Wales visits tea estateBy Dharisha Bastians Substantial and powerful Tamil diasporas in some countries control the negative narrative about Sri Lanka, resulting in unfair criticism, and Britain is one of them, Sri Lankan Envoy to the United Kingdom Dr. Chris Nonis said in Colombo yesterday. The statement comes one day after British Prime Minister David Cameron criticised the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and pledged to push for an international investigation into alleged abuses during the final phase of the war, if a domestic inquiry is not completed by that time. “Some political leaders are strongly driven by electoral compulsions and domestic considerations, and we realise... 

Channel 4 Documentaries are like Star Wars movies: Nonis

Published : 1:17 am  November 18, 2013  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  1,420 views  |  

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK Dr. Chris Nonis yesterday rubbished Channel 4 documentaries about the final stages of the conflict in the island and said the broadcaster was never taken seriously in Britain. “Their documentaries are like the Star Wars movies. They are highly emotive, but they are not examples of responsible journalism,” he explained. “Channel 4 is an extremely marginal TV company. Many people do not even do not even bother to look at Channel 4,” Nonis told a press briefing at the BMICH last afternoon. Dr. Nonis said that the Channel 4 films were “peripheral documentaries” featuring unauthenticated and uncorroborated footage. “And not a second of the footage...