US trade panel judge says HTC violates Nokia patents

Published : 12:00 am  September 25, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  524 views  |  

Reuters: HTC Corporation infringed on two Nokia Corp patents in making its mobile telephones and tablets, a judge said in a preliminary ruling issued on Monday for the US International Trade Commission. Taiwan-based HTC was found to have infringed two patents which have to do with signals sent or received by mobile telephones and tablets. The full ITC is scheduled to make a final decision on the matter on 23 January 2014. Finland’s Nokia filed the complaint last year. Nokia asked the ITC, which is a popular venue for patent lawsuits because it can more easily ban infringing products from the United States, to block a variety of HTC products from the US market. These products include the HTC... 


Travel Boutique Online India, Amadeus deliver increased sales and efficiency to travel agencies worldwide

Published : 12:00 am  September 25, 2013  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  1 views  |  

New distribution partnership with Travel Boutique Online, Asia’s leading B2B travel aggregator, will give travel agencies unparalleled search, shopping and booking capabilities on a range of hotel content Sri Lanka and Maldives markets will enjoy the booking functions Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, announces the launch of a breakthrough solution for travel agencies in Asia Pacific. Amadeus Hotels Plus (Multisource) is a one-stop-shop search platform integrating Amadeus’ GDS hotel properties with content from leading hotel aggregators to allow Amadeus travel agents to search and book hotel content from multiple sources in a single screen. Hotel booking... 


AmCham empowers Lankan companies

Published : 12:15 am  September 24, 2013  |  Category: Business  |  Leave a Comment  |  733 views  |  

More than 40 CEOs, compliance officers, and business associations participated in an AMCHAM-organised luncheon seminar focused on unfair US competition laws and the importance of using legal and properly licensed software and hardware in their operations. The seminar, entitled “US unfair competition laws: Impact and opportunities for Sri Lankan exporters to the USA,” zoomed in on new legal trends in promoting fair competition on a global scale. The speakers shared information on how companies with properly licensed software can leverage their compliance as a competitive advantage in the global supply chain. For example, manufacturers that take timely measures to certify legal IT will enhance... 


Managing enterprises in the ever-changing corporate environment

Published : 12:10 am  September 24, 2013  |  Category: Special Report  |  Leave a Comment  |  945 views  |  
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By Shabiya Ali Ahlam To highlight the sectors that require immediate attention on different areas of management, the Institute of Certified Professional Managers (CPM) together with the Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA) organised the CPM-AMDISA International Conference 2013. Held on 13 September 2013 under the theme ‘Managing Enterprises: Challenges and Opportunities’, the event featured 18 eminent speakers, from Sri Lanka and abroad who presented at the conference their experience in this regard. Covering areas such as multidisciplinary management, public enterprise management, business management, and business schools-corporate interface, the conference... 


Angela Merkel romps to victory in German election

Published : 12:10 am  September 24, 2013  |  Category: International  |  Leave a Comment  |  614 views  |  
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BERLIN (Reuters): Angela Merkel was on track to win a third term as chancellor in a German election on Sunday after her conservatives scored their best result in decades, but it was unclear whether she could avoid being forced into a coalition with her leftist rivals. Television exit polls showed Merkel’s conservative bloc – the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) – on 42 to 42.5%, which if confirmed would be their strongest score since 1990. That gives the conservatives an outside chance of securing an absolute majority on their own, which would be a historic success for the 59-year-old Merkel, whose steady leadership during the euro zone crisis has... 


American Express Explore the World Series brings William Burrard-Lucas to Sri Lanka

Published : 12:10 am  September 24, 2013  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  868 views  |  

By Sarah Hannan An interesting presentation of photography by William Burrard-Lucas was hosted at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo recently. A project carried forth by Nations Trust Bank and American Express titled ‘Explore The World Series’ partners up with Cinnamon Nature Trails and The Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts to bring the world to Sri Lanka. Marking this unique experience a media briefing was held at Cinnamon Grand where Burrard-Lucas walked the audience through a series of his photographs snapped on the African continent and finally in Sri Lanka. During his assignment with Cinnamon Nature Trails Burrard-Lucas will work around wildlife sanctuaries such as Udawalawe, Wilpattu and Yala.... 


Empower Polls Chief

Published : 12:06 am  September 24, 2013  |  Category: TOP STORY  |  10 Comments  |  2,040 views  |  
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SAARC monitors express dismay at Army involvement in polls violence Observer Mission hails Commissioner’s efforts to get voters to the polls, ensure ballot secrecy Turnout showed enthusiasm about democratic process: Head of SAARC mission Observers slam publication of fake Uthayan newspaper, promotion of fake by broadcaster   By Dharisha Bastians Outgoing SAARC observers of the northern provincial elections yesterday expressed dismay at the role of the armed forces in polls related violence and called for greater investment of powers in the Elections Commissioner to ensure a free and fair poll. Concluding their mission to Sri Lanka’s formerly embattled Northern Province that elected... 


Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa brings back coral to Passekudah’s reefs

Published : 12:05 am  September 24, 2013  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  751 views  |  

Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa, together with the Wildlife Research and Conservation Trust (WRCT) recently launched a coral replanting program on Passekudah Beach recently. The ‘Plant a Coral Project’ intends to create awareness on conserving coral reefs, the biodiversity of the sea and to also uplift the livelihood of coastal communities. A coral reef is similar to a rainforest under the ocean and if properly nurtured can be re-grown to its previous form. Maalu Maalu have taken the initiative to facilitate replanting corals in the unique coral reefs found along the Passekudah Coast. There is also much educating to be done among the fishing villages as research indicates that coral decay has... 


Bogawantalawa teas fetch highest price

Published : 12:05 am  September 24, 2013  |  Category: Agriculture  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,500 views  |  
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Bogawantalawa estates fetched the highest price of Rs. 650 per kilo for its BOP Fannings invoice sold at the Colombo auction on 17 September 2013. Bogawantalawa estate is owned and managed by Bogawantalawa Tea Estates PLC and the company produces some 4 million kilograms of BOP Fannings per year. It has its flagship brands (garden marks) such as Loinorn, Norwood, Kotiyagalla and Campion in addition to its Bogawantalawa garden mark. Bogawantalawa teas are much sought after by discerning tea connoisseurs’ world over. Approximately 80% of the teas are bought by fifty discerning buyers. These include Unilever, Dilmah, Mitsui through Heritage teas, Coca-Cola through Walters Bay/US and Tetley’s... 


Prince Charles meets global award winning Hambantota entrepreneur Nimali

Published : 12:04 am  September 24, 2013  |  Category: Front Page  |  17 Comments  |  4,990 views  |  
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Nimali Gunawardana from the Hambantota District, who scooped the Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 prize at the UK’s Young Business International Global Awards ceremony in London recently, is seen with Prince Charles at the reception to honour global winners.  Prince Charles is President and Founder of the Youth Business International charity. The 25-year-old Nimali via her enterprise ‘Nimali Chip and Fibre Mill’ within a year created an environmentally-friendly business producing and exporting coir for mattresses and coir piths and, more uniquely, making coconut husk chips. With support from YBI member Youth Business Sri Lanka (YBSL), Nimali turned a $ 781 loan into a business with...