Exclusive spa offers from HSBC’s ‘home&Away’ privilege program

Published : 12:00 am  April 22, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  90 views  |  

Highlights of home&Away Privilege Program in Q2 2015     HSBC cardholders can pamper themselves with the most luxurious spa treatments to help repair, rejuvenate and replenish their mind and body with the latest range of offers from HSBC’s global home&Away Privilege Program. From now until 30 June, HSBC cardholders will be able to enjoy fabulous spa experiences across seven countries and territories – Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, India and Sri Lanka. Aramsa – The Garden Spa in Singapore is offering a complimentary SGD100 voucher with purchase of any 90-minute spa treatment while Yang Ming Shan Tien Lai Resort & Spa in Taiwan is offering 40% off... 


MBSL starts Sinhala and Tamil New Year by appreciating customers

Published : 12:00 am  April 22, 2015  |  Category: Financial Services  |  Leave a Comment  |  46 views  |  

From left: MBSL Chairman Ruwan Gallage handing over documents to customer J.P.L.H. Jayarathna, Non-Executive/Independent Director S.L. Rahaman, Chief Executive Officer T. Mutugala and MBSL Manager Head Office Branch Niluka Madagammana   Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka & Finance PLC opened its doors for business for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year on 15 April with the ‘Nakathata Ganu Denu’ with their customers. The main event took place in MBSL Head Office Branch at the BOC Merchant Tower in Kollpitty, under the patronage of MBSL Chairman Ruwan Gallage, CEO Mutugala and the Board of Directors. First transaction was carried out by the Chairman and gifts were distributed among the customers... 


‘Hela Bojun Hal’, local food collection under one roof

Published : 12:00 am  April 22, 2015  |  Category: Business  |  Leave a Comment  |  138 views  |  

Hela Bojun opening at KCC Hela Bojun opening in Anuradhapura By Waruni Paranagamage The Ministry of Agriculture recently initiated food stalls called ‘Hela Bojun Hal’ islandwide to promote local food among people to create a healthier generation. The concept helps people gain access to clean, nutritious and safe local food at a reasonable price. ‘Hela Bojun’ offers an experience of hot and instant local food and local nutritious beverages. ‘Hela Bojun’ serves hoppers, uduwal, undu wade, soy products, manioc products and many other traditional foods and standard Avurudu fare. Local mushroom soup and several other beverages made using local seeds are also available. Minister of Irrigation... 


Dialog partners Vision 2020 – Program to eliminate avoidable blindness

Published : 12:00 am  April 22, 2015  |  Category: Healthcare  |  Leave a Comment  |  45 views  |  

From left: Dialog Axiata PLC Group Chief Executive Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya, Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine Secretary Dr. D.M.R.B. Dissanayake and Health Services Director General Dr. P.G. Mahipala     Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, partnered ‘Vision 2020’, a joint program by the World Health Organisation and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness to eliminate avoidable blindness amongst citizens. The Global Vision 2020 program consists of an international membership of government agencies, non-governmental organisations, professional associations, eye-care institutions and corporates around the world. In Sri Lanka, the... 


China and Pakistan launch economic corridor plan worth $ 46 b

Published : 12:00 am  April 22, 2015  |  Category: International  |  1 Comment  |  87 views  |  
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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif receiving Chinese President Xi Jinping at Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad   ISLAMABAD (Reuters): China and Pakistan launched a plan on Monday for energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan worth $46 billion, linking their economies and underscoring China’s economic ambitions in Asia and beyond. China’s President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan to oversee the signing of agreements aimed at establishing a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor between Pakistan’s southern Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea and China’s western Xinjiang region. The plan, which would eclipse US spending in Pakistan over the last decade or so, is part of China’s... 


ME grow by 20.1% in Q1, SL Tourism target Riyadh

Published : 12:00 am  April 22, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  65 views  |  

  Whilst the country was celebrating New Year, Sri Lanka Tourism was focussed on building brand Sri Lanka in Riyadh and Damman and thereby pegging overall numbers from the Middle East said a communique from the Sri Lanka Promotional Bureau. “The overall thrust on 12 April by Sri Lanka Tourism was in the backdrop of the overall numbers increasing by 13.6% and the Middle Eastern market increasing business by 20.1% with Saudi Arabia way up at 37.8% and UAE at 16% and Oman at 42.1% but we are very concerned that these numbers don’t reflect the overall occupancy of the formal sector. This needs to be properly researched and a strategy in place to be captured,” said Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau... 


Upbeat earnings lift stocks, Greek anxiety hits euro

Published : 12:00 am  April 22, 2015  |  Category: International  |  Leave a Comment  |  133 views  |  
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Traders are pictured at their desks in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange – REUTERS     LONDON (Reuters): World stocks climbed back towards all-time highs on Tuesday as upbeat European earnings reports and expectations of a sixth straight rise in German business confidence helped offset worries about a possible Greek default. European trading started strongly with the pan-regional FTSEurofirst 300 index up over 0.6% in early deals, after a 1.4% jump by the Nikkei in Tokyo and a 2 to 2.5% rises in China’s main markets had lifted Asia. Publicis, Sky, ARM Holdings were all up more than 4% after reporting results, with the overall picture of a weaker euro and... 


The idea that beat the rest of the telecom world

Published : 12:00 am  April 22, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,114 views  |  

Dialog and hSenid share the story behind the game-changing concept and the big win at the Mobile World Congress It was an application that was submitted in the spur of a moment; a bold decision to go for it despite the odds. They were the minnows in the global arena, competing against the likes of KT, VimpelCom and China Telecom. What were they thinking? Since 2001, Dialog had submitted applications only under the emerging and inclusion award categories. Yet here they were, with an application in hand for the ‘Best Technology Enabler’ award at the prestigious GSMA’s Mobile World Awards; it was a shot in the dark. There was a glimmer of hope in their minds, for a couple of reasons.... 


Chartered Corporate Secretaries Institute registers students for September 2015 Exams

Published : 12:00 am  April 22, 2015  |  Category: HR  |  Leave a Comment  |  970 views  |  

48 students completed the final (Professional Stage II) examinations conducted by the Institute of Chartered Corporate Secretaries of Sri Lanka (ICCSSL). Of these 48, the ICCSSL has subsequently conferred the Chartered Corporate Secretary degree on 16 graduates. The Institute offer lectures, conducts examinations and issues certificates to successful examination candidates. Fully qualified students can then be elected to Associate or Fellow Membership (authorised to use the designatory letters ACCS or FCCS respectively after their name). Our members are eligible to be registered as Company Secretaries by the Registrar of Companies, under the provisions of the Companies Act No. 7 of 2007. The... 


Mahendran’s white wash!

Published : 12:00 am  April 22, 2015  |  Category: Letters to the Editor  |  Leave a Comment  |  38 views  |  

I was quite amused and not surprised to read the statement of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs highlighting the findings of an eminent panel regarding the biggest Bond fraud in Sri Lanka. Firstly, what is the definition for eminent? Well-known and respected or outstanding and respected. The statement says the committee members are people exhibiting eminence. That is now for the reader to decide. The second point is, the Prime Minister is the Minister in charge of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs and Arjuna Mahendran is his friend and reports to him that alone speaks volumes about the statement of the Ministry. Now the committee says Mahendran has had no direct involvement.... 


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