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Renovation of the Thammannawa water reservoir

Views - 1 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

Coca-Cola and We Effect leads an innovative initiative for war-affected and marginalised women and men farmers in a rural village of Thammannawa, Anuradhapura. Women will be trained to become entrepreneurs and to play an active role in ensuring more

WISTA along the coast – CSR with a purpose

Views - 1 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Sri Lanka organised its first ever coastal clean-up initiative on 26 January from Dehiwala to Mount Lavinia spanning over 2 km of coastal line. This event signified the importance WISTA

Fashion Bug pledges to better academic training island-wide

Views - 1 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

Leading mass market clothing retailer Fashion Bug conducted yet another successful teacher training program, titled the ‘Guru Bumikavata Perawadanak’, in Maharagama, at the Teachers’ College, with the aim to further enhance the educational prow

ComBank embarks on water supply project for famous forest monastery

Views - 2 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has built a 15,000-litre water storage and supply project to eliminate the water shortages affecting the forest monastery of Nimalawa Aranya, referred to as the ‘Holy Land of Ruhuna’. This CSR project was commenced b

Hambantota Port to rebuild Tissapura Junior School

Views - 20 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:10

The foundation stone ceremony for the reconstruction of the Tissapura Junior School, in Andalla Weerawila in the Hambantota District, was held recently at the school premises. Participating in the laying of the foundation were Tissapura Junior School

ComBank donates 19 math labs in 2018

Views - 19 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

More than 2,000 students were helped to improve their mathematics skills in 2018 through an initiative of the Commercial Bank of Ceylon which installed 19 math labs and funded more than 15 math camps in schools around the country during the year. Th

Four-day first aid and medical camp at Sripadaya

Views - 15 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

A four-day first aid and medical camp, organised by the Colombo Central Unit of The St. John Ambulance Association and Brigade in Sri Lanka was held at Gangulathenne, Sripada from 2 to 4 February. The event ran parallel to National Day. Nurses of th

Pan Asia Bank donates furniture to consultation rooms in Kurunegala

Views - 24 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

Marking yet another important milestone in Pan Asia Bank’s island wide CSR initiative to improve facilities at identified hospitals, Pan Asia Bank’s Kurunegala branch recently conducted a CSR event at the General Hospital of Wellawa, Kurunegala b

RS Steel celebrates 2019 by donating schooling gear to children

Views - 17 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

RS Steel, a leading steel rods manufacturing company in Sri Lanka, celebrated the dawn of the New Year with its Chairman Dr. Ramesh Shivalingam at its factory premises in Uswetakeyyawa. The significance of the celebration was school children of RS St

Harpic Mission Wellbeing supports public sanitation and good hygiene in Sri Pada

Views - 20 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

Making strides in a mission to achieve public wellbeing through proper sanitation, ‘HarpicSuwa Jana Meheyuma’ (Mission Wellbeing) recently completed renovating the public toilet facility at Sri Pada and handed it over to authorities for public us

Brandix continues commitment to inspire education through ‘Ran Daru Thilina’ initiative

Views - 25 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

Brandix, in a continued commitment to inspire the education of its associates’ children, conducted the ‘Randaru Thilina’ program across the Group for the fourth consecutive year, providing over 6,500 children with school bags and stationery ite

New school bags for Sri Dharmarama Maha Vidyalaya, Ratmalana year 1 students from Hettigoda Group

Views - 24 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

Year one students who entered the 140 year old Sri Dharmarama Vidyalaya, Ratmalana, one of the oldest schools in Sri Lanka – received new school bags with the compliments of the Hettigoda Group. As patrons of the school in their neighbourhood, the

NDB improves infrastructure of Aanaipanthi Hindu Ladies College and Government Tamil Maha Vidyalayam

Views - 21 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

Play is the key to physical, mental, intellectual and social well-being of children. Thus, a school playground and playtime are vitally important to children for their fun and relaxation as well as for their good health and well-being. Aanaipanthi Hi

Seylan Bank supports SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka

Views - 17 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:10

As part of extending its value to a wider community, Seylan Bank launched its seasonal campaign, which focused on spreading the Christmas joy to all Sri Lankans, in December 2018. Through this promotion, Seylan Bank donated a share on behalf of its c

‘Friendly Help’ from Naturub for the flood-affected north

Views - 19 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Recognising the need of the hour as the Northern Province was heavily affected by floods, Naturub Group of Companies, a leading manufacturer and exporter of apparel accessories and trims in South Asia, recently launched a successful CSR project as

SLT celebrates Thai Pongal with families in Vavuniya

Views - 19 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), organised a special Thai Pongal celebration recently at the Teplikulm Community Centre, in Vellikulum Village, Vavuniya. This event was successfully concluded with the participation of religious leaders, Vavuniya Police, scho

Wellawatta Nithyakalyani Jewellery brings joy to Mankulam during Thai Pongal

Views - 15 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Recognising the need of the hour and maintaining cultural values, Wellawatta Nithyakalyani Jewellery, one of the pioneers in the jewellery industry in Sri Lanka, recently launched yet another CSR project by donating dry rations and essentials to floo

ComBank helps build Sri Lanka’s 1st vocational training centre for autistic youth

Views - 26 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:10

The construction of Sri Lanka’s first model vocational training centre for children and youth with autism was recently completed with financial support from the CSR Unit of the Commercial Bank of Ceylon and the Lions Club District 306-C-1. This Dev

Crysbro concludes SisuDiriya program for 2018

Views - 17 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

A leader in the poultry industry, Crysbro once again concluded the SisuDiriya initiative with a gala event held at the Crysbro Head Office in Gampola recently with the participation of all its employees and their families. Initiated in 2012, the even

Anderson Flats Children’s Park reopened with NDB

Views - 23 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

The Anderson Flats Housing Scheme is home to around 800 families with over 1,000 children. During an employee volunteerism project conducted by the Shared Services Team of the National Development Bank PLC, it was observed that the Scheme’s Playgro

MBSL donates computers and equipment to Kahahena, Boralugoda Maha Vidyalaya

Views - 20 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka & Finance PLC (MBSL), a fully-owned subsidiary of the Bank of Ceylon, donated a stock of computers and equipment to Kahahena, Boralugoda Maha Vidyalaya recently. As a leading financial institution in Sri Lanka, this was yet

Pan Asia Bank Kalubowila to upgrade facilities at Blood Bank of Colombo South Hospital

Views - 20 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

Pan Asia Bank Kalubowila Branch recently completed a CSR program to improve facilities at the Blood Bank of Colombo South (Kalubowila) Teaching Hospital. Under this initiative, Pan Asia Bank donated sofa seats for the use of blood donors which was a

CSE and HelpAge Sri Lanka organise health camp in Padukka

Views - 27 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:10

The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) in collaboration with HelpAge Sri Lanka recently organised a Medical and Eye Camp for senior citizens residing in and around Padukka. The initiative was held at Sri Punyaloka Viharaya, Watareka and attracted over 150

Heritage Expediciones gives hope, changes lives of unfortunate children educationally

Views - 37 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

Heritage Expediciones recently conducted a new high-profile CSR program on 5 December 2018 at the Galvana Purana Rajamaha Viharaya in Mulleriyawa. This was at the request of W.K. Thusita, the Coordinating Secretary of the Tikiri Kumara Eksath Subasad

Wellawatta Nithyakalyani Jewellery donates books to Army officers’ children at Panagoda

Views - 25 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

Wellawatta Nithyakalyani Jewellery, pioneers in the jewellery trade in Sri Lanka, donated school books and instruments for over 100 children of officers based at the Panagoda Army Camp. Major General Sudaththa Ranasinghe of Engineering Services Regi

ComBank provides flood relief to affected families in the north

Views - 27 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has once again come forward to provide aid to 2,000 families affected by the recent floods in the Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi Districts. Household items including kerosene stoves and sets of kitchen utensils were distrib

DPL completes distribution of school supplies in Horowpathana

Views - 24 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

As part of its long-standing commitment to community development, Dipped Products PLC (DPL) under the Hayleys Group’s flagship CSR initiative ‘Puritas Sath Diyawara’, engaged in the distribution of essential school items to over 250 children at

SLT HCS commemorates 9th annual Sisu Diriya Scholarship and School Books Donation Program

Views - 28 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

Ensuring employees’ children have a successful future, SLT Human Capital Solutions Ltd. (HCS), commemorated for the ninth consecutive year, the annual Sisu Diriya Scholarship and School Books Donation Program recently. As the leading total HR Solut

Amãna Bank continues to support Kalubowila Hospital Children’s Ward

Views - 31 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

As part of its continued CSR focus towards children, Amãna Bank made another valuable contribution to the Children’s Ward (15B) of the Colombo South (Kalubowila) General Hospital by donating essential medical equipment for the day-to-day use of tr

Atlas Axillia partners Ridi Viharaya in community outreach for 16th year

Views - 25 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

Atlas Axillia recently concluded its annual community outreach initiative held in association with the historic Ridi Viharaya. Held for the 16th consecutive year, the initiative forms an integral part of the Company’s unique CSR initiative that rea

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MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom

President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally

‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto

Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse

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