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

Views - 41 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 - 30 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 - 28 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 - 30 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 - 28 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 - 21 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 - 34 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 - 18 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 - 29 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 - 26 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 - 28 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 - 33 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 - 40 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 - 29 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 - 30 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 - 27 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 - 34 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 - 37 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 - 32 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

PickMe provides school supplies to school-aged children of driver partners

Views - 32 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

In a bid to reward exemplary driver partners and lend a helping hand to their school aged children, PickMe distributed valuable gift packs to children of 1,000 driver partners through the annual ‘Nena Pahana’ CSR event held for the second consecu

OZO and Amari hotels give hope to thousands of children through ‘Water for Life’

Views - 40 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

OZO hotels take pride in leading projects that provide access to clean drinking water and sanitation to rural communities in the countries they operate in under the flagship CSR program ‘Water for Life’. In Sri Lanka, ‘Water for Life’ is an

Bank of Ceylon’s staff donates to aid flood victims

Views - 31 Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:10

The staff of the Bank of Ceylon (BOC) raised voluntary donations to aid victims of the natural disaster that has occurred due to torrential rain in the Northern Peninsula. Standing alongside the rest of the Sri Lankans in this difficult time, BOC’s

‘Kelani Saviya’ top CSR program in Sri Lanka recognises 10th batch

Views - 52 Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:00

‘Kelani Saviya’ is the award winning CSR program of Kelani Cables PLC, Sri Lanka’s number one company in secure electrical and communication cables manufacturing sphere. The 10th batch of ‘Kelani Saviya’ was offered with certificates on com

Abans Group conducts 8th annual school supply donation

Views - 19 Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:00

The Abans Welfare Society recently held their 8th annual school supply CSR initiative, where over 1000 children of Abans Group employees received all their requirements for the new school year. The event, which was organised by Abans Warehousing Divi

‘Help to Learn’ educational project launched by Bairaha Farms

Views - 21 Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:00

Bairaha Farms PLC being the pioneer and leading poultry integrator engaged in chicken meat production for providing consumers with nutritious food, has recently launched a generous educational project namely ‘Help to Learn’ with a great intention

Siddhalepa initiates new garbage management measures and creates 2nd first aid camp at Sri Pada

Views - 20 Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:00

Siddhalepa has strengthened their environment protection drive at Sri Pada this season with a new garbage management initiative. To encourage pilgrims to differentiate and dispose of garbage in an organised manner, the company has placed 10 by 10 iro

‘Supem Kekulu’ brings smiles to the faces of children

Views - 88 Saturday, 29 December 2018 00:10

Friday morning, 21 December, was vibrant and alive with the sound of happy children, Christmas music and laughter. The Supem Kekulu Christmas program for less fortunate children, organised by Care Global Livelihood (Guarantee) Ltd. was the reason for

H&H Golding real estate partakes in Christmas spirit of giving

Views - 46 Saturday, 29 December 2018 00:00

H&H Golding, Sri Lanka’s foremost real estate agent, provided a charitable donation to the NGO, ‘Voice for the Voiceless Foundation’ in celebration of the holiday season for 2018, on 21 December. The Good Hope Project aims to provide dry ration

NDB donates supplies to Maharagama Apeksha Hospital

Views - 25 Saturday, 29 December 2018 00:00

NDB recently made a donation of medical necessities, nutritional supplements and surgical consumables to the Apeksha Hospital Maharagama as a part of the Bank’s Corporate Responsibility strategies. The donated items included post-operative salves

Embark Volunteer Awards 2018

Views - 47 Saturday, 29 December 2018 00:00

The Embark family gathered together on 17 December at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for the Embark Volunteer Awards, in commemoration of its International Volunteers’ Day. The purpose of the event was to r

Today's Columnists

Playing with history

Friday, 22 March 2019

First of all, I was delighted to note a counter criticism ‘A reply to Victor Ivan’s ‘What went wrong with Sri Lanka?’ published in the Financial Times on 11 March in response to my article which appeared in the same newspaper on 22 February.

Sathyodaya for salvation

Friday, 22 March 2019

Professor Ven. Walpola Rahula (1907-1997), a Buddhist rationalist and free-thinker of international repute, was a unique intellectual, teacher and writer who never minced his words when speaking truth to power, a rare quality fast disappearing in a w

Ceylon Tea or Sri Lanka Tourism the stronger category brand?

Thursday, 21 March 2019

The Central Bank officially reported last week that Sri Lanka exports have grown to $ 11.9 billion, recording a growth of 4.7%, which means that the country has not performed up to expectation in 2018. The export volume index has grown by 0.5% in 201

Lip service to AML requirements: Are Sri Lankan designated institutions skating on thin ice?

Thursday, 21 March 2019

The recent announcement by the European Union (EU) blacklisting 20 odd jurisdictions for their failure to adhere to anti money laundering requirements (AML) comes as no surprise as all these jurisdictions have been forewarned by the EU, Financial Act

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