Proud to be a beach saver: Let’s start from our home

Views - 16 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

Sri-Lanka, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean is blessed with a scenic beachscape all around the island. As a traveller during

Lions Club awards Fight Cancer Team for service rendered to Apeksha cancer hospital

Views - 29 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

The Lions Club recently awarded the Fight Cancer Team (FCT) for its tireless service rendered to the Apeksha cancer

Ceylinco Healthcare to offer SBRT for cancer in Sri Lanka following training by experts

Views - 58 Monday, 28 May 2018 00:00

Two leading experts in radiation oncology were in Sri Lanka recently to share their knowledge on the latest techniques in treating cancer through Tomotherapy.

Strong growth trajectory to continue for listed hospitals despite resource constraints: Fitch

Views - 28 Monday, 28 May 2018 00:00

Fitch Rating is forecasting strong growth trajectory to continue for listed Sri Lankan hospitals despite resource constraints.

Govt. to invest over Rs. 900 m to improve university medical facilities

Views - 37 Monday, 28 May 2018 00:00

The Government has identified the importance of having competent human capital to compete with the rapidly changing global economy as the country is geared to take off and advance as a fast-growing middle-income country.

Austria extends Rs. 1.8 b interest-free loan for health sector development

Views - 129 Monday, 28 May 2018 00:00

The Erste Bank of Austria has provided EUR 9.5 million (approximately Rs.1,810 million) interest-free credit facilities to enhance the access to quality and modern healthcare facilities in hospitals in the country.

Major health summit offers “springboard for action”

Views - 32 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

Far-reaching measures that will drive up healthcare standards and improve the lives of millions of citizens have been agreed on by Commonwealth ministers.

Good posture and exercise essential to prevent hunchback in teens

Views - 90 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

Teenagers in hunched postures are becoming a common sight. Parents naturally find it worrisome and need to keep reminding

Three directors quit Fortis Healthcare board amid takeover battle

Views - 18 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters):Three directors of Fortis Healthcare have quit ahead of a shareholder vote on Tuesday to decide their future,

Over 2000 business partners at Sidhalepa’s health camp for Western Province

Views - 32 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

A series of health camps were held by Siddhalepa to promote good health among its business partners mainly wholesale and retail traders of Siddhalepa products.

Manipal and TPG swoop in with sweetened bid for Fortis

Views - 31 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

New Delhi/London (Reuters): India’s Manipal Hospital and private equity firm TPG Capital Management on Monday sweetened their bid to buy Fortis Healthcare Ltd, just days after the Fortis board said it favoured a rival offer to the dismay of many sh

Printing body parts in hospital shows 3D tech’s growing reach

Views - 20 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

New York (Reuters): Three-dimensional printers are letting doctors in Minnesota make simulated body parts in a hospital and a Brooklyn startup create rocket engines designed to put satellites into orbit, executives said at an event hosted by General

Doc990 partners Pay&Go

Views - 279 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Doc990, the pioneering digital health solutions platform has teamed up with Pay&Go to offer unmatched convenience for users channeling doctors with the introduction of 452 kiosks located across Sri Lanka. The introduction of these islandwide kiosks,

WHO calls for trans fats to be eliminated within five years

Views - 16 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

GENEVA (Reuters): The world could eliminate industrially-produced trans fats by 2023, the World Health Organization said on Monday, unveiling a plan that it said would prevent 500,000 deaths per year from cardiovascular disease.Trans fats are popular

Hemas Hospital Thalawathugoda Laboratory receives prestigious ISO 15189:2012 accreditation

Views - 350 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Achieving yet another important milestone for Sri Lanka’s leading private hospitals multi-chain, Hemas Hospital Thalawathugoda Laboratory has obtained the ISO15189:2012 certification recently. Aimed at standardising the quality and competence of cl

Mount Elizabeth Hospital gets Asia Pacific Hospital of the Year award for medical tourism

Views - 115 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Mount Elizabeth Hospital along with Gleneagles Hospital Singapore, flagship brands of Parkway Hospitals Singapore, have broken their 2017 record, winning 10 awards at the 2018 Asia Pacific Healthcare & Medical Tourism Awards held on 4 May at Ho Chi M

SUROL organises fundraiser to renew lives of leprosy patients

Views - 30 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

SUROL (Society for Upliftment and Rehabilitation of Leprosy Affected Persons) is organising a fundraiser dinner event on 2 June from 7 p.m. onwards at the Grand Ballroom, Water’s Edge. The evening promises to be an entertaining one with a special

Bills to provide equal maternity leave for all women presented

Views - 43 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

By Skandha Gunasekara The Government, last week, presented two Bills to amend the Shop and Office Employees (Regulation Employment and Remuneration) Act and the Maternity Benefits Ordinance. The Bills are to introduce provisions to increase the mater

Lanka Hospitals expands premier healthcare services to Maldives

Views - 85 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

Lanka Hospitals PLC, the multi-award winning premier healthcare provider in Sri Lanka, has marked yet another illustrious milestone by expanding its services to Maldives. In a bid to extend its world class healthcare services across the seas, Lanka H

Asiri Central’s Brain and Spine Neurosurgical team performs first ever life-changing scoliosis surge

Views - 124 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

Lasindu Perera, a 16-year old teenager received the gift of life-changing scoliosis surgery recently, performed by the ‘Brain and Spine’ Team of Asiri Central Hospital, Colombo. Creating a major milestone in medical history this was the first tim

Sri Lankan and US doctors pioneer first robot-assisted surgery onboard USNS Mercy

Views - 159 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

US and Sri Lankan surgeons conducted the first ever robot-assisted surgery aboard the USNS Mercy on 4 May. The joint team of multinational surgeons and medical professionals successfully completed a cholecystectomy, or gall bladder removal, on a Sri

Japan’s Takeda clinches $ 62 b deal to buy drugmaker Shire

Views - 24 Wednesday, 9 May 2018 00:00

London/Tokyo (Reuters): Takeda Pharmaceutical agreed to buy London-listed Shire for 45.3 billion pounds ($61.50 billion) on Tuesday

Ceylinco Diabetes Centre celebrates 14th anniversary with discounts in May

Views - 45 Wednesday, 9 May 2018 00:00

A discount of 25% on diabetes check-ups and pre-diabetes screening packages, combined with several other special benefits

Rajitha backs 5-day work week for health workers

Views - 14 Wednesday, 9 May 2018 00:00

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says discussions have been initiated on setting up of five-day work week for health workers.

FDA approves Novartis combo therapy for aggressive type of thyroid cancer

Views - 13 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

Reuters: The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Novartis AG’s combination therapy to treat an aggressive type of thyroid cancer. The therapy, which uses Novartis’ Tafinlar and Mekinist, was approved to treat anaplastic thyroid can

Astron unveils natural liver health and detox supplement

Views - 155 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

Astron Ltd., the largest privately owned pharmaceutical manufacturer since 1956 has introduced Healing Herbs Livox Liver Health and Detox supplement. Healing Herbs Livox is registered at the Department of Ayurveda and is manufactured adhering to inte

India’s Manipal raises bid for Fortis, outlines $ 341 m cash injection plan

Views - 14 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

Reuters: India’s privately-held Manipal Hospitals sweetened its bid for rival Fortis Healthcare Ltd on Sunday, offering to inject INR 21 billion ($314 million) to help the ailing hospital operator meet its immediate cash needs. Manipal and its cons

Beam Hela Osu Lanka conducts workshop for intern Ayurvedic medical doctors

Views - 56 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

Beam Hela Osu Lanka Ltd. is a fully Sri Lankan owned company whom are manufacturing and distributing various Ayurvedic and indigenous medicine to the nation for over three decades. Beam Hela Osu Lanka Ltd. recently organised and sponsored a workshop

‘Yoga for Youth…Yoga for All’ by High Commission of India

Views - 24 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

The High Commission of India presents ‘Yoga for Youth…Yoga for All’ an innovative yoga program that envisages reaching out to more than 20,000 students at different universities all over Sri Lanka. It aims to create awareness and spread the ess

Eminent radiation oncology expert Dr. Cheng Saw arrives

Views - 29 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

An eminent international expert in radiological physics in the treatment of cancer will be in Sri Lanka from 8 to 12 May to conduct training on Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) for local Consultant Oncologists and healthcare professionals a

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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit

Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi

The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation

Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc

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