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Amazon’s Bezos pledges $ 10 b to climate change fight

Views - 4 Wednesday, 19 February 2020 00:17

NEW YORK (Reuters): Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos will commit $ 10 billion to fund scientists, activists, nonprofits and other groups fighting to protect the environment and counter the effects of climate change, he said on Monday. Cuttin


LAUGFS Supermarkets plants ‘Saplings of Love’ this Valentine’s Day

Views - 5 Wednesday, 19 February 2020 00:15

LAUGFS Supermarkets celebrated this Valentine’s Day with a special twist, planting ‘Saplings of Love’ to commemorate this special occasion. Valentine’s Day is truly an occasion that celebrates the bonds of love and care that exist between fam


Sustainability disclosures by European companies generally poor: study

Views - 5 Wednesday, 19 February 2020 00:12

LONDON (Reuters): European corporate disclosures on climate change and other sustainability issues are generally poor, a study on Monday showed, as regional policymakers mull toughening up the rules. The European Union’s Non-Financial Reporting Dir


EIB to support green infrastructure development, climate resilience in ASEAN countries

Views - 4 Wednesday, 19 February 2020 00:11

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will invest EUR 150 million in the Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF) established by Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) to accelerate the development of green infrastructure projects and crowd-in


Unilever Sri Lanka introduces plastic free packaging for Pears Baby soap cartons

Views - 5 Wednesday, 19 February 2020 00:10

Unilever Sri Lanka has developed a plastic free, environment friendly packaging for its trusted baby care soap brand – Pears Baby, taking an important step forward to help curb the amount of plastic that enters the environment. The eco-friendly pa


Chartered from Wuhan and quarantined at Diyatalawa: A Sri Lankan story on coronavirus

Views - 159 Tuesday, 18 February 2020 00:00

Defence.lk: “If you want to describe this place, it’s awesome,” Suganthan said. “I will tell all my friends and family that the hospitality and care we received here is beyond ‘star grades’. I have never ever been to a military facility b


The evils of translocating wild elephants

Views - 174 Thursday, 13 February 2020 00:16

Sri Lanka is said to have a wild elephant population of about 6,500, although exact numbers are not really available, in spite of some form of census that was carried out some years back. This approximately accounts for about 10% of the world’s Asi


MAS wins 10 awards at National Cleaner Production Awards

Views - 14 Thursday, 6 February 2020 00:00

MAS walked away with 10 top awards at the National Cleaner Production Awards held recently which recognised over 40 companies for their resource efficiency and waste reduction manufacturing. “MAS has its own ambitious zero-waste goals for 2020 wit


Message from the Chairman, National Cleaner Production Centre, Sri Lanka

Views - 12 Thursday, 6 February 2020 00:00

“National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) was setup by UNIDO under the Ministry of Industry in 2002. In current institutional setup, the Centre partner with Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) & National Chamber of Exporters (NCE), while


Message from the Chief Executive Officer, National Cleaner Production Centre, Sri Lanka

Views - 8 Thursday, 6 February 2020 00:00

“National Cleaner Production Awards is the pioneer environment awards programme in Sri Lanka started in 2007. The uniqueness of this awards programme is its criteria of evaluation where the improvement of the overall resource productivity is taken


Award Winners

Views - 6 Thursday, 6 February 2020 00:00

Merit Award Winners Merit Award in Manufacturing Large - Apparel Industry Category Awarded to MAS Active (Pvt) Ltd – MAS KREEDA Linea AITC Merit Award in Manufacturing Large - Metal Industry Category Awarded to Camso Loadstar (Pvt) Ltd - Wheel Ma


Ten years embraced glory and arts obtained all excellence and manliness

Views - 12 Wednesday, 18 December 2019 01:09

The National Day Celebrations Organizing Committee announced the motto of Qatar National Day 2019 “Ten years embraced glory and arts Obtained all excellence and manliness” a verse from a poem by the Founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani, a


Global recognition for Maliban

Views - 21 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:27

Maliban Gold Marie, the all-time children’s favourite, recently bagged a Superior Taste Award by International Taste Institute (ITI) in Brussels, in recognition of the biscuit’s milky and sweet taste that appeals to many. Headquartered in Belgium


PickMe Food introduces ‘Self PickUp’

Views - 85 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:25

In yet another revolutionary move, the award-winning smartphone app PickMe’s food arm ‘PickMe Food’ introduced an all new feature titled ‘Self-Pickup’ aimed at furthering the company’s goal to provide greater convenience to Sri Lankan lif


Airbnb partners with the IOC to provide Olympic accommodation

Views - 23 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Short-term home rental company Airbnb Inc on Monday said it was becoming a worldwide Olympic partner in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo as the games’ organisers bid to cut the costs associated with hosting the event. Airbnb sa


Airbnb signs Olympics deal up to 2028

Views - 16 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:00

PARIS (Reuters): Airbnb has struck a deal to support the Olympic Games up to 2028, the short-term home rental company announced on Monday. Airbnb said it had signed the partnership with the International Olympics Committee, making it an official Olym


Sri Lanka participates at Grocery Innovation Canada (GIC) 2019

Views - 25 Wednesday, 13 November 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Export Development Board organised an export promotional mission to Toronto, Canada, from 20 to 23 October 2019, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Consulate in Toronto. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka partnered with the Econo


Share-A-Coke Campaign brings friends together to reminisce on shared good times

Views - 29 Wednesday, 13 November 2019 00:00

The taste of Coca-Cola continues to refresh and delight consumers across generations, evoking a mood of togetherness and oneness. Coca-Cola’s new ‘Share-A-Coke’ campaign once again highlights the great taste of Coca-Cola, sending out a bubbly m


Pelwatte Dairy Gold Sponsor for Culinary Art and Food Expo 2019

Views - 27 Wednesday, 13 November 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s 100% local dairy manufacturer Pelwatte Dairy Industries Ltd. extended its support to the Culinary Art and Food Expo 2019 (CAFÉ 2019) for the second consecutive year as Gold Sponsor of the event. CAFÉ 2019 was held from the 21-23 Octob


Serendib Flour Mills celebrates Gold Medal in international milling technology

Views - 19 Wednesday, 13 November 2019 00:00

Serendib Flour Mills, one of the most trusted wheat flour manufacturers in Sri Lanka, celebrated its success on the global stage as one of its team members won international acclaim in milling technology training. Assistant Miller Sanjeewa Dharmaratn


Waters Edge grabs 59 medals and championship trophy at Culinary Art Food Expo 2019

Views - 13 Wednesday, 13 November 2019 00:00

A name synonymous with its heritage of culinary excellence, Waters Edge yet again won glory when it cinched the ‘Culinary Team Championship 2019’ trophy at the recently-concluded Culinary Arts Food Expo 2019. The overall championship status was


Is this gender equality?

Views - 43 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

I have been intentional about reducing my posts during my time on sabbatical. However when the news broke that the EY US firm had training that instructed women on how to act, dress and behave (around their male counterparts) I couldn’t hold my sil


MAS celebrates its fearless women at Abhimani Awards 2019

Views - 36 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

MAS’ globally benchmarked women’s empowerment program Women Go Beyond (WGB) recognised a total of 154 inspirational women for their exceptional achievements at the 13th Abhimani Empowered Women of the Year Awards 2019, held on 7 November at the B


Women as Quazis: A national issue for Sri Lanka

Views - 24 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

The Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (1951) of Sri Lanka contains multiple provisions that discriminate against women. One serious discriminatory statement includes explicitly stating that only males can hold the positions of judges in Quazi courts, m


A question of leadership

Views - 103 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Sri Lanka recently kicked off the ‘Ara Wade, A Vote For Children’ campaign to encourage all presidential candidates to publicly commit to tackling six key issues that affect six million children.


FAO Director-General highlights need of innovative, joint actions for progress towards zero hunger

Views - 23 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:36

Rome: Innovative collaboration and actions are needed to reverse rising food insecurity rates and resume progress towards the eradication of hunger by 2030, Director-General Qu Dongyu told delegates gathered at FAO on Monday in the opening of the 46t


Serendib Flour Mills celebrates World Food Day with sustainable and nutritious wheat-flour products

Views - 29 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:35

Serendib Flour Mills proudly upholds its mission to nourish the nation as the preferred supplier of nutritious and wholesome wheat products on the occasion of World Food Day which is celebrated on 16 October every year. Manufacturing the finest wheat


Major step forward in reducing food loss and waste critical to achieve SDGs

Views - 16 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:34

Rome: A new FAO report launched recently by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation provides insights into how much food is lost – as well as where and why – at different stages of the food supply chain, calls for informed decisions for an effec


Our actions are our future: Healthy diets for a #zerohunger world

Views - 20 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:34

In recent decades, we have dramatically changed our diets and eating habits as a result of globalisation, urbanisation and income growth. We have moved from seasonal, mainly plant-based and fibre-rich dishes to diets that are high in refined starches


Feeding people and protecting our planet should go hand in hand

Views - 14 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:31

Moscow: Green agriculture has a vast potential to transform the agricultural sector in a way that enables access for everyone to nutritious food and at the same time ensures conservation of crucial natural resources, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu sa


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Economic growth through fragmentation and global value chain

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

The global value chain will continue to enhance economic growth, create better job opportunities and shrink poverty in developing countries. As far back as the 1990s, through international trade, global value chain benefits were experienced by poorer


Sri Lankan housewife in trouble again?

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

After almost six quarters of negative growth, starting from Quarter 1 2016, Sri Lanka saw overall general trading conditions recovering to register +4.1% GDP growth in Q1-2019 and +3.7% in Q2-2019 which was a welcome sign to a typical Sri Lanka hous


Their investigations and our investigations

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

There must be very few subjects in this country more investigated than the alleged wrongdoings in relation to Government issued bonds. Beginning with the so-called Pilipino committee (appointed by persons whose very conduct was germane to the inquir


Education and vocational training: lessons learnt from Singapore

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

In the 1960s, Lee Kuan Yew, the eminent leader and founding father of Singapore, once said that he wants to build Singapore as Sri Lanka. But what has happened today? Sri Lanka is lagging behind Singapore in many aspects. Singapore has no natural res


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