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CILT starts New Year by inducting new Corporate Partners and members at Logistic Leaders’ Evening

Views - 33 Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:08

The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka held their first Logistics Leaders Evening for 2019 on 10 January at the Kingsbury Hotel. The eminent speaker for the evening was CHEC Port City Colombo Ltd. (CPCC) Assistant General M


ISMM to hold joint seminar with Ceylon Chamber Imports Section

Views - 13 Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:05

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Institute of Supply and Materials Management has organised a joint seminar on ‘Why Supply Chain is considered key to profitability’ on 24 January at the Auditorium of the Ceylon Chamber of


Hambantota Port scores another first with slag cargo

Views - 27 Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:05

The Hambantota International Port (HIP) scored another first recently when the ‘Ithaca Patience’ docked in its harbour to discharge 27,150MT of slag cargo – an additive used in the manufacture of cement. The operation was successfully completed


EU judges overturn Brussels veto of UPS-TNT shipping buyout

Views - 9 Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:04

Luxembourg, AFP: The European Commission was wrong to stop US shipping giant UPS from buying its rival TNT Express, the EU’s highest court ruled on Wednesday. The European Court of Justice “confirms that the commission’s decision prohibiting t


National Chamber workshop on import procedures and documentation

Views - 8 Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:04

A full-day workshop on import procedures and documentation will be held on Thursday, 31 January 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the National Chamber auditorium No. 450 D.R. Wijewardene Mw, Colombo 10. The workshop is designed for those who are in


Surge in piracy off West Africa in 2018: maritime watchdog

Views - 8 Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:02

Kuala Lumpur, AFP: Pirate attacks rose worldwide in 2018 due to a surge off West Africa, a maritime watchdog said Wednesday, calling for increased international cooperation to halt the spate of hijackings and kidnappings. There were 201 recorded inc


GSK to divest Horlicks, other consumer healthcare nutrition products to Unilever for £ 3.1 b

Views - 41 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

Following the completion of its previously announced strategic review, GlaxoSmithKline Plc yesterday announced the divestment of Horlicks and other consumer healthcare nutrition brands to Unilever Plc and the merger of GSK Consumer Healthcare Ltd. (G


Bairaha Farms opens DOC sales office at Kochchikade

Views - 39 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

The modern and the newest Day Old Chicks Sales Office of Bairaha Farms PLC was ceremonially opened by its Managing Director Yakooth Naleem on 28 November. The ceremony was graced by the Executive Director Riyal Yakoob, Director Operations Imtizam Wa


Nestlé, Unilever in pole position for GSK’s Indian Horlicks business

Views - 48 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:00

BENGALURU (Reuters): The race for GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s Indian Horlicks nutrition business is nearly over and one of two European consumer giants, Unilever Plc and Nestlé SA, is likely to be the winner, media reports indicated. The auction for the


Dioxins in food more harmful than thought, EU watchdog says

Views - 31 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on Tuesday slashed its recommended limits in food of dioxins and related toxins – chemicals that have been linked to problems with reproductive health, the immune system, hormone levels an


Keells: A step in a fresh new direction

Views - 52 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:00

This November, Keells ushered a new campaign that embodies two core values of the brand identity- Freshness and Quality. On 23 November, Keells launched its ‘Fresh Guaranteed: Double Your Money Back’ campaign, reflecting the brand’s promise an


Teatime is changed forever: The debut of ‘Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century’ in Dubai

Views - 110 Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:00

A new chapter has opened in the culinary history of the world with the debut of the ‘Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century’ challenge, launched in the United Arab Emirates by family tea company Dilmah. Once again, taking Ceylon Tea across borders Di


CHSGA-initiated Ceylon Tea Masters Cup Winners to participate at Tea Masters Cup Int’l in Vietnam

Views - 38 Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:00

Yasaratne Bandara and Panchali Mandakini, who were named winners at the Ceylon Tea Masters Cup competition, will be representing Sri Lanka at the Tea Masters Cup International competition to be held in Vietnam from 23 to 27 November. They were select


Intex South Asia textile sourcing show opens

Views - 41 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:10

Highlighting global innovation, technology and market intelligence, the 4thIntex South Asia, the textile sourcing show,inaugurated yesterday to be held until 16 November at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre. Showcasing over 200


Strengthening indigenous food systems is key to achieving a zero-hunger world

Views - 35 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

Indigenous food systems and indigenous traditional knowledge have survived hundreds and sometimes thousands of years; therefore they may have some of the answers we are looking for, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said last week. FAO con


Shangri-La Hotel partners Bio Diversity Sri Lanka to commemorate World Food Day

Views - 36 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

The theme set for the 2018 commemoration was to highlight the importance of adopting sustainable lifestyles, working with sustainable partners, and sharing knowledge with the view of changing the world – for the better. The panel consisted of cata


Waste not, want not: Improving diets by reducing food loss and waste

Views - 33 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

With one in five deaths associated with poor-quality diets, a policy brief launched recently urges policymakers to prioritise the reduction of food loss and waste as a way of improving people’s access to nutritious and healthy food. The brief, Prev


48th Piyawara Preschool opens in Mahakachchakodiya, Vavuniya

Views - 44 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Piyawara has touched the lives of the children in Mahakachchakodiya, an underserved community in the Vavuniya District, with the construction of its 48th preschool and added another Piyawara Preschool to the national network. The school was donated b


INSEE Cement builds brighter futures for school children in Wanathawilluwa and Puttalam

Views - 56 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Uplifting the lives of children is a priceless contribution to the nation’s future. INSEE Cement has always played an important role in grooming our children to become valuable, responsible citizens when they grow up. On 4 October, World Children


Children’s Day celebrations with Mobitel

Views - 33 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Children’s Day was celebrated by the world over on 1 October 2018. Mobitel saw this day as a way to connect with the children of the country and hosted a fair for children from rural areas at the Badulla Football Ground on 6 October. The event sta


HNB Singithi Savings Day attracts children of all ages

Views - 42 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Excited children of all ages rushed into over 71 Hatton National Bank (HNB) Customer Centres across the island to participate in mega-celebrations for ‘Singithi Savings Day’ on Saturday 20 October. The Singithi Savings Day program included a numb


Sri Lanka to be centre of excellence for Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services

Views - 1128 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

The world’s leading provider of front-office offshore support to the financial services industry, Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, has seen its Sri Lankan operations expand during the last few years. The Knowledge Services arm is part of Moo


Sri Lanka Design Festival’s ‘Innovation Island’

Views - 48 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is bringing in a uniquely South Asian voice to the international conversation on design and innovation; this is as the region’s creative hub – the ‘Innovation Island’. It is a voice that derives from South Asia’s own heritage of w


Virtusa Head to deliver IESL Ray Wijewardene Memorial lecture

Views - 69 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:01

Every year the IESL Ray Wijewardene Memorial lecture is graced by speakers who embody many of the points on the wide spectrum that is innovation, and this year is no different with the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Virtusa Corporation Kris Canekera


UN Global Compact Sri Lanka renews pledge to support growth of responsible Sri Lankan businesses

Views - 195 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

The United Nations Global Compact Network Sri Lanka is the local chapter of the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Earlier this year, it welcomed Dilhan C. Fernando CEO of Dilmah as Chairman and Azam Bakeer-Markar, Assistant Vice


Harsha outlines Government’s way forward on maritime and logistics

Views - 51 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Your Excellency, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to be here at this very important conference at an exciting time for Bangladesh. Even though I have been to Dhaka many times since 1997, this is the firs


“Elephants don’t kill humans; humans get themselves killed by elephants”: Dr. Pilapitiya

Views - 1362 Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:00

Text and Pix by P.D. De Silva “In most instances, it’s not the elephants that kill humans; it’s the humans that get themselves killed by the elephants, due to their stupidity and negligence” said former Department of Wildlife Director General


National Science Foundation marks 50 years of service excellence

Views - 44 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) of Sri Lanka celebrated 50 years of service to the nation as Sri Lanka’s foremost enabler of science, technology and innovation on Tuesday, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The country’


Spark ’18 by Royal College, Colombo a resounding success

Views - 42 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

Changing the innovation landscape for the betterment of Sri Lanka, Royal College took a giant stride when it hosted Spark ’18, the largest innovation and invention exhibition in Sri Lanka, from 25 to 28 September. With Sri Lanka ranked a mere 88th


‘Members Speak’ in November

Views - 29 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

Roshanga Wickremesinghe, the chief strategist at R & R Associates Consulting will be speaking on ‘Strategising in a high VUCA world’


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Lasantha, journalists and diplomats

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

We find scarce little to celebrate in a sullied land, marking our days remembering the tragedies that tell our blood-soaked history. In the troubled decades preceding, many, from the highest in the land to average citizens, have met with violent ends


Automation and machine learning: Helping organisations extract deeper value from data

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The world is in the midst of a data explosion. Humans are generating an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day1, according to Forbes, and more data was created in the past two years than in all of human history. No wonder data now r


SL tourism: From TOM to experience the brand in 2019

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Last week I had just crossed the border that separates Laos from Thailand and was on route via land to Thailand. My mind was on Laos – a country branded globally as ‘Simply Beautiful’ (backed by the ADB in 2018) to attract visitors into the cou


Questionable (or absurd) official report on poverty indicators

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The latest Report issued by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs on ‘Poverty Indicators’ is both questionable and outrageous.1This Ministry is under the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Most of the sta


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