Spathodea Residencies set up
Spathodea Residencies has been designed flanking one of the busiest
highways in Colombo, with a calm, cool atmosphere of tranquil elegance.
At a time when many people, in Sri Lanka and overseas, are looking
for quality apartments close to the business hub of Colombo, Spathodea,
strategically placed along Havelock Road, not only cuts down on
travelling time to many leading schools, businesses and hospitals, but
also gives easy access to supermarkets, malls, restaurants and
Attractively designed with a rooftop swimming pool, gym and jogging
track, Spathodea was carefully planned to provide luxury apartments of a
manageable size to both individuals and small families. Well equipped
with numerous facilities like garbage collection, round the clock
security and CCTV, this state-of-the-art apartment complex focuses on
providing residents with ultra comfortable living quarters that require
only a modicum of maintenance, and fit perfectly into today’s busy,
modern lifestyles. Comprising 48 apartments, 25 percent of which have
already been sold, prospective buyers can choose from six different
Offering buyers the option of choosing either a two bedroom or three
bedroom apartment (inclusive of attached bathrooms), each of these
choice units has been designed to make the maximum use of light, air and
available space, and comes complete with a sitting room, dining area,
pantry, maid’s room (with bathroom) and several cosy balcony alcoves for
All Spathodea apartments come with air conditioning, stylised
fittings and an elegant finish, to offer you the finer things of life in
an atmosphere that exudes luxury, elegance, exclusivity and comfort.
Hatton National Bank will provide Shanthi Home Loans upto 70 percent
of the purchase price based on the repayment capacity of the buyer.
SunGard and Synapsys introduce AML solutions to Sri Lanka
As anti-money laundering continues to grow in importance both
globally and in Sri Lanka, banks are required to monitor, investigate
and report customers and transactions of a suspicious nature to the
Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank or Government agency.
Strong Know Your Customer capabilities are therefore very important
to meet these regulatory requirements. Monitoring activities manually is
expensive and prone to error but failure to comply leaves a firm facing
fines, penalties and damage to their reputation.
The checking of Government sanctions and terrorist watch lists has
become an integral part of protecting and safeguarding corporations’
business interests. In recent years there has been a significant
increase in legislation (such as Sarbanes Oxley globally and the
Suppression of Financing of Terrorism and Prevention of Money Laundering
Acts in Sri Lanka) to curtail the illicit flow of funds into financial
SunGard offers its banking customers a full suite of compliance and
financial crime solutions through their Ambit portfolio.
The recent addition of more than 400 government watch lists from
around the world, lists of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) and media
information from over 6,000 publications provided by Regulatory DataCorp
(RDC) and a new online compliance solution for the checking of
watchlists, Ambit Customer Due Diligence, has enabled SunGard’s Ambit
Anti-Money Laundering solution to become a ‘one stop shop’ for a bank’s
anti-money laundering regulatory compliance needs.
Available through SunGard’s Infinity Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
platform, Ambit Customer Due Diligence helps corporate risk and
compliance officers maintain compliance with domestic and international
regulations and sanctions, without adding a large technology footprint.
SunGard’s local partner for Ambit solutions Synapsys Ltd, a
subsidiary of DFCC Bank, provides specialized consulting and IT services
and solutions to meet the needs of the Financial Services Industry.
Ceylonta Prabodhaya to showcase talents
Ceylonta Prabodhaya, a talent search with a difference will offer Sri
Lanka’s multifaceted men and women a unique opportunity to showcase
their special talents on and off the stage. The contest which will
feature performing and non-performing categories was announced last week
at the Galadari Hotel.
Organisers of Ceylonta Prabodhaya provided a broad outline of the
format of the competition at this event.
The performing category of the show will include competitive singing,
traditional dancing and playing a musical instrument while the
non-performing aspect of the show will feature dress designing,
painting, decorative pottery and handicraft contests.
The primary goal of the Ceylonta Prabodhaya is to provide Sri Lankan
men and women the opportunity to take a life-altering, defining step to
share their innate talents with the community.
Ceylonta Prabodhaya will be open only to contestants over the age of
18 to encourage busy individuals whose time may have been occupied with
careers, marriage and raising children and so neglected or sidelined
their gifts. The show hopes to give such participants a boost and awaken
them to the possibilities of a bright future in which their talent and
skills are recognized and rewarded.
The preliminary rounds of the competition will be held at five main
cities that encompass all the major zones of a specific region, Ceylonta
Brand Manager, Azam Hamdoon said.
Although there are numerous talent contests constantly being held
very few offer winners and participants the guidance and direction to
navigate the future, once their talents and skills have been recognized.
Ceylonta Prabodhaya hopes to fill this void by offering participants
advice and career guidance that will assist them to brighten up their
lives by using their inherent abilities.
The competitions’ judging panel also participated at the event, to
provide insights as to how even in the judging process; Ceylonta
Prabodhaya aims to be a different kind of talent search.
Instead of making the panel a composition of persons skilled in a
particular area, the panel will comprise university professors
specialising in each field. The organizers hope that this panel will not
only make accurate judgements on the most skilled participants, but will
also give all contestants a unique opportunity to obtain actual academic
advice and guidance regarding their specific skills.
Rajini Selwanayagam, Dance and Drama Faculty, University of Visual
and Performing Arts Dean Ariyaratne Kaluarachchi and University of
Visual and Performing Arts Senior Lecturer Mahanama Wickramasinghe who
will be members of the judges’ panel also voiced their opinions about
“At present there are more than enough talent searches being screened
However, Ceylonta has stepped forward to present the Sri Lankan
public with a show that is unique in many ways.
Although most existing talent shows provide ample opportunities for
the youth of Sri Lanka to showcase their skills, Ceylonta Prabodhaya is
aiming to reach those extremely busy and distracted people and re-energise
them into rediscovering their innate talents,” said Kaluarachchi.
Exterminators awarded ISO 14001-2004
The Exterminators (Pvt) Ltd received the ISO 14001-2004 Environmental
Management System (EMS) from the Sri Lanka Standards Institution. The
company is the only pest control company in Sri Lanka and the third in
South Asia to achieve this standard.
The Exterminators (Pvt) Ltd, is one of the few companies in the pest
management industry to have the ISO 9001-2000 and ISO 14001-2000
The Exterminators (Pvt) Ltd also implemented the IPM (Integrated Pest
Management System) to minimize the use of chemicals harmful to the
environment and introduced non chemical pest control methods to the pest
management industry in the island. The Exterminators (Pvt) Ltd is
licensed and authorized by ROP Department of Agriculture Sri Lanka and
also accredited by AQIS Department of Agriculture, Australia and
affiliated to pest management associations in USA and Singapore and also
holds an environmental protection licence issued by the Central
People's Bank Piyum Vila awakens North
Annually, thousands of students islandwide prepare for the Grade five
scholarship exam with the hope of gaining access to resourceful schools,
which can offer better educational opportunities. Often for many
children, the Grade five scholarship is a gateway for a better future
and subsequently an improved life.
While exams are the turning point in every student's life, the
pressure from the parents, peers and schools that that builds within
them makes the experience more traumatic. Love, protection, nutrition
and recreational activities which are known to be critical factors of
the development of one's childhood are currently being seen to be
depreciating out of their lives. In the foreseeable future things don't
seem to change. Students need to adjust themselves to cope with this
With this objective in mind, the Piyum Vila project was designed to
train teachers, instructors and other staff members on their important
role in behavioral therapy to such students. Momentarily stepping away
from traditional teaching methods and stepping into new age digital and
electronic methods using sounds and visuals and other interactive
activities for teaching has made the Piyum Vila project popular not only
amongst the students themselves but also the parents and teachers of the
The project, which not only focuses on building educational skills of
the students but also teaches them good habits for social existence
within their respective communities, has been implemented over a period
of three years to date and is currently considered as an utmost
successful scheme which has helped to build the lives of thousands of
students and parents islandwide.
As the latest step in the 'Awakening of the North', People's Bank,
helps to plant the seeds of knowledge in the hearts and minds of the
little children of the North and the East.
The Piyum Vila project, since its inception has been backed by the
Bank - and with this backing, even amidst the unsettled situation in the
areas, the project has been successfully taken to the North and the East
of the country as well.
Out of the 60 programs held this year alone eight have been organized
within the relief zones such as Mannar, Muttur, Settikulam and Vavuniya.
Piyum Vila Project Director Sanath Lenora said, "A lotus (piyuma) does
not fail to bloom and spread its fragrance even if it blossoms in the
mud. In the same way no matter what environment they are born into,
children with good habits and knowledge spread their fragrance to the
society in a very positive manner.
Blossoming the children into the society as studious and successful
individuals is the goal of our Piyum Vila initiative. We have been
successful in taking this project to the masses and this year even to
the North and the East at a time when everyone thought impossible only
through the backing of People's Bank, who has been our strength over the
years and has made this project the success it is today. I'm indeed very
grateful for their contribution towards the program.'
SLIIT Masters Degree program sixth batch inducted
The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) welcomed
its sixth batch of students for the Masters Degree program amidst a
large gathering of distinguished guests, its academia, staff and
Sixty-two students enrolled for specialized courses such as the MSc
in Information Technology, Information Management, Information Systems,
and Master's in Enterprise Application Development.
The Chief Guest on the occasion was Sri Lanka Association of Software
and Service Companies (SLASSCOM), Chairman Ranjit Fernando.
Fernando commended SLIIT's commitment and dedication to pioneering
exemplary IT education, setting standards and breeding the much needed
Punchi Car Niwasa, the Mega Vehicle
Sales Centre at Malabe launched its own website
“www.punchicar.com” at a ceremony at its head office on
Sunday. Here Chairman of the Centre Sarath Yapa Bandara,
Director P. Malwatta and Manager Nalin Fernando jointly
launch the website. Picture by Roshan Pitipana