Uplifting livelihood of North East youth:
NDB Bank partners Mount Lavinia Hotel
Mt. Lavinia Hotel, Chairman/Managing Director Sanath Ukwatte
and NDB Bank Chief Executive Officer Russel De Mel signing
the MOU. NDB Bank Chief Operating Officer Chrishanthi
Jayawardena, International Hotel School Principal Mahendra
Hulangamuwa, Mt. Lavinia Hotel Director Finance T M C D De
Silva and NDB Bank Legal Manager Anushi Vithanage look on
NDB Bank entered into a MOU with the Mount Lavinia Hotel
International Hotel School as the initial step towards implementing the
‘NDB Jeevana Livelihood Training/Loan Scheme’ with the vision of
providing the required academic training for students in the North and
the East to follow a course in hotel operations conducted by the School.
Under the Jeevana Livelihood Development Scheme, 35 selected
candidates will be eligible to undergo training to follow six months of
comprehensive tuition and practical training in hotel operations under
the expertise of the International Hotel School. Specific areas covered
in this course include international cookery, food and beverage service,
housekeeping, reception, hygiene and English in a bid to provide sound
knowledge in all aspects of the industry.
Practical on the job placements will be made with star class hotels
within close proximity to Trincomalee for two months as an integral part
of the training curriculum. NDB Bank Chief Executive Officer Russell De
Mel said, “By identifying careers that play an important role in
contributing to the development of Sri Lanka, it was our aim to enter
into partnerships with significant industry leaders, to provide the
academic training which will undoubtedly increase livelihood
opportunities among the youth in the North and the East.
With this initial tie-up with the International Hotel School,
students interested in pursuing a career in the hospitality industry are
now able to follow a comprehensive course which will enable them to
emerge as an asset to the hotel trade in Sri Lanka.
“As a bank that is focused towards developing entrepreneurial skills
in youth, we strongly believe that the NDB Jeevana Livelihood
Training/Loan Scheme’ will be the leap that will lead to many bright
futures for the young in the North and the East,” he said.
Summer rush at A-World for genuine branded clothing
At A-World stocks the latest, trendiest designer clothing and
accessories for ladies, gents and children. Original, branded designer
clothing are available at very reasonable prices. Peter England, Van
Heusen, Allan Solly, SF Jeans, Reid and Taylor, Louis Philippe, Triumph,
Wrangler, Lee, and Arrow are some of the world famous brands which
compliment local brands such as Emerald, Stone and String and much more.
How can you identify genuine branded clothing from fake ones? One way
is to feel the soft, luxurious texture of the fabric and you will know
at once that it has to be the genuine product. The other way is to visit
A-World, the state-of-the-art department store in Welisara, because they
only stock genuine branded clothing.
A-World answered the call of fashionable Sri Lankans by opening a
state-of-the-art Department Store in Welisara which caters to all the
fashion needs of stylish and elegant people of all ages. The concept of
A-World is that of a Department Store where one can shop in comfort and
style and buy almost anything and everything that stands for high
quality at very affordable prices.
Now, there’s a special bonanza for shoppers at A-World, Welisara. If
you join the ‘Summer Rush’ you will be entitled to a free gift worth 10
percent of your purchase value. So, the more you buy, the more you will
get. Mind you, this offer is only valid during the month of August, so
make way for A-World before its too late.
From garments and lingerie, electrical and electronic items,
kitchenware, cookware, glassware and tableware, jewellery and ornaments,
perfumes and toiletries, computers and accessories are all available
under one roof at prices that will truly amaze you.
A-World has slashed its prices to make its products even more
affordable than ever before. So don’t let the image of high fashion,
elegance and style of imported designer wear and accessories frighten
You’ll be amazed at the down-to-earth prices and value for money you
will get by shopping at A-World compared to prices at any other store.
And what’s more, A-World always gives you something more than you
bargained for. Discounts, free give-away gifts, guaranteed products and
a shopping experience you’ll never forget with the ambience and comfort
none can match.
So, if you want to know more about the latest trends in fashion, pick
up a stylish dress or saree for yourself or a world class genuine
branded shirt for your husband or boyfriend, a useful appliance for your
kitchen or home from the world’s best brands, or just spend the day
having fun with your family, visit A-World in Welisara and you won’t be
disappointed. The ‘Summer Rush’ offer is valid at A-World - Welisara
only till August 31, 2010.
HNB Pathum Vimana awards Toyota Yaris car
The winner RO Mortier and his wife after receiving the brand
new Toyota Yaris car.
RO Mortier, a customer of the HNB Kotahena Customer Centre won the
brand new Toyota Yaris car worth over Rs six million. The prize was
handed over by HNB Marketing and Retail Banking Deputy General Manager
Chandula Abeywickrema at a presentation held at HNB Towers recently. The
HNB Pathum Vimana 2010 gifts more than Rs 100 million as prizes. The
prizes include, four tractors from the October Harvest Draw, 135 Yamaha
Gladiator Motor Cycles, 135 DVD players, 135 fridges, 135 TVs from the
December Bonus Draw, four Suzuki Swift cars from the December Special
Car Draw, a luxury house worth Rs 10 million or cash from the Year End
Grand Draw and a luxury Mercedes Benz car from the Year End Premium Draw
and air tickets to Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong or Thailand from the
Laugfs Gas holds cricket tournament
Laugfs Gas held the ‘Laugfs Gas Invitation Cricket Tournament’ for
its bulk customers at the Oval grounds in Colombo recently.
The tournament was organized by the management of Laugfs Gas,
especially targeted at its industrial customer base in the ceramic
industry, with the intention of creating stronger customer relationships
and building better understanding.
Five teams from the ceramic industry, along with a team from Laugfs
Gas stepped on to a level playing field to battle it out for the coveted
Laugfs Gas Invitation Cricket Trophy.
Shopping season comes early for Commercial Bank cardholders
Mega promotion with Singer:
Discounts of up to 30 percent on an extensive array of products are
on offer to Credit and Shopping Debit Cardholders of Commercial Bank
under a new promotion launched with the consumer durables retail giant
Effective August 18 to end October, the promotion not only offers
some of the largest discounts ever seen, but also enables cardholders to
purchase items on zero-interest basis with repayment over 12 months and
still be eligible for the discounts, the Bank said.
Available at all four of the Singer Group’s retail Channels, Singer
Plus, Singer Mega, Singer Homes and Sisil World the discounts cover
items ranging from home electronic appliances such as television sets,
audio and video systems, home theatre systems, refrigerators, washing
machines, dishwashers, kitchen appliances and gas cookers to furniture,
desktop and laptop computers, sewing machines, power generators,
bicycles and even home security systems.
The full range of international brands marketed by Singer would be
available to cardholders, and the panoramic width of the product range
ensures that there would be something to interest every one of the
Bank’s Credit and Shopping Debit Cardholders, Commercial Bank’s Card
Centre Head Lakshman Perera said.
“This promotion illustrates the powerful proposition that the coming
together of two giants of the stature of Commercial Bank and Singer can
offer,” he said. “These amazing discounts are exclusively for Commercial
Bank cardholders, and mean that they need not wait for the Christmas
rush to buy their needs,” he said.
World Spice Food Festival 2010
New benchmark in culinary fiesta:
HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives CEO Nick Nicolaou, with local
and international chefs.
The World Spice Food Festival 2010 organized for the fifth
consecutive year by the Sri Lanka Tourism with HSBC as the principal
sponsor concluded successfully.
The pinnacle of the event was the ‘Hawkers Street’ food fiesta that
attracted over 30,000 visitors to the Green Path, which was colourfully
decorated and with live entertainment and cultural performances, to add
to the festive atmosphere.
Food stalls teemed with foreign tourists and Sri Lankans who thronged
to savour a variety of delectable cuisines catered by sixteen of the
best hotels and restaurants in Colombo and 11 international master chefs
from India, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippine, Italy,
Vietnam, Egypt, Singapore, China, Korea, Thailand and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Tourism Director General S. Kalaiselvam said, ‘The World
Spice Food Festival was a tremendous success with experts from the
culinary fraternity and hospitality industry joining hands to combine
their culinary skills in preparing some of the finest cuisines from the
South Asian continent. The event also helped promote Sri Lanka as a
country that celebrates and welcomes diverse cultures with the offering
of a variety of international cuisines.
The World Spice Food Festival promises to establish a bigger event
next year, and hope the support of our sponsors and media partners will
continue in the future to place Sri Lanka as not only a popular tourist
destination, but a country that is well known for its authentic spice
cuisine,” he said.
A special value addition, was the 50 percent discount offered to HSBC
credit cardholders during the Hawker Street public event as well as
special dining privileges with ‘HSBC’s Cardholder Dines Free’ promotion
offered at all participating hotels and restaurants.
A and E supports Sri Lanka boxing
For fifth consecutive year :
Top notch sewing thread maker American and Efird Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, (A
and E) will continue its support for boxing in Sri Lanka for the fifth
consecutive year as the main sponsor of the Amateur Boxing Association.
From left - A and E General Manager Hisham Abdulazeez. ABASL
Secretary Lt Col (Rtd) Hemantha Weerasinghe. Former ABASL
President and current Selection Committee and Sponsorship
Committee Chairman Dian gomes and A and E National Sales
Manager Sanjay Chandrarathne at the cheque presentation.
The company recently presented a cheque to the value of Rs four
million to the Amateur Boxing Association Sri Lanka (ABASL) as its
sponsorship fee for 2010.
A and E CEO Janaka Gamage said: “The ABASL’s efforts to develop the
sport in Sri Lanka are yielding tangible results, and A and E is happy
to support the Association in the hope that these efforts will produce
many Sri Lankan boxers who aspire to be world class.
As part of this sponsorship, A and E will support teams fielded by
the Amateur Boxing Association of Sri Lanka at local and international
events and receive naming rights at the main tournaments conducted by
the ABASL in 2010.
After the presentation of the cheque, the former ABASL President and
the Association’s Selection Committee and Sponsorship Committee current
Chairman Dian Gomes visited A and E and conducted a seminar on
‘Leadership’ for the executives of the company.