Aviva NDB Poson Vandana train leaves Colombo
With 100 lifesavers aboard:
Aviva NDB Insurance will facilitate the presence of 600 lifesavers
from the Lifesaving Association of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Police and the
Navy at reservoirs and tanks in and around Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and
Dambulla during the Poson season this week.
lifesavers boarding Aviva NDB Poson Vandana train
A contingent of 100 lifesavers left Colombo on Monday, aboard the
Poson Vandana train. This is the second year that Aviva NDB is offering
the free Poson Vandana train for the safety and convenience of devotees
and is the 18th consecutive year that the Company has been conducting
safety awareness programmes for Poson pilgrims.
An estimated one million pilgrims visit Anuradhapura during the Poson
season and the Aviva NDB safety programme has significantly reduced the
number of deaths from drowning. Devotees will be able to travel to and
from Mihintale in the 'Aviva NDB Poson Vandana free shuttle train that
will ply on June 14th, 15th (Poson Poya Day) and 16th.
"Our concentrated attention to safety has significantly reduced the
number of drowning accidents among Poson pilgrims.
"Last year we had zero casualties and were able to save 12 lives.
This is one of our main corporate responsibility initiatives that fulfil
an important national need," said Aviva NDB Insurance Marketing and
Customer Management General Manager Amal Perera.
Unilever launches night time brushing campaign
Unilever, a reputed global-oral care products manufacturer recently
launched the "Signal 21 day, night time brushing campaign" to inculcate
night time brushing habit among children and parents in Sri Lanka.
Unilever Sri Lanka Oral care and Deodorants Category Head Nilushi
Jayatilake said brushing teeth twice a day would be a crucial habit that
should be cultivated from young age to have a healthy mouth for the rest
of one's life.
It is the responsibility of the parents to make the children
understand the importance of taking care of their teeth. Hence, signal
started this campaign to improve oral health among children and parents
by encouraging them do this as a daily fun activity.
Signal invites each individual to take up the challenge to get their
children to brush their teeth at night successively for 21 days
commencing from June 1.
Parents need to mark down each day on the distributed calendar about
their successful night time brushing activity. At the end of the 21
days, parents need to send in their children's calendar along with a
signal carton to a PO Box number mentioned on the calendar to enter the
Ten children will be entitled to receive a gift voucher from Lumala
worth Rs 25,000 while parents will receive Rs 75,000. In addition,
another 50 winners will obtain a bag of toys everyday from June 1 to 21
by sending a SMS after they brush their teeth at night.
Marking World Environment Day:
HNB plants trees
Throughout history Sri Lanka has always been dependent on its natural
resources its forests, agricultural lands and home gardens. However due
to socio-economic pressures the forest cover in Sri Lanka has reportedly
decreased from an estimated 84 percent of land area in 1886 to 23
percent (1.48 million ha) in 1992. The United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) has reported that the earth’s net forest loss per day
is 20,000 hectares which adds up to 7.3 million hectares per year.
HNB staff members participating in the tree planting
programme held at the HNB Towers premises.
Hatton National Bank PLC (HNB) has always taken its role as a
responsible corporate citizen seriously and has invested considerably
for this cause. In incorporating environmental policies into lending,
customer and supplier assessment the Bank influences its suppliers and
customers to engage in activities that are eco friendly.
All HNB employees too have committed to a Green Pledge to engage in
eco friendly activities.
Managing Director and CEO R Theagarajah said, “Considering that in
one year, an average tree inhales 12 kilograms of carbon dioxide and
exhales enough oxygen for a family of four for a year, we decided to
commemorate World Environment Day in 2011 by engaging in tree planting
initiatives. “Further, from last year we have been very conscious about
the amount of paper that is being used at the Bank and have been engaged
in many tree planting initiatives.
“We intend to plant nearly 18,300 trees throughout the country
through this activity this year. The programme will be implemented with
the assistance of HNB staff, customers and schoolchildren.
“The Bank will be donating a sapling to each member staff, selected
customers and 10 saplings each to the 330 schools where the Bank has
implemented various CSR programmes such as libraries and computer
centres as well as the schools where the Bank has established student
“Unlike our previous efforts at tree planting the benefits of this
initiative would be two-fold. While attempting to reduce our carbon
footprint we also intend to create awareness of home gardening too.
“Home gardening has always been recommended to reduce the pressure on
the natural supply of resources and we have made special efforts to
supply saplings that could be grown at home.
“Further home gardening reduces land fill as it encourages people to
recycle waste as compost. Involving our staff and customers and our
children we hope to create awareness of the importance of protecting and
nurturing our trees to combat climate change and improve our
“Though ambitious, this aim is ultimately achievable but only if we
From banks, companies, farmers to communities and schools we all have
a role to play and at HNB we lead from the front in creating awareness
about environmental considerations” said Human Resources and
Administration Deputy General Manager R P M Paiva.
Dell, Panasonic join world’s best brands at Abans
Abans, were recently appointed as the authorized partner in Sri Lanka
for Dell Computers and IT equipment and the authorized dealer in Sri
Lanka for Panasonic products. Both globally renowned brands of products
now enhance the Abans wide range of exclusive products from the world’s
“Abans were the No.1 choice for Dell and Panasonic because they are
aware that we have over 300 showrooms and a network of over 400
authorized distributors in Sri Lanka, and our exemplary service
facilities, with over 100 service centres manned by experienced and
qualified engineers and technicians, provide an unmatched
after-sales-service to our customers,” said a spokesperson for Abans.
In the Dell range, the new arrivals at Abans comprise All-in-One
Desktops, Notebooks, Projectors, Laser Printers and All-in-One Inkjet
Printers at very affordable instalment terms.
Among the Dell range, the unique Dell S300wi Interactive Projector,
for the first time in Sri Lanka, helps to interact with the audience and
add unique content to presentations. Another amazing product in the Dell
range is the ultra portable, pocket-sized Dell M1095 Ultra-Portable
Projector which projects images virtually from the palm of the hand
while on the move. It weighs 0.80 pounds with remarkably small
dimensions of only 3.64” x 4.12” x 1.46”.
The Panasonic range presently in stock at Abans consists of telephone
systems, speaker phones, cordless telephones and fax machines which
Panasonic have been famous for the world over.
“Now, consumers in Sri Lanka need not be afraid of being duped with
non-genuine products of world famous brands when they purchase products
from unauthorized merchants. All they have to do is go to their nearest
Abans Showroom or Abans Authorized Dealer and purchase a branded product
and be assured of genuine quality with Abans trusted guarantee and
efficient and quick service,” said the Abans spokesperson.
Abans are agents in Sri Lanka for LG, Philips, JVC, Mitsubishi,
Hoover, Haier, Electrolux, Elba, Toshiba, Sanyo, Frigidaire, Pyrex,
Russel Hobbs, Morphy Richards, Hitachi, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, TOTO,
HP, Canon, Apple, Jialing, Media, Harman Kardon and JBL to name a few.
Siddhalepa achieves ISO trinity
Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and Siddhalepa Chairman Dr
Victor Hettigoda and members of the Board of Directors and
staff of Siddhalepa.
Siddhalepa has emerged the only ayurveda company to achieve the ISO
trinity and all the accepted standards, namely ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO
22000, HACCP, GMP, FDA and SLS. From its very inception, Siddhalepa has
maintained the highest standards and quality in ayurvedic products and
gained both local and international acclaim. The enterprise maintains
high levels of quality through quality assurance measures in the
preparation of all ayurveda products under an experienced and qualified
team of ayurvedic practitioners who use ancient ayurvedic formulas
combined with state of the art technology in its laboratories.
Technology and Research Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi at a recent
meeting expressed her appreciation and admiration for the progress made
by Siddhalepa in the field of technology and research.
CIFL-Microfinance reaches Lunugamvehera
Co-ordinating Officer Anton Joy, General Manager Prasad
Amarawardana, Consultant Microfinance S. Ratnasuriya,
Microfinance Head S.B. Kondadeniya and CIFL DDE Kanchana
Keerthisinghe with a section of participants.
Central Investments and Finance Limited (CIFL) launched its latest
Microfinance program Danavaruna in Hambanthota District recently at
Lunugamvehera, in its endeavour to uplift of socio-economic levels in