CFW Fashion & Food Edition Returns this Season with an Exciting New Concept

Park Street Mews and Hilton create unique culinary experience

HSBC Colombo Fashion Week (CFW)'s most anticipated 3rd edition of CFW Fashion & Food will be a highlight from 20th to 28th February. All restaurants and cafes in Park Street Mews have partnered CFW in this year’s ‘Fashion & Food’ odyssey. CFW’s partner hotel, Hilton Colombo’s two restaurants, Il Ponte and IKOI TEI , will also serve up some fashionable food during the duration of CFW. A CFW launch party will be held on 20th February at Park Street Mews where designers, artists, chefs, creative minds and eminent invitees will gather to kick off the Spring/Summer Season of the 13th year of CFW.

Food can also be termed a visual exploration just as art is - and by combining unique aesthetic culinary experiences during CFW, fashion week highlights the confluence of fashion with every individual’s daily lives. Commenting on the CFW Fashion & Food, Ajai Vir Singh, President and Founder, Colombo Fashion Week stated: “CFW as a creative body encourages the interaction between various creative themes, food being one. This year we look forward to seeing an exciting fushion between cuisine and fashion by renowned chefs at each of the CFW Fashion & Food restaurants. This series gives us another reason to enjoy and celebrate Colombo for another week.”

‘Playtime’ is family time at The Sandwich Factory’s new location

Play gym for kids at The Sandwich Factory on Palm Grove
Play gym for kids at The Sandwich Factory on Palm Grove
Amusing young children can be tough work. For parents who’ve been mulling over how to get in quality time with the family while out - The Sandwich Factory announces the first ever ‘Playtime’ on 17 February at the new TSF outlet on Palm Grove, Colpetty.
Determinedly deviating from standard practice, The Sandwich Factory hopes to provide quality interactive playtime between parents and children. “The idea for this event came from talking to parents who visit the restaurant,” says Hisham Cader, CEO and Managing Director of The Sandwich Factory (TSF). “A lot of them felt that while play areas are great, they don't always give parents the opportunity to spend quality time with their kids. This is why our event is not just Playtime for kids, it's Playtime for kids together with their parents.”

The event is scheduled to take place from 5-8 pm on Wednesday, 17 February. A host of fun activities will give kids and their parents the chance to make their own sandwiches and jigsaw puzzles, and the kids will even be able to take the fruits of their efforts home with them. There will also be a “Pet of the Day” segment, which will introduce kids to an animal that they can learn more about in a hands-on manner. Face painters will be at hand to add to the excitement and the kids can amuse themselves silly at both the indoor and outdoor play areas.

Hambantota port has high potential to boost tourism sector – Captain Marco Carsjens

The Captain of the MS Rotterdam, the first ever largest cruise ship called at Ha’ ta port, Marco Carsjen yesterday (07) emphasized that the port have high potential to boost the tourism sector of the country. He said the Hambantota port was also famous as a green port, among tourists.

Describing his first impression of Hambntota port Captain appreciated the new development process of the port premises to make it big.

“It is easy to access to the port for the ships of this size. It is nice experience for us and it is a good  location  for more cruise ships. If you want to experience this part of Sri Lanka you need to be stay for several days here and visit South-East coast. You will really appreciate this part of Sri Lanka. It gets 40 minutes to reach Yala national park from Hambantota port.

Cars@Duplication brings down its first batch of Ford Mustangs and teams with to market online

Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang
Automotive enthusiasts are in for a long-awaited treat, as American muscle cars are made available for purchase for the very first time at Cars@Duplication with online viewing exclusively available on The dealership will introduce to Sri Lankan consumers six Ford Mustangs of a 1000 piece limited edition collection.
“We are very passionate when it comes to bringing down the most sophisticated and trendy vehicles and really pushing the envelope. In that sense the extension of our range into the American Muscle range is a bold and timely move since this is an untapped market for this type of vehicle.

amanté launches online boutique


Sri Lankan premium lingerie brand now open to customers around the globe

With the launch of amanté’s e-commerce platform, customers in Sri Lanka and beyond can purchase the premium lingerie brand with minimum hassle.
The online portal is designed to suit today’s fast paced lifestyles, where convenience is key. It will enable women, or the men in their lives, to choose lingerie online and have them delivered to their doorstep be it in Sri Lanka or overseas.
With the firm belief that fine lingerie is the privilege of every woman, amanté began operations in Sri Lanka in over 3 years ago. The brand embodies two decades of excellence by MAS in the field of lingerie and close-to-skin apparel manufacturing. amanté products are tailored to suit the silhouettes and preferences of the South Asian woman; making it the preferred brand of thousands of women who seek premium lingerie.

Blue Mountain branches out to Ratnapura

Dr. Hiran Hettiarachchi (MBBS-Colombo, MBA - Australia) - Group Chairman, Blue Mountain Group of Companies lights a ceremonial lamp to declare the branch open
Dr. Hiran Hettiarachchi (MBBS-Colombo, MBA - Australia) - Group Chairman,
Blue Mountain Group of Companies lights a ceremonial lamp
 to declare the branch open
Leading real estate giant, the Blue Mountain Group, recently opened a new branch office in Rathnapura, as a part of its expansion plans to cater to customers in the Sabaragamuwa province.  The new office was ceremoniously opened by Dr. Hiran Hettiarachchi (MBBS-Colombo, MBA - Australia) - Group Chairman, Blue Mountain Group of Companies and was graced by Dayanada Colombage Additional District Secretary of Ratnapura as the Guest of Honour. The company’s senior management and staff, as well as other dignitaries and guests from the local community were present for the branch opening.

The new office will enable Blue Mountain to extend its services to outstation areas that have a high demand for affordable and reliable property developments and land sales. The new branch office will provide customers in Ratnapura with a variety of value added services such as real estate consultations, legal services, valuations, surveying and financial services. Blue Mountain’s expansion in Rathnapura is another step forward towards their mandate of delivering trustworthy services to customers seeking access to affordable housing solutions. 

Mihin Lanka continues to provide affordable travel solutions to the Region

Mihin Lanka continues to provide affordable travel solutions to the Region
Mihin Lanka continues to provide affordable
travel solutions to the Region

Mihin Lanka, Sri Lanka’s national low-cost carrier, offers travellers affordable and convenient flight options, to an array of key destinations across the Asian, Far East and Middle-Eastern region. Since its inception in 2007, the airline has come a long way and is renowned for offering its passengers exceptional standards of service and customer care.

Catering to business and leisure travellers as well as pilgrim travellers, Mihin Lanka has established itself as one of the most admired affordable travel brands in the region. The airline currently plays a crucial role in supporting regional connectivity, by flying to 12 key destinations and a further 20 destinations with its code share partner Sri Lankan Airlines. Mihin Lanka is at present the only low-cost carrier, which offers a complimentary meal on board and also provides passengers with a baggage allowance of 30 kg and a hand luggage allowance of 7 kg.

MSLGroup expands to Sri Lanka by rebranding Arc PR

MSLGroup, the flagship strategic communications and engagement consultancy of publicis group, and the largest brand and reputation advisory network in Asia and Europe, today announced its presence in Sri lanka by re-naming the publicis Groupe`s top ranking PR agency Arc PR. with immediate effect Sri Lanka`s leading PR agency Arc PR will become part of MSLGROUP.

Arc, which won 2015 South Asia PR Agency of the Year at Campaign Asia-Pacific's awards in December, will continue with the same nine-strong team and be led by Caryll Van Dort who will now be designated as Director at MSLGroup.

ILO launches translated site to improve awareness of labour law

ILO translates labour law
ILO translates labour law
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) announced the addition of full Sinhala and Tamil translations of Sri Lanka’s labour laws to the website in an effort to improve awareness of workers’ and employers’ rights and duties.
The website, which is an initiative of the WageIndicator Foundation, hosts detailed, easy-to-understand and well referenced information about Sri Lanka’s labour laws while also providing career advice and comparative analysis of salaries on a sectoral basis.
Prior to this new initiative from the ILO, national labour laws were only available in the English language, notably on the Department of Labour website.  However given Sri Lanka’s continuously expanding internet penetration, particularly as a result of its high percentage of mobile internet users, the additions to the website are expected to dramatically improve accessibility and awareness of labour laws explained in a user friendly manner not only for island’s eight million strong labour force but also for employers and Government officials. 

Thermo Plastics wins the Gold Flame Award at Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency Awards

Left to Right: Mr. Rashid Hameed, Director Thermo Plastics receiving the award from President Maithripala Sirisena with Mr. Dharma Bandula, AGM Production/Logistic, Thermo Plastics
Left to Right: Mr. Rashid Hameed, Director Thermo Plastics receiving t
he award from President Maithripala Sirisena with Mr. Dharma Bandula,
AGM Production/Logistic, Thermo Plastics
Thermo Plastics (Pvt) Ltd., a pioneer in flexible packaging in the apparel industry was recently recognized by the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA) for its efficiency in conserving and the management of energy through its energy management efforts by being awarded the Gold Flame in the medium scale, manufacturing sector. The Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency Awards competition is the annual national event conducted by the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA) for private and public sector institutions with the aim of recognizing their contribution towards an energy secure Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency Awards recognizes the successful implementation of innovative, cost effective and transferable energy efficiency measures across a range of categories. They cover the full range of energy users, including large and small companies and the public sector.