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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Architectural rendering of John Keells Holding’s proposed development – TRI-ZEN
architectural rendering of John Keells Holding’s
proposed development – TRI-ZEN
Connecting the dots between peace of mind, life in the city and livable space, John Keells Properties announced the launch of ‘TRI-ZEN’, a new residential property on Union Place. These smart living spaces in the heart of Colombo are for women and men on the go in the city; a stone’s throw from its many business hubs, yet designed for comfort and style. The project is expected to be completed by 2023 and is currently open for sales.

John Keells Properties leads the charge on the property development and real estate sector in Sri Lanka, with a significant portfolio of real estate in Colombo and the suburbs. The company’s most recent acquisition is a property on Vauxhall Street valued at Rs 4.2 Billion.

Recently the company led and successfully completed the design and construction of two landmark residential properties in Colombo - OnThree20 on Union Place and 7th Sense on Gregory’s Road. It is also the property developer transforming Colombo’s cityscape with Cinnamon Life, the ongoing Integrated Resort bordering the Beira Lake.

TRI-ZEN is John Keells Properties’ newest project focusing on metropolitan spaces that cater to the needs of Colombo’s growing class of working elite. From Union Place, TRI-ZEN’s residents will have immediate access to the city’s best hospitals, restaurants, schools, hotels, shopping malls and more. Moreover, its central location takes hours spent in traffic out of the equation-which means residents can luxuriate in the extra time freed up every day to spend time with family and friends.

TRI-ZEN’s apartments are based on smart design principles to maximize space and comfort, and this efficient design allows these apartments to be affordably priced. Common open spaces are a key design feature throughout the property; the perfect spaces for conversation, relaxation and contemplation. This project is designed for both solitude and company- stay in on a Sunday and enjoy the city’s drowsy reverie, or go out on a Friday night to one of the many cafes, bistros and restaurants situated only minutes away.

“TRI-ZEN meets and exceeds the expectations on location, style and comfort. When we designed this complex, we dedicated a lot of resources to understanding the market - to analyze customer needs and wants,” noted Suresh Rajendra, President of the John Keells Property Group. He also added, “Colombo is changing, and with it our clients’ lifestyles and tastes are changing. We’re responding to this by really thinking about how we can redefine what it means to live well in Colombo. So this is an exciting project for us, as we strengthen our metropolitan property portfolio by creating eminently livable spaces for our clients.”

For further information on the TRI-ZEN project, please contact the customer relations team on +94-112-000294 or email
Mani Kulasooriya – Founder of Sysco LABS addressing the gathering
Mani Kulasooriya – Founder of Sysco LABS addressing the gathering

How technology dominates the customer experience and changes industries

In a meeting with the American Chamber of commerce in Sri Lanka recently, Mani Kulasooriya - founder of Sysco LABS, and Ron May, Vice President of eSolutions at Sysco, addressed the audience with a presentation on the way that “Technology is eating the World” – an examination of the way that all industries are transforming to operate like the tech industry and how companies can react to this emerging trend. The following article summarizes key insights from their joint presentation.

Many of the major industries in the world have experienced upheaval due to tech companies entering their space. Uber’s entry into the taxi industry, and Airbnb’s entry into hospitality are some of the famous examples, along with Amazon’s disruption of how we think about retail. These tech companies have been successful by going beyond simply iterating upon the way industries run or innovation processes; they have used technology to completely disrupt the way that these industries serve their customers. In the case of Uber and Airbnb, by leveraging the sharing economy to overcome the barriers to these respective industries; and Amazon, by overcoming the need for brick and mortar storefronts through leveraging the online marketplace.
These disruptions have fueled both the growth of tech companies and their transformation. The largest companies in America in the previous decades were Oil and Energy companies, but in 2016, the trend shifted towards tech companies occupying the top five slots; Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook respectively. This growth was driven by a transformation within the tech companies themselves. In the late 90s, technology was a support function of organizations and more often than not, one that could be outsourced out of the organization if not out of the country, so many of the largest tech companies were BPOs. However, as technology continued to develop, the leading tech companies became those that specialized in creating technology to be used by consumers: The Apples, Microsofts and Googles of the world. But today, in the Silicon Valley, the leading tech companies are those that provide a more traditional product or service but with a superior customer experience driven by technology - Netflix, Amazon, Uber, etc.

Ron May – Vice President of e-Solutions, Sysco Corporation
Ron May – Vice President of e-Solutions, Sysco Corporation
This latest trend of superior customer experience through technology is growing fast as the latest innovations in technology allow tech to make a greater impact along the value chain. More obvious innovations such as the IoT (Internet of Things), robots, drones, automated cars, virtual assistants and employees, are driving change on the customer facing end of the value chain, while more invisible innovations like blockchain technology - which drives cryptocurrencies and the big data produced through smart sensors and edge computing - transform value chains at their base. Together, what we are witnessing is an ever-growing influence of tech in business that will only allow tech companies to survive the future.
So, if you aren’t a tech company yourself, how do you react to this change? Well, start operating like one. Lead like a founder - which is to say that you need to lead with the will to take large bold decisions the way that the founder of the company would. These decisions are the forces which will allow you to transform. Secondly, organize your company like a tech startup - with agility in mind. Small teams that own projects, move fast and are held accountable. Thirdly, hire techies and integrate them into you teams; this allows you to bring technology to every aspect of your organization and allows your teams to operate with entrepreneurial dexterity and independence.
Finally, to really operate like a tech company, you need to focus on the customer experience. The experience that your customer has with your product and your service, but also the experience your customer has through all their interactions with your business, and the emotion that the brand carries through these numerous touch points.
The experiences that your customer has along this journey creates the new brand. The experience-based brand that works across every touch point, and a positive customer experience transforms your consumers from customers into fans. A fan of a brand is more than a customer; while a customer is fickle and may switch your product out for a competitor’s if they perceive even a slight improvement, a fan will stay with you even when they may have an anomalous negative experience because of the history they have with the brand and the positive experiences you have created. In the market of the future, it will be brands that can create fans using technology that will thrive, as all industries become tech industries.

Ron May, Vice President - e-Solutions, Sysco Corporation is a professional services leader with proven expertise in digital customer experience, direct sales, contract negotiation, P&L management, large scale operations, strategic solution delivery, and cultivation of executive level client relationships.
Mani Kulasooriya is the founder of Sysco LABS (formerly known as CAKE) and led the company from a startup in the Silicon Valley to eventually be acquired by one of the largest companies in the world; Sysco Corporation (NASDAQ: SYY). He has deep connections in the Valley, having worked for companies like Citigroup e-Citi and Yahoo prior to this venture. He is an astute tech investor and has investments in over 25 companies in tech. He has been instrumental in bringing the Silicon Valley thought process and innovation capabilities to Sri Lanka.

Sysco LABS is the innovation arm of Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY), the world’s largest foodservice company. Sysco is the global leader in marketing, selling and distributing food products as well as equipment and supplies to the hospitality industry. Sysco serves over 500,000 customers through its team of over 65,000 associates and operates 300 distribution facilities across the globe.

Sysco LABS is re-imagining the global foodservice industry: our engineering teams based out of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Redwood City, CA and Austin and Houston TX, will innovate across the entire supply chain – sourcing of food products, merchandising, storage and warehouse operations, order placement and pricing algorithms, delivery of food and supplies to Sysco's global network - culminating in the in-restaurant dining experience for the end-customer. Operating with the agility and efficiency of a tech–startup and backed by the domain expertise of the industry leader, Sysco LABS is poised to revolutionize one of the biggest industries in the world.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Steven Mayes - Managing Director, JLL Sri Lanka awarding winners
Nalin Herath – Managing Director, Home Lands Skyline (Pvt) Ltd
 and Harshani Herath at the 2017 PropertyGuru Asia Property
 Awards in Singapore

Global property firm enters into sponsorship agreement with Asia’s premier real estate awards

The PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Sri Lanka), the premier industry awards ceremony that will be held for the first time in Colombo in 2018, welcomes the support and sponsorship of JLL Sri Lanka, the country’s leading professional real estate services firm.
Following the unprecedented success and overwhelming positive reception from Sri Lankan developers that were recognized at the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final event in Singapore last November, the historic domestic gala dinner in Colombo will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel on Thursday, 12 July 2018.
“JLL Sri Lanka is very proud to be confirmed as Gold Sponsor, partnering with PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Sri Lanka), further underlining JLL’s investment in, and commitment to, the rapidly growing real estate sector in one of South Asia’s most dynamic markets,” says JLL Sri Lanka managing director Steven Mayes.
From 13 competition categories in 2017, the new edition of the Awards will present more than 20 residential, commercial, design and developer awards, including outstanding development in Colombo, Southern Sri Lanka (Galle, Matara, Hambantota), Central Sri Lanka (Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Matale) and North East Sri Lanka (Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya).
“These awards will showcase Sri Lanka’s brightest real estate talent and most outstanding property developments, across all asset classes, to a global audience, highlighting the tremendous growth prospects and potential that the sector offers and confirming Sri Lanka’s evolving status as an established destination for institutional capital and private investment,” adds Mayes.
Based out of Colombo, JLL Sri Lanka has a strong team of more than 120 professionals and service capabilities, combining local market knowledge with its access to global multinational relationships and capital sources, catering to Sri Lankan corporates, government agencies and clients.
Nominations are now open for eligible entries and will be accepted until 11 May, with the official shortlist to be revealed in the first week of June. The entire awards system is independently judged by a panel of experts, and supervised by BDO, the world’s fifth largest auditing firm led by Sri Lanka managing partner Sujeewa Rajapakse.

For more information about the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Sri Lanka), email or visit the official website:

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Team - IRONMAN 70.3

Sri Lanka Sports Tourism

Sri Lanka Wonder of Asia IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo Triathlon, will be held at Galle face Green, Colombo on February 25th 2018. Healthy competition is good for the economy, and IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo will have 870 participants from 64 countries and aims to attract over 3000 local and out-of-town visitors to Colombo, with a revenue generation of over $3 million in direct economic impact to the country during the period of the triathlon.

“We want to assert Sri Lanka as a destination for sports and outdoor recreation,” YasasHewage, Director Pro Am Serendib said. “We at Pro Am Serendib want to ensure that the communities in Colombo and around the Island are energized by nature, inspired by physical achievement and rewarded through the opportunities events such as IRONMAN can provide to our local communities and companies. As a country, we are blessed with an unlimited supply of sunshine and unsurpassed beauty. Now with the many and varied visitors coming to our country we hope to show our Sri Lanka hospitality and hope to show more people from across the globe what makes Sri Lanka the Wonder of Asia.”

The average age of Ironman participants is 39 years old with the oldest participant being 81 years and the youngest 19. The percentage of male participants in IRONMAN is 77 percent are male and the female participation is 23percent. Pro Am Serendib marketing portfolio reached more than 30,000 IRONMAN registrants, many of which often travel to multiple events each year. The competition was marketed as a tourist attraction for Sri Lanka. On average 81 percent of participants will book hotels. Of those who participate, much travels to the race and bring three to four additional people with them for support.

“With Sri Lanka diversifying its offering with sporting events of this nature, we aim to provide an energy that helps bring our communities together,” said Deshabandu Julian Bolling, Director Pro Am Serendib. “We have many triathletes with unique profiles, each person has their own story as to why they are challenging themselves. In the Sri Lanka the Wonder of Asia IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo Triathlon we have some unity teams created with athletes from the North, South and East, there are multiple visually impaired athletes, a Vedda (an indigenous person from Sri Lanka) by the name of Punchi Banda; all these people are true spirits that show us anything is possible. I’m certain the emotions of the event and the inspiration of the setting will create an experience that participants will want to have again and again.”

“The safety of international and local participants in Sri Lanka the Wonder of Asia IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo Triathlonis paramount with pro-active safety measures established,” added RajanThananayagam, Event Director and Director Pro Am Serendib.“With over 500 volunteers and over 300 Police deployed for the event we aim to make sure that the only drama before and on race days will be the excitement on the course and that the safety of participants, their family, friends and spectators is not compromised. On race day, the hard work of the athletes will come together on a flat, fast course in a sunny tropical climate, setting you up to earn a potential personal record and take home one of the first ever Sri Lanka Wonder of Asia IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo, medals that is authentic and made in Sri Lanka. The top 30 participants will have the opportunity to qualify for a slot to the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, in South Africa.”

IRONMAN 70.3 is one of the most recognized brands in the world, attracting high spending foreign tourists from across the globe, during the IRONMAN event Sri Lanka will see over 3000 athletes and their families visiting the country. The top six participating countries for IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo are India with 133 triathletes; the United Kingdom has 76; France has 47 triathletes, there are 34 from Australia, 30 from the USA, and 26triathletes from Singapore. The race begins with a single-loop, 1.9km swim starting at the beach adjoining Galle Face, followed by a flat and fast three loop 90km bike course and a 21.1 km run course.

IRONMAN 70.3 is organized by Pro Am Serendib, and made possible by the title sponsor Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau. The host hotel for IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo is Shangri-La Colombo; the official apparel partner is MAS, the official electronic media partner is MTV/MBC Group, the official logistics partner is HayleysAdvantis, the official insurer of the event is Ceyllinco VIP, the official tea partner is Dilmah, the official wellness partner is Siddhalepa, the official medical partner is Asiri Health, the official car partner is Land Rover, the official travel partner is Hayleys Tours, the official print media partner is the Wijeya Group, the official nutrition partner is SIS, the official outdoor media partner is Emerging Media. The official bike mechanic is Spinner and the official swimming training partner is Rainbow Swimming.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Local Government elections start - Sri Lanka
Local Government elections start - Sri Lanka 

Local government elections 2018

Polling for much awaited Sri Lanka`s local government elections started at 7.00am today (10/02/2018), at 13,374 polling centres across the island.

According to the Election Commission, 15,760,867 people are eligible to exercise their franchise to elect 8,356 members out of the 57,219 candidates vying for 340 local government bodies under the newly implemented election system. The Election Commission has urged all voters to mark their respective ballot box with an X against the selected party symbol.
The Body Shop’s addictively silky-soft Japanese Cherry Blossom Strawberry Kiss Body Cream
The Body Shop’s addictively silky-soft Japanese Cherry Blossom
 Strawberry Kiss Body Cream
Infusing the celebration of Valentine’s Day with the ephemeral scents of cherry blossom and strawberries, The Body Shop announced the launch of three sensuous new beauty products that will make the perfect gift to treat the special people in your life.
Created using the irresistibly sweet scents of Japanese Cherry Blossom at its base, the new line of products includes Body Shop’s Japanese Cherry Blossom Strawberry Kiss Body Cream, Shower Gel and a special Eau De Toilette.
The new range is comprised of Body Shop’s Japanese Cherry Blossom Strawberry Kiss Body Cream, an addictively silky-soft body cream infused with the extract of hand-harvested, cold-pressed Japanese cherry blossoms and juicy notes of strawberries, pink peony and amber that leaves the skin richly moisturized, hydrated and fruity fresh.
Refine and replenish skin with the latest Shower Gel formulated using a delicate blend of fragrances of sweet magnolia, cherry blossom and hinoki wood
Refine and replenish skin with the latest Shower Gel formulated
using a delicate blend of fragrances of sweet magnolia,
cherry blossom and hinoki wood
The Cherry Blossoms, from the Body Shop’s newly launched range, are considered a timeless symbol of natural beauty that is associated with the Japanese concept of mono no aware­ ­– celebrating the exquisite beauty and timeless grace of nature itself.
The newly launched Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel is perfect for gentle cleansing, leaving in its wake a delicately blended fragrance of sweet magnolia, feminine cherry blossom and hinoki wood accords to refine and replenish tired skin. Meanwhile, The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom EDT Gift Set – combing a rich duo of eau de toilette and the matching body cream for head-to-toe sweetness - is a perfect surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
Manufactured to the highest ethical trade standards and free from all animal testing forever, The Body Shop brand is synonymous with high-quality natural ingredients and ethical sourcing and environmentally friendly manufacturing practices. 

The Body Shop’s sultry Japanese Cherry Blossom Strawberry Kiss Eau De Toilettes
The Body Shop’s sultry Japanese Cherry Blossom Strawberry
 Kiss Eau De Toilettes 
The new Japanese Cherry Blossom range is the very latest among an extensive and diverse range of bath and body products, fragrances, hair care, skin care, make-up and other accessories. It’s popular Spa of the World, Tea Tree, and Fuji Green Tea ranges are also available at The Body Shop at The Body Shop flagship store on Bagatale Road and Odel on Alexandra Place.

About The Body Shop:
The Body Shop is an iconic British retailer of ethical cosmetics and toiletries. It was founded by Anita Roddick in 1976 with the belief that businesses should ‘enrich, not exploit’. A philosophy of creating the best quality cosmetics and toiletries without exploiting the planet’s resources or people has driven the brand, which pursued sustainability and ethical business long before it became fashionable.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Empowered guests at the She’s Mercedes launch event
Empowered guests at the She’s Mercedes launch event
The brilliant canvas behind the idea that the power of inspired minds can effect excellence, She’s Mercedes, is a platform dedicated to inspiring, connecting, and empowering women globally to unleash their full potential. To introduce this unique platform to the empowered ladies of Sri Lanka, the first ever Sri Lankan She’s Mercedes event, organized by DIMO, was held on 20 January at DIMO 800 – Mercedes-Benz Centre of Excellence.
An intimate evening of stimulating conversation, indulgence, and cocktails was held exclusively for the ladies. Concluding with an enjoyable dinner, the networking event provided an ideal opportunity for guests to reflect upon the hard-hitting and impactful nature of the She’s Mercedes movement.
Shattering gender stereotypes across the world, She’s Mercedes is an inspiration circle and a hub where empowered women of varying interests meet to exchange ideas, share experiences, and spark conversation.
Indeed, the history of Mercedes-Benz demonstrates that it is no stranger to the powerful influence of inspiring women. In 1888, Bertha Benz, a German automotive pioneer, business partner and wife of automobile inventor Karl Benz, undertook the first long-distance journey in the early days of the car. Channeling her spirit, She’s Mercedes is devoted to inspiring and emphasizing the modern idea that the female clientele of Mercedes-Benz has unlimited choices, free of the constraints of gender-stereotyping.
“Nothing about a car categorizes it as a man’s or a woman’s. It is an individual choice. I think Mercedes understands this better than any other, considering the inspiration that the company has drawn from women over the years. This event is not intended to launch an exclusive car for ladies, but to celebrate women and invite them to view our entire range of cars,” Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya, Chief Human Resources Officer at DIMO PLC, noted in an impactful statement.
She’s Mercedes tackles gender-stereotypes in a brilliantly unique and exceptional manner, employing a mix of several formats, such as intimate portraits, home stories, and interviews. Strong and successful women from various fields and industries provide personal insights by delving into topics related to both business and private life, and impart fresh new perspectives on life. To date, the series has featured remarkable personalities and dynamic individuals such as the model, actress, and activist, Amber Valletta, the founder of Blogilates, Cassey Ho, and inspiring mathematician, Anne-Marie Imafidon. These pioneers are dedicated to pushing the boundaries.

The elegant evening hosted exclusively to inspire, connect and empower women and successfully introduce the She’s Mercedes platform will undoubtedly aid in shattering the cycle of gender-typecasting in Sri Lanka. This enriching experience was merely a stepping stone for more engaging activities to follow. Indeed, the idea of a successful woman in a Mercedes car will certainly remain familiar.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Organic Fuji Green Tea Hair Scrub
Organic Fuji Green Tea Hair Scrub
The Body Shop has announced its latest contribution for a healthy scalp and rejuvenated hair with the introduction of Fuji Green Tea Cleansing Hair Scrub in Sri Lanka. Fuji Green Tea Cleansing Hair Scrub is inspired by a blend of Japanese green tea, mint menthol, salt crystals and Community Trade honey from Ethiopia.
Apart from being exposed to heat, pollution, and myriad other external factors, one’s hair and scalp are also victims subject to the daily stresses of blow drying, and the damaging effects of numerous styling products which typically contain a cocktail of harsh chemicals. In order to restore damaged hair to its natural glory, it is favorable to move towards a hair care regimen which focuses on complete nourishment and care, as opposed to one which focuses solely on “shampooing and conditioning”.
Fuji Green Tea Shampoo
Fuji Green Tea Shampoo
Fuji Green Tea Cleansing Hair Scrub potently cleanses hair of any styling products, unclogs pores, and deeply conditions the scalp to restore hair to its natural state. Formulated using a silicon-free formula, this hair scrub enhances blood circulation to the scalp, thereby aiding the repair and regrowth of damaged hair.
In keeping with The Body Shop’s ethos of “Enrich, not Exploit”, all ingredients are 100% vegetarian, paraben-free, and have been sourced whilst being fully compliant to ethical trade guidelines. The Green Tea leaves utilized in the hair scrub have been sourced from the foothills of Mount Fuji and have been carefully handpicked from the Shizuoka region of Japan, thus ensuring the usage of nothing but the best.
The Body Shop in Sri Lanka has also introduced two more new products- the Fuji Green Tea Purifying Shampoo and the Fuji Green Tea Purifying Conditioner. These two products complement the Fuji Green Tea Cleansing Hair Scrub, further helping to round out a complete hair care regimen.
The Body Shop’s time tested hair care favorites are also available in Sri Lanka. The iconic Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo clears loose flakes and soothes the scalp. The Body Shop bestseller is made with a blend of Sri Lanka’s own ginger combined with birch bark, white willow extracts, and Community Trade honey.
As technicolour and platinum locks continue to dominate the trends, it becomes increasingly important to nourish dried out tresses. The Banana Truly Nourishing Shampoo made from Community Trade Ecuadorian banana puree, gently cleanses hair drenching it in an uplifting and tropical scent. Used in combination with the Banana Truly Nourishing Conditioner makes for softer and shinier locks.
The Body Shop’s Brilliantly Nourishing Coconut Oil is 100% vegan and formulated without silicones. It can be used as a rinse-off treatment, left on overnight for intense treatment or as a post shower leave on treatment making hair stronger, smoother and softer.
Paired with The Body Shop’s must have hair tools, the Oval Bamboo Pin brush for thick hair, volumising Styling Brush, Paddle Brush for long hair, detangling Wide Toothed Comb or Mini Bamboo Brush for travel, look forward to a good hair day every day.

The hair care products will be available at The Body Shop’s flagship store on Bagatalle Road, Colombo 03, and also at ODEL on Alexandra Place, Colombo 07.
About The Body Shop:
The Body Shop is an iconic British retailer of ethical cosmetics and toiletries. It was founded by Anita Roddick in 1976 with the belief that businesses should ‘enrich, not exploit’. A philosophy of creating the best quality cosmetics and toiletries without exploiting the planet’s resources or people has driven the brand, which pursued sustainability and ethical business long before it became fashionable.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sitting left to right - 15 Months old baby girl- Nethumi Shenaya
Rajapaksha Bomaluwe, 4 year old baby girl -Suwini Umeda
Shreemali Balasooriya, 5 year old boy Purna along with their parents
Standing left to right- Dr. Sunil Bhat, Senior Consultant and Head
of Paediatric Haematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow
Transplant at Narayana Health City, Dr. Shobha Badiger,
Consultant Paediatric Haematology and Oncologist,
 Narayana Health City

Matching bone marrow cells sourced from across the world

Narayana Health City treats four Sri Lankan children suffering from thalassemia major, a life-threatening disorder, through unrelated donor bone marrow transplant. The doctors sourced matching bone marrow cells from unrelated donors from across the world and carried out the transplants at Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre, Narayana Health City. Patients included 15 months old Nethumi Shenaya Rajapaksha Bomaluwe, 4-year-old Suwini Umeda Shreemali Balasooriya, 5-year-old Purna and 10-year-old Mithun Dilesh Welgamage.
Thalassemia major is a rare genetic blood disorder wherein, the body fails to produce enough red cells and the ones that are formed also die soon resulting in very low hemoglobin levels. These patients need lifelong blood transfusion and lifespan is very short. Sri Lanka faces several challenges while dealing with complex cases, especially those who don’t have any family matched donors for transplant and Narayana Health City offered to help. The common treatment for thalassemia major is blood transfusion. However, the continuous transfusions can cause complications like iron overload and blood- borne infections. Bone marrow transplant is the curative option and hence the families of the four Sri Lankan children decided to opt for this treatment modality.
From left to right - 15 Months old baby girl- Nethumi
Shenaya Rajapaksha Bomaluwe along with her mother,
Dr. Sunil Bhat, Senior Consultant and
Head of Paediatric Haematology, Oncology
and Bone Marrow Transplant at Narayana Health City,
along with 4 year old baby girl -Suwini Umeda
Shreemali Balasooriya, 5 year old boy Purna,
 mother and grandmother of the children and
Dr. Shobha Badiger, Consultant Paediatric
Haematology and Oncologist, Narayana Health City
For Narayana Health City, it was a challenge to meet, as all previous attempts elsewhere to find matching bone marrow donors in the families of these children had failed. Fortunately, the team could find matching donors for all four children. While Suwini and Purna found saviours in Datri Registry (India), the other two found matching donors from German Registry (DKMS) in London.
Elaborating about the treatment, Dr. Sunil Bhat, Senior Consultant and Head of Paediatric Haematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant at Narayana Health City,  said, “Apart from finding human leukocyte antigen (HLA) matched donors for all the 4 children the biggest challenge was to ensure acceptance of the stem cells by the recipient’s system. In unrelated bone marrow transplant, unlike in related donors, the genetic makeup and immune systems in the recipient and the donor are very different. Hence the chances for complications both during and post-transplant are very high. Fortunately, in the case of these children their body responded very positively to the transplant and that has helped us to cure them of thalassemia major. He also pointed out that the chances of finding matched donors are far better from same ethnic background. As there are no unrelated donor registries in Sri Lanka, finding a donor for them is a challenge”
Over the years, cases such as these have propelled Narayana Health City to be the most sought-after health destination for both national and international patients. With its state-of-the-art facilities and experienced doctors, Narayana has not only become a center of excellence for heart problems, which it already has earned a name for, but a leading referral centre for a wide array of treatments including bone marrow transplant.
Sharing his joy, Mr. Jayantha Boolasooriya, father of Suwini Umeda Shreemali Balasooriya, who is the Secretary of The Thalassemia Society as well said, “Back home thalassemia major is considered as an incurable disease especially for children who do not have related donors. The children depend on blood transfusion and thereby succumb to fatalities very early in life. Thankfully, we happened to hear about the bone marrow transplant unit at Narayana Health City. We are grateful to Dr. Sunil Bhat and the entire team for not only curing my daughter but also the children of my friends from this dreadful disease.” Mr Balasooriya also emphasised the need for donor registry in Sri Lanka and having such expertise there in order to help more and more patients.

The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre, Narayana Health City, is recognized world-over as a leading referral centre for both autologous and allogenic stem cell transplant. The unit has completed more than 775 stem cell transplants, including the complex transplants like Haplo-identical (half matched transplants) and unrelated transplants.

About Narayana Health:
With all super-speciality tertiary care facilities that the medical world offers, Narayana Health is a one-stop healthcare destination for all. Founded by Dr. Devi Shetty and headquartered in Bengaluru, Narayana Health group is the second largest health care provider in the country in terms of operational bed count. The first facility was established with approximately 225 operational beds in year 2000 at NH Health City in Bengaluru.  The Company today operates a chain of multispeciality tertiary and primary healthcare facilities across a network of 24 hospitals and 7 heart centres in India and single hospital overseas at Cayman Islands with over 5,600 operational beds across all its centres and potential to reach a capacity of over 6,900 beds (For details, visit

About Narayana Health City, Bengaluru:
NH Health City is located in Bommasandra, Bengaluru, which comprises of Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences (NICS), a superspecialty hospital for cardiology and cardiac surgery, and Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center (MSMC), a multispecialty hospital for cancer care, neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology, urology, and  houses what we believe, is one of India's largest bone marrow transplant units. NH Health City operates a stem cell bank.

Yohan Wijesiriwardane, Co-Founder and incoming CEO and Sujith Subasinghe, PAYable’s late Co-Founder and CEO.
Yohan Wijesiriwardane, Co-Founder and incoming CEO
and Sujith Subasinghe, PAYable’s late Co-Founder and CEO.
Building on the success of its growing network of merchants and customers, Sri Lanka’s fast-growing startup, PAYable, announced the successful completion of a round of funding that will set the pace for a new wave of credit and debit card usage and e-commerce led growth in the Sri Lankan economy.
Launched just last year, the revolutionary PAYable cashless mobile payments platform has gained the trust and support of a diverse cross-section of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and entrepreneurs and has become the leading choice for major banks.
PAYable is a free mobile app paired with a free Bluetooth card reader that enables merchants to accept credit and debit card payments from their customers. A highly reliable, durable and compact card reader, PAYable can be paired with any Android or iOS smart phone or tablet to effectively convert it into a secure, flexible and simple to use mobile Point-of-Sales (POS) solution.
Built on the inspirational and visionary leadership of Sujith Subasinghe, PAYable’s late Co-Founder and CEO together with Co-Founder and incoming CEO, Yohan Wijesiriwardane, the platform is now enjoying rapid growth across Sri Lanka.
“It is a very promising time for us at PAYable particularly with the outstanding market success we have enjoyed, leading up to our most recent round of funding. We are inspired by the enthusiastic and overwhelming support our platform has received by everyone in our ecosystem - which includes our merchant end-user and their consumers, the forward-thinking banks who adopted our solution quickly, and guidance provided by our investors who are of the highest caliber.”
“We are committed to driving a revolution in cashless payments. We believe that the future includes a balance between older methods of payment such as cash and cheques, rapidly evolving forms of well-accepted methods such as cards, and emerging methods comprising wallets and other modes of peer to peer online (card-less) payments. Our technology and business strategy encompasses thoughtful considerations of all these factors, as well as what top Fintechs are doing to digitally transform banking and payments,” Wijesiriwardane said.
PAYable launched its first devices in June 2016, has since grown the number of Sri Lankan merchants accepting card payments by 25% in just over a year, and has directly facilitated transactions in excess of Rs. 750 million.
This rapid growth was driven by PAYable’s growing acceptance as the partner of choice by leading banks with others lined up in various stages of testing. The technical strength of PAYable’s platform has resulted in flawless performance when validated by the banks.
Having partnered with three of Sri Lanka’s largest private sector commercial banks and backed by substantial investments from Clarkeview Investments Limited, PAYable is now implementing a fully market-tested plan to expand its network of merchants to 20,000 by the end of 2018 and 100,000 by 2020. In addition to the growth of its merchant network, Wijesiriwardane stated that major expansions to PAYable’s service offerings are planned, including new products and instruments that will serve to further diversify the types of payments accepted through the system.
He stated that PAYable would continue to strengthen its well-rounded payment platform with innovations that win the loyalty of customers.  PAYable is a start-up that was incubated out of Ceylon Business Appliances Ltd (CBA), a 47-year old office technology company. CBA’s trusted relationships with banks and expertise in banking systems helped build the foundation of PAYable’s relationships with banks.
PAYable uses the industry’s best-in-class security protocols, such as the PCI DSS Guidelines, a global security standard developed by VISA, MasterCard, and other major card providers. It operates within a secure network that is comprehensively monitored and pressure-tested to maintain the highest standards of security for transaction and cardholder data protection.

More information is available at or via telephone on 0117776777.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


As part of the celebratory gala at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, Lamy writing instruments was one of the big winners of the German Brand Awards in the king class “Excellence in Branding”, as the “Product Brand of the Year” and the winner in the “Industry Excellence in Branding – Office & Stationery” category. The versatile German stationery brand is made available in the Sri Lanka by Trident Distributors the sole distributor of Lamy in Sri Lanka.

“Lamy brought the LAMY 2000 into the market in 1966 and set the starting point for an impressively large piece of brand work, which has now lasted over decades. Thanks to the model brand leadership, Lamy has matured purposefully into one of the cosmopolitan brands of global relevance and is, therefore, best equipped for the emergence of a new era” said Andrej Kupetz, the managing director of the Design Council and a jury member of the German Brand Award.

The process of digitalization and the accompanying changes have posed a real challenge to stationery manufacturers such as Lamy. Lamy has recognized this challenge as an opportunity. “If everyday communication is increasingly taking place digitally, writing by hand takes on new relevance,” explains Beate Oblau, Head of Marketing at Lamy, Germany. “It is and remains to be one of the most personal forms of expression, as distinctive as a fingerprint. Lamy’s vision is to keep the pleasure of the individual quality of writing by hand alive – with stationery that matches the particular lifestyle and underlines the personality of its respective user.”

In 2016 as Lamy was launched in Sri Lanka, celebrating the 50th-anniversary globally with the claim “not just a pen”.  Yasser Farook, Director of Trident Distributors speaking about the brand states, “The message that was launched internationally by Lamy, was the perfect approach as a Lamy is more than “just” a writing instrument. It can be a creative tool, with which we develop ideas and bring them to paper; a companion, which assists its user in important situations over years to come, or a design object, which is appreciated because of its special design. Therefore, “not just a pen” also incorporates the sum of qualities that distinguish Lamy and make it unique.”

Followon and  to see the latest collections in-store or call the Lamy hotline on 0117232770.

The German Brand Award, the Design Council, and the German Brand Institute honour successful brands, with consistent brand leadership and sustained brand communication. An independent jury made up of brand experts from various fields decides who receives the award. The German Brand Award, initiated by the Design Council, strives to promote the competitiveness of German companies. The German Brand Institute, which was founded to strengthen activities in the field of brand leadership, is commissioned with the implementation of the competition. 

As an independent family business, Lamy has been associated with Heidelberg since it was founded in 1930 and guarantees consistent high quality, “Made in Germany” designer writing instruments defined by timeless modern aesthetics and perfect functionality. Its story began over 50 years ago with the LAMY 2000: in 1966 and the model established the clear and unmistakable design which still defines the style of all the brand’s products today.

The company continues to set trends and has inspired writing enthusiasts around the world with its innovative colors and surface finishes. In this way, Lamy continues to reinvent itself and proves that a writing instrument is a genuine lifestyle accessory which expresses the pleasures of writing by hand and highlights the individuality of the owner.
SAP Hybris Cloud launch Group Pic- Representatives ofJKOA, SGIT (JKOA’s strategic SAP partner) and Itellegence (JKOA’s implementation partner).
SAP Hybris Cloud launch Group Pic- Representatives ofJKOA,
SGIT (JKOA’s strategic SAP partner) and Itellegence
(JKOA’s implementation partner).
Leading office automation solutions provider John Keells Office Automation (JKOA) launched the SAP Hybris Cloud for Service customer support module on 6th August at its Colombo headquarters. The module is the result of an agreement signed between JKOA and SAP Hybris in a move that will significantly enhance the JKOA customer experience by enabling real-time interaction between clients and after-sales service providers. The launch was attended by senior management from JKOA, SGIT (JKOA’s strategic SAP partner) and Itellegence (JKOA’s implementation partner).

SAP Hybris Cloud for Service has been recognized globally for its functionality, user-friendliness and reporting mechanisms. With this portal, JKOA is opening up its customer support operations to the end user who then has the ability to engage in real time with the seller for the services they require. This self-service system equips the JKOA customer with the right tools they need to manage their requests, while also allowing them to track repair status and other information on their product, eliminating the usual wait times and dependency on call centers.

“Customers want convenience and reliability because their daily business operations depend on the functionality of these products, and that’s exactly what the SAP system is enabling,” noted Priyanath Fernando, Head of Services JKOA / AVP John Keells Group. “We have been looking for means to enhance their user experience and this certainly addresses a gap in the market. It’s also a very effective way for our service providers to extend their services from anywhere in the island.”

The system tracks availability of field engineers based on territory and assigns the closest engineer to the customer, thereby reducing wait time. Automated billing will also ensure that the job is completed quickly. For the customer, the system will include an automated breakdown assignment option, on-field estimates, repair tracking systems and social media integration.  This social media integration will allow customers to track jobs, provide feedback and monitor progress in real time with remarkable ease.

In addition, the system is integrated with advanced software such as Paper Cut for solutions and preventive maintenance, leading to the lowest down time on machines. The app developed as part of the system can create onsite estimates, and provide immediate real-time access to inventory with immediate customer approvals and repairs.

JKOA has already tested the SAP Hybris Cloud for Service customer support module and recorded significant improvements in efficiency and effectivity. “We were pleased to note that the system delivers on all its promises,”said Fernando. “We have no doubt that the launch of this system will revolutionize the landscape for after-sales services in Sri Lanka.”

JKOA is a fully owned subsidiary of John Keells Holdings PLC, a leading conglomerate in Sri Lanka. 
Deepak Mupro
Deepak Mupro
MUPRO is a 50-year-old engineering solutions company which has been selected to provide World class fire fighting pipe supports system, to the prestigious South Asia’s iconic residential skyscraper Altair in Colombo, Sri Lanka and will have country’s best ecosystem to control fire and mitigate the danger. MUPRO are world leaders and have also designed support systems for Radio Tower (Frankfurt), Eiffel Tower (Paris) to name a few.

MUPRO has Reichs-Ausschuss für Lieferbedingungen (RAL, German Certification), Factory Mutual (FM, US), Underwriters Laboratory (UL, US), European Technical Assessment (ETA, Europe) certifications and has its own technology, which has designed a unique support systems  for fire fighting pipes at Altair, which closes the gap between the installation of pipes which carry water and is ready to install as per International Standards and sets an example of dynamic vertical engineering. 

The support system moves across all the 68 floors, consisting of two towers with a unique design of one tower leaning onto another. The technology enables the towers to hold on to 5.5 lac litres of water which moves across the towers during the time of fire and is sturdy in nature.
Currently, the product line is flown down from Germany and soon MUPRO plans to have its own plant in India by 2020.

Deepak Shewani, Managing Director, MUPRO India says, “Altair is a unique project with requirements that stretch beyond the ordinary – it is exclusive MUPRO’s technical know-how and credentials gave us the confidence that we would be the right fit. The organization's overall involvement in planning dynamic vertical designing supportive network, savvy strategies in tall structures, combined with their solid neighborhood nearness, makes us stand apart from others."

About MUPRO:

With more than 50 years of market presence and experience in the sector, MUPRO is one of the leading providers of support, vibration control and fire protection systems. The products are designed in Germany. Ever since our company was founded in 1964, permanent improvement and extending of our product range based on innovations which offer real added value have made us one of the leading suppliers of support technology. Today, MUPRO is also a concept for progress and quality worldwide.


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