Mihin Lanka hosts its first group of Leisure Travellers from Medan

The tour group from Medan with members of the Mihin Lanka crew
The tour group from Medan with members of
the Mihin Lanka crew
Mihin Lanka, Sri Lanka's national low cost carrier proudly hosted its first group of leisure travellers who flew to Sri Lanka from Medan, Indonesia. The group of 18 tourists visited key attractions across Sri Lanka; including many sites of religious significance. The coordination of the tour was handled by Lanka Sportreizen. 

Angelo to captain ODIs and Tests, Malinga for T20s

Angelo to captain ODIs and Tests, Malinga for T20s
Angelo to captain ODIs and Tests, Malinga for T20s
Sri Lanka Cricket announced, Angelo Mathews has been appointed the Captain of the ODI and Test team while Lasith Malinga appointed the Captain of the T20 team. Lahiru Thirimanne will act as vice captain in all three formats of the game, ODIs Tests and T20s. 
SLC said that the appointment will be valid until March 2015 and the appointments have received the approval of the Minister of Sports.


Oman Air triumphs for fourth year running at Travelplus Airline Amenity Bag Awards

TravelPlus Awards 2013
TravelPlus Awards 2013
Oman Air has triumphed at this year’s TravelPlus Airline Amenity Bag Awards – the fourth year in a row that the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman has been recognized at this prestigious aviation industry event.

The TravelPlus Gold Award for Best First Class Male Amenity Bag was presented to Oman Air at a glittering ceremony in Hamburg, after 120 submissions were considered for 20 categories of the awards.

This year’s success follows the introduction at the end of 2013 of new First Class amenity bags, which were designed exclusively for Oman Air by Gate Group and include everything the premium traveller could want to ensure that they arrive at their destination relaxed and looking at their best.

SAMSUNG NX30 offers the best of ‘SMART’ photography

Udana Weerasinghe, Product Manager Singhagiri; Mano Marasinghe, Director, Singhagiri, H.K Chang, Managing Director, Samsung; Shamil Gunetileke, Assistant Manager, Singer and M.I Feroz, Senior Manager, EBT
Udana Weerasinghe, Product Manager Singhagiri;
Mano Marasinghe, Director, Singhagiri, H.K Chang,
Managing Director,
 Samsung; Shamil Gunetileke, Assistant Manager,
Singer and M.I Feroz, Senior Manager, EBT
Digital technology leader, Samsung Electronics is now offering photography enthusiasts a high quality, compact and cost effective camera solution, the new Samsung NX30. The Samsung NX30 is a brand new premium, high performance Compact System Camera that captures high-quality images similar to that of a DSLR. Additionally, the Samsung NX30 is equipped with NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities that use the best of SMART CAMERA technology to provide the ultimate photography experience.

Product Concept and Stylish Design:
The new Samsung NX30 lets all users, from everyday photo-enthusiasts to aspiring and professional photographers, discover life’s hidden moments and share them simply and immediately. The NX30 is a high performance camera that offers the benefits of a DSLR but in a portable and compact body. It is ideal for those who want to capture stunning detail without the bulk that often accompanies high-end cameras. The Samsung NX30 features a unique eye-level Tiltable Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), so photographs can be taken from different viewpoints with ease.  The Samsung NX30 is also sleek in design, ergonomic and easy to handle. It offers complete stability and sits comfortably in the photographer’s hand, allowing for the focus to be on creating compositions rather than handling an uncomfortable device.

Canada Suspends Voluntary Commonwealth Funds

Canada Suspends Voluntary Commonwealth Funds
Canada Suspends Voluntary Commonwealth Funds
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada will suspend $20 million in funding to the Commonwealth while the chair of the secretariat is occupied by Sri Lanka.
Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotted the Commonwealth summit last year(2013) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, because of concerns about the government's human rights record.
Meanwhile Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma also has expressed his disappointment over the decision taken by Canada to suspend funding to the Commonwealth.

Issuing a statement Mr. Sharma said,

Sri Lanka to open Coconut Park to promote tourism in the East Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka to open Coconut Park to promote tourism in the East Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka to open Coconut Park to promote tourism
 in the East Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan government with the dual goal of developing coconut production and promoting tourism in the East plans to open a model Coconut Park in Pasikuda in the Eastern Province,Sri Lanka.

The Pasikuda Model Coconut Park, to be opened adjoining to Pasikuda Bay soon, is a joint project by the Ministry of Coconut Development and Janatha Estate Development and Coconut Development Board.

The 238-acre park is being constructed in an area in the Eastern Province where thousands of tourists are attracted to the white sandy beaches of Pasikuda. A 25-acre area adjoining the coconut park will be developed as a tourist zone.

Pakistani delegation visits Sri Lanka

Gems and Jewellery
Gems and Jewellery
A high powered delegation of Pakistan's Gilgit - Baltistan Legislative Assembly members and officials led by Speaker Mr Wazir Baig, recently visited Sri Lanka on an exposure visit to study the Gems and Jewellery sector policy framework.

The visit was aimed to help Gilgit - Baltistan to devise policies to support efforts to improve the livelihoods of small-scale gemstone miners in the area. It will further improve the capacities to replicate the success stories of best practices adopted by Sri Lanka in gemstone mining, cutting and polishing.

Members of the delegation included Mr. Jamil Ahmed, Deputy Speaker, GB Legislative Assembly, Muhammad Naseer Khan, Minister for Mines and Minerals, Chief Secretary, Government of Gilgit-Baltistan, Muhammad Younus Dagha, Mr. Mutabiat Shah, Member, GB Legislative Assembly, as well as officials and representatives of Rupani Foundation and AKRSP.

The National Blood Transfusion Service Sri Lanka Gets Access to Critical Evidence-based Research Information

The National Blood Transfusion Service Sri Lanka Gets Access to Critical Evidence-based Research Information
The National Blood Transfusion Service Sri Lanka Gets
 Access to Critical Evidence-based Research Information
Evidentia Publishing is pleased to announce that the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) of Sri Lanka will be utilizing the Transfusion Evidence Library - a unique, online database providing high quality, evidence-based information for all research related to transfusion medicine - in support of their efforts to ensure quality and safety of blood and blood components.

Dr. Anil Dissanayake, Director of the National Blood Transfusion Service Sri Lanka, commented, “Through our nationally coordinated system, we ensure the quality, safety and effectiveness of blood supply and related clinical, academic and research services in accordance with national requirements and WHO recommendations. Now the medical staff of NBTS can access the Transfusion Evidence Library to research the best practices, recommendations and alternatives in transfusion medicine and apply them to improve our services.”

Lights Go Out As Oman Air Marks Earth Hour

Oman Air HQ
Oman Air HQ
The lights went out across Oman Air’s network of 43 international destinations, as Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, joined millions of people around the world in marking Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a campaign which was launched by WWF in 2007. It has since grown into a global movement which crowdsources actions from individuals, businesses, organisations and governments to generate environmental outcomes, encouraging innovation and creativity for the planet.

The airline’s headquarters in Muscat, Oman, took the lead for Oman Air and was joined by all its stations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa in confirming its commitment to protecting the environment. Only Oman Air’s essential services were exempt from taking part in the initiative.

Sri Lanka Win ICC World T20 Trophy

Sri Lanka Win ICC World T20 Trophy
 Sri Lanka Win ICC World T20 Trophy
Sri Lanka won the 2014 T20 World Cup after defeating India by 6 wickets in the final  in Mirpur. Legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene were playing their last game of the T20s and they finished their T20 career on a high, both playing instrumental roles in Sri Lanka's success.

Wining the toss Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga elected to bowl first,India managed only 130-4 in their 20 overs.

The veteran left-hander knocked a 35-ball 52 not out in his last T20 match to guide the Sri Lankan chase of a modest 131-run target in 17.5 overs at Shere Bangla stadium.