Tiesh by Lakmini Celebrates 20 years as a Gems & Jewellery Specialist

Tiesh Diamond Collection
Tiesh Diamond Collection
 Tiesh by Lakmini has been at the forefront of modern and contemporary jewellery designing since its inception. Over the years the company has earned a reputation for its high quality jewellery and has also been recognized as a leading gem stone specialist in the country. An intriguing haven for discerning jewellery enthusiasts, Tiesh by Lakmini is located at No. 253, R A De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03. The store showcases a mesmerizing selection of gems and a glamorous range of elegantly designed jewellery items and collections, created to suit a variety of preferences.

Formerly known as Lakmini (Pvt) Ltd, Tiesh founded by Lasantha De Fonseka has been a legendary provider of precious stones and exquisitely hand-crafted jewellery for decades. Tiesh initially commenced operations in Kandy to meet the growing demand for gems and jewellery in the tourism industry.

Envoy Facility Management Services Pvt. Ltd. at US Trade Fair jointly organized by the U.S. Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce

Envoy Facility Management Services Pvt. Ltd CEO Mr. Omer Fareed (third from left) with Ms Michele J Sison, US Ambassador in Sri Lanka (second from left), Mr Warren Mills the Group HR Manager and Ms Fahmida Mohamed, Business Development Executive at Envoy Facility Management Services Pvt. Ltd.
Envoy Facility Management Services Pvt. Ltd CEO Mr. Omer Fareed (third from left)
 with Ms Michele J Sison, US Ambassador in Sri Lanka (second from left),
Mr Warren Mills the Group HR Manager and Ms Fahmida Mohamed,
Business Development Executive at Envoy Facility Management Services Pvt. Ltd.
Envoy Facility Management Services Pvt. Ltd., pioneers in Business Startup Services, Investment Consultancy, and End to End Business Process Outsourcing Services, participated at the Trade Fair held at the Hilton Residences, Colombo on 29th Monday 2014.
It had been an amazing platform which paved the space to the local investors who intend to boost their business, to meet with the US Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Ms Michele J Sison and encouraged respected US citizens who are prominent business leaders with enduring faith in Sri Lanka’s economic potential for business ventures in Sri Lanka.
Envoy Facility Management Services Pvt. Ltd CEO Mr. Omer Fareed stated that the event favored range of valuable opportunities for the company including meeting potential customers, exploring into new and improved business models and building a strong reputation in the industry.

Envoy Facility Management Services Pvt. Ltd plans to be present t other international trade shows in future and to engage in win- win partnerships.

Arpico PVC Pipes and Fittings awarded with ISO 9001:2008 certification

From left: Mr. Lalith Wijesinghe (Director Manufacturing – Arpitech PVT LTD), Mr. Gamini Dharmawardhana (Deputy Director General – Sri Lanka Standards institute), Mr. Sunil Liyanage – (Managing Director, Local Manufacturing and Distribution Sector - Arpico), Mr. Shantha Kularathne (Director Distribution, Local Manufacturing and Distribution Sector - Arpico), Mr. Derrick Perera – (Head of Marketing – Local Manufacturing and Distribution Sector - Arpico), Mr. Sanjeewa Thushara (Finance Manager, Local Manufacturing and Distribution Sector - Arpico), Mr. Duminda Perera (Head of Sales – Arpico Hardware Sector), Mr. Gayan Wickramaarachchi – (Business Development Manager –Arpico PVC), Mr. Tilak Premakumara (Factory Manager – Arpico PVC)
Having established a strong corporate focus on quality and reliability across its processes, Richard Pieris and Company PLC is one of the largest and most successful diversified business conglomerates active in Sri Lanka. Over the last 82 years, the company has grown to encompass a wide array of businesses across several sectors. Its main brand Arpico, is a household name and covers a wide variety of products and services including the production of top-of-the-line PVC Pipes and fittings utilized across the island. In a recent step forward on its journey to being Sri Lanka’s complete water solutions provider, Arpico PVC was awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification, in addition to the existing certifications for SLS 147 for PVC pipes, SLS 659 for Fittings and SLS 935 for solvent cement.

Speaking on the accreditation and what it means to the business, Mr. Gayan Wickramaarachchi – Business Development Manager explained, “ISO 9001:2008 is the pinnacle world renowned system certification for the production process of a company. This certification ensures that quality management systems are in place, practiced and monitored throughout the production process – guaranteeing that customers receive the highest quality products. From a company perspective, it makes it possible for Arpico PVC to minimize wastage, production costs and ensure that these savings translate down to customers.”

Oman Air hosts Annual Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Sri Lanka

The Asia Pacific country managers and district sales managers with Oman Air’s Chief Operating Officer, Chief Commercial Officer, General Manager - Worldwide Sales, Senior Manager Sales – Asia Pacific, Regional Sales Support Officer and the Acting General Manager - Revenue Optimization.
The Asia Pacific country managers and district sales managers with Oman Air’s Chief Operating Officer,
Chief Commercial Officer, General Manager - Worldwide Sales, Senior Manager Sales – Asia Pacific,
Regional Sales Support Officer and the Acting General Manager - Revenue Optimization.
 The annual Oman Air Asia Pacific Regional Conference was recently held at the Taj Colombo. The conference was attended by all of Oman Air’s country managers and district sales managers from the Asia Pacific region. Following the conference, the Oman Air Sri Lanka team hosted a cocktail event for the airline’s top performing agents in Sri Lanka, which was attended by the newly appointed Chief Operating Officer of Oman Air, Abdulrahaman Al-Busaidy.

The conference was successful in promoting Sri Lanka as a key tourist destination in the region. Prior to the conference, the Oman Air Sri Lanka team facilitated a familiarization tour of the country and showcased Sri Lanka’s cultural diversity to the group. As part of their tour, the delegates visited a variety of Sri Lankan tourist attractions and were treated to an evening of cultural entertainment on their visit to Kandy.

Samsung redefines smartphone design with GALAXY Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Electronics unveils newly designed GALAXY Alpha in Sri Lanka and announces new partnership with Dialog.

Digital technology leader, Samsung Electronics, recently unveiled the GALAXY Alpha, which showcases Samsung’s new approach to design. At the unveiling ceremony, Samsung introduced the newly designed GALAXY Alpha and announced the company’s partnership with Dialog.

The GALAXY Alpha features a sophisticated design in a carefully constructed compact body with a metal frame and a solid finish, while still maintaining the flagship GALAXY experience. Elegant and practical, the new GALAXY Alpha is the optimal convergence of style and cutting-edge technology.

Commenting on the GALAXY Alpha, H.K. Chang, Managing Director, Samsung India Electronics - Sri Lanka Branch Office said, “The GALAXY Alpha offers consumers an entirely new experience and focuses on both beauty and functionality. The GALAXY Alpha is a device which encompasses a stunning metal frame with a slim and light design along with powerful hardware and features. The combination of the GALAXY Alpha’s seamless design and innovative features provides a completely unique and exceptional user experience.”

JKOA wins top honours at Toshiba Annual Distributor Meeting

JKOA Toshiba Diamond Award
From Left: Minoru Yoshida - General Manager (EI) Toshiba Singapore (PTE) Ltd,
Malik Edwin - Head of Marketing JKOA / Asst Vice President John Keells Group,
Sanjeewa De Saram - Product Manager JKOA,
Hidetaka Nonami - Vice President Toshiba Tec Corporation,
Janoda Thoradeniya - CEO JKOA / Vice President John Keells Group,
Priyanath Fernando - Head of Services JKOA,
 Neville Samaranayake - Head of Sales JKOA,
Daniel Ong - Country Manager (EI) Toshiba Singapore (PTE) Ltd.

Sri Lankan distributor outperforms region

John Keells Office Automation (JKOA), the leader in office automation solutions, won top honours once again at Toshiba’s Annual Distributor Meeting 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it bagged the coveted ‘Diamond’ award.  The company, which has received performance prizes for the past fifteen years consecutively, counts two Diamond Awards to its list of accolades, the highest form of recognition given by its principals.

A subsidiary of the John Keells Holdings PLC technology arm, JKOA offers innovative products and services of the highest standards as the authorised distributor for world renowned office automation brands. The leading technology provider in the local market, it has been the authorised distributor for Toshiba Copiers since its inception in 1992, awarded by principals Toshiba Singapore Pvt. Ltd.

Dulux’s Visualizer App Brings Colour Confidence to Sri Lanka

– The Dulux Visualiser App allows a user to envision the room in various colour options before making a purchase.
– The Dulux Visualiser App allows a user to envision the room
 in various colour options before making a purchase.

First augmented reality ‘picture it before you paint it’ app allows users to see their walls in hundreds of colours

AkzoNobel Paints Lanka announced the global launch of the Visualizer app at an event attended by Architects and Interior Designers at The Kingsbury Hotel recently.  For the first time in their own home, this new, ground-breaking app will allow users to colour their walls and see the result in real-time, as they move about their rooms, before applying a single drop of paint. The Dulux Visualizer app is free of charge and available now for iPhones, iPads and Android
A 2013 Global Colour Survey from Dulux showed that 93% of respondents believed that colour has the power to change a person’s mood and make them happy but over three quarters (76%) were afraid of making the wrong colour choice.  Dulux Visualizer aims to overcome this and help people around the world dare to add colour to their lives.

With an innovative use of augmented reality, customers are able to picture it before they paint it and to see exactly how hundreds of real shades of paint would look in their own rooms. The smart app can tell the difference between wall space, furniture and fixtures and will cleverly paint around them in real-time, as users move their smartphone or tablet about the room. Customers can quickly and easily swap between paints and the app’s additional masking-tape feature allows users to ‘tape’ off sections of their walls, paint each a different colour, and view first-hand how shades work together.

Adam Flamer-Caldera, Model of the Moment in New York, Sri Lanka’s first Super Model


Brunello Cucinelli
Brunello Cucinelli
In little less than a year, the renowned Sri Lankan model Adam Flamer-Caldera has become one of Ford Model’s most prized and sought after professional models. This dynamic young man is currently on track to become one of New York’s rising stars in the modelling sphere, all whilst studying to become a doctor at one of the most prestigious medical university’s in the world. The year is still not over, and it seems like Adam has already accomplished everything a model in New York can dream of.

 Having finished New York Fashion Week, where he once again walked the catwalk for some of the world’s most iconic brands, he went on to do a series of prestigious assignments in Brazil for top fashion brands. Today, he is one of the busiest models at Ford Models. Ford Models is one of the most renowned modelling agencies in the world and being selected by such a prestigious agency is in its own right, a great achievement. The agency’s portfolio features the biggest brands in international fashion and Adam was one of the 20 young models selected to represent these brands at New York Fashion Week this year. 

CIC-Platignum Proudly Sponsors Tiny Birds Colouring Contest 2014


Platignum Logo
Platignum Logo
 The Platignum brand from CIC Holdings recently sponsored the Tiny Birds Colouring Contest 2014 in an effort to encourage the artistic development of children in Sri Lanka. Tiny Birds is a monthly magazine which is published for pre-school children to develop their artistic talent as well as their physical and mental well-being. At the event, children were recognized for their creativity and were presented with certificates as well as gold, silver and bronze medals accordingly.  By supporting the event with a Gold sponsorship, Platignum recognizes the importance of developing creativity in children and remains committed towards CIC’s goal of nurturing all aspects of people’s lives. CIC has extended the Tiny Birds contest by introducing sub art competitions to broaden the horizons of the winners and provide them with additional rewards to fuel their creativity.

Mihin Lanka expands with new Lahore route and increased flight frequencies to the Seychelles

Rohana Perera - Head of Commercial, Mihin Lanka
Rohana Perera - Head of Commercial, Mihin Lanka
Mihin Lanka, Sri Lanka’s national low-cost carrier will expand its operations this winter by introducing flights to Lahore in Pakistan and increasing its frequencies to the Seychelles. Mihin Lanka already services several destinations in the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and Far East and will expand further to meet the growing demand for flights due to an increase in tourism and trade.

Commenting on the new route to Lahore, Rohana Perera, Head of Commercial, Mihin Lanka, said, “Lahore is Pakistan’s second largest city and contributes to 60 percent of Pakistan’s GDP. The new route will enhance regional connectivity and strengthen economic and trade ties between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.  The potential for export cargo is immense in Lahore as the city is a thriving commercial hub and exports textiles, raw material, carpets, sports goods, surgical equipment, fresh fruits and vegetables. There is also a significant demand for cargo uplifts from Sri Lanka to Pakistan, especially with the export of beetle leaves which are in high demand.