All-new Bath Store to meet every conceivable bath requirement

The epitome of simplistic elegance
The epitome of simplistic elegance
The Bath Store, a first-of-its-kind in Sri Lanka, is set to meet every conceivable bathroom need under one roof while offering absolute convenience.  Committed to uncompromising quality and elegance, The Bath Store will enable the creation and outfitting of bathrooms that suit every individual need, offering chic products with a superior finish at a reasonable price.

The brainchild of Director Ranil Samarawickrema, the store is a first-of-its-kind and will feature standard bathroom hardware in addition to day-to-day needs – from spa soaps at non spa prices, towels and bathrobes to taps and fittings, high quality toilet rolls and everything in between.

With an inclination for innovation, Mr. Samarawickrema plans to offer a new, all-embracing experience along with convenience, by providing high quality bathroom products under one roof with highly-trained staff at hand to advise and guide customers.

DFCC Vardhana Bank opens fully fledged branch in Welimada

The new Wellimada branch
The new Wellimada branch
DFCC Vardhana Bank (DVB), Sri Lanka’s fastest growing commercial bank expands its network with its most recent branch opening in Welimada, a town in the Badulla district. The ceremonial opening of the new DVB branch took place on Thursday the 16th of October 2014 and was attended by Lakshman Silva, Chief Executive Officer, DFCC Vardhana Bank along with DVB’s senior management and staff.

EXIM Bank Malaysia impressed by Sri Lanka’s economic performance and Vision 2020

Dato Adissadikin Ali (President/CEO of EXIM Bank Malaysia)
Dato Adissadikin Ali (President/CEO of EXIM Bank Malaysia)

Ready to play an active role in development of financing opportunities

Following positive discussions with local authorities, EXIM Bank Malaysia President Adissadikin Bin Ali and Head of Banking Nor Shahmir Bin Nor Shahid ended an official visit to Sri Lanka with a press conference on October 15th.  Joined by H.E. Mr. Azmi Zainuddin, High Commissioner of Malaysia in Sri Lanka, the EXIM Bank representatives announced the Bank’s expansion plans in Sri Lanka observing several conducive market factors.

The representatives noted that Sri Lanka’s above average economic growth of 7%, together with prudent policy efforts at all levels in recent years has placed its economy on much firmer ground.  It has found world attention with a growth story that remains an inspiration to the South East Asian trading block. According to the results of the OECD Development Centre’s Medium-Term Projection Framework (MPF-2014), Real GDP growth across Emerging Asian economies is projected to be robust over the 2014-2018 periods. In this context, over the medium to longer term, the Sri Lankan balance sheet is poised to grow significantly given its dynamic people, its strategic positioning and proximity to markets, such as East Asia and the African and Middle East trading blocks.

Hameedia showcases its collection at HSBC CFW Resort Show 2014


Hameedia Mens Collection at CFW Resort Show 2014
Hameedia Mens Collection at CFW Resort
Show 2014 
Continuously setting the benchmark in the fashion industry, Hameedia, showcased an exclusive fusion power look by the FH collection at the third edition of the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week (CFW) Resort Show 2014 which took place recently at the Jetwing Blue, Negombo. Partnering with HSBC CFW for the last ten years and supporting the HSBC CFW Resort Show since its inception three years ago, Hameedia unveiled its sophisticated and chic men’s collection on the final day of the 2014 show.

The FH evening wear collection for CFW Resort Show featured a mix of trendy trousers, shirts, casual jackets, waist coats and three quarters. Drawing its inspiration from the sun set, the colours featured in the collection are catchy shades of blue, yellow and orange. The collection comprised of sleek and comfortable pieces made from natural fabrics such as cotton and linen which blended perfectly with the weather and were ideal for any occasion.

Amãna Takaful introduces ‘Suwasiri’ - the most affordable health Insurance policy available in Sri Lanka

Handing over the first few policies
Handing over the first few policies
Amãna Takaful, the only fully-fledged Takaful operation in the country and the flag bearer of the Takaful way of insurance in Sri Lanka recently introduced  ‘Suwasiri’, a health insurance policy designed to give all Sri Lankans peace of mind throughout periods of poor health.

This health insurance policy protects individuals and their loved ones in the event of unexpected illnesses and medical emergencies. ‘Suwasiri’ is also designed to ease the financial burden that policyholders experience during times of crisis.

Suwasiri’ is a simple and practical health insurance policy that offers policyholders an affordable cover in times of poor health.  An annual insurance coverage of Rs. 100,000/= can be obtained for an annual fee of Rs. 2,222/=. This covers administrative fees and doctor consultations as well as medication costs amounting to Rs. 30,000/=. ‘Suwasiri’ also covers the cost of hospitalisation, surgery, medical treatment, medicines, as well as any medical investigations required to determine treatments for ailments.

The ‘My Friend’ project continues to touch the lives of Sri Lankan children

Children of the 'My Friend' project
Children of the 'My Friend' project
The ‘My Friend’ project is an ongoing initiative that supports the educational needs of underprivileged children in Sri Lanka. The project is the brainchild of Fouzul Hameed, the Managing Director of the Hameedia Group and Sri Lanka’s premier menswear consultant who, years ago embarked on a mission to improve the lives of children in need across the country.

Since its inception, the ‘My Friend’ project has funded thousands of less-fortunate school children, helping them overcome poverty and difficult circumstances. The support that the project gives these children enables them to remain in school and improve their future prospects. Regardless of caste, creed or religion, the ‘My Friend’ project sponsors and supports children by providing them with financial aid as well as school equipment and various educational materials. The continued educational support that the project offers these children plays a pivotal role in preventing the common eventuality of school dropouts. 

Hutch enables Patient Management System at Teaching Hospital in Batticaloa

BatticaloHospitalandHutchTeam
BatticaloHospitalandHutchTeam
A landmark occasion was celebrated at the Teaching Hospital in Batticaloa earlier this month, when, with the support of Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, the hospital launched a Patient Management System designed to provide backup patient records within the hospital. In addition, the system also ensures that patients receive reminders regarding important follow up and vaccination appointments.
Ramzeena Morseth Lye - Head of Sales and Marketing, Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka, Dr.Karunakaran - Act.Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Srilal De Silva - Senior Consultant Pediatrician and Past President of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians, Dr.Grace Ananda - Acting Director, Teaching Hospital, Batticaloa and Dr.Angela Arulpragasam - Head, University Paediatric Unit, graced the event along with Mr.Alan Sathiadas who is credited with the design and development of the Patient Management System.   

CIC’s Life-Saving Kidney Dialysis Product

Mr Jayasekeran
Mr Jayasekeran

Improving the quality of patients’ lives with a simple and easy to use kidney dialysis treatment

The Pharmaceutical department of CIC’s Healthcare division is creating a significant impact in Sri Lanka’s healthcare sector by providing people with a simple and convenient kidney dialysis product. The peritoneal dialysis product distributed by CIC Pharmaceuticals is the only dialysis treatment of its kind available in Sri Lanka. The product is developed by Baxter USA, a global healthcare company with expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

There are two prevalent types of kidney diseases, the first is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and the second is End Stage Renal/Kidney Disease (ESRD). Whilst the first occurs over a longer period of time due to a variety of reasons including hypertension, the latter occurs when the kidneys are almost non-functional. It is estimated that out of every one million people in South East Asia, at least 120 suffer from kidney disease. In Sri Lanka, it is believed that there are approximately 2500 kidney patients suffering from End Stage Renal/Kidney Disease and 7500-8000 patients suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease. There has also been an increase in the number of cases being diagnosed in the North and Central provinces.

Mindshare’s Seninda and Supun win media award at Young Spikes Asia

Seninda Bandara (L) and Supun Hettiarachchi
Seninda Bandara (L) and Supun Hettiarachchi
Representing Sri Lanka at the Spikes Asia Festival, Mindshare team members Seninda Bandara and Supun Hettiarachchi did the country proud when they clinched the Bronze medal for ‘Young Spikes in Media’ recently.
The win at the regional Young Spikes competition was a significant victory for their company, with the GroupM agency Mindshare emerging as the only winner from Sri Lanka, outshining more complex markets such as Japan, India, Korea and Singapore.
The Spikes Asia Festival was held in Singapore, where Seninda and Supun competed amongst agencies in the APAC region. The winning campaign by Seninda and Supun addressed methods of improving tourism opportunities for Singapore, with the objectives of enhancing visits and driving advocacy. The duo was given three days to work on the project and five minutes to present.
Having identified the need gap for destination information as well as directions and travel options – with ‘map’ and ‘things to do’ being critical searches during pre- and post-arrival – they created a map to fill this gap and achieve the campaign objectives.  Having gathered information and insight, they proposed a campaign of a mobile app based on a map, titled the ‘Orchid Map’. This tied-in seamlessly with Singapore tourism, with the Orchid being the country’s national flower.

Oman Air is Readers’ Choice at Saveur’s Culinary Travel Awards

Oman Air's Business Class inflight dining
Oman Air's Business Class inflight dining
Oman Air’s mouth-watering First Class and Business Class inflight dining has been praised to the skies by readers of US-based luxury food magazine Saveur.

The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman has scooped the Readers’ Choice Award in the magazine’s annual Culinary Travel Awards, beating many of the biggest names in global air travel.

Announcing the award, Saveur magazine said:

The traditional Arabic greeting of dates and coffee is just the beginning of a dining service that focuses on the essential details that make a difference at 40,000 feet. It certainly set the right mood for our readers, who selected Oman Air’s first and business class dining as their favorite in 2014.”