Red rice bran good for diabetes control
By Sapumali GALAGODA
The bran of selected Sri Lankan traditional red rice varieties are
good natural sources for the control of diabetes according to research
carried out by the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI).
Diabetes mellitus is currently one of the most chronic diseases and a
condition that is increasing in epidemic proportions throughout the
world including Sri Lanka.
Abnormal glucose metabolism in diabetic patients cause blood glucose
levels to increase. Prolonged hyperglycaemia results in the formation of
Advanced Glycated End products (AGEs) in body tissues. The AGEs
contribute to the development and progression of several diabetic
complications such as peripheral neuropathy, cataract, impaired wound
healing, vascular damage, arterial wall stiffening and decreased
Diabetes can be managed by retarding the absorption of glucose
through the inhibition of the carbohydrate hydrolysing enzymes such as
amylase in the digestive tract.
Another mode of diabetes management is the discovery and
investigation of AGE inhibitors and AGE cross-links breaking compounds.
Rice bran is an important by-product produced worldwide in enormous
It is currently underutilised in spite of its high potential to be
used as a functional ingredient or as a neutraceutical.
A research officer attached to the biotechnology unit, Ms. Kanchana
Abeysekara studied amylase inhibition, antiglycation, AGE cross links
breaking capacity and anti hyperglycaemic activity of the rice bran
under the supervision of ITI's herbal technology section head, Dr.
Ethanolic extracts of bran of 25 traditional and 15 improved Sri
Lankan rice varieties were screened for amylase inhibition,
antiglycation and AGEs cross links breaking capacity in vitro.
Varieties which had the highest inhibitory activities were further
studied for dose response relationship and invivo anti-hyper glycaemic
Results of this study demonstrated that most of the selected Sri
Lankan rice varieties had very high amylase inhibition, antiglycation
and AGE cross links breaking capacity.
An interesting observation of the study was the significant
difference among red and white pericarp rice varieties for amylase
inhibition, antiglycation, AGE cross links breaking capacity.
Brans of Masuran, Sudu Henneti, Goda Heeneti and Dik wee, four
traditional Sri Lankan rice varieties which exhibited the highest
amylase inhibition, antiglycation and AGE cross links breaking capacity
in a dose dependent manner.
Significant reduction in blood glucose level at 15 and 30 min
compared to the control confirmed the antihyperglycaemic activity of
bran of red rice.
This is the first study report regarding antiglycation activity and
advanced glycation end products cross links breaking capacity.
zMessenger/Sri Lanka Cricket launch 'Hit Cricket Show'
zMessenger (Pvt) Ltd. a premier integrated mobile media company,
entered into an agreement with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to develop and
transmit mobile based value added services to cricket fans of Sri Lanka
all around the world. The agreement was signed between zMessenger (Pvt)
Ltd. and Sri Lanka Cricket in Colombo recently.
The 'Hit Cricket Show' on Rupavahini, will be telecast every Friday
from 7.00 - 8.00 pm targeting all cricket enthusiasts.
The TV program is presented by Kelum Srimal, Akalanka Ganegama,
Saranga Disasekara and Charika Wanigasekara.
Segments including 'Behind the Scene', 'CricRoundup', 'Cricbook',
'Future Master', 'OMG' and the 'SMS Game show' promise the audience an
Secretary, Sri Lanka Cricket Nishantha Ranatunga said, " We find the
present season most appropriate to launch 'The Hit Cricket Show'.
The partnership with zMessenger has enabled us to expand and utilise
cricket content more widely and effectively.
Sri Lanka Cricket will promote cricket more aggressively through
collaboration with a variety of media.
Cricket fans will experience mobile streaming, coaching tips,
commentaries, obtain exclusive match/event videos and listen to
cricketers' gossip on mobile, as and when it happens".
The exclusive partnership with zMessenger will help Sri Lanka Cricket
to reach out to a vast cross-section of fans, both local and global real
time and engage them in various activities including score and match-day
updates, mobile SMS and MMS contests, live audio mobile commentary, and
regular cricket alerts.
IFS South Asia launches competency centres for project-based
In the volatile world we live in, measuring the impact of global
events on a company's bottom line could make all the differences to its
IFS* General Manager and Director of Consulting Services South Asia,
Poorna Bandara, said that the latest trend among global firms that a
business solutions company deals with is, to manage businesses by
"The business environment today changes so rapidly that business
solutions have to be agile and factor the impact of these changes on the
outcome of a business," he said.
"From climate change to food security; from e-commerce to the change
in value of resources; the dynamism of the business environment makes it
impossible for us to assume what may happen five, 10 or 20 years down
the line. So the question we must ask ourselves is, are we ready, as
companies, to tackle this uncertain future? This is where the concept of
managing your business by projects comes in."
Manage your product
Global research and consultancy firm, Forrester Research, Inc,
identified the new way of managing businesses by projects in 2007 and
Bandara explained that within a few short years, it has gained
popularity across the globe. "Any business can have identifiable
projects," he explained, "A project is essentially a temporary endeavour
with defined goals and objectives, where resources are planned and
organised to fulfill it and the entire effort is limited by date,
funding or a deliverable.
The trend now is to adapt this concept across every part of the
The product life-cycle is one such example.
Due to the globalised nature of the businesses and rapidly changing
consumer trends, products are most often, short-lived and constantly
Thus, managers who consider the entire life-cycle of the product as a
project, would be able to more efficiently handle and complete the
According to Bandara, even in the best of times, many organisations
are unable to identify which of their operations are more profitable
than the rest.
"Unless you are able to separate your business by product, order or
service, know by cost and revenue how profitable each one is, and
analyse its profitability on an ongoing basis, you are at risk of
promoting losers and ignoring the truly cash generating ones," he
explained, "Therefore, by managing each process as a project, the
management will be informed and guided on the profitability of each on
an ongoing basis, making it an attractive solution during any part of
the economic cycle."
Project-Based Solutions (PBS) can provide visibility into the future,
while the concept of management by project assumes businesses are
unpredictable, technology is the tool to implement it and also provide
some form of visibility into the future.
"Technology allows us to create business solutions that are agile and
representative of the physical business process," Bandara said. "As a
tool, it also exposes businesses to best practices and other global
Some industries, such as construction and contracting, ship building,
EPCI, utilities and telecom, oil and gas, are naturally project-based,
where every activity is monitored in detail.
"The trend is to have that level of scrutiny across other industries.
Can you scrutinise a product, service, or order to a minute level of
detail? This is where a PBS comes in.
When the business environment changes dynamically and you need to
measure how your business and profitability will be affected, a PBS will
allow the management to carry out a simulation where you can change a
parameter to see what the impact is on your business."
However, technology alone will not be enough for the implementation
of the concept.
Bandara explained that it's also vital to have three other key
elements, namely, good project managers for each area, project teams
with personnel skilled in multiple processes, and agile organisations.
"An agile organisation is vital for managing businesses by projects,"
Bandara said, "while firms that operate in silos make it difficult to
Therefore, in several instances, a cultural shift is also required
and a strong foundation to implement this thinking is crucial for its
"Since the Research and Development arm of IFS is located here, our
consultants are familiar with global trends and have worked with firms
across the globe in successfully implementing PBS systems," he said, "In
fact, due to our expertise, we have launched Colombo and Kandy as PBS
*IFS, a Swedish company was founded in 1983.
Symantec enhances Partner Program
Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) announced the Symantec Partner Program,
designed to help partners in Sri Lanka build competitive advantage,
improve recognition, and increase profitability.
The enhanced Symantec Partner Program is based on a specialist model,
rewarding the knowledge and expertise a partner has in a solution area
With its enhanced Partner Program, Symantec has also introduced a
Master Specialisation category and a further three new Specialisations
designed to empower partners to deliver greater value to customers.
The enhanced Symantec Partner Program recognises partners' investment
in Symantec, as well as Symantec's commitment to its partners.
Specialised partners will be rewarded with increased rebates, access
to enablement resources, and recognition by Symantec and customers.
Specialisations and revenue will be a requirement for attaining
Silver, Gold and Platinum partner level status in the Symantec Partner
"As we continue to increase our focus in Sri Lanka, we are seeing
businesses today looking for partners that can provide higher
competencies and value-added services to address the challenges and
complexities of their business environment," said Managing Director,
India and SAARC Symantec, Ajay Goel.
"Symantec's Partner Program enhancements acknowledge these shifts in
the market by offering our partners opportunities to specialise in key
growth areas to differentiate their business, maximise returns on
investment and accelerate profitability."
"We constantly strive to enable our partner community and Symantec's
Enhanced Partner Program will help us provide our customers with
superior value and sustainable revenue opportunities," said Sanjaya
Padmaperuma, Vice President, South Asian Technologies (SAT).
Symantec specialisations recognise and reward partners with advanced
knowledge and expertise in a solution area or market segment.
Symantec is introducing three new specialisations - Data Protection,
High Availability, and Storage Management and now offers nine
specialisations to its partners in APJ.
As partners achieve specialisations and deepen their expertise in
Symantec solutions, Symantec will continue to provide them with
additional resources to help differentiate themselves, deliver greater
value to customers and take advantage of new market opportunities.
Symplus is Symantec's new partner incentive promotion for members of
the Symantec Partner Program.
The program recognises partners through cash rewards for their
efforts in selling Symantec products, promoting solutions, obtaining
technical accreditations, and registering and closing opportunities. The
rewards will be redeemed through a Symplus Visa Prepaid Debit Card.
Symantec IQ for Partners provides partners with access to product and
solution content created by Symantec experts. Partners can search
Symantec's online repository for documents, presentations and tools to
secure sales and better support customers.
Symantec IQ also includes forums for partners and Symantec experts to
communicate on topics centered on being a Specialised partner.
Partner Support Centre for Marketing acts as a help desk for partners
wanting to leverage the broad range of marketing tools and programs
available to them to generate new business and maximise their
participation in the Symantec Partner Program.
It provides partners with a single resource for all campaigns,
promotions, resources and tools to help them get the most of their
investment in Symantec.
Pyxle powers booking system for Hotel Renuka
Pyxle was selected by Renuka City Hotel PLC, to engineer the solution
for an online room reservation and booking system, a company
Directors of Hotel
Renuka at the launch of the redesigned website
The Pyxle.RES solution (RES solution) deployed at other major hotels
in Sri Lanka, was selected by Renuka, based on the functionality,
support and scalability offered by Pyxle.
The system was launched simultaneously with the "Rediscover Renuka"
refurbishment at the hotel; which culminated with the entire re-launch
of the Hotel for 2011.
More customers globally and locally tend to use the benefits of an
online reservation and booking system to make travel reservations.
The experience of using the internet for inspecting hotel rooms,
facilities and local activities together with special offers and secured
transactions is the primary reason for many customers making
reservations online. Travellers may experience control over detailed
preferences, destination options and the ability to personalise travel
plans on advanced reservation systems.
Recent industry case studies showcase that many global hotels and
motel chains have successfully implemented the use of online hotel
reservation software to increase profitability.
Corporations have realised the significant cost savings through
reduced cycle time, increased use of direct transactions between hotel
and guest together with better cash-flow through the complete prepayment
Sex domain .xxx given final approval by Icann
Internet overseer Icann has given final approval to the creation of
an internet domain dedicated to pornography.
The move to create a top level ".xxx" domain - similar to ".com" and
".org", ends a 10-year battle over the virtual red-light district.
Icann gave initial approval last year, but carried out further
consultation checks over the application.
It is now poised to sign an agreement with the ICM Registry, which is
backing the domain, to make .xxx a reality.
Supporters say the domain will make it easier to filter out
But many pornographers worry that the move could mail their content.
Religious groups have argued that giving pornography sites their own
domain legitimises the content.
Icann, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, said
in a draft paper ahead of approving the decision: "The Icann community
has engaged in extensive debate as well, with this single issue
generating higher volumes of community comment than nearly any other
issue ever faced within Icann."
The organisation oversees the internet's addressing system and
demands that new top level domains, such as
.biz, must be "sponsored" in that they must serve the needs of a
ICM said last year that it had more than 110,000 pre-reservations for
Initial approval for .xxx was given in 2005 but this was rescinded
following protests from politically conservative groups.
Icann also said it was worried that it would be asked to police
content - a role it was not created for.
In February 2010, a panel of US judges said Icann erred in denying
the approval of the domain.
Icann accepted that ruling and began a public consultation process on
whether the domain should be approved.