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The Department of Textile and Clothing Technology presented the Graduation Fashion Show 2013 in Colombo last week. Fashion Design and Product Development graduates have contributed immensely to change the apparel industry in Sri Lanka which commenced as sweatshops in the late 1970s changed to a more competitive high value-added industry without depending on quotas or concessions such as GSP+. Today, the apparel industry of Sri Lanka is a ‘Total Solution Provider'. This year's principal sponsors of the fashion show were MAS holdings and Textured Jersey. The awards segment included Outstanding Designer Brand Award, Commercially Creative Designer Award, Serendib Inspirational Designer Award and Innovative Designer Award. Three new awards were added this year to encourage students to venture into new categories of designer fashion, Menswear Designer Award, Creative Knitwear Award and Innovative Textile Fabric Award. Pic: Thilak Perera

IT/BPO sector, a billion dollar industry soon

Bangladesh is ahead of Sri Lanka in the IT/BPO industry which has grown leaps and bounds, IFS Sri Lanka and South Asia, Managing Director Jayantha de Silva said. Consistent and coherent government policies have helped Bangladesh to spearhead growth in the IT/BPO sector which makes a salient contribution to the economy of the country.

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New tourism market in emerging economies

Sri Lanka is taking the initiative to reduce its dependency on Western markets and exploit opportunities in emerging economies and the government last week recorded its new initiative in attracting more Chinese tourists to the country. The Cabinet last week approved a proposal by Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa to invite 100 Chinese travel agents on a familiarisation tour of the country.

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SMS will help check credit card fraud

The number of credit and debit card theft and fraud is on the rise in Sri Lanka and globally due to the lack of a protective mechanism and the callous use of cards. Though there are no statistics on the exact number of thefts and frauds and the amount of money card users have lost,

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Kishu to contest AASL vice presidency

Managing Director of Chevron Lubricants Kishu Gomes will contest for a post of Vice President at the forthcoming Athletic Association of Sri Lanka (AASL) to be held later this month. At the request of key stake holders, Gomes last week handed over nominations to contest the AASL elections.

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Whale-watching:

Awareness campaign for stakeholders

Conservation (WDC) of UK launched a responsible whale and dolphin watching campaign in Sri Lanka to conserve the large sea mammals. The head of WDC whale watching program, Vanessa Williams-Grey and manager, corporate of the whales watching program of the WDC,

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Volume ventures into Lanka

Volume, a UK digital and technology company will invest Sterling Pounds 1 million for its operations in Sri Lanka, company sources said. Volume, Chief Executive Officer, Chris Sykes said that the company will increase its head-count by 100 percent this year and next year as well.

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