CA Lanka launches Degree program
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka)
launched its first degree program in applied accounting recently.
The new degree is a landmark in the tertiary education sector of Sri
Lanka and aspires to bridge the growing gap in university level
education in the country due to the limited intake to local
CA Sri Lanka President, Sujeewa Rajapakse said that the BSc in
Applied Accounting which has been approved by the University Grants
Commission is yet another feat in the institute's continuing endeavour
to provide the country's youth with the best qualifications in the
Zigo launches Nebula 6.9 Tab
Zigo Mobile, operated by UAE free zone company Serendib Ventures has
launched Nebula 6.9 Tab, a mobile personal computer.
The seven-inch multi-touch screen tablet has been designed with
Android ICS 4.0 software and a one Ghz Dual Core Processor with a media
tech chip set.
The Nebula 6.9 has a 512 MB RAM internal storage and a two GB
internal memory, is sleek, and receptive to the touch. The tab is
equipped with a dual camera, a three mega pixel camera at the back and a
1.3 mega pixel at front, enabling customers to ‘soar through the
HNB selected as ‘Best Retail Bank'
Hatton National Bank (HNB) was named ‘Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka'
by ‘The Asian Banker’ for its performance in 2012 at the 12th
International Excellence in the Retail Financial Services Awards
The Bank received the award at ‘The International Excellence in
Retail Financial Services 2013 Awards’ ceremony, held in conjunction
with the region's retail banking event, Excellence in Retail Financial
Services Convention. The ceremony was held in South Korea recently.
'Union Health Week' concludes
Union Assurance (UA) conducted a 'Union Health Week' islandwide
between March 21-30. During this campaign UA's advisers met the public
and discussed ways in which one can plan for health emergencies through
affordable health insurance and investments.
“This was a first in UA's history of life insurance and was supported
by over 4,000 UA advisers on the field. Union Assurance has identified
the need for a comprehensive, affordable health insurance schemes for
families to manage their healthcare proactively, and to take advantage
of improvements in healthcare facilities while reducing the burden of
escalating costs associated with such services,” a spokesman for the
'No Time to Waste'
Cinnamon Grand's Green Team in collaboration with Think Green (Pvt)
Ltd conducted an e-waste awareness program at the Asian International
School for 200 students between 14-16.
Cinnamon Grand’s pioneering ‘No Time To Waste’ environmental campaign
in Colombo schools is part of its commitment to share knowledge and
environment-friendly practices with the younger generation.
The initiative was launched on World Environment Day 2012 at Ladies’
College with 100 students participating in the interactive and
educational awareness sessions, conducted by Cinnamon Grand’s Green Team
members in collaboration with Think Green (Pvt) Ltd.
The program aims at encouraging e-waste recycling among
Seri launches green tea skin care range
The Seri green tea beauty skin care range was launched by Seri
Naturals recently at the Heladiv Tea Club at the Dutch Hospital shopping
precincts. Maria Al-Kasas, the winner of Seri Miss Sri Lanka Online 2012
and the official face of the range was present.
The range has a face wash, face scrub, toner, moisturising lotion and
a shower gel.
Brand Director, Seri Naturals Shayana Ameresekere said, “With over
4,000 years of use in China, it is no surprise that green tea was found
to be healthy and nourishing for your skin. I am excited to introduce
the Seri green tea beauty skin care range which is packed with natural
antioxidants that repair damaged cells and maintain the skin's
elasticity, giving you a radiant and more youthful appearance.”
ICTA exhibition and seminar in Jaffna
A seminar and exhibition on how ICT makes business grow will be held
in Jaffna, an Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri
Lanka (ICTA) official said.
The two-fold event organised by ICTA will be held on April 7 from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pillaiyar Inn, Jaffna on to promote the effective
use of ICT in business and making the business community aware of the
benefits it can bring.
The two-pronged event in Jaffna, like its predecessors , will give
the business community in Jaffna an ideal opportunity to explore various
products and solutions under one roof. It will enable companies to
interact with one another and find solutions that can be tailor-made for
“The series of exhibitions and seminars are being held under the
Domestic IT Small and Medium Business (SMB) Linkages Program of ICTA's
Investment and Private Sector Development Program,” an ICTA spokesman
The goal of the project is to promote the introduction and
utilisation of ICT in businesses and SMEs throughout a network of
regional towns (majority being outside Colombo).
There are many IT SMEs in Sri Lanka with technology offerings which
could fulfil the needs of businesses including SMEs in the public and
private sectors. It is also necessary to create an opportunity for
IT-SMEs to showcase their products and service offerings.
The event is partnered by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the
Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Yarlpanam.
PAB goes for Suwasavi Fixed Deposit
Pan Asia Bank (PAB) has introduced an innovative product Suwasavi
Fixed Deposit which provides a free medical insurance cover for the
depositor and his or her family.
“The idea behind the introduction of this product is to enable every
person who wants to provide healthcare to their loved ones, to do so
without eroding the family's future savings. With Suwasavi Fixed
Deposits, customers continue to build their future savings by earning an
attractive interest while providing the best healthcare to their loved
one should the need arise,” a spokesman for the bank said.
Bernanke defends continuing low interest rates
US Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke has defended the continuing
low-interest-rate policies of the US Federal Reserve and Central Banks
in Europe, saying they are helping to boost the global economy. The Fed
governor's comments come after some analysts have voiced concern that
such low rates are cutting the value of currencies of advanced nations.
These critics say this may put the developing world at a disadvantage.
US rates have been between 0 percent and 0.25 percent since December
2008. Bernanke said, “Because stronger growth in each (advanced) economy
confers beneficial spillovers to trading policies, these policies are
not ‘beggar-thy-neighbour’ but rather ‘enrich-thy-neighbour’ actions.”