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Securing the enterprise in the era of BYOD
30-January-2015

It is no wonder that many businesses are cautious about Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Many businesses believe that allowing employees to use their own devices at work relinquishes too much control and leaves the door open to security threats. It is an understandable position but, as we shall see, an incorrect one.

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Sri Lankan shares end lower; Keells down on casino ban
29-January-2015 Reuters

Sri Lankan shares fell on Thursday from a near two-week closing high the previous session, led by John Keells Holdings Plc after the new government cancelled approval for it to help build a casino, brokers said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe on Thursday said the new government had blocked three casinos approved by the previous administration, including a $400-million project by Australian gaming mogul James Packer's Crown Resorts Ltd and John Keells Holdings Water Front properties.

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Sri Lanka blocks Australian mogul Packer's $400-mln casino project
29-January-2015 Reuters

Sri Lanka's new government has blocked three casinos approved by the previous administration, among them a $400-million project by Australian gaming mogul James Packer's Crown Resorts Ltd. The widely-expected move redeems an election pledge by new President Maithripala Sirisena to cancel the Crown Resorts licence. Sirisena won a Jan. 8 election, ending a decade of authoritarian rule by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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Ceylinco Life’s 8th Life Insurance Week to commence 11th February
29-January-2015

‘Who do you live for?’ will be the emotive theme of this year’s Life Insurance Week (LIW) programme to be conducted on a national scale by life insurance leader Ceylinco life, for the 8th consecutive year.

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Sri Lankan shares near 2-wk closing high; budget awaited
28-January-2015 Reuters

Sri Lankan shares hit a near two-week closing high on Wednesday, a day ahead of the new government's supplementary budget, on hopes of strong corporate earnings after the government implements its promised concessions and tax reductions on key commodities through the budget. President Maithripala Sirisena's administration will announce its first budget on Thursday and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told Reuters on Monday that the government aims to fulfil its election pledges, including tax cuts and salary hikes.

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Softcodeit Solutions celebrates a decade of excellence
28-January-2015

Softcodeit Solutions celebrated its 10th anniversary at a glamorous event held in Colombo recently in the presence of its team members, their families and well-wishers. Aptly themed ‘Celebrating a Decade of Excellence’, the gala event took its team members down memory lane with some nostalgic presentations on yesteryear events and recognized team members for their effort, loyalty and dedication.

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Oman Air Offers jaw - dropping rates to Germany
28-January-2015

The national airline of the Sultanate of Oman, Oman Air is offering incredible discounts on Business Class and Economy Class, for flights to Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin. The offer is applicable for bookings made from 28 – 30 January 2015 and is valid for travel from 28 January 2015 to 31 March 2015.

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IAC sponsors Jaffna International Trade Fair 2015
28-January-2015

With the end of a three decade civil war and the doors now opened for brands and businesses in a wide range of industries, Jaffna is considered to be amongst the most lucrative destinations today in Sri Lanka and the peninsula held its Jaffna International Trade Fair (JITF) for the sixth consecutive year for which Industrial Asphalts PLC (IAC) was a proud sponsor.

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Pears Baby & You
27-January-2015

Unilever’s most trusted baby care brand, Pears will bring the ‘Pears Happy Town’ to the Pears Baby & You exhibition which will be held from January 30th – February 1st at the BMICH. The Pears Happy Town will feature a variety of fun stops for the kids like the Pears Royal Palace, Pears Hospital and Pears Restaurant, including a chance for them to have fun dressing up as their favourite characters.

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Commercial Bank at Jaffna Int’l Trade Fair for 4th year
27-January-2015

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon continued its engagement with the people of Jaffna by participating in the Jaffna International Trade Fair for the fourth consecutive year recently.

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CAMMS enables Sri Lankan companies to capitalise on IT investments
27-January-2015

Understanding that the rapid growth in the Asian market demands greater efficiency from Sri Lankan organisations, CAMMS has bolstered its team in Colombo to ensure companies achieve intelligent performance.

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ETA Melco to hold its fourth global business strategic meeting in Sri Lanka
27-January-2015

ETA Melco, the global giant of providing end-to-end solutions for vertical transportation requirement, is holding its fourth global business strategic meeting this year in Sri Lanka. The event will take place from 28th January’15 to 01st February’15 at Anantaya Resort & Spa in Chilaw. Representatives including the management, functional heads and branch heads of the global network of ETA Melco will be heading their way to Sri Lanka with a view to reviewing their current business performances in each market and laying out action plans necessary to ensure business success in year 2015.

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Amãna Takaful (ATL) - A Change for the Future
27-January-2015

Amãna Takaful PLC the only fully-fledged Takaful operator in the country and  flag bearer of the Takaful way of insurance in Sri Lanka recently announced the transfer of its Life insurance business to Amãna Takaful Life Limited. This was in compliance with the statutory provisions of section 53 of the Regulation of Insurance Industry (amendment), Act no. 3 of 2011 stipulating all composite insurance providers to segregate long-term and general insurance businesses.

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Odel Home opens at Softlogic Max, Thalawathugoda
27-January-2015

Odel Home has now opened a standalone outlet at the Softlogic Max showroom at Capital Mall, Thalawathugoda, bringing its stylish and richly diverse range of household products to this popular shopping location.

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SriLankan Airlines new Chairman assumes duties
27-January-2015

SriLankan Airlines’ new Chairman Mr. Ajith Dias assumed duties in the presence of Minister of Ports and Shipping, Arjuna Ranatunga and State Minister of Aviation, Faizer Mustapha, at the SriLankan Airlines Office in Colombo yesterday.

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Mobitel extends its biggest cash giveaway to a staggering Rs. 230 million for the Year 2015
26-January-2015

Creating a winning opportunity ‘Every Minute’, the national mobile service provider Mobitel, recently announced the extension of the popular Cash Bonanza Draw to another rewarding year by offering an outstanding Rs. 230 Million as prizes in recognition of their valued customers.

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Mihin Lanka Undertakes Pilot Training for International Airlines
23-January-2015

Mihin Lanka, Sri Lanka’s leading low-cost carrier which is owned by the Sri Lankan Government has launched an international pilot training programme to meet the growing demands of the aviation industry in the region. The new venture will enable Mihin Lanka to train inexperienced A320 type rated pilots from other international airlines, and provide them with on-the-job training delivered by Mihin Lanka’s most senior flight instructors.

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Emirates tops global customer review study
23-January-2015

Customers worldwide have spoken and Emirates airline has been ranked as the Best Airline in 2014, according to an annual study by eDreams, one of the largest e-commerce travel companies in Europe. The annual study of best airlines consisted of over 90,000 customer reviews from all over the world. Travellers that booked on the site weighed in through their own reviews on best airlines, best entertainment options, baggage handling and modernity of aircraft, among other categories.

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HNB partners with CA Sri Lanka yet again as a Lead Sponsor
30-January-2015

Hatton National Bank (HNB), a premier private sector commercial bank in the country has once again extended their support for the seventh consecutive year to power the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) with a lead sponsorship. The sponsorship supports the various professional and educational activities carried out by CA Sri Lanka for the benefit of professionals, students and public.

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Emirates spreads the love of cricket around the world with specially-dressed A380 aircraft
29-January-2015

With just two weeks to go until the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Emirates airline, a global connector of people, places and passions, has unveiled the first of its aircraft that will feature the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Logo. Watch a video of how an Emirates A380 gets “dressed up” for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 here.

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Top Canadian and UK Universities in Sri Lanka
29-January-2015

SLIIT Computing, a subsidiary of SLIIT, the premier degree awarding institute together with Memorial University, Canada is offering Sri Lankan students the opportunity to obtain a prestigious North American Business degree in International Bachelor of Business Administration (iBBA) and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). “Being an AACSB accredited Business school, Memorial University has been successful at national and international competitions, compared to other business schools in Canada. Experiencing two years of undergraduate study at a world-class North American campus is now within the reach of many more Sri Lankans due to the unique cost advantage of Memorial University” commented  Professor Lakshman Ratnayake, Chairman SLIIT.

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NEW ETIHAD AIRWAYS US FLIGHT SCHEDULE OFFERS BENEFITS TO PASSENGERS FLYING FROM COLOMBO
29-January-2015

Etihad Airways has announced a number of schedule changes to the airline’s flights between its Abu Dhabi hub and Chicago, New York, and Toronto, which will start on Sunday 29 March 2015. The move will provide convenient schedule options for Sri Lanka-based passengers, flying from Colombo, via Abu Dhabi to those cities in North America.

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Public to Benefit from Personalized Construction Advice Through Building Clinic Organized By Institution Of Engineers Sri Lanka and Sponsored By UltraTech Cement
28-January-2015

A Building Clinic, an initiative of the Institution of Engineers of Sri Lanka is being taken directly to the public by UltraTech Cement Sri Lanka. The Building Clinic will be organized on Saturday, 31 January 2015 in Maharagama. The public is invited to partake in the Building Clinic and avail themselves of bespoke expert construction advice and education on house construction, completely free of charge. This unique Building Clinic will function similarly to that of a medical one. Individual home builders, contractors, masons and any interested persons attending the clinic will be welcomed by facilitating engineers who will direct them to the relevant expert workstation based on the nature of their query or clarification.

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ESL Receives Prestigious Four Star Award For Excellence
28-January-2015

Executive Search Pvt Ltd (ESL), a Mankind brand, recently received the prestigious Four Star Award for Excellence 2014 from the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing. Foreign Employment Agencies across the country were rated on the efficiency and quality of the services provided, through a survey conducted by the Government of Sri Lanka.

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St Benedicts celebrates 150 years
28-January-2015

The roots of the origin of St Benedicts College takes us  far back to 1837 when Sir Robert Wilmot Horton helped Vicar Apostolic of Ceylon with a donation of 50 British Pounds for the formation of the first Catholic English School in the Island. In May 1839, the Roman Catholic Seminary, the school that was destined to become St. Benedicts’ College was declared open in Wolfendhal Street by its Patron, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Vincente de Rosario, Bishop of Tamocene and Vicar Apostolic of Colombo. The Seminary, as the school was then called, was for superior English Education.

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SIM-INDUSTRIES IS NOW LOCKHEED MARTIN COMMERCIAL FLIGHT TRAINING
28-January-2015

Sim-Industries, a leading provider of commercial aviation training solutions, has changed its name to Lockheed Martin Commercial Flight Training (LMCFT)[NYSE: LMT]. SriLankan Airlines Simulator Centre, set up in partnership with Sim-Industries has been providing A320 and A330 full flight simulator training since 2010.

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The Galle Face Hotel’s architectural resonance ready to begin a new chapter in its history
28-January-2015

South Asia’s leading Grande Dame, The Galle Face Hotel is testimony to both Sri Lanka’s colonial past and its independent present. An icon in the hospitality world, it blends historical architectural splendor with crafted modernity to form a new model for heritage properties. Restoring Galle Face Hotel to its former glory through leveraging its exceptional architectural resonance will commence a new chapter in its history. The entire North Wing, formerly known as the  ‘Classic Wing’ of the hotel has undergone a two year restoration in which significant changes to the structure and service facilities have been carried out. Maintaining the Hotel’s original architectural and historical value has been foremost in the Owner’s mind.

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Janashakthi Life Sales force Excels and 8 Qualify for MDRT In USA
28-January-2015

Janashakthi Insurance has been instrumental in developing their sales staff propelling them on the path to career success, as the company celebrates 20 years of leadership in the insurance sector, 8 members from its Life Insurance category has qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table in USA. Out of them one member stands out from the rest. He is Ruwan Kumara from Hatton.

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International Education Consultancy celebrates 25 successful years of promoting & prospecting students overseas
28-January-2015

International Education Consultancy (IEC), the pioneer support service provider for overseas education in Sri Lanka, celebrated its 25th anniversary in maintaining an unblemished record in promoting and prospecting local students to countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia for valuable and thriving higher education opportunities.

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The Coffee That Gives - Barista supports Niyadhagala Vidyalaya, Thanamalwila
27-January-2015

Colombo’s favourite coffee house Barista Lavazza heralded in the dawn of 2015 with the need to make a difference. The team felt that with the commencement of the new school year, it was only right to contribute to society through a project to provide school essentials for children. Niyadhagala Vidyalaya, a remote school in the village of Thanamalwila was selected to be the recipient of this project.

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Regus Sri Lanka’s Businessworld opens doors to efficient mobile working
27-January-2015

Regus Sri Lanka, the local arm of the global flexible workplace provider, is making waves with their unique product named Businessworld, focusing on mobile workers and currently serving over a million customers worldwide. Regus’ Businessworld product leverages the company’s global network of over 2,000 business centres in 750 cities worldwide. This vast network is expanding as the company opens in new cities and countries across the globe, enabling new customers to make use of this unique service.

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CEAT releases 5 new radial tyre sizes expanding its radial portfolio to 31
27-January-2015

CEAT Kelani Holdings, the company that manufactures and supplies half of Sri Lanka’s tyre requirements, has announced the addition of five new sizes of radial tyres for popular models of cars on the country’s roads. The release of these new tyres in the sizes of 195/65 R15, 185/65 R15, 175/65 R15, 165/60 R14 and 165/55 R14 in the CEAT ‘Milaze’ portfolio takes the number of CEAT radial tyre sizes manufactured for the local market to 31, with 22 for cars, six for vans and three for sports utility vehicles (SUVs), the company said.

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Mr. Arjuna Mahendran takes office as the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka
27-January-2015

Newly appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Mr Arjuna Mahendran assumed duties in his new post on Monday, the 26th of January 2015 at the Governor’s office in Colombo.

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Northern Power Co not responsible for Jaffna water contamination issue
26-January-2015

All available scientific evidence shows that the powerhouse of North Sri Lanka- Northern Power Co (Pvt) Ltd is not any way linked to the issue of ground water contamination in Jaffna, and that such baseless allegations have been fueled by parties with vested interests, its parent company - the renowned MTD Walkers PLC announced.

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Vocational Training in the North of Sri Lanka (VTN) project collaborates with Jetwing Hotels to increase employment in Hospitality for youth in the North
26-January-2015

Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – Vocational Training in the North of Sri Lanka (VTN) project recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Vocational Training Authority (VTA) and Jetwing Hotels, Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand to improve and increase employability in the hospitality industry for 160 youth through the provision of necessary training and technical support.

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Oracle Tackles Data Center Cost and Complexity with Next-Generation Engineered Systems
23-January-2015

Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison outlined Oracle’s strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with a new generation of engineered systems, including Oracle’s new Virtual Compute Appliance X5, Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, and sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5.

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Jet Airways’ hub at Mumbai continues to develop and plays an integral role serving as connecting points in the airlines expanding network
23-January-2015

Jet Airways; effective 5th November 2014 enhanced it’s connectivity to India by adding a second service from Colombo to Mumbai. Jet Airways flight 9W 251 which departs Colombo at 2135 hrs arrives in Mumbai at 0015 hrs and the return flight 9W 252, departs Mumbai at 1805 hrs and arrives into Colombo at 2035 hrs. The introduction of this evening flight perfectly complements the current early morning flight from Colombo to Mumbai; enabling passengers travelling on the trunk route the ability to carry out a “same day return”.

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Virtusa’s “ERA Insight” Does Sri Lanka Proud at APICTA Awards 2014
30-January-2015

Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ GS: VRTU), a global business consulting and IT outsourcing company that combines innovation, technology leadership and industry solutions to transform the customer experience, won merit in the Applications and Tools category for ERA Insight at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA Awards) 2014.

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ikman.lk offers options to attract more buyers for listed advertisements
29-January-2015

ikman.lk, Sri Lanka’s largest market place, has introduced two options to attract more buyers for listed advertisements posted on their website. The two options ‘Top Ad’ and ‘Bump Up’ offer advertisers the unique opportunity of gaining more prominence and exposure for their listed advertisements at a nominal fee of Rs. 599 and Rs. 200 respectively. ‘Top Ad’ and ‘Bump Up’ options enable greater visibility, attracting more buyers, leading to quicker sales.

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Ama Wessa Ashirwada Pooja conducted by Best Life a grand success
29-January-2015

The 'Ama Wessa Miyuguna Sa Vandana Ashirwada Pooja' was held at the sacred Mahiyangana Vihara premises in Mahiyanganaya recently with more than 8000 devotees attending. The event was held under the guidance of Mahiyangana Temple chief incumbent Urulaa Waththe Dhamma Rakkitha Thera, under the patronage of Best life International Chairman Dr. M. Daminda Upali Fernando and under the guidance of Best Life Vandana Private Limited Director Roshan Namal.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group Announces 2014 Financial Performance
29-January-2015

Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) today announced its 2014 financial performance. Total sales revenue increased 30% year-on-year to USD 12.2 billion, crossing the 10 billion mark for the first time. Shipment grew by 7.8% to a total of 138 million devices in 2014, including 75 million smartphones, representing a year-on-year increase of 45%.

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Emirates Announces Two New A380 Destinations in Europe: Dusseldorf and Madrid
28-January-2015

Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, has announced the launch of A380 services to two European destinations: Dusseldorf and Madrid. For both cities, Emirates will be the first airline to operate a scheduled A380 service, offering an unmatched travel experience to business and leisure travellers alike.

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Odel takes on the hues of Spring ’15 with vibrant resort theme
28-January-2015

Inspired by the awakening that is synonymous with spring, Sri Lanka’s favourite department store Odel has adopted the vibrant new theme of ‘Island Life’ to mark the launch of a fresh, new Spring 2015 collection which will be available across all Odel stores island wide. The exotic and breezy theme will encompass the clothing collection as well as the in-store décor and will cater to the many tourists lured by Sri Lanka’s tropical charms to holiday on the island. With lively colours and stylish, must-have designs, the Spring ’15 collection speaks to the energy and vitality of life on this idyllic paradise.

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The nation’s leading property portal Lamudi.lk examines the remarkable nature of urbanisation in the country
28-January-2015

As one of the fastest developing countries in Asia, Sri Lanka has seen a relatively slow phase of urbanisation while managing to achieve an exceptional level of human development, compared to other developing nations in the region. Lamudi Lanka has taken interest in this phenomenon and has presented the facts and figures as a responsibility to inform the general public of our nation, allowing house hunters to make better investment decisions regarding to buying or renting houses in this New Year.

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MillenniumIT is Cisco’s Partner of the Year - SAARC for 2014
28-January-2015

MillenniumIT was selected as the Cisco Partner of the Year SAARC (Sri Lanka and Maldives) at the recently held awards ceremony in Goa, India. This award was given in recognition of MillenniumIT’s contribution to Cisco business in the region.

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online now available to Sri Lanka
27-January-2015

Microsoft recently announced that it has expanded the availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM (Customer Relationship Management) Online to include Sri Lanka.  The cloud-based business application delivers a comprehensive solution that provides businesses with sales and customer care capabilities, which are seamlessly integrated with leading productivity applications such as Office 365, Yammer, Lync, Skype, SharePoint and Power BI.

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The Manhattan FISH MARKET Introduces Five Exciting Flavours to Spice up your Lunch
27-January-2015

Award winning popular restaurant chain The Manhattan FISH MARKET Sri Lanka introduces an all new lunch deal teamed with its recently launched sauces. Each of the tantalizing sauces which can be selected are served over a sumptuous grilled Dory accompanied by delicious garlic herb rice, a fizzy drink and ice cream. The fin-tastic offer is available for lunch at just Rs. 470/- at the Manhattan FISH MARKET Deal Place and Rajagiriya branches. 

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Janashakthi Excels At Global Commerce Excellence Awards
27-January-2015

Janashakthi excelled at the recently held Global Commerce Excellence Awards, winning an award in the Services sector at a glittering ceremony held at the Galadari Hotel. Janashakthi was also named one of the best international trade performers in the Marine Insurance category, a significant achievement given the fierce competition in the sector.

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Top German office products brand Durable arrives in Sri Lanka with Thef:;llstop
27-January-2015

Durable, the leading European office products brand and the inventor of the time-honoured Duraclip® has entered the Sri Lankan market in partnership with Thef:;llstop, the country’s foremost supplier of branded stationery.

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Huawei CFO Says Huawei Created Customer Value and Maintained Effective Growth in 2014
27-January-2015

Huawei announced that it maintained effective growth in 2014 thanks to its commitment to creating value for customers. Global sales revenue in 2014 is expected to reach between CNY287-289 billion, an increase of nearly 20% year-on-year.

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First Capital Treasuries Announces Rs. 500Mn Debenture Issue
27-January-2015

First Capital Treasuries Limited, a Primary Dealer licensed and appointed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and a subsidiary of First Capital Holdings PLC, has announced that it intends to issue Subordinated, Unsecured, Redeemable Debentures with a principal value of LKR. 500 million maturing in Five Years and bearing an interest rate of 9.5% per annum payable annually. The issue will open on Tuesday the 27th of January 2015.

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62nd International Festival of Creativity Opens For Entries
26-January-2015

Significant changes to categories were revealed when entries to Cannes Lions 2015 opened yesterday. Chief among them is the launch of a highly anticipated Creative Data Lion, created in response to industry demand and set to establish a benchmark for ground-breaking, data-fuelled creativity.

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Enjoy exciting offers from SriLankan Airlines at EDEX
26-January-2015

SriLankan Airlines, the official airline of EDEX Expo 2015 educational and career fair, will be offering an exciting 30% discount for students who leave for overseas education to any online destination operated by the Airline. Those who visit the SriLankan Airlines Stall at the BMICH from 23-25 and Kandy City Centre from January 30, 31 will be able to avail themselves of the attractive discounts and special offers.

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Run Endlessly with adidas Energy Boost Running Shoes
23-January-2015

The world renowned sports brand adidas recently introduced its state-of-the-art range of  Energy Boost running shoes for fitness enthusiasts in Sri Lanka. The new shoes are generating significantlocal and international hype and are building a reputation as breakthrough running shoes that are fast becoming recognized for their high performance and durability.

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Mohamed Fazeel ends 35-year tenure at SriLankan on a high note
23-January-2015

SriLankan Airlines’ Head of Commercial Operations Mr. Mohamed Fazeel retires today (January 23), concluding a thirty-five-year tenure at the national carrier, on a high note.  Mr. Fazeel joined the Airline in May 1979, four months before SriLankan’s predecessor Air Lanka, commenced official operations.

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