BBDO emerged fantastically victorious at the inaugural APAC Effies, picking up the gong for Agency Network of the Year, with seven of its offices taking home prestigious/significant gongs including Colenso BBDO/Proximity New Zealand being named Agency of the Year. This comes in the wake of BBDO most recently being named the Most Awarded Creative Agency of the Year by The Gunn Report for an unprecedented eight year in a row.
SLIIT recently recognised their top student athletes at their annual Colours Awards ceremony , organised by the Institute's student council. The awards were held at SLIIT's expansive Malabe campus in a colourful ceremony. Mr. Rohan Seneviratne, Additional Secretary Ministry of Defence & Urban Development graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The Guest of Honour was Prof. Ranjith de Silva – Council Member-Badminton World Federation.
The Avurudu celebrations of ‘Ranaviru Sevana,’ the rehabilitation centre in Ragama for disabled war heroes, were supported for the fifth consecutive year by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon. The Bank was the sole sponsor of this event at which disabled soldiers enjoyed a day of fun activities engaging in traditional games. A series of special sporting events were organised for the competitors at this celebration, which was themed ‘Gamata Avurudu.’ The level of participation and competition at these events was high, the Bank said. The Chief Guest at the celebration was the Director General of Rehabilitation Major General Mano Perera.
Upon successful completion of the ISO audit for quality management systems in December 2013, Amãna Takaful PLC was recertified as a service organization in compliance with ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems Standards. Under the recertification, all business facets that are critical to the organization’s functions including Underwriting, Claims, Customer Relationship Management, Human Resources, IT, Marketing & Sales and Finance along with regional offices were audited for compliance for two consecutive days as specified by the ISO norms.
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been ranked the third most valuable brand in Sri Lanka in the 2014 rankings compiled by Brand Finance Lanka and published in the LMD Brands Annual for the year. Moving up two places from last year to become the highest ranked private sector brand on this prestigious list amongst all corporate brands in the country, Sri Lanka’s largest private bank has been assigned a brand value of Rs 22.32 billion through an independent analysis by Brand Finance. The Bank has been rated AAA- by Brand Finance Lanka and recorded the highest growth of 47% over 2013 among the top companies listed in the rankings.
Emirates, the global connector of people and places, celebrated the opening of its 35th dedicated lounge at Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Rome. The Emirates Lounge at Leonardo Da Vinci Airport represents a Euro 2.53 million investment on the part of the airline, with the aim to provide a seamless, luxurious travel experience to its premium customers. These include First Class and Business Class customers, as well as Platinum and Gold members of Emirates Skywards - the airline’s frequent flyer programme. This follows the opening of the Emirates lounge in Milan Malpensa Airport in 2013.
The lights went out across Oman Air’s network of 43 international destinations, as Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, joined millions of people around the world in marking Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a campaign which was launched by WWF in 2007. It has since grown into a global movement which crowdsources actions from individuals, businesses, organisations and governments to generate environmental outcomes, encouraging innovation and creativity for the planet.
Celltick, a global leader in mobile initiated commerce announced today that Mobitel, Sri Lanka’s National Mobile Service Provider, has chosen to deliver a unique personalized customer interface for its Android users based on Start. Start, a next-generation Android interface layer, will enable Mobitel to provide a superior experience to its customer base and offer a range of services that deliver high value to them on the start screen of their smartphone.
Visitors to The Dubai Mall can now connect with aviation like never before, thanks to Emirates airline.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group, recently launched the newest Emirates Official Store and the Emirates A380 Experience - the Middle East's first public A380 flight simulator - at the shopping destination.
UTE achieved a significant milestone recentlyby securing an order for four 390D L Cat Hydraulic Excavators, which will be used to strengthen the ongoing Hambantota and Colombo South Harbour projects. The machines were handed over on April 10th at a ceremony attended by officials of UTE, Caterpillar and China Harbour Engineering - the main contractor for these projects.
UTE has already supplied a large fleet of equipment to these projects last year, which included 6 units of 50 ton excavators, but this is the largest Cat machine which has been brought into the country to date. It is also the largest machine of this class manufactured by Caterpillar.
SLT Human Capital Solutions (SLT HCS), a fully owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) together with the University Grants Commission (UGC), and the University of Colombo (UOC), signed a tri-party Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday (10th April), to offer modern Degree programmes in the field of Technology and Engineering.The initiative helps expand the much needed University-Industry collaboration, in order to contribute to Sri Lanka’s rapid national development.
As a truly Sri Lankan company thatembodies the ‘Dare to Dream Spirit’, Expo Freight (EFL), a subsidiary of Expolanka Holdings PLC stepped forward to sponsor the first Sri Lankan Expedition to reach 7500 meters on the South side of Mount Everest.Elmo Francis, professional explorer/climber and the first Sri Lankan to reach the summit Mera Peak in the Himalayas plans to reach the South Col which stands at 7500 meters high onMount Everest to become the first Sri Lankan to complete this altitude mark. He will thereafter push to reach the 8000 meter mark depending on his physical and the weather conditions at that time.
SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka now facilitates Umrah pilgrims to Jeddah, with its latest route via Mattala. For the first time in history, SriLankan passengers will now have the opportunity to start their journey from the country’s second international airport, MattalaRajapaksa International Airport (MRIA). Accordingly, the first batch consisting 30 Umrah pilgrims, departed from MattalaRajapaksa International Airport, on Thursday.
CEAT’s achievement of overall leadership of Sri Lanka’s tyre market in the Bias as well as Radial categories was celebrated in characteristic style when the top tyre brand hosted 125 of its best dealers in Sri Lanka and their families at a spectacular awards gala on Saturday 5th April. Significant sales contributions by dealers in all product segments that contributed to CEAT Kelani Holdings growing into a Rs 11 billion company in 2013-14 were rewarded with trophies and overseas holidays at an overnight event themed ‘Together, towards tomorrow’ at the Blue Water Hotel.
Nestlé Lanka and the Ministry of Education of Maldives signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to empower young talent development in the Maldives via Nestlé’s popular energy brand Milo. The MoU entails Nestlé working in partnership with the Ministry of Education to host and conduct the ‘Milo School Awards Night’, an event held annually to recognise and award students who have performed exceptionally in their academics and sports in the Maldives.
Papyrus Papers’ first three Samsung Experience Stores (SES) opened their doors on Monday, 31st March and Friday 4thApril 2014, offering consumers a new outlet for engagement with the brand. Set up and operated by Papyrus Papers (Pvt) Ltd. under a franchise awarded by John Keells Office Automation (JKOA), these trailblazing new stores are located at Battaramulla, Wattala and Ja-Ela.The franchisee Papyrus Papers intends to rapidly extend this concept to an island-widechain of similar stores within the next 18 months.
The Cannes Lions Young Marketers Academy is set to return to the International Festival of Creativity for a fifth year with new sponsor, leading brand and communications agency Dentsu Aegis Network, supporting the dedicated training programme.
A week-long course, taking place throughout the Festival week, the Young Marketers Academy addresses the importance of creativity in communications and provides a bigger picture of a marketer’s role.
Fashion Bug, one of Sri Lanka’s leading retail clothing stores with over 17 outlets island-wide, stepped up as the principal sponsor and exclusive apparel partner in extending its support to the most popular and thrilling motor sports event Fox Hill Supercross 2014.
Organized annually by the Sri Lanka Military Academy (SLMA) and Sri Lanka Association of Racing Drivers and Riders (SLARDAR), the misty hills in Diyatalawa will reverberate with the roar of engines as it welcomes over 200 racing and riding experts including competitors from overseas, with tens and thousands of motor sport enthusiasts and holiday makers awaiting to witness its thrills and excitement in store.
Dilantha Malagamuwa, the Sri Lankan racing superstar who won four races at the recently-concluded Malaysian FIA GT Series Round 1, was felicitated at a recent press conference held at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo. Racing in his Lamborghini for the team Dilango Racing, Dilantha won the “GT Open” and “GT3” category events at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur.
DFCC Vardhana Bank (DVB) the fastest growing commercial bank in Sri Lanka, announced that all DFCC Vardhana Bank Branches will be open for“Avurudu Ganu Denu’” transactions from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on the 15th of April 2014. DVB as a leading bank believes in adding new meaning to the age-old traditions of the National New Year of the country. DVB invites all customers for “Avurudu Ganu Denu” transactions to renew trusted relationships or start afresh and build them brand new.
Mobitel, The National Mobile Service Provider recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Excise to automate a number of its operational processes. Designed by Mobitel’s Business Solutions team, this robust, consolidated web application melds together a variety of field work. This work-flow driven automated application intelligently streamlines the process of data collection and synchronization thus rendering the processes at the Department far more accurate, efficient and easily accessible to related staff members.
In Sri Lanka for talks with their local partners JAT Holdings (Pvt) Ltd., was the Managing Director of Tai Ping, Richard Morris. Tai Ping is globally recognized as the custom carpet designer and manufacturer of choice for a discerning international clientele. Headquartered in Hong Kong, Tai Ping, which means “Great Peace” in Chinese, was founded in 1956. With a presence in over 100 countries, today, Tai Ping carpets grace the floors of fine residences and palaces, private jets, yachts, hotels, casinos, airports and convention centres around the world.
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has announced it will keep 62 branches open for business on Good Friday, 18th April 2014, a Public and Bank Holiday, for the convenience of the Bank’s customers. This includes the Bank’s 26 Supermarket Banking Centres and 20 365-day branches which will work their customary hours, and another 16 branches that will be open from 9 am to 1 pm on that day, the Bank said.
Seylan Bank celebrates this month’s Sinhala and Tamil New Year with an exciting promotion and interesting gifts on offer to its thousands of customers and non-customers all over Sri Lanka.
In keeping with the traditional and age-old spirit of ganu-denu, Sri Lankans young and old, are invited to deposit in the ‘Seylan Avurudu Thanpathu’ deposits and ‘Seylan Tikiri’ accounts from 01st of April and walk away with gifts upfront. This promotion is operative until stocks last.