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Airline Direct Distribution Platform ‘AvtraDirect’ Wins Big at National ICT Awards 2020

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Proavos Labs, a Sri Lankan based airline and travel services IT provider offering complete and new generation software solutions globally, was recently named the Gold winner under tourism and hospitality in the consumer category at the National ICT Awards – NBQSA 2020. Taking part in this for the first time, the company was also able to bag the overall Silver award for best quality innovative product.

This was in recognition of Avtra Direct; a revolutionary airline direct distribution platform built using latest web, mobile and cloud technologies. It offers an all-in-one solution for airlines, encompassing all direct channels.

Nasly Yoosuf, Proavos Lab’s CTO, said that “Proavos Labs is fully dedicated to exceptional customer service, intelligent aviation technological evolution and the delivery of advanced software solutions that power airlines globally. We are delighted to receive these awards as acknowledgment of our success in transforming our industry in a competitive field”.

This breakthrough is a tribute to the commitment and tireless efforts of the highly talented and experienced team behind Proavos Labs, and its global customers that includes reputed airlines and airports and partners around the globe.

Avtra Direct comprises multiple smart modules such as various booking engines for travel agents, airline call center and head office, and corporate passengers, REST/SOAP API that comply with OpenTravel Alliance Standards and IATA NDC standards, Internet Booking Engines (IBE), and cross-platform mobile apps.

Established in 2017 by technology and aviation domain experts, Proavos Labs’ journey began with a Passenger Service System designed from the ground-up to support airlines of all sizes and operating models (LCC, FCC, and Hybrid).

Today, it delivers world-class solutions incorporating the latest open technologies in the market. Its portfolio now includes a Departure Control System (DCS) designed for airports, Frequent Flyer Programme (FFP) for airline’s loyalty program and a comprehensive Online Travel Agent (OTA) platform for agencies.

Thanks to the vast wealth of in-house expertise, Proavos Labs is able to offer consultancy and support to help airlines achieve efficiency better and faster. It also hosts the state-of-the-art development center of AvtraSoft Limited, its global efforts trading company headquartered in Cyprus which supports its global sales and marketing teams across UAE, Malaysia, Cyprus and Serbia.

Offering highly competitive, cutting edge solutions that address the rapidly evolving sector needs, Proavos Labs connects with many full service carriers to low cost carriers, airports and travel agencies from around the world. It engages with airlines and airports from the Middle East, North Africa, East Asia, South America, and the CIS region.

The core strength of ProavosLabs is its team, carrying decades of experience in business consulting, software development, business intelligence, system integration, system support and maintenance. The team consists of young talent sourced from top universities in Sri Lanka, attracting some of the best in terms of technological and domain expertise.



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Bid to use private member’s motion to put off LG polls alleged

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By Shamindra Ferdinando

Former Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris has questioned the rationale behind President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s warning that the military will be deployed to curb protest vis-a-vis a Foreign Ministry undertaking to boost foreign trade and investment.

Addressing the Parliament, during the Budget committee stage debate, on 28 Nov., Prof. Peiris said the Foreign Ministry couldn’t expect to succeed in economic diplomacy while the government was resorting to repressive measures.

Prof. Peiris asked who would want to invest in a country where the people were warned of dire consequences if they held protests, and elections were arbitrarily postponed.

Referring to the long overdue Provincial Council polls, Prof. Peiris discussed how postponement of scheduled Local Government polls could further jeopardise Sri Lanka’s standing among the international community.

Prof. Peiris alleged that the government was planning to use private members’ motion submitted by Attorney-at-Law Premanath C. Dolawatta (SLPP, Colombo District) to put off scheduled Local Government polls further. The ex-Minister claimed that the motion meant to enhance youth representation in governance would be utilised to delay the polls indefinitely. He recalled how the Yahapalana government had postponed the Provincial Council elections indefinitely.

The rebel SLPP Chairman pointed out that the government had chosen MP Dolawatta’s motion, handed over recently, though SJB’s Imthiaz Bakeer Markar submitted a private member’s motion on the same lines much earlier.

MP Dolawatta handed over a copy of his motion to President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Oct 31. Prof. Peiris said that they wouldn’t find fault with the lawmaker for making proposals which the academic said were timely.

Prof. Peiris warned Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, PC, that Sri Lanka wouldn’t be an appealing destination for investments unless the government adopted tangible measures to curb corruption. Shocking disclosures at parliamentary watchdog committees underscored that corruption was at unprecedented level and needed immediate attention.

Speaking on behalf of the breakaway SLPP faction, Nidahasa Jathika Sabhawa aka Freedom People’s Congress Prof. Peiris said that the recent declaration by the World Bank that it would audit the procurement and distribution of fertiliser here meant that the world had no faith in our system.

Commenting on assurances given by the government that a new Anti-Corruption Bill would be introduced soon, Prof. Peiris said that existing laws were quite sufficient. The issue at hand is absence of political will to battle corruption, the former Minister said, meant flight of professionals and intolerable increase in taxes on business wouldn’t encourage Foreign Ministry’s drive.

At the onset of his speech, lawmaker Peiris asked whether the government was genuine about the recent declaration that the national issue could be resolved by the enactment of a new Constitution by the next Independence Day. Who would take such a promise seriously against the backdrop of all previous attempts undertaken by far more stable governments failing to achieve the desired results? the former law professor asked. The former minister also questioned the feasibility of forming an apparatus on the lines of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa. Prof. Peiris asked whether those now at the helm really had the wherewithal to meet the South African standards.

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State FM assures there won’t be shortage of milk powder

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State Finance Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya told Parliament yesterday (29) that there would be no shortage of milk powder in the coming days due to the Customs holding a consignment of six containers of milk powder, imported into the country, for violating regulations.

Minister Siyambalapitiya said the six containers had 105,375 kilos of full cream milk powder, imported from New Zealand, via Malaysia. It reached the Colombo port on 20 Oct. It was only after the consignment had arrived in the Port that the importers submitted the letters to get the consignment released from the Controller Imports and Exports. Arrangements would be made to release the stock from the harbour on the recommendation of the Secretary to the Ministry of Trade and Food Security.

As such, there is no need for permission from the Controller Import and Export to release the stock, the minister said, adding that there were no limitations imposed on importing milk powder and there would be no cause for panic buying in fear of a shortage of milk powder in the coming days.

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Dolawatta responds to GL

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SLPP MP Premanath C. Dolawatta said his private member’s motion wouldn’t lead to the postponement of local government polls. He said he felt the need to restore the 25% quota for youth, even before he entered Parliament, consequent to the August 2020 general election. The government and the Opposition could quickly reach a consensus on the proposals, and avoid unnecessary complications. MP Dolawatta said so when The Island sought his response to accusations made by Prof. Peiris, who said that time was rapidly running out for Local Government polls. As the nomination process needed to be commenced soon to ensure that 341 Local Government bodies could be constituted by 20 March 2023.

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