Show takes place at Nelum Pokuna Theatre on Saturday
By Steve A. Morrell
‘Arise Sri Lanka’ a musical extravaganza featuring the best Sri Lankan Western musical fraternity will be presented at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre on Saturday 29th August at 6:30pm, the organisers of the event said at a media briefing held at Galadari Hotel in Colombo.
One of the main purposes of bringing all this talent together is to pay a tribute to the frontline workers who helped combat the coronavirus pandemic while encouraging foreign travelers to visit Sri Lanka when the country’s borders reopen for leisure travel.
Richard de Zoysa, the architect of the event, outlined the manner in which the government together with the armed services, the medical and health officials combined to control the pandemic. He said that their exemplary actions deserved global recognition and he is determined to create an avenue where not only all Sri Lankans, but the rest of the world would be made aware of how governments could face a crisis of this nature by being decisive and resolute.
The Telethon will be presented by Elite Promotions & Entertainment together with Real and Kiss FM along with Siyatha TV. X’Periments , Mirage and Aquarius will back the artistes who include Damien, Bonnie , Ranil Amirthiah , Bonnie of Crossroads , Rukshan and Melantha Perera, Umara, Corrinne Almeida , Shiyam and Shamistar , April Shockman , Jackie and Ishini Fonseka, Marlon , Shafi and Sherriden , Rajitha of Misty, Treshelle and Mariazelle will all perform at what will probably the best ever event to be held in Sri Lanka in appreciation of our real heroines and heroes.
De Zoysa, the producer and director of Arise Sri Lanka is working together with the World Health Organization on this project.
Nalin Welgama, Founder and Executive Chairman of Ideal Group (one of the organisers of Arise Sri Lanka) said the show on Saturday could be equated to the worldwide rock concert ‘Live Aid’ by Bob Geldof which raised funds to help the people of Ethiopia.
Tickets for the show are priced at Rs. 7,500. Proceeds will go to medical services while donations would be welcome for the laudable cause, organisers said.
Lion’s Club of Millennium City Athurugiriya to conduct blood donation
Many countries are facing shortages at blood banks, especially due to low voluntary blood donations amid coronavirus lockdowns. Blood donations by many countries have reportedly dropped by 50% since mid-March, since many drives were canceled. In this backdrop, the Lion’s Club of Millennium City Athurugiriya has organised a blood donation programme to be held at the blood Bank on Saturday, 29th August at the National Blood Transfusion Centre at No 555/5, Elvitigala Mawatha, Colombo 05 from 8AM to 5PM. Anyone interested to donate blood may register through WhatsApp or SMS via 0762030400.
Pix by Dharmasena Welipitiya
‘A supermarket in your pocket’
For large corporates, understanding the pulse of one’s stakeholders assures longevity and relevance. From serving a few to serving many, Cargills has undergone numerous changes as a corporate entity throughout its rich history of over 175 years. Reflecting on its journey thus far, Cargills transformed from a primarily wholesale and retail business to a pivotal player across multiple sectors within the food and beverage industry in Sri Lanka.
From introducing the first bona fide supermarket, Cargills Food City which revolutionised modern retailing in the country, to acquiring long-standing food brands and elevating them to new heights, Cargills has never shied away from diving into new ventures.
At its core is a deep intrinsic understanding of its stakeholders, from farmers to customers across all 25 districts. While the looming pandemic in March 2020 sought to disrupt the normal, this same understanding, a pulse if you will, directed a new norm.
Like many other businesses, Cargills was compelled to adapt. While it has a wide network of supermarkets across the island which were in fact operational during this time, there were no customers to be served due to the imposed lockdown. Almost overnight, the Cargills Rewards website was transformed to a new system for customers to order their groceries. It was a simple solution, that leveraged its supply chain to help facilitate hyperlocal delivery for customer’s within a 5km radius of its outlets.
Furthermore, container trucks carrying well displayed groceries were dispatched to neighborhoods, pioneering Asia’s first mobile supermarket, ‘Cargills 2 Home’. This ingenuity was driven by the top brass, who too feel the pulse of their stakeholders and so brought the supermarket experience to the customer’s home.
Raddella Holdings launches first biotech insulin manufacturing plant in Sri Lanka
Raddella Holdings introduce yet another revolutionary first with the launch of Sri Lanka’s first and only biotech insulin manufacturing plant. The recently concluded groundbreaking ceremony was held on September18, at the Koggala Export Processing Zone. The landmark event was attended by a host of dignitaries and guests including the State Minister of Pharmaceutical Production, Supply, and Regulation – (Prof.) Channa Jayasumana, Minister of Tourism – Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of Plantation – (Dr.) Ramesh Pathirana, State Minister of Rural and School Sports Infrastructure Development – Thenuka Vidanagamage and many more.
The operation of the new plant will involve a joint venture between the Premium International Injectable Company (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of Raddella Holdings and the State Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Corporation (SPMC). All new products manufactured as a result of this venture will be done under the SPMC brand name, with full government supervision.
The biotechnology manufacturing plant is a Rs. 3.5 billion, 100% local investment, which will employ over 200 specialized and highly trained professionals. All technology used in manufacturing will be state-of-the-art and conform to the highest tier of European standardization. This new plant has the capacity to meet 100% of projected local demand for next 15 years. The surplus produced thereafter will be exported and provide a valuable source of foreign revenue.
The new plant will utilize world famous SCADA systems to monitor and control the plant, all equipment, and the entire manufacturing process. This will guarantee the highest level of quality control, where all records of manufacture are completely automated and thus tamper-proof. Other quality control methods include adhering to the European Union Goods Manufacturing Practice (EUGMP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), while also complying with the strict standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The extensive planning for the plant happened over the last two years, in this time all designs, technology transfers, and specialist training have been completed, with all approvals and certification having been obtained. With construction completed soon, the plant will commence operations shortly.
AIA Insurance Platinum Sponsor of Sri Lanka’s Most Admired Companies
AIA Sri Lanka is proud to partner as Platinum Sponsor, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL) in presenting ‘Sri Lanka’s Most Admired Companies Awards 2020’.
This is the third year of the prestigious Awards ceremony for which AIA has been the Platinum Sponsor. The awards are intended at recognizing companies that are a cut above the rest in terms of not just their financial performance but also on the value they create in a sustainable and ethical way for their employees, customers, investors and the general community.
Companies that have been in business for over 5 years as at June 30 2020 and are 30% or more of Sri Lankan ownership are eligible to enter this Awards competition which is open to both listed and unlisted companies in Sri Lanka. (AIA)
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