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Ascentic embarks on an ambitious culture-focused growth

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Having forayed into Sri Lanka’s fast-paced technology solutions arena just over three years ago, Ascentic is gearing up to embrace its existing culture and pursue an ambitious growth strategy to be recognized as a workplace where tech professionals would love to work for.

Since its inception in 2017, the company has seen a steady growth with a positive outlook for continuous expansion. And for the upcoming year, the recruitment of talented and curious engineers is only expected to increase to keep up with the demand.

Ascentic’s founders Anna Kalm and Patrik Alm moved to Sri Lanka in 2016 determined to build an outstanding company. Sweden is embarking on a rigorous technological drive. Though there are great developers in Sweden, they are just not enough in numbers.

Ascentic is also planning on various initiatives to uplift the industry especially by encouraging and fostering empowerment among women. The ‘Women in Tech’ is one such planned initiative, a networking forum for women who aspire to be an expert or leader in the tech industry in Sri Lanka.

Women at Ascentic make up half of its positions in management with around 31pct of them in the crew, with plans to further increase this figure.

Earlier this year, the software development company was also bestowed a certification by Great Place to Work Sri Lanka, confirming its continuous efforts towards fostering an environment that places individuality, empowerment and personal growth at the heart of its operations.

Ascentic Founder and CEO Anna Kalm said “We strongly believe that building a sustainable and innovative company starts with employee wellbeing. When you enjoy what you do, get challenged to learn new things and discuss ideas with skilled colleagues, and have a healthy work-life balance – that’s when you can also craft really great solutions.”

Ascentic embraces diversity and inclusivity, and possibly have some of the best work-life balance policies in the country. Everyone proudly call themselves as ‘ascenders’. They show grit, craftsmanship and are very self-driven, embracing their inner geek to fearlessly explore new paths with courage. Everyone is encouraged to be their unique self-whilst still working great in teams.

Today, Ascentic has over 70 employees and counting, pulling together great software development teams that support small and medium companies in Sweden to fulfill their technological advancements.

“We have really only got started. We are committed to building the absolute best workplace in Sri Lanka, setting a new standard of what you should be able to expect from your employer. We’re thrilled about the next steps we’ll take during next year, with our existing amazing team as well as new crew members getting on board,” Anna further said.



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Six nabbed with over 100 kg of ‘Ice’

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By Norman Palihawadane and Ifham Nizam

The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) yesterday arrested six suspects in the Sapugaskanda Rathgahawatta area with more than 100 kilos of Crystal Methamphetamine also known as Ice.

Police Media Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ajith Rohana told the media that the PNB sleuths, acting on information elicited from a suspect in custody had found 91 packets of Ice.

A man in possession of 100 kilos of heroin was arrested in Modera during the weekend and revealed that a haul of Ice had been packed in plastic boxes.

The PNB seized more than 114 kilos of Ice from the possession of a single drug network.

According to the information elicited from the suspects, more than 100 kilos of Ice were found.

The PNB also arrested six persons including two women with 13 kilos of Ice, during an operation carried out in the Niwandama area in Ja-Ela on Sunday.

DIG Rohana said the ice had been packed in small plastic boxes and hidden in two school bags.

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PM intervenes to iron out differences among coalition partners

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By Norman Palihawadane

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that he was confident that differences among the constituents of the SLPP coalition as regards the May Day celebrations and the next Provincial Council elections could be ironed out soon.

Leaders of all SLPP allied parties have been invited to a special meeting to be held at Temple Trees with the PM presiding on April 19.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said it was natural for members of a political alliance to have their own standpoints and views on matters of national importance. “This is due to the different political ideologies and identities. It is not something new when it comes to political alliances world over. In a way, it shows that there is internal democracy within our alliance.

The PM said: “As a result of that the allied parties may express their own views on issues, but that does not mean there is a threat to the unity of the alliance. An alliance is more vibrant and stronger not when all the parties think on the same lines but when the member parties have different ideologies.”

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Thilo Hoffman remembered

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A copy of the book “Politics of a Rainforest: Battles to save Sinharaja” was handed over to Dominik Furgler, the Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka by the author of the book, Dr. Prasanna Cooray at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo last Tuesday, to be sent to the family of the late Thilo Hoffman in Switzerland.

Hoffman, a Swiss national, who made Sri Lanka his second home for six decades, was a pioneering environmental activist who led the battles to save Sinharaja from the front in the early 1970s, abreast with the likes of Iranganie Serasinghe, Kamanie Vitharana, Lynn De Alwis and Nihal Fernando of the “Ruk Rekaganno” fame. That was the era when the trees of Sinharaja were felled for the production of plywood by the then government. Hoffman was also a livewire of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) for a long time. Hoffman died in 2014 at the age of 92.

The book includes a chapter on Thilo Hoffman.

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