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Big Bad Wolf books partners with Shopify to ensure smooth sailing experience



Access to quality English books

The Big Bad Wolf Online Book Sale returns to Sri Lanka once again to wow book lovers across the country. This time, the Wolf has partnered with e-commerce giant, Shopify to bring the Wolf Pack a smooth and memorable shopping experience! This will be the Wolf’s sixth entrance to the island nation, a third entrance via an Online platform and the second time this year.

This edition was officially announced on the 28th of October 2021 during a virtual Press Conference that was officiated by Nishan Wasalathanthri – Director Pro Read Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. and Partner Big Bad Wolf Books Sri Lanka, along with the Co-Founders of Big Bad Wolf Books, Jacqueline Ng and Andrew Yap as well as Dipak Madhavan – Partner of Big Bad Wolf Books Sri Lanka.

Speaking at the virtual Press Conference, Nishan Wasalathanthri – Director, Pro Read Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. and Partner stated: “We are excited to host the Big Bad Wolf Online Book Sale once again in Sri Lanka, this time with the help of e-commerce giant, Shopify. We are confident that the Wolf pack will be pleased with how efficiently effortless the whole shopping experience will be this time around. All transactions of this Online Sale will be streamlined and handled professionally by Shopify, leading to a smooth and enjoyable experience for the Wolf pack nationwide in Sri Lanka.

In addition to this, fans can also expect a host of new books and titles across all sections and genres, it is not the goose but the Big Bad Wolf who is getting bigger as Christmas festivities is just around the corner!

Andrew Yap, Co-Founder of Big Bad Wolf Books, said: “It is our mission at Big Bad Wolf Books to provide everyone with access to quality English books to not only further their knowledge but for their enjoyment as well. This is why we decided to return once again to Sri Lanka, to spread the cheer and knowledge to Sri Lankans from all walks of life!”

The Big Bad Wolf Books also promises that all books ordered during the Online Sale will be delivered to the fans before Christmas arrives. The Wolf pack can expect a jolly Christmas this year filled with happiness, knowledge and exclusive book titles in addition to the extensive discounts and offers being offered to them by the Wolf!

Jacqueline Ng, Co-Founder of Big Bad Wolf Books, added: “We decided to partner with Shopify to give the Wolf pack a memorable experience. Not only will the Wolf pack be treated with the massive discounts and offers to which they have become accustomed to, they will also be able to witness the Wolf on a brand-new platform as well”.

The warehouse where the books are stored in Malaysia have been carefully sanitized and adhere to the strictest of health guidelines. All aspects of the shipping process too will adhere to the highest standards of cleanliness and careful consideration will be taken to ensure that health protocols are followed, while also ensuring that all the books will be delivered to the fans in time for the festive season.

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Oil prices rise as Saudi Arabia pledges output cuts – Opec+




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Oil-producing countries have agreed to continued cuts in production in a bid to shore up flagging prices.

Saudi Arabia said it would make cuts of a million barrels per day (bpd) in July and Opec+ said targets would drop by a further 1.4 million bpd from 2024.

Opec+ accounts for around 40% of the world’s crude oil and its decisions can have a major impact on oil prices.

In Asia trade on Monday, Brent crude oil rose by as much as 2.4% before settling at around $77 a barrel.

The seven hour-long meeting on Sunday of the oil-rich nations, led by Russia, came against a backdrop of falling energy prices.

Total production cuts, which Opec+ has undertaken since October 2022, reached 3.66 million bpd, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.

Opec+, a formulation which refers to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, had already agreed to cut production by two million bpd, about 2% of global demand.


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Manpower services agency wins accolades for its contribution to foreign employment sector



Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services receives the award

Its MD says. ‘go abroad only if you can work hard’

Siraj Manpower Services, one of Sri Lanka’s leading foreign employment agencies, was honoured with the Three-Star Award at the ‘Golden Awards’ 2023, organised by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). This award ceremony was organised to honour foreign employment agencies that have made a significant contribution to the development of the foreign employment sector, which is a major source of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka. Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services, was presented with the award at the award ceremony which was held at the BMICH in Colombo under the patronage of Minister of Foreign Employment and Labour Manusha Nanayakkara.

Having been established in 2002, Siraj Manpower Services ( has earned a reputation in the field of foreign employment by winning the trust of customers for more than 20 years. It has been offering job opportunities in the Middle East countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia as housekeepers, drivers, sanitation workers, labourers and also jobs related to the apparel industry. All these workers are entitled to approved salary scales certified by the SLBFE.

“We always stand for the safety of workers who go abroad through our organisation. We work to solve the problems that arise in relation to the contracts that the workers have entered into. I must mention something special to those who go abroad for employment. That is, you should keep in mind that you go abroad only to work. Go abroad only if you can work hard. You have to remember that you are going abroad to earn some more money and achieve the advancement of your family.” said Siraj Cafoor.

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Ports Minister invites Singaporean investors to develop Colombo North Port



Sri Lankan delegation led by Minister of Ports, Navigation and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva meets with the head of PSA International Private Company which carries out the operations and development of the Singapore port.

The Minister of Ports, Navigation and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva was on an observation tour on 3rd of June to witness the operations and development of Singapore’s main port. During the tour, he had a special discussion with the head of PSA International Private Company which carries out the operations and development of the Singapore port.

Won Chee Fung, CEO of the company’s Middle East and South Asia arm said if there are investment opportunities for development and operations in the ports of Sri Lanka, they would like to apply for them.

The Minister told him that since the government has planned to start the development of the North Colombo Port, a suitable investment plan and proposal could be made for it. He also requested the heads of PSA International Private Company to provide a suitable proposal for the development of Trincomalee Port.

PSA International is one of the few largest companies operating in ports in the world, and 37,000 million containers are handled per year in Singapore’s main port alone.Officials including Assistant Vice President of PSA Company Lim Wei Chang, Chairman of JCT Oil Bank Company, Lakmal Ratnayake and representatives of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Singapore also participated in this discussion.

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