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BoardPAC appoints Vijendran Watson as Chairman

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BoardPAC, the Sri Lanka-headquartered award-winning, paperless board meeting automation solutions provider, has announced the appointment of business leader Vijendran Watson as Chairman with effect from August 2021.

Watson was the founding Managing Director of Mobitel in Sri Lanka and former Managing Director of Lanka Bell. He has over 43 years of experience in the ICT industry and recently retired as the Chief Regional Officer (CRO) of edotco Group. As a founding member of edotco, the infrastructure company of the Axiata Group, Watson helped build the company from scratch to now be present in eight countries and own and manage over 30,000 towers.

As CRO Bay of Bengal, he was responsible for Myanmar, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. As a further attestation to his global expertise in the corporate world, Mr Watson is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Master Performance Certified Coach and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

“We are privileged and honoured that Mr Vijendran Watson has joined BoardPAC as Chairman. His extensive global growth experience will be beneficial to steer BoardPAC’s rapid global expansion phase that’s taking place. Mr Watson’s international experience, having lived and worked in over 10 countries, and his strategic experience will be valuable as BoardPAC expands globally in the Board Automation sphere,” stated Ms Lakmini Wijesundera, the founder and CEO of BoardPAC.

Watson added: “I keenly look forward to working with Lakmini and the dynamic BoardPAC team; the product is world-class and has the potential of making Sri Lanka proud by dominating this space globally. Furthermore, the pandemic has resulted in many Boards needing to meet virtually, and there is a tremendous opportunity to serve the need by offering a product that is secure and easy to use.”

BoardPAC is recognised for driving simple, secure, sustainable, and experiential communications for Board and Executive members. With over 50,000 users globally and a presence in over 40 countries, BoardPAC serves a host of fortune 500 companies and worldwide leading corporates such as Petronas, Deloitte, EY, Mercedes Benz, Prudential, Hong Leong Group, Stock Exchange of Malaysia, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Bombay Stock Exchange, Bank Negara and Maybank. Power Grid Corporation of India, the Colombo Stock Exchange, and SriLankan Airlines are just some of BoardPAC’s success stories. BoardPAC has also been recognised as one of Asia’s Best Workplaces 2021 by Great Place To Work®.



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Central Bank urged to save collapsing local industries

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The National Freedom Front (NFF) has requested the immediate intervention of the Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal to save micro, small and medium scale industries badly affected by the current economic downturn caused by the Covid-19.

The NFF parliamentary group comprises six members, including one National List.

Industries Minister Wimal Weerawansa, on behalf of the SLPP constituent parties, has warned of steep increase in unemployment, drop in the contribution made by small and medium scale industries to the national economy and the further widening of the gap between the rich and poor.

Party sources told The Island that the NFF had decided to take up the urgent matter because, in spite of repeated promises, those who had been severely affected were yet to receive assistance. Minister Weerawansa has urged the Central Bank to restructure loans obtained by affected industries and also extend the moratorium.

Weerawansa has in a letter dated Oct.18, told Cabraal that according to a survey conducted by the Industrial Development Board, micro, small and medium enterprises suffered serious setbacks. However, of the loans made available through the banking sector, a substantial segment had been disbursed among major players, the Minister said, while pointing out that in other countries in the region more than 50 percent of total loans were made available to micro, small and medium industries.

Unfortunately, here in Sri Lanka they received approximately 15 percent of the total given as loans, the minister said.

Minister Weerawansa said that though industries suffered, almost all state and private banks had recorded much improved performances with significant profits.

The Minister said that following his intervention with the cabinet of ministers, the government agreed on a plan of action to deal with the situation. It would be the responsibility of the Central Bank to implement the agreed proposals, he said.

(SF)

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So far no side effects among Pfizer vaccinated 15,000 A/L students

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

Over 15,000 GCE AL students had been vaccinated with Pfizer and there had not been any side effects, Colombo District Director of Health Dr. Dilip Liyanage told the media yesterday.

He said that the Ministry of Education had given them a list of 20,688 that needed to be vaccinated.

“We would like to assure parents that there is no need to worry. Over 15,000 children have been vaccinated and there have been no problems so far. Trust the health professionals and vaccinate your child at the first opportunity you get,” he said.

Dr. Liyanage added that children who missed their chance to get vaccinated on weekdays, can get vaccinated at the MOH office near their home.

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Govt. approves prohibition of cattle slaughter

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The government has approved the prohibition of cattle slaughter. The decision was announced at the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Information Department yesterday (19). The government said the relevant laws and regulations, including those passed by Local Government authorities would be amended for that purpse.

The Legal Draftsman has drafted Bills to amend the following acts and ordinances.

• Authority 272 of the Cattle Slaughter Ordinance No. 9 of 1893

• Act No. 29 of 1958 Concerning Animals

• Municipal Councils Ordinance – Section 252

• Section 255 of the Municipal Councils Ordinance

• Ordinance No. 15 of the Urban Council Act of 1987

The Attorney General has certified that the said Bills do not clash with the provisions of the Constitution.

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