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Cargills Ceylon PLC announces new appointments

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Cargills Ceylon PLC, Sri Lanka’s leading food retailing and manufacturing company, announced significant new appointments effective from July 01st. Four members of Cargills’ senior management, Dilantha Jayawardhana, Saranga Wijesundara, Buddhisha Herath and Delano Dias have assumed their new roles having been affiliated with the Group for the majority of their careers.

Dilantha Jayawardhana joined the Board of Directors of Cargills (Ceylon) PLC in the capacity of Executive Director. He joined Cargills as an accountant back in 1999, and worked his way up to head the Group’s finance division with his assignment as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2015. Dilantha holds an MBA from the University of Lincoln, UK and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, as well as an Associate Member of the Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka.

Saranga Wijesundara took the reins of the Group’s Dairy sector as Managing Director of Kotmale Holdings PLC and Cargills Quality Dairies (Pvt) Ltd. Having joined the Cargills Group in 2007, Saranga has consecutively been assigned to various posts across the Group’s food manufacturing, restaurants and distribution segments prior to his appointment as Chief Operating Officer of the Dairy sector in 2017. A Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, and an Associate Member of the Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka, Saranga also holds a BSc degree in Accounting from the University of Sri Jayawardhanapura.

Buddhisha Herath assumed office as Managing Director of the subsidiaries, Cargills Agrifoods Ltd and Cargills Quality Confectioneries (Pvt) Ltd. He joined the Cargills Group in 1996 as a salesmen and rose through the ranks in the Group’s FMCG business. In 2018, he was tasked with managing the food manufacturing sectors of Agrifood and Confectionery as Chief Operating Officer. He holds an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business as well as an Executive Diploma in Business Administration (EDBA) from the University of Colombo.

Delano Dias took over as Managing Director of Millers Ltd, having been its Chief Executive Officer since 2016. He joined Cargills in 1991 and has held several positions in different sectors during his 30-year tenure with the Group. Delano holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) and is the current Chairman of the Import Section of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

 



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Sri Lanka Tourism introduces e-learning platform for all SLTDA registered tourist guides.

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As an initiative to uplift the reviving tourism industry in the country, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority in collaboration with Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM) have introduced the continuous professional development (CPD) e-learning platform to all registered guides to enhance their knowledge and skills.

The launch of the continuous professional development (CPD) e-learning platform took place this week under the patronage of Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga, Secretary of the Ministry S. Hettiarachchi and Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando.

“Tourist guides play an important role in our tourism sector as they spend a lot of time with visitors from arrival to departure. It is important that our guides stay updated on their professional/technical knowledge and I hope this e-learning platform by Sri Lanka Tourism will help them enhance their knowledge and skills” Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando shared while the Minister congratulated all the officials who were involved in bringing this initiative to reality.

Knowledge improvement, obtaining expertise knowledge from veterans, develop active participation with guests, improve the link between Tourism institutions & guides are some key objectives of this e-learning platform.

If you are a registered guide with SLTDA, you can now sign up on https://sltda.gov.lk/e-learning/login and avail of the online courses.

A certificate of completion will be given at the end of the course from SLTDA and SLITHM.

 

 

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Impact of Climate Change on marine and fresh water resources and combating water pollution

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Trilateral virtual dialogue among Pathfinder Foundation, Russian International Affairs Council and Asian Confluence

The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) has initiated a trilateral dialogue involving Sri Lanka, India and the Russian Federation to discuss issues of contemporary relevance. The first trilateral dialogue will be held to day 4:30 PM SLST on the “Impact of Climate Change on Marine and Fresh Water Resources and Combating Water Pollution: Best Practices from Russia, Sri Lanka and India”.

For this dialogue, Pathfinder Foundation will be partnering with Russian International Affairs Council and Asian Confluence.

The distinguished panellists for the webinar are, Ambassador GlebIvashentsov, Vice President, Russian International Affairs Council, Ambassador (Retd.) Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman Pathfinder Foundation, Ambassador. IFS(Retd.) Rajiv Kumar Bhatia, Member Governing Council, The Asian Confluence and Distinguished Fellow, Gateway House,Dr. Anastasia Likhacheva, Director, Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, Higher Schoolof Economics, Dr. B. V. R. Punyawardena, Chairman, National Steering Committee on Climate Change Adaptation, Governmentof Sri Lanka, Dr. Fraddry D’Souza, Area ConvenerandFellow, The Coastal Ecology & Marine Resources Centre, TERI Goa,India , Dr. Konstantin Zgurovsky, Senior Advisor, Marine Programme, WWF Russia, Mr. Sarath Premalal, Retired Director General of Meteorology of Sri Lanka and Prof. Vinay Kumar Dadhwal, Director, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Professor Indira Gandhi Chair, National Institute of Advanced Studies, India

Those who are interested in participating may kindly register at the following link; https://bit.ly/3AZbYAN Program details are available at https://bit.ly/3zdUkY3 . The event will also be live streamed on the PF Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pathfinderfoundation/

 

 

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Doc990 and MyDoctor partner SLVA to extend accessible veterinary services islandwide

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Sri Lanka’s premier digital health solutions service providers, Doc990 and MyDoctor are now enabling customers to access online veterinary services island-wide in partnership with the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association.

The national professional body serving and representing the interests of the veterinary profession in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association (SLVA), is dedicated to providing continued excellence within the profession of animal medicine and the provision of outstanding care for all animals while also actively creating public awareness of the contribution of veterinarians island-wide.

This collaborative effort with Doc990 and MyDoctor will bring pet owners, owners of farm animals and good Samaritans the ability to access remote video consultations with leading, specialist veterinarians of their choosing, without the hassle of physically entering hospital waiting rooms, transporting animals etc. This timely, contactless service will not only be convenient but also a relief to pet owners and caretakers in the backdrop of travel restrictions as a result of the ongoing global pandemic.

Customers can engage in video consultations with their chosen vet by downloading the Doc990 mobile app from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. Through its widening network of hospitals and medical services, Doc990 strives to make health care accessible and convenient for all Sri Lankans.

 

 

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