Ceylon Holistic is a pioneering digital healthcare platform, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka with a prime focus on Holistic Medical Systems such as Ayurveda, Traditional medicine, Siddha, Yunani and much more!
Born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, this digital clinic system was established to safely bridge the sudden disconnect caused between medical professionals and patients – especially those suffering from non-communicable diseases and the elderly who, as a high-risk group to the virus, couldn’t reach hospitals to continue their regular treatments. Ceylon Holistic is supported both technically and financially through HackaDev – the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka’s flagship youth and innovation programme which empowers Sri Lanka’s youth to be more innovative and entrepreneurial and take leadership in solving the most pressing development challenges in a sustainable manner, by providing them with opportunities and the necessary next-generation skills.
The HackaDev Enterprise Support Programme (HESP) is an initiative that is aimed at rebuilding enterprises and empowering entrepreneurs of the HackaDev alumni network affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the first cohort successfully implemented in 2020/21, it provided 06-months of comprehensive further development support to 15 enterprises. Curve Up was entrusted as the expert service provider to manage the seed funding and incubation support process of the HESP interventions, who were successful in providing necessary support and hands on guidance to entrepreneurs in their journey, contributing to the successful completion of the programme.
With a vision to promote holistic wellness – inclusive of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing – and to contribute towards building a healthier future, Ceylon Holistic provides a wide range of telehealth services including 24×7 e-Channeling, virtual consultations and medical advice, an online pharmacy, and personalised medicine deliveries. Apart from serving as a safe system amidst the pandemic, Ceylon Holistic is also a space for the integration of various medical systems primarily focused on promoting holistic wellbeing and creating awareness around the same!
“Holistic wellbeing has taken the centre stage amidst the pandemic as more people shift towards living balanced and healthier lives. People are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of cultivating wellness in every area of life – be it physical, emotional, mental, spiritual or social, and our brand has been able to create a crucial impact in this regard. We believe that Ceylon Holistic is creating a safe environment for people, connecting them to relevant health professionals at this critical period of the pandemic. Our platform is addressing the dire needs of the Sri Lankan community while also helping flatten the COVID-19 curve,” stated Dr. Umesha Withanachchi, Founder and CEO of Ceylon Holistic.
Commenting on the initiative, Ms. Kithmini Nissanka, Knowledge Management and Reporting Associate, Policy and Engagement Team, UNDP in Sri Lanka stated: “UNDP, through its HackaDev programme, is happy to have supported Ceylon Holistic in its journey towards creating a virtual medical consultation platform which aims to carry Sri Lanka’s traditional medicine and healthcare system into the digital age. While congratulating Dr. Umesha and her team on their successful entrepreneurial journey, HackaDev continues to support young people and their innovations like Ceylon Holistic, towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while promoting social innovation and entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka.”
Ceylon Holistic’s significant role as an impactful social enterprise also extends to Sri Lanka’s wellness tourism sector which faced several setbacks due to the pandemic. As Ayurvedic retreats lost continuity and medical professionals in tourism-related fields lost the platforms to connect with their patients, Ceylon Holistic took it upon itself to facilitate the necessary pathways for local and international practitioners alike – where they would be entitled to: the telemed facility to connect with patients; an expanded patient base apart from regular hospital/ private dispensary patients; a space to maintain the medical histories of patients; and a blog to publish articles and research.
In the hope of making knowledge more accessible and to encourage people to adapt to healthier lifestyles, Ceylon Holistic is highly committed to being an informative digital platform where one can find invaluable information, resources and awareness programmes from a combination of integrative medical systems. It also seeks to expand its global footprint by opening up its platform to holistic medical practitioners around the world, giving locals the opportunity to experience exotic therapies while also allowing foreign nationals to reach out to indigenous medical practitioners in Sri Lanka.
Ceylon Holistic is making great strides in empowering the health care system in Sri Lanka and is continually striving for a healthier future. Its ultimate goal is to help people make the shift towards a holistic lifestyle, which in the long term will play a significant role in preventing non-communicable diseases.
UNDP in Sri Lanka, together with its partners, are committed to empower young entrepreneurs through concrete and sustainable action, and looks forward to supporting many such HackaDev Alumni entrepreneurs in the coming years, to emerge from the significant socio-economic effects from the pandemic and build forward better.
For more information, please visit www.ceylonholistic.com.
Creating innovative spaces and world class construction projects
The Access Group consists of some of the country’s pioneering and innovative companies that have contributed to Sri Lanka’s corporate landscape.
Access Projects is among them – they commenced their own unique journey into creating iconic buildings with their flagship Access Towers 25 years ago. At the time, it was a unique building with its own footprint.
Heading the Access Projects is Managing Director Dilshan Ferdinando who has been associated with creating architecturally exceptional innovative spaces that have gone on to be some of the finest buildings in Sri Lanka.
The company made their mark in the field of construction in the leisure industry – from the interior fit out of the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, to the lobby refurbishment and improvements of Chaya Blue in Trincomalee and Chaya Tranz in Hikkaduwa.
Another unique project was The Water’s Edge Golf Club, Club House and the banquet hall, undertaken personally by Dilshan himself to transform a marshy land into Colombo’s second Golf Course. This was a sustainable venture that was spread over 160 acres with an engineered set of water ways, lakes and canals. It involved removing perimeter urban waste and dredging 50 acres and using that material to create the golf playing fields. It still stands today with every tree retained and functional as a banquet facility.
” This was at the time when the war had ended and the hospitality industry was taking off. ” recalls Dilshan, ” We went on to do several banquet halls for city hotels as well as the renovations of the villas of Club Dolphin at Waikkal, yet another iconic hotel.”
The interiors of Waters Edge Golf & Country Club including the banquet hall was designed and built by Access Projects initially.
Yet another unique venture undertaken by Access Projects was the construction of Cape Weligama, a 50 key ultra-luxury resort for The Dilmah Group. “The project involved creating one of a kind, iconic villas with 13 swimming pools – the moon shaped pool was the largest infinity pool in Sri Lanka at the time, in 2014. The projects sought to use timber and locally sourced material for sustainability. It came with specific attention to detail, creating spaces that were all its own,” he adds.
When the iconic Galle Face Hotel sought restoration and renovation to meet the design elements of the Fifties, they chose Access Projects to handle the construction. Dilshan recalls carrying out extensive research with old photographs, paying attention to details and highlights that brought out the old world look and feel. A new ballroom was added to blend in with the existing architectural design of the old one, while all systems were renovated and updated.
Access Projects has also undertaken several iconic projects such as the Anantara Resort, a 250 key luxury hotel for the Hemas Group along with staff quarters and the banquet hall.
Access Projects was tasked with the construction of a modern 18 storeyed building for the Academy of Design – it came with specific design requirements – ‘ we made sure every one of those requirements were met – within budget and the time frame given.” he says.
Accredited with ISO 9001 – 2008 and ISO 14001 – 2004, and accredited to CIDA (Construction Industry Development Authority), Access Projects specializes in midscale specialist construction projects that call for attention to detail and meeting exacting architect and customer needs.
ComBank wins Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2021
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC was declared Sri Lanka’s ‘Best Corporate Citizen’ in 2021 by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) on Tuesday night, achieving the pinnacle of recognition for sustainability and good corporate citizenship in the country’s corporate sector.
The coveted ‘Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2021’ was presented to Sri Lanka’s benchmark bank at an awards gala attended by the cream of corporate Sri Lanka, in recognition of the Bank’s status as the sustainable champion of the local corporate world.
Commercial Bank also won the award for the Finance sector at the awards for ‘Sector Based Sustainability Champions,’ the ‘Governance’ certificate in the category awards for ‘Consistent Commitment and Continuous Improvement’ and was second runner-up for the newly-introduced award for ‘Demonstrated Resilient Practices for COVID-19 Context,’ in addition to receiving an award for being among the Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens in Sri Lanka.
“Sustainability is the cornerstone of our corporate ethos and influences everything we do,” Commercial Bank Managing Director and Group CEO S. Renganathan commented. “This is demonstrated by the fact that we are Sri Lanka’s first fully carbon neutral bank. Commercial Bank is therefore elated to win the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award for 2021. This will be a stimulus for an even deeper commitment to best practices in sustainability at every employee level.”
The Finance sector award recognises Commercial Bank’s position as the most progressive banking institution in the country and its commitment to preserving the environment through responsible lending protocols. The Bank’s multifaceted Green initiatives include lending to support Sustainable and Green operations, migrating customers to paperless banking, improving efficiency in the use of energy, water and other resources in its own operations and supporting community initiatives that help conserve habitats and the environment.
The Bank pioneered a mandatory social and environmental screening process for its project lending activities and was the first bank in Sri Lanka to venture into Green Financing. It also revolutionised digital banking by introducing features in its ‘Flash’ mobile application to measure and offset customer impact on the environment. The Bank has also achieved the momentous feat of becoming the largest lender to the SME sector and is a leader in digital innovation in the country’s banking sector.
Commercial Bank finances projects that focus on renewable energy, energy and resource efficiency, waste management, emission reductions, smart agriculture and green buildings. The Bank’s Green Financing is geared towards the fight against climate change, meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 7 and 12: Affordable and Clean Energy, and Responsible Consumption and Production.
Additionally, the Bank has numerous commitments including a mangrove restoration project in Koggala, a marine turtle conservation initiative to protect the biodiversity of the ocean, and support to the ‘Thuru Mithuru’ initiative of the Sri Lanka Army to promote self-sufficiency in essential food.
The Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Awards programme has been in operation for 18 consecutive years and received 63 applications in 2021, the highest number of applications received in the history of the programme.
Established in 1839, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce is the oldest and one of the leading business chambers in Sri Lanka. A confederation of Trade Associations, Bilateral Business Councils, and Regional and Sectoral Chambers of Commerce and Industry, it is considered the leading voice of the private sector in Sri Lanka.
The first Sri Lankan bank to be listed among the Top 1000 Banks of the World and the only Sri Lankan bank to be so listed for 11 years consecutively, Commercial Bank operates a network of 268 branches and 931 automated machines in Sri Lanka. The Bank’s overseas operations encompass Bangladesh, where the Bank operates 19 outlets; Myanmar, where it has a Microfinance company in Nay Pyi Taw; and the Maldives, where the Bank has a fully-fledged Tier I Bank with a majority stake.
CEAT radials designated Original Equipment for locally–assembled Mahindra Bolero City Pik-ups
CEAT Kelani Holdings has reached another milestone in radial tyre manufacture in Sri Lanka with the Company’s appointment as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for Bolero City Pik-up vehicles assembled in Sri Lanka by Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) India in collaboration with Ideal Motors.
All Mahindra Bolero City Pik-ups rolling off the assembly line at the Mahindra Ideal Lanka Automotive Assembly Plant at Welipenna, Matugama are fitted with CEAT Milaze HD radial tyres in the size of 215/75 R15, manufactured at the CEAT Kelani plant in Kelaniya, under an OEM agreement between the two companies.
CEAT has already supplied 180 of these high performance radial tyres for 36 vehicles that will be assembled in November and December this year and has committed to supply up to 720 tyres per month from January 2022 onwards for a targeted maximum of 144 vehicles to be produced monthly by the Mahindra Ideal Lanka joint venture, the Company said.
Commenting on the agreement, CEAT Kelani Managing Director Ravi Dadlani said: “We are delighted to contribute to the local value addition component of the Mahindra and Ideal Motors venture, while doing what we do best – producing high quality tyres designed and engineered for local conditions and supporting the government’s efforts to conserve foreign exchange. Over the past two decades, CEAT has built the equity of the ‘Made in Sri Lanka’ proposition in the tyre industry, and we are proud and appreciative of the opportunity, as exclusive tyre supplier, to support the aspirations of Mahindra and Ideal Motors to progress to vehicles made in Sri Lanka.”
The Managing Director of Mahindra Ideal Lanka Pvt Ltd. Nalin Welgama noted that “This new initiative is a step in the right direction and supports the government policy framework for Sri Lanka’s migration from a market economy to a production-based economy.”
The CEAT Milaze tyres manufactured by CEAT Kelani for the Mahindra Bolero City Pik-up feature profiled shoulder lateral grooves that provide better heat dissipation and wide-angle circumferential grooves that resist cuts and chips. Angular transversal notches and sipes provide enhanced grip and uniform wear, while the angular notched 4-rib high land area design provides longer tyre life and durability.
No stranger to the OEM segment, CEAT Kelani Holdings has been the exclusive original equipment tyre supplier for Mahindra KUV100 compact SUVs assembled in Sri Lanka since 2019. All locally-assembled Mahindra KUV100 vehicles are fitted with CEAT FUELSMARRT 185/60 R 15 tyres.
CEAT Kelani Holdings is considered one of the most successful India – Sri Lanka joint ventures. The joint venture’s cumulative investment in Sri Lanka to date totals Rs 8 billion, inclusive of Rs 3 billion invested since January 2018 for expansion of volumes, technology upgrades and new product development. The company’s manufacturing operations in Sri Lanka encompass pneumatic tyres in the radial (passenger cars, vans and SUVs), commercial (nylon and radial), motorcycle, three-wheeler and agricultural vehicle segments.
The CEAT brand accounts for market shares in Sri Lanka of 48 per cent in the Radial segment, 80 per cent in the Truck category, 84 per cent Light Truck tyre category, 51 per cent in the Three-Wheeler tyre segment, 36 per cent in the Motorcycle tyre segment and 72 per cent in the Agricultural vehicle tyre category. CEAT Kelani exports about 20 per cent of its production to 16 countries in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Far East.
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