Photographed left to right: Sanka Dineth, Bhathiya Jayakody, Santhush Weeraman, Umariya Sinhawansa, Tharani Anoja Gamage – Director, State Ministry of Cultural Affiars, Rosy Senanayaka – mayoress of Colombo, . Mahinda Amaraweera – Minister of Environment, Sarath Chandrasiri Vithana – Advisor to the Minister of Environment, Amali Nanayakkara, Group Chief Marketing Officer – Dialog Axiata PLC, Roshanie Dissanayake – Municipal Commissioner, Colombo Municipal Council, and Harsha Samaranayake – Senior General Manager – Brand and Media, Group Marketing – Dialog Axiata PLC
The ‘Nakethata Palayak’ programme, initiated to assimilate reforestation and conservation into the Sri Lankan culture, launched its environmental song titled ‘Husma Dena Thuru’ and held a symbolic tree-planting ceremony at Independence Square.
This national environmental effort is driven by Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC (Dialog), in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment.
The progress of the Na tree planting at Independence Square was updated on the Thuru app by the Minister of Environment and key personnel. Thuru is a social media app for tree planters to update the progress of their urban forestry efforts, including those conducted under the ‘Husma Dena Thuru’ initiative.
An ode to reforestation and conservation, the ‘Husma Dena Thuru’ ballad was penned by Roshini Disanayakage and brought to life by the country’s prolific artistes Bathiya Jayakody, Santhush Weeraman, Umaria Sinhawansa, Sanuka Wickramasinghe and Sanka Dineth.
The “Nakethata Palayak” programme under the aegis of ‘Husma Dena Thuru’ initiative aims to promote urban forestry at homes during this Sinhala and Tamil New Year, where if one home plants one seedling during the designated ‘tree planting’ auspicious time at 6.40 AM on 16th April, 5 million trees would be planted across the nation simultaneously. This initiative strives to invoke a sense of motivation, further uniting the citizens of Sri Lanka to work towards a common environmental goal for the betterment of the nation.
With climate change posing as a growing global threat, the ‘Husma Dena Thuru’ campaign was implemented by the Ministry of Environment, to increase the country’s forest density to 30% and with the objective to reduce the rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere while creating a healthy, habitable environment. The two initiatives aim to pave a path towards a greener community and healthier lifestyle for generations to come.
INSEE Ecocycle to provide waste management solutions for Galle Analytical Lab
Signatories to the agreement were Mrs. Dharshani Lahandapura, Chairperson and Dr. P.B. Terney Pradeep Kumara, General Manager, MEPA and Sanjeewa Chulakumara, Director of INSEE Ecocycle Lanka (Private) Limited together with senior officials from both organisations
INSEE Ecocycle, the nation’s pioneer in sustainable waste management has joined hands with the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA), the apex body established to prevent, control and manage pollution in Sri Lanka’s marine environment, to provide Sustainable Integrated Waste Management Solution for the MEPA’s Galle analytical laboratory recently.
Prior to the agreement, no sustainable solution for analytical laboratory waste and chemical waste existed in the country. This hazardous waste was accumulated at laboratory premises or due to misconduct, was discharged into the open environment such as drains, soil or natural water streams etc. As a result, possible environmental impacts such as soil acidification or soil alkalization, eradication of aquatic plants and animals, possible ground water contamination, acid rains and ozone depletion could have taken place.
Similarly devastating human health impact such as skin cancers, liver damage, blindness, neurological disorders, adverse pregnancy outcomes and bioaccumulation were also a possibility.
Commenting on the agreement Sanjeewa Chulakumara noted, “INSEE Ecocycle is proud to partner with MEPA for analytical laboratory waste management and we highly appreciate the commitment and the passion of the senior management of MEPA for this collaborative sustainable initiative, which is a great example to other government institutions in the country as well.”
94% of consumers in APAC considering the use of emerging payment methods: study
As a result of the pandemic, enthusiasm for a broader range of payment technologies has accelerated in the Asia Pacific region as 94% of people say they will consider using at least one emerging payment method, such as QR codes, digital or mobile wallets, installment plans, cryptocurrencies, biometrics and others, in the coming year. This is according to the Mastercard New Payments Index conducted across 18 markets globally, including India, Australia and Thailand, which reveals that 84% of consumers in APAC already have access to more ways to pay compared to one year ago. Of note for entrepreneurs, 74% of respondents said that they would shop at small businesses with greater frequency if they offered additional payment options.
“Mastercard’s study finds that people in the Asia Pacific region haven’t just adopted new payment technologies—they’ve made deliberate shifts based partly on necessity, but also on considerations around personal safety, security and convenience, at a time when these concerns were paramount,” said Sandeep Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Products & Innovation, Asia Pacific, Mastercard. “Consumers in Asia Pacific have already gained recognition globally for their openness to new technologies and innovation, and these findings confirm that this trend is only set to continue as more digital payment options rapidly become mainstream in this part of the world.”
About Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.comMastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.
ASPI skyrockets to reach 3 ½ weeks high
Turnover recorded at a healthy level at Rs. 2.7bn
Bourse premiered the week shooting the index remarkably high to reach a 3 ½ weeks top. ASPI displayed a stepped upward trend and surged in the first hour of trading followed by a sideways movement during mid-day and ended with a gradual uptrend to close at 7,350 gaining 122 points.
Turnover was recorded at a healthy level at LKR 2.7Bn powered by the active retail participation. Food, Beverage & Tobacco sector dominated the turnover closely followed by the Capital Goods sector to generate a joint contribution of 50%. Foreign investors remained net sellers while recording low participation.
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