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‘Dialog Digital Vesak Kalapaya’ recognised at e-Swabhimani Awards 2020

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Dialog Nethrabhiwandana ‘Digital Vesak Kalapaya 2020’, a web platform designed by Dialog Axiata PLC, to provide an interactive and immersive experience for Buddhist devotees island-wide was adjudged by the grand jury as the winner of the ‘Culture and Tourism’ category at the 10th e-Swabhimani Digital Social Impact Awards 2020.

 As the country went into lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many lay forlorn at the thought of not being able to celebrate one of the country’s most sacred festivals – Vesak. In response to this, the company launched ‘Dialog Digital Vesak Kalapaya 2020’ enabling Sri Lankans across the country with an engaging experience to celebrate Vesak via a web platform from the comfort and safety of their homes. With the sole purpose of uplifting Sri Lanka’s spirit during these turbulent times, ‘Dialog Digital Vesak Kalapaya 2020’ came equipped with interactive elements including; virtual experience of the country’s most famous Vesak pandols & lanterns in 3D, a digital Vesak lantern competition, “Vesak Pethum” (e-cards with Vesak wishes which users can share with their loved ones), a live stream link to “Siri Dalada Waruna” hosted on the YouTube channel of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth Relic), “Sadaham Sithuwili” (videos of priests reciting the Dhammapadaya Gatha along with its meaning) and virtual “Bhakthi Gee” performances along with an offer of Free Data for Dialog customers.

 Speaking on this milestone moment, Amali Nanayakkara, Group Chief Marketing Officer of Dialog Axiata PLC stated “We are honoured to be adjudged the winners of the Culture and Tourism category at the e-Swabhimani Digital Social Impact Awards. We are humbled by this esteemed recognition of our efforts in providing interactive and inclusive platforms such as ‘Dialog Digital Vesak Kalapaya 2020’ to the public, thereby enriching Srilankan hearts & minds with easy accessibility to our deeply rooted religious customs amidst a country-wide lockdown along with a future-fit experience that reflects the transformative times of today”.



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SLT-MOBITEL powers ANANKE IoT Services to shine at Globee® Awards

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SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT, Telecommunications and Mobile Services Provider, is proud to announce its partner ANANKE IoT Services (Pvt) Ltd has been conferred a Gold award under the ‘Start-up of the Year – IT Category’ at the 16th Annual 2021 IT World Awards. Organizers of the world’s premier business awards programs and business ranking lists, The Globee® Awards; recognised ANANKE IoT’s Smart Bins Project, powered by NB-IoT technology from SLT-MOBITEL, the undisputed leader of IoT services and related digital transformation in Sri Lanka.

SLT-MOBITEL’s NB-IoT network enables the entire device connectivity chain of the Smart Bins Project and is Sri Lanka’s only such network to-date. NB-IoT is the GSMA standard for Low-Power-Wide-Area Internet of Things connectivity, which is particularly suited to ensure the battery life of a sensor extends to up to 10 years. As the only telco to offer this advanced technology in Sri Lanka, SLT-MOBITEL was perfectly positioned to support ANANKE IoT Services for quick deployment of its Smart Bins solution. This is the first large-scale NB-IoT enabled hardware project in Sri Lanka and utilizes, ANANKE IoT’s in-house built proprietary platform. (SLT)

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Dialog Television extends access to Nenasa and Guru TV education channels free of charge

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Furthering its efforts to ensure that no child is left behind in continuing their education, Dialog Axiata Group, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, extended free access to its education bouquet Nenasa Sinhala, Nenasa Tamil and Guru TV channels through Dialog Television and ViU App.

Despite the learning loss that ensued the pandemic, Dialog remains committed in its resolve to ensuring that children across the country have equitable access to education. Both Dialog Television prepaid and postpaid customers can access these channels for free. Nenasa Sinhala (Ch. 24) and Nenasa Tamil (Ch. 25) cover grade 3 to 13 Government syllabi, while Guru TV (Ch. 22) covers grade 5 to 13 Government syllabi, all conducted by qualified teachers with immersive, engaging and innovative teaching techniques. Furthermore, this education channel bouquet and over 160 supplementary lessons and educational content can also be accessed via ViU App on any smartphone, ViU Hub and ViU Mini for free, without any data charges on the Dialog network.

Commenting, Chirantha De Zoysa, Head of Business – Dialog Television said, “Extending Nenasa Sinhala, Nenasa Tamil and Guru TV education channels for free is part of our overarching efforts in providing schoolchildren across the country with equitable access to education to achieve their aspirations. While the pandemic has magnified the disparities in education and underscored the importance of inclusive education, Dialog remains resolute in continuing to bridge this gap.”

This is yet another initiative by Dialog in its continued efforts of supporting students across the country with their educational endeavours. In addition to this initiative, Dialog powers a range of educational platforms under the Nenasa initiative; Nenasa TV, Nenasa Smart School, Nenasa App and the toll-free Nenasa 1916 distance learning helpline. Dialog also endeavoured to provide 100,000 schoolchildren in need with Data Scholarships under the ‘NanaDiri Data Scholarship’ programme to facilitate their online learning from home. Furthermore, the company extended free access without any data charges to e-Thaksalawa, the National Learning Content Management System (LCMS)/Learning Management System (LMS) and to all official e-Learning platforms of State Universities under the purview of the University Grants Commission.

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LITRO GAS encouraging industrial sectors with inter-fuel conversion

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Switching to clean and efficient energy is a constant need that arises among industrial sectors in the world – Sri Lanka is no exception.

Encouraging industries across sectors to go for LPG instead of kerosene or firewood, has been a key component of Litro Gas Lanka’s strategy to drive efficiency levels and uplift industries to utilize clean and safe energy.

The domestic usage of LPG in Sri Lanka stands at around 35% of the population who use it as their primary source of energy – there is tremendous potential for the LPG sector since alternate energy sources such as firewood and kerosene are still in use. Empowering communities to upgrade to clean energy from these energy sources causing indoor pollution is a key area of consideration for Litro Gas Lanka.

Litro Gas Lanka has the capability and the expertise to provide LPG in bulk to large commercial and industrial operations that rely on efficient, clean energy. “These operations require bigger, bulk facilities due to the fact that they need faster, consumption efficient energy”, says Janaka Pathirathna, Director – Sales & Marketing at Litro Gas Lanka.

“We provide all the equipment needed – from storage tanks, vaporizers, pressure regulators and a piped network to the application in keeping with the highest safety standards. Litro Gas has the capacity and necessary infrastructure in place in designing, installing, maintaining and operating in-house bulk facilities.”

Commenting on switching to LPG, Lahiru Gawarammana – Senior Manager – Technical & Professional Business at Litro Gas Lanka, “Driving application and innovation is the key to achieving energy efficiencies for all industries. Direct energy application and a clean, smooth operation of LPG are indeed among the powerful factors in favour of LPG driven energy sources.”

Among innovative solutions Litro Gas Lanka has pioneered in the LPG LOT (Liquid Off-take) Systems which are primarily used in commercial & industrial applications. “LOT system will be the ideal solution to an application which needs high LPG flow with a less space availability. The system offers the large flow of a bulk tank and easy functionality of cylinder manifold. “

Litro Gas Lanka maintains 78% market share in the country’s LPG sector and operates over 14,000 points-of-sale, 1,500 home delivery hubs through a network of 42 distributors. A seamless supply of LPG throughout Sri Lanka ensures reaching over 4 million homes, while powering up countless industries and businesses that require a high output from clean energy.

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