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Dilmah revives Rs. 2mn Ecovation award for second run

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Theme: Sustainable Enviornmentally friendly Packaging and Resource efficiency

Dilmah, the well known Tea Brand, last week announced an attractive package of financial and other awards to inventors and innovators focusing on solutions for sustainable packaging, resource efficiency and waste management.

“In the backdrop of COVID-19 and the race towards limiting global warming to 1.5-degree Celsius, the world needs sustainable ideas and inventions to solve its looming problems. Therefore, Dilmah has brought back Ecovation awards for its second run. Themed “Sustainable Environmentally-friendly Packaging and Resource Efficiency”, Ecovation 2021 focuses on generating solutions for sustainable packaging, resource efficiency, and waste management,” a company news release explained.

It said the Awards present a perfect opportunity for anyone with a non-mainstream eco-innovation concept or working prototype to gain financial support and resources to take their innovation from concept to market or further develop their prototype into a commercial product.

“They will further receive legal support to protect their intellectual property. Another bonus is that winners will have an opportunity to introduce their innovations and ideas to the patron and general members of Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL), comprising of blue-chip companies in the hopes of finding potential investors,” it said.

The overall prizes of the awards are valued at over 2 million. Due to COVID-19, the award rounds will take place in a virtual format, the news release said.

Submissions are open to anyone with a passion for sustainability and resource efficiency – including schoolchildren, undergraduates, postgraduates, grassroots organizations, academics, scientists, artists and, designers, it added.

Short-listed applicants will be given two months to build their prototype or present their concept. The final stage of Ecovation 2021 is slated for December and will be an exhibition where the winners will be chosen by an eminent judging panel.

The panel comprises Dr. Ilmi Hewajulige, Additional Director, R&D ITI, Ms. Padma Abeykoon, Director, Operational Focal Point Biodiversity Secretariat, Ministry of Environment, Mr. Jeevan Gnanam, Founder/Group CEO of Saksglobal, Ms. Savera Weerasinghe, Ms. S. Yasarathne, and Prof. A. de Alwis.

The Ecovation award was first launched in 2016. This inaugural event showcased many Sri Lankan innovators. The top award recipients were B. G. Harsha Abeywardana (prototype winner) and K. K. L. Madusanka (concept winner). The former created a prototype of an eco-friendly method of using tea refuse from tea factories to produce items such as paper, cardboard, brick, pots, etc. The latter conceptualized a purified tank to clean invasive plant species infested waters. Category award winners were also chosen under blue economy, waste, water, and energy. 

Ecovation Awards, a platform where budding eco-innovators can be empowered and recognised, is the brainchild of Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando. He believes that Sri Lanka is home to many talented innovators who just need the right support and guidance to help them maximise their potential.

“As a sustainable brand that constantly seeks solutions for solving local environmental issues at large, Dilmah, through Ecovation Awards, aims to promote and strengthen eco-innovations in Sri Lanka, the release said.

Ecovation Award 2021 application form now at https://www.dilmahconservation.org/eco-innovation-award-2021/ or email awards@dilmahconservation.org or call 011 482 2490 for inquiries.

 

 



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SL youth eligible for employment in Korea, to get the opportunity shortly

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The Korean Ambassador to Sri Lanka Woonjin Jeong assured the Foreign Minister that the facilities required for the Sri Lankan youth who are eligible for employment in Korea to travel to Korea will be provided shortly. He was speaking at a discussion on the delays faced by young people who are eligible for jobs in Korea, chaired by the Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Foreign Ministry on 16 June, 2021. State Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Market Diversification Priyankara Jayaratne, Secretary to the State Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Market Diversification Suntharam Arumainayaham, Chairman Kamal Ratwatte, Director Nimal Thibbatumunuwa and Deputy General Manager Mangala Randeniya of the Foreign Employment Bureau were also participated in the discussion.

The Foreign Minister pointed out that those who have qualified for jobs in Korea have been expecting to leave for jobs in Korea for a long time; however it has been avoided day by day due to the COVID pandemic. The Minister also pointed out that they are under severe mental stress due to this.

The Korean Ambassador to Sri Lanka explained the position of the Korean Government and stated that it has been planned to provide employment opportunities in Korea to all those who are eligible for employment in Korea. He said there is a delay in providing those opportunities due to the COVID pandemic; however assured that he is focussed on sending them to Korea at the earliest available opportunity.

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Sterilizer device launched in Sri Lanka

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At a time when the Covid-19 epidemic is spreading around the world, you will no doubt be happy to hear that those invisible germs that collect in such a closed environment can now be destroyed by a small device called STERIONIZER introduced to Sri Lanka by ABC Trade & Investments.

This small device has made life easy for many as you can clean your home or any other place (specially closed environment) by plug-in the STERIONIZER.  

STERIONIZER system keeps air ducts, air heat exchangers and machinery clean and supplies sanitized air in enclosed areas and each ionizing device is completely maintenance free and connected to a data-bus for supervision and monitoring.

STERIONIZER is priced at Rs. 35,000. Phone 070 3 525 525 or 070 1 853 529 for more information.

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Indian assistance to implement solar power project

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It is expected to provide financial benefit to low-income households

 

Measures have been taken to increase the contribution by renewable energy sources to the national power grid by enhancing solar power generation as per the National Policy Framework.A key plan of the Government is to generate solar power by obtaining the contribution of state-owned buildings, places of worship and houses of the low-income families.

It is expected to provide financial benefit to low-income households and to curtail the expenses incurred by the state institutions for electricity, from the project. Steps will also be taken to provide facilities to store solar energy in batteries for the low-income families that are unable to access the national power grid.

The project also includes generating power by installing floating solar panels as a solution to land scarcity. Under the first phase of this, plans have been initiated to generate electricity required for the Parliament centering the Diyawanna Lake as a model project.The Government of India, one of the main stakeholders of Sri Lanka for this project, has entered into a bilateral loan agreement by agreeing to grant a Line of Credit amounting to US$ 100 million through the Export Import Bank of India.The agreement for the Line of Credit signed by the Sri Lankan Government and the Export Import Bank of India was exchanged between Finance Secretary S. R. Attygalle and Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay in the presence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and State Minister Duminda Dissanayake at the Presidential Secretariat recently.

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