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Exterminators clinch ‘Best Productive Enterprise Award’ at Entrepreneur Awards 2020

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Exterminators (Pvt) Ltd., Sri Lanka’s premier environmental enhancement solutions provider, won the Best Productive Enterprise Award at the ‘Entrepreneur Awards 2020’.

The event was jointly organized by The National Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA) and the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka for the fifth year.

Exterminators is Sri Lanka’s premier pest control and pioneer Anti-microbial disinfection solutions provider is the winner of 55 national/international awards and ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 22000, COVID-19 SLS & Asia’s 1st ‘Carbon Neutral’ pest control and the world’s 1st carbon neutral Anti-Microbial Disinfection Service.

Exterminators decided that in order to survive this unprecedented situation, the company needed to take some bold steps. Although it was a great risk, doing nothing was a bigger risk. Therefore, strategic steps were taken considering all factors while mitigating the risk of our employees, customers, community and suppliers.

Exterminators ‘High Risk COVID-19 Team’ with eight specialized disinfectors working from office and five sales and operations staff working from home, ventured into a new industry named ‘Anti-Microbial Disinfection’. The services were provided countrywide even during curfew/lockdown periods to help the community to fight Covid-19 and businesses across Sri Lanka to get back to business.

Marlon Ferreira, Founder/Managing Director said, “I knew if I failed, I wouldn’t regret it, but I knew I will certainly regret doing nothing. It is our moral obligation to help our community, our customers, our employees and their families when they need us the most”.

 



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Information Dept. media release: EC Chief asks public not to be misled

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by Priyan de Silva

Chairman of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Nimal Punchihewa, asked to comment on a special news release, purportedly issued by the Director General of the Department of Government Information, on Sunday (29), told  The Island  that preparations for the 09 March local government elections were going ahead, as planned, and that the media statement at issue was misleading.

The media statement says: “The gazette notice with signatures of the Chairman and other members of the Election Commission required for the commencement of the Local Government election process has not been sent to the Government Press for printing.”

Punchihewa requested the public not to be misled by any misinformation being spread in an attempt to create doubts in their minds.He also  reiterated that the EC would not be deterred by any acts of intimidation.

Three of the EC members have been threatened with death by an unidentified caller to resign from their posts. They are S. B. Divaratne, M. M. Mohamed and K. P. P. Pathirana. The Opposition has accused the government of trying to sabotage the LG polls.

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Cardinal urges Catholics to fight for justice

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 By Norman Palihawadane

Today’s Church does not need ‘sacristy Catholics’ but a laity who fight for justice, says Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.

Addressing a gathering at a ceremony to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Deva Dharma Nikethanaya, at Archbishop’s House auditorium, at Borella, last week, the Cardinal said that turning every layperson into a mature Christian, fit for leadership, should be the foremost duty of the Catholic Church. “Once the Catholic Church functioned as a Bishop-priest centered church and did only what the Bishop of the priest would say. We have to change the outlook of the Church. Today, we no longer need such sacristy Catholics. We need a laity who are ready to get down to the streets and fight for justice and do what is right for society,” the Cardinal said.

“The Church needs Christians who will commit themselves for Christ and follow his example. We do not need spoon-fed babies,” he said.

He said that the Bishops and Priests should not be afraid of handing over the responsibilities to the laity. “We should share our responsibilities with joy. The Church cannot continue otherwise. Understanding this situation, Pope Francis wants to change the priest-centres position that has become a theoretical doctrine in the church and to study how the church should change in a way that suits the present world.”

Apostolic Nuncio to Sri Lanka Rev Dr Brian Udaigwe and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference President Rt Rev Dr Harold Anthony Perera also addressed the gathering.

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Protests against 13A used to arouse communal feelings – SJB

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Protests against the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution are being used to arouse communal feelings among people ahead of an election, says the main Opposition SJB.

Addressing the media on Saturday, at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo, Chief Opposition Whip, SJB Kandy District MP Lakshman Kiriella, said:

“This country has witnessed many instances in the past. This time, too, the same old slogan of the country being divided is heard again.

“The 13th Amendment is part of the Constitution. All parties have contested elections under the 13th Amendment. The UNP, SLFP, SLPP and JVP have contested provincial council elections. It shows that they have accepted the 13th Amendment. Those in such parties now opposing the 13th Amendment must first explain how they oppose it directly while accepting the same indirectly by sending their members to the provincial councils set up under the 13th Amendment,” Kiriella said.

“The claim of the country being divided by the 13th amendment is made to arouse the communal feelings.

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