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Exterminators named SL’s first Disinfection ISO 9001, 14001 & 45001 certified Company



Exterminators (Pvt) Ltd announced that its Disinfection Services was named as Sri Lanka’s, and probably the world’s, first ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & ISO 45001 certified disinfection service provider.

The company is Sri Lanka’s first SME to be certified Covid-19 SLS 1672-2020 Safety Management System in July 2020. Exterminators launched its disinfection services way back in April 2019 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic to help Sri Lankans mitigate the spread of virus and bacterial related diseases such as viral flu, food poisoning, chickenpox etc.

Since 1998, for over 23 years The Exterminators (Pvt) Ltd has helped prevent diseases, control nuisances and protect homes and businesses by pioneering, developing, delivering and articulating sustainable environmental enhancement and public health protection solutions.

The company was the winner of 55 National/International awards for business, brand excellence, entrepreneurship and environmental leadership and eight times winner of Champion SME brand Sri Lanka. Exterminators was certified as Sri Lanka’s first ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 certified pest control service in 2008, 2009 and 2010 respectively by SLSI. Exterminators help the community to mitigate the risk from COVID-19 and help businesses to bounce back within hours by providing specialized anti-microbial disinfection services.

Since March 2020 Exterminators have helped hundreds of businesses by traveling throughout the island even during curfew/lockdown periods. The company also provided community services (FOC) by disinfecting over one million sq.ft traveling over 6,000 kms in 135 locations which included 71 elders homes, 30 police stations, 16 religious institutes and 18 schools, bus, railway stations and public places.

Exterminators use a powerful but eco-friendly disinfectant approved by WHO and manufactured in France according to the EU/French Standards. Disinfection is done using the novel application technology – Jet Nebulizer/Atomizer which release 15 microns droplets and airborne for over 30-45 minutes.

Microbes are tiny living things that are found all around us and are too small to be seen by the naked eye. They live in water, soil, and in the air. The human body is home to millions of these microbes too, also called microorganisms. Some microbes make people sick, while others are important to the health.

The most common types are bacteria, viruses and fungi. There are also microbes called protozoa. These are tiny living things that are responsible for diseases such as toxoplasmosis and malaria. Bacteria are single-cell organisms. Some bacteria need oxygen to survive and others do not. Some love the heat, while others prefer a cold environment.

Marlon Ferreira, Founder/Managing Director of The Exterminators (Pvt) Ltd said: “Businesses today are expected to be more transparent and to actively participate to help the community and also to make positive changes to improve the environment. As a leader in the pest management industry and the SME sector in Sri Lanka, we believe that we have a moral obligation to respond to this new paradigm. Our philosophy is to creatively destruct the environment via constant innovation to find novel and sustainable solutions by emphasizing on the triple bottom-line concept to create a circular economy by doing it right and doing it well”.


Oil prices rise as Saudi Arabia pledges output cuts – Opec+




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Oil-producing countries have agreed to continued cuts in production in a bid to shore up flagging prices.

Saudi Arabia said it would make cuts of a million barrels per day (bpd) in July and Opec+ said targets would drop by a further 1.4 million bpd from 2024.

Opec+ accounts for around 40% of the world’s crude oil and its decisions can have a major impact on oil prices.

In Asia trade on Monday, Brent crude oil rose by as much as 2.4% before settling at around $77 a barrel.

The seven hour-long meeting on Sunday of the oil-rich nations, led by Russia, came against a backdrop of falling energy prices.

Total production cuts, which Opec+ has undertaken since October 2022, reached 3.66 million bpd, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.

Opec+, a formulation which refers to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, had already agreed to cut production by two million bpd, about 2% of global demand.


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Manpower services agency wins accolades for its contribution to foreign employment sector



Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services receives the award

Its MD says. ‘go abroad only if you can work hard’

Siraj Manpower Services, one of Sri Lanka’s leading foreign employment agencies, was honoured with the Three-Star Award at the ‘Golden Awards’ 2023, organised by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). This award ceremony was organised to honour foreign employment agencies that have made a significant contribution to the development of the foreign employment sector, which is a major source of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka. Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services, was presented with the award at the award ceremony which was held at the BMICH in Colombo under the patronage of Minister of Foreign Employment and Labour Manusha Nanayakkara.

Having been established in 2002, Siraj Manpower Services ( has earned a reputation in the field of foreign employment by winning the trust of customers for more than 20 years. It has been offering job opportunities in the Middle East countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia as housekeepers, drivers, sanitation workers, labourers and also jobs related to the apparel industry. All these workers are entitled to approved salary scales certified by the SLBFE.

“We always stand for the safety of workers who go abroad through our organisation. We work to solve the problems that arise in relation to the contracts that the workers have entered into. I must mention something special to those who go abroad for employment. That is, you should keep in mind that you go abroad only to work. Go abroad only if you can work hard. You have to remember that you are going abroad to earn some more money and achieve the advancement of your family.” said Siraj Cafoor.

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Ports Minister invites Singaporean investors to develop Colombo North Port



Sri Lankan delegation led by Minister of Ports, Navigation and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva meets with the head of PSA International Private Company which carries out the operations and development of the Singapore port.

The Minister of Ports, Navigation and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva was on an observation tour on 3rd of June to witness the operations and development of Singapore’s main port. During the tour, he had a special discussion with the head of PSA International Private Company which carries out the operations and development of the Singapore port.

Won Chee Fung, CEO of the company’s Middle East and South Asia arm said if there are investment opportunities for development and operations in the ports of Sri Lanka, they would like to apply for them.

The Minister told him that since the government has planned to start the development of the North Colombo Port, a suitable investment plan and proposal could be made for it. He also requested the heads of PSA International Private Company to provide a suitable proposal for the development of Trincomalee Port.

PSA International is one of the few largest companies operating in ports in the world, and 37,000 million containers are handled per year in Singapore’s main port alone.Officials including Assistant Vice President of PSA Company Lim Wei Chang, Chairman of JCT Oil Bank Company, Lakmal Ratnayake and representatives of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Singapore also participated in this discussion.

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