The new BASL Website being launched by the President of the Court of Appeal Arjuna Obeyesekere, the President BASL Kalinga Indatissa, PC and Secretary BASL Rajeev Amarasuriya in the presence of Head of Digital Business Operations of SLT Digital Info Services Duminda Chandrasiri and Web Development Team Lead Danushka Gangoda, CEO of BASL Ms. Suranee Samarasekera, Attorney-at-Law Oshan Ubhayarathna and other officials of SLT and BASL.
SLT Digital Info Services (Pvt) Ltd (SLTDS) which is a fully-owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT) has extended their expertise to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) with the launch of its upgraded feature-rich new Website: www.basl.lk. With a wide range of web development, digital marketing and advertising services, SLTDS helps its clientele create a well-rounded-up story in order to fulfil their business goals.
Revamp of the website came as a result of BASL’s initiative to digitalize many of its functions. The new website aims at providing a greater accessibility for its membership and the general public both locally and globally and it comes with a range of new features such as e-Shop, Payment Gateway Integration, Member Login Area enabling members to renew membership, apply for services such as car labels and register for CPD programmes and conferences and moreover it offers access to over 50 BASL webinars as well. A new online Job Bank has also been introduced.
The site is mobile-optimized to reflect the reality that many Sri Lankans access the website primarily through mobile devices.
The new website was recently launched at the closing ceremony of the National Law Conference 2021, with the participation of the President of the Court of Appeal Hon. Arjuna Obeyesekere, President BASL Mr. Kalinga Indatissa, PC, Secretary BASL Mr. Rajeev Amarasuriya and many other dignitaries.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, BASL Secretary Mr. Rajeev Amarasuriya said “the BASL has in the past 10 months converted all its professional development activities to online platforms through which the BASL has reached out to the entire membership and that the next phase was the launch of this brand-new and state-of-the-art website”. He thanked the President BASL and the other members of the management for all the support and guidance and also SLT Digital Info Services for converting the requirements of BASL into a functional and efficient website.
President BASL Mr. Kalinga Indatissa, PC said “it was an important day for BASL in its digital transformation”. He further said that the members now could benefit from the several services of BASL without having to physically visit BASL. He said that a new fully-fledged interactive website was a long-felt need for BASL and that he was glad that the project could be completed during his tenure of office and thanked the Secretary of BASL Mr. Rajeev Amarasuriya and the other officers and SLT Digital Info Services for the job well done.
Mr. Malraj Balapitiya, CEO of SLT Digital Info Services said that they were extremely happy to see BASL truly following the path of digital transformation. In addition to the newly launched website, keeping up with the trends and technology, BASL has also been able to digitize most of its activities and the recent series of webinars conducted on Zoom stands as proof which really shows their commitment towards the transformation. The fully functional website is needed especially in view of the road map laid down by the management of the BASL to better connect the 85 branch associations spreading across the country.”
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.”
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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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