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Fox Resorts offer Gong Meditation for their guests during the Avurudu Holidays

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Fox Resorts has tied up with Gong Meditation UK to offer guests staying over the Avurudu holidays an experience of peace and mindfulness through the ancient practice of Gong Meditation.

“This rare experience is offered to guests at no charge, as a gesture of thanks during the difficult period of the CoViD pandemic,” a Foxnews release said.

Gong meditation is a unique type of sound practice that involves using therapeutic sounds and vibrations to awaken the body’s healing processes. The practice is often referred to as a “gong bath”, as participants are immersed in meditative sound waves, it explained.

“Every Gong Bath is a very personal experience, depending on where an individual is in their journey through life. It is one of the easiest and quickest ways to encourage a deep meditative state.

 “The shifting frequencies and rhythms of the gong lead the brain effortlessly into theta and alpha brain waves, stimulating cells in the body and promoting a state of deep calm, clarity and mindfulness. The sounds can be as quiet as a whisper or a roar of intense, primal power that can be felt moving in and around the body.”

It further said guest experiences can range from pleasant sensations and feelings such as loss of body awareness, creative visions, dreams, and mild euphoria to a relaxation so complete that participants can fall asleep. The vibrations of the gong harmonize the body’s vibrations, bring it back into a natural balance, and promote emotional and physical healing by releasing stresses caused by trauma, illness, or lifestyle.

Gong Meditation is suitable for everyone, especially for those who normally struggle to meditate, as the sound waves and vibrations centre the wandering mind. It promotes meditation and stress relief, and is a powerful tool to soothe, calm, and find inner balance. It is a spiritual and harmonizing experience that reduces anxiety and depression, stimulating well-being and inner healing. The vibrations are designed to open chakras that release blocked energy and emotions, it added.

Gong Meditation will be offered on April 10, 11, 13 and 14 at Fox Jaffna and Kandy with morning (7 am) and evening (5 pm) sessions.

Fox Jaffna is just a short drive outside of Jaffna town, perfectly located in the peaceful neighbourhood of Kokuvil. An ancestral home turned boutique hotel; the property is a lush, green oasis secluded from the bustle of the vibrant town of Jaffna. Guests will find it to be the ideal location from which to explore the northern peninsula or a serene spot to take a relaxing break. The emerald hued pool is an ideal respite from the Jaffna heat, and guests can indulge in a fiery traditional meal unique to the region whipped up by the hotel chefs, learn more about the region’s history at Fox’s rebel bunker-turned-museum, or visit the in-house art gallery featuring seminal works from Sri Lanka’s elite “43 Group” of painters, the release said.

Nestled among the Hantana mountains, Fox Kandy is a boutique resort that offers modern conveniences in a breath-taking hillside setting. It is the ideal spot for relaxing and rejuvenating, with jaw-dropping vistas in every corner, exceptional gourmet meals at the best fine dining restaurant in the city, an inviting infinity pool, and rooms equipped with modern luxuries and conveniences. The resort even offers trekking excursions to the neighbouring mountains – a chance to escape and unwind, and be one with nature, it added.

“Fox properties are perfectly suited for gong meditation sessions, with the serene and peaceful nature of our hotels. We are particularly pleased to present our guests with this ancient healing technique to finding inner peace and balance at this time, when we are all dealing with stress, anxiety and anguish due to the CoViD pandemic and how it as affected us all. This restorative program is a small contribution from Fox to our guests, whose visits support us during these difficult times” says Chris Quyn, CEO of Fox Resorts.



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UNDP study shows need for wider public engagement of tax officials with taxpayers in Sri Lanka

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Shehan Semasinghe, State Minister of Finance and Azusa Kubota, Resident Representative, UNDP Sri Lanka at the launch of the research findings from the first ‘Taxpayer Perception Study’ in Sri Lanka

By Sanath Nanayakkare

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, Inland Revenue Department, University of Moratuwa, and the National Innovation Agency of Sri Lanka co-convened the first-ever National Tax Dialogue to address contemporary issues surrounding taxation and fiscal policies in the island. The opening was attended by Shehan Semasinghe, State Minister of Finance and Ms. Azusa Kubota, Resident Representative, UNDP in Sri Lanka.

In light of the ongoing economic reforms and the need to bring in citizens’ perspectives, the National Dialogue drew attention to tax morale, social/fiscal contract, fairness in taxation, transparency and accountability of revenue institutions and digitalisation of public service delivery. The Dialogue launched research findings from the first ‘Taxpayer Perception Study’ in Sri Lanka, collaboratively conducted by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and UNDP in Sri Lanka. The nationally representative study revealed public perceptions on issues surrounding tax burden, evasion, trust in institutions, and experiences with revenue institutions which are particularly pertinent in the context of institutional reform.

By bringing together over 100 stakeholders representing diverse interests and perspectives including policymakers, legislators, bureaucrats, academia, professional bodies, private sector as well as civil society, the dialogue served as a platform for the exchange of opinions and sharing of insights across various awareness levels. The discussions led to a shared understanding of the importance of taxation for the achievement of SDGs and national development, and the need to enhance transparency and accountability in the use of tax revenue. The knowledge and insights generated through this dialogue will serve as a cornerstone for national policy-making institutions, providing valuable input for informed decision-making processes.

The event featured plenaries of global experts renowned for their exceptional expertise in the realm of taxation. Among them are Alex Cobham, Chief Executive of the Tax Justice Network; Lauren Kahn, Director of Strategy and Research, Public Digital UK; and Sudarshan Kasturirangan, Regional Programme Specialist for Asia Pacific for UNDP Tax for SDGs whose contributions enriched the discussions and provided invaluable perspectives on navigating the complexities of tax policies on a global scale.

Shehan Semasinghe, State Minister of Finance stated, “Taxation equips states with resources to progressively achieve SDGs. These revenues represent public resources that need to be deployed with a view to optimizing social returns. Considering this relationship, a national dialogue on taxation is a necessity and serves a constructive contribution to Sri Lanka’s democratic process.”

UNDP in Sri Lanka, Resident Representative, Ms. Azusa Kubota pointed out that “Sri Lanka’s economic crisis offers a historic opportunity to optimise the use of resources for SDG attainment. This entails concerted efforts to strengthen the linkages among planning, budgeting, monitoring and oversight and citizens’ engagement. Therefore, the National Tax Dialogue is timely to foster a whole-of-society understanding and commitment to improving tax morale for effective SDG attainment. The Dialogue assumes global significance, especially as the UN Secretary-General in February 2023 called for an ‘SDG Push’, a surge in investment of $500 billion annually in affordable long-term finance for developing countries.”

“One of the key recommendations stemming from the Tax Perception Survey is the need for wider public engagement of the tax officials with the taxpayers. UNDP is already supporting the Inland department (IRD) with such efforts in operationalizing solutions which are instrumental towards open and proactive communication and outreach,” she said.

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National economy grew by 5.3 per cent in Q1 2024: CBSL report

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Industry activities such as steel manufacturing grew by 11.8 per cent in Q1 2024

The national economy grew by 5.3 per cent in Q1 2024, contributed by all three major economic activities, states the weekly Economic Indicators report of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). Accordingly, Agriculture, Industry and Services activities grew by 1.1 per cent, 11.8 per cent and 2.6 per cent, respectively.

During January – April 2024, tea production registered a year-on-year decrease driven by unfavourable weather conditions, particularly in March and early April 2024. Although rubber production remained low in January – April 2024 compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, production has gained pace since the latter part of 2023. Coconut production recorded a marginal year-on-year decline in January – April 2024 due to the lingering impact of adverse weather conditions that prevailed in the first half of 2023.

Index of Industrial Production (IIP) in April 2024 increased by 10.3 per cent to 88.3 compared to April 2023, mainly contributed by the increases reported in the manufacture of Food products (10.2 per cent), Rubber and Plastic Products (39.0 per cent), and Wearing Apparels (9.1 per cent).

Meanwhile, on the monetary sector, the weekly Average Weighted Prime Lending Rate (AWPR) for the week ending 14th June 2024 decreased by 13 bps to 9.15 per cent compared to the previous week, according to the CBSL report.

In the first quarter of 2024, the country’s year-on-year GDP growth rate was estimated at a positive 5.3%, a significant improvement from the negative growth rate of 10% recorded in the same quarter of 2023. This growth is reflected in the increase in GDP from Rs. 3,161,963 million in the first quarter of 2023 to Rs. 3,329,583 million in the first quarter of 2024. This reflects a significant turnaround in the economic performance after the contraction experienced in the previous year and has positively influenced the perception of the economy, boosting confidence in the country’s economic stability and growth prospects.

In relation to this State Minister Shehan Semasinghe said on X,” In the first quarter of 2024, the country’s year-on-year GDP growth rate was estimated at a positive 5.3%, a significant improvement from the negative growth rate of 10% recorded in the same quarter of 2023. This growth is reflected in the increase in GDP from Rs. 3,161,963 million in the first quarter of 2023 to Rs. 3,329,583 million in the first quarter of 2024. This reflects a significant turnaround in the economic performance after the contraction experienced in the previous year and has positively influenced the perception of the economy, boosting confidence in the country’s economic stability and growth prospects.”

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Sri Lanka Insurance City Office branch relocated

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Chairman of Sri Lanka Insurance, Ronald C. Perera PC and Group Chief Executive Officer Chandana L. Aluthgama at the event

Sri Lanka Insurance Life (SLICLL) and Sri Lanka Insurance General (SLICGL) relocated its City Office Branch on the 12th of June 2024 to, 1st Floor, No 50, Hyde Park Corner, Colombo 02, to offer more convenient and efficient services to their customers.

The event was led by Chairman of Sri Lanka Insurance, Ronald C. Perera PC, Group Chief Executive Officer Chandana L. Aluthgama along with the senior management of SLICLL and SLICGL.

Representing Sri Lanka Insurance Life, Chief Business Officer Namalee A. Silva, Chief Officer – Life Dayarathna Perera, Acting Chief Financial Officer Sriyani Kulasinghe Weerasinghege, Deputy General Manager – Human Resource and Administration Rohitha Amarapala, Head of National Sales Jagath Welgama, Assistant General Manager – Life Chaminda Athauda, Assistant General Manager- Engineering Services Jeevantha Welihinda and Regional Manager – Western I – Upul Gamage. Also, Chief Financial Officer Malaka Bandara, Deputy General Manager- Support Services Chaminda Gunasinghe, Deputy General Manager/Head of Distribution – General Lalith De Silva, Acting Deputy General Manager – Underwriting – General Ms. Nadeera Gunawardene and Regional Manager Western I – Samantha Peiris were present representing Sri Lanka Insurance General.

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