-State Minister Nimal Lanza
Nimal Lanza, State Minister for Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure, said that the government aims to open the country to normalcy by vaccinating 22 million people in the next three to four months.
Minister expressed these views while addressing the Wattala Women’s Conference held on the February 06 under the theme ‘Siw Dhesa Sureki Siw Wasara’ of the Sri Lanka People’s Front.
Speaking further Minister of State Nimal Lansa said:
‘We must open up the country, protect ourselves from the Covids and carry on our daily activities. Because medical experts say that the effect of Covid will last for another 3 years. Therefore, if nothing is done without opening up the country, the country’s economy will completely collapse. The economy of the people will collapse. The country will be trapped in a huge debt trap. That is why we sholud have to face this successfully.
‘A number of proposals have been implemented in this budget with the objective of implementing a number of programs to uplift the economy of the rural people and empower women as entrepreneurs through a people centered program. The present government is working to make the “Vision of Prosperity” program that the country is building a reality within the next four years. Therefore, despite the Covid influence, development activities are being carried out island wide.
‘The opposition insulted women by saying that prostitutes were brought in when Ukrainian tourists were brought in to start the tourism business. It is not good to disrespect women. The opposition said the war could not be ended. The war is over. They said the government could, not control Covid. But it was controlled.’ He further said that even though our country is a small country, it has come to the 10th place in the world in terms of Covid control.
Prof. Ranjith Bandara, Member of Parliament, Kokila Harshani Gunawardena, Member of Parliament, Diana Gamage, Keshala Jayawardena, chairperson of the National Savings Bank, Beatrice Dissanayake, chairperson of the Women’s Bureau, Kumuduni Gunasekera, chairperson of the Spices and Allied Products Corporation Ashoka Lankathilake, president of the Sri Lanka People’s Front Beauty Association Priyanka Jayasekara, Harchana Ranatunga, Wattala convener of the Sri Lanka People’s Front Vishwa Prabha, president of the Wattala Pradeshiya Sabha Thyagaratne Alwis were also present.
Dilmah voted Best Corporate Citizen in Ceylon Chamber Sustainability Awards 2020
Sri Lankan family tea company Dilmah was honoured in Sri Lanka’s apex corporate sustainability awards, as one of two recipients of the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award for Sri Lanka in 2020, a company news release said.
“Dilmah won in the category of Businesses with Less than Rs. 15 Billion Annual Turnover based on complex criteria linked to social, environmental and economic value, compliance, resilience, stakeholder management and crisis response. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce award is judged annually – now in its 17th year – in an exhaustive process steered by a panel of eminent judges. The Best Corporate Citizen in the category of Businesses with greater than Rs. 15 Billion Annual Turnover was won by Ceylon Biscuits Ltd, also a Sri Lankan family business,” it said.
In addition to the coveted top award, Dilmah won category awards for Customer Relations, Environment Beyond the Business and was chosen as one of the Top 10 Corporate Citizens of Sri Lanka. The company stands out in its achievement as a family owned business with a singular focus on tea, among conglomerates and finance houses that form the top 10.
“Dilmah was formed by Founder, Merrill J. Fernando, on an unequivocal commitment to human service. The context was the colonial economic system that persisted in the tea industry in the 1950s, vestiges of which are evident even today in inadequate value addition to Sri Lanka’s high-quality tea and spices. The award scrutinised each finalists’ performance in areas including sustainability and business resilience in the wake of COVID-19, packaging sustainability, customer relations, commitment to environment and social development initiatives,” the release said.
Merrill J. Fernando, who recently celebrated his 70th year in tea is recognized as the face of fine Ceylon Tea in several countries where he started his business inviting tea drinkers to, ‘do try it!’ He commented on hearing of the accolade, ‘Mine was a simple wish – to present the finest tea with quality and integrity. What people call sustainability is a way of life for my sons and I. This award is a humbling accolade, because my journey in tea was marked more by criticism than appreciation.’
A minimum 15% of the company’s pre-tax profits directly benefit humanity through the work of the MJF Charitable Foundation and Dilmah Conservation, both formed to fulfill the company’s commitment to community and environment. The Dilmah philosophy has touched the lives of thousands through programmes for disabled children, empowerment initiatives for women, youth and communities. The company became carbon neutral in 2019 and plans to be carbon negative by 2030.
Vision Care opens 60th branch at Medihelp Hospital in Homagama
Vision Care, Sri Lanka’s premier eye care solutions provider, opened its 60th branch at Medihelp Hospital located at High-level road, Homagama. Present at the momentous opening were Chief Guest Dr. Prasad Pathirana – Eye Surgeon, Horana Base Hospital and Chandika Wijesiriwardana – Executive Director, Medihelp Hospitals, who graced the event.
“Vision Care has entered into a strategic partnership with Medihelp Hospitals to enhance the hospital’s eye care offering. Vision Care is focused on expanding its optical services to selected Medihelp Hospitals’ locations, thereby eventually covering all major districts in the country,” a news release issued in connection with the event said.
It said the new location offers a wide collection of affordable eyewear and specialized services such as primary eye examination, refraction, contact lens assessment, eye pressure diagnostics, hearing aids and other related services.
Kangaroo Cabs adopt strict measures to safeguard customers against Covid-19
Kangaroo Cabs (Pvt) Ltd., Sri Lanka’s leading cab service provider trusted by customers for the past 33 years, has adopted many stringent measures to ensure customer safety against Covid-19.
This includes providing hand sanitizers, touchless thermometers and face masks to all drivers registered under Kangaroo Cabs. They are advised strictly to follow health guidelines and pay attention to safeguard their valued customers. Customers’ body temperature is checked and hand sanitization provided before every trip.
The car is sanitized at the end of every journey to ensure the safety of the next customer and the drivers. Drivers are advised to wear face masks and follow health guidelines right throughout the journey. Precautions and safety measures are a top priority at Kangaroo Cabs.
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