From left: Fabrice Cavallin, Managing Director – Nestlé Lanka PLC receives the award from Arundika Fernando, State Minister – Ministry of Plantations; Dr. Ramesh Pathirana – Minister of Plantations; and Jayantha Wickramasinghe – chairman of the Coconut Development Authority, the Coconut Cultivation Board and the Coconut Research Institute.
The Sri Lankan coconut authorities awarded Nestlé at an official event on World Coconut Day, in recognition of its high foreign exchange contribution as one of the world’s largest exporters of coconut milk powder, and the strategic planning support extended to the government to help promote the Sri Lankan coconut industry.
Nestlé also supports more than 9,000 local coconut farming families through its business. The award was jointly conferred on the company by Arundhika Fernando, the State Minister of the Ministry of Plantations, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, the Minister of Plantations, and Jayantha Wickramasinghe, chairman of The Coconut Development Authority, The Coconut Cultivation Board, and The Coconut Research Institute.
“We’re proud to be consistently recognised for the positive impact we make for everyone across our business. As a Good food, Good life company, we want our products to not just be good for our consumers but also good for our community. With almost 800 employees, we have been locally manufacturing over 90% of our products since 1984, at our state-of-the art multi-production factory in Kurunegala. This, together with our strong exports business, has enabled us to contribute significantly to Sri Lanka’s economy. We remain committed to continuing to do good in Sri Lanka, as we have for the last 114 years” said Fabrice Cavallin, Nestlé’s Managing Director, who accepted the award.
Nestlé has been procuring Sri Lankan coconut for its much-loved Maggi Coconut Milk Powder for almost 35 years. Today, its superior quality and taste has not only made it the number one coconut milk powder in Sri Lanka , but also one of the world’s largest coconut milk powder exports, available in over 50 countries. In 2019, Nestlé paid Rs. 2.6 billion for coconut purchases, contributing to the livelihoods of more than 6,000 farmers.
The company is also collaborating with the Coconut Cultivation Board for the Nestlé Coconut Plan, where it is helping another 3,000 farmers and outgrowers grow coconut in their farms, home gardens and in non-traditional areas outside of the coconut triangle. The aim is to help increase the availability of coconut for in-home consumption, as supply is vulnerable to drought and crop disease.
GPV Lanka wins Gold Award at Taiki Akimoto 5S Awards 2019
GPV Lanka (Pvt) Ltd won the Taiki Akimoto 5S Gold Award 2019 under the large category presented by Japanese Sri Lanka Technical and Cultural Association (JASTECA).
What was special in particular about the achievement was that GPV Lanka (Pvt) Ltd clinched the Gold Award in the first attempt itself while competing against several other large-scale, well reputable organisations in Sri Lanka.
GPV Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. is a subsidiary of GPV International A/S Denmark. GPV was founded in Denmark in 1961 and is today one of Europe’s leading electronics manufacturers. GPV is a global EMS-partner providing complex electronics, cable-harness, mechatronics and box-build solutions including design and engineering activities to customers worldwide within high mix/low-medium volume.
GPV generates revenue at about USD 460 million with around 3,700 employees and has production sites across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
GPV Lanka (Pvt) Ltd has been in the industry in Sri Lanka for more than 30 years, and today it has 1,022 employees including 45 electronic engineers with a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
The company was recognized at the Sri Lanka Presidential Export Award consecutively for four years in 2015/16/17/18, under the electronic & electrical sector for highest foreign exchange earner.
The JASTECA upholds the benchmark of excellence for companies practising Japanese productivity concepts such as the globally accepted 5S system for organising, promoting efficiency, effectiveness and safety.
The awards ceremony was held for the 24th consecutive year at the Grand Ballroom of Hotel Galadari on August 22, 2020 with a large gathering of representatives of all the award winners, JASTECA Members and the Chief Guest, Toshihiro Kitamura, Minister, Embassy of Japan, Sri Lanka.
Seylan Bank joins hands with PickMe for exciting promotions
Seylan Bank recently partnered with PickMe, Sri Lanka’s leading transportation service provider, to offer all Seylan Credit and Debit Cardholders exciting discounts bringing convenience to their fingertips.
A discount of Rs. 100 per month on two PickMe rides per user can be claimed by Seylan Card holders during the promotional period until December 31st, 2020. To avail this promotion, Seylan Cardholders can simply add their Seylan debit or credit card as a payment method on the PickMe app and enjoy smooth and reliable cashless transactions eliminating the need for physical cash in hand. Seylan customers who wish to book a ride, get food delivered or use any of the services offered by PickMe will be eligible for the discount.
Seylan Bank continues to focus on expanding their merchant partnerships to provide their customers with the best and most valuable financial service experience. Seylan Cards are recognized as an ‘essential card’ offering year-round promotions covering a wide variety of products and services, offering maximum value and maximum savings.
Seylan Bank, the Bank with a Heart, operates with a vision to offer the ultimate banking experience to its valued customers through cutting-edge technology, innovative products, and best-in-class services. The Bank has a growing clientele of SMEs, Retail and Corporate Customers and has expanded its footprint with 173 branches across the country and an ATM network of 216 units. Seylan Bank has been endorsed as a financially stable organization with performance excellence across the board by Fitch Ratings, with the bank’s national long-term rating revised to ‘A (lka). The bank was ranked second among public listed companies for transparency in corporate reporting by Transparency Global and is now part of the S&P Dow Jones SL 20 Index. These achievements are a testament to Seylan Bank’s financial stability and unwavering dedication to ensuring excellence across all endeavours. For more information on products and services please visit www.seylan.lk.
Traditional Hand Embroidery by Lakpahana
It was in the early 1960’s that Mrs. Siva Obeyesekere, who was passionate about all things handmade, started 15 sewing centers in the Attanagalle and Maligawa electorate. About 500 women attended the sewing centers.
Her husband Senator James Peter Obeyesekere was the Member of Parliament for Attanagalle at the time. The women could help improve their family income by using their leisure time in sewing at home. This became a popular cottage industry.
At the sewing centers, she and her friend, Mrs. Lorna Manukulasuriya, trained women to make the most exquisite hand embroidered handkerchieves, pillow cases and baby shirts. Made from French lawn, these beautifully embroidered items often embellished with handmade lace eschewed sentimentality, nostalgia and beauty. The designs were of a Victorian era. These beautiful items were very popular and found a ready market overseas.
Lakpahana now showcases the beautiful hand embroidered items. Handmade does not mean cheap, it means beautiful and well made. Carefully hand embroidered hankies make ideal mementos or gifts from a bygone age. The stitching is so well done that both sides are just as good.
A cotton hanky is ideal to use on hot humid days. There are gents’ hankies, childrens’ embroidered hankies and ladies’ hankies. They are deal to keep in the handbag and far classier than common tissue. It is a gift of love.
Kandyan embroidery fascinated Mrs. Obeyesekere. A great granddaughter of Iddamalgoda Kumarihamy, who was considered a princess in her time, Sabaragamuwa designs and embroidery occupied a special place in Siva’s heart. She drew all these vivid recollections to create a tapestry of colour.
Kandyan style embroidery using specific designs, colours and materials have been used to turn out beautiful cushion covers, table mats, flags and bags. The embroidered betel bags consists generally of a centre design, floral or otherwise framed by three or more borders parallel to the edge of the item of the borders.
The inner most is always “Pala peti”, the “Liya wela”, “Hawadiya” or “Gal bindu” patterns. Most of the Kandyan embroidery uses chain stitch, centipede stitch, buttonhole stitch, feather stitch and simple cross stitch.
Obeyesekere worked tirelessly to revive traditional handicrafts. Her efforts led her to start a small shop in front of the Horagolla Samadhi. This shop was the precursor to Laksala and finally Lakpahana. All the painstaking efforts of one woman who wanted to create a Sri Lankan identity. She spent endless hours with craftspeople and immersed herself in the country’s craft. Her work is a tribute to our country.
Lakpahana showcases all these embroidery and patchwork items together with a fantastic collection of all that is handmade. The past makes a beautiful present. Lakpahana has been at the forefront of doing things the traditional way.
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