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INSEE Cement partners with State Ministry of Rural Roads and other Infrastructure to launch ‘CONNECT’

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INSEE Cement partnered with the State Ministry of Rural Roads and other Infrastructure to launch and promote ‘CONNECT – The State Bridge Design Competition 2021’.

INSEE Cement, the largest and leading cement manufacturer in Sri Lanka partnered with the State Ministry of Rural Roads and other Infrastructure to launch and promote ‘CONNECT – The State Bridge Design Competition 2021’.

CONNECT is a ground-breaking initiative launched by the State Ministry to expedite its target of completing 2000 rural bridges by the end of 2021 under the Rural Bridge Programme. The competition will see proposals and presentations of innovative bridge designs and concepts to support the State Ministry’s mandate of developing and modernizing the rural road network and bridge system in Sri Lanka.

CONNECT will target rural bridges located outside the National Highways (Class A, B and E Roads). Competitors were encouraged to provide innovative solutions to the table. Constraints such as site accessibility, mobilization of construction material and equipment, as well as feasibility were identified as some of the key issues that had hindered the development of rural-to-urban connectivity points such as bridges in the past.

“By introducing a more competitive approach to our Rural Bridge Program, we hope to attract creative school children, ambitious undergraduates, aspiring engineers and any individual or team with innovative ideas,” commented Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake, Secretary of the State Ministry of Rural Roads and other Infrastructure. “Not only are we facilitating public stakeholder participation, we are also creating a sustainable platform for innovators to present ideas, and researchers to take their ideas to the industry. As the name of the competition suggests, we believe this will be a remarkable milestone in CONNECTing the rural economy.”

INSEE Cement supported this revolutionary initiative as assistance towards rural infrastructure development, and promoting knowledge dissemination are key focus areas of the company own mandate to drive transformation across the local construction sector.

The company also supports continuous innovation, the introduction of highly localized solution-based cement products, ready mix concrete and other building materials to meet the continuously evolving demands of Sri Lanka’s urbanization and construction industrial needs.

“Some of Sri Lanka’s most iconic infrastructure projects and constructions bear the INSEE Cement name,” stated Jan Kunigk, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Innovation at INSEE Cement. “Among them are highways, expressways and bridges. We partnered with the State Ministry of Rural Roads and other Infrastructure, understanding our responsibility as an industry leader to support the upgrading of Sri Lanka’s road networks. From the Kallady Bridge stretching almost 300 meters, to a six meter bridge connecting rural Sri Lanka, INSEE Cement is proud to support a more sustainable, connected, and flourishing rural economy.”

Interested participants can enter the competition under one of the following three specified categories; students can enter as teams or individuals with approval from the school Principal under the School category, undergraduates of any discipline can compete under the University category, and other interested individuals or entities/organizations can enter from the Open category.



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Dialog Axiata revolutionizes digital payment acceptance for small business owners

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eZ Cash, Sri Lanka’s Largest Mobile Money platform has enabled instant access for small businesses to accept contactless and remote payments using LANKAQR. With the Central Bank of Sri Lanka led initiative to digitize small value payments in Sri Lanka through an inter-operable, standardized LANKAQR, Dialog Axiata PLC (“Dialog”) is committed to empowering the nation with simple, easy solutions which add value to small businesses who are now able to self register for this service through their mobile phones.

Small business and self employed persons such as retailers, street vendors, three wheelers etc. with a Dialog mobile number can now download the eZ Cash app and use a simple registration process to sign-up for an eZ Cash Classic Wallet at no additional cost. On using the “MyQR” feature via the eZ Cash app, they can start accepting payments from their customers using their unique LANKAQR code. Payments can be accepted from any mobile banking app or payment wallet in the country which has enabled LANKAQR transactions, and proceeds will be received instantly to their wallet. Transactions using the LANKAQR payment network will be charged a nominal fee of 0.5% of the transaction value. Businesses are able to withdraw cash from the wallet at over 20,000 eZ Cash retailers located island wide or at any commercial bank ATM. Proceeds from the wallet can be used to settle over 100 utility or institutional payments to companies such as CEB, LECO, the Water Board, SLIC, AIA, Ceylinco Insurance, HNB Finance, CDB, AMW Finance etc. eZ Cash Wallet holders can also send money to an eZ Cash Wallet or pay for good and services at any retailer in the country which has enabled LANKAQR payment acceptance.

The revolutionary MyQR solution can also be used by online businesses to accept payments by posting a saved image of their LANKAQR code on their website or Facebook page. Businesses can also accept remote payments from their customers by forwarding their saved LANKAQR code via email and WhatsAapp so that customers can scan the image of the LANKAQR code and make payments through their bank’s mobile payment app which has enabled LANKAQR. Payments to the value of Rs. 10,000 per day can be accepted into an eZ Cash Classic Wallet while payments in excess of this value and up to Rs. 50,000 per day can be enabled through an eZ Cash Power Wallet. Customers can enhance their Classic eZ Cash Wallet to a Power Wallet by visiting any Dialog Customer Experience Centre or Service Centre.

 

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Latest model of OPPO F- Series tipped to launch in March

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It is learnt that OPPO is set to unveil the latest addition to their range – the F19 Series in early March 2021. A rectangular camera module with four lenses, LED flash, and AI support adorns the rear design of the F19 Pro while a smart band which may get launched simultaneously – is seen alongside, in a post revealing the series.

OPPO F19 Pro looks quite elegant its design & features a button on the right side which is believed to be the power on/off button. As per the poster image, there is no physical fingerprint sensor at the back panel, which suggests the phone might come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

While OPPO might be working on the low-light camera performance, it is also suggested that it will have features like AI Colour Portrait Video, and Dual-View Video, which allow recording videos from both front and rear cameras.

Wrapped in Ultra Slim Body, the device is tipped to come in at least two shades.

The OPPO Smart Band could also be expected in Sri Lanka alongside the launch of the new F19 Series, similar to the OPPO watch which was released with OPPO F17 Pro. The Smart Band is said to handle message notifications which will include incoming call notification & call rejection, apart from having whole host of other features. Both products are expected to be in stores from mid- March 2021.

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Hirdaramani takes bold new steps in transparency

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The Hirdaramani Group has yet again taken bold strides towards energy accountability by being the first in Sri Lanka to receive International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) for its energy usage. With this robust tracking standard, the group hopes to add new layers of accountability and credibility to its operations, living up to the commitments outlined in the company’s own sustainability vision.

As Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs), I-RECs serve to increase transparency in the energy sector and provide clarity about the use of renewable electricity among end-consumers. The I-REC Standard (www.irecstandard.org) ensures that issued certificates comply with major international sustainability and carbon accountability standards and adhere to stakeholder expectations of industry best practice for the avoidance of double counting, double certificate issuance and double attribute claiming. The system also helps individual companies seeking to improve their environmental credentials, while raising awareness among consumers and industry players.

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