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Lanka Hospitals’ Blood Cancer Centre celebrates its 7th anniversary



Lanka Hospitals reached another milestone recently when its Blood Cancer Centre that provides treatment for blood cancer and other blood disorders reached its seventh anniversary in October 2020.

Lanka Hospitals is the only private hospital with a dedicated Centre for blood cancer care, and offers treatment for Leukaemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma and bone marrow transplants. The dedicated centre, established in October 2013, is equipped with all the required medical and surgical facilities to diagnose and treat patients to the highest international medical standard.

“Our Blood Cancer Centre is the only facility which offers the services of a Resident Clinical Haematologist/Haemato-Oncologist in addition to visiting General Oncologists, Hematologists and Transfusion Consultants. Furthermore, we have specially trained nursing staff that specialize in the treatment of blood cancers and blood-related disorders. We are proud of our team’s achievements and thank them all for their contribution,” Lanka Hospitals’ Group Chief Executive Officer, Deepthi Lokuarachchi said.

“The Blood Cancer Centre has a dedicated in-patient, out-patient and day-care facility. We have maintained our services on a high standard similar to blood cancer treatment facilities in advanced countries. We thank all those who have visited the Blood Cancer Centre for placing their trust on our dedicated team,” Lanka Hospitals’ Director Medical Services, Dr. Wimal Karandagoda noted.

In November 2015, Lanka Hospital blood cancer Centre introduced a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meeting, a mechanism put forward for careful review and decision-making with regard to the treatment and diagnosis of patients with blood cancer and blood disorders.

“At these meetings, a range of experts of other varying specialties such as pathologists, radiologists, oncological surgeons and specialized nurses come together as a team to offer the best and most suitable form of treatment for each patient. We have cared for nearly 3,000 patients according to UK protocols and their response and survival parameters are on par with Western countries”, said Dr. Saman Hewamana, the Centre’s Clinical Haematologist/Haemato-Oncologist,

Lanka Hospitals’ Blood Cancer Centre also reached a milestone when it launched the Blood Cancer Care Fund in early 2019 to assist those who have blood cancer, by easing their financial burden of meeting the cost of treatment.

“We believe research is one of the key factors in improving patient outcomes. We undertake retrospective analysis to improve our understanding of blood cancers and the application of Western treatment protocols to Sri Lankan patients. We have proven to have maintained response rates and survival parameters comparable to data from other European centres”, Senior Consultant Oncologist, Dr. Jayantha Balawardena, said.

Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics (LHD) is the only Sri Lankan laboratory to be accredited by the prestigious laboratory accreditation body, The College of American Pathologists (CAP).


Eco Tablet completes four years in Sri Lankan market



Eco Tablet, a successful solution to fuel standardisation with the use of nanotechnology, completes four years in the Sri Lankan market. Eco Tablet, which was introduced to the Sri Lankan market in 2019, has gained the trust of customers from all parts of the country, and has had a successful journey to date. Made with a combination of nano technology and organic ingredients, Eco Tablet is the world’s number one fuel booster. It can be bought under the name of ‘Eco Racing’ for petrol vehicles and under the name of ‘Eco Diesel’ for diesel vehicles. Eco Racing increases the octane value of petrol by five to ten while Eco Diesel increases the cetane value by two to five times.

Eco Tablet ( has the ability to properly standardise fuel in accordance with quality certifications awarded by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the only fuel standards organisation in the world. The fuel, which can be turned into ASTM condition by using Eco Tablet, is fully combusted in the engine and results in maximum fuel efficiency.

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DIMO continues to lead as one of Sri Lanka’s premier workplaces



DIMO HR Team representatives at the Great Place to Work awards ceremony held recently

DIMO’s recent remarkable 11-year winning streak as a Top Great Place to Work in Sri Lanka under the Large-size Workplace Category and recognition as one of Asia’s Top 100 Workplaces by GPTW, are clear testaments to the strength of its employee value proposition, “making work enjoyable and rewarding.”

Executive Director and Chief Human Resources Officer of DIMO Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya said that maintaining such a winning streak requires more than just good HR practices, it necessitates a strategic approach to employee satisfaction and engagement while turning the company’s employee value proposition into a reality.

The company’s employees are the cornerstone of this achievement, and their testimonials on different aspects of the work culture reflect the vibrant work environment and the deep sense of belonging within the DIMO tribe.

Rakhita Gunasekera, Chief Operating Officer (Chemical Solutions) at DIMO, emphasized a ‘Great Place to Work’ as an environment that encourages people to give their best without compromising on values. “This leads to cohesive growth. DIMO is such a place”, he added.

Ravinesh Senaratne, Deputy General Manager – Marketing (Retail), who began his career as a Management Trainee at DIMO said, “DIMO didn’t just hire me, it invested in me and entrusted me with diverse brands, products, and services from Mobility to Retail Sectors. The organization always assists me to reach the next level of growth while facilitating my career elevation.”

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Current IMF negotiation process not tailored to address countries in crisis. President



President Ranil Wickremesinghe speaks at the Head of State Dialogue at the Berlin Global Conference on September 28

Urges global leaders to make debt restructuring less complex and more effective

Advocates increase in concessional financing through multilateral development banks

Delivering the opening speech at the Head of State Dialogue at the Berlin Global Conference on September 28, President Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed the need for a comprehensive dialogue between Western nations and China, the United States of America and China and the European Union and China, as a critical component of a robust international plan capable of addressing the global challenges anticipated in 2024.

The President also highlighted that initiatives such as the ‘Belt and Road’ have led to increased scrutiny of countries like Sri Lanka, potentially impacting the economic prospects of nations in the Global South. Nevertheless, he emphasized that Sri Lanka has a history of engaging with countries like the United States, India, and China, making such interactions a familiar and essential part of international relations.

He also expressed gratitude for the support received from India and Bangladesh in addressing Sri Lanka’s recent economic challenges. He underlined the contrast between advanced economies, which possess buffers and reserves to weather these shocks, and developing nations that lack such resources. He emphasized that this disparity was the starting point for the sovereign debt crisis.

The President cautioned that without immediate corrective measures, the world could be on the brink of another crisis. He acknowledged that many developing countries are burdened with substantial debt, highlighting the inadequacy of existing mechanisms like the IMF to address this new situation. He shared Sri Lanka’s experience when declaring bankruptcy, which led to a halt in foreign funding and triggered a political crisis.

President Wickremesinghe praised Germany for its significant contribution to the Green Climate Fund, which has been instrumental in addressing climate change mitigation and debt restructuring challenges. However, he stressed that the current funding available is insufficient to meet the immense challenges.

The President called for utilizing the $100 billion with the IMF as a starting point, emphasizing that it is better than having no funds at all. He noted that the financing needs for climate prosperity and clean energy technology to achieve net-zero emissions are substantial, even for countries facing economic hardships.

He stressed the urgency of global coordination and leadership to resolve these challenges, which have not been sufficient to address their magnitude. He highlighted the need for a new international financial architecture to replace the existing one, designed nearly 80 years ago. The President urged ambitious action to reform the international financial architecture, making debt restructuring less complex and more effective.

He advocated for a significant increase in concessional financing through multilateral development banks, emphasizing the importance of broader accessibility, even for middle-income nations facing economic vulnerabilities. The president pointed out that the current IMF negotiation process is not tailored to address countries in crisis.

He urged for a comprehensive dialogue between Western countries, China, and other key global players. He emphasized that 2024 is the year to act, given the reduced leadership capacity of the United States due to its impending elections.

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