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Lanka SSL introduces industry’s only SLS certified locally manufactured barbed wire

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1. (L-R) Thusitha Kuruppu, Sales Manager- Laxapana Hardware Distribution, Pravin De Silva, Director/CEO- Lanka Special Steels Ltd and W P Chinthaka Gayan, Head of Sales & Marketing - Lanka Special Steels Ltd

Lanka Special Steel Limited (Lanka SSL), a renowned and trusted name in premium quality wires and a fully owned subsidiary of E B Creasy & Company PLC, recently introduced Sri Lanka’s one and only SLS certified barbed wire, further complementing its position as a long-standing pioneer and only manufacturer for SLS certified hot dipped galvanized (Gi) wire.

The company continues to strive on its quest for quality and innovation and has invested tremendous amount of effort in various research and development initiatives. Scientific research study concluded in 2019 in collaboration with University of Moratuwa found that the service life of its hot dipped galvanized wire exceeds 25 years, taking into consideration the corrosion rates for different geographical locations in the country

An ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 45001:2018 certified company, Lanka SSL has been at the forefront of the country’s galvanized wire segment with a top-of-mind brand, enjoying a loyal and repetitive clientele closer to three decades. Its products are on par with some of the world’s best, manufactured in its state-of-the-art factory situated at Sapugaskanda. Its hot dipped Gi wire is the only one with SLS 139:2003, and lately its barbed wire with the SLS 31:1988 certification.

Pravin De Silva, CEO and Director of Lanka SSL, said ‘As the pioneer in the steel wire industry having a 25 year history Lanka SSL is always committed to continuously improve its product standards to supply superior quality products to consumers. We are happy to announce that our barbed wire is now the only SLS-31 certified product in the country. We are ambitious to further expand our portfolio and markets, whilst placing quality, innovation, and sustainability at the heart of our operations.

The company is poised for expansions across its portfolio in the coming months. During end last year, it embarked on a renewed and strengthening relationship with TATA Steel Ltd’s Global Wires Division which is a long-standing partnership as the sole agent and distributor for all of its premium quality wire products in the country.

Further, Lanka SSL also introduced the ‘Permaweld’ brand welding electrode for all general purpose welding requirements, distributed across the island by Laxapana Batteries PLC’s Hardware Distribution arm.

Its pursuit for providing unparalleled excellence is well commended and recognized with numerous awards. In March this year, it was awarded the coveted National Gold Award- Extra Large Category (Manufacturing Sector) and the Top Ten Award at the CNCI Achiever Awards 2020 for Industrial Excellence, and another Gold Award at the National Convention of Quality and Productivity 2020 held by SLAAQP.



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Passport Office collaborates with banks to boost international monetary transfers from migrants

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Central Bank Governor, Ajith Nivard Cabraal hands over a new account to a young migrant worker which he opened at the new HNB counter at the Passport Office yesterday, where Jonathan Alles, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of HNB was present. Pic by Thushara Athapaththu

by Sanath Nanayakkare

People’s Bank, National Savings Bank , Sampath Bank, Hatton National Bank and Commercial Bank of Sri Lanka yesterday established new banking counters at the Department of Immigration and Emigration, at ‘Suhurupaya’, Battaramulla.

The initiative is intended support the Central Bank’s ongoing effort to boost the country’s foreign reserves by offering migrant workers access for safe, official remittance channels from the time they obtain new passports or renew their passports for international jobs.

Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka who was the chief guest of the opening ceremony said,” A lot of Sri Lankans go overseas for jobs and send their hard-earned money to Sri Lanka. Sometimes they face various issues when remitting money. So we thought we should provide the opportunity for them to open an account as they obtain their passports at the passport office which they can operate with greater ease and trust when sending money to their families from abroad. The Controller of Immigration and Emigration, his staff, the officials at the Central Bank and at other relevant banks worked in unison to establish their counters here just within a week. This shows that government institutions can collaborate with the private sector and quickly accomplish any task for the benefit of the country and its people. Our hard-working migrant workforce will enjoy the convenience and reliability of this service. As a result of it, more foreign money will flow into the country and the nation will reap benefits from it,” he said.

Workers’ remittances have been a key pillar of Sri Lanka’s foreign currency earnings that has nearly 100 per cent of domestic value addition, providing a substantial cushion for external sector resilience of the country. Workers’ remittances have covered around 80 per cent of the annual trade deficit over the past two decades, and strengthening remittances inflows to the country brings several socio-economic benefits including the smooth supply of forex inflows to the formal banking system.

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka established a new department named ‘Foreign Remittances Facilitation Department’ with effect from November 3, 2021 to facilitate and streamline workers’ remittances inflows to the country.

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SLT-MOBITEL powered SLIOT Challenge 2020 and IESL RoboGames 2020 fostering innovation

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SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT, Telecommunications and Mobile Services Provider was the proud sponsor of SLIoT Challenge 2020 and IESL RoboGames 2020, championing innovation in Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics to reward and further develop a pipeline of tech talent and critical skills among Sri Lanka’s youth. The winners of the competitions were honoured at a special ceremony held recently.

SLIoT Challenge 2020 and IESL RoboGames 2020 was a collaborative effort between SLT-MOBITEL, the Department of Computer Science & Engineering of the University of Moratuwa and the IT and Computer Engineering Sectional Committee of Institution of Engineers of Sri Lanka (IESL). Recognising the value of promoting digital inclusion among youth and to develop new generation technology concepts, SLT-MOBITEL sponsored the event for the fourth consecutive year. Both competitions encourage technological innovation among youth which in turn provides avenues for SLT-MOBITEL to capitalize on its futuristic thinking towards a connected future.

The SLIoT Challenge 2020 theme centred around the current pandemic ‘Overcoming COVID-19 with IoT’ and over 77 submissions were received. SLT-MOBITEL comprehends that IoT is being widely embraced with the number of connected devices growing rapidly. SLT-MOBITEL recognizes that driving an IoT competition for Sri Lankan youth allows students to unleash their potential in the IoT domain and acts as a gateway to support the country’s evolution towards digital transformation.

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Akshata launches unique new tea blends

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Akshata brand, a pioneer in promoting health and wellness the traditional way presents herbal tea alongside honey/jaggery as an alternative to sugar, redefining tea consumption.

Akshata ‘Ranawara’ herbal tea which promotes clear skin and health benefits for the body is dedicated to Queen Soma Devi who was acclaimed for her beauty, bravery, and sacrifice to save King Valagamba in 77 BC.

Managing Director of Grains N Green, Roshan Perera says, “In addition to the myriad of health benefits, consumers are encouraged to experience a taste of nostalgia with each sip of Akshata herbal tea. Today’s health-conscious consumers increasingly buy items that support their nutrition and fitness. Sugar is no longer included in this list due to its negative impact on one’s health. That’s why we have introduced healthy alternatives for sugar. Putting honey or jaggery in tea is a much healthier choice than using sugar as it does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly, and with our product you can get the tea as well as

the sweeteners all in one pack. This saves time, money, and is a healthier alternative to drinking tea with sugar.”

Akshata herbal tea with bees honey/Jaggery is available at Spar and Glomark supermarkets and can also purchase online at askshatastore.com

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