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Pan Asia Bank organizes its very first ‘Virtual’ Poson Bhakthi Gee

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-Attracts large viewership on National Television Channel – ‘Rupavahini’

 

The arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC is celebrated annually on Poson Poya, marked with ‘Aamisa & Prathipathtthi Pooja’, however, this year due to the pandemic situation which prevails in the country, people were unable to offer their prayers at temples or participate in the ‘Bhakti Gee’ which is a spiritually engaging event of Poson Poya. In order to fulfill this need, the nation’s Truly Sri Lankan Bank, Pan Asia Bank, decided to hold its annual Poson Bhakthi Gee program as a ‘Virtual Bhakthi Gee’ event for the first time, so that everyone could feel the spiritual and emotional connection on this holy day. The program was telecast on ‘Rupavahini’ Sri Lanka’s National Channel on Poson Poya Day evening and attracted a large viewership consisting of Pan Asia Bank’s customers, staff and the general public, which reflects the winning team spirit that continues to take the Bank to new heights.

‘Pan Asia Poson Bakthi Gee’, presented by its enthusiastic staff, was organized by the Bank’s ‘Team HR’. Staff across the island from 7 Regional Areas and the Head Office covering nearly 100 melodious singers sang harmoniously at the Bank’s first virtual Poson Bhakti Gee. Staff enthusiastically took ownership of the event, by participating and recorded their individual audio and video clips for the production of the final programme since they could not practice together due to social distancing norms. They were inspired by the desire to work together as a team and give their best to provide relief and entertainment to others on the spiritual occasion of Poson Poya.

The Bank’s Team HR is committed to ignite love and respect for the nation’s rich heritage and culture as the Truly Sri Lankan Bank, encouraging staff to participate with enthusiasm and vigour. Amidst a social environment dominated by the pandemic, this initiative by Pan Asia Bank helped people put aside their worries and to find spiritual peace and joy. These entertaining staff engagement events inculcate a sense of pride in working for a Truly Sri Lankan Bank that cares for its people.

 

 



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Sri Lanka Tourism introduces e-learning platform for all SLTDA registered tourist guides.

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As an initiative to uplift the reviving tourism industry in the country, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority in collaboration with Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM) have introduced the continuous professional development (CPD) e-learning platform to all registered guides to enhance their knowledge and skills.

The launch of the continuous professional development (CPD) e-learning platform took place this week under the patronage of Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga, Secretary of the Ministry S. Hettiarachchi and Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando.

“Tourist guides play an important role in our tourism sector as they spend a lot of time with visitors from arrival to departure. It is important that our guides stay updated on their professional/technical knowledge and I hope this e-learning platform by Sri Lanka Tourism will help them enhance their knowledge and skills” Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando shared while the Minister congratulated all the officials who were involved in bringing this initiative to reality.

Knowledge improvement, obtaining expertise knowledge from veterans, develop active participation with guests, improve the link between Tourism institutions & guides are some key objectives of this e-learning platform.

If you are a registered guide with SLTDA, you can now sign up on https://sltda.gov.lk/e-learning/login and avail of the online courses.

A certificate of completion will be given at the end of the course from SLTDA and SLITHM.

 

 

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Impact of Climate Change on marine and fresh water resources and combating water pollution

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Trilateral virtual dialogue among Pathfinder Foundation, Russian International Affairs Council and Asian Confluence

The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) has initiated a trilateral dialogue involving Sri Lanka, India and the Russian Federation to discuss issues of contemporary relevance. The first trilateral dialogue will be held to day 4:30 PM SLST on the “Impact of Climate Change on Marine and Fresh Water Resources and Combating Water Pollution: Best Practices from Russia, Sri Lanka and India”.

For this dialogue, Pathfinder Foundation will be partnering with Russian International Affairs Council and Asian Confluence.

The distinguished panellists for the webinar are, Ambassador GlebIvashentsov, Vice President, Russian International Affairs Council, Ambassador (Retd.) Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman Pathfinder Foundation, Ambassador. IFS(Retd.) Rajiv Kumar Bhatia, Member Governing Council, The Asian Confluence and Distinguished Fellow, Gateway House,Dr. Anastasia Likhacheva, Director, Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, Higher Schoolof Economics, Dr. B. V. R. Punyawardena, Chairman, National Steering Committee on Climate Change Adaptation, Governmentof Sri Lanka, Dr. Fraddry D’Souza, Area ConvenerandFellow, The Coastal Ecology & Marine Resources Centre, TERI Goa,India , Dr. Konstantin Zgurovsky, Senior Advisor, Marine Programme, WWF Russia, Mr. Sarath Premalal, Retired Director General of Meteorology of Sri Lanka and Prof. Vinay Kumar Dadhwal, Director, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Professor Indira Gandhi Chair, National Institute of Advanced Studies, India

Those who are interested in participating may kindly register at the following link; https://bit.ly/3AZbYAN Program details are available at https://bit.ly/3zdUkY3 . The event will also be live streamed on the PF Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pathfinderfoundation/

 

 

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Doc990 and MyDoctor partner SLVA to extend accessible veterinary services islandwide

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Sri Lanka’s premier digital health solutions service providers, Doc990 and MyDoctor are now enabling customers to access online veterinary services island-wide in partnership with the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association.

The national professional body serving and representing the interests of the veterinary profession in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association (SLVA), is dedicated to providing continued excellence within the profession of animal medicine and the provision of outstanding care for all animals while also actively creating public awareness of the contribution of veterinarians island-wide.

This collaborative effort with Doc990 and MyDoctor will bring pet owners, owners of farm animals and good Samaritans the ability to access remote video consultations with leading, specialist veterinarians of their choosing, without the hassle of physically entering hospital waiting rooms, transporting animals etc. This timely, contactless service will not only be convenient but also a relief to pet owners and caretakers in the backdrop of travel restrictions as a result of the ongoing global pandemic.

Customers can engage in video consultations with their chosen vet by downloading the Doc990 mobile app from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. Through its widening network of hospitals and medical services, Doc990 strives to make health care accessible and convenient for all Sri Lankans.

 

 

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