‘People’s General Insurance Brand’ for 15th consecutive year
Ajith Perera, Director of Ceylinco General Insurance accepting the award together with Senaka Rajapakse, Deputy General Manager – Marketing
As the leader in the general insurance industry, Ceylinco General Insurance expresses its heartfelt thanks to the people for being crowned the ‘People’s General Insurance Brand of The Year’ at the 2021 SLIM Nielson People’s Awards, for an unprecedented 15th consecutive year!
As a true voice of the people, this award reflects public perception about brands and as ‘People’s General Insurance Brand of The Year’, Ceylinco General Insurance is closely intertwined with people’s lives as a trustworthy and reliable brand that keeps its promises.
Commenting on the achievement, Patrick Alwis, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer said, “We are truly humbled to receive this award for the 15th consecutive year and are deeply grateful to people who vote for us year after year. Our unique insurance solutions, customer-centric culture and our unconditional support to people in times of crisis are the key pillars of our success, coupled with our skilled and professional team. This award really inspires our stakeholders both internal and external, amidst what has been a difficult year for all. “
NSB Chairman hands over annual report to President
Dr. Harsha Cabral, Chairman of the National Savings Bank, formally presented the bank’s annual report for the year 2022 to Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization & National Policies President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat on Thursday (01).
The report, titled “Strengthening Our Strength,” provides an integrated overview of the bank’s performance within the economic framework and its engagements with the social and environmental sectors.
SLT-MOBITEL debuts its technologically advanced Operational Headquarters in Welikada
SLT-MOBITEL unveiled its technologically advanced, high tech Operational green Headquarters, first in the history of SLT, located at Welikada, Colombo recently.
Designed with state-of-the-art aesthetics and advance technology, the building features cutting-edge amenities including 5G zone, Rainwater harvesting, green energy, power and cooling systems, wastewater treatment, energy rated glass facade, energy rated electrical fittings, lifts, ACs etc. Further, under phase 1, five floors have been completed out of 9 floors, where the balance floors will be completed under phase 2. Taking responsible action to sustainability, the new HQ building is constructed utilizing only 3% of the total land of 7 acres, preserving balance for future developments. The construction of new HQ is a brown field development, and almost all the recoverable materials from the demolished buildings were re-used, recycled with minimum wastage, accommodating green concepts into the building development. Further, an in housed sewer treatment plant is also a key feature where the effluent will be collected for the vertical gardening in the building and for irrigation, along with a Solar system which will be implemented utilizing 15,000 sq ft of the roof top of the building.
The new HQ is accompanied with a newest building management system where the operations of the AC, water, lighting and other amenities can be monitored and alarmed.
Indoor spaces have been designed to create modernized working environment with open office concepts reflecting user friendly natural environment. Minimum affect to the nature was done with the new construction where a decade old “Mara tree” has been accompanied with the building, incorporating the true blend of nature into the atmosphere of the building ‘s aesthetics.
The total project cost for stage I of the project is 2500 million limiting the variations of the project, which is also a remarkable achievement during highly unfavorable conditions like Covid 19 pandemic, government-imposed curfews and turbulent political conditions which prevailed in the project execution stage. The SLT-Mobitel team was able to accomplish the project meeting the set timelines despite aforementioned challenges.
A remarkable operational cost saving of LKR 25.4 million, annually, is predicted from the occupation of new building by Mobitel due to savings from rents for car parking, security and other services, usage of electricity and water, inter office transportation etc. In addition to above, annual rentals for Rotunda and propertex buildings amount into LKR 250 million per annum will be saved from the transition to the new HQ building, adding a net saving to the SLT group.
Unveiling Thaala Bentota, a blend of rhythm and luxury
Thaala Bentota, formerly known as Avani Bentota, proudly unveils its rebranding, marking a new era of excellence in Sri Lankan hospitality. This momentous occasion celebrates the transformation of a cherished destination into a haven where rhythm, nature, and luxury intertwine to create an unforgettable experience. This exciting transformation brings forth a fresh creative philosophy while preserving the world-class service and warm hospitality.
A member of Browns Hotels and Resorts, Thaala Bentota epitomizes the commitment to excellence that defines the renowned hospitality brand. The rebranding represents an exciting new chapter for the property, one that promises to deliver unforgettable memories and create a harmonious blend of rhythm and luxury.
Thaala Bentota embodies the universal concept of rhythm, brought to life through the timeless architectural design inspired by Geoffrey Bawa. The resort’s new name, Thaala, meaning “rhythm” in the local language, reflects its unique vision of harmonizing nature and humanity. The interplay between nature and man is intricately woven throughout the property, creating a sanctuary for weary travellers. Situated along the picturesque Hotel Road of Bentota, Thaala Bentota retains all the cherished aspects that have made it a favourite among travellers. The familiar sands, welcoming smiles, and exceptional service remain unchanged, ensuring that guests feel right at home.
Speaking at the event, the Group Managing Director/ CEO of LOLC Holdings PLC, Kapila Jayawardena, expressed his thoughts “This transformation signifies our commitment to continuously elevate the guest experience and redefine luxury hospitality in Sri Lanka. Thaala Bentota encapsulates our vision of harmonizing rhythm and nature. This is not just a name change; it represents a new chapter in our journey to offer unique and immersive experiences that resonate with our guests. Under the umbrella of Browns Hotels and Resorts, a trusted name in the leisure industry, our aim is to position Thaala Bentota as a premier destination, in the wider global hospitality landscape.”
Eksath Wijerathna, Group General Manager, Browns Hotels & Resorts said: “Thaala Bentota stands proudly on the edge of Sri Lanka’s natural beauty, offering guests a quintessential experience on this paradise island. At Thaala Bentota, our dedicated staff stands ready to create an excellent service, ensuring that every guest departs with cherished memories that will last a lifetime. We offer more than just a place to stay. We have created an environment that resonates with our vibrant culture and showcases the essence of our country. With an upgraded rhythmic vibe, we welcome our guests to join us in celebrating the rebirth of this beloved resort, to experience a sense of familiarity while enjoying the best that our property has to offer. We look forward to welcoming the world, to Thaala Bentota”.
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