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Research work on making sauce from Palmyra successfully completed

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Entrepreneurs urged to take it to the next level

By Hiran H. Senewiratne

The  research team headed by Dr Anu Balasubramaniyan attached to the  Palmyra Research Institute Kaithady in Jaffna has developed a new Palmyra sauce using Palmyra pulp, for the first time in Sri Lanka.

The Research Institute is also working on developing the Palmyra pulp for making delicious cakes, chocolates and beverages for the export market.

“This new sauce will be introduced to the market through the manufacturer or a third party which would be a novel experience for local customers because earlier sauces were  manufactured from tomatoes and chillies. This new sauce will be an alternative for those currently available varieties,” Dr Balasubramaniyan told the Island Financial Review in Jaffna.

She said that this research work would help in expansion of research at the institute, thereby improving the production and productivity in the Northern and Eastern province and benefiting around sixty thousand families whose livelihood depends on palmyra either directly or indirectly.” Where the Palmyra industry in Jaffna district is concerned it has  over 3.5 million Palmyra trees and making Palmyra sauce from its pulp on a commercial basis  is possible for the people in Jaffna region,” Dr Balasubramaiyan said.

She said that the Research Institute functions under the Palmyra Development Board, and therefore, it could promote overseas markets, initially with India. The  Palmyra industry promotion drives to build a bridge of peace and co-existence between the North and the South to increase socioeconomic ties.

She also said that there is a growing demand in the foreign market for items such as household utensils like bags, baskets, waste paper baskets and brushes made out of palmyrah fiber and leaves, in addition to Palmyrah cake, chocolate and beverages.

“Our institution is prepared to help the youth interested in the Palmyra industry to become successful entrepreneurs by providing them with all necessary guidelines, technology and marketing facilities,” she said.

According to her, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka and the Palmyra Development Board have supported in establishing the Research Institute.



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Wing Commander (Retd.) D. Pradeep S. Kannangara elected president, Industrial Security Foundation

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The Industrial Security Foundation (ISF) which acts as the sole organization in Sri Lanka to represent the Private Security industry having incorporated by an Act passed in the Parliament, Act No. 51 of 1999, elected Wing Commander (Retd.) Pradeep Kannangara as its President for the years 2022/2023 at its 30th annual General Meeting which was held at the PIM Auditorium in Borella. Wing Commander Pradeep Kannangara was appointed President while 14 other members were appointed to the Executive Committee, strengthening the ISF in order to drive and uplift the standards of the private security industry in Sri Lanka.

He has served on the ExCo consecutively since 2012 under four different presidents where he held the positions of Senior Vice President during the last three consecutive years. He has also been a committed member of the ISF and was awarded prestigious coveted FISF title due to his many valuable contributions to the organization and the Private Security Industry in Sri Lanka in 2012.

Wing Commander Kannangara’s journey into private security began after a successful career in the Sri Lanka Air Force for over 24 years where he served in many capacities finally being the Officer Commanding of the Special Air Borne Force. A recipient of the Ranasura Padakkama (RSP) Gallantry award for his bravery, sacrifices and service to the nation by the President of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in 1990. He holds a Master’s in business management from the Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia too and serves as a Board Director in AB Securitas (Private) Limited in Sri Lanka and AB Securitas Bangladesh Limited.

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Kitchen & Bedroom reaffirms its partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka

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(L-R) Pawan Singh- General Manager Sales & Marketing at Hafele Sri Lanka, Jurgen Wolf- Managing Director Hafele South Asia, Dr. Sacquaff- Group CEO Kitchen & Bedroom, and Manish Mahajan, Director Sales Hafele South Asia

Kitchen & Bedroom, a name synonymous in the interior designing and furniture sector in the country recently celebrated its long-standing partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka during the latter’s 12th year anniversary celebratory event, reaffirming its ambitious plans to further strengthen and explore the numerous opportunities available here.

Häfele Sri Lanka, part of Häfele India which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hafele Global network, is a technology partner for various projects and initiatives of Kitchen & Bedroom. Both the companies operate in the interior design space, sharing their cumulative knowledge and expertise to provide extensive and personalized solutions catering to domestic requirements.

‘We take great pride in our association with Häfele Sri Lanka having exchanged and collaborated on many projects both commercial and household. We share similar values such as providing high quality, sustainable, functional and customized solutions to our customers, and most importantly to guide them through every aspect and step of the project and how best we could bring out their desired design,’ said Dr. Sacquaff, Kitchen & Bedroom Group CEO.

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DSI strengthens its islandwide presence with three new showrooms

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Amid the prevailing economic hardships faced by Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s premier footwear brand DSI recently expanded its islandwide presence in the country with the opening of three new showrooms in Kahawatta, Akuressa, and Chavakachcheri, with the aim of offering greater access to its diversified product range to a wider customer base.

Gracing the special occasion, the showrooms were declared open by D. Samson & Sons (Pvt.) Ltd. Managing Director Thusitha Rajapaksa, in the presence of Director Asanka Rajapaksa, General Manager Pradeep Samarathunga, National Sales Manager – Retail Sales Naleen Weerawardana, invitees, and well-wishers.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Thusitha Rajapaksa stated: “We are excited about expanding DSI wings to three new locations. Despite the ongoing economic conditions of the country, we took a call to take a proactive measure to expand our islandwide presence. While it has been a challenge, the commitment and hard work of our team has made it possible to serve our loyal customers better, and we are confident that we will be able to continue these efforts in the future as well.”

DSI is renowned for its well-trained staff who offer exceptional customer service. The three new DSI showrooms prioritize providing a unique service and customer support to make purchasing further convenient for the customer.

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