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SampathCards partners Kotelawala Defence University

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Kusal de Silva, Assistant General Manager – Operations & Card Centre, Sampath Bank (5th from left) handing over the agreement to Major General Milinda Peiris RWP RSP VSV VSP, Vice Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University.

SampathCards recently joined hands with General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), one of the country’s premier higher education institutions, to facilitate payments for course fees through Mastercard & Visa Credit & Debit Cards, helping students to pursue their dream careers without having to worry about finances.

In addition, Sampath Mastercard and Visa Credit Cardholders will now be able to avail themselves to 12 months 0% interest instalment payment plans on any payment that they make to KDU.

Students, guardians and parents can apply for a Sampath Card in order to enjoy amazing benefits in addition to the above.

This is part of SampathCards’ ongoing efforts to drive electronic payment acceptance and introduce convenient payment options to educational institutions around the island.

Considering the current global health and economic crisis, SampathCards has been offering 0% interest extended settlement plans on a wide range of essential expenses including utilities, education, healthcare, insurance, and vehicle servicing.

Established as the ‘General Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy’ by the Parliamentary Act No. 68 of 1981, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) was subsequently elevated to University status by the amendment Act No. 27 of 1988. It is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (UK). Awarding Bachelors’ and Postgraduate degrees in Defence Studies, the University continues to educate and groom Officer Cadets to meet the challenges of modern defence management. KDU is now open to civil students who wish to continue their higher studies in the fields of Engineering, Law, Management, Social Sciences as well as IT. Officers with exceptional performance in reputed universities or institutions can pursue postgraduate studies in accordance with the requirements of the Service to which they belong. Civil professionals are also offered a place in the University’s postgraduate programs.

SampathCards continues to stand by its Cardholders, rolling out more benefits and privileges to offer them greater value and added support.

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New Administration building at Horana EPZ opened

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The BOI’s Horana Export Processing Zone ceremonially opened its 46 million-rupee new administrative building recently with BOI DG Sanjaya Mohottala as chief guest. The event was attended by a large number of investors, government officials and the senior BOI officials, the BOI announced.

Mohottala said on this occasion that “our biggest challenge is to maintain the GDP rate at 6% for the next 10 years with the BOI charged with the responsibility of uplifting the economy and attracting Foreign Direct Investment.

“We need to provide necessary infrastructure facilities and a healthy investment climate with a more proactive rather than reactive role,” he said.

He announced that steps are being taken to develop thrust sectors for investment such as pharmaceuticals, agricultural processing, ICT, aquaculture and rubber etc. Also the BOI was responsible for providing investors with an efficient service.

Horana Export processing Zone was established in 1999 on 390 acres of which 181 acres is industrial land. The infrastructure provided include water, processing of waste water and electricity, making the zome attractive to investors.

Zone companies have generated 3,375 direct employment opportunities and twice that number of indirect jobs with total export revenue of Rs 8.6 billion earned in 2019.

There are 21 enterprises in commercial operation at the Horana EPZ involved in the manufacture of apparel & accessories, food, wooden products, consumer goods, steel, aluminum and plastic products.

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GPV Lanka awarded SLS 1672: 2020 COVID-19 Safety Management System

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GPV Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., recently received the Certificate of Conformity – SLS 1672:2020 COVID -19 Safety Management System from the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI).

This confirms the company’s unparalleled commitment towards ensuring health and safety measures among its workforce and all stakeholders engaged in its day-to-day operations.

Preparations to face the pandemic’s consequences within a short time is a noteworthy aspect of the organisation. Furthermore, this qualification will support to keep production geared up to serve overseas customers with minimum hindrance.

GPV Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., has become the first Sri Lankan Company into electronics manufacturing to receive this certification. GPV was founded in Denmark in 1961 and is today one of Europe’s leading electronics manufacturers. GPV is a global EMS-partner providing complex electronics, cable-harness, mechatronics and box-build solutions including design and engineering activities to customers worldwide within high mix/low-medium volume.

GPV generates a revenue at about USD 460 million with around 3,700 employees and has production sites across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

GPV Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd has been in the industry in Sri Lanka for more than 30 years and today it has 1,022 employees including 45 electronic engineers with a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

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Lankan company offers Chinese language services

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In a global climate where China has established its standing as the second largest and fastest growing economy in the world, the extent of the country’s scale and integration has meant that proficiency in Chinese has become a coveted asset.

Hàny? Services -a Sri Lanka-based Chinese content creation, translation, and interpretation company- has launched with a wide portfolio of professional Chinese language services to fulfil the growing interest in investing in this highly lucrative market.

“The company, with its vast global network of qualified Chinese linguists, delivers translation service excellence for any industry, where content is produced such that the client’s brand message is effectively conveyed without the loss of style, tone or context. The language service provider’s scope of services in this regard include document and website translations, interpretation, proofreading, voice-over services, and video subtitling, the SL company said in a news release.

“Additionally, clients of Hàny? Services stand to gain a strong competitive advantage in their respective sectors by having tailor-made content created that will best target the Chinese market accurately, ensuring that every message communicated is localized persuasively.”

The company’s team of seasoned Mandarin translators and writers are experienced in Chinese content writing, creation of localized marketing collateral, website localization and translation, and video creation, helping businesses find their distinctive voice and share their brand story through exceptional content, the release said.

The service also offers greater insight into Chinese business culture and etiquette, a vital asset for those looking to do business with or in China. Here too, Hàny? Services offers training on Chinese business language and culture that will help earn clients’ trust through the ability to communicate and negotiate better; paving the way for more successful agreements and business deals, it added.

Recently the agency launched Sri Lanka’s first ‘Mandarin Corner’ -an interactive initiative to encourage Lankans from across the island to learn, practise, and network in Mandarin with native speakers, students, and others. communication overall, the release said.

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