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Seylan Tikiri celebrates World Children’s Month by placing importance on home gardening

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=Sri Lanka’s most loved Children’s Savings account to offer Rs. 500,000/- in prizes

Against the backdrop of World Children’s Day being celebrated on Oct 1, Seylan Tikiri, minor savings brand from Seylan Bank has planned for an entire month’s worth of innovative and fun-filled offerings for the nation’s children. Now in its 10th consecutive year, Seylan Tikiri’s World Children’s Month campaign aims to offer special gifts for deposits made to existing and new Tikiri accounts during the promotional period running from Oct 1 to 31.

Given the ongoing effects of inflation, Seylan Bank has identified that many homes have taken to home gardening in an effort to cut down on the rising cost of living. Considering these factors, the incentives offered by Seylan Tikiri during this month seek to encourage the imagination and creativity of kids in a different way by unlocking the potential of their inner green thumbs.

To encourage this good habit, for every new deposit of Rs. 25,000/- to a new or existing Tikiri account, the account holder will be entitled to a home gardening pack with two essential tools, gloves, grow bags and seeds along with free entrance to the Tikiri Home Gardening Competition. This initiative will pave the way for kids up to the age of 12 years to win up to Rs. 500,000/- in prizes.

If a deposit of Rs. 100,000/- is made to a new account, the account holder will be entitled to the above mentioned gardening pack, along with slab based gift vouchers and an additional gift. Meanwhile, for every new deposit of LKR 5,000/- to existing or new accounts, the account holder will gain entrance to the Tikiri Home Gardening Competition only. Additionally, Seylan Tikiri has partnered with reputed merchants such as Atlas, CIB, Bata and Lumala to provide discount coupons to account holders.

Voicing his thoughts on these efforts conducted by Seylan Tikiri, Gamika De Silva, Assistant General Manager Sales and Marketing at Seylan Bank PLC said, “While others may dedicate only a day to commemorate World Children’s Day, we at Seylan Bank have been dedicating an entire month to the next generation of the nation for ten years and counting. This year, we seek to encourage children to engage in home gardening which will teach them the importance of making the best of any situation, while also serving as a bonding experience with their parents. We like to think that through our annual efforts, Seylan Bank stands as a gentle reminder to everyone to ensure that they are creating a better world for the next generation.”



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Tea industry targets USD 1.2 bn export turnover in 2023

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Sri Lanka will earn around USD 1.2 billion from tea exports for 2023 exporting around 260 million Kg, said Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tea Board, (SLTB) Niraj de Mel, last week.

SLTB is forecasting a modest growth for 2023 in comparison to the current year estimating an increased production of 290 million Kgs with export revenues expected to increase to USD 1.4 billion. Due to the depreciation of the rupee against the dollar, during the first half of the year and a shortage of tea, sales caught up and auction prices increased sharply from March 2022. Despite fuel shortages and logistic issues, the Regional Plantation Companies and smallholders have been able to continue the harvesting of green leaf throughout the year. When compared to 2020 and 2021 volumes, the Green Leaf price to smallholders has increased exponentially from July 2022 onwards.

“The tea smallholder who used to get around Rs. 90 per kg three years ago is now getting around Rs. 250 per kg and some estates have paid nearly Rs. 1,000 per kg. He said that though the glyphosate fertiliser ban is lifted planters should not use it heavily as a ‘global ban of glyphosate’ is imminent for the tea industry. Some countries like Taiwan already reject tea grown with the use of glyphosate.” He recalled that tea production reached an all time high with a record of 340 million Kgs in 2013. “After short increases during the period 2017 to 2019, tea production recorded a decrease in 2020, mainly due to the fallout from the pandemic and now we are taking several steps to increase production.”

The Tea board is offering a host of financial grants and loans to the tea growers, factories as well as for exporters. “These include subsidies for replanting, fertiliser for growers, special grants and loans for factories to upgrade their machinery and soft loans for exporters for packaging. These facilities exceed Rs. 4 billion per year.”

Tea Commissioner E. Edirisinghe said that they would also provide Rs. I million for tea factory expansion which comes as a grant. “In addition, we pay 3% of the capital when factories install solar,” he said.

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Harin urges for ‘breathing space’ to revive tourism

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Minister of Tourism and Lands Harin Fernando said on Saturday that persistent political agitations make his job of promoting Sri Lanka as a safe and convenient tourist destination extremely difficult.

“Now the country has restarted to function although not at a comfortable level to everyone. People undergo many economic difficulties due to high cost of living. These issues need to be addressed and resolved one by one. Creating troubles constantly in a highly political way won’t help the country to come out of the crisis. It will only prolong the crisis.

As Minister of Tourism, I have a hard time promoting tourism in Sri Lanka because it is no easy task to convince potential overseas visitors that the situation is back to normal. So, I appeal to these parties to allow at least six months for the country resuscitate whose breathing had stopped for some time,” he said.

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UTECH Technologies recognised at Sahasak Nimavum Innovation Awards

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UTECH Technologies (Pvt) Limited, Sri Lanka’s leading Industry 4.0 transformation solutions provider won the most prestigious innovation award, the DASIS award at the Sahasak Nimavum National Innovation Awards held recently. The DASIS Award is judged across all competing categories and only awarded to the innovation that shows novelty in technology and has been commercialized successfully. This award is judged by a learned panel of national and international judges including academia and industry experts. UTECH also won overall gold for best commercialized ICT innovation. UTECH has won many national and international awards, including the overall gold for “IoT technology of the year” at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) in 2021.

UTECH’s Managing Director, Riyad Ismail said, “Having many Sri Lankan industrial conglomerates as our clients, we have started exporting our hardware and software solutions to world markets.”

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