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SLT Fibre creates smart lifestyles for residents of Unitown Residencies



Participants present at the agreement signing, from left to right include: from Asian Silk Route – Dhilip Kumar (Head of Technical), Dharshan Jude (Business Executive), Habibullah Aslam (Sales and Marketing Executive), Fazmin Shahabdeen (Director Operations) and Zhou Wansho (chairman); from SLT – Imantha Wijekoon (Chief Sales and Regional Officer), Chethana Attanayake (General Manager/Western Province Central) , Kelum Priyantha (Business Development Manager) and Kasuni Dilhara (Marketing Officer).

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the leading ICT and digital solutions provider in the country recently entered into an agreement with Asian Silk Route Private Limited, a company specializing in condominium development and construction, to facilitate Unitown Residencies with a unique Smart Home Solution powered by SLT Fibre.

The official agreement signing took place recently at SLT’s head office premises, Colombo Fort, with the participation of authorized signatories: Zhou Wansho, chairman and Fazmin Shahabdeen, Director Operations of Asian Silk Route and Imantha Wijekoon, Chief Sales Officer and Chethana Attanayake, General Manager of SLT. Other representatives from both companies were also present to witness the agreement signing.

Unitown Residencies, the latest condominium project undertaken by Asian Silk Route, promises a unique living experience together with unique living space design and amenities, right at the heart of Colombo city, in Colombo 9. The 10-storied condominium will comprise of 64 luxury apartments. SLT will be responsible for the ICT infrastructure of the building, and will ensure that residents are provided with state-of-the-art services which include crystal clear telecommunications, the latest ultra-fast broadband connectivity provided through fibre technology and the next revolution in entertainment television, PEO TV. SLT will also set up the backbone necessary for a Smart Building promising residents of unique and enhanced digital lifestyles.

“We selected SLT to be our partner for this project because we needed a partner that would be able to match our standards, in terms of the uniqueness that we stand for, and promise to our customers in every aspect of this living space that we are creating,” said Zhou Wansho -Chairman of Asia Silk Route, giving his views on the newly formed partnership. “Having studied SLT’s track record and their capabilities which are being strengthened every day, we feel confident that they possess the competencies required to provide a unique Smart Home experience to our residents that will support us to remain true to our promise made to our customers.”

Imantha Wijekoon, Chief Sales Officer of SLT commented, “We appreciate the confidence that Asian Silk Route has placed on us in entrusting this project to us. We are in the business of creating a Smart Future for Sri Lanka and its residents. We possess the desired competencies and capabilities to provide unique digital solutions that are on par with international standards and we are continuously learning and transforming ourselves to ensure that we remain abreast of change and provide the very best for our clients.” Wijekoon further expressed his confidence in SLT’s ability to add value to the residents of Unitown Residencies by facilitating the construction of a Smart Building powered by SLT’s ultra-fast broadband connectivity provided through the company’s robust fibre technology. SLT promises to provide residents of Unitown Residencies with a unique experience like never before through access to a host of smart services via the company’s fibre broadband connectivity.

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Sri Lanka’s PMI for manufacturing and services activities expanded in March



Purchasing Managers’ Indices (PMI) for both Manufacturing and Services activities expanded in March. Indicating a strong revival in manufacturing activities in the country, the manufacturing PMI reached a 9-month high at 67.0 in March 2021.

This was largely attributable to the increases observed in Production, New Orders, and Stock of Purchases sub-indices.

The significant increases in New Orders and Production subindices, particularly in the manufacture of food & beverages and textile & wearing apparel sectors, have mainly contributed to the improvement in the overall index. Many respondents in the manufacture of food & beverages sector highlighted that they experienced higher levels of sales and production during March 2021 ahead of the New Year festival season. Further, respondents from the textile & wearing apparel sector mentioned that they increased production during the month to cover-up seasonal holidays.

Meanwhile, the Stock of Purchases sub-index increased in line with the expansion in New Orders and Production. The employment sub-index also expanded at a higher rate.

The Suppliers’ Delivery Time sub-index lengthened at a slower pace during the month. Many respondents highlighted that some easing in suppliers’ delivery time was experienced with the gradual resolvement in shipping related issues. However, freight rates remain at elevated levels, increasing the cost of raw materials, which in turn adversely affected their profit margins.

Expectations for manufacturing activities in the next three months remained at improved levels anticipating a further improvement in economic activities within the country as well as in major export markets.

Services PMI rose to 62.1 in March 2021, indicating an expansion of the services sector for the fourth straight month.

This increase was underpinned by the expansions observed in new businesses, business activities, employment and expectations for activity.

New businesses in the services sector increased in March 2021, particularly with the improvements observed in financial services, other personal services, and wholesale and retail trade sub-sectors.

For the fourth straight month, the business activities in the services sector increased in March 2021 with increases observed almost across all sub-sectors. Mainly, financial services sub-sector recorded a further improvement during the month in line with the progresses in economic activities. With the festive season, wholesale and retail trade, and transportation sub-sectors also expanded further.


-Central Bank

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Next Meats, Purveyor of the World’s First Plant-based Yakiniku Meats, Is Now in Singapore



The Tokyo-based startup makes its debut in the alt-protein hotspot of Singapore Next Meats has collaborated with Aburi-EN to deliver two new meal sets Made with soybean proteins, the Kalbi contains no chemical additives or animal ingredients


 Media OutReach – 14 April 2021 – Next Meats, a purveyor of the world’s first plant-based yakiniku meats, is making its debut in the alternative protein hotspot, Singapore! The Japanese alternative meat company has collaborated this time with popular Japanese restaurant Aburi-EN, which will offer two types of set meals using the NEXT Kalbi (boneless short rib) for the very first time. Made largely from soy proteins, the NEXT Kalbi contains double the amount of protein and half the fats than that of regular meat and even more, it does not contain any chemical additives or cholesterol due to its lack of animal ingredients. Now, Singaporeans can enjoy yakiniku without the guilt! 

The two new menus available at Aburi-EN are the Kalbi Don Set (S$13.80) and the Stamina Teishoku (S$15.80) — which are available for a limited time only. Next Meats has specifically chosen to work with Aburi-EN as they are a Japanese grilled-meat specialist. The two menus are the culmination of many months of research and development, and they will also be Aburi-EN’s first-ever plant-based dishes.

For the Kalbi Don Set, Next Meat’s Kalbi is grilled and served atop a bowl of fragrant Japanese steamed rice. Equally indulgent, the Stamina Teishoku features the Kalbi stir-fried with cabbage along with egg imported from Okinawa. The meat is then served with fragrant Japanese steamed rice, salad, pickles and miso soup. For both dishes, the meats are glazed with a special homemade sauce that packs an irresistible umami punch.   

 Both the Kalbi Don Set and Stamina Teishoku will be available at all Aburi-EN stores from April to July 2021.

 An advocate of sustainable food production and better food security

 The NEXT Kalbi is one of Next Meats’ innovative offerings, which includes other plant-based delicacies such as the NEXT burger and NEXT gyudon (beef bowl). The company champions the importance of saving the planet and humanity through reducing the emission of greenhouse gases (which is produced from meat consumption and animal agriculture) and utilizing biotechnology to combat protein deficiency.

 Through extensive research and development, Next Meats has culminated the knowhow on using molecular binding to mould vegetable proteins from powder. Buoyed by state-of-the-art, proprietary technologies, the company has successfully created vegan substitutes that replicate the texture of real meat.



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Lanka Hospitals tops healthcare sector in LMD’s Most Awarded Entities



Lanka hospitals, the internationally accredited multiple award-winning healthcare provider, topped the healthcare sector in the Most Awarded list compiled by LMD magazine for 2019/20.

Designed to rank the most awarded entities in Sri Lanka, LMD conducted the research, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, involving 204 corporate entities, based on the cumulative tally of awards received from 52 awarding bodies between January 2019 to September 2020.

With a total of five awards, securing the overall rank of 67, Lanka Hospitals came first in the healthcare sector.

Deepthi Lokuarachchi, Group CEO, Lanka Hospitals, said three factors contributed towards Lanka Hospitals’ award winning process; profound commitment to quality, service standard in healthcare and the accreditation of Joint Commission International (JCI).

“Our stringent standards for quality have earned accolades and accreditations from numerous national and international agencies. Lanka Hospitals has been in the forefront of healthcare providers since 2009 and, particularly, between 2019 and 2020, we were able to win seven national and international awards including one for environmental management systems”, he said.

As a result of superior facilities, customer care and quality of service Lanka Hospitals offers, a growth was experienced in terms of medical tourists during the Covid-19 pandemic even though the inbound international population was restricted. JCI, a US-based accreditation agency, rates healthcare services based on several criteria related to medical as well as non medical services”, he noted.

In terms of corporate responsibility, Lanka Hospitals focuses on skills development, medical care and donations. Every year, Lanka Hospitals’ nursing school enrolls batches from outside the Western province and upon the successful completion of the course they are offered employment, he added.



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