President Gotabhaya Rajapaksha launching the newly developed Park and Ride bus service
SLT-MOBITEL announced their partnership with the Sri Lanka Transport Board to provide Wi-Fi connectivity and branding for the new ‘Park and Ride’ city bus service, a novel concept developed by the State Ministry of Transport. The inaugural launch of the first of its kind luxury bus service was held on January 15 under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Minister of Transport, Gamini Lokuge, State Minister of Transport Dilum Amunugama, SLTB chairman, Kingsley Ranawaka, chairman of SLT Group, Rohan Fernando along with higher officials from SLT-MOBITEL.
A press release said the recent brand unification of SLT-MOBITEL has enabled the brand to further strengthen its commitment as the national telecommunication service provider which specializes in providing integrated telecommunication services. Through this city bus partnership, SLT-MOBITEL is one step ahead in providing next generation connectivity solutions and transforming the nation with digitalization.
‘Commenting on SLT-MOBITEL’s contribution to the Park and Ride bus service, Rohan Fernando, chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom Group stated, “Today marks yet another historical day for SLT-MOBITEL as we get on board on this journey with the Sri Lanka Transport Board to connect the country with unparalleled connectivity solutions. We are a brand that always place customers at heart, hence, we are constantly looking for innovative ways to make a difference in their lives. The Park and Ride city buses will be yet another platform for Sri Lankans to experience SLT-MOBITEL’s world class Wi-Fi connectivity services on the go. As the national telecommunication service provider, we are committed to supporting the government’s efforts and leading Sri Lanka towards an info com and knowledge rich society.”
‘The city bus service was launched in efforts to reduce traffic congestion and promote safe and secure travel in Colombo. While the first phase of the bus service will operate from the Makumbura Multimodal Transport Center (MTC) with 25 buses, the bus service will soon be implemented across the country. The buses are set to operate every 15 minutes from 06:00am to 09:00am on a daily basis. After 9:00am, the buses will operate every 30 minutes until 08:00PM. Passengers with small vehicles and motorcycles will be able to park their vehicles in a designated area at the MTC and hop on the ‘Park & Ride’ city bus to commute to Colombo.’
Sri Lanka Telecom PLC is the national Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions provider and the leading broadband and backbone infrastructure services provider in Sri Lanka for over 163 years. SLT enables opportunities that empower Sri Lankans and elevates the country’s standing in the global arena. SLT’s transformation into a digital service provider has seen the company move beyond telecommunications services to provide a variety of services and solutions that cater to a digital lifestyle. Mobitel, the mobile arm of SLT launched the First Commercial 4.5G/4G+ Mobile Network in South Asia in 2018 and was the first network in South Asia to successfully showcase the deployment of 5G over a Mobile Network by connecting a commercial Mobile smartphone to its 5G network exceeding speeds of 1.55Gbps. Mobitel has made great strides in recent years to expand its influence in NB-IoT, Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Critical Communication technologies and solutions and has been adjudged as the Fastest 4G-LTE network in Sri Lanka for two consecutive years by Ookla, the global leader in internet speed and testing applications.
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On the instructions of the President and the Prime Minister, State Minister of Finance Ajith Nivard Cabraal on April 19 visited the Asgiriya Chapter, the Malwathu Chapter and the Chief Prelates of the Amarapura and Ramanna Maha Nikayas and briefed them on the relevant draft commission bill on Port City Project.
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Growing importance of training for nurses taking care of patients with NCDs
To keep pace with the rapid expansion and increasing complexity of elderly home healthcare, training needs of home healthcare nurses must be identified and subsequent training programs implemented. English Nursing Care conducts training sessions on a weekly basis covering a variety of care needs for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as diabetes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) record that NCDs are estimated to account for 75% of total deaths in Sri Lanka.
Furthermore, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health “although people are living longer, they live more years suffering from disease and disability, mainly from NCDs; life expectancy at birth in Sri Lanka is 74.9 years but healthy life expectancy at birth is only 67.0 years.” This has a significant impact on quality of life.
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SriLankan Airlines welcomes Indian delegation to Sri Lanka
SriLankan Airlines in a bid to recommence Indian tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka under the proposed bio-bubble tourist arrival concept successfully completed a familiarization tour for Indian media and travel trade professionals recently. A delegation of tour operators, agents, and senior editors representing influential media institutions concluded a familiarization tour in Sri Lanka.
The delegation spent six nights and seven days touring the country while being subjected to mandatory PCR testing and other health guidelines imposed by the Ministry of Health. Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, the delegation toured the most sought-after local tourist sites including Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Bentota. The tour was initiated by SriLankan Holidays and the ground arrangements for the tour were handled by Jetwing Travels, Aitken Spence, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB), and Hamoos Travels.
The main purpose of their participation in this fam tour was to restore confidence in visiting Sri Lanka, especially among the Indian tourists to provide them in-depth knowledge on how the country’s tourism industry operates under the bio-bubble concept. Apart from visiting various places, they experienced the stringent health and safety protocols adopted by the country in resuming tourism under the “bio-bubble” concept allowing tourists to roam around without mixing with the local population.
During their stay here, the delegation was hosted for a virtual meet-and-greet with SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage, Chief Executive Officer Vipula Gunathilleka, and Head of Worldwide Sales & Distribution Dimuthu Tennakoon. The discussion focused on the airline’s operations to India, vaccination and quarantine travel arrangements between the two countries, current safety measures, and guidelines pertaining to the bio-bubble concept. They lauded the effort taken by officials to make their trip a memorable one.
The Indian delegation was highly impressed with the opportunities they were given to travel and explore the country and its exclusive holiday prospects for the enthusiastic traveller. This fam tour was a manifestation of the immense potential of Sri Lanka as a post-covid travel destination enticing the Indian traveller.
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