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SLTC hosts Research and Innovation Awards Night to felicitate top achievers



Sri Lanka’s foremost corporate powered research University, Sri Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC), recently successfully concluded its Research and Innovation Awards Night – RaIN 2021 – to felicitate achievers who have won international and national recognition for research and innovation. The event was held at the SLTC Padukka Campus and was graced by Min. Namal Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth & Sports, as the Chief Guest and Minister of Trade Min. Dr. Bandula Goonewardena, Nipuna Ranawaka, Member of Parliament graced the occasion as Special Guests.

Sri Lanka Technological Campus took this opportunity to dedicate this event “Research & Innovation Awards Night – RAIN 2021″to recognize best performing researchers, staff and students, especially those who have shown exceptional performance in terms of research in the past years.

Key achievements as an institute such as publishing more than 80 plus research publications for the year 2020, being ranked as 19th in Sri Lanka in Webometrics rankings, publishing of 2 books and 5 book chapters, SLTC being the recipient of 2 major European Union (EU) research grants as a young university as well as individual performances such as publishing the Highest Impact Factor paper in Engineering & Physics – 2019 were highlighted during this event

Winners of last year’s World Invention & Trade Expo (WINTEX) International Paper Competition held in Indonesia were recognized at the event. Five teams from the School of Engineering at SLTC secured three Gold Awards, two Silver Awards & a Special Awards for Best Application of Technology in the ‘Best of the Best’ category.

In addition, 2 Performance Research Awards and 4 Emerging Young Researcher Awards were handed over to respective winners by Mr. Namal Rajapaksa while Mr. Nipuna Ranawaka MP gave away seven awards: one Certificate of Appreciation for Undergraduate Research Supervision and six Certificates of Recognition for Mentoring & Coaching Undergraduate Research & Innovation.

Speaking at the event, Founder President/CEO Eng. Ranjith Rubasinghe said: “SLTC was started in 2014 with an investment of only USD 1 million, with the single-minded intention of uplifting the quality of private-sector education in Sri Lanka. I am very proud of how the University has grown and expanded since and the many accolades distributed today, some awarded by global bodies, are a testament to how we have manifested the aforesaid intention through the uncompromised quality of education offered. Today SLTC has over 3000 students, 200 distinguished members of faculty & many state-of-the-art facilities that serve to produce highly sought after, employable & world-class graduates who will go on to become the leaders of tomorrow.”

He said that SLTC was the first University to spend over 25% of revenue on research and the only Institution to have a dedicated faculty to engage in research only and facility to liaise with affiliated foreign Universities i.e., Centre for Global Education (CGE).

Meanwhile, Minister of Youth and Sports Min. Namal Rajapaksa noted: “While free education should be protected at all costs, our system should accommodate more private sector players who can deliver to match the global standards in terms of higher education – a lot of the Universities abroad depend heavily on research; to produce competitive & competent graduates who are employable globally, we have to embrace this trend as well. I believe SLTC has so far done a tremendous job in that regard. SLTC is well poised to be not just the No 1 research University in Sri Lanka but also one of the top facilities regionally.”

One of the highlights of the evening was an act by the Sri Lankan indigenous (Veddah) community for which the introduction was provided by music composer, award-wining vocalist & faculty member of SLTC Mr. Nadeeka Guruge. The Awards Night which was carried out adhering to health & safety guidelines was a resounding success.

Sri Lanka Technological Campus is the first research-based, residential, university with strong industry links locally & internationally offering an extensive repertoire including more than 25 degree programs of Ministry of Education & approved degrees.

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Oil prices rise as Saudi Arabia pledges output cuts – Opec+




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Oil-producing countries have agreed to continued cuts in production in a bid to shore up flagging prices.

Saudi Arabia said it would make cuts of a million barrels per day (bpd) in July and Opec+ said targets would drop by a further 1.4 million bpd from 2024.

Opec+ accounts for around 40% of the world’s crude oil and its decisions can have a major impact on oil prices.

In Asia trade on Monday, Brent crude oil rose by as much as 2.4% before settling at around $77 a barrel.

The seven hour-long meeting on Sunday of the oil-rich nations, led by Russia, came against a backdrop of falling energy prices.

Total production cuts, which Opec+ has undertaken since October 2022, reached 3.66 million bpd, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.

Opec+, a formulation which refers to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, had already agreed to cut production by two million bpd, about 2% of global demand.


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Manpower services agency wins accolades for its contribution to foreign employment sector



Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services receives the award

Its MD says. ‘go abroad only if you can work hard’

Siraj Manpower Services, one of Sri Lanka’s leading foreign employment agencies, was honoured with the Three-Star Award at the ‘Golden Awards’ 2023, organised by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). This award ceremony was organised to honour foreign employment agencies that have made a significant contribution to the development of the foreign employment sector, which is a major source of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka. Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services, was presented with the award at the award ceremony which was held at the BMICH in Colombo under the patronage of Minister of Foreign Employment and Labour Manusha Nanayakkara.

Having been established in 2002, Siraj Manpower Services ( has earned a reputation in the field of foreign employment by winning the trust of customers for more than 20 years. It has been offering job opportunities in the Middle East countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia as housekeepers, drivers, sanitation workers, labourers and also jobs related to the apparel industry. All these workers are entitled to approved salary scales certified by the SLBFE.

“We always stand for the safety of workers who go abroad through our organisation. We work to solve the problems that arise in relation to the contracts that the workers have entered into. I must mention something special to those who go abroad for employment. That is, you should keep in mind that you go abroad only to work. Go abroad only if you can work hard. You have to remember that you are going abroad to earn some more money and achieve the advancement of your family.” said Siraj Cafoor.

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Direct flights between Istanbul and Katunayake to commence from August



A special discussion between Turkish Ambassador – Demet Sekercioglu and Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation – Nimal Siripala de Silva took place last week at the ministry office. The aim of the discussion was to seek authorization to commence direct flights from the Turkish Capital Istanbul to Katunayake, Sri Lanka. The Chief of Turkish Airlines’ South Asia Office Fathi Bozkurt was also present during the discussion.

Currently, Turkish Airlines connects with Sri Lanka through a route that includes a stopover in the Maldives, resulting in an additional travel time of one and a half hours. The delay caused by this routing is not favored by travelers, as emphasized by the Ambassador.

The Chief of Turkish Airlines requested for time and space to be allocated in order to initiate direct flights between Istanbul and Katunaike, thus providing convenience for Turkish tourists and travelers who prefer visit Sri Lanka.

The Minister announced that the request would be forwarded to the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka and the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited. The aim is to establish direct flights between Istanbul and Katunayake starting from August this year.

Turkish Airlines, a renowned airline with a fleet of over 100 aircraft, offers flights connecting Europe’s Vancouver and New York. The Chief of Turkish Airlines said that the new service would not only benefit European travelers but also encourage them to travel to Sri Lanka.

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