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Sri Lanka Tourism hosts Miss International UK

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Sri Lanka Tourism officials with Ms. Evanjelin Elchmanar, Miss UK International

Born to Sri Lankan parents, Miss. Evanjelin Elchmanar can be considered as an asset to Sri Lanka, since she was the first woman of color to win the prestigious Miss International UK title. She will be representing the United Kingdom in the 60th Miss International beauty pageant in October this year, one of the big three competitions alongside Miss Universe and Miss World. She will be visiting Sri Lanka on the 3rd of February 2022, and the main purpose of her visit is to join hands with Sri Lanka Tourism and make her contribution to promote Sri Lanka in the UK. She is a British citizen hailing from the City of Birmingham and she was able to win this achievement competing against more than 50 other British Individuals.

Since She is very much into charity work from her much younger days, some of her main initiatives of visiting Sri Lanka is , to build dream homes for the poor, funding various school projects, creating awareness against domestic violence, creating awareness about women’s empowerment, creating Awareness to stand against climate change, promoting sustainable living and organic culture, promoting Sri Lanka as a destination via social media channels, to name a few .There are more to come down the pipeline. Her contribution will certainly enhance the Tourism promotion campaigns which Sri Lanka Tourism is currently involved in and will further promote Sri Lanka across the world. It is anticipated that through this event, each social media platform belonging to Sri Lanka Tourism, such as Instagram, Facebook and twitter will reach a significant viewership. Ms. Elchmanar also has the idea that through a prestigious organization such as Sri Lanka Tourism, it will be much easier to promote Sri Lanka in the UK and across the world.

She has many experiences and qualifications under her belt, as she has attended the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television, starting computing in Beauty pageants at an early age in 2013. She also played for Birmingham’s under 18 basketball team, performing in an international dance group from 2007 -2015. She was also a member of the Aegon Classic ball crew in 2014, raising 80,000 for numerous charitable organizations.

A few of the Media pageants which she has won are as follows. ‘’Miss international UK 2021’’, Second runner up ‘’ Miss Junior Great Britain 2015 ‘’, Ms. Teen Great Britain 2017 ‘’, ‘’Miss West Midlands International 2020 ‘’. Further, she also will be representing UK in Miss International 2022’’.

Evanjelin’s father is a businessman from Batticaloa and her mother who is from Galle, worked as a community development worker in Colombo. She has two elder brothers namely, Jonnes Elchmanar who is a doctor, and Walter Elchmanar who is a chemical engineer. She has planned and will be implementing new charity projects and hopes to launch her new website www.climatexchange .art .She also had the privilege of working with brands such as Mac , L’Oreal , Revlon , Panasonic and Dyson, which further highlighted her role as a fashion icon.

Sri Lanka Tourism envisage this as an opportunity to showcase the country as a safe and secure destination for post-pandemic UK travelers by creating a positive attitude about the country and enhancing their knowledge and awareness about tourism products and freedom of travelling in the country in the new normal. SLTPB intends to send out this message to travelers in the UK to grow their confidence to visit Sri Lanka which will eventually contribute to the increase of UK travelers and growth of the tourism economy.



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Wing Commander (Retd.) D. Pradeep S. Kannangara elected president, Industrial Security Foundation

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The Industrial Security Foundation (ISF) which acts as the sole organization in Sri Lanka to represent the Private Security industry having incorporated by an Act passed in the Parliament, Act No. 51 of 1999, elected Wing Commander (Retd.) Pradeep Kannangara as its President for the years 2022/2023 at its 30th annual General Meeting which was held at the PIM Auditorium in Borella. Wing Commander Pradeep Kannangara was appointed President while 14 other members were appointed to the Executive Committee, strengthening the ISF in order to drive and uplift the standards of the private security industry in Sri Lanka.

He has served on the ExCo consecutively since 2012 under four different presidents where he held the positions of Senior Vice President during the last three consecutive years. He has also been a committed member of the ISF and was awarded prestigious coveted FISF title due to his many valuable contributions to the organization and the Private Security Industry in Sri Lanka in 2012.

Wing Commander Kannangara’s journey into private security began after a successful career in the Sri Lanka Air Force for over 24 years where he served in many capacities finally being the Officer Commanding of the Special Air Borne Force. A recipient of the Ranasura Padakkama (RSP) Gallantry award for his bravery, sacrifices and service to the nation by the President of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in 1990. He holds a Master’s in business management from the Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia too and serves as a Board Director in AB Securitas (Private) Limited in Sri Lanka and AB Securitas Bangladesh Limited.

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Kitchen & Bedroom reaffirms its partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka

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(L-R) Pawan Singh- General Manager Sales & Marketing at Hafele Sri Lanka, Jurgen Wolf- Managing Director Hafele South Asia, Dr. Sacquaff- Group CEO Kitchen & Bedroom, and Manish Mahajan, Director Sales Hafele South Asia

Kitchen & Bedroom, a name synonymous in the interior designing and furniture sector in the country recently celebrated its long-standing partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka during the latter’s 12th year anniversary celebratory event, reaffirming its ambitious plans to further strengthen and explore the numerous opportunities available here.

Häfele Sri Lanka, part of Häfele India which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hafele Global network, is a technology partner for various projects and initiatives of Kitchen & Bedroom. Both the companies operate in the interior design space, sharing their cumulative knowledge and expertise to provide extensive and personalized solutions catering to domestic requirements.

‘We take great pride in our association with Häfele Sri Lanka having exchanged and collaborated on many projects both commercial and household. We share similar values such as providing high quality, sustainable, functional and customized solutions to our customers, and most importantly to guide them through every aspect and step of the project and how best we could bring out their desired design,’ said Dr. Sacquaff, Kitchen & Bedroom Group CEO.

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DSI strengthens its islandwide presence with three new showrooms

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Amid the prevailing economic hardships faced by Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s premier footwear brand DSI recently expanded its islandwide presence in the country with the opening of three new showrooms in Kahawatta, Akuressa, and Chavakachcheri, with the aim of offering greater access to its diversified product range to a wider customer base.

Gracing the special occasion, the showrooms were declared open by D. Samson & Sons (Pvt.) Ltd. Managing Director Thusitha Rajapaksa, in the presence of Director Asanka Rajapaksa, General Manager Pradeep Samarathunga, National Sales Manager – Retail Sales Naleen Weerawardana, invitees, and well-wishers.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Thusitha Rajapaksa stated: “We are excited about expanding DSI wings to three new locations. Despite the ongoing economic conditions of the country, we took a call to take a proactive measure to expand our islandwide presence. While it has been a challenge, the commitment and hard work of our team has made it possible to serve our loyal customers better, and we are confident that we will be able to continue these efforts in the future as well.”

DSI is renowned for its well-trained staff who offer exceptional customer service. The three new DSI showrooms prioritize providing a unique service and customer support to make purchasing further convenient for the customer.

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