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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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People’s Bank celebrates 75 years of Independence by offering gifts to newborns

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People’s Bank celebrated Sri Lanka’s 75thNational Independence at a modest ceremony held at their Head Office which was followed by a series of island wide initiatives.People’s Bank’s ‘Birth of Freedom’ programme which commences on every Independence Day was carried out this year as well. Under this concept, People’s Bank gifts Rs.2,000/- worth of an ‘IsuruUdana’ Gift Certificate to every baby born between the 1st and 14th of February.

People’s Bank launched this programme in 2006 with the vision of instilling national pride and encouraging parents to plan for their children’s future. Parents can open an ‘Isuru Udana’ Children’s Savings Account at any People’s Bank Branch using the Gift Certificate.

Director of the Castle Street Maternity Hospital Dr. Ajith Danthanarayana, Director of De Soysa Hospital for Women in Borella Dr. Pradeep Wijesinghe, People’s Bank Senior Deputy General Manager (TB & OCS) Rohan Pathirage, Deputy General Manager (Retail Banking) Renuka Jayasinghe, Deputy General Manager (Strategic Planning, Performance Management & Research) Jayanthi Kurukulasooriya, Deputy General Manager (Risk Management) Roshini Wijerathna, Deputy General Manager (Banking Support Services) Nipunika Wijayaratne, Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) T.M.W Chandrakumara, Head of Marketing Nalaka Wijayawardana, Assistant General Manager (Retail Banking) Nalin Pathiranage, Assistant General Manager (Human Resources) Manjula Dissanayake, Colombo North Regional Manager S.L.M.A.S Samarathunga, Colombo South Regional Manager M.S Kanakka Hewage, Borella Branch Manager W.A.N Udayangani, Town Hall Branch Manager Tiral Pradeep, Deputy Director of De Soysa Hospital for Women in Borella, Dr. K.M Nihal, Administrative Officer of Castle Street Hospital for Women S.M.T.A.R. Bandara, Nursing officers along with hospital staff were also present at the event.In line with the above all People’s Bank branches across the country initiated ‘Nidahase Upatha’ activities island wide.

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Norlanka Manufacturing Trincomalee receives LEED Gold Certification

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Norlanka Manufacturing Trincomalee was recently awarded the prestigious LEED Gold Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).Norlanka, one of Sri Lanka’s largest sustainable exporters of baby and kidswear, has an extensive ESG (Environmental/Social/Governance) strategy and understands the responsibility it has concerning the future of a sustainable apparel industry. Therefore, ethical sourcing, in particular working with responsible supply chain partners has been a critical operational necessity.

The LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement, and it is backed by an entire industry of committed organizations and individuals paving the way for market transformation. It’s awarded for projects that have earned points by adhering to prerequisites and credits that address carbon, energy, water, waste, transportation, materials, health and indoor environmental quality. Buildings consume energy and resources at an alarming rate, therefore the LEED rating system is the most widely used green building rating system, as it provides a framework for healthy, efficient, carbon and cost-saving green buildings.

LEED takes multiple areas into account with varying sub-criteria when certifying a building such as location, transportation, sustainability of the site, construction, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resource, waste management, indoor environment quality, innovations and more.

Chief Innovation Officer of Norlanka, Buddhi Paranamana stated, “This LEED Gold certification is a testament to our constant drive to improve our sustainability efforts. This award marks yet another milestone in Norlanka’s journey towards becoming carbon neutral by 2025. Since 2010 we’ve constantly been learning how to do things in a more sustainable way. I would like to congratulate our team for obtaining this certification. It showcases dedication towards achieving sustainable excellence while achieving our goals and providing customers with high-quality products.”

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SL bondholders ready for debt restructuring talks with authorities– with conditions

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Sri Lanka’s bondholders have told the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that they are prepared to engage with Sri Lankan authorities in debt restructuring talks consistent with the parameters of the global lender’s program.The Ad Hoc Group of Sri Lanka bondholders conveyed its stance in a letter directed to IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on Friday (Feb. 03).

“The Bondholder Group through its Steering Committee stands ready to engage quickly and effectively with the Sri Lankan authorities to design and implement restructuring terms that would help Sri Lanka restore debt sustainability and allow the country to re-gain access to the international capital markets during the IMF Programme period.”

The Bondholder Group acknowledged the Sri Lankan authorities’ engagement with their official creditors towards a resolution of the current crisis and restoration of debt sustainability.

The Bondholder Group further acknowledged that such engagement has recently resulted in the Indian government delivering letters of financing assurances to the IMF, committing to support Sri Lanka and contribute to its efforts to restore debt sustainability by providing debt relief and financing consistent with the IMF Extended Fund Facility Arrangement and the IMF Programme targets indicated in the India’s letter to the global lender.

Sri Lanka Bondholder Group Letter to IMF stated:

Based on the limited information available to us at this time, including information contained in the India Letter, we understand that the IMF Programme’s debt sustainability targets are identified as (i) reducing the ratio of public debt to GDP to 95% by 2032, (ii) limiting the central government’s annual gross financing needs to GDP ratio to 13% in the period between 2027 and 2032, and central government annual foreign currency debt service at 4.5% of GDP in every year between 2027 and 2032 and (iii) closing of the external financing gap.

The Bondholder Group hereby confirms it is prepared to engage, through its Steering Committee, with the Sri Lankan authorities in restructuring negotiations consistent with the parameters of an IMF Programme and the targets specified therein (the “IMF Programme Targets”), which the Bondholder Group understands to be the targets identified in the India Letter; it being recognized that these negotiations will necessarily be further informed by the receipt of the forthcoming DSA. We would note that the finalization of an agreement will also be subject to the satisfaction of the following conditions:

The central government’s domestic debt – defined as debt governed by local law – is reorganized in a manner that both ensures debt sustainability and safeguards financial stability. Assuming that annual gross financing needs should not exceed 13% of GDP in the period between 2027 and 2032, whilst allowing for central government annual foreign currency debt service to reach 4.5% of GDP in every year between 2027 and 2032, domestic gross financing should therefore be limited at 8.5% of GDP for the period 2027-2032.

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