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STRAIGHTA – The smart online platform that could ‘change the world’ for your child

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At the launch of www.straighta.lk(from L-R): Sarath Wickramaratne (Head of Technology), Nipuna Neranja (Head of Academic), Manoj Siriwardhane (Manager Operations) and Ms. Heshani Godage (Head of Accounts & Finance) at StraightA College of Online Education

A groundbreaking product was unveiled at a recent event in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with the goal of creating a one-stop center and worldwide platform for learning, space for skills and career development, and leadership programs.www.straighta.lk is an interactive place where knowledge seekers would find a world of opportunity and where employers could meet their ideal candidates anytime anywhere.

We are on a mission that would create a better environment, equal access to knowledge and education for all, thus empowering students from all corners of the country to uncover both local and global career opportunities. Focused on this mission we hope to become the leading e-learning platform in SriLanka, as well as to contribute possible means towards the development of the Nation by empowering the citizens with education, expertise and skills, said Manoj Siriwardhane – ManagerOperations at StraightA College of Online Education.

At STRAIGHTA, we offer online sessions for the Local and International Syllabus from the Primary Level to the Advance Level and would continue to provide Professional Courses for those who are working or pursuingon a professional career path. Students will ultimately receive access to a ‘Knowledge HUB,’ which will include an exclusive panel of lecturers, while academic courses will be held at your preferred residential location. Most significantly, we recognized the absence of a Learning Management System (LMS) in similar products and emphasized on it from the commencement of our project, explained The Head of Academic Nipuna Neranja by launching the new product to the market.

Addressing the event, The Head of Technology – Sarath Wickramaratne mentioned that it is the latest online platform that offers an exclusive stable learning atmosphere in which students join online sessions with much enthusiasm. Let your child learn by reflection and allow them to mentally prepare for activities in the real world. So far, the response from parents and student participation has been quite favorable, and we are delighted to proceed with future platform development based on this feedback, Wickramaratne explained further.

It is tailored to handle multiple communication platforms, which accommodates data speed fluctuationsand facilitates hassle free learning for anyone. Could easily run on Laptop, Mobile, Tablet with mobile data, Wi-Fi or ADSL and would ideally suit some Sri Lankan students who are desperate for a stable internet connection. A dedicated video library is used to provide students with access to any missed classes. So even if you miss one session, you can simply catch up.

Availability of sessions 24×7, 365 days, across the globe makes us so special, commented Ms. Heshani Godage, The Head of Accounts & Finance at StraightA. We’ve streamlined the enrolling process easier for everyone, and there are a variety of online payment options for busy parents, including credit cards, bank transfers, and more.Online quizzes are also available for students who can access and test themselves, independently. Administration reports provide precise information such as revenue derived per lecturer, amongst many other.

 



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Berendina bags Silver at the CA Sri Lanka 56th Annual Report Awards

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From left: Sarath Chandra Fernando - Director-BMIC, Charith Fernando - Deputy Managing Director-BMIC, Saman Manatunga - Acting Head of Finance-BMIC, Dilhara Jayasinghe - Assistant Manager Compliance & Corporate Relationship-BMIC, Ranel T Wijesinha - Past President CA Sri Lanka, Jagath Godakanda – Chairman-BMIC, Chaaminda Kumarasiri – Chairman-Annual Report Awards Committee 2021 and Chamila Cooray - Alternate Chairperson-Annual Report Awards Committee 2021

Berendina Micro Investments Company Limited, better known as BMIC among its microfinance clientele and partners, won the Silver award at the 56th Annual Report Awards organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), under the category of Finance Companies and Leasing Companies (total assets up to Rs. 20 Billion). Over 70 companies, ranging from conglomerates, multinationals to non-profit organisations, and SMEs, were honoured at this year’s competition for their excellence in financial reporting. The gala event of this year held on 09th December 2021 at BMICH. Being the first Microfinance Company licensed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, BMIC is no stranger to this annual competition having won a prestigious Gold Award in 2017 and Merit Award in 2018.

The award from CA Sri Lanka is the fourth award to be won by BMIC during the financial year 2021, having won 3 international awards, namely, ‘The Best Microfinance Company in Sri Lanka’ and ‘The Best Agricultural Lending Company in Sri Lanka’ awards from the UK based Global Banking and Finance Review magazine as well as ‘Donor’s Choice Award’ at the international competition conducted by SCALE Green Creative Adaptation Awards in USA in 2021. Focused on poverty alleviation, BMIC as a Microfinance Institution (MFI) extends micro-credit facilities and enterprise development services that ensure long term sustainability and growth of business ventures of its clients, providing loans at the lowest interest rate compared to other MFIs in Sri Lanka. At present, BMIC manages a loan portfolio of over Rs. 3.1 billion and an annual turnover exceeding Rs. 900 million. It supports well over 70,000 microfinance clients through its 30 Branches in 11 districts. The CA award bestowed on BMIC is another testament to its commitment in continuously supporting its clients to overcome the obstacles during difficult times, while preserving its transparency in reporting, corporate governance, sustainability and social responsibility.

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SLIC repositions Business Club insurance with more focus on SMEs

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Sri Lanka Insurance last week announced repositioning of its Business Club insurance, a trade insurance policy which provides a comprehensive business insurance solution to fit for the diverse insurance need of small and Medium enterprises (SME).

“According to the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka SMEs are considered to be the backbone of the economy with a contribution up to 52% of the GDP. SMEs play a crucial role to battle the poverty in the country providing employment opportunities for the youth as the SMEs does not require capital than large firms. Further SMEs increase tax bases much quickly when compared to large firms,” an SLIC news release explained.

“Recognizing the importance and vital contribution made to the economy by SMEs, Sri Lanka Insurance went back to the drawing board to refine the “Business Club” comprehensive insurance solution to cater to the unique requirements of the businesses,” it said.”

“Therefor the insurance solution was developed to reinforce the success and safety of the businesses.”

The insurance plan will provide protection for any businesses be it retail, grocery store, supermarket, pharmacy or any other covering many perils inclusive of environmental dangers such as floods, cyclone, fire, lightning as well as other factors such as breaking and burglary, SLIC explained.

The release further said an array of main covers are available for businesses inclusive of fire and/or lightening, explosion, malicious damage, aircraft damage, earthquakes along with the free covers such as cost of removal of debris, loss of rental, architect, surveyors, consulting engineering fees, cost of alternative accommodation etc..

A range of additional covers are also available at an additional premium for businesses to choose. Money insurance during transit and while at premises, accidental breakage of glass cover, sign board cover, electronic equipment all risk cover are among the many additional covers offered.

Interested parties who’d like SLIC to assist in developing an insurance solution that covers the business risks can contact SLIC call center on 011 2 357 357.

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German fruit and tea importers stresses importance of packaging

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Jan Paul Bethke, a leading German importer of Sri Lankan fruits and tea, at a recent

EDB-organized event, urged Sri Lankan agri-product exporters to practice effective and superior packaging if they are to be successful in terms of capturing markets in Europe.

“If you package your product well, include a QR code (incorporating extensive details such as the farmer who grew products), and convey a personalized story, customers in advanced markets such as Germany and Europe would develop an affinity with your products”, Bethke noted.

He made these remarks at a Jan. 12 forum forum organized by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) on packaging and value addition strategies to enhance Sri Lanka’s agri-product exports to Germany, an EDB news release said.

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