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The Ceylon Institute of English & Leadership, a true leader in language and leadership training



Watson Michael, Managing Director/CEO

The Ceylon Institute of English & Leadership (CIOEL) is one of Sri Lanka’s largest online English language training institutions. CIOEL specializes in all facets of English Language Training, from basic to advanced, and caters to the needs of undergraduates, working executives, job seekers, athletes, and professionals. The institute also understands the importance of communication in businesses and offers in-house Customer Service Training for organizations that want to improve their customer service.

CIOEL offers multiple courses and qualifications including the ‘Certificate in English’ which entails basic reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and is best suited for students who have completed GCE O-levels and A-levels.

The ‘Business English & Leadership Programme’ consists of modules of business communication and leadership that are essential for working executives and those looking to join the workforce. The ‘Leadership & Sustainability Programme’ on offer at CIOEL, provides students great insights on leadership, teamwork, sustainability in business and corporate communication. The skills and offer are best suited for working executives, university students, and those seeking employment.

The institute also provides programmes designed for children with a particular focus on elocution. CIOEL believes that elocution lessons can greatly improve communication skills which in turn builds children’s confidence and help them become more assertive.

Watson Michael, the Managing Director of the Ceylon Institute of English & Leadership shared his comments on the importance of language training, “In this modern age, language training is more important than it has ever been, especially for the youth of Sri Lanka who want to move on to better brighter futures. It is for this reason that we at CIOEL, cater to students of all ages and from all walks of life.”

CIOEL also hosts a podcast on their YouTube channel, where the institute showcases projects on leadership and more conducted by Watson Michael with personalities from all over the world. The personalities include an Emmy Award Winner, a 2-time Emmy nominated TV producer, International Best-Selling Authors and more.

One such personality was Dewey Cooper, a 9-time World Championship Boxing and MMA coach who is the coach of the current UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. The topic which was discussed was leadership. CIOEL believes that individuals such as these, who have a proven track record with regards to leadership make the best mentors.

In addition to this, CIOEL also creates Resumes. In today’s highly connected world, it is very important to have a proper resume that showcases the individual’s skills, education, work experience, volunteering experience, past employment, and important projects which they were involved with. CIOEL creates resumes for all types of industries including; Healthcare, Finance, Sales, Marketing, HR, Banking, Operations, and a host of other industries as well.

All the training programmes available at CIOEL are conducted with the utmost care by fully qualified teachers and instructors. Students will receive certificates upon the successful completion of each course.

CIOEL is one of the largest English language online training institutes in Sri Lanka. CIOEL specializes in English language training for various levels of proficiency, from the basic to advanced stages for undergraduates, job seekers, athletes, and professionals. CIOEL believes that the guidance and knowledge of a good tutor are key to effective learning. To learn more about CIOEL and the courses on offer, visit

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Opposition law makers’ critical comments check CSE’s morning momentum



By Hiran H. Senewiratne

The stock market yesterday kicked- off on a positive note during the first session but the momentum did not sustain due to opposition law makers’ negative remarks on the current negotiation process with external creditors, market analysts said.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe had discussed debt restructuring and economic reforms with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, a President’s media division statement said.

“In their discussion, they focused on the ongoing reforms in the financial sector and the significant advancements in debt restructuring efforts, the statement said.

Amid those developments, both indices moved downwards. The All- Share Price Index went down by 71.76 points while the S and P SL20 declined by 14 points. Turnover stood at Rs 1.19 billion with four crossings.

Those crossings were reported in Windforce, which crossed 11 million shares to the tune of Rs 209 million; its shares traded at Rs 90, RIL Properties 20 million shares crossed for Rs 130 million and its shares traded at Rs 6.50, Hayleys Fabrics 500,000 shares crossed to the tune of Rs 23.1 million and its shares fetched Rs 46.20 and Laugfs 630,000 shares crossed for Rs 22 million; its shares traded at Rs 35.

In the retail market top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; JKH Rs 180 million (970,000 shares traded), CIC Holdings Rs 51.5 million (686,000 shares traded), Lanka IOC Rs 47.6 million (415,000 shares traded), Capital Alliance Rs 37.4 million (491,000 shares traded), HNB Rs 35.6 million (210,000 shares traded), Aitken Spence Hotels Rs 32.8 million (411,000 shares traded) and Softlogic Capital Rs 23.3 million (1.9 million shares traded). During the day 61.4 million share value changed hands in 9000 transactions.

Yesterday, the rupee opened at Rs 325/15 to the US dollar after closing the previous day at Rs 324.75/325.00 to the US dollar, dealers said.

Bond yields were up. A bond maturing on 01.08.2026 was quoted up at 14.80/15.20 percent from 14.50/70.A bond maturing on 15.09.2027 was quoted up at 14.60/15.20 percent from 14.35/50 percent. A bond maturing on 01.05.2028 was quoted up at 14.10/50 from 13.70/14.00 percent.

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Robocash Sri Lanka’s ESG commitment shines on International Coastal Cleanup Day at Dehiwala Beach



Robocash Team at Dehiwala Beach - Robocash EcoSplash: Beach Cleanup and Beyond

Robocash Sri Lanka marked International Coastal Cleanup Day by furthering its “Robocash EcoSplash: Beach Cleanup and Beyond” initiative, which took place on September 17th, at Dehiwala Beach, Sri Lanka.

This environmentally-conscious initiative was a testament to the company’s unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability, community engagement, and responsible corporate citizenship, all of which are in alignment with the Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) principles.

ESG gained significant prominence in recent years as a guiding framework for responsible investment. It takes into account a company’s environmental impact, social responsibility, and governance practices, aligning them with the broader goals of sustainability and societal well-being. Robocash Sri Lanka recognizes the critical importance of ESG values in today’s world and is dedicated to integrating them into its operations and initiatives.

The “Robocash EcoSplash: Beach Cleanup and Beyond” program was a collaborative effort with the company’s internal team, showcasing the dedication of Robocash Sri Lanka’s employees to make a positive impact on their local environment and community.

Konstantin Bereutsyn, Country Manager of Robocash Sri Lanka, addressed the team at the event, saying, “Our commitment to environmental sustainability and community engagement goes beyond business as usual. We believe that being a responsible corporate citizen involves actively participating in initiatives that benefit society and the environment. This beach cleanup event is just one of the many ways we intend to contribute to a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable future for Sri Lanka.”

The program ensured that all necessary permits and permissions for the beach-cleaning activity were obtained, and strict adherence to government health guidelines was maintained throughout the event to prioritize the safety and well-being of all participants.

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Ceylinco Life opens up the world once again for policyholders with ‘Family Savari 17’



Screen visuals from the virtual launch of Ceylinco Life’s ‘Family Savari 17’ promotion.

The world is opening up once again for Ceylinco Life policyholders with the return of overseas holidays for the family as the main loyalty reward under the life insurance market leader’s ‘Family Savari’ mega promotion, the largest initiative of its kind in the local life insurance sector.

The 17th edition of Family Savari announced this week will provide overseas holidays for 15 policyholder families in 2024 – to Türkiye for five families and to Malaysia for another 10 families – reverting to the original theme of the promotion.

Another 250 policyholder families comprising of 1,000 people will get to spend a fun-filled day at the Pearl Bay Water Park at Bandaragama, a new location for the local segment of the Family Savari.

“The Family Savari promotion has always been about the importance of quality family time and creating memories of a lifetime for our policyholders and their loved ones,” Ceylinco Life’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer Mr Samitha Hemachandra said. “Unfortunately, the pandemic made overseas travel inadvisable, but we are now delighted to be able to reward our loyal policyholders and their families with holidays to some of the world’s most popular destinations.”

With the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Ceylinco Life’s Family Savari opted to reward winners initially with gold instead of the overseas holidays and local excursions, and subsequently with cash rewards to the full value of the prize purse, and thereafter with family vacations in leading local hotels as health concerns began to ease.

At this year’s Family Savari promotion, a total of 265 policyholders will be selected at two draws that will take place in November 2023 and January 2024 to reward them and their family members, numbering 1,060 people in all, for their loyalty to Ceylinco Life. The mega promotion has to date rewarded more than 35,000 people in this manner.

To be eligible to win overseas holidays or the local excursion at the Family Savari draws, Ceylinco Life policyholders are simply required to continue their existing policies with the Company or maintain a minimum account balance in their retirement plans during the promotion period, 1st September to 31st December 2023.

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