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‘Tile & sanitary ware industry in crisis due to tile import ban’

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The temporary ban on tile imports has plunged the tile and sanitary ware industry into a severe crisis. Considering the magnitude of this situation, we look forward to Cabinet approval for a resumption of tile imports, the Board of Management of the Tile & Sanitary Ware Importers Association (TISA)says in a press release.

The release: ‘The industry has been facing severe crises in the past due to the temporary ban on tile imports. Not only the importers but also the traders, the warehouses and all the employees were in crisis.

‘Although we were initially able to take such a decision in the face of the economic crisis in the country, as importers of Sri Lankan tiles and sanitary ware we had doubts as to whether the continued ban was carried out by some invisible political hand.

‘There are over 300 importers in the Tile and Sanitary Importers Association (TSIA) and we are proud to acknowledge that our association has made a significant contribution to the local economy over the past 30 years. During these 30 years, we produced a large number of job opportunities as well as tailoring to customer demand as well as providing tiles and sanitary ware at reasonable prices.

‘Importers of this industry give near 12 billion rupees to the national economy on every year only from import tax.

‘Also, more than 100,000 jobs have been created directly and indirectly associated with this industry at present.

‘It has also created about 2000 small and medium scale entrepreneurs for the rural economy and generated a large number of related jobs. Also, this is an organization which represent all the races in Sri Lanka.

‘Local tiles in the local market can provide only 40% – 45% for the needs. Also, about 50% of the cost from products imported as energy and raw materials. It will be a huge environmental polution if we produce the imported items within our country.

‘Because of the supply doesn’t fulfill the need of domestic consumer, he had to buy tiles and sanitary items for a high price.

‘We have informed the President and the Cabinet from time to time about this crisis. This media conference was held to raise awareness about this. Considering this situation, we expect Cabinet approval for the import of tiles. Let’s believe.

‘As businessmen, we Sri Lankans are committed to supporting the government of Sri Lanka in the face of international obstacles. We would like to thank President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for his support to the government and for the economic well-being of Sri Lanka. We look forward to continuing to sell tiles and sanitary ware at reasonable prices in this industry. We are studying this closely and we hope that this work will be completed soon.’



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Cabraal briefs Chief Incumbents on Port City Project Commission Bill

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On the instructions of the President and the Prime Minister, State Minister of Finance Ajith Nivard Cabraal on April 19 visited the Asgiriya Chapter, the Malwathu Chapter and the Chief Prelates of the Amarapura and Ramanna Maha Nikayas and briefed them on the relevant draft commission bill on Port City Project.

Cabinet Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of State Lohan Ratwatte, Minister of State Kanaka Herath, MP Wasantha Yapa Bandara and MP Kokila Gunawardena were also present on the occasion.

 

 

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Growing importance of training for nurses taking care of patients with NCDs

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To keep pace with the rapid expansion and increasing complexity of elderly home healthcare, training needs of home healthcare nurses must be identified and subsequent training programs implemented. English Nursing Care conducts training sessions on a weekly basis covering a variety of care needs for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as diabetes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) record that NCDs are estimated to account for 75% of total deaths in Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health “although people are living longer, they live more years suffering from disease and disability, mainly from NCDs; life expectancy at birth in Sri Lanka is 74.9 years but healthy life expectancy at birth is only 67.0 years.” This has a significant impact on quality of life.

English Nursing Care Sri Lanka works towards improving the quality of life of the elderly living with NCD’s by training nurses on the most advanced and developed methodologies brought through years of experience internationally and locally. Being responsible for the well-being of your loved ones is pivotal in the service they provide.

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SriLankan Airlines welcomes Indian delegation to Sri Lanka

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SriLankan Airlines in a bid to recommence Indian tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka under the proposed bio-bubble tourist arrival concept successfully completed a familiarization tour for Indian media and travel trade professionals recently. A delegation of tour operators, agents, and senior editors representing influential media institutions concluded a familiarization tour in Sri Lanka.

The delegation spent six nights and seven days touring the country while being subjected to mandatory PCR testing and other health guidelines imposed by the Ministry of Health. Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, the delegation toured the most sought-after local tourist sites including Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Bentota. The tour was initiated by SriLankan Holidays and the ground arrangements for the tour were handled by Jetwing Travels, Aitken Spence, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB), and Hamoos Travels.

The main purpose of their participation in this fam tour was to restore confidence in visiting Sri Lanka, especially among the Indian tourists to provide them in-depth knowledge on how the country’s tourism industry operates under the bio-bubble concept. Apart from visiting various places, they experienced the stringent health and safety protocols adopted by the country in resuming tourism under the “bio-bubble” concept allowing tourists to roam around without mixing with the local population.

During their stay here, the delegation was hosted for a virtual meet-and-greet with SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage, Chief Executive Officer Vipula Gunathilleka, and Head of Worldwide Sales & Distribution Dimuthu Tennakoon. The discussion focused on the airline’s operations to India, vaccination and quarantine travel arrangements between the two countries, current safety measures, and guidelines pertaining to the bio-bubble concept. They lauded the effort taken by officials to make their trip a memorable one.

The Indian delegation was highly impressed with the opportunities they were given to travel and explore the country and its exclusive holiday prospects for the enthusiastic traveller. This fam tour was a manifestation of the immense potential of Sri Lanka as a post-covid travel destination enticing the Indian traveller.

 

 

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