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State workers grow 30-pct over decade

State and state-owned enterprise workers, excluding the military, grew 30 percent to 1.1 million from 2006 to 2016, a survey by the state statistics office has found.The survey includes the central government, provincial government, statutory bodies and state enterprises.During the last regime, a bewildering array of companies were incorporated as subsidiaries and sub-subsidiaries of SOEs under the Companies Act, which analysts say would be difficult to track. Many have also been avoiding the scrutiny of the parliament’s Committee on Public Enterprises.The Census Department report said it did not include the…

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TRI hit by shortfall in scientific personnel

The Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka (TRI), the country’s premier research institute on tea, is now facing a crisis of not having adequate high quality research personnel to do high quality research and development for the benefit of the sector.”At present, TRI is facing an issue of attracting high quality professionals, who could do quality research on the tea industry, which is now the need of the hour due to the emergenceof new diseases and climate changes in the country, TRI’s Deputy Director, Research (Production) and Nematologist Dr Keerthi…

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India’s first bullet train will also run under Arabian Sea for 7km!

NEW DELHI, February 19: Drilling of the seven-km undersea route of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad rail corridor is underway to ascertain soil condition of India’s first bullet train path.Passengers will get the thrill of riding under the Arabia Sea, a first in the country, near Thane at a maximum speed of 350 km per hour in the upcoming high speed train project connecting two major metropolis.”Soil and rocks below the 70-metre-deep sea are being tested as part of the geotechnical and geophysical investigation undertaken for the entire project,” said a senior Railway…

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Asia Pacific Brewery changes name to Heineken Lanka Limited

56,170 Viewers Asia Pacific Brewery (Lanka) Ltd changed its corporate identity to Heineken Lanka Limited with effect from February 13, 2017. The change in the corporate identity is to better reflect the relationship with the HEINEKEN Group and the presence in Sri Lanka as a full-fledged subsidiary of the HEINEKEN Group.Commenting on the corporate identity change, Managing Director of Heineken Lanka Ltd, Dusty Alahakoon said, “We are delighted to change our corporate identity from Asia pacific Brewery (Lanka) Ltd to Heineken Lanka Ltd. This clearly reflects to all our stakeholders…

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British Council connects classrooms for 21st century teaching skills

20,271 Viewers The British Council in Sri Lanka hosted media and guests at an event to celebrate UK-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue under the theme of ‘Responsible Education for the 21st Century.’ The event was held at the Mahaweli Reach Hotel in Kandy on Thursday 16 February.This initiative is linked to British Council’s Schools Programme, which aims to connect the UK and Sri Lankan school sectors to enrich education, promote global citizenship and build international trust and understanding. The programme helps teachers bring awareness and understanding of global issues to young…

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Ceylinco Life Insurance appoints Upamalika Ratnayake as chief digital officer

70,288 Viewers Life insurance leader Ceylinco Life has announced the appointment of Mrs Upamalika Ratnayake as the company’s Chief Digital Officer (CDO) with immediate effect, to lead digital innovation in processes and product delivery.Mrs Ratnayake, who has served Ceylinco Life for 17 years, was the company’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO).A Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS), the Australian Computer Society and a Chartered IT professional, she holds several other professional qualifications in IT including CISA (ISACA) and an MSc in Computer Science (MCS) from the University of Colombo…

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Ceylon Chamber and GS1workshop on using GS1 Standards in managing supply chains

120,263 Viewers The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce together with GS1 Lanka will hold a workshop under the title ‘Understand Supply Chain through Global Standards’ which will explain to participants on how to use GS1 standards, the most widely used supply chain system in the world as a common language.The full day seminar will focus on delivering knowledge to participants on the use of GS1 system in the supply chain operations to resolve business challenges, assure compliance, enable interoperability, provide visibility and improve supply chain management of the companies of the…

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Unilever rejects a takeover bid from US food giant Kraft Heinz

55,371 Viewers Cable.Unilever, which owns some of the UK’s most famous household brands, has strongly rejected a takeover bid from US food giant Kraft Heinz.The maker of Marmite and PG Tips said it saw “no merit, either financial or strategic” in Kraft’s offer, worth about $143bn (£115bn).But Kraft, which makes Heinz ketchup, indicated it would continue working on a deal for the Anglo-Dutch firm.The deal would be one of the biggest in corporate history.It would combine Unilever’s dozens of household names, which also includes Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Dove…

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Neochem International authorized distributor for AkzoNobel in Sri Lanka

88,271 Viewers Neochem International (Pvt) Limited, one of Sri Lanka’s innovative solution providers for chemical products, has been appointed as the authorized Sole Distributor for selected products of AkzoNobel, the world’s largest coatings and specialty chemicals company, with leading market positions and brands in countries across the globe. Under this partnership, Neochem will be the sole representative in Sri Lanka for AkzoNobel personal care, cleaning and fabric care product range.Headquartered in Amsterdam – the Netherlands, AkzoNobel is present in around 80 countries and employs approximately 45,000 while its impressive portfolio…

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Colombo City-Centre architects favour well-planned ‘high density clusters’

14,888 Viewers It may be more prudent to create high density clusters of multi-function spaces and transport hubs than a continued urban sprawl” architect Simon Griffiths from UK said, speaking at the 34th National Conference on Architecture, recently.Addressing a gathering of more than one thousand architects, public officials, general public, students and media personnel at the BMICH, Griffiths shared his ideas and experiences gathered working extensively in Asia as an Executive Principal for Aedas; a global architectural and design firm considered to be among the top 10 in the world.The…

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