Diabetes Centre entices customers
An opportunity to win Glucometers, and receive free foot care
packages, will be provided to all persons, who obtain a package
from the Ceylinco Diabetes Centre, during the month of May, in
commemoration of its 4th anniversary, the Centre announced this
The centre, the most advanced private facility in Sri Lanka, for
the prevention and management of diabetes, said it will present
20 Glucometers, to winners, selected at a draw, at the end of
May and offer a free foot care package, to every person who
obtains a health check package, during the month.
“We are happy to conduct this promotion to mark our 4th
anniversary, and to create awareness and promote better
management of diabetes” said a spokesman for the Center. “The
glucometer is an indispensable item, for diabetes patients, to
monitor their blood glucose levels. Proper foot care is also
important, to prevent complications, arising from diabetes.”
The free foot care package will consist of an assessment, by a
medical expert of the visitor’s history of diabetes, an
examination of the feet for deformities, an assessment of blood
flow using a Doppler machine, and an inspection for ulcers,
calluses, sore areas or skin diseases.
The Ceylinco Diabetes Centre is now located at 60, Park Street,
Colombo 2 and offers, all the facilities for screening,
detection and management of diabetes and associated
The Centre conducts clinics in Diabetology, Cardiology,
Ophthalmology, Neurology, Nephrology, Vascular Pathology,
Podiatry, Dermatology and Nutrition, and has a specialised Wound
Clinic and a Diabetes Shop.
Established four years ago, in affiliation with the Washington
Hospital Centre, the Ceylinco Diabetes Centre is a comprehensive
private stand-alone facility, offering access to medical
specialists, in many fields of medicine, associated with
complications arising from diabetes.
Toshiba to prosecute ‘toner trademark
Toshiba Singapore Pte.
Ltd. (TSP) has embarked on a rigorous campaign in Sri Lanka, to
detect those selling counterfeit toners, for photocopying
machines, bearing the Toshiba trademark. The initiative is part
of TSP’s programme of protecting the brand name of Toshiba
Original Toners, and is the first of many such initiatives, to
be carried out, in the region by Toshiba.
“We are committed to ensuring that, our valued customers get the
best in terms of quality and reliability, when they buy Toshiba
Original Toners. We are deeply concerned that, they may,
unsuspectingly, be recipients of fake and inferior Toshiba
toners, that can cause heavy damages, to their photocopiers and
could even result in totally incapacitating the photocopiers,”
said Jun Kanamori, Senior Manager, International Operations,
Electronic Imaging Dept. of Toshiba Singapore.
Consequent to the investigations, Toshiba filed three actions in
the Colombo Magistrate Court, and one in the Maligakanda
Magistrate Court, under the Intellectual Property Act. Search
warrants, were thereafter obtained from Court, and the relevant
locations raided. This resulted in the seizing of a large
quantity of counterfeit Toners, and Toner Powder Bags, which
were produced in Court,
Two of the cases have already been concluded, with the accused
traders pleading guilty, to the charges and paying Toshiba
Company monetary compensation,
Jeevantha Jayatilake, AAL with Muditha Abeyratne and Thilanka
Polgampola appeared for the Toshiba Corporation of Japan.
Toshiba being a trade mark registered in Sri Lanka, receives
protection under Intellectual Property Act No.13 of 2003. The
fact that, Toshiba is a trade mark registered in Sri Lanka,
precludes all third parties, from using the mark in whatever
form, unless and otherwise express permission has first been
obtained from the registered owner, any third party, who
infringes the registered owner’s rights, by forging the mark
and/or using a mark, similar to the registered mark and/or using
the mark, in any way, which is detrimental to the interests of
the registered owner, commits an offence, in terms of sections
184 and 186(4) of the Intellectual Property Act,
Toshiba controls about 35% of the marketshare, in photocopy
machinery. Toshiba is a registered trademark in Sri Lanka and
worldwide, and is a leading name in photocopy machinery and
other consumer items.
Safety Campaign results in less firecracker accidents
According to records a significant reduction in
firecracker related accidents was reported this Avurudhu season.
This reduction has been linked to the wider awareness amongst
the public on lighting firecrackers safely. This year too Eagle
conducted its mass media campaign reminding the public to light
crackers with care, and is pleased to have contributed to the
safety and well being of Sri Lankan society. The hospital
authorities also educated the public on the need to practice
safety precautions while lighting crackers, which also
contributed greatly to the significant reduction.
Eagle has spearheaded its Seasonal Safety Campaign since 1992
and the Company’s aim is to educate and create awareness on the
dangers of firecrackers when used carelessly. Eagle conducts
extensive multimedia and below-the-line communication campaigns
during festive seasons. The need for awareness raising of this
nature was identified, after 41 children sustained injuries and
4 went blind in the early 90’s, due to firecracker related
accidents. Since the establishment of Eagle’s consistent and
focused safety campaigns, firecracker accidents in children have
reduced to near zero.
Eagle’s primary CSR platforms are Safety & Education, which have
made distinct contributions to society. Eagle recorded many
successes through far-reaching initiatives to reduce accidents,
by inculcating safety-awareness on maintaining high safety
standards at home, school, work and on the road.
“We have seen our involvement in CSR evolving into sustainable
projects, built on the long-term needs of people and the
environment, where our team evolves and implements projects that
are designed to make a difference to the environment and our
nation,” commented AGM Marketing & Planning, Amal Perera..
“CSR is part of the value-system ingrained in our corporate
culture, and to us it is an accepted way of life. It goes beyond
business objectives to create a continuous impact on society.
Our entire business culture, how we run our business and how we
do business revolve on the core concept of social
responsibility,” stated Eagle’s Managing Director, Deepal
Sooriyaarachchi. Elaborating further he said, “Eagle pioneered
and practiced CSR, long before it became the buzzword it is
today. Eagle’s CSR initiatives are designed to benefit all
stakeholders; employees, customers and society.”
Some of the other initiatives implemented under Eagle’s Safety
CSR Platform are as follows:
Spreading the message of safety
Eagle creates awareness on home-accidents highlighting
day-to-day perils using multimedia campaigns and through 2400
sales agents - our “Safety Ambassadors” who are equipped with
“safety tool kits” comprising brochures, CDs and illustrated
children’s books. They inculcate countrywide safety awareness
amongst children, teachers, parents and society at grass-root
levels and beyond. Over 200,000 households have been reached and
the number grows daily
Keeping one million pilgrims safe
Poson Safety was a concerted campaign launched nearly 15 years
ago. It involved identifying hazardous bathing areas on the
Poson pilgrimage route to Anuradhapura, and deploying life
saving crews of the National Lifesaving Association, Sri Lanka
Army and Police to patrol those spots. One million pilgrims
habitually bathe at these spots during the Poson season, despite
the hazards that they may pose. Eagle’s prolonged involvement in
this project has had tangible results, having saved over 125
lives over the past 14 years. The project has the distinction of
having won a commendation from the International Lifesaving
One of Eagle’s most successful safety campaigns have been on
road safety where the simple gesture of holding up a hand at
zebra crossings, became generic among anyone crossing the road,
and commanded respect from vehicle drivers and has significantly
reduced accidents. The company seasonally embarks on outdoor
billboard campaigns and below-the-line activities to promote the
‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ initiative.
The National Safety Award
The National Safety Award emphasises safety in the workplace and
has over the years, significantly contributed towards raising
the bar in safety at the workplace. Held once in two years, the
Award is a benchmark for industrial safety and organisational
commitment towards an accident-free workplace, and is conducted
in collaboration with the Department of Labour and the
Employees’ Trust Fund Board.
circle plc to develop local digital print industry
Silver Circle PLC, specialists in large format digital printers,
imaging and graphics as well as sign industry equipment in Sri
Lanka and Maldives, with the largest customer-base in solvent
printers, have installed over 100 Infiniti, DGI, Mimaki and
Seiko printers island-wide. The range of equipment handled by
Silver Circle include Digital Printers, Architectural Drawing
Plotters, Sign Cutters / Plotters, Laser Engraver / Cutters, CNC
Routers & Engravers, Laminating & Mounting machines, Portable
Display stands, LED displays Boards etc. There are also used
machines available at attractive rates, for which service
support is available.
The company is the sole distributor of the export models of
Infiniti solvent printers assembled in China, DGI printers from
Korea and Mimaki and Seiko high-resolution photo quality solvent
printers from Japan in Sri Lanka & Maldives. Silver Circle is
the sole distributor of the world-renowned Xaar Print heads and
ink and is the only OEM partner of Xaar in Sri Lanka. XaarJet
Ltd., U.K., manufacture print heads that are used in over 80% of
all large and grand format printers and is listed on the London
Stock Exchange (LSE)
Chairman, Silver Circle, Supem de Silva, has been a pioneer in
the industry having set up the 1st Digital Imaging Studio and
the 1st large format printer at the Kent Group of Companies in
1994, through German training and technology. This started off
the digital imaging and printing industry in Sri Lanka. He has
received training around the world over the years, and has been
also responsible for officially launching Adobe Software and
training in 1998, and installing the first Solvent Digital
Printer in 2001 in Sri Lanka. It is with this background
(extending to over 15 years) in the industry that de Silva
started Silver Circle PLC and has been able to establish it as
the premier service provider in the digital printing industry.
The experienced service staff count over 15 years of hands-on
experience in most brands of large format printers and Digital
Imaging. The senior technical staff receive periodic training
overseas, and also receive training from Factory Engineers who
visit Sri Lanka quarterly to keep them updated on new equipment
De Silva said that there are more than 25 manufacturers of
Digital Printers in China now, and not all of them have proper
after sales technical support. “Therefore, it is imperative that
you purchase the machine from a company that has a good
reputation and after sales service”.
According to De Silva, the digital printing market in Sri Lanka
is still very profitable compared to India where the printing
prices are very low. “Most of our customers have been able to
recover their machine value within the 1st year”. He went on to
say that although there are many printers installed in Colombo,
there is business for everyone and many have 2 or 3 printers
working. “There is a lot of potential in the outstation towns as
everybody wants digital printed banners / posters / sign boards
/vehicle stickers /photo enlargements and do not want hand
painted or screen printed material any longer”.
Silver Circle also provide a full turnkey solution where a
person new to the industry can get advice and guidance in all
areas of operation, equipment and training to run a business.
“We also assist in preparing the return on investment, as well
as the project report to arrange financing of the printers which
have been approved by all the leading banks and leasing
companies” said De Silva.
In order to develop the industry, Silver Circle in joint
collaboration with the Ingrin Institute of Printing & Graphics
Sri Lanka Ltd. will be conducting two workshops on April 25th
and 26th, one aimed at persons interested in starting a Digital
Printing business and students who want to enter / join the
industry, while the other workshop is aimed at industry
personnel, especially the printer operators and Managers. “They
will gain an indepth knowledge on machine maintenance,
calibration, format, new technologies, applications etc.
relevant to the Digital Printing field. The bench/lecturers
comprise Engineers from XaarJet PLC (UK) along with application
specialists from India and Sri Lanka”.
Natural health company takes off the ground
An innovative range of natural health foods, nutritional
supplements and cosmetics has been launched in Sri Lanka by
Herba Naturelle Lanka Pvt Ltd, which includes one with an
innovative take on a traditional herb.
A subsidiary of Herba Naturelle Limited, UK—a key player in the
European natural health industry—the Lankan company is using its
expertise to combine the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with Western
herbalism to ensure the well being of ``body, mind and soul’’.
The company first made its mark in the UK natural health market
with the revolutionary herbal cream for the treatment of eczema,
which used gotu kola as a key ingredient, and subsequently
decided to expanded its operations to Sri Lanka in June 2007.
Sri Lanka’s long history with Ayurvedic treatments, along with
the abundance of therapeutic herbs available on the island, were
key reasons for the company’s decision to commence its
“We were sourcing raw materials from Sri Lanka and India and
this was a further inducement to shift to the region,” said John
Perera, Managing Director of the Sri Lankan subsidiary.
Since its success in developing a gotu kola based treatment for
eczema, Herba Naturelle Limited, UK has developed a variety of
specialised and sought-after supplements and formulations to
treat infertility, hair loss, and other reproductive and
life-style related problems.
For the past year, the Lankan subsidiary has been establishing a
manufacturing plant and laboratory to conduct research and
development activities, as well as to enable the company to
develop new products.
Herba Naturelle Lanka will also be the headquarters for
operational aspects and marketing for the company, with a focus
on health foods and beverages, herbal supplements, vitamins and
minerals, and natural cosmetics.
The company recently developed a new herbal porridge that is now
available in supermarkets.
The herbal porridge uses the traditional supplement of kola
kenda, although with a new twist.
“Traditionally, kola kenda was limited to use in the home
kitchen, although in more recently it has hit the streets of Sri
Lanka with a glass of kola kenda available at the way side
boutique. The difference here is the preparation method and the
ingredients that go in it,” says Perera.
“We know for a fact traditionally the ingredients includes the
herbs and rice (red rice or white rice) which needs cooking for
at least 20 -30 minutes. Thanks to our research team we adopted
a better and more convenient way of doing this. We replaced the
rice with rice flakes (Traditionally known as Habala Pethi) and
tried the format. All what you need is hot water of 85 to 90
degree temperature and in three minutes you have a wholesome,
nutritious and a filling meal as a breakfast.”
Herba Naturelle’s porridge range comes in four flavours: the
green energy range of Gotukola Kola Kenda, Walpenela Kola Kenda,
and the fruity range of Fruitty Flakes and Fruitty Millet.
“Our objectives are to bring this traditional meal back to the
breakfast table at home, and to create a new culture among the
working class and the corporate sector where they could take
this meal in a handy, 100 percent bio degradable paper cup to
their office environment,” says Perera.
Perera adds the company is also the first in Sri Lanka to use
this format of the traditional habala pethi in Kola Kanda in a
commercial venture, as well as the first to come out with bio
degradable packaging for such a product.
“We are confident that not only the traditional Sri Lankan who
will try this but also the new generation will go for it. In
this format and packaging we are able to take the Sri Lankan
traditional goodness further to the international market. Our
Herba Naturelle UK operation is going to be of immense
importance in achieving this,” says Perera.
The company holds high hopes for the product locally and
internationally, pointing out it was well received by Japanese
food companies at the recent Foodex 2008 trade exhibition in
The UK parent company was established in 1999 by Sri Lankans
Herman and Anjela Jeganathan.
Signature takes ‘Shop-in Shop’ concept to
H S Marketing (Pvt.) Ltd,
the wholesale arm of the Hameedia Group, recently opened its
first-ever outstation ‘Signature Men’s Wear Shop Corner’ in the
North Central Province under the ‘Shop-In-Shop’ concept at
Thilaka Fashion, Anuradhapura. The second ‘Shop Corner’ was
opened at Mallikas in Aluthgama. One of the main diversified
ventures of the Hameedia Group, the concept of the ‘Signature
Men’s Wear Shop Corner’ is a significant project in sartorial
excellence offering consumers in Sri Lanka, a true
value-for-money product range.
Hameedia’s jewel brand ‘Signature’ caters to the entry market
and has a young, trendy and sporty personality with the
perceived image of a true value-for-money, menswear product
range. Customers in the Anuradhapura and Kalutara districts now
have the opportunity of shopping for their clothing requirements
at these ‘Signature Menswear Shop Corners’ which feature the
full range of menswear products under the ‘Signature’ brand.
Director of H.S. Marketing (Pvt.) Ltd. Hussain Sadique said,
“When working on this ‘Shop-in-Shop’ concept, we found great
value addition in the entire shop to display innovative products
and create a new benchmark in men’s branded clothing. These two
first ever outstation ‘Shop Corners’ provide a total solution
for the complete man. This is also the initial step of a wider
expansion process, whereby we plan to launch more such
‘Signature Menswear Stores’ and ‘Shop Corners,’ under the
franchise and ‘Shop-in-Shop’ concept, in the key cities across
Sri Lanka by the end of this year.”
Completing a decade of operations last year, H.S. Marketing
(Pvt.) Ltd introduced the franchise and ‘Shop-in-Shop’ concept
to the Sri Lankan market as a nationwide concept. “We have a
great retail experience to share with our numerous business
partners island-wide. The concept is further reinforced since we
offer our full ‘Signature’ brand with suits, shirts, trousers,
ties, vests, underwear, socks, hankies, cuff-links, tie-pins,
sarong, t-shirts, denims, belts etc, with the ultimate goal of
offering a better choice for the customer. This is also an
excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs, who are looking for a
win-win partnership with the Hameedia Group. It gives them a
very good learning curve coupled with fashion industry behaviour,
successful retail procedures, standardised store design of
international repute, innovative visual merchandising techniques
and great brands,” Sadique added.
Managing Director of Thilaka Fashion, Anuradhapura, Mr.
Ariyathilake said he was happy to partner with a company of the
calibre of Hameedia. “It enjoys prestige among its local and
international clientele as a company which deals with originals
only and a leader in men’s fashion.” Managing Director of
Mallikas, Aluthgama, Samsudeen said it was a great opportunity
for him to partner with an internationally successful local
fashion company as Hameedia. “I am confident that fashion trends
can be further developed and consumer behavior towards original
brands further consolidated.”
In keeping with the Hameedia philosophy of perfection, great
attention is paid to all ‘Signature’ products. They are sourced
at the same Hameedia factory where the end products go through
an exacting and high scale quality assurance process. The
‘Signature’ brand has enjoyed rapid growth in the Sri Lankan
market and now commands a loyal and growing clientele island
wide. The brand is now perceived as a tested and trusted brand
among Sri Lankan consumers. Those wishing to join hands with the
Signature Brand and obtain franchises could contact 0773030886
or inquire on firstname.lastname@example.org /
introduces world’s first fingerprint security desktop computer
The Abans Group of Companies, in a recent announcement stated,
the launch of Sri Lanka’s first Desktop Computer, featuring
Finger Print Security Technology, manufactured by LG
Electronics, the leader in consumer electronics and home
appliances, around the world.
LG undoubtedly is in the forefront of introducing cutting edge,
feature rich technology and Abans is proud to present, yet
another product, with superior technology.
Until now, the option of finger print recognition was available,
only on high-end, expensive laptops. LG has now made this
technology accessible, to a wider audience, at an affordable
price. LG Desktop computers are built to various certifications,
and maintain high manufacturing standards.
With the growing necessity of data security, the introduction of
the LG Finger Print Security Desktop Computer, enables
consumers, to safeguard important and confidential data, in a
secure device, which is refreshingly unique, in design and
performance. The computer ensures enhanced security features,
such as file protection, complete security of data, as well as,
secure and easy web transactions.
With Finger Print Recognition technology, the need to remember,
complicated passwords becomes a thing of the past. The biometric
security feature allows login access, only to pre-identified
users, through their finger prints, thus providing higher levels
Abans offers consumers, the option of purchasing the LG Finger
Print Security Desktop Computer, built according to their own
configuration, or the standard computer featuring Intel Core 2
Duo 2.2Ghz Processor, Finger Print Scanner, 1GB DDR11 Memory,
320GB SATA Hard Disk, DVD Rewriter, 16 in 1 Card Reader, LG
Multimedia Keyboard, LG Optical Mouse and LG F Engine 15” LCD
Monitor preinstalled with Genuine Windows Vista Starter Edition.
Abans also offers Enterprise and Corporate customers, the LG
Finger Print Security Desktop Computer, built according to their
individual specifications. The computer is backed by Abans
onsite service warranty, available at any location, in Sri Lanka
For more details and information on the LG Finger Print Security
Desktop Computer, visit your nearest NeXxt@Abans, Abans Elite
and Abans Showrooms located island wide.
Lifebuoy Hand Wash attracts multitudes at MedEx
Lifebuoy’s innovative and
interactive approach wins consumer accolades
Unilever Sri Lanka’s superior germ kill brand, Lifebuoy Hand
Wash, stepped in to support the Colombo University Faculty of
Medicine when they took on the role of Gold Sponsor of MedEx
2008, held recently at the BMICH.
The exhibition was the first held by the Medical Faculty in 26
years, and Unilever’s Lifebuoy Hand Wash joined MedEx 2008 to
offer the public an unprecedented opportunity to acquire
insights on the steps they need to take in order to lead
healthier lives. Hasha Hisham, Assistant Brand Manager -
Lifebuoy at Unilever Sri Lanka explained the reasons behind the
decision to sponsor the event “The focal point of Lifebuoy’s
involvement with MedEx was to better educate the public on the
importance of washing hands in a thorough and correct manner. We
wanted to create awareness on germs in general and the ill
effects they can trigger when proper hygiene is not maintained.
This message was in keeping with the entire theme of MedEx this
year. With Lifebuoy we hope to educate and inspire Sri Lankans
of all ages and from all parts of the country to adopt a
lifestyle that displays awareness of, and fights against, the
health hazards caused by germs.”
Oasis Marketing receives ISO certification
Chairman and Managing Director of Oasis Marketing
Co. Pvt. Ltd. Sumith De Silva receives the ISO 9001: 2000
Quality Certificate from Chairman of Sri Lanka Standards
Institution Dr. A R L Wijesekara