Edna chocs, candies, awarded
Eardley Perera Chairman Superbrands Council / Director
Superbrands Sri Lanka (Pvt) Limited handing over the
Superbrands award to B.R.S.T (Lal) Edirisinghe, Chairman
Edna Group of Companies at a ceremony held
at the company’s head office
Edna chocolates and candies have been awarded
Superbrand status in the category of Foods by Superbrands - an
independent authority on branding which promotes the discipline of
branding, and pays tribute to exceptional brands all over the world.
As a highly acclaimed conglomerate that boasts of almost 60 years in
business, Edna’s Superbrand status is a powerful endorsement of the
organisations’ commitment to Brand Excellence. It’s unique brand promise
and outstanding brand delivery has been the reason for the success over
Edna commenced business way back in 1952 in the beautiful hamlet of
Mawanella. Founded by E. B. R. Wimaladasa and his wife, the name “Edna”
came about from the first letters of his name and his wife Nalini. The
business commenced operations with the manufacturing of confectionery
and supplying engineering components to small industries.
Edna creamy chocolates, have over the years, successfully captured the
hearts and minds of chocolate lovers in every nook and corner of Sri
Lanka, whilst enjoying the highest market share for the product. With
its delicious taste and appealing flavours Edna chocolates are an
all-time favourite amongst children as well as adults.
The product is what it is today because of its commitment to creating
some of the finest chocolates using quality ingredients that is made to
a special Swiss recipe, says a spokesperson for the Edna Group of
Companies. The wide range includes Edna creamy chocolates, wafer chox &
tempo with more exciting products to follow. Adding value to the
business is the organisations’ dedicated marketing effort, effective
island-wide distribution net-work and amicable trade relationships.
The company has also made extensive plans to expand its product range
with some outstanding items in the pipeline. Customers can expect an
exciting ‘sweet treat’ that promises to change the traditional belief of
chocolate enthusiasts with a ‘delicious experience’ as never before.
Edna Candies are popular among the masses primarily because they are
affordable, and offer a delicious range. Manufactured in its
state-of-the-art production plant, using high quality raw materials, the
products are of international standard, and are the only candies in Sri
Lanka to have been awarded Superbrand status.
Edna products are also exported to Bangladesh, Nepal, India, South East
Asia and other countries.
The company also boasts of the largest Cocoa processing plant in Sri
Lanka, which exports its finished products: Cocoa-liquor and
Cocoa-butter to Cadbury India Ltd.
Investing in land better than money
The A.S.P Group of Companies is offering at
Rs 30,000 per perch for a limited period…
By Sarashi Samarasinghe
Q.What is this new project about?
A.February has been designated as the month for lovers. So our group
of companies has decided on two new projects in relation to this great
event. These are very safe investments that any newly married or to be
married couples could afford to make for their future benefit.
The main focus of these two projects is to plan for the customer’s
future. Our main office is situated in Borella. At present all our
branches from Colombo to Homagama are extremely congested. The price of
a perch of land has gone up to Rs.300000 in the city. One of our major
projects at Meepe in Homagama, is situated 2 ¼ miles away from the Meepe
town, though there are so many buses available to different routes from
the Meepe town, in the Ingiriya main road.
For example there are buses that head to Ihala Bope, Padukka,
Handapangoda, Horana along with many others which run on this route.
Clients who buy land here will only have to walk about 250 metres from
the main road.
Q.What kind of facilities have you provided?
A.The land demarcated for housing, has been provided with all the
basic facilities including pipe water and electricity.
Q. A perch How about the prices?
A. perch is priced at Rs.30,000. Buyers will never find a modernised
place close to Colombo at such a low price.
To purchase the land, buyers should pay an advance of Rs.100,000, and
the rest should be paid in installments of Rs.3700 per month for 15
Otherwise the customers could also pay an advance of Rs.100,000 and
could take a loan from either the State Mortgage Bank or the National
Savings Bank (NSB.) Or they could take a loan from their Employees’
Provident Fund (EPF) or the Employees’ Trust Fund (ETF).
If the customer could pay the whole amount within a year, the land could
be bought without interest. There are two pieces of land for sale,
measuring 10 perches and 15 perches respectively.
Q.Why do you say is it better to invest in land, rather than
depositing money in a bank?
A.The price for land is now increasing. Hence it is more profitable
to invest in land than depositing money in a bank. The other thing is
that, at present the country has come close to the peace pathway. Hence
in the near future, the price of land is going to be extremely high.
For example, if I would say, ten years back, lands which was in Malabe
which sold for Rs.5000 to Rs.10000 a perch, have increased upto
Rs.200,000 a perch today.
Hence, even if customers were to purchase land from anywhere else, it
will be still be a good investment for them.
Q. What are the benefits of investing in land from the A.S.P. Group?
A.The A.S.P. group is the only company that lets the customers pay
the full amount upto 15 years, so that the buyers could purchase their
own piece of land in an easy repayment scheme.
Q.Apart from Meepe, what are the other choices available to your
A. Apart from Meepe, our other project is located in Minuwangoda and
The lands that are available in Minuwangoda are just six miles away from
the Katunayake airport. The lands that are in Udugampala are just four
miles away from Gampaha.
To purchase these lands too, one must follow the same procedure as in
Land in the Gampaha area, affords one with the maximum transport
Apart from these two lands there are also lands available in Biyagama,
Wattala, Kandana, Polgahawela and in Kosgama, where the customers could
buy the land according to the amount which they could pay at the moment.
Q. What is the history of this prestigious institution?
A.A.S.P. Group of Companies was established 20 years ago, and our
main goal is selling land. Today we are been one of the pioneer
companies in the country in selling lands.
The reason behind this success is that I started this company on my own
while I was employed as a teacher. I never received, even five perches
of land from my parents, though I always thought positively.
So my request to all those reading this article, is to think positively,
for a better future.
I used to first sell lands from Gothatuwa where those days a perch used
to be Rs.1500. Now a perch in Gothatuwa is Rs.400,000.
Q. What is the confidence that you could give your customers
regarding this kind of an investment?
A.The confidence that we could give is the trust that we have built
with them over the past 20 years.
If you meet any of our customers of us, and see their smiling faces, you
could imagine how successful they have been after purchasing a piece of
land from us.
So what I have to emphasise is that, do not just waste time thinking.
Instead, come here and experience the difference if you want to become
successful in life.
Q. Are these lands only available for lovers?
A.Absolutely not. Anyone, even the married could purchase a piece of
land from us. I would like to specially mention that house wives in
particular should be allowed to express their opinions in this matter,
because they are usually responsible for planning the future of their
children more than their husbands.
The housewives should know to encourage their husbands to go and see
these lands so that it will be a good investment for their children’s
future, because there is no way of buying a perch of land for less as
Rs.30,000 and this offer is only valid for one month.
Sri Lanka Telecom successfully deploys IPv6 in ISP network
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the nation’s number one integrated
communications service provider, proudly announces the successful
deployment of IPv6, the world’s latest Internet Protocol (IP) version in
its Internet Service Provider (ISP) arm, SLTnet. As a dominant player in
the internet market, this is part of the company commitment in take the
country to greater heights and broader and bigger dimensions in the ICT
arena by bringing home the latest futuristic technologies that are at
SLTnet is the first ISP in Sri Lanka to implement IPv6 services. This is
a landmark event, which is in line with the company’s passion and
commitment to cater to the internet users’ needs by providing fast
access to information at anytime, anywhere and on any device via its
Next Generation Network (NGN) architecture.
Currently all ISPs locally as well as globally provide services by
address space for the IP version 4 (IPv4). Being the de-facto protocol
for almost all the communication needs of today, the IPv4 address space
is actually on the verge of being exhausted. The Asia Pacific Network
Information Center (APNIC), the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for
Asia Pacific forecasts 2011 to be the final day for making the last
As the internet technology is rapidly advancing in vast strides, SLT has
taken this futuristic step in advance to provide a much better and
streamlined internet experience to its users. IPv6 is a new version of
IP protocol on which the Internet is based. IP version 6 (IPv6) is
proclaimed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to be the
saviour of the network world and in order to accomplish this objective
IPv6 has been in a state of constant evolution since 1995 to bear rich
fruit. This was possible due to the “IP Next Generation (IPng)”
breakthrough by IETF in the early 1990s.
The IPv6 address constitutes of 128 bits whereas IPv4 is only 32 bits.
Compared to the 4.4 billion addresses in IPv4, IPv6 has 340 trillion,
trillion, trillion addresses. The optimistic estimate would allow for
3,911,873,538,269,506,102 addresses per square meter of the surface of
the planet earth. According to the way it will be allocated and used,
the actual usable IPv6 address space can be much less than the absolute
number of IP addresses it contains. For example, each Local Internet
Registry (LIR) like SLT will get a “/32” minimum allocation while each
end site will get a “/48” minimum allocation. This will provide ample
opportunity to cater to the future IP address demand.
IPv6 has many advantages over IPv4, with the most prominent features
being larger address space, stateless auto configuration, multicasting,
fast routing, network layer inbuilt security including support for
jumbograms, mobility and QoS. With the exception of the stateless
auto-configuration, most of the features of IPv6 have been ported to
IPv4. This makes deployment of IPv6 mostly dependent on address space
What IPv6 provides is the foundation and flexibility necessary to
develop and deliver the applications and services that are required not
only to meet future functionality, but also to fill the void by making
available the critical capabilities that are missing in today’s
portfolio of services. Thus in order to achieve the future potential of
IPv6, one needs to build IPv6 routing and addressing strategies not only
to focus on the transitional period over the next several years, but
also to provide for greater long term functionality in the future.
Paris for Rs 500!
Only at the Hilton
Even though Sri Lanka’s hot favourite sport is cricket,
there are an increasing number of rugby fans too, and people enjoy
watching this game. The world famous Six Nations Rugby just kicked off
and, if you head over to the Hilton Colombo’s colonial style Echelon
Pub, you stand a chance to win a trip to Paris, by spending a minimum of
Rs. 500. For every Rs. 500 spent, you will receive a coupon, which
entitles you to take part in the grand raffle draw, to be held on March
21. The grand prize is 2 return air tickets to Paris, with complimentary
accommodation for two, for six nights at the Hilton Paris.
The Six Nations Championship started in 1931. England and Scotland
played the first Rugby Union International. After 12 years of occasional
friendly matches between the two teams, the inaugural Home International
Championship, comprising England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales was played
in 1883. In 1910, France officially joined the competition, followed by
Italy in 1931. The Echelon Pub, a place known to meet up with your
friends and hang out, is an ideal venue to watch any game. There is a
large screen you can watch the match on. Guests could also enjoy an
extensive snack menu, whilst sipping their favourite drink.
Please call the Echelon Pub for more details and for match timings, on 2
544 644 ext. 2126.
Holmes Pollard & Stott wins UNICEF
Child-Friendly School project again
collaboration with the Ministry of Education, recently invited several
leading advertising agencies to provide suitable strategies and creative
solutions to disseminate the concept of a Child Friendly School, and
promote acceptance and desire to implement it at all levels, in the
primary education system in the country.
In a keenly contested ‘Pitch’, Holmes Pollard and Stott emerged the
winner. This is the second consecutive year that Holmes Pollard & Stott
have won this coveted project. The Agency’s creative platform was based
on the innovative use of the Sinhala and Tamil idiom across a variety of
below-the-line media, including a 10 minute advocacy video.
The concept of a Child Friendly School (CFS) is based on the principles
expressed in the Convention of Rights of the Child. A Child Friendly
School considers education as every child’s right, and helps to monitor
the rights and well-being of every child in the community. It acts in
the interests of the ‘whole child’, which includes his or her health,
nutrition and overall well-being. It also encourages the involvement of
the entire community in improving the welfare of the child.
The Child Friendly School (CFS) model is based on five principles,
namely, the child’s right to education and access to education, gender
sensitivity, providing quality learning and effective learning, a
healthy and protective environment, and the involvement of children’s
families, as well as the local community.
While the Child Friendly School programme has already been implemented
by the government through the Ministry of Education, it has not trickled
down to all schools in the country, especially those in outlying areas
Managing Director/CEO of Holmes Pollard and Stott, Pradeep
Amirthanayagam stated. “This win demonstrates our key strengths in
creating out-of-the-box solutions, and connecting with all strata of
society, through our keen insights, into the minds of the Sri Lankan
people, and effective use of the local idiom”.
New Hi-tech treatment for
Medicine Centre was incorporated in November 2008, by a team of
professionals, headed by Dr.R.S.Jayatilaka, the founder chairman who is
currently the Director & Consultant Medical Oncologist at Oasis Private
It’s main objective is to provide world class health care services,
specialising in Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.
‘‘We are equipped with a modern state of the art facility, which meets
the best global standards, in a 4200 square feet building with a
specialised team of therapists in the fields of Physical and Sports
Medicine. Our support staff have been trained under foreign therapists.
They will treat you professionally, and will also assist you to smooth
recovery and guide you to prevent of any further injury”, a spokesperson
for the Centre said.
The team includes Physiotherapists who are experts in the assessment of
human movement and posture, and qualified to treat any condition that
affects muscles, joints or nerves. Common problems that they deal with
Spinal Problems: Prolapsed discs, degeneration, sciatica, lumbago,
stiff/painful neck, whiplash, joint dysfunction and referred arm and leg
Joint Problems: Arthritis, injury, pain/swelling/stiffness in joints
such as shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles.
Injuries to muscles, ligaments, cartilage and tendons and to work
related conditions such as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Tennis elbow
and Golfer’s elbow
Sports Injuries: Strains, Sprains and bruising to soft tissue
Pain Management: Chronic pain treatment and ongoing pain.
Muscle Imbalance: Includes poor posture and core stability re-education.
After Surgery: Rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery eg hip and knee
replacement or general physiotherapy after surgery.
Pelvic floor rehabilitation(EDMA) management.
Womens Health: Physiotherapy can help to re-educate bladder control.
Prenatal &Post Natal programme.
Most of the equipment has been specially imported
from the United Kingdom for the purpose of delivering superior
services to clients.
• Laser Therapy
• Short Wave
• Interferential Therapy
• Traction Therapy
• Ultra Sound Therapy
• Infra Red
• Hot and Cold Packs
Specialised equipment include:
The Intelect Advanced Therapy System , sEMG and sEMG
Activated Stimulation Pelvic Floor Exercisers, Artromot K1 CPM, PM
Universal Traction Electric Q~Pulse 500 , Thermoplodes; Laser
Therapy; Facial Systems and Compress HomePress Unit. This wide range
of superior facilities are designed to relieve pain, promote healing
and restore function. The Centre further offers guidance on
preventative measures and will teach clients how to avoid recurrence
of their problems.” On your first consultation our therapist will do
a thorough assessment. This involves a fully scientific examination
, together with an understanding of your work, rest and lifestyle
patterns. The initial assessment is to identify your problem and
ensure that the diagnoses and treatment will relate to your specific
problem for a speedy recovery. It is only after a complete
consultation , that we will decide and implement the best form of
treatment for you by our very experienced therapist.”, a
Our techniques includes
• Manipulation and Mobilisation- ‘Hands on’
techniques to restore or improve joint movement, to promote healing
and relieve pain.
• Soft Tissue Release/Massage-Techinques used to alleviate muscle
tensions, factilitate healing or simply to aid recovery following
strenuous sport or exercise activities.
• Muscle Imbalance / Core Stability Re-education.
• Rehabilitation Programs- Closely supervised Rehab programs can
offer not only anenhanced recovery process but will help to prevent
recurrence and maximize your functional capacity and performance.
Specialized software to prescribe individualized Exercise handouts.
• Electrotherapy- We have sophisticated electronic and electrical
apparatus including laser ultra-sound, interferential therapy and
T.E.N.S. to assist with promoting the healing process and providing
• Sports Screening/Fitness Training
• Dr Seevali Jayawickrama MBBS MSc.Sports Med
MFSEM (Ireland) (Consultant Sports Medicine Expert)
• Major General Dr C. Thurairajh (Consultant Sports Medicine Expert)
FEIMS, MD (Red.).DMRD (Lond). DMRD (L’pool). MBBS
• Mr Gopi Kithnasamy (Consultant Physiotherapist) -
Bsc MCSP (UK) Chartered Physiotherapist UK.
Reg. with SLMC & HPC (UK)
• Mr Dayanada Handeragama (Consultant Physiotherapist)
Attached to Jayawardanepura National Hospital,
Sampatha 1st prize goes to father of three
J. Rajapaksha from Tissamaharama, a father
of three children, had always wanted to give his three
children a good future and build a new house of their own,
for them. The 742th draw of Wasana Sampatha lottery enabled
him to fulfill his ambitions, by awarding him the first
prize of two million rupees.Director of the National
Lotteries Board, P. D. Pushpakumara is seen handing over the
cheque to the winner while Tissamaharama National Lotteries
Board Sales Agent K. Sirisena also joined in the occasion
Orange gifts Laser machine to Karapitiya Hospital
Orange Electric as part of its CSR project ”Light for You Sight for Me”
donated a Laser Indirect Ophthalmoscope for the laser treatment for
paediatric patients, to the teaching Hospital - Karapitiya . Premature
babies born with visual disabilities have to be treated wrapped and
lying down which requires a special attachment to the Zeiss Laser
system. This attachment valued at 1. 2 million was a much felt need in
the area as it strengthens the infrastructure and equipment that
facilitate the timely delivery of eye care in this region. Now with the
gifting of this machine patients will be able to seek medical assistance
at this locality instead of travelling to Colombo to seek treatment.
Addressing the gathering at the hospital Kamil Hussain CEO of Orange
Electric said ” At a time when the economic climate calls for cut backs
there are certain causes that cannot be sacrificed because they are
important. The gift of sight is such. We at Orange Electric will
continue our pledge towards the contribution to this CSR fund”Light for
You Sight for Me”. In fact. Lighting up the world for someone in
darkness is a meritorious act and through this CSR program many Sri
Lankans would directly and indirectly be involved in this programme.
One of the salient features of this program is that all Orange Lighting
Distributors, Dealers, Employees and Customers would be contributing to
the ‘Light for You Sight for Me” fund. When ever someone buys or sells
an Orange Electric bulb they contribute to the funding of this program
through a percentage of the sales which goes into this fund. On average
the fund contributes 7 to 8 lakhs a month towards this CSR commitment.”
World statistics indicate that every 5 seconds one person goes blind
while a child goes blind every minute. In Sri Lanka, the statistics
indicate that around 3000 children are born with eye disorders annually
and if left untreated, this may lead to loss of sight. Recognising this
fact, Orange Electric decided to come forward through its CSR program to
assist those organisations that work towards the goal of preventive