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Abans, the sole agents in Sri
Lanka for Morphy Richards home
appliances have just introduced
the Intellisteam food steamer for
healthy steamed food.
Today, people are conscious
about healthy food and healthy
living more than ever before. In
a fast moving society it is vitally
important to keep fit and healthy
to efficiently perform your du-
ties in your work or profession.
People spend large amount of
money on gym membership fees
to keep their body and weight
under control. The Morphy Rich-
ards Intellisteam food steamer
cooks completely healthy meals
by steaming without absolutely
any fat.
The Intellisteam food steamer
comes in three and four compart-
ment models which enable steam-
ing different dishes separately
and yet at the same time. It has
an 8.2L capacity which enables
cooking for up to four adults. It
has a pre-set time
guide for different
chicken, fish, veg-
etables, rice and
times can also be
saved to memory, for
future use. An individu-
ally controlled heater for
each compartment allows set-
ting cook times accordingly for
each compartment separately.
The Morphy Richards Intel-
listeam keeps the food warm
for up to 40 minutes till you are
ready to serve. It has a conve-
nient external water top-up facil-
ity for handy topping up during
cooking and for checking water
levels. The containers, acces-
sories and drip trays are totally
dishwasher safe.
Morphy Richards is a British
Companywhich specializes in the
manufacture of electric toasters,
hair dryers, bread makers,
kettles, sandwich toasters and
other small appliances. The com-
pany also manufactured refrig-
erators and washing machines,
but this line of manufacture was
passed on to another subsidiary
company. The company is one of
the very few manufacturers of
Digital Radio Mondiale – com-
patible digital radios.
The new Morphy Richards In-
tellisteam food steamer is avail-
able at Abans Elite Showrooms
Abans introduces
Morphy Richards
Anchor Butter has come forward
to sponsor the annual celebrations
of International Chefs’ Day, reiter-
ating its longstanding commitment
to the local culinary industry.The
festivities for International Chefs’
Day is organized by the Chefs’ Guild
of Lanka every year, and provides
chefs from around the country an
opportunity to network, share ideas
and engage in fellowship with their
Commenting on the planned ac-
tivities for this year, Chairman of
the Chefs’ Guild Chef Gerard Men-
dis said, “The annual Chefs’ Day cel-
ebrations is a hallmark event in our
calendar, and one that is anticipated
by us organizers and participants
alike. More than 300 chefs from
across the country are slated to at-
tend this year’s program, for which
we have planned an array of exciting
and fun activities. Fonterra Brands
Lanka has been an invaluable part-
ner for us throughout the years, and
together with Anchor Butter, we
are looking forward to hosting this
year’s event which is sure to be big-
ger and better than before. ”
Anchor has been instrumental
in the consistent supply of quality,
world-class ingredients to the hos-
pitality industry, which is impera-
tive to enhancing the local tourism
experience. To commemorate the
sponsoring of International Chefs’
Day celebrations for more than a
decade, Anchor is reintroducing an
all-time favorite “ANCHOR Butter”
television commercial from the late
Commenting on the enduring
partnership between Anchor and
the local culinary industry, Manag-
ing Director of Fonterra Brands
Lanka Leon Clement said, “The cu-
linary industry plays a pivotal role
in enriching the lives of consumers
as well as the local tourism industry,
and Fonterra is proud to state that
we have been supplying our quality
products such as Anchor Butter to
the majority of the HORECA (ho-
tels, restaurants and cafes) clientele,
as well as most caterers, bakeries
and hospitals, for many years. The
collaboration between Anchor But-
ter and the Chefs’ Guild this year to
host the annual International Chefs’
Day celebrations is bound to ensure
another successful initiative of the
two parties, and it is a pleasure to
bring back a commercial that con-
sumers identify with as a tribute to
this venture.”
Vijitha Yapa meets
IPA President
At the Annual General Meeting of
the International Publishers Associa-
tion in Frankfurt, Germany in Octo-
ber, the President of the Association,
Youngsuk “YS” Chi, met with Presi-
dent of the Sri Lanka Book Publishers
Association Vijitha Yapa. He was given
a briefing of the activities of the pub-
lishers in Sri Lanka, and the recently
concluded Colombo International
Book Fair. He said he enjoyed his visit
to Sri Lanka in 2011 and looked for-
ward to another visit to meet with lo-
cal publishers.
The International Publishers Asso-
ciation (IPA) is an international pub-
lishing industry federation of national
Publisher associations representing
book and journal publishing.
International Publishers’ Association
President Youngsuk “YS” Chi (L)
with President of the Sri Lanka Book
Publishers Association VijithaYapa
Anchor sponsors chefs’ day
ZAHRA International, the official import-
er and distributor for Parle Agro products
in Sri Lanka, is introducing exciting new
products from the house of Parle Agro in
Sri Lanka. People can now look forward to
enjoying two new refreshing beverages that
will be available at all Keells Super, Laughfs,
Arpico Supercentre outlets as well as at var-
ious retailers and restaurants.
Now for the first time ever, ZAHRA Inter-
national is all set to pamper the taste buds
of Sri Lankans with the rejuvenating fruit
beverages of FROOTI and APPY.
“We are excited to introduce a host of new
innovative products from the house of Parle
Agro (India) to Sri Lanka said Proprietor,
ZAHRA International Muffadal Patel. “We
are sure that FROOTI, the fresh and juicy
mango drink and APPY, the still apple drink
will definitely delight the Sri Lankan taste
buds and refresh the Beverage category in
Sri Lanka.”
ZAHRA launches
new products
Wild about truffles
October marks the start of the
truffle season, signifying luxury to
even the most jaded palates. Consid-
ered the most expensive food in the
world, MLH has done justice and
created an extravagant yet tasteful
menu to choose from October 24 to
31, 2013 at the Governor’s Restau-
rant and Seafood Cove, all day on an
“a la carte” basis. The truffle-laden
week will consist of the following
and desserts:
Tempura Asparagus with Soft
Poached Egg, Hollandaise and
Black Truffle
Seared Bay Scallops with Pea Pu-
ree and Truffle Butter
Angus Beef Carpaccio with Quail
Egg and White Truffle
The Carb and Truffle Burger
Blue Swimmer Crab Pattie, Mix
Salad Leaves and Truffle Mayo on
Toasted Brioche
With Hand Cut Fries
Wild Mushroom Ravioli
Sage and Truffle Butter
Fillet Mignon with Béarnaise
Truffle Mash and Sautéed Greens
White Chocolate Mousse
Walnuts and White Truffle
Warm Chocolate Lava Cake
Truffle Ice Cream
Parfait of Avocado, Honey and
Free range Australian Beef Fillet
Truffle infused Olive Oil Ice Cream
The Crab and Truffle Burger
Seared Bay Scallops
Cinnamon Grand’s Turkish
Food Promotion scheduled to
be held from October 24 to No-
vember 3 offers you the most
authentic tastes of Turkey
complete with a traditional
ambiance that provides for a
grand experience.
Turkish Chefs HakanAta-
lay and HüseyinÖzdolambay
are expected in Sri Lanka to
ensure that the food promo-
tion at the Grand will lay out
the best Turkish spread ever
on Lankan land! The promo-
tion, therefore, promises food
lovers a unique gastronomic
experience of Turkish delica-
cies and gourmet creations,
in a setting which kindles a
quaint reminiscence of the
mystical Mediterranean. A
Turkish musician will also
fly down so as to provide for
authentic serenading and set-
ting of the mood.
The two Turkish Chefs plan
on creating an indulgent and
authentic buffet with an ar-
ray of appetizers, salads,
soups, mains, desserts and
a variety of Turkish breads.
The buffet will also host live
action stations with lamb,
beef, chicken, seafood and
vegetable items.
HüseyinÖzdolambay from
Malatya, Turkey has a wealth
of experience under his hat.
Having previously worked
as the Executive Sous Chef
at the Torba Voyage Private
Hotel in Bodrum, he had also
been the Executive Kitchen
Chef at the Ramada Plaza
AltınKayısı Hotel. His port-
folio further includes experi-
ence at the Q Premium Hotel,
Kumköy Beach Resort, Notting
Hill Rest, Istanbul, Kemer Re-
sort Hoteland Magıc Life Bel-
HakanAtalay from Antalya,
Turkey specializes in open
buffet, banquet and
a’la Carte
menu plans, with experience as
Sous Chef in the Dionis Resort
Hotel Bogazkent, as well as the
Melas Lara Hotel. He has also
worked in Hotels Delphin Pal-
ace, RixosBeldibi, Catamaran
Resort and Magıc Lıfe Belpark.
The intention of bringing
down two Turkish Chefs for the
event is to ensure that the food
promotion is one which brings
you a true flavor of theMediter-
ranean with high quality ingre-
dients, authentic atmosphere
and culinary expertise which
boast the best of Turkish cui-
sines infused with traditional
On from 7.00pm to 100.00pm
at the Courtyard Restaurant
and priced at Rs.2,000 (plus tax-
es) you can also enjoy Turkish
coffees, Turkish delights and
special Turkish beverages as
part of the promotion. Call (011)
2497361/62 or (011) 2497440 for
more information.
Turkish food
promo at CG
Hakan Atalay
New era dawns
on tourism
The program to build 50,000 new hotel
rooms to accommodate the 2.5 million tour-
ists who are expected in Sri Lanka by 2016
is now nearing completion very success-
fully ushering in a new era of tourism in
this country, the Ministry of Economic De-
velopment said last week.
In a statement released, the Ministry
said that many of these new-style holiday
resorts including the four-star Aliya Resort
hotel, Sigiriya will be opened in December.
“Most of the new hotels are located in
Kuchchuweli in Trincomalee and Pasiku-
da in Batticaloa in the vicinity of tourism
zones,” a press release stated.
Sigiriya Aliya Holiday Resort Chairman
and well-known hotelier Chandra Wick-
remasinghe has attributed the success of
the program to the initial five-year tour-
ism development plan implemented under
Economic Development Minister Basil
Rajapaksa’s guidance.
The Aliya Holiday Resort has been built
on a 22-acre area at a cost of US dollars
78 million. It will have jobs for 220 unem-
ployed youth of the area and provide 500
otherswith indirect employment. The hotel
will also have an ayurveda center, elephant
study center and a paddy museum.
The Government’s objective is to develop
the tourism industry in ways beneficial
to all citizens since tourism has become a
means of eradicating poverty in many a
developing country, according to Minister
Basil Rajapaksa.
Over one million tourists visited Sri Lan-
ka last year thus exceeding the target set by
the Government which is expecting 2.5 mil-
lion tourists to arrive in the island by 2016.
The number of tourists who arrived in the
country since January this year is 801,210
which is a 16 percent increase compared to
the corresponding period in 2012.
The construction of the 50,000 new hotel
rooms will create 500,000 new jobs associat-
edwith the tourism industry. The newholi-
day resorts will increase sources of foreign
exchange and by 2016 Sri Lanka is expected
to earn nearly three billion US dollars in
foreign exchange annually.
Aliya Resort Hotel, Sigiriya
The hospitality sector is gear-
ing up in different ways to ac-
commodate the thousands of
visitors who will be here in
November for Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting
(CHOGM). In line with this, the
Colombo Courtyard, the city’s
exclusive boutique hotel located
on duplication road has also
made its own special contribu-
tion to service the distinguished
arrivals by launching a one of a
kind spa.
“We are one of the first bou-
tique hotels in Sri Lanka to have
a fully-fledged spa which offers
a wide range of body therapy
treatments and we are certainly
leading the way to create new
standards for our segment (the
boutique hotel) in the hospital-
ity sector,” says Managing Direc-
tor of Colombo CourtyardArun-
Named the ‘Amber Spa’ it will
offer Balinese massages as its
prime product and as a specialty
in this area, it has the famed hot
stone treatment to enhance deep
relaxation and experience the
healing powers of this age old
detoxifying therapy.
ArunThapar said that they are
working towards launching this
spa to coincide with CHOGM, as
it would be an ideal time to show-
case their product. “We need to
show the world that Sri Lanka is
not second to any of the hospital-
ity products available in other
Amber Spa is not only for in-
house guests but will be open to
clientele from outside and be-
cause they have invested in ther-
apists form Bali, it will be the
real McCoy.
“We certainly think that the
Colombo Courtyard (CY) experi-
ence with its Scarlet Room res-
taurant, Cloud Cafe and art dé-
cor which won us the “Best Hotel
Interior” at the prestigious inter-
national hotel awards in the Asia
Pacific region would attract the
discerning business traveler,”
says the Managing Director.
It’s one of a kind architecture
and construction using sustain-
material and recycled compo-
nents such as brick floors, doors
and planters, help differentiate
this boutique hotel as one that
encourages its visitors to care
for nature.
The live bamboo privacy screens,
decorative water features, natural
ventilation across the lobbies and
walkways, LED lighting and use of
indigenous plant species for shade,
speak volumes of the dedication of
this charming hotel to its environ-
ment.ArunThapar says, “Mixing
business and pleasure is what we
aim the CY experience to be, and we
are going the extra mile to provide
more of that to our guests.”
Courtyard turns Amber for CHOGM
Balinese therapist explains Amber’s signature hot stone therapy to one of
their first clients while MD ArunThapar looks on
A-range, a service provider
committed to helping Small and
Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
identify clear and effective
means of organizing their busi-
ness resources and operations
recently launched operations in
Sri Lanka. The company special-
izes in servicing SMEs that wish
to effectively increase productiv-
ity and market reach. Ambitious
entrepreneurs who
want to improve
the quality of their
business operations
and wish to explore
practical and af-
fordable possibili-
ties can now seek
the services of A-
SMEs are thriving
and profitable, some
may still be oper-
ating in less than
optimal conditions,
with or without
the knowledge of
their owners. Very
often, this is a re-
sult of a feeling of contentment
that comes from arriving at an
economic and financial comfort
zone, coupled with an uneasi-
ness to ‘rock the boat.’ This is
true especially of entrepreneurs
who are aware that there is
scope for improving their status
quo of operations. They, how-
ever, lack the time and resources
to conduct an in-depth study to
determine the best course of ac-
tion to optimize operations for
further growth,” says Founder
Dasun Abeysekera.
A-range has packaged the
process of streamlining and
productivity improvement one’s
business into progressive slabs
in order to minimize the risk
while giving one the opportu-
nity to review the results. This
enables one to proceed to each
subsequent stage at one’s pace.
A-range offers ser-
vices in Business
Streamlining Busi-
Documents, PR So-
lutions, Systems De-
velopment and Web
“We strongly rec-
ommend that busi-
ness owners evaluate
their organizational
structure (or lack
of it) with the idea
of possible improve-
ment. We undertake
to analyze their current busi-
ness processes, identify poten-
tial areas for improvement and
propose alternative solutions
that could help them streamline
their organizations for greater
profitability. A-range is also able
to facilitate the financial assis-
tance a company would require
in order to upgrade its systems
andundergo a process of stream-
lining to enhance productivity”,
Abeysekera added.
A-range begins
Dasun Abeysekera
The Corporate Social Respon-
sibility (CSR) arm of Expolanka
Holdings PLC organized a se-
ries of health camps in Aranay-
aka, Dematagoda, Pandura and
Slave Island for over 600 elderly
patients in commemoration of
the World Elders Day 2013.
HelpAge made it a point to pro-
vide free healthcare for persons
with low income who required
general medical checkups. The
health camps offered patients
with total health services that in-
cluded Body Mass Index (BMI)
calculation, vision care and di-
etary advice. The patients were
also provided with free drugs on
prescription which were handed
out by the consultants at the
health camp.
Commenting on the events,
Expolanka’s Head of Marketing,
Corporate Communications and
CSR Paddy Weerasekera said,
“Sri Lanka has an aging popula-
tion and we believe there is a lot
to be done in taking care of the
elders. We must not only do this
on this day but throughout the
year and we at Expolanka are
happy to be able to do our part to
assist in whichever way we can.
Expolanka will continue to do so
in the future as well.”
Further to the general health-
care provided at the camps, Ex-
polanka CSR also offered the
elderly with free eye care. Pa-
tients with severe eye damage
were identified and they will be
presented with spectacles and
medication free of charge.
Free healthcare for the aged
Central Industries PLC,
the manufacturer of the well
known National PVC Pipes
and Fittings appointed M/s
Winkem Agricare (Pvt) Ltd,
No. 17 B, Central Road, Co-
lombo 12 as their new Dis-
tributor for Colombo Central.
The New Distributor out-
let will greatly help to offer a
speedy service to the dealers
in Armour Street, Messenger
Street, Old Moor Street, Ban-
daranaike Mawatha, Quarry
Road, Central Road and Pet-
tah market. A spokesman for
the Company said that the
high quality of products mar-
keted by Central Industries
PLC, specially National PVC
Pipes and Fittings are much
favored by the house builders
in the market.
Central Industries PLC is
the first manufacturer to be
awarded the SLS 147 and
659 for Pipes and Fittings
in Sri Lanka. The Company
also manufactures Rain Wa-
ter Gutters, Flexi and Rigid
Electrical Conduits, Solvent
Cement, PE Pipes, PE Water
Tanks, Stainless Steel Tanks,
Septic Tanks, Garden Hos-
es, National Compact Ball
Valves and Krypton Electri-
cal Switches, Accessories in
their factory.
National PVC
appoints new dealer
An unprecedented number of
foreign and local tourists are vis-
iting the historic Hamilton Canal
since it was developed. The canal
- which was begun during the
Dutch rule of Sri Lanka’s Mari-
time Provinces to transport goods
and completed in 1802 under the
British Colonial Government
- has today become a source of
sustainable livelihood for a many
people in its vicinity.
The newly-developed canal was
opened for public use on August 2
after being developed in an envi-
ronment-friendly manner under
Economic Development Minister
Basil Rajapaksa’s guidance. Until
then it had been a highly pollut-
ed waterway and a source of ill-
health for decades. Today, nearly
8,000 people visit the canal area
on weekends and it has become a
major attraction for foreign tour-
ists, according to a Western Prov-
ince Tourism Ministry spokes-
The Moratuwa University’s
Town Planning Studies section
prepared the Hamilton Canal de-
velopment plan which was imple-
mented by the Economic Develop-
ment Ministry. Under the plan’s
first stage a distance of eight ki-
lometers from Negombo Lagoon
to Dandugum Oya river delta was
developed. Under the second stage
a distance of 11 km is scheduled
to be developed. A part of this -
an extent of three km from Hek-
iththa on the Kelani River in the
Wattala Pradeshiya Sabha area to
Elakanda has already been done.
Hamilton Canal project was
launched with the objective of
developing the Negombo Tourism
Zone. In connection with this,
steps have been taken to protect
the rich biodiversity of the area
thus protecting different species
of fish, flora and fauna of in and
around the canal.
Under this project a handrail
bridge to Hekiththa and jogging
tracks have been built while five
bridges have been repaired and
renovated. Trees have been plant-
ed on either side of the canal,
seats have been constructed and
50 solar-powered lamps have been
fixed on the banks. Also a two-km
extent of the road parallel to the
canal has been concreted and the
boatman who earlier transported
people across the canal has been
given a job as watcher of the
bridge. The canal has become a
source of livelihood for nearly 100
families engaging in small busi-
nesses for which the necessary
infrastructure has been built.
The Sri Lanka Lands Reclama-
tion Corporation and Provincial
Road Development Authority car-
ried out the program with Japa-
nese Government assistance.
Hamilton Canal a boost to ecotourism
Hamilton Canal Bridge
Minister Rajapaksa Inspecting Hamilton Canal Development Progress.
Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Nobuhito Hobo also present
Citrus Leisure Plc in keeping with
its promise to build and operate dis-
tinctive hotel properties, is nearing
completion of the unique 5-star Cit-
rus Waskaduwa, which is slated to
open its doors to its first guests in
winter 2013. The 150-roomed property
features extensive banquet facilities,
including one of the biggest banquet
halls in the country.
Citrus Leisure has recently ap-
pointed Teddy Roland as the General
Manager of Citrus Waskaduwa.
Roland brings with him a wealth
of experience and knowledge gained
from many years in the tourism in-
dustry. His unique perspective comes
from his exposure to multiple func-
tions of hotels, at various levels. Ro-
land entered the industry as a simple
trainee cook at The Lanka
Oberoi in 1998. Over the
past fifteen years, he has
held numerous positions
at iconic properties such
as Hilton Colombo, Jaic
Hilton, Chayaa Hotels &
Resorts, CinnamonHotels
&Resorts. His last posting
was as Hotel Manager of
the Centara Passikudah
Resort & Spa.
During his career, Ro-
land has been involved
in some of the most innovative and
challenging projects in the local
tourism industry. He specializes in
rebranding, pre-opening, project
management and was at the helm
of the refurbishment and re-open-
ing of Habarana Lodge;
Chaaya Wild and Cen-
tara Passikudah this
year. He was also a part
of the core team that
developed and trans-
formed The Colombo
Plaza into Cinnamon
Grand, Colombo, The
Village, Habarana into
Chaaya Village Habara-
na, YalaVillage to Chaa-
ya Wild, Yala. Under his
direction and guidance,
several hotels bagged star classifica-
tions, ISO certification, Green Globe
certification, Travel Life accredita-
tion, Trip Advisor excellence, and
other local and international travel
and tourism awards.
Citrus Waskaduwa appoints new GM
Teddy Roland
Samsung Electronics Pvt
Ltd. Sri Lanka officially un-
veiled their first Customer
Contact Center recently. Bell-
vantage was named the official
sourcing partner for the Sam-
sung Customer Contact Cen-
ter located at 33, Park Street,
Colombo. The Call Center
was ceremoniously opened by
Managing Director, Samsung
India Electronics Limited, Sri
Lanka H. K. Chang.
The first call made to the
center was by Managing Di-
rector, Samsung India Elec-
tronics Limited, Sri Lanka H.
K. Chang. The Samsung Cus-
tomer Contact Center operates
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Services offered by the center
include inbound and outbound
services such as a direct help
line, inquiry line, follow up
line and a direct customer sat-
isfaction survey line.
One of the key services of-
fered at the Call Center is that
Samsung customers can now
register any Samsung prod-
uct for an official warranty
supported via the Call Center
hotline. The General Inqui-
ries line also applies to sup-
port all other Samsung prod-
ucts. The Customer Contact
Center functions with global
standards as they use the lat-
est call center platforms and
technology to provide custom-
ers with the best service. Sam-
sung is dedicated to upholding
the highest standards which
is what the brand strives to
achieve in all aspects of ser-
Samsung unveils Contact Center
Contact Center Team
Concept 2014
show today
‘Concept 2014’, a fashion show of inter-
national class conceptualized by the re-
nownedmen’s fashion consultant Fouzul
Hameed takes Sri Lankan men’s fashion
to new heights as it partners with Hilton
Colombo in support of promoting fash-
ion and health simultaneously. Concept
2014 will not only showcase the men’s
fashion trends for 2014 but will feature a
selection of cuisine that is both healthy
and tasty, encouraging a balanced diet
and a balanced lifestyle to empower men
to feel and look their best at all times.
Concept 2014 will showcase an exclu-
sive range of ten collections that will
transform the man of yesterday into the
man of tomorrow. The show which will
be held today at the Hilton Colombo will
also host an auction to support the My
Friend project, a CSR initiative by Fou-
zul Hameed.
Arosha Perera, Director Sales Confer-
ence and Events, Hilton Colombo further
stated: ‘‘We at Hilton Colombo believe in
providing the best service whether it
is for our food or facilities. We are ex-
tremely happy to partner Concept 2014
with Fouzul Hameed to bring out the
complete man in fashion and the mind-
Fouzul Hameedwith Chef Rohan from the
Hilton Colombo
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