Dr. Jagath Wellawatta to be appointed HC to Australia Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC) Chairman Dr.Jagath Wellawatta has been nominated as High Commissioner-designate to Australia. Wellawatta’s corporate experience spans across a spectrum of diverse fields, encompassing high level decision making within the private sector, to policy making at national level. In his long history in the capacity of driving national policy, Wellawatta served as the Chairman of the State Mortgage and Investment Bank (from May 2010 to January 2015) and was the former Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority (from April 2007 to May 2010). He also served as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (from December 2005 to April 2007). Supporting the formulation of national policies through his academic career as a practicing sociologist, Wellawatta served as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo. He has nearly 29 years ...

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Tehani Chandrasena wins prestigious Zonta award Source:Island Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to honour young women of age 16 to 19 who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in public policy, government, and volunteer organizations. Tehani Chandrasena was the nominee from Zonta Club II of Colombo who was then selected as the winner of the YWPA District 25 Award competing with nominees from India, Bangladesh and Nepal. This year, from the 32 exceptional candidates from all the Districts of Zonta for the 10 International awards, Tehani is the only winner from Asia amongst 9 young women from the US, Canada, Italy and Australia. “We the Zonta Club of Colombo II are pleased that our Nominee Tehani Chandrasena has been recognized as one these 10 outstanding young women” said Manthri ...

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UNOFFICIAL The Hon. Scott Morrison MP Prime Minister MEDIA STATEMENT Wednesday 14 July 2021 UPDATE ON NSW COVID-19 DISASTER PAYMENTS FOR EXTENSION OF GREATER SYDNEY LOCKDOWN Eligible workers across the first seven local government areas in New South Wales to go into lockdown will be able to apply for the Federal Government’s increased COVID-19 Disaster Payments from tomorrow, Thursday July 15, enabling payments to be made from Friday, July 16. Residents in Bayside, City of Sydney, Canada Bay, Inner West, Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra will be able to apply for the recurring COVID-19 Disaster Payment tomorrow, while the wider Greater Sydney region under lockdown and right across NSW can make an application from Sunday July 18, enabling payments to be made from Monday, July 19. This means that the increased payment of $600 a week for those who have lost more than 20 hours of work, and $375 a week ...

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Sanga and Mahela venture into online grocery retail with Providore Source:Ft Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena need no introduction when it comes to the world of cricket. What may be less commonly known is that they are also intrepid entrepreneurs, seeking out meaningful, quality investments to positively impact everyday life. They have personally invested themselves in many successful start-up ventures, their latest being Providore, an online grocery and household marketplace for Sri Lanka. Being familiar with online grocery retail due to frequent overseas travel and having come to appreciate a certain delivery and service standard, Co-founder and Partner Sangakkara stated, “COVID has changed the way most of us live. Working from home, distance learning and video calls are a part of everyday life now, as is taking the necessary precautions for the safety of ourselves, our families and the greater community. So not only was it important to bring safe ...

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University of Moratuwa Inaugural Lecture Series   Source:Ft University of Moratuwa’s recently-initiated Inaugural Lecture Series brings out newly-appointed professors to the public view. The objective being to communicate and inspire with their research and societal impact and further with the intention of generating more interaction and positive connectivity. The inaugural lecture represents a significant milestone in a university academic’s career when one observes the practice elsewhere. The event celebrates their promotion to the rank of Professor or other Professorship at the University. University of Moratuwa, Faculty of Graduate Studies is hosting the event as a public event – with the current restrictions in place. As a hybrid event anyone who is interested can join in and celebrate a career in research as one prepares for even more contribution subsequently. The inaugural lecture will offer both in-person and virtual access through Zoom and Facebook Live. The third lecture in the series ...

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Lankan-born international development expert appointed to Global Board of Rainforest Alliance Source:Ft Anisha Rajapakse has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Rainforest Alliance. Rajapakse is a senior global expert with more than two decades of broad experience working at the intersection of human rights, business, and international development. Until recently she was based in Brussels, heading the stakeholder engagement department of a leading business association working closely with corporations, governments, intergovernmental and bilateral agencies, civil society, and other stakeholders. In London, she led the Human Development Program at the Commonwealth for several years, working across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Pacific regions, and in other senior international roles spanning East Africa, Asia Pacific, and Afghanistan. Now relocated to Sri Lanka, Rajapakse continues to engage closely with businesses internationally to promote responsible and ethical business practices and embed sustainability into corporate policies and strategies in line with ...

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Council for Startups of Ceylon Chamber supports startups to attract investments Source:Ft In line with the recently concluded Sri Lanka Investment Forum (SLIF) 2021 organised by the BOI, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Colombo Stock Exchange, the Council for Startups held a webinar on the Startup Ecosystem Landscape to attract investments via the local tech and innovation opportunities. It was noted that in a thriving/robust startup ecosystem a good investment climate and deal flow is critical. As such, the aim of the webinar was to showcase the local tech and innovation potential and to boost the venture funding ecosystem in Sri Lanka. The panellists included Sequoia Capital Managing Director Rajan Anandan, Dialog Axiata PLC Director/Group CEO Supun Weerasinghe, Asia Securities Chairman Dumith Fernando, and Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Council for Startups Chairman Prajeeth Balasubramaniam moderating the session. Over the past 10 years Sri Lanka on average has had venture ...

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