Business and Economics
Emirates celebrates 35 years of service to Colombo

Emirates is celebrating 35 years of connecting Sri Lanka to the world. Since its first flight in 1986, the airline has carried more than 8 million passengers to and from Colombo – operating more than 49,000 roundtrip flights. Emirates currently serves the country with six weekly flights, connecting customers to more than 90 destinations within its network, via Dubai.

Emirates launched its operations to Colombo on 1st April, 1986, utilising a Boeing 777-200LR. In 1997, due to increased passenger demand, the airline upgraded its operations and introduced its wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration. Today, Emirates is the only international airline to serve Colombo with First Class services – offering passengers superior services and comfort in air and on-ground.Emirates SkyCargo, the airline’s freight division, continues to play a crucial role in maintaining vital trade links and driving economic activity - helping local businesses connect to more than 130 cargo destinations worldwide. Over the past 10 years, Emirates SkyCargo has carried more than 275,000 tonnes to and from the country including the main commodities of seafood,
‘Daraz Avurudu Waasi’ begins

With Avurudu just around the corner, Daraz is offering an extra spark of celebration with Daraz Avurudu Waasi, to revel in an exciting digital Avurudu.

Starting from March 25 to April 6, Daraz shoppers get up to 75% off on over 3 million products on sale. Daraz caters to every need this season with up to 2 million rupees’ worth of discount vouchers coupled with Mega deals on electronics, fashion, lifestyle and groceries at the lowest prices in town. DarazMall brings over 450 trusted brands by authorized sellers, with 100 % genuine products and a 14-day return policy. The Avurudu Wasi excitement for shoppers includes up to 30% OFF on mobile phones, up to 70 % OFF on TV, home theatre systems, refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machine along with Rs. 1 million worth bundle offers from Browns. Shoppers also stand a chance to win an iPhone 12 with purchases of above Rs. 1000 from Reckitt Benckiser via DarazMall.

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Braun Lanka partners with The Ministry of Health for “Lead the Way Medical Leadership Program” in Sri Lanka

Aesculap Academy, the learning arm of B. Braun Lanka (a German multinational and one of the world's largest medical and pharmaceutical device companies) in collaboration with the College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka and the Education, Training & Research Unit of the Ministry of Health announced the launch of its “Lead the Way Medical Leadership Program” in Sri Lanka at an Inauguration event at Shangri-La, Colombo on 19 March 2021.

Braun Lanka has continued to uphold the standards of the medical industry based on their commitment to better health of people around the world, translating this same mantra through their learning arm - The Aesculap Academy - a leading medical educational forum for all B. Braun customers and healthcare professionals.

Dr. Asela Gunwardene, Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health, stated at the event, "We appreciate that the Aesculap Academy, which is the academic arm of B. Braun, has partnered with the College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka, to conduct this series of leadership trainings, paving the path for the present and future medical administrators to “lead the way”.  The Ministry of Health commends also the efforts of the Education, Training & Research Unit of the Ministry, and the Aesculap Academy of B. Braun for their efforts to refine the soft skills of medical professionals during this difficult period. I strongly believe that it is vital for the public and private sectors to collaborate in an efficacious partnership to guarantee the sustainable growth of the health sector, enabling every citizen the right to “achieve the highest possible level of health” as mandated by the World Health Organization."

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