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Emirates clinches 4th consecutive Best First Class award at 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Airlines

Emirates’ unmatched First Class travel experience was given double honours at the 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Airlines, winning the World’s Best First Class award as well as Middle East’s Best First Class. Emirates has topped the First Class category every year since the awards was launched in 2017 –making this its 4th consecutive win.

The airline also secured its spot as the Top 10 airlines in the world and clinched several other awards including Best Economy Class – Middle East and the overall Travelers' Choice Major Airline honour for the Middle East. Tripadvisor has awarded the world’s top carriers based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for airlines by Tripadvisor flyers, gathered over a 12-month period.

Emirates’ First Class experience has defined premium travel introducing product innovations like private suites, the in-flight Shower Spa, the Onboard Lounge and many other industry firsts.

Microsoft to help 25 million people worldwide acquire new digital skills needed for the COVID-19 economy

Microsoft recently announced a new global skills initiative aimed at bringing more digital skills to 25 million people worldwide by the end of the year.

The announcement comes in response to the global economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, the pandemic has put close to 75 million people out of work.

With a labor force of close to 8.9 million, the unemployment rate in Sri Lanka increased to 5.7 percent in the first quarter of 2020 from 4.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019 (CEIC). .

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Softlogic Life’s Lahiru Maduranga named ‘Rookie Insurance Agency Leader of the Year’ at Asia Trusted Life Agents

Lahiru Maduranga, a Regional Manager at Sri Lanka’s fastest-growing life insurer Softlogic Life, won the coveted ‘Rookie Insurance Agency Leader of the Year’ at the Fifth Asia Trusted Life Agents and Advisers Awards 2020, organised by the Asian Insurance Review Magazine. Lahiru’s inspiring role as a young agency leader and a productive advisor has helped him to be recognised with this prestigious recognition, edging out over 250 participants from 12 countries across Asia.

The program is organised by Asia Insurance Review and Asia Advisors Network with LIMRA as a co-organiser, and strong industry support from leading insurance associations and organisations.

The Rookie Insurance Agency Leader of the Year is awarded to an Advisor with an outstandingperformance track record, expert knowledge, placing the interests of clients first and service to the industry. This year, 62 finalists from 11 markets were selected by an eminent judging panel made up of 30 members comprising CEOs, senior executives and industry leaders.

A Team Leader with Softlogic Life since 2017, Lahiru heads a sales team of over 50 members. He led his team tocollectively stamp an Annualized New Business Premium (ANBP) of Rs 98.6 million for 2019 which is incidentally the highest team ANBP in the company and the industry despite the challenging economic climate during that year. Lahiru’s repertoire includes multiple top recognitions at Softlogic Life’s annual awards gala.

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