Business and Economics
Ministry of Gems consolidates in Australia with roots in Sri Lanka

Ministry of Gems, a modern gemstone company based in Australia with roots in Sri Lanka, is making a significant impact in the Australian market with its portfolio of gemstones.

Ministry of Gems is the main distributor of Australian Sapphires and Australian Opals. The company is able to offer any volume, shape, cut, colour of gemstones at competitive prices as they source directly from gem mines. The cost benefit from this Vertically Integrated Operations model is therefore passed on to the clients.

Ministry of Gems is driven by the goal of becoming the most trusted supplier of coloured Gemstones and Diamonds in the world. It is also playing a key role in making Sri Lanka the Gem Capital of the world. Meetings with international clients are typically organised in Sri Lanka to give them a first-hand experience of the country as a gem and tourism destination.
Celebrating AIA’s employees at the Annual Company Conference

The AIA Annual Company Conference 2023 was an evening full of glamour to recognise and reward employee achievements. It is a red-letter day in the company calendar and employees are celebrated for their hard work that contributed to the company’s success.

8 CEO’s Special Awards and 132 Leadership Essential Awards were awarded to the outstanding employees at the conference along with the Most Talented Child award which is won by the best all-round child among the employees’ children. The 2022 MDRT achievers were also recognised at the event. AIA CEO Chathuri Munaweera, Chief Agency Officer Chanaka Liyanage and Director Partnership Distribution Senaka Rajapakse made presentations, highlighting the company’s performance during the year while applauding the achievements of individuals and teams alike.

SriLankan Airlines Crowned the Leading International Airline – South Asia at SATA 2023

SriLankan Airlines was crowned the Leading International Airline - South Asia at the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) in Bangalore, India on 10 October 2023. SriLankan further secured the title of Leading Airline Class - Business Class at the awards ceremony. Touted as the most prestigious travel industry awards in the region, SATA recognizes the most outstanding performers in South Asia’s hospitality and travel industry annually based on the votes of industry professionals and passengers.

Having also received the accolade of ‘Visitors Choice - Airline of the Year’ at last year’s SATA, SriLankan Airlines continues to prove its enviable position in South Asia with this year’s dual wins. SriLankan currently operates 140 flights between Colombo and multiple South Asian cities across India, the Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal on a weekly basis.

Ravindran V, Regional Manager India, Bangladesh & Nepal of SriLankan Airlines commented on the wins stating, “We are profoundly happy to have our efforts valued by our South Asian associates. This region has been key to our progress and represents a significant percentage of SriLankan Airlines’ operations. Being recognized inspires us to remain and grow as a trailblazer in South Asia and give our customers the best in Sri Lankan service and connectivity as we move forward into the future.”

The airline’s extensive South Asian network covers key points pan India including Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi; Karachi and Lahore in Pakistan; Kathmandu in Nepal; and Dhaka in Bangladesh.