Business and Economics
40% of global food production is lost to pests, and 20% of the food supply is contaminated by rodents

World Food Day aims to emphasise the crucial importance of food sustainability and security around the globe. One of the critical issues affecting the safety of our food supply is contamination from pests. These cause serious health hazards by spreading diseases and damaging food products. Hence, it is essential to understand the impact of pests on food safety and the role pest control companies play in mitigating their effects. While some insects and microbes are classified as pests due to their detrimental effects on crops, many others play a vital role in promoting plant health and, in turn, human nutrition. Understanding the intricate relationship between these organisms and their food preferences is paramount to harnessing their potential for sustainable food production.

Food contamination from pests poses a significant threat to public health. Rodents, cockroaches, and flies are common carriers of harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can contaminate food and result in foodborne illnesses.
OPPO unveils A78 Smartphone with fast 67W SUPERVOOC Flash Charge

OPPO Sri Lanka in partnership with Abans unveiled the latest addition to the A series family of smart phones, the OPPO A78 series. OPPO, a leader in innovative technology, launched the OPPO A78, a Smartphone that marries cutting-edge features with a sleek design, offering users an unparalleled mobile experience last week at The Galadari, Colombo.

At the heart of the A78 is the lightning-fast 67W SUPERVOOC Flash Charge paired with a robust 5000mAh battery. Users can now charge the A78 to 100% In just 44 minutes, providing up to 27.4 days of standby (flight mode) or 16.37 hours of YouTube video playback. Introducing exclusive technologies for charging safety and reliability, OPPO’s Battery Health Engine extends the A78’s battery lifespan to an impressive 1,600 charge and discharge cycles, ensuring optimal performance for up to four years.

President extends warm invitation to Chinese entrepreneurs

During the official four-day visit to China, President Ranil Wickremesinghe attended a prominent investment, trade and tourism forum with a strong focus on fostering future business opportunities.

President Wickremesinghe extended a warm invitation to Chinese entrepreneurs, encouraging them to view Sri Lanka as a strategic hub for emerging green and digital economic ventures, highlighting the nation’s significant advancements in this domain. This forum, hosted at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing on Monday, was graced by the presence of representatives from a multitude of Chinese companies, some of which have already invested in Sri Lanka, while others are exploring investment prospects. Sri Lankan business leaders were also present, eager to explore collaborative opportunities.

Addressing the Chinese business community, President Wickremesinghe underscored Sri Lanka’s unique geographic advantage, positioning it as a gateway to Western markets within the broader Asian region. The President expressed the country’s strong desire to engage amicably with global economic powerhouses and reaffirmed his commitment to rebuilding Sri Lanka’s economy.

Notable government officials, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry, Minister of Transport and Mass Media Dr. Bandula Gunawardena, Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Staff Sagala Ratnayaka, Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe and Chairman of the Board of Investment Dinesh Weerakkody, were also in attendance, addressing inquiries from the Chinese business community.