Browns Group launches ‘Plant a Tree, Plant a Life,’ initiative

In keeping with its heritage of commitment to both people and environment, the sustainability arm of Brown and Company PLC, Browns Green recently launched ‘Plant a Tree, Plant a Life,’ initiated by its Pharmaceuticals Division.
The programme coincided with the theme for World Earth Day this April, which calls businesses to shift thinking towards more sustainable practices. The tree planting programme was initiated in keeping with the effort to create more mindfulness in the younger generation on the importance and role of trees in providing life to all living beings.

Inaugurated on April 19 at Wekada Maha Vidyalaya, Chilaw, over 130 sixth-grade students launched the programme by planting tree saplings within the school premises. Under the guidance of Mangala Wijesinghe, Cluster Chief Operating Officer – Pharma, Consumer and Integrated Engineering Solutions, the ‘Plant a Tree, Plant a Life’ project aims to plant 100,000 trees in schools across the island.


Business and Economics
SriLankan Airlines to invite bids for stake sale soon

Dubai: SriLankan Airlines is expected to invite bids for stake sale in the coming months, as the national carrier has reached breakeven and expects to be profitable next year.

While speaking on the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, Richard Nuttall, CEO, SriLankan Airlines said the decision will be taken by the State-owned Enterprise Restructuring Unit at the Ministry of Finance but “we do know that the government wants to do it as fast as it can. We expect it to be in months, not years.”

The cash-strapped Colombo government approved the airline’s privatisation in November last year in order to raise cash. There were reports of India’s Tata Group showing interest in buying a stake in Sri Lanka’s national carrier.

Japan Gedara wins ‘Award of Appreciation’ at SLIA Product Award

Japan Gedara by Sanritsu Deco (Pvt) Ltd, a pioneering building constructor and material supplier in Sri Lanka recently won an Award of Appreciation in the roofing category for SELiOS ROOF.

Japan Gedara plays an active role in contributing to Sri Lanka’s construction industry by supplying high-quality and latest construction materials which are imported only from Japan. Their SELiOS ROOF is one of the most trusted roofing brands in Japan.

The inside of SELiOS ROOF is made of foamed curate resin, which exhibits excellent heat insulation performance and is covered with an alloy-plated steel plate ‘Cerios Prime’ and a special backing material and is molded into the same shape as the slate roof material. It has the same thickness, length and width as general slate roof materials and can be installed in the same way as existing slate roof materials. The weight per SELiOS ROOF is about one kg. It is about one-third lighter than slate roof materials, achieving an unprecedented weight reduction.

SELiOS ROOF is made by using foamed curate resin, an alloy-plated steel plate and special backing material which is molded into the same shape as the slate roof material. The weight per SELiOS ROOF is about 1 kg. It is about one-third lighter than slate roof materials, achieving an unprecedented weight reduction. The weight reduction of this roofing panel also contributes to speeding up the work of lifting roof materials onto the roof.

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