Batik Air to fly Colombo from Malaysia from May 13

Batik Air – the full-service subsidiary of The Lion Air Group continues its rapid expansion in international routes by opening new flights to Malaysia and Sri Lanka from May 13, 2023.

Quoted in, Danang Mandala Prihantoro stated: “Batik Air will connect Indonesia to Sri Lanka from May 13, 2023 flying seven times a week.”

Prihantoro said the new routes will connect Sri Lanka with six major air hubs in Indonesia. The new routes will transit via Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From Kuala Lumpur, the onward flights to Colombo, Sri Lanka, will be operated by Batik Air Malaysia.

Batik Air Malaysia (formerly known as Malindo Air) is a Malaysian full service carrier, an associate carrier of Indonesian Lion Air Group, with headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.


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Union Bank Goes Eco-Friendly This Vesak

A lantern’s light shines bright, and this year for Vesak the staff of Union Bank participated in the lantern competition which took place last Thursday (4). The staff across all functions and branches sent in the most creative lanterns in keeping with the theme of using recycled material.

This Vesak festival the environment-friendly lantern competition was the highlight, several showcased their talents and displayed the most creative lanterns designed using eco-friendly or recycled materials. The initiative received excellent participation from branches and departments, eyeing to win the best lantern creation. Whilst promoting comradeship and engagement amongst the UB Team the competition also supports the Bank’s continued efforts to protect the environment.

The new 4A’s board to drive a 3R strategy to revive the advertising industry

The Sri Lankan Chapter of the Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies (4As) recently elected its new president and the Board of Directors for 2023/2024 at its annual general meeting (AGM). The advertising industry and marketing fraternity can look forward to a revived and re-energized 4As under the new leadership of its new board.

Hailing from diverse disciplines of advertising, the dynamic and street-savvy team is poised to tackle the ever-evolving landscape of advertising in Sri Lanka. The new 4A's board consists of President Alann Lopez, Vice President Alvin Gomesz, Vice President Selonica Perumal, General Secretary Nathasha Martyn, Treasurer Subodha Pilimatalawwe, and Directors Chrishantha Jayasinghe, Dilshara Jayamanna, Varuni Jayasekera, Wasaam Ismail, and Ahmed T. Hassan. With a commitment to improving the industry's standards, the 4A's board is well-positioned to lead and inspire the advertising fraternity in Sri Lanka.

The 4A's board has recently launched its new 3R strategy - Resource, Revenue, and Reputation - with the aim of revitalizing the association's energy and reputation. Through this strategy, the board seeks to improve its resource management, generate more revenue for the industry, and enhance its reputation by forming strategic partnerships with other organizations.

With a focus on retaining, nurturing, attracting, and rewarding talent, the Resource initiative will see the implementation of various programs. The board believes these initiatives will help bring career development, raising the bar of creativity and encourage the young talent to join the advertising industry.

Within the last few years, the industry was hardest hit by COVID, the economic crisis, and government taxes. Under the Revenue initiative, the board aims to implement the right mix of initiatives that will help improve the revenue of the member agencies.

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