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  • Hemas Group achieved operating profit of Rs.907 Mn, YoY growth of 34.8% for the Q1 of Financial Year 2016/17

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    CEO’s Review Through continued focus on our strategic priorities, profitable growth, improved organizational structure and innovation, we delivered strong revenues and earnings growth for the first quarter of financial year 2016/17. Hemas Holdings PLC (HHL) and its subsidiaries achieved consolidated revenues of Rs.9.9Bn, year-on-year (YoY) growth of 12.1% for the period, operating profit reached Rs.907Mn and earnings Rs.696Mn, growth of 34.8% and 67.8% respectively. Despite external pressures due to flooding, VAT uncertainty, and increasing inflation resulting in weaker demand, we continued to generate solid performance with FMCG Bangladesh, Pharmaceutical Distribution, and our new shipping agency Evergreen all contributing well. The Consumer business recorded a topline of Rs.4.2Bn for the first three months, a 10.2% YoY increase over the previous financial year. Operating profits were Rs.636Mn, 59.2% YoY growth, whilst earnings grew at 62.6% to stand at Rs.509Mn. We continued to expand our position in key categories with the introduction of

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  • Intel Security Forum sheds new light on cyber threats in a safe, connected world

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    Colombo. Wednesday 10 August 2016. Sri Lanka’s technologically driven market today forms an integral part of the global cyberspace. Characterised by a rapidly growing economy, companies are adopting technology solutions to remain competitive as well as to boost productivity. The exponential growth in cyberspace has introduced organisations to rapidly evolving cyber threats. Given this heightened awareness for cyber security, organisations are looking to partner with industry leaders to enhance their security outlook. As the threat landscape continues to accelerate in capability and scale, the conversation has elevated to a boardroom mainstay. Security has evolved from a support conversation to a boardroom agenda and CTOs as well as CSOs are now expected to build a bigger role for IT to demonstrate that technology can actually deliver what the business wants, in a secure fashion. Addressing this growing demand and establishing their commitment to the market, Intel Security, announced the successful culmination

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  • Bonjour Cinema Film Festival 2016

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    Each year in March the « mois de la Francophonie » is celebrated all over the world. In Sri Lanka, the High Commission of Canada, the Embassy of France, Vietnam, Switzerland, Romania, the Consulate of Tunisia, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, represented by the Consulate of Belgium, and the Alliance Française de Kotte in association with the National Film Corporation and Agenda 14 have come together to present the Festival Bonjour Cinéma! In 2016, Bonjour Cinéma! will be held from the 17th to the 20th of March in Colombo and from the 19th to the 20th in Kandy and take place under the Patronage of Internationally-renowned film maker Vimukhti Jayasundara. The Festival will present a collection of diversified movies produced in member countries of the International Organisation of “La Francophonie” (OIF), reflecting the diversity of the francophone world. All the films will be presented with English subtitles, enabling the audience to experience different aspects of

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  • Global Towers unveils country’s first panoramic roofed ballroom

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    Panoramic view, new F&B options and great banqueting facilities on offer Also launches The Dome Bar on the rooftop Hopes to increase turnover by at least Rs 150 Mn this year  Colombo 09th March  2016 – Colombo Sri Lanka:    Working on an ethos of pioneering initiatives for the hospitality industry, Global Towers which was the first commercial property to open its doors on the Marine Drive in 2002, unveiled Sri Lanka’s very first panoramic and all weather banqueting space on its rooftop recently.  Called ‘The Dome’, this ballroom, which caters to 250 pax, is designed to add much more lustre to any banquet event, whether wedding, corporate event, dinner dance or product launch given its panoramic view of both bustling cityscape and alluring seascape.  The Dome was ceremonially inaugurated by Minister for Development Strategies & International Trade Malik Samarawickrema. As was mentioned by Chairman and Managing Director of Global Towers

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  • Signature launches ‘Wedding Collection’ with one-stop sartorial solutions for the suave groom

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      Colombo. Wednesday 09 March 2016. A special day deserves a special suit. When you marry the love of your life, you have to make sure that you have the suit of a lifetime. As the wedding season beckons and the months start rushing towards the big day, the pressure and the chaos begin mounting. In the bustle of wedding preparation, it’s easy for the groom’s wardrobe to be side-lined. Premier men’s fashion brand, Signature, takes off all the stress with its complete groom’s wardrobe which clothes the lucky man thereby offering a one-stop solution from head to toe. Signature has just launched its wedding collection 2016 and shopping for a wedding has never been this easy or more stylish at the Signature Store at No 383, Galle Road, Bambalapitiya. And it’s not just the bridegroom. Whether you’re the father of the bride, the groomsman, best man, page boy or

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  • Senior Western Band of Wesley College presents – ‘PULSE 16’ – Monday 21st March at Bishop’s College Auditorium.

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      Colombo. Tuesday 08 March 2016. In celebration of its 30th anniversary this year, the Senior Western Band of Wesley College Colombo proudly presents – PULSE 16 – a gala musical extravaganza featuring nearly 500 students from ten schools at 4.30 pm on Monday 21st March at the Bishop’s College auditorium. This much awaited evening of music will feature the bands of a large number of invited schools such as Ave Maria Convent Negombo, Bishop’s College, Carey College, Gothami Balika Vidyalaya, Holy Cross College Gampaha, Kalutara Balika Vidyalaya, Maris Stella College Negombo, Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya Colombo, St. Anne’s College Wattala, St. Mary’s College Chilaw etc. Bands from Wesley College’s primary schools at Havelock Town and Katunayake will also perform at the show together with the Senior Western Band of Wesley College and its past members. Tickets are priced are priced at Rs. 700/- (College students), Rs. 1000/- and Rs. 1500/-

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  • St. Patrick’s on the Beach: a true Irish fiesta at Mount Lavinia Hotel’s Paradise Beach

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    Mount Lavinia Hotel’s Paradise Beach will be decked in green for three full days for the best Irish fiesta to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Brush up your dancing skills to join the Irish band and tap dancing girls flown down specially for the event. Drive down to Mount Lavinia Hotel on 17th, 18th and 19th March for a true Irish as the celebrations start off from 7 pm onwards. Bringing the festival outdoor to the Paradise Beach, Mount Lavinia Hotel promises a completely different experience this year. The atmosphere will blend tropical with Irish; food, drinks, music and dance under the starry skies, with your feet buried in the golden sand. Topped up with a series of fun filled games the evenings will definitely offer great excitement. Aer Lingus, the Irish band who will perform at the festival comes from one of the oldest music societies in Ireland, the Aer

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  • Queen of Curry Spices it up at the Curry Leaf Restaurant

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    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – March 7, 2016 –   Curry Queen also known as “Darling” will spice up the Hilton Colombo’s authentic Sri Lankan restaurant; the Curry Leaf with her gorgeous flair in Sri Lankan cooking from 11th to 20th March during dinner. From luscious crab, to designer hoppers with cheese & chilli, beetroot flavour with seeni sambol and egg, mutton roti and double egg roti along with a variety of yams and vegetarian options will be available during the promotion. Fragrant creations of seafood, fresh crab, prawns and a variety of fish are made to your choice of taste. Felicia Sorensen’s skill and reputation gained her entree into the ranks of Les Disciples d’ Auguste Escoffier in 1980, as well as being honored in 1992 as the first Asian Chef to officiate at the Robert Mondavi Winery’s Great Chefs programme. She is Asia’s most renowned proponent of Sri Lankan cuisine.

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  • Legendary Cannonball Run to be revived on 18th March 2016

    Meeting Rooms, Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Colombo. 09 March 2016. French Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jean-Marin Schuh and German Ambassador Juergen Morhard are taking part in the traditional Cannonball run celebrated by Colombo’s 150 year old Galle Face Hotel, which will be held this year on the 18th of March 2016. The Cannonball run is an annual tradition celebrated on the Galle Face Green, to commemorate the extraordinary incident of a cannon misfire by a member of the British Artillery  in 1845. The 30-pound cannon had misfired during a practice session around the southern ramparts of the Colombo Fort, crashing through the roof of the now Galle Face Hotel, leaving a heavy dent on the drawing room floor where it came to rest under a chair. The cannon ball is at present preserved in the museum located in the South Wing of the hotel. In memory of this “infamous incident” an annual run has been held over the years, which begins at the

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  • Mount Lavinia Hotel Exclusive Catering Partner for BMICH

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    Signs exclusivity partnership to provide an extensive catering service at Colombo’s only International Convention Hall, BMICH Colombo, 29th February 2016. Celebrating 210 years of history and colonial heritage, Mount Lavinia Hotel extends years of experience in the hospitality industry to Colombo’s distinguished International Convention Hall as exclusive catering partner, strengthening the 28 year long alliance of the two iconic organizations. Mount Lavinia Hotel is a pioneer in creating unique international culinary experiences and customised catering services. We curate menus designed with the expertise of our world renowned culinary masters such as Chef Publis and our International team of chefs. “The legendary and much sought Mount Lavinia Hotel catering service can be experienced by our guests at the premium convention hall, BMICH,” commented Kenneth Kumarapperuma, Manager – Mount Lavinia Catering Services. “With our experience in hosting international conferences such as the CHOGM conference, International Youth Forum, and International Conference for Paediatricians, we

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