up the Bench!
Male members of the legal profession will receive
a face-lift (figuratively speaking of course) in the form of better
The Sri Lanka
Bar Association (BASL) has decided to 'spruce up' the esteemed members
of the profession and has entered into an agreement with Hameedia
to launch a special package for the 'legal eagles'.
was the result of a joint effort by Hameedia's and BASL's Technology,
Infrastructure and Library Committee consisting of Prasantha Lal
de Alwis (Attorney-at-law/chairman) and Binara Gunasekara (Attorney-at-law/convener).
De Alwis last
week launched the 'first ever alliance' of this nature. BASL president
Ajantha Atukorale praising the dynamic duo said they had opted to
approach Hameedia as opposed to any other men's outfitter due to
their wealth of experience and commitment to excellence.
their part are offering nothing but the best depending on the lawyer's
budget and requirements namely platinum, gold, silver and bronze.
exclusive designer brands like Le Bond, Envoy and Signature.
also taking this 'sprucing up' process one step further by volunteering
to offer grooming and fashion tips for the lucky men in black!
Managing Director of Hameedia, said that 'this latest package was
tailor-made for the profession' and that their designs are 'of international
standards in keeping with European trends and are either tailor-made
It looks like
this is one case no lawyer would want to miss. Lawyers have never
been more trendier!!
for distinct medicinal properties in Ceylon tea
Research Institute (TRI) plans to initiate research to determine
whether tea produced in the island's different agro-climatic regions
have distinct chemical properties beneficial to health.
are definite differences in tea depending on the region where it
is grown, but the TRI hopes to substantiate this conclusively through
chemical research," said Dr. Tissa Amarakone, TRI senior research
officer in charge of the project that is set to begin early next
The Food and
Agricultural Organisation (FAO) is funding the research. Its findings
will be used to market Ceylon tea based on the distinct characteristics
produced by the different agro-climatic regions. Presently tea is
priced and exported on the basis of the region in which they are
grown, such as Nuwara Eliya teas and Dimbulla teas.
The results from this research will hopefully further expand the
export market for Ceylon tea, Dr. Amarakone said.
is linked to the discovery that tea contains certain compounds like
anti-oxidants and polyphenols that help prevent diseases like cancer,
cholesterol, high blood pressure and other heart ailments.
Tea Board chairman
Ronnie Weerakoon said the Ceylon tea industry hopes to use the findings
that drinking tea is good for health to attract the younger generation
to the brew.
So far only
green tea has been considered to have medicinal properties, he said.
But in the last 10 years or so experiments have shown that drinking
black tea too can have health benefits, he said. But, he added,
there was no conclusive evidence yet.
also hopes the FAO declaration that Sri Lanka makes the world's
cleanest tea, free of pesticide residues, would help boost demand.
commends proposed laws
Chamber of Commerce has commended the government for setting in
place a framework for the national budget presentations to be aligned
with the needs of the private sector, incorporating regular feedback
mechanisms and progress reviews.
meets the chambers' long standing submission to successive governments
requesting for fiscal discipline-led budget presentations in parliament,"
the chamber said in a statement.
The scope of
the proposed legislation is expected to cover areas beyond the submissions
made by the chamber and the "chamber lauds the inclusion of
provisions to prevent irresponsible pre-election handouts.
around with Hemtours
travel firm is introducing a novel concept in the capital - a city
tour for foreign tourists and locals, which is a regular feature
in many other capitals in the world.
in on the influx of foreign visitors for the ICC champions trophy
and the Miss Tourism International Contest, is organising day and
night city tours this month, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.
capitals including India have this facility where foreign and local
visitors can see historical sites and other interesting areas in
the main cities.
A company spokesman
said the tour in a luxury coach is expected to include visits to
significant places and beauty spots like the Galle Face green, museum,
a mosque, the Fort railway station, a Hindu temple at Slave Island,
the Gangaramaya temple and the President's House.
He said the
day tour would cost around $ 9 while the night tour will be double
that amount and would be for four days starting September 21 and
of four hours duration. (Thushara)