Daily Archives: December 5, 2014
Huawei, the leading global smartphone maker, together with the support of Singer Sri Lanka PLC, the country’s number one brand and smartphone marketer, who is the exclusive national distributor for Huawei, came forth as an official sponsor for the England Cricket Tour in Sri Lanka, which commenced on November 2, 2014.
Representing Huawei, Head of Terminal Henry Liu was present at the official prematch press briefing held at R. Premadasa Stadium. Huawei will also be giving away the match winner’s award post all matches to the winning captain throughout the series.
The seven match one-day international series started off on November 26 at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and will end on December 16 at the same grounds, with matches scheduled at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota and Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Huawei Device, Southeast Asia Region Managing Director Thomas Liu said, “As the number two smartphone vendor in Sri Lanka we are happy to partner the England Cricket tour in Sri Lanka, which will further showcase our commitment to Sri Lanka by supporting Sri Lanka’s most popular sport – Cricket”.
Huawei as a leading international brand, has been supporting many sports with partnerships with Arsenal Football Club, AC Milan and the Royal Challengers Bangalore Cricket team in IPL to name a few. Huawei recently tied up with the first American sports club, Washington Redskins NFL team. The company has been supporting the Canberra Raider of the NRL since 2012.
The Delhi police and other security agencies have sounded a high-alert in the Capital after they received inputs suggesting a possible terror attack before the scheduled US President Barack Obama, according to reports.
American President Obama will be visiting India next month as the chief guest for Republic Day celebrations.
“Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba jihadis were planning a ‘sensational terror attack’ in the run-up to Obamaâ™s two-day visit during the Republic Day next month. The alert has been communicated to the highest levels of the Modi government,” according to Hindustan Times.
The report also suggested that based on the intelligence, Delhi police and other security agencies have advanced security drills. The agencies would start initiating security arrangements from this week.Â
Meanwhile, another report suggested that US Secret Service (USSS), the agency responsible for the safety of American presidents and vice-presidents, will fly down to India in next few days, to take stock of the security measures undertaken by the Indian authorities.
“The USSS experts will hold consultations with a team of Delhi Police besides senior officials on the route that the president will take from airport to the hotel where he will be staying, besides the route on which Obama will travel to various venues in the city,” according to an Economic Times report.
US President Obama last month accepted the invitation of PM Modi to grace the Republic Day functions as the chief guest, as a sign of significantly expanding ties between two countries.
Obama is also the first US President to attend the Republic Day celebrations.
“The president does not heed any advice. Brother Chamal and I went to his house and described everything one by one a few days ago. When he is told so, he agrees. But, he does a totally different thing later. At this rate, we will not be able to walk on the streets. We cannot go to a foreign country. In the end, we will have to jump into the sea,” an emotional defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa tearfully told a friend at his home at no: 07, Flower Road, Colombo.
This house belongs to his friend Kavan Ratnayake, elder brother of former Matara district MP Sagala Ratnayake.
“Brother Basil and Namal have complicated everything. Yoshitha and Rohitha are in charge of the campaign. There is no coordination in their work. They suspect me too, because I am Maithri’s friend. Now, ministers are carrying tales against me that I opened the floating restaurant with Maithri after waiting for the president to leave the country. Maithri is my friend. We lost him due to our own faults. It is pointless to blame him now. If we do not rectify it, we will be done for,” he said in a dejected manner.
Kavan has said many things to pacify Gotabhaya, who remained silent for some time and left. According to our sources, this could be the beginning of a major turnaround.
The Casanova style actions of First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa’s brother,SriLankan Airlines Chairman, Nishantha Wickremasinghe has created an internal rift in the Presidential house, it is learnt during the Presidential election campaign just getting started .
SriLankan Airlines is currently incurring a loss of close to US$ 20 million a month while the company’s Chairman has completely ignored the administrative work of the airline company. SriLankan Airlines is continuing to steadily deteriorate. However, the company’s chairman who has fallen for a damsel nearly half his age travels daily to Dubai to see her. The young girl, SR (name withheld), who was at the SriLankan Airlines office in Singapore has been promoted by the Chairman as the Marketing Manager and stationed her in Dubai. SR does not possess the necessary skills or qualifications to hold such an executive post in SriLankan Airlines. The Chairman had therefore sent her for a special training programme at Emirates at company cost. It is a well known secret that the chairman travels to Dubai at least four to five times a week to see her.
Everyone at SriLankan Airlines are now aware of the Chairman’s actions. Although the need to please his personal desires is a private affair, there is no option but to expose such acts when they are carried out at public expense. The Chairman does not show much interest in attending important strategic meetings where his presence is compulsory. However, he is in office by 8 a.m. ONLY when there are interviews for air hostesses.On such days he remains in office till late evenings until the final applicant leaves the office. This is the very first time in the history of the Airline that a Chairman of the Board of Directors attends such air hostesses interviews which are normally handled by the company’s HR officials. The employees are rather embarrassed of this unbecoming shameful behavior of their Chairman and now has no respect or regard for him any more.
Nishantha Wickremesinghe, who is around 65 years, pays great attention to beauty and make-up. The problem is that it is SriLankan Airlines that has to bear the costs of his beauticians and make-up. The make-up worn by the chairman had recently spilled all over his clothes when he had got wet by rain during a function. An embarrassed chairman had immediately left the event.
The President it is learnt is angry about his brother in-law’s behaviour and had asked media personnel close to him to attack the chairman without showing any mercy. It was due to this directive that questions were posed by the media recently on the large sum of monies and the Rolex wrist watch that were stolen from the chairman’s residence during a robbery. However, the President is unable to remove Nishantha Wickremasinghe from SriLankan Airlines since he is protected by his sister, The First Lady. The minute the President tries to say something against Nishantha, the First Lady says, “You first do what is right before trying to teach others.” The President then has no other option but to bite his lips in anger.
This is what Sri Lankans are asked to call “THE Wonder of Asia”!