Daily Archives: January 1, 2015
The 2015 International Coloured Gemstone Association Congress in Colombo inked contracts with several stakeholders ahead of the 16th Congress slated to be held in May from 16 to 19 at Cinnamon Grand.
Speaking at the ceremonial signing event, ICA 2015 Congress Chairman A.H.M. Imtizam cited that a special ICA Congress Gem Show – Facets, which will be held in May from 15 to 18 at Cinnamon Grand, will be an exclusive networking place with B2B opportunities.
“There will be 55 local stalls with 20 from overseas, all of them have been carefully curated by an expert selection panel,” he said. “Facets will be a closed event and would serve as a crucial networking venue for both members and non-members of the ICA to establish links.”
ICA 2015 Congress Secretary Ziqufi Ismail mentioned that next year’s congress will be unlike any other event hosted by the ICA to-date. Fazly Saleem, a notable figure who was there when the ICA was held in 1989, cited that it has been 25 years since the last congress was held and the 2015 Congress would “undoubtedly promote Sri Lanka’s gemstones and portray the country in a new light.”
Delving further into the promotions that have been ongoing, Sellakumar kandasamy, a committee member of the ICA 2015 Congress, said that the congress is being actively promoted at nearly every trade show held across the world on a regular basis.
“We also have a dedicated web portal which is linked with the ICA site, it provides members with access to news and information as well as online registrations,” he said. “We are not merely promoting the congress but the tour in Sri Lanka as a holistic experience of the country, so members have more reasons to come.”
Officials from ICA 2015 Congress inked contracts with Favourite Holidays, designated as the official travel agent who would also provide logistic solutions. Contracts also officiated with Cinnamon Grand Hotel, as the prime venue and Mount Lavinia Hotel, where several soirees would be held.
Adding flair to the ICA is a Sri Lankan theme night cum cultural show, which will be held at Park Street Mews. The event will be replete with a torch-lit procession around the Beira Lake. Delegates will be taken on a tour to the Gangaramaya Temple and Seema Malaka topped off with a street party.
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan made a visit to Sri Lanka recently where the actor apparently campaigned for controversial Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
While, Salman Khan was campaigning for the Sri Lankan President, certain political parties in Tamil Nadu got irked with the actor and reportedly called Salman as ‘traitor’ and ‘betrayer’.
Salman Khan’s visit to Sri Lanka and eventual campaigning for Rajapaksa is being supposed as the Sri Lankan President’s attempt to get more public support before the elections which are schedule to happen on January 8.
Salman Khan was accompanied by actress Jacqueline Fernandez there and pictures of the duo along with Rajapaksa created much waves in the social media. Now as reported, leaders of DMK and MDMK are very upset with Salman Khan for the act and even branded the actor as a ‘traitor’.
However, Jacqueline Fernandez came in defence of Salman stating that the main purpose of the visit is some social service under Salman’s initiative of Being Human. “Salman donated 200 lenses to facilitate cataract operations in certain under-privileged areas.He also donated money. That was the main purpose of this visit. It bothers me that people can’t see the good in any initiative. All they want to do is identify an ulterior agenda behind every good cause,” said Jacqueline.
Nevertheless, Jacqueline further added, “Salman is an individual in his own right who knows both Rajapaksa and his son Namal well. If he wants to drum up support for Rajapaksa that’s his choice and nobody can question it.”