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Sri Lankan State Minister: Colombo Port City Project a part of Asia’s growth.

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Sri Lankan State Minister of Money and Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reform, Ajith Nivard Cabraal has stated that Sri lanka’s Colombo Port City project is a part of Asia’s growth story.

Speaking at the Sri Lankan Investment Forum (SLIF), Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal stated that “Wherever you are in the world today, please come look at the potential of the Port City… It is part of the growth story of Asia that we don’t want you to miss.”.

Colombo Port City. Photo by: Xinhua News Agency.

The three day event is held virtually by the Sri Lanka’s Board of Investment, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, and the Colombo Stock Exchange. The forum aims to attract investors froma round the globe, showcasing the many investment oppurtunities in Sri Lanka and allows investors and executives to network with Sri Lankan Policymakers and businessmen.

Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal stated that the since the land reclamation and basic infrastructure is in place, the government intends to ensure steady investments for the future. He stated that “In the next five to six years, it (the Port City) can generate as much 15 billion U.S. dollars into Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product (GDP),”.

The Port City Colombo is a joint venture between Sri Lanka and China to develop a service-oriented Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in 269 hectares of land reclaimed from the ocean and annexed to the city of Colombo.

Source: Xinhua News Agency.

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Microsoft’s Windows 11 is officially on the way.

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Microsoft has officially announced the next version of Window today, which will be Windows 11. After months of teases and leak, Windows 11 is expected to arrive in the last quarter of this year. Microsoft has promised to make it available as a free upgrade to eligible Windows 10 users and to new PC’s from this year’s holiday.

Microsoft redesigns the user interface for Windows 11, with a centred Start menu and Taskbar. Live tiles are replaced with a grid of icon that can be rearranged and pinned to Start. There are also new Widgets feature that houses things like your calendar, weather, sports leaderboard, and latest news. System Tray also was improved with a new split Notification and Quick Action user interface.

Microsoft’s Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Windows + Devices wrote on Microsoft blog “We’ve simplified the design and user experience to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity. It’s modern, fresh, clean and beautiful. From the new Start button and taskbar to each sound, font and icon, everything was done intentionally to put you in control and bring a sense of calm and ease. We put Start at the center and made it easier to quickly find what you need.”

One of the surprises of the event was Microsoft’s announcement that it will be using Amazon’s Appstore to bring Android apps to Windows 11. Microsoft will be utilizing Intel’s Bridge technology to make Android apps work on Windows 11.

During the closing remarks, Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella said “Windows recognizes that there is no personal computing without personal agency. Personal computing requires choice, and we need to nurture and grow our own agency over computing itself. We want to remove the barriers that too often exist today and provide real choice and connection.”

He laid out his vision for Windows 11 as a “platform for platform creators,” and in doing so, he issued a subtle but nonetheless stinging critique of Apple.

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E-Learning programme launched by Visit Maldives in the German market

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Visit Maldives has launched an e-learning programme with FVW Akademie, one of the leading media channels for the travel industry in Germany, targeting the travel trade of the German speaking markets.

The programme which is set to run from June till November 2021 will educate the participants by showcasing the Maldives as a safe destination, information on the products, travel guidelines and the latest updates of the current situation said Visit Maldives.

According to the article published in the official Visit Maldives website, Approximately 400 attendees are expected to take part in the programme. To incentivize participation, Maldives will also set to feature in two monthly newsletters of FVW with a raffle draw sponsored by Nakai Dhiggiri Resort at the end of the programme.

“This campaign with FVW e-learning is in line with Visit Maldives strategy to strengthen the destination brand as well as the focused promotion of individual products and experiences.” Said Visit Maldives

Visit Maldives also participated in the virtual edition of ITB Berlin held this March, and is currently in a year-long campaign with Connoisseur Circle targeting the luxury segment in the German speaking countries.

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