New menu at the Thorana Lounge

Hilton Colombo’s Thorana Lounge, has created an extravagant coffee menu, which includes a ‘power drinks’ menu. This menu was created by the 1994 Asia Pacific Bartender of the year, James Martil, who received training at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur.

“Because people are becoming health conscious, we have come up with energy boosters, that are non-alcoholic and are made out of fresh vegetables and fruit”

In addition, there is a vast range of flavoured teas, flavoured martinis, award winning cocktails and mocktails. For more details, please call the Food and Beverage office on 2492012.



Bringing together the work of Kingsley Gunathillke, T.P.G.Amarajeewa, K. D. Laxman, Upul Chamila Bandara, Anuruddha Henakaarachchi, Susil Gunasiri Dixon and Chaminda Gamage, the exhibition was held at the Ejaz Gallery, Lahore from the March 24 to April 3


Rotary Int’l President invites more ‘ humane intellectuals’ as members

Rotary International President, Wilfrid Wilkinson stressed that recruitment and retention are indispensable to the future of Rotary and humane intellectuals are more than welcome to join and must be recruited.

Wilkinson, who made these remarks at a colourful event at the BMICH on May 16, said the world is frustrated by problems such as poverty, terrorism and natural disasters and the way out was for the victims to call out to our leaders to be God’s instruments of providence.

Rotary worldwide had a membership of over 1.2 million members, who are leaders in business and professions, said Wilkinson adding that these are the heroes who bring hope to the hopeless as theirs is a labour of love.

The Rotary raised approximately 12 million US Dollars to cover the building of 19 schools destroyed by the Tsunami and more than 12,000 students are now able to return to new model schools with all the modern facilities to assist them in their education.


Book launch at BMICH

By Sarashi Samarasinghe
Malith Jayatilake launched the new edition of his book entitled Alimankada Parajayen Pasu Sri Lankawa Saha Indiyawa – Eithihasika Sarasaale Satan Bima Wethata, on April 8, at the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Convention Hall).
The Chief Guest on this occasion was Prof. Carlo Fonseka. The gathering was also addressed by Tissa Abeysekara, Lionel Fernando, Shiral Lakthilake and Bandula Chandrasekara.
The book focusses on the Elephant Pass war, which took place in 1998, and the events, that led to it.


Director and General Manager of Galle Face Hotel, Rajiv Khanna in conversation with Duke of Gloucester. Looking on is Director, Galle Face Hotel, Lalith Rodrigo


 Connecting with Small Producers in the regions                                                                                                                  

Lanka’s first Regional Producers’ Directory launched

A Directory identifying and listing small and medium scale producers, in areas throughout Sri Lanka, was launched on May 13. The Regional Producers Directory is published by The Business for Peace Alliance, (BPA), Sri Lanka’s network of Regional Business Chambers, in collaboration with Vijitha Yapa Publications.

To coincide with the launch of the Directory, a Symposium was held to discuss ‘Challenges and the way forward for regional producers’, on Tuesday May 13, 2008, at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. This is a Corporate Social Responsibility activity, to mark BPA’s sixth anniversary.


UNP MPs Tissa Attanayake and Ravi Karunanayake, visiting the Police men who were injured near Hilton and warded at the General hospital


SL High Commission in Delhi celebrates Vesak

The Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi commemorated the Vesak festival on Monday May 19, 2008. The staff of the High Commission offered alms to the Buddhist priests at the New Delhi Mahabodhi Centre Buddha Vihara, followed by religious ceremonies and the lighting of Vesak lanterns in the evening at the High Commission. Minister of Labour and Manpower, Athauda Seneviratne, graced the occasion


Vesak pahan kuduwa in London


Clinical meeting of Sri Lanka Medical Association

Sri Lanka Medical Association will hold its monthly clinical meeting at the SLMAium at Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 27.
A lecture will be presented on the topic of Rheumatology with case presentations on Spondyloarthropathy by Dr Harindu Wijesinghe, and lectures by Dr Lalith Wijayratne on, How to manage a patient with lower back pain’ and ‘ Interpretations of plain X-rays in lower back pain’.
The lectures and discussions are open to the public, and will commence at 12.15 p.m.


Seva Vanitha , S.L High Commission, showcase Lankan culture in Dakha

Members of Seva Vanitha Unit of Sri Lanka High Commission, Dhaka participated in the Women Voluntary Association (WVA) of Bangladesh, in their Annual Ladies Lunch held at the China Bangladesh Convention Hall recently, with much enthusiasm.

The day turned out to be a fun filled afternoon for the ladies as it was an opportunity to try out different foods from all the countries of the SAARC Region, where Sri Lankan traditional food was also served. Many stalls of handicrafts, jewelry and saris were organised in the Meena Bazaar, at the entrance of the Main Hall. The highlight of the event was the Bangladeshi cultural programme, which displayed many events and festivities from Bengali Culture.

Sri Lankan women living in Bangladesh, representing the Seva Vanitha Unit of the High Commission of Sri Lanka, participated in this event dressed in the traditional Kandyan sari, highlighting the much vibrant Sri Lankan culture. This event was initiated to promote and strengthen friendly cultural relations between Sri Lanka and the host country Bangladesh.

Members of SevaVanitha Unit of Sri Lankan High Commission participated in the ASEAN Ladies Annual Food and Handicrafts Fair held at the Malaysian High Commisssion residence recently representing Sri Lanka once again, with much sporting spirit and enthusiasm.

A Sri Lankan food and drinks stall and a garments stall, were organised in support of this charity event. The Sri Lankan food stall was a big hit among all guests who came to the fair looking to satisfy their taste buds. Sri Lankan “Dilmah” tea of all flavours, as well as Lankan batiks, were also sold.

A part of the profit from the sale was donated for the ASEAN charity fund as a good-will gesture.
The Seva Vanitha also organised an art and painting exhibition in Dhaka recently at the High Commission in Dhaka. Many Sri Lankan expatriates in Bangladesh took part in this event.

Artists who participated in this exhibition were Seva Vanitha members and their families. This was organised by Seva Vanitha to promote and encourage all talented and amateurs as well as well-established adult and child artists in the community.
The funds raised from this event will be donated to the Seva Vanitha unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for projects in Sri Lanka and selected projects in Bangladesh.

As their main fund raising event for this year, the Seva Vanitha Unit, had invited a renowned 15-member Sri Lanka Army dance troupe to perform at a cultural dance show, featuring exotic Sri Lankan traditional dancing and drums, to showcase Sri Lanka’s rich culture and heritage in our host country Bangladesh.

Exotic dances belonging to Sri Lanka’s diverse ethnic groups, presented in varied dance sequences, was the highlight of the evening. Guests enjoyed the drums and many rhythmic classical dance movements of ancient Sri Lanka in contemporary dance performances.

This spectacular cultural show reflecting Sri Lanka’s history and heritage wasjointly organised by the Seva Vanitha and the Sri Lanka High Commission in Dhaka to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka.

Fifteen variations of the dances ranging from Puja Netuma to Ves Dance was performed by the Sri Lanka Army Cultural Dance Troupe. A large number of distinguished guests and heads of missions participated in this event, which took place on Thursday 22nd May 2008 at the Radisson Water Garden hotel. A second performance will be held at the ISD auditorium Dhaka and a third performance is being organised at the Chittagong Club auditorium in Chittagong.
M. Farook Lantra