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