Pictured from left to right
are Dr Razeen Sally, Dr. Wickrema Weerasooria (moderator), Dr
Uditha Liyanage (Director- PIM), Dr Lloyd Fernando (Director-
Distance Learning, PIM) and Linton Fernando (President- PIMA).
Public lecture on trade
The Postgraduate Institute of Management Alumni (PIMA)
recently conducted a public lecture on ‘Trade Issues – Emerging
Protectionism and Responses in the US, China, and EU’ at the PIM
auditorium. The lecture was delivered by Dr Razeen Sally, a Sri
Lankan born specialist in Economics and Trade issues, currently
Co-director of the Brussels based International Economics think
tank, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).
Over 150 participants attended the lecture.
Sri Lankan Ambassador
discusses LTTE conflict with U.S. Secretary of State
Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the United
States, recently discussed the fighting in the North against
LTTE forces with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
During a meeting called by Secretary Clinton of all ambassadors
in Washington, Ambassador Wickramasuriya spoke privately with
Secretary Clinton about the LTTE’s use of civilians as human
shields in the conflict zone.
Secretary Clinton told the ambassador that the United States is
anxious for the fighting to end and that it will support Sri
Lankan redevelopment efforts. Her remarks were similar to those
she made to President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a recent
telephone call to discuss the fighting and prospects for peace
in the north.
The United States, along with Canada, the European Union and
India, have designated the LTTE a terrorist organisation. The
U.S. Treasury Department in February froze the funds of the
Tamil Foundation, a charity based in the State of Maryland, USA.
The department said that the group was supporting the LTTE in
The 39th General meeting of All Ceylon Union of
Muslim League Youth Front (ACUMLYF) was held recently at the
Nagarodaya Centre, Borella.
Here Governor Western Province Al Haj Alavi Moulana receiving
the first copy of the Souvenir from the Chief Guest, Education
Minister, Susil Premajayantha, newly elected President R.M.
Imthiyas, outgoing President N.M. Ameen. Deputy Leader of UNP,
Karu Jayasuriya are also in the picture (Pic by Irfas Salahudeen)
Premadasa, MP for Hambantota District and Chairman of the
Janasuwaya development programme, has initiated many development
projects to enhance infrastructure and livelihoods in the
The picture illustrates the provision of savings bank books and
school bags to 400 children from the Puwakgas-ara zone of the
Katuwana division of Hambantota District at a cost of SLl Rs
600,000 from donations received from local and overseas donors.
Fantasy’ by Indumathie at Negombo and Kurunegala
sole exhibition of handicraft, titled ‘Stitch Fantasy’ by the veteran
needle-craft artiste Indumathie Paranawithana will be held on March 28
and 29 from 9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. at the Rukmani Devi Theatre, Rukmani
Devi Road, Negombo and also on April 4 and 5 at Y.M.B.A. Hall,
Rajaphilla Road, Kurunegala.
Indumathie states that the exhibition consists of Quelling, Ribbon,
Brazeelian, Hardanger, creations for wall decorations, and also Needle
Lace, Stump Work, Black Work, Pergamano, Cross Stitch, Paper Toll and
She also says that, in addition to the above, there will be an
exhibition of books composed and published by her on the topics of
Hardanger, Ribbon, Hand and Brazeelian Embroidery, as well.
Musical Evening to
help Lady Ridgeway Hospital
A musical evening to help the Lady Ridgeway Hospital is
to be held at the BMICH on April 24, 2009 at 6 p.m.
The funds from this programme will be used to treat children with
This musical event will be performed by Sohan & X’periments as well as
other leading artistes including Sunil Perera, Rajeev Sebastian, Corinne
Almeida and Ginger.
Tickets will be available at special counter of the Lady Ridgeway
Chamil wins Highest
Achievement Student Award for MBA
Chamil Kulasekera, a past pupil of St. Joseph’s College
recently graduated with his Master of Business Administration
(International) from Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.
He completed his MBA at Australian College of Business and Technology (ACBT),
where he was awarded the ‘Highest Achievement Student Award’ for being
the batch top of Semester 3 - 2007. Being a marketing student at Synergy
School of Marketing, Colombo, he was also awarded with the Sri Lanka
Prize for best performance in CIM Marketing Planning, December 2007 from
CIM Sri Lanka Region.
He, the an Associate Member of both British Computer Society and the
Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He holds a professional Diploma in
Marketing from CIM, UK and B.Sc (hons) degree in Technology Management
and Computing from University of Portsmouth, UK. Currently he is working
for a reputed private sector company in Sri Lanka. The picture portrays
Chamil receiving his award from Colleen Kent, Principal-ACBT at the
graduation ceremony which was held at Trans Asia Hotel, Colombo.
GALADARI HOTEL WARMLY
Senior Managing Director of the Association for Overseas
Technical Scholarship (AOTS) Japan, T Kumazawa arrived in Colombo on
March 13, 2009 to attend the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of JASTECA
The picture shows Kumazawa who resided at the Galadari Hotel is being
warmly welcomed by the staff of the Galadari Hotel. He was accompanied
on his arrival by Ramlee Adjumain, Assistant Director Food and Beverage,
Joint General Secretary Gamini Marambe, Vice Patron of JASTECA Bertie
Kulatilake, Ms M Hayashi, Staff member of AOTS and M. Irshad, Lobby
Manager, Galadari Hotel
translation of election reporting guide ‘Free and Fair’ launched
The Sinhala translation of Lisa Schnellinger’s ‘Free and
Fair’, a journalist’s guide to improve election reporting in Emerging
Democracies by Daya Lankapura, will be launched at National Library
Auditorium, Colombo 07 on March 28. The book is published by Sri Lanka
Environmental Journalists Forum (SLEJF), 434/3, Sri Jayawardenapura.
Daya Lankapura is a senior journalist and author of several other
literary works. Free and fair elections are the key to a democracy and
an election is a crucial time for members of the media to prove their
credibility. This reporting guide book is a detailed analysis of the
importance of citizen-based election coverage which means reporting on
the issues, solutions and facts rather than an agenda set by political
Free and Fair election reporting guide will look at various modes of
election reporting and will engage with interlayer, together with the
following topics, take special care to ensure accuracy and fairness,
editorial independence and quality of content, democratic and
accountable systems of administration and management, identifying
priorities for action, set restrictions on reporter’s or editor’s
The election reporting guide will provide tip sheets, exercises and
examples to offer journalists new ideas to help strengthen their
coverage of the upcoming elections for provincial councils as well as
future elections. The book is a Sri Lanka Environmental Journalists
Forum Publication. Phone: 071-2733986
GSK wins two awards at
2009 ‘PPA Quiz’
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the leading pharmaceutical and
consumer healthcare company took both second and third places at this
year’s annual Pharma Promoters Association (PPA) Quiz.
GSK competed with 22 teams from other companies in the industry, where
each team comprised a cross section of members from the respective
The questions covered the areas of Sports, International Affairs,
Science and Medicine, History and Politics, and Business Knowledge
(Finance, Economy, Marketing and Management).
“This is the second consecutive year that GSK teams won two of the top
three places at the PPA quiz,” said GSK Sri Lanka Human Resources
Director Ms. Kumudini S. Welmillage. She pointed out that last year GSK
teams won the ‘PPA Challenge Trophy’ as well as the third place at the
The GSK team adjudged runners-up comprised of Rajeeve Goonetileke,
Monira Rafeek, Ranjith Samarasinghe, Kumudini Welmillage, Shamith Perera
and Amila Salgado while the team that won the third place at the
competition comprised of Suresh Anandappa, Merindra Peiris, M. Zawahir,
Tiran Goonerathne, Arshag Ali and Gayan Kumara.
The ‘PPA Quiz Nite’ is one of the main events in the PPA calendar and is
much looked forward to by PPA member companies. It was initiated in 1991
for fostering a sense of togetherness among the PPA fraternity,
especially medical promotion delegates.
Conference on Islam
The Canadian High Commission in Sri Lanka and the
National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, are jointly hosting a National
Conference on Islam and Pluralism, at BMICH, today (29).
Acting High Commissioner of Canada Giles Norman will grace the event as
chief guest. Speakers at the event are Dr. M. A. M. Shukri and Movlavi
Abdullah Mahmood Alim, President of All Ceylon Muslim Theologians
Council, Puttalam District and Principal of Casimiyya Arabic College,
VAFA Annual Show 2009
April 1 – 8 and 21 – 30
At the VAFA Gallery, Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts, 38, New Jayaweera
Mawatha, Ethul Kotte from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The occasion of handing over a stock of books contributed by the
Government of Netherlands to Hemakumara Nanayakara, the Minister of
Agriculture and the President of the Galle Fort Library Committee by the
special envoy of Netherlands
‘In Total Silence The Mind Comes Upon The Eternal’, organised by the
Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka at the Anula Nursery School, 310, High
Level Road, Colombo 6 at 9:45 a.m.
Until April 5
Art and Craft Sales Exhibition at the Theertha Red Dot Gallery from 3
p.m. to 8 p.m. For further information contact: Lalith on 0773 862205.
‘Empty Space - Chair Taken’ at the Holy Trinity Central College, Nuwara
Eliya at 2 and 5 p.m.
‘Low Life’ – A performance by the UK Theatre Company, Blind Summit, at
the Engineering Faculty Auditorium, University of Peradeniya, Kandy at 6