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 issues

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 Sri Lanka.


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)


Sajith Premadasa, MP for Hambantota District and Chairman of the Janasuwaya development programme, has initiated many development projects to enhance infrastructure and livelihoods in the Hambantota District.

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.



‘Stitch Fantasy’ by Indumathie at Negombo and Kurunegala

A 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 Paper Quelling.

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 critical illnesses.
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 Hospital.


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.



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


The Sinhala 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 parties.

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 political activities.

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 companies.

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 competition.

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 and Pluralism

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, Puttalam.


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


Public talk

March 29
‘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.


April 4
‘Empty Space - Chair Taken’ at the Holy Trinity Central College, Nuwara Eliya at 2 and 5 p.m.
March 29
‘Low Life’ – A performance by the UK Theatre Company, Blind Summit, at the Engineering Faculty Auditorium, University of Peradeniya, Kandy at 6 p.m.