Sri Lanka Red Cross launches its publication

The Sri Lanka Red Cross (SLRC) launched its publication “Rebuilding Communities with Dedication and Professionalism” at an event attended by a host of well distinguished guests held on September 22, at the Galle Face Hotel. The book documents the unique service to the nation by the Technical Support Services Unit (TSSU) of the SLRC in the aftermath of the tsunami.

The Red Cross Tsunami recovery effort in Sri Lanka was implemented under the direct guidance and advice of the President. Jagath Abeysinghe of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society and with the contributions made by its Director General Neville Nanayakkara. The support was extended by the Governing Board of the society at all times.

The TSSU covered the entire affected coastal belt of Sri Lanka, reaching 100,000 people by providing them with 30, 000 houses and 80 hospitals, in addition to infrastructure facilities such as roads, water supply and electrification schemes and social infrastructure, including pre schools, community centers, health centers and playgrounds.

In total US$ 122 million Red Cross spent on constructing 30,000 houses and US$ 39 million for reconstruction and retro fitting 80 Health care facilities; supported the Water Supply and Drainage Board to modernise and expand the Water Supply and sanitation projects in the North and East costing around US$ 60 million;Constructed 10 schools spending US$ 1.5 million.


Formula 1 President Elect at Colombo Hilton

Hilton Colombo accorded a warm welcome to Formula 1 President Elect Ari Vatanen when he visited Sri Lanka for a short trip.


Ibe Karakena Loka Golaya

At the 11th International Book Fair held at the BMICH recently, organised by the Sri Lanka Book Publishers’ Association, one of the major attractions was the ‘Ibe Karakena Loka Golaya’ presented for the first time by the Sarasavi Publishers (PVT) Ltd.


Consul General visits Latvia

On an official visit to the Republic of Latvia, the Consul General of the Republic of Latvia in Sri Lanka, Thomas F. Daetwyler with Nawziya Hossen, Personal Assistant met with the officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They attended a seminar organised by the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia. A business delegation organised by the Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka and the Consul of Sri Lanka in Latvia Arnis Anchupans were also present.


Silver Jubilee anniversary of Galadari Hotel

In October 2009 the night skies of Colombo will be illuminated as The Galadari Hotel celebrates 25 years of exemplary service synonymous with glamour and sophistication, hosting many famous guests since it first opened its doors in 1984.

The hotel which initially was managed by the Meridien Group, the famous French hotel brand, was later managed for a brief period by J.W.Marriott. The owning company, the Galadari Brothers took over the reins from 1994 onwards and has managed the hotel with Sri Lankan expertise over the last 15 years.
The hotel has 725 persons who care for the many guests who walk through their doors every day. The Galadari Hotel is proud to note that 27 of these associates (staff) have shared the journey from the beginning and still continue to serve and look after guests who patronise the hotel.

The celebration of the 25th anniversary is not restricted to the associates of the hotel alone. A wide range of activity and offers have been arranged and extended to all guests throughout the month of October 2009.

You can enjoy a 25% discount on food and beverage as you savour the exotic delights of the Far East, a food promotion which takes place every night for dinner at the coffee shop from October 1 to 10, bringing to you an array of famous dishes from a multitude of countries in the Far East.

The Sheherezade the only authentic Arabian restaurant in the city will dish out sizzling Middle Eastern cuisine as we entertain you with a series of Arabian Nights from October 9 to 17. Enjoy the “hubbli bubbli” in the “Garden Terrace” and take in the Middle Eastern atmosphere as you dine in the open air under the starlit skies. Do all this and enjoy a 25% discount on food and beverage courtesy of the Galadari Hotel at the festival of “Arabian Nights”.

Feel like dining in the sky; visit the elegant California Grill the roof top fine dining restaurant and enjoy the “twenty five 25” promotion. Chef Anushan has brought together the 25 most popular dishes served at the “Cali Grill” and you get to select a three course menu for only Rs. 2525 nett per person. This promotion runs from October 16 to 24, he has also extended a 25% discount on the A-La-Carte menu for all those who will be celebrating their 25th Birthday or 25th Anniversary during this period.

On the move – Café 64 is the specialty “quick takes” open from 7 a.m. till midnight, open every day of the year. Guests can enjoy a spicy Kottu, a delicious Seafood Food Fried Rice, the famous Jumbo Hot Dog or a Shawarma. Each priced at only Rs 250, and the Galadari Hotel will indulge you with a complimentary ice cream and a welcome drink as the Café 64 terrace takes a carnival atmosphere with calypso music from October 29 to 31.

The chefs have created three special anniversary cakes and each of these is priced at a giveaway of Rs. 890. If you are loading your larder, no better place than the “Café 64”. Spend Rs 2500. And the hotel will make you take away a 500 g cake - and it’s free from October 5 to 11.

Those of you who are looking for a relaxing evening visit the “Lobby Bar” at the Galadari and try out as many of the 25 special cocktails that the Barmen will be mixing during the until October 10. Whilst you decide on which one to start with, try out the “Silver Jubilee” cocktail with the compliments of the hotel.
If you are in the mood to be a “Barry White”, a “Bryan Adams” a “Tina Turner” or whoever takes your fancy, walk into the Nightingale Karaoke lounge and enjoy the same array of cocktails accompanied by your own voice or the many talented “idols” that have the X factor. This promotion will be from until October 10.

The Margarita Blue is the place to be in town. Unwind, throw back your hair and chill out to the cool rhythms of Aquarius. Take in stunning views of the Indian Ocean whilst dining on the many flavours of the BBQ from October 23 to 28. Relax with a game of darts, snooker or pool and enjoy a “Silver Jubilee” cocktail courtesy of the bar members at the Margarita Blue. Early revellers can enjoy the happy hour from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. when the Galadari doubles every drink you order from our selected brands.

Ladies watch out for the “Pink Party” that takes place on Thursday the October 22. Celebrating our anniversary this will be wilder than ever before. A special evening has been dedicated to all “ranks” at the “banks” and Wednesday the October 28 is “Bankers Night”. On this day the Galadari advances the happy hour which will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Take part in the pool championships or the beer guzzlers face off. It is going to be simply a fantastic night and don’t hold back and save for another day.

With all this tucking into, guzzling and revelry, the Galadari has thoughtfully packaged a special anniversary “Stay –in-luxury” at the hotel during the month of October. Whilst staying with us indulge in the unisex body care programme that has been carefully selected to pamper you with the ultimate in relaxation and well being.

So ladies and gentlemen, the Galadari will turn October into a month of festivities. So simply make your choice and enjoy many activities and offers and join the Galadari to celebrate 25 years of unparallel hospitality which has always been graced with warmth and a smile.


Aloka Pooja

Swadeshi Industrial Works PLC, the pioneer herbal personal care products manufacturer in Sri Lanka, sponsored the Aloka Poojawa of Dambadeniya Raja Maha Viharaya during this year’s Dalada Poojopahara Perahera and the Sabaragamuwa Maha Saman Devalaya for the eighth successive year.
Dambadeniya was the third kingdom in Sri Lanka and the Viharaya was built in the reign of King Parakramabahu II. The Dalada Perahera was begun to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic, which was kept there for a short period.

As a part of its CSR programme, Swadeshi also supports the Aloka Poojas of all the temples that honour the four guardian Gods of Sri Lanka, God Vibishana of Kelaniya, God Kataragama of Kataragama, God Saman of Saman Devalaya, Ratnapura and God Uthpalawarna Sri Vishnu of Devundara.
The pioneer and market leader in the herbal personal care category in Sri Lanka, Swadeshi Industrial Works PLC, was incorporated in 1941. The company manufactures and markets many leading brands including the top herbal soap brand Khomba Herbal and the heritage beauty soap brand Rani Sandalwood.


Experts from Emirates Shipping Line visit SLPA

A high-powered delegation from Emirates Shipping Line visited Sri Lanka Ports Authority on September 14, as a part of its plan to augment and enhance the competitive strength of their presence in the region.
Emirates Shipping Line received the accolade by winning the coveted Supply Chain Management (SCM) Logistics Excellence Award in 2008 and was nominated as one out of four finalists for ‘Dry Cargo Company of the Year’ at the prestigious Lloyd’s List Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards in the same year.

The delegation had deliberations with SLPA top brass including Chairman. Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama and the Managing Director Capt. Nihal Keppetipola on how to strengthen the partnerships between SLPA and Emirates and to explore hitherto untapped high potential business areas in order to achieve a win-win situation for both the organisations.

Operated by a team rich in experience in managing maritime trade, Emirates Shipping Line has a focused goal of attaining superior service quality and customer intimacy that none other can match in the industry.


Untitled Book

October 8 to 30
An exhibition/installation Untitled Book by Kingsley Gunatillake will be held at Galerie de l’Alliance Française de Colombo. The Guest of Honour will be Michel Lummaux, Ambassador of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Kingsley has held over 30 exhibitions and has participated in artist workshops both nationally and internationally held in Sri Lanka, Japan, Germany, Scotland, United Kingdom, Philippines, Ireland, India and Czechoslovakia. He has won many national and international accolades, including first place and award for the best painting at the competitions of National Youth Council, National Library Association, ‘The Theme of Peace’, International Youth Library 40th Anniversary Festival, Munich, NOMA award for children’s book illustration, Japan BIB award, Czechoslovakia and Bunka award from the Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Cultural Fund. His paintings are included in several collections across the world such as presidential collection of contemporary art, Sri Lanka.

A graduate from the College of Fine Arts Colombo, and he went on to do his higher education at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 1996. At present, he is the Chairman of the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts (VAFA) and a visiting lecturer at the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Horton Place, Colombo and University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.



Monsieur N
October 6 and 7

Monsieur N. by Antoine de Caunes (2002, 120 minutes) at the Alliance Française de Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
After his defeat at Waterloo, Napoléon Bonaparte was exiled to the south Atlantic island of St. Helena, where he died a few years later. Or did he? Telling his story through a British lieutenant assigned to watch over Napoléon, film depicts the sordid antics of the inner circle of French Army officers who followed the emperor into exile and implies that Napoléon escaped St. Helena so cleverly that his escape has remained undiscovered to this day.


Restoration of books in a tropical environment
October 12 - 14

In a tropical zone, particularly that of the humid environment of Colombo, the preservation of books and media in general represents a great challenge.

In the light of this, the Goethe-Institute Sri Lanka and the National Library will collaborate in the planning and realisation of a workshop on media restoration that will be held in the National Archive, Colombo.
The German Cultural Centre has invited for this purpose as a resource person Dr. Patricia Engel (academic restorer of books) a specialised freelancer and guest professor at the “Fachhochschule”, i.e. (University of Applied Science) Hildesheim in Germany.

The workshop will consist of 25 invited participants from the major libraries of Sri Lanka. It will cover areas from collection care, preservation policy, salvage planning, risk assessment for archival collections, pest control and pest monitoring to de-acidification, conservation ethics and preservation paradigms.
Venue: National Archives, Sri Lanka: Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.