|Sri Lanka Red Cross launches its
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 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 President Elect at Colombo Hilton
Colombo accorded a warm welcome to Formula 1 President Elect
Ari Vatanen when he visited Sri Lanka for a short trip.
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
|Silver Jubilee anniversary of Galadari
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.
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
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
|Experts from Emirates Shipping Line
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.
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.
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
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
Venue: National Archives, Sri Lanka: Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4