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SWITH-Asia Eco-Vendor Meet Mart on May 10
The SWITH-Asia Eco-Vendor Meet Mart, a one-day meeting place for environment-friendly product and equipment providers, will be held on May 10 at hotel Ramada Colombo (formerly Holiday Inn).
The event, organised by SWITCH-Asia’s Greening Sri Lanka Hotels project, in collaboration with the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) will be held in association with the hoteliers interested in energy and water conservation and waste reduction.
The suppliers of eco-friendly energy saving hotel products will get the opportunity to showcase their products and services to hoteliers.
The categories outlined for the event are: Energy Conservation/ Renewable Energy; Water Conservation; Waste Management; Environmental Management; Service Providers, etc.
Greening Sri Lankan Hotels is a European Commission funded project under the Switch-Asia programme targeted at enhancing the environmental performance of Sri Lankan hotels through improvement of energy, water and waste management systems and reduce cost of operations and increase the market acceptance of Sri Lankan hotels through promoting them as low carbon foot print green hotels.
Srilal Miththapala, Project Director of SWITCH-Asia Programme, addressing the media briefing on the May 10 event described the Eco-Vendor Meet Mart as an ‘Exciting Initiative’ and said the main objective of the SWITCH-Asia programme was to enhance the environmental performance of Sri Lanka hotels through improvement of energy, water and waste management systems and reduce cost of operations and increase market acceptance of Sri Lankan hotels with low carbon footprint.

US Government helps farmers re-establish roots in North

Assistant Secretary Robert Blake, former US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, travelled to Kilinochchi on Tuesday to hand over water pumps to formerly displaced farmers in the North.
The water pumps are one aspect of a $5.2 million US Agency for International Development (USAID) project to assist recently resettled families in the North, conducted in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Ministry of Agriculture and the Northern Council Departments of Agriculture, Livestock and Agrarian Services.
Assistant Secretary Blake noted, “Through this project alone, the US Government is directly helping more than 17,000 of the most vulnerable households, who were formerly displaced due to the conflict, to restart their livelihoods in Northern Province.”
Many families in the North only recently returned home to land they have not farmed or lived on in nearly a generation. As a result, it is crucial that they begin to grow and harvest crops both to feed their families and to sell for income. The US Government, in partnership with FAO and the Department of Agriculture, is helping resettled people become self-sufficient by providing paddy seed, other field crop seeds, tools, home gardening packages and water pumps. The project is also helping 3,950 widow- and female-headed households raise poultry.
Said Mark Oviatt, USAID Senior Advisor, “This programme is part of a larger suite of assistance that USAID provides to Sri Lanka. In support of the Sri Lankan Government’s stated development objectives, the U.S. Government is proud to support the work that the FAO and Department of Agriculture are doing to address the critical food security needs of recently resettled and vulnerable people throughout the Northern Province.”

ICASL conducts orientation

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL) recently conducted an orientation seminar for the Certificate level trainees. Ajith Tudawe, Chairman/Chief Executive Director of Durdans Healthcare Group was the Chief Guest at the occasion attended by over 350 participants. Held at the ICASL auditorium, the seminar highlighted the importance of practical training, an integral part the Institute’s study programme.
The orientation seminar also discussed some of the common issues faced by students and provided them with necessary guidance to sharpen their soft skills which are equally important in today’s context.
The seminar also featured three young aspiring Chartered Accountants, Pramitha Ranshika, Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Ms. Hiranthi Wijetunga, Technical Manager, ICASL and M. Imraz Iqbal, Finance Manager, Lanka Orix Leasing Company PLC who shared their experience at an interactive presentation. Conducting another interesting session, Travis Roche, Financial Controller, INTERBLOCKS LTD. and Toastmaster stressed on the development of soft skills. Sujeewa Rajapakse, Vice President, ICASL and Jagath Perera, Chairman, ICASL Training Committee also addressed the gathering.
The Chartered Accountants stand out in organizations due to their technical competencies and practical know-how instilled in them through the Institute’s study programme, particularly the rigorous practical training that they undergo. ICASL has nearly 1,000 training partners covering both public practice and non-public practice sectors. The Institute provides constant assistance to students in order to complete their mandatory training period successfully and carries out various activities to further enhance the standard of ICASL students.

House donation for a war hero

A newly constructed house was donated to a war hero by Mrs. Ayoma Rajapaksa, Chairperson of the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Ministry of Defence in Ja-ela area on Tuesday, May 3.
Electrical Technician G. C. B. Sandaruwan in the Sri Lanka Navy residing at 28I, Niwangama North, Ja-ela was donated the house, completed with the funds of Seva Vanitha Unit of the Ministry of Defence. The commendable feature of the event is that the labour for construction work has been provided by the Sri Lanka Army voluntarily.
Mrs. Indu Rathnayaka, Additional Secretary (Admin) of the Ministry of Defence; Mrs. Neluka Disanayaka, Chairperson of Navy Seva Vanitha Unit and several senior officers of the SL Army also participated in the event.

MuzikAAAle promises delightful vocal medleys

MuzikAAAle, a production by Ruvini Hapugalle, will go on the boards on Sunday June 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the British School Auditorium, Elvitigala Mawatha, Colombo 8.
As the title indicates, all the music performed that evening will be mainly drawn from Disney musicals and Broadway through instrumental and vocal medleys. Every item promises to be entertaining with many of the well known show tunes included.
You will hear selections from The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, Lion King, Annie, Little Mermaid, Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, Joseph, South Pacific, Showboat, etc. The little Kindermunks and Kinder-Singers who are between the ages of 3-7 years will charm everyone with some delightful vocal medleys.
The piano students, some of whom have won major awards in music, will perform show tunes mainly as duets. The Andrew Lloyd Webber vocal and instrumental medley will be a highlight, and Lion King songs sung in a capella form promises to be a treat!
The music will appeal to all age groups from preschoolers to adults. This concert is open to the public.
Ruvini Hapugalle is a private piano teacher with a 19-year practice teaching students ranging from beginners to diploma level. Her professional experience incorporates training at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and the Royal Academy of Music, London. She has served as a Music Examiner at the Institute of Western Music and Speech (IWMS), Sri Lanka. Ruvini is a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM, Teachers) and Trinity College of Music, London (LTCL, Performers). She also holds a Bachelors degree in English (Honours) from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

‘Charita Atak’ in aid of HelpAge

Wilson Gunaratne’s popular play, `Charita Atak’ will be staged as a special fund raiser for the HelpAge Sri Lanka at the auditorium of Bishop’s College, Colombo 3 at 3 pm and 7 pm on May 15 Sunday.
The proceeds from the two shows of the drama would be utilized for financing the cataract operations being done free of charge on elders from low income groups at the HelpAge Sri Lanka Eye hospital, a spokesman for the organisation said.
The tickets for the drama are priced at Rs. 2,000, Rs. 1,500, Rs. 1,000, Rs. 750, Rs. 500 and Rs. 300.
Tickets are on sale at Keells Supermarkets at Mount Lavinia, Kohuwela, Wijerama, Borella, and Rajagiriya; Sarasavi Bookshops at Nugegoda and Maharagama; Vijitha Yapa Bookshop, Thurston Road and Unity Plaza at Bambalapitiya; Unique Creations, Majestic City, Bambalapitiya, and CD World, Bambalapitiya.
Tickets are also available at the HelpAge Sri Lanka head office, Rattanapitiya. Tickets will be made available at the Bishop’s College premises on the day of staging the drama.

Shades of Sri Lanka in aid of differently-abled children

Shades of Sri Lanka is a three-day art exhibition held to promote 12 artists and to generate funds for the differently-abled children of Prithipura Infant Homes in Wattala. Prithipura Infant Homes is home to many physically and mentally disabled children in dire need of love and care abandoned by their parents.
The exhibition began on Friday and concludes today at the Lionel Wendt.
The artists are Ayub Cader, Hafsah Cader, Aloka Chandrasena, Suchitra Colonne, Anoma Fernando, Ravishka Fernando, Zeyana Haniffa, Mumina Irfan, Zainab Irfan, Asma Shafeek, Namali Silva, Salaf Tegal.
The exhibition showcases paintings and drawings done by both amateurs and previous exhibitors from Mrs Latifa Ismail art studio. Some artists have been long standing students and others more recent.
The repertoire of Shades of Sri Lanka consists an array of artwork that can be derived from various artist backgrounds on different level of expertise and aptitudes. The exhibition will display range of styles from Old Masters to Vector art showcasing the two extreme ends of art.
The Ceylon Fellowship of Service, Prithipura Home was inaugurated in 1962 for the benefit of the mentally and physically handicapped children of the island. The guidance and dedication of Bikku Sumana (a retired English Naval officer turned Samanera) the home initially began as a boys’ home. At inception there were three huts with cemented floors, wooden walls and cadjan roofs. It had four residents at this stage, with a few ladies who served as house mothers to care for them.
In order to register the home, whilst Bikku Sumana was thinking of a name, one of the residents had suddenly shouted “prithi, prithi” as he felt happy for some reason or the other, and which formed the idea of caning the home Prithipura - a place filled with happiness.
As time went by, the executive committee became better equipped to raise funds and thus set about building the CFS Prithipura home cottages and expanding rapidly. By early 1980s, the home had five cottages and 125 children.
The most significant in the case of CFS Prithipura Home was that it accepted children irrespective of caste, creed, religion or financial status. Most children were from poor homes age ranged from 7 - 50 years. There are 75 residents at the home at this moment. Majority are mentally handicapped, whilst many have physical disabilities. A few have severe mental and physical disabilities. Their ages range from 9 55 years. Many have lived almost their entire lives at the CFS Prithipura, they have not known anything else.
Contact Info
Website:http:j jwww.cfsprithipurahome.com Office:Prithipura Home, Hendala, Wattala, Sri Lanka.

Team from world’s No. 1 port visits SLPA

A senior delegation from the Shanghai Port Authority in China made a special inspection visit recently at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). The team from the world’s number one container port, in their exclusive visit at the SLPA inspected its operations and the latest state-of-the-art operations equipment followed by a tour at the on going Colombo Port Expansion Project site.
At the visit of the Shanghai Port delegation in Colombo, Capt. Nihal Keppetipola, Managing Director of SLPA, made a special presentation on the current port operations and the overall port development process implemented in the country. With the implementation of a number of steps to enhance operations at the port at present, SLPA was privileged to have a senior delegation from the Shanghai Port Authority, world’s number one port.
Norman Weerarathne, Additional Managing Director of SLPA; Upul Jayathissa, Chief Manager (Marketing & BD) of SLPA, Nalin Aponso, Deputy Chief Manager (Com. & PR) of SLPA and six top representatives from the Shanghai Port Authority in China including Lu Ping, Director, Planning and Construction Division; Cui Jianzhong, Deputy Director, Laws and Regulations Division; Chen Xianbiao, Deputy Director, Safety Supervision Division; Cao Hongyu, Principal Staff Member, Planning and Construction Division; Shen Shuiping, Division Consultant, Personnel Division and Ms. Chen Yingtong, Vice Chief, Shanghai Municipal Navigation Administration were also present at the occasion.

Year 5 Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Four hundred children of ETF members who had passed the Year 5 Scholarship Examination held in 2010 with high marks, were awarded scholarships at a ceremony presided over by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees recently. The President being received on arrival by Deputy Finance Minister Geethanjana Gunawardena, ETF Chairman K. M. A. Godawatte, Working Director G. Tissakuttiarachchi, Additional General Manager Mangala Gunaratne and Scholarships Manager Yamuna Madigasekara

GL appraises Lanka-German ties

“The depth of the longstanding relationship between Sri Lanka and Germany lies in the people to people contacts developed over half a century through German assistance straddling a wide spectrum of our national life,” said Prof. G. L. Peiris, External Affairs Minister, chief guest at the launching of the website ‘Germany Helping Hands’ by the German Ambassador to Sri Lanka on Thursday, May 5.
The website provides information on 454 German-assisted projects in all parts of the island over a period of 50 years, to the value of over 75 billion Sri Lankan rupees.
These projects include both German government funded projects through the GTZ, as well as projects implemented through private funds from German friends of Sri Lanka such as the pediatric intensive care unit in Galle. Welcoming the initiative, Minister Peiris said the website was a convenient device to bring to the attention of Sri Lankan public the range of projects funded through Germany.