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,
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
|US Government helps
farmers re-establish roots in North
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
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
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 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
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.
delightful vocal medleys
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
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,
|‘Charita Atak’ in aid
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
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,
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
The exhibition began on Friday and concludes today at the
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
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
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
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.