Looking back with pride and looking to the future with optimism There’s much to celebrate as Sri Jayewardenepura University’s Faculty of Medical Sciences marks 25 years. Today, however, the graduates of the Sri Jayewardenepura FMS are ‘seated’ in high-level chairs across the country and the world. And unlike its bigger sisters, Colombo, Peradeniya, Jaffna, Ragama and Karapitiya which are just ‘medical faculties’, the Sri Jayewardenepura FMS, the sixth, has under its spreading wings ‘medical sciences’. Seated in her office on the 7th Floor of the Administrative Building of the FMS, Prof. Yasawardene talks of the “rapid progress” of this institution begun amidst “a lot of uncertainties”. Looking to the future, Prof. Yasawardene says that the FMS hopes to launch another first next year – a degree programme in optometry.
Presented by the Sri Lanka Law College, the last time that the budding lawyers explored a more theatrical path was incidentally with the same play- “Witness for the Prosecution”. A former student of Nalanda College, Dilanka’s dramatic exerience was in the Inter-School Shakespeare Drama Competitions. Next to Leonard, his wife Romaine Vole is “a remarkable woman” Dilanka admits. The Sri Lanka Law College presents “Witness for the Prosecution” on March 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. at the Namel Malani Punchi Theatre, Borella. 1000, 750 and 500 will be available at Sri Lanka Law College and at the entrance.
Facebook shut down till emergency is lifted By Namini Wijedasa Social media giant says it will not allow hate speech or incitement to violence; ready to respond to situation View(s): View(s):The temporary blockade of access to the social media site Facebook could remain in place till the State of Emergency lapses, authoritative sources said yesterday. But the sources said it could go on till the State of Emergency was lifted. "The blockade will be lifted soon and, in any event, will lapse no sooner Emergency is lifted," he said. Some internet users started using proxy sites–virtual private networks (VPN)–to access social media. "aytimes.lk/180311/news/facebook-shut-down-till-emergency-is-lifted-285695.html&t=Facebook shut down till emergency is lifted" title="Share on Facebook ">FacebookTwitterEmail
Kottu gets star class treatment By Joshua Surendraraj View(s): View(s):We are greeted by the aroma of spices, fried onions, leeks, carrots and eggs. Pair this with a star class restaurant experience and you have a perfect evening. The Kottu Fest, as the organisers explain is an initiative taken by the restaurant, which wanted to give life to innovative ideas, based around kottu. Sous Chef Saba who specializes in Jaffna food, tells us his favourite is the ‘Tandoori chicken kottu’. Aside from the Kottu that we tried, the festival also includes a ‘Rendang Chicken Kottu’,‘Nai Miris Kottu’, ‘Mixed Seafood Kottu’, ‘Karapincha and Vegetable Kottu’ and the ‘Green Curry Chicken Kottu.’Priced at Rs.
Sashane and audience tackle sensitive subject with delicacy and humour Every Brilliant Thing directed by Sashane Perera. Using the arts as a medium to discuss mental health not only kick-starts conversations but assists in breaking down taboos surrounding depression and suicide. ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ centres on a man whose mother experiences depression and attempts suicide multiple times. Upon entering the space some audience members were handed cards with one brilliant thing written on it, to be read out when their number was called. Every Brilliant Thing was staged at the British Council and at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute
PM visits Kandy, pledges speedy compensation to victims By L.B.Senaratne View(s): View(s):Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday assured victims of this week’s violent incidents in Digana, Teldeniya, Kundasale and surrounding areas that they would be compensated as soon as possible. The Prime Minister made this statement at a meeting he chaired at the Kandy Secretariat to discuss compensation for the victims. Calling on the Divisional Secretaries of the affected areas to assess the damage and report back by Friday, the Premier said that Rs. Mr. Wickremesinghe said the compensation scheme would be worked out on the basis of damage caused to the properties. The Prime Minister called on banks to grant a grace period to businesses which had obtained bank loans until they became stable.
Gurukula MV dominate proceedings at Welisara Under-19 Cricket View(s): View(s):Gurukula MV Kelaniya dominated proceedings against Bandaranayake MMV Gampaha as they took a first inning lead in the Under-19 inter-school cricket encounter played at Welisara. The second day’s play saw Bandaranayake MMV in reply to Gurukula MV’s 265 resuming from their overnight score of 80 for 3 was bowled out for 166 and Gurukula MV batting the second time went into the lunch break on 60 for 3. Mahinda was struggling against Mahanama Colombo in the morning session of play in the Under 19 match being played at Reid Avenue. Mahanama continuing from their overnight score of 118 for 8 was bowled for the addition of 29 runs for 147. Mahinda in their turn saw their strong batting line being wrecked by left arm pacie Pathum Boteju who with a five wicket haul had them struggling on 51 for 6 at lunch.
As evening shadows fell the call for safety rang out View(s):As darkness fell on the evening of March 5, with the Fort Railway Station bustling with people rushing home from work, approximately 300 women and men of all religions, ethnicities and ages, began their walk for safety for women on the streets at night. Women from different women’s organisations and like minded organis ations together with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, walked under the banner “Safe Nights! Safe Streets! “Sexual violence affects our families, homes and our loved ones, and we need to break the silence around it that has hidden its occurrence and prevented adequate action,” said a participant. Safe Streets!
THOMIAN CD TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS AT MOUNT From MutWal to Mount View(s): View(s):Among a host of jubilant activities to celebrate a century of Thomian spirit at Mount Lavinia, along with the 139th Royal Thomian battle, musician Priya Peiris has produced a CD comprising 20 nostalgic songs depicting schoolboy life at STC . All songs have been composed and musically arranged by Priya himself and sung by the Thomian alumni. The first CD was officially handed over to the Thomian Warden, the Rev. It is a soul -stirring song depicting the obstacles the College had to face during the transfer from Mutwal in Colombo to Mount Lavinia. A choral version of the College song, sung by a group of former students is also included .
Shehan slams career best 161 — steals the show By M. Shamil Amit Premier Limited Over View(s): View(s):Rain hampered proceedings of the Premier limited over cricket tournament with only three matches being completed while the others ending in no decisions. The three wins were secured by Chilaw Marians, NCC and Colts CC played at the FTZ ground in Katunayake, NCC and Panagoda. Chilaw Marians skipper Shehan Jayasuriya slammed a career best knock of 161 to help his side taking first lease of the wicket to make a mammoth score of 318 for 8. : Sewwinda Silva 5 for 51)Negombo CC 108 for 6 in 15 overs (Praveen Fernando 29, Sandun Dias 23, Lasith Croospulle 31 n.o. : Chamikara Edirisinghe 3 for 38, Hashen Ramanayake 2 for 25)BRC 51 for 5 in 14 overs (Pravinath Wijesuriya 17 n.o.
“Wait and see” from foreign investors By Bandula Sirimanna View(s): View(s):This week’s unrest in Kandy and the imposition of a state of emergency immediately led to tourist cancellations and triggered alarm bells in the economy, officials and economists at the Treasury and the Central Bank (CB) said. “Most investors are likely to follow a wait and see policy; see whether this crisis would persist and watch how the government is tackling the situation,” an economist, involved in foreign investment negotiations, said. Asked whether the Government’s action to restrict access to social media websites was the correct decision, 71.4 per cent of the respondents said: “Yes”. According to comments received, one respondent said rather than blocking social media, tough action should be taken against perpetrators of hate messages on Facebook. A third respondent said hate speech should not be tolerated while social media must be regulated to ensure that it does not mislead people and does not infringe on the rights of another.
Asia Siyaka’s Anil Cooke to address key Dubai tea forum View(s):Sri Lanka’s Anil Cooke, President and CEO, Asia Siyaka Commodities PLC is among a list of high-profile speakers who will address a two-day Global Dubai Tea Forum from April 25-26 under the theme “Brewing the future of trade.”Organised by DMCC, the world’s leading Free Zone for commodities trade and enterprise, this 7th edition event will be held at The Address Hotel, Dubai Marina. With Dubai serving as global trade gateway for tea, much enabled by the DMCC Tea Centre, the forum will discuss opportunities and challenges covering every aspect of the tea supply chain – from producing countries and merchant exporters to blenders and buyers – creating new business opportunities across the industry, a media release issued by the organisers said. Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC, said: “There is always something brewing at DMCC, and our DMCC Tea Centre efforts to date have helped position the UAE as one of the world’s top three markets for tea per capita by consumption. The reality is that the world consumed 2.9 million tonnes of tea in 2016, with global consumption forecast to reach 3.3 million tonnes in 2021. Other panel themes will follow which include: ‘Share of Throat’; ‘Storm Brewing for Tea Industry’; ‘Tea Industry and the Effect on Climate Change’; ‘Producing Countries – Growth and Challenges’On the second day, panel themes will include: ‘Tea-chnology and Development/Advancements’ and ‘Consuming Countries’ which will feature representatives of key markets such as Russia, Iraq, the US and Saudi Arabia.
Corporates, not only governments, responsible for sustainability issues By Jayampathy Jayasinghe View(s): View(s):While several areas in Sri Lanka still face severe drought conditions the government is looking at providing artificial rain to areas affected by importing emergency power purchases and other essential food items to its affected people. Although sustainability issues wasn’t an agenda for governments, the support of institutions and individuals was needed to achieve this objective. Referring to disposal of garbage in Sri Lanka, he said people dump garbage on the roadside believing that it was the duty of the government to clear it. “We are very good in writing business reports on sustainability issues but should be equally good at in developing business roles as well. Small and Medium Sector Sustainability winner was Vallibel Power Erathna PLC while the runner-up was Resus Energy PLC.
Sri Lanka sets foot in cruise tourism with tariff changes By Bandula Sirimanna View(s): View(s):With the aim of capitalising on the ever increasing popularity of cruise tourism, the Sri Lanka government is mulling more concessions for travellers arriving in the island on ships. Sri Lanka attracts approximately 25,000 cruise passengers a year. One way Sri Lanka is planning to achieve this target is through promoting the country as a cruise destination, he has said. Cruise tourism has seen a substantial growth in Sri Lanka with numbers going from 18 cruise line visits in 2011, 22 liners in 2014 and currently at 40 visits from liners. Sri Lanka with its excellent geo strategic location, and being a maritime hub, must leverage on this development, the PM pointed out.
Former national cricketer Rambukwella arrested on drunk driving charge By Damith Wickremasinghe View(s): View(s):ControversialSri Lanka national cricketer Ramith Rambukwella was arrested on charges of assault and drunk driving near Open University, Nawala, on Friday night. Rambukwella, who represents Tamil Union in first class cricket, has played for Sri Lanka in two T20 matches during his career. He was recently rewarded with a domestic cricket contract by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) but has often made headlines for the wrong reasons. He was with the Sri Lanka A team returning from a West Indies tour. This resulted in Police only charging Rambukwella on a charge of driving under the influence of liquor and will be produced at Aluthkade courts on Tuesday.