Battle after battle in CMC View(s):The local councils are meant to be the ‘miniature legislatures’ of the country and the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) is showing the way how true that is. Already, the CMC is imitating the national Parliament with a heated contest for the post of Leader of the Opposition. The battle for the Leader of the Opposition post is not the only battle to have got the CMC going. At its first meeting, all manner of games went on in the appointment to the various Standing Committees of the CMC. A Sri Lanka team is expected to leave for Abu Dhabi for this purpose anytime now.
They were joined by Maldivian Health Minister Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim. Health Minister Senaratne, calling April 7, World Health Day a “truly historic day”, made a pledge that Sri Lanka was making use of primary level curative health institutions to move towards a state-led system of ‘family doctors’ accountable for smaller populations. “‘A Family Doctor for All’ where a trained family physician will be responsible for a population of around 5,000 is our aim. “Sri Lanka has a state-funded and run healthcare system providing healthcare free of charge at the point of delivery. As such, the primary healthcare system needs to adjust to address these two (epidemiologic and demographic) transitions.
With Colombo’s – most cities actually – traffic being what it is, online shopping is becoming more appealing. But what happens if what you purchase online is not exactly what turns up on your doorstep? The store is designed to combine the advantages of both online and offline retail, in order to serve customers seamlessly online to offline. So when we had our customers ask us if they can touch and feel, see and try on, we realised that we can make shopping online easier for them by supplementing the online experience with a brick and mortar presence. Harshi adds that the phygital store has enhanced the relationship with existing customers due to the more personalised approach.
He told the UNP ministers that most wanted to quit the Government. Hence, he wants to assign their portfolios to those serving SLFP ministers. Sirisena chaired the “UNP only” Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning. Did he, therefore, consolidate his position somewhat by telling the UNP cabinet ministers that he would effect a reshuffle on Thursday — a strong message that he would like to continue the coalition? Now, he has clinched a deal with the UNP to continue the coalition.
President to attend CHOGM summit, key issues on agenda View(s):President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for Britain today to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018 which will be held from April 16 to 20 in London. This is the President’s second visit to Britain after taking office. He paid a four-day official visit to Britain in March, 2015. More than 50 entrepreneurs from Sri Lanka, mainly from the small and medium enterprise sector, will participate in the Commonwealth Business Forum, positioning Sri Lanka as a trade and investment hub in South Asia to gain the Commonwealth trade advantage. The Business Forum is expected to make a compelling case for free and inclusive trade as the best way to promote higher living standards around the world.
Dance that fired your imagination By Francesca Muddanayake View(s): View(s):Good dancers always make any choreography look easy. This is exactly what it felt like to watch the Russian Chamber Ballet Troupe onstage. Performing a medley of ballet pieces at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre over their two night show on March 30 and 31, the choreography drew on well-known performances (Swan Lake, Don Quixote), to the more ‘interpretative’(a hilarious ‘Chicken Dance’). Ballet dancers lead a notoriously difficult life where they begin training from a young age and then work up to seven hours a day practising. Being in a company is a six day a week requirement and you’re likely to retire around the time you’re 35.
The Sunday Times confirms final results despite errors in counting Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy / Schoolgirl Cricketer of the Year 2018 View(s): View(s):The Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy / Schoolgirl Cricketer of the Year 2018 competitions officially came to an end last week. But the organisers have found that a counting error had occurred during the latter stages of the competition. The errors had taken place mainly due to technical and counting. However the missed counts still do not affect the final count or, not force any changes in the final standings of the contestants in all three categories. We herewith publish the final and official results of the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy / Schoolgirl Cricketer of the Year 2018.
Navy (Men), Army (Women) out to retain titles 33rd Sri Lanka Rowing Championships View(s): View(s):Hundreds of oarsmen and oarswomen will be seen in action at the 33rd Sri Lanka National Rowing Championship from April 20-22, at the Diyawanna Rowing Centre (DRC). The championship will be conducted under 3 categories- Under-18, Over-18 and Open and will serve to select the National pool for international competitions. The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) are the current holders of the Jerry Silva Trophy winning the overall title, when they won the Men’s Open and and finished strongly in the Women’s categories. Sri Lanka Army are the defending Women’s Open champions and holders of the Deva Henry Trophy. The 3-day event is organised and conducted by the Amateur Rowing Association ofSri Lanka.
Whither the Commonwealth View(s):A somewhat beleaguered President Maithripala Sirisena leaves for Britain over the weekend to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). In the intervening years, Britain – the primus inter pares of the group dumped the Commonwealth and looked to Europe for salvation. In more recent times, the group led by Britain began taking questionable positions on what it called “Commonwealth values”. The fact is that the agenda of the Commonwealth has been for too long dictated by the ‘old Commonwealth’ known nowadays as the ‘white Commonwealth’ and it needs to be re-calibrated so that the label of ‘double standards’ does not stick to the Commonwealth as it does these days to the United Nations. To cap it all, Sri Lanka’s High Commission in London which deals with the Commonwealth Secretariat on behalf of the government is headless.
Minor cabinet changes, major reshuffle after President returns from London View(s):President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday swore in three Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members and one United National Party (UNP) member as ministers to act for those who resigned, pending a major cabinet re-shuffle. It will take place after he returns from London where he will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Those who took oaths, will be in charge of new subjects in addition to their current portfolios. They are Malik Samarawickrema — Social Empowerment, Welfare, Kandyan Heritage, Labour and Labour relations; Sarath Amunugama — Skills Development, Vocational Training, Science, Technology and Research; Ranjith Siyambalapitiya — Disaster Management and Faiszer Musthapha — Sports. The subjects changed hands after the resignation of six SLFP ministers who voted in favour of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
“We are on the right track” says Weightlifting coach Wickremasinghe By S.R. Pathiravithana reporting from Gold Coast View(s): View(s):Chief coach of the Sri Lanka Weightlifting contingent, R.B. Wickremasinghe, feels they are on the right track at the moment. In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Times, Wickremasinghe, the doyen of Weightlifting in Sri Lanka, said, “Definitely our standards have improved. “We also like to add when our players do well there are new youngsters taking up to the game.
SLAF Combat Training School Diyatalawa awarded President’s Colours View(s):Sri Lanka Air Force Combat Training School Diyatalawa (SLAF-CTS), the oldest training school of the SLAF, was honoured with the award of the President’s Colours in a colourful parade held at SLAF-CTS Diyatalawa recently. He was received by SLAF Chief Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy. The President’s Colours is the highest accolade a military establishment could receive in its lifespan. Known as the ‘Cradle of the Air Force’ SLAF-CTS Diyatalawa was established in 1952 as Royal Ceylon Air Force Station. The SLAF was first awarded the President’s Colours in 1976.
Cooking up something special in a male-dominated sector View(s):Nonky Tejapermana is Executive Chef at the Shangri-La Hambantota and her 23- year journey as a chef has taken her across the globe, cooking on land, sea and air. How do you view yourself as a female chef in the male-dominated industry? Being a female chef is not easy, especially when one is holding a position. Before I relocated to Sri Lanka, I served in popular destinations including Maldives, Sydney, London, Dubai, Qatar and the USA. Sri Lanka moreover, has a wide variety of ethnic food and also through Ayurveda it promotes consuming healthy food.
Temporary caretaker appointed for Ruhunu Kataragama Devalaya View(s):Seethaka Dilruwan Rajapakse has been named as the temporary caretaker of the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya in the Moneragala District. The appointment, with effect from April 9, has been made by Buddhist Affairs Commissioner General Nimal Kotawalagedara in terms of the powers vested in him by the Buddhist Vihara and Devalagam Ordinance of 1931, the Department of Buddhist Affairs said. Earlier this week, Buddha Sasana Minister Gamini Jayawickreme Perera said he had suspended the Devale’s Basnayake Nilame D. P. Kumarage for three months.
Why this obeisance paid to politicians in South Asia? Surely if someone is asked to show his or her identity card, it is a simple matter to comply. This is not a mere issue of production of an identity card. Obeisance paid to politicians, unique to South Asia? Is this obeisance paid to politicians, uniquely South Asian?