Canada Suspends Voluntary Commonwealth Funds

Canada Suspends Voluntary Commonwealth Funds
Canada Suspends Voluntary Commonwealth Funds
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada will suspend $20 million in funding to the Commonwealth while the chair of the secretariat is occupied by Sri Lanka.
Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotted the Commonwealth summit last year(2013) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, because of concerns about the government's human rights record.
Meanwhile Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma also has expressed his disappointment over the decision taken by Canada to suspend funding to the Commonwealth.

Issuing a statement Mr. Sharma said,

Sri Lanka to open Coconut Park to promote tourism in the East Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka to open Coconut Park to promote tourism in the East Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka to open Coconut Park to promote tourism
 in the East Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan government with the dual goal of developing coconut production and promoting tourism in the East plans to open a model Coconut Park in Pasikuda in the Eastern Province,Sri Lanka.

The Pasikuda Model Coconut Park, to be opened adjoining to Pasikuda Bay soon, is a joint project by the Ministry of Coconut Development and Janatha Estate Development and Coconut Development Board.

The 238-acre park is being constructed in an area in the Eastern Province where thousands of tourists are attracted to the white sandy beaches of Pasikuda. A 25-acre area adjoining the coconut park will be developed as a tourist zone.

Pakistani delegation visits Sri Lanka

Gems and Jewellery
Gems and Jewellery
A high powered delegation of Pakistan's Gilgit - Baltistan Legislative Assembly members and officials led by Speaker Mr Wazir Baig, recently visited Sri Lanka on an exposure visit to study the Gems and Jewellery sector policy framework.

The visit was aimed to help Gilgit - Baltistan to devise policies to support efforts to improve the livelihoods of small-scale gemstone miners in the area. It will further improve the capacities to replicate the success stories of best practices adopted by Sri Lanka in gemstone mining, cutting and polishing.

Members of the delegation included Mr. Jamil Ahmed, Deputy Speaker, GB Legislative Assembly, Muhammad Naseer Khan, Minister for Mines and Minerals, Chief Secretary, Government of Gilgit-Baltistan, Muhammad Younus Dagha, Mr. Mutabiat Shah, Member, GB Legislative Assembly, as well as officials and representatives of Rupani Foundation and AKRSP.

The National Blood Transfusion Service Sri Lanka Gets Access to Critical Evidence-based Research Information

The National Blood Transfusion Service Sri Lanka Gets Access to Critical Evidence-based Research Information
The National Blood Transfusion Service Sri Lanka Gets
 Access to Critical Evidence-based Research Information
Evidentia Publishing is pleased to announce that the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) of Sri Lanka will be utilizing the Transfusion Evidence Library - a unique, online database providing high quality, evidence-based information for all research related to transfusion medicine - in support of their efforts to ensure quality and safety of blood and blood components.

Dr. Anil Dissanayake, Director of the National Blood Transfusion Service Sri Lanka, commented, “Through our nationally coordinated system, we ensure the quality, safety and effectiveness of blood supply and related clinical, academic and research services in accordance with national requirements and WHO recommendations. Now the medical staff of NBTS can access the Transfusion Evidence Library to research the best practices, recommendations and alternatives in transfusion medicine and apply them to improve our services.”

Lights Go Out As Oman Air Marks Earth Hour

Oman Air HQ
Oman Air HQ
The lights went out across Oman Air’s network of 43 international destinations, as Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, joined millions of people around the world in marking Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a campaign which was launched by WWF in 2007. It has since grown into a global movement which crowdsources actions from individuals, businesses, organisations and governments to generate environmental outcomes, encouraging innovation and creativity for the planet.

The airline’s headquarters in Muscat, Oman, took the lead for Oman Air and was joined by all its stations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa in confirming its commitment to protecting the environment. Only Oman Air’s essential services were exempt from taking part in the initiative.

Sri Lanka Win ICC World T20 Trophy

Sri Lanka Win ICC World T20 Trophy
 Sri Lanka Win ICC World T20 Trophy
Sri Lanka won the 2014 T20 World Cup after defeating India by 6 wickets in the final  in Mirpur. Legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene were playing their last game of the T20s and they finished their T20 career on a high, both playing instrumental roles in Sri Lanka's success.

Wining the toss Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga elected to bowl first,India managed only 130-4 in their 20 overs.

The veteran left-hander knocked a 35-ball 52 not out in his last T20 match to guide the Sri Lankan chase of a modest 131-run target in 17.5 overs at Shere Bangla stadium.

Sri Lanka beat West Indies to reach final

Sri Lanka beat West Indies to reach final
Sri Lanka beat West Indies to reach final
Sri Lanka defeated the West Indies by 27 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method to enter the World T20 final in Dhaka.

Batting first in the first semi-final, Sri Lanka scored an impressive 160 for 6 riding on important contributions from Angelo Mathews (40) and Lahiru Thirimanne (45). In reply, West Indies were 80 for 4 in 13.5 overs when a storm followed by heavy downpour ruled out any chances of a game.

Sri Lanka were declared winners of the rain-hit semi-final since the West Indies were 27 runs behind the D/L par score of 107.


Celebrate Avurudhu with Hameedia’s

Celebrate Avurudhu with Hameedia’s
Celebrate Avurudhu with Hameedia’s 
Hameedia Sri Lanka’s leading menswear brand will make this Sinhala and Tamil New Year a memorable one as you become a sure winner with the Bakmahe Asiriya promotion, a special promotion running till April 25, 2015, for its thousands of customers all over Sri Lanka. Hameedia will also be introducing an exciting line of products in white celebrating the colour of the New Year.

Commenting on this festive season Fouzul Hameed, Managing Director, Hameedia said, ‘this time of year is very important to Sri Lanka as all communities come together to celebrate a common day with much happiness, peace and goodwill; we at Hameedia promote this unity among communities as we are a multi ethnic organisation. This time of year is also about gift giving, and we have a wide variety of clothing products and accessories, being the ideal place to find a gift for your loved ones. This year the colour for the Avurudhu is white and we have a full collection for you to choose from to ensure you dawn the New Year positively.”

Samsung launches Galaxy S5 in Sri Lanka

Samsung launches Galaxy S5 in Sri Lanka
Samsung launches Galaxy S5 in Sri Lanka
Samsung Electronics,Sri Lanka`s Leading Smart phone manufacturer introduced the fifth generation of Galaxy, S5 in the domestic market.Samsung said the price of Galaxy S5  is Rs.111490. It will be available in the market from April 11 on-wards. 
"The GALAXY S5 is yet another great proof point of people-inspired innovation developed by Samsung.Designed to be both effortlessly smart and intuitively simple,the GALAXY S5 has been created to maximize consumer benefits by integrating superior hardware with enhanced smartphone usability and an iconic design,"said H.K Chang,Managing director,Samsung India Electronic Limited Sri Lanka branch.
The features include a 16-megapixel camera,fastest WiFi performance,LTE cat 4(150/50 Mbps) and Octa-core processor capable of operating all 8  cores at the same time,said a company release.

Ampara Hospital clinches Best Hospital award 2014

Ampara Hospital clinches Best Hospital award 2014
Ampara Hospital clinches Best Hospital award 2014
















General Hospital of Ampara received Best Hospital in the World for 2014 by the Institute for Health and Productivity Management(IHPM), USA.Ampara General Hospital Director Dr. Lanka Jayasinghe represented Sri Lanka at the award ceremony held recently in Arizona State.