Sri Lankan Summer Bloom 2014 - Leeds

Sri Lankan Summer Bloom 2014 - Leeds
Sri Lankan Summer Bloom 2014 - Leeds
The Sri Lankan Summer Bloom musical night took place on 5th of July and was the first of its kind to occur in Leeds.  The event provided the unique opportunity for families in the Sri Lankan community of North England and families also travelling all the way from the South to integrate; coming together to enjoy a wonderful night of quality music.

The great music was provided by Chandu with the Sunrays Musical Band and some wonderful singing from artists including Buddhika, Dimuthu, Bobby and Ravindra who were also accompanied by the superb dancing of the Aksara dancing group. Saman Milroy and Maheshi Kokila were the charismatic double team that announced the show and Saman Milroy even peformed his own two songs “Nil Wil There” and “Werala Oba Nam” for the first time. 

Republic of Korea donates 12 new school buildings and three teachers’ quarters to Kilinochchi

Republic of Korea donates 12 new school buildings and three teachers’ quarters to Kilinochchi
Republic of Korea donates 12 new school buildings and
three teachers’ quarters to Kilinochchi
The Government of the Republic of Korea in collaboration with UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services) donated twelve new school buildings and three teachers’ quarters,the hand over ceremony was held at beneficiary schools in Kilinochchi district.

At the ceremony, the Korean Ambassador, Chang Won-sam officially handed-over the twelve school buildings and three teachers’ quarters, along with furniture for all the buildings, all worth an equivalent of five million US dollars to the Minister of Education and the Minister expressed his gratitude to the Ambassador for the grant provided, from which more than 6500 students in Kilinochchi area will reap benefits.

Facebook Complaints Increase in Sri Lanka

Facebook Complaints Increase in Sri Lanka
Facebook Complaints Increase in Sri Lanka
More than 1,100 Facebook related incidents have been recorded in Sri Lanka so far this year and they have almost doubled compared to the previous year, according to Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT).

SLCERT, Media Spokesman Senior Security Engineer Roshan Chandragupta yesterday told  that the number of Facebook related incidents recorded for the whole of last year was only 1,200. SLCERT had received 1,040 and 1,150 complaints regarding Facebook for the years 2011 and 2012 respectively. In 2011, it was 1,800.

Chandragupta said that over 80 percent of complaints were about fake Facebook profiles while others were about accounts being hacked.

Sri Lanka to establish 10 new Botanical Gardens

Sri Lanka to establish 10 new Botanical Gardens
Sri Lanka to establish 10 new Botanical Gardens  
The Department of National Botanical Gardens has taken steps to establish ten botanical gardens in the island within the next two years in Sripada, Knuckles, Horton Planes, Sinharaja, Ratnapura, Nuwara Eliya and Ambagamuwa for each distinct bio diversity zones.

Recently, the government opened the fourth botanical garden of the island after 137 years and for the first time after the independence. The new botanicalgarden, Mirijjawila dry zone botanical garden, built on 300 acres of land at Mirijjawila in Hambantota district is the biggest botanical garden in Sri Lanka.


The Director General said that a botanical garden is now being developed in Avissawella in a land of 105 acres with the aim of conserving threatened wet zone flora.An herbal botanical garden is being built in Ganewatta in Kurunegala, the official said.


IFFCOLOMBO 2014

IFFCOLOMBO 2014
IFFCOLOMBO 2014

IFFCOLOMBO offers international cinema experience to Sri Lankan audience

For the first time an international film festival is planned to be held in Sri Lanka to offer a great international cinema experience to Sri Lankan film enthusiasts. The 'International Film Festival of Colombo' (IFFCOLOMBO), organized by the Film Directors Guild of Sri Lanka in association with the 'Okinawa International Movie Festival' in Japan will be held from 2 to 7 September in Colombo.

IFFCOLOMBO Director Ashoka Handagama, a committee member of the Film Directors Guild of Sri Lanka said although Sri Lankan cinema has managed to garner recognition among independent festival audience the world over, there is no effective international film festival of its own.
"But our dream of hosting a grand festival is becoming a reality," Handagama said.
Describing the history of collaboration with the Okinawa Film Festival, Handagama stated that the group from Okinawa met with representatives of the Film Directors Guild in 2012 at the Tokyo Film Festival where they agreed to give Yen 10 million to initiate the festival in Colombo. As they have discussed, a group visited Sri Lanka to witness the current status of the industry and was pleased to help.

Sudesh Peiris wins Silver at Commonwealth Games 2014

Sudesh Peiris wins Silver at Commonwealth Games 2014
Sudesh Peiris wins Silver at Commonwealth Games 2014

Commonwealth Games 2014

Sri Lanka's Sudesh Peiris has won the Silver Medal for Men's weightlifting in the 62kg category at the Commonwealth Games 2014 held in Glasgow,Scotland. Peiris's medal is Sri Lanka's first medal at the games this year. 
Weight Lifter Sudesh led the Sri Lankan contingent comprising 104 athletes at the 20th Commonwealth Game.

He had won the bronze medal in the men’s 62 kg weightlifting clean and jerk event during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi 2010. 

Sri Lanka progressively improves in human development - UNDP report

Sri Lanka progressively improves in human development-- UNDP report
Sri Lanka progressively improves
 in human development- UNDP report 

'Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience' 

Sri Lanka has progressively improved in human development over the years and is listed at the 73 in the category of High Human Development Country in the Human Development Report (HDR) 2014 released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

The 2014 Human Development Report 'Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience' covering 187 countries was launched in Tokyo, on 24 July 2014. 
The 2014 HDR highlights the need for both promoting people's choices and protecting human development achievements and offers a fresh perspective on what makes people vulnerable, and proposes ways to strengthen resilience. Sri Lanka's Human Development Index (HDI) has progressively increased up to 0.750 in 2014 compared to 0.513 in 1980.

Sri Lanka's nearest neighbor, India is ranked at 135 in the index, among the 'medium development' countries along with Bhutan at 136 and Maldives at 103. Pakistan ranked 146, Nepal at 145 and Afghanistan at 169 are in the 'low development' category.

Panther Celebrates 15 years of Learning through Play

Panther Products
Panther Products

Sri Lanka’s Premier Producer of Education Toys has big plans for the future

Panther, Sri Lanka’s leading educational toy and stationery manufacturer celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. One of the first and only manufacturers of educational products in the country, the company is renowned not only for the high quality of its range but also its cost effective principles and wide distribution network; that make Panther products accessible to all Sri Lankans, everywhere.   
Speaking of what inspired him to begin producing educational toys, Managing Director Mr.Nihal Atukorala said “We observed that there was a severe lack in the educational toy category, with the items that were available generally priced way out of the league of most people, and with nothing that could cater to children who were speaking and learning in our local languages. We are proud to say that over a short period of time we expanded our operations, and today we have a team of over 70 employees. We take great pride in harnessing fresh ideas and talent within our young workforce. In the recent years the female presence in our workforce has increased to 60%. We are an equal opportunity employer and we take pride in maintaining the best possible safety standards and   optimum working conditions.”

Leo Burnett’s Young Professionals attend AFAA’s Fast Track Programme in Malaysia

The LBSI team from Sri Lanka
The LBSI team from Sri Lanka
Four young professionals from a cross section of the disciplines and brands within Leo Burnett Solutions Inc. (LBSI) were chosen to participate in the Fast Track Professional Excellence Programme. 
Fast Track is a programme designed to coach young leaders to take up their leadership roles with ease. This programme which was conducted over a three-day period in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is an annual programme conducted by AFAA and is moderated by 95% - The Advertising Academy. A total of 28 participants from five countries participated in the programme this year. The team from Sri Lanka comprised of Surani Perera, Rinesh Jayaratne, Nilusha Wanasinghe and Rameez Fazal, each representing a different brand and discipline within the agency. These four young professionals were the first Sri Lankan advertising professionals to attend Fast Track, which is yet another first for Sri Lanka’s advertising industry fuelled by Leo Burnett

Arpico launches Hybrid water tanks

Arpico Hybrid water tank
Arpico Hybrid water tank

Aerodynamic design and triple layer protection enhances durability, hygiene and safety

Arpico yesterday announced its state-of-the-art Hybrid water tank, which comes with the aerodynamic design and triple layer protection to the Sri Lankan market in Colombo.The new Hybrid water tank is fourth an first three layer tank to its portfolio.

"We were the first to introduce the concept of portable water in Sri Lanka. We have already sold over 1 million water tanks since the inception of our water tanks business in Sri Lanka" Speaking at the event, Sunil Liyanage, Managing Director, Local Manufacturing and Distribution Sector, Richard Pieris and Company PLC said, 

Arpico Hybrid's function oriented features include a state of the art monocoque diagonal design for maximum strength. A screw lid seals the tank, preventing insects and dirt from contaminating the water. The Hybrid's wide opening and strong base ease the cleaning process whilst its strengthened shoulder lugs enable easy lifting and anchoring of the tank.