Archive | November, 2013


BENS have their annual dinner dance in Toronto

Posted on 29 November 2013 by admin

St. Benedict’s College OBA presents “Benedictine Nite” 2013 The 21st Annual “Benedictine Nite” Dinner Dance was held at the Verdi Banquet and Convention Centre in Mississauga, Ontario on Saturday November 2, 2013. The dance was attended by over 225 guests comprising of Benedictines, their families and well-wishers. Superb music for both the young and old was provided by the popular "ZEROX" band assisted by DJ Rohan. Everyone had a great time and the dance went on until 1.45 AM. There were also plenty of prizes and surprises. The 1st prize in the grand raffle draw, a return air ticket to Colombo, sponsored by Etihad Airways was won by Rosita Devotta. The President, Nimal Dissanayake, in his welcome address thanked the Social Secretary, Keith Livera and members of the Executive Committee for their hard work in the past few months and for having put together a successful dance once again.


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Exchange Rates

Posted on 29 November 2013 by admin

Nov 29, 2013 (LBO) – Consumer prices in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo rose 5.6 percent in the 12-months to December from a year earlier, slowing from 6.7 percent a month earlier, with the index climbing 0.2 percent during the month. The so-called annual average inflation, a lagging indicator which is averaged across two years slowed to 7.3 percent from 7.6 percent. The Colombo Consumer Price Index gained 0.4 points to 176.5 points during the month, but is still at the same level as in June 2013. Despite cutting interest rates the Central Bank has been sterilizing forex purchases steadily over the past few months, indicating that it was not printing money. Analysts say inflation would have been lower if the monetary authority had allowed the exchange rate to appreciate. Under Sri Lanka's so-called flexible exchange rate, where the Central Bank buys all capital inflows preventing currency appreciation, then allows rupee liquidity to remain in the banking system, putting downward pressure on the currency. As a result, despite having very much higher interest rates than the anchor US currency, and sterilized forex purchase the rupee tends to be pressured.

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R.I.T. Alles was founding principal of D.S. Senanayake College

Posted on 28 November 2013 by admin

R.I.T. Alles

The founding principal of D.S. Senanayake College, educationist R.I.T. Alles has passed away today at the age of 81.
Ralph Ignatius Thomas Alles, who also served as the State Secretary for Ministry of Education from 1989 to 1993, was the Chairman of the Gateway Group till his death.
Educated at St. Aloysius’ College, Galle and at St. Anthony’s College in Kandy, he started his career as a teacher, eventually becoming an assistant principal at Royal College Colombo and helped to establish D. S. Senanayake. 
In 25 years at the school, he helped turn it into one of the leading schools in Sri Lanka, expanding from 167 students to over 5000. There after he established the Gateway International School.
Alles was married to Rohini Alles who was also a teacher at Royal College Colombo. He is the father of MP Tiran Alles and Dr Harsha Alles.

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60-Room MIRAGE will be new addition to Colombo’s hotel line-up

Posted on 22 November 2013 by admin

The new 4-star 60 roomed Mirage Hotel in Sri Lanka’s latest addition to star class accommodation located at 61 Moor’s Road on Marine Drive in Wellawatte. Although it was opened on November 10, the ‘soft’ opening is scheduled for today (November 22). Executive Director Ms. Sweeni Wijewardene told The Island Financial Review that the Mirage Colombo includes rooms with a view of the Indian Ocean, and also superior deluxe rooms, deluxe rooms, standard rooms, family rooms and suite with extra large beds. The Chairman is Prabath Fonseka.

The hotel offers the sophisticated business and leisure traveller unlimited luxury and within walking distance to shops, street markets and business establishments and just 3 km away from the city centre and one hours drive from the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). With breath taking views and spectacular sun sets there is safe sea bathing in the famous Kinross Beach. All rooms at the Mirage has individual thermostat control, IDD facilities, mini bar, 24-hour room service, safe deposit lockers, 32 inch Led TV with satellite connection, tea/coffee making facilities together with Wi-Fi internet connection. Executive Chef is Lloyd Opatha and his team serves a rich spread of Italian, Chinese and Sri Lankan food with delicious deserts at the Platinum Pier while the Planetarium is the roof top restaurant and also the Aquarium with a full range of liquor, premium imported wines, spirits and beers.

Conference facilities are also available. There is also a fitness centre and spa with the latest fitness equipment as well as a swimming pool on the third floor with a stunning view of the Indian Ocean which serves guests with snacks, fresh fruit, cocktails and health smoothies.

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Sri Lanka retain Number one ranking with 8-wicket win

Posted on 21 November 2013 by admin

November 21, 2013, 10:54 pm

Rex Clementine Reporting from Pallekele – Courtesy: The Island

Man of the Match Kusal Janith Perera. (File Photo)

Half-centuries by Tillekeratne Dilshan and Kusal Janith Perera helped Sri Lanka to a comfortable eight wicket win in the second T-20 International against New Zealand here at Pallekele International Stadium on Friday. Sri Lanka reached the target of 143 with 13 deliveries to spare. With this win Sri Lanka won the two match T-20 series as the first game at the same venue was washed out.

More importantly, the win helped Sri Lanka to retain the number one rank in T-20 Internationals, irrespective of the outcome of the series between Pakistan and South Africa which is currently underway.

After former captain Mahela Jayawardene fell cheaply for three runs, Perera and Dilshan added 96 runs for the second wicket off 71 deliveries, laying a solid foundation for the Sri Lankan innings.

Kusal was dropped twice and he went onto make 57 off 37 deliveries, with the help of six fours and two sixes.

Dilshan wasn’t hasty and finished things off with an unbeaten 59 that came off 49 deliveries with eight fours. He shared an unbroken 39 run stand for the third wicket with Kumar Sangakkara, who remained unbeaten on 20.

With so much hype going on about spinning all-rounders, Ramith Rambukwella’s inclusion was expected. But what wasn’t expected was the debut came at the expense of Sachithra Senanayake, who remains one of the most economical bowlers in the shortest format of the game.

It appears that Rambukwella didn’t get a warm welcome into the squad, but on debut he bowled a decent spell and conceded just 19 runs, in his four overs and accounted for Tom Latham.

When Rambukwella finished his quota of overs, it looked as if he had done enough, much to the relief of the selectors, but in the 16th over, he put down Luke Ronchi. The drop proved to be costly as Ronchi smashed a six and a four off the next over by Thisara Perera.

Soon after the drop, Rambukwella was dispatched to fine-leg, the destination secluded for lousy fielders like Inzamam-ul-Haq and Monty Panesar.

Despite the lapse in the field, Rambukwella was the most successful bowler as Sri Lanka restricted the Kiwis to 142 for seven.

Ronchi went onto making the making the highest score of 34 off 25 deliveries with three fours and a six. He added 45 runs for the sixth wicket with Nathan McCullum.

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Queen’s Hotel Kandy closes its Public Bars for good

Posted on 20 November 2013 by admin

The Directors of the Kandy Hotels Co PLC announced that it will be closing down the public bars of the Queen’s Hotel, Kandy with immediate effect.

The Queen’s Hotel is supporting The President’s vision to ensure a sacred area in the vicinity of the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

This decision was taken in line with President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s vision to honour one of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka.

The Queen’s Hotel is in close proximity of the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic, which is considered a site of great reverence by Buddhists the world over.

A spokesman for the hotel noted that it was happy to support the President’s vision for Kandy to ensure a sacred area. “We believe that this is in line with the future development of Kandy and are fully supportive of the President and his plans”, he added.

The spokesman also noted that this date was picked in order to honour the president and wish the very best on the his birthday.

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TSL launches “Services Directory”

Posted on 20 November 2013 by admin

The Times of Sri Lanka is committed to bringing our on-line website visitors the latest in news that is topical and interesting. Our mission is to be innovative and enterprising in keeping our regular viewers entertained with useful news and views. With this in mind, we are launching a new service to reidents of Ontario. A Services Directory of professionals, who have been tried and tested and offer the best services for the discerning residents. We aim to be your online resource of choice to find services and products in Toronto and GTA by advertising services focused companies and professionals in a variety of ways through our website. How many times have we got frustrated when we needed a good reliable professional to discuss Auto Insurance, Life Insurance, Home Insurance, Electrician, Plumber, etc., etc. How difficult it is to find a good reliable and honest auto garage, a good restaurant that serves vegetarian food only? Well, you may have found a solution.

Please click on the Business Directory icon on the front page that will lead you to our valued list of professionals. If you use these professionals for your needs we would like to have your valued feedback. Officially, we will be launching on December 3, 2013. We hope to assemble a short list of true professionals with high integrity and keep on adding to the list.


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Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club elects officer bearers

Posted on 19 November 2013 by admin

November 19, 2013, 6:21 pm Nimal Chandrasiri de Silva was elected president of Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club at its AGM held on November 16, at the Welagedara Stadium. The following are the office bearers elected at the AGM: President – Nimal Chandrasiri de Silva, Secretary – Manjula Goonasekara, Treasurer – Gamini Karunanayake, Senior Vice Presidents – Ranjith Madurasinghe, Jagath M. Yapa, Vice Presidents – Upali Senarathne, Rohan Dheerasooiya, Baratha Herath, Chandana Guruge, Lanka de Silva, Viyani Peiris, Assistant Secretary – Naushan Rafeel, Assistant Treasurer – Nishantha Munasinghe, Cricket Secretary – Buddika Ellepola, Assistant Cricket Secretary – Nandana de Silva, Cricket Manager – Wasantha Kumara, Assistant Cricket Manager – Anurudda Rajapakse, Patrons – Gamini Jayawickrama Perera (MP), Dayasiri Jayasekara (Chief Minister, NWP), Anurudda Gamini Peramunage (Mayor of Kurunegala), Ranjith Premarathne (Founder of the Club), Nimal Ekanayaka and Hemantha Bandara Herath.

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“OBA NATHUWA” wins Best Picture Nomination

Posted on 19 November 2013 by admin

Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2013: Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka earns best picture nomination Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka (With You, Without You) which so far won five international awards including best picture in France and Italy, has earned its latest nomination for Best Picture at 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Australia, to its growing number of global accolades. Film * Won five international awards * Best picture in France and Italy * Directed by Prasanna Vithanage * T o be screened on December 1 in Brisbane, Australia The film will be screened on December 1 in Brisbane at the Australian Cinematheque Gallery of Modern Arts. Director Prasanna Vithanage's 2009 film Akasa Kusum (Flowers of the Sky) will also be screened on the same day celebrating the golden jubilee of lead actress Malini Fonseka's acting career. She was previously nominated for Best Actress in 2009 at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for her performance in Akasa Kusum . Six nominations in the Best Picture category at APSA include internationally acclaimed critical darlings such as 'Like Father, Like Son' (Japan), 'Omar' (Palestine), 'The Past' (France/Italy), 'Television' (Bangladesh) and 'The Turning' (Australia). Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka is a bilingual film (Sinhala/Tamil) which stars Shyam Fernando, Indian actress Anjali Patil, Wasantha Moragoda and Maheshwari Ratnam. M D Mahindapala (Cinematographer), A Sreekar Prasad (Editor), Lakshman Joseph De Saram (Music Composer), Tapas Nayak (Sound Designer) and Rob Nevis (Production Designer) have contributed to Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka. Daminda D Madawala is the Assistant Director and Ebert Wijesinghe handled the make-up. Kalpana Ariyawansa and Vindana Ariyawansa contributed as Line Producers. A co-production between India and Sri Lanka, Lasantha Nawarathna and Mohamed Adamaly produced Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka . Rahul Roy, Iranthi Abeysinghe, Sunil Fonseka and Nadira Adamaly joined as the Executive Producers. – See more at:

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Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka tops 100,000 in October 2013

Posted on 19 November 2013 by admin

Courtesy: Vishmi Wijeratne – Daily News Tourists quenching their thirst with a thembili drink before embarking on a train ride to Kandy at the Fort Railway Station. Sri Lanka tourism arrivals has increased by 27.9 percent in October this year to 102,805, compared to last year's 80,379 arrivals. The monthly statement issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism Board shows an increase of tourism in each month this year. The highest percentage of monthly tourism arrivals up to date can be regarded for the month of October 2013. The amount of tourism arrivals from January to October is recorded as 904,015 which is a16.8 percent increase when compared YoY. The highest amount of tourist arrivals recorded from January to October in terms of region can be regarded as Western Europe, amounting up 336,493 which is a 14.7 percent increase compared YoY. South Asian tourist arrivals hold the highest place for the amount of tourist arrivals within the month of October listing a clear 30,512 tourist arrivals which is a 29.6 percent increase compared to October 2012. Tourist arrivals from Eastern Europe increased by 59 percent in the month of October up to 11,206 when compared to October 2012. This can be regarded as the highest increase in percentage in terms of monthly tourist arrivals per region. The highest tourist arrivals in the month of October in terms of country is recorded as India with 20,307 the highest increase in percentage of tourist arrivals is recorded as 250.8 percent from Sweden. The highest amount of arrivals from January to October is recorded from India resulting in 151, 896 arrivals this is a 8.7 percent increase compared YoY.

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