Archive | October, 2015

Tags:

Tributes to Arthur Basnayake – an outstanding diplomat

Posted on 31 October 2015 by admin

 

article_image

Arthur Basnayake who passed away last week at the age of 90 was one of the finest diplomats ever to represent Sri Lanka. He was one of the first five recruits to the then Ceylon Foreign Service. He served in over 10 countries as first secretary, counselor and deputy high commissioner. He was twice ambassador to Japan and also to Myanmar (Burma) and India. He was a key figure in the preparations for the Fifth Non Aligned Summit held in Colombo in August 1976, as the Director General (DG) of the foreign office at the time. He was one of the trusted officials of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Sirima Bandaranaike. An unassuming, self-effacing man, never flaunting his diplomatic status, Arthur was deeply conscious of his responsibilities.

Arthur Basnayake was born in 1925. He and his brother Valentine (later dean of the faculty of medicine and a renowned musician and pianist) were twins. Arthur was educated at St. Joseph’s College and among his contemporaries at school were people like Godfrey Gunatilaka. When President R. Premadasa was the chief guest at the St. Joseph’s College prize giving sometime in the 1980s, he referred in his speech to Arthur and Valentine as two outstanding students he remembered at the school. Arthur joined the University of Ceylon to read for a degree in Geography. Ivor Jennings was the vice chancellor and he kept up his acquaintance with Jennings until much later. His lecturer at the University was Elsie Cooke, an English lady. A few years back, Arthur wrote a letter to the Sunday newspapers reminiscing on a delightful day he spent in Polonnaruwa with Elsie Cooke and other geography undergraduates and having lunch with C.P. de Silva, then assistant government agent of Polonnaruwa. Arthur always kept up his contacts, academic and otherwise.

Arthur joined the foreign service in 1949. The others to join with him were Vernon Mendis, Ben Fonseka, Yogendra Duraiswamy and D.P. Wijegunawardane. All his colleagues were to be ambassadors later on. In his 38-year career in the foreign service, he served in posts abroad for 30 of those years. In the first 20 years, he served as first secretary and counselor in Burma, Rome, at the United Nations in New York, Washington, New Delhi and London. That was the time when Ceylon ambassadors were either leading political figures or senior public servants. Foreign office personnel were too junior to be ambassadors. Arthur served first with Susanta De Fonseka in Burma, then R.S.S Gunawardene in Rome, New York and Washington, Sir Richard Aluwihara in New Delhi and Sir Lalitha Rajapakse in London. These envoys were more representational figures for the country at a time when Ceylon was making its presence in world affairs. It was Arthur, in the missions he served, who had to undertake the many management tasks of the mission. First secretaries and counselors were expected to look after the less glamorous details of diplomatic life. Arthur always felt that this was a great experience, working with these ambassadors with their wide ranging interests, especially in politics.

In New York, Arthur was one of the earliest to serve in a Ceylon UN mission. Ceylon was admitted to the UN as a member in 1955. In 1956, as first secretary of the Ceylon Mission, he hoisted for the first time the Ceylon flag over the United Nations. There is a lovely photograph where Arthur is joined by Dag Hammarskjold, the United Nations Secretary General, in carrying out this historic task. Arthur served twice with the UN mission in New York, first in 1956 and 1957, and then again in 1964 and 1965. Arthur had the opportunity at the time to join the United Nations, when it was looking for personnel to be recruited. Arthur was not interested and wanted to be of service to the government. There was an interesting incident during Arthur’s tenure in New York. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) of the USA informed Arthur that the Sri Lankan mission was being entered into in the night by one of its officers, along with a member of the secret service of a communist country and they were using the telegraph facilities of the embassy for their own ends. This was the time when there was tension between Russia and the USA and of course US detective agencies were on the alert, especially at the United Nations. That officer was transferred out of New York.

It is a curious feature of Arthur’s career that he served his first 20 years in Ceylon missions in the West and when he was ambassador in later years, his career was in the East. In later years, he found life more congenial in places like Tokyo and Rangoon, where he was very much influenced by the cultural and religious life of those countries. I remember sometime in the 1980s when he was ambassador in Burma, he kept with Burmese tradition to ordain his son Kolitha as a Buddhist novice monk, for a couple of weeks and the chief guest for the occasion was U Nu, the former Prime Minister of Burma. Arthur enjoyed Japan and the Japanese had the greatest respect for him. President J.R. Jayewardene visited Japan when he was ambassador there for the second time.

Between 1974 and 1977, Arthur was Director General of foreign affairs in Colombo. This was a most active period in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy and foreign relations. The 5th Non- Aligned summit was to be held in Sri Lanka in August 1976 and Arthur was one of the key figures in the preparations leading up to the Summit. He undertook extensive travels on non-aligned matters, and he was assisted in the Ministry by its director of political affairs Izeth Hussein, and other officers like Nihal Rodrigo and Alfie David. He had a close working relationship with Mrs. Bandaranaike, the Prime Minister, Felix Dias Bandaranaike, who was virtually the foreign minister. W.T. Jayasinghe, the Foreign Secretary and M.D.D. Pieris, Secretary to the Prime Minister. Arthur was a fine administrator, delegating tasks as required and in coordination. The Non Aligned Summit required a Director General, to assist the Prime Minister as chairman of the conference and the natural choice was first W.T. Jayasinghe, who was Foreign Secretary and then Arthur, who was Director General. W.T. refused to take up the job and so did Arthur as they were not anxious to be involved in a ceremonial job of that kind. So they had to bring Vernon Mendis who was high commissioner in London at the time to undertake the task.

To go back to his personal life, Arthur married Damini Wickramasinghe. Damini’s mother, Winifred (nee Rodrigo) had been the first Ceylonese woman to read for a degree at the University of Oxford. Damini and Arthur had three children, Aruna, Ruvani and Kolitha, doing well in their own careers. After retiring from the foreign service, Arthur led an active life. For 12 years, he was professor of international relations at Nagoya University in Japan. After they returned to Sri Lanka in 1996, Arthur and Damini established the Only One World Foundation to offer scholarships to needy children for their education and also assist in the field of health. The Foundation raises most of its funds in Japan and the scholarships are given mainly in Sri Lanka and also in Myanmar. Two of the active patrons of this association are Aung Sang Suu Kyi from Myanmar and Mrs. Hata, the wife of the former Japanese Prime Minister. It took some effort on the part of Arthur and Damini to build up this foundation which is very active today. Arthur also indulged in his love of farming, having obtained a large extent of land in the Polonnaruwa area. This had to be given up due to terrorist activities.

Let me end on a personal note. I got to know Arthur well in April 1973 when Manel Kannangara (now Abeysekara) and I joined Arthur who was ambassador in Tokyo as the Sri Lankan delegation for the ECAFE annual sessions held in Tokyo. Arthur was a superb head of delegation. I remember going with him and Damini for the cherry blossom party at the Sinjuki gardens in Tokyo hosted by the then Japanese Prime Minister, Kakuei Tanaka. For the next 40 years, we continued to be friends. Between 1974 and 1977, I worked closely with him on non aligned matters. The Prime Minister had wanted me to be involved on the economic side of non aligned matters, and Arthur was always supportive, especially when I was secretary of the economic committee of the non aligned summit. We traveled together to many countries, Mexico, Peru, Algeria, Senegal for non aligned meetings. We traveled with the Prime Minister Mrs. Bandaranaike and Dharmasiri Pieris, Secretary to the PM to Japan, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines . We prepared speeches and communiqués. Arthur was the nicest of persons to work with. He had a great sense of humour and always saw the amusing side of persons and events. Arthur led a full life and we should remember him as the great gentleman that he was. One day, when we were in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, Arthur wanted to see the interior of the country, and I went with him to the railway station so that he could take a train to some remote town. When we went to the railway station, there was no one or any train in sight, although the train was due to leave in a few minutes. Then we saw a man seated at the end of the long, deserted platform dangling his legs. He said he was the station master. We asked him when the train was leaving. He told us that it was a good question, as yesterday’s train has still not left. He advised us to go out of the station and then take a van and that the van service was managed by his son. I remember this incident in that remote railway station when I think of Arthur.

Leelananda De Silva



 

Remembering Our Arthur

I have just heard from Rohan Basnayake that his elder brother Arthur had died peacefully in his sleep. My immediate reaction to this news was that this was good news. Arthur had lived an exemplary life, and it is my firm belief that this is how good souls take leave of their loved ones. Arthur fully deserved such an end to his illustrious life.

I first met Arthur when he returned from an assignment as a Secretary at our embassy in Burma. I was attached to our Overseas Administration Division (OAD), as an Additional Assistant Secretary. That division had responsibility for overseeing the work of all of Ceylon’s diplomatic missions in foreign capitals.

I had been recruited as a "cadet" in Ceylon’s Overseas Service in 1958. It was my good fortune that Arthur Basnayake ("Bas" to his friends) arrived at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as an Assistant Secretary, reporting directly to the Permanent Secretary of the ministry on the work of this Division. Bas and I became very close friends from the very beginning of this relationship.

Arthur belonged to the very first batch of diplomats to be recruited to Ceylon’s Foreign Service at its birth in 1948. From our very first meeting, we had developed a high degree of mutual respect – he appreciated my work and, in my eyes, he was a perfect model of a "Conscientious Public Servant."He was very broad-minded, well-informed, and had all the tact that a good diplomat was presumed to possess, and more. My great affection for him and, of course, real admiration, have remained with me to this day.

Arthur was a tower of support to me whenever I ran into difficulties not of my making. In the only instance when this happened, he came to my rescue. He discussed my problem with our Permanent Secretary who sent me a very positive personal response, with the promise to get me out of that mission at the first available opportunity.

That episode speaks volumes about Arthur’s sense of justice. He was an extraordinary human being, and that is how his memory will be cherished by me and everyone who knew him.

Kathi

NOTE:  Mr. A. Kathiramalainathan, a career diplomat (1958-1986), represented Sri Lanka in many countries before being posted as Ambassador of Sri Lanka. His last posting was Ambassador to Egypt (1983-86).     

Comments Off on Tributes to Arthur Basnayake – an outstanding diplomat

Tags:

Kumar Sangakkara’s and Mahela Jayawardene’s ‘Live Events’ launched

Posted on 31 October 2015 by admin

 

The Live Events Team at its corporate launch, comprising Live Events CEO Shaq, with Live Events Board Members Nathan Sivagananathan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Charlie Austin. Also present, Live Events Head of Marketing Ishani Perera and Live Events Head of Communications and PR Blessie Keegel.

Live Events, the First and Only Locally-based Destination and Events Promotion Company, made its mark in the corporate world recently.

The trade launch was attended by Sri Lanka's political and corporate elite including the country's Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga, SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ajith Dias, Sampath Bank Deputy General Manager Tharaka Ranwala, MAS Holdings CEO Nathan Sivagananathan, Hameedia's CEO Fouzul Hameed, celebrity restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa, Emirates Sri Lanka Country Manager Chandana De Silva and SAP Sri Lanka Country Business Head Michael Sathasivam, amongst many others.

The launch was held at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo, Live Events (www.liveevents.lk) has been founded and managed by Shaq (Chief Executive Officer), along with Kumar Sangakkara (Board Director) and Mahela Jayawardene (Board Director).

This game-changing venture being truly unlike any other company in existence today. It has a mission to attracting A-list celebrities to Sri Lanka and, through them; raise the international standing of this unique and diverse island paradise even further

CEO Shaq's said, "We are merging celebrity marketing and destination promotion into one goal, whilst giving Sri Lanka an experience of having A-list celebrities visit the country for entertainment and infotainment, and in turn giving these celebrities an experience of Sri Lanka that they could take away with them."

Also speaking at the launch, Live Events Co-Founder and Board Member Kumar Sangakkara said, "For me personally, I want Live Events to be a portal and platform through which the world comes to Sri Lanka and then, in turn, takes Sri Lanka to the world."

Adding to this, Live Events Co-Founder and Board Member Mahela Jayawardene said, "This excites us." 

Comments Off on Kumar Sangakkara’s and Mahela Jayawardene’s ‘Live Events’ launched

Tags:

Obituaries: Sat. October 31

Posted on 30 October 2015 by admin

DE SILVA – ENA ALUWIHARE, wife of Osmond de Silva, daughter of Sir Richard and Lady Lucille Aluwihare, sister of Phyllis Ratwatte, mother of Anil Gamani Jayasuriya and of Anula Kusum Gilmour, mother-in-law of Averill Jayasuriya and David Gilmour, grandmother of Shanika Gilmour, expired. Cremation will take place at the Matale Crematorium at 5 pm on Saturday October 31st. 168723

FERNANDO – CHANDRA – Dearly beloved wife of late Denzil Fernando (Rtd. Senior Deputy Commissioner of Labour). Precious mother of Deepthi (FG G De Saram), Anne (Australia), Rohan (Australia), and Pramitha (USA), mother-in-law of Nimal, Rukmin (Australia), Shamica (Australia) and Kushalan (USA), darling grandmother of Shanya, Dineshki Prashan Dilsha, Mathew and Nicola, sister of Anna RFA (Matha), Gertrude, late Srimathi & Ranjith, Lakshman Kanthi, Wimal and Rajah. Cortege leaves residence No. 03, De-La Salle Street, Mutwal, Colombo 15 at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday 31st October for Service at St. James’s Church Mutwal, thereafter at 4.00 p.m. to Madampitiya Cemetery for burial. (RC Section). 166620

FETHMAN – GODFREY. Beloved husband of Trever, loving brother of (late Mervyn) (late Bernice), and (late Rex) and Markey, (Dagma Germany) and Marie, beloved father of Roswald, Jeffery, Lana, Sandy and Nilrine, in-law of Senaka, Rayan and daughter-in-law of Fiona and Inoka. Cortege leaves Supreme Parlour, Kiribathgoda on Saturday 31st Oct. at 4 p.m. for the burial ground at St. Mary’s Church, Peliyagoda, Kelaniya. 168251

JAYAWARDANA – RANJITH. Safe in the arms of Jesus. Beloved husband of Srima (Easther), loving father of Ranil & Achintha (Nishan) – Malaysia Air Lines), father-in-law of Sharon & Ann, grandfather of Rasith & Aanya, brother-in-law of Rohan, expired. Service at 2.30 p.m. Cortege leaves residence at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday 31st October for Burial at the General (Borella) Cemetery (Christian Section) at 4.30 p.m. 44/2, School Lane, Wijerama, Nugegoda. 168039

PEIRIS – M.A. (ELAN MINUWANPITIYA). Retired Principal (Aluthgama Mahabodhi, Maeliya Vidyalaya, Welikadamulla Vidyalaya, Udammita, Sri Indasara Vidyalaya, Veyangoda Hiripitiya Vidyalaya), beloved husband of K.V.W. Hemalatha (Retired Teacher), beloved father of Vipula Minuvanpitiya (S.L. Customs), father-in-law of W.A.D. Iranganie (Irrigation Dept.), grandfather of Hasini, Gayani and Menula, passed away. Cremation at 4.00 p.m. on Saturday 31st October at Udugampola Crematorium. No. 148 A, Nugakotuwa, Oruthota, Gampaha. 033-2226158. 166755

PERERA – MULIN. Beloved wife of late Mr. Douglas Jestus Perera (Proprietor Castle Hotel & Landed Proprietor). Loving mother of late Vineetha Perera, Mahinda Perera, Rohini Perera, late Nihal Perera, late Sunil Perera, Sriyani Perera, late Jayantha Perera, late Gamini Perera, late Keerthi Perera, Jagath Perera, Shyamali Perera, Nishanthi Wijesekera, mother-in-law of Loyala Fernando, Sunethra Peiris, Savithri Sylvester, Shyamali Perera, Rukmal Mapitigama, Thilak Wettasinghe (Ex-Estate Superintendent), late Brig. Nihal Alwis, Vaas Gunawardena (Ex-DIG) Jayantha Wijesekera (SP-Matale) grandmother to all grandchildren, passed away. Funeral will take place at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday the 31st of October at General Cemetery, Borella. 166807

PERERA – PHILIP LEO. (Retired Senior D.I.G. Attorney-at-Law). Dearly beloved husband of Melanie, father of Prasanna (USA), Rohan (WSOZ), father-in-law of Indika & Nilusha, grandfather of Dyana, brother of Therese and of late Raymond. Cortege leaves residence on Saturday 31st October, 3.00 p.m. to St. Theresa’s Church, Thimbirigasyaya. Burial at Borella Cemetery at 4.00 p.m. No. 6, Amarasekera Mawatha, Colombo 05. 166120

PETER – DONCAN PAUL – Beloved son of Mr. Thomas Henry Paul and Anula Chandralatha Muthunayaka, brother of Watson Paul, Saliya Paul, Namal and Srimal Paul, brother-in-law of Sujeewani and Rajitha, Ponweera, (retired Police Officer (ASP) Sri Lanka Police). Cortege leaves residence at 3.30 p.m. No. 180A, Gamameda Road, Tudella, Ja-ela on Saturday the 31st October for burial at St. Marks Church Cemetery, Dandugama, Jaela. 168206

WEERASINGHE – G.H. (Retired Principal). Beloved husband of late Mrs. G.S. Fernando (St. Josephs College, Bandarawela), father of Chandima – BPL TEAS, Chamila & Menaka, father-in-law of Lalani, Sagara & Piyal, grandfather of Umedha, Sarathi, Kalanitha & Yasuri, passed away. Cremation on 31st Saturday at 05.00 p.m. Bandarawela Municipal Cemetery. Remains at No. 51A, Dharmapala Mawatha, Bandarawela. 167330

WIJESINGHE – SUNIL – At Rest with Jesus. Beloved husband of Chitrangani Wijesinghe, loving father of Subash Wijesinghe & Ajith Wijesinghe, father-in-law of Aneesha Wijesinghe & Nethmi Wijesinghe, loving grandfather of Devni, Ruhini, Suhasha & Serusha. Cortege leaves residence No. 37/5, “Ganga Addara”, Egoda Uyana, Moratuwa, at 4.00 p.m. on Saturday 31st October 2015 for burial at Holy Emmanuel Church, Moratuwa. Tel: 011-2659201. 166854
  

Comments Off on Obituaries: Sat. October 31

Tags:

Indira Malwatte is EDB Chairperson

Posted on 30 October 2015 by admin

Indira Malwatte - New Chairperson, EDB

Indira Malwatte – New Chairperson, EDB

 The first woman to lead Sri Lankan exports took the helm of country’s apex export facilitator EDB on  October 29.

“I am very confident of making a positive contribution to the export effort of our country” said Indira Malwatte (new Chairperson & CEO of EDB).

New EDB Chairperson Malwatte said this after assuming office at EDB’s Nawam Mawatha offices on Thursday morning. She was joined by members from Lankan exports community as well as staff members and top officials of EDB.

“EDB is the premier state organization entrusted with the task of developing and promoting exports of products and services from Sri Lanka under the Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickreme” said new Chairperson Malwatte, and added: “I am very confident of making a positive contribution to the export effort of our country using my extensive network with the relevant stakeholders both nationally and internationally and the will and ability to embark on a programme of development, motivating the professional staff of the EDB thereby once again making them a highly capable and innovative Team of Officers.”

With the Government’s strong belief that private public partnerships are essential for the growth of exports, Malwatte’s appointment as the Chairperson of EDB gives her a unique opportunity to serve the export community as an exporter of highly perishable products to new and demanding markets. Malwatte, who combines vast experience she had in serving the Government both internationally and locally as a top Export Promotion Officer with hands on experience in the private sector also has in depth knowledge on multi – sectors ranging from Industry, Agriculture to Services.

New Chairperson Malwatte – a product of Visakha Vidyalaya and the University of Peradeniya- has also served as the focal point on a number of World Bank, ITC, GIZ, CBI and JETRO export development projects as well as in a number of Government and Private Sector Boards undertaking several product development and export related consultancies. 

Comments Off on Indira Malwatte is EDB Chairperson

Tags:

Obituaries: Friday, October 30

Posted on 29 October 2015 by admin

FERNANDO – CHANDRA – Dearly beloved wife of late Denzil Fernando (Rtd. Senior Deputy Commissioner of Labour). Precious mother of Deepthi (FG G De Saram), Anne (Australia), Rohan (Australia), and Pramitha (USA), mother-in-law of Nimal, Rukmin (Australia), Shamica (Australia) and Kushalan (USA), darling grandmother of Shanya, Dineshki Prashan Dilsha, Mathew and Nicola, sister of Anna RFA (Matha), Gertrude, late Srimathi & Ranjith, Lakshman Kanthi, Wimal and Rajah. Cortege leaves residence No. 03, De – La Salle Street, Mutwal, Colombo 15 at 3.30 p.m. for Service at St. James’s Church Mutwal, thereafter at 4.00 p.m. to Madampitiya Cemetery for burial. (RC Section). 166620

PEIRIS – M.A. (ELAN MINUWANPITIYA). Retired Principal (Aluthgama Mahabodhi, Maeliya Vidyalaya, Welikadamulla Vidyalaya, Udammita, Sri Indasara Vidyalaya, Veyangoda Hiripitiya Vidyalaya), beloved husband of K.V.W. Hemalatha (Retired Teacher), beloved father of Vipula Minuvanpitiya (S.L. Customs), father-in-law of W.A.D. Iranganie (Irrigation Dept.), grandfather of Hasini, Gayani and Menula, passed away. Cremation at 4.00 p.m. on Saturday 31st October at Udugampola Crematorium. No. 148 A, Nugakotuwa, Oruthota, Gampaha. 033-2226158. 166755

PERERA – MULIN. Beloved wife of late Mr. Douglas Jestus Perera (Proprietor Castle Hotel & Landed Proprietor). Loving mother of late Vineetha Perera, Mahinda Perera, Rohini Perera, late Nihal Perera, late Sunil Perera, Sriyani Perera, late Jayantha Perera, late Gamini Perera, late Keerthi Perera, Jagath Perera, Shyamali Perera, Nishanthi Wijesekera, mother-in-law of Loyala Fernando, Sunethra Peiris, Savithri Sylvester, Shyamali Perera, Rukmal Mapitigama, Thilak Wettasinghe (Ex-Estate Superintendent), late Brig. Nihal Alwis, Vaas Gunawardena (Ex-DIG) Jayantha Wijesekera (SP-Matale) grandmother to all grandchildren, passed away. Funeral will take place at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday the 31st of October at General Cemetery, Borella. 166807

PERERA – PHILIP LEO. (Retired Senior D.I.G. Attorney-at-Law). Dearly beloved husband of Melanie, father of Prasanna (USA), Rohan (WSOZ), father-in-law of Indika & Nilusha, grandfather of Dyana, brother of Therese and of late Raymond. Cortege leaves residence on Saturday 31st October, 3.00 p.m. to St. Theresa’s Church, Thimbirigasyaya. Burial at Borella Cemetery at 4.00 p.m. No. 6, Amarasekera Mawatha, Colombo 05. 166120

SENEVIRATNE – PEARL VIOLET – The Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Mrs. PEARL VIOLET SENEVIRATNE will be held at the Chapel of Reflection in Necropolis Springvale Botanical Gardens, Melbourne,  Australia on the 31st October 2015 at 11.45 a.m.         167365

 

WEERASINGHE – G.H. (Retired Principal). Beloved husband of late Mrs. G.S. Fernando (St. Josephs College, Bandarawela), father of Chandima – BPL TEAS, Chamila & Menaka, father-in-law of Lalani, Sagara & Piyal, grandfather of Umedha, Sarathi, Kalanitha & Yasuri, passed away. Cremation on 31st Saturday at 05.00 p.m. Bandarawela Municipal Cemetery. Remains at No. 51A, Dharmapala Mawatha, Bandarawela. 167330

WIJESINGHE – SUNIL – At Rest with Jesus. Beloved husband of Chitrangani Wijesinghe, loving father of Subash Wijesinghe & Ajith Wijesinghe, father-in-law of Aneesha Wijesinghe & Nethmi Wijesinghe, loving grandfather of Devni, Ruhini, Suhasha & Serusha. Cortege leaves residence No. 37/5, “Ganga Addara”, Egoda Uyana, Moratuwa, at 4.00 p.m. on Saturday 31st October 2015 for burial at Holy Emmanuel Church, Moratuwa. Tel: 011-2659201. 166854

 

Comments Off on Obituaries: Friday, October 30

Tags:

Thailand: Bus overturns injuring Sri Lankan tourists

Posted on 29 October 2015 by admin


 

Several Lankan tourists injured in Thai accident.

A group of Sri Lanka tourists were among 22 people hurt when their tour bus overturned in a ditch in Ratchaburi’s Photharam district in Thailand this afternoon, the Bangkok Post reported.

The coach was returning from the Damnoen Saduak floating market when the driver lost control while overtaking another vehicle, careening into the gulch along Phetkasem Road in tambon Nong Pho, said Pol Lt Pradit Khongprem, a duty officer at Photharam police station, who was alerted around 2pm on Thursday.

Police and rescue workers found many tourists trapped in the overturned coach but all were rescued.

The injured passengers, mostly Sri Lanka tourists, and Thai driver were hurt and rushed to Photharam Hospital, said police. They were among 34 people on board.

Vorachot Kraisri, the driver of another tour bus, told police there were four coaches taking over 100 Sri Lankan to the floating market in Damnoen Saduak district. The buses were heading to Nakhon Pathom when one of them, driven by Boonma Nachaikham, crashed.

Mr Boonma, 38, tried to overtake a 10-wheeled truck and veered off the road, said Vorachot, whose bus was following the ill-fated vehicle, stopped to assist victims and alert police. Investigators planned to Mr Boonma.

Ratchaburi governor Surapol Sawaengsak rushed to the scene and ordered officials to take good care of the injured tourists. He arranged vans to take the unhurt tourists to their destination. (Colombo Gazette)

Comments Off on Thailand: Bus overturns injuring Sri Lankan tourists

Tags:

Obituaries: Thursday, October 29

Posted on 29 October 2015 by admin

FERNANDO – CHANDRA – Dearly beloved wife of late Denzil Fernando (Rtd. Senior Deputy Commissioner of Labour). Precious mother of Deepthi (FG G De Saram), Anne (Australia), Rohan (Australia), and Pramitha (USA), mother-in-law of Nimal, Rukmin (Australia), Shamica (Australia) and Kushalan (USA), darling grandmother of Shanya, Dineshki Prashan Dilsha, Mathew and Nicola, sister of Anna RFA (Matha), Gertrude, late Srimathi & Ranjith, Lakshman Kanthi, Wimal and Rajah. Cortege leaves residence No. 03, De – La Salle Street, Mutwal, Colombo 15 at 3.30 p.m.

 

Comments Off on Obituaries: Thursday, October 29

Tags:

Newly refurbished Galle Face Hotel opened for business

Posted on 27 October 2015 by admin

President Maithripala Sirisena opened the refurbished Galle Face Hotel on Monday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ministers John Amaratunga, Arjuna Ranatunga and Arundika Fernando and hotel chairman Sanjeev Gardiner were also present. 

Sri Lanka’s iconic historic hotel, Galle Face Hotel, situated in the heart of Colombo, along the seafront facing the famous Galle Face Green.

No visit to Sri Lanka is complete without staying at this elegant historic award winning hotel built in 1864. The hotel reflects the grandeur of a bygone era yet offering modern comfort for today’s traveler.

One of the oldest hotels East of the Suez, the Galle Face Hotel was established in 1864. Over the years, the hotel has housed royalty and celebrity. It has survived many trials and stands testimony of the inherent the Sri Lankan warmth. Today it is where old world charm meets modern luxurious hospitality.

 

Galle Face Hotel on course to completing Historic Restoration
Business as usual at The Galle Face Hotel during the revitalizing transformation 

 

President Maithripala Sirisena opens the refurbished Galle Face Hotel

President Maithripala Sirisena opens the refurbished Galle Face Hotel

The iconic Galle Face Hotel is nearing completion of a restoration project of its North Wing, originally built in 1864. The ambitious project was designed to preserve the grandeur and romance of the magnificent property while upgrading and modernizing the quality of guest facilities, amenities and services. The North Wing is scheduled to reopen to guests late this year while the South Wing has continued to be in operation as usual throughout the restoration. 

The Galle Face Hotel was originally built by four British entrepreneurs and is among the few remaining Colonial hotels in operation today in Asia. Despite many renovations over the years, the period detail of the Galle Face Hotel has been preserved in its architecture and façade. The management of The Galle Face Hotel has taken great care to ensure the spirit of the Hotel remains untouched during the course of the current restoration. In fact, the restored area, will once again give pride of place to the Hotel’s collection of historical memorabilia and artifacts. 

“Subtle modernization was the key word for us when we undertook this ambitious project. Our prime attempt is to enhance the quality of The Galle Face Hotel experience. The Hotel is an integral part of the history and heritage of Sri Lanka, and our plans have been guided by an uncompromising commitment to preserve the unique ambience for our guests to enjoy,” stated Sanjeev Gardiner the Chairman of The Galle Face Hotel. 

Keeping in time with the expected completion date, Galle Face has started restoration of the façade, lobby.

Comments Off on Newly refurbished Galle Face Hotel opened for business

Tags:

Electronic National Identity Cards from January: Finance Minister

Posted on 27 October 2015 by admin

 

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said yesterday that plans were afoot to issue electronic national identity cards to all citizens of Sri Lanka using the state of the art technology employed by developed countries of the world. The Minister said that priority would be accorded to this programme at the national budget in consideration of its importance to the overall development strategy of the Government. The programme was all set to get off the ground in January and the existing NIC would be converted into an electronic identity card.

“All relevant information of a child since birth will be included in the new ID and until he/she reaches the age of 16 and the identity card number will be assigned to him/her and at the completion of sixteen years and the new electronic NIC will be issued. This programme will be conducted by the Department of Registration of Persons in collaboration with the Information Communication Technology Agency,” the Minister said.

He said the Government had decided to embark on this plan for enhanced efficiency and convenience of all activities concurrent to the other development processes of the country and added that It would enable the maintenance of a single data base in respect of each individual and pave the way for the authentication of the identity with all the required details of the citizen.

Minister Karunanayake pointed out that the new ID card would make banking and other services easily accessible and could be used for easy verification of facts in issuing driving licences, passports and similar services.

It would also ensure the provision of relief services of the Government only to the deserving people and help to eliminate corruption and fraudulent practices usually associated with such services though a strict observation mechanism, according to the Minister.

Electronic identity cards were used in many developed countries, and our closest neighbour India launched a programme to issue electronic identity cards to its citizens five years ago. The same technology was used in the United States in issuing the social security card to its citizens.

 

Comments Off on Electronic National Identity Cards from January: Finance Minister

Tags:

Obituaries: Wed. October 28

Posted on 27 October 2015 by admin

ARSECULERATNE SUNIMAL (C.D.DE Fonseka & Sons Eluwila, Panadura). Beloved husband of Anoma, loving father of Shelian, father-in-law of Dilan (Managing Director of Dee Dee Combined (Pvt) Ltd., Seeduwa), son of late Mr & Mrs Shelton Arseculeratne, expired. Cortege leaves residence at 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday 28th October for Burial at St. Joseph Church, Uyana, Moratuwa. No. 12, Watson Peiris Mawatha, Moratuwa.          165511

JAYARAJAH, NICHOLAS JOSEPH (Justice of The Peace, Rtd. Asst. Director of Sri Lanka Customs), formerly of Main Street, Chundikuli, Jaffna and Janaki Lane, Bambalapitiya passed away peacefully in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 23rd October 2015 after a brief illness. Beloved husband of the late Lilymalar (Western Music Teacher), loving son of the late Saverimuthu Nicholas and Ratnammah, son-in-law of the late Manuvetpillai Bastiampillai and Thiresammah, loving brother of Ariamalar Antonypillai (Australia), Nicholas Rajanayagam (Australia) and Rasamalar Ferdinand (Canada), brother-in-law of late Jacomuttu Antonypillai, Rita Rajanayagam, Alfred Ferdinand (Thurai), the late Pax Bastiampillai, the late Perinpam Bastiampillai and the late Rosemalar Canagaratnam. His remains will be kept for viewing at A.F. Raymond Parlour, Borella from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. on 27.10.2015 and 10 a.m. onwards on 28.10.2015 until the Funeral Service that begins at 3 p.m. Cremation at the Borella Cemetery (Kanatta) at 4 p.m. Family members. 26 1/1, Moor Road, Colombo 6. 0112505363 / 0768524354.               165526

KUSUMA YAPA (Retired School Teacher) – Beloved wife of late Mr K.M. Danapala (Retired Postmaster), loving mother of Ruwan Kahanthen (Dubai), Doctor Ajith Kahanthen (Sri Lanka Army) and Kumudu Kahanthen (Lake House IT), mother-in-law of Devika (President School – Rajagiriya), Doctor Lanka (Lady Ridgeway) and Sanjeewa (Virtusa). Remains lie at “Kusum”, Ambagahalanda, Hunumulla. Cortege leaves residence at 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday 28th October 2015. Cremation at the Maradagahamula Cemetery at 4.30 p.m. Tel. 0312246376.             165593

Ruwanpathirana Bernad (Ruwan). (Formally at Anglo Asian and CIC). Dearly beloved husband of Christine, loving father of Nishani and Dinali. Father-in-law of Ravishka and Anuradha. Grandfather of baby Aryana. Brother of Nimala and Thillaka. Brother-in-law of (late) Jayatissa, Jayaratne and Derrick, (late) Rosemary, Hilary and Vera. Cortege leaves residence after service at 3.30 pm, to the Koralawella Methodist Church, on Wednesday, 28th October for burial at the Church cemetery. No. 25/2A, Holy Cross Avenue, Moratuwa.                 165547

SRIMA LIYANAARACHCHI (Retired SL. Electricity Board), beloved wife of Piyasena Liyanaarachchi – Marketing Dept. Rtd., loving mother of Prasadhini and Shashika, mother-in-law of Mahesh Yahampath, Prasanka Jasinarachchi, expired. Cortge leaves residence at 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday October 28, for Cremation at Kohuwela Cemetery. No. 18, Green Path, Kohuwela.           165612

WANNIARACHCHI – JULIUS – Beloved husband of late Milina Suriyarachchi, loving father of Nalini, Nihal, Cynthia (Australia), Celia, Nandani, Gamini (New Zealand), Jayantha & Samanthie (Australia), father-in-law of Dr Ivor Panditaratna, Damayanthi, Tissa, Illangakoon (Australia), Deepamala (New Zealand), Samanthi, Samath Fernando (Australia), loving grandfather of Kavinda, Radhika Yasiru, Gayan, Asith, Kavan, Oshan, Dinal, Ruwani, Dakshika & Dinushika. Cortege leaves residence at 10A, Anderson Road, Kalubowila for Cremation at 2.30 p.m. at Kohuwela Cemetery on 29th Thursday.                 165610

WIJESINGHE – MRS INDRANI – Wife of late Mr Edmond Wijesinghe, mother of Sharmila, Dinesh and Priyaan, mother-in-law of Kumar, Minoli & Neluka, grandmother of Vimukthi, Aloka and Nirmal, passed away peacefully on 27th October 2015. Cortege leaves residence No. 367/2, Temple Road, Thalawathugoda at 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday 28th October 2015 for Cremation at Thalawathugoda Cemetery.               165596

Comments Off on Obituaries: Wed. October 28

Advertise Here
Advertise Here

Serving Sri Lankan Expat Community

OUR SLOGAN

“What Matters To You, Matters To Us" .

REACH YOUR TARGET MARKET VIA TIMES OF SRI LANKA

In the world of online advertising, the success rate of creating brand awareness is 91%. Call 416-445-5390 or email timeslanka@rogers.com and let us offer you introductory rates and get you going!

BANNER ADS BUILD BRAND AWARENESS

NEWS AS IT HAPPENS. WWW.TIMESLANKA.COM

SPECIAL OFFER - 2017

“E-Mail timeslanka@rogers.com " .


Advertise
MABIMA
REMITR
CP24
SL NEWSROOM
ABC NEWS
BBC NEWS
MACLEANS CANADA 150
GOLD FM
ContactUs.com