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Tilak Marapana is new Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka

Posted on 16 August 2017 by admin

Tilak Marapana was sworn in as the Minister of Foreign Affairs before President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday.

Marapana, a President’s Counsel, is a former Attorney General who retired prematurely with the change of Government in 1994. He thereafter practised on the unofficial bar and enjoyed an extensive and lucrative practice when in 2001 he was appointed the Minister of Defence in the UNP Government headed by Ranil Wickremesinghe. 

Later, with the demise of Gamini Atukorale, he was also appointed the Minister of Highways, Transport and Civil Aviation.

In 2015, following the last General Election, Marapana was appointed as the Minister of Law and Order. Consequent to a speech made by him in Parliament in which he explained the use of firearms stored in a ship chartered by Avant Garde and following allegations that he could interfere with the ongoing investigations against Avant Garde, he resigned from his portfolio until the conclusion of the investigation. 

In May this year Marapana was once again appointed to the Cabinet as the Minister of Development Assignments, a new ministry set up to monitor all ongoing development projects, both foreign and local.

Marapana as the Attorney General led the Sri Lanka delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva on successive sessions from 1992-1994 and successfully prevented the passage of a resolution against Sri Lanka on human rights issues. 

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OBITUARY: AUGUST 2017

Posted on 16 August 2017 by admin

Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

ARNOLDA – ELIGIUS BOBBY (EARL),​ (BA Tours,​ BA Entertainments and Armstrongs Tourist Agency) passed away peacefully on Friday,​ 11 August 2017. Loving father of Rebecca,​ Dodwell,​ Christopher,​ Bernadine,​ Sandra and Debbie,​ father-in-law of Felix Rodrigo,​ Sam De Silva,​ Nivendra Coorey and Jeewani Arnolda,​ brother of Maureen (Australia),​ and of the late Pat,​ Madge,​ Claire,​ Bucky,​ Anto and Neville,​ brother-in-law of George Parsons (Australia) and of the late Shelton Caspersz,​ Col. Babee Perera and Col. Joe Caspersz,​ loving grandfather of Ewan,​ Dilshan,​ Shavaun,​ Donald,​ Natasha,​ Fallon,​ Shezard,​ Amanda and Andreen,​ loving great grandfather of Ella,​ Levi,​ Chloe,​ Zac,​ Noah,​ Isla and Billie. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour,​ Colombo 08,​ Tuesday 15th August 2017 from 8 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. and Wednesday 16th August from 8 a.m. Cortege leaves at 3 p.m. for Interment at General Cemetery,​ Borella (Roman Catholic Section).100537

Janaza is announced of MR. M. SHAHUL HAMEED (Former Wharf Clerk Prop Hameed Clearing) – Husband of Zeenathul Fawziya,​ father of Nazreena and Shahreena,​ father-in-law of Naizer Hussain (Dubai) and Nazeer Hussain of Amana Bank. Janaza will leave residence 642/​1,​ Negombo Road,​ Wattala,​ Mabola,​ 16th August at 12.00 p.m. for Burial to Mabola Jumma Mosque.100997

PINGHE – O’REGAN. Dearly beloved husband of Rebecca,​ loving father of Shumlika (Canada),​ Rushika (USA) & Nimasha (UK),​ father-in-law of Dr. Amritha De Croos,​ Yohan Selvaratnam & Dr Aaron Yusuf,​ brother of late Dilani & of Viola,​ brother-in-law of late Kingsley Fernando,​ late Dr Frederick Roche,​ Sarojini Ilangaratne (Canada) & Daphne Kirthisinghe,​ darling papa of Shannelle,​ Arianna,​ Sarisha,​ Kiran,​ Anaiah & Neave,​ expired. Cortege leaves residence No. 15,​ Main Street,​ Negombo on Wednesday the 16th of August 2017 at 3.00 p.m. for burial at the Bharatha Cemetery,​ Negombo.100822

RAMALINGAM – MRS. RANEE. Beloved wife of late S. Ramalingam – Retired Assistant General Manager (Bank of Ceylon),​ formerly Director Hotel Holiday Inn,​ loving mother of late P. Prasad,​ Shankar,​ Nikesh & Shyamala (Australia),​ loving daughter of the late Rajaratnam Ponnambalam (Engineer) & late Pathmawathy,​ loving sister of Mohan Anandappa,​ loving granddaughter of late Proctor Thambirajah (Kurunegala) & late Sellakannu (Kottady Jaffna),​ daughter-in-law of late Sinnaiah & Mariai (Badulla),​ mother-in-law of Chelvaranjani,​ Juanita & A. Durvasan (Australia),​ loving grandmother of Vinoshan,​ Amrita,​ Pretasha,​ Shaveena,​ Mathuri & Saiprasad,​ sister-in-law of Nirmala John,​ expired on 11/​8/​2017. Remains lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour,​ Borella from 8.30 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Tuesday (15.8.2017) for viewing and on Wednesday from 8.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (16/​8/​2017). Religious ceremony at 2 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Leaving at 4 p.m. for cremation at Borella Kanatte Hindu Section 4.30 p.m. Family and friends please note. Res – 0112587620. Nikesh 0771179813,​ Shankar 0765386152,​ Shyamala 077-3993962. K 1/​2,​ Veluwanarama Housing Scheme,​ (off Hampden Lane),​ Col-06.100650.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

ARNOLDA – ELIGIUS BOBBY (EARL),​ (BA Tours,​ BA Entertainments and Armstrongs Tourist Agency) passed away peacefully on Friday,​ 11 August 2017. Loving father of Rebecca,​ Dodwell,​ Christopher,​ Bernadine,​ Sandra and Debbie,​ father-in-law of Felix Rodrigo,​ Sam De Silva,​ Nivendra Coorey and Jeewani Arnolda,​ brother of Maureen (Australia),​ and of the late Pat,​ Madge,​ Claire,​ Bucky,​ Anto and Neville,​ brother-in-law of George Parsons (Australia) and of the late Shelton Caspersz,​ Col. Babee Perera and Col. Joe Caspersz,​ loving grandfather of Ewan,​ Dilshan,​ Shavaun,​ Donald,​ Natasha,​ Fallon,​ Shezard,​ Amanda and Andreen,​ loving great grandfather of Ella,​ Levi,​ Chloe,​ Zac,​ Noah,​ Isla and Billie. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour,​ Colombo 08,​ Tuesday 15th August 2017 from 8 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. and Wednesday 16th August from 8 a.m. Cortege leaves at 3 p.m. for Interment at General Cemetery,​ Borella (Roman Catholic Section).100537

BAHARDEEN – FATHIMA HANOON – Wife of late Meerasa Bahardeen,​ mother of Fazal (Singapore),​ Riza (Jeddah) and Rihana,​ mother-in-law of Merita (Singapore),​ Mafaza (Jeddah) and Dr. Madany,​ grandmother of Sharfa (UK),​ Saarah (Australia),​ Bilal & Ayesha (Sinhapore),​ Umar (Malaysia,​ Salma (Qatar),​ Sumaiya & Ammaar (Jeddah(,​ Hafsa (Ilma International),​ Hamza (Amana Bank),​ Safiya & Mariam. Janaza leaves residence 26,​ Mahinda Place,​ Kirulapone,​ to Jawatte Muslim Bural Ground at 11 a.m. on Tuesday 15th July.100645

DHEERARATNE – JUSTICE RANJIT. Husband of Hema,​ father of Dr Ruvini,​ Nuwan (Etihad) and Ranoj (Dheeraratne Enterprises),​ father-in-law of Dr Namal,​ Rajitha (Sri Lankan Airlines) and Manjula (Boswell International College),​ grandfather of Dr Hasini,​ Banuka,​ Mewan,​ Deelaka,​ Ranugi,​ Vinuthi and Ramitha. Cremation will be on 16th Wednesday at 5.00 p.m. at the Dodangoda General Cemetery. Cortege leaves residence at 4.00 p.m. No. 90,​ Nagoda Road,​ Kalutara.100535

FERNANDO (LBA) WANNAKUWATTEWADUGE LIOYD BERNARD ALFRED (Retired Telecom Engineer). Beloved husband of late Merlyn,​ father of Srikanthi (deceased),​ Neelangani,​ Janendhra and Jayangani,​ father-in-law of Laksiri,​ Harini and Peter,​ darling grandfather of Nuwandhika,​ Lakitha,​ Jehan and Heshika,​ rests in the arms of Jesus. Remains lie at Mahinda Funeral Parlour,​ Mt. Lavinia from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. on Monday 14th August 2017 till Tuesday 15th August 2017 and will leave funeral parlour at 3.00 p.m. for Burial at St. Michael’s Church Cemetery,​ Koralawella,​ Moratuwa at 4.30 p.m. on 15th August.100642

KARUNATILLAKE – BENNY. Son of late Mr M.D. Remigius and Mrs Grisilda,​ loving husband of Dilki,​ devoted father of Pujitha and Anjulie,​ beloved father-in-law of Bernadine and Pragna,​ fond grandfather of baby Akaine,​ called to rest with Jesus on 14th August. Cortege leaves Mahinda Funeral Parlour at 2 p.m. on Wednesday,​ 16th. Cremation at Hunupitiya Crematorium,​ Hendala.100568

LION O’REGAN PINGHE – Charter Secretary of L.C. Negombo Orient and District Governor of Lions District 306 B – 2002/​2003 O’Regan Pinghe. Beloved husband of Lion Dr Rebecca,​ loving father of Past Leos of Negombo Orient Shumlika,​ Rushika and Nimasha,​ passed away. Cortege leaves residence No. 15,​ Main Street,​ Negombo at 3.00 p.m. on the 16th of August for burial at Bharatha Cemetery,​ (next to General Cemetery),​ Negombo. – Secretary,​ L.C. Negombo Orient.100529

PETER NEVILLE DAVID PONNUDURAI (Formerly of J.E.D.B.) Called to Rest. Beloved husband of Shirley (nee Ebenezer),​ loving father of Marlon,​ Sharon and Shane,​ father-in-law of Dharshini,​ Tyronne and Tushita,​ grandfather of Onray,​ Rochelle,​ Aston,​ Devesh,​ Astina and Asheur (late),​ brother of Mercy,​ Pushpam,​ Reggie,​ Lorenza,​ Selvarani,​ Lloyd (late) and Milroy. Cortege leaves residence on Tuesday 15th August 2017 at 3.00 p.m. No. 47,​ Hekitta Cross Road,​ (Seniviratne Road),​ Hekitta,​ Wattala for burial at General Cemetery,​ Borella Kanatte (Anglican Section).100391

PINGHE – O’REGAN. Dearly beloved husband of Rebecca,​ loving father of Shumlika (Canada),​ Rushika (USA) & Nimasha (UK),​ father-in-law of Dr Amritha De Croos,​ Yohan Selvaratnam & Dr Aaron Yusuf,​ brother of late Dilani & of Viola,​ brother-in-law of late Kingsley Fernando,​ late Dr Frederick Roche,​ Sarojini Ilangaratne (Canada) & Daphne Kirthisinghe,​ darling papa of Shannell,​ Arianna,​ Sarisha,​ Kiran,​ Anaiah & Neave,​ expired. Cortege leaves residence No. 15,​ Main Street,​ Negombo on Wednesday the 16th of August 2017 at 3.00 p.m. for burial at the Bharatha Cemetery,​ Negombo.100531

RAMALINGAM – MRS. RANEE – Beloved wife of late S. Ramalingam – Retired Assistant General Manager (Bank of Ceylon),​ formerly Director Hotel Holiday Inn,​ loving mother of late P. Prasad,​ Shankar,​ Nikesh & Shyamala (Australia),​ loving daughter of the late Rajaratnam Ponnambalam (Engineer) & late Pathmawathy,​ loving sister of Mohan Anandappa,​ loving granddaughter of late Proctor Thambirajah (Kurunegala) & late Sellakannu (Kottady Jaffna),​ daughter-in-law of late Sinnaiah & Mariai (Badulla),​ mother-in-law of Chelvaranjani,​ Juanita & A. Durvasan (Australia),​ loving grandmother of Vinoshan,​ Amrita,​ Pretasha,​ Shaveena,​ Mathuri & Saiprasad,​ sister-in-law of Nirmala John,​ expired on 11/​8/​2017. Remains lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour,​ Borella from 8.30 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Tuesday (15.8.2017) for viewing and on Wednesday from 8.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (16/​8/​2017). Religious ceremony at 2 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Leaving at 4 p.m. for cremation at Borella Kanatte Hindu Section 4.30 p.m. Family and friends please note. Res – 0112587620. Nikesh 0771179813,​ Shankar 0765386152,​ Shyamala 077-3993962. K 1/​2,​ Veluwanarama Housing Scheme,​ (off Hampden Lane),​ Col-06.100649

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Monday, August 14, 2017.

ARNOLDA – ELIGIUS BOBBY (EARL),​ BA Tours,​ BA Entertainments and Armstrongs Tourist Agency passed away peacefully on Friday,​ 11 August 2017. Loving father of Rebecca,​ Dodwell,​ Christopher,​ Bernadine,​ Sandra and Debbie,​ father-in-law of Felix Rodrigo,​ Sam De Silva,​ Nivendra Coorey and Jeewani Arnolda,​ brother of Maureen (Australia),​ and of the late Pat,​ Madge,​ Claire,​ Bucky,​ Anto and Neville,​ brother-in-law of George Parsons (Australia) and of the late Shelton Caspersz,​ Col. Babee Perera and Col. Joe Caspersz,​ loving grandfather of Ewan,​ Dilshan,​ Shavaun,​ Donald,​ Natasha,​ Fallon,​ Shezard,​ Amanda and Andreen,​ loving great grandfather of Ella,​ Levi,​ Chloe,​ Zac,​ Noah,​ Isla and Billie. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour,​ Colombo 08. Cortege leaves at 3.00 p.m. for interment at General Cemetery,​ Borella (Roman Catholic Section).100394

FERNANDO (LBA) WANNAKUWATTEWADUGE LIOYD BERNARD ALFRED (Retired Telecom Engineer). Beloved husband of late Merlyn,​ father of Srikanthi (deceased),​ Neelangani,​ Janendhra and Jayangani,​ father-in-law of Laksiri,​ Harini and Peter,​ darling grandfather of Nuwandhika,​ Lakitha,​ Jehan and Heshika,​ rests in the arms of Jesus. Remains lie at Mahinda Funeral Parlour,​ Mt. Lavinia from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. on Monday 14th August 2017 till Tuesday 15th August 2017 and will leave funeral parlour at 3.00 p.m. for Burial at St. Michael’s Church Cemetery,​ Koralawella,​ Moratuwa at 4.30 p.m. on 15th August.100395

NANAYAKKARA – SHEYAMALIE. Dearly beloved wife of Rohan (Glaxosmithkline) loving mother of Roshane,​ daughter of Stella and Doyne (Eric),​ sister of Rushika and Sanjeev,​ sister-in-law of Elereen,​ Rohan Ketagoda,​ Biswajith Wickramasinghe,​ passed away after a brief illness. Cortege leaves Jayaratne Funeral Palour,​ Borella on 14/​08/​2017 at 4.00 p.m. for burial at the General Cemetery,​ Borella.100393

PETER NEVILLE DAVID PONNUDURAI (Formerly of J.E.D.B.) Called to Rest. Beloved husband of Shirley (nee Ebenezer),​ loving father of Marlon,​ Sharon and Shane,​ father-in-law of Dharshini,​ Tyronne and Tushita,​ grandfather of Onray,​ Rochelle,​ Aston,​ Devesh,​ Astina and Asheur (late),​ brother of Mercy,​ Pushpam,​ Reggie,​ Lorenza,​ Selvarani,​ Lloyd (late) and Milroy. Cortege leaves residence on Tuesday 15th August 2017 at 3.00 p.m. No. 47,​ Hekitta Cross Road,​ (Seniviratne Road),​ Hekitta,​ Wattala for burial at General Cemetery,​ Borella Kanatte (Anglican Section).100391

SAMARASINGHE – PADMA KUMARI YATAWARA (Age 96). Wife of the late Stanley Samarasinghe (PHI,​ University of Ceylon Peradeniya,​ 1953-1969),​ mother of Sam,​ Malkanthi,​ late Mahinda,​ Shirani,​ Lal,​ Shantha,​ late Ananda and Hemamali,​ mother-in-law of Vidya,​ Nimal,​ Pani,​ Kumari,​ Malki,​ Dushyanthi and Gamani,​ daughter of the late Mr. C B Yatawara and Sangamitta Angammana Yatawara,​ sister of Indra,​ late Ella,​ Newton,​ late Nanda,​ late Hector,​ late Neeta,​ Princy,​ Victor,​ Malini,​ late Raja and Damayanthi,​ expired. Remains lie at the Mahinda Funeral Palour (Tel 011-2712476),​ 591,​ Galle Road,​ Mt. Lavinia from 8.00 a.m. to 1.45 p.m. on Monday August 14. Cremation at the Mt. Lavinia (Galkissa) Cemetery at 2.00 p.m.100392

WICKREMERATNE – RUWAN (Commercial Leasing PLC). Precious husband of Lynette,​ adorable father of Ruwani,​ loving son of late Mahee & Rita,​ son-in-law of Patrick & Sumana Baldsing,​ brother of Vinod & Dilan,​ brother-in-law of Rebecca,​ Nasreen & Melissa. Service on Monday 14th August at 3.30 p.m. at A.F. Raymond Funeral Parlour. Thereafter burial at General Cemetery,​ Kanatte (R.C. Section).100390

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Sunday, 13 August, 2017.

AMARATUNGA – MRS. NANDA – Beloved wife of late Mr. G.D. Amaratunga – Accountant – Health Department. Loving mother of Dr. Roshan Amaratunga,​ Deepthi Amaratunga (Judge) & Himali Amaratunga,​ mother-in-law of Dr. Buddika Senevirathna (De Zoysa Maternity Hospital) and Damayanthi Manike (Attorney-at-Law),​ expired. Cortege leaves residence on Sunday 13th August at 4 p.m. for cremation at Godigamuwa Maharagama. 259/​1,​ 2nd Lane,​ Chandana Gardens,​ Pamunuwa,​ Maharagama. Tel: 0774552547.100354

ARULANANTHAM – SATHIENDRAN JAMES – passed away on August 8th,​ 2017 at the age of 60. He was preceded in death by his parents,​ James and Selvalukshmi. He is survived by his wife,​ Aurile,​ three daughters,​ Nicole,​ Allyson,​ and Rachel,​ his older brother,​ Ravi,​ his sister-in-law I-Ching,​ and his niece and nephew,​ Rekha and Easan. A viewing will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday,​ August 13th at Our Lady of Wisdom in Reno,​ NV,​ followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Flowers can be sent to Walton’s Funeral Home (875 W 2nd St. Reno,​ NV 89503).100388

RATWATTE – HAROLD SENEVIRATNE TISSA beloved husband of Innocent loving father of Dudeepa & Mithula Father-in-law of Nadine & Chethana adored grand father of Dhiren, Serena & Jarryd passed away on 2nd of August 2017. A private funeral was held.098694

SEBASTIAN – JOAN CHANDRANI – Beloved wife of M.D. John Sebastian (Ex-partner Burah Hathy & Co. and former Chairman – Ceylon Ceramics Corporation),​ loving mother of Minoli and Dinesh Muhandiramge (USA),​ mother-in-law of Suneth Perera (USA),​ daughter of late Mr. & Mrs K.T. Fernando,​ sister of John Sunil (USA),​ daughter-in-law of late Mr & Mrs M.D. Peter,​ sister-in-law of Nancy (USA),​ Princy & Ivan,​ Eileen (Italy) & late Ranjith (Bolawatte),​ Lakshman & Astrid,​ Sunil & Swarna,​ passed away peacefully in California. The funeral will take place in California,​ USA. Tel. No. 001-9512456120. Address: 33548,​ View Crest Drive,​ Wildoroma,​ CA 92595,​ USA.100389

THRIMAWITHANA – AVANTHI SUMUDU (Nee WICKRAMARATNE). (Former Staff of Overseas School,​ Pelawattte). Wife of Mark Thrimawithana,​ daughter of Frank (Retired SLN) and Kusum (former Staff Royal College),​ sister of Mihiri (Australia) and Viranga (Brandix),​ sister-in-law of Shamin,​ Upekha,​ Anita & Luke,​ Dimuthu & Arindra (Australia),​ loving aunt of Atara Nethanya,​ Ruel,​ Aneira and Shirel. Cortege leaves residence No. 26/​1,​ Church Road,​ Pelawatte,​ Battaramulla after service at 3.00 p.m. on Monday 14th August for burial at the General Cemetery (Anglican Section),​ Borella at 4.30 p.m.100387

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Saturday, August 12, 2017.

DE SILVA – CLIVE,​ (Retired Civil Engineer). At Eternal Rest (formerly of Open University Sri Lanka and Walkers Civil Engineering),​ beloved husband of Sheila,​ everloving father of Shehani (Canada),​ loving brother of Amal (Canada),​ Lester and Malinee,​ brother-in-law of Thomas and Chitra,​ Pushpa,​ Prof. Gamini Fonseka and Marie,​ Christy and Kanthi,​ Tissa and Lalini,​ Rienzie and Sandhya,​ Seetha and Irene. Cortege leaves residence No. 800/​5,​ Colombo Road,​ Kurana,​ Negombo on Saturday 12th August 2017 at 3.30 p.m. for Burial at Methodist Church,​ Katunayaka.098777

JAYASINGHE – Dr UPALI (International Potato Center and Asian Root Crops Research Center),​ beloved father of Chintaka (Canada),​ Sumedha (Bangladesh) and Ranjith (Australia),​ brother of late Ananda (SLAF /​ Air Lanka),​ Jayantha and Mala,​ precious grandfather of Skye,​ Joshua and Caleb,​ expired. Cortege leavesJayaratne Funeral Parlour,​ Borella on Saturday 12th August at 5 p.m. for Cremation at General Cemetery,​ Borella,​ new Crematorium at 5.30 p.m.099583

SATHIENDRAN JAMES ARULANANTHAM passed away on August 8th,​ 2017 at the age of 60. He was preceded in death by his parents,​ James and Selvalukshmi. He is survived by his wife,​ Aurile,​ three daughters,​ Nicole,​ Allyson and Rachel,​ his older brother,​ Ravi,​ his sister-in-law I-Ching,​ and his niece and nephew,​ Rekha and Easan. A viewing will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday,​ August 13th at Our Lady of Widsom in Reno,​ NV,​ followed by a Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Flowers can be sent to Walton’s Funeral Home (875 W 2nd St.,​ Reno,​ NV 89503).100282

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Friday, August 11, 2017.

DE SILVA – CLIVE,​ (Retired Civil Engineer). At Eternal Rest (formerly of Open University Sri Lanka and Walkers Civil Engineering),​ beloved husband of Sheila,​ everloving father of Shehani (Canada),​ loving mother of Amal (Canada),​ Lester and Malinee,​ brother-in-law of Thomas and Chitra,​ Pushpa,​ Prof. Gamini Fonseka and Marie,​ Christy and Kanthi,​ Tissa and Lalini,​ Rienzie and Sandhya,​ Seetha and Irene. Cortege leaves residence No. 800/​5,​ Colombo Road,​ Kurana,​ Negombo on Saturday 12th August 2017 at 3.30 p.m. for Burial at Methodist Church,​ Katunayaka.098777

DHARMASENA – MRS NIRMALA (J.P.) – Beloved wife of M.D.P. Dharmasena (late),​ (Sri Lanka Jewelery Palace – Panadura),​ loving mother of Charles,​ Tilak,​ Vijith,​ Udaya,​ Sudath and Dilip (late),​ mother-in-law of Susima,​ Priyanki,​ Dili,​ Rukshani and Thanuja. Remains lie at 409/​3,​ Main Street,​ Panadura. Cortege leaves residence on Saturday 12th August at 4.00 p.m. for cremation at Minuwangoda Cemetery at 6.00 p.m.098297

LALVANI – MOHAN – Beloved husband of Mohini,​ loving father of Sharon,​ father-in-law of Suresh Solomon,​ brother of the late Devi,​ Vishin,​ Thaku,​ Ram,​ Sundri,​ Sheila,​ Kala and of Ganga,​ Chandri & Mohini. Passed away peacefully on 8th August 2017 and the Funeral was held at the General Cemetery,​ Borella on the 9th August at 5.30 p.m.098773

PERERA – E.M. SUJATHA (nee EDIRISINGHE) – (Attorney-at-Law),​ Deputy General Manager,​ Ceylon Shipping Corporation Ltd. Wife of Ranasinghe P. Perera,​ mother of Roshanee and Gayashan,​ expired. Cortege leaves on 12th August 2017 at 2.30 p.m. from 706A,​ Elhena Road,​ Madinnagoda,​ Rajagiriya. Cremation at 4.30 p.m. at Borella Cemetery.098882

SUGATHADASA WIJESINGHE (Retired EOA of Kachcheri,​ Galle). Beloved son of late Henric Condred Wijesinghe and Johana Francina Wijesinghe of Kapale,​ Baddegama and beloved husband of Kalyani Jayasundera,​ precious father of Indrani,​ Swarnaseeli,​ Ranjith (Owner of Wijesinghe Motors,​ Galle) and Priyanthi,​ father-in-law of N.D. Peiris,​ Chandrasena,​ Nagahawatta & Lalani Wijesinghe,​ Nilantha Wickramaarachchi,​ passed away. Cremation on Saturday 12th Aug. at 5.00 p.m. at Dadella Cemetery. 31,​ Kithulampitiya Road,​ Kalegana,​ Galle.098703

WANDURAGALA – GERARD – Beloved husband of late Maureen,​ loving father of Gihan and Roshan,​ father-in-law of Sharmila and Sulani,​ son of the late Mr and Mrs John Wanduragala of Kurunegala,​ brother of Assuntha,​ late Pascal,​ late Tony and Patricia. Remains lie at 769/​3,​ Biyagama Road,​ Pilapitiya,​ Kelaniya. Cortege leaves residence at 3.00 p.m. on Friday 11th August for Burial at the General Cemetery,​ Pilapitiya.099023

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Thursday, August 10, 2017.

DHARMASENA – MRS NIRMALA (J.P.) – Beloved wife of M.D.P. Dharmasena (late),​ (Sri Lanka Jewelery Palace – Panadura),​ loving mother of Charles,​ Tilak,​ Vijith,​ Udaya,​ Sudath and Dilip (late),​ mother-in-law of Susima,​ Priyanki,​ Dili,​ Rukshani and Thanuja. Remains lie at 409/​3,​ Main Street,​ Panadura. Cortege leaves residence on Saturday 12th August at 4.00 p.m. for cremation at Minuwangoda Cemetery at 6.00 p.m.098297

KARUNA GUNASEKARA (Retired Teacher). Dearly beloved wife of late Mr K. Gunaratne,​ loving mother of Krishanthi & Upali,​ Nalin & Rosharmie,​ Kapila & Rohini,​ Neel & Kumari. Cortege leaves residence No. 48,​ Halgahapokuna Road,​ Mampe,​ Piliyandala (the Road between DFCC Bank & Seylan Bank) on 10th August,​ 2017,​ 5 p.m. Cremation at Wawela Cemetery,​ Piliyandala at 6 p.m.098068

MORRELL – ROSEMARY. Beloved wife of Steve,​ loving mother of Simone and Candice,​ mother-in-law of Andrew Christoffelsz,​ sister of Christoble De Costa and late Clare,​ Kenneth,​ Doreen,​ Lena,​ Clement and Elmo. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour. Cortege leaves the parlour on Thursday 10th August 2017 at 3.30 p.m. for burial at General Cemetery Borella (R.C. Section).098212.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

ABEYNAYAKE,​ BULEGODA ARACHCHIGE SEELAWATHIE (Retired Teacher,​ St. Thomas’ College,​ Matara),​ wife of the late Mr Alexandar Abeynayake,​ loving mother of Turlin,​ Janakie,​ Osaka and Chinthaka,​ passed away peacefully. Cortege leaves residence No. 1025H,​ Polwatte,​ Gonawatte Road,​ Malambe for Cremation at 5.00 p.m. at Thalahena General Cemetery (Malambe) on 09 August (Wednesday).097585

GOODCHILD (Australia). The Funeral to celebrate the life of DULCIE BEATRICE GOODCHILD will be held at the Blair Chapel,​ Springvale Botanical Cemetery,​ Princes Hwy.,​ Springvale on Thursday (August 10,​ 2017) commencing at 12.45 p.m. Private cremation will follow.097824

JOYCE JACINTHA,​ Beloved wife of late Felix (Former Director of BOI),​ loving mother of Ravi (Nations Trust Bank),​ mother-in-law of Nirupa (Brandix College),​ affectionate grandmother of Raniru (St. Joseph’s College – Colombo). Cortege leaves 96,​ High Level Road,​ Kottawa at 3.30 p.m. for Burial at Christ King Church Burial Ground,​ Pannipitiya on 09th August 2017.097757

LALVANI – MOHAN – Beloved husband of Mohini,​ loving father of Sharon,​ father-in-law of Suresh Solomon,​ brother of the late Devi,​ Vishin,​ Thaku,​ Ram,​ Sundri,​ Sheila,​ Kala and Ganga,​ Chandri & Mohini,​ passed away peacefully. Cortege leaves A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour at 11.45 a.m. on Wednesday the 9th of August. Cremation at 12.30 p.m.,​ General Cemetery Borella.097897

MANON MARIAN MICHAEL – Beloved wife of the late Solomon,​ loving mother of Wesley (Westpac Banking Corp),​ Kennedy (Transact Lanka),​ Patricia,​ Manjula and Rowena,​ mother-in-law of Christine (Monash Health),​ Suzette (Cinnamon Hotel Management),​ Brandon Morris (AMW Group) and Wahid Kharposh (Asmaa Manpower),​ loving grandmother of Kirk (Next Campus),​ Wayne (Bagelicous),​ Yannick (Derana FM),​ Keiran (RMIT University),​ Shenade (Royal Institute),​ Wesley (Deakin University),​ Luke (RMIT Univeristy),​ Aidan (Swinbume University),​ Yulenka (St Bridet’s) and Asmaa (Stafford Internatioal),​ loving sister of Ranji Mahindapala (Australia),​ Lourdes Jayasinghe and Leena Martin. Remains will lie at the residence 124/​8,​ 7th Lane,​ Alwis Town,​ Hendala,​ Wattala from Sunday 6th August 8.30 a.m. to Monday 7th August 9.30 a.m. and at A.F. Raymonds Funeral Parlour from Monday 7th August 10.30 a.m. onwards. Interment Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 5.00 p.m. General Cemetery Kanatte,​ Borella. Australian Papers please copy.097574

MENDIS – HAASINI (nee FERNANDO) – (Former Vice Principal,​ Newstead College,​ Negombo). Wife of late Lakmin Mendis,​ beloved mother of Rasanthi – (National Christian Council) and Himakshi (Staff – Wesley College,​ Colombo),​ loving grandmother of Shanaya,​ Shavindri and Shayan,​ mother-in-law of Shashika (Eutech Cybermetic Group) and Sunimal (Hatton National Bank),​ rests in Peace,​ her mortal remains lie at 95C,​ Ihala Yagoda,​ Ganemulla. Cortege leaves residence at 2.00 p.m. on Thursday the 10th August for Service at 4.00 p.m. Methodist Church,​ Katunayake. Burial at the Methodist Cemetery,​ Katunayake. 95C,​ Ihala Yagoda,​ Ganemulla.097859

PERERA K.V.R. (SHEFF) – Ex SLAF. Safe in the Arms of Jesus. Dearly beloved husband of Charmaine (Ex Air-Ceylon),​ precious father of Laksiri,​ father-in-law of Harshani,​ grandfather of Joshua and Rachel Lilly. Remains lie at Mahinda Funeral Parlour,​ Wattala from 8th August 2017. A Service will be held at the Parlour on Wednesday 9th August at 2.30 p.m. Cremation at 4 p.m. at Enderamulla Kanaththa.097751

PERERA – NANDANEE – Beloved wife of the late Flavian G.B.,​ daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs Leo Constantine of Kalutara,​ loving mother of Nimal (Australia,​ formerly of Aitken Spence Shipping),​ Malkanthi and Nishantha (Printare),​ mother-in-law of Nirmala,​ Angelo (Public Bank) and Renuka,​ sister of Sirimal,​ sister-in-law of Maya,​ grandmother of Niroshan,​ Nilshan,​ Nilukshi,​ Netanya and Nevanya. Remains will lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parour,​ Borella from 10 a.m. onwards on Wednesday 9th August. Cortege will leave Parlour at 2.30 p.m. for Church Service and Burial at St. Francis De Sales Church,​ Dalugama,​ Kelaniya at 3.45 p.m.097753

PETERSON – PAUL (JACKIE),​ Ex-Locomotive Driver (CGR),​ husband of the late Norah (nee Maye),​ father of Jacqueline,​ father-in-law of Ian Pereira,​ loving grandfather of Jason and Jake,​ son of the late Mr & Mrs P.A.E. Peterson,​ brother of the late Anton & Titty and of Sherney,​ expired. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour on Tuesday 8th August from 12 noon onwards. Cortege leaves the Parlour on Wednesday 9th August at 5 p.m. for Cremation at General Cemetery Borella at 5.30 p.m. Phone : 077-6114045.097588

RASARATNAM – RUDRA (Retired Consultnat Cardiothoracic Surgeon) – Son of late Mr & Mrs V. Rasaratnam,​ beloved brother of Drupathy,​ late Sundari,​ Solochana and late Anandan,​ passed away peacefully on 7th August at his residence. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond Funeral Parlour,​ Borella on Wednesday,​ 9th August from 9.00 a.m. to be followed by a cremation at the General Cemetery,​ Kanatte at 4.30 p.m.097659

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

ABEYNAYAKE,​ BULEGODA ARACHCHIGE SEELAWATHIE (Retired Teacher,​ St. Thomas’ College,​ Matara),​ wife of the late Mr Alexandar Abeynayake,​ loving mother of Turlin,​ Janakie,​ Osaka and Chinthaka,​ passed away peacefully. Cortege leaves residence No. 1025H,​ Polwatte,​ Gonawatte Road,​ Malambe for Cremation at 5.00 p.m. at Thalahena General Cemetery (Malambe) on 09 August (Wednesday).097585

GUNASEKERA – LALITH (Retired DIG). Beloved husband of Dayanthi,​ loving father of Danusha and Harshini,​ brother of late Mahinda & of Jayampath,​ father-in-law of Saman Wickramasekera and Lasantha Ekanayake,​ brother-in-law of Gamini Karunatilake (Rtd. DIG),​ and Shanthi Wijesinghe,​ adorable grandfather of Behan,​ Yohani and Lyara,​ passed away. Cortege leaves residence No. 614,​ Sri Jayawardenepura Mawatha,​ Ethul Kotte,​ on Tuesday the 8th of August at 4.00 p.m. for cremation at General Cemetery,​ Kanatte,​ Borella.097581

PETERSON – PAUL (JACKIE),​ Ex-Locomotive Driver (CGR),​ husband of the late Norah (nee Maye),​ father of Jacqueline,​ father-in-law of Ian Pereira,​ loving grandfather of Jason and Jake,​ son of the late Mr & Mrs P.A.E. Peterson,​ brother of the late Anton & Titty and of Sherney,​ expired. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour on Tuesday 8th August from 12 noon onwards. Cortege leaves the Parlour on Wednesday 9th August at 5 p.m. for Cremation at General Cemetery Borella at 5.30 p.m. Phone : 077-6114045.097588.

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Monday, August 7, 2017.

CHELLAPPAH – ANNALAKSHMI (AASAI) wife of late Rajasuriar Chellappah (Bank of Ceylon and World Bank). Loving mother and mother-in-law of Chelvy and Ranga,​ Nimal and Lakshmi,​ Shanti and Shivantha,​ Naren and Nandi,​ doting grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of 16 passed away peacefully in Sydney,​ Australia on 04.08.2017097578

COLONEL ROHAN WASANTHA WARNAKULA. Loving husband of Priyanga,​ loving father of Nerusha,​ Dinasha & Aleesha,​ loving brother of Marian,​ Jasintha (Australia),​ Bernandeth (Denmark),​ Sarath (Denmark),​ Lalith (Fortras Hotel – SL),​ Shirani & Ruvini,​ son-in-law of Rufus & Anne,​ passed away peacefully on 3rd August. Funeral will take place on 7th of August at No. 81,​ Vihara Kanda Road,​ Payagala.097575

GUNASEKERA – LALITH (Retired DIG). Beloved husband of Dayanthi,​ loving father of Danusha and Harshini,​ brother of late Mahinda & of Jayampath,​ father-in-law of Saman Wickramasekera and Lasantha Ekanayake,​ brother-in-law of Gamini Karunatilake (Rtd. DIG),​ and Shanthi Wijesinghe,​ adorable grandfather of Behan,​ Yohani and Lyara,​ passed away. Cortege leaves residence No. 614,​ Sri Jayawardenepura Mawatha,​ Ethul Kotte,​ on Tuesday the 8th of August at 4.00 p.m. for cremation at General Cemetery,​ Kanatte,​ Borella.097580

HEMACHANDRA – GEORGE GINENDRA JP. Chairman,​ Hemachandra Jewellers (Kandy) Ltd.,​ Loving husband of Samudra,​ loving father of Hemali,​ Sidath,​ Sampath & Nuwan,​ beloved son of late Ananda Cyril Hemachandra & late Kamala Hemachandra,​ brother of late Upali,​ late Ranjith,​ late Athula,​ late Keerthi,​ Damayanthi,​ Thusitha and Yamuna,​ brother-in-law of Dr. Jayalath De Silva,​ Shantha Suraweera,​ Kumari and Kuei,​ loving uncle of Dr. Shyamali,​ Dr. Waruni,​ Lasitha,​ Avanthi,​ Chullaka,​ Nuwanthi,​ Seyana,​ Moraj,​ Dr. Upul and Darshika,​ passed away. Remains lie at No. 16,​ Louis Peiris Mawatha,​ Kandy. Cortege leaves residence at 2.30 p.m. on Monday the 7th August to be cremated at Mahaiyawa Cemetery,​ Kandy.097579

WIJERATNE – DHAMMIKA – Beloved son of late Moris Peter Wijeratne and Swinitha Srimathi Wijeratne,​ beloved husband of Azra Ruchi Weraniyagoda Wijeratne and loving father of Vishmi Wijeratne and Madura Wijeratne has passed away on 4th of August. Funeral Details: Date : 7th of August 2017. Venue: No. 16,​ Walana,​ Panadura (Old Galle Rd,​ in front of Podu Sewa Mawatha). Cremation and Burial : 4 p.m. at the family burial grounds,​ Panadura (close to the venue). Contact: 0717793944 (Madura Wijeratne).097487

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Sunday, August 6, 2017.

FERNANDO – T.S. DIXON – (Retired – Department of Buildings /​​ Partner – Disons Constructions). Beloved husband of Rani (nee Warnakulasuriya),​​ father of Diran Damith (Architect) and Dayal (Partner – Disons Constructions),​​ father-in-law of Iranganie and Savithri,​​ grandfather of Uvini Vindula Lavindu and Gihansa,​​ expired. 17/​​11,​​ Janajaya Mawatha,​​ off Weerasekara Mawatha,​​ Boralesgamuwa. Cremation at 5 p.m. Kohuwela Cemetery on Sunday 6th August.097045

MANON MARIAN MICHAEL – Beloved wife of the late Solomon,​ loving mother of Wesley (Westpac Banking Corp),​ Kennedy (Transact Lanka),​ Patricia,​ Manjula and Rowena,​ Mother in law of Christine (Monash Health),​ Suzette (Cinnamon Hotel Management),​ Brandon Morris (AMW Group) and Wahid Kharposh (Asmaa Manpower) loving grandmother of Kirk (Next Campus),​ Wayne (Bagelicous),​ Yannick (Derana FM),​ Kieran (RMIT University),​ Shenade (Royal Institute),​ Wesley (Deakin University),​ Luke (RMIT University),​ Aidan (Swinburne University),​ Yulenka (St. Bridget’s) and Asmaa (Stafford International),​ loving Sister of Ranji Mahindapala (Australia),​ Lourdes Jayasinghe and Leena Martin. Remains lie at the residence,​ 124/​8,​ 7th Lane,​ Alwis Town,​ Hendala,​ Wattala from Sunday 6th August at 8.30 a.m. to Monday 7th August at 9.30 a.m. and at A.F. Raymonds Funeral Parlour from Monday 7th August 10.30 a.m. onwards. Interment on Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 5.00 p.m. at General Cemetery Kanatte,​ Borella. Australian papers please copy.097573

RASIAH – DR. INDIRA ARUNTHATHIE – of Lower Hutt,​ New Zealand,​ PhD,​ Senior Research Scientist at Callaghan Innovtion,​ New Zealand,​ promoted to glory on Wednesday,​ July 19,​ 2017,​ aged 58 years. Beloved daughter of Grace and the late Dr. Balu Rasiah,​ dearly loved mother of Michael,​ Melanie and Miriam Mylvaganam,​ loved sister of Ajit & Dilky,​ Ishani & Peter,​ devoted aunt to Yovan,​ Nishan ,​ Arunan,​ Anusha and Chrishan. Messages to the Rasiah family may be placed in Indira’s tribute book at www.tributes.co.nz or sent C/​o 4 Moorefield Road,​ Jonnsonville,​ Wellington. In lie of flowers,​ a donation to the Neonatal Trust or Bible Society of New Zealand would be appreciated. A service for Indira was held at Knox Presbyterian Church,​ 574,​ High Street,​ Lower Hutt on Thursday,​ July 27 at 11 a.m. Ph. Grace and children. +64 4 462 – 2111 Ajit +64 4 475-7152 Ishani +64 4 3838555.096607

THAMBUGALA – Mrs. HEMANTHA – Beloved wife of late Dr. R.L. Thambugala (Ranji),​ loving mother of Aruni and Guyan,​ daughter of late Mr and Mrs. P.E. Gooneratne of Panadura,​ daughter-in-law of late Dr and Mrs. P. R. Thambugala of Kandy,​ beloved sister of Florrie,​ late Manel,​ Maya and Srima,​ sister-in-law of late Sathis,​ Irangani,​ Nalini,​ Sita and Padmini,​ expired in Sydney,​ Australia on 20th July 2017. A private funeral was held in accordance with her wishes.094426

WIJEDEERA – THILAKAPALA – (Brisbane- Australia). Beloved husband of Indrani Wasantha,​ loving father of Rasika and Vineetha,​ expired at Nawaloka Hospital,​ Sri Lanka on the 5th of August 2017. Funeral arranagements will be notified later. Tel: 2813679.097492

WIJERATNE – DHAMMIKA – Beloved son of late Moris Peter Wijeratne and Swinitha Srimathi Wijeratne,​ beloved husband of Azra Ruchi Weraniyagoda Wijeratne and loving father of Vishmi Wijeratne and Madura Wijeratne has passed away on the 4th of August. Funeral Details: Date : 7th of August 2017. Venue: No. 16,​ Walana,​ Panadura (Old Galle Rd,​ in front of Podu Sewa Mawatha). Cremation and Burial : 4 p.m. at the family burial grounds,​ Panadura (close to the venue). Contact: 0717793944 (Madura Wijeratne).097486

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Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Dr. R.S.Gunarathne (Ranjith Samaragunarathne) former practitioner at Medic Centre, De Soyza Street, Colombo-02; beloved husband of Dr.Vajira Jayawickrama, loving father of Sashika (GT Nexus) and Dineth (Australia), father-in-law of Shanelli (Australia) has expired. Cortage leaves 34/4, Siebel Avenue, Colombo-05on Sunday 6th August at 4.00pm. Cremation at Borella Cemetery at 5.00pm.096877

FERNANDO – PHYLLIS – Wife of late Dr. Rex Fernando,​ mother of Rohan (UK),​ mother-in-law of Dilrukshi (UK),​ grandmother of Reshan (Poland),​ Dilshan (UK),​ Dileeka (UK),​ sister of late Dr. Cyril,​ Hector,​ Florida (Girlie) and Victor,​ and of Oliver. Remains lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th. Burial at General Cemetery Kanatte RC Section on Sunday 6th at 12 noon. 6/​7,​ Ananda Mawatha,​ Baddagana,​ Pita Kotte.095549

FERNANDO – T.S. DIXON – (Retired – Department of Buildings /​ Partner – Disons Constructions). Beloved husband of Rani (nee Warnakulasuriya),​ father of Diran Damith (Architect) and Dayal (Partner – Disons Constructions),​ father-in-law of Iranganie and Savithri,​ grandfather of Uvini Vindula Lavindu and Gihansa,​ expired. 17/​11,​ Janajaya Mawatha,​ off Weerasekara Mawatha,​ Boralesgamuwa. Cremation at 5 p.m. Kohuwela Cemetery on Sunday 6th August.097041

MUTUCUMARANA – THISI – (Former Deputy Commissioner,​ Examinations Department,​ former Deputy Principal of Mahanama College,​ Colombo). Beloved husband of Kanthi,​ much loved father of Ruvini and Kaveesh,​ precious father-in-law of Nipuna and Venuri,​ passed away. Cortege leaves residence 16,​ Sri Sumangala Mawatha,​ Ratmalana at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday the 5th of August for cremation at 5.00 p.m. at Mt. Lavinia Cemetery.097139

WIJESUNDERA – TOM – Dearly beloved husband of Liz,​ father of Dileepa,​ Pandula,​ Harshini and Keshini,​ father-in-law of Dhashi,​ Devika,​ Ravi and Sujiva,​ grandfather of Chaminda,​ Ruwan,​ Shiana,​ Shehan,​ Natalie,​ Tushara,​ Anushka,​ Hisham,​ Navika,​ Shanella,​ Sania,​ Andrea,​ Christobela,​ Zuben and Reed,​ great grandfather of Kian and Damian. Cortege leaves residence No. 138,​ Old Road,​ Nawala at 9.00 a.m. on Sunday 6th August for cremation at 10.00 a.m. at the General Cemetery,​ Borella.097169

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Friday, August 4, 2017.

FERNANDO – PHYLLIS – Wife of late Dr. Rex Fernando,​ mother of Rohan (UK),​ mother-in-law of Dilrukshi (UK),​ grandmother of Reshan (Poland),​ Dilshan (UK),​ Dileeka (UK),​ sister of late Dr. Cyril,​ Hector,​ Florida (Girlie) and Victor,​ and of Oliver. Remains lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th. Burial at General Cemetery Kanatte RC Section on Sunday 6th at 12 noon. 6/​7,​ Ananda Mawatha,​ Baddagana,​ Pita Kotte.095549

RANAWANA – SEETHA BOGAHAWATTE Beloved wife of late Mr. H B Ranawana, loving mother of Ranjith Manel (Former teacher Trinity College Kandy) Niyshshanka (Sri Lanka Army) Priyanka (Canada) late Capt. Rohan (Commando Regiment Sri Lanka Army) Indika (USA) loving Mother-in-law of late Samanthi Ekanayake, Anura Senavirathna, Indika Withanachchi, Sujith Dematagoda and Namal Kobbekaduwa. Expired cremation at 5.00 pm on Saturday the 5th August at crematorium Yatiwawala.095929

TARA BOLLING – Dearly beloved wife of late Ralph Bolling,​ much loved mother of Jeremy,​ David and Julian,​ mother-in-law of Praharshani and Nicola,​ grandmother of Deon,​ Georgi,​ Jordan and Jade,​ sister of Rhuni,​ Oosha and Dijen,​ sister-in-law of Chantal and of late Maithree and Neil. Cortege leaves residence 72,​ 5th Lane,​ Colombo – 3 at 4 p.m. on Friday 4th Aug. Burial at 4.30 p.m. at General Cemetery,​ Borella.095263

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Thursday, August 3, 2017.

 DHANRAJANI – JIWAT HEMRAJ – Beloved husband of Veenu,​ father of Manju,​ Sunita and Usha,​ father-in-law of Jagdish Lalchandani,​ R. Giridhar and Ravi Jotwani,​ grandfather of Bhavna,​ Dinesh,​ Aparna,​ Manish,​ Anjali and Akshay,​ great grandfather of Ruan,​ Founder Chairman of Geekay (Pvt.) Ltd.,​ and Lanka Laboratories (Pvt.) Ltd,​ passed away on Tuesday 1st August 2017. Final rites were performed on the same day.095261

GUNATILAKE – H.M. NIMAL GAMINI – (Retired Senior Superintendent of Police). Beloved husband of Hemapali Galgamuwa (Retired Teacher),​ father of Kashmi and Lalangi,​ father-in-law of Chethiya and Dinesh,​ son of late Mr. H.M.P. Gunatilake (Principal),​ and Mrs. Bandaramenike,​ brother of Asela,​ Sunethra and Anura,​ brother-in-law of Chandra,​ Padmasiri and Kashari,​ expired after a brief illness. Cremation on Friday 04th of August at 5.00 p.m. at General Cemetery,​ Kurunegala. No. 52,​ 2nd Lane,​ Welangola Road,​ Kurunegala.095222

TARA BOLLING – Dearly beloved wife of late Ralph Bolling,​ much loved mother of Jeremy,​ David and Julian,​ mother-in-law of Praharshani and Nicola,​ grandmother of Deon,​ Georgi,​ Jordan and Jade,​ sister of Rhuni,​ Oosha and Dijen,​ sister-in-law of Chantal and of late Maithree and Neil. Cortege leaves residence 72,​ 5th Lane,​ Colombo – 3 at 4 p.m. on Friday 4th Aug. Burial at 4.30 p.m. at General Cemetery,​ Borella.095262.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

ANANDAPPA – MERL JOSEPH – Safe in the arms of Jesus. Dearly beloved husband of Yoland (Nee Laity Ramenaden),​ brother-in-law of late Felicia Laity Ramanaden,​ precious dada of Rabindra (Lakshika),​ Mafelda (Padmasiri,​ USA),​ Fr. Mahendra (UK) and Rajendra,​ darling grandfather of Dilendra Anandappa,​ Manesha and Lalanica Chandrasekara and Romanthie Anandappa Fernando,​ great grandfather of Jaden Anandappa. Cortege leaves residence (43,​ Minuwangoda Road,​ Negombo) at 0100 p.m. for Interment at General Cemetery Borella,​ Wednesday August 02nd 2017.094656

HEENATIGALA – EDMUND – (Retd. Regional Manager,​ People’s Bank),​ husband of Kusum Heenatigala,​ (Retd. Regional Manager,​ People’s Bank),​ father of Pamadi Heenatigala and Sidath Heenatigala,​ father-in-law of Sanjeewa Munasinghe,​ passed away. Remains at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour,​ Borella. Funeral on Wednesday,​ 02 August 2017 at General Cemetery Crematorium,​ Borella.094699

KANDIAH SRI SKANTHA DAS (THAVAM) of Vaddu East,​ Vaddukoddai attained Sivapatham on 30th July 2017. Beloved husband of Shiamala (Shia),​ son of late S. Kandiah and late Annaletchumi Amma,​ son-in-law of late K. Nadarajah and late Kamaladevi,​ brother of late Sathyaseelan,​ late Chandra Das,​ Chandralekha and Chitralekha,​ brother-in-law of N. Ratnasiva,​ Sharmila and N. Ravindran. Viewing at the residence,​ 11/​2,​ Schofield Place,​ Colombo 3 on Tuesday,​ the 1st of August 2017 from 5.30 p.m. Cortege leaves residence at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday,​ the 2nd of August 2017 for cremation at 2.00 p.m. at General Cemetery Crematorium,​ Borella. 11/​2,​ Schofield Place,​ Colombo 3.094276

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

KANDIAH SRI SKANTHA DAS (THAVAM) of Vaddu East,​ Vaddukoddai attained Sivapatham on 30th July 2017. Beloved husband of Shiamala (Shia),​ son of late S. Kandiah and late Annaletchumi Amma,​ son-in-law of late K. Nadarajah and late Kamaladevi,​ brother of late Sathyaseelan,​ late Chandra Das,​ Chandralekha and Chitralekha,​ brother-in-law of N. Ratnasiva,​ Sharmila and N. Ravindran. Viewing at the residence,​ 11/​2,​ Schofield Place,​ Colombo 3 on Tuesday,​ the 1st of August 2017 from 5.30 p.m. Cortege leaves residence at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday,​ the 2nd of August 2017 for cremation at 2.00 p.m. at General Cemetery Crematorium,​ Borella. 11/​2,​ Schofield Place,​ Colombo 3.094276.

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20-year old Alexander Zverev beats Roger Federer to win 2017 Rogers Cup final

Posted on 14 August 2017 by admin


  • Twenty-year-old wins 10th match in row after victory in Washington.
  • German and Swiss now have five tournament titles this year.

Alexander Zverev kept his winning streak alive with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Zverev, the winner last week in Washington, posted a 10th straight match victory and ended the 36-year-old Federer’s own winning streak at 16. The German also tied Federer with a fifth tournament victory this year, although Federer’s haul includes two major titles. Zverev also got even for a loss to Federer at Halle in June and leveled their career head-to-head record at two wins each.

Zverev used some sharp groundstrokes to keep Federer from taking control early and got the only service break he needed to win the first set. Zverev escaped a break point at 1-0 in the second set with consecutive aces, then broke a mistake-prone Federerfor a 4-3 lead and served out the match.

Zverev, the youngest Rogers Cup finalist since Novak Djokovic in 2007, was coming off an emotional victory over Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in the semi-finals. Federer missed a chance to tie Ivan Lendl for second place all time with 94 tournament wins. Jimmy Connors leads with 109.

In the doubles final, fifth-seeded Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat seventh-seeded Rohan Bopanna of India and Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina beat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to win her fifth title of the year and condemn the Dane to a sixth final loss in 2017.

Fifth seed Svitolina won 6-4 6-0 at the Rogers Cup to become the first woman to win three events at the elite Premier 5 level in the same year.

The 22-year-old could become world number one if results go her way at next week's Cincinnati Open.

Wozniacki, seeded sixth, has lost all six finals she has played this year.

"It was a tough day," said the Dane. "She played well. She mixed up the pace and made it uncomfortable for me out there.

"Today, probably I could have used some more pace, but she played really smart today and used my pace to her advantage."

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SriLankan Airlines climbs to 8th place globally for airline fuel efficiency

Posted on 14 August 2017 by admin

Colombo, August 09, 2017:

SriLankan Airlines has climbed to eighth position globally in IATA fuel efficiency ranking amongst 51 airlines in the same business model, following the implementation of a wide range of fuel efficiency and conservation measures over the last 22 months to reduce fuel burn.

The 2016 ranking of airlines by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has placed SriLankan eighth with an efficiency rating of 34.86Ltr/100RTK (liters per 100 revenue ton kilometers). The IATA benchmark for the year 2016 is 35.26Ltr/100RTK. This is a significant improvement over its performance in calendar year 2015 when it ranked 15th with a rating of 36.25Ltr/100RTK.

Fuel Saving Initiative by the Pilots

Due to the efforts and skills of its Pilots, Srilankan Airlines achieved a saving of over US$2.3 million, when comparing the planned Fuel burn-off, against the actual in 22 months from August 2015 to June 2017. Fuel is the largest cost component for any airline, and with increasing fuel prices the actions of our pilots help in reducing our operational costs.  

SriLankan’s fuel saving efforts are driven by a specialized Aviation Fuel Department in the Flight Operations Division, which constantly seeks new and innovative methods to reduce fuel usage whilst maintaining the highest safety standards and monitors the implementation of existing fuel conservation measures. These include many IATA recommended initiatives, Airbus and Industry best practice recommendations, at the planning stage and inflight. Flying on direct routes whenever possible, optimizing flight levels to fly at the most fuel-efficient altitudes, maximum usage of engine reverse thrust when landing, taxi-in with single engine after landing and optimizing the usage of auxiliary power unit, are some of the techniques used during flights. The Aviation Fuel Department provides a fuel report to every Captain on a monthly basis, which gives them a better understanding of their fuel uplifts and savings, for possible improvement.

All other stakeholders such as Inflight, Engineering, Cargo, Product Development, Flight Dispatch and Ground Services have contributed towards these achievements by improving their processes at the planning stage.

Fuel Tankering by Flight Dispatch

In addition to savings from fuel efficiency measures, Srilankan also achieved a saving of US$2.7 million during this same period using a process called “Tankering” by Flight Dispatch, another section attached to Flight Operations.

Fuel Tankering is a method by which airlines reduce their purchasing of fuel at airports where fuel prices are high and instead carry fuel from airports with lower fuel prices. Tankering is extensively used on flights to Maldives, where fuel prices are the highest in the network. This means the fuel load required for the return trip from the Maldives to Colombo will be carried out of Colombo.

Some South Indian destinations, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand are some of the destinations where Tankering is practiced, as fuel prices at these destinations are low, hence additional fuel is brought in, to minimize fuel uplift for the next flight from Colombo, where fuel price is higher.

The extra fuel burn due to the increased weight as a result of extra fuel carried, engine wear are some of the factors that are carefully monitored and considered by Flight Dispatch when Tankering.

Apart from achieving significant savings for the airline, the increase in fuel efficiency also directly enhances environmental conservation, an area in which SriLankan has long been a pioneer in the global air transport industry.

SriLankan currently operates to an online network of 41 destinations, and codeshares with other airlines to a total of 105 cities in 47 countries. As a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance, SriLankan also offers its passengers connectivity to over 1,000 cities in 160 countries that are served by its oneworld partner airlines.

 

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EDB Director General wins WIM silver award

Posted on 13 August 2017 by admin

 

Monday, August 14, 2017.

Women in Management (WIM) in partnership with International Financial Cooperation in Washington (IFC), presented the 'Top 50 Professional and Career Women – Sri Lanka 2017' in July at the Taj Samudra on the theme 'Beyond Parity – Developing Tomorrow’s Leader', to celebrate the achievements of remarkable women who inspire those around them through their astounding achievements in their careers, businesses and everyday lives.

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) Director General Jeevani Siriwardena was was awarded Silver Category for Leadership Excellence in State and Government.

Women in Management (WIM) works to empower Sri Lankan career women and women entrepreneurs by connecting and bonding them by providing leadership and guidance in nurturing their knowledge and skills and inspiring them to achieve their goals and to act as conduits for the transformation of the role of women in career and business into a dynamic force.

 

 

Jeevani Siriwardena has been appointed the new Director General of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB).

She joined EDB as a Management Trainee in 1984. She counts over 20 years of experience at EDB in Product Management and over 10 years in the Market Development Divisions of EDB.

She handled the product and market development activities of the apparel export sector during its early growth phase and also led the development activities of the other industrial and agricultural product sectors.

Siriwardena has led several overseas marketing missions involving the private sector while also being a part of a number of presidential business delegations. She has extensive foreign market exposure, including in countries such as the US, Europe, South Africa, Japan, China and India. She also served as the Officer in Charge of the EDB-initiated Sri Lanka Trade Centre in Chennai for 15 months.

For a span of two years she worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Colombo, prior to joining EDB.

She obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Special Degree (second class) in 1982 and a Master’s in Business Studies (Merit) from the University of Colombo. She is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.

Siriwardena had her primary education in Matara where her father served as the AGA and then entered University from Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo where she obtained colours for tennis and won the national junior and juvenile silver medal for badminton. 

At Colombo University she got colours for tennis, badminton and table tennis and captained the men’s and women’s tennis team of the University of Colombo in 1982, winning the Inter-University Challenge Trophy. 

 

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Dinesh Chandrasena Shares Her Story On What It Means To Feel Like A Woman

Posted on 12 August 2017 by admin

By: Sakuna Esufally – Courtesy: Cosmopolitan Magazine.

The Fashion Design Program Coordinator at Raffles Design Institute and independent designer is loving her journey of femininity and the fact that she gets to determine her own life. Here’s why it’s important for everyone to get that freedom.

I’m doubled over with laughter as I listen to Dinesh’s wise-cracks on everything from the Kardashians (“Where do they find these whack-job men?!”) to end-of-the-week exhaustion (“People are out and about…and I’m just tired!”). Relaxed and forthright, her hair in a trademark topknot, Dinesh says in her wry tone, “My sister says I look like an angry ballet teacher in this hairstyle…oh, well!”

It’s a rare thing to find someone who’s willing to laugh at herself with no restriction. “At certain points in life, you have to decide whether you’re going to laugh or cry. I always laugh,” she says, with an undertone of sass, breaking out into a huge smile.

It’s equally rare to find such an esteemed personality not look at herself as cut above the rest. Dinesh has that rarest of gifts—the ability to connect with people, regardless of age or experience. She’s direct and unflinchingly honest, not afraid to say you’re wrong, while simultaneously indicating she’s on your side. From our first meeting early last year, I’ve recalled her poise and prose (clipped, effective and deliberate) with envy. I was undoubtedly thrilled, then, to have the chance to speak to her about something that’s seated at the core of, both, her and Cosmo: Owning your femininity.

“To me, femininity is not based on appendages or body types. Instead, I equate femininity with resilient strength. And, contrary to the mainstream, slightly misogynistic view, getting in touch with your femininity doesn’t mean being emotional and weak, or that you’re going to break down every second (what utter nonsense!)—I think tapping into that core of emotions keeps you strong and grounded.”

The term ‘femininity’ i.e. the quality of being female doesn’t only lie in whether women (those that are born as such and those that are transitioning) choose to wear a dress or put on lipstick; inherently, it’s something more innate. Though, physical appearance does play a big role.

Dinesh hasn’t had any plastic surgery (and, as of the day of our interview, nor does she intend to), but she has embarked on hormone therapy that, in her own words, has “softened” her out. Then with her infectious, from-the-belly laugh, she says, “And by that, I mean I get more fat on certain areas of my body than I’ve been used to, like on the hips. But, it’s all positive change. I love every bit of it.”

The transition has also been very gradual. “I wasn’t a jock, who showed up one day with Double-Ds,” she says, eyes sparkling. “There are actually photographs from when I was very little (I must have been about 3 or 4) with me in a dress, thrilled to pieces. Biologically, I wasn’t born with an Adam’s apple, and I’ve always had fuller lips and doe eyes; I’ve always been feminine featured. My mum used to jokingly say, ‘God never intended you to be a boy.’”

“In that sense, I was very blessed,” she says, quietly. “My mum and granny were very educated and they allowed me to progress on my path to femininity with a lot of support. In our world, I understand how huge and rare that is. I do not, under any circumstance, take it for granted that I’ve been privileged enough to not face traumas as I started on this transformation.”

For Dinesh, owning her femininity was a journey she always knew she wanted to take. “Without this journey, I would have felt incomplete,” she states. “I would have felt like I was acting—like I was an alien in another body. When you can’t be your true self, it’s like there’s a being inside you, trying to tear out of a shell. It’s not a hard sentiment to understand: for example, if your life-long dream is to be a farmer, but you’re working as a doctor, you’d feel much the same way. It doesn’t feel right; and it feels like you’re losing out on all you could be. That’s why I think being self-actualized is so important—living your most authentic life, makes you feel secure and confident with who you are, because you’re not pretending to live a life you love. You’re actually living it.”

Does embarking on a journey of femininity require an identity change, I ask. Like, does she ever feel the need to change her name to reflect her feminine self? Some people might think so, she confirms, but not her. “I don’t feel a compelling reason to change my name, because who I am hasn’t fundamentally changed. I’ve always been me. This journey is not about changing that; it’s so that my outside can match the inside I’ve always felt.”

“Besides, I love my name. My parents gave it to me. It’s my identity and it’s all I’ve known. I’m developing my existing self; not creating her anew.” She continues, with a sprinkling of dry candour, “Also, if someone called me by another name, I’d be like, Who are you talking to?! It would be a very confusing situation, and it’s not a complication I need! The older I get, the more I try to simplify life. I’m about peeling away layers, not adding them on.”

Dinesh mentions the criticism she’s faced in passing, not because she’s skimming over the topic, but because it really doesn’t have much bearing on her. She’s over it. “I’ve definitely received comments. As a result, over the course of my journey, I’ve become much more understanding of, and kinder to, others, because whether you realize it or not, people are battling their own demons. I’ve also grown a thicker skin…”

“But, I mean,” and here she rolls her eyes. “If anything about my life bothers you, look away. Simple! Just avert your eyes from the ‘horror.’” (Another high five, sister!)

The day before, Dinesh had sauntered into her Cosmo shoot, which, unbeknownst to us, was her first in sari. She looked beautiful yes, but as much because the sari looked like it had been created for her, as because she radiated self-worth and positivity. “I was a sari virgin!” she exclaims. Then, “I honestly think I’m beautiful.” It’s not aggressive or conceited; Dinesh tells most people upfront that they’re gorgeous, so why should she not hold the same standards for herself?

“It’s important for me to disprove the theory that embarking on your journey to femininity is seedy,” she expresses. “You can be successful, respectable and demure, and still want to embark on it. It doesn’t make you any less of a person. Hopefully, I’ve had that impact and I’ve been able to help people recognize the importance of being authentic.”

“It’s important to know what’s good for you,” she says leaning back. “You need to trust your inner self. Women have the power to do whatever they want; it’s my hope that they always do.”

This article was originally published as ‘What Does It Mean To Feel Like A Woman?’ in the August 2017 Confidence issue of Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka. 

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Canadian Denis Shapovalov dream run ends at Rogers Cup in Montreal

Posted on 11 August 2017 by admin

TORONTO — An unexpected run to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup has rocketed Canada’s newest tennis star up the world rankings.

Denis Shapovalov improved from 143rd to 67th in Monday’s updated ATP singles rankings.

The 18-year-old left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ont., introduced himself to Canada last week with an exhilarating performance at the Rogers Cup in Montreal that included a victory over top-seeded Spanish legend Rafael Nadal.

The Canadian lost to fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in Saturday’s semifinals but still pocketed a cool US$220,760 in prize money.

Shapovalov told reporters over the weekend that his "whole life has changed in the past five days."

"I don’t even think I realize it yet," he said. "I mean, it’s a huge jump (in the rankings)."

The main question now is whether the Rogers Cup was a flash in the pan or a sign of bigger things to come.

Zverev, also one of the game’s rising stars, predicted a long rivalry with the Canadian.

"I told him that this is just the first match of very many that we will play against him," said Zverev, currently ranked 10th. "Hopefully a lot of other big matches, maybe in Grand Slams, maybe in finals of tournaments.

 

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, TSL.

Friday, August 11, 2017 – 18-year old Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov continued his dream run at the Rogers Cup in Montreal when he overcame Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in three sets to earn a berth in the semi-finals. The 18-year-old Canadian beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Court Central, where Shapovalov has earned legions of supporters this week at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. He first knocked off Juan Martin del Potro, then World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the third round, and Mannarino was the latest established ATP veteran to go down against the spirited left-hander, who's fiery play has created an electric atmosphere on the main court.

Shapovalov, No. 143 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, was already projected to break the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings at No. 100. But he's now expected to jump to No. 67.

His semi-final run will also help him surge to third place in the Emirates ATP Race to Milan, which will determine seven of the eight 21-and-under players who compete at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. The eighth player will be determined by wild card.

Canadian Tennis Star Denis Shapovalov

Thursday, August 10, 2017. World No.2 – Rafael Nadal was stunned by 18-year old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in Montreal, during the Rogers Cup 2017. Fresh from an epic battle with Argentine Martin Del Potro young Shapovalov has now earned entry into the NEXTGEN Club. Immediately following the win over Del Potro, mainstream print media headlines screamed that a "Star is Born".

Remember that name, ladies and gentlemen. Denis Shapovalov is a star! The 18-year-old Canadian upset World No. 2 and top seed in the Rogers Cup in third-round action. 

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov downed former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro on a gusty Wednesday at the men's Rogers Cup. The 18-year-old Shapovalov took the second-round match 6-3, 7-6 (4).

"He's my idol," said Shapovalov of the unseeded Del Potro, who has struggled with injuries since winning the 2009 U.S. Open. "Just to play against him is a huge honour for me.

"But to beat a player of this category, of this talent, is very inspiring for me, a huge confidence boost."

Andy Murray will remain number one for another week after 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov stunned Rafael Nadal at the Rogers Cup.

The top seed needed to reach the semi-finals to replace the injured Murray at the top of the rankings this week but was beaten in a thrilling last-16 tie against the world number 143.

Shapovalov delighted the home crowd late in the night in Montreal as he recorded a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory in two hours 45 minutes. The youngster responded impressively to Nadal easing through the first set to force a decider, where Shapovalov saved three break points before winning an epic 14-minute third game, which included 10 deuces. The pair continued to trade games up until a tie-break, where Nadal saw a 3-0 lead evaporate by the first change of ends.

The teen was 143rd on the ATP ranking heading into the match and is the second-youngest person to defeat Nadal on the Tour—the youngest being Borna Coric back in 2014 as a 17-year-old. Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ont., is now set to face Adrian Mannarino on Friday, fresh off a win over Milos Raonic, in the quarter-finals. We wish him well.

 

 

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New Wait Times Data Now Available for Surgeries and Procedures Across Ontario

Posted on 10 August 2017 by admin

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, The Times of Sri Lanka.

Wait times at hospital across the province of Ontario has been much in the news for quite some time. Some Quick Facts on the subject matter is shown below.

QUICK FACTS

  • Through the 2017 Budget, Ontario is investing $245 million over the next three years to improve patient access to specialists, including new digital solutions to streamline consultations and eReferrals.
  • The province is investing $12.9 million over two years to support the expansion of eReferral systems in eight Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). The LHINs are: Waterloo-Wellington, Champlain, South East, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant, South West, Erie St. Clair, North East, and North West.
  • An estimated 184,600 patients currently receive virtual care each year through digital self-care programs such as telehomecare and nearly 650,000 virtual care visits, and these numbers are growing rapidly.
  • Ontario.ca/health is a joint project between the Ontario Digital Service and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. 

Following is a News Release issued today.

News Release

August 10, 2017

Province Investing in New Online Tools to Improve Patient Experience

Ontario has launched a new online tool to help people find wait times information for surgeries and procedures at hospitals across the province, and is providing more digital tools to help improve the patient experience.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer, were at OneEleven innovation hub in Toronto to announce a number of new digital tools for patients, including:

  • Enhanced wait times information: developed in collaboration with Health Quality Ontario (HQO), the new, easy-to-use wait times tool now includes the length of time between a referral received from a family physician or nurse practitioner and the patient's first appointment with a specialist or surgeon, in addition to the time between the decision on a procedure and the date the procedure is performed. Data is available down to the hospital-level, and will help patients better understand what to expect and allow them to make more informed choices about their health care needs, including being able to talk with the referring physician about options to reduce their wait times.
  • Ontari o.ca/health: a user-focused, mobile-friendly and trusted source for information about a wide variety of health services in Ontario, including how to renew health cards, find health services in your community and get dental care for children. The website will be continually refined based on users' experience and feedback. People are invited to complete the first user survey before Sept. 1, 2017.
  • Expansion of the innovative, online eReferral system in Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and seven more LHINs. eReferral helps reduce wait times by connecting patients and primary care providers to specialists and other health care services in their community faster.

The province is continuing to develop other electronic tools that are increasing access to ca re for people, such as an electronic version of the immunization card and digital self-care and virtual home visits.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.

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Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister attends ASEAN Meeting in Manila

Posted on 09 August 2017 by admin

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, TSL.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, participated in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference and the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial Meeting in Manila, Philippines, where she marked Canada’s strong engagement with ASEAN over the past 40 years as a Dialogue Partnerr. The annual Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN)-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference and the ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila, Philippines, from August 6 to 7, 2017.

Minister Freeland met foreign ministers and senior officials from all 10 ASEAN member states at the conference. On the occasion of the 50-year anniversary of ASEAN and the 40-year anniversary of ASEAN-Canada relations, this will be Minister Freeland’s first meeting with all ASEAN foreign ministers together. At the meeting, Minister Freeland will advocate for Canada’s regional security interests, defend human rights and gender equality, promote cooperation on countering violent extremism, support the rule of law, address the impact of climate change, and champion funding for humanitarian assistance. 

News Release

From Global Affairs Canada

August 7, 2017 – Manila, Philippines – Global Affairs Canada

 

Canada’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded on strong people-to-people ties and continues to grow through economic and security cooperation.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded her participation in the ASEAN-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference and the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial Meeting in Manila.

The meetings provided an opportunity for Canada to advance its interests in Asia and to promote regional cooperation and stability through multilateral institutions. At the ASEAN Regional Forum, the minister reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region and exchanged views with her counterparts from 26 governments on addressing key security issues, including the threat posed by North Korea and the rise of Daesh in Southeast Asia.

During her visit, the minister met bilaterally with counterparts and senior officials from Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and the European Union. These bilateral meetings offered Canada an important opportunity to advance priorities on regional and international security, economic issues, human rights, Canadian consular issues, climate change and other challenges.

Minister Freeland announced 12 development-assistance and security projects totalling nearly $13 million. Together, these projects will help ASEAN member states improve domestic and regional security, combat terrorism and prevent human smuggling. The minister also announced roughly $7 million in humanitarian assistance for the region, focused on providing immediate life-saving support to the most vulnerable, including refugees, internally displaced persons and people suffering due to armed conflict and violence.

In addition, Minister Freeland announced, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, $10 million over five years to provide individuals from ASEAN member states, especially women, scholarships when undertaking short-term studies or research in Canada.

With the backdrop of the ASEAN Foreign Minister's Meeting Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland and Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vasantha Senanayake, met and discussed the Sri Lankan government’s peace and reconciliation efforts after a 26-year civil war ending in 2009. Canada is committed to supporting justice and the protection of human rights for all. Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka, had a bilateral meeting with Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada and exchanged views on measures to strengthen relations and enhance cooperation between the two countries.

 

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Ontario Reaches Major Milestone on Eglinton Crosstown LRT Construction

Posted on 09 August 2017 by admin

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, TSL.

Some quick facts on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Construction.

  • Construction crews installed a “turnout track” — part of the 8.5 kilometre track system that will move vehicles through Mount Dennis Station and adjoining maintenance and storage facility. The facility is the first major component of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project scheduled for completion and will be finished in 2018.
  • Ontario is fully funding the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to expand transit in the City of Toronto, with an investment of $5.3 billion.
  • The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is being delivered as an Alternative Financial and Procurement (AFP) project, using the design-build-finance-maintain model.  

News Release

August 9, 2017

Province Building More Transit for Commuters and Families in Toronto.

Ontario is one step closer to bringing better transit to people across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with the first piece of track for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project now installed. 

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation and Laura Albanese, MPP for York South-Weston were at the future site of Mount Dennis Station and the LRT maintenance and storage facility today to mark the milestone.

The 19-kilometre Eglinton Crosstown LRT, which will open in 2021, will connect Mount Dennis Station in the west with Kennedy Station in the east, and includes a 10-kilometre underground portion between Keele Street and Laird Drive, and 25 stations and stops that will link to bus routes, three subway stations, three GO Transit lines, and the Union Pearson Express.

When fully operational, the LRT will carry an estimated 5,500 passengers per hour in the peak direction, speeding up commutes and helping people get where they need to go faster and with greater convenience.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Building more rapid transit for commuters and families is part of our plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.

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