Farah Rumy becomes the first Sri Lankan woman elected to a Swiss Cantonal Parliament. Source:Counterpoint.lk Farah Rumy, born in Sri Lanka and a past student of Bishop’s College, Colombo is set to take her place in the Solothurn Parliament after last Sunday’s election. In 1998, Farah migrated to Switzerland with her parents, when she was 6 years old. She graduated from her internship as a Nurse and worked her way through University in Bern, earned a Master’s degree in Health Science and works as a Healthcare Specialiat in the Cardiology Unit of the cantonal hospital in Solothurn. Farah Rumy has always been interested in intergenerational projects. As someone who has a background in health care and has worked in diverse areas, she said she has always valued conversations with older people. The “I gift a letter” campaign was one of her successful campaigns targetting older people in retirement and nursing ...

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“THE ORIGIN OF “LAMPRAIS” by Anne-Marie Kellar With so much confusion or lack of information out there these days, almost anything wrapped up in a banana leaf is being passed off as a “Lamprais”. So instead of repeatedly explaining this, I decided to do a permanent post about it in the interest of correcting any misconceptions that exist! Lamprais are quintessentially a Dutch Burgher delicacy, but these words by Arun Dias Bandaranaike, although not a Dutch Burgher, explained it brilliantly. In his words, ” In as much as it may not be ideal to have the so called Mona Lisa dressed up to be modernly chic, and have her wear headphones ( so that we can figure she may have heard something to smile about!!) the tangential bits to the Lamprais may, in fact, allow many to imagine that a ” rice packet” wrapped in a jolly banana leaf “qualifies” ...

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Notable economic recovery by last quarter 2021 – CBSL-by Indunil Hewage Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka’s first quarter growth would be better than expected, Central Bank Governor Prof. W D Lakshman said. Despite the fact that GDP estimates for the first quarter of 2021 have not been released, Governor Prof. Lakshman said Sri Lankan economy is likely to have recorded a higher than expected growth rate in the first quarter of 2021 based on several information such as Index of Industrial Production, Agricultural sector performance and private credit, etc. “We’re pleased to observe positive developments on many fronts particularly during the first quarter. As COVID related lock downs are gradually removed and then with the vaccination drive which is in full force, we expect a notable recovery by the last quarter of the year.” In terms of foreign debt service obligations, the Government and the Central Bank have taken several steps to ...

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Ideal First Choice introduces the unbeatable and versatile Schwing Stetter Self Loading Mixer to the local market Source:Island Sri Lanka’s premier automotive solutions provider, Ideal Motors (Pvt) Ltd’s subsidiary Ideal First Choice has broken new ground introducing the Schwing Stetter Self Loading Mixer to the local market recently. Ideal First Choice is the sole representative for the equipment, manufactured and distributed by Schwing Stetter India (Pvt) Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the acclaimed German group, Schwing Stetter. German’s Schwing Stetter with a rich history for over 88 years, and as the world’s leader for concrete construction machines, has located its wholly-owned subsidiary Schwing Stetter India (Pvt) Ltd in Chennai. While Schwing Stetter’s factories are situated worldwide, the group’s entity in Chennai supplies equipment to Sri Lanka was well as 27 countries globally. This factory manufactures and distributes Batching Plant, Truk mixer, Boom Pum etc. Schwing Stetter India (Pvt) Ltd also ...

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Where we went wrong and the possible course correction-by S. Skandakumar Source:Island Speech before Rotary Club of Colombo Port City by S. Skandakumar former High Commissioner to Australia and Chirman of George Steuart and Co. Ltd. Mr President, let me congratulate you and all members on the inauguration of Rotary Club of Colombo Port City and wish you every success in your noble endeavours ! I was born barely two weeks before Independance and like some of you listening in, lived through it all in my land of birth. What has transpired over those 73 years is common knowledge so let me share why I love my country as I do. At a very young age in a geography class I looked at the world map to see where our country was positioned. I marvelled at the sheer beauty of its outline and location, unmatched by any other country or ...

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Creating an Estimated Ecological Wealth of USD 382,362 through a Nature Corridor Source:Island A Model for Forest Landscape Restoration by Dilmah The recently concluded World Environment Day 2021 marked the advent of the ‘decade of restoration,’ where the United Nations calls States to take urgent action to revive our damaged ecosystems. It is an attempt to halt the exploitation of sensitive ecosystems and turn towards healing our environment. In its efforts to foster respect for the environment and encourage harmonious coexistence of man and nature, Dilmah initiated through Dilmah Conservation, a Nature Corridor on Endana Estate, in the Sabaragamuwa Province. The initiative focuses on the restoration and revitalisation of a habitat, by connecting two isolated forest patches located in the vicinity of the Sinharaja Rain Forest. Located on the border of the globally significant Sinharaja Forest Complex, Endana Estate is endowed with many species, both fauna and flora. The estate ...

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THE WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF SRI LANKA-By EVERYMAN Source:Island It was on July 31, 2010 that UNESCO inscribed The Central Highlands of Sri Lanka comprising Horton Plains, Knuckles Conservation Forest and the Peak Wilderness- Protected Area, as a World Heritage Site. In fact this site was one of the two which were classified by UNESCO as ‘Natural Sites’ the other being Sinharaja Forest Reserve(1988). Horton Plains which is a Wonderland of Nature is undoubtedly the most popular of the three places described under the Central Highlands. Under the shadows of Sri Lanka’s second and third highest mountains, Kirigalpoththa ( 7,854 feet ) and Thotupola ( 7,733 feet ) and at an elevation ranging from 6,900 feet to 7,500 feet lies this chilly, mist covered, 12.2 sq mile undulating plateau which was named in honor of a former colonial governor, Sir Robert Wilmot Horton (1831- 1837) A more descriptive name was ...

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Capturing Sri Lanka’s Ancient, Almost Lost Martial Art-BY ZINARA RATHNAYAKE                                   Traditional combat takes place to the rhythm of Sinhala war drums. Source:ttlasobscura When Portuguese colonizers came to Sri Lanka in the early 16th century, it set off decades of warfare. Prominent in these battles were local warriors who practiced angampora, a traditional martial art that had been used to protect the island for millennia, involving unarmed combat, weaponry, and incantations. The Portuguese came to occupy part of the island and were followed by the Dutch and then the British, who finally conquered what was then known as Ceylon in 1815. Following the Uva-Wellassa uprising, also known as the Great Liberation War, in 1817 and 1818, Governor Robert Brownrigg banned angampora, figuring that a populace trained in hand-to-hand combat would be more difficult to control. The ...

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