Another Koch heading for double success! Source:Island The famous Alston Koch has had double success coming his way; first as a singer – remember his international hit ‘Disco Lady?’ – and, then the spotlight was focused on his acting capabilities, in the movie ‘According To Matthew,’ where Alston played the role of Fr. Matthew. His son, however, seems to be going in the opposite direction – first gaining success as an actor, and now folks are talking about his singing, which some describe as awesome! Frederick-James Koch made the headlines when he got the opportunity to play the role of an investigative journalist in the movie ‘Nightwalk,’ featuring some of the big names in the movie world – Mickey Rouke, Eric Roberts and Sean Stone. He was also seen in ‘A Common Man,’ alongside Ben Kingsley, and ‘Impact: Earth.’ Frederick-James Koch with Jacqueline Fernandez, and Alex Cooray (extreme left). Alex, ...

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Rs. 1,000 commemorative coin issued to mark 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties between SL and China Source:Island The 1,000 rupee commemorative coin issued to mark the 65th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Government of Sri Lanka and the People’s Republic of China, and the 100th Anniversary of the Communist Party of China was presented to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Central Bank Governor, Professor W. D. Lakshman presented the coin to the President at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday. The commemorative coin was issued as a special tribute to the longstanding friendship and strong ties between the two countries. “On the center of one side of the coin is the front view of the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre with the national flags of Sri Lanka and China. The ‘2022’ is shown in large numbers below the Theatre. The coin reads “65 years for Sri Lanka – China” in English, Sinhala ...

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Recent Advances in Geomaterial-Structure Interaction and Fiber-optic sensors Dedicated to late Professor Alagiah Thurairajah Guest Editor: Dr. Jey K. Jeyapalan, P.E. Alagiah Thurairajah fondly called as Thurai was a dedicated teacher and researcher. He taught Soil Mechanics to many students who are now spread all over the globe. A great mentor, Thurai is always remembered with much affection. Thurairajah was born on 10 November 1934 in Imayanan, Udupiddy in northern Ceylon. He was the son of Velupillai Alagiah and Sellammah from Imaiyanan in Vadamarachchi He was educated at the Udupiddy American Mission College and Hartley College. Thurai graduated from, the University of Ceylon Colombo Campus with First Class Honours in 1957 by topping the list and maintaining a record performance. He earned the Ceylon Government University Scholarship to Cambridge University and worked with late Kenneth Harry Roscoe; he received his Ph D in June 1962: Soon his pioneering research became world famous ...

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Swadeshi Khomba illuminates Kiri Vehera & Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya at Kataragama for the 20th consecutive year PHOTO FILE: 14JULYSWADE.jpg Chairperson of Swadeshi Ms. Amari Wijewardene, Deputy Chairperson/Managing Director of Swadeshi Ms. Chulodhara Samarasinghe, Chief Incumbent of Kirivehera Rajamaha Viharaya in Kataragama Venerable Kobawaka Dhamminda Thera, Basnayake Nilame of Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya Mr. Dishan Gunasekera, Chief Incumbent of Mahasen Raja Maha Viharaya in Sella Kataragama Venerable Padaugama Jinananda Thera and officials from Swadeshi The 2021 Esala festivals of the Kataragama Kiri Vehera and the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya, two important places of worship in Sri Lanka, are being illuminated by The Swadeshi Industrial Works PLC the pioneer herbal – personal care products manufacturer. The illumination is done under the theme of “Swadeshi Khomba Aloka Puja Sathkaraya” In addition Swadeshi illuminated one of the most three important locations in Kataragama the “Sella Kataragama” devalaya for the third time this year. The ...

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Sick Tamil refugee detained for 11 years  Rajan Navanthirasa, 48, has been in Australian immigration detention for 11 years. Source:Canberratimes. A Tamil refugee who has been in Australian immigration detention for 11 years is pleading for freedom while being treated for blood cancer. Rajan Navanthirasa, 48, came to Australia by boat in 2009 and, according to his lawyer, has been assessed by the Australian government as in need of protection. Human Rights For All director Alison Battisson says the Department of Home Affairs has recommended her client for release into the community but despite that, his detention continues. “He is a lovely, gentle man who doesn’t have a criminal record and has been recognised as having protection obligations owed to him,” Ms Battisson told AAP. Mr Navanthirasa was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2018 and began chemotherapy in 2020. He has been housed in Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation in Broadmeadows throughout. ...

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EMA calls for enforcement of COVID-19 safety amidst re-start of events Issues comprehensive handbook with protocols to ensure COVID-safe events Urges industry, venues, and clients to pledge support to follow suggested guidelines Expresses grave concern over survival of industry if safety violations lead to further outbreaks 130,000 jobs and 600,000 livelihoods connected to the Rs 30 Bn industry at risk Calls for prioritizing industry in vaccination rollout, 60% national threshold needed to safely scale-up events Emphasizes country’s potential as safe hub for MICE tourism if pandemic can be controlled Following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Colombo, the Event Management Association (EMA) issued comprehensive guidelines for hosting COVID-safe events and called for strictest possible adherence from stakeholders. The EMA’s Handbook, lists out detailed safety and hygiene standards and protocols to ensure that all future events will be hosted in a responsible manner – minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission at ...

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Strategic significance of Trincomalee Harbor By Arundathie Abeysinghe Located on the East Coast of Sri Lanka, in *Trincomalee, approximately 350 kilometers north of the key East-West shipping lanes of the Indian Ocean, Trincomalee Port is formed by a large natural deep-water harbor, the fifth largest natural harbor as well as one of the finest natural harbors in the world. It is the most valuable asset of Sri Lanka. According to historical data in *Mahawamsa, the great Chronicle, Trincomalee Port had been first occupied in the 5th century and was known as “Gokanna”.  Trincomalee Harbor has been a sea port from the period of ancient Sri Lankan Kings and has attracted sea farers such as Marco Polo and Ptolemy as well as Sea Traders from China and East Asia. As such, during early and medieval period, sailing ships had found a haven in Trincomalee Port. Situated on a peninsula in Trincomalee Bay, formerly called ...

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