Sri Lankan Entrepreneurs – Rajeev de Silva – eLanka’s Lawrence Machado catches up Rajeev De Silva is the director of the Melbourne-based Mobile Credit Advisers which is seeing an upswing in business since Covid-19. Unlike many other businesses which have suffered due to the Covid-19 lockdowns, Mobile Credit Advisers is thriving because Rajeev said people are looking to invest, buy their own homes and start their own businesses. Rajeev said his experience in the financial industry and his solid reputation are the main reasons for his company’s success. ELanka caught up with Rajeev, whose impressive resume includes stints at ANZ Bank in Australia, and Seylan Bank, HSBC, and Nations Trust Bank in Sri Lanka. Rajeev was the E-banking Manger and International Manager at Nations Trust Bank. “I studied at S Thomas College Mount Lavinia, University of Colombo, and I did my CIMA and Banking exams (AIB). In Australia, I did my Diploma in Finance ...

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Manik Chandrika a versatile singer with a tonal decorated voice by Sunil Thenabadu she preserves her signature Sri Lankan female voice, particularly when she sings songs with western melodies. She is basically regarded as a vocalist who sings only six eight tempo songs. But it is not so as she had sung many slow songs. But this is as she performs mainly on stage. She is extraordinary in her ability not to be influenced by Western, Hindustani, or folk music themes. She wanted to be faithful to the expectation of the song and to exploit to the peak the sentimental and emotive properties of the melody, thereby, generating passion and sound perceptions in the minds of listeners. Her real name is Chandrika Damayanthi Senadhira. As her ‘pet’ name was Manik , as at home she is called Chandi is how Manik Chandrika name had evolved. She is the only female sibling ...

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Vitamin D and strengthening the Immunity to overcome COVID-19 – by Sunil J. Wimalawansa “Nutrient Clinical Trials  in COVID-19”  International Vitamin D Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Please feel free to make your comments and subscribe to the channel by pressing the red button (free). Trial designs of some recent large “Vitamin D RCTs” had significant, avoidable errors that generated unsatisfactory results.  These studies were costly.  For example, the VITAL study cost $40+ million of NIH/taxpayer funds yet much of the results generated were non-generalisable.  Also discussed are basic principles and straightforward guidance on properly conducting nutrients clinical trials, emphasising COVID-19—presented at the International Congress of Vitamin D, 8th October 2021.  Staying Healthy: “The Ways to Use Vitamin D to Control COVID-19”: Prof. Sunil J. Wimalawansa, USA.     Key-Note Speech, International Vitamin D Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2021.   Please add your comments to benefit others and subscribe (free) to the “Staying Healthy” channel by pressing the red ...

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Meet Penny Abeywardena, a Sri Lankan leading New York City Source:-dailymirror.lk Meet Penny Abeywardena, the first woman of colour to become New Yorks’s Commissioner of International Affairs 43 year old Penny Abeywardena, a Sri Lankan American became the first immigrant and woman of colour to become New York City’s Commissioner of International Affairs, eight years ago. After revamping her office, establishing influential programs aimed at diversity and inclusion and also working tirelessly to meet the needs of the city’s requirements during the pandemic, Ms. Abeywardena will be stepping down from her role in December.  In a recent Interview with the New York Times, Ms. Abeywardena shared her journey to becoming a leader, a change maker and chasing the ultimate Americam dream.  “My career has almost come full circle to where I am now. I get to be the ambassador for one of the greatest cities in the United States, one ...

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Gas prices skyrocket as the global energy crisis worsens –CNN https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/11/business/gas-prices-oil-opec/index.html By Matt Egan, CNN Business New York (CNN Business) The cost of energy was dirt cheap in the spring of 2020 as roads and airports sat nearly empty during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Energy demand is back today as the world economy reopens — but supply simply hasn’t kept up. That’s why US oil prices have skyrocketed $120 since crashing to negative $40 a barrel in April 2020. US oil prices finished above $80 a barrel on Monday for the first time in nearly seven years. Crude gained 1.5% to end the day at $80.52. The last time oil closed above $80 was October 31, 2014. Gas prices are at 7-year highs, and Biden can’t do much about it All of this is leading to sticker shock for many Americans filling up at the pump — at a time of the year when gas prices ...

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Warnapura has right leg amputated Bandula Warnapura Source:Sundayobserver Sri Lanka’s first Test cricket captain Bandula Warnapura has had his right leg amputated in a diabetes related ailment and is currently in hospital recovering, a family member said yesterday. He said the 68-year old Warnapura was initially in the intensive care unit of the Nawaloka hospital in Colombo after he was diagnosed with high sugar levels hindering blood circulation that warranted an amputation of his right leg. He added that Warnapura is now in a stable condition with medical staff caring for him round the clock. Warnapura was recently elected as the president of his Bloomfield club and was to contest last April’s Sri Lanka Cricket election as a Vice Presidential candidate in the Mathivanan champ that withdrew from contesting. A man with a vast knowledge of cricket and its administration, Warnapura’s expertise was not harnessed to the maximum that made ...

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The number 2520 – by Sri Srinivasa Ramanujan In mathematics, no number can be divided by all the numbers from 1 to 10, But this one number is very strange, all the mathematicians in the world Shocked. This number was discovered by Indian mathematicians with their unwavering intelligence. See this number 2520. It seems to be one of many numbers, But in reality it is not, it is a number that has surprised many mathematicians around the world. This number can be divided by any number from 1 to 10. Whether even or odd, This number can be divided by any number from 1 to 10.  The rest is zero. It sounds like really amazing and impossible numbers.  Now look at the next table. 2520 ÷ 1 = 2520 2520 ÷ 2 = 1260 2520 ÷ 3 = 840 2520 ÷ 4 = 630 2520 ÷ 5 = 504 2520 ...

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Hitachi Digital Payment Solutions launches Asia’s first touchless ATM technology In a first for Asia, Hitachi Digital Payment Solutions (HDPS) has successfully developed a touchless ATM solution which is currently live at Sri Lanka’s Sampath Bank. Customers can now withdraw cash from an ATM using their personal mobile phone without touching the buttons or surface of the ATM screen. The technology minimizes the need to physically touch ATM surfaces, reducing risk during COVID-19 while also reducing the time spent at the ATM itself. “With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we knew we needed to develop long term solutions to provide safer alternatives that would help solve the current issues of access and safety faced by banks and their customers. The goal was to create a solution that utilized existing technology and services for a fast and cost-effective rollout. By creating a solution that used a consumer’s personal mobile device and the ...

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