The Elections Department said Postal voting applications are now being accepted for the Presidential election which is to be held on the 8th January. Additional elections commissioner U. Amaradasa stated that the 4th of December would be the closing date.
The time period to place deposits for the presidential election commences tomorrow. Election Secretariat’s office said that deposits could be placed from tomorrow to 5th of December, between 8.30am and 4.15pm on working days.
Deposits could also be made on the 7th of December from 8.30am to noon at the Elections Secretariat. While a candidate of an accepted political party should place a deposit worth 50,000 rupees, an independent candidate should deposit 75,000 rupees.
The nominations for the presidential elections will be called on the 8th of December from 9am to 11am at the Election Secretariat in Rajagiriya.
Sri Lanka ranks within Top 10 of the 2014 World Giving Index
Sri Lanka ranked ninth place at the 2014 World Giving Index (WGI) , according to the recently released World Giving Index (WGI) report.
According to the annual report released by the Charities Aid Foundation, Sri Lanka with a strong Theravada Buddhist community is the top most generous country in the subcontinent placing 9th out of 135 countries with a score of 54.
Sri Lanka ranked at the third place for participation in volunteering time but ranked at 40 for helping a stranger and at 17 for donating money.
Both the United States and Myanmar ranked as the most generous countries in the world with Canada ranking at third place, Ireland at fourth and New Zealand at fifth place.
The next five most generous countries were Australia, Malaysia and the United Kingdom, Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago respectively.
Sri Lanka’s neighbours like India had ranked at 69, Pakistan at 61, Bangladesh at 72 with Afghanistan ranking at 79 and Nepal at 44 in the index.
India registered a comfortable six-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the third One-Day International (ODI) to clinch the five-match series 3-0at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, in Hyderabad.
Set a target of 243 runs, India coasted to the win in 44.1 overs, winning with 35 balls to spare.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan played a stellar knock (91) and forged useful partnerships with Ajinkya Rahane (31) and Ambati Rayadu (35) to lead India to victory. Skipper Virat Kohli also contributed with a solid 53.
Earlier, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 242 in 48.2 overs despite veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene scoring a superb century (118 off 124 balls).
Mihin Lanka is Sri Lanka’s national low-cost carrier and prides itself on providing customers with an enjoyable and comfortable flying experience, at an affordable price. In a recent customer testimonial, Jagath Alwis, Chief Technical Officer, Ceylinco Insurance PLC shared his Mihin Lanka experience.
Jagath Alwis has been in the insurance industry for over thirty years. He is currently the Chief Technical Officer of Ceylinco Insurance PLC and is also the Chairman of the Ceylinco Education Group which owns ANC, Wycherley International School, ICBT and many other prestigious educational institutes. In his work, he wears both the hats of an insurance professional and an education specialist. Alwis constantly travels to attend meetings and conferences and his work takes him to different destinations in the region and around the world. Alwis recently won the ‘Personality of the Year’ award at the 18thAsia Insurance Industry Awards 2014 held in Taipei. He is the first person from South Asia to win this prestigious award at one of the region’s biggest annual insurance events which is organized by the Asia Review.
Commenting on why he chooses to fly Mihin Lanka, Alwis stated, “I have flown international airlines from around the world, but whenever possible, I try to fly Mihin Lanka. There’s something special about flying a national airline, you feel more special and both the ground and cabin crews always take great care of you. Mihin Lanka also always provides exceptional value for money. I’ve noticed that the entire team doesn’t just strive to satisfy customers, Mihin Lanka goes the extra mile to delight its customers.”
Outlining the key benefits of flying Mihin Lanka, Alwis said, “Mihin Lanka offers extremely affordable flights and an excellent service. Mihin Lanka also flies to a variety of destinations in the region that no other airline flies to. These direct flights to key locations such as Bahrain, Jakarta and Dhaka offer some of the most convenient flight options available. Mihin Lanka also offers really good connection times and is extremely punctual; I don’t recall a Mihin Lanka flight ever being late.”
Commenting on a memorable experience he had on board Mihin Lanka, Alwis stated, “I have flown a variety of carriers to over 70 countries around the world. I fly to Bangladesh, Bahrain and Jakarta regularly to attend conferences that are part of the Association of Insurance & Reassurance of Developing Countries (AIRDC). I also travel extensively for business and pleasure and I have always had a pleasant experience with Mihin Lanka. I have flown for the finals of every Cricket World Cup that Sri Lanka has played in since 1996. When I was returning from the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh, Mihin Lanka was flying the national cricket team home and it truly was a special experience to fly back with them. This is one of my fondest memories on board Mihin Lanka. Whenever I fly Mihin Lanka, I have a hassle free and enjoyable flight experience and that is why Mihin Lanka is my first choice of airline whenever I plan a trip.”
Highlighting the national pride he feels in regards to Mihin Lanka, Alwis said, “The next Association of Insurance & Reassurance of Developing Countries (AIRDC) conference will be held in the Seychelles. Whilst planning the initial event, I noticed that many educational and government officials were familiar with Mihin Lanka and referred to the airline with confidence and praised it. I felt very proud of the airline and was reassured by how popular and well-reputed Mihin Lanka is in the Seychelles. The reputation Mihin Lanka is building by offering great value for money is bringing the airline and the country, significant recognition around the world.”
Mihin Lanka is a leading low-cost airline in South Asia that operates across many destinations in the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and South East Asia. Since its launch in 2007, Mihin Lanka has come a long way, becoming one of the region’s most admired affordable travel brands. The airline strives to maintain the highest standards and is the only low-cost airline which provides a complimentary on-board meal and a free checked-in baggage allowance. Focused on delivering the best to its customers, Mihin Lanka continuously adapts to passenger needs, in order to further fulfil its mission of being the leading low-cost airline in the region.
November 21: 1st warm-up v SL A (Day) – SSC, Colombo November 23: 2nd warm-up v SL A (Day) – Tamil Union (Oval), Colombo November 26 : 1st ODI (Day/Night) Colombo, RPICS, Colombo November 27: Reserve Day November 29: 2nd ODI (Day), RPICS, Colombo November 30: Reserve Day December 3: 3rd ODI (Day/Night) – MRPICS, Hambantota December 4: Reserve Day December 7: 4th ODI (Day)- RPICS, Colombo December 10: 5th ODI (D/N) – PICS, Pallekele December 11: Reserve Day December 13: 6th ODI (Day) – PICS, Pallekele December 14: Reserve Day December 16: 7th ODI (D/N) Colombo – RPICS, Colombo
SINHALA CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICES FOUNDATION presents HOPPERS NIGHT AND HANDICRAFT EXHIBITION to help two needy rural schools in Sri Lanka. Tickets $20. At Noble Park Secondary School, 3 Callaghan Street, Noble Park (Melway 89G3).
Fund Raising event organised in aid of the Building Fund of the Yuroke Daham Nikethanaya, new residance for the Ven. Monks. Please take part in this event and contribute to a noble cause while enjoying with your freinds.
Emerging from the fusion of the elements, life is born anew to fulfil the dreams of those who wish to embrace it. Pure in form and perfect in spirit, "The Elements by Fairway" is a celebration of eternal life...in perfect harmony.
By bringing the meaning of the four elements together and backed by a proven track record in developing luxury residencies, Fairway Holdings creates yet another powerful symbol of luxury vertical living - 'The Elements' by Fairway - homes of distinction for seekers of contemporary luxury living experiences. The Elements is the 4th luxury apartment project of the Fairway Holdings Group. Located amidst the wetlands and water streams in Rajagiriya; 'The Elements' is not just in sync with nature, but blending into and becoming one with nature. Its location provides easy access to Colombo city and the newly developed Diyawanna Oya recreation areas.
The Elements will be 40 stories high with 64 units each of 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom apartments totalling 128 apartments and 2 penthouses. The Elements is designed by Archt. Mohan Silva of Avant-Garde Urban Design Partnership and will be constructed by MAGA Engineering. The Elements design compliments the previous projects of The Fairway Group with straight line minimalist architecture which result in creating spacious and practical living spaces. It incorporates the key features of the previous project the SkyGardens such as energy efficient lighting and appliances, double glazed uPVC windows, engineered timber doors from Sandor and luxury kitchen cabinetry from Signature Kitchens both from Malaysia.
A luxury lifestyle is assured to the homeowners of The Elements with a range of amenities such as a full length Swimming Pool, Kiddies Pool, Banquet Hall, Gymnasium, Lounge, Meeting Room, Drivers’ Lounge and a multitude of Recreational Areas. All residents of The Elements will get free membership at the Fairway Sports Complex that has facilities for Tennis, Badminton, Basketball and Squash. It also has a Clubhouse/Diner for the convenience of the members. Clean drinking water on tap and 2 carports for each apartment has become a standard feature of the luxury vertical living developments of the Fairway Holdings Group.
'The Elements' incorporates the outdoor experience into vertical living; a feature found in the most exclusive living spaces around the world. The living areas of each apartment seamlessly open into a spacious terrace. It's the ideal place to wake up and bask in the morning sunrise or enjoy the evening sunset at the end of a busy day.
The Elements will be completed in the 4th quarter of 2016. Building on the success of its past projects such as Fairway - on the Waterfront (completed in 2007), Fairmount - Urban Oasis (completed in 2010) and the SkyGardens (planned for completion in 3rd quater2014), Fairway Holdings have established a reputation for delivering on their promise. Bringing in to play almost a decade of experience in this sphere, The Fairway Group has delivered exceptional value and an unparalleled experience of Vertical Luxury Living to its homeowners. Both the Fairway and the Fairmount won the ICTAD’s Construction Excellence Awards in 2007 and 2010.
• The great Sri Lankan poet/lyric writer Mr. Rathna Sri Wijesingha is visiting Australia for the first time to Melbourne and will address the public about great Sri Lankan songs/lyrics from a literary point of view. Everyone is invited to participate to listen to this valuable speech and gain good knowledge about Sri Lankan literature. • Another great Sri Lankan author Mr. Jayathilaka Kammallaweera is also going to address the public on this day.
More importantlly this event is totaly free to the public...!!!! At Balla Balla Community Centre (Building 03), 65 Berwick Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East
The “Special Kids Events Program” is conducted on behalf of SHINE for Kids and is designed to enable local special needs children, including those who are physically and mentally disadvantaged and suffering terminal or chronic illnesses, throughout NSW to have a memorable day out. These days include a trip to a wildlife park, an aquarium, the movies, a special gala magic performance or an activity centre day with family carers in attendance to enhance the day for the child.
This fundraising program will be conducted to give local children a wonderful outing and at the same time raise desperately needed funds to support SHINE for Kids, a not-for-profit organisation operating on a small budget within the community. SHINE for Kids’ ability to assist and support our families and their kids is largely determined by the active participation and commitment of their talented and skilled volunteers. In recent years, the SHINE for Kids Volunteer Program has received industry awards and external recognition for the work the volunteers do.
Each sponsorship of a child costs $50, or $100 with their family carer with three quarters of the funds raised used to stage the event day for the children which may include cinema entry, aquarium entry, wildlife park entry, magic show entry, event production personnel, sound and lighting, event management, pre and post production, telemarketing services, event management, security staff, postage, stationary, administration, ticketing, printing, staging, lollies and ice creams or show bag contents, magicians, clowns, acrobats, jugglers, face painters. No less than one quarter is retained by SHINE for Kids for its programs for children.
The children attending the Special Kids Events program come from a range of organisations, including children who are physically and mentally disadvantaged, those suffering terminal or chronic illnesses, and the socio-economically disadvantaged. May we please ask for your help with any of the following groups?
5 Kids = $250 8 Kids = $400 10 Kids = $500 OR 10 kids +10 Family Carers =$1000
Certainly any assistance you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated and valued by these special needs children. All sponsors receive a letter of thanks and appreciation; we hope we can count on your support to help us put a smile back on these children’s faces. SHINE for Kids is a registered charity with Charitable Fundraising Number (CFN) 13522, and you will receive a registered receipt.
CEO, SHINE for Kids SHINE -Support – Hope–Inspire–Nurture–Empower
January 13th Arrive at 9.00 am Motorcade to Bishop's House where he will have discussions with Bishops Followed by a Luncheon Audience with President Rajapakse and meet dignitaries of other Religions January 14th Morning Mass at Galle Face Green Later in the day Mass at the Madhu Church in Mannar - he will bless the people with the Statue of Our lady of Madhu at the end of the service January 15th Leave to the Philippines
Launch of Nirasha Gunasekera's 4th book, which is a book on poetry called 'Sudhu kathak ha madhu withak'. Great Sri Lankan poet Mr. Rathna Sri Wijesingha and another great Sri Lankan author Mr. Jayathilaka Kammallaweera will address the public on this day. Please come and experience a wonderful evening...!!! At the Balla Balla Community Centre, 65 Berwick Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East.
Australia and New Zealand will host the ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2015
14 Feb. 2015 vs England at the MCG 21 Feb. vs Bangladesh at the Gabba 28 Feb. vs New Zealand at Eden Park 4 Mar. vs Afghanistan at the WACA 8 Mar. vs Sri Lanka at the SCG 14 Mar. vs Scotland at Bellerive
20 Mar. Quarter Final 3 at Adelaide 21 Mar. Quarter Final 4 at Wellington 24 Mar. Semi Final 1 at Eden Park 26 Mar. Semi Final 2 at SCG 29 Mar. FINAL at MCG
Ama Dance academy proudly presents another dance extravaganza to Melbourne art lovers celebrating their dance academy 10th anniversary. Another one of a kind event that will take Melbourne's breath away. At the Besen Center, Burwood.
Commonwealth Youth Forum An inspiring performance from the Commonwealth Youth Forum currently taking place in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Full praise to the persons who planned and choreographed this performance!
Ebola: will enlightened self interest spur us to act? Fiona Godlee, editor in chief, The BMJ email@example.com
More than 4400 people are now reported to have died in the Ebola epidemic in west Africa (doi: 10.1136/bmj.g6255 ), and the US Centers for Disease Control has estimated that as many as 1.4 million people may be infected by the end of January. Fatality rates are reported to be around 50%. Health infrastructure in the three worst affected countries was already struggling but is now close to total collapse. The limited ranks of trained healthcare workers have been decimated by disease, exhaustion, and fear. Almost 200 healthcare workers are known to have died.