Sara and Christopher Johns Wedding at Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu Ca.

Sara and Christopher Johns Wedding 
at Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu Ca.

The wedding photo – l/r Andrew Johns, Sheriene Bacon, Sydney Bacon, handsome groom Christopher Johns, beautiful bride Sara Johns, mother of the groom

Padmini Johns and father of the groom John Johns Jr.

The newlyweds are greeted by Sri Lankan dancers at the outdoor reception.
 A Dream Becomes a Reality
“The Dynasty”

Kandy – Former capital of Ceylon.
About ten years ago, a group of Sri Lankan American entrepreneur businessmen purchased a plot of land in Kandy, close to the beautiful and magnificent Mahaveli Ganga.  At that time, they were contemplating a project but did not know what it was to be.
Since then,  the main investors, Mahasen Samaravijaya and Mohan Chandramohan, who were both born and raised in the city of Kandy, came up with an idea of building something unique in appearance and environmentally acceptable that would complement the beauty that is Kandy.  Thus, “The Dynasty” was born.  A dream of a stunning 17 storey building.
They secured the services of RDC Architects – a top architectural firm in Singapore, and a world renowned construction company – Sanken Construction.  With the vision and passion of these two individuals, the dream is now becoming a reality.  This building will be the only one of its kind.  It has a LEED certification – a globally accepted accreditation, which ensures the upholding of green building design and construction.
The first phase of the project consists of luxury apartments, up to five bedroom penthouse villas, with breathtaking views of the river, mountains and the city.  The second phase is the addition of the second building, the Royal Palace Hotel, which is designed for 21 floors of luxury rooms and a rooftop restaurant with a 360 degree view.
Of the four principal partners in this project, Mahasen Samaravijaya will be overseeing the day to day running of the endeavor and as such has assumed the role of managing partner. Mohan Chandramohan, who is the largest shareholder will remain, for the most part a silent partner.
The objective of both Mahasen and Mohan is to do something worthwhile for their birthplace.  While being a commercial project, it will also enhance the environs of Kandy, “the Land of Kings.”


Work on Colombo – Kandy Leg of Northern Expressway to commence by Year End

 Construction work on the Colombo-Kandy section of the proposed Northern Expressway, one of the biggest road development projects in the country, will commence by the end of this year.

A Highways, Ports and Shipping Project Ministry spokesman said measures have been taken to link the Southern Expressway with the Central city of Kandy and the Northern city of Jaffna.





Sri Lanka Day Perehera 
at Santa Monica, Ca.

The Sri Lanka Foundation’s Sri Lanka Day was held at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica recently.  One of the highlights was the perehera, which is easily the biggest outside Sri Lanka.  With three lifelike elephants, enthusiastic dancers and leaders of the community participating, Sri Lankans and Americans look forward to this event, which goes on till late in the evening.  Sri Lankan dancers on stage and also Sri Lankan rock bands.  It was a beautiful day to celebrate Sri Lanka.
Lalith Perera of Palm Springs, Ca. 
Wins SLAM 2014 Golf “Double Awards”.

Lalith Perera won double trophies, the golfer with the highest stableford points and the golfer with the lowest Gross score; at the SLAM 2014 Golf tournament. 
The tournament was held over the labor day week end, August 30th and 31st, at Sterling Hills, Camarillo, California. 

SLAM Golf tournament was initiated back in 1990 by Dr Naj Nagendran, Reggie Jayasinghe and Maneth Jayasinghe.
Sri Lankan Americans in the USA, competed in two days of Golf, for the two coveted awards. The tournament this year was organized by the Sri Lanka Golf Association of California.
This was the first year the same golfer won both awards.

Lalith Perera the champion, also played Rugby for St Joesph’s College, CR&FC and Sri Lanka. 
He is the nephew of the famous Sri Lanka Rugby legends, Jeff and Dan Ratnam of Havelocks and Sri Lanka. He is also son of the famous Sri Lankan  track star Lorraine Ratnam. 
The awards were presented by Rosemarie Peris.


Colombo  Centenary – International Jamboree
Colombo Centenary International Scout Jamboree 2014 - Official Theme Song
Colombo Centenary International Scout Jamboree 2014 – Official Theme Song
The Pettah Floating Market at Night

The Floating Market in Pettah which was opened on Monday will add a new dimension to shopping and recreation to travellers thronging to the Colombo city from all parts of the country. A restaurant catering to the needs of all at affordable prices is also functioning. This venture was constructed under the Colombo city progression view at a cost of Rs. 150 million. The Floating Market will help vendors who used to run unauthorized businesses before the construction of these premises acquire shops at the Floating Market. These stalls will help fruit and vegetable sellers.The market has around 100 shops. –
Gold Souk Opens in Colombo

Sri Lanka gets a Dubai’s Gold Souk style shopping complex. The latest Gold Market is dedicated to the jewellery market. Its ceremonial opening took place under the patronage of Minister Basil Rajapaksa. The Gold Centre project has been established at a cost of 400 million rupees at the former St.John’s Fish market in Pettah. The building has five storeys. Initially it houses 83 gem and jewellery stalls within the first two floors under the first stage. 

Sri Lanka Foundation Awards 2014
Book Your Table Now!

The Sri Lanka Foundation has announced the full list of Winners
Exceptional Achievement Award
Shannon Fernando -Rubera
Asoka C. Yapa
Dr. Nihal Priyadarsi Kulatilake
Oustanding Performance by a Young Professional Award
Namal Munaweera Tantula
Manjula M. Dissanayake
Lifetime Achievement Award
Professor Asoka Mendis
Dr. Sivalingam Sivananthan
Professor Lakshman Samaranayake
Eranga and Prianga Pieris
Dr. Raj Barr Kumarakulasinghe
Srimerican of the Year Award
Kumar Wickremasinghe
President’s Award
Jayam Rutnam
Sri Lanka Tourism Welcomes 1 Millionth Tourist

Achieving another milestone in the country’s booming tourism industry, Sri Lanka Tourism welcomed the arrival of 1,000,000th tourist in 2014 at the Bandaranaike International Airport yesterday. Sri Lanka Tourism officials including Managing Director Rumy Jauffer along with representatives from the travel and tourism industry welcomed the couple – Joshua Gladstein and Sophie Nathan who arrived on a SriLankan Airlines flight from London.



Good News From Jayam Congratulates 
Miss Sri Lanka Universe 2014  
Avanti Marianne Page

Avanti is the daughter of Marie and Joseph (Chandi) Page of Colombo
Over 4,000 Foreign Students Receive 
Higher Education in Sri Lanka

Over 4,000 foreign students are following degree courses at Sri Lanka’s state universities and other private academic institutions awarding university degrees. Some of them are following degree courses under scholarships and some undergraduates are studying paying money.

These foreign students have come to Sri Lanka for higher studies from countries such as Japan, China, Middle East, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. It is a pride to Sri Lanka in all respects to testify the higher quality of educational standards that are maintained at universities in Sri Lanka” said the Minister of Higher Education S.B. Dissanayake at a Conference of university lecturers held recently at Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Kuliyapitiya.





Bank of Ceylon Celebrates 75 Years


Mr & Mrs Clarence Welikala attended the Bank of Ceylon Party at the Cinnamon Grand recently.




Door to Door Service to Sri Lanka



Princess Hitachi and Madam Abe 
Visit Sri Lankan Stall in Tokyo


Sri Lanka Ambassador Admiral Karannagoda describing Sri Lankan Tea and other products of the Sri Lankan Stall at the Charity Bazaar of ALFS to Princess Hitachi. 
The Chief Guest of the ALFS Charity Bazaar was Her Imperial Highness Princess Hanako Hitachi, the spouse of the brother of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan and the Guest of Honour was Madam Akie Abe, spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan.
“Ginger” Colombo’s Latest Cafe

Ginger is Colombo’s latest cafe/bistro that has been creating quite a buzz since its inception. Located in the Cotton Collection premises on Dharmapala Mawatha, Ginger stands out amongst the array of cafe/bistros in Colombo. They are unique since they serve top of the range coffee and tea, their food is managed by celebrity chef Koluu and their food is influenced by Asian flavours.

Tasty Grapes in Jaffna 

A girl is seen holding grapes at a farm in Jaffna which is the main district 

that grows grapes on a commercial basis. 



First Lankan Crowned 
Toastmaster World Champ

Bringing forth glory to Sri Lanka in the form of an overwhelming win after 10 years of persevered competition, SLIM Resource Person, as well as renowned Business Educationist and Public Speaker Dananjaya Hettiarachchi made history by being the first Sri Lankan to have been crowned the World Champion in Public Speaking 2014, from Toastmasters District 82 at the Toastmasters International Convention which took place in Malaysia.



Young Sri Lankan Beauties at Classic Travel’s
20 Year Anniversary Celebration in Colombo


Sri Lankans Helping Each Other

A group of Muslims collect water to be distributed to families affected by the drought. A Buddhist monk was among those who donated water to the group. 
148th Anniversary of 
Masjidul Abrar Jumma Mosque

This was the only Masjid which existed in Beruwela almost a century ago. The present appearance was created when it was rehabilitated in 1986 by late Deshamanya Al Haj M A Balveer Muskar, former MP and Southern Province Governor. It has facilities to accommodate 3000 devotees at a time. The 148th Saduliya Manathib Majli Commemoration of this mosque was held 

on August 25.




MAHELA – Class Never Retires


A Tribute to Mahela (Farewell Song) - Gypsies
A Tribute to Mahela (Farewell Song) – Gypsies
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