Good News From Jayam

Ground Breaking for Biggest 
Indian Hotel in Sri Lanka 

The ground breaking for the biggest investment in Sri Lanka by an Indian hotel
company took place at Galle Face when ITC Ltd. launched its ITC Colombo One luxury Hotel and Residencies.   Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa was the chief guest on this occasion at which ITC’s Chairman, Mr. Y.C. Deveshwar, was present.




Happy Birthday President 

Mahinda Rajapaksa


  A number of religious activities were conducted at temples countrywide in view of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 69th birthday on November 18, 2014.  Here the President cuts his birthday cake at Temple Trees while his wife and children look on.




President’s Award Winner

Jayam Rutnam accepts the President’s Award from Dr. Walter Jayasinghe, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Foundation at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
On November 16, 2014. 

The awardees and guests at the Crystal Ballroom of the Millenium Biltmore Hotel.
The other awardees were Professor Asoka Mendis, Eranga and Prianga Pieris, Professor Lakshman Samaranayake, Dr. Roy Barr Kumarakulasinghe, Dr. Sivalingam Sivananthan, Shannon Fernando Rubera, Professor Kumar Wickramasinghe, Dr. Nihal Kulatilake, Asoka Yapa, Mangala Dissanayake, Namal Tantula and Rohan Sourjah.

With the Committee of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California (SLAASC)
President Dushantha Kurera, V.P. Sarath Goonetilaka, Jude Abeyguneratne, Rohan Mendis, Kapila Wimalaratne and their wives.
SriLankan Airlines 
Upgrades Aircraft Fleet

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier for Sri Lanka, has announced there will be an investment of US$500m in a modernisation of the airline through a fleet renewal programme. The renewal project will result in the replacement of the older, wide-bodied aircraft with the more fuel-efficient models from Airbus, each of which has 269 Economy Class seats and 28 Business Class seats. The Airline has entered into a formal agreement with Airbus Industries to take delivery of six A330-300 aircraft and four A350-900 aircraft between 2014 and 2021.
Roger Weerasinghe Celebrates 
60th Birthday

Roger Weerasinghe celebrated his 60th birthday in grand style at his home in Tarzana, Ca. In the photo, wife Helen helps Roger cut the cake.
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Itinerary of Pope’s Visit to SL Released

The Vatican has released the itinerary for the pope’s trip to Sri Lanka, where he will canonize Sri Lanka’s first saint, the Rev. Joseph Vaz, a 17th-century missionary credited with reviving the Catholic faith in the country. 

The Pope is scheduled to visit the island from January 12-15, 2015. 



Thanksgiving Party at

Dr. Lakshman Makandura’s Office


Dr. Lakshman Makandura celebrated Thanksgiving with a turkey luncheon for his patients and staff at his beautiful, newly renovated office at Covina, Ca.  In photo are Dr. Lakshman and Tusitha Makandura, Dilip Niranjana and Physician Assistant Sandra Kochoan with other staff members.



Daimler to Host Mercedes Benz Regional After-Sales Conference in Colombo 

Ranjith Pandithage (Chairman – Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC) said, “We are i ndeed honoured that Daimler AG has selected DIMO 800 as the venue for a significant event such as this. This proves the recognition and quality of our new MercedesBenz Center. This event will also enable us to showcase Sri Lanka to all participants where most of them are expected to extend their stay to visit tourist attractions and enjoy the culture and great outdoors that the country has to offer.” 
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 Documentary “Common Ground 
A  Human, Elephant Story” at the United Nations

The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka organized a special screening of the documentary ” Common  Ground- A human, Elephant Story”, at the United Nations followed by a reception and an Eco – Art exhibition at our Mission Premises featuring the work of the renowned artist Heather Sarin from New Zealand.

The event was a great success with nearly 400 in attendance. His Excelleny Dr. Palitha kohona, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the U.N. addressed

the Audience.




The Gypsies Are Coming! 
The Gypsies Are Coming!


Sri Lankan Owned Restaurant 
in Ho Chi Minh City

Owned by Rattan Mangharam of Sri Lanka, this restaurant is very popular in 
Ho Chi Minh City, serving exquisite food.  Definitely a place to experience on your visit to Viet Nam.

Ceylon Sapphire Sets Auction 
World Record of $18 Million


A Part of History, Royalty and Heritage


Jacqueline To Open Another Restaurant

The beautiful Jacqueline Fernandez, who opened a restaurant in Colombo that serves lSri Lankan fare, is giving her entrepreneurial ambitions a twist. The actress has been busy scouting for properties around the Bandra Juhu belt as plans are afoot to open an organic cafe. “The priority is to find the right place,” the actor, who is shooting in Canada for an English film, said. “The place will not only be a venue for absolutely organic food, but I also intend to expand it for yoga sessions.” 
Sri Lankan Food Safari in Australia
Sri Lankan   Food Safari   Food From Island Of Spicy avi
Sri Lankan Food Safari Food From Island Of Spicy avi

  Galle Face Hotel to host first-ever 
CFW Design Trunk Show 2014

The Galle Face Hotel announced that it will play host to the first ever CFW Design Trunk Show 2014 organized by the Colombo Fashion Week. An extravagant line up of the top most designs by Sonali Dharmawardena, Yoland, Upeksha, Charini Suriyage, Ramona Oshini, Conscience, Indiwaree Yapa, Radhika Mendis, Yasisurie and Peronie will be unveiled late this month in view of the upcoming festive season.

Dhanapala to Receive IPS Award for Nuclear Disarmament

Jayantha Dhanapala, a former U.N. under-secretary-general for disarmament affairs (1998-2003) and a relentless advocate for a world free of nuclear weapons, will be the recipient of the 2014 International Achievement Award for Nuclear Disarmament sponsored by Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency. “Short of actually dismantling nuclear devices himself,” says Dr. Randy Rydell, until recently a senior political affairs officer at the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs, “he has contributed enormously in constructing a solid foundation upon which the world community will one day fulfill this great ambition.”




Kingsbury Celebrates 
One Year of Hospitality

Owned and operated by Hayleys PLC, one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest conglomerates with a history spanning over 134 years,The Kingsbury is a luxury hotel. Renovated and re-launched for operations in December 2012,The Kingsbury has today become a sensation within the city. Its philosophy hinges on offering a”lifestyle of luxury”bringing back good old fashioned hospitality where personalization and respect is key. Cutting the cake are Chairman of Hayleys Mohan Pandithage, Managing Director Lalin Samarawickrama and senior officials. 
Mervyn Peris Insurance Agency  
Since 1986

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Go Travel International wins ‘Gold’ 
at Serendib Awards 

Australia’s Serendib Awards 2014, which recognize, acknowledge & promote Sri Lankan individuals and businesses who have contributed immensely with outstanding success in their respective professions and made a significant contribution towards the Sri Lankan community, held their annual award ceremony on October 31st at The Grand on Princes, Melbourne, Australia. Miss Sri Lanka for 2014, Marianne Page
(daughter of Chandi and Mrs. Page),  graced the occasion to handover the awards. The Chief Guests and inspiring key note speaker was none other than Dilip Kumar, former Chairman of the Australian Rugby Union. 

Anarkalli Aakarsha to 
Marry Dishan Jayasinhe in Pasadena, Ca.

Anarkalli Aakarsha daughter of Indrani and Jayantha Jayatilaka will marry Dishan Jayasinhe, son of Dr.Walter and Aeshea Jayasinghe in December 2014.  Anarkalli is a movie actress and Brand Ambassador from Sri Lanka.  She was Miss Sri Lanka for Miss World in 2004. Anarkalli made history as  the first and only elected female Provincial Councillor nominated by the UPFA.  She is the grand daughter of R. E. Jayatilaka, famous politician, Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Nawalapitiya for many years.  We wish them both a lifetime of happiness.
Anarkalli’s Grandfather R. E. Jayatilaka 
Was a Sri Lankan Patriot

One of the Best Orators and Debaters 
in  Sri Lanka’s Parliament
Robert Edward Jayatilaka, fondly known as “R.E.” or “Eric”, studied at Richmond College, Galle and having qualified as a teacher, taught for some time at St. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia. He then took up duties as Principal of Anuruddha College, Kandy. Thereafter, he became a member of the Labour Party and was elected Chairman of the Nawalapitiya Urban Council. Later, he was elected on the Labour Party as a member of the State Council, followed by being elected as Member of  Parliament for Nawalapitiya.
Always well dressed in business suit, R. E. was one of the most dapper Members of Parliament.  A master at public speaking, he was also known as one of the best orators and debaters in Parliament.


In the State Council, he was a great supporter of the late C. W. W. Kannangara (later Doctorate ‘Honories Cuasa’) Minister of Education, in the State Council. Whenever Kannangara moved the Free Education bill, the Leader of the State Council, D. S. Senanayake, a keen opponent of free education, adjourned the House. R. E. Jayatilaka, as a Member of the State Council for Nawalapitiya, opposing the series of adjournments by D. S. Senanayake said: “I am wondering why the Hon. Leader wanted the House adjourned…Sir, we have been discussing many questions. But when it comes to an important question – the education of the poor of this country – we want to put it off. I wonder and I want to know whether it is the ‘old school tie brigade’ trying to torpedo this scheme, because it has been said that powerful influences are trying to torpedo these Education Proposals.” (Hansard 1944 pp. 916-46). The Free Education bill was ultimately passed in the House when D. S. Senanayake was away in England negotiating for Independence. Thereafter, 50 central colleges were opened by Kannangara, all over the island.
The Nawalapitiya playground was established by R. E. Jayatilaka, when he was the Chairman of the Nawalapitiya Urban Council. It was then known as the Nawalapitiya Grounds. It was only after his death that the Urban Council named it the Jayatilaka Grounds. After being elected to the State Council, his wife, the late Mrs. Effie Jayatilaka (nee Effie Samarakkody, sister of LSSP leader, Edmund Samarakkody, nephew of D. S. Senanayake), was elected as the Chairman of the Urban Council. She was the first lady in Sri Lanka to head an Urban Council.


R. E. Jayatilaka, who was the Minister of Transport and Works in the W. Dahanayaka government, introduced the ‘Podi Menike’ express train to run between Hatton and Colombo, to serve both the Sinhalese and up-country Tamils. He also formed the Ceylon Chamber of Industries in Colombo, of which he was Chairman for many years.
The R. E. Jayatilaka Sports Complex was opened and named in his memory by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2012.


There were many landmarks in Nawalapitiya that were named after R. E. Jayatilaka.  One was the bridge in town.  It was R. E. Jayatilaka who declared open the Castlereagh Dam,
which supplied water and hydro electric power to his electoral district.  He served as Member of Parliament for many terms and was loved by his constituents.
He is the father of Rohan, Duleep, Jayantha, “Cheesy” and Tanya.

Spinner Dolphins off the Coast at Kalpitiya

Photo by Lalith Seneviratne

Fish Curry and Mixed Rice 
A Simple Meal

Mouth watering! There’s nothing more common to eat as Sri Lankan food than a nutritious plate of rice and curry. You normally get a plate of rice piled with a few of the daily vegetable curries and a choice of fish curry as well.

A plate like the one above cost 120 LKR ($1.09), but without fish it would have even been less. Only Sri Lankans can cook like this!



Jayam’s Choice

Sophia Loren   Mambo Italiano
Sophia Loren Mambo Italiano

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

If you are tired of the same old Turkey day leftover Turkey and cranberry Sandwich. Here are two ideas which are very different. Please enjoy them.
Pistachio Turkey Meat balls in Orange Sauce
   1/2 cup chopped Pistachios
   2  green onions,finely chopped
   1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs
   1 egg lightly beaten
   1 teaspoon grated orange peel
   1/2 teaspoon salt
   1/2 teaspoon pepper
   1 lb.cooked Turkey finely chopped
       pulsed in food processor 
   1x4oz.Italian sausage link
         (without casing)
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 or 1 teaspoon Red Chilli flakes
1/4 cup white wine
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
2 Tablespoons fresh chopped Basil
2 Tablespoons chopped Pistachio
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
   In a bowl combine firtst seven ingredients.
   Add turkey and sausage and mix lightly but
   thoroughly and form 1″ balls .Place them on 
   greased shallow baking trays.Bake for 18-20
   minutes till cooked through.
2.In a large skillet heat butter and oil over medium 
   heat,Add wine and cook for 1 minute.
3,In a small bowl whisk cornstarch,orange juice,
   chicken broth,honey and orange peel till blended.
   Bring to a boil,cook and stir 1-2 minutes until
   thickened. Stir in basil and meatballs.Sprinkle 
Tuscan Turkey Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 garlic cloves minced
2 cans 14 1/2 oz.each chicken broth
1 can 15 oz. solid-pack pumpkin
1 can(15oz).white kidney or cannelonni beans
   rinsed and drained
2 cups cubed cooked turkey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese to taste.
1.In a large saucepan heat oil on a medium high heat.
   Cook onion and celery till tender.Add garlic and cook
   a minute longer.
2.Add in broth and all other ingredients and bring to a 
   boil.Reduce heat and simmer uncovered till heated
   and cooked through, stirring  occasionally.
If desired serve with cheese.
Please email me with any questions you may have,

Sihina Lowak Soya – Hollywood Premiere

Sihina Lowak Soya Los Angeles Premire
Sihina Lowak Soya Los Angeles Premiere in Hollywood

Obituaries – Sad News

Dr. Seevali Hansasara Ratwatte, Chairman of the Upali Group of Companies, died on Saturday at a private hospital in Colombo. He was 91.

Born on November 24, 1923, he was the son of Balangoda Barnes Ratwatte and Mahawalatenna Kumarihami. He was the fifth in a family of four brothers and three sisters.The world’s first woman Prime Minister, the late Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the elder sister of Dr. Ratwatte.




 – Father of Jayaindra, Aruni and Sudeshini, father-in-law of Thivanshi, Yoshan Kurukulasuriya and Aubin Muhirwa, brother of Malik, Preeni and Nimali, grandfather of Randhini, Navodith, Rashminda and Kushlantha. Chrisantha was the oldest living Josephian captain. He captained St. Joseph’s in 1954.



WANIGATUNGA – L.S. (Former General Manager Wellawatte Spinning & Weaving Mills, National Textile Corporation – Veyangoda, President Lakmalsala and Advisor to The President), passed away after a brief illness. husband of the late Tilly (Iris Wanigatunga nee Fernando), father of Harsha (LankaClear) and father-in-law of Amalee and brother of Hema, Prema, Tilakaratne, Dayawansa, Soma (New Zealand), Padma (New Zealand) and brother-in-law of the late Lucian, Clive, Rachel, Solomon, Claire and Maureen. 

Kuttan of Galle Face Hotel 

Kuttan – The iconic doorman at the Galle Face hotel, Kottarappu Chathu Kuttan, who made history for being one of the oldest hotel employees in the world, passed away on 18th November 2014. 

The Galle Face Hotel  observed a minute’s silence in his honor for a personality that many people from around the world will not forget. His career as a restaurant waiter and then as the hotel’s prestigious usher, Kuttan became an integral part of the hotel. He recognized almost all faces of frequent visitors and was a hit amongst the many Guests of the Hotel. His welcoming broad smile and hands raised to say “Ayubowan” (may you live longer), was always a symbolic sight at Galle Face Hotel
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One Response to Good News From Jayam

  1. Chandra & Pathman Tambimuttu says:

    very good articles and news

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