Sri Lanka Tops South East Asia  Region For Business – Forbes

Forbes has listed Sri Lanka in the 89th place among the best countries for business. Sri Lanka continues to experience strong economic growth following the end of the 26-year war on terrorism.
The government has been pursuing large-scale reconstruction and development projects in its efforts to spur growth in war-torn and disadvantaged areas, develop small and medium enterprises and increase agricultural productivity. Sri Lanka tops the list from the South Asia region.. 
Old Josephian’s Dance in London

Chief Guest, Indrajith Perera speaks, while fellow Old Joe’s wait to sing the Josephian Anthem, at the Sheraton Hotel in Heathrow. This was the Old Joe’s Dance.
My, My, My Delilah! 
Sohan Pieris of Hawaii Sings

Sohan Pieris of the Jetliner’s entertained the party goers at the 
Old Joe’s Dance in London.
Sri Lanka Foundation’s 
2014 Award Winners Speak
Sri Lanka Foundation Awards- Teaser
Sri Lanka Foundation Awards-Teaser

By Andy Samarasena-Pls click on arrow
Earning Stripes While Representing 
Sri Lanka – Anjani Perera   

American, according to the land of her birth… But Sri Lankan, by blood:
Anjani Perera is not only an actress, producer, hotelier, & speech-writer. She is also a dedicated Martial Artist, since the age of 9. “THE HOUSE OF CHAMPIONS” located in the San Fernando Valley, iin California.s the Dojo (karate gym) where she trains. Her style of fighting is called “ARJUKENPO KARATE,” which is a robust mixture of Boxing, Kickboxing, Brazilian Juijitsu, Muay Thai (knee’s & elbow’s), Eskrima (knife & stick fighting), & traditional Karate. On the left, is Shihan (Master Instructor) Mark Parra- The Founder of “The World Famous House of Champions”  He was also the Fight Scene Choreographer/Trainer for “American Music Award” winner Iggy Azalea in the hit song “Black Widow.” Shihan Mark invites anyone (children & adults) who receives this newsletter to come try out Martial Arts complimentary for 2 weeks at “The House of Champions” located at 17228 Saticoy Street Van Nuys, Ca 91406.
Sri Lankan Wins ‘Survivor’

After 39 days of battling the elements and competition in Nicaragua, Natalie Anderson of Sri Lankan heritage walked away with the million dollar prize and the title of sole survivor on the finale of “Survivor: San Juan Del Sur” Wednesday night.  Survivor: San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water is the twenty-ninth season of the American CBS competitive reality television series,  where castaways attempt to outwit, outlast and outplay each other for a prize of $1 million. The 28-year-old twins hail from Edgewater, N.J., and appeared on “Amazing Race” twice
Kiara and Siara’s Arangetram

Kiara and Siara Gunawardhana celebrated their Barathanatyam Arangetram with a concert at the James Armstrong Theater in Torrance, California with over 400
guests in attendance. After the performance, the guests were hosted to a luncheon by the parents of the young girls, Ayoma and Nalaka Gunawardhana.
Upul’s – More For Your Dollar

Kala Bagai, Rajah Rutnam of Ceylon, Syud Hossain, Asha Puthli, and J.J. Singh
are 5 (more) South Asian Americans you should know about.
By ending long-standing Asian exclusion policies and introducing a system of preferences based on skill sets and family reunification, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 began finally to slightly open the door for immigrants from Asia to migrate to the United States. Rajah Mahesan Rutnam, 19 at the time, was the first Ceylonese immigrant to the United States under the 1952 Act (Ceylon was renamed Sri Lanka in 1972). In deciding to leave Ceylon, he traded his role in his family’s political and business dynasty for the uncertainty of life in a new country. Rutnam joined the U.S. Marines soon after his arrival and eventually settled in Los Angeles where he was involved in business and helping to establish the growing Sri Lankan community. In 1964, he opened ‘Rajah’s Elephant Walk’, the first Sri Lankan restaurant in California. Rutnam was the publisher of the first Sri Lankan newspaper in the state, served as Vice President of Asia Pacific Organization and Director of Sri Lanka Trade Tourism and Cultural Information Services, was a founding member of the Sri Lanka American Association of Southern California, and helped to establish the first Buddhist temple in the Hollywood area.  Rajah Rutnam died in 2013.
Article taken from
Brazilian Tour Operators To Promote 
Sri Lanka Tourism

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Brazil in collaboration with Aitken Spence Travels of Sri Lanka organised the first ever familiarisation tour for Brazilian tour operators and destination promoters recently. Twelve leading tour operators and destination promoters participated in the program. The Brazilian tour operators and promoters visited many touristic places including Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Kandalama, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Habarana, Kandy, the tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park, Galle Dutch Fort, Ahungalla, Balapitiya, Kosgoda and Waskaduwa. Speaking at the welcome dinner at the Hotel Taj Samudra, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Brazil, Raja Edirisuriya said that, with its unique touristic spots, Sri Lanka would become one of the favourite destinations in Asia for Brazilian tourists.
Happy Sri Lankans Launched

Happy Sri Lankans, a digital community and a collaborative platform which spreads Happiness connecting Sri Lankans in the country and all around the world was launched recently. The launch ceremony was graced by Chief Guest, Business Leader Dilith Jayaweera and Guest of Honor, new generation PR practitioner – Ashan Kumar Managing Director PR Wire and other well wishers at Cinnamon Red Hotel Colombo.
Become A Part Of History, 
Royalty And Heritage

Leadership Award Presented by SLAASC to Showman Thusitha de Silva

Reputed Sri Lanka/American showman/Entrepreneur   Thusitha de Silva of Los Angeles, California receives the Award for Leadership from the SLAASC,
Upcoming Shows Presented By 
Thusitha de Silva
APRIL 19, 2015, Gypsies Live Concert With Ronnie Leech & Channa Upuli Dancing Group in Los Angeles

June 6, 2015, Marians Live Concert in Los Angeles

September 26, 2015, Sunil Edirisinghe & Neela Wickramasinghe Live Concert in Los Angeles

TURRET – The Luxury Brand Store

 Rushdha Jawzi, A D A Jawzi, Gaurav Pathak, Regional Sales Manager (Karnataka) – United Colors of Benetton, Sebastian Lukose, VP (Sales & Merchandising) – Raymond Weil & 88 Rue Du Rhone and A. D. A. Jezmi. 

In TURRET’s portfolio of renowned brands are Montblanc, Baume & Mercier, 88 RUE DU RHONE, RAYMOND WEIL and Jewel Laurel, their own flagship brand of jewellery.
Marriage Proposals

Beautiful model Jacqueline Fernandez in Kandyan wedding attire.
Sinhalese girl 35 years old,
College graduate, born in USA,
seeks gentleman in the USA.
Sinhala or Tamil does not matter.  
Should have a Bachelors Degree or more. (A1)
Tamil gentleman 37 years old. Medical doctor.
born in the USA, seeks a girl with equivalent degree.(A2)
Sinhala girl. 45 years old. Buddhist. Seeks good man, who is not too outgoing.  Has to be compatible.  Non smoker. Social drinking o.k.(A3)
Please contact in strict confidence. Please send photos. No guarantees!
Tommy Hilfiger Opens in Sri Lanka

Tommy Hilfiger, the iconic international designer brand opened its first store in Sri Lanka. This marks the first international designer brand to launch in the country. Photo shows Ashok Pathirakge, Chairman of Softlogic lighting the lamp,with Jacqueline Fernandez who is modeling a Tommy Hilfiger outfit.
Soraya Deen of Muslim Women’s Speakers Movement

Sri Lankan Soraya Deen of Los Angeles moderating a panel discussion of Muslim women who are engaged in social justice and civic activism. The goal is to empower other women to take a part in activism. Listen to stories of courage and challenge. Marwa Abdleghani – OUt reach Fellow at the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Dalal Abuzeiyna : President of the North American Arab Medical Association. Soraya Deen is a lawyer, author and spiritual activist. She is a Motivational Speaker and is a member fo the world famous Les Brown group of Platinum Speakers. Soraya is the  founder of  the Muslim Women Speakers Movement. Her website is
Sri Lankan Team Completes 
5-week Overland Expedition 

A team of six Sri Lankans completed an overland expedition from Berlin to Battaramulla on four wheels and two. The 12,500 km route followed parts of the old hippie trail of the 60s and the historic Silk Road, and it was also the first time Sri Lankans had ever attempted this by motorcycle. The group was flagged off at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on the 15th of September by the Sri Lankan Ambassador Karunatilaka Amunugama.  The members of the expedition were Feroz Omar, Director, Brandix Lanka Limited, Major Nalaka Buddhadasa Rtd. Capt, Kshemendra Weeratunga, Senior Captain & Flight Instructor, Sri Lankan Airlines, Javana Fernando and Kenneth McAlpine, Co-Founders of Kulu Safaris and entrepreneur John Durrant. 
CR and FC in smashing 
33-15 win over CH and FC

CR and FC made amends for their defeats at the hands of Police and Kandy SC in their last two outings with a smashing 33 points (one goal, four tries, two penalties) to 15 (one goal, one try, one penalty) win over CH and FC in their Dialog ‘A’ Division League Rugby match played at Longden Place last week after leading 18-7 at the breather. 
Yamuna Yamuna Sobhana Ganga 
Beautiful Sinhala Song
Culture and City Tours to Highlight Colombo’s Wonders

The Ministry of Defense and the Urban Development Authority joined hands with the Colombo City Tour, the open deck city sightseeing service by Sri Lanka Tourism and Ebert Silva Holidays, to enable Sri Lankans and visitors from around the world to explore the wonders of Colombo. Fast transforming into a vibrant picturesque city with charmingly restored architectural edifices giving life to grand shopping complexes and public gathering places, Colombo will now showcase mesmerizing traditional Sri Lankan dances adding colour and brilliance to the city.
The Dwarf Elephant of Uda Walawe

When the elephant was first observed he was actually picking on a much larger elephant. It was early on the morning of July 7 of 2013 on a road in a national park in Sri Lanka. Two elephants were “sparring” and the one with “short, stubby legs,” according to biologists appeared to be the aggressor. Both males showed signs of being in “musth,” a seasonal state in which a male’s testosterone levels can climb to 50 or even 100 times normal, making him combative.
Jayam’s Choice
Cliff Foenander   A  Little Bit Of Soap
Cliff Foenander A Little Bit Of Soap
(keep watching, there are many songs that will bring back memories)
The Magnificent Colombo Museum

Was Built By…………….

The construction of the Museum was carried out by Arasi Marikar Wapchie Marikar (born 1829, died 1925), aka Wapchi Marikar Bass, who was descended from the Sheikh Fareed family of Iraq who arrived in Ceylon in 1060 AD. Wapchie Marikkar was a Renowned Architect and a Mason of British Ceylon who constructed The General Post Office, also known as the GPO, the headquarters of the Sri Lanka Post, Colombo Museum, Colombo Customs, Old Town Hall in Pettah, the Galle Face Hotel, Victoria Arcade, Finlay Moir building, the Clock Tower, Batternburg Battery etc. The Old Town Hall in Pettah. In January 1877, the completed building of the Colombo Museum was declared open by His Excellency, Governor Gregory, in the presence of a large crowd,. He was the grand father of Sir Razik Fareed.
Recipes  From Roma’s Kitchen

Memories of the Dutch and Portuguese goodies,
 on our New Year breakfast table made me want
 to share this Recipe with you. I have simplified it. 
 Anyone can make it
Traditionally eaten with Edam Cheese and butter.
1 lb.Basic bread dough (readily available in your Supermarket)
6 ozs,Sugar
6 egg yolks
4 ozs.butter
4 ozs.Raisins
1/2 teaspoon salt
Leave the dough aside to rise. When well risen punch the dough, 
add salt and knead well. Then weigh the dough. Put it into an
electric blender and beat with dough hook, while adding the
sugar very slowly. Add the yolks one at a time. Add the butter a 
little at a time. Dust the raisins with a tablespoon of flour and mix 
into the dough. Pour mixture into a greased breudher Pan, Bundt 
Pan or even a ring mold which has been well greased. Leave
in a warm dry place to rise for about 30  or 40 minutes until almost
double in bulk. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes and a further 15 to 20 minutes at  350 degrees. Should the top start to brown too fastcover it with piece of foil. Cook until a skewer comes clean. Let it cool for a few minutes and turn onto a wire rack to cool completely. me with any questions you may have.
Obituaries – Sad News
Ruwan Ruparatna – Funeral Arrangements


Ruwan Ruparatne, 37, passed away under tragic circumstances
on December 15, 2014 in Long Beach, California. He was born on December 7, 1977 in Sri Lanka. Ruwan is survived by his parents, Carmeline and Rex Ruparatne, his wife, Jasbir Kaur Ruparatne, his brother, Yohan, his Godchildren, Olivia and Andrew Ruparatne, and a loving group of friends and family. He was a United States Air Force veteran and proud Trojan – graduate of University of Southern California. A memorial mass will be held on

Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

at St. John Fisher Church, 5448 Crest Road, PalosVerdes, California 90275.

Reception following the service
Rex Ruparatna’s tel: 310-722-2943
Bluebelle Weerasinghe

Bluebelle Weerasinghe passed away on December 16, 2014.
Mother of Rohan, Nihal, Gihan, Rohinee, Shiro, Mohan and Dushanthie. Grandmother of
Rochelle,Kevin, Kristen, Kimberly, Dinesh, Melissa and Desaree and Great-grandmother of Aidan.  The Funeral Service was held at St.Johns Baptist De La Salle Church on December 20th.
Peter Weerakoon – Planter

Free Mason, (Adams Peak Lodge), Peter Weerakoon passed away in Australia on October 24, 2014. He leaves behind his wife Valerie, their two daughters, Michelle and Sonali and grand children. He was the brother of Ronnie and Bradman Weerakoon.  Peter’s memorial service will be on Dec. 30 at 4 pm at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia. 


“Love, Protect, Serve, Sri Lanka”
Buddhika Ekanayake, 
Lancaster, Ca.
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