Colombo – Fastest Growing City in the World
Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo has been placed on top of the list of fastest growing cities in the world, an annual travel study by MasterCard stated. Among the 10 fastest growing cities in the world -based on data gathered over the last six years-, seven are in Asia. Fastest growing tourist cities 1. Colombo, Sri Lanka 21.1%, 2. Chengdu, China 20.7%, 3. Abu Dhabi, UAE 20.4%, 4. Osaka, Japan 19.8%, 5. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 18.0%, 6. Xi An, China 16.2%, 7. Taipei, Taiwan 14.9%, 8. Tokyo 14.6%, 9. Lima, Peru 13.9%, 10. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 12.9%.
Altair designer Moshe Safdie Receives America’s Highest Architectural Honor 

Moshe Safdie, the architect of Sri Lanka’s Altair high-rise luxury residential development, has been honored with the 2015 Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). It is the Institute’s highest honor, for his contribution to global architecture. Announcing the award, presented at the 2015 AIA Convention in Atlanta in May, Altair promoter Indocean Developers said Sri Lanka could be proud to have an iconic and representative work of Safdie on its soil, and that generations of residents would be honoured to live in a building designed by one of the most revered architects of all time.

Happy Birthday Sanjiv

Manil Gunasekera threw a surprise party for husband Sanjiv Gunasekera who celebrated his 50th birthday recently at their beautiful home in Anaheim Hills, Ca.
Marians in Los Angeles – A Great Show

Once again Thusitha de Silva of Los Angeles brought a great show to Hollywood.  The Marians were in top form entertaining Angelenos who came from all over the State to see them.  Among the audience (in photo) are Nandasiri Jasentuliyana, Upul Dharmadasa, Ananda Niyerapola, Roshan Serasinghe, Sarath Goonetilaka, Mangala Jayakody, Ranmal Rodrigo, Ruwan Kotuwela.  According to Dr. Walter Jayasinghe, “this was a fantastic show”.
Dilmah Tea in Resorts in Cancun, Mexico

Sri Lankan American tourists visiting “The Finest” Resort in Cancun Mexico, found them serving Dilmah Tea exclusively.  All the rooms had packets of the famous Ceylon tea.
Proud Parents Watch Daughter 
Graduate from Medical College

Cynthia Edirisuriya M.D., daughter of Raja and Kamini Edirisuriya of Claremont, California, graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine this month.  Her parents and sister, Chelsea, joined her in celebrating at her graduation in Philadelphia, pictured above.Cynthia will be continuing her career as an Internal Medicine Resident at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. Raja Edirisuriya is a past President of the SrI Lanka America Association of Southern California and also former Ambassador from Sri Lanka to Brazil.
Santani Wellness Resort in Kandy

Sri Lanka’s first and only purpose-built wellness resort nestled in the mountains of Kandy, Sri Lanka’s Hill Capital . Similar to high end wellness resorts in the region such as Ananda Spa, ChivaSom, COMO Shambala and Kamalaya, Santani, fills a supply gap in the growing wellness tourism segment. The Santani will open in December 2015.
Sri Lanka Foundation’s Fun Day
Sunday June 14th 2015
Best Hat Competition at the Governor’s Cup Horse Races in Nuwara Eliya

The finalists of the Best Hat competition at the Govrnor’s Cup horse races in Nuwara Eliya.  This is an annual event during the Nuwara Eliya season.  Nihara Jayatilaka won the competition.  Here she is, second from left, with the other finalists.
Citrus Waskaduwa Introduces the Happy Bug

The Citrus Waskaduwa has scored another first in its efforts to market the area as a hip and happening tourist destination, and to enhance the hotel’s offering of ‘Happiness Moments’.  The innovation is a mobile bar-cum-cafe constructed within a specially outfitted old Commer van, painted in a retro design drawing inspiration from surf culture. Operating as an extension of the hotel’s main bar, the ‘Happy Bug’ will ply along the half a kilometre beachfront of the hotel adding another dimension to the exciting activities on the beach. Guests will be able to avail themselves of a selection of drinks and food, including burgers and quick bites. 
Visna Fernando Crowned as Derana Goya 
Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Earth 2015 

The beautiful Visna Fernando was crowned as Derana Goya Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Earth 2015. With many cheers, well-wishes and celebrations, Visna was crowned by Miss Earth 2015, Jamie Herell as the Derana Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Earth 2014. 

First Runner up was Sathma Nugera and Second Runner up was Harshani Ruman. Photo by Prishan Pandithage.
Premiere of Me Wage Adarayak in Colombo

With 400 people in attendance, the World Premiere of Chandran Rutnam’s “Me Wage Adarayak” (A Love Like This) was screened at the National Film Corporation in Colombo on June 5, 2015.  It was a star studded event followed by a reception. In photo are Roshan Ranawana, Nalaka Daluwatta and Saranga Dissasekera with their wives. Some of the other actors in attendance were Anjani Perera, Swarna Mallawarachchi, Veena Jayakody, Roy and Sumana de Silva. This WPM movie will be shown for one month on Dialog TV Channel 20 in Sri Lanka starting on the 23rd of June. It will eventually be available in the U.S.A. 
Cannes Winner Stars Sri Lankan 
Former Child Soldier

A Sri Lankan novelist and former child soldier stars in “Dheepan”, a French thriller which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. In the movie by acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (who made 2009’s “A Prophet”), Anthonythasan Jesuthasan plays a former Tamil Tiger fighter fleeing the mayhem of his war-ravaged homeland.
Old Joes (OJAC) Revival 2015

The Old Josephians Association was the oldest College Association in California.  A meeting will be held on June 13th, 2015 to revive the organization.  To celebrate the occasion a Gala All Inclusive Dance has been planned. This is going to be a good one! Tickets are going fast.
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Ran Salakuna – An Award Winning Play by Famous Actor Somi Ratnayake

A young woman who is awaiting affectionately for a favorable future comes to know that her fiancee had cheated her in a very cruel manner in a world where everything depends on money and wealth, only after all is done and over with. She also loses her beloved son.Twenty years roll by.Mesmerizing a provincial town where wealthy people live useless, stagnating lives and stirring  up their boring existence, the most popular and talented actress in the country starts her performance tour. A second class actor who had been abandoned on the streets as a child and who had become stubborn because of life’s circumstances and had been reviled by everyone, is suddenly seen by that actress. Everything starts to happen after that.   
Top Sri Lankan American Photographers 
Andy Samarasena and Buddhika Ekanayake
Eating Papaya Halts Breast Cancer


Papaya was the only studied food found to halt breast cancer. Scientists
studied 14 plant foods commonly consumed in Mexico to determine their
ability to halt breast cancer cell growth. These included avocado, black
sapodilla, guava, mango, prickly pear cactus (nopal), pineapple, grapes,
tomato, and papaya. They also evaluated beta-carotene, total plant
phenolics, and gallic acid contents and antioxidant capacity. They found
that only papaya had a significant effect in stopping breast cancer cell
growth. (International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, May issue)
Old Josephian Russel Cramer 
Referees Rugby Games in Washington D.C.

 The victorious Thomian team of the 2014 Washington DC Sri Lankan Colleges Rugby 7’s Tournament.  Head referee and Controller from the inception of this most popular old boys tournament has been ex-CR& FC center Russell Cramer (in full white).  Russ, an old Joe, better known for his platform diving prowess at St. Joseph’s and later the Otter Aquatic Club, played for CR & FC from ’62-’64 – the year he immigrated to the US.  Russ still refs US College rugby on weekends and plays the occasional Golden Oldie match.  The DC 7’s tournament is organized by the Trinity-Thomian Old Boy Association of DC.  In its 14 year history the Trinitians have hoisted the trophy 6 times, the Thomians 4, Royalists once, Peterites once, Anandians once, and Maris Stellans once. The tournament draws old boys from all over the US and Canada.
Facts About Dual Citizenship

Over 2,000 applications for dual citizenship have been approved by the Immigration and Emigration Department during the period this service was suspended by the last Government. Most of the 2,224 applications approved by the Department at the time, with clearance from the Defence Ministry, were received before the suspension came into effect in January, 2011, a spokesperson said. Following a Cabinet decision in late 2014, the facility was reinstated with a revised procedure. The process involved an enlarged fee and a five-year compulsory period of permanent residency before being eligible to proceed to citizenship. However, the new government which was appointed after the January Presidential election, revoked the need to be a permanent resident but the revised fee was retained. As a result the main applicant for dual citizenship must pay Rs.250,000 plus Rs.50,000 for the spouse and each dependent child. They have received 1,320 applications for Sri Lankan dual citizenship since the service was re-launched in March this year out of which nearly 190 applications have been cleared and issued certificates.

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Fashion Forecast By Anjani Perera
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Summer Collection at Aashkii

It’s all about Summer at Aashkii, a store synonymous with elegantly unique clothing and home to a repertoire of designers – Satya Paul, Ritu Kumar and most recently, label Jai by store owner Jaishree Jayesinghe. The two Aashkii stores appear to possess distinctive personalities: while the Maitland Crescent boutique store has a more ethnic vibe and gives prominence to sarees, the Arcade Independence flagship store ambience is modern and focused on Jai, with a generous splattering of the remaining labels.
Senaka Senanayake Sri Lankan Artist

Senaka Senanayake is a Sri Lankan artist who attained fame early in life as a prodigy.He held his first international one-man exhibition at the age of ten, in New York. Although he painted copiously and held many shows both in his native country as well as abroad, it was only after he went to Yale school for graduation in Art and Architecture, did he realise that his true calling lay in the field of art. Those years at Yale were more crucial for him as an artist, for till then he had been largely self taught. At Yale, the formal classes of art training expanded his knowledge to the history of art of the entire world.
Travelled From England To Sri Lanka 
To Find Her Birth Mother in the Village

Poppy Royale, who was born in Sri Lanka and lives in England, always knew that she was an adopted child. The 21-year-old was raised by Cliff, 68 and Jenny, 58 under happy circumstances. Growing up, Poppy learnt of her birth mother and ached to meet her. Cliff and Jenny, who have always been truthful with Poppy, brought her to Oxfordshire in England to give her a comfortable life. Poppy finally found her mother and siblings in a village in
Sri Lanka.
Turkish Airlines Cargo Agency Dinner

A Dinner Party was held recently at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel by Turkish Airlines to thank the airlines’ top supporters by presenting them with awards. In the photo are Huseyn Ceyham and Turk Ali from Turkish Airlines and Nirmalee Pereira, Manik and Louise Pereira of the Pership Group who are agents for Turkish Airlines in Colombo.
Happy Birthday 
Bishan Katugaha of Los Angeles
Flashmob in Nugegoda
Mano Cabral of Los Angeles 
Sings in Madura Gee Sandawa
Chaaya Blue Trinco Celebrates Five Years

Jewel of the east coast, the retro-chic Chaaya Blu Trincomalee belonging to the Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts chain, celebrated 5 eventful years on 10th May 2015. Over the past 5 years, the hotel has evolved into the prime leisure destination on the east coast, not only for its uber stylish offering, but also due to its status as the best whale watching hub in the country.
Paul Goonewardene Sings About Sri Lanka
The Palmyrah Serves Lunchtime Specials

The Palmyrah restaurant, reputed for its impeccable traditional Sri Lankan cuisine was recently re-launched after a full renovation and upgrade of facilities. Located at the Renuka City Hotel, the Palmyrah is best known for its wide selection of Sri Lankan dishes and authentic Jaffna specialties. As a part of its re-launch, the Palmyrah announced the introduction of a Lunch Time Special, offering 25 percent off on food for bills over a certain amount when you dine in. The brainchild of the late Alfred Leo Thambiayah, previous Chairman of Renuka Hotels Ltd, the Palmyrah restaurant opened in November 1972, showcasing the extraordinary food of the north and other regions of Sri Lanka. 
Jayam’s Choice
Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Summer Fruit and Lime Shrub
Popular in colonial times, a shrub is a sweetened-fruit and vinegar syrup. It is mainly used as a drink mixer, but you can also add it to brighten a pan sauce for chicken and pork, add it to whipped cream on top of a fruity dessert, I also use it to toss a salad with the addition of a little olive oil. Refrigerate in a jar for up to two months. I hope you enjoy the versatility of the shrub.
3 cups Berries(rinsed and pricked over) OR any fruit of 
                          your choice washed and diced
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup Champagne or white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon grated Lime zest (only the outer green)
In a 4- quart saucepan combine the ingredients with 3 cups of water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Reduce the heat to low,cover,and simmer until the fruit has completely broken down,about twenty minutes. Let it cool completely.Puree this with an immersion blender
strain through a fine sieve over a bowl, pressing hard on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Pour into your jar and refrigerate.
Please email me with any questions or requests.

Obituaries – Sad News

Willie Blake (93).Grand Master of Cinematography, passed away peacefully in Toronto on May 17, 2015 with his daughters, sisters and grandchildren by his side. Brother of Jean, Maureen, James, Estelle, Shelley and June. Husband of Yvonne and father of Valleri, Melanie and Sandra. Papa of David, Marcus, Jordan and Zachary. Amazing filmmaker who with his film partner Lester James Peiris, was responsible for making Sri Lankan film a world renowned entity. With films such as Gambada Sundari, Rekava, Sandeshaya, Gamperaliya, Devolak Athara, The God King, Baddegama and Yuganthaya. He was also a cameraman for David Lean in Bridge on the River Kwai. He was honored with the Golden Lion Award in 2001. He migrated to Canada in the 70’s but continued making films in Sri Lanka and abroad. (Photo,Lester James Peiris and Willie on the set of Gamperaliya).

Malcolm Shelley Blake passed away on February 18, 2015 in Toronto with his family by his side. Husband of Pamela, father of Wendy, Steve and wife Nanette. Papa to Sean, Aaron, Nicholas and Stewart. Brother of Willie, Jean, Maureen, James, Estelle and June. Played Rugger for the Havelocks Sports Club Team from 1952 to 1958. Team captain in his final year. He worked at Shell Oil and migrated to Canada with his family in 1972.

M. Saheed Sulaiman (85), project manager of Nylon Six Project of the Petroleum Corporation expired June 9, 2015 at his Vajira Road residence in Colombo.
He was a marked out sportsman during his University life, where he basked in glory as a triple colours-man, captaining Cricket, Hockey and Rugger. He was a brother-in-law of Alhaj MH Mohamed, former Minister and Speaker of Parliament. Saheed Sulaiman leaves behind his wife Mareena, sons – Reza and Reaz and daughter Shaha.  
The Sun Sets On Our Beautiful Island


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