Encompassing a network of verdant vistas with trees planted sporadically, water parks and a space to dine within magnificent greenery, Galle Face Urban Forest Park and the Beira Lake Open Air Restaurant is an urban oasis adorning the landscape of Colombo City that was declared open recently. As there are plants and trees intermittently in the Urban Forest Park with vistas of Beira Lake and the cool breeze, dining is within verdant vegetation. Spread within two acres in the heart of Colombo City, the Forest Park and the Open Air Restaurant is indeed a cynosure of all eyes. Situated in Scout Road which runs across Galle Face Road, along the Beira Lake, the Urban Forest Park is a symmetrical manifestation of trees and foliage. The corridor at the center of the Forest Park made of red beams with surrounding water highlights the water park section of the Park. There ...

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During my term as Global President of CIMA nearly a decade ago, the theme I chose for my year of leadership was a single word – ‘relevance’. The word relevance is perpetual. It is contextual to when it is used. It is extremely applicable to the finance function and the finance professional of the day. They must be relevant to the audience they engage with.At the time I flaunted the word it was clear that the role finance played in organisations was shifting from one of being passive and reactive toone that was more proactive. Management accountants had to shift their focus from just historical financial statement preparation to participating in actively managing their organisations. Today that expectation has jumped many notches.Every major global accounting body is boldly promoting their members as ‘business leaders’ who can strategically take organisations forward. The challenge is for finance professionals to live up to this high expectation placed upon them when they are employed in industry and commerce. In an attempt to force this realisation professional accounting bodies have not only enhanced the learning of strategy related subject matter in their syllabi but also included strategic ...

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  Badulla Pillar Inscription also known as Sorabora Wewa Pillar Inscription is the largest Pillar Inscription with the smallest letters found in Sri Lanka with a height of 2.43 meters.  The Pillar Inscription carved on a rock surface contains 203 lines and about 2000 mediaeval Sinhala scripts belonging to the era of King Udaya IV (946-954). Badulla Pillar Inscription had been found by Jone Belli, British Deputy Agent for *Badulla in 1857 about 4.8 kilometers towards north east of Mahiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya (an ancient Buddhist Temple in *Mahiyangana) and in close proximity to *Soraborawewa.  Initially, the Pillar Inscription had been placed at the *kachcheri in Badulla. Later, it has been placed at Senarath Paranavithana Memorial Library of Badulla, the present location, due to conservation purposes. According to archaeologists, the inscription has described about the king’s orders about a market and rules of trading; traders and householders of Hopitigama (a ...

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Are Sri Lankan organisations lagging behind? We live in an era of ‘big data’. The volume of data in the world is doubling every five to six months and its growth is exponential.  Every large organisation has around 200 terabytes of internal data – one terabyte is 1,000 gigabytes. In addition every organisation has access to significant amounts of external data.  Eighty per cent of data is unstructured or semi-structured. Blogs, tweets, Instagram pictures, human movements, etc. are all extremely valuable sources of data that are captured today by a plethora of digital-enabled devices such as sensors, point-of-sale scanners, digital cameras and the like. The proliferation of data in today’s world is a huge opportunity that organisations must exploit. Easier said than done! This is the big challenge facing most organisations; firstly do they have the required data, and secondly do they know how to employ analytics to derive the ...

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Transcript: After reading Tim Newman’s article, in MNT Newsletter, I was inspired to present this video, because Parkinson’s disease seems to be on the increase among the aging Sri Lankan population. Parkinson’s disease is a condition where the nerves of the brain and the other parts of the nervous system are affected. Symptoms about to be discussed are due to loss of nerve cells.What causes this to happen are not noticeably clear. Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease. In the United States, approximately 1.6% of the over 65 group is affected with Parkinson’s disease. In Germany, the standard prevalence was 1680 cases per 100,000 of population.In 2016, an estimated 6.1 million people worldwide had Parkinson’s Disease. The number has doubled in the past 25 years.Data is not available for the incidence in Sri Lanka, but Parkinson’s disease is on the rise as more people with ...

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  Sri Lanka, a small island state in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is strategically located at the crossroads of major shipping routes to South Asia, the Far East as well as the continents of Europe and America. Sri Lanka is also strategically located among the most significant sea lines of communication (SLOC).  Sri Lanka’s strategic location in the Indian Ocean Region has been geopolitically significant for major powers for centuries. As such, Sri Lanka was colonized by Portuguese, Dutch and the British who used it as a transit hub to trade goods, a port to dock as well as refuel ships which navigated their massive empires. Enclosed on three sides by landmasses and several countries, Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean in the world which has a water area of approximately 73 million square kilometers.  According to Robert Kaplan, US Security Analyst, Indian Ocean is an important economic ...

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Mass of Remembrance and Prayer Vigil for Sri Lanka from Archdiocese of Sydney on Vimeo. The Cathedral was packed to capacity. In fact it was overflowing. The crowd was whispering in soft murmurs. Politicians of all hues, service personnel, diplomats, religious dignitaries, and thousands of ordinary men and women had gathered.  The ringing of bells signaled the beginning of proceedings. Silence. The scent of incense wafted over the congregation. The cast of clergy made their orderly entry into the sanctuary in carefully choreographed sequence – seminarians, deacons, priests, bishops and behind them all walked the Archbishop of Sydney, the reverend Dr. Anthony Fisher. The multiple TV cameras and their operators swung into action. The throng of photographers began clicking. The clergy ascended the high alter sanctuary.  It is not often that a Catholic service is presided over by as many as four bishops. But, this was a special occasion – ...

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  Everyone, especially the readers of our great Lankan/Aussie website eLanka would be fully aware of the fact that, despite Covid 19 now being the curse of the century, medical professions around the world are advancing by leaps and bounds, everywhere one looks. While this is most encouraging, and plaudits are flying around like so much confetti, it has to be remembered that research into medical technology costs a fortune, so to continue with their good work, and help them with their various breaks-through, high finance is not just needed, it is needed right now. Unfortunately, love and fresh air will not suffice. Everything said and done, our Governments are now faced with a plethora of possible packages (financial). The following, however, have to be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt, but very seriously, nonetheless. The ALLERGISTS voted to SCRATCH-IT but the DERMATOLOGISTS advised against making any RASH-MOVES. The ...

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THIS IS SO ROMANTIC | Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love | Allie Sherlock & Cuan D. cover A few more………. INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE IN ITALIAN | Perfect – Ed Sheeran | Allie Sherlock & Cuan D. Cover HIS REACTION WHEN SHE SINGS | Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers | Allie Sherlock & Cuan Durkin CUAN SAVES THE DAY | Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra | Allie Sherlock & Cuan Durkin cover THIS BEAUTIFUL & EMOTIONAL SONG | Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen | Allie Sherlock with Cuan & Saibh Source link ...

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