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D’Las Int’l enables injured war heroes to engage in deep sea scuba diving Source:Island Demonstrating that ‘Nothing in life is impossible’, a momentous event took place recently where twelve injured war heroes participated in a deep sea scuba diving session in Hikkaduwa recently. The event took place under the sponsorship of HDDES Group’s subsidiary D’Las International (Pvt) Ltd. The HDDES Group is an internationally acclaimed and locally renowned organization for over four decades for supplying natural and organic raw materials for its customers. The activity was coached by internationally recognised white water rafting expert, Outbound Adventurers led by its founder Shehan Pilapitiya. D’Las International also sponsored training for the swimming squad of disabled soldiers as the second phase of the project. Dharmasiri de Silva, Chairman and Gehan de Silva, Managing Director of HDDES Group initiated and participated in the event which they described as the first of its kind in ...

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PRESS COMMUNIQUE 2021 JUNE 22   COSMI inks major pact with Budapest’s EIVHGI ’Cross border Agreement opens premium European knowledge     transfer to our MSMEs’-COSMI President Nawaz ‘Tech-Transfer to South Asia a high priority’-Budapest’s EIVHGI                                                                                                            Main image, from left: Chairman of the EIVHGI – International Economic Council Prof. Dr. Norbert W. Knoll von Dornhoff, EIVHGI President Dr. Johann Forstinger and EIVHGI Secretary Oliver Knoll von Dornhoff hold the signed EIVHGI –COSMI Agreement on March 29 in Vienna. Top Right: President of Sri Lanka’s Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Industries (COSMI) Nawaz Rajabdeen, Bottom Right:  Chairman of the COSMI ...

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Ambalama’ is a Sinhala word for a wayside rest-house. I first saw one when I was trekking to Sri Pada, (Adam’s Peak) as a boy with my grandmother in latter part of 1970s. I saw several buildings along the trek up to the peak where weary pilgrims stop over to take a respite from their long journey. Ambalama was closely associated with the culture of Sri Lankan community. It was also a great necessity, which was embedded in their day-to-day life. On a long haul journey, people pull over at roadside hotels and rest houses to freshen up and have some tea. Those days, the weary travellers needed a place of refuge as they traversed various footpaths, which through long stretches of fields and forests, connecting to their destination. Most of the Ambalamas we see today are located on a rocky boulder, near rivers, paddy fields that the fatigued wayfarer ...

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While Sri Lanka grapples with the after effects of the MV X-Press Pearl marine disaster off the South and West coasts of the island, the Ministry of Fisheries has assured citizens that in suspending fishing activities from the affected coasts, all seafood that makes its way to the markets has officially been declared safe for consumption. In light of recent events, and in order to reel in greater confidence towards the fisheries industry as a whole, Round Island -the consumer face of Oceanpick (Pvt) Ltd.-, has put in place additional safety and precautionary measures to ensure that its seafood retains the quality and freshness it has come to be associated with, both locally, and overseas. In addition to being approximately 380 nautical miles away, and on the far side of the island from the MV X-Press Pearl incident, Round Island’s sustainable offshore oceanic farms north of Koddiyar Bay are also ...

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Source:Island Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster aircraft lands at Mattala Australia has used Sri Lanka as a hub to move urgently needed assistance to Nepal and India battling the rampaging Covid-19 pandemic. The Australian High Commission, in a statement issued yesterday (7) quoted HC David Holly as having that Sri Lanka facilitated the use of Mattala airport to deliver Australian assistance to its North East Indian Ocean neighbours.  The Australian HC issued the following statement: “Australia has delivered essential medical supplies to Sri Lanka to further assist in its response to COVID-19. On 4 June, a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster aircraft landed at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport carrying essential supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Using Sri Lanka as a hub, essential supplies will also be delivered to Nepal and India in direct response to the COVID-19 crises taking place in those countries. Australia has continued to support Sri ...

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Swing Along with the Spitfires Budrian Musafer My “stage” career commenced around 1960, at the age of 18. Appeared on stage shows presented by Tina Maria, Priya, Decima and Malcolm Andree at the Atlanta and the Kandy Lake Club. Then went on to sing with various pop bands – “The Sombreros”, “Sound Tracks” and a few others. In 1966, I was invited by Nizam Adahan to listen to a band called the ‘Spit‑res’ – at rehearsals – where he was the lead guitarist. I tried out a song with Conrad de Silva, who was their male vocalist and our voices blended in harmony… well that was the beginning of “Conrad & Budrin with the Spit‑res”. This was the part of my musical career that I enjoyed the most. The band went through many changes with the addition of Dalreen. When Conrad left and joined the Jetliners, Desmond de Silva and ...

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  The Cloud in “Cloud Computing” refers to the abstraction of the location in which data storage and processing is performed. The customer rarely knows where their data are and what security measures are taken to protect their data. Due to this nature, many companies use on premise data centers or have hybrid clouds, i.e. a combination of public and private clouds to combine the benefits of both architectures. However, a new trend in cloud computing has emerged where the cloud service providers themselves distribute the cloud to known locations and provide services. This trend is called distributed clouds and is now widely being used by many customers as a new method of hosting their data. With distributed cloud the data can be processed closer to the customer in separate smaller clouds, compared to a large cloud where all processing takes place. Therefore, customers can secure their data as in ...

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The gentleman turns 81 on June 3 Source:Sunday Island “Tough fearless and determined. Splendid games record, distinct powers of leadership with a strong sense of human and a gay debonair charm” wrote the headmaster, while the Principal of Trinity, in emphatic endorsement added “He has made a valuable contribution to the school, and I am sure he will do the same for his country.” These were the sentiments on Ken Murray’s school leaving certificate as he joined a band of sportsmen in 1961, to pursue a career in planting. As expected he took to his first billet on Frotoft Group in Ramboda like a duck to water! An incomparable Summer  It was an era when reputed Agency Houses, as  Whittalls, George Steuarts, Carsons and Aitken Spence, managed plantations owned  mainly by Sterling and Rupee Companies; a period that was undoubtedly the finest Summer for the Industry. A career had begun ...

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