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හදවතින් පාට හැඩතල දකින්නන්ගේ ජීවිතයේ රිද්මය…!

Event Date:

14TH February 2013 (Valentine’s Day)


Nelum Pokuna


Will be a one-of-a-kind musical show which will be coloured by some of Sri Lanka’s blind artists such as Mekala Gamage, Dinesh Eranda, etc. supported by a Blind Orchestra for the first time in Sri Lanka. “Team Colour” has taken a massive step towards discovering and promoting talented blind artists of our country to come forward with their singing talents and support them to develop themselves. The special feature of this event would be that all performances will be made by blind artists. The band will consist of blind performers and the announcements too will be done by blind announcers.

The Brand Ambassadors of this show will be our beloved cricket team members Mahela Jayawardana & Dilshan Fernado, who have joined hands on making this event a grand success.

How I can contribute?

So here’s the chance for you to show your commitment either by purchasing a sponsorship package, or by attending the event, or even by spreading the news among friends. A massive percentage of the funds raised by this event will indeed be utilized for the betterment of the blind community. So your effort will not be in vain in any case.

Please find more info here.

For further clarifications regarding the sponsorship packages or to contribute your valued support towards this event in any form, please feel free to contact Consultant Opthalmic Technologist Somalatha Herath Menike on +94 715 384034 or Mr Saman wijethunge +94 714 052951.

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Bone marrow transplants sometimes are the only life saving interventions for people with certain conditions like blood cancer, blood disorders, and some genetic diseases.

An up close view of bone marrow
An up close view of bone marrow

Due to the latest advancements in technology the donor doesn’t have to undergo any surgery for this! Here goes the TO DO list. It is absolutely safe and maximum it will take 10 days to recover.

  1. The donor express commitment to donate bone marrow whenever and where ever the call comes from.
  2. Blood is tested for HIV/Hepatitis/Syphilis/Malaria.
  3. If clear then the blood or buccal swat (from the inside of your cheek) is sent for HLA (Human Leucocyte Antigens) typing.
  4. Search request for the bone marrow donor comes from transplant physician.
  5. A search is initiated for HLA match in the registries.
  6. Five days before the donation the donor is required to take an injection which will mobilise the bone marrow from the stem cells to the blood.
  7. Tests are done periodically to see if the necessary stem cells are present in the blood.
  8. Once the donor is ready, he donates the blood which is sent through an apheresis machine which seperates the stem cells and sends the blood back to the donor through the other hand.

Side Effects?

According to the National Marrow Donor Program donors may experience side effects including headache or bone pain and muscle aches, similar to a cold or the flu, for several days before collection. These are side effects of the filgrastim injections that disappear shortly after donation. Other common side effects are nausea, trouble sleeping and tiredness. Less than one percent of donors have an allergic reaction to filgrastim, which may include skin rashes or shortness of breath.

What is Bone Marrow?

Bone marrow is the soft, jelly-like tissue that is found in the hollow centre  of all large bones. Bone marrow contains stem cells which are essential for  blood production.

Cord Blood & Stem Cells?

Cord blood is the blood left over in the umbilical cord and placenta after the birth of a baby. This blood has been found to be an extremely rich source of stem cells. These stem cells can now be used as an alternative to embryonic, bone marrow and other stem cell types. There are no ethical controversies surrounding stem cells derived from the umbilical cord as the umbilical cord and placenta are usually discarded after birth.

Your baby’s cord blood is a valuable source of stem cells that could be used to treat many life-threatening diseases and medical conditions. The value and benefits of umbilical cord blood stem cells are great as stem cells have saved many lives so far, and medical researchers are exploring new uses for umbilical cord blood stem cells in treating diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

For more info:

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Sri Lanka’s International Eye Bank (Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society) is one of the world’s biggest, human eyes donor, restoring vision to people in as many as 57 countries, including Japan, Thailand, Egypt and China. [Read More].

According to the Manager of the International Eye Bank, there is a huge potential to collect donor eyes in this country, over 10 times what could be used here, owing to a worldwide shortage of donor eyes. The Buddhist supreme concept of “daana“, or almsgiving, was the root of their success. They believe that it is an act of great merit to gift their eyes after death to someone living who would have the gift of sight. Over 870,000 people have signed consent forms asking us to take their eyes after they are dead, he explained.

Those who wish to donate their precious eyes after the death, can register with the Bank by visiting personally to the below address or by sending them a letter requesting for the consent forms.

Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society,
Wijerama Mawatha,
Colombo 07,
Sri Lanka.
Tel. +94 11 2698040

A senior consultant of the Bank, explained that corneal graft surgery today involves taking the whole eye ball, not just the cornea, as was done in earlier years. “Even if an eye is not suitable, we take it because it satisfies the families of the donors“, he said. “It is not wasted. It can always be used for research.”

An eye must be removed from the body within 24 hours of death, packed in ice and received at the laboratory within 4 hours. There are three types of preservation fluids that allow a cornea to be preserved for 5, 14, and 21 days, respectively, at a temperature of 4 degrees. The 21-day fluid is the most expensive one, he further explained.

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Google Transliteration allows you to type phonetically using Roman characters. Simply type a word the way it sounds in English and Google Transliteration will convert it to its local script. 

Google Transliteration Logo

This currently supports 22 languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Serbian, Sinhalese, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya and Urdu. Try it out here.

Transliteration is the process of phonetically converting a word written in one script into another. Transliteration should not be confused with translation, which involves a change in language while preserving meaning. With transliteration, it is the sound of the words that are converted from one alphabet to the other.

With the Google’s AJAX Language API for Transliteration, you can enable transliteration on any editable element on your web page. This helps your users type in any language using an English keyboard. Thanks Indika for updating me on this.


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Eleven little tips for you to be happy at the workplace:

1. Plan your week on Sunday night
2. Undertake activities that you are passionate about
3. Do not indulge in the blame game
4. Communicate more often in person
5. Know what is happening at Ur workplace
6. Participate in Organization-level activities
7. Have a hobby that keeps you busy and happy
8. Take up a sport
9. Keep yourself away from office politics
10. Wish and smile
11. Volunteer for some activity

Interested? Read More!

Food for thought: “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” – Albert Einstein

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The Colour Test

There are 8 screens, and on each screen you are given a word and 2 buttons to choose from. Select the Colour of the word, not the word! For example if the word is “GREEN“, but since its letters are in BLUE, you have to select BLUE. Take the Test. Thanks Ashanth for forwading me this cool link.

Human Left and Right Brain Functions

Colour Identification Lies Wholly On the Left Hemisphere of the Brain??? Find out here.

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Miss SL 2009

Gamya Wijedasa will represent Sri Lanka for Miss World 2009 Pageant will be held on December 12, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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The Sri Lanka Air Force has now commenced domestic flight services to any destination departing from Katunayaka and Ratmalana. The general public can now seek any air route to any interested local destination. The new service is also available from Katunayaka International Air Port enabling passengers arriving at the airport to take an air route to the domestic destination.


The domestic airline service operation was shut down due to the terrorist threats and, with the successful annihilation of the LTTE terrorists the SLAF has taken immediate steps to extend their services with the objective of providing a speedy transportation service to the public.

The service operated under ‘Helitours’ will utilize both Air Crafts and Helicopters for intended tours. The airfares will be US$70 upwards.

For more info contact “Helitours” on +94 60 214 42 44 or E-mail : helitours@slaf.gov.lk

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Costa Rica is the greenest and happiest country in the world, according to a new list that ranks nations by combining measures of their ecological footprint with the happiness of their citizens.

Britain (UK) is only halfway up the Happy Planet Index (HPI), calculated by the New Economics Foundation (NEF), in 74th place of 143 nations surveyed. The United States features in the 114th slot in the table. The top 10 is dominated by countries from Latin America, while African countries bulk out the bottom of the table.

Sri Lanka, our motherland proudly stays at the 22nd place of this table 🙂


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