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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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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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SLASSCOM, the Sri Lankan IT and business process outsourcing chamber, had launched the SLASSCOM Mobile & Telecommunications Centre of Excellence (CoE) couple of days ago.

The centre has been established to bring together leading service providers and educational organisations in order to advance the fast growing Mobile & Telco IT/BPO Industry in Sri Lanka and provide innovative new services to domestic, UK and other international companies.

Leading mobile telecommunications providers including Dinota IT, Eurocentre, hSenid, Informatics, Mortorola, Sabre, Virtusa and Wavenet have already come forward to collaborate within the CoE. SLASSCOM invites all Sri Lankan mobile solution providers to join the CoE to take advantage of the collaborative force. Read More.


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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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University of Moratuwa has done it again!!! It has emerged as the best university in ‘Software Engineering’ in the world in a highly competitive global competition, held annually. “Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)” which also goes by the name Google Summer of Code is a competition that tests the creativity, talent, abilities and performance of students.

“This annual competition commenced in 2005. In the last four years the University of Moratuwa has been ranked the No.1 University among 1193 Universities worldwide and have won over twice the number of awards than second placed University of Toronto, Canada,” Vice Chancellor of the Moratuwa University Prof. Malik Ranasighe said. Read More.

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Final arrangements are being made for the National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA) 2009. This year NBQSA is organised for the 11th time and some of Sri Lanka’s best ICT products competed to receive the “NBQSA Seal of Excellence”.

The NBQSA – Awards Ceremony and the Gala Dinner is scheduled to be held at the Warters Edge, Battaramulla, on 16th October 2009. There are a limited number of seats available to witness this grand event and Organising Committee has decided to provide these seats to Sri Lanka Section members for a highly subsidized rate.

For reservations you may contact Harsha (Tel: +94112665261/2) at the BCS Secretariat.


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MTI’s Technology Forum will be held on Thursday 24th September at 6:00 pm the Ceylon Continental Hotel. The event focuses on Strategic Business Direction and Technology Impact. Key areas of coverage are:

  • Business challenges that IT has to deliver on
  • Using Technology with the focus of optimizing how business is done
  • Technology Delivery Management for focused, efficient and impactful IT
  • Risk Management: Impact of Strategic Projects
  • Innovation in Technology, being, flexible effective and continuously improving

The speakers and panelists are: Dr. Anush Amarasinghe, Chief Operating Officer, Millennium IT, Madu Ratnayake, General Manager Sri Lanka, Virtusa, Ravi Fernando, CEO Sri Lanka Institute of Nano-Technology (SLINTEC), Rohan Muttiah, Chief Information Officer, Commercial Bank, Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Country Manager, Microsoft and Sujiva Devaraja, Executive Vice President / Head of IT Sector, JKH.


MTI’s Technology Forum 2009


The event is backed by research and MTI’s recent CxO survey on business technology in Sri Lanka and will be graced by key business and business technology leaders and will be an excellent networking opportunity for the attendees.

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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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