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After all the hassle and beating of drums .. and the CHOGM This is a nice one

Some ‘humour’ to settle us all down with a cup of DILMAH tea. Do enjoy it..

My Dear CHOGM leaders,

When you read this, most of you will be packing your bags to return to your respective countries, having enjoyed Sri Lankan hospitality for the past few days-and also heard a lot about various allegations being leveled against our country, which is why I thought I must write to you.

It is almost as if CHOGM was not about the Commonwealth-and it is all about what Sri Lanka did when it defeated the Tigers. There were many who were here pushing this as their agenda but they forget that if the Tigers were not defeated, there wouldn’t have been a CHOGM in Colombo at all.

Why, there is young David, who thinks his country still rules the waves and waives the rules. He talks as if he is still the colonial master of the British Empire, strutting around thinking that he is the most important person on the guest list-why, even that jolly old chap Charles must be embarrassed!

He started making noises from London even before he arrived here, saying he wanted to have some “tough conversations” with Mahinda maama and then calling for “independent investigations” into what he claims are “war crimes” committed in Sri Lanka during the last stages of the Eelam war.

Now, dear CHOGM leaders, if David wants to have “tough conversations” about war crimes he can begin by asking Tony Blair about Iraq. Then, if he is really the tough guy that he claims to be, he can ask Obama about drone attacks in Pakistan. Or, he can look in the mirror and ask himself about Libya.

Despite suffering from his colonial hangover, David toured Jaffna and said what he has to say about it. In contrast, when Mahinda maama tried to deliver a lecture at Oxford, the Brits didn’t allow it, saying they couldn’t guarantee his safety. So, which country is more free and democratic, I ask?

Now, if Mahinda maama were to go to Northern Ireland and say that he wanted to tour that region to see what atrocities were committed by British troops during the conflict there, would the British allow that, I wonder? We all know the answer to that question, don’t we?

Then, dear CHOGM leaders, there are those chaps from Channel 4 who believe that they are God’s gift to journalism. They too believe they can broadcast anything about Sri Lanka and that it should be taken as the Gospel truth. But they haven’t made any documentaries about Tiger atrocities, have they?

The very fact that Channel 4 are here, running around and making a big din about it, should tell you that there is a degree of freedom for the media here although there is always room for improvement. And, I do hope they pay that cab driver who brought them to Colombo before they leave our shores!

And while you are here, dear CHOGM leaders, spare a thought for those who couldn’t be with you. There is that Harper fellow from Canada who started the ‘boycott Colombo’ campaign. Well, he has to get votes from the Diaspora if he wants to remain in office, so he has to do what he did.

And it is the same story for old Manmohan from India too. Over there the tail is wagging the dog, so when Jayalalithaa says ‘Don’t go’ Manmohan cannot go. It is as simple as that. He may be the Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy but he has to bow to the dictates of a woman scorned!

We do understand that Manmohan needs to win that election in May next year but don’t blame us if the Chinese come visiting and offering to help us out. When India is repeatedly endorsing resolutions against us at the UN, maybe we should treat China as our ‘good neighbour’ instead of them!

But dear CHOGM leaders, the summit made us realise that we are not without friends in the Commonwealth. Why, we had that good Aussie bloke Abbott stating a few home truths about terrorism, how it has been defeated and how we are a safer, more peaceful country because of that.

Some of you may argue that he is saying that because we have been helpful to him in dealing with asylum seekers flooding his country, but then he correctly identified terrorism as just that and agreed that it needed to be defeated-not dressed up and paraded as human rights, so we are thankful for that.

Dear CHOGM leaders, you must have seen by now that despite all that has been said about our little country, it is a better place than it was a few years ago, when the war was raging. I just hope that those who want to ‘punish’ us realise that they are in fact, delaying the healing of old wounds!

Yours truly,
Punchi Putha written munching on a PAPPADAM & sipping an ARRO..Ha Ha

PS-You must have wondered what our opposition is doing if we are as bad a country as we are made out to be. Well, they are just too busy trying to figure out who should lead them, so much so that they have forgotten about opposing the government-so vibrant are our democratic traditions! If either Cameron, Harper, Manmohan or even Channel 4 could help us out on that, that is something we would be extremely grateful for!

Who’s Who of Sri Lanka – Business

Basil Rajapaksa Minister of Economic Development
Gamini Senarath Chairman,Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation/People’s bank
Nivard Cabraal Governor,Central Bank of Sri Lanka
Nishantha Wickramasinghe Chairman,Sri Lankan Airlines
Nimal Welgama Chairman,Sri Lanka Telecom
Razik Zarook Chairman,Bank of Ceylon
Sunil Sirisena Chairman,National Savings Bank
Dhammika Perera Chairman,Vallibel One PLC
Harry Jayawardena Chairman,Stassen/DCSL Group
Susantha Ratnayake Chairman,John Keells Holdings PLC
Hari Selvanathan Deputy Chairman,Carsons Cumberbatch PLC
Mahesh Amalean Chairman,MAS Holdings Group
Ranjit Page Chairman,Cargills Ceylon PLC
Ashroff Omar Chief Executive,Brandix Lanka Ltd
Ravi Dias Managing Director,Commercial Bank
Rajendra Theagarajah Managing Director,Hatton National Bank PLC
Amal Cabraal Chairman,Unilever Sri Lanka
Hans Wijayasuriya Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PL
Ranjit Wijewardene Chairman,Wijeya Group of Newspapers.
Sohli Captain Chairman,Paints and General Industries/Polypak Secco
Ishara Nanayakkara Deputy Chairman of Lanka Orix Leasing PLC
James Yamanaka Managing Director of Ceylon Tobacoo Company PLC
Osman Kassim Chairman of Expolanka Holdings PLC
Ashok Pathirage Chairman,Softlogic Group
Sumal Perera Chairman,Access Group
Asanga Seneviratne Managing Director of Anilana Hotels and Properties Ltd.
Dilith Jayaweera Owner,George Steuart Group
Sena Yaddehige Chairman,Richard Pieris and Company PLC
A R Pandithage Chairman,Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC
Lalith de Silva Group CEO,Sri Lanka Telecom PLC
Nick A. Nicolaou Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives,
H N Esufally Chief Executive Officer of Hemas Holdings PLC
N J H M Cooray Chairman,Jetwing Group
Nihal Jinasena Chairman,Loadstar Pvt Ltd
Tyeab Akbarally Chairman,Amana Takaful PLC
Nimal S. Cooke Chief Executive of the Maharaja Organisation (Projects) Limited
Aravinda Perera Managing Director,Sampath Bank PLC
A N Fonseka Chief Executive/Director of DFCC Bank
Russell De Mel Director/Chief Executive Officer of National Development Bank PLC
Renuka Fernando Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nations Trust Bank PLC
Anirvan Ghosh Dastidar Chief Executive Officer  of Standard Chartered Bank
Mohan Pandithage Chairman,Hayleys PLC
Subodh Dakwale Managing Director,Lanka IOC PLC
Kapila Ariyaratne General Manager / Chief Executive Officer of Seylan Bank PLC
A.R. Gunawardena  Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer (General)  of Ceylinco Insurance PLC
R. Renganathan Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer (Life) of Ceylinco Insurance PLC
Kishu Gomes Managing Director of Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC
Ganesan Ampalavanar Managing Director of Nestle Lanka PLC
Dumindra Ratnayake Chief Executive Officer, of Etisalat, Sri Lanka
Soma Edirisinghe Chairperson of EAP Edirisinghe Group
Aban Pestonjee  Chairperson of Abans Group
Janaki Kuruppu Chairperson of Sri Lanka Tea Board
Varuni Amunugama Fernando Joint Managing Director at Triad Advertising
Neela Marikkar Chairperson of  Grant McCann Erickson
Ranee Jayamaha Chairperson of Hatton National Bank  PLC
Rohini Nanayakkara Chairperson of Lanka Orix  Leasing  Company PLC
W A Nalani General Manager of the Bank of Ceylon
Nirmali  Samaratunga Co-Chairman and Joint Managing Director of Mackwoods (Pvt) Ltd
Ramya Weerakoon Chairperson/ Managing Director of Ramya Holdings Pvt. Ltd
Angeline Myrese Ondaatjie Joint Managing Director of Tangerine Beach Hotels PLC, Royal Palms Beach Hotels PLC
I.R. Rajiyah Chairperson of  Renuka Holdings PLC
Sheamalee Wickramasingha Managing Director of Ceylon Biscuits Limited
Lilamani Dias Benson Chairman and CCO, Founder CEO of Lowe LDB.
Mrs. Cecilia Muttukumaru Chairperson of C T Smith Stockbrokers (Private) Limited
Siromi Wickramasinghe Chairperson of HDFC  Bank
Otara Gunewardene  Director / CEO of Odel PLC
Kasturi Wilson Managing Director of the Transportation Sector, Hemas Holdings PLC
K.S.K. de Silva Chairperson of  Alliance Finance Company PLC
Samadanie  Kiriwandeniya Chairperson of Sanasa Development Bank
Marise Deckker Managing Director of Astron Ltd
Nimmi Thambiayah Deputy Chairman of Renuka City Hotels PLC
Manjula Mathews Managing Director  of First Capital  Holdings PLC
N T M S Cooray Director of Jetwing Group
Saroshi Dubash Director of Abans Group
S. R. Thambiayah Jt. Managing Director of Renuka City Hotel PLC
A. L. Thambiayah Jt. Managing Director of Renuka City Hotel PLC
R. N. Ponnambalam Managing Director/CEO of Macbertan (Pvt) Ltd
Renuka Marshall Managing Director of TBWA\TAL.
Rajini de Silva Mendis Chief Executive of Ebert Silva Holidays
K U Amarasinghe Director of Lanka Orix Leasing Company PLC
Illanga Karunaratne Director of Imperial Teas Group
Ramani Fernando Owner of  Ramani Fernadno Salons
Himalee Madurasinghe Chief Executive of Lanka Market Rresearch Bureau
Vidyani Hettigoda Director – Siddhalepa Group of Companies
Sanjivani  Jayawardena Director of Hatton National Bank PLC
Anandhiy K. Gunawardhana Partner of Julius & Creasy
Barbara Sansoni Barefoot Pvt Ltd
Sithie Tiruchelvam Director  of John Keells Holdings PLC
Pamela C. Cooray Director of Hatton National Bank PLC
Rose Cooray Director of Hatton National Bank PLC
Dhara Wijayatilake Director of Sampath Bank PLC
Annika Senanayake Director of Sampath Bank PLC
Saumya Amarasekera Director of Sampath Bank PLC
Kimarli Fernando Director of  National Development Bank PLC
Dushni Weerakoon Director  of  Nations Trust Bank PLC
Shalini Panditaratne Director  of  Nations Trust Bank PLC
Premila Perera KPMG Sri Lanka
Shirani Jayasekara Director of Asian Hotels & Properties PLC
Roshini Cabraal Director of The Lanka Hospital Corporation PLC
Dilani Alagaratnam Director  of Union Assurance PLC
Punyakanthi  Navaratne Director of Mercantile Investments PLC
.M.A.Nonis Ranaweera Director of Mackwoods (Pvt) Ltd.
Givanthi Dharmadasa Director of Nawaloka Hospitals PLC
M. C. Pietersz Director of Finlays Colombo PLC
D. Wimalasundera Director of Asiri Hospital Holdings PLC
N. C. Madanayake Director of A C L Cables PLC
Anushya Coomaraswamy Director of Janashakthi Insurance Company PLC
Yolande Hansen Director of John Keells PLC
Sharmini Ratwatte Director of John Keells PLC
D. S. N. Weerasooriya Director  of Amaya Leisure PLC
Geya Rasi Egodage Executive Director  of Commercial Credit and Finance PLC
A. D. Edirisinghe Director of E A P Edirisinghe Group
Swarna Maloney Director of Touchwood Investments
. I . Abeyawira Director of J.L. Morison Sons & Jones (Ceylon)
Moji Akingbade CEO/General Manager of Avery Dennison Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
Mumtaz Siriwardena Managing Director of Dave Tractors (Pvt) Ltd & Lankaloha Hardware Ltd
Jayomi Lokuliyana Chief Executive Officer at zMessenger
Ramani Samarasundera Marketing Director Personal Care at Unilever Sri Lanka Limited
Lakmini Wijesundera Co-founder and Chief Execuive Officer, Asia Pacific & Middle East
Dawn Austin Managing Director of Nidro Supply (Pvt
Cheng Chih Kwong Prima Group
Manilal Fernando Holcim Cement
Jayampathi Bandaranayake Ceylon Tobacco Company
Tilak de Zoysa Carson Cumberbatch PLC
Anthony A Page C T Holdings Group
Louis Page Cargills Ceylon PLC
Ken Balendra Brandix Group
Dinesh Weerakkody Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC
Datuk Azzat Kamaludin Dialog Axiata PLC
Antonio Helio Waszyk Nestle Lanka PLC
Charles Leonard Hunt Chairman of Associated Motorways Pvt. Ltd.
J M S Brito Chairman of DFCC Bank PLC
Farrukh Saeed Chairman of Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC
Hemaka Amarasuriya Chairman of Singer Sri Lanka PLC /National Development Bank PLC
Cubby Wijetunge Chairman of Ceylon Beverage Holdings PLC and Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC
J.G.P. Perera Chairman of Ceylinco Insurance PLC
Akihiko Nakauchi Chairman of Colombo Dockyard PLC
J C L de Mel Chairman of Hemas Holdings PLC
Arjuna K. Gunaratne Chairman of Nations Trust Bank PLC
Merrill J. Fernando Chairman of MJF Group
Dr. D. S. Rajapaksa Chairman of Asiri Hospital Holdings PLC
Shing Pee Tao Chairman of Oversea Realty (Ceylon) PLC
A M Weerasinghe Chairman of Royal Ceramics Lanka
Thanh Phong Huynh Chairman of AIA Insurance Lanka PLC
Nihal Jayamanne Chairman of Seylan Bank PLC
Kapila Jayawardena Chairman of Lanka Orix Finance PLC
C. L. K. P. Jayasuriya Chairman of Finlays Colombo PLC
W K H Wegapitiya Chairman of Laugfs Group
Mano Selvanathan Chairman of Selinsing PLC
Israel Paulraj Chairman of Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC
Makrand Nene Chairman,  Lanka IOC PLC.
Ajit Gunewardene Chairman, Union Assurance PLC
R.M.S. Fernando Chairman of United Motors Lanka PLC
Alagarajah Rajaratnam Chairman of  The Colombo Fort Land & Building Group
S.H.J. Weerasuriya Chairman of Mercantile Investments PLC
Edgar Gunatunga Chairman,  Tokyo Cement PLC
Nimal Perera Chairman, Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC
Sanjeev Gardiner Chairman of Kandy Hotels/Galle Face Hotel Group
Vijay Shah Chairman of Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC
B.R.L. Fernando Chairman of  C I C Holdings PLC
Alexis Indrajit Lovell Chairman, Union Bank of Colombo PLC
Lalith Heengama Chairman of Environmental Resources Investments PLC
Jayantha Dharmadasa Chairman  of Nawaloka Hospitals PLC.
Raymond Bickson Chairman of Taj Lanka Hotels PLC
Tirukumar Nadesan Chairman of Hotel Developers (Lanka) PLC
U. G. Madanayake Chairman  of ACL Cables PLC
W.T. Ellawala Chairman of Janashakthi Insurance Company PLC
Lakshman Samarasinghe Chairman of  Ceylon Hotels Corporation PLC
Rienzie T. Wijetilleke Chairman of Sunshine Holdings PLC
K Aloysius Chairman of Free Lanka Capital Holdings PLC
H L L M Nanayakkara Chairman of Asia Capital PLC
Azmil Khalili Bin Khalid Chairman of MTD Walkers PLC
Cecil Perera Chairman of Commercial Credit and Finance PLC.
Ruchi Gunewardene Chairman of Odel PLC
M R Shah Chairman of Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka
Chanaka De Silva Chairman of Kelani Tyres PLC/ Ceat Sri Lanka Group
S.R. Rajiyah Chairman of Renuka Agri Foods PLC
Khaled Aly Soliman Chairman of Galadari Hotels (Lanka) PLC
Chandra Lal de Alwis Chairman of Senkadagala Finance PLC
M.T.A. Furkhan Chairman of Bairaha Farms PLC
S.H.M. Rishan Chairman of PCH Holdings PLC
Rohan Karunaratne Chairman of Associated Motor Finance PLC
Prema Cooray Chairman of Citrus Leisure PLC
Nahil Wijesuriya Chairman of East West Properties PLC
J. H. Edirisinghe Chairman of Swarnamahal Financial Services PLC
Ajith Erandan Tudawe Chairman /Chief Executive  of Ceylon Hospitals PLC
A. N. Esufally Chairman of Serendib Hotels PLC
Furqan Dossa Chairman of Hunter & Company Limited
D. C. Jayasuriya Chairman of Orient Finance PLC
Ray Abewardena Chairman of Asia Siyaka Commodities PLC
N. K. H. Ratwatte Chairman of Hapugastenne Plantations PLC
D H J Gunawardena Chairman, of Citizens Development Business Finance PLC
R. B. Thambiayah Chairman of Renuka City Hotel PLC
W.A.P. Perera  Chairman of Sierra Cables PLC
R Nadarajah Chairman of Seylan Developments PLC
J.B.L. de Silva Chairman of Eastern Merchants PLC
A. G. Weerasinghe Chairman of Ascot Holdings PLC
Preethi Jayawardena Chairman of The Finance Company
Vijaya Malalasekera Chairman of  Bogala Graphite PLC
R. Selvaskandan Chairman of C T Land Development PLC
Sitendra Senaratne Chairman of Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC
R A Maloney Chairman of Touchwood Investments PLC
R. Abeyawira Chairman of J.L. Morison Sons & Jones (Ceylon) PLC
S A Gulamhusein Chairman of Adamexpo and Ceylon & Foreign Trades PLC
D J Ambani Chairman of Bogawantalawa Tea Estates PLC
D. S. Madanayake Chairman of Ceylon Pencil Company(Pvt) Ltd
Ahamed Rheyas Chairman of Harcourts Group
Noel Selvanayagam President of Senok Group
Mineka Wickramasingha Chairman of Ceylon Biscuits Group
A. S. G. Gnanam Chairman & Managing Director St. Anthony’s Industries Group
Lawrence Perera Chairman/CEO/Founder of Micro Cars Limited.
Samantha Kumarasinghe Chairman of Multichemi Group
Ravi Liyanage. Chairman of Kingdom of Raigam
Rohan R Tudawe Chairman and Managing Director of Tudawe Brothers
Maxie Perera Chairman / Managing Director of Maxies and Company (Pvt) Ltd
M.G. Kularatne Chairman & Managing Director of Maga Engineering
Chrisantha Perera Chairman of Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC
Stanley V. Wanigasekera Executive Chairman of Central Industries PLC
Ajith Wijeyesekera Founder Chairman/Managing Director of Union Apparels (Pvt) Limited
V. Balasubramaniam Chairman of N. Vaitilingam & Co. Ltd
Dinal Peiris Executive Chairman of Acme Printing and Packaging PLC
Ruwan Silva Chairman of  Echannelling PLC
Sumith Cumaranatunga Chairman & Managing Director  of David Pieris Motor Company Ltd
Ratnapala Samaraweera Chairman of Maliban Biscuit Manufactories (Pvt) Ltd.
Deivanayagam Eassuwaren Chairman of Eswaran Brothers  Group
Graetian Gunawardhana Chairman of Hands International
Nandana Lokuwithana Chairman of Ceylon Steel Corporation Ltd
A N U Jayawardene Chairman of Mercantile Group
I.W. Senanayake Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IWS Holdings (Pvt) Limited
Neville Fernando Chairman of the South Asian Institute of Technology
Jagath Sumathipala Chairman of Sumathi Group
Eshana de Silva Chairman of Esna Holdings
B R S T Edirisinghe Chairman of Edna Group
Raynor  Silva Chairman of ABC Broadcasting Corporation,
Sarath C Weerasooriya Chairman of Finco Group
Saroj Perera Chairman of Douglas and Sons (Pvt) Ltd.
Eraj Wijesinghe Chairman of Bartleet Group
J J Ambani Chairman of Metropolitan Group
Malik Samarwickrema Chairman of Penguin Sportswear (Pvt) Ltd.
Daya Gamage Chairman of Daya Group
Shiran Dissanayake Chairman of Hanjin Shipping
Manik Pereira Chairman of Pership Group
Victor Hettigoda Chairman of  the Hettigoda Group of Companies
Ken Nirmalan Chairman of  Aqua Packaging Group
Anurath Abeyratne Chairman of Spa Group
Maxi Prelis Chairman of Capital Trust Securities Group
Ebert Silva Chairman of Ebert Silva Group
Harsha de Silva Chairman of Orient Garments PLC
Priath Fernando Chairman of United Tractor and Equipment (Pvt) Ltd
Eliyas Kareem Maliban Textile Group
B A Mahipala Chairman of BAM Group
Ariyaseela Wickramanyake Chairman of Master Divers
Nayana Dehigama Chairman of  Epic Lanka Group
Jayantha Dharmadasa Chairman of Srilankan Cricket
A.W.M. Makeen Macksons Group
Lalith Kahatapitiya Chairman of KIK Group
Gamini Hewabowala Chairman of Silicon Coating (Pvt) Limited
Ruwan Edirisinghe Chairman  of R N Constructions
Kumar Nadesan Chairman of Express Newspapers Ceylon Ltd
Tisil Cooray Chairman of  I E Group
Mano Tittawela Chairman of Copyline Group
Lal Keerthi Gunwardhana Chairman of the Lucky Lanka Group
Shan Wickremasinghe Chairman of  Telshan Networks (Pvt) Ltd
Nalin Welgama Chairman of Ideal Motors
Asgi Akbarally Chairman of Esna Power Ltd
Sanjeewa Wickramanayake  Chairman of EWIS Group
Mahen Dayananda Chairman of Total Tea Concepts (Pvt) Limited
Gamini Wickremasinghe Chairman of Informatics Group
Armyne Wirasinha Chairman of Ceylon Shipping Lines Group
Richard Jayatissa  Chairman of Richard Trading Co. (Pvt) Ltd
Sunil Fonseka Chairman of Tyre House Group/Kangaroo Cabs
Nimal Dias Jayasinha Chairman of Emerchemie NB (Ceylon) Ltd.
Neil de Silva Chairman of Mclarens Group
Ravi Wijeratne Chairman of Rank Holdings
Hussain Hashim Chairman of Malship (Ceylon) Limited
Anselm Perera Chairman of Mlesna Group
Beauno Fernando Chairman of Expo Industrial Group
Prabath Nanayakkara Chairman of  Sri Lanka Gateway Industries (Pvt) Ltd
Jagath Alwis Chairman of CEG Education Holdings
A C Saleem Chairman of Pulses Splitting & Processing Industry (Pvt) Ltd
C M M R Pasha Chairman of Edinborough Products (Pvt) Ltd.
Gamini Saparamadu Chairman of Kent Group of Companies,
Abdul Rishad Bathiudeen Minister of Industry & Commerce
Priyath B. Wickrama Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority
Nalaka Godahewa Chairman of Securities Exchange Commission
Kapila Chandrasena Director/CEO of Sri Lankan Airlines
Lakshman Jayaweera Chairman of the Board of Investment
D.K. Hettiarachchi Registrar of Companies
Prasanna Wickramasuriya Chairman of Airport & Aviation Services Limited
Mohan De Alwis Managing Director/CEO of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd.
Rosmand Senaratne, Chairman of Independent Television Network
Shameendra Rajapaksa Director of Sri Lanka Telecom
Prof. S.D. Jayaratne Chairman  of State         Pharmaceutical Corporation
Nimal Perera Chairman of  Urban        Development Authority
Jagath Kumara Perera Chairman of State Engineering Corporation
Dr. L N Senaweera  Director General of the Sri Lanka Standards Institution
K.M.A. Godawatte Chairman / CEO of       Employees Trust Fund Board
Chandrawansa Pathiraja Chairman of Development Lotteries Board
Jagath Wellawatte Chairman  of State Mortgage and Investment Bank
Amal Senadilankara Chairman of Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment
Karunasena Hettiarachchi   Chairman of National Water Supply & Drainage Board
Sashi Welgama Chairman of Sri Lanka Transport Board
Karunasena Hettiarachchi Chairperson of Insurance Board of Sri Lanka
Chandana Haputhanthri Chairman of Lanka Electricity Company (Pvt) Ltd.
Hudson Samarasinghe Chairman of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation
Sunil Wickramasinghe Chairman  of Milco (Pvt) Limited
Mohan Samaranayake Chairman of Sri Lanka    Rupavahini Corporation
Chaminda Athuluwage Chairman of  National     Lotteries Board
Pradeep Gunawardene Chairman of State Trading Corporation
D.G.M.V Hapuarachchi Commissioner General of Excise
Kumudini Kulathunga Chairperson of Lankaputhra Development Bank Limited
Sharad Dayalal Amalean Deputy Chairman, M A S Holdings
K G D D Dheerasinghe Deputy Chairman, Commercial Bank
Channa Palansuriya Deputy Chairman, Sampath Bank
Sarath De Costa Deputy Chairman, Colombo Dockyard PLC
Dr. S. Selliah Deputy Chairman, Asiri Hospitals
A. L. Devasurendra Deputy Chairman, Browns
S.D.R. Arudpragasam Deputy Chairman, Colombo Fort and Land Building Company
Asoka Keerthi de Silva Deputy Chairman of  Union Bank Colombo PLC
J H P Ratnayeke Deputy Chairman, Asia Capital
Jehan Amaratunga Group Executive Deputy Chairman of MTD Walkers PLC
Subramaniam Eassuwaren Deputy Chairman of  Eswaran Brothers Group
S. Palihawardana Deputy Chairman of Seylan Developments
Sabri Wahid Deputy Chairman of Micro Cars Ltd
Joseph C.  Page Deputy Chairman, CT Land devlopment
S P Asitha Koralage Deputy Chairman of Touchwood Investments PLC
Dian Gomes Managing Director of MAS Intimates
Leon Clement Managing Director of Fonterra Brands Lanka (Pvt
Tissa Jinasena CEO of Loadstar Pvt Ltd
Mangala P. B. Yapa Managing Director/CEO of Colombo Dockyard PLC
Imtiaz Abdul Wahid Managing Director/Deputy CEO of Cargills (Ceylon) PLC
Suresh Shah Director and Chief Executive Officer ofThe Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC
Imal Fonseka Managing Director of CBL Foods Ltd
Hanif Yusoof Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of  Expolanka PLC
Krishan Thilakaratne CEO of Commercial Leasing PLC
Asoka Pieris Director/Group Chief Executive Officer of Singer Sri Lanka PLC
J A S Sumith Adhihetty Managing Director  of  LB Finance PLC
N. M. Prakash Group Managing Director/ CEO of Brown & Company
Mr. C. Yatawara Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director   of United Motors Lanka PLC
Gerard George Ondaatjie Managing Director of Mercantile Investments PLC
A .G . Pandithage Chief Executive Officer of Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC
Dr K I M Ranasoma Managing Director of Dipped Products PLC
Mr. S. R. Gnanam Joint Managing Director, Tokyo Cement PLC
Mr. K. Yanagihara Joint Managing Director, Tokyo Cement PLC
Kam Chuen Mau Executive Director, Textured Jersey Lanka PLC.
S.P.S. Ranatunga Managing Director/CEO of C I C Holdings PLC.
Anil Suneetha Amarasuriya Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of  Union Bank of Colombo PLC.
Tan Beng Chuan Executive Director & Group General Manager of Ceylon Grain Elevators PLC.
Samantha Rajapaksa Managing Director of AMW Group
 V Govindasamy Group Managing Director of Sunshine Holdings PLC
Mr. G A  Aloysius Managing Director / CEO of Free Lanka Capital Holdings
S A Abeyesinhe Group Chief Executive Officer of Asia Capital PLC
J A PM Jayasekera Managing Director of Lanka Walltiles PLC
Mr Roshan Sanjaya Egodage CEO, Commercial Credit n Finnance
Ramal Jasinghe CEO, Asian Allaince Insurance
Chandra J. Wickramasinghe Deputy Chairman of Amaya Leisure PLC
Timothy Speldewinde Managing Director of MAS Fabrics and Stretchline Holdings
Faizal Salieh Managing Director  of Amana Bank Ltd
L.T. Samarawickrama Managing Director of Amaya Leisure PLC
Dinal Wijemanne CEO, Taprobane Holdings
Rohan T. Fernando CEO, Kelani Tyres
J.A.G. Anandarajah Managing Director of Kelani Valley Plantations PLC
K.R. Ravindran Managing Director of Printcare PLC
Sunil Poholiyadde Director/CEO of  Kegalle Plantations PLC
Kishantha Nanayakkara CEO, Hemas Power
Francis Lalith Fonseka Joint Managing Director of Mackwoods (Pvt.) Ltd
Bede Fernando Director/CEO of Nation Lanka Finance
Lakshman Balasuriya CEO, Senkadagala
Yakooth Naleem CEO, Bairaha
Manjula de Silva Managing Director of HNB Assurance PLC
Vijitha Wijesuriya Managing Director of East West Properties PLC
A. Jehaan Ismail Director / CEO  of First Capital Holdings PLC
N. P. De A. Samaranayake Managing Director of J.L. Morison Sons & Jones (Ceylon) PLC
J. A. Panabokke Managing Director of Mahaweli Reach Hotels PLC
Macky Hashim Managing Director, of Malship Group
E. J. Gnanam Managing Director of Rhino Roofing Products Limited
J E A Perumal Managing Director of Mainettech Lanka (Pvt) Limited
Jayantha Keragala Joint  Managing Director  of Ceylon Tea Marketing (Pvt) Ltd.
Thomas F. Daetwyler CEO of A. Baur & Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Niraj De Mel Managing Director of Vanrees Ceylon Ltd
Iftikar Ahamed Managing Director of Softlogic Capital PLC
D. H. Madawala Director/Chief Executive Officer of Hapugastenne Plantations PLC
Suren Goonewardene Chief Executive Officer of Bharti Airtel Lanka pvt Ltd
Riyaz Mohamed Sangani Managing Director  of Vidullanka PLC
D. Kulatunga Rajapaksa Managing Director  of DSI Samson Groups (Pvt) Limited
Priyangith Weerasooriya Vice President of Finco Group
Gihan Perera Managing Director of Perera and Sons
K. Mathivanan Managing Director of  East West Marketing (Private) Limited
A. P. Jayarajah Chief Executive Officer Wellawatta Nithyakalyani Jewellery
Shah Rouf  Managing Director of  AIA Insurance Lanka PLC
Fouzul Hameed Managing Director of Hameedias Group
Manjula Narayana Managing Director of          N M K Holdings (Pvt) Ltd.
Tissa Eleperuma Managing Director  of Naturub Group of Companies
Milfer Makeen Deputy Chairman of      Macksons Holdings
Lushantha de Silva Managing Director of Empire Teas
 Kalinga Kaluperuma  Managing Director/CEO of Stafford  Motor Co. (Pvt) Ltd.
Arshad Sattar Managing Director  of Timex Group
A C Mahmud Managing Director of Pulse Splitting & Processing
Mohamed Anverally Managing Director of      Anverally & Sons (Pvt) Ltd
Damascene Perera Managing Director of      Regency Teas (Pvt) Ltd.
Himendra Ranaweera Deputy Chairman of Ceylon Tea Services
Rohan de Silva Managing Director of Mclarens Holdings
Sathak Abdul Kadar CEO/Director of Serendib Flour Mills (Pvt) Ltd
Vikas Anand  CEO of Bata Sri Lanka
Jayantha Karunaratne Managing Director of      Imperial Teas Group
Anura Hemachandra Managing Director of Vogue Jewellers (Pvt) Ltd
N. Sivakumaran Managing Director of     Industrial Stainless Steel  Fabrications (Pvt) Ltd
Mario de Alwis. Managing Director of  Ma’s Tropical Food Processing (Pvt) Ltd
Mizver Makeen Managing Director of    Mackson Holdings
Riyad Ismail  Chief Executive Officer of  UTE (United Tractor)  Group
Aslam Omar Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Ventures Limited  (Brandix Group
Huzeifa Abdulhusein Managing Director of Star Packaging (Pvt) Ltd
Akram Cassim  Managing Director of Colombo        Jewellery Stores
Asoka Hettigoda.  Managing Director of     Hettigoda Group
Punarjeewa Karunanayaka Managing Director of ANC
Nimesh Udeshi Managing Director  of     Siedles Group
Aravinda de Silva Managing Director of      Ideal Motors
T.S Dayanand Managing Director of GSK Consumer Healthcare Sri Lanka
Rahul Murgai Managing Director of  Reckitt Benckiser (Lanka) Ltd
Sunil Muthumala Managing Partner of Sunil Traders
Christopher Joshua Joint Managing Director of Access Group
Ranjan Gomez Joint Managing Director of Access Group
S B M Padmasiri Managing Director  of  A B Mauri Lanka Ltd
Umesh Gautam CEO of Lanka Ashok      Leyland Ltd
Neil Umagiliya Managing Director of  Dial Textile Industries Limited
Nishtar Cassim Editor of the Financial Times
Feizal Samath Business Editor of the     Sunday Times
Hiran Hewavisenti Owner/Publisher of LMD
Lakshaman  Bandaranayake Publisher of Lanka Business Online
Mathi K Parthipan Owner /Publisher of      Business Today
Reyaz Mihular Managing Partner of KPMG Sri Lanka
Asite Talwatte Country Managing Partner of Ernst and Young Sri Lanka
Hilmy Cader CEO of MTI Consulting
Kumar Mallimaratchi President, FCCISL
Fayaz Saleem Chairman, MIL Holdings
J M Swaminathan Senior Partner of  Julius & Creasy
U. L. Kadurugamuwa Precedent Partner of  F J & G de Saram
Kandiah Neelakandan Neelakandan & Neelakandan
Sudath Perera Sudath Perera Associates
John Wilson Jr. Managing Proprietor , John Wilson Partners
Himanshu Saxena President of JWT, Sri Lanka
Irwin Weerakkody Chairman of Phoenix Ogilvy
Nimal Gunewardena  Chairman & CEO at Bates Strategic Alliance
Santosh Menon Managing Director of  BBDO Lanka
Vijith Kannangara Chairman at Smart Media, Affno and Q&E Advertising
Krishan Balendra Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange
Murtaza Jafferjee CEO of JB Securities Ltd,
Deva Ellepola Executive Deputy Chairman of Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd
Ajith Fernando CEO of the Capital Alliance Group
Amal Sanderatne  Chief Executive of Frontier Research
Nissanka Senadhipathi Chairman of  Avant-Garde Group
N R Gajendra Senior Partner of Gajma and Company
Nihal Perera Chairman of Sparklink  Travels
Ravi Abeysuriya CEO  of Heraymila Securities  Limited
Manish Patel Country Manager of DHL Express Sri Lanka
Rodney Koelmeyer Chairman/Managing Director of. Superlink Travels
Amal Rodrigo, Country Manager of  Maersk Line
Nilmin Nanayakkara  Managing Director of Nkar Travels & Tours (Pvt) Ltd
Chandana de Silva Area Manager Sri Lanka and Maldives of  Emirates
Afghar Mohideen Chairman of United Holidays Pvt Ltd
Rohan Karr  General Manager of Cinnamon Grand
Rudolf Troestler  General Manager of Hilton Colombo
Rohit Khosla Area Director of Taj Hotels Lanka
Denis Gruhier  General  Manager of Cinnamon Lakeside
Sampath Siriwardena General Manager of Galadari Hotel
Prof. Lakshman Alwis  Chairman of Design       Consortium Limited
Suren Goonewardene  Chief Executive Officer of Bharti Airtel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
Prasad Samarasinghe Managing Director of  Lanka Bell
Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne  Country Manager for       Microsoft
Harpo Gooneratne Owner of Harpo Productions
Shaheen Cader Managing Director of  The Nielsen Company Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
Jayantha De Silva  IFS Vice President (South Asia) and Managing Director Sri Lanka
Dilendra Wimalasekere  CEO at 24/7 Techies/Eureka Technology Partners
Jeevan Gnanam CEO of Orion City
Shanth Fernando  Owner of Paradise Road
Sanjiva Weerawarana  Chairman & CEO  of  WSO2
Thirukumar Nadarasa CEO of Hutch Sri Lanka
Prajeeth Balasubramaniam Managing Director of  Blue Ocean Ventures
Govinda Tidball CEO of Splendor Media Ltd
Dharshan Munidasa  Owner of Nihonbashi/Ministry of Crab
Ranil de Silva Managing Director of Leo Burnett Solutions Inc.
Dushan Soza  Managing Director of WNS Global Services (Pvt) Ltd
Chrishan Fernando Country General Manager of IBM Sri Lanka
Thusith Samaraweera  General Manager of Waters Edge Ltd
Dulith Herath Founder/CEO of
Ronnie Peiris Group Finance Director of John Keells Holdings PLC
Franklyn Amerasinghe Director of John Keells Holdings PLC
Indrajit Coomaraswamy Director of John Keells Holdings PLC
Deva Rodrigo Director of Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC.
Chandana Tissera Director of Carson Cumberbatch PLC
Uditha Liyanage Director of Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC
Jegan Durairatnam Director of Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC
Mohamed Vazir Muhsin Director of Dialog Axiata PLC
Jayantha Dhanapala Director of Dialog Axiata PLC
Ranjan Seevaratnam Director of Aitken Spence PLC
R.M. Fernando Director of Aitken Spence PLC
G.M. Perera Director of Aitken Spence PLC
Parakrama Dissanayake Director of Aitken Spence PLC
G.C. Wickremasinghe Director of Aitken Spence PLC
R.N. Asirwatham Director of Aitken Spence PLC
Rusi Captain Director of Hatton National Bank PLC
R K Obeyesekere Director of Hatton National Bank PLC
N G Wickremeratne Director of Hatton National Bank PLC
C. R. Jansz Director of Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka
K. J. Kahanda Director of Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka
Amitha Goonaratne Director of Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka
C. F. Fernando Director of Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka
Naomal Balasuriya Director of Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka
Suresh Rajendra Director of Asian Hotels & Properties PLC
Sidath Kodikara Executive Director of Cargills (Ceylon) PLC
Sunil Mendis Director of Cargills (Ceylon) PLC
Deepal Sooriyaarachchi Director of Sampath Bank PLC
Prof. Malik Ranasinghe Director of Sampath Bank PLC
Deshal De Mel Director of Sampath Bank PLC
Ranil Pathirana Director of Sampath Bank PLC
Ranjith Samaranayake Director (Executive) of Sampath Bank PLC
T K Bandaranayake Director of DFCC Bank PLC
L P Chandradasa Director of DFCC Bank PLC
G K Dayasiri Director of DFCC Bank PLC
Priyantha Fernando Director of Commercial Leasing & Finance PLC
Harsha Cabraal Director of Commercial Leasing & Finance PLC
M.D.D. Pieris Director of Lanka Orix Leasing PLC
R.A. Fernando Director of Lanka Orix Leasing PLC
S.M. Hapugoda Director of Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC
C.M.S. Jayawickrama Director of Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC
G.P.J. Goonewardene Director of Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC
R.E.V. Casie Chetty Director of Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC
Anura Perera Director of Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC
Daham Wimalasena Director of Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC
Rizvi Zaheed Director of Hayleys PLC
S.C. Ganegoda Director of Hayleys PLC
H.S.R. Kariyawasan Director of Hayleys PLC
Trevine Jayasekara Director of National Development Bank PLC
Sarath Wikramanayake Director of National Development Bank PLC
Anura Siriwardena Director of National Development Bank PLC
Sujeewa Rajapakse Director of National Development Bank PLC
Jayantissa Kehelpannala Director of John Keells Hotels PLC
Ranel T. Wijesinha Director of John Keells Hotels PLC
Nissanka Weerasekera Director of John Keells Hotels PLC
Indrajit Wickramasinghe N D B Capital Holdings PLC
Vajira Kulatilaka N D B Capital Holdings PLC
Krishna Selvanathan Director of the Lion Brewery PLC
Rohana Fernando Director of Access Engineering PLC
H.D.K.P. Alwis Director of Ceylinco Insurance PLC
E.T.L. Ranasinghe Director of Ceylinco Insurance PLC
Wickrema Weerasooriya Director of Ceylon Grain Elevators PLC
Sarath Piyaratna Director of Nations Trust Bank PLC
Shafeek Kassim Director of Expolanka PLC
Suren Madanayake Director of A C L Cables PLC
Thilan Wijesinghe Director of Asiri Hospital Holdings PLC
Lalith de S. Wijeyratne Director of L B Finance PLC
Sunil Wijesinha Director of DFCC Vardhana Bank
Nikhil Hirdaramani Director of Hirdaramani Group
Suren Mirchandani Director of Favourite Group
Dilhan Fernando Director of M J F Group
G C B Wijeysinghe Director of Singer Sri Lanka PLC
Imtiaz Esufally Director of Hemas Holdings PLC
Anushman Rajaratnam Director of The Colomo Fort Land and Building Co. PLC
M M M Ihsan Executive Director of Emerald International
Malik Fernando Director of M J F Group
Daya Pelpola Director of Trans Asia Hotels PLC
Murtaza Esufally Director of Hemas Holdings PLC
Ramesh Schaffter Director of Janashakthi Insurance PLC
Eardley Perera Director of Janashakthi Insurance PLC
Gerald de Saram Director of Union Assurance PLC
W M S Wanasinghe Deputy General Manager, Marketing  of Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC
Tharaka Ranwala Deputy General Manager, Marketing  of Sampath Bank
Roshan Kaluarachchi Chief Marketing Officer of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC
Rukman Weeraratne GM-Marketing and Distribution at Union Assurance
Tilan Wijeyesekera DGM Marketing at Seylan Bank /President SLIM
Ahmed Irfan Head of Brands and Group Marketing Communications of Dialog Axiata  PLC
Lewie Dias Chief Manager of Cards and Consumer Assets
Nalin Perera Senior General Manager Marketing of Mobitel
Thishani Dissanayake Senior Manager Marketing of Union Bank
Priyantha Talwatte Deputy General Manager Cards & Strategic Marketing of Nations Trust Bank PLC
Tharanga Gunasekera Head of Marketing Group Communication at Hong Kong Bank
Sharmila Arasaratnam Jayatunge Senior Manager Marketing American Express Cards
Susaan Bandara Head of MARCOM at LOLC Group
Gamika de Silva Senior Marketing Manager of  Etisalat Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
Deepal Abeysekera Head of Marketing of People’s Bank
Hussain Jayah Head of Marketing and Sales at Aitken Spence Hotels
Niroshini Pethiyagoda Deputy General Manager/Head of Marketing at Sri Lanka Insurance
Nadi Dharmasiri DGM Brand Marketing, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC/Head of CIM
J K Gamanayake DGM (Marketing & Deposit Mobilisation) of National Savings Bank

Lanka to Face Rights Investigation

Mahinda Samarasinghe, the Sri Lankan envoy to the Human Rights Council, argued that to censure it now is premature given how recently the civil war ended. “We have confidence in our domestic process and mechanisms,” he told the council. “Our efforts in this regard are ongoing and have not reached a conclusion.”


Movie made in Sri Lanka to be shown in Beverly Hills

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Made in Sri Lanka – Academy Award Winners Sir Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire).  Sri Lankan Actors Patrick Rutnam and James Koch (son of Alston Koch), at Laemmle’s from March 15th for one week. via Good news from Jayam



Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport becomes a Reality on 18th March

Mattala Rajapaksa International AirportVision of the government of Sri Lanka is to enhanced economy of least developed regions of the Island. Hambantota and Monaragala districts are identified as potential region and Greater Hambantota development programme was designed to uplift economic activities of the region. The concept of a second international airport for Sri Lanka originated in 1938. The Government’s Manifesto contained in the “Mahinda Chintana” emphasizes the establishment of a second international airport in Sri Lanka. via


Sri Lanka celebrates 65 years of independence today

God Bless Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan independence movement was a peaceful political movement which aimed at achieving independence & self rule for Ceylon from the British Empire. It was initiated around the turn of the 20th century lead mostly by the educated middle class and ultimately was successful when February 4, 1948 Ceylon was granted independence as the Dominion of CeylonDominion status within the British Commonwealth was retained for the next 24 years until May 22, 1972 when it became a republic and was renamed the Republic of Sri Lanka.


Ceylon Star is the new name for the Kuma Villa Ayurveda Resort in Koskoda

The start of your journey to health and harmony begins with us…Today’s Ayurveda CeylonStar is the new name for the Kuma Villa Ayurveda Resort in Koskoda. The name change was caused by the takeover of the resort by the hotelier Tharaka Wickramaratne. A well-known and a well experienced hotelier with over 20 years international experience. Tharaka was the former manager of Lotus Villa Ayurveda and Ayurveda Garden Resort, in Sri Lanka.tharaka


SL should be governed by ten precepts: Sarath Fonseka

Mirror editorial team in Courts today too

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