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Galle Face Hotel presents ‘Yaalpana Santhai’: A gastronomic journey into Jaffna cuisine



Executive Chef at Galle Face Hotel

The Galle Face Hotel, an iconic landmark in Sri Lanka’s hospitality sector, is thrilled to unveil the ‘Yaalpana Santhai’ at The Verandah Restaurant. Translating to ‘Jaffna Market’ in English, this two-day Jaffna food festival is scheduled to grace the culinary stage on September 23rd and 24th, 2023.

Jaffna, renowned for its profound culinary legacy and vibrant gastronomic traditions, will be the star of this extraordinary culinary spectacle. The event guarantees to transport you into the heart of Jaffna’s culinary heritage, featuring a tantalizing buffet that pays homage to the best of Jaffna cuisine.

Chef Aritha Fernando

Priced at LKR 7,900 per person, the buffet will be available from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at The Verandah Restaurant. Nestled adjacent to the iconic ‘Chequerboard’ lawn, this charming venue offers an elegant setting with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. The Yaalpana Santhai promises an unparalleled dining experience on the 23rd and 24th of September, providing guests with a unique opportunity to savour the authentic flavours of Jaffna.

Executive Chef at the Galle Face Hotel, Chef Aritha Fernando, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “We are excited to bring the essence of Jaffna to Colombo with ‘Yaalpana Santhai.’ This event is a celebration of the rich cultural and culinary heritage of Jaffna, and we invite everyone to join us in experiencing the warmth and flavours.”

In addition to the delectable cuisine, attendees will be serenaded by the enchanting melodies of local music and the graceful performances of traditional dancers, creating an ambience of pure authenticity. Furthermore, visitors will have the opportunity to explore and appreciate authentic Jaffna crafts showcased at stalls within the venue, adding an enriching cultural dimension to the dining experience.

At the heart of this exceptional festival lie iconic dishes that embody Jaffna’s culinary excellence. Guests can anticipate savouring traditional delights such as Kaikuthal rice, celebrated for its aromatic and flavourful preparation. Dive into the rich and spicy nandu sodhi (crab curry) that encapsulates the essence of Jaffna’s coastal flavours. Meat enthusiasts will relish the succulence of aatu erachi kulambu (mutton curry), while vegetarians will be captivated by the diversity of Jaffna’s vegetarian offerings showcased in porittha valaikkai kulambu (ash plantain curry). Additionally, the festival will offer dosai, a beloved favourite, to tantalize your taste buds. For those with a sweet tooth, the event promises an array of Northern sweetmeats, including the delectable raya kesari and the ever-popular Laddu and more. These sweet treats will provide the perfect conclusion to your Jaffna culinary journey.

To complement your meal, indulge in traditional beverages, including Naddu Coffee and Nelli Juice, which will be available to enhance your dining experience with authentic flavours and refreshing options.

The Galle Face Hotel extends a warm invitation to all food enthusiasts to partake in this remarkable event. Experience the flavours, aromas, and cultural richness of Jaffna, and let your taste buds embark on an extraordinary culinary voyage. Secure your table now for an unforgettable weekend of gastronomic bliss. For reservations and inquiries, please contact The Verandah Restaurant at +94 11 754 1010 or +94 777 222 135.

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Opposition law makers’ critical comments check CSE’s morning momentum



By Hiran H. Senewiratne

The stock market yesterday kicked- off on a positive note during the first session but the momentum did not sustain due to opposition law makers’ negative remarks on the current negotiation process with external creditors, market analysts said.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe had discussed debt restructuring and economic reforms with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, a President’s media division statement said.

“In their discussion, they focused on the ongoing reforms in the financial sector and the significant advancements in debt restructuring efforts, the statement said.

Amid those developments, both indices moved downwards. The All- Share Price Index went down by 71.76 points while the S and P SL20 declined by 14 points. Turnover stood at Rs 1.19 billion with four crossings.

Those crossings were reported in Windforce, which crossed 11 million shares to the tune of Rs 209 million; its shares traded at Rs 90, RIL Properties 20 million shares crossed for Rs 130 million and its shares traded at Rs 6.50, Hayleys Fabrics 500,000 shares crossed to the tune of Rs 23.1 million and its shares fetched Rs 46.20 and Laugfs 630,000 shares crossed for Rs 22 million; its shares traded at Rs 35.

In the retail market top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; JKH Rs 180 million (970,000 shares traded), CIC Holdings Rs 51.5 million (686,000 shares traded), Lanka IOC Rs 47.6 million (415,000 shares traded), Capital Alliance Rs 37.4 million (491,000 shares traded), HNB Rs 35.6 million (210,000 shares traded), Aitken Spence Hotels Rs 32.8 million (411,000 shares traded) and Softlogic Capital Rs 23.3 million (1.9 million shares traded). During the day 61.4 million share value changed hands in 9000 transactions.

Yesterday, the rupee opened at Rs 325/15 to the US dollar after closing the previous day at Rs 324.75/325.00 to the US dollar, dealers said.

Bond yields were up. A bond maturing on 01.08.2026 was quoted up at 14.80/15.20 percent from 14.50/70.A bond maturing on 15.09.2027 was quoted up at 14.60/15.20 percent from 14.35/50 percent. A bond maturing on 01.05.2028 was quoted up at 14.10/50 from 13.70/14.00 percent.

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Robocash Sri Lanka’s ESG commitment shines on International Coastal Cleanup Day at Dehiwala Beach



Robocash Team at Dehiwala Beach - Robocash EcoSplash: Beach Cleanup and Beyond

Robocash Sri Lanka marked International Coastal Cleanup Day by furthering its “Robocash EcoSplash: Beach Cleanup and Beyond” initiative, which took place on September 17th, at Dehiwala Beach, Sri Lanka.

This environmentally-conscious initiative was a testament to the company’s unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability, community engagement, and responsible corporate citizenship, all of which are in alignment with the Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) principles.

ESG gained significant prominence in recent years as a guiding framework for responsible investment. It takes into account a company’s environmental impact, social responsibility, and governance practices, aligning them with the broader goals of sustainability and societal well-being. Robocash Sri Lanka recognizes the critical importance of ESG values in today’s world and is dedicated to integrating them into its operations and initiatives.

The “Robocash EcoSplash: Beach Cleanup and Beyond” program was a collaborative effort with the company’s internal team, showcasing the dedication of Robocash Sri Lanka’s employees to make a positive impact on their local environment and community.

Konstantin Bereutsyn, Country Manager of Robocash Sri Lanka, addressed the team at the event, saying, “Our commitment to environmental sustainability and community engagement goes beyond business as usual. We believe that being a responsible corporate citizen involves actively participating in initiatives that benefit society and the environment. This beach cleanup event is just one of the many ways we intend to contribute to a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable future for Sri Lanka.”

The program ensured that all necessary permits and permissions for the beach-cleaning activity were obtained, and strict adherence to government health guidelines was maintained throughout the event to prioritize the safety and well-being of all participants.

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Ceylinco Life opens up the world once again for policyholders with ‘Family Savari 17’



Screen visuals from the virtual launch of Ceylinco Life’s ‘Family Savari 17’ promotion.

The world is opening up once again for Ceylinco Life policyholders with the return of overseas holidays for the family as the main loyalty reward under the life insurance market leader’s ‘Family Savari’ mega promotion, the largest initiative of its kind in the local life insurance sector.

The 17th edition of Family Savari announced this week will provide overseas holidays for 15 policyholder families in 2024 – to Türkiye for five families and to Malaysia for another 10 families – reverting to the original theme of the promotion.

Another 250 policyholder families comprising of 1,000 people will get to spend a fun-filled day at the Pearl Bay Water Park at Bandaragama, a new location for the local segment of the Family Savari.

“The Family Savari promotion has always been about the importance of quality family time and creating memories of a lifetime for our policyholders and their loved ones,” Ceylinco Life’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer Mr Samitha Hemachandra said. “Unfortunately, the pandemic made overseas travel inadvisable, but we are now delighted to be able to reward our loyal policyholders and their families with holidays to some of the world’s most popular destinations.”

With the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Ceylinco Life’s Family Savari opted to reward winners initially with gold instead of the overseas holidays and local excursions, and subsequently with cash rewards to the full value of the prize purse, and thereafter with family vacations in leading local hotels as health concerns began to ease.

At this year’s Family Savari promotion, a total of 265 policyholders will be selected at two draws that will take place in November 2023 and January 2024 to reward them and their family members, numbering 1,060 people in all, for their loyalty to Ceylinco Life. The mega promotion has to date rewarded more than 35,000 people in this manner.

To be eligible to win overseas holidays or the local excursion at the Family Savari draws, Ceylinco Life policyholders are simply required to continue their existing policies with the Company or maintain a minimum account balance in their retirement plans during the promotion period, 1st September to 31st December 2023.

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