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Japan honours two Lankans with Order of the Rising Sun

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On November 3 2023, the recipients of “The Order of the Rising Sun” (Gold and Silver Rays) were announced by the Government of Japan. For the Spring Conferment this year, “two highly acclaimed individuals from Sri Lanka have been honoured with this esteemed decoration in recognition of their distinguished contributions to enhancing the Japan-Sri Lanka relationship,” the Japanese Embassy in Colombo announced.

They are: Ikebana artist Ms. Shiromi Soosaipillai, President of the Ikebana International Sri Lanka Chapter for her contribution to promoting Ikebana in Sri Lanka and friendly relations between Japan and Sri Lanka and Mr. Dharshan Munidasa, CEO and Owner of the Restaurant “Nihonbashi” for promoting Japanese cuisine in Sri Lanka

A news release from the embassy said Ms. Soosaipillai has long been a champion of Japanese ikebana culture in Sri Lanka. Beginning her journey with Sogetsu-style ikebana in 1983, Shiromi’s passion and expertise in ikebana led her to aspire to hand it down to the next generation. Certified as an instructor in 2011, she’s since played a pivotal role in popularizing ikebana in Sri Lanka, teaching its essence and techniques to many. Shiromi has also graced international ikebana exhibitions worldwide, showcasing her works of art and promoting ikebana’s global appreciation.

“Beyond teaching, she’s made it her mission to introduce ikebana to the broader Sri Lankan public. Through interviews and articles in Sinhalese television and print media, she’s endeavored to familiarize her compatriots with this beautiful art form.

“Shiromi’s works seamlessly meld traditional Japanese ikebana with her unique touch. From carefully chosen flowers and vases that resonate with Sri Lankan vegetation, to the exquisite shapes and expressions she crafts, her distinctive ikebana style has garnered praise both locally and internationally.”

Mr. Dharshan Munidasa was described as a distinguished figure in the culinary world, known for his exceptional contributions to the promotion of authentic Japanese cuisine in Sri Lanka. Since the establishment of his renowned restaurant “Nihonbashi” in 1995, he has been a trailblazer in introducing the intricacies of Japanese gastronomy to the Sri Lankan palate.

“Through his dedication to sourcing the highest quality Japanese ingredients and his commitment to upholding traditional Japanese culinary techniques, Mr. Munidasa has elevated the dining experience for patrons, furthering the cultural exchange between Japan and Sri Lanka.

“As a testament to his relentless efforts in promoting Japanese food and dietary culture globally, Mr. Munidasa was recognized by the Japanese government, receiving the Japanese Ambassador’s Special Commendation 2013, the Eighth Minister’s Awards for Overseas Promotion of Japanese Food in 2015. Moreover, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) appointed his as its ‘Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador’ in 2021.

“Beyond his culinary endeavors, Mr. Munidasa has actively contributed to the facilitation of Japanese-Sri Lankan relations through his unwavering commitment to cultural exchange, which further solidified the bond between the two nations.”

The Embassy of Japan expressed its heartfelt congratulations to Ms. Soosaipillai and Mr. Munidasa on the decoration of the Orders, with sincere appreciation for their remarkable dedication to the cause of promoting friendly relationship between Japan and Sri Lanka.



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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) sets Serendib World Record climbing Adam’s Peak in record time

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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) of the Sri Lanka Navy achieved a remarkable feat, setting a Serendib World Record for climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) in an impressive time of 23 hours and 46 minutes, using four different routes  (Nallathanniya, Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda.)  as well as becoming the first person to complete the most ascents of Adam’s Peak within 24 hours.

He began his quest to set this record on 08th April, starting from the Nallathanniya Sri Pada entrance at 3:00 a.m all the way to the peak. His journey continued with climbs up and down the Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda routes, ultimately concluding with the challenging trek from Adam’s Peak to Nallathanniya.

The Serendib World Records Committee officially acknowledged Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage’s (Retd) achievement and awarded him the Serendib World Record certificate on 09th April.

(Navy Media)

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