Good News From Jayam – January 1, 2023 Pls Scroll Down 35 items – By Jayam Rutnam

happy new year


Good News From Jayam  – January 1, 2023 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

happy new year


SLAASC Christmas Party in Los Angeles, Ca.





Seen at the SLAASC Christmas Party were Past Presidents Kapila Wimalaratne, Dushantha Kurera. Committee Members Nalaka Kaluwahewa, Mangala Jayakody, Jude Abeyguneratne, Berty Trevine Fernando and many others, The SLAASC will celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 2023. The 2022 SLAASC President is Sam Kurera.

Colombo Lights Up For Christmas !

Colombo Lights Up For Christmas !

Colombo Lights Up For Christmas !

On the advice of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Tourism Minister Harin Fernando is spearheading the lighting up and beautification of Colombo city to spread the cheer of Christmas and the New Year. Here the view of a lit-up Presidential Secretariat and Galle Face with a message to tourists to visit Sri Lanka. 


Hayleys Wins Overall Excellence in Corporate Reporting at CA Sri Lanka’s TAGS Awards ’22


Hayleys Chairman and Chief Executive Mohan Pandithage (fourth from right) with the overall excellence in Corporate Reporting Gold Award at the TAGS Awards organised by CA Sri Lanka. Top conglomerate Hayleys PLC triumphed with the coveted gold award for ‘Overall Excellence in Corporate Reporting’ at the TAGS Awards, while John Keells Holdings PLC and Softlogic Life Insurance PLC shared the silver award in the same category, and L B Finance PLC walked away with the bronze award.


US Provides 9,300 Tons of Fertiliser to Paddy Farmers in Sri Lanka


The US Embassy in Colombo in a statement noted that the handover ceremony was attended by US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Asia Anjali Kaur, FAO Representative for Sri Lanka and the Maldives Vimlendra Sharan and USAID Mission Director Sri Lanka and Maldives Gabriel Grau.

Human Rights Activist

Sandya Ekneligoda – Among World’s 100 Top Influential Women 2022


Sandya Ekneligoda, a human rights activist has made it to BBC’s 100 women of 2022. BBC 100 Women is an annual list that celebrates the achievements of women internationally, from grassroots volunteers to global leaders. Other notable names on the BBC 100 Women list include global music phenomenon Billie Eilish, actress and producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas, actress and disability activist Selma Blair and West Side Story Hollywood icon Rita Moreno.


Cruise Ship Visits to Hambantota Will Triple Next Year


Cruise Ship Visits to Hambantota Will Triple Next Year

Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) will kick-off a tourism campaign to attract cruise liners to the port for 2023/24 in the coming year. Currently, the number of cruise ships scheduled to arrive at the port in 2023 is expected to triple from 2022 numbers. “The instant you land in HIP, you can see greenery and no built-up area, unlike most other ports. “We also intend to set up duty free shopping opportunities for tourists visiting the port.


Chinese Cruise Ships to Visit Sri Lanka after Travel Restrictions are Relaxed

Chinese Cruise Ships to Visit Sri Lanka after Travel Restrictions are Relaxed

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing, with a view to attracting more Chinese tourists to Sri Lanka, is also actively exploring the possibility of Chinese cruise ships and yachts visiting Sri Lanka. The Ambassador, Dr. Palitha Kohona had a very successful online meeting with the Vice President of the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association (CCYIA), Zheng Weihang. Vice President, Zheng said that Sri Lanka will be promoted as a new market for Chinese cruise ships. Dr. Kohona formally proposed that Sri Lanka be designated as a destination for cruise ships after the travel restrictions are relaxed.


Port City, Colombo in Progress


Sri Lankan workers are seen busy engaged in work in the port city project of Colombo which was constructed by a Chinese company. The project is said to have cost US$15 billion in total comprising of residential areas, hospital, a financial centre and an international school. 


Colombo Port City Duty-Free Mall Due to Open in April 2023

Colombo Port City Duty-Free Mall Due to Open in April 2023

Two international duty-free operators and an international food and beverage operator have confirmed their investment in the proposed duty-free shopping mall in the Colombo Port City. Operations will commence in April 2023. It will also be the first Downtown Duty-Free Mall in Sri Lanka and in the region. The interior fit-out will begin soon after the infrastructure work is completed.


Blue Planet Laureate Professor Mohan Munasinghe felicitated by Royalty in Japan

Blue Planet Laureate Professor Mohan Munasinghe felicitated by Royalty in Japan

Professor Mohan Munasinghe and Sria Munasinghe (right) with Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan. Professor V. Ramakrishna (co-winner of Blue Planet Prize) and his spouse are also in the photo. Professor Mohan Munasinghe, 2021 Blue Planet Prize Laureate and co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace, recently attended the ceremonies for the Blue Planet Prize, which is the top global award for environmental sustainability, and which is equivalent to a Nobel Prize for environment.


Suraj Fernando – Recovering From Open Heart Surgery in Los Angeles –

We Wish Him a Speedy Recovery!

(Here with wife Senani)



Jayam’s Choice “Silent Night” Kelly Clarkson


Yohani’s Magical Performance on the Kapil Sharma Show (Please click on arrow)


Visitors to Sri Lanka from California (at the Marriott Beach Resort in Weligama)



Heshawa and Rowena Wedding at the Fabulous Shangri-La in Colombo




John Amirthiah and two daughters, Sajee Perera and Rukee were there, so were many others from Southern California. 


Christmas Medley by Thaminie Perera

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Manilal and Sherene Fernando

50th Anniversary in Westminster, Ca.





Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin “Silent Night”

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J Med

“Always Working to Better Serve our Clients!”



“Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo

December 23rd. 2022

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Obituaries – Sad News

Obituaries - Sad News

Clive Inman (86)

passed away in Leicester, UK. on December 7th, 2022. Clive represented Ceylon teams after captaining his alma mater St Peter’s College, (1954 and 1955). He carved his name in the annals of the Josephian-Peterite Battle of the Saints by scoring a record 204 runs in 1954 and then leading Peterites to victory in 1955. Clive was a prolific cricketer who excelled from his school days, later on, built a name for himself as an outstanding batsman for Ceylon and English Country Leicestershire during the 60’s.

Clive Inman’s funeral will be held at Loughborough Crematorium, Leicester Road, Loughborough, LE11 2AF, United Kingdom,on Tuesday, 24th January 2023 at 12.30pm.



Bernadette Aloma Alles (64) passed away in Los Angeles, Ca. on November 30, 2022. Wife of Andrew Winston Alles.

Mother of Christine and Antoinette. Daughter of the late Douglas and Auril Lodowyke. Funeral was on December 16, 2022. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, Ca.




Bernard Jayaratne – Husband of the late Sheila Jayaratne,​ father of Shiranthi and Janaka (USA),​ father-in-law of Srina de Alwis and Angela Jayaratne,​ grandfather of Shanuki,​ Shenoj and Anoma,​ great-grandfather of Jovann,​ passed away on December 2nd 2022. Cremation was on December 4th. at the General Cemetery,​ Borella.


Misriya Sufi-Ismail (née Mohideen), passed away on December 8, 2022, in Torrance, California. Wife of the late Mackie Sufi-Ismail, mother of Muzni (Garden Grove, CA), Minza, and Nuzkiya (Torrance, CA), mother-in-law of Shamila Sufi-Ismail, Ajwad Shariz, and Rahim Junaidean. She was a grandmother and great-grandmother to many.

The Janaza prayers and funeral were on December 9, 2022, after Jummah Prayers at the Melrose Abby Memorial Park in Anaheim, Ca. We humbly request your dua (prayers) for the deceased and for the strength, courage, and patience of the family during this time of difficulty. You may reach the family at: Muzni: (562) 754 7675, Minza: (310) 634 4600




Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen


Jaggery Souffle


2 cups thick coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

4 eggs

1/2 – 3/4 lb. grated jaggery

4 teaspoons gelatine soaked in

1/2 cup cold water



Dissolve the soaked gelatine over boiling 

water. Mix yolks, coconut milk and jaggery and

strain. Cook over a low flame till custard thickens

and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from fire 

and allow to cool. Add dissolved gelatine and flavoring.

Lastly fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites. Rinse ring mold

in cold water and shake off the water but do not wipe. Pour

the custard into the mold and place in cold water (This will

make the souffle come out in layers of different shades of

brown when unmolded). Put the mold in the refrigerator

for 6- 8 hrs. to set. To unmold ease the sides of the souffle

with a knife, turn over and gently tap the mold or place your hands on the mold for a few minutes and for the warmth of your hands the souffle will unmold.

Decorate with roasted cadjunuts and cream.


Note: The souffle should be unmoulded just before serving and not too long ahead of time.


I hope this old Sri Lankan Recipe will be enjoyed and take pride of place on your NEW YEAR breakfast table with your family.Have a great New Year, email me should you have any questions or requests.


Season’s Greetings from SriLankan Airlines – USA


Good News From Jayam – January 1, 2023 Pls Scroll Down 35 items – By Jayam Rutnam
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