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Christmas Wonderland and Carols in North Hollywood, Ca.

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The SLAASC’s Christmas Wonderland and Carols on December 9th, was a big hit with hundreds of Sri Lankans who came to North Hollywood, Ca. Guest of Honor was Lal Perera and his wife Praxid. Los Angeles Consul General Dr. Lalith Chandradasa was there. SLAASC President Niroshan Kahawatte and his Committee went out of their way to decorate the venue with thousands of lights and Christmas trees. They even had fake snow which fell on the guests. The highlight of the show was Sri Lankan kids, who sang Christmas carols. They had practiced for this event and they did a great job! Well done SLAASC. The event was televised in Sri Lanka. The MC’s were Keith Ranga and Medini Ratnayaka.

DO GHAZAL Tea About the brand: Do Ghazal Tea from Akbar Brothers (Pvt) Ltd., Colombo, the world’s largest exporter of Sri Lanka tea is now available nationwide in all Persian/Arab/Middle Eastern grocery stores.

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The teas are marketed in 104 countries worldwide. Do Ghazal Tea is the company’s flagship brand, marketed worldwide in a wide range of variants, including many special and premium lines. In the past five years, sales have experienced unprecedented growth, at an average rate of over 30 percent per annum. Under the Do Ghazal brand umbrella, the company offers a comprehensive produce range: traditional black, green, silver and Darjeeling tea in loose packs and teabags, together with flavored and herbal teas and a variety of different packaging options. The company keeps pace with the market development by constantly innovating and updating its product range and packaging to stay abreast of global trends. The teas are priced at the best value to consumers while upholding the highest quality standards. The teas are packed at the company’s state-of-the-art production facilities in Colombo.

Colombo Lotus Tower takes dining and banqueting to new heights The Blue Orbit Restaurant and Cosmic Banquet Room opens

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe opened South Asia’s first revolving restaurant and banquet hall on December 8th.

The project is a joint venture between Colombo Lotus Tower management which will have an 80 percent stake and Citrus Leisure PLC. The ‘Blue Orbit’, South Asia’s tallest restaurant and Sri Lanka’s first-ever revolving restaurant will create a new icon for the country. With seating capacity for 225 guests at any given time, the Blue Orbit promises an extraordinary dining experience with culinary creations designed to tantalise true connoisseurs. This restaurant will feature an extensive international buffet for lunch and dinner, operating from 11.00 am to 11.00 pm.

Indulge in Luxury at Hilton Colombo

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Bohra Business Expo attracts over 1,000 guests

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One of the largest convention (MICE) events, the Bohra Business Expo will be held from December 8 to 10 at BMICH Hall B and the event has attracted over 1,000 guests.

The event is happening in partnership with the Home & You Lifestyle Exhibition organized by Aitken Spence Exhibitions and Conventions. Over 50 vendors, spanning from startups and home-based ventures to well-established businesses, united in the entrepreneurial spirit.

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Nandasiri Jasentuliyana’s 85th Birthday in Diamond Bar, Ca.

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 Nandi and wife Shanthi With Denzil and Aloma Ratnasoma

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  Rukee, Vajira, Wathsala, Sajee, Erangi, Ayoma and Lalani

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Dr Nishani and Dr Richard Gunasekera, Shanthi and Nandi, Dr Lalani and Edward Thangaratnam

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Dr. Lalani, Dr. Nishani and Dr. Richard Gunasekara, Dilip and Wathsala Jayasekera

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Dr. Chandrika Seneviratna, Roshani Jayasekara, Dr. Nishani Gunasekera, Dr. Lalani Thangratanam and Shanthi

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Dr. Lasika and Dr. Chandrika Seneviratne and Dr. Nishani and Dr. Richard Gunasekera

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Dilip Jayasekera presenting a plaque as a memento from his Amigo Group with Niroshan Kahawatte MC. 

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Dr. Lakshman and Thusitha Makandura, Dr. Sarath and Vajira Gunapala, Tissa and Sheila Atapattu and Dr. and Mrs. Lariff Idroos are seated.


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Celebrating 75 Years of People, Partnership & Progress between the U.S. & Sri Lanka (Please click on arrow)

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“As we celebrate 75 years of bilateral relations, this heart-warming video showcases the accomplishments of decades of partnership between the US and Sri Lanka. It highlights shared achievements that have impacted the lives of countless Sri Lankans through USAID’s partnerships in education, health, agriculture and economic development. As we step into the next chapter of our journey, the US-Sri Lanka friendship will continue to thrive, nurturing strong people-to-people ties, partnerships and progress for years to come.” –  US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung

Kaleidoscope December 7th, 2023 (Please click on arrow)

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Pahan Silu Dinner Dance at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Hollywood, Ca. by Visakha Vidyalaya Alumnae Association of Southern California (Photos by Moran Moran)

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Goolbai Gunasekara’s Latest Book now available on Amazon.com

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From JayamWitty, funny and eminently readable, these sketches were first published as a weekly column in the Daily News of Sri Lanka some years ago. The tales range from the author’s school and university days to stories of her ebullient granddaughter, Kitkat. Her own life as the daughter of two highly erudite parents – one from America and the other from India – is amusingly and light heartedly written, but always with deep affection. Goolbai Gunasekara has the rare ability to laugh at herself and to poke fun at the goings-on of a variety of situations, be they at her school, ballet class, under the Dentist’s drill or at a Do-You-Know- Contest. This book is the first of three others printed in Sri Lanka over the last twenty years. Now available on Amazon.com

Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka  Aegle Creations(Please click on arrow)

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Mount Lavinia Hotel Christmas Tree Lighting 2023

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Good News From Jayam – November 15, 2022 – By Jayam Rutnam

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Prestigious Sri Lanka Foundation Awards Ceremony on Sunday, 13th November at Millenium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Ca.


The Sri Lanka Foundation International Awards, honouring excellence among the Sri Lankan expatriates will take place on November 13 in Los Angeles in the United States.

The ceremony recognising those in the Sri Lankan expatriate community whose work has had an essential impact on the lives of their contemporaries dates back to 2003 and continues to be the most prestigious event among

Sri Lankan expatriates from around the world. The aim of the ceremony is to make the awardees feel that their work is valued. It also shows approval and gratitude for their creativity and outstanding achievements and makes the broader community of Sri Lankans aware of their accomplishments. It serves to inspire the younger generation to achieve excellence in their chosen fields.

(Excerpt from article in Sunday Observer by Nandi Jasentuliyana)

President Ranil Wickremesinghe Addresses the China International Import Expo

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe was the first speaker after President Xi Jinping to address, on line, the well attended and highly prestigious 5th China International Import Expo CIIE and the Hongqiao Economic Forum Opening Ceremony. In addition to the President of Sri Lanka, the opening ceremony was addressed by the heads of State of Mauritania, Mozambique, Belarus, Guyana, Solomon Islands, and the Director General of the World trade Organisation, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, and the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona represented Sri Lanka at the ceremony.

Launch of New U.S. Embassy in Colombo


President Ranil Wickremesinghe, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung, and the U.S. Department of State’s Under Secretary for Management John Bass officially opened the new U.S. Embassy on Galle Road in a festive event that included officials and private citizens from both countries. “It was a great honor to celebrate our new Embassy in the presence of the President of Sri Lanka, honored guests, and colleagues,” said U.S. Ambassador Chung. “We have had an embassy in Colombo since Sri Lanka’s independence in 1948, and the new campus symbolizes our enduring partnership with Sri Lanka.”

Investment Promotion State Minister

Dilum Amunugama Inspects Port City Colombo with Raja Edirisuriya, Executive Project Management Director


Past Presidents of the SLAASC

met to plan Celebrations of 50th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California (SLAASC)

(Founded in 1973)




Lotus Tower and Port City

are Revenue Generators


Two iconic projects in South Asia, the Colombo Port City and the Lotus Tower are turning out to be major revenue generators for Sri Lanka. The Lotus Tower which was living on handouts doled out by the Treasury has reversed this negative trend and is now earning revenue not only in rupees but in foreign currency as well. Since its opening a few months ago it has netted in almost Rs. 1 billion erasing the myth that it was a white elephant. The Colombo Port city too is generating income through several leisure projects that have begun operations. Several new investors have expressed interest in investing and the next historic landmark of the Port City will be South Asia’s largest Duty Free shop that will be opened in April next year.

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Miss Tourism World 2022 Grand Finale

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Sri Lanka will host the much awaited Grand Finale of the ‘Miss Tourism World 2022’ worldwide pageant in December 2022. Eighty beauties, winners of their National Pageants will vie for the Miss Tourism World 2022 title. The contest commences on December 8 and will conclude with the Grand Finale on December 21. Komangodage Thilini Kumari, Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Tourism World 2022 will represent Sri Lanka.

Samantha and Cole were cowboys for Halloween in Glendora, Ca.

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Cargills Food City Opens its 500th Outlet


Home-grown Sri Lankan brand, Cargills FoodCity, achieved another milestone with the opening of its 500th retail outlet while also marking its 39th anniversary – since opening the first outlet in 1983. The latest outlet was opened in Battaramulla. Cargills Deputy Chairman Ranjit Page, speaks at the event. The company is the single largest collector of fresh produce, sourcing fresh fruits and vegetables from a network of over 5000 farmers and contributes over 4 per cent of the national production in fruits and vegetables. It is also the largest collector of fresh milk in Sri Lanka and hopes to enter the field of inland fisheries.

Roger and Helen Weerasinghe of

Simi Valley, Ca. celebrated Halloween on the Cruise Ship ‘Carnival Radiance’ recently


Work on $789 m Colombo West International Terminal begins at Colombo Port


The construction work of the newly built West Terminal of Colombo Port(CWIT) commenced under the patronage of the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva. Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Bagle participated in this event as a special guest. The ministry emphasizes that this entire project will cost 789 million US dollars. 51% of this total investment belongs to Adani, 34% to John Keels, and 15% to Sri Lanka Ports Authority. The length of the jetty constructed under this project is 1,400 meters. The total terminal area is 65 hectares. The container capacity of this terminal is 3 million.

Sri Lanka on show

at World Travel Market London


The Sri Lanka pavilion at WTM was declared opened by Tourism and Lands Minister Harin Fernando, along with High Commissioner in UK Saroja Sirisena, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman Chalaka Gajabahu, Sri Lanka Conventions Bureau Chairman Thisum Jayasuriya, SLTPB Director Marketing Dushan Wickramasuriya, senior officials from the High Commission and industry partners.  

Jayam’s Choice Englebert Humperdinck Friend to many Sri Lankans in Los Angeles, Ca. (Please click on arrow)

First Sri Lankan female singer in Solo Concert Lakruwani Fernando

in North Hollywood, Ca.



Felicitation of Dr. Harold Gunatillake in the Pioneer Room of the Castle Grand in Sydney, Australia (Please click on arrow)

Happy 10th Birthday Maddy Rose


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Sri Lankan Girl Happy to Play for Australia

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A Sri Lankan table tennis player Sanaya Buddhadasa has won a place in the Australian youth team to play in the World Youth Table Tennis Championship scheduled to be held in Tunisia from December 4 to 11. She will represent Australia in the Under-19 singles, doubles and mixed doubles at the meet in Tunisia. “When I came to Australia I wanted to become a national champion here and my dream is to represent Australia in the Olympics. I am happy to be the number one ranked player in the Under-17 and 19 categories at the moment,” said Sanaya.

Wildlife Film Maker Makes History

Thivanka Perera’s “Sri Lanka Leopard Dynasty” to be telecast on National Geographic’s “Natgeo”

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This is a first time genuine news from Srilankan wildlife Film making. ‘Sri Lanka Leopard Dynasty’ Produced by THIVANKA RUKSHAN PERERA on behalf of AEGLE CREATIONS PVT LTD. SRI LANKA, will Première Telecast on NatGeo – WILD from 13th Nov 2022.


Miss Sri Lanka New York Contest in Staten Island, New York

(Photos by Moran Moran)

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Kaleidoscope With Savithri Rodrigo November 11th, 2022

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Some bullets of what we have on Kaleidoscope –

  • World’s largest economy-USA
  • Corporate earnings to drop
  • Growing trade
  • Permacrisis
  • Chefs with skill
  • Race The Pearl
  • Plus-size ballerinas
  • Stock, oil & gold prices

And lots more!

Obituaries – Sad News

Sonia Alagoda

Sonia Alagoda (85)

Beloved Mother of Deshan Atapattu and Sonali

Perera. Mother-in-law of Yeni and Nick. Loving Grand Mother of Ashley and Brandon. Daughter of the late Frank and the late Laetitia Alagoda. Loving Sister of the late Gloria Weerakoon, the late Deanna Nanayakkara, and Frank Daya Alagoda.


Tuesday, November 15, 2022. 3:30 PM – 7: 30PM

Gates, Kingsley& Gates Praiswater Mortuary,

6909 Canoga Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303

Funeral Service   

Thursday November 17, 2022. 10: 00 AM

St Andrew & St Charles Episcopal Church

16651 Rinaldi St, Granada Hills, CA 91344


Thursday, November 17, 2022. 12 Noon

Oakwood Memorial Park and Cemetery

22601 Lassen St, Chatsworth CA 91311

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Andrew and Charles food pantry.



Iresha de Silva passed away recently in Los Angeles, Ca. Funeral Service was at La Mirada, Ca. on November 3rd 2022.

Bashid Ahmed Karamali (90),​ passed away on October 28th in Massachussets, USA. Husband of Yvonne Karamali (nee Gunasekara). Son-in-law of the late Fred and Daisy Gunasekara,​ of “Woodlands” Ethul Kotte. Brother-in-law of the late Siri Rupesinghe,​ Freda Weerasinghe,​ Grace Samarasinghe,​ Ruth Wijesinghe,​ Frederick Gunasekara and Charles Gunasekara. Father of Riaz Karamali,​ Dilara Hafiz and Nahid Markosian.​ Bashir retired from the IMF,​ WA. DC.,​ as Asst Director of the Middle Eastern Dept.,​ at the early age of 56. 20 Bayon Drive,​ Apt 215,​ South Hadley,​ MA 01075,​ USA by karamali@icloud. com.

Mrs Thelma Thiedeman of Glen Waverley, Victoria, passed away on October 30, 2022. Wife of late Lieut. Cdr. Noel Thiedeman, R.Cy.N. retd., The President, S L E S A Requests inform retd. Sri Lanka Naval Officers  and Naval Association.

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

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Jalapeno and Shrimp Salad 


1 iceberg lettuce, separated into leaves,

  or assorted leaves

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

12 ounces cooked shrimp, chopped

1/2 cup chopped green beans

1/2 cup chopped cooked carrots

1/2 cucumber, about 4 ounces chopped

2 hard- cooked eggs coarsely chopped

1 drained pickled jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped



1.Line a large salad bowl or platter with the lettuce

  leaves. Stir together the mayonnaise and sour cream

  and set aside.

2.Combine the shrimp, beans, carrot, cucumber, eggs and

 jalapeno, in a separate bowl. Season with salt.

3.Add the mayonnaise and sour cream mixture to the 

  shrimp, folding it very gently, so that all the ingredients

  are well mixed and coated with the dressing. Pile the

  mixture into the lined salad bowl or arrange 

  attractively on the platter and serve with salt.


You may contact me with any questions or requests.


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