The Sunday Leader


Reintroducing Golden Dragon At The Taj

The legendary Golden Dragon was re launched at the Taj Samudra Colombo with a grand opening graced by Ambassador of China Wu Jianghao and High Commissioner of India YK Sinha together with Area Director and General Manager of Taj Samudra Colombo Rohit Khosla on Friday, January 2.

Golden Dragon at the Taj Samudra Colombo the signature Sichuan cuisine restaurant has been known for its most authentic dining experiences. From exotic dim sums to unique seafood delicacies, featuring peking duck from the Golden Oven, the menu at the Golden Dragon has a breathtaking spread of varied ingredients and an even greater variety of flavors and tastes.

The concept of the Restaurant evokes grand dining experience. The Restaurant offers a full a la carte menu for lunch and dinner (Open daily from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm & 6.30 pm – 11.30 pm). Chef Bai ping the Master Chef at Golden Dragon is a celebrated Chef with 25 years experience in Sichuan cuisine and Dim Sum, Chef Li Qu Wu is the Assistant Head Chef who is experienced in Sichuan cuisine and Shandong cuisine and Chef Wang Shunyan is experienced in Sichuan dim sum and Guangdong dim sum.
For more details call on 2446622


Mindshare Bags Silver At Campaign Asia Awards 2014

Mindshare Sri Lanka – a unit of Group M, walked away with the silver award in the coveted Media Agency of the Year, Rest of South Asia category, the only Sri Lankan agency recognised this year.

Speaking on the win, Jhumka Saha, Leader, Mindshare Sri Lanka explained, “Over the last year, we have implemented a host of cutting edge thinking that we believe will revolutionize not only the thinking behind media planning and execution but also the expectations of the industry.

Winning this award on the back of these innovations not only validates the work that we have put into these processes, but also the dedication and hard work the team has put into the success of our clients’ every single day.” The Mindshare pitch that won the award was based on the main revolutionary adaptations implemented throughout the company’s business process: the adoption of Original Thinking Framework, accessing regional tools and partnerships to design and implement digital and client support structures, decision-making information resources and competitor tracking, as well as the development of thought leadership, which led to the execution of a host of industry firsts for key clients.

The aim of the Campaign Asia awards is to recognize and reward the top performers in South Asian advertising and communications. The awards are designed to be fair to all agencies regardless of their size, allowing their talent to shine and be recognized within the local market and region.

The judging panel brings together the names that make waves in the international advertising and communications field – senior marketing personalities from key business categories and the editors of Campaign. The awards transparency requirements have also seen Pricewaterhouse Coopers Limited compiling the results of the awards.


Habitat For Humanity Sri Lanka Strengthens Youth Build Initiative

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka takes on Habitat Youth BUILD, a youth-led campaign to tackle the global challenge of substandard housing, for the first time this year. Now in its fourth iteration, Habitat Youth BUILD has grown each year, with Sri Lanka, Fiji, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam joining other Asia-Pacific countries for the first time.

Designed along the theme ‘Play a part, Act today, Share with friends,’ Habitat Youth Build engages young people to take action together to build homes and communities, advocate for decent shelter, and raise funds and awareness about the poverty housing situation in the Asia-Pacific region where one in eight live in slums, according to the United Nations. The movement expects to rally more than one million youth supporters.

From 5 December 2014 to 21 March 2015, advocacy, awareness- and fund-raising activities will take place across the Asia-Pacific region in 15 countries and one Special Administrative Region (SAR). On the campaign’s culmination day, March 21, 2015, young people will take part in coordinated, mass-participation events, drawing attention to the challenge of 1.6 billion people without adequate shelter in the world, according to the United Nations. Habitat Sri Lanka invites groups of 10 between the ages of 15 and 30 to lend their strength to this cause by participating in the project to build shelter for those who have none.

Participants will be required to meet a nominal participation fee and will receive a HYB T-shirt, amongst other gift items and guidelines upon signing up to make a change with Habitat Sri Lanka. To register, or for more information, please visit or

In addition, a hammer signed by US President Jimmy Carter, a committed Habitat for Humanity volunteer, starts its tour of Asia-Pacific – supporters will use the hammer for a good deed, such as build or repair homes, in exchange for a donation. Photos of the hammer will be posted to social media platforms, tagged #carterhammer, as it makes its way across the region before finally arriving in Nepal for the 32nd annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

Youth in 15 countries and one SAR in Asia-Pacific – Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam – will campaign on- and offline to garner support for the movement and raise vital funds to tackle poverty housing in the region. In 2014, Habitat Youth BUILD brought together more than 800,000 volunteers in 11 countries across 57 sites. The campaign supported more than 1,700 low-income families.


EGB, Ministry Renew Ties

Sri Lanka’s iconic beverage brand Elephant House Ginger Beer, lovingly referred to as EGB, renewed its ties with the Ministry of Crab, the first and only restaurant in the country dedicated to serving the best of Sri Lanka’s export quality lagoon crabs.EGB remains the only soft drink served at the restaurant owned by celebrated chef and restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa together with Sri Lanka’s cricketing icons Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena.

“Both EGB and the Ministry of Crab are home grown brands that seek to showcase the best that Sri Lanka has to offer. EGB’s rush of fresh ginger complements the succulent sea food delights offered by the Ministry of Crab. Our shared appreciation of the country’s indigenous flavours and commitment to local produce are what brought us together a year ago.


Unity Mission Trust Drives Forward

The Unity Mission Trust (UMT) will travel to Jaffna to conduct an integrated project from January 23 to 25. This special project is a follow up programme that seeks to bring together student leaders who have attended unity camps and school leavers. The programme is a far-reaching event, based on the vision of UMT, to target and work with, in particular rural youth leaders from the Wanni and elsewhere and build up their capacity to be more employable in any sector.

In addition, all youth leaders both urban and rural are given exposure, advice, guidance and mind-development training on every specific topic that will help make them more successful in the future. The Power ONE Hundred programme is essentially tailor-made to empower and enable the young leaders to enhance their skills and assist them in finding their own ground in a world of endless opportunities, career paths and professions leading towards their own self-realisation.

Ray of Hope is an annual event on UMT’s Calendar, which now hosts the Annual national unity and integration awards. This event is drawn up to showcase the beauty of our Sri Lankan culture from North and South. It is held with the Power ONE Hundred Programme.

The Ray of Hope and Unity and Integration Awards Ceremony will be held in the evening of January 24 at Chundikuli Girls’ College, Jaffna.


Cinnamon Grand’s Nuga Gama Enhances Its Offerings In The New Year

Cinnamon Grand Colombo proceeds in to the New Year with enriched product offerings in its highly acclaimed authentic Sri Lankan restaurant cum village, Nuga Gama.

Fondly referred to as the village in the city, Nuga Gama recreates the rural village experience with its eco-centric set up with thatched roof mud huts and traditional innuendoes, heralded the New Year with innovative’ dishes added to its highly popular menu. This month, patrons are in for a treat given the many new and innovative dishes that have been introduced to the restaurant menu.

Open daily for dinner and on weekends for lunch, Nuga Gama will now serve Toddy Crab in its bite menu to compliment the local spirits and special beverages, a pumpkin juice for refreshments, Goraka Chutney to heighten the taste of the dishes, a special savory tempered broken rice and two desserts – ash plantain biscuits and Wellapthuru from rice flour and cinnamon will be added to the extensive menu, conceptualised by the Nuga Gama team. A range of hoppers with innovative mixtureshave also been added to the list. These include hoppers made from semolina and kuruakkan among others.

Nuga Gama’s Chef Sujith Ariyarathna stated that the new additions are part of a bigger plan to introduce new flavors, created out of local vegetables and fruits promoting clean dining and healthy living. “All dishes served at Nuga Gama have nutritional value. We serve organic produce, mostly from our own garden and if not from trusted sources. Our preparations are in keeping with the traditional methods which enhances the nourishment of food,” Chef Ariyarathna said.

The weekend lunch buffets consists of three-types of rice dishes – two traditional and one savory rice, staple diets boiled manioc, jack fruits, etc, four meat items such as Chicken Curd Dry Curry, Mutton Black Pepper Curry, Beef Curry, Babath, five seafood dishes the likes ofJaffna Crab Curry, dry fish (Karawala), Prawn and Cuttlefish, two salads, five sambols made from Thebu, Kowakka, Aguna, Gotukola, etc and over ten types of desserts.Kee roti (coconut, honey and cashew), Wella Pathuru (flour, penil pol, cinnamon powder), PomalaWatta (like narangkewum), SeeniPittu (kompittu), Godapara (from the Welithalapa mix) – sweetmeats from the villages are all on offer.

A good old ginger tea with jaggery will be served in kettles for the guests to wash down the meals.Nuga Gama lunch buffet is only available on weekends with a special dinner buffet on weekdays. The buffet is priced at Rs.1,550++++. The daily dinner buffet is priced at Rs. 1,550++++ as well. The dishes change on a daily basis, offering diverse tastes to its guests.
For reservations, contact 2497361/62.
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Taj Samudra Welcomes Vatican Delegation

Taj Samudra, Colombo was honoured to welcome the Vatican Delegation on January 13, Tuesday morning. Area Director and General Manager of Taj Samudra Rohit Khosla warmly welcomed H.E Cardinal Pietro Parolin – Secretary of State of his Holiness and the Delegation at the Lobby with traditional Sri Lankan Kandyan dancers and fresh orchid garlands.



Pearson Edexcel Awards 2014

Pearson Edexcel recently handed out close to a stunning 300 awards at its annual High Achiever’s Award ceremony held at the BMICH recently. The award winners topped millions of students around the world to be eligible for these prizes, with proud parents and teachers attending to witness the crème de la crème of top achievers receiving the Best Results awards.



Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemoration
Screening of the documentary film
The Rosa Parks Story

Followed by a panel discussion with:

Anushka Gunawardena
Umesh Moramudali
Journalist / Undergraduate – University of Colombo
Mumtaz Faleel
Country Manager, Emerge Lanka
Sudarshana Gunawardana
Executive Director, Rights Now Collective for Democracy

About the film:
Many people believe Rosa Parks’ simple refusal to move to the back of a Montgomery, Alabama bus was her contribution to the Civil Rights movement, but this engrossing look at her life tells the whole story.
At a young age, she refused to recognize her alleged inferiority to whites and became an activist working for the NAACP.
(Duration: 94 minutes)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 05:30pm
American Center
# 44, Galle Road, Colombo 03.

All guests aged 16 and older must have goverment-issued photo ID for entry
American Center members can use their membership cards to attend programs

Entrance Free! Register with, American Center Library: Tel. 2498146/69,
email: AmcenterSL@state.govor
Sharmini-Tel: 2498180, email:
Nowzad- Tel: 2498128, email:



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