SLF Medical Director, Dr Deepthi to speak in a National Conference

National Conference on:
COVID-19: Impact, Mitigation, Opportunities and Building Resilience
Theme:” From Adversity to Serendipity”
Hosted by: National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka
Dates: 27th & 28th, 2021

The first day of the conference is Jan 27th, in Sri Lanka

The second day of the conference, 28th in Sri Lanka, 10.20am to 11.00am
Session 4- Plenary Presentation:
By the North America Speakers:
Canada time: 10.50pm on the 27thDr Dilantha Fernando/ Canada
US/California time: 8.50pm on the 27thDr Deepthi Jayasekera & Dr Iru Fernando/ US
UK time: 4.50am on the 28th -Dr Suranjith Seneviratna/ UK

The two day program:
Programme final NSF

Register in the link below:

Meet our New Staff! SLF Academy of Performing Arts Open Enrollment for 2021

Open Enrollment Date January 24th, 2021!!!

10.00am to 12.00pm

Meet our new staff:

Nirosha Wijegunasekera,
Following MPhil Degree, University of Peradeniya
MA in Dance, University of Kalaniya
Bachelor of Arts in Visual & Performing Arts

Lecturer at the University of the Visual and performing Arts, Sri Lanka

Akila Palipana
BA. Degree, University of Kelaniya
MA. Undergraduate, University of Kelaniya
Visiting Lecturer at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Nalinda Vithana
Behri Foundation of Drums and Dance

Kanishka D Muhandiramge Gomas
Founding Member & Dance Instructor at Behri Foundation of Drums and Dance.

Sri Lanka Foundation Academy of Performing Arts will continue to conduct virtual sessions on Google classroom settings for Dance & Drumming in the NEW SCHOOL YEAR STARTING IN JANUARY 2021.

The school achieved its Accreditation status in 2019 from the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) which is a world-renowned accrediting association. WASC is a voluntary dual-purpose process for schools to demonstrate that they provide high-quality learning and model continual self-improvement.

The classes consist of a well rounded curriculum to meet the needs of the Accreditation status as well as the lesson plans have been adjusted for the students to be able easily grasp the techniques online. The classes are taught by extremely qualified and experienced staff that has made a huge impact in the students learning to keep their focus on the online teaching. Quarterly assessments are conducted to monitor the progress of the student programs and its impact on student learning with respect to the ACS WASC criteria.

In 2022 the school will go through a self study program which will involve of all stakeholders during the process that will consist of a school-wide action plan to address and identify areas for improvement.

The enrollment application is available on the: and click on the Academy tab.

For more information call:
213-400-1662 or Email:
Achala Weerasinghe
Director of Cultural Affairs/SLF and Director of Operations, Academy of Performing Arts
Please click on the link below to register to join:

Looking for Jobs!! Register Now!! EDD Programs and Services for Californians Webinar


DATE: Sunday, February 7th, 2021
TIME: 10.00am to 11.30am


Ken Gomez, Deputy Division Chief, Workforce Services Branch
Alex Carter, Workforce Employment Program Manager 111
*Unemployment Insurance/ Employment Opportunities
*Services available to job seekers and employers

Kathryn “Katie” Morales, Outreach Analyst, Disability Insurance Branch
*How to file a claim, eligibility requirements and updates to the CARES Act.

Mariah Cantu-Nunez, Outreach Analyst, Disability Insurance
*Short-term Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) wage replacement benefits for eligible California workers

Click on the link below to register:

For more information call:
Keshini Wijegoonaratna

Virtual Music, Dance & Drama, “Hantana Night” Organized by AAUPOC

Hanthana Night Virtual (ZOOM)
Alumni Association of the University of Peradeniya-Ottawa Chapter (AAUPOC)

Ever since the inception of the Alumni Association of University of Peradeniya-Ottawa Chapter (AAUPOC) in 2012, our premier social gathering to foster the friendship among the members and friends in the Sri Lankan Community has been the annual “Hanthana Night”. Over the past few years, we have been entertaining the participants with a rich Sri Lankan cultural and musical show at the Hanthana Night. Unfortunately, due to the prevailing restrictions for social gatherings, we haven’t been able to host our Hanthana Night in the traditional format this year. However, we are very pleased to announce that the Executive Committee with the dedicated volunteers are organizing a Hanthana Night in the virtual format (ZOOM) with an exciting lineup of performances in spite of the existing constraints.

You are cordially invited to enjoy this event at leisure at your home with your family.

Event: AAUPOC Hanthana Night Virtual
Date/Time: Saturday, 16th of January 2021; 7:00pm (Ottawa, EST); 4:00pm (PST) à onwards
5:30am 17th January (Sri Lanka)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 839 0132 6637
Passcode: 128404

Dr. Kanagasundrem, among British-Sri Lankans recognized in Queen’s Honor List

Colombo (News 1st); Several British-Sri Lankans were among those enlisted in the Queen’s 2021 New Year honors list which recognizes the outstanding achievements of people in the United Kingdom. Dr Shikandhini Kanagasundrem, Professor Ravi Silva, Professor Mohan Edirisinghe, Professor Ramani Moonesinghe, Gajan Wallooppillai, , and Mohamed Hazrath Haleem Ossman were conferred the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award.

Dr Shikandhini Kanagasundrem (Dr ‘Shico’ Visuvanathan), was recognized in the Queen’s 2021 New Year Honours list, for outstanding services in Microbiology and Infection Prevention & Control, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic in the U.K. She went on to specialize in Medical Microbiology at University College Hospital London, and completed her MD (Doctor of Medicine), MSc in Clinical Microbiology, and FRCPath (Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists)

With the support of the Infection Prevention and Control team, Dr Kanagasundrem has led and controlled the Hospital’s response to many infection challenges.

Speaking to News 1st, Dr Kanagasundrem said: “I am humbled and very proud to be awarded an MBE. It is a reflection of the wonderful infection prevention and control team and microbiology team I work with, and the hard work put in by clinical colleagues and senior management alike during this pandemic. I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me in my career, both colleagues past and present, and my family.”

Professor Ravi Silva, Director, from the Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey received a CBE for his outstanding services to Science, Education and Research over the last three decades, with contributions that extend around the world. Prof. Silva has conducted major research activities in China, India, Sri Lanka and the UK.

Professor Mohan Edirisinghe who was conferred the OBE holds the Bonfield Chair of Biomaterials in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University College London (UCL). Prof. Edirisinghe has been in the forefront of developing new methods to manufacture advanced materials, particularly in healthcare.

His patented technology for producing micro-bubbles and nanoparticles has enabled the manufacture of whole new drug delivery systems.

Professor Ramani Moonesinghe is Professor of Perioperative Medicine and Consultant Anaesthetist, University College London. She receives the OBE for services to Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Critical Care.

In her NHS England role, Professor Moonesinghe was the clinical lead for the national critical care response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gajan Wallooppillai, a former Conservative councillor in Richmond received the OBE for services to Equality and Community Cohesion.

A former local councillor in the Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames, he is currently a Special Advisor to the Conservative Party Chairman and the party’s International Secretary. Mohamed Hazrath Haleem Ossman received the OBE for services to the Sri Lankan community in the UK (London, Greater London). An old boy of S. Thomas College, he is an accountant by profession with businesses in the UK and Sri Lanka and an active member of the Sri Lanka Islamic (UK) Association.

The Queen’s New Years Honors List recognizes the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.

Video Attached, H.E Ambassador Sanjiv Gunasekera assumed duties in Tokyo, Japan

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Japan Sanjiv Gunasekara assumed duties on January 6th, in Tokyo. He is the 17th Sri Lankan Ambassador to Japan during the past 69 years of bilateral relations of the two countries.

The event of the assumption of duties of the Ambassador included the invoking of blessings by Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Christian dignitaries.

The chief incumbents and other Buddhists monks of Sawara Lankaji Temple, International Buddhist Centre – Hachioji, Fuji Sugatha Senasuna and Tsukuba Sri Sambuddhaloka Temple attended the event. Sri Sarujan Sathyamoorthy, Abdulla Lathif and Dr. Nimfa Jayamanna conducted the blessings of Hindu, Islamic and Christian faiths respectively. Senior office bearers of the all Associations connected to Sri Lanka in Japan also participated in the event followed by an alms-giving to the Maha Sangha and other religious dignitaries organized by the staff of the Embassy.

The Ambassador Gunasekara explained his objectives during his period which were assigned to him by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Further increasing and expanding bilateral relations of two countries and especially exploring strong economic relations are key priorities of his work. Ambassador-designate explained his strong intentions to find more Japanese investments in Sri Lanka, increase employment opportunities in Japan, Japanese tourists to visit Sri Lanka and increase exports to Japan.

Mr. Gunasekara is a businessman by profession and runs several businesses in the Los Angeles in the US. He also had been a team leader of many charitable engagements in both in the US and Sri Lanka.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Management and Bachelor of International Relations from Beloit College Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University.

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Kegalle ‘COVID CURE’ remains unapproved by Medical Professionals

Written by Zulfick Farzan
11 Dec, 2020 | 9:04 PM

Colombo (News 1st); The ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ of Dhammika Bandara from Kegalle is yet to be clinically tested at the Wathupitiwala District Base Hospital, said its Medical Superintendent M. C. N. Bandara on Friday (11).

He said a doctor had made an observation on the syrup or cure, however, he is yet to be informed about it.

Dhammika Bandara, the creator of the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ claims his product was tested at the Wathupitiwala District Base Hospital adding Medical Officer Dhammika Kumara, attached to the hospital’s Public Health Unit intervened in the process.

Dhammika Kumara says several patients at the hospital requested to obtain the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ externally.

He said 140 COVID-19 infected patients were given the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ and later 10 of them were subject to PCR tests and result showed all of them were cured.

Based on the result and after obtaining permission from Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, 50 patients were selected at random and they were divided into two groups, where 25 of them were given the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ and the other 25 were given a separate syrup.

Dr. Dhammika Kumara said all 50 patients were subject to PCR tests and 31 samples were sent to the Maharagama Hospital and 19 were sent to the National Medical Research Institute.

However, the National Medical Research Institute has rejected the PCR tests carried out deviating due process.

According to the samples sent to the Maharagama Hospital 16 of those who consumed the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ and two others who consumed the other syrup were cured of the virus.

Dhammika Kumara went on to note one patient who was given the other syrup had earlier tested negative to COVID-19.

More than 100 vaccines are in trial stages across the world to cure COVID-19, however, none have show 100% accurate results.

Therefore, it the process observed a the Wathupitiwala District Base Hospital can be accepted as the truth, the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ of Dhammika Bandara will become the world’s first cure to show 100% success rate.

However, Dr. Prasad Hendawitharana, the Chair of the Government Ayurvedic Medical Officers Association said there are serious concerns surrouding Dhammika Bandara and his ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’

An Ayurvedic product can only be produced by a doctor registered with the Ayurvedic Medical Council of Sri Lanka and under the strict supervision of a doctor attached to the AMC in a laboratory registered with the Ayurvedic Medical Council, he said.

Though one can claim one discovered a cure, there are steps that need to be followed before it is administered to patients, he added.

No one can claim they are an Ayurvedic Practitioner, simple because they present a recipe of a potion, said Dr. Prasad Hendawitharana, the Chair of the Government Ayurvedic Medical Officers Association.

On the 09th of December State Minister Sisira Jayakody claimed the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine and the Department of Ayurveda had approved for the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ produced by Dhammika Bandara to be given as a food supplement to COVID-19 patients.

On the 10th of December the Commissioner of Ayurveda Chathura Kumaratunga said the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ is being subject to clinical trials and the results are to be expected.

He stressed the Department of Ayurveda had not given approval for the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ to be used as a food supplement.

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Association Professor Indika Karunathilake said when a medicine is produced there is a process followed in introducing it to the world.

There is no proven cure for COVID-19 anywhere in the world, he stressed.