California is home to several hundreds of doctors who are of Sri Lankan origin, most of whom are members of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, North America (West).
The Association holds a glittering Ball bi-annually and this year’s event was held at the magnificent Ballroom of the legendary Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The event, which had over 500 attendees, was sponsored by Indocean Developers Ltd., the promoters of Altair, the iconic development which is changing Colombo’s skyline.
An Altair spokesman said that they were pleased to support this function not merely because of outreach and networking potential among the Association’s affluent membership, but also in recognition of the SLMA’s laudable efforts towards the alleviation of those suffering from cancer in Sri Lanka and the rehabilitation of the Mulleriyawa Hospital.
Taken from Daily FTDecember 28, 2016
Altair, the property development that is transforming the Colombo 2 neighbourhood with its iconic twin-tower high-rise, has responded to the request of a leading Buddhist prelate to build a Hindu shrine at the intersection of Union Place and Sir James Peiris Mawatha at Kompanña Veediya as a service to the community.
The request, from the Ven. Galboda Gnanissara Thera, Chief Incumbent of Gangaramaya Temple, the monastic leader of Colombo Nawakorala, was to make the busy intersection which already has a Buddhist temple, a Catholic church and a mosque in close proximity to it, a symbol of inter-religious amity with the addition of a shrine at which Hindu devotees may venerate. The 20-foot high shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesh was consecrated recently at a ceremony attended by Ven. Galboda Gnanissara Thera, Ven. Dr. Kirinde Assaji Thera, Shivasri Baskara Kurukkal of the Sri Muthu Vinayagar Swami Kovil, Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D. M. Swaminathan and the board of Altair led by Joint Chairman R.S. Goenka.
The shrine was constructed on the lines of typical Indian Hindu architecture on a portion of land belonging to the Gangaramaya temple.
Taken form Daily Mirror