Sri Lanka to issue new currency notes series next month

Sri Lanka’s banking watchdog- Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) is to release the twelfth Series of Sri Lankan Currency Notes including the brand new Rs. 5,000 note, next month. This means that the value of current highest denomination will be increased by 250 percent to Rs. 5,000. The new series is designed under a theme of development and prosperity and feature enhanced security measures, and will be available for circulation from February 2011, the Central Bank officials said at the launch of its Roadmap for 2011.

“We want to stress that the printing of the new Rs.5,000 note is not a sign that inflation will go up,” Deputy Governor Dharma Dheerasinghe told reporters.
Rs.2,000 note which was the latest introduced by the CBSL on October 17, 2006 while the Rs.5000 multi colour coin which was the latest coin to be launched in view of the Central Bank’s 60th anniversary.

This heritage series currency note are introduced in view of the shift in demand for high denomination currency notes coupled with changes in price levels and increase in per capita GDP in the country in recent times.

Central Bank justifying its action said that money circulation had increased by nearly Rs.50 billion after the end of war as a result of the surge of cash-based transactions in the island’s North and East.

Despite a booming economy country’s inflation shot up to 7 percent from a 3.1 percent recorded in February 2010, surpassing Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal’s earlier inflation forecast of between 5 to 6 percent.

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2011 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh

Sri Lanka will co-host the 2011 Cricket World cup along with India and Bangladesh. Sri Lanka Cricket (the country’s Cricket board) has suggested that matches will be played at Colombo’s Premadasa Stadium as well as two new stadiums in Hambantota and Pallekelle.

With ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 coming in the year 2011, the game would rise to new levels. If you are a Cricket fan searching for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 schedule, Cricket World Cup 2011 fixtures, Cricket World Cup 2011 venue and Cricket World Cup 2011 teams, then you need not to go elsewhere as you will get information on Ajith’s Blog, Cricket World Cup 2011 venue and Cricket World Cup 2011 teams and ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 schedule and every other info about ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 will be the 10th World Cup. Prior to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, 9 Cricket World Cups have been organized by ICC. Australia have emerged winner on the most occasions – 4. Closely following is West Indies, who won the inaugural and the very next World Cup. All the Indian Subcontinent teams – India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have won 1 World Cup each. Australia won in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007. West Indies won on 1975 (the first World Cup) and 1979. India won the World Cup in 1983, Pakistan won the World Cup in 1992 and Sri Lanka won in 1996.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 schedule and Cricket World Cup 2011 fixtures: ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 schedule and Cricket World Cup 2011 fixtures are given below on our website.

Match Date Teams Venue
1 19 Feb India vs Bangladesh Dhaka
2 20 Feb New Zealand vs Kenya Chennai
3 20 Feb Sri Lanka vs Canada Hambantota
4 21 Feb Australia vs Zimbabwe Ahmedabad
5 22 Feb England vs Netherlands Nagpur
6 23 Feb Pakistan vs Kenya Hambantota
7 24 Feb South Africa vs West Indies New Delhi
8 25 Feb Australia vs New Zealand Nagpur
9 25 Feb Bangladesh vs Ireland Dhaka
10 26 Feb Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Colombo
11 27 Feb India vs England Kolkata
12 28 Feb West Indies vs Netherlands New Delhi
13 28 Feb Zimbabwe vs Canada Nagpur
14 1 Mar Sri Lanka vs Kenya Colombo
15 2 Mar England vs Ireland Bangalore
16 3 Mar South Africa vs Netherlands Mohali
17 3 Mar Pakistan vs Canada Colombo
18 4 Mar New Zealand vs Zimbabwe Ahmedabad
19 4 Mar Bangladesh vs West Indies Dhaka
20 5 Mar Sri Lanka vs Australia Colombo
21 6 Mar India vs Ireland Bangalore
22 6 Mar England vs South Africa Chennai
23 7 Mar Kenya vs Canada New Delhi
24 8 Mar Pakistan vs New Zealand Pallekelle
25 9 Mar India vs Netherlands New Delhi
26 10 Mar Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Pallekelle
27 11 Mar West Indies vs Ireland Mohali
28 11 Mar Bangladesh vs England Chittagong
29 12 Mar India vs South Africa Nagpur
30 13 Mar New Zealand vs Canada Mumbai
31 13 Mar Australia vs Kenya Bangalore
32 14 Mar Pakistan vs Zimbabwe Pallekelle
33 14 Mar Bangladesh vs Netherlands Chittagong
34 15 Mar South Africa vs Ireland Kolkata
35 16 Mar Australia vs Canada Bangalore
36 17 Mar England vs West Indies Chennai
37 18 Mar Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Mumbai
38 18 Mar Ireland vs Netherlands Kolkata
39 19 Mar Australia vs Pakistan Colombo
40 19 Mar Bangladesh vs South Africa Dhaka
41 20 Mar Zimbabwe vs Kenya Kolkata
42 20 Mar India vs West Indies Chennai
43 23 Mar First Quarterfinal Dhaka
44 24 Mar Second Quarterfinal Colombo
45 25 Mar Third Quarterfinal Dhaka
46 26 Mar Fourth Quarterfinal Ahmedabad
47 29 Mar First Semifinal Colombo
48 30 Mar Second Semifinal Mohali
49 02 Apr FINAL Mumbai

Once you bookmark this page you can view ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 schedule and Cricket World Cup 2011 fixtures anytime you like.

Cricket World Cup 2011 venue: With India as the main host of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Cricket World Cup 2011 venue includes stadiums of cities like Dhaka, Mumbai, Kolkata, Mohali, Colombo, Chennai, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, chittagong and Bangalore. Cricket World Cup 2011 venue also includes new venues like Pallekelle and Hambantota – both being in Sri Lanka.

Cricket World Cup 2011 teams: Cricket World Cup 2011 teams include 4 times winner Australia, 2 times winners West Indies, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Netherlands, Canada, Ireland, England and Kenya. Groups in which Cricket World Cup 2011 teams are divided:

Group A – Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya.

Group B – India, South Africa, England, Bangladesh, West Indies, Netherlands and Ireland.

Ten Tips on using credit cards online

Tip 1: Only purchase goods and services from reputed companies when purchasing online always look for reputed known companies.

Companies such as Amazone are well known for online trade. You should not deal with a company which you have never heard of before or if their web site looks unprofessional and hastily designed.

If you are a first time buyer from an online merchant do some research on the organization. See if the contact details are available in the web site. Any reputed organization should have their contact details such as hot lines, fax, and email address listed. If you want to make sure that the merchant’s company really exists you may call them to find out. You can also do a Google search for the company name and see if there are any adverse comments against them. Another possibility is to check in an online business directory or yellow pages for information about the organization.

Tip 2: Enter your credit card details only in secure web sites. Before you enter you CC details on a web site check if the site is really secure. Remember that Internet is a public network. Whenever you enter your CC details only the online merchant and you should be able to read that information. This is achieved by encryption(Scrambling) of information exchanged between you and the merchant. If the address of the we page starts with https://(Notice the additional s at the end of http) that site uses encryption to make information you send unreadable to outsiders. Another sign to look for is a closed padlock icon at the bottom of the browser or next to the address bar. The closed padlock also indicates that the site is using encryption. Furthermore, if you click on the closed padlock your browser will reveal you the real identity of the web site.

Never enter your CC details in a website whose address does not starts with https://. If it does not display a closed padlock or if the padlock is open.

Tip 3: Read the web site privacy policy. Privacy policy is one aspect that many people overlook during online purchases. Any organization collecting your sensitive information such as the CC number should be obliged to protect that information.

Browse through the privacy policy of your merchant and see if they are sharing your information with third parties and what type of security controls are in place to protect your sensitive information.

Tip 4: Print and keep a receipt of your payment All online merchants issue a confirmation page with the purchase details once the payment is accepted. You should print a copy of this page and keep it for future reference. This may will be the only evidence you have regarding your online purchase.

Tip 5: Keep your computer secure. Many criminals obtain your CC details straight from your computer. Internet is full of varies type of malicious software(Malware). Your computer can get infected with these malware when you visit certain web sites or by opening suspicious email attachments. Some of these malware will hide in your system and record your keystrokes(such malware are called keyloggers) and send them to a criminal. The keystroke recorded will also include your CC number and personal details.

In order to avoid such malware you need to have anti-virus and anti-spyware installed. Also you need to update those regularly so that you are protected against the latest threats. Installing or enabling a personal firewall will also help to keep away the intruders.

Tip 6: Don’t become a victim of phishing Have you ever received emails pretending to be from a financial institute asking your personal information such as CC number or Internet banking password? These emails are scams called phishing aimed at obtaining your CC or other personal information. Never trust such emails and never click on links in such emails.

Your bank will never ask for your confidential information through emails. If you need to log on to a particular web site always type the web site address in the address bar by yourself. Also, check and see if the site is secure as mentioned in Tip 2.

Tip 7: Check the web site address if you ever click on a link to visit a web site of a merchant or a financial organization such a s bank always check the web address in the address bar. Don’t be lazy! Take your time to type the correct web address by yourself rather than clicking on links.

Tip 8: Subscribe to alert services provided by banks. Many banks provide SMS or telephone alert services which will inform you once an online payment is made using your CC. Subscribe to these services so that any unauthorized use will not go unnoticed.

Tip 9: Don’t store your CC information on computer or paper. Never write down your CC information on pieces of paper or store them in your computer. There is always a chance that this information may fall in to wrong hands! Destroy any receipts or statements once you don’t need them. Don’t throw these to garbage bins.

Tip 10: Be careful when using public computers. Never use computers in cybercafes or Internet kiosks to purchase goods online. You never know if these computers are secure or not. Public computers may be infected with malware(Tip 5) or someone might be simply watching your actions through the network. Especially, be careful when you travel overseas since you might be compelled to use public computers. It is always a good idea to inform your bank about your travel in advance.

Muralitharan Takes Record 800th Wicket in Final Test

Spinner Muttiah Muralitharan became the first cricketer to take 800 Test wickets, extending his record tally in his final match before quitting the elite format of the game.

Muralitharan was hoisted aloft by his teammates at Galle stadium after Indian batsman Pragyan Ojha was caught from Muralitharan’s final ball of his 18-year Test career. Sri Lanka went on to win by 10 wickets.

The 38-year-old has taken the 800 wickets in 133 Test matches and 515 wickets in 337 one-day internationals, also the highest tally. He broke the record of 502 one-day wickets held by Wasim Akram last year and eclipsed Shane Warne’s mark of 708 Test wickets in 2007.

Sri Lanka’s most successful sportsman helped the island nation win the cricket World Cup in 1996 and used his celebrity status to galvanize reconstruction efforts following the devastating tsunami that killed 30,000 people in 2004.

“It was a  proud day for every Sri Lankan — his contribution has not just been numbers, he has built a profile for the country and put Sri Lanka on the map.”

Muralitharan, who varies conventional off-spin with balls that slide straight on and so-called doosras which turn the other way, has averaged six wickets per Test. A native of the hill station town of Kandy, his 67 five-wicket hauls in an innings are a record, as is his tally of taking 10 wickets in a match on 22 occasions.

Since making his Test debut in 1992, his action has prompted accusations of throwing from match officials. He’s been cited three times by umpires, only to be cleared of bowling illegally on each occasion after undergoing laboratory analysis.

Another incident in March 2004 forced cricket lawmakers to review their approach to throwing in international matches, culminating in a relaxation of the rules to allow all bowlers a greater degree of arm straightening in their delivery.

Muralitharan got the eight wickets he needed in the match against India to reach the 800 mark. SL team totaled 520, and India replied with 276 and 338 after the follow-on was enforced. Sri lanka won the match in 10 wickets at the end.

Well done Murali… We salute you….!!!

Sinhabahu came alive at the Lionel Wendt.

Lion, the king of the beasts falls in love with princess Suppadevi and from their union are born twins- the son named Sinhabahu and daughter Sinha Seevali. This traditional mythological story ‘Sinhabahu’ documented in the great chronicle the Mahawansa, was came alive on March 21 at the Lionel Wendt.

As Mahawansa stated, the full story is as bellow,

Long time ago, India consisted of many countries. Vanga was one of the countries of India at that time. The King of Vanga had a very beautiful daughter. Fortunetellers predicted that this pretty Princess would be kidnapped by a lion. One day, when the Princess was traveling to Magadha country (The country where Lord Buddha lived), a lion attacked the caravan near Lala country and kidnapped the Princess. The lion took the Princess to the cave where he lived and blocked the entrance to the cave with a huge rock. All efforts to find the Princess failed. Years later, the Princess had twins, a son and a daughter. The son had hands that looked like a lion. The son was named “Sinhabahu”. (Sinha=Lion, Bahu=Hands) and the daughter was named “Sinhasivali”.

One day, Sinhabahu asked his mother why they are locked inside the cave and why their father will not let them leave. The mother told what happened to her and Sinhabahu was determined to break open the cave entrance. One day when the lion was not in the cave, Sinhabahu pushed the stone and fled with his mother and sister. When the lion came back to the cave, he saw that whole family had fled and he went looking for them. When the lion came to the village, people were fearful of the lion and tried to chase him away. Lion in return attacked people and created panic in the village. After hearing the commotion created by the lion, the King of the Lala country asked Sinhabahu to stop the lion. Sinhabahu went to meet the lion and during the encounter Sinhabahu shot the lion with his arrow and killed the lion. The King of the Lala country, built a city for Sinhabahu, named it “Sinhapura”, and made Sinhabahu King of the city.

University of Peradeniya

University of Peradeniya : Proud beginnings

(Copied from Sunday Observer – 17-01-2010)
The idea of university education is an outcome of imperialism. Though confined to the development of their own interests the country under British rule was benefited in many ways.

Sir Ivor Jennings
The system of education with prominence given to English was upheld to the highest standard and it is the highest academic discipline. The university became the symbol of education of the elite in the colonial era. It was in Colombo, the capital city. University of Sri Lanka, then Ceylon under the British was set up in Colombo in 1942 until the premises were prepared at Peradeniya. On completion of the first phase, mid 1952 saw the transferring of the University to Peradeniya as the first residential university in the country – the most prestigious with a special place in the university system today.

The pioneer
The person behind this great edifice was none other than Sir Ivor Jennings, the founder Vice-Chancellor of the University, the first and the one and only university at Peradeniya, a shining example of an intellectually gifted genius in the academic world.

He was really the key to the outstanding success in this venture. Lack of a university in then Ceylon deeply imbedded in him was the force that guided him throughout his career. After assuming duties he made a thorough study and worked constantly to realise his dream and finally he made it a magnanimous seat of learning in the island at the time.

Today it remains a precious heritage in the history of Sri Lanka. It was set up on the British university model (Oxford Cambridge) described as the best for which, there is a mad rush by the wealthy clamouring to send their children even today. He toiled hard in his desperate attempt to carry forward the university on the path of perfection working tirelessly and selflessly towards the goal. From there onwards it has been a steady upward journey towards academic excellence. He was an authority on Political Science and Economics too. His service to our constitution during the pre-Independence era is still being admired. The Economy of Ceylon which he authored after much research in the rural sector was an asset to the students of Economics at the time.

The most impressive was his view that “the fundamental task of a university is to produce educated men and women.” Since its inception it was created as an institution for undergraduates bent on learning culminating in the conferment of degrees in their respective fields of study.

He worked enthusiastically towards it. Entering the university was one of the most significant events in one’s life, and if not for him the dreams of the early university students may not have been fulfilled. They consider their exposure to university education has created a major transformation in their lives. Those of us who were fortunate enough to enter the university little after the Jennings era when it was at the height of her glory, it was hard work filled with joy.

We still have pleasant memories, recollections of our stay at Peradeniya with deep gratitude to its founder. As the first person who first introduced this supreme gift to Sri Lanka, as the pioneer in university education then as the most educated in his superior performance to the entire community (student) he will remain an outstanding intellect in the history of the island.

Elegance

The University of Peradeniya is a nature’s gift. It was founded in a place where nature itself had created an ideal site for the purpose. The wonderful landscape with Hantana hills on one side and river Mahaweli on the other is amazingly serene.

The scenic splendour with enchanting natural beauty drove the founder to make it a splendid masterpiece who with the gifted architect Shirley de Alwis made it a heaven on earth. The choice of the site – (600 acre land originally a tea estate plus the vast forest taken over) was a marvel. Your eyes will capture the vast area with majestic hills and trees with hanging creepers of dazzling flowers with river Mahaweli winding its way through.

The residential halls and other requisite buildings were all built with traditional architectural features of ancient Sri Lanka. The residential halls were well spaced and constructed on mini hill tops. Marrs, Jayatilleka, Pieris, Sanghamitta, Hilda and Ramanathan are a few such halls. “The Lodge” – the residence of the Vice Chancellor is found in the vicinity. Many of the bungalows, the Lecturers’ quarters were along Galaha Road. Some located at Mahakanda with neatly cut lawns and flower beds beautified the surroundings.

The other places of interest and importance – The Arts Theatre, the Senate Building, gymnasium, the library and spacious lecture rooms were designed to provide the ideal setting for academic achievements.

There is what you call the pillared area in between the library and the administrative block where they gather and exchange views.

The open air stadium built later, summer houses, shady curved “Kissing Bend” – still another eye catching place when in full bloom, bear witness to the splendid contribution made by the pioneer and the Architect to this esteemed institution. The University premises on the whole is a true wonder unfolding the majestic performance and the service it rendered.

Fun – ragging

There is truly an intellectual atmosphere in the campus. The first two weeks in the campus was filled with numerous activities. The simple fun then known as “Ragging” had been introduced by the pioneer for the students to enjoy and rejoice their arrival in high spirits. It was meant as a form of familiarisation between the seniors and the new comers termed freshers.

Really and truly, it was true fun-wearing dresses the other way, slippers the wrong foot, doing small jobs for the seniors. The seniors showed their concern, warmth and love when we were freshers and ever since it ragging was part and parcel of university life. It is a pity that ragging today has become a social problem violating human rights.

It totally interferes with education for which the students tread the university soil with the highest dream in their life. Under the present set up in many universities, ragging which we enjoyed in a refined manner has run into real confusion. It is very sad that the most mature students amidst their intellectual surroundings are hardly disciplined to enjoy the sacred tradition.

The scenic splendour of the University of Peradeniya

When stepping into the campus anyone can see the vision of the creator – the intellectual atmosphere combined with the physical beauty. His dedicated service was not single handed. He was ably assisted by a galaxy of Professors and lecturers. They were much admired academics. Their heads were stuffed with so much subject matter. They had strong intellect to plan, guide and lead the students. They were all well-known among the undergraduates for their teaching skills. Their lectures were thought provoking.

Some were gifted with a wonderful sense of humour, which everybody admired, lecturers prim and proper in their formal attire, earned much respect and esteem among the students. It was very impressive to see them on the podium with black cloaks over them.

To name a few – Professors Hettiaratchy Passey, F. R. Jayasuriya, Karl Gunawardena, Indraratna Thambiahpillai, K. N. Jayatilleka and Basil Mendis were heads of Sinhala, English, Economics, History, Geography and Philosophy.

Still others to be added to this list are Doric de Souza, Sarachchandra, Ariyapala, Peter Silva, R. S. Karunaratna, H. A. D. S. and Victor Gunasekera, Father Pinto, Labrooy, Ashley Halpe, Arasaratnam, Tony Rajaratnam, Vanden Driesen, Srima Kiribamuna, Swarna Jayaweera. Space does not permit me to do justice to them.

Then from India, there was Professor Ray, Dr. Das Gupta and Dr. Sarkar performing their duties well in their respective departments. The superior wisdom and wealth of knowledge of the above mentioned was directed towards students well-being. It is fitting that we pay tribute to them.

Life

Going back to life at the university, every undergraduate had a serious look into the future. Enchanted by the scenic beauty and encouraged by the atmosphere they settled down to studies with enthusiasm for the highest achievement.

The first examination to face was GAQ from which you decide whether to do the four year course to specialise in the qualified subject.

After reading and last minute cramming you sit for your finals. Just before the exams the Buddhists would go to Gatambe Temple and the Dalada Maligawa to pray for their success.

The library played a vital role in undergraduate’s academic life. Many spend their free time in the library reading for pleasure as well as reference books recommended for tutorials. It is a true wonder supposed to be the best, east of Suez. It was housed in the ground floor of the administrative block, later in the story building between the Senate and the B Room.

The climax of one’s academic life here is marked by the convocation. This is something that every undergraduate anxiously waits for to see the completion of their studies here and also witness the grandeur of the occasion.

Professors solemnly walk in front of the procession all wearing the caps and gowns of their respective universities, where they had qualified.

Governor General Sir Oliver Gunatilleke was the gorgeous figure officiating the ceremony awarding the certificates in the presence of their parents, at the end of which you feel that you have reaped something.

We hardly missed the socials or get-togethers held annually in residential halls. We had plenty of fun exploring areas at Hantane during week-ends.

We participated in many of the annual trips organised by the University. We never missed the evenings which showed Maname, Sinhabahu of Prof. Sarathchandra in the open air stadium also initiated by him. We still have pleasant recollections of our stay at Peradeniya.

These are reminiscences running over half a century and much more. Many are away from our midst. Some in foreign lands.

Among the living, wherever they are I am sure they cannot fail to reminiscence the university days.

Those were the days…

A short journey to Trincomalee

Another long week end, after long time. Our batch mates had organized a journey to Trincomalee. They had planned to left from University (University of Peradeniya) at around 8.00 a.m. There for most of our mates had arrived to the university on Thursday evening. But I had some work to take care of before I go. I planned to work Thursday to finish off them and join at Dambulla with others. So I got a bus from Colombo to Dambulla on Friday early in the morning and I could manage to arrive to Dambulla at around 8.00 a.m. One of my friend (Pradeep – Tayya) also was there at that time and I joined with him. Both of us had to wait around 2 hours there at Dambulla, until others come to join with us.

After very long time, about 50 folks have got together to have maximum of fun and spend some time gossiping. At that time, our guys have taken care of 10 bottles of …. . We had our lunch at “Hatharas Kotuwa” area and continued the journey. Driver of our bus was very cool person and he took very long time to reach to Trinco. First, we went to the hot wells at “Kanniya” and then to the beach. Sun was disappearing bellow the horizon when we reach to the beach. But everybody got down spending some time in the sea. Many guys had too much of drunk and doped. But we spent there at the beach until dark become very strong.

The place we were stayed at the night also very closed to the beach. There for we went to the beach once again with 3 bottles of liquor, as soon as finish the dinner. We kept on chatting and had a cool time, and got drunk- no excuse! As I thought, I took care of a lot of liquor. That makes me feel cool…. You know it’s very nice to be away for a while from the rush and busy city. And also to meet some people who close to me. We stayed till 1.30am

Got up at 5.00 a.m and went to the queue for attending to the short journey by ship. But there were lot more people there to travel by ship due to the long week end. We had to given up the idea and went to the “Koneshwaram Kovil”. After all these visits, I packed up my self and started to travel back to Colombo along, due to some work I had to taken care of. That was a short but sweet visit