Monday, January 15, 2024

Police Arrested 3 suspects in Connection with A/L Examination Paper Leak

In a significant development regarding the leakage of the GCE A/L 2023 Agricultural Science question papers, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has apprehended a peon of the Moratuwa Maha Vidyalaya exam center. The suspect, identified as a 38-year-old male, was taken into custody on January 15.

The police spokesman, addressing the media, revealed that the arrest was made following a thorough investigation into the incident. The suspect, who held the position of peon at the Moratuwa Maha Vidyalaya exam center, allegedly played a pivotal role in the unauthorized dissemination of the Agricultural Science question papers.

Earlier today, police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested an employee who was on duty at the examination center in Ampara. It is alleged that the employee played a role in the distribution of the leaked paper to a teacher, who was apprehended earlier in connection with the same case.

On January 14, A 52-year-old male government school teacher from Ampara, who also conducted tuition classes, has been apprehended by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for allegedly leaking the GCE A/L Agricultural Science I & II question papers.

The Examinations Commissioner has assured the public that a new date for the reexamination of the Agricultural Science subject will be duly communicated in advance.

The decision to cancel the exam came after credible information surfaced, indicating that the question paper had been compromised to the social media.

Monday, November 20, 2023

The Power of Editorial Advertising in Branding Marketing and SEO

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital marketing, one strategy has been gaining significant attention and proving its worth across various domains: editorial advertising. Also known as sponsored posts or guest posts, this form of advertising has become an indispensable tool for enhancing branding, amplifying marketing efforts, and optimizing search engine performance.

Editorial Advertising Defined

Editorial advertising, often referred to as sponsored posts or guest posts, is an advertising strategy that integrates seamlessly with the existing content on a platform, such as a blog or website. It is designed to resemble the publication’s regular content, blending in with the surroundings, rather than standing out like traditional banner ads. The idea is to engage readers naturally, without disrupting their browsing experience.

Why Editorial Advertising Matters for Branding

Credibility and Trust: Editorial advertising allows brands to tap into the credibility and trust associated with the host platform. When done well, it can appear as an endorsement from the publication or influencer, adding an extra layer of authenticity to the brand’s message.

Brand Awareness: Through editorial advertising, brands can introduce themselves to a wider and more engaged audience. It provides an opportunity to tell the brand’s story, communicate its values, and offer valuable information to the target audience.

Targeted Content: Editorial advertising enables precise audience targeting. This ensures that the content is relevant to the people who see it, increasing the chances of converting readers into customers.

The Role of Editorial Advertising in Marketing

Content Marketing: Editorial advertising is a fundamental part of content marketing, a strategy where businesses provide valuable and informative content to engage and educate their audience. This approach positions the brand as an industry authority and contributes to its long-term success.

Engagement and Shareability: Engaging content is more likely to be shared on social media, expanding the brand’s reach. Well-crafted editorial ads that resonate with the audience can go viral and create buzz around the brand.

Editorial Advertising’s Impact on SEO

Backlinks: One of the key SEO benefits of editorial advertising is the potential to generate high-quality backlinks. Search engines like Google value backlinks from authoritative sources, and well-crafted sponsored content on reputable websites can provide these valuable links.

Search Visibility: By integrating targeted keywords and phrases into editorial advertising, brands can improve their search engine visibility. When users search for related terms, these posts may rank higher in search results, driving organic traffic to the website.

The Importance of Transparency

It’s essential to maintain transparency when using editorial advertising. Readers should always be informed that the content is sponsored to preserve trust and transparency. Ethical advertising practices are vital for long-term success.

In conclusion, editorial advertising, also known as sponsored posts or guest posts, is a multifaceted marketing strategy that can greatly benefit branding, marketing efforts, and search engine optimization. By blending seamlessly with existing content, it enhances credibility, expands brand awareness, and contributes to SEO through backlinks and improved search visibility. When executed thoughtfully and transparently, editorial advertising can be a powerful tool in a brand’s marketing arsenal.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Top 5 Places to Visit in Japan and Sri Lanka

Japan and Sri Lanka are destinations that blend rich history

Japan and Sri Lanka are destinations that blend rich history, natural beauty, and cultural treasures. In Japan, explore the bustling streets of Tokyo, visit historic Kyoto's temples and shrines, and immerse yourself in the tranquil landscapes of Nikko. Discover the iconic Mount Fuji and soak in the rejuvenating hot springs of Hakone. In Sri Lanka, embrace the lush tea plantations of Ella, explore the ancient city of Anuradhapura, and unwind on the pristine beaches of Mirissa. Don't miss the cultural richness of Kandy and the wildlife wonders of Yala National Park. Both countries offer a tapestry of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for their unique charms.


Tokyo, the dynamic capital of Japan, is a city where the past meets the future in a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation. Exploring Tokyo is an adventure that can be enriched with Japan tour packages, which provide well-organized itineraries to help you make the most of your visit. From the historic temples and gardens of Asakusa to the bustling shopping districts of Shibuya, Tokyo offers a diverse range of experiences. The Meiji Shrine provides a serene escape amidst the urban sprawl, while the Tokyo Skytree offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city's skyline.Packages ensure you can delve into Tokyo's vibrant street food scene and savor the country's culinary delights, from sushi to ramen. Tokyo is a city that never sleeps, and with the help of Japan tour packages, you can fully immerse yourself in its culture, cuisine, and cutting-edge technology, creating memories that will last a lifetime.


Colombo, the bustling capital of Sri Lanka, is a vibrant city that harmoniously blends history, culture, and modernity. Exploring Colombo can be an enriching experience, made even more convenient with Sri Lanka tour packages that provide well-organized itineraries. As the country's largest city and economic hub, Colombo offers a diverse range of attractions. Discover its colonial heritage at sites like the Old Parliament Building and Independence Square, or immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Pettah's bustling markets. The Galle Face Green promenade offers a picturesque view of the Indian Ocean, while the Gangaramaya Temple provides insight into Sri Lanka's religious traditions. Tour packages can also guide you to sample the city's culinary delights, from spicy street food to authentic Sri Lankan curries. With its mix of history, culture, and coastal beauty, Colombo is a captivating destination made even more accessible and enjoyable with tour packages.


Japan and Sri Lanka are destinations that blend rich history


Kyoto, often referred to as Japan's cultural heart, is a city that effortlessly weaves together the traditions of the past and the dynamism of the present. This ancient capital, with its well-preserved temples, historic tea houses, and traditional wooden machiya houses, is a treasure trove for those seeking a glimpse into Japan's rich cultural heritage. Kyoto is a city of contrasts, where the serenity of Zen gardens like the Ryoan-ji and the beauty of the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) coexist with the bustling streets of Gion, the historic geisha district. To explore Kyoto's wonders, consider Kyoto tour packages, which provide curated itineraries to ensure you don't miss iconic landmarks like Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Whether you're participating in a traditional tea ceremony, admiring cherry blossoms in Maruyama Park, or savoring Kyoto's kaiseki cuisine, this city offers a timeless experience that is both steeped in tradition and filled with contemporary delights.



Ella, a picturesque town nestled in the highlands of Sri Lanka, is a hidden gem that embodies the island nation's natural beauty and tranquility. This charming hill station is renowned for its lush tea plantations, rolling green hills, and temperate climate. Ella provides a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life, making it a popular destination for travelers seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. The region offers an array of outdoor adventures, from hiking to the stunning Ella Rock or Little Adam's Peak to exploring the mystical Ravana Falls. Ella is also known for its scenic train rides, such as the famous Ella to Kandy route, which offers breathtaking vistas of the countryside. In this idyllic setting, visitors can savor some of Sri Lanka's finest teas, experience the warmth of the local hospitality, and witness stunning sunrises and sunsets that paint the skies with hues of orange and pink. Ella is a haven for nature lovers and those in search of an enchanting, laid-back atmosphere in the heart of Sri Lanka's hill country.


Kandy, located in the lush central highlands of Sri Lanka, is a city steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. Often referred to as the cultural capital of the island, Kandy is home to the revered Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of Buddhism's most sacred sites. The temple, set against the backdrop of the tranquil Kandy Lake, hosts the Esala Perahera, a grand procession of elephants and dancers, which is a spectacular cultural event. Kandy's historic significance extends to the British colonial era, as evidenced by architectural gems like the Royal Palace and the charming Kandy Railway Station. Nature enthusiasts can explore the nearby Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, which boast a remarkable collection of tropical flora. The city's cool climate, surrounded by picturesque hills and tea plantations, offers a peaceful escape from the coastal heat. Kandy invites travelers to immerse themselves in Sri Lanka's rich heritage, explore its stunning natural landscapes, and experience a city that embodies the essence of the island's cultural diversity.

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Suicides Prevention Hotlines in Sri Lanka Call 1926 or 1333

The economic crisis has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Some groups, including students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. “Suicide is never the answer – there is always HOPE “

Sri Lanka had a suicide rate of 6.9/100,000 in 1950 which dramatically increased to 47/100,000 by 1995 to clock the highest in the world. But suicide prevention strategies implemented on recommendations by the Presidential Task Force of 1997 succeeded in bringing the rate down to 24/100,000 in 2004, 18/100,000 in 2014, and 16/100,000 in 2019. These included decriminalising the act of suicide (1998), a Life Skills Programme introduced by the Ministry of Education (1998), and banning the use of extremely toxic pesticides.

Suicide, A major public health problem in Sri Lanka which demands attention, but its prevention and control, unfortunately, are not an easy task. According to WHO, close to 800 000 people die globally by suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Furthermore, for each suicide, there are more than 20 suicide attempts.

Average of 08 persons die by suicide every day in Sri Lanka. If you or someone you love considering Suicide, Please Call below Suicides Prevention numbers.

  • SuicidePreventionSL Lifelines
  • Mental Health 1926 (toll FREE )
  • CCCline 1333 (toll FREE )
  • Sumithrayo- 0112696666
  • Shanthi Maargam- 0717639898

Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.

Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide.

Sri Lanka Government to support the indigenous Culinary Art

President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that it is the aim of the Government to maximize the contribution of tourism in order to achieve the development goals of the country.

Sri Lanka's unique Culinary Art has attracted tourist from all over the world and maximum Government support will be extended to its promotion, the President mentioned.

The President made this statement while declaring open the Culinary Art Food Expo (CAFÉ) 2023 (09) at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) premises in Colombo. 

Engaging the tourism sector in achieving development goals

Government to support the indigenous Culinary Art 
A separate school of studies for cuisine and Culinary Arts

- President  says while declaring open Culinary Art Food Expo (CAFÉ) 2023

The Chefs Guild of Lanka organizes the Culinary Art and Food Exhibition, which showcases the talent of culinary artists from all over Sri Lanka.

This year's exhibition consists of 88 product and service booths and the President also joined in observing the booths. The President was also engaged in a cordial conversation with the chefs who participated in the exhibition, also inquired about the issues they were facing. 

The President also said that many new programs will be implemented for the advancement of the field, including the establishment of a Culinary Art school and the introduction of a system for ranking chefs.

Further speaking President Ranil Wickremesinghe said;

First of all, I must thank you for inviting me to this exhibition. And what you have displayed here fits in with the growth policy of the Government. The growth policy of the Government includes tourism to double and in first stage the numbers to go up to 5 million. Secondly, increase their revenue per tourist, which means we have to now go to the high end tourists.

Some are worried whether it is a difficult jump to make. I don't think you have any option. We have a large number of human resources leaving the country because it is far more attractive elsewhere. We have at least got to match Maldives in the remuneration. Otherwise you can't run a tourist industry. 

That can only be done if we are prepared to increase the rate thereby. But to do that we must give a good service. There are many aspects; But remember, one that is common to all is cuisine. The tourists are coming here because they are interested in cuisine. 

As far as the suppliers are concerned, we would like you to remain in a high standard and even go have a higher standard, be able to make a mark that somehow you can even export some of your products to other countries. 

We have to ensure that we have a sufficient number of tests in this country as the industry expands. Unfortunately, at the moment we haven't. We have no means of satisfying the demand. So the Government will certainly help different hotels and associations to expand the number. Don't expect the Government to do it. We don't. We can't cater to that market that is required. So that has to be done by the non-Government sector and we are certainly willing to help.

We will also help by starting one school, specifically for cuisine and culinary work. So that's what we can do. I hope that the others will take up. There has been a demand in the South. I think we can have one in Nuwara Eliya, Bandarawela, Ella and Dambulla. We can help ensure you to get chefs from abroad who also have the experience to ensure that their knowledge and the experience is passed onto the younger members of this profession.

Secondly, I think we should have some system of grading our chefs.  So why don't we have international standards and give a few stars? I think when the new tourist policy is announced it is a matter that you will have to discuss with the Ministry of Tourism.

I would like to see some of the private entrepreneurs coming forward. You can't develop the tourist industry without developing the human resources.

It is useless giving tax incentives for hotels if they haven't got the manpower for the  kitchens. So the Government is willing to help and to work together with, most probably in the next two months, announce our new policies and you will be surprised at what changes we are going to make. And similarly your association and others involved in the tourist trade will get together I presume, to help us go forward. 

Remember, we have a good future and we do so by developing the young talent we have. All those people here should one day become good chefs and I hope work in Sri Lanka. But we have to ensure the conditions here are conducive to them for staying in the country.

Chef Gerard Mendis, Chairman, Chefs Guild of Lanka

First of all, let me welcome all of you for one of the most challenging events; ‘CAFE 2023’ that we will stage. When I say challenging since 2019, we were not able to stage the event due to the COVID and many issues that we faced.

However, this year we took a bold decision. In fact, we took a chance wondering whether we would have the response that we normally have had in the past. However, the response has been great for this event considering the situation that the country has been in. And believe me; I had my doubts as well because the tourism sector was the hardest hit. And I will say I agree 100% that we have come from it much faster than we ever thought we would.

And we have to thank the President solely and its supportive government that made it happen. There were many businesses that had to close down, but you can see many of them also opening. Now, our main objective in the scale of Lanka is to fly the image of our chefs’ sky high. And secondly, we have a commitment to train and develop as Sri Lankans in the industry.

Chef Thomas Gugler, President, World Association of Chefs Societies, Shiran Peiris, Managing Director, Asriel Marketing (Pvt) Ltd, Duminda Kotalawala, General Manager, C W MACKIE PLC, Anuruddha Aluvihara, Country Head, Upfield Lanka Sales (Pvt) Ltd, David Ablet, Country Head, S4IG, Akmal Wickremaratne, Director, Pelwatte Dairy Industries Ltd. also attended the the event.