WE SRI LANKA: SRI LANKA 75: From Economic Stabilisation and Policy Reform to Sustainable Growth – Saturday 10th December 2023

Next WE SRI LANKA TALK by APSL will be held on Sunday, December 10th, 2023 at 2pm UK / 7:30pm SL via Zoom.
 
Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy, former governor of the Sri Lanka Central Bank will present a talk on SRI LANKA 75: From Economic Stabilisation and Policy Reform to Sustainable Growth. 
 
Please register in advance using this link.
 
Please click here to download the event flyer.
 
Speaker:
40 years of experience in policy making and providing economic advisory services on both macroeconomic and structural issues at national and intergovernmental levels.
Worked in the Economic Research, Statistics and Bank Supervision Departments at Central Bank of Sri Lanka (1974-89) and seconded to Ministry of Finance and Planning. Director, Economic Affairs Division, Deputy-Director, Secretary-General’s
Office, and Interim Director, Social Transformation Programme Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat from 1989-2008.
 
B.A. (Hons) University of Cambridge and D.Phil. University of Sussex. Led Sri Lanka National Rugby team and played First Class Cricket. “Sri Lankan of the Year 2016“ (LMD). “Central Bank Governor of the Year for South Asia 2017” (Euromoney). Awarded Sri Lankan national honour of “Deshamanaya” in August 2019. 
 
 
 

APSL Solar Villages Prize Competition 2023

APSL UK is raising funds to provide PV Solar Electricity to rural Sri Lankan villages not connected to the National Electricity Grid. We then provide ongoing support to guide the village to use this to improve education, sustainable cultivation, poverty reduction. 

Please click here  or scan QR code below to enter the prize competition.

APSL recognised at BRiSLA & Help Lanka award ceremonies

APSL was recognised for its services as a charity during recent awards ceremonies held in London. 

At the BRiSLA awards ceremony Mr Thushara Madurasinghe (Immediate Past President) received the award for Entrepreneur of the Year award. 

At the Help Lanka awards ceremony Mr Sanjaya Kodithuwakku (General Secretary) received the an award of excellence for the  the work APSL has done over many years support Sri Lanka. 

APSL appreciates the support extended to it by its executive committees, donors, supporters and well wishers over the years and look forward to continuing its good work in the future too. 

Dr Chesmal Siriwardhana Memorial Lecture: Outside the asylum: Protecting mental health in complex emergencies- 10th October 12.45 – 1.45pm Hybrid (London & Online)

The Centre for Global Mental Health is hosting the Memorial Lecture in person, and online, on the 10th October 2023 (World Mental Health Day) between 12:45-1:45PM (UK time).

The Lecture Series is held annually in memory of  Dr Chesmal Siriwardhana, who died tragically in an accident in London. Chesmal was a talented young researcher, whose focus of work was in mental health and humanitarian setting, with a particular interest in Sri Lanka. The lectures follow this theme each year.

This year the lecture will be given by Dr Lynne Jones, who will speak on the topic of ‘Protecting Mental Health in Complex Emergencies’.

Please register your attendance using the link at the bottom of this page:

https://www.centreforglobalmentalhealth.org/events/dr-chesmal-siriwardhana-memorial-lecture-2023

At the time of his tragic demise, Dr Chesmal Siriwardhana was also a Vice President of the Association of Professional Sri Lankans UK (APSL).  

19th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Professional Sri Lankans in the UK

The 19th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Professional Sri Lankans in the United Kingdom was held on Saturday 27 May 2023 at Windsor/ Heathrow Marriott Hotel, Ditton Rd, Langley, Slough SL3 8PT, from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm.

Following members were appointed to the Executive Committee for the year 2023-24. 

President – Dr Mohan Siriwardena 

Vice Presidents – Dr Leshan Uggalla 

General Secretary – Mr Sanjaya C Kodithuwakku 

Membership Secretary – Dr Anuradha Samarasinghe

Treasurer – Mr Thushara Madurasinghe (IPP)

 Executive Committee Members

Dr Mahesh Se Silva

Mr Suraj Wijendra

Mr Gihantha Jayasinghe

Mr Sudantha De Silva

Mrs Gayani Senaratne

Mr Mervyn Silva

Mr Tariq Salih

Ms Nilmini Roelens

Senior Advisory Committee

Mr Rohan de Alwis

Prof I. M. Dharmadasa

Dr Andrew Nayagam 

Prof Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran 

Dr Indrajith Coomaraswamy 

Dr March Dissanayake 

Mr Leslie Dep

Co-opted Member 

Ms Manusha Perera 

APSL Representative in Sri Lanka

Mr Merril Fernando  

19th Annual General Meeting – Saturday 27 May 2023 at Windsor/ Heathrow Marriott Hotel, Ditton Rd, Langley, Slough SL3 8PT, from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm.

The 19th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Professional Sri Lankans in the United Kingdom will be held on Saturday 27 May 2023 at Windsor/ Heathrow Marriott Hotel, Ditton Rd, Langley, Slough SL3 8PT, from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm.

Notice & the relevant documents have been e mailed to members. 

In case of any queries please contact via generalsecretary@apsl.org.uk   

 

 

 

 

 

Do we need Nuclear Power Stations for Sri Lanka?

Ceylon Today newspaper published on 1st January 2023 reported an interview with the new Russian Ambassador, proposing two new mini nuclear power stations of 55 MW each for Sri Lanka. During his seven weeks of posting in Colombo, three rounds of talks with Sri Lankan authorities have taken place, and is now in the process of arranging a high-level delegation to discuss the matter.

Nuclear technologists claim that nuclear energy as a “Green Energy”. This is correct only during the power production period, but carbon dioxide is emitted during (i) uranium mining and purification, (ii) long years of building the power station with metal and concrete, and (iii) de-commissioning of the power station at the end of its lifetime. In total consideration, nuclear energy is “Not a Green Energy”.

Average nuclear power plant building takes about 5 years to be commissioned and costs ~2-4 billion US Dollars. Mini Nuclear Power stations may cost less, but will be in the same order of magnitude. UK experience with Sellafield nuclear power station with its current de-commissioning shows that the total time taking for decommissioning is at least 30 years due to radio-active surroundings and the cost is running many times than that of commissioning cost. Nuclear waste processing has to continue and at present this is not satisfactory. Authorities who agree to this kind of expensive projects must consider about the decommissioning cost after the lifetime of the power stations. By this time decision makers are out of their offices and the general public at the point of de-commissioning will be left to bear the unbelievably high costs. The life cycle of a nuclear plant starts from the time works starts to build it and ends at the point of de-commissioning, when it reaches the end of its life cycle.  Sadly, those promoting nuclear plants only talk of the setting up costs and the lack of carbon emissions when producing energy, but do not refer to the enormous costs of de-commissioning.

In addition to the un-solved nuclear waste issue, latest three nuclear accidents highlight the dangers of power generation using nuclear fission. Three-mile Island/USA (1979), Chernobyl/Ukraine (1986) and Fukushima/Japan (2011) accidents are the latest but there were three more nuclear incidents prior to these in the USA. Countries like USA, Japan, Ukraine/Russia with highest security couldn’t prevent these nuclear accidents, but it is impossible to establish this kind of high security in Sri Lanka in the current situation. When Fukushima accident happened in 2011 due to a natural disaster (Tsunami), the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel made the decision to close down all 17 nuclear power plants in Germany. This is because, she was a scientist with a PhD in Physics, and she understood the damage it could do to the people in her country. This is a good example for authorities who make major decisions for their countries.

A tropical Sri Lanka is blessed with numerous indigenous and safe energy sources in the country. A technology mix with Hydro, Bio-Mass, Bio-Gas, Solar, Wind, and fossil fuel can easily power Sri Lanka. With a well-planned strategy, renewables can be accelerated and the fossil fuel can be gradually phased-out to solve the energy issue in the country. As with the rest of the world, moving towards electric vehicles, use of petrol and diesel will also be reduced.

Due to all these reasons, Sri Lanka should not consider Nuclear Energy as a suitable power source, since it is likely to create huge security, financial and technical problems in the coming decades. These will be in addition to all the other existing problems affecting the Sri Lankan economy and its social fabric. Therefore, all Sri Lankan professionals who live within and outside the country, and the Sri Lankan general public must urge our authorities to consider all points mentioned above before making further progress.

To download above writeup in English, Sinhala & Tamil languages, please click here.