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New books

Two books on media

Two books on media authored by journalist Darshana Ashoka Kumara will be launched on July 2 at the National Library and Documentation Centre, Auditorium at 3.30 p.m under the patronage of Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abewardhana. The books are "Vathaman Madya Adyana

Pravanatha ( Trends in contemporary media studies) and "Nawa Kalamanakarana Sankalpa saha Pravurthi Kamaraya(New management concepts and the Newsroom).

SLBC Charmian Hudson Samarasinghe, Dr. Tudor Weerasinghe, Mohan Samaranayake, Karunarathna Wijewardhana will deliver speeches.

The book on trends in contemporary media studies explores various trends such as genre studies, Narratology, Media Ownership, Public Service Broadcasting, Marketing and Advertising, newsroom management concepts and motivation techniques.

Ashoka Kumara is a journalist at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. He is a computer science graduate of the Sri Jayawardhanapura University and obtained his MA degree from the Kelaniya University in Mass Communication.

Book on labour law

The book titled "A Practical Guide to Labour Law" written by Secretary General of V. Vimalarajah. The Institute of Industrial Law will be launched on July 2 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. He is credited with more than two decades of experience as an officer handling industrial relations and enforcement work in the Labour Department.

He is an Arbitrator of the Industrial Court and a retired President Labour Tribunal. Justice K. Sripavan, Supreme Court Judge will be the Chief Guest.

The book touches on various aspects of Industrial Law and answers several questions raised by employers and workmen in relation to issues arising in respect of Shop and Office Employees Act, Wages Board Act, Maternity Benefits Ordinance such as leave that a person is entitled to, overtime payable and other related matters.

Several questions arising on Employees Provident Fund Act, Employees Trust Fund, payment of Gratuity Act, holding of domestic inquiries have been clarified and explained.

With regard to Labour Tribunals and Arbitration, important cases relating to exercising of "Just and Equitable" concept in the Industrial Dispute Act have been discussed, with references to various decisions of the superior courts. Concepts such as whose an employee, vacation of post and similar matters have also been analysed.

Certain novel issues such as the position of employees who enter into contracts outside Sri Lanka for employment in Sri Lanka have also been discussed.

Payment of compensation to employees when their employment has been terminated unjustly has also been referred to in detail with reference to relevant case law.

Harima Puduma Rajek comes to John de Silva

A scene from Harima Puduma Rajek

Ruwan Danansuriya's latest stage play, Harima Puduma Rajek will go on boards John de Silva theatre on June 29 at 6.30 p.m.

The play will keep its audience wriggling in their seats with laughter as it includes a number of comical episodes. In addition it includes some foot tapping tunes which are composed by Punyasena Gunasinghe and set to music by Somathilaka Silva.

Chandrasiri Kodithuwakku, Sandun Wijesiri, Premadasa Vithanage, Namalee Danansuriya, Jeevan Handuneththi, Ariyasena Gamage, Gamini Ambalangoda, Sanet Dikkumbura, Saman Nishantha Gunasinghe, Pavithra Shakthi, Pathumi Chathuranga, Rangith Lakshman, Chammi Irosha, Achintha Upul Shantha, Ajith Ranwala, Ishara Karunaratne and others will comprise the cast. Gamini Costa is the make up artiste, Bagi Fernando and Nalinda Rajapaksa are the stage managers and Upali Weerasinghe is in charge of the lighting.

The costumes are by Kusum Perera and Namal Vass. The props are by Somathilake Geetharatne. The drama is scripted by director Danansuriya and J.A.D. Perera.


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