Publications by Type: Conference Proceedings

2017
Mawella IJ. Exploring Possibilities for the Enhancement of Academic Writing Skills: A Case Study at Tertiary Level. The Role of English and ELT in Reconciliation, 09th International Conference Proceedings. 2017.
Manel KDP, Perera S. FAMILY MIGRATION TO URBAN AREAS AND ITS CONSEQUENCES ON DESTINATION COMMUNITIES IN SRI LANKA (CASE STUDY IN COLOMBODISTRICT). X IGU Conference on Urbanization, Health & Well Being and Sustainable Development Goals . 2017.Abstract
Urban ward family migration is one of the key aspects of internal migration process. Mainly it is influenced by rearranging population and workforce in urban areas. In the developing countries, urban ward family migration is increased due to the influence of factors such as socio-demographic, economic, political, and cultural and environments etc. Literature on migration in national and international level has focused on various approaches of internal migration. However, in local context family migration to urban areas and its consequences are rarely addressed. Selected urban communities in Colombo district by case studies and in-depth interviews to obtain qualitative data. Content analysis method used to analyze different areas of qualitative data. Findings revealed that the most migrant families tended to migrate to urban areas in Colombo district as a result of inadequate social amenities and poor economic background in the origin places. Further, movements of young respondents of the sample are unplanned. Therefore, they have faced the unemployment issues at the urban destination. Low educated and less experienced migrants are engaged as the employees of informal sector with low wages. Therefore, it is clear that parents’ aspirations towards their children’s education are low. As results of that, several less educated school children are addicted to use illegal drugs. Since increase the urban population density migrants as well as others have suffered from environmental issues; air pollution, traffic congestion, house congestion, land filling issues under constructions and flooding. Findings suggested that improving physical infrastructure and human capital utilization at rural contexts reduce the urban ward migration. Finally, as a longtime solution, government should create a favorable condition for the young and productive population to work and live in every part of the country. Key words: Internal migration, issues, urban areas, Consequences Acknowledgement: Authors would like to thank to the University of Colombo for providing research grant (AP/3/2012/CG/07) to undertake this research. Department of Geography, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.
Peiris I. The Impact of Strategic Purchasing on Purchasing Performance in Sri Lankan Apparel Industry Mediating Roles of Supplier Involvement and Development. Third APIIT Business and Technology Conference [Internet]. 2017;3. Publisher's VersionAbstract
This study investigates the impact of strategic purchasing on purchasing performance in the presence of a mediating impact of supplier development with a special reference to Sri Lankan apparel sector. This study also examines how supplier involvement mediates the relationship between strategic purchasing and supplier development. A theoretically grounded conceptual model is proposed and empirically tested using structural equation modeling approach. Data collected from a random sample of 85 apparel sector firms located in the Western Province in Sri Lanka are used to test the proposed model. Findings reveal that all hypotheses tested in the model are supported. Thus, this study concludes that supplier development acts as a partial mediator to boost the positive impact of strategic purchasing on the purchasing performance of the buyer firms. It is also evident from the findings that the supplier involvement partially mediates the relationship between strategic performance and supplier development. Ultimately, this study helps the management of Sri Lankan apparel sector firms to better understand how to uplift the purchasing function and increase its role in the firm for better performance.
Translations: Biopolitical Linguistic Cartography? (abstract). Ireland's Writers in the 21st Century: International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL-2017). 2017.
Manel K. Urban Migration and Employment Security Issues in the Informal Sector, Colombo District. Ruhuna University International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences 2017. 2017.Abstract
Migration to urban areas significantly effect on population growth of urban area's in Colombo District. In Sri Lankan context, people can move to place to place without any barriers of constitution or other restrictions. Most low educated migrants enter to the informal sector employments due to easy accessing into the informal sector. Informal sector is the largest sector of the economy in most developing countries. Although employments in the informal economy play a vital role in Sri Lankan urban economy like other developing economies, most migrants have to face employment issues. However in local context researchers have not addressed this issue adequately Therefore, this study tried to examine socioeconomic aspects of urban migrants' employments in the urban informal sector with respect to their livelihoods, working conditions and wages. Qualitative data was collected from randomly selected 40 migrant households through in-depth interviews and content analysis was applied to analysis of the data. Findings reveal that the youngest aged household heads are decided to migrate to increase opportunities of earning for more comfortable lives. Migrants' poor skills and low level of education have been leaded to low wages and income discriminations. Although, migrants have spent money to migrate to urban locations, most of them were unable to achieve their objectives since increasing the urban population and employment insecurity of informal sector. Conclusion made is that urban ward migration induced to increase employment issues and negative implications on themselves and the urban communities. KeyWords: Employment Issues, Implications, Informal, Migration, Wages *
2016
Ranatunga RRMKP, Weerasinghe RL, Pethiyagoda R, Prasad JAC. Are Sri Lankan reefs losing the resilience? An example from coral reefs in Sallitive Island. 21st International Forestry and Environment Symposium [Internet]. 2016. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Coral reefs are known to undergo phase shift in to macro-algae and they have lost the capacity to remain in or return to a coral-dominated state. This shift will not only affect corals, but the others heavily depend on heterogeneous habitat afforded by corals. Sallitivu in Panichchankerni, eastern province, is a small island (41328 m2). The Island is surrounded by a ring of coral reef with an elevated breaking reef crest, seaward slope and centred   shallow lagoon (<1.2m at high tide). The shore is entirely a thick layer of washed coral rubbles. The archived aerial photographs confirmed these coral rubbles present only after 2004 tsunami. Underwater visual census were carried out within the reef lagoon and three sites in reef slope using 30 m long belt transect. In addition to diversity of corals and algae, percentages of live, dead and bleached coral cover were recorded. The reef lagoon is shallow (10-60 cm) and much of the reef crest is exposed at low tide. Within the reef lagoon, the live coral cover was <5%. Around 15 % was observed recently bleached, 12 % were overgrown by algae; Padina sp, Halimeda sp, Sargassum sp, Caulerpa recemosa and Dictyota sp, and the rest was dead corals smothered by sediments. The seaward slope with high wave action was mostly smothered dead corals with live corals <3 %. Coral colonies were represented by Acroporidae (branching and table corals) - Acropora cytherea, A. divaricata, A. formosa, A. gemmifera, A. grandis, A. hemprichii, A. hyacinthus, A. latistella, Acropora sp., A. nobilis, and A. robusta; (Foliaceous)- Montipora aequituberculata and M. hispida; Faviidae (sub massive and encrusting) - Favites halicora, Favites spinosa, Leptastrea purpurea and Platygyra daedalea; Pocilloporidae (Lace /cauliflower) -Pocillopora damicornis; Poritidae (Massive /submassive)- Porites evermanni, P. paliformis, and P. rus. Live corals observed were immature. Southern end of the reef slope had emerging corals among unstable coral rubbles. It is assumed that the degradation was started post-tsunami and continued due to natural stresses.  The recovery of corals may hindered by macro-algal growth and resulting accumulation of sediments, smothering due to less wave action within reef lagoon and resulting recruitment and settlement failure. Recent bleaching would be due to exposure to direct sunlight during the change of tides and low sea level. Increasing oxygen level due to algal blooms would also prone for bleaching. Avoiding such undesirable phase shifts from coral dominance to algae and reverse them when occur, requires an urgent reform of scientific approaches to understand the processes causing the degradation. A better understanding on why some reefs rapidly degrade and others do not is critical. Most reef conservation efforts are directed toward reserve implementation, but new approaches are needed to sustain ecosystem function since demarcation of a marine reserve alone would not benefit in improving reef resilience.
Ilankoon IMPS, Goonewardena CSE, Perera PPR, Fernandopulle R. Attitudes and Different Practices Related to Abnormal Vaginal Discharge among Women Living in an Estate Community in Sri Lanka. 2nd International Conference on Public Health (ICOPH), Sri Lanka. 2016:81.
Kisokanth G, Ilankoon IMPS AGCSESKG. Attitudes and practices on management of hypertension among hypertensive patients at teaching hospital, Batticaloa. Commonwealth Medical Association 24th Triennial Conference. 2016.
Marasinghe MMKI, Ranatunga RRMKP, Anil AC. Bryozoans species composition in Colombo Port with a description of two new species. 21st International Forestry and Environment Symposium [Internet]. 2016. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Biofouling is one of the major means of introducing organisms in to new marine environments. Bryozoans form the major component of the biofouling community. There is dearth of information on their presence in our waters. Therefore, systematic description on existing biofouling species in Sri Lankan coastal region is very essential. This paper describes the composition of bryozoans of the class Gymnolaemata with a description of two new species recorded from coastal waters of Sri Lanka. The study was conducted in Colombo Port, one of the busiest ports in the country as well as in the region with an increased vulnerability for the introduction of geographically distinct species along with increased shipping operations. Monthly samples were collected from eight sampling stations using artificial settlement collectors which consisted of rope backbone supporting a number of horizontal PVC pipe arms that were attached to the settlement surfaces. The collectors were submerged systematically where first level was 1m below the water surface and others setting at 1m intervals. Species were identified microscopically observing fine morphological features. Scoring percentage covered by each bryozoan was determined using a quadrat (400 squares each with 5mm x 5mm area). During the study, seven species of the class Gymnolaemata were recorded namely; Electra bengalensis, Hippoprina indica, Celleporaria volsella, Parasmittina sp., Schiporella errata, Watersipora subtorquata and Sinoflustra annae. According to the One way ANOVA test there is a significant difference (p<0.05) between each sampling location for species richness and total percentage cover. However, there was no significant difference (p>0.05) between four sampling depths for species richness and total percentage cover. Two new bryozoans identified were, Sinoflustra annae and Electra bengalensis. Percentage cover of S. annae and E. bengalensis ranged from 1-18 % and 0.3-40 % respectively. Among these, E. bengalensis was recorded in all sampling stations yet S. annae was recorded only in CICT, BQ, OP and UCT. Though, these species are native to India there are no published literatures for the presence of Sri Lankan coastal waters. Therefore, present finding will be the first record for their presence in Sri Lanka. Key Words: Bryozoans, species richness, percentage cover, Colombo Port, Sinoflustra annae, Electra bengalensis
Sampath A, Wijesundara N. The changing roles of Sri Lankan academic libraries: a case study at USJP library. International conference on Libraries as Partners of Knowledge Sustainability, University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka. 2016:45 – 46.Abstract
The rapid change in technology, the speed with which the volume of information increases, the changes in information-seeking patterns and the changes in higher education have forced university authoritiesto rethink the traditional roles of libraries and to invest them with exiting new roles. The University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJP), being the largest university in Sri Lanka in terms of student number, has taken the challenge of tackling the changing role of the library successfully.  At the moment, the library services 05 main faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, Management Studies and Commerce, Medical Sciences, and Graduate Studies and it hopes to extend its services to the two newly established faculties of Engineering and Technology. The user community consists ofnearly 15000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and nearly1000 academic and non–academic staff. The changes done at the USJP library can be categorized into two main areas: a) library services and productsand b) the physical environment.  Both of these areas were included in the “modernization project” of the library, which started in 2015 but some changes had happened before this project as well.  For example, when considering the services and products of the library, the major achievement of the library in recent times was the migration of the integrated library management system from Windows for Alice, to the open source system, Koha, in 2014.  This migration helped not only to have an efficient system, but to save money on annual maintenance charges.Within this system, all users are registered in the e-system and they have no more hassles with library cards.  Patrons can also check the availability of an item using Koha.  Online item reservation and renewing facilities are also available.   In order to support the emerging research culture in the university, the library established a research support unit in 2015. In view of streamlining the user education programmes, a separate unit was established in January 2016. The library’s institutional repository named ‘Scholar Bank’, set up in early 2012, where the publications and academic work of staff and students aredeposited, is very popular among the user community. The number of electronic databases available to the universitywas increased from 1 to 7 with the consortium facilities provided by the University Grants Commission in 2014. The efficiency of the Inter LibraryLoan (ILL) service was increased by assigning a dedicated team separately for this in 2013.  This servicefulfillsthe needs of our own user community as well as the needs of outside libraries.With the introduction of the cash register in 2012, library fines are paid at the counter itself and users are not sent to the finance branch which is located in a separate building. Upon the request of the English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU), USJP, we designated a section of the library as the English Learning Zone (ELZ). This has very simple English story booksand leveled readers and this is heavily used by the students during their first year where the staff of ELTU combines its programmes with the library. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags were put in use with the new detection gatesin 2015, as a precaution to minimize unauthorized movements oflibrary property. Along with this, a security surveillance system, CCTV, will function soon to prevent thefts and mutilation of library material. The library started a laptop lending service to students in 2015 and students are allowed to bringin their own electronic equipment to the library.   Wi-fi was provided to designated areas of the library in mid 2015 and theseare now full of students using computers. With regard to the physical environment, improvements started with air conditioning provided to the areas used by students. The beautification of the library was done by having reading promotion posters and pots with foliage on appropriate locations.  Specially designed furniture like the “READ” rack, gadget corners, triangular shaped movable computer tables, lobby sofas, multi-revolving racks have been placed at strategic corners to attract users.  Kiosk type touch screen computers will be provided in the lobby for interactive searching of library items. Some more changes that have been implemented in the library are as follows: The library books which have not been used for the last 30 years or so and are not permitted to be withdrawnare kept as a separate collection named “Depository Collection”. This process helps to give a fresh look to the existing collections.“Just-returned” books are kept for few hours before re-shelving in a rack on the same floor where the counter is located. A photocopier is kept in the permanent reference section to make users avoid taking the books out from that section. A suggestion box and a book are kept at the counter to entertain comments from the users.  Noticeboards were fixed and regularly updated so that users regularly check them for announcements. A coin operated Nescafe machine was installed inside the library to provide refreshment facilities to patrons without them having to go out from the library. Though it is not common to have newspaper reading facilities in academic libraries, our library also provides this facility to fulfill user needs. It is proposed to have research commons, individual and group study areas for students in the future. An elevator will be fixed for facilitating easy access to the upper floors and convenient material handling. More importantly, a library building renovation project is underway. It is hoped that upon the completion of the renovation, a conducive environment will be created in the library to attract users. Librarians need to support the improvement of the learning experience of students. The USJP library staff has addressed this by developing information literacy modules for all levels of students which help students to improve their critical and analytical abilities. Our library has an updated attractive homepage which acts as an entry point to library resources.  The library web was updated in 2015 with the assistance of the university web team. The USJP library has many areas of strengths on meeting these new roles successfully. Foremost in this, is the support extended by the university authorities to make the library improve in its many areas.  A dedicated and skilled library staff is the driving force behind this and it is very much in evidence in the library at USJP.  The support extended by other units is also vital: the IT centre, the web team of the university, the ELTU, the Staff Development Centre, the Supplies Division of the university deserve special mention. The strong collaboration between the library and the academics of the university is very important in providing quality library services and it is much in evidence.  The relationships with colleagues in other libraries and institutions both locally and internationally are also helpful to get ideas in innovative things and the library of USLP is successfully placed within this vibrant network.    
Wickrama Arachchi CM, Kuruppuarachchi D. A Conceptual Framework to test the Impact of R&D, Knowledge Management, and Market Orientation on Innovation Performance. First International Conference in Technology Management. 2016:60-64.Abstract
“Innovation” is a fashionable word in the current era of knowledge based economy, For today’s business organizations, creation and exploitation of knowledge has become a competitive advantage. Moreover, the global competition has been strengthened due to the rapid developments in information technology. Hence, organizations are searching for innovative products, processes, and technologies to win the markets due to this competition. Thus the importance of innovation performance in presence of R&D, knowledge management practices and market oriented organization culture. This paper intends to elaborate these dimensions which are expected to influence innovation performance of an organization. A conceptual framework is developed by accounting, direct impacts from R&D Management Practices, Knowledge Management practices, and Market Orientation on Innovation Performance. In addition, the proposed framework tests moderating impacts by Resource Support and Management Style & Leadership on the above mentioned relationships. The research framework is supported by well established literature and the conceptual framework is developed with a positivistic approach. The proposed model will be used to survey the software development industry in Sri Lanka. However, this research framework is capable of examining the same research problem in other industries.
Kuruppuarachchi D. Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the Sri Lankan Stock Market Interaction with Neighbouring Countries. the First International Conference on Corporate Finance, Governance & Sustainability. 2016.Abstract
Purpose This paper investigates the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008 on the interaction between the Sri Lankan stock market and neighbouring Asian stock markets. Literature Existing literature provide evidence for the interaction between Sri Lankan and other stock markets are mixed. This study extends this strand of literature by adopting multiple methods to examine the relationship between the Sri Lankan stock market and other Asian stock markets with special attention on the GFC. Methodology These market interactions are examined using cointegration, contemporaneous correlations, information spillovers, and impulse responses. This paper considers India, China, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan as neighbouring stock markets to the Sri Lankan market and uses daily data of leading stock indices for each country from 01st January 2000 to 31st December 2012. Findings Findings reveal that the Sri Lankan stock market is cointegrated with the Korean stock market but not with others. Contemporaneous correlations are mostly significant between Sri Lanka and other Asian countries due to the GFC and thereafter. Granger causality to the Sri Lankan market is mainly evident during the GFC. Extreme downside risks in Chinese stock market also Granger cause the Sri Lankan stock market but not during the GFC. Instead, volatility and extreme risks in the Malaysian stock market spillover to the Sri Lankan market during the GFC. Impulse response analysis reveals that a shock on other Asian stock markets impact the Sri Lankan stock market mostly for two days during the GFC but for a single day during non-crisis periods. Contribution Findings of this study must be interesting to the investors in stock markets to find a safe heaven for their investment during a crisis period.
Maldeniya S, Kuruppuarachchi D. Impact of TQM practices on Role Stressors: A comparison between Middle-Level and Operational- Level managers in the Sri Lankan apparel sector. 3rd International Conference on Contemporary Management (ICCM)-2016. 2016;2016:920-937.Abstract
This study examines the impact of TQM practices on employee role stressors in the Sri Lankan apparel sector. We compare this relationship between two groups, middle-level and operational level managers. We collect data from 81 randomly selected respondents including 22 operational-level and 59 middle-level managers. Our sample represents 11 multinational organizations belong to the Sri Lankan apparel industry. We measure TQM practices based on well-established literature covering nine dimensions namely, leadership, customer focus, supplier management, strategic planning, process planning, employee empowerment, training, employee involvement, and teamwork. Role stresses are measured using well known three dimensions in role theory namely, role conflict, role ambiguity, and role overload. We adopt generalized linear models with log Gaussian and log Gamma link functions to investigate the relationships. We identify that role conflict in middle-level managers is influenced by TQM practices but not in operational-level managers. For operational-level managers, role ambiguity and role overload are influenced by TQM practices more than that of the middle-level managers. Role conflicts are negatively related with process management, empowerment, involvement, and supplier focus dimensions of TQM practices while training and customer focus are positively related for middle-level managers. For operational-level managers, empowerment reduces the level of role ambiguity while leadership and training tend to increase the same. Only teamwork affects on role ambiguity for middle-level managers. Moreover, supplier management, strategic planning, empowerment, and training increase role overload in operational-level managers. Leadership commitment and employee involvement reduce role overload in both operational-level and middle-level managers.
Wijesena T, Amaratunge S, Withanawasam MPK. THE IMPORTANCE OF ENTREPRENEUR TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SRI LANKE. International Conference of Japanese Graduates’ Alumni Association in Sri Lanka, IC-JAGAAS Knowledge Hub in the Global Village – Japan. 2016:18 .Abstract
1. INTRODUCTION Entrepreneurship has become more important in today’s world as it is the main factor which creates new products and creates new organization. The development of a country relies on the success of the organizations and industries which creates employment, utilize resources, introduce new technology, brings foreign income etc. Therefore, entrepreneurship is an important topic which we need to focus on. As the importance of an entrepreneur was identified, an empirical research was conducted to justify the role of an entrepreneur to the development of Sri Lanka. The study was piloted by researching an outstanding entrepreneur in Sri Lanka “Merrill J Fernando” the founder of “Dilmah” Tea, one of the leading and renowned brand in the world. Merrill J Fernandois an extraordinary entrepreneur considered as the personwho produces single origin tea in the whole world.He is the only CEO who produces and exports tea, under his own brand. He alone has changed the conventional system in the tea industry. Thus,it is considered him as one of the remarkable entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka. Therefore, a detailed exploration of Merrill J Fernando would help to identify the behavior, aspirations, features and the specialties which serve or help to achieve social, environmental and economic development in Sri Lanka. Contribution to the development in a country cannot be attained by an ordinary person. And this broad concept needs to be achieved in terms of social, environmental and economic wise. Simply the study needs to find out why an entrepreneur is important to achieve social, environment and economic development and how an entrepreneur contributes to the development in Sri Lanka. The empirical study of this research will provide the answer on taking Merrill J Fernando as an example. Therefore, the research problem in this study is “how Merrill J Fernando, as an entrepreneur becomes important to the development of Economy, Society and Environment of a country?”         2. LITERATURE REVIEW Modernity of entrepreneurship focus on main five features in entrepreneurship according toKrisciunas (2007). They are Social Responsibility, Competiveness and Progressiveness, Knowledge Generation and Usage, Dynamism and Responsible Entrepreneurship.  Entrepreneurship has been recognized as a strong factor in economic development. The concept of entrepreneurship is decorated by various attributes like innovation, organization building ability, gap-filling function, input completing etc. the persons of these qualities are required to initiative and sustain the process of industrialization. The fact that entrepreneurial ability is a cultivable asset, the supply of which can be generated and enhanced through education, training and opportune climate has focused the attention of policy makers and planners towards entrepreneurship as the desirable and manageable route to economic development It is widely acknowledged that entrepreneurship is critical to the development of knowledge based economy Mohammad and Nimalathasan (2010). In Sri Lankan context, the empirical research conducted in terms of a case study by Fonseka (2008) proves that Merrill Fernando is a great example for a successful entrepreneur and a visionary leader who contributed to the entire society. His research article describes most of the modern entrepreneur concepts and traits though it has not specifically mentioned. This shows the importance of conducting a research on a great personality as Merrill J Fernando, the founder of Dilmah Tea who will be a great example or a perfect fit for the issue stated above.   3. OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY The major objective of this study is to identify the importance of Merrill J Fernando as an entrepreneur, to the development of Sri Lanka. In addition to that the research paper also identifies the contribution of Merrill J Fernando to the economic, environment and social development of Sri Lanka and identifying the form of entrepreneurship to describe Merrill J Fernando.   4. METHODS Both primary and secondary data was collected using the following methods. The study is mainly based on the interview conducted with Merrill J Fernando and his son Dilhan Fernando. Initially Merrill J Fernando’s secretary was contacted through a direct telephone call to “Dilmah” head office. Following her instructions, a mail was sent to Merrill J Fernando, requesting for an appointment to conduct an interview. The most suitable method of the interview was a structured interview. Therefore, before the interview was conducted a questionnaire was designed to scrutinize data in order to address the research questions. The questionnaire was designed under ten main topics and 50 sub-questions. Mainly the story behind his success, the challenges he faced, the opportunities and threats, growth of MJF group, impact to the society and environment, impact to the economy, leadership style and trait and finally a message to the youth. Sub questions were open ended. The interview was recorded with the permission of Merrill J Fernando. The structured interview with Merrill J Fernando was held for one hour. After the main discussion with him, an informal interview was conducted with his son Dilhan Fernando to identify the future prospects, diversification and innovations of the company under the guidance of Merrill J Fernando. 5. FINDINGS AND DISCUSSION As discussed throughout the analysis it gives an understanding about the contribution to Sri Lanka in terms of economic, social and environmental development in detail. The CSR projects he has conducted by the MJF Foundation has changed the lives of millions of people in Sri Lanka uplifting their standard of living. The huge number of projects conducted by the MJF Conservation, under the aspect of sustainability in terms of, sustainability, bio diversity heritage and knowledge sharing shows his obligation towards the environment and society. The employment creation and generating foreign earning to the country which increases the GDP of the country gives the understanding of the contribution of Merrill Fernando to the economy of Sri Lanka. Dilmah today produces the highest quality tea in the world. His principles of producing tea will never change due to innovations or growth of the country. Being a globally recognized brand itself has bring pride to the country which were relied on conventional bulk tea exporting. The value of such an entrepreneur cannot be under estimated.As a part of innovation Merrill J Fernando has pioneered the first international Tea school.  Dilmah Tea School is a great contribution by Merrill J Fernando to the entire world. It is the first international tea school specially focusing the international top chefs to get trained about the modern techniques and the educating the tea drinkers on tea. Dilmah commenced the first school of Tea at a celebration a celebration of the 21st Anniversary of Dilmah and Merrill J Fernando’s 60th year in Tea. The initiative of the school led to a partnership with the most prestigious culinary institutions in the world. Merrill J Fernando is an entrepreneur with great pride. He is honored as the first person to initiate the world’s first consumer and hospitality training school which is totally different from the rest of the tea training facilities. The desire to educate professionals on preparing and presenting tea with great understanding of the attributes of tea shows the responsibility he has taken to transfer the knowledge to future generations. And today it has achieved great success with the great demand from the foreigners.  The great success of all his companies and the great work he has done up to day proves without any doubt the importance of the entrepreneurs to a country.   6. CONCLUSION To conclude the analysis of the detailed study on Merrill J Fernando in order to identify the importance of an entrepreneur to the development of Sri Lanka by using the conceptual framework is as follows. All the twelve determinants, which were captured from the literature review, were able to identify in the study which proves the importance of an entrepreneur in terms of social, economic and environment development of Sri Lanka. Economic thinking has led Merrill J Fernando to fight with the multinationals, attack the colonial conventional patterns and break the solid barriers to enter in to the global markets. Today he has brought justice to the Ceylon tea by producing tea with integrity and value addition which retain the profits inside the country. The main attribute in the research is about the efficiency of resource utilization. Merrill Fernando has taken the maximum benefit of the natural resource of the country which is tea, by utilizing it in an efficient and effective. The liveliness, quality and variability of the products at Dilmah and the efficiency of the MJF group and his service on transferring the knowledge by the initiation of school of tea proves the dynamism. More over the competitiveness, economic risk in the organisation justifies the dynamism The CSR projects conducted by the MJF foundation proves the obligation to the society by Merrill J Fernando. Employments creation at Dilmah for 1069 people and 25000 people in his plantations, projects and the entire MJF group proves that he has created employment opportunities which indirectly reduce the unemployment rate in Sri Lanka and by enhancing the purchasing power of people.  The Tea Gastronomy and the innovative packaging, Tea school are some of the innovations done by Dilmah. 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Buddhapriya AN, Senarath WTPSK. In Vitro Micropropagation of Gyrinops walla(GAERTH.) using Leaf Disc Explants. International Conference on Bioscience and Biotechnology [Internet]. 2016;1:11-14. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Gyrinops walla (Gaertn.) (Thymelaeaceae) is a slender tree which grows in wet zone regions in Sri Lanka. Potentiality of production of resinous natural product, agarwood, which used in perfumery and medicine manufacturing, grant a great demand for this species in worldwide. In vitro micropropagation technique may be a practicable solution to provide healthy planting materials in commercial scale, in order to overcome the problems caused to the natural population due to overexploitation. Thus, using leaf disc explant, possibilities of mass propagation through in vitro techniques was explored in in vitro study. Explants were surface sterilized using 0.2% carbendazim, 10% sodium hypochlorite (Clorox) and 70% ethanol each followed by two successive washings in sterile distilled water. Murashige and Skoog (MS) basal medium supplemented with varied concentrations of different plant growth regulators, 6-benzylaminopurine (BA and naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA) were tested for induction of calli from leaf discs. Out of different growth regulator combinations, rapid callus growth was observed in MS medium supplemented with 1.0 mg/L BA and 3.0 mg/L NAA within six weeks. Calli obtained were yellowish, compact and callus induction was mainly observed along the midrib. Calli obtain could either be used for mass propagation, through indirect organogenesis or for establishment of plant cell culture to obtain secondary metabolites. From the results obtain, it could be concluded that callus initiation is feasible through leaf disc explant. Keywords: Gyrinops walla, in vitro micropropagation, callus formation, plant growth regulators, leaf disc explant
Kisokanth G, Ilankoon IMPS, Arulanandem K, Goonewardena CSE, Sundaresan KT, Joseph J. Knowledge on hypertension and consequences of its poor control among hypertensive patients at medical clinics, Teaching Hospital, Batticaloa. 6-8 April 2016, 25th Anniversary International Scientific Conference, Faculty of Medicine,. 2016.
Kisokanth G, Ilankoon IMPS AGCSEK. Knowledge on management practices among hypertensive patients: A cross sectional descriptive study. 129th Anniversary International Medical Congress 2016 and the SLMA Oration 2016. 2016.
Mawella IJ. Linguistic Armoury: Impact of FM Language on the Audience. International Conference in Humanities and Social Sciences. 2016.
Jayasundara RM, Ranatunga K. Macrofouling faunal assemblage in Hambantota port. 21st International Forestry and Environment Symposium [Internet]. 2016. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Invasive species recognized as one of the greatest threats to global biodiversity and  biofouling on submerged structures within a port environments is one the major pathways of invasions by Non Indigenous Species (NIS).  Early detection and monitoring of such deleterious organisms since control in nearly impossible once established. The present work is a baseline study for biofouling faunal assemblage in Hambantota Port. The study consisted of two stages; initial sampling for investigating existing biofouling assemblage and review sampling after 10 months in order to monitor the changes in community structure. Sampling followed an international protocol developed by Center for Research on Introduced Marine Pest (CRIMP). Samples were scraped from submerged hard substrata in 12 sampling sites with the assistance from divers. Organisms in scraped samples were identified to the nearest taxonomic level using taxonomic guides and databases. All together 90 species were recorded during the study. Among them, 72 species were recorded within the baseline sampling and additional 18 during review sampling. Highest number of species recorded from phylum Mollusca (54) followed by Arthropoda (11), Annelida (11), Chordata (5), Cnidaria (4) and Echinodermata (3) and Bryozoa (2). Balanus amphitrite, Balanus tintinnabulum, were the most common species in baseline sampling while Chthamalus sp.1 and Cellana radiata in the review sampling. Balanus tintinnabulum, Clypidina notata, Cellana radiata, Thais echinata, Harmoniconus parvatus and Saccostrea cucullata were the most common species found in both sampling.     In baseline sampling highest number of species was recorded from Oil Pier (31) while least number (1) was recorded in the Outer Harbour Artificial Island. In review sampling highest species richness (12) recorded in West Bank while least species richness (5) was recorded within the West Breakwater. The most noteworthy finding is that eight globally known invasive species which include, Rapana venosa, Phallusia nigra, Perna perna, Brachidontes pharaonis, Balanus amphitrite, Balanus reticulates, Balanus trigonus and, Schizoporella errata were recorded. Among them Rapana venosa was recorded only in review sampling and rest in baseline sampling. Key words: Biofouling, Non-Indigenous species, Baseline study, Hambantota Port  
Peiris DJ, Amaratunge S, Amarasinghe HK. A MICRO LEVEL APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE BASED ECONOMY: CASE OF SRI LANKAN ENTREPRENEURS. International Conference of Japanese Graduates’ Alumni Association in Sri Lanka. 2016:57 – 63.Abstract
1. INTRODUCTION Entrepreneurship leads to better performance. All the entrepreneurs extend a considerablecontribution directly or indirectly to the economic development (Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce University of Sri Jayewardenepura, 2013). Entrepreneurship is thereforeconnected with the creation of new business ventures, the introduction of new innovative ideas and technologies, and the readiness to take the risks (Mazzarol, 2004). ‘Knowledge Economy (KE) is an economy that based on knowledge and ideas, in which the key factor of prosperity and economic growth is the superior knowledge capitalization’(Tocan, 2012). Sustainable competitive advantage can be offered through the driving forces of economic growth, productivity growth and resources. There is no any universally accepted definition for knowledge economy. The World Bank (1996) introduced knowledge economy framework which includes four pillars and contributes to the economic growth and development. As a developing country Sri Lanka needs sustainable entrepreneurs who can boost the Sri Lankan economy. Even if one becomes entrepreneur either by education or by inheritance, it is important to know how to survive in a turbulent business environment. The main purpose of this study is to analyse awareness of entrepreneurs about KE when managing entrepreneurial ventures. This study has used a more differentiated approach than earlierstudies which have mainly focused on the knowledge based economy assessment for a country. Therefore this study aims to understand the entrepreneurs’ perception towards KE to make their entrepreneurial ventures a success.   2. LITERATURE REVIEW KBE uses knowledge in the production process as an input to generate knowledge intensive goods and services. In a KBE a firm’s growth significantly depends on three factors such as knowledge accumulation, technical change and the innovative activities (Seddighi, 2012). According to the framework introduced by Seddighi (2012), there is a significant relationship between firm’s core competence and firm’s research and development activities. It is believed that existence of core competence creates the research and development activities to develop core competencies over the time. That is firm’s research and development activities depend on the level of understanding about core competence in a firm.  When contrast with the Singapore KE, Sri Lanka should make stronger its R & D and grow innovations in its universities. Sri Lanka should create an innovative culture with a high protection of property rights. More focus should be given on university and private sector R & D activities (The World Bank, 2008). With the purpose of attracting creative talents, Singapore has created both supportive and encouraging environment to innovation and enterprises. The project called “One North” which launched in 2001 is becoming world class R & D hub for the scientists and entrepreneurs who are working in the biochemical science, ICT and media (The World Bank, 2008). World Bank stated that Sri Lanka should create a research environment similar to Singapore on a smaller scale by encouraging researchers to interact each other. When compared with China Sri Lanka does not have many challenges in developing domestic innovation system due to favorable political regime. ‘Sri Lanka is having one of the most liberal economies in South Asia’ (The World Bank, 2008). What Sri Lanka needs to get from China is that having a closed economy for a longer period will make difficulties to overcome when transforming country in to a KE.New firms creation helps to a country’s economic growth and diversification. As discussed by Mayer (2013 cited by Thornton, 1999) new firms creation can be identified in two main ways. First one is the Supply Side Perspective which is based on the individual entrepreneurs who influenced by the family background, motivation and skills. Second perspective is known as Demand side for entrepreneurship based on the opportunities available in the economy, resources and market situations.Based on the case studies conducted in Hewlett Packard (HP) and Micron Technology firms operated in United States concluded that entrepreneurial firm formation is influenced by the types of products, production process and the corporate culture in an organization (Mayer, 2013).   3. OBJECTIVE This is mainly to carry out micro level analysis to identify link between the business environment and the four micro level performances. This study aims to explore how far micro level KE factors affect to the entrepreneurial ventures. Problem statement of this study can be identified as “What is the perception of entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka on the application of KE at micro level in the business world?”     4. METHODS This study is an exploratory study in the form of a case study. Data strategy was qualitative based on interview based data. Data analysis has adopted descriptive narrative presentation of interview data. The model was developed to be assessed based on four micro level factors introduced by the OECD which has few differences compared with the World Bank framework. Regulatory pillar which explains under World Bank framework is not available in OECD model. Instead of that firms creativeness and entrepreneurship is incorporated to the model. All other three pillars, Human resource, ICT, and innovation, are examined in both models using different variables. These Four micro level factors which are essential to successful KBE at business level were measured using entrepreneurial ventures. Selected business ventures’ situation is assessed through four micro level factors that are crucial to successful KBE. Institutional type of case studies was carried out to analyse the micro level performance of entrepreneurial ventures as measured by the following four pillars. They are 1) Enhancing human capital and realizing its potential, 2) Seizing the benefits of information and communications technology (ICT), 3) Exploiting and diffusing science and technology and 4) Fostering firm creation and entrepreneurship. The data is mainly obtained from a survey based interviews through a detailed questionnaire. Both quantitative and qualitative variables are examined. As secondary sources, annual reports of the selected companies, financial records, published materials, and various types of documents were considered. For the purpose of collecting empirical data, structured survey based interviews were conducted for the selected two entrepreneurs. Purposive sampling technique is used to select the case participants. However entrepreneurs who engage in manufacturing sector are selected. Both entrepreneurs have won national entrepreneurship award given by the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) in recent years. It is the institute who provide best Sri Lankan entrepreneur award annually. Thus detailed questionnaire was used covering all Human capital, ICT, innovation and entrepreneurship aspects of the organizations. Further general view points of the entrepreneurs towards the knowledge economy was examined through semi structured interviews. Conversational recording was taken with the permission of the respondents due to the ethical issues that has to be addressed. To conduct these case studies, two victorious entrepreneurs who run business ventures very successfully were selected randomly. The two entrepreneurs selected were Nature’s Beauty Creation Limited and RaigamPvt Ltd. 5. FINDINGS AND DISCUSSION It was revealed that entrepreneurs in both companies follow good human resource management practices, sound ICT facilities, well established R & D centers and good creative and entrepreneurial environment in the company. Education level maters significantly, when establishing KE framework at micro level. However, even though top management in the NBC and Raigamwere not well aware about the concept of KE, they have implemented relevant four factors to a certain extent within the companies. It is understood that without having such an environment, companies will not be able to survive in today’s competitive world.Both companies admitted that they should have sound ICT facilities to increase the efficiency in operations. HoweverNBC is not an IT based company; therefore it does not want to specialize in ICT facilities. On the other hand Raigam admitted that having geographically dispersed sales staff, it is very important to have good communication system such as PDA technology when managing the sales around the country. Although they have different ideologies in the ICT filed, they have same philosophy in the R & D sector. Both entrepreneurs agreed that without having innovations time to time company will not be survived. In order tocreate new products it is vital to have its own research and development centre. Knowledge creation and dissemination is the main idea in KE. That reflects entrepreneurs always try to create new knowledge; that is new product based on their experiments. This should be matched with the market requirement. If not created new knowledge will not be accepted by the people and it will become a failure product. Therefore, importance of science and technology stream is well understood by both entrepreneurs. Considerable amount is spent annually for the R & D activities to find new knowledge. Entrepreneurs believe that, skilled human resource is needed to improve the efficiency in operations. Especially in the new product development process, major contribution is coming from the top management who has post graduate qualifications. In NBC, science based degree is a quality requirement to enter into the top management. Because company believes that, medicinal plant based production requires high level of quality assurance.       6. CONCLUSION In this case study analysis, it reveals that both firms are well concerned about R & D activities in order to create new knowledge. Companies spend reasonable amount of their revenue for the R & D activities annually.  They believe that, profitability can be improved through the introduction of new products rather cutting their expenses. Therefore, in order to carry out experiments in the laboratory both companies are having good researches. Especially in the NBC, as a herbal cosmetic manufacturing company, they highly concentrate the outcomes of R&D activities. Raigam, as a fast food manufacturing company always tries to create new food items which have both required amount of nutrition and the quality. As per the qualitative analysis, it can be concluded that, management of NBC and Raigam is implementing KE pillars at a certain level within the firms. However, NBC should be more concentrated on the improvements in ICT facilities and should be given more freedom to the employees to suggest new products. That is mainly because; application of ICT facilities in NBC is poor compared to the Raigam in the fields such as monitoring sales people.Both firms have creative entrepreneurial culture which always encourages innovations and new idea. Continuous R & D activities will help to create new products and processes which can be useful to increase the profitability of the firm. Raigam is always doing market research in order to understand the changes in the economy and NBC is more towards to the research on medicinal plants in order to create new herbal cosmetics to attract customers.When considering the entrepreneurs’ perception towards KBE, even though management does not have theoretical knowledge about KE, they practice the same ideology when managing company’s operations. Thus, it is suggested that understanding about KE pillars in more depth will contribute to improve their entrepreneurial ventures. Creation of knowledge is not solely valuable if it is not disseminated throughout the population. Therefore, finding should spread to the economy by protecting its credibility within the firm. However as stated by Samantha, existing administration system of intellectual property is not efficient. Entrepreneurs do not likely to obtain patent rights for their innovations due to the lack of transparency and the protectionism in the administration system. 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