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File Transferring among various devices such as Personal Computers, Mobile Phones Tablets used to depend on several technologies like Bluetooth, Infrared until recently. Though these services were reliable they were not suitable to transfer large content as the transfer speed was several MB per second. With the development in data transmission techniques, new services emerged promising faster file transfer speeds due to their reliability of techniques such as NFC, WiFi, etc. These apps had another advantage of being able to work across different device platforms be it Android, iOS, Windows, etc. and it helped to increase their popularity in a rapid face. Among such apps, SHAREit can be considered as one of the leaders in the category, which has been downloaded for over 1.8 billion times across 200 countries and have around 500 million active users as well.
Unlike social media apps, which are notorious for their data and privacy practices, these File transfer apps are not considered to be harmful. But do they really operate with fewer privacy data? We are about to explore this by looking at the privacy disclosure of SHAREit App.
The App collects your personal information if you open an account or use another service like Twitter, Facebook to log in, which includes your basic personal details along with email address, mobile number, etc.
Furthermore, when you use the service, the app may collect Location data related to your device. This does not limit to the usual GPS data, but also data from “WiFi, compass, accelerometer or other sensors in your mobile device”
Therefore it appears that the app may be using a number of hardware in the device you to transfer file and content while gathering several location related data that can affect your data privacy.
Another controversial point that appears is that the App possibly collects data about the other activities that you perform while you are using SHAREit.
As per the privacy statement, your personal and usage data is collected to function the services of the App. And they may require to transfer user data to countries such as “the People’s Republic of China or Singapore.” China is known for its controversial personal data monitoring and usage, and this is further enhanced by the fact that the parent company ushareit has Chinese roots.
But the company states that depending on the applicability of laws, the users will be able to request their personal data, restrict or even erase them by sending their request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Furthermore, the statement explains that the company will not share your personal data with third parties without consent. But there are certain exceptions such as under the mandatory requirement from government authorities, For the purpose of academic research or the public interest, to safeguard our legitimate rights and interests, etc.
“The information that you transfer, send and/or share through the Application, the Services and/or the Site may be intercepted, collected, used and disclosed by third parties” For which the company is not responsible and the users need to take necessary security measures to avoid such incidents.
Our Verdict: Despite the seemingly safe outlook of the App, ease of use and the transferring speeds, there may be a threat for your data privacy by using SHAREit. Therefore it is advisable to take necessary privacy protection measures in-app and with the support of other apps such as Anti-virus services.
In this episode we meet one of the upcoming Multi-faceted personalities of the country, Hirushi Jayasena. Where we talk about her rapping skills, her time at Harvard and many more.
Hope everyone would have great fun watching it.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
– Malcolm X
Education is by far the most important gift a child could be presented with and we must help the underprivileged so that they also acquire the necessary skills, knowledge, and intelligence and grow to become triumphant human beings. Thus the Rotaract Club of Achievers Lanka Business School commenced a project targeting the children of the slum areas of Kirulapona, Koombi Kale. This initiative commenced in October 2019. It is mainly focused on educating the underprivileged students in this area. It is the brainchild of the club’s current president Rtr. Sathma Jayasinghe. It was Mr. Ravi, who is a much-loved fixture at Achievers Lanka Business School who explained this necessity to the club. Together with the support and guidance of Pastor Ashean, this notion became a fully functional commitment.
The Sneha project is carried out on two days per week. Every week a team of four head down to the slum areas in Kirulapone to provide the most competent teaching they can contribute. On Saturdays, separate classes are allocated for students of grades 1 and 2, grades 3, 4, and 5 and grades 6, 7, and 8. Sundays are solely dedicated to students from grades 9 to 11. Mathematics and English are taught to all students for one hour each.
These lucky youngsters are also a part of a group known as the ‘Rangers’ where many exhilarating and thriving group activities take place. This program is fully organized by the pastor and is dedicated to improving the children’s skills such as leadership, communication, and also helps improve their mental well being. It includes activities such as singing, dancing, camping. The talents of these youngsters were showcased through a concert.
The 7th of March 2020 was my first day volunteering for the Sneha project. I was bursting with excitement (and not to forget the anxiety). “What if the kids don’t like me? What if I’m terrible at teaching?” were the gloomy thoughts passing through my head. Meanwhile, I was inwardly checking if my knowledge in Mathematics and English would be enough to teach the kids. Rtr. Vinuri Ramanayake, Rtr. Suwithi Karunasekara and two of her friends accompanied me to the Kirulapone Community Centre.
On our way, several youngsters were delighted to see Rtr. Suwithi with us. From what I gathered, she is a favourite among them. Thus, it was no surprise that they warmly welcomed us into their classroom on this particular day. The pastor, Rev.Ashean was delighted to see a crowd of five ready to teach. As we entered the classroom, there was a crowd of eager students poised with their books and pencils. Their classroom represented the quintessential primary class with little chairs and tables, which brought back fond memories from years ago.
Firstly, as per the popular demand of students (not really, it was decided by the teachers), there was a mathematics lesson. Rtr. Vinuri started the fractions lesson with a question on the whiteboard. Then there was a flurry of activity when the students hurried to become the first to finish the assignment. Addition and subtraction of fractions do not seem like the hardest thing to learn for you and me, but for 8-year-olds, we might as well be trying to teach rocket science. To their credit, they trekked through the world of fractional numbers with varying degrees of success. It was the first time I realized that teaching is not as easy as it seems to be. Fortunately, many understood, and they gathered around to make the others understand too.
During the English period, I was in charge of the youngest kid in the class, a boy in grade 1. We had an interesting conversation in English about his likes and dislikes (guess I came across as the only Sri Lankan male who hates cricket, apparently football is all the rage these days). He even read me a story from a book. I taught him to spell the seven days of the week, and after that, he sang nursery rhymes with his friends.
Hence, for two hours, every volunteer was deeply occupied in the task of improving their students’ knowledge. As the name of their village (Koombi Kale) indicates, the students were too mischievous for their good. But, it was a remarkable experience to spend time with them. Most of the kids were enthusiastic about learning, though a few struggled. For them, the highlight of that day could have been more related to the reward of ‘veralu’ rather than a red star. It’s always a plus if you can eat the props used for teaching fractions. Around 12.30 p.m, our time with them ended, we said our goodbyes, and left reluctantly with the promise to see them next week. I am proud to be a part of this project, though it tires you out considerably (it is not for the faint of the heart, trust me).
This initiative, ‘Sneha’, is one of many, in the Rotaract calendar in the avenue of Community Service. It plays a huge role in moulding children’s personalities, increasing their motivation and discipline. From school lessons to a surplus of life lessons, Rotaract Achievers has been active as an integral support to the young community in Koombi Kale.
Rtr. Yesara Wijeratne
சினேகா: இளம் மனதை அறிவூட்டுகிறது
“கல்வி என்பது எதிர்காலத்திற்கான கடவுச்சீட்டு, ஏனென்றால் நாளை அதற்குத் தயாராகி வருபவர்களுக்கு சொந்தமானது இன்று. ”
கல்வி என்பது ஒரு குழந்தைக்கு வழங்கப்படக்கூடிய மிக முக்கியமான பரிசாகும், அதற்கு நாங்கள் உதவ வேண்டும். தாழ்த்தப்பட்டவர்களின் தேவையான திறன்களையும், அறிவையும் வளர்ப்பதற்கும் வெற்றிகரமான மனிதர்களாக வளர்வதற்கும் இவ்வாறான
சேரி குழந்தைகளை குறிவைத்து ஒரு திட்டத்தை ரோட்டராக்ட் கிளப் Achievers லங்கா பிசினஸ் ஸ்கூல் தொடங்கியது.
கிருலப்பன, கூம்பி கல பகுதிகள், இந்த முயற்சி அக்டோபர் 2019 இல் தொடங்கியது. இது அவசியம் பற்றி திரு.ரவி விளக்கினார். இவர் Achievers லங்கா பிசினஸ் ஸ்கூலில் மிகவும் விரும்பப்படும் அங்கமாக இருப்பவர் ஆவார்.
இதில் முக்கியமாக பின்தங்கிய மாணவர்களுக்கு கல்வி கற்பிப்பதில் கவனம் செலுத்தப்படுகிறது. இது கிளப்பின் தற்போதைய தலைவர் Rtr. சத்மா ஜெயசிங்க வின் சிந்தனையாகும். சமூக சேவை இயக்குநர்கள், Rtr. ஹசிதா ஜெயசூர்யா மற்றும் Rtr. பிபாஷ் சூரியேஜ்
இந்த திட்டத்தை வெற்றிகரமாக மாற்றுவதில் மிகவும் கடினமாக பணியாற்றினார். பாஸ்டரின் ஆதரவு மற்றும் வழிகாட்டுதலுடன் சேர்ந்து. ஆஷேன் இன் கருத்து ஒரு முழுமையான செயல்பாட்டு உறுதிப்பாடாக மாறியது.
சினேகா திட்டம் வாரத்திற்கு இரண்டு நாட்களில் மேற்கொள்ளப்படுகிறது. ஒவ்வொரு வாரமும் நான்கு தலைவர்கள் கொண்ட குழு தங்களால் முடிந்த போதனைகளை வழங்குவதற்காக கிருலப்பனவில் உள்ள சேரி பகுதிகளுக்கு பங்களிப்பு செய்யப்படுகிறது. சனிக்கிழமைகளில், 1 மற்றும் 2 ஆம் வகுப்பு மாணவர்களுக்கு தனி வகுப்புகள் ஒதுக்கப்படுகின்றன.
ஞாயிற்றுக்கிழமைகளில் 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ஆம் வகுப்பு வரையிலான மாணவர்களுக்கு மட்டுமே அர்ப்பணிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளன. கணிதம் மற்றும் ஆங்கிலம் அனைத்து மாணவர்களுக்கும் தலா ஒரு மணி நேரம் கற்பிக்கப்படுகிறது.
இந்த அதிர்ஷ்ட இளைஞர்களும் பலர் இருக்கும் ‘ரேஞ்சர்ஸ்’ என்று அழைக்கப்படும் ஒரு குழுவின் ஒரு பகுதியாக உள்ளனர். குழு நடவடிக்கைகள் களிப்பூட்டும் மற்றும் செழிப்பானவை. இந்த திட்டம் முழுமையாக ஏற்பாடு செய்தது பாஸ்டர் ஆவார். தலைமை, தகவல் தொடர்பு, போன்ற குழந்தைகளின் திறன்களை மேம்படுத்துவதில் அர்ப்பணித்துள்ளார். மேலும் அவர்களின் மன நலனை மேம்படுத்தவும் உதவுகிறது.
இதில் பாடுவது, நடனம், முகாம். இந்த இளைஞர்களின் திறமைகள் ஒரு கச்சேரி மூலம் காட்சிப்படுத்தப்படுகின்றன.
2020 மார்ச் 7 ஆம் தேதி சினேகா திட்டத்திற்கு எனது முதல் நாள் தன்னார்வத் தொண்டு நான் இருந்தேன்.
உற்சாகத்துடன் (மற்றும் கவலையை மறக்கக்கூடாது). “குழந்தைகள் என்னைப் பிடிக்கவில்லை என்றால் என்ன செய்வது? கற்பிப்பதில் பயங்கரமானதா? ” இருண்ட எண்ணங்கள் என் தலையை கடந்து சென்றன. இதற்கிடையில், நான் இருந்தேன் கணிதம் மற்றும் ஆங்கிலத்தில் எனது அறிவு கற்பிக்க போதுமானதாக இருக்குமா என்று உள்நோக்கி சரிபார்த்தேன்.
Rtr. வினூரி ராமநாயக்க, Rtr. சுவிதி கருணசேகர மற்றும் அவரது இரண்டு நண்பர்கள் என்னுடன் கிருலாபோன் சமூக மையத்திற்கு சென்றோம். எங்கள் வழியில், பல இளைஞர்கள் Rtr. சுவிதி ஐப் பார்த்து மகிழ்ச்சியடைந்தனர். ஏனென்றால் அவள் அவர்களுக்கு மிகவும் பிடித்தவள். இதனால், அவர்கள் அன்புடன் வரவேற்றதில் ஆச்சரியமில்லை. இந்த குறிப்பிட்ட நாளில் எங்களை அவர்களின் வகுப்பறைக்குள் கொண்டு சென்றார்கள். பாஸ்டர் ரெவ்.ஆஷியன் மகிழ்ச்சியடைந்தார் ஐந்து பேர் கற்பிக்கத் தயாராக உள்ளனர். நாங்கள் வகுப்பறைக்குள் நுழைந்தபோது, ஆர்வமுள்ள ஒரு கூட்டம் இருந்தது மாணவர்கள் தங்கள் புத்தகங்கள் மற்றும் பென்சில்களுடன் தயாராக உள்ளனர். அவர்களின் வகுப்பறை மிகச்சிறந்ததைக் குறிக்கிறது. சிறிய நாற்காலிகள் மற்றும் மேசைகள் கொண்ட முதன்மை வகுப்பு, இது பல ஆண்டுகளாக நினைவுகளை மீண்டும் கொண்டு வந்தது.
முதலாவதாக, மாணவர்களின் மக்கள் கோரிக்கையின் படி (உண்மையில் இல்லை, இது ஆசிரியர்களால் தீர்மானிக்கப்பட்டது), ஒரு கணித பாடம் இருந்தது. Rtr. வினூரி பின்னங்கள் பாடத்தை ஒரு கேள்வியுடன் தொடங்கினார் வெண்பலகையில். மாணவர்கள் விரைவாக முதலிடம் பெற விரைந்தபோது, ஒரு பரபரப்பு ஏற்பட்டது வேலையை முடிக்க. பின்னங்களைச் சேர்ப்பதும் கழிப்பதும் கடினமானதாகத் தெரியவில்லை
உங்களுக்கும் எனக்கும் கற்றுக்கொள்ள வேண்டிய விஷயம், ஆனால் 8 வயது குழந்தைகளுக்கு, நாங்கள் ராக்கெட்டைக் கற்பிக்க முயற்சிக்கிறோம் விஞ்ஞானம். அவர்களின் வரவுக்கு, அவர்கள் மாறுபட்ட எண்களின் உலகில் மலையேறினர், வெற்றி பெறுவதற்கு.
கற்பித்தல் என்பது அவ்வளவு எளிதானது அல்ல என்பதை நான் உணர்ந்த முதல் முறையாகும் அதிர்ஷ்டவசமாக, பலர் புரிந்து கொண்டனர், மற்றவர்களுக்கு புரியவைக்க அவர்கள் கூடினர் ஆங்கில பாடநேரம் , வகுப்பில் இளைய குழந்தை, தரம் 1 இல் ஒரு சிறுவனுக்கு நான் பொறுப்பாக இருந்தேன். அவரது விருப்பு வெறுப்புகளைப் பற்றி நாங்கள் ஆங்கிலத்தில் ஒரு சுவாரஸ்யமான உரையாடலைப் பெற்றோம்.
அவர் ஒரு புத்தகத்திலிருந்து ஒரு கதையை கூட எனக்கு வாசித்தார். வாரத்தின் ஏழு நாட்களையும் உச்சரிக்க நான் அவருக்குக் கற்றுக் கொடுத்தேன், அதன்பிறகு, அவர் தனது நண்பர்களுடன் நர்சரி ரைம்களைப் பாடினார். எனவே, இரண்டு மணி நேரம், ஒவ்வொரு தன்னார்வலரும் தங்களை மேம்படுத்தும் பணியில் ஆழமாக ஈடுபட்டனர் மாணவர்களின் அறிவை மேம்படுத்துவதற்கு. அவர்களின் கிராமத்தின் பெயர் (கூம்பி காலே) குறிப்பிடுவது போல, மாணவர்கள் இருந்தனர்.
ஆனால், அவர்களுடன் நேரத்தை செலவிடுவது ஒரு குறிப்பிடத்தக்க அனுபவம். ஒரு சிலர் சிரமப்பட்டாலும், பெரும்பாலான குழந்தைகள் கற்றலில் ஆர்வமாக இருந்தனர். அந்த நாளின் சிறப்பம்சம் சிவப்பு நிற ஸடாரை விட ‘வெரலு’ வெகுமதியுடன் தொடர்புடையதாக இருக்கலாம் பின்னங்களை கற்பிக்கப் பயன்படுத்தப்படும் முட்டுகள் உங்களால் உண்ண முடிந்தால் அது எப்போதும் ஒரு கூடுதல் அம்சமாகும். சுமார் 12.30 p.m, அவர்களுடனான எங்கள் நேரம் முடிந்தது, நாங்கள் எங்கள் விடைபெற்றோம், வாக்குறுதியுடன் தயக்கத்துடன் வெளியேறினோம்
அடுத்த வாரம் அவர்களை பார்க்க.
இந்த திட்டத்தின் ஒரு பகுதியாக இருப்பதில் பெருமை அடைகிறேன் கணிசமாக (இது இதயத்தின் மயக்கத்திற்காக அல்ல, என்னை நம்புங்கள்).
இந்த முயற்சி, ‘சினேகா’, சமூகத்தின் அவென்யூவில் உள்ள ரோட்டராக்ட் காலண்டரில் பலவற்றில் ஒன்றாகும்
சேவை. குழந்தைகளின் ஆளுமைகளை வடிவமைப்பதில், அவர்களின் உந்துதலை அதிகரிப்பதில் இது பெரும் பங்கு வகிக்கிறது. மற்றும் ஒழுக்கம், பள்ளி பாடங்கள் முதல் வாழ்க்கைப் பாடங்களின் உபரி வரை, ரோட்டராக்ட் சாதனையாளர்கள் கூம்பி கலேயில் உள்ள இளம் சமூகத்திற்கு ஒரு ஒருங்கிணைந்த ஆதரவாக செயல்படுகிறது.
Translated by Rtr. Nihmathullah
Ask from any teenager today about their go-to-social media app to pass time, most of them will mention Tiktok. This short-video based social media app gained a massive following after revitalizing the app Music.ly, which already had a significant impact on the social medial space.
Despite the significant growth, there have been several issues that would arise due to the App’s ownership being Chinese origin and the USA’s constant speculations over the privacy and use of data. Were such accusations on the app real? Let’s try to dig deep in the privacy statement and terms of service of Tiktok.
The app requires and collects basic account information such as username, date of birth, email, mobile number when you sign up directly to the service. Also if you choose to register using other social media accounts (Eg:- Facebook, Twitter, etc.) it will provide your username and public profile on that social media site and in return, Tiktok will share information such as App ID, Access Token, Referring URL. This will allow other Social Media to track and identify your account.
To “infer your likely interests” Tiktok will use both information you provide them with Third-party information which will include data such as websites visited, apps you have downloaded and purchases you have made. As same as other apps, Tiktok also collects data related to your device’s software, hardware and network details and configurations.
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Such data can be used to identify a particular person across multiple websites and apps. “We link your contact or subscriber information with your activity on our Platform across all your devices, using your email or other log-in or device information” So for what Tiktok use all our information for? There is a lengthy list that they provide and following are some of the “reasons”.
Further, it will share with advertisers and other third-parties information such as”…how many and which users of the Platform have viewed or clicked on an advertisement” Along with your Device ID.
How long will your details remain on the Tiktok servers? Their privacy statement doesn’t provide any specific time period other than “only for so long as we have a legitimate business purpose in keeping such data” After you terminate your use of service they will still store your information in an aggregated and anonymised format.
Here’s some good news! You can request Tiktok to;
But they also state that it by doing so they “may not be able to fulfil your requests and you may not be able to use some of TikTok features and functionality”
You have to email email@example.com to exercise your rights
From notorious connotations as a sexting app, Snapchat grew rapidly in the social media space, challenging the existing presence of Facebook as the King of content. On the outlook, these images, videos based app seems less privacy threatening compared to Facebook but is it the reality? Let’s find out.
Snapchat collects the information you provide when you register for the service. These include things such as your name, username, password, email address, mobile number, etc. Other than that they also collect “whatever information you send through our services, such as Snaps and Chats.”
So now you got registered and it’s time to start snap-chatting! When you are doing so the app automatically collects data in order to understand how you use and interact with the app and its features. “We might know, for instance, that you watched a particular Story, saw a specific ad for a certain period of time, and sent a few Snaps.” Further, they collect information about your activities such as the filters you use, stories you watch on Discover and the search queries you make. (In other words, they know when you open a message or screenshot it!)
Generally being a mobile app they collect a wide range of device-specific data including but not limited to “the hardware model, operating system version, device memory, advertising identifiers, unique application identifiers, apps installed, unique device identifiers, Information from device sensors, such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses.”
Is that all they know about you? Not really. They collect information from third-party services such as Advertisers, App Developers, and Publishers who will share data with Snap Inc. By combining both Internal and External information they are able to target ads and promotions better for you. (After all it is a free service. Right?)
Other than for developments, bug fixes, analytics, ad targeting related to the app if you are an Apple user they collect some additional information as well. As the Privacy Statement puts it;
We may also use information from Apple’s TrueDepth camera to improve the quality of Lenses. Information from the TrueDepth camera is used in real-time—we don’t store this information on our servers or share it with third parties.
The best thing about the Snap, in fact, the initial concept on the service was based on building a messaging service based on disappearing traces. Therefore the information they collect might also delete automatically? Well, some will do and some won’t.
Say after going through our article you feel like ending your “Streak”;
“If you ever decide to stop using Snapchat, you can just ask us to delete your account. We’ll also delete most of the information we’ve collected about you after you’ve been inactive for a while—but don’t worry, we’ll try to contact you first!”
But they are also unable to assure that the deletion process will occur “within a specific timeframe”, due to the reasons such as Legal requirements to store data, etc.
Now you know how every time you open Snapchat your screen get flooded with content also how they apply popular filters, be it the Puppy face or Geo filters. It all about Information!
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The time, I’m writing this blog, is usually when the intensity of the IPL reaches its pinnacle, but unfortunately not this year. The first thing I know in Mohali is the Kings XI Punjab team and its glorious home stadium, Punjab Cricket Association Stadium. But our collaboration with the Rotaract club of Mohali gave me the opportunity to explore more about this splendid city of Punjab.
Mohali is majorly inhabited by the Punjabi and Sikh community, so the gurudwaras here are worth paying a visit. A Gurdwara or Gurudwara, which has the meaning “door to the Guru”, is a place of assembly and worship for Sikhs. One of the best religious places to visit in Mohali is the Amb Sahib Gurudwara. The white coloured Sikh Shrine is a fine example of the Sikh architecture and a peaceful place to visit.
Amb means mangoes in Punjabi, which is very similar to amba in Sinhala and ambiram in Tamil, and the religious place is named after the sacred mango tree which bears sweet fruits throughout the year which are served as prasad to the devotees. Legend has it that Guru Har Rai Ji, who was the 7th of the ten gurus of Sikhism, blessed the place. It was the guru’s wish and command that the tree bears fruits all through the year; a wish that has continued to this day and is nothing short of a miracle given that mango is a seasonal fruit.
A recommended destination for nature lovers is the Sukhna Lake. It is actually located in the town of Chandigarh which is lying North-East of Mohali. Moreover, this is a manmade lake which was created by damming the Sukhna Choe stream that flows down from the Shivalik Hills. The splendour of nature attracts hikers, photographers and painters towards the scenic beauty of this lake. The spot is also favourable for water sport activities like skiing, surfing and sculling. Especially during winter, exotic migratory birds settle around the lake making it a delight for birdwatchers.
Situated alongside the Sukhna Lake is the Rock Garden of Chandigarh. This is a massive 40-acre exhibition of art pieces and sculptures. Also known as Nek Chand’s Rock Garden; this masterpiece is an outcome of creative imagination and fifty years of single-handed labour by a government official Nek Chand in his spare time. Having a total of about 5000 statues within its bounds, this sculptural project is a true example of ‘Best From Waste’ as these pottery-covered concrete sculptures of dancers, musicians, and animals are made from urban and industrial wastes such as discarded pieces of broken pottery, bottles, auto parts, plumbing materials, street lights, electrical fittings, broken sanitary ware and so on. This has now become a long-standing symbol of the city.
Another serene destination of the city is the Dr. Zakir Hussain Rose Garden. This was named after India’s former president, Zakir Hussain and it is surmised as one of Asia’s largest rose gardens. The garden is said to be home to various beautiful plants including several hundred species of roses and medicinal plants. Walking through it is a true delight as the rose plants have been planted in neatly laid out flower beds. It’s appealing to watch the well-planned garden with paths for walking and jogging, an open-air gym, play area for kids and a small library. The most popular event at this garden is the Rose Festival that is held in February each year. Competitive events of varying nature like flower cutting and flower arrangement, landscaping, photography and Rose prince and princess take place.
Another must-go-to place is the tallest victory tower of India, the Fateh Burj. This memorial acknowledges the spirit and courage of the Sikhs. It was here that Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, one of the most respected Sikh warriors, won a decisive battle against Wazir Khan, commander of the Mughal army. Along with the tall stature, the memorial includes six mounds with the statues of Banda Singh Bahadur and his five generals, delivers a picturesque view which mesmerizes everyone who sees it.
Rtr. Jegatheesan Gowthaman
Anuradhapura currently serves as the capital city of the North Central Province and is considered the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The Sacred City of Anuradhapura was established around a cutting from the ‘tree of enlightenment’, the Buddha’s fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is a haven for Buddhist worshipers in Sri Lanka.
Rising dramatically from the central plains, the enigmatic rocky outcrop of Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka’s single most dramatic sight. Near-vertical walls soar to a flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilization, thought to be once the epicentre of the short-lived kingdom of Kassapa, and there are spellbinding vistas across mist-laden forests in the early morning.
Situated in the Southern Sri Lankan Coast in the Bay of Galle just 132 KM from Colombo, the Galle Fort is one of the most extraordinary historical and archeological sites of the world. The fort was first constructed by Portuguese in the late sixteenth century and fortified expansively by the Dutch in the mid-seventeenth century. It is a stunning blend of archeology, architecture, and history in the backdrop of the tropical atmosphere. Its appeal lies in that it is not just a historical monument.
Legend states that after Lord Buddha was cremated following his death, his remains were distributed among the different realms for worship. Apparently of all these remains, his four canines were the holiest of all.
Of the four canines; the right canine was supposedly taken for worship by the King of Gods, another canine was taken by the king of the land Gandhara (an area which now is Pakistan), while the third was taken by the Nagas (snake people) who worshipped it in a golden shrine room, and the final left canine was given to the King of Kalinga in East India. The golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. During Puja, the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. However, one can’t actually see the tooth. It’s kept in a gold casket shaped like a Dagoba (stupa), which contains a series of six Dagoba caskets of diminishing size.
Yala National Park is located in the southeastern region of Sri Lanka and extends over two provinces of Hambantota district of southern province and Monaragala district in Uva province. The entrance to the park is at Palatupana, 12km from Kirinda. The distance from Colombo to the entry point of Palatupana is 305 km. The rocky outcrops scattered over the park provide vantage points to enjoy the sprawling areas with Sri Lanka’s dry zone landscape: low scrub and woods. Still more, the southern border of the park being the south-eastern coast, the brackish lagoons and dunes enhance the distinctive charm of the Yala National Park.
-Rtr. Amiteshwar Pratap Singh (Rotaract Club of Mohali)
In the middle of the night, during a zoom call among some friends,
Lakshan: There are so many quizzes happening, shall we do a B99 quiz?
I’m Rtr. Lakshan Banneheke, co-chairperson of Quarantine Heist, and that’s how all this began. The next morning when I woke up Theekshana had already texted the club secretary, Rtr. Thisura and gotten approval. We awaited Rtr. Sathma’s confirmation and by noon we were good to go. A Whatsapp group was made in a few hours but we still had no idea that it would turn out to be as big of a project as it did. Bear in mind that by 2pm on that day, this was still an infant idea! What happened next was quite simply astounding.
As customary in our club, so many club members joined in the conversation in the group wanting to help in any way imaginable. The title “Quarantine Heist” was unanimously agreed upon within minutes and by 4 pm Rtr. Nadun had made the very first promotional video which would mark the beginning of one of the best PR campaigns that I have ever seen. By the end of that one singular day, we had come up with the idea, gotten approval, decided on the title, decided on the platform, designed the registration form, assigned people to make questions, and also started our PR campaign.
Like I said, astounding!
It was amazing to see how everything just fell into the right place, that a simple idea over a Zoom call with a bunch of friends turned out to be.
I’m Rtr. Theekshana Gunasekara the co-chairperson of the project, once the question makers were assigned to each season to make questions, we started to binge-watch the seasons, it was a very nostalgic feeling, it felt like we started to watch our favourite show for the first time, it was a great feeling. A NOINE- NOINE feeling!
Immediately on the following day, we started to make a schedule to get everything on a timeline, and we started discussing the perfect date for the Heist and boom, It was Rtr. Nadun again with the perfect date idea, April 28th, the day Jake decided to propose to Amy. We started to make a timeline which at the end was filled with something to do every day and night. It was quite jam-packed with work that we had to do with all the university work we had, but here’s the best part, no matter what came up we will sort it then and there and we would actually be ahead of schedule. It was again a great feeling to see something that we put a lot of effort into actually finished sooner than expected. We were a day ahead of everything.
A couple of days later everyone including Me and Rtr. Lakshan had binged watched the entire season and some of us binged watched the entire series as well, by April 21st everyone was kind enough to submit their questions, so we can start picking up the best questions from each Season. This was the start of the post-midnight Zoom Calls that would go for a week every night.
Rtr. Lakshan here again, speaking of the midnight zoom calls, one of the striking factors for the success of this project was how every single member of our team somehow made time to be involved in every zoom call. Special shout out to our president, Rtr. Sathma Jayasinghe and for everyone else involved for never failing to miss even one of our zoom meetings despite their busy schedules and despite us dragging it on till around 3 am every night.
The process of making the quiz wasn’t a simple “make the questions” and “add the questions”. Our team went through each and every question at least 3 times and checked for errors and analyzed them for difficulty before finalizing the questions to be picked.
With all of that hard work of our team and with the fact that we were getting international registrations, we knew that this was going to be something of epic proportions.
The effort of our PR team cannot go unmentioned. The PR campaign was one of the best I have ever seen. From all the amazing videos to the eye-catching posters, everyone who saw would know how exceptionally brilliant it was.
Rtr. Theekshana and I always had the target of 150 registrations in mind. We thought it might be unrealistic even as this was about just one TV series so we were happy with getting about 100 registrations. With two days to go for the quiz, at the end of the 26th of April, we achieved the target of 100 participants. At the rate of registrations, we got per day, we didn’t really think we could hit the 150, we initially had in mind. Then on the 27th, our outstanding PR campaign hit an all-time high of 40 registrations in one day and gave us a shot at our target.
We were counting down to 150 on the last day and it was really fun to see how everyone including our President and Vice President was super excited and anxious for us to hit the 150 mark. With 3 hours to go, we finally got our 150th registration and we were over the moon!
Rtr. Theekshana again, speaking of registrations, hitting our target of 150 registrations was a real mood lifter for everyone involved; it was truly something magnificent. Until we hit 150 neither me nor Rtr. Lakshan believed that we would achieve it.
The final hour was upon us before the quiz began, with the registration closed at 4 pm we had 156 registrations in total. By 4.15 pm we started prepping for the quiz, by sending out the guidelines to everyone, one last time and we started another zoom call to make sure we go through everything simultaneously.
The time was upon us just 20 minutes to go, we started to share the quiz code on the WhatsApp groups, our quiz master/ moderator Rtr. Rahul shared his screen on the Zoom call so we, the organizers can watch the leaderboard. At first, we saw no one joining and we were shocked to see what was going on, but a simple refresh was in order to see who was waiting for the game to start, by 5.10 pm we started the 1st round of the first-ever Quarantine Heist.
For round 1 we had 50 questions with just 20 seconds for each question. We both had participated in these types of Quizzes in the past few weeks and one thing we noticed was that every quiz had a lot of complaints in the WhatsApp groups and we were dead scared that we would have similar reactions. 7 minutes into the quiz our phones buzzed with a message in the round 1 group. With a bit of a nervous feeling I opened the message just to see participants saying they were done, a few seconds later messages hit like a flash flood, everyone was happy and we were receiving a lot of positive feedback, it was really a special moment for everyone.
People were excited to compete in Round 2 and while we were tabulating the results, they were constantly asking as to when the results would be out as they were very excited to get to the final round. After making the relevant adjustments in the results by deducting points for taking more time than allocated, we finally got our top 50 sorted.
People were getting excited as the time passed, by 6.15 we were ready to start Round 2. And our 50 participants started doing the 30 questions in Round 2 which was also 20 seconds per question. The round 2 questions were hard because we wanted the most die-hard fans of the show to be the Finalists in the battle to be called the Ultimate Human/Genius. Round 2 was done in 10 minutes and it took a very short period of time to tabulate the results as no deductions were needed as people had not taken more than the allocated time to answer all the questions.
Now the most awaited round of them all the Finals were upon us. Rtr. Nadun was ready to live stream the entire final on our Club page on Facebook, Rtr. Vinuri and our President Rtr. Sathma was hosting the event, Rtr. Rahul aka the quizmaster was joined by our Vice President Rtr. Akila Kulathunge, ready to keep an eye on the final 10 if they were cheating and to calculate the points, Our Secretary Rtr Thisura was on buzzer duty and finally Rtr. Lakshan was in charge of showing the questions while I was incharge of managing the participants to ensure a smooth operation.
Once the welcomes and the rules were explained we started the finals with 20 questions and 3 tiebreakers. The finals went on great all participants knew most of the answers( we got the best of the best for the finals) and after about an hour we were done with the finals with Menasha Samaradiwakara deemed the Ultimate Human/Genius, with Heshan Wijayagunawardane and Pranavinth Sivananthan being the 1st and 2nd runner-ups respectively.
The feedback we got from participants and all the onlookers was astounding, it was some of the greatest feedback we got for a project we pulled off in just over a week’s time, a project that started with a simple idea over a simple group call among friends. Of course, all the credit can’t be only for us cause none of this would have been possible without the following people
Rtr. Sathma, for believing in us and for the late-night support even though she was super busy with work to make this a great successful project, and being the lab rat to test the questions.
Rtr. Thisura, even though he has never watched the show he came to late-night meetings and gave us ideas to make everything better.
Rtr. Nadun, for being the best video editor to start the PR and great leader who took the upper hand and guided us through every step of the way no matter what time it was, no matter how busy he was. We wouldn’t have pulled this off without him.
Rtr. Hiru, for some of the greatest posters for the epic PR campaign, he was asked a lot in a short period of time but he never said no and always exceeded our expectations.
Rtr. Akila K, for helping out with little details that made a bigger impact to make the project a success.
Rtr. Rahul, for introducing us to the Quizizz platform and giving us a complain less platform that everyone enjoyed to play in.
Rtr. Vinuri, for her amazing hosting skills along with Rtr. Sathma to make it a smooth final round.
Not to forget the question makers Rtr. Nadun, Rtr. Naadir, Rtr. Kasun, Rtr. Sandithi and Rtr. Akila K. Without these people we wouldn’t have had a great heist, we wouldn’t have to stay up late to select the best of the best. All we asked them for 15 questions from 1 season but they went above and beyond and gave us a whole lot more.
Thank you to everyone who participated, who helped us, who supported us, who contributed by even a little bit by sharing the quiz around family and friends to get us to our target of 150 registrations.
I’m Rtr. Theekshana Gunasekara with my Co-chairperson Rtr. Lakshan Banneheke thanking everyone involved and signing off.
Thank you and Stay Safe during these troublesome times.
Also if you are bummed out for missing the Quarantine Heist don’t worry, unlike other quizzes our quiz is here to stay. The links below are for you to try out Round 1 and Round 2. Feel free to enjoy some spectacular questions on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. NOINE-NOINE.
Round 1: http://quizizz.com/join?gc=354364
Round 2: http://quizizz.com/join?gc=780072
Rtr. Theekshana Gunasekara and Rtr. Lakshan Banneheke
9th of February 2020. A day much eagerly anticipated by the rotaracters of RACALBS. From the meticulous organization and execution by the organizing committee and the careful pre-planning by many of our participants, Conquer Colombo is by far one of the most hyped events of the Rotaract calendar. Setting the bar higher than ever before, My Cola Conquer Colombo 2020 was back with more new twists and challenges of all forms , be it rowing challenges, electric scooter challenges and even VR gaming challenges. This grand scale project involving almost 500 participants was initiated with the motive of aiding of the club’s major community service project “Project Life”. This project targets at combatting Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in several affected communities in Killinochchi by aiding for the building of Reverse Osmosis systems. Since its inauguration in 2013, Conquer Colombo has been more than successful in aiding project life along with providing a unique experience to its participants.
Having run a strong PR campaign teasing this year’s participants with past, present and futuristic videos of Colombo city, This year’s Conquer Colombo ran the theme of “Time Travel” where the participants took part in a time based adventure in order to save the apocalyptic city of Colombo. The storyline was ingrained in each of the three phases (namely past, present and future phase) and also within each challenge which included a unique story of its own. Shifting CC paradigms every year, this year’s event included the concept of hunting for “Key Fragments” which was a first in CC history. Completing each challenge in a phase provided a hint to the location where the key fragment relevant for the phase was hidden. Once the participants have found the 3 fragments (which pieced together forms an QR code), it led the participant to a surprise coordinated location. This new format of the race was definitely an eye opener for many of Conquer Colombo’s veteran participants who has grown accustomed to the monotonous setting of the race. All these factors added in glamour and spice to My Cola Conquer Colombo 2020 and truly shifted the metrics of this year’s competition.
The event kickstarted with variety of small entertainment items by a few of the participants as the crowd started registering at Race Course in the morning. Following heated competition for the best themed and funkiest ride awards, everyone’s attention was taken away to the exotic cars of the Italian car enthusiasts club and the grand entrance of the 4×4 monster trucks by the Ironman team. Following the announcement of the rules and regulations, the participants were taken by surprise by the sudden play of cryptic video. It showed an obscure time traveller fore-warning of an apocalypse in the city and that the participants must travel in time to save this mystery time traveller from a time chamber to save the city.
The cryptic message finally triggered the kick start of this much awaited race. Following a literal stampede of participants racing to obtain their first clue sheet, teams were rushing at every direction to reach their rides and to figure out where to head first. Having the opportunity to check up on each of the challenge locations, it was a pleasure watching the participants engage in not only heated competition but also genuine team work where each member prioritized and played according to each of their strengths. Cracking open a mystery chest at Escape The Room, speed painting two historical flags, rowing across the Beira or even fumbling on the floor playing bean bag twister, It goes without saying that this year’s CC was truly an experience to remember for both the participants and organizers alike.
The closing ceremony capped off one of the greatest events of the Rotaract calendar on a high note. Having pieced together the 3 key fragments, many teams scrambled back to race course to find the fabled time chamber where they witnessed the thrilling ending of the storyline. The closing ceremony started off with the commencement of the raffle draw which is one of the more awaited events during Conquer Colombo. Winners walked away with gift baskets and a variety of exciting gift vouchers. Up next came the awards for best themed, funkiest ride, Supermen and Wonder Women. Last but not the least, the top fifteen teams of Conquer Colombo 2020 were awarded with variety of exciting prizes from gift baskets to voucher. Team “Young Dumb and Broke” came in third and received a variety of amazing prizes along with an opportunity for an overnight stay at Mango House, Galle Fort. Winners of the Super men award “Team Joe-Pete” also went on to take the number 2 spot of My Cola Conquer Colombo 2020 winning an overnight stay at Jetwing hotel along with other exciting prizes. Team “Ali’s Army” topped the point list of this year’s event and went on to be crowned champions of My Cola Conquer Colombo 2020, securing 4 return air tickets to Singapore among other exciting prizes.
Providing new experiences which most participants would have never before experienced anywhere else is what Conquer Colombo is held in high regard for. Regardless of whether participants managed to break into the top 15 or not, without any doubt, everyone left with a feeling of satisfaction and eagerness to look forward to this event again next year. From speed eating fried rice using chopsticks, mind boggling mind challenges such as the escape the room challenge to fast paced virtual reality gaming, My Cola Conquer Colombo 2020 was definitely not a day to miss. Reaching new milestones in a event ever-filled with potential, My Cola Conquer Colombo 2020 left quite the mark on the Rotaract calendar and leaving us with the anticipation of an even more awe-inspiring event next year.
Rtr. Asel Gunaratne