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Meaning to Voice –“ Katahandata Aruthak”


Meaning to Voice – “Katahandata Aruthak - 2020” National Programme

Our Vision

“Kata handata aruthak” is meant to set a platform to knowledgeable and skillful male and female Announcers scattered in the island who have limited access to national level through a correct process to unveil their inborn talents.

Our mission

Educationally qualified aged between 18-30 years group who want to become male and female Announcers achieving their lives representing all languages and nations are not only a resource to the SLBC. They are certainly an asset to the entire nation.

Purpose of the project

Male and female Announcers are introduced to the nation in overnight nowadays as blooming mushrooms. It is worth to appreciate. But they couldn’t win the heart of public due to their fewer skills. The country is in need of guiding these skillful personalities of male and female Announcers into correct path. As the national broadcaster we are ready to take that responsibility as a national obligation. That is the “Meaning to Voice- Katahandata Aruthak 2020 programme .

The responsibility of national radio:History in Brief

Inaugurated as the world’s second radio station and the premier in the South Asia on 16th December 1925 in Sri Lanka as a Department later to a public corporation in 1967, the SLBC is serving to Sri Lankans to enhance their knowledge, entertainment, skills and attitudes for past 95 years. The main responsibility of this national broadcaster is to serve as the public broadcaster.

The SLBC cooperated this mission for a certain extent some decades ago. Especially, around five decades ago, the male and female Announcers were hugely welcomed by the listeners. They were attached to listeners whilst building up friendship among them. Their knowledge, eloquence, presentation skills and correct language ability were the reasons to become popular among listeners. There was a verity in their talents as well .

Cyril Rajapakshe, Burty Galahitiyawa, Asoka Silva, Tissa Jayawardhane ,Ramya Wanigasekera, Sujeewa Harischandra, Prasanna Chandana Bandara, Vjira Jayawardhane  as well as Himananda Rajapakshe were able to forget what was happening around the listeners when they read news. Moreover, it was exactly news in the sense. Lilith S.Maithreepala, Karunarathna Abesekera, Chithrananda Abesekera, Premakeerthi De Alwis ,Ananda Punchihewa, Seelarathne Senarath and Ariyasiri Withanage were loved by all Sri Lankans when they presented programmes. These are just a few voices of the SLBC. Although most of these voices were detached from us the texture of their voices are still haunting around us. The credit of introducing such great voices automatically bound to SLBC.

In a situation where the art of announcing is depreciated, the responsibility of optimizing that art and introducing a new generation and the mission of guiding them to correct path is on the shoulders of the SLBC.

Our Strength

If there is a renowned TV or radio presenter in any radio or TV station, no doubt their inception has been the SLBC. There are a few reasons for that. The SLBC has paved the way to follow training course on announcing to acquire comprehensive knowledge and enhance skills in the field of announcing .We have an enormous strength as the national broadcaster.

1.    Island wide national channel network coverage.
2.    Regional service network covering major areas.
3.    Experienced staff
4.    Training center equipment facilities.
5.    Number of radio channels

In search of the most talented individuals:

Any qualified individual in any district in the island can apply for this competition.
1.    Age should between 18-30
2.    Should pass either O/L or A/L
3.    Skills(basic qualifications)

Application and duration:

Applications can download from the SLBC official website
Applications are available from the head office, Kandurata, Rajarata, Ruhuna, Wayamba ,Danbana ,Pirei FM and Jaffna regional services .

We accept your CVs:

•    Dully filled applications should be sent in registered post addressing to “ Director General, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (Clearly state “ Katahandata Aruthak 2020” on top left hand corner of the envelop)
•    Dully filled applications can be handed over to head office, and all our regional services.
•    E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing Date:

•    Closing date of applications: 14th March 2020.
Audition and interviews will be informed by the Corporation soon after the closing date.

Download Application

The President says, “the media is able to direct a government on the correct path”

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says, “the media is able to direct a government on the correct path”. He further states, the present government is creating a free environment for state media institutions as well.
The President expressed these views, at a gathering of newspaper editors, the directors of electronic media, and media personnel, held at the Presidential Secretariat.
The President further stated, when the state media disseminates government information only, the reporting becomes one sided; therefore, the responsibility of the state media should be to have a balance reporting.

The President also stated, the present government has granted many tax concessions; however, it has been observed, the public have still not enjoyed the advantage. This has resulted in certain companies earning a large profit. He points out, “even the price of a nail should come down”.

The President also stated, preparations will be made around the month of March, to go for a Parliamentary Election. He says, the intension is to obtain a two thirds majority. Commenting on the 19th amendment to the Constitution, the President said, it is difficult to run the government with the 19th amendment.

He also noted, the question on missing persons has become politicised, and it has resulted in delays in ensuring justice. He observes, certain political groups in the North are capitalising on the “missing persons issue”, to strengthen their vote base. He further stated, “national reconciliation” can be ensured when “national security” is strengthened.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that steps will be taken to protect arts and culture

mahinda rajapkshaIssuing a message in connection with the 35th Kala Booshana state awards Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that steps will be taken to protect arts and culture. Minister Dullas Alahapperuma was the chief guest of the awards ceremony. The ceremony has been organized jointly by the Ministries of Buddha-Sasana Cultural and Religious Affairs, Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs, Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs and the Department of Cultural Affairs. More than 200 artists received Kala Booshana awards at the ceremony. Veteran radio announcer Somasiri Chandrasena was among them.

CID records a statement from the local employee of the Swiss embassy for the third day

The local staffer of the Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo, who was allegedly abducted and threatened in late November, has arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department for the 3rd day to record a statement. The travel ban on her was been extended until the 12th of this month by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathna yesterday.

The Prime Ministerial Public Relations Unit, declared open today

The Prime Ministerial Public Relations Unit was declared open by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, this morning.

This Public Relations Unit is located at No: 101, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colpetty, and is in close proximity to Temple Trees.

The public can submit their complaints to this office.
The complaints will be directed to the relevant ministries and state institutions.
The Premier said, in addition, the complaints will be followed-up, to check whether they are being addressed.

The office will be open five days a week.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reiterates that he is committed to provide a long lasting solution to the problems face by Tamil people in this country

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reiterates that he is committed to provide a long lasting solution to the problems face by Tamil people in this country. The President made these comments during an interview with Hindustan Times. When speaking about 13th amendment of the Constitution, the President there are few areas which cannot be implemented. Therefore, the President suggests an alternative solution to this problem. The government expects to solve all problems related to Tamil issue at once rather than addressing the issues one by one. The government also expects to focus on many sectors including fishing, job opportunities, agriculture and other related areas as well.

President Rajapaksa will hold bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today

President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who is on a two-day state visit to India has arrived in New Delhi yesterday. The President and the Sri Lankan delegation were received at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The Sri Lankan delegation was welcomed by Indian Minister of State for Transport and Highways Dr. V.K. Singh. Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in India Austin Fernando and Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu were also present. The reception was also decorated with colorful cultural items. During his visit, President Rajapaksa will meet Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and will hold bilateral talks with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The President will also meet other Indian dignitaries

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa undertakes a two-day State visit to India today

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa undertakes a two-day State visit to India today on an invitation extended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the visit President Rajapaksa will meet Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and hold bilateral talks with the Indian Prime Minister as well.

President Rajapaksa will also meet the other Indian dignitaries.

The State visit to India is the first overseas visit by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa since his assumption of office as the President of Sri Lanka this month. The President will be accompanied by Secretary to the President Dr. P. B. Jayasundara, Ravinatha Aryasinha, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Secretary to the Treasury Sajith Attygalle and Honorary Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunge.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the appointments were a great responsibility placed on them by the people of the country

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressing the newly appointed State and Deputy Ministers reminded that the appointments were a great responsibility placed on them by the people of the country who voted to create a change, and not a privilege.

President Rajapaksa noted that he was not able to give appointments to everyone who worked for him during the campaign and everyone who delivered a large number of votes from their districts, due to constitutional restraints. He added that he would have preferred to reduce the number of state and deputy ministers. The President explained that such a high number of appointments had to be made because of the large number of responsibilities, mentioned in his manifesto, that need to be fulfilled.

The President went onto state that some of the newly appointed members could have doubts about their portfolios. Speaking to these ministers the President states that the ministries were assigned and broken down based on the needs of the people and urged them to understand the great responsibilities that each of them has been entrusted with.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also reiterated his call to the 15 cabinet Ministers, to grant the newly appointed state and deputy ministers the opportunity to carry out their activities.

Minister Bandula Gunawardena says that the new government will introduce a significant media culture to the country

Minister of Information & Communications Technology, Higher Education, Technology & Innovations Bandula Gunawardena assuming duties this morning at the media ministry said that the new government will introduce a significant media culture to the country. This media culture will help to build a country where every communities can live together with self respect. He assured to protect the media freedom utmost and not to leave rooms for media hunt and taking hatred revenge.

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