George Clooney to Receive Honorary Golden Globe!

US actor, director and producer George Clooney is to receive an honorary award at next year’s Golden Globes.

Organisers said the 53-year-old would be given its Cecil B DeMille award for “his outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera”.

Clooney was being recognised “as much for his global humanitarian efforts as he is for his accomplishments in the entertainment industry,” the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) said.

2015′s awards take place on 11 January.

Recent recipients of the DeMille award, named after the famed producer of The Ten Commandments, include Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and the late Robin Williams.

Woody Allen was honoured at this year’s event, though the actor and director did not travel to Los Angeles to collect his accolade.

Clooney is no stranger to the Golden Globes, having been previously honoured by the HFPA for his performances in The Descendants, O Brother Where Art Thou and Syriana.

The former ER star and Hollywood heartthrob is expected to tie the knot shortly with human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

Sri Lanka Builders to Certify ‘Green’ Building!

The Ceylon Institute of Builders, an organisation of professionals in Sri Lanka’s construction industry, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore to obtain technical assistance to promote and develop the green built environment in Sri Lanka.

Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is a statutory body established under the Building and Construction Authority Act of Singapore.
The MOU was signed at the inaugural session of the International Green Building Conference held from 1st to 3rd this month (Sep 2014) at Singapore.

This agreement will pave the way for BCA to build the capacity of Sri Lankan construction industry to apply green building knowhow, technologies and applications making the Sri Lankan built environment to be more sustainable, environmentally friendly and economically affordable.

The BCA will train Sri Lankan building professionals to be certified as Green Building Auditors who will in turn carry out green building audits in Sri Lanka and ensure that buildings and other infrastructure projects conform to international green building standards.

The The Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB) will introduce its own green mark in collaboration with BCA of Singapore which will be awarded to buildings and projects that meet the required green building standards.

The BCA/CIOB certified Auditors will also be able to standardize building materials also on their level of conformity and award such materials the BCA/ CIOB Green Mark.

Happy Birthday Narendra Modi!

Became the 15th Prime Minister of India in May 2014 as a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He previously served as Chief Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat, becoming the longest-serving Chief Minister in Gujarat history.

He ran a tea stall with his brother as a teenager.

His administration faced heavy criticism in 2002 for not adequately protecting Muslims from being massacred by Hindus in Gujarat.

He was the third of six children born to Damodardas Mulchand Modi.

He was urged to resign after the 2002 Gujarat violence by then-Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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