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Madusha Hasini Abeywickrama

Madusha Hasini Abeywickrama (19) studying at Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara, is suffering from a heart problem and needs urgent implantation of an ICD (SIM-Atlas VR+) to prevent sudden cardiac death due to recurrent attacks of ventricular tachycardia which costs Rs. 1,230,000 (Rs.1.23 million). An account for her has been opened at Sampath Bank, Borella Branch- A/C 1004 5310 0081. Address: Thilak Abeywickrama (father) Batahenawatta, Dangala, Kalubowitiyana. Telephone: 011-2726110, 072-2224883


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M. Praveena Erandi Muhamdiramlage

M. Praveena Erandi Muhamdiramlage (One year and 8 months) is suffering from a profound hearing loss. The only treatment available, a cochlear implant, to be done by the Consultant ENT Surgeon, Dr.T.R.C.Ruberu at the Durdans Hospital, Colombo 3, costs around Rs. 2,650,000.00 (2.65million). An account for her has been opened at Peoples’ Bank, Piliyandala –
A/C No: 103-2-001-4-1819324.


UNESCO Madanjeet Singh prize for Anandasangaree

V. Anandasangaree received the 2006 UNESCO Madanjeet Singh prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non Violence at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on November 16. He is shown here with the sponsor of the prize, Madanjeet Singh, former Indian diplomat and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and the Deputy Director General of UNESCO, Marcio Barbosa who presented the award in the absence of the Director General.


Sri Lankan elected as Student Governor at LSE

Fadhil Bakeer Markar, a second year Sri Lankan student at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), recently polled the highest number of votes in a university-wide election to represent the students at the Court of Governors, LSE’s highest decision making body.
Fadhil also polled the highest votes to get elected as one of the delegates who will represent his students’ union at the National Union of Students (NUS) Conference. NUS is the central body representing students in the UK.
He is currently the International Students’ Officer of the LSE having won during the last year’s elections as a first year student.
Both his victories were made with significant margins, defeating well-known student figures in one of UK’s most prestigious higher education institutions. The Sri Lankan’s election to these two positions is seen as being highly significant since it is one of the rarest cases where the same student has been elected to both the positions with highest votes. Effectively this landmark victory displays the popularity and trust Fadhil has won at LSE.
The highly politicised student body saw another unusual achievement with the Sri Lankan student winning endorsements from student bodies representing a wide spectrum of political thought. The student bodies representing the Labour, Conservative, Green and Socialist parties had endorsed Fadhil for both these positions.
Fadhil, the first ever Sri Lankan to be elected as the International Students’ Officer last year at LSE, recently organised an international student induction programme for over 600 undergraduate students joining LSE this year. He is an old boy of Ananda College and Asian International School.


‘Voices in Praise’

‘Voices in Praise’ (VIP) choir will for the third consecutive year perform in Colombo at the Salvation Army, Colombo Central Church ,Sir James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 2, on December 4 at 6 pm.
Anglican Bishop of Kurunegala, Rt. Rev. Kumara Illangasinghe, and his wife Dr. Lakmini Illangasinghe, will be the chief guests.
The choir, popularly known as ‘VIP Choir’, is perhaps the only choir that performs in all three languages. The choir will also sing chorales composed by Mozart and Bach along with other Sinhala and Tamil lyrics. Veteran pop queen, Mariazelle Goonetilleke, will be the guest artiste while Niroshinie Nayagam will compere the concert. Entrance is free.


Sale of Shilpa livelihood products

Tablecloths, bed linen, children’s smocked dresses and ladies clothes with embroidery, edged with beeralu lace will be on exhibition and sale at Shilpa Children’s Home at 45/92, Nawala Road, Narahenpita, on December 1 and 2. These items are jointly produced by the Shilpa Tsunami Livelihood Project at Hambantota and the Shilpa Vocational Centre trainees in Colombo.


Rahula ’99 get-together

The annual get together of the ’99 Old Boys’ Union of Rahula College, Matara, will be held on November 25 at the Matara Walgama New Hemali reception hall at 6.30pm. All are welcome.


SL artistes honoured with Bunka Awards

Sarath Kumara Liyanawatta (Music), Vasanth Kumara Kobawak (Lyricist), Suriya R.Yarlini Weerasingam (Dancing), Damayanthi Jayasuriya (Music) and Ananda Dabare (Music) received their awards at the 13th Bunka (Cultural) Awards organised by the Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Cultural Fund which was held on November 11 at the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation TV Studio.
Co-Chairperson of the Selection Committee of the Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Cultural Fund, Y. Watanabe, Minister of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, and Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka, Kiyoshi Araki, were also present on this occasion.


‘Ahasing Watunu Minissu’

The latest production of the veteran dramatist R. R. Samarakoon’s ‘Ahasing Watunu Minissu’, which won four awards at the State Drama Festival in 1971, will go on boards on November 26 (today) at 3.30 and 6.45 pm at the YMBA Theatre, Borella


Japan aids Rajgama Devapathiraja College

The foundation stone to regenerate Rajgama Devapathiraja College that was damaged by the tsunami will be laid on November 30 in Rajgamkale Watta. With the involvement of the Junior Old Boys’ Association of the school, the funding (300,000,000/=) has been raised by the government of Japan through the Japan International Co-operation System (JICS) under the supervision of the Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka and the guidance of the Ministry of Education. Rajgama Devapathiraja national school was founded by Sir Ernest de Silva in 1920.


Courtesy call on commandant

The Defence Attache of the Israel, Embassy in Bangkok, Col. Shlomo Alon, made a courtesy call on Commandant STF, DIG Nimal Lewke, on November 14 at the STF Headquarters, Colombo.


‘The Wild Duck’

The great Norwegian dramatist, Henrik Ibsen’s finest and the most difficult play ‘The Wild Duck’ adapted to Sri Lankan theatre as ‘Vana Tharawi’ by E.M.D. Upali will be staged on December 14 at Elphinstone Theatre. This project is financed by the Royal Norwegian Embassy as an event of commemoration of Ibsen’s centenary (1906 – 2006). The Sinhala text of the play titled ‘Vana Tharawi’ will also be launched on the same day.


Royal Humane Society invites Philip

The Royal Humane Society UK has invited Philip Chandraratne to London on February 7, 2007, in recognition of his works in trying to create a World Bravery Award in for outstanding acts of bravery in saving someone else’s life. The Sri Lankan Civilian Bravery Foundation (of which Philip is the founder) gave its first international award to a Pakistani who saved lives in the Pakistan earthquake at the beginning of this month.


November 28
‘Rudy’ (1993, 112 minutes) at the American Centre - 6.30 pm November 28 & 29
‘Globalisation and Health - Research Links’ by Gilles Capelle (52 min – 2001) in French with English subtitles at the Alliance Française – 3.00/6.30 pm

November 26
‘Money Makes the World Go Round’ – a comedy written and directed by Indu Dharmasena at the Lionel Wendt Theatre
November 28
‘Horu Samaga Heluwen’ by Prasanna Withanage at the Tower Hall, Colombo
November 29
‘Bonikki Gedara’ by Prabhath Warusamannage at the Elphinstone Theatre

November 26
An exhibition of paintings by Prasanna Upali at the Lionel Wendt Gallery
November 26
An exhibition organised by the Theertha International at the Harold Peiris Gallery
November 28 & 29
Exhibition and sale organised by Lanka Mahila Samithi at the Lionel Wendt Gallery

November 29
Concert by the students of ‘Living Tree Montessori’ at the Russian Centre - 10.00 pm

November 29
‘Can we live without fish?’ by Senior Lecturer (Fisheries), Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Dr. Udeni Edirisinghe at the Alliance Française de Kandy as a part of its Biodiversity week - 6.00 pm

Public talk
November 26
‘Attention is Like a Fire’ (Ojai 1984 Talk 3 – Audio) organised by Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at Anula Nursery School, Nugegodaing Tree Montessori’ at the Russian Centre - 10.00 pm