‘Sankara’ wins international awards
‘Sankara’, Prasanna Jayakody’s debut, film won
the Special Jury Prize, the Silver Pyramid Award, awarded for the best director
at the 30th Cairo International Film Festival competing with 18 countries.
Through ‘Sankara’ he explores the spirituality and intellectuality of one’s
Welgama inspects silica factory
Industrial Development Minister, Kumara Welgama,
recently inspected the production activities of the silica powdering and
processing factory in Naula regarding the possibility of the manufacturing of
products such as glass, ceramics and computer software in Sri Lanka too,
utilising silica sand as raw material.
It was revealed here that when silica is exported as value added and not as a
raw material, a foreign exchange of U.S.D. 270 could be earned per metric tonne.
Kelaniya Aloka Poojawa
The Swadeshi Industrial Works Ltd., was the
sponsor of the Aloka Poojawa of the historic Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya for the
8th successive time this year. The event coincides with the annual Duruthu
The illumination of this sacred site took place from December 31 to January 3
under the patronage of the Chairperson of the Company, Mrs. A. M. Wijewardena.
New Year sing-a-long
The New Year ‘Sing-a-Long’ has been put
together by the Royal Commonwealth Society so as to allow everyone who comes to
participate in an unforgettable evening. The date is Saturday, January 27
beginning on time at 7.30 pm at the Banquet Hall of the BMICH. Sohan and the X-periments
are putting all they have into making the ‘Sing-a-Long’ the happiest night of
the year. There will be wonderful surprises added to the prizes that will be on
offer. Your entrance will cost only Rs 350/- per head. The ticket cum songbook
could be purchased from Torana, Liberty Plaza or The Autodrome, 304 Union Place,
Colombo 2 on a first come, first served basis.
Clive gets Connoisseur Wine Diploma
The Labels Wine Academy in affiliation with
L’Ecole Des Vins Bourgogne France launched a comprehensive wine education
program to collectively uplift the service standards of the hospitality industry
in Sri Lanka. Mr. Clive De Costa Manager Bars of the Galadari Hotel obtained
highest marks and attained the prestigious Connoisseur Wine Diploma.
General Arthur Richard Udugama
General A. R. Udugama was a very patriotic,
charismatic, fearless, ex-army commander of the Ceylon Army. He was a gentleman
officer with sterling qualities, a sportsman, agriculturist, planter and Member
of Parliament (1970/1977) demised two decades ago.
General A. R. Udugama hails from a very outstanding noble family in Matale which
was the breeding ground for warriors during the Sinhalay Kingdom in Kanda Uda
During the Kandyan rebellion/Uva Wellassa of 1817/1819, the descendants of
General A. B. Udugama, Brig. John Hallangoda and Weera Moneravila Keppetipola
Dissawe Madugalle, Pihilegedera, Kiulagedera, Butawe and Kurunagala Lekhamalage,
Liberation Movement sought to liberate the island of Sinhalay/Ceylon from
foreign invasions and British imperialists.
General A. R. Udugama was educated atTrinity College, Kandy. He excelled in his
academic studies, sports, cadetting and was a Trinity College Lion in sports-
rugby football, athletics and cricket. After his matriculation examination, he
wanted to join Law College to qualify as an attorney-at-law which was prevented
due to World War II in 1939/1945. He decided to join the army and was
commissioned as an officer gentleman in the rank of 2nd Lieutant in the Ceylon
Army Light Infantry (Volunteers) in the British Army. He was sent to Burma
during the war to prevent the Japanese occupying Burma which was the Rice Bowl
of Asia. He valiantly fought against the Japanese invaders and he was taken
along with his colleagues who served with him very loyally. With the Allies
Great Victory and liberating Asian countries viz. Malaysia, Singapore, Burma,
Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and Korea by US and
British Forces, General A. R. Udugama and his colleagues who served in the
British Army were released from the Japanese army prisons as prisoners of War
He returned to his motherland/Ceylon and he took to agriculture/planting -
traditional family occupations of noble Sinhala Buddhist families of Kandyan
provinces at the time. But since the Independence of Ceylon in 1948 from British
occupation, D. S. Senanayake, who was a great visionary, wanted to establish the
Ceylon Army. D. S. Senanayake recalled all outstanding, patriotic, charismatic,
fearless gentlemen/ officers who served the World War II 1939/45 to establish
the Ceylon Army with a nucleus of officers, viz. General Anton Mutukumaru, Gen.
Wijekoon, Gen. A. R. Udugama, Gen. Heyn, Gen. Sepala Attygala, Brig. J. F.
Halangoda, Brig. C. Jayatillake and several others who served the Armed Forces
who served in the Ceylon Army Light Infantry (Volunteers).
They established the Ceylon Army with training programmes at the Diyatalawa Army
Training Centre very successfully with specialised divisions of the Ceylon Army
viz. armour, artillery, infantry, signals, engineers, services, worked services,
general services, pioneer services, and medical services.
General A. R. Udugama, being an infantry officer gentleman of the Ceylon Army
Light Infantry (Volunteers), rose in his ranks purely on his own merit due to
his leadership qualities.
He entered Parliament in the 1970 parliamentary general elections from the
Matale District and rendered great service on security matters to the nation and
country. Subsequently, he was sent as an ambassador to foreign services.
May he be born among us again till he achieves nibbana in his journey in sansara.
‘Netam Mama, nese, hamasmi, ma me so atta’
This is not mine, this I met, this is no soul of mine.
Capt (Rtd.) L. B. Lanka (Hilbawa) Jayaratne
Mrs. Irangamiedevi, Seneviratne, B. Hayaratne
Viharasthana Durakathana Namavaliya
The Sanasili Foundation has compiled and
published the second edition of Viharasthana Durakathana Namavaliya, a directory
of the Buddhist temples located in the Colombo District. Parliamentarian,
Milinda Moragoda, created the directory in 2002 as a public service. The latest
edition of the directory includes the names of the chief incumbents of each
temple, telephone numbers and addresses.
Jayawardana briefs Archbishop
MP and Assistant Secretary of the UNP, Dr.
Jayalath Jayawardana, who participated in midnight Christmas Mass on December
24, 2006, in Rome, at the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI, met Archbishop Pietro
Parolin, the Pope’s Under-Secretary for Relations with States. Dr. Jayalath
Jayawardana has briefed Archbishop Pietro Parolin about Sri Lanka’s situation at
St Peter’s Basilica, in Rome.
Artlink 2007:puppet shows with Sri Lankan,
French, German and UK artists organised by the British Council,
Goethe-Institute, Alliance Francis and Vibhari Academy of fine Arts will be held
at the Viharamahadevi Park open air theatre on January 18 at 6.00pm. Tickets
Rs.100/= at the gate.
Installation of SLAAS General President
Ceremonial Induction of the General President,
Dr. W. L. Sumathipala, President of SLAAS 2007 will take place on January 19 at
5 pm at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, 100, Independent Square, Colombo 7.
Chief Guest of the occasion will be Minister of Environment, Agriculture,
Irrigation and Mahaweli Development, Maithripala Sirisena. Guest of Honour will
be Vidya Jyoti Prof. Dayantha S. Wijeyesekara. Policy prospective as well as the
theme for the year ‘Education, Science & Technology Towards Managing Natural
Disaster’ will be proposed and elaborated by the president during the gathering.
Council Members. Past Presidents and Members of SLAAS are invited to attend that
European Union’s boon to Wahalkada D 2
The European Union through its implementing
organisation, Care Iinternational - Sri Lanka, on December 5 began one of its
multiple aids to Sri Lanka under the new project ‘Upward’ directly benefiting
147 families at Wahalkada D 2 in Horowpothana in the Anuradhapura district. The
project was inaugurated with the signing of the tripartite agreement at the
Horowpothana Divisional Secretariat at about 12 noon, in the presence of farmers
and Government staff including Janaka Chandana Ranepura, the Horowpothana
Divisional Secretary, while M.R.Jeevanand, Deputy Programme Coordinator of CARE
Sri Lanka, Gamage Gunarathna, the Presient of the Surekuma Organisation for
Community Resource Development and H. G. Mala Ranjani, the President of the
Shakti Development Society, were the signatories.
Ceylon Continental Hotel
January 12 - 16
Indian Food Festival @ Tandoor -Authentic North Indian Restaurant - 7pm to
January 19 - 28
One Foot Sandwich Promotion @ La Patisserie de Paris - 9am to 9 pm
January 10 - 17
Delicious Waffles @ Cafe 64 - Pastry Shop - 10.00am to 10.00pm.
January 15 - 31
Berry Galore, Berry Promotion in all their outlets
D. F. Welikala
Mr. D. F. Welikala of Moraketiya, Pannipitiya
passed away recently. He was a planter and a social worker in the area. Once he
contested for the Homagama electorate as a Mahajana Eksath Peramuna candidate
and later on he was the Special Commissioner for the Hanwella Town area.
Mr. Welikala was a religious handed person, a helping hand to the Buddhist
temples in the area. I met Mr. Welikala for the first time when I came to
Pannipitiya to build my home in 1969. He was a kind hearted person and became a
close friend of mine since then.
He educated many children and some of them ended up as professionals like
doctors. I have never seen him in an angry mood. His family members also follow
his steps as social workers.
Mr. Welikala is no more in this world. But we cannot forget him easily. Indeed,
this is the situation in sansara. May he attain the supreme bliss of nibbana.
M. G. Asoka Karunaratne
January 16 & 17
‘Betty Fisher et autres histoires’ by Claude Miller (101 min – 2001) in French
with English subtitles at the Alliance Française de Colombo –6.30 pm
‘Them!’ (1954, 94 min) at the American Centre – 6.30pm
‘The Making of a Nation’ part 6 (English – 2 hrs 15min) at the Indian Cultural
Centre – 5.30pm
‘Saturday Night’ by John Badham (118min – 1977) at the Vibhavi Academy – 3.00pm
An exhibition of paintings by Melvin Wanigasekara at the
Harold Peiris Gallery
Till January 21
An exhibition of paintings by Swarna Wijesinghe at the Harold Peiris Gallery
‘Thought and Disorder’, (Ojai 1982 Talk 3 - audio) organised by the
Khrishnamoorthi Centre at the Anula Nursery School, 310, H.L.R., Colombo 6 –
‘Sesarani’ presented by Madhawa Ratnayake at the Lionel Wendt Theatre
A primary school concert presented by Stafford International School at the
Lionel Wendt theatre
Thiagarajar Aradhana Carnatic music festival to celebrate the genius of
Thiyagaraja, Carnatic muic composer at the Indian Cultural Centre – 6.00pm
This week Sun, Mercury and Venus move in 10th. This denotes mixed results. You
will achieve prominence at work. Can expect a change in employment. Fair sex
helpful. Children fare well in studies. Aspirations of the job seekers will be
fulfilled. Not inclined to religion. Chest and abdominal pains bring mental
Sun and lagna lord Venus posited in 9th and Rahu-Kethu posited in 10th and 4th
respectively. This is a week of mixed effects. May be inclined to religious
activies. Dreams of foreign employment will become a reality. Progress for those
pursuing higher studies. Good for matrimonial activities. Phlegmatic conditions
Moving of Sun not favourable, Mercury and Venus in 8th. Unhappiness and disunity
in family life due to confrontation among married partners. You will incur a
loss in partnership business. Spouse may face accidents. Not good for documental
dealings. Good results cannot be expected from competitive tests and interviews.
May suffer from stomach upsets.
Week of mixed fortune as Sun, Mercury and Venus move in 7th and Jupiter posited
in 8th. Disputes prevail in married life as partners act on their own accord.
You are inclined to the fair sex. Good relations with neighbours shown. Sudden
windfalls. Students show improvement in their educational activities. Bothered
by stomach ailments.
Lagna lord Sun moves in 6th with Mercury and Saturn in 12th house. This
indicates mixed effects. Though students do well in their studies sometimes they
act stubbornly. This is a favourable period regarding employment. Opportunities
shown for employment abroad. Or, you have to travel to a distant place on
official duty. Take care against heart ailments.
According to your planetary movements this week brings sudden lottery luck.
Extra financial gains from employment sources. Children get through exams and
interviews. Artists can improve their talents. Foreign job seekers are lucky.
You may organise a function. Your image is tarnished due to clandestine affairs.
Beware of heart trouble.
Sun occupies the 4th house with lagna lord Venus. If you intend to buy land and
houses this is a good period. Will buy new furniture for the house. Inheritance
of property from father. Fair sex helpful. Will be able to make your affairs
successful this week. Happiness and unity prevail in married life.
This is a favourable week according to your planetary chart. Favours of
superiors at place of work shown and you meet with success through perseverance.
Will become a respected person in society. Assets increase through sudden
windfalls. Business will thrive. Those who are employed in clerical fields will
The moving of lagna lord Jupiter in 12th and Mars in lagna (1st) is not a good
sign. Even though you persevere you are not duly appreciated. Undue hurry may
cause accidents. You act impatiently in household affairs. Although you inherit
wealth from father it won’t make much of a difference. Medical expenses shown.
This is a busy week for you. Although you persevere, you will not get the
expected results. Income sources good but expenses are also high. Gain from
documental work. You might change your place of residence temporarily. Have to
spend money on household items. May face accidents such as falls and bruises.
Sun posited in 12th and Rahu posited in lagna (1st). Your sources of income
improve. You receive some sort of payment from work place. Gain from speculation
shown. Increase in income of those engaged in business. May take part in a
wedding or function. Children’s education is disrupted. Hands or legs may be
injured due to accidents.
This is somewhat a favourable week for you. There will be a promotion or rise in
employment. Favour and appreciation from superiors shown. May receive a bank
loan to start a business if you have applied for it. Good for matrimonial
activities. Efforts to gain foreign employment will be successful. Phlegm and
stomach ailments shown.
- 14 Sun. 04.27 05.57
- 15 Mon. 07.27 08.57
- 16 Tues. 02.57 04.27
- 17 Wed. 11.58 01.28
- 18 Thurs. 01.28 02.58
- 19 Fri. 11.28 11.58
- 20 Sat. 08.58 10.28