Namal Uyana web launch
The website of the Jathika Namal Uyana was
declared open recently at the Prime Minister’s office with Prime Minister
Ratnasiri Wickramanayake as the Chief Guest. Seen here is Ven. Vanavasi Rahula
Thera presenting the environment friendly paper bag, manufactured at Namal Uyana
to minimise the use of polythene bags.
Zonta Valentine’s charity ball
The annual Valentine’s charity ball of Zonta
Club 11 of Colombo, will be held on February 10 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.
Sohan and the Experiments and Ultimate will provide music for dancing with
Corinne and Ronnie Leitch doing guest spots. Four Air Tickets to exotic Middle
Eastern and European destinations will be among an enticing array of prizes. The
Cinnamon Grand’s excellent cuisine will ensure you dine splendidly. The
Valentine’s King and Queen will be crowned. Ladies are invited to dress
A bottle each of scotch, wine, Bacardi and champagne will be on every table. For
tickets call Oril on 4737111 or 4737883.
Banker receives PhD in Mass Communication
Nihal Ranjith Jayatilake, an Assistant General
Manager of the People’s Bank and a Freelance Journalist has been awarded the
Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication by the University of Sri
Jayawardenapura at its 33rd Convocation on January 31 at the BMICH.
The final thesis titled ‘Sinhala Newspaper and Advertising (1860 - 1906)’
compiled by him for his Degree has fetched him the distinction of the Ph.D. in
Mass Communication. Having involved in an in-depth research and study, he has
captured all the drama, controversy, excitement and achievements in the annals
of Sri Lankan Sinhala newspaper advertising since its very early era, which has
been documented with meticulous details providing an ideal source of reference
on this subject.
Dhamma Examinations Award Ceremony
Colombo YMBA annual awards ceremony for the
winners of the December 2005 All Island Dhamma Examinations, was held at the
Colombo YMBA auditorium Borella on January 27. The Vice Chancellor of the
University of Sri Jayewardenepura, the Most Ven. Prof. Belanwilla Wimalaratana
Thero was the Chief Guest and the welcome address was made by the President of
the Colombo YMBA, Prasanna Goonethilake.
Seen in the picture from left to right – Nalin Abeysekera (Branch Secretary),
seated Mr. Prasanna Goonethilake (President YMBA) and the Most Ven. Prof.
Belanwilla Wimalaratana (Vice Chancellor Sri Jayewardenepura University)
Holy Cross 77th Sports Meet
77th annual sports meet of Holy Cross College,
Kalutara was held on January 27, at the College grounds, Kalutara. Seen in the
picture are the Chief Guest, Neil Samarasinghe (centre) Vice President - JKH,
Head of Frozen Confectionery Ceylon Cold Stores Limited and Bro. Ranjith Perera
(right) - Director, Holy Cross College.
AIS plans first carnival
Asian International School (AIS) first carnival
will be held on February 10 from 3 to 10 pm.
The carnival is the brainchild of Mrs. Dushyanthi Parakrama, head of the junior
school and organised by the Interact Club of AIS. One of the most interesting
and innovative stalls is the ‘my paper heart’ which will be selling custom made
‘Hocus pocus’ is one of the most widely anticipated stalls. This will have
several girls reading palms, fortune telling with the crystal ball, and selling
love potion. There will also be a multitude of games stalls with games of skill,
traditional games and not so traditional games. The food stalls will include a
chocolate factory, Indian food stall and a candy stall, rides and a house of
horror are also available.
The highlights of the evening will be the three shows performed by the students;
music and movement show including performances by the AIS choir; the rock shows
with a performance of two bands; and a fashion show organised by Rukiya
Entrance tickets priced at Rs. 100 will be sold at the gate.
conference in Delhi
Chairman, Foundation for Co-exesitence
Kumar Rupasinghe with Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress on
the occasion of the conference on Peace, Non-Violence and Empowerment in New
Delhi, January 29-30, 2007.
Lankan attorney in ICANN
An attorney-at-law based in Sri Lanka, Jayantha
Fernando, has been selected to serve as a member of the ICANN’s panel of experts
for the review of generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) registry services worldwide.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the global
Internet governing body, responsible for Internet resource allocation worldwide,
based in Marina Del Ray, California.
Previously Jayantha served as the Associate Chairman of ICANN Nominating
Committee becoming the first Sri Lankan to hold a leadership position within the
internet regulatory body.
Jayantha holds a specialised LLM in IT & Communications Law from the University
of London, which he completed on a prestigious British Chevening Scholarship. He
currently works as the Legal Advisor of ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA).
Muslim Aid Forum on future projects
Muslim Aid – Sri Lanka, the field office of the
London-based humanitarian organization, held its inaugural Sri Lankan Partners’
Forum at the Galadari recently to discuss post-tsunami development work carried
out throughout the island by their partners.
Yet another important objective of this event, presided over by the newly
appointed Chief Executive Officer of Muslim Aid, Mr. Saif Ahmed, was to identify
the different requirements of people living in various parts of the island, in
order to decide what projects should be funded in the future.
Founded in 1985 in London, Muslim Aid is working with the British Government’s
Department for International Development, World Bank, Asian Development Bank,
the United Nations, the Muslim Council of Britain and other agencies. The funds
disbursed for projects here amounts to over 100 million rupees.
PhD scholarships for Lankans
A presentation proposing a scholarship scheme,
conducted by North Dakota State University (NDSU) for PhD hopefuls from
universities of Sri Lanka was held at Trans Asia Hotel recently. The
presentation was held with the participation of Minister of Education, Susil
Premajayanth, former Minister of Higher Education, Kabhir Hashim, the professors
of the NDSU, Vice Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Gunapala
Nanayakkara and other distinguished guests. This event was organised by the
Guidance Counsellor and Foreign University Placement Advisor, Priyanthi
Courtesy call on Saheb
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Alhaj
M.H.Mohamed, who took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is seen paying a
courtesy call on His Holiness, Dr. Seydna Mohammed Burhannudin Saheb (TUS), at
‘Saifi Villa’, Colombo.
Erik Truffaz Jazz Concert
‘Erik Truffaz Quartet Jazz Concert’, held
recently at the British School Auditorium, organised by the Alliance Francaise
de Colombo featuring the French trumpeter, Erik Truffaz Quartet and his band,
was indeed a gala evening of entertainment for both young and old jazz music
lovers. The show featuring the renowned Sri Lankan tablist, Ravi Bandu
Vidyapathi and the sitharist, Sarangan Sri Ranganathan added to it being an
awesome evening of music.
Erik Truffaz’s solo performance on trumpet was truly distinctive and the
featured pianist, Malcolm Braff showed a great melodic sense. The piano, drums
and bass mixes perfectly balanced Erik’s tunes which were sweet, pleasing to the
ears, enticing and inspiring. He played a variety of driving rhythms. Despite
the western drums overpowering the soft ragadhari melodies of the sithar and the
thala of the thabla, the pieces altogether were scintillating to the
The audience heartily approved Erik’s tunes and his ensemble, even the classical
instrumentalists by giving quite an ovation as they ended their sets.
Erik Truffaz, born in 1960 in Switzerland started performing as a trumpet player
at the age of 10 in his father’s dance band. Discovering Miles Davis’ Kind of
Blue, at 16, inspired him to join the Geneva Conservatoire, where he expanded
his repertoire with works by Mozart and Verdi.
He then started his own band, Orange and played his own compositions. His jazz
fusion artistry was rewarded with the famous Prix Special du Jury du Concours
National de la Defense in 1991 and he has then appeared in many festivals such
as the Montreux Jazz festival, and toured in Europe and the rest of the world.
Since 1994 he has released several albums, in which he stretches the boundaries
of contemporary jazz by incorporating drum’n’bass, rap and hip-hop rhythms.
50th Birthday Remembrance
* Tissa Dias
We miss you son
Dear Tissa. You missed your fiftieth birthday by a few months when you were
suddenly snatched away from our midst. On January 28 was that special day, which
we waited in anticipation to share with you.
But then did we know when you waved at us on the morning of July 26, 2006, while
leaving home for office that it was your last farewell to us.
We could not a have a glance when you closed your eyes to the world, leaving
your home, your loving wife, Champika and your two sons you loved so much and
the rest of our family.
We had our daily chit-chat in the mornings and evenings which remained until he
You always brought my cup of tea in the morning and spoke to me on subjects
ranging from politics, religion and family matters.
Tissa, we think of you lovingly and reminisce on your photograph now adorning
the walls of our home, your charming smile, loud laughter and undying love and
gratitude which we will always cherish.
May you rest comfortably in the blissful and everlasting peace of Nibbana
The shock and
sorrow is unbearable
Tissa, our two sons and I, our brothers and sisters, relatives, your school
friends, friends at Pelawatta, ANCL friends, and neighbours were all waiting to
wish you, and make you happy this day. But six months ago, you left us all
unexpectedly, even you were unaware. The shock and sorrow is still unbearable to
Even though your life span was short you lived a full life. Your good qualities
bring us happy memories and we are proud about you. I was lucky to have such a
wonderful husband. You were like my shadow. The way you loved me as a friend,
brother and father cannot be explained in words. You were ready to discuss
anything openly and you had patience to listen to me.
Our happy married life is blessed with two lovable sons. Everything you did was
for our happiness. I know you would never want to leave us alone in this life.
You had a lovable look and a magnetic smile. Through your eyes we saw honesty in
your heart. The way you talk, the jokes you shared are unforgettable.
Tissa, you were the world for us. Now we live in a world without you. Every
passing second without you in our lives, we feel loneliness. The pain is
We can see you everywhere in our house and we can hear your voice. We cannot
forget the hardship you went through to build this house. The last two Sundays
both of us planted several indoor plants in pots, when I asked you about the
name of a plant, you said you didn’t no. Then I answered it is ‘dutu sathutu’.
You laughed and told me don’t you have better name for that. The conversations
with you were always very enjoyable.
The pets in our home also feel your absence. You call Brian, our dog ‘balu
puthraya’. The black cat Kaluwa or Lara is your favourite pet. When you come
home the way Lara shows his happiness by turning its head upside down I can
still remember. The gold fish in the pond were fed by you every morning.
You loved your vehicle and considered it a treasure. You maintained it always in
good condition. When you come home in the evening we hear the horn, we all feel
happy then that thaththa has come home.
February 6 & 7
‘Le bleu des villes’ by Stéphane Brizé (105 min - 1999) in French with English
subtitles at the Alliance Française de Colombo –6.30 pm
‘Death of a President’ by Gabriel Range (115 min – 2006) at the Vibhavi Academy
February 9 - 11
‘Images of Globalisation’, exhibition of visual art work by Prof. Jagath
Weerasinghe and book exhibition at the National Art Gallery - 9am to 6pm
February 9 - 11
An exhibition of paintings by Swarna Gunathileke at the Lionel Went Art Gallery
February 9 - 11
An exhibition of paintings by Kaushigan at the Harold Peris Gallery
February 10 – March 9
An exhibition of paintings by Janani Cooray, Indralatha Dharmasene, Inoka silva,
Krishanthi Sepalika at the Thilaka Hotel, Tearway Gallery, Kandy – 10am – 9pm
February 6 & 7
Caryl Churchill’s ‘Far Away’, presented by The British Council at the Namel
Malini Punchi Theatre, Boralle – 7.30pm
‘Charandas’, by Prarakrama Niriella, at the Rukmani Devi Memoreial Theatre -
Negombo - 3.30 pm and 7.00pm
According to your planetary movements this week, favourable situations prevail
in employment activities. Change in status at place of work, superiors helpful,
get due inheritance from paternal side. Not inclined to religious activities.
Confrontations arise in family life. You will suffer from stomach upsets and
This week Sun is positioned in 9th and lagna lord Venus in 10th. According to
this planetary situation you have to face many problems and troubles. Peace in
the family is affected due to difference of opinion among life partners. Too
many problems lead to mental worries. Unfavourable situations arise at work
place. There will be disputes with superiors. Take care against heart troubles.
Lagna lord Mercury is in 9th with Rahu and Sun is in 8th. This is not a
favourable week. You are disgusted with family life and constantly worried over
house and land problems. Relapse of an old illness. Setbacks for educational
activities. Have to spend money on medical treatment. Disputes arise among
lovers. Job seekers can fulfil their objectives.
This is a week of mixed fortune as Sun moves in 7th and Saturn moves in lagna.
Can pursue education successfully despite difficulties. Those who are engaged in
the technical field can improve their abilities. Opponents will be subdued.
Family life is not so happy as they act on their own accord. Bothered by
headaches and phlegm.
Planetary chart denotes the deterioration of health this week. You will suffer
from ailments such as migraine and catarrh. Asthmatic patients should be very
careful. Will be involved in clandestine affairs. May be disgraced in society
due to undesirable behaviour. Incur loss from business activities. Care should
be taken in dealings with neighbours. Will buy properties amides setbacks.
The movement of Sun in 5th and lagna lord Mercury in 6th with Rahu does not give
good effects. Confused situation in day-to-day affairs as you act in a haste.
Brothers helpful. Good week to buy lands and houses. Brothers experience good
effects. Progress for students. Arguments may lead to disputes. Suffer from
abdominal pains and headaches.
Mixed fortune awaits you this week. Your assets will grow through dedication.
Financial gains from lotteries and betting. Rise in status for those employed in
armed services. Society will appreciate you. Inheritance of property from
paternal side. Take care of children as they may be involved in acts of
You get good effects as Jupiter is in lagna and Sun is in 3rd. Progress in
employment. Superiors will be of assistance. Get promotions and privileges at
work place. Increase in assets and income. You are active in household affairs.
Students improve heir abilities. There may be trivial disputes in married life.
Have to be careful in property dealings.
High expenses seen this week as Sun occupies the 2nd and Mars is in lagna. You
have to act with patience as you may confuse your affairs. Peace in family life
is affected because you have undesirable connections. Not on good terms with
neighbours. Beware of accidents. Suffer from stomach upsets.
According to star movements this week you get mixed effects. Create problems at
work place as you act on your own accord. Family life is not so happy.
Unnecessary expenses seen. Legs may be injured due to accidents. Care should be
taken in activities this week. Financial problems prevail. There may be throat
and neck ailments.
Venus moves in lagna with Rahu and Mercury. Sun is in 12th. This gives mixed
effects. Freedom is limited due burden of work. Troubles as you act in hurry.
Have to spend money on spouse’s ill-health. Disputes arise regarding house and
lands. Children’s stubbornness brings mental worries. Progress at work place.
Income is good though expenses are high.
Lagna lord Jupiter is posited in 9th and Sun in 11th. It is a favourable
situation. Get prominence at work place. You can dictate terms on others.
Increase income for those engaged in technical fields. Increase in assets. Good
time for higher studies. Opportunities arise for employments and scholarships
abroad. Inheritance due from father. Sudden windfalls seen.
- Sun. - 04.29 - 05.59
- Mon. - 07.29 - 08.59
- Tue. - 02.59 - 04.29
- Wed. - 11.59 - 01.29
- Thu. - 01.29 - 02.59
- Fri. - 10.29 - 11.59
- Sat. - 08.59 - 10.29