Young UK scientists in SL
of this British Council project, co-sponsored by TransAsia Hotel, is to raise
the profile of science and improve perceptions of science as a career option
amongst the younger generation, by providing face to face contact with
enthusiastic young scientists. These young ambassadors of science will be
meeting with students and, in addition to sharing their expertise in their
respective specialisations, they will be talking about working at the frontiers
of current scientific knowledge in an attempt to inspire young students to view
the possibility of a career in science as exciting, challenging and empowering.
It is hoped that these scientists, who are winners and finalists of UK FameLab
2005/2006, will provide students with positive role models who they can easily
identify with and dispel negative perceptions about scientists as white-coated,
self-absorbed and boring individuals. FameLab is a National Competition held in
UK, where new voices of UK science and engineering are discovered. It is the
‘Pop/American Idol’ of the scientific world. The talented winners of this
competition all study or work in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths.
Their aim is to communicate their passion for science and show that it can be
interesting and fun, given the right attitude and approach.
The Symposium and Panel Discussion of the
College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka on ‘The devastation of Chikungunya
and the aftermath - the GP experience’ will be held on Sunday, February 11, from
4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. at the Lionel Memorial Auditorium ‘Wijerama House’, 6,
Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 07. The Moderator will be Dr. Preethi Wijegoonewardene
and Dr. K Chandrasekher - Family Physician, Prof. Chandu de Silva - Professor of
Pathology and Head Dept. of pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, Dr. Nihal
Abeysinghe - Epidemiologist, Epidemiological Unit, Dr. Lalith Wijeyaratne -
Consultant Rheumatologist, NHSL and Dr. Sunethra Gunasena - Virologist, MRI will
be the speakers.
All doctors and medical students are welcome! Registration fee - Rs. 100.00
at the Fortress
This Valentine’s Day, lounge in luxury and be
surrounded by serenity with your Valentine at the Fortress – the newest luxury
resort located in the southern golden coast of Sri Lanka. The resort is offering
a special Fortress Romantic Valentine’s Escape package just in time to celebrate
that special day with the one you love!
The Fortress Romantic Valentine’s Escape Package is perfect for toasting the
most romantic day of the year. A luxurious room, truffles and roses for your
sweet heart and lots more surprises.
February 5: The Day of Solidarity with Kashmir
Every year, Pakistanis at home and abroad,
observe February 5 as a day to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir who
for the last six decades have been fighting to secure their inborn right to
self-determination. Pakistan has been observing this day consistently since
1990, the year that marked the advent of a horrendous phase of death and
destruction by Indian troops to suppress Kashmiris’ just struggle.
The people of Pakistan, on this day, hold rallies, walks, public meetings,
seminars, conferences and demonstrations to reaffirm their political, moral and
diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir. On this day, all important
dimensions of the Kashmir dispute are highlighted and human rights violations
perpetuated against the people of Kashmir by Indian troops are projected in a
factual manner. The international community is reminded of its moral obligations
and appealed to come forward in a big way to play its role in resolving the
Kashmir dispute in line with Kashmiris’ aspirations.
Several strong, legitimate reasons bind Pakistan and its people to express
solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren. Most striking among those are the
common cultural, ideological, geographical and emotional ties, which for
centuries have fettered the people of both the areas into one unity. Kashmir,
being unfinished business of Partition of the Indian subcontinent, the people of
Pakistan have a strong feeling that the very task of the formation of their
country will only be accomplished when Kashmiris get liberated from Indian
subjugation. The core issue of Kashmir, between India and Pakistan, had led
Pakistan to face several wars including that of Kargil. During the last six
decades, Pakistan had to put aside its major share of fiscal resources to boost
up its defence to prevent the looming threat to its security due to its support
to Kashmiris’ inalienable right of self-determination, approved by the United
Nations and international community.
Muhammad Usman Ghani
The wife of late Foreign Minister Lakshman
Kadirgamar, Mrs. Sugandhi Kadiragamar, Herman Marlinga Guneratne (right), a
friend of Lakshman Kadirgamar at the unveiling of the Kadiragamar statue at the
Liberty Roundabout on February 4.
Old Anandian 75-80 is 22
Old Anandian 75-80 group which was established
in 1985 have over 600 life members today. The first OBA to have received
legislative recognition, it is the most active ‘Old Anadians’ Group in the
school at present. The first OBA in the country to have initiated a medical camp
for past and present teachers in the school, it is also actively engaged in the
welfare schemes pertaining to both primary and senior sections of the school.
The main fund raising event for the year, the annual dinner dance is scheduled
to be held on of February 17 at Water’s Edge, Battaramulla. Current President of
the OBA, Thusitha Jayawardena and his committee have many projects planned for
the new year.
Among them, awarding scholarships to needy students at Ananda College and
selected schools in the suburbs of colombo, providing resources to needy
is the eradication by human labour and machinery of alien plant species at
Bundala National Park, which is supported by ODEL.
ODEL supports clearing Bundala National Park
In a continuing effort to serve the community,
ODEL recently announced their involvement in the ‘Clear a Hectare Project’
currently underway at the Bundala National Park. This unique initiative,
organised by the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (WNPS) in
collaboration with MAS Linea Aqua (Pvt) Limited, aims to rid a 60 hectare area
of two highly threatening plant species - Cactus and Proposis Juliflora.
A native son, whose vision embraced the world
successful businessman should have a photographic memory, uncommon common sense,
an ability to learn fast, make quick decisions and luck.
This was Mr. Phillip Upali Wijewardene, the founder of Upali Group of Companies.
After graduating in Economics from the University of Cambridge, Mr. Wijewardene
returned home to Sri Lanka to join Unilever, where he worked for two years.
The first business venture he undertook was to takeover a bankrupted
confectionery factory belonging to one of his friends. With modern machinery and
planned management, Mr. Wijewardene was able to turn it around in a short
period, and established ‘Delta’ as a leading brand name in confectionery. The
second venture he took over was a chocolate company in financial difficulties.
With rationalizing of the product range and effective marketing, Mr. Wijewardene
was able to make it a success. ‘Kandos’ chocolate is now a household name in Sri
Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand having its manufacturing plants in these
Since its small beginnings in early 60’s, Upali Group was in dozen fields
varying from operating Upali Aviation (a domestic airline), assembly of motor
cars (UMC Mazda and Upali Fiat), assembly of consumer electronic products (Unic
and Denshi) and later management of tea, rubber and cocoa estates under Adams
Peak, Grand Central and Perak River plantations, both in Sri Lanka and overseas.
The cocoa trading office of Upali Group in USA was then housed in the World
Trade Center, New York city, which handled all the industrial products made in
In 1978, Mr. Wijewardene was appointed as the Director General of the Greater
Colombo Economic Commission, presently called Board of Investment, set up by the
Govt. of Sri Lanka to attract direct foreign investment to the country, which he
handled with great success.
Because of Mr. Wijewardene’s business achievements, he was featured in the
Fortune magazine in December 1980, captioned as ‘Sri Lanka’s Dashing Deal
Maker’. He was the only Sri Lankan to have had such a privilege.
Currently, the key business areas of Upali Group are publishing of newspapers -
The Island and Divaina, manufacture of soaps - Crystal and Sikuru and chocolates
- Kandos and Delta in addition to a travel company handling in and outbound
passengers and a trading organisation.
Mr. Upali Wijewardene was a man of many parts. He was the Chief Basnayake Nilame
of the ‘Raja Maha Viharaya, Kelaniya’. This position was inherited from his
father, late Don Walter Wijewardene, son of Helena Wijewardene Lamathani, who
renovated the present Kelaniya temple after its destruction by the Portuguese.
His religious belief was such that whatever he produced, he first offered to the
Kelaniya temple. Presently, his nephew, Mr. Dhammika Attygalle functions as the
Chief Basnayake Nilame of the Kelaniya temple.
The name Upali Wijewardene was synonymous with ‘The Sport of Kings’, Horse
Racing. He was the Chairman, Board of Stewards of the Sri Lanka Turf Club and
was a keen turfite, who raced in Sri Lanka and England, where he won the ‘Royal
Ascot’ with ‘Rasa Penang’ ridden by the world famous Jockey ‘Lester Piggot’. He
also won the ‘Singapore Derby’ and ‘Perak Derby’ - 1980 with his horse, named ‘Varron’.
He raced ‘General Atty’ too and won many races in England. He flew to all these
countries, where his horses were racing in his private aircraft. He made it a
point to fly from New Market to Nuwara Eliya to watch his horses and ponies
racing there too. He would land in Katunayake Airport and make a quick tarmac
change to his private helicopter to fly to Nuwara Eliya. Mr. Wijewardene was
responsible in reviving pony racing and thereafter, horse racing during the time
there was a lull in racing.
On February 13, 1983 while returning to Colombo from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Mr.
Wijewardene and five others disappeared in his private Lear Jet over the straits
of Malacca leaving no trace of the wreckage or survivors.
Rajah Sinnahuray J.P.
Hony. Secretary, Sri Lanka Turf Club
Deshamanya Justice P. Ramanathan
like to salute and pay tribute to a great, humble and generous human being,
fondly remembered as “Rama” or “Uncle Rama” in our family. He was highly
respected, not only in the professional world, but also amongst the common folk
who came in contact with him. He lived for others and went out of his way to
Even when he was unwell, he was always very positive in his outlook. He gave so
much hope to all those around him. He tackled all the difficult situations in
his public life with courage and confidence. There was a sense of balance in his
His eloquence cannot be matched in this day and age. A few are as articulate as
our Rama. He had so much pride and joy in all that he did. We were so privileged
to be his close friends. His abundance of humour made us laugh all the time.
His wife Mano brought tremendous joy to him. It goes without saying that much of
his success and achievements were attributable to the unflinching support given
Rama was humane and a thorough gentleman at all times. A fearless and courageous
son of Mother Lanka, he was one of the greatest public figures Sri Lanka has
produced in recent times.
Dearest Mano, Rama will be there in spirit to bless you in whatever you choose
to do in the future. I have no doubt that you will follow his values and
principles and continue to be involved in the various charities and
organisations as before. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you at all
May his soul rest in peace and dignity.
My mother H. M. Vithanage is no more with us
She left forever recently as we were crying
I do not know why she wanted to go
People say this is the situation in Sansara.
In fact I feel sorry for my mother,
As she loved me when I was a child
Today I am living because of my mother.
I am unable to forget her forever.
I like to meet my mother in the future
It is so that is a great victory
I am asking my mother to become ‘Amma’
Anyhow do not forget us, Amma.
My mother is not to be seen now.
Anyhow always I see your smiling face.
‘Saunsara gamana’ is first like the Amma
May you attain the supreme bliss of nibbana.
M. G. Asoka Karunaratne
February13 & 14th
‘La Squal’ by Patrice Genestal (100 min – 2000) in French with English subtitles
at the Alliance Française de Colombo –6.30 pm
‘Kabuliwala’ by Hemen Gupta (3hrs) in Hindi with English subtitles at the Indian
Cultural Centre – 5.30pm
‘The Take’ at the BMICH - 4pm & 6pm.
‘The Corporation’ at the BMICH - 4pm & 6pm
‘Images of Globalisation’, exhibition of visual art work by Prof. Jagath
Weerasinghe and book exhibition at the National Art Gallery - 9am to 6pm
An exhibition of art by R. Kauwshigan and students at the Harold Peris Gallery
An exhibition of paintings by Swarna Gunathileke at the Lionel Went Art Gallery
An exhibition of paintings by Kaushigan at the Harold Peris Gallery
February 11 – March 9
An exhibition of paintings by Janani Cooray, Indralatha Dharmasene, Inoka silva,
Krishanthi Sepalika at the Thilaka Hotel, Tearway Gallery, Kandy – 10am – 9pm
An exhibition of Art by Bandula Bandara at the Lionel Wendt Gallery.
An exhibition of photographs by Varuni Anuruddhika at the Harold Peris Gallery
February 16 - 18
‘Guys and Dolls’ presented by Visaka Vidyalaya Old Girls Association.
‘Pradeepanjalee’, the 10th anniversary concert, a concert of innovative fusion
music by virtuoso sitarist Pradeep Ratnayake, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery