Theory to practice: Japs’ style

The Government of Japan provided US$ 139,036 to Japan Water Forum (JWF) under the NGO Grant Aid Scheme towards ‘From Theory to Practice – Training of Trainers in Disaster Management.’ The official signing ceremony of the grant contract took place on March 7 at the Japanese Embassy premises between the Ambassador for Japan in Sri Lanka, Kiyoshi Araki, and the Sri Lanka Project Manager from Japan Water Forum, Rei Asada. The Second Secretary Japanese Embassy, Yasuhiro Watanabe, and the President of NetWwater, (the local partner organisation of JWF), Kusum Athkorala were also present.


Forms of Collective Violence

Organised by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Forms of Collective Violence, a lecture by Dr. Paul R. Brass, will be held on Monday, March 19, at 5.30pm, at the ICES Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8.
Paul R. Brass is Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science, and International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the most distinguished political scientist working on Indian politics today.
Prof. Brass has published 15 books, and numerous articles on comparative, and South Asian politics, ethnic politics, and collective violence. His work has been based on extensive field research in India during many visits since 1961.


Scottish ‘Magic’ at Hilton

Scotsman, William Costley, the new General Manager of the Hilton Colombo hosted a grand cocktail party on March 14. The event was packed with the creative work of the team members. The guests came in colourful attire, in keeping with the theme: ‘Colourz at Hilton’. [L to R] William Costley, Jagath Wijetilleke, Clive Haswell, Jane Chilcott and Ms. Chilcott.
(Pic by Pushpakumara Matugama)


Oldies Night Singing Competition

Be there as the Golden Oldies make a come back at the Nightingale Karaoke Lounge! Reminisce on the days gone by, singing your favourite ‘golden oldie’ at the Oldies Night Singing Competition which will be held on March 23, commencing at 8.00pm. Professional judging for the singing competition will see the crowning of the Best Male, and Best Female singers for the night.



The Law and Society Trust (LST) in Colombo celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and is marking this milestone with a series of events.
Voices: A Cultural Festival on March 24 and 25 displays the diverse forms of expression of life in contemporary Sri Lanka, while exposing broader issues of conflict, human rights, and peace the world over.
Events at Kynsey Terrace in Borella, between 10.00am and 6.00pm, include, an international film festival, free legal advice, a forum on farmers’ rights, theatre workshops, an art exhibition, and stalls displaying and selling traditional handicrafts and books.
The Russian Cultural Centre is the venue for a performance beginning at 7pm by Inter Act Art called ‘Nobody’s Faces.’ For a detailed programme of events and tickets, contact LST at 2691228 or 2684845 or emaillst@eureka.lk.


Ayubowan [Namaste] launched

The biggest super stars in Sri Lanka – Bathiya N Santhush launched their first ever Hindi pop album, Ayubowan [Namaste] on March 14 at the Cinnanon Grand Hotel.
[L to R]: Director Sales Cinnamon Grand, Chris Quyn, representing BNS Management, Michael Ranasinghe, Head, Corporate Communication SriLankan Airlines, Chandana De Silva, Managing Director, Universal Music, Ranjith Kakar, Santhush Weeraman, Bathiya Jayakody, Director Capital Maharaja Group, Mano Wickremanayake, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourist Board, Renton De Alwis and A and R Director, Universal Music, Shiraji Gupta.


Launch of Gamini Dissanayake Biography

The Gamini Dissanayake Foundation, and Gamini Dissanayake Commemoration Society have made arrangements to launch the late Gamini Dissanayake’s Biography on March 20. This is in commemoration of his 65th birth anniversary that falls on that day.



Segar’s serigraphs

The exhibition, Segar’s paintings in Serigraph will be inaugurated by the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Alok Prasad on March 16. The exhibition will stay open to the public from 10.00am to 6.00pm on March 17 and 18.


Malay Street

‘Malay Street’, traditional Malay food coupled with traditional Malay music will come alive at the Governor’s Roof Top, Mount Lavinia Hotel, from March 23 to April 1.


Sri Lankan honoured

Dr. Thanuja Katugampala in Melbourne, Australia, receiving the ‘Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal’ from Prof. David De Krester, the Governor of Victoria, for the work she has undertaken as part of Australia-Sri Lanka Medical Aid Team (AuSLMAT). This medal honours members of recognised Australian groups, which render humanitarian service overseas in hazardous circumstances.


Dialog scholars excel at A/Ls

Three Dialog Scholars, K. Rajeevan from Vavuniya, Buddhi Wijerathna from Kurunegala, and Manuda Herath from Colombo, who topped the national aggregate list at the 2006 A/L Examination, were awarded scholarships in 2004 for their outstanding performance at the O/Level Examination.
The Dialog Scholarship Programme recognises students, who excel at the O/Level and A/Level Examinations, and elect to pursue Physical Sciences. In addition to the scholarships, formal ongoing training programmes are also organised for Dialog scholars attending university, to enhance the soft skills of the students, and empower them to pursue their future aspirations. These include sessions on communication and presentation skills, leadership and team-building, training in etiquette as well as over-all personality development.

Interaction between the scholars and Dialog employees is also encouraged, which facilitates mentoring, internships and corporate exposure, to prepare these scholars for a position of community leadership and service. A community service Initiative is also incorporated into the programme. The scholars participate by conducting computer lessons, to empower the differently-abled students at Sunflower Village, through Dialog’s Change Trust Fund. The scholarship programme is a long-standing part of Dialog Telekom’s Corporate Responsibility Trust, which focuses on enriching the nation through inclusion.


Nova Peraniya Lipi Saraniya

Nova Peraniya Lipi Saraniya (Writings that do not age), a series of articles written by senior journalist, A. D. Ranjith Kumara, will be launched on March 20 at 4.00 pm at the Great Wall Restaurant, Sumathi Court in Bambalapitiya.

The book contains articles about unusual incidents in the field of literature, arts, and pen-sketches of literary luminaries, of the earlier generation and their views and opinions.
The launch will be presided over by the Chief Editor of Lankadeepa, Siri Ranasinghe. Among the speakers will be, Prof. J. B. Dissanayake, Prof. Carlo Fonseka, Sundara Nihatamani de Mel, and veteran film actor Ravindra Randeniya. The launch will be compered by Bandara Eheliyagoda, the veteran lyricist. It is a Sarasavi Publication.


SLAHAB National Award 2007

M. Shivanka Fernando receiving the award from the Country Manager, City & Guilds, Hashim Muffty.

M. Shivanka Fernando won the ‘SLAHAB National Award 2007’ at the ‘Hair and Beauty Fair and Hair Asia Pacific 2007’ organised by the Sri Lanka Association of Hairdressers and Beauticians (SLAHAB) held from March 2 -5 at the Galadari Hotel. He was placed 1st Runner-up in ‘Bridal Hair Styles and make-up’, 2nd Runner-up in ‘Evening Hair Styles’ and 2nd Runner-up in ‘Bridal make-up’.


ONKYO essay competition

The Asian Blind Union (ABU) which is the regional wing of the World Blind Union (WBU) will be conducting this essay competition on behalf of the Onkyo Company Limited and The Mainichi News Paper Co. Limited, Japan. The contest is open to 12 countries in this region including Sri Lanka.

One or more of the under mentioned themes may be chosen.
1. Do you prefer the World Brailler or audio devices for gaining information and knowledge; why? give reasons
2. Could blind persons become independent by learning music?
3. Give your view point of world peace through the experiences of persons with disability?

Terms and conditions:
* Essays should be written in Braille either in one’s mother tongue or English.
* Essays should be minimum of 800 words and should not exceed 1000 words.
* The contestant should clearly indicate the name, address, age designation, telephone and fax no: and e-mail address
* The essay competition will be conducted in two groups, i.e., Junior Group will be for those under 25 years of age. Senior Group will be those of 26 years and above. Students, undergraduates and others below 25 years of age should have their entries certified by the head of the respective institution or a Justice of the Peace.
* The essays must be originated by the entrant and should not be written with the assistance of others.
* A panel of eminent persons will study all the essays and entrants may be required to appear before the panel.

The closing date will be April 30 2007
Consideration will be given to essays which relate closely and directly to the topic. Impact and credibility, accuracy, neatness, style and language skills will also be given appropriate consideration.
The results will be announced in December 2007 or shortly thereafter.

i. Winners of the Junior and Senior groups will receive the OOTSUKI Award of US$ 1000/- and a souvenir valued at US$ 100/-.
ii. Excellent Work Award of US$ 500/- and a souvenir of US$ 100/- will be awarded to the Senior Group.
iii.Two fine Work Awards for Senior Group of US$ 200/- and a souvenir of US$ 50/- each.
iv.Excellent Work Award for Junior Group of US$ 500/- and a souvenir of US$ 100/-
v. Two fine Work Awards for Junior Group of US$ 200/- and a souvenir of US$ 50/- each.



March 18
Yuda Gini Meda by Thilak Jayaweera, at the Punchi Theatre, Borella, at 10.00am.

March 18 onwards
Bridge to Terabithia at the
Majestic Cinema, Colombo 4 - 10.30am /1.30pm / 4.15pm / 7.00pm.

March 20 & 21
Lumumba by Raoul Peck (116 min. – 2000) at the American Centre, Colombo 3, at 6.30pm.

March 24
Music of the Heart by Wes Craven at the Vibhavi Academy, Etul Kotte, at 3.30pm.


March 18
An exhibition of paintings by Sarala Jayasekara, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.

March 22
An exhibition of paintings by S.H. Sarath, at the Auditorium of Alliance Française.

March 23 - 25
The Roof, an exhibition of paintings by Sarath Weerasinghe, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.

Until April 1
An exhibition of paintings, and sculpture by Manoranjana Herath, at the Barefoot Gallery, Colombo 7.


March 24
Ediriweera Sarachchandra’s Sinhabahu at the John De Silva Theatre, Colombo 4, at 3.30pm and 6.30pm.


March 18
Colours in Harmony, a variety show depicting the culture, and heritage of the Sri Lankan Malay community, at the Bishop’s College Auditorium, at 6.30pm.

March 19
UK Jazz duo, Zoe and Idris Rahman will perform at the British School Auditorium, 63 Elvitigala Mawatha, Colombo 08, at 7.30pm.

March 21
Nav Prathibha 2007, a performance by the students of the Indian Cultural Centre, displaying new talent in Indian classical music and dance, at the Bishop’s College Auditorium, Perahera Mawatha, Colombo 3, at 6.30pm.

March 23
A Bharatha Natyam recital by the Director of Shivaamruthaalayaa School of Dance, Yamuna Sivaparan, at the Indian Cultural Centre, at 6.00pm

March 23 & 24
Spitfires, scintillating sounds of 70s presented by DK Promotions at the BMICH, at 7.30/7.00pm.

March 23
Ranidu Live in Concert at Vihara Maha Devi Park, at 7.30pm

March 25
Country Roads for Children, presented by the Country Music Foundation (CMF), and the aid organisation, Save the Children at the Empire Ballroom, Mount Lavinia Hotel, at 7.00pm


This week Venus is in lagna and Sun is in 12th. This gives mixed effects. You are subjected to dislike of your superiors as you try to acquire the leadership at work place. Have to pay attention to children’s education. Increase in expenses due to unnecessary spending.

Lagna lord Venus posited in 12th and Sun posited in 11th giving mixed results. Though income is good, expenses too increase. Worry over unfavourable situation at place of work. Home front too not peaceful. Care should be taken in your personal affairs.

Your planetary situation denotes good effects this week. Promotions and privileges seen in employment front. Progress in children’s educational activities. Receive assistance from fair sex. Economic sector improves. Invest money to start new business enterprise. Income of those presently engaged in business improves.

Mixed fortune denoted according to your planetary chart. Worrying situation which prevailed last week will fade away. Disputes among married partners will be settled. Personal requirements neglected due to social activities. Win accolades from dignitaries. Could expect a change in children’s affairs. If you are unmarried good marriage proposals will be presented.

Good results cannot be expected according to your planetary movements this week. Peace in the household affected due to family disputes. Incur loss from businesses. Unfavourable atmosphere prevails at work place as superiors not supportive. Have to travel to a distant place during the weekend.

Sun is moving in 7th and lagna lord Mercury is moving in 6th with Rahu. This is not a good planetary situation. Problems will arise as married partners act on their own accord. Financial losses may incur due to disputes in employment front. Avoid buying house or property.

Increase in assets due to unexpected financial gains. Peace and unity prevail in married life. Considerable income is derived from technical and agricultural sectors. Property and vehicle gains indicated. Your place of residence may change. Success in educational and literary pursuits. Confidence and co-operation prevail among business partners.

You are persevering and courageous. Receive promotions and privileges in employment. Your leadership qualities may present trouble, but you will be successful overcoming obstacles. Incur loss from unnecessary travels. Foreign job seekers can fulfill their objectives. There will be unexpected disputes regarding lands and houses.

Even though you make efforts to earn money expenses too increase. Inherit lands and property from paternal side. Increased income seen from livestock’s and farming. Rise in employment status. Have to fight a legal suit regarding property, opponents may cause trouble. Take care against falls and accidents.

Mars posited in lagna and Venus posited in 4th. This planetary position gives mixed effects. Working in a hurry may cause troubles. Health front normal. Increase in employment status with the assistance of superiors. Though income is satisfactory, money is spent unnecessarily. Buy new household items and furniture. Mental worry on certain matters will fade away towards the week-end.

According to planetary movements this week, you have to take precautions against accidents and ailments like change in blood pressure. Peace in the family is affected due to difference of opinion among marriage partners. Incur loses from employment sources. Get assistance from father and brothers. Not good for partnership businesses.

The movements of Sun in lagna and Venus in 2nd gives mixed results. Tend to act on your own accord. Peace prevails in the household. Incur losses from land and house transactions. Sisters will be helpful. Travels shown to distant places; foreign trips likely. May be inclined to religious activities. Sudden windfalls indicated, but expenses increase.


Sun. - 04.16 - 05.46
Mon. - 07.16 - 08.46
Tue. - 02.45 - 04.15
Wed. - 11.45 - 01.15
Thu. - 01.14 - 02.44
Fri. - 10.14 - 11.44
Sat. - 08.43 - 10.13
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