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Events


A meeting with Wannilaththo

The District Governor of Lions Club of Colombo Maroons, [Lions District 306 C2] met with the leader of the Vedda community, Uruwarige Wannilaththo.
They conducted a multi-service project at the Dambana Rural Hospital recently.

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‘Cotton Breeze with a Silk Touch’

‘Cotton Breeze with a Silk Touch,’ a mega New Year saree sale featuring a wide range of exclusive and designer sarees from the renowned House of VIBA in Chennai will be held at the Global Towers, Wellawatte from April 6 to 8 from 9.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.
A wide range of accessories, made in Bollywood and Kollywood style, will also be on sale. There will be a wide variety of bangles, handbags and mobile pouches, created with beads, pearls, jute, prints and leather. Prices range from Rs. 950/- onwards.

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New Year fair

Rajgama Devapathiraja Nawa Arunella 2007, an educational exhibition and New Year Fair, organised by the Junior Old Boys’ Association of Rajgama Devapathiraja Vidyala will be held from April 4 to 7 at the Rajgama Ground. For stall reservations contact: 091 5625217, 0777951861

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Migration Operation Manual launch

The Immigration and Emigration Department (IED) of Sri Lanka together with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) launched an updated and revised version of its Operation Manual recently.
Controller, Immigration and Emigration, P. B. Abeykoon, identifying the long-felt need for a well-documented manual, sought IOM’s assistance in this regard. In September 2005, IOM undertook the task of developing the manual under the ‘Migration Management’ programme.
The revised operation manual aims at significantly boosting the capacity of the relevant divisions of the department to conduct their duties more effectively.

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hSenid 10th anniversary celebrations

Since 1997, hSenid Software International has dedicated itself to supplying high quality software products and services to its customer’s worldwide. For nearly 10 years hSenid has never wavered from this extraordinary vision, supported by its core brand values of innovation, independence and inspiration.
On March 22, hSenid proudly celebrated its 10th year anniversary at the Waters Edge. The night began with the presence of the U.S Ambassador Robert O. Blake who graced the event with his presence as the chief guest, as well as one of hSenid’s most important clients, Raomal Perera from Valista helped make the night a memorable experience. “It is an honour to speak to such a distinguished group of leaders representing an industry that is a driving force in this era of globalisation.  Companies like hSenid and leaders like Dinesh Saparamadu are living success stories who prove that Sri Lanka can play a critical role in providing information and communication technology or ICT services,” US Ambassador said.

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Ananda College OBA new officials

The Ananda College Old Boys’ Association held its Annual General Meeting on March 17 and the following office bearers were elected to hold office for the year 2007/08.
President: Isuru Samarasinghe; Immediate Past President: N G Punchihewa; Deputy President: Manju Fernando; Vice Presidents: Dr. Aruna Rabel, Lalith Senanayake, Isuru Thilakawardena, Bimal Wijesinghe, Sumedha Amarasinghe; Joint Secretaries: Dushmantha Karannagoda, Jayasiri Ittapana; Treasurer: Asoka Karunaratne.

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Topping out ceremony

On March 27, British High Commissioner, Dominick Chilcott hosted the ‘topping out’ ceremony for the new British High Commission building on Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7. Local dignitaries including officials from the Municipal Council and representatives of the Institute of Architects attended the ceremony, which marks the completion of the building’s structure. Work to complete the fitting out of the building will now commence, and the High Commission will be open in early 2008.
The new High Commission was designed by British architect Richard Murphy, produced with the collaboration of leading Sri Lankan architect Milroy Perera, and is inspired by the greatest Sri Lankan architect of the modern era, Geoffrey Bawa.
The design will minimise impact on the environment, encouraging the use of natural cooling rather than air conditioning.

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SriLankan Airlines with Diriya Daruwo

The SriLankan Airlines’ charity division ‘SriLankan Cares’ is sponsoring a series of leadership training and motivational programmes entitled, Diriya Daruwo, laying the foundation for a progressive Sri Lanka.
The workshop series is geared towards identifying talents and unique skills of rural children, and helping in their training and development. The schools are being chosen with the involvement of the District Teacher Centres and the workshop is open to students between 10 and 18 years. The outstanding students are awarded prizes at the end of the two-day workshop. Diriya Daruwo reaches its pinnacle with all the winners at district level uniting for a competition at national level.

The eighth Diriya Daruwo workshop was held for 200 students in the Ratnapura District on March 24 and 25 at the Seewali Central College, Ratnapura.
Under the direction of the voluntary Child Development Consultant, Janaki Hill and her team: Sujith Mangala, Anura Silva and Samantha Wijesinghe, the student participants went through a test of their skills in areas such as performing arts and speech, based on a variety of challenging but fun-filled activities. Impromptu speeches to test students’ argumentative capabilities; games, which tested and improved students’ memory power; and creative writing activities like composing songs and writing drama scripts, kept the students inspired. The workshop was designed in such a way that team spirit was fostered at all levels.

The following outstanding students were awarded prizes at the conclusion of the two-day workshop. Sachithra Madhushanka of Ehaliyagoda Central College and Bhagya Warnasundara of Ferguson High School (Best Student Boy and Girl); Kaushalya Madagangoda of Ehaliyagoda Central College and Sineth Dilshara of Seevali Central College (Best Dancer Boy and Girl); Dilupa Dulanjana of St Alloysius’ College and Chathurika Anupamali of Ferguson High School (Best Actor and Actress); Sangeeth Udani of Ferguson High School and Prabhath Maduranga of Batugedara Vidyalaya (Best Singer Boy and Girl); Supun Maduwantha of Seevali Central College (Best Leader); Nimesh Rangana of Kuruwita Central College (Most Promising Student) and Rukmalii Warnasooriya of Ferguson High School and Sadun Thilina of St Alloysius’ College (Best Speaker Boy and Girl).

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SJAASL Office Bearers

The Annual General Meeting of the St. John Ambulance Association, Sri Lanka (SJAASL) was held recently at the auditorium of the Sri Lanka Football Federation and the following office bearers were unanimously elected.
Rajah Sinnathuray who has been associated with SJAASL for more than 35 years was unanimously elected as chairman for the ensuing year. He was conferred with the Officer Brother Medal by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England.

The office bearers include:
Chairman - Rajah Sinnathuray, JP; President - Gen. Hamilton Wanasinghe; Vice-Chairman - M. D. J. Gunathilake, Dr. Palitha Randeniya; Chief Commander and Ex. Officio Vice-Chairman - Dr. J. G. Jayathilake; Commissioner - Dr. D. W. Weerasooriya; Joint-Secretary - T. F. Jayah,. Errol G Smith; Treasurer - Pradeep Samarathunge; Assistant Treasurer - M B Dasanayake; Director - Training and Development - Dr. Sarath M Samarage; Assistant Director - Prasantha Lal De Alwis, M. B. Godamunne, Swarna Pitigala; Chief Superintendent - Nursing Member - Kusum Vithana; Member - R. K. S. Suresh Chandra, Punya De Silva, Dr. (Mrs.) Hiranthi Wijemanne, Dr. J. M. Nilam, M. U. A. Sheriffdeen, N. I. Ramanayake, N. Kananke, D. G. Thevarapperuma, Sarath Dyananda.

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Assistance for Ampara students

The fifth programme, providing assistance for education, conducted by the Old Boys’ Forum of Piliyandala, Kolamunna, Sri Bimbarama Daham Pasala, in collaboration with Sri Sambodhi Youth Foundation and Pubudu Children’s Fund was held recently in Tampitagama Vidyalaya, Ampara district.

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Pera teams with North Dakota State University

With the signing of MoU between the University of Peradeniya and North Dakota State University (NDSU) by the Vice-Chancellor of Peradeniya, Prof. H Abeygunawardena, on March 29, the University of Peradeniya will be teaming up with the North Dakota State University (NDSU) facilitating many non-PhD members of its permanent staff in their pursuit of a PhD from NDSU. The special arrangements in the MoU include a short stay of a few semesters at NDSU, research under joint supervision of Sri Lankan and NDSU professors, making use of special tuition scholarships, video conferencing etc. The MoU will also pave the way for joint-research and exchange of faculty staff/students. This union is expected to bring many benefits, not only to two great academic institutes, but also to both countries, in the long run.

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Sajith’s UK visit

MP for Hambantota District and Chairman of the Janasuwaya Development Foundation, Sajith Premadasa visited the UK as the Sri Lankan representative at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar on Parliamentary Practice.
The picture illustrates the meeting between Sajith Premadasa and the Speaker of the House of Commons, Micheal Martin at the Speaker’s House at West Minister Hall. The two discussed issues relating to parliamentary practice and procedures, and the various methodologies adopted by British parliamentarians, in serving their constituents in an effective manner.

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Christina jewellery launched

Internationally acclaimed jewel purveyors Wijaya Gems, reached a new milestone, with the opening of their new jewelry store Christina at a glamorous launch held at their showroom on March 28 at 730, Galle Road Colombo 3. Customers were invited to experience a new world of elegance and luxury at the new showroom, a haven for expertly crafted jewellery studded with sapphires of all colours, fine diamond and other exotic coloured stones.

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Stone ‘N’ String for Avurudu

In the last few years, pearl jewellery has broken out of its classic mode into a modern, trendy look, resulting in making pearls popular among young, fashion-conscious women all over the world. Spearheading this change is Stone ‘N’ String design team, introducing their new collection for the Avurudhu season.
Speaking on the new collection, designer Sarah Sabry said, “Design is the cornerstone of our success and we are constantly focused on design development. Our latest specials are focused on semi precious stones and corals.”

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Sipnara Sports Day 2007

Sipnara International School, Athurugiriya, will hold its fifth annual sports meet on March 31 at 7.30 a.m. at Oruwela Chico playground (Former Steel Corporation playground, near Millennium City). The three houses of the school - Metta, Karuna, and Mudita - will challenge each other to exhibit their sportsmanship, courage, unity and competitiveness. Distinguished guests will grace the occasion. All are warmly welcome.

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Postponed

The Colombo Philharmonic Choir’s programme of Faure’s Requiem which was scheduled to be performed on April 4 at the Ladies’ College Chapel has been postponed. The new date will be announced soon.

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Films

April 1 onwards
Bridge to Terabithia at the Majestic Cinema, Colombo 4 - 10.30 a.m./1:30 p.m./ 4:15 p.m./ 7 p.m.

April 3
Erin Brockovich (132 Minutes) at the American Centre, Colombo 3, at 6:30 p.m.

April 3 & 4
Aïe by Sophie Fillière (103 min - 2000) in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, Colombo 7, at 3:30/6 p.m.

April 5
West Side Story by Jerome Robbins Roberts Wise, at the ICES Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8, at 5 p.m.

Concerts

April 5
A Jewish Lament, Kol-Nidrei by Max Bruch featuring Dushy Perera on cello with Menaka de Fonseka Sahabandu on piano, will be held at the Dutch Reformed Church, Bambalapitiya, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

April 7
Royalists on Stage, a musical extravaganza, coming together of Old Royalists in the entertainment industry for a Right Royal performance of song and dance at the BMICH at 7 p.m.

Exhibitions

April 1
An exhibition of paintings and sculpture, by Manoranjana Herath at the Barefoot Gallery, Colombo 3.

April 5
In the Light, an exhibition of paintings by Marie Alles Fernando at Arkipelago, 68A, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 3, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Until April 6
Exhibition of Paintings, by S.H. Sarath at the Alliance Française Auditorium.

April 3 - 5
Year Planner by Kingsley Gunatillake at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.

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ARIES
This week Sun is in 12th and Venus is in lagna. You get the opportunity to participate in functions and pleasure trips. Give prominence to pleasure and entertainment. Unnecessary spending is seen. Misunderstandings may occur with brothers.

TAURUS
Sun posited in 11th and Venus posited in 12th. This is a week of mixed effects. Financial gains from father or mother. Increase income from employment. May buy a land or renovate the house. Set-backs in educational pursuits. Unfavourable atmosphere may prevail at work place even though you work diligently. Care should be taken in handling your affairs.

GEMINI
According to planetary movements this week, good results can be expected. Promotions and privileges are seen in employment. With the assistance of superiors you can discharge your duties successfully. Income will be increased for those engaged in beauty culture and trade. Assistance received from fair sex. Good marriage proposals for unmarried.

CANCER
Mixed results denoted as Sun moves in 9th and Saturn moves in lagna. Set-backs in employment and household activities foreseen. Favourable situation prevails at work place. Present mental worries will be subdued. You are disturbed over children’s stubbornness. Lovers will be distanced from each other due to disputes.

LEO
It is not a favourable week. Sun in 8th Rahu and Kethu in 7th and in lagna respectively. Arguments with superiors at work place may lead to confrontations. Married partners may be distanced from each other, as a result of quarrels. Will not get due inheritance from father and mother. There will be a land dispute. Rise in expenses. Physical health will be affected.

VIRGO
This week does not give good results as Sun moves in 7th and Venus moves in 8th. Family life is not peaceful as you act on your own accord. Set-backs in marital relationship. Loss may be incurred from partnership business. Concern over health due to phlegm and inflammations.

LIBRA
Lagna lord Venus occupies the 7th while Sun moves in 6th. Peace and unity prevail in married life. Confidence grows among business partners. Your position is stable at work place. Increase in assets. Profits may be reaped from speculation. Participation in functions and picnics is foreseen.

SCORPIO
Jupiter is in lagna and Sun is in 5th. Children will make progress in their fields; their educational activities will be successful. They get through exams and interviews. Get accolades and respect from superiors at work place. Job seekers can fulfil their objectives. They will be called for interviews and jobs. Sudden windfalls can be foreseen. There will be minor problems among married partners but they will not last long.

SAGITTARIUS
Your planetary chart shows mixed effects this week. Your objective of buying a land or house will be fulfilled. You will work with dedication and courage. You could expect a change for good in your life. Disputes will arise with brothers and neighbours. You will go on a trip to a distant place.

CAPRICORN
This is a favourable week because Sun moves in 3rd and Venus moves in 4th. You will get the accolades from employment bosses. There will be a change for good at work place. Good results seen from literary pursuits. Impediments prevailed regarding house and property will fade away. Make affairs successful through hard work.

AQUARIUS
Cannot expect good results as Sun is in 2nd and mars is in lagna with Rahu. Keep control of your words, as arguments may lead to disruption of family peace. May be necessary to delay the house construction for some time. Differences of opinion with life partner may occur. Act with patience this week.

PISCES
As a result of Sun moving in lagna while Rahu and Mars moving in 12th, this week gives mixed effects. Try to be prominent in society by acting on your own wish. Happiness prevails in household. Take art in functions or picnics. Relatives or friends will visit you. Have to control expenses. Take care against accidents.

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RAHU

Sun. - 04.09 - 05.39
Mon. - 07.09 - 08.39
Tue. - 02.38 - 04.08
Wed. - 11.38 - 01.08
Thu. - 01.07 - 02.37
Fri. - 10.07 - 11.37
Sat. - 08.36 - 10.00
(Applicable both day & night)

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