Indian award to NPC Executive Director
The Jury of the Inter-Faith Harmony Foundation
of India has conferred the prestigious National Award for Peace, Tolerance and
Harmony to Dr. Jehan Perera, Executive Director of the National Peace Council of
Sri Lanka. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on April 22, at the
Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in New Delhi.
The award - the Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti National Award 2006, for Peace,
Tolerance and Harmony will be presented by the former Prime Minister of India,
Shri Inder Kumar Gujral. Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti is one of the most revered
Muslim Saints from the Indian Sub-Continent. Indian Prime Minister - Dr.
Manmohan Singh will deliver the inaugural address at the award ceremony.
The Inter-Faith Harmony Foundation of India is a Forum for Inter-Faith
Inter-Civilization Dialogue promoted by Indian Muslims and comprises
distinguished and highly placed public personalities.
Against Women Post-tsunami launched
Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Indian Minister of
State at Prime Minister’s Office, met with tsunami-affected women from Sri
Lanka, India, Maldives who are in Delhi to launch the report Violence Against
Women post-tsunami before the SAARC governments. The report, endorsed by an
alliance of more than 160 organisations, underlines the need for policies that
ensure that women’s rights are protected in the wake of all disasters.
Fall in love with affection . . .
Stone ‘N’ String offers a collection of
ten-carat gold ‘Everyday-wear jewellery’ this Avurudu season. The ‘Message
Jewellery’ carrying messages of affection such as ‘I love you’ and ‘Be mine’ are
Avurudu Raban at Hilton Colombo
To celebrate Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Hilton
Colombo is prepared to bring some interesting holiday packages as well as a
little bit of culture to the hotel with traditional Sri Lankan activities.
Thus, there will be mouthwatering Sri Lankan sweet meats such as kavum, kokis,
athiraha and milk rice at the Fine Things from April 12 to 14.
More than 300 animators will attend the
four-day annual orientation seminar of La-Kri-Vi, a Catholic movement dedicated
towards the well being of children, at St. Vincent’s Home, Maggona, from April
19 to 22. The theme for 2007 is “Let us protect children’s rights,” as children
are recognised to be the most important resource of a country and the hope of
The programme will consist of talks by resource personnel, panel discussions and
workshops, exchange experiences, evaluations and plan strategies for the future,
to work out the annual plan for 2007/ 2008. At the Annual General Meeting that
will also be held, diocesan chaplains, district coordinators and all animators
will take their oaths of commitment to work as volunteers of the movement.
The La-Kri-Vi movement was started here also by a French Oblate priest, Rev. Fr.
Felix Mevel OMI and was affiliated to IMAC in 1968. The name La-Kri-Vi is an
abbreviation with the initial letters in Sinhala which means “Valiant Children
in Action.” La-Kri-Vi celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2004. The La-Kri-Vi
movement is an action-oriented Roman Catholic voluntary organisation working for
the integral development of the Sri Lankan children between the age of 5 and 15
and is run by the children themselves under the guidance of volunteers who serve
as promoters (animators) of the movement. Rev. Fr. Joe Cooray OMI, is the
National Director, La-Kri-Vi whose national office is at 271, Deans Road,
Colombo 10. (Telephone 2699347)
Any parish or community who wishes the wellbeing of children and peace in the
country could join hands with La-Kri-Vi to protect the children’s rights and
build a new world through the unity of the children of all nationalities and
religions, which is greatly needed in our country at present.
Avurudu at Amaya Resorts
Make your get-a-way this avurudu season at
Amaya Resorts and Spa, with special attractions: special theme nights,
traditional avurudu games and various fun-filled programmes. Many more gifts and
surprises! From April 11 to 17.
Easter Praise and Worship
A special service of ‘Easter Praise and
Worship’ will be held today, (Sunday) from 12.00 noon to 1.00 p.m. at the
Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, Bauddhaloka Mawatha (adjoining the BMICH)
This service, which is open to all, is designed to inspire a personal experience
of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It will also proffer personal
blessings upon individuals through anointed prayer. The Speaker and Minister at
this service, conducted under the umbrella of the ministry of ‘Peace for All’,
will be Dr. Vijaya Corea, who will deliver a cogent message on ‘The evidence of
the Resurrection and its relevance to you today.’
Evero launched in Matara
Industrial Development Minister Kumara Welgama
opened the ‘Evero’ factory in Hittativa, Matara under the Rata Negumata Gamata
Karmantha Programme as part of the Mahinda Chinthana.
The MDF Laminating factory is a total investment of Rs. 350 million. Employment
opportunities for 350 have already been provided. The objectives of this are to
export furniture, such as Everoform steel almirahs, and mattresses, to the
foreign markets, and provide 500 jobs. Media Minister Laxman Yapa Abeywardena,
Presidential Co-ordinating Secretary Anura Gunarathne, Southern Provincial
Councilor Handunge, Sisira Paranagama also participated at this occasion.
International School Award Ceremony
the first time in Sri Lanka five Sri Lankan Schools, namely, Kegalle Vidyalaya,
Kegalle, Mahmud Ladies’ College, Kalmunai, Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala,
Rahula College, Matara, Sangabodhi Vidyalaya, Nittambuwa, received the
prestigious International School Award (ISA). The award ceremony was held on
March 31, at the British Council Main Hall, with the Education Minister, Susil
Premajayantha as the Chief Guest, and the British High Commissioner, Dominick
Chilcott as the Guest of Honour.
International School Award is an award which celebrates, encourages and
recognises the international dimension in schools. Sri Lanka is the second
country outside of UK to introduce this accreditation scheme (India was the
The ISA is an accreditation scheme for curriculum-based international work in
schools. This scheme offers a framework within which to develop international
collaborative activity, and co-ordinate international curriculum topics across
ISA is a vigorous process to ensure the schools submit a dossier of evidence
showing the range of international work across the school year, and how that
international links have benefited students, teachers and parents.
The above schools initially developed an action-plan for one academic year,
which indicated approximately eight to ten classrooms, and whole-school based
international projects. These projects were from diverse subject areas,
involving students belonging to different age groups (grades). After the action
plan was assessed and approved, the schools started working on the projects.
Action plan provided the necessary framework to obtain the award.
Teachers from different areas of expertise in the local school, the school
community and the teachers from the UK partner-schools were drawn together to
work towards obtaining this award. Each participating school finally submitted a
dossier of evidence for assessment.
The Global Schools Linking web page was also launched at the ceremony by the
Country Director British Council Sri Lanka, Gill Westaway.
A landmine free SL
The United States joins Sri Lanka in observing
the second annual International Day of Mine Awareness and Mine Action on April
4. Sri Lanka has made impressive strides to rid the island of mines. The
National Steering Committee for Mine Action, under the Ministry of Nation
Building and Development, has set ambitious goals for the future, and the United
States has been a partner with Sri Lanka from the beginning of the mine clearing
In 2002, the U.S. Department of State deployed a Quick Reaction Force of skilled
de-miners from the U.S. mine removal program in Mozambique. This was followed by
a State Department- funded partnership between the Sri Lankan Army’s Engineering
Brigade and RONCO, a de-mining contractor, to build a permanent de-mining
capacity in the Sri Lankan Army. Over the last five years, the State Department
has spent almost $10 million training and equipping nearly 900 humanitarian
de-miners as well as providing vehicles, computers and equipment to the
de-mining squadrons of the Engineering Brigade, making it the largest and most
productive unit, clearing 5 million square meters for resettlement and
agriculture. The U.S. Department of Defense has shared innovative mechanical
technology, including the MAXX + clearance system, a modified
commercial-off-the-shelf mini-excavator with rotating blades, for field
evaluations of technology with the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) humanitarian de-mining
International Non-governmental Organisations (INGOs) such as the Humpty Dumpty
Institute (HDI), the One Sri Lanka Foundation and the HALO Trust have come
together to eliminate the threat of land mines and restore the economic
livelihood of the citizens of Jaffna. Funded by a $4 million Food For Peace
grant from the United States Government, HALO Trust is clearing thousands of
square meters in Pandattarippu and Sarasalai South, as the first phase in HDI ‘s
plan to clear 450,000 square meters of land to be used for the revitalisation of
Jaffna’s dairy farming industry. The project will directly benefit 1,300 farmers
and their families. Land O’ Lakes, a leading American dairy producer, will
implement the dairy development component of the project, which is expected to
triple the supply of fresh milk available in Sri Lanka. This outcome will spur
the further development of private sector dairy processing, allowing the Sri
Lankan Government to decrease imports of expensive dried milk, thus making
valuable funds available for other development efforts. As indirect
beneficiaries, hundreds of thousands of inhabitants of the currently
mine-affected villages in Jaffna will be able to safely walk to work, to school
and to work their farms.
“We are proud to be a close partner with Sri Lanka in increasing the local
capacity to detect and clear mines,” stated U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake.
“Despite the return to violence, dedicated de-mining squadrons from the Sri
Lankan Army, INGOs such as the Humpty Dumpty Institute and the HALO Trust and
private partnerships from Land O’ Lakes are still dedicated to removing mines
and economic redevelopment. We hope we will be able to assist the government in
making the Sri Lanka mine-safe and productive so Sri Lankans can go about their
daily lives free from the fear of mines.”
The Leahy War Victims Fund, administered by USAID and implemented by the INGO
Motivation Charitable Trust is providing $3,746,100 for a project that enhances
opportunities for people with mine-related disabilities. This program includes
the training of Sri Lankans overseas to become physical therapists and
prosthetic technicians, introduces polypropylene prosthetic technology to Sri
Lanka and expands rehabilitation services to include vocational training, job
replacement, peer support and advocacy for mine victims. The program has issued
231 leg prosthetics and 99 orthotic braces to mine victims from the Jaffna
Jaipur Centre for Disability Rehabilitation. The center has also provided
physical and psychosocial therapy to 500 patients. There are also plans to open
an office in Mannar in partnership with a Catholic charity.
Bridge to Terabithia at the Majestic Cinema, Colombo 4, - 10.30 a.m./1.30 p.m./
4.15 p.m./ 7.00 p.m.
Fargo (98 minutes) at the American Centre, Colombo 3, at 6.30 p.m.
April 10 & 11
La Naissance de l’amour by Philippe Garel (94 min – 1993) in French with English
subtitles, at the Alliance Française at 3.30/6.00 p.m.
Dead Man Walking (122 Minutes) at the American Centre, Colombo 3, at 6.30 p.m.
April 17 & 18
Si je t’aime, prends garde à toi by Jeanne Labrune (110 min – 1998) in French
with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française at 3.30/6.00 p.m.
Ananda Samarakoon Samaru Gee at the John De Silva Theatre, Colombo 4
April 20 - 22
Exhibition of Paintings, by Thushara Kumarasinghe, at the Lionel Wendt Art
Centre, Colombo 7
An Action that is not the Outcome of Thought organised by the Krishnamurthi
Centre at Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6, at 10.30am.
Is There Something Sacred organised by the Krishnamurthi Centre at Anula Nursery
School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6, at 9.45am.
This week your expenditure will rise as Lagna lord Mars moves in 11th with Rahu
and Sun moves in 12th. Money is spent unnecessarily, even though you make an
effort to earn. Losses will be incurred from documental work. Good relationships
with brothers and friends will prevail. Home-front satisfactory; May be
afflicted with stomach upsets.
Lagna lord Venus posited in 12th, Sun and Mercury posited in 11th. Profits
from financial dealings indicated. Assistance from superiors at work place
indicated. Enhanced income received from lands. Progress will be made
educational pursuits. Expenses incurred on recreational activities. Can expect
favours and promotions and privileges at workplace. Disputes arise in family
Sun is in 10th with lagna lord Mercury while Venus is in 11th. This gives
good effects. Promotions and other benefits seen in employment. This week you
have special interest in the occult. Gains from documental work. Job seekers
will be called for interviews. Good period for artistes. Friends will be
helpful. Those doing higher studies will find their aspirations fulfilled.
Saturn moves in lagna and Sun moves in 9th with Mercury. This is a
favourable week. Financial gains through cheques and drafts. Get accolades from
superiors and dignitaries. Opponents cannot harm your employment status. Place
of residence may be changed. You must take control of your expenses. Take care
This is not a favourable week as Saturn posited in 12th and Sun posited in
8th Differences of opinion with superiors will create losses. Incur loss from
documental dealings. Mental distress will prevail. You have to act with
far-sightedness. You or spouse may be involved in accidents.
Lagna lord Mercury is moving in 7th with Sun. and Venus is in 8th resulting
in mixed fortunes. Increase your income through hard work. Activities using
intellect bring good results. Profits from businesses and partnership dealings
will be forthcoming. May suffer from stomach upsets.
The moving of lagna lord Venus in 7th and Sun in 6th is favourable for you.
Peace and happiness prevail in married life. Financial gains from documental or
literary work. Superiors assist you in your official work. Fair sex will be
helpful. Be watchful of children as they may be involved in misdeeds. Much
Jupiter is in lagna, Sun and Mercury move in 5th .Progress in educational
pursuits. Unexpected expenses at the beginning of the week. Success in exams,
and you will be called for interviews. Take care in dealings with others.
Problems regarding house and property may arise. Work diligently despite
setbacks. Get assistance from friends. Heart patients should take care.
Mixed fortune awaits as lagna lord Jupiter posited in 12th while Sun and
Mercury posited in 4th. You are perseverant and self confident. Have to control
your temper as it may lead to family confrontations. You may have worries over
children. Act carefully as you may have legal problems. Heavy expenses foreseen.
Phlegm and stomach upsets may cause concern.
Planetary chart shows the moving of Sun and Mercury in 3rd and Venus in 4th.
This is a week of mixed results. Make arrangements to beautify the house. Good
period to buy vehicles. Travel to a foreign country may be indicated for some.
You are inclined to religious activities. There may be trivial family matters
that cause concern.
This is a week of mixed effects as Mars and Rahu in lagna Sun and Mercury in
2nd. You work with dedication. Have to control your temper at work place.
Confusion may be caused in your activities due to hasty decisions. Good returns
from educational pursuits. Beware of minor accidents.
Lagna lord Jupiter moves in 9th and Mars, Rahu moves in 12th. You are
subjected to criticism of others as you act on your own decisions. Differences
of opinion with spouse may occur. Engage in beautifying the house. Sudden
financial gain foreseen; Get accolades from superiors at work place.