Senior Advisor to the President, Tyronne
Fernando presenting his book Ginidal Medin to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at
Temple Trees on April 10
OTSC Office Bearers appointed
Sarath Colonne, former president of the Old
Thomians’ Swimming Club (1997-2000), was unanimously elected as the president of
the OTSC for the year 2007/2008, at the 51st Annual General Meeting, held
recently at the Club House.
Colonne is a prominent businessman in the petroleum and Shell Gas industry.
Under his presidency the present club house was built in the year 2000. He is
currently serving as a member of the Ex-Co of the STC Mt. Lavinia OBA.
The following office bearers were unanimously elected: President: Sarath Colonne;
Vice Presidents: Lincoln Fernando, N. L. Perera; Secretary: Jaminda Mendis; Asst
Secretary: Dilip S. Soysa; Treasurer: Eransaka Perera; Social Secretary: Thusita
de Alwis; Bar Secretary: Darshana Herath Gunaratne; Pool and Club House
Secretary: Ajith Sirisena; Surf and Life Saving Captain: Amila Perera; Cricket
Secretary: Gihan Fernando. Committee Members: Channa Asela de Silva, Romesh de
Silva, Eddie Appathurai, Dilran Abeysekera, Ruben Rathnasinharn, Saliya
Dhannadasa; Club Manager: Cyrilton Sellahewa; Auditors: B. R. de Silva and
Violence Against Women report presented
The report Violence Against Women in the
Post-tsunami Context was presented to Child Development and Women’s Empowerment
Minister Sumedha Jayasena, by an alliance of women’s organisations in Colombo on
April 10. It calls on the government to take action to ensure that women’s
rights are protected in the wake of all disasters.
“Even in disaster situations the atrocities against women do not stop. Men
continue to be violent, communities continue to be ignorant, societies continue
to be biased, and governments continue to be discriminatory! It is the
responsibility of the family, community, society, and the government to ensure
that their voices are heard, aspirations are met and the future secured,”
affirmed ActionAid Asia Women’s Rights Coordinator, Sriyani Perera,.
The report is accompanied by a charter of demands endorsed by an alliance of
more than 160 organisations in Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives. The Women’s
organisations demand the implementation of the proposed charter, and the
incorporation of women’s demands into the laws and policies of relief,
rehabilitation and reconstruction, especially on housing and land, livelihood,
education, health and most importantly in laws on violence against women.
CIE teacher training programme
University of Cambridge International
Examinations (CIE) organised a training workshop on April 1, for teachers and
principals from various Sri Lankan schools, to familiarise them with
contemporary teaching practices and techniques. The workshop brought together
around 80 school teachers and principals, and provided them with a forum for
exchange of ideas and best practices.
Speaking on the occasion, CIE’s Regional Manager, South Asia, William Bickerdike
said, “The ways and methods of imparting education have changed immensely with
time. The teachers and institutions need to constantly enhance their skills to
keep pace with the changing environment. This workshop serves as a catalyst in
familiarising them with the current teaching methodologies.” He further added,
“CIE through its support site for teachers, provide information that is relevant
and significant in upgrading their practices and techniques.”
The presentation highlighted curriculum overview, teaching support, student’s
website, and CIE qualifications such as Cambridge International Primary
Programme (CIPP), Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme (CLSP) etc.
Deputy Director, British Council Colombo, Philip Rylah, graced the occasion. The
workshop concluded with an interactive session conducted by Regional
Representative for Sri Lanka, CIE, Nirmali Hetteriachchi.
William Bickerdike addressing the gathering.
At a ceremony held at the STF headquarters
recently, children of police officers who died in the course of duty, were
awarded scholarships and gifts of school stationery requisites. A special
feature of this year’s awards was that children of 452 STF officers who
sacrificed their lives in the course of the war were also recipients of the
This scheme, which is a brainchild of Special Task Force Commander, DIG Nimal
Lewke, has been in operation since 2004.
In memory of King Faisal
The Islamic Religious Education Mission (IREM)
of Akkaraipattu will celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King Faisal Qur’an Mathrasa
on April 26.
People affected by the tsunami and the war will participate in the function. A
Kathamul Quran reciting ceremony will also be held in memory of the pupils who
died in the tsunami.
People who contributed to the development of the religion in the area will be
honoured on this day. The participants are to be gifted copies of Holy Quran.
Educationists, religious leaders and the public are invited.
Rotary village open
On April 2, Minister Ferial Ashraff in the
company of a group of Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Colombo, handed over
keys to the ‘Rotary Village’ in Sengamam in Pottuvil. There were 46 houses and a
community centre cum medical centre, built at a cost of Rs. 50 million.
A three-district, three-country Rotary project - namely 9450 Western Australia,
RA WCS, Western Australia, Rotary Vectis Village, District 1110 UK, Rebuild Sri
Lanka and the Rotary Club of Colombo - the Rotary Village will offer around 250
persons homes and roadways, lighting, sewerage and pipe borne water.
A former Rotarian of the Colombo Club, Rtn. Anil Weeratunge, who now lives in
Perth represented District 2450 (Western Australia) and Rotary World Community
Service, Rtn. Roger Esnault and a team who visited the island just after the
tsunami, joined shortly thereafter and represented District 1110. The Rotary
Club of Colombo was represented by Past President Asgi Askberally, President
2004-2005 and Project Chairman Past President Mahen Ambani.
Current Rotary President, Mike Masilamani drew attention to the mango tree
planted by the Rotarians in front of each house as a symbol of the hopes and
wishes of Rotary, that this village will grow and prosper its occupants for many
generations to come.
A special award from Rotary District 9450 Western Australia was then presented
to Rotary Past President Asgi Akbarally in recognition of his tireless efforts
to make this village a reality.
mini pack launched
Veet, the world’s No.1 hair removal system,
recently launched the mini-pack range at the event held to mark International
Brand Manager Veet, Shenali Wickramaaratchi handing over Veet packs to Veet
Brand Ambassador, Anarkalli Aakarssha at the launch.
B.Com seminar series
The Department of Commerce of the University of
Sri Jayewardenepura has organised a seminar series covering all the courses
offered in the B. Com. (General) External Programme for externally registered
students. This annual seminar series to be conducted on weekends starting from
the April 21 (Saturday) at the Mahamaya Vidyalaya, Gansaba Junction, Nugegoda.
For further information contact B. Com. External programme Coordinator, Senior
Lecturer, E. Dayaratne on 011-2802513 or Assistant Registrar, External
Examination Unit B. A. N. Krishantha on 011-2801481 or calling over personally
at the External Examination Branch of the university.
SJC ’87 batch AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Batch of ’87
of St. Joseph’s College, Colombo 10, will be held on Thursday, April 26, at the
Crystal Room, Taj Samudra, Colombo starting at 7p.m. All batch members are
invited for this event, which will be followed by fellowship and dinner. The
Rector Rev. Fr. Sylvester Ranasinghe will be the chief guest on this occasion.
For further details please contact Charlton – 0777717603; Albertine –
0773047163; Teddy – 0777312066.
The Lanka-Japan Friendship Society and the
Embassy of Japan in collaboration with the Japanese Solidarity Association will
hold a Japanese cultural exhibition on April 22 at the National Art Gallery, and
John De Silva Theatre, 106, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7.
The exhibition will include some of the salient cultural features of Japan such
as ikehana: the art of floral arrangements, origami: the art of decorative paper
folding, bonsai: the art of growing miniature trees; aikido: a form of Japanese
martial art; hand-painting on ceramics; kimono wearing; and the famous elaborate
A musical feature by the Okinawa Band consisting of Japanese residents in Sri
Lanka, will be held from 1p.m. to 5p.m. at the John De Silva Theatre.
Admission to the exhibition and demonstrations are open to the public free of
Shakespeare In Love (122 Minutes), at the American Centre, Colombo 3, at 6.30
April 24 & 25
Un Dérangement Considérable by de Bernard Stora (110 min – 1999) in French with
English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, at 3.30/6.00 p.m.
36 Chowringhee Lane (3 hours) in Hindi with English subtitles, at the Indian
Cultural Centre, Colombo 4, at 5.30 p.m.
A Walk In The Clouds, at the Russian Centre, Colombo 7, at 5.00 p.m.
Inter School Drama Competition (finals) organised by the Interact Club of Royal
College, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre.
April 27 - 29
Kinduri, the Sinhala translation of Henry Ibsen’s The Lady From The Sea by Pasan
Kodikara at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
April 24 - 26
Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth presented by the Shakespeare Circle at the
Elphinston Theatre, Colombo 10 at 3.30/6.30pm.
An exhibition of paintings, by Thushara Kumarasinghe, at the Lionel Wendt
April 27 - 29
An exhibition of paintings by T.V.S. Menaka, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery,
Is There Something Sacred? (Brockwood 1975 talk 7), organised by the
Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Anula Nursary School, 310, H.L.R. Colombo
6 at 9:45 a.m.
With Sun in your first house and Mars and Rahu in the 11th, this week will bring
you mixed results - an energetic and busy week. You will take the lead in
household and employment related activities. Praise from superiors, along with
enthusiasm in your work place may tend to put you into inconvenience. A good
week for those involved in the industrial and technological fields. May be
afflicted by phlegm-related ailments and stomach aches.
Lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) traverses in your first house along with Sun in the
12th this week, bringing you mixed results. There could be opportunities to
receive luxury vehicles, items and clothing. A happy and carefree week, you will
be attracted more towards the opposite sex. Expenditure will be high in relation
to construction or renovation of residence.
Lagna lord Budha (Mercury) traverses in your 10th house with Ravi (Sun) in the
11th this week, strongly enhancing your income. Will receive loans already
requested. Your hard- earned income tends to be wasted on pleasurable
activities. Ailments related to throat and arms indicated. You may drift away
from religious activities.
Shani (Saturn) in your 1st house with Ravi (Sun) in the 10th. Will be
energetic in your domestic and employment related activities. A good week for
students in relation to their educational activities. You can enhance your
technological activities. Good week for the purchase of houses or vehicles.
With Lagna lord Ravi (Sun) in your 9th house and Shani (Saturn) in the 12th,
this week will bring you higher expenditure due to ill health. Ailments relating
to the head and feet indicated. Disputes arise between spouses. An
accident-prone week for both partners. Even though employment tends to bring
some relief, it will be negated by your lethargy.
With lagna lord Budha (Mercury) in the 7th and Ravi (Sun) in the 8th, this week
portends a mixed bag of results. Stomach or nervous illnesses will afflict your
spouse or partner. Problems between spouses due to illnesses. Interest in
employment will wane and income avenues will be obstructed, but unexpected
fortune is indicated. Favourable for those waiting for foreign employment
Your planetary positions indicate disputes with your spouse. Your strong will
and decisions will affect your marital life. This can be avoided by discussing
matters with your partner. Increase in income will be offset by expenditure on
ill health. Expect sudden monetary gains, especially from females. Lethargic
week in employment.
The week will bring you the highest results, with Guru (Jupiter) in your 1st
house and Ravi (Sun) in the 6th. There will be an end to enemy activity, and
assistance from higher officials of government indicated. A week which portends
special assistance from your father. You will stand out in society and earn
respect and accolades.
According to your astrological chart, this is a week of good and bad for you.
You tend to attend to your daily matters with extra will and effort, but your
income will be low. Obstacles shown in your avenues of income. Losses indicated
in land or property transactions. Those engaged in education will be able to
improve their efforts.
Depletion of marital happiness due to your spouse being afflicted by hereditary
or continuing illnesses. Those engaged in joint ventures will face serious
obstacles and loss in profits. But those engaged in house building will enjoy
favourable results. A very good week for youth engaged in education matters.
Your astrological chart portends a week with mixed results. You tend to take
hasty decisions. Your haste may lead to accidents. Your spouses’ health will not
be satisfactory. Employment related matters will be somewhat satisfactory. You
will enjoy success in building activities.
A very favourable week for forging ahead in your career, as monetary gains are
indicated this week with your lagna lord Jupiter (Guru) traversing the 9th house
and Sun (Ravi) in the 2nd. If you are expecting cash or other benefits from the
state, you will receive them this week. Expect sudden financial gains.
Assistance indicated from sisters.
Sun. 4.00 – 5.00
Mon. 7.00 – 8.30
Tue. 2.29 – 3.59
Wed. 11.29 – 12.59
Thu. 12.58 – 2.28
Fri. 9.58 – 11.28
Sat. 8.28 – 9.58
(Applicable both day and night)