Heroic deed in Vesak card

The Vesak card, commemorating the heroic act of Ven. Ven Yakkalle Dhammissara samanera of Kakirawe Sri Upasene Aranya Senasana who was awarded the ‘Virujanodaya Swarna Satahana’ in 2006 was presented to the Prime Minister by the Chairman of the Weera Podujana Padanama, Kasun P. Chandrarathne, at the Prime Minister’s Office, recently


Relatively Speaking

The latest production of the British Theatre Playhouse, Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy, Relatively Speaking, will be staged on May 16 and 17, at the Grand Ballroom, Hilton Colombo.
“It is about young couples in love; about relationships and marriages gone wrong,” the British Theatre Playhouse Producer, John Faulkner said.
The plot:
Greg and Ginny are living together but Greg is becoming suspicious that he is not the only man in her life: telephone calls cut off when he answers, a drawer full of boxes of chocolates and a pair of slippers that are certainly not his, nor hers. He wonders about Ginny’s plan to visit her parents, and decides to follow her. A series of hilarious misunderstandings ensues.
The playwright:
Alan Ayckbourn is the most successful British playwright since Shakespeare and the most successful playwright in the world today. He has written over 70 plays - over 30 of these have been produced in London’s West End, and /or Broadway.
Ayckbourn’s work has been performed in over 35 languages, in theatres, on film and television around the world. In 1987, he was awarded the CBE and was knighted for services to British Theatre in 1997.
Relatively Speaking is one of the most popular plays he has written, and was his first major hit in London’s West End.
The cast includes Jeremy Gittins (Philips), Marianne Oldham (Ginny), William Rycroft (Greg) and Amanda Waldy (Sheila). Relatively Speaking is produced by John Faulkner, directed by John Nolan, and designed by Norman Coates.
For tickets priced Rs. 8,000 (includes pre-dinner cocktails and four-course gourmet dinner) contact Tel: 2492004. The event is sponsored by SriLankan Airlines.


Focus Sri Lanka 2007 in Los Angeles

Focus Sri Lanka 2007, expo and cultural show, organised by the Sri Lankan Consulate General in Los Angeles, will be held on May 28 and 29, at the California Market Center in downtown, Los Angeles. Registration and information are available online at: http://www.FocusSriLanka.com.
Focus Sri Lanka spotlights exotic and marketable Sri Lankan imports, including; apparel, ayurvedic, spa products, tea, decorative accessories, gifts, gem and jewellery, home-ware, handmade recycle paper, natural and organic products, spices, etc. Sri Lanka’s rapidly growing tourism industry will also be represented including action/adventure travel, ecotourism, and luxury resorts.
The event includes many special attractions, designed to demonstrate the often surprising variety Sri Lanka has to offer: A screening of the Bollywood smash film ‘Water’ and an opportunity to meet its young Sri Lankan star, Sarala; appearances by Sri Lankan all-star cricket players: ‘Cooking With Tea’, a demonstration by the celebrity chef, Robert Wemischner; a pottery wheel demonstration and a tea queen beauty pageant.
Focus Sri Lanka will also feature a prize draw for round trip airfare to Sri Lanka, courtesy of SriLankan Airlines.
“Focus Sri Lanka will bring together 40 innovative Sri Lankan exporters with serious American buyers in search of extraordinarily unique imports,” added the Consul of Commerce at the Sri Lankan Consulate, Gamini Pemasiri. “Focus Sri Lanka will also demonstrate the nation’s attractive investment opportunities and world-class manufacturing and fulfillment abilities,” he added.


In Search Of A Road

Organised by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo (ICES), the film, In Search Of A Road (82 minutes), by Dharmasena Pathiraja will be shown on Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m., at the ICES Auditorium 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8.
As its main motifs, In Search Of A Road takes the northern railway line in Sri Lanka and the A9, the two main links, running parallel to each other, from the north to the south in the country. The railway line, and the A-9 narrate the story of war and peace, travel, mobility, place and displacement - the ethnic conflict.
It unfolds even as its people embark on a long journey on August 1, 1905 through place, land, territory, war and peace, and home and state into the land of the unknown, to a no-man’s land. Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, the film takes us on a 100-year journey through history and memory, into the future.
Dharmasena Pathiraja began making films in the late ‘60s, and took the film world in Sri Lanka by storm with his astonishing new wave style, in the tradition of the Polish and Czech films of the time. His first film, Ahas Gawwa (One League of Sky), 1974, bagged all the prestigious awards, at the Film Critics’s and Journalists Awards. With that he moved onto making other award winning films like, Bambaru Avith, Para Dige, Soldadu Unnehe, Mathu Yam Dawasa, and a number of tele features and documentaries, which have won national and international awards.
In 1977, while teaching at the newly formed Jaffna Campus of the University of Sri Lanka, he made the path breaking Tamil film, Ponmani, on an exclusively Jaffna based on the theme of inter caste relations. Each of his films suggests a way forward in the cinematic tradition. In Search of a Road, is yet again a work that breaks with his own tradition of filmmaking. Dharmasena Pathiraja was awarded the ‘Golden Lion’ for his life time contribution to Sri Lankan Cinema. His films have been screened widely at international film festivals.


Ananda Aeronautical Society AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Aeronautical Society of Ananda College was held recently. Office Bearers 2005/06 with the Principal, PA Abeyrathne:

(Seated) left to right– Secretary, P. A. D. P. Ariyatilaka; Deputy Principal, Lal Dissanayake; Master-in-charge, Duminda Jayasundara; President, Hasith D. Millawa; Principal, B. A. Abeyrathne; Deputy Principal, Rohana Ponnamperuma; Kulasiri Zoysa; Former President, R. V. D. S. Karunasena; Organiser Ranil Kavinda.
(Standing) Nirosh Rahul, Kalpa Perera, Dinudu Ranaweera, Malith Weerarathne, Masuka Perera, Thalidu D. Gunawardena, Thushara Ishara, Dulitha Chathusekera, Chalana Kulathunga, Lilan Dias, Sadun Amintha Bandara, Tisara De Silva and Sanjaya Dalugoda


First lady inaugurates Surath Saviya

First lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa inaugurated the Surath Saviya trade fair organised by the National Forum of People’s Organisations (NFPO) in Hambantota to celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. During the event, Shiranthi Rajapaksa inaugurated a new Livelihood Facilitation Centre. Houses built by funding from ActionAid were also handed over to 14 NFPO beneficiaries.
“It is important to advance the economic status of women and initiatives like this will definitely do that. I thank NFPO and ActionAid for what they are already doing in this regard. I am confident this will bring new hope in to people’s lives” Shiranthi Rajapaksa affirmed.
Water Supply Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera, Coordination Director for the President, Willie Gamage, and representatives from government authorities, and civil society organisations also participated in the event.


First free cancer detection centre in the country

It is said every year, as many as 4,000 new cases of cancer could have been prevented if detected early. To mark its 75th anniversary, the Rotary Club of Colombo identified the need for a National Cancer Detection and Early Prevention Centre. The Club made an appeal for funds at a luncheon meeting at which first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa was the Chief Guest.
The Centre, to be located at Narahenpita junction, will provide a free service to the general public, and be managed by the Cancer Control Programme of the Cancer Institute, Maharagama.
Phase one of the project would comprise: three clinical examination rooms, with facilities for risk assessment, history taking and clinical (including breast, vaginal, rectal, oral and dental) examinations; Colonoscopy facilities for patients who test positive during Pap Smears; a Health Education Unit for enhancing public awareness and counselling; a Medical Records and Statistical Unit to maintain computerised, and hard-copy data-bases; facilities for Pap Smears and Cyto-Screening.


Welgama visits injured soldiers

Industrial Development and Ranaviru Welfare Minister, Kumara Welgama recently visited the Narahenpita Police Hospital, and spoke to the injured soldiers of the Special Task Force, who came under the attack at Kalawanchikudi in Batticaloa.


CMI 10th anniversary celebrations

The 10th Anniversary of the Charted Management Institute of Sri Lanka Branch was celebrated at Galadari Hotel recently.
The Chief Guest at the grand banquet was Director General and CEO of the CMI Head Quarters in the UK, Marry Chapman.
The Sri Lanka CMI Chapter was inaugurated in November 1996. In 2001 the Management Club (TMC) was formed. In 2002, it received the ‘Royal Charter’ status in the UK, and the institute was renamed ‘Chartered Management Institute’.
The British High Commissioner, Dominic Chlihott was also present on the occasion.
Former Trade and Food Minister and the Governor of the Southern Province, Kingsley T. Wickremeratne and a fellow of the CMI (UK), Jerry Hidelarachchi at the CMI 10th anniversary banquet at Galadari Hotel Colombo.


Peace Award for Dr. JJ

MP and Assistant Secretary, UNP in charge of relief and human rights, Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana with Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Vanuaroroa Ham Lini and Mrs. Vanuaroroa, at the international summit on Asia Pacific Peace, held in Soul, South Korea, where he was awarded the Ambassador for Peace Award, in recognition of his humanitarian services, by the Universal Peace Federation.


Vesak in Delhi

The Sri Lankan High Commission in New Delhi celebrated Vesak by making Vesak lanterns last week.


Veet Aloe Vera launched

Veet the world’s No.1 hair removal system recently launched its new variant, ‘Veet Aloe Vera’ in larger and smaller pack sizes.
Country Manager Reckitt Benckiser Sri Lanka, Nael Ahmed, handing over Veet Aloe Vera packs to the Veet Brand Ambassador, Anarkalli Aakarssha. Also in the picture are, Head of Sales Reckitt Benckiser Sri Lanka, Bertram Paul, and Veet Brand Manager, Shenali Wickramaaratchi.



May 8 & 9
Les Autres Filles by Caroline Vignal (95 min – 2000) in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, at 3:30/6 p.m.


May 10 - 13
Iolanthe an operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan, presented by Visakha Vidyalaya, and directed by Indu Dharmasena, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.


May 6
An exhibition of paintings by T. P. G. AmaraJeeva, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.
May 7 & 8
An exhibition of paintings organised by Elizabeth Moir School, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.
May 11 - 13
An exhibition of paintings by Rohan Hopman, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.
May 11 – June 6
Journey Through Colours, an exhibition of paintings by Antonella Regi, at the Barefoot Gallery Colombo 3.


May 6
Natahara, a dance performance presented by Ravibandu Samanthi School of Dance, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
May 8
MODABORN, presented by the nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka under choreography of Kapila Palihawadana, at the Barefoot Gallery, at 8 p.m.


April 22 to 28

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.

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.

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. Expenses will be incurred on ill health of your children or female relatives. Not a favourable week in your marital affairs. Ailments related to throat and arms indicated.

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. Obstacles and enemy activities against those expecting employment, but success, even though delayed is indicated.

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.

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.

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. Loss of peace due to illness of spouse. Upheavals and/or separation in love affairs especially for the young.

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. Your mental peace will be affected. Employment related matters will be somewhat satisfactory.

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. The week will bring good results to children engaged in higher education.


Rahu period

From 22 Sunday: 4.00 – 5.00
Monday: 7.00 – 8.30
Tuesday: 2.29 – 3.59
Wednesday: 11.29 – 12.59
Thursday: 12.58 – 2.28
Friday: 9.58 – 11.28
Saturday: 8.28 – 9.58









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