17th Rotary District Assembly

The Rotary Club of Battaramulla was the proud recipient of several key awards at the recently concluded 17th Rotary District Assembly. The event organised by the Rotary Club of Colombo Mid Town, was held on May 13, at Galadari Hotel, amidst a distinguished gathering.
The keynote speech was given by Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda. The Chief Guest at the occasion was RI Director, Robert A. Stuart, Jr. The event saw the installation of the District Governor 2007-2008 Rtn PHF Thariq Thulba by District Governor 2006-2007 Rtn PHF Bobby Senaweera taking place on a ceremonious note.
Among the awards won by the Rotary Club of Battaramulla were Best President – RI District 3220 2006/2007, Best Secretary – RI District 3220 2006/2007, Best Rotary Club – RI District 3220 2006/2007 and Best Rotarian – RI District 3220 2006/2007, which was awarded to Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow and the President, Rotary Club of Battaramulla, Gehan Siribaddana.
Adding to this impressive list were other accolades, such as winning the RI District 3220 Citation Award, presented in recognition of the Club’s outstanding exemplary efforts in meeting the challenge of the District Citation Programme; a Certificate of Appreciation, for the Club’s outstanding contribution towards the successful completion of the District Foundation and the International Services Seminar during the Rotary Year 2006/2007; and becoming the No. 3 Club in the District, adjudged based on the per capita Annual Programme Fund giving to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International 2005/2006.


Mahathala Hatana brought to life

The historical legend Mahathala Hatana an adventurous tele series focusing on the Matale uprising against the repressive rule of the British and the senseless killing of a Buddhist monk, will be telecast on ITN commencing from today.
An intriguing historical narrative woven around the times of 1848, when the British ruled Ceylon, Mahathala Hatana was an uprising by ordinary village folk who were weary of being subject to the oppressive British governance. It was the first public uprising in the history of Sri Lanka.
A catalyst for the upraising was the venerable Kadahepola Thero who was taken to the courts of war and was sentenced to death by the ruthless Governor Torrington for encouraging an uprising against colonial rule. The monk died in the historic city of Kandy facing a firing squad.
The news of the execution spread like wild fire; aristocracy, generals and the public were angered by the senseless murder of a Buddhist monk under the pretences of justified execution. The news travels to England as well and becomes a hot topic amongst the parliamentarians who propose that the governor be ousted for his grave misdemeanour.


Fete de La Musique ’07 international music day

The music festival, ‘Fete de La Musique’ began in France in 1982, and is now celebrated all over the world. Every year professional and amateur musicians in France take to the streets and parks on this day to celebrate the arrival of summer after a dismal spring.
‘Fete de La Musique,’ organised by the Alliance Francaise de Colombo, will come alive at the BMICH (Terrace), Colombo 7 on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
It is open for amateur musicians, professionals (no age limit), bands, dancing schools, groups, ballet schools, school bands, etc., and the participants could show their talents in pop, jazz, classical, rock, reggae, country and western, baila, etc. The organisers will also give up-coming comperes an opportunity to show their talents.
For further information and application forms, contact the Alliance Francaise de Colombo, No 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 07 - Tel 694162 / 693467.


FM meets Iranian President

Iranian President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the visiting Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama that he was looking forward to the forthcoming visit of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa in order to implement the will of the two Presidents and hence the visit of the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister was an important step in this regard.
The Iranian President said there were many areas in which both countries could cooperate more closely and that Iran was willing to support Sri Lanka’s endeavours to ensure its territorial integrity while working towards a lasting solution to Sri Lanka’s conflict.
Bogollagama called on the Iranian President on Monday, May 28 during his three day official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran at the President’s Office. The Foreign Minister was accompanied by Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Development Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Islamic Republic of Iran M.M. Zuhair, Director General (Middle East & Africa), Foreign Affairs Ministry, I. Ansar, Private Secretary to the Foreign Minister Dhakshita Bogollagama and Asoka Rajapakse of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.


Prix Jeunesse suitcase for Tsunami victims

Prix Jeunesse is the biggest festival for children’s television in the entire world. It is held at the Munich radio station Bayrischer Rundfunk (Bavaria Broadcasting Corp). All telecasters around the world – from Europe, Africa, Asia and America are invited to send their best children’s programme to the competition. The best contribution will win the Prix Jeunesse, which is often called the ‘Oscar’ of children’s television.
In addition to the festival different, ‘suitcases’ are created that carry the festival’s creative and challenging atmosphere worldwide. Each suitcase comes packed with the best and most innovative entries from each festival.
The Goethe Institute is an official partner of this event; therefore, also the Goethe Institute Sri Lanka is able to present a ‘suitcase’ of films – The Prix Jeunesse Suitcase for Tsunami Victims. It consists of seven short films from Brazil, Poland, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands and Iran, with a total duration of about 60 minutes. The screening will be held on June 7, at the Rupavahini Corporation, studio No. 3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.



Sarath Godakubure

Sarath Godakubure, Executive in the Insurance Corporation of Ceylon, social worker, sportsman and sports promoter in the government sector, mercantile sector, plantations sector and defence services demised very prematurely on the threshold of the 21st Century.
He hails from a very respectable family from Balangoda in the Ratnapura District. He was educated at Seevali College in Ratnapura and later he entered Ananda College where he cut his teeth in studies, sports and scouting.
He was a member of English/Sinhala debating teams of Ananda College. He then entered Law College, Colombo 12. He gave up law studies and joined the Insurance Corporation of Ceylon as an executive when the insurance industry was nationalised by late Commerce and Trade Minister T. B. Illangaratne.
He took the initiative to establish a sports/welfare sector for employees in the nationalised services sector/corporations sector since the private sector was more or less dormant during the period of Prime Minister Sirima Bandaranaike. He united all corporates, boards, state authorities, state institutes and states banks and formed the Nationalised Services Sports Association (NSSA) under the leadership of CCS Chairman, Ceylon Port Cargo Corporation, M. Chandrasoma.
There were over one million employees in the state corporations sector and nationalised services. He organised and conducted sports activities in cricket, soccer, hockey, athletics, volley ball, swimming, netball and indoor games for the employees in the nationalised services sector. Late Sarath Godakubura was the secretary general of NSSA of Ceylon.
I came to know him well as I was the secretary of the Ceylon State Plantations Corporations Sports Club, being the livewire of sports in the plantations sector of the Plantations Industries Ministry, when late L. G. Gunasekara and W. Stanley de Alwis were Chairman and Director General Manager respectively of State Plantations then 1965.
We conducted sports meets and tournaments in the Ceylon Police Grounds, Colombo 5 very successfully until 1977. Ex-Chairman of Sri Lanka State Plantations Corporation C. S. Ratwatte continued the development of sports in the state corporations sector during his tenure as president of NSSA of Ceylon, of which I was the Athletic and Wrestling Secretary. Our deepest sympathies to his family and children.
– Capt. (Rtd.) L. B. Lanka Jayaratne
Ex-Secretary of NSSA Athletics Association


Sri Lankan Muslims:

Ethnic Identity within Cultural Diversity launch

The book Sri Lankan Muslims: Ethnic Identity within Cultural Diversity by M.A.Nuhman will be launched at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8, on Wednesday, June 6, at 5:30 p.m. Comments on the book will be made by Dr. Lorna Devaraja, Sumanasiri Liyanage, and Dr. Farzana Haniffa.


The meeting of two great talents

French classical guitarist, Thibault Cauvin and and Pradeep Ratnayake performing at the ‘Accords Parfaits’on May 17, at Hotel Taj Samudra. The event was organised by the Alliance Française, Colombo. Sea feature on Cauvinand in Soul magazine.


Lankans to participate in International Olympiad in Turkey

In 2006, Sudharshan J. A. G. Chandrakumar from Zodiac Burch International Academy Colombo represented Sri Lanka in the ‘singing in a foreign language’ category at the Olympiad in Turkey.
This year, Udari Ginihaluge, Taniya Ginihaluge and Umar Kassim will represent Sri Lanka in the Olympiad in the singing, recitation and the presentation categories.
Supported by the Education Ministry, Cultural Affairs Ministry of Turkey and UNESCO, the Olympiad has experienced an increasing trend of popularity since it started in 2003. There were 17 countries represented in 2003, 24 in 2004, 41 in 2005, and 83 in 2006. And this year over 500 students will represent 107 countries.


Project management workshop

An executive workshop on Project Management will be held on June 7 and 8, at Fantomz Global in Nugegoda. To be successful in today’s competitive business world, managers must deliver results on time and within a restricted budget.
By applying the tools and techniques shown in this project management programme, you would maximise performance and ensure optimal results. Suitable for managers, executives at all levels, this training programme equips you with what you need know to lead any project to a successful conclusion.
The activity-based training programme will work as a self assessment for participants to evaluate their ability as a project manager, helping them to improve their skills and their prospects for the future. The facilitators will be Dr. Prabath Karunanayaka and Sampath Thrimavithana


Lecture by Dr. Nihal Perera

Dr. Nihal Perera, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Ball State University, Indiana, USA, presently Fulbright Scholar at Hong Kong Baptist University will deliver a lecture on “People’s Spaces: A Spatial Perspective of the Separatist-Sovereignist Struggle” at the ICES Auditorium. 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8 on Monday, June 4th at 5.30 p.m. Dr. Perera teaches in the areas of urban social theory, urban form, urban design, international development, development planning and computer applications and design communication. His publications include Decolonizing Ceylon: Colonialism Nationalism and the Politics of Space in Sri Lanlca.


Office bearers appointed

St. Anthony’s College Kandy OBA (Colombo Branch)
Office Bearers for 2007/ 2008
Patron: Rt. Rev. Dr. Vianny Fernando (Bishop of Kandy)
Vice Patrons:
Rev. Fr. Titus Rodrigo - Principal (Ex – Officio), Tuan Dole - President OBA – Parent Body (Ex-officio), Tissa Bandaranaike, Gamini Karunaratne, Justice Asoka De Silva
President: Priyantha Mendis
Immediate Past President: Shirley Wickremasinghe
Senior Vice President: Rohan Wijesinghe
Vice Presidents:
Mark Francis, Akantha Pandithesekera, Angelo Liyanage, Priyantha Rose, Murshid Maharoof
Secretary: Wilhem Brown
Asst. Secretary: Dehan Hettiarachchi
Treasurer: Ruchira Aturupane
Asst. Treasurer: Indika Weerasinghe
Jude Pillai, Samantha De Silva, Ranjan Peiris, Shane Bayley, Sanjeewa Siraguru, Gamini Kularatne, Ranjith Peiris, Ahintha Amarasinghe, Anul Mendis, Kapila Karunaratne, Cedric White, Chithral Amarasiri, Murali Prakash, Neil Bogahalanda, Asanka Ratnayake, K. Ragavan, Udaya Wikremasinghe
Editor: Spencer Dias
Media Coordinator: Lakmal Mudalige
Coordinating Secretary: Ranjith Samarasekera
Auditor: Abeyrathne & Co.



Congratulations and God’s blessings to Rohan de Silva for an innings of 25 years yet not out as director – Managing Director of McLarens Group of Companies
Rohan De Silva joined McLarens Shipping Ltd., on May 2, 1982, as director under his father, late Hubert Austin De Silva. After his father’s death in 1992, he became Managing Director of McLarens Group of Companies.
De Silva is a very popular managing director who is loved and respected by the staff. I was very lucky to have served under him when he joined the company in 1982.
I was selected by the Cricket Board to score for New Zealand on their fist tour in 1984 for five weeks. I had no difficulty to obtain duty leave from De Silva, who stated that he would look after the work. Every time my services were required by the Cricket Board I had no difficulty in obtaining leave from De Silva.
In 1988 I had to retire after serving the company for 30 years, but De Silva wanted me to continue in service and in 2003 he wanted me to take rest and stated that he would look in to my needs. I believe there is no other director like him who looks after the employees of the company. I am very grateful to him for all the support given to me during my stay at McLarens.
All employees under the group are treated in the same manner and on Thursdays of every week all employees are given a cup of soup before meals to keep them fit. He always believes that real sportsmen are gentlemen; he always encourages the staff to be involved in extra and co-curricular activities, through which a balanced personality is formed.
De Silva is a maestro of motor racing in Sri Lanka and counts over 29 years in competitive motor racing. Once a racing driver was very keen in purchasing one of his racing cars and was prepared to pay a reasonable figure. Rohan De Silva finished off the deal in just a few words, “If you are going to use the vehicle for motor racing, then you can have it free, along with a computer and extra engine.”
He is the proud course record holder at the Mahagastota speed hill climb which is the oldest hill climb in South Asia dating back to 1934. He became the fastest man ever at the 70th anniversary held in September 2004 and he also holds the record for hill climbs in Kotmale, Radella and Karandupore. De Silva bought a car from one Wickremaratne in 1987 and it was completely overhauled by De Silva who painted it pink before giving it to his only daughter Shehara – who went on to become the first female competitor in formula car racing in Sri Lanka. She is following in the footsteps of her father and is married to another motor racing champion, Dinesh Jayawardana.
As Rohan De Silva competes 25 years as Director/ Managing Director of the McLarens Group, let all the staff join me in wishing him God’s blessings. May the Lord grant him good health, wealth, and happiness for many more years as Managing Director of the Group.
Claude de Silva


Donations to Cancer Hospital

The Law Students’ Buddhist Brotherhood of Sri Lanka Law College donated medical equipment and dry commodities to the National Cancer Hospital, Maharagama on May 18, at the hospital premises



June 5
The Celluloid Closet (101 Minutes), at the American Centre, at 6 p.m.

May 5 & 6

The documentary, I muvrini: Terra by Tony Gatlif, (1999 – 52 min), in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, at 3:30/6:30 p.m.


Until June 6
Journey Through Colours, an exhibition of paintings by Antonella Regi, at the Barefoot Gallery Colombo 3.


June 7
The conférence, ‘Humanité et Biodiversité : nos vies sont liées,’ at the Alliance Française Auditorium, at 5.30 p.m.


ARIES – Mesha
Ravi (Sun) in the 2nd house and your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) in the 12th house tend to make this a very expensive week for you. Children’s education affairs will take up most of your income. Heat related ailments of head and feetindicated. Beware of accidents. Latter part of the week favourable for construction, renovation of house.
TAURUS – Vrushaba
With Ravi (Sun) in your 1st house and lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) in the 3rd, it will be a week of balanced fortunes ahead. Your stubborn decisions and not listening to others will lead to disputes in the family, but will be settled amicably. Income good. Increased income for those in the business, agriculture and technical sectors.
GEMINI – Mithuna
This week, Ravi (Sun) is in your 12th house and Budha (Mercury) in the 1st will see you facing a week of balanced fortunes. Students will be successful in exams and interviews. Very favourable for those engaged in the arts. You will enjoy the week but expenses will be high.
CANCER – Kataka
A week of mixed fortunes, with Ravi (Sun) in your 11th house and Shani (Saturn) in your 1st. Increase in your income indicated. Favourable for your children’s educational activities and planning for their future. Expectations fulfilled for those expecting foreign employment. Not a favourable week for romance. Delays and obstacles in your day to day activities.
LEO – Sinha
Your planetary positions do not indicate a favourable week for you. Disputes indicated in marital life. Major portion of your investments will have to be spent on your spouse’s ill health. You too will be afflicted by phlegm and head related ailments. Slight improvement in income for those involved in the arts and culture. Beware of accidents.
VIRGO – Kanya
Ravi (Sun) in your 9th house and Lagna lord Budha (Mercury) in the 10th portends a week of mixed fortunes. Your stubbornness will cause disharmony in marital life. Not a good for your brothers too. Improvement in career. On the brighter side, expect sudden windfalls.
LIBRA – Thula
A week of mixed fortunes for those in Libra, with Ravi (Sun) in the 8th and Sikuru (Venus) in the 10th. Success for those engaged in education or especially higher education. Foreign travel indicated for higher education. Expectations will be fulfilled for those looking for foreign employment. Disputes between lovers and marital problems will shatter peace of mind.
SCORPIO – Vruschika
Ravi (Sun) in the 7th and Guru (Jupiter) in the 1st indicates a week of mixed fortunes. Progress in career. Will win the cooperation of your superiors. Expect promotions. Strong romantic ties indicated. Success in joint ventures. Improvement in your children’s affairs. Successful marriage proposals by end of the week.
Ravi (Sun) and Shani (Saturn) in the 6th indicates a week of mixed fortunes. Continuing illnesses will turn for the better, but intermittent disruptions by stomach and phlegm related ailments. A good week for buying land. Neighbourly assistance will improve due to your friendships. Marital harmony in abundance. Take care of your health as chest and heart afflictions are indicated.
Ravi (Sun) in the 5th and lagna lord in the 7th will be a favourable week for your children. Their income in career and business will improve. Promotions and improved income for those in the clerical field. Spouse will suffer ill health. Marital disputes indicated but will be resolved by end of the week.
With Ravi (Sun) in the 4th house and Shani (Saturn) in the 6th, this week you are in for a windfall or property inheritance from your paternal or spouse’s side. A busy week in your career. Expect sudden windfalls. Success in education, higher education and competitive exams. Successful marriage proposals for the young.
PISCES – Meena
Your planetary positions this week indicate success for those on the look out for foreign employment. Haste in your daily life will result in minor bruises and injuries due to falls. Favourable for construction/renovation of your house. a happy week ahead.


Rahu period

Sunday: 3.54 to 5.24
Monday: 6.54 – 8.24
Tuesday: 2.24 – 3.54
Wednesday: 11.24 – 12.54
Thursday: 12.54 – 2.24
Friday: 9.54 – 11.24
Saturday: 8.24 – 9.54
(Applicable both day and night)









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