Australia’s highest award, ‘Order of
Australia,’ given by the Governor General of Australia was awarded to the
founder president of the Sri Lankan Study Center for the Advancement of
Technology and Social Welfare, (SCATS) Australia, Gamini Perera, from the
Governor Prof. David de Krester at Government House.
Colombo Maristonians’ Gala Dinner Dance
The Colombo Maristonians through the OBA,
Colombo Branch will have their Annual Gala Dinner Dance on July 14, commencing 9
p.m., at the Grand Ball Room, Colombo Hilton.
The Colombo Maristonians have supported their Alma Mater extensively in the past
by sponsoring Teacher Capability Enhancement Training Programmes, Career
Counseling for senior students funded by the Bro Paul Nizier Memorial
The Annual dance will have Sohan and the Experiments and Ultimate as the bands
in attendance and promises to be a worthy fund raiser.
Shadow theatre: A King’s Journey
Goethe Institute presents a puppet theatre
performance from Germany on June 13 at the Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
at 11 a.m. and 6p.m.
Elders Helping Programme ceremony
Western Provincial Councillor Dr. Jayantha De
Silva was the chief guest at the Elders Helping Programme ceremony held at
Campbell Park, Borella recently.
The Month of October
Organised by the International Centre for
Ethnic Studies, Colombo (ICES), Heshani Edward’s documentary film, The Month of
October, will be screened on Friday, June 15, at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., at the
ICES Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8
The 25 year old separatist war in Sri Lanka is responsible for over 60,000
deaths. In that same period of time almost twice as many people committed
suicide in Sri Lanka. In fact, suicide is the number one killer of Sri Lankans
aged between 15 – 49.
In the month of October 2005, acts of self-harm and suicide killed 11 people in
one rural hospital in the Polonnaruwa District and claimed the lives of 400
people across the island. This documentary follows the lives and deaths of
victims, the doctors, social workers and scientists who are struggling to save
Heshani Edward is an independent documentary maker, script writer and television
producer. She works mainly on social, environmental and development issues with
the emphasis on women and children. (Running time 56 minutes)
The filmmaker Heshani Edward will be on hand for a short discussion for the
Bharatha Natyam recital
A Bharatha Natyam Recital by the students of
Natya Kala Mandir was held on May 30 at the Indian Cultural Centre. It was
choreographed by Director, Natya Kala Mandir and teacher at the Indian Cultural
Centre, Kalasuri Vasugi Jegatheeswaran.
The eye of the beholder
The eye of the beholder, an exhibition of
photographs by Dhanushka Amarasekara will be held at the Barefoot Gallery,
Colombo 3 from June 12 to 24
‘Last Mile’ Centres
In a new private-public partnership, the U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID) dedicated a cyber-center that links
international and local businesses to bring modern information technology to
some of the furthest reaches of Sri Lanka. The cyber-center, known as Easy Seva,
the first of 25 that will be launched over the next four months by the US-based
Synergy Strategy Group (SSG) with support from USAID. Additional implementing
partners include multi-national firms Qualcomm, Dialog Telekom and Microsoft,
and local companies InfoShare, the National Development Bank, and Lanka Orix
“Getting rural areas plugged into the internet and global commerce is enormously
important for Sri Lanka,” said U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission James Moore at the
center’s opening. “It represents instantaneous access to the world.”
USAID Mission Director Rebecca Cohn said the center represents a new innovative
business model to promote rural wireless broadband access that demonstrates the
ability of technology to empower individuals and strengthen communities. The
centers will also provide rural residents a chance to acquire employment skills
through online training, search for new jobs, and receive micro-loans and other
banking services in addition to calling relatives overseas at low rates.
Rebecca Cohn cutting the ribbon on the first Easy Seva centre in Matale. At left
is shop proprietor Chamel Berenger.
Bishop’s College PPA Sports Meet 2007
Bishop’s College grounds will be filled with
past pupils’ all waiting to show that they are still young, full of energy and
capable of winning races for their Houses on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 1.00pm.
For the Third time, The Bishop’s College Past pupils’ Association have organised
a sports meet for their members, which will remind them of their school days.
The girls will participate through their Houses, stay in their beautifully
decorated tents, have their refreshments almost the same as yesteryear and even
be judged for the March Past!
This time though, the age groups for the events will run from 19 years to over
To foster close ties of friendship the Past Pupils’ of Holy Family Convent, St.
Bridgets’ Convent, Ladies College, Musaeus College, Visakha Vidyalaya and
St.Pauls Milagiriya as well as S. Thomas’ College, Royal College, St. Josephs
College, St. Peters College, Wesley College and S.Thomas’ Prep School have also
been invited to send participants representing the age groups from the 50’s to
the 70’s. To add to the excitement there is a surprise Old Boys event too.
The first ever sports meet organised in celebration of the 125th anniversary of
the school in the year 2000, and the second in 2002, were a resounding success.
The opportunity to reunite with old friends and go back to the carefree school
days will undoubtedly bring friends together this time too!
All those who wish to participate should send their details with the year of
birth and house c/o the PPA office at the BC auditorium 11, Perahera Mw, Colombo
03, before June 10, 2007.
Global Aids Week of Action
A few days ahead of the G8 meeting in Germany,
Positive Hopes Alliance and Three Wheel Drivers’ Collective against the spread
of HIV and AIDS, two recently formed organisations, supported by ActionAid to
raise awareness and combat stigma and discrimination in Sri Lanka, have
celebrated a candlelight ceremony to commemorate the Global Aids Week of Action
and demand the G8 to comply with their promises pledged in 2005, access
treatment to all. The G8, the club of the eight richest nations, met in
Heiligendamm, Germany, from June 6 - 8.
Solo art exhibition
Palitha is a graduate of the Institute of
Aesthetic Studies of University of Kelaniya. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in
Education. Presently he serves as an Education Administrating Service Officer.
All the art works of the Mask Museum established in Ambalangoda with the
sponsorship of the Republic of German in 1980, were done by Palitha Jayasekara.
The art works and sculptures of Myohoji Japanese Peace Pagoda, constructed in
Ampara and Rumassala, the memorial statutes of peace at Habarana Junction,
Kuruwita and Ampara were done by this well-known artist.
He had been serving nearly 14 years as a Director of Education Eesthetics
Studies at Ampara, Mahoya, Dehiattakandiya Zonal Education Offices in the North
Eastern Province and now serves at the Zonal Education Office, Ambalangoda.
During a period of 14-years with his first-hand experiences of war he was able
to organise exhibitions and workshops of art with the school children in the
Trincomalee, Baticaloa and Ampara Districts, which were highly appreciated by
the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities.
His sixth exhibition was held from May 18 to 20, at the Lionel Wend Art Gallery,
Playground from New City Gardens
The New City Gardens Residencies Children’s
Playground was officially opened by Angela Bailey from the United Kingdom on May
5, 2007. The play items were donated by the staff of the Tullamore Court Hotel
Co. Offaly Ireland in memory of their dear friend and workmate Bridie Kelly.
Indulge your father at the Mount
This Father’s Day pamper your father to an
extravagant Father’s Day lunch at the Governor’s Restaurant Mount Lavinia Hotel.
Take a dip with him in the pool or simply spend some quality time by the Indian
Ocean on Sunday June 17.
Enjoy, dinner vouchers, a chance to win original Polaroid sun glasses, raffles,
glasses of special wine and many surprises. Take time to show him your love,
gratitude and admiration this Father’s Day at the legendary Mount Lavinia Hotel.
Call 2715521 ext 430 for further information.
The 58th prize giving of the Pepiliyana
Sunethra Devi Raja Maha Vihara, Sri Sumangala Sunday School will be held on June
10 under the auspices of Ven. Kamburupitiya Nandarathana Thero.
Boys don’t cry (116 Minutes), at the American Centre, at 6 p.m.
May 12 & 13
De battre mon cœur s’est arrêté by Jacques Audiard (107 min – 2004), in French
with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, at 3:30/6:30 p.m.
In search of a road by Dharmasena Pathiraja’s at International Centre for Ethnic
Studies Colombo 8, at 3:30/5:30 p.m.
Bharatha Natyan Recital by Faculty Member of Kalashetra, Hari Padman at the
Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo 4.
Man the Man, at the Elphinstine Theatre, at 3:30/6.30 p.m.
Makka at the Elphinstine Theatre, at 3.30/6.30p.
Charandas at the Elphinstine Theatre, at 3.30/6.30p.m.
Veyo, a children’s play presented by Ulpath children’d drama group directed by
Ajith Krishantha Saram at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
An Exhibition of paintings by the pupils of Latiffa Ismail at the Lionel Wendt
Gallery, Colombo 7.
An exhibition of paintings by Thusitha Priyanakara at the Lionel Wendt Gallery,
ARIES – Mesha
With Ravi (Sun) in the 2nd house and your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) in the 12th
this is not a very auspicious week for you. You will undergo mental agony,
especially in romantic affairs and body-wise be subject to bruises and
fractures. Disputes with spouse indicated.
TAURUS – Vrushaba
Sikuru (Venus) with Shani (Saturn) in the 3rd house and Ravi (Sun) in the 1st
brings you a week of balanced fortunes. You will make your own decisions.
Recurring headaches will trouble you. Your wise decisions and words will sustain
family harmony. Heartburn in romantic affairs. A successful week for those
engaged in education.
GEMINI – Mithuna
Lagna lord Budha (Mercury) in the 1st house and Ravi (Sun) in the 12th brings
you a week of mixed fortunes. You will tend to take patient and wise decisions.
Will attain leadership in your place of work where your active progress will
earn you praise and recognition from superiors.
CANCER – Kataka
Shani (Saturn) and Sikuru (Venus) in your 1st house with Ravi (Sun) in the 11th
brings a week of mixed fortunes. Romantic affairs will bring you mental agony.
Problems likely to erupt between spouses. This week will tend to keep you away
LEO – Sinha
Lagna lord Ravi (Sun) in your 10th house and Kethu in the 1st and Rahu in the
7th brings you a week of mixed fortunes. You will exert mort effort at your
place of work. Success for those expecting employment. Students will be
successful in their educational activities. Windfalls from documentation work.
Romance will cause pain of mind. Obstacles in the home front.
VIRGO – Kanya
Lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) with Shani (Saturn) in the 11th house and Budha
(Mercury) in the 10th portends an auspicious week for you. Success in career for
those working efficiently. You will become popular but problems indicated in
your family. Your lagna lord Budha (Mercury) will negate most of you
LIBRA – Thula
A week of mixed fortunes for those in Libra, with lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) with
Shani (Saturn) in the 10thand Ravi (Sun) in the 8th. You will be afflicted by
head and phlegm related ailments throughout the week. Romantic affairs will
bring mental agony. Disputes between spouses indicated. Hurdles for those
engaged in education.
SCORPIO – Vruschika
Lagna lord Kuja (Mars) in the 8th and Guru (Jupiter) in the 1st indicates a week
of mixed fortunes. Your efforts will be compensated. Minor disputes between
spouses indicated but this will not obstruct progress of the family.
Favourable for your children, especially in their educational affairs. A week
where you tend to spend more time on religious activities.
SAGITTARIUS – Dhanu
Ravi (Sun) in your 6th house and lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) in the 12th brings
you a week of balanced fortunes. Unity between spouses and wise decisions in
family matters will add more fortune. Success in career. But the week is not
favourable for romance. Expenses high, health satisfactory.
CAPRICORN – Makara
Ravi (Sun) in the 5th and lagna lord Shani (Saturn) in the 7th will bring you a
week of mixed fortunes. Will attend to daily life with cooperation of spouse.
Minor disputes indicated but will not affect family life. Long distance travel
indicated. Success for those engaged in education. Success through documentary
or clerical work. Afflicted by stomach or urine related ailments.
AQUARIUS – Kumbha
With Ravi (Sun) in the 4th house and lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) with Shani
(Saturn) in the 6th, this week you are in for a windfall or property inheritance
from your paternal side. Fortune indicated from your spouse’s side as well.
Assistance from your superiors in career. Take extra care during your travels as
accidents are indicated.
PISCES – Meena
Lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) in the 9th house and Kuja (Mars) in the 1st brings you
a favourable week. You will work with extra will. Your haste will cause
accidents, so take extra care. Success in construction of residence.
Sunday: 3.54 to 5.24
Monday: 6.54 – 8.24
Tuesday: 2.24 – 3.55
Wednesday: 11.25 – 12.25
Thursday: 12.55 – 2.25
Friday: 9.55 – 11.25
Saturday: 8.25 – 9.55
(Applicable both day and night)