Foreign Ministers meet

Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov during the 6th ACD Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Seoul, on June 4 and 5.


Old Royalists 1962 group AGM

The Annual General Meeting (2007) of the Association of Old Royalists 1962 Group is scheduled to be held at Otters, Sarana Road, off Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7, on Sunday, June 24, at 12 noon, followed by a luncheon get-together, according to a communiqué released by the 62-Group secretariat, No. 6C/16 Jayawadanagama, Battaramulla. For further information: Telephone 0094 0114 401076 e-mail johanjur@sltnet.lk


The Giant Buddhas

In February 2001, six months before the attack on the Twin Towers, the Taliban issued a decree calling for destruction of all non-Islamic status in Afghanistan. Despite resounding outrage from the international community, the world lost two of its most magnificent landmarks. A pair of enormous stone Buddha statues, hewn from the side of a cliff in the Bamiyan Valley more than 1600 years ago, was blown to bits by Islamic fundamentalists. With the destruction of the giant Buddha statues as his spring board, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Christian Frei (War Photographer) has crafted a luminous cinematic tapestry that entwines multiple narrative threads.


Soba Jana Prasadini Award

The national award, Soba Jana Prasadini was offered to National Coordinator of the Vikalpani National Women’s Federation, Chandra Hewagallage, in appreciation of her contribution to protecting the environment. The event, organised by the Sri Lanka Nature Forum with the assistance of the UNDP/ GEF Small Grants Programme of Sri Lanka was held at the World Environmental Day celebrations, at the Municipality Council grounds in Kegalle, on June 6.
The Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific-Malaysia and the CEC Sri Lanka since 1979, had a great impact on her achievements, Chandra Hewagallage acknowledged.


Chapel of the Transfiguration renovation project launched

First Lady, Shiranthi Rajapaksa received a Platinum Certificate from Warden Dr. David Ponniah, at the launch of the Chapel of the Transfiguration renovation project, on June 19.
The Chapel of the Transfiguration, which has stood as a monumental edifice on the grounds of S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia for the past eight decades, is now in need of urgent renovation. Generations of Thomians, both Christian and non-Christian, have drawn inspiration from the towering Chapel and have grown from boys to men in its shadow.


Depth of Thoughts

Depth of Thoughts, an exhibition of paintings by Thusitha Godagedara was held from June 15 to 17, at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery.
He started his education at Halkandawila Maha Vidyalaya and completed his higher education at Miriswatta Maha Vidyalaya, Kalutara. He won a number of awards for his artistic talents at school level and had won gold medals at national level.
Thusitha Godagedara is a member of Sri Lanka Fine Arts Acadamy.


The Past Unfolded

The Past Unfolded: Paediatrics and Child Care in Sri Lanka by Professor Manouri P. Senanayake, was launched on June 21, at the New Auditorium of the Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital in Colombo.
Professor Manouri P. Senanayake, MBBS (Colombo), LRCP (Lond) MRCS (UK), MD Paed (Sri Lanka), FRCP (Lond), FRCPCH (UK), FSLCPaed holds a full professorship in paediatrics from the University of Colombo.


Asia Pacific Mayors conference

More than 100 mayors from the Asia Pacific region, including Mayor of Matale, Hilony Mohamed and Mayor of Kurunegala, Nimal Chandrasiri de Silva, participated in an international conference on ‘Investing in Asia’s Urban Future’ sponsored by the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Germany at the Asian Development Bank head quarters, Manila, Philippines recently.
Following the conference a cheque for Rs. 1.5 million was granted by the German Government to the Matale Municipal Council for a sewerage disposal system in Matale.


Indian High Commission donates books to Jaffna University

At a simple ceremony at the Indian Cultural Centre on June 14, High Commissioner for India in Sri Lanka, Alok Prasad, presented books worth Rs. 800,000 on subjects ranging from Tamil classics, modern literature, culture, Indian philosophy and music to economics, history, social and physical sciences, management, agriculture and industry in Tamil and English languages to the Jaffna Public Library and books worth Rs. 1.27 million on medicine to the Medical Faculty of Jaffna University.


83rd birth anniversary commemoration

Organised by the Premadasa Centre, a meeting in commemoration of the 83rd birth anniversary of late President Ranasinghe Premadasa was held on June 23, at the New Town Hall.
A book containing selected entries to the 2004 All Island Essay Competition and a collection of biographies published by the Centre was also launched on this day.


Scholarships in Masters of Fine Arts

Applications are hereby invited for award of scholarships in Masters of Fine Arts (Music and Dance) by the India-Sri Lanka Foundation for students who have already obtained admission in recognised universities in India, and for students who are already pursuing the Masters Degree in India.
The application form can be obtained from High Commission of India, No. 36-38, Galle Road, Colombo 3, on weekdays between 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. till June 25. The applicant should come in person to collect the forms.
Duly filled in application forms supported by video cassettes VCDs, and photographs should be handed over to Suganya Thevaraj, India-Sri. Lanka Foundation, High Commission of India, Colombo 3 by the 27th of June 2007. The applicants must bring their certificates in original, at the time of submission of their duly filled in forms. For further details please contact 011-23899l4.


Jayatilleke apponted new ILO Governing Body Chairman

The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) elected Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva, Dayan Jayatilleka, as Chairman for its 2007-08 session.
Ambassador Jayatilleka who is a well known political analyst is a senior lecturer in political Science at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is also a member of the Council of Management of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) and the editorial board of its journal, and is a regular commentator in the media. He served as Planning and Youth Affairs Minister in the North East Provincial Council in 1988-89.


Environment Day commemoration

Commemorating Environment Day, an exhibition of photographs, organised by the Haritha Enterprise, was held at the Art Gallery, Colombo, from June 5-8.


Deans’ Forum

Organised by the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO, in collaboration with the UNESCO Bangkok office and the National Institute of Education, Deans’ Forum of the Next Generation of Teachers Project Colombo will be held from June 26 to 28 at the Renuka Hotel, Colombo. Secretary of the Education Ministry, A. Hewage, will inaugurate the sessions at 9 a.m..
The workshop aims to prepare the next generation of secondary and post primary teachers to learn how to learn, un-learn and re-learn and to understand and accept the need for change and to promote the use of ICT in and for education.
This initiative is sponsored by Japanese Funds in Trust and the project partners include Microsoft (initiating partner) and CISCO systems and will assist 18 Deans of Teacher Education Institutes (TEI’s) from four countries (Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and Cambodia) to implement the necessary change required to enhance teaching and learning through the effective use of ICT.


World Refugee Day commemoration

Organised by UNHCR, the exhibition of images, themed ‘Right to Respect and Dignity’ will be launched on June 29 at the Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3 (behind Barefoot entrance via 8th Lane) at 6:30 p.m. to mark World Refugee Day 2007. The event will be followed by the screening of Quest by Anoma Wijewardene


Aqua Mania water polo tournament

Dreams & Teams is a non-profit project initiated by the British Council and the Youth Sports Trust in UK, in order to develop leadership skills of children throughout the world, through sports. It is currently in progress in 30 countries and acts as a link between young leaders and cultures in countries far apart. The young leaders are trained and as part of this training they are expected to organise and deliver sports festivals, which involve around 50-100 children as participants.
The young leaders of Group D (Hindu Ladies’ College, Mahanama College, Royal College, D. S. Senanayake College, Visakha Vidyalaya, Anula Vidyalaya and Lyceum International School) have organised Aqua Mania which will be held on June 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Royal College Pool, Colombo 7. The participants for this tournament would be students of Visakha Vidyalaya, Bishops College, Royal College and St Thomas’ College, Mt Lavinia.
For more information please contact Sanjeevani Munasinghe (Deputy Manager - Programme Delivery) - 011 4521553 (direct) or Domani Manuelpillai (Assistant Manager - Programme Delivery) - 011 4521554.



Provoked by Jagmohan Mundhra (113 minutes) will be screened on June 28 at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies Auditorium (ICES), 2 Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8.
Provoked has turned out to be a box office winner in the UK. Starring Aishwarya Rai, Naveen Andrews, Nandita Das, Robbie Coltrane, Miranda Richardson.



June 26
In and Out (105 Minutes), at the American Centre, at 6 p.m.
June 26 & 27
Animated film, La prophétie des grenouilles by Jacques-Rémy Girerd (100 min –2001), in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, at 3:30/6:30 p.m.
June 29
Haro Hara! Pilgrimage to Kataragama, Sri Lanka by Samuel Holt and Ethan Hihbee at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), at the ICES Auditorium, 23, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8, at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
June 30
The Deer Hunter at the Russian Centre, Colombo 7, at 5 p.m.


June 24
An exhibition of photographs organised by the students of Vibhavi Academy of Fine Art, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.
June 24
The Eye of the Beholder: Spirit of the Buddha, an exhibition of photographs by Dhanushka Amarasekara at the Barefoot Gallery, Colombo 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June 26 – 29
An exhibition of paintings organised by Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts at the Lionel Wendt Gallery.


June 29
Reflections, a tribute to teachers organised by Mohan and Lak Uruma Arts Foundation, Rangika and Rivega Dance Studio and presented by Nelung Dance Academy at the Lionel Wendt Gallery.


June 25 & 26
Sangeet Sagaram, a lecture series on appreciating and understanding Carnatic (South Indian) classical music, at the Indian Cultural Centre. Eminent vocalist and musicologist, Kalansuri Arunthuthy Sri Rangunathan conducted the lecture series, 6 p.m.


Your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) traverses your first house with Ravi (Sun) in the 3rd which promises a favourable week for you. It will be a busy week ahead. Your haste could result in bruises and fractures, so be extra careful. A very successful week for those engaged in educational activities; you will encounter success in competitive exams and interviews.
Ravi (Sun) in your 2nd house and lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) is in the 3rd brings you a week of mixed fortunes. You will incur high expenditure. Take care while traveling as you are accident prone this week. Wealth is indicated through documentary proceedings.
Ravi (Sun) in your 1st house Kuja (Mars) in your 11th indicates a favourable week ahead. You will gain social popularity and those engaged in educational activities will emerge successful. Increase in income indicated, especially for those in the agricultural and industrial sectors.
Shani in your 1st house and Ravi (Sun) in your 12th house makes this an expensive week for you. Your capital will get eroded. Problems regarding land/property indicated. You will undergo mental stress due to dealings with the fairer sex. You will enjoy success in your career, even amidst obstacles.
Lagna lord Ravi (Sun) in your 11th house and Shani (Saturn) in the 12th brings you a week of mixed fortunes. Increase in income is indicated for those in the clerical field. You will be explicit in your decisions regarding your future. Your oratorical skills will make you reach many of your goals.
Lagna lord Budha (Mercury) in conjunction with Ravi (Sun) in your 10th house brings you a very favourable period. You will surge ahead in your career with the guidance and blessings of your superiors. Promotions indicated. Success indicated, especially for those in the clerical sector.
The week will be similar to your astro sign, the weighing scale. It portends a week of mixed fortunes, the ups and downs. Even though you tend to be lethargic in your career, it is still a favourable week for those engaged in the educational field. A week where you will enjoy the inheritance of wealth from your spouses’ side.
Lagna lord Kuja in the 1st house with Ravi (Sun) in the 8th this week will make you exert extra effort at home and in your career. Social popularity and new income avenues will increase your capital. An especially fortunate week for those in the business and in the industrial sector. Sudden windfalls too indicated.
This week will bring you mixed fortunes according to your planetary positions. Documentary or clerical activities between your neighbours will benefit you. Expect inheritance from your paternal relatives. The week promises successful marriage proposals, but also indicates a distancing from present romantic partners.
Ravi (Sun) in your 6th house and lagna lord Shani (Saturn) in the 7th brings a week of mixed fortunes. You will lead a lethargic family life due to illnesses of spouse. You should expect obstacles in romance. A week favourable for purchase of land and or houses.
Your planetary positions indicate a favourable week ahead. Success for those engaged in educational activities. A week of success in exams and interviews, and favourable changes in your career. You will receive the assistance of superiors.
Ravi (Sun) in the 4th house and lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) in the 9th portends a favourable week ahead. Successful results indicated for students. Inheritance of property (land or house) indicated from either maternal or paternal side. The dreams of those expecting foreign travel for exams or pilgrimages will materialize. Not such a favourable week for romance.


Rahu period

Sunday: 3.57 to 5.27
Monday: 6.57 – 8.27
Tuesday: 2.27 – 3.57
Wednesday: 11.27 – 12.57
Thursday: 12.58 – 2.28
Friday: 9.58 – 11.28
Saturday: 8.28 – 9.58
(Applicable both day and night)









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