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
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.
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
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
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,
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
Indian High Commission donates books to Jaffna
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
The Deer Hunter at the Russian Centre, Colombo 7, at 5 p.m.
An exhibition of photographs organised by the students of Vibhavi Academy of
Fine Art, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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)