JWT Regional ECD workshop
the commitment to training, JWT Sri Lanka had their Regional ECD, Tay Guan Hin
join their Creative Department at The Blue Water, Wadduwa, for a two day
workshop. This was the fourth workshop conducted by a regional luminary in a
period of six months.
Under the theme ‘Winning Creative’ – Guan took the creative team at JWT on the
journey on how to come up with, craft and judge world beating ideas that would
stand out both creatively and effectively.
His simple methods helped ease the complications of what is perceived to be
stressful and difficult formulas of idea generation while also showing the
importance of understanding a client’s business needs and the role advertising
agencies play in it.
University Engineering Society AGM
The 12th Annual General Meeting of the
Electrical Engineering Society of the University of Moratuwa and a panel
discussion will be held on Saturday, July 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the Auditorium of
HNB Towers (22nd floor).
The Chief Guest will be Power and Energy Minister, John Senevirathne while the
Guest of Honour is Chancellor of University of Moratuwa, Dr. Ray Wijewardene.
The theme for the discussion would be ‘Realisation of Affordable Electricity and
the Speakers’ and the debate includes Secretary, Power and Energy Ministry, M.
M. C. Ferdinando, Specialist Energy Consultant, Dr. Thilak Siyambalapitiya, AGM,
Transmission Planning, CEB, Ranjith Gunawardane and representing Tourist Hotels
Association, Srilal Mittapala. For further information, contact: 0713-239382,
0773-857689 or 0713-057714.
Scholarship Award ceremony
The distribution of Jinnah Scholarships to 85
outstanding Sri Lankan students of A/L, O/L and bachelors programmes was held
recently in Colombo under the auspices of Pakistan High Commission, Shahzad A.
Chaudhry and Deputy Minister for Higher Education, M.M. Musthapha. Each
successful students was given a stipend of Rs.30,000 to assist in their studies.
Cantando: Cellists on the path less travelled
The Cantando Cello ensemble which gave its
debut concert in 2005, will be taking the stage again with its third annual
recital on July 5, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, at 7:30 p.m. The group of 11
cellists is directed by Dushy Perera.
Doreen De Silva
One sometimes come across a person who has
lived life in an extraordinary way. Such a person often radiates enviable
qualities such as affection, kindness and gentleness, thus standing out in
society. Such a singularly good person was Aunty Doreen who passed away
peacefully on June 5, 2007.
I came to know Aunty Doreen when my only sister married the only son of Aunty
Doreen 20 years ago. Since this marriage, our families came close and with every
passing year, our respect and admiration for Aunt Doreen grew steadily.
This dear bereaved one had her entire education at Holy Family Convent,
Bambalapitiya. She was proud of her Alma Mater and loved her school dearly. The
Catholic environment and her education under the Familian nuns did markedly
influence her life. She married Keith De Silva in 1956 and over the years they
abundantly and manifestly demonstrated mutual caring and sharing. They both were
devoutly religious, instinctively gentle, unassuming and with enviable ethical
values. Doreen and Keith were blessed with a daughter and son whom they brought
up with loving care in a conservative, disciplined and religious environment.
Their home was an abode of peace, love and tranquillity.
Doreen and Keith always displayed the hallmarks of patent simplicity, humility
and modesty. Both Uncle Keith and Aunty Doreen were concerned about the poor and
together they engaged themselves in various social service such as Rotary’s
Uncle Kith was awarded the prestigious and enviable Paul Harris Award for
outstanding humanitarian work. Aunty Doreen helped him in her own way
unobtrusively, particularly in the welfare of women prisoners. Considering their
care for the unfortunate, I am reminded of the immortal words, “People need
people and friends need friends and we all need love for a full life depends not
on vast riches or great acclaim. Not on success or worldly fame, But just
knowing that someone cares, and holds us close in their thoughts and prayers.”
When I was seriously injured in a motor traffic accident Uncle Keith and Aunty
Doreen continuously reaffirmed our family’s faith and implored us to place our
trust in the Lord. Up to the time of her death Aunty Doreen was very concerned
about my recovery and rehabilitation. I will always remember with gratitude her
kindness and concern.
Aunty Doreen was the kind of person who had the rare capacity to enjoy the
little things in life always with a positive attitude. Whenever someone asked
her “How are you?” she would immediately reply with her endearing smile “Top of
the world,” and add on “I won’t tell you how I got there”
Few months ago she suddenly took ill after a fall. Though faced with
excruciating pain, she did not mourn and groan. She obviously had great love and
consideration for her adorable husband Keith. He was continuously at her bedside
and did all he could.
What was most characteristic of Aunt Doreen was her simplicity, her charming and
affable personality. She led an exemplary life and was loved and respected by
Aunty Doreen is no more; she has answered the heavenly summons to appear before
the throne of God. We could only echo the words of Shakespeare, “Fear no more
the heat of the sun, Nor the furious winter rages; Thou thy worldly task has
done, home art gone and taken thy wages.” Surely she has earned her eternal
It is now left for those near and dear who feel the terrible loss, of her demise
to derive inspiration and comfort from the legacy of good she left. This will
help to keep the memory alive and help in some way console inconsolable husband,
grieving daughter and son and two brothers. They all loved her dearly.
May her soul rest in peace.
It was day one of the first term in 1978 at S.
Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia. Thirty of us, 15-year-old Thomians were waiting
with trepidation the arrival of the designated English master. Suddenly, without
the slightest warning, walked in a beautiful lady who introduced herself as
Indra Silva, our new OL English teacher. We were overjoyed to say the least.
Our ‘English Miss’ or “Miss” was what we called her. She became the talk of the
college and had colleagues in other classes casting envious glances at our
Miss had a unique way of teaching. She definitely put us through a great deal of
rigorous and routine stuff. But everyone once in a while she read out jokes and
humorous stories and other interesting articles such as “The Definition of a
Gentleman.” Once our class decided to play a practical joke on Miss. When Miss
came to the punch-line of her joke, all of us showed serious faces with not a
smile or a laugh from a single boy. Miss later used to tell us of her shock and
bewilderment on that occasion. But this incident did not discourage Miss as she
had such a store of interesting stories and continued with never a lapse. Later,
a few of us who offered English for the ALs had the privilege of being taught
further by Miss. The number of students who got through the AL English paper was
ample testimony to the exceptional teaching skills of Miss.
After we left school, Miss emigrated to the USA with her family. On her regular
visits to Sri Lanka, Miss never forgot to call us and enquire about our
progress. We made use of the opportunity to get our friends together and meet
Miss and Uncle, her husband, Oswin, who by then had become very much a part of
With the onset of the e-mail era, a great many messages between Miss and our
group became very frequent with e-mails, ranging from the religious to the
humorous, that zipped between LA and Sri Lanka on a daily basis.
Miss was taken ill on a visit to Sri Lanka and had to rush back to USA for
treatment. This came as a shock to all of us. However, after intense treatment
she returned to Sri Lanka in two years’ time which gave us the opportunity of
hosting Miss and Uncle on her last visit to Sri Lanka. On this occasion Miss was
at her charming best, chatting and joking with her extended family which
included our wives and children. What a joyous and memorable occasion that last
meeting was. She had an untimely death a year ago.
Miss is always in our hearts as an exemplary teacher, a sincere friend and a
shining example of courage in adversity. Her strong faith in the Lord enabled
her to bear with grace the pain of her illness. Miss will also be remembered by
us for her refreshing sense of humour and her unfailing cheerfulness at all
times. Miss, we miss you.
May her soul rest in peace!
Class of 78 of STC Mt. Lavinia
With the demise of Felix Ranasinghe, former
Deputy General Manager, Bank of Ceylon, the banking community in Sri Lanka lost
an outstanding banker. He was also a gentleman and a fine human being who
possessed a golden heart.
He passed away after a brief-illness.
I was privileged and fortunate to work under him for nearly 15 years at the Bank
of Ceylon when he managed the Public Relations Division. He was a lover of
sports and a team man; polite and kind.
Heartaches may fade away with time, but I will be ever mindful of dear Felix for
his figure is indelibly etched within me.
Felix Ranasinghe was an outstanding and a brilliant product of St. Joseph’s
College, Maradana. He entered the University of Ceylon during Sir Ivor Jenning’s
era in the late 1940s, and obtained a BA degree. He was an erudite scholar in
English and Latin, and had an encyclopedic memory.
He joined the Bank of Ceylon in 1952, and served this financial institution with
distinction for nearly four decades. It was due to the commitment of such great
men of Ranasinghe’s calibre, that the bank has today reached the “pinnacle of
the banking industry in Sri Lanka.”
Felix was one of the most popular members of the staff, who moved easily both
with top management and juniors and treated both alike. He was unassuming and
always ready to help, thus assuming a fatherly figure and a role-model for young
bankers like us. Even after he retired, I was often in touch with him on matters
Felix Ranasinghe was a brilliant creative writer. He was also one of the
wittiest men I have ever met. His after-dinner speeches and humorous anecdotes
kept us in stitches.
His beloved wife Angela was the wind beneath his wings and she looked after him
with love and care.
I feel quite short and insufficient in my eulogy of a person of the calibre of
Felix Ranasinghe, for my words are as a mustard seed, where only a mountain of
promise would suffice.
I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife, children and their near and dear.
His funeral took place on June 4, at 4 p.m., at the Roman Catholic Section,
Kanatte, Colombo 8.
Dear Sir, we will miss you and may our thoughts direct your rebirth in as
remarkable a life as you blessed us all with.
Fadil meets SL delegates
Sri Lankan Future World Leader and Secretary
General of the Student Union of London School of Economics, Fadil Bakeer Marker,
with some of the 2007 Sri Lankan delegates to the Presidential Classroom Future
World Leaders Summit, held annually at Georgetown University in Washington DC,
USA, during his visit to Colombo last week.
It is not always that the right ingredients
come together to provide a resplendent evening, but the ‘Dinner Theatre’ of the
Thomian Society of Colombo is certainly designed to bring out the essence in
relaxation with entertainment.
Quite aptly, the event has been identified as the ‘Loveliest night of the year.’
The ultimate in cuisine will make up a delectable sit-down dinner preceded by an
absolutely hilarious comedy. Renowned playwright and actor, Indu Dharmasena,
will bring on stage Jooli Hathai with topicality, originality and rich overtones
that will be a sheer delight. The date being next Saturday, July 7 (07-07-07)
Jooli Hathai becomes current! Those who arrive at Ceylon Continental Hotel at
7:30 p.m. for the ‘Dinner Theatre’ will be able to place their hands on a
splendid opportunity to win air tickets to Bangkok, Bangalore and Chennai with
more than 10 other valuable prizes on offer. There will be no corkage on liquor.
Following a sumptuous dinner, live music will fill the air for those who wish to
dance. Tickets are said to be selling fast at Torana, Liberty Plaza, Kollupitiya.
For theatre lovers, music lovers and fine diners, this is a rare opportunity.
For more information contact Ranjit Dias-Abeyesinghe on 0777671626/ 2872454.
Environmental Laws launched
Legal Officer, Environment Protection Unit
Legal Aid Commission, Dulan Weerawardena, presented a book authored by him,
entitled Environmental Laws to Chairman Child Protection Authority, Jagath
Wellawatte, in commemoration of Environment Day recently.
Dayananda Gunawardena’s drama Naribena and
Jasaya Saha Lenchina will be staged on July 5, at the Elphinstone Theatre,
Colombo 10, at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Hope – 3
Hope – 3, a solo concert in Western classics by
Karoshee Nathasha Vijayasekere will be held on July 3, at the Lionel Wendt
Theatre, at 7 p.m.
SLT blood donation campaign
The annual blood donation campaign organised by
the Welfare Division of Sri Lanka Telecom was held recently. Around 200 SLT
staff members donated blood to the Blood Bank as well as to the Cancer Hospital,
Employees, who have donated blood more than 20 times, were awarded medals while
those who have donated blood over 10 times were awarded certificates by the
National Blood Bank.
A League of Their Own (116 min - 1992), at the American Centre, at 6 p.m.
July 3 & 4
Comme elle respire by Pierre Salvadori (105 min – 1998), in French with English
subtitles, at the Alliance Française, at 3:30/6:30 p.m.
July 7 & 8
Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra’s Kapuwa Kapothi, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre,
Colombo 7, at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
July 5 - 30
Remue-Ménage, an exhibition of posters on families in Third World Countries, at
the Alliance Française Auditorium. Entrance free.
July 1 & 2
An exhibition of paintings by Kamal Perera at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo
July 6 - 8
An exhibition of paintings by Prasanna Upali at the Lionel Wendt Gallery,
Revelations in Concert presented by S. Thomas’ College at the Lionel Wendt
Theatre, Colombo 7.
‘Global Warming’ by Environment Minister, Patali Champika Ranawake, organised by
the United Nations Association of Sri Lanka, at the National Library Services
Board Auditorium, 14, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7, at 5:30 p.m.
Man Is Basically Concerned With Himself, organised by Krishnamurti Centre, Sri
Lanka, at the Study Centre, Beddagana, Duwa Road, Kotte, at 10.30 p.m.
Your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) traverses your first house with Ravi (Sun) in the
3rd promising a week of mixed fortune for you. It will be a busy week and you
will get that extra energy to forge ahead. Your haste may result in accidents,
so be extra careful. The week is very favourable for those engaged in journalism
or clerical activities. Popularity will come your way.
According to your planetary conjunctions, the week is favourable for
purchase of land/property, construction or renovation activities. Success in
competitive examinations and/or interviews indicated. Your children’s employment
expectations will be fulfilled. You will encounter obstacles in romance.
Ravi (Sun) and lagna lord Budha (Mercury) in your 1st house with Kuja (Mars)
in your 11th indicates a favourable week ahead. You will take wise decisions
regarding your future. An especially profitable week for those engaged in buying
and selling of houses and property. You will gain prominence in society.
Shani in your 1st house and Ravi (Sun) in your 12th house brings you a week
of mixed fortunes for you. Expenditure indicated for the illnesses of wife or
her female relations. You will face problems caused by the fair sex. Upsets in
family life will bring you loss of peace, but your children will be successful
in their educational activities and their employment expectations will be
The planetary positions indicate a favourable week ahead for you. Income
from your career will rise and so will your investments and capital. Rise in
your position due to help and assistance of friends. Success for those engaged
in higher education.
Lagna lord Budha (Mercury) in conjunction with Ravi (Sun) in your 10th this
week brings especially good tidings for your career. Rise of income for those in
the banking or financial sectors. Those expecting employment will see their
hopes fulfilled. You will receive assistance from father or paternal relatives.
Lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) which was in your 10th house at the beginning of
the week traverses to the 11th bringing you a period of mixed fortunes. Those
expecting marital proposals, especially the young, can expect very favourable
Lagna lord Kuja in the 6th house with Ravi (Sun) in the 8th plus your other
planetary positions brings a week of mixed fortunes for you. You will engage in
your livelihood with extra effort and will. There will be a decrease in
afflictions, illnesses and enemy activities.
This week will bring you mixed fortunes according to your planetary
positions. A good week for those engaged in the sports and educational sectors.
Those expecting marital proposals, especially the young, can expect very
favourable results. Marriages during the week will prove successful. Beneficial
for those in joint business ventures.
Your planetary positions this week indicates mixed fortunes. Opportunities
open up for buying of land/property. A profitable week for those in similar
businesses. Your health will improve. A favourable period for students, but you
will tend to spend a lethargic week at work.
Rahu in your 1st house with Ravi (Sun) and Budha (Mercury) in the 5th predicts a
busy week with more work and responsibilities. You will exert extra effort if
engaged in educational activities, resulting in success. You will experience
harmony in family life with assistance from relatives and neighbours. You can
also enhance your position in career. Marital harmony may be disrupted due to
partner’s illness. You will face obstacles in romance, especially for the young.
Your planetary positions indicate a lucky week with sudden windfalls. Increase
in capital for those engaged in industry. Foreign travel for those involved in
higher education. Expectations fulfilled for those hoping for foreign
employment. Interferences in romantic affairs will bring mental agony. You will
be troubled by incessant stomach aches during the week.
Sunday: 4.00 to 5.30
Monday: 7.00 to 8.30
Tuesday: 2.30 to 4.00
Wednesday: 11.30 to 1.00
Thursday: 1.01 to 2.31
Friday: 10.01 to 11.31
Saturday: 8.31 to 10.01
(Applicable both day and night)