JWT Regional ECD workshop

Continuing 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.


Jinnah 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 humanitarian projects.
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 all.
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 reward.
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.
Roshantha Fernando


Indra Silva

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 class.
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 our lives.
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!
Mithraka Fernando
Class of 78 of STC Mt. Lavinia


Felix Ranasinghe

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 journalistic.
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.
Premasara Epasinghe


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.


Jooli Hathai

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, Maharagama.
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.



July 3
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 7.

July 6 - 8
An exhibition of paintings by Prasanna Upali at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.


July 1
Revelations in Concert presented by S. Thomas’ College at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.


July 5
‘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.

Public talk

July 1
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 fulfilled.

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 outcomes.

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.


Rahu period

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)












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