Bogollagama calls on Koirala

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama who is on a four day visit to Nepal on invitation by his counterpart, Sahana Pradhan called on Prime Minister, Girija Prasad Koirala on July 4, at his official residence.


The Oxford Society Executive Committee 2007 - 2009

At its General Meeting held on June 28 at The Study, 10 Alwis Place, Colombo 3, the following members were elected.
President - Manel Abeysekera (Hony. Fellow, Somemille Member, New Hall, Cambridge), Vice Presidents - Lalith Rodrigo (Christ Church), V.K. Wickremasinghe (St. Catherine’s), Joint Secretaries - Suresh Mudannayake (Christ Church), Jill Macdonald @alliol), Treasurer - Ravana Wijeyeratne (Lady Margaret Hall), Public Relations Officer - Shavindra Fernando ( Fellow, Oriel & Green)

Members - Tyronne Fernando PC (Keble), Desmond Fernando PC (Keble), Prof. Sharya Scharenguivel (Sometime Fellow Balliol & Life Fellow Clare, Cambridge), Sinha Basnayake (University), Nia Wickremasinghe (St. Anthony’s), Ranjan Guneratne (St. Catherine’s), Simon Harris (Wolfson), Mohan Wijeyesinghe (Keble), Charmalee Jayasinghe (New College), Manishka de Mel1 (St. Hugh’s), Lankani Sikurajapathi (St. Cross)
The first meeting of the Executive Committee will be held on Tuesday, July 31, at 6 p.m. at the Study, 10 Alwis Place Colombo 3.


Hilton wins Marie Brizard Cocktail Competition

All Island Marie Brizzard Bartender’s competition was held recently and Hilton Colombo won the Flair Bartending category. Chamila Maliduwa emerged the winner whilst Susantha Mahawatte secured the Second Runner-up’s place.
This competition was organised by the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association together with the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management and the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka and it was sponsored by Free Lanka Trading Co, Ltd.
Chamila will take part in the Asia Pacific Flair Bartending competition held in Singapore.



French Institute of Research for Development and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents Remue-Ménage, an exhibition of posters featuring families in the Third World Countries, until July 30, at the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.


Poson Poya celebrations

Under the Poson Poya celebration programme, the Sports Club of Union Bank of Colombo Limited, entertained the children at the Vajira Sri Children’s Home with music and songs, followed by dinner.
On Poya Day, bana was preached by Venerable Maharagama Mahinda Thero of the International Buddhist Centre, Wellawatte, followed by bakthi gee by the Bank staff.



‘To sir with love’

Tyrrell Goonatilleke

The colossus of the CID of our time has left us. Twenty years after retirement, he yet leaves behind a void so large that never can be filled. Tyrrell Goonatilleke was the finest police officer that I have ever met. While yet an Inspector, a superior officer wrote of him on his Confidential Report: “An ornament to the CID.”
He was one of the most, if not the most, controversial police officer, of our time. Having known and worked with him closely throughout my career, as one of his closest officers and friends, and having shared with him his triumphs and tribulations, I feel that it is my duty to write down for posterity, after his passing away (on May 27, 2007), my ringside impressions of this unique man. The future generations of this country, especially police officers, must know that there lived amidst us, a legendary character like this, in our country.

“The Black Diamond”
As a CID officer, he was both admired and feared by the entire Police Service. Some hated him, while some loved him. Many misunderstood his intentions, trying to understand him, on their own terms. He was a ruthless investigator. He set the same tone for the entire CID throughout its golden era that ended by 1978.
His ruthlessness in fact, was in pursuit of the truth and not in persecution of individuals. This is where he was misunderstood by most, particularly by the suspects and their families. His interrogation was so thorough, relentless, meticulous and incisive that no suspect could ever get away with anything less than the truth. He ensured every tenet of the concept of human rights was adhered to, long before it appeared in the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

As much as he was admired within and without the police force for his integrity, he was hated for the same reason. His impregnable integrity was such that no officer senior, peer or junior to him nor a politician, however powerful, dared to suggest or prevail upon him to do anything improper.

Hard work
When it came to hard work, Tyrrell had no peer in the police. His capacity to work long hours and continuously was amazing. After office, he used to call investigation teams to his house at Nawala and sit with them through the night supported by numerous flasks of coffee, pouring over inquiry notes and sifting the evidence. Towards the early hours of dawn some of us who fell asleep in our chairs were jolted awake by his friendly chiding. Interrogating a suspect through the night till morning was nothing for him. He told us that his success was not because he was brilliant but because of his uncompromising hard work and devotion to what he did. And he challenged the entire CID to work as hard as he did. He said that we did not know how much our bodies were capable of until we challenged them.

Knowledge of the law
He was probably the policeman who knew the law more than any other officer in the police, at that time. He was particularly fond of the Criminal Procedure Code and the Evidence Ordinance. He loved to dig up obscure provisions of the Evidence Ord. and to exploit them innovatively. He told me what made him knowledgeable about the law. Once when he was a young officer in the CID and had consulted a Senior Inspector on some legal provision, the latter had looked at him contemptuously. Tyrrell had thereupon sat down and read through all the new law reports issued up to that date and kept himself updated thereafter even after he had retired. When he attended the Detectives’ Course at London Metropolitan Police, he had to study the English law. At the final test, he had scored the highest marks, beating the British officers.

The Mentor
To have worked by his side was an experience in itself. It was like following a practical course in a university. Watching him go through his daily tasks, even answering a telephone call and the follow up action thereafter, was education to me. How he dealt with superiors, colleagues, subordinates, the press, lawyers, friends; his appropriate sense of humour and fury, how he handled most tricky situations under pressure, were all learning exercises. Though he was the biggest man in the CID as Director CID (There was no DIG CID then), he occupied the smallest room which he had held as an Inspector. During his first hour in office, a red light was burning outside and no one could see him. Anyone passing his room at this time would only tip toe. This was the time he attended to all his urgent and important papers and made his important telephone calls. After that, the door was thrown open and the fireworks began!

He was highly commended for his work and integrity by the Supreme Court in many of his cases. A few of his famous cases were the Bandaranaike Assassination case, Anandagoda case (Adeline Vitharana), the 1962 Coup case, CWE gang robbery case, Kalatthawa Soyza’s case and later, the Rev.Mathew Peiris’ case.
Ahead of time

On the international scene, Tyrrell was a regular at the Interpol Conferences representing Sri Lanka. He headed several working committees, brushing shoulders with eminent chiefs of police overseas. Almost 30 years ago, in a prophetic move, he urged the World Body to adopt international police cooperation and legislation against the circulation of ‘black money’ and money laundering, which he described as the pipeline for drug trafficking, arms smuggling and for international underground crime. He said once that the IGP of Israel had told him on the way to one of these conferences, that the compendium of Police Departmental Orders of Israel had been modelled on the Police Departmental Orders of Ceylon.

New Scotland Yard was like second home to him, having worked with them in many cases. When I accompanied him to see his friend Jock Wilson who was then the Chief of the Yard, I saw for myself the high esteem in which he was held by them.

Time and again after his retirement I suggested to him that he wrote down his memoirs for publication. For, it could give a new dimension to the understanding of the dynamics of political and social behaviour during the most turbulent period of the last century, in this country. He said that it would embarrass a lot of people and their progeny. He did not wish to do that.

To sum up, we of the Sri Lanka Police could be proud that we had a man like him among us in our time. Indeed, I am privileged to have known him and to have been his ‘running mate’ during his most critical time in the CID. It was wonderful company. Perhaps, if I did not join the police, I may have missed him.
Thank you sir. Goodbye!
Ret’d Snr. DIG Gamini Gunawardane
(Writing from Australia)


Salute to a legend

Rev. Fr. Glen Fernando

It was with great sorrow that I received the news of Fr. Glen’s death. Although I was aware that he had been ailing for a while, I always hoped and prayed he would recover and would be with us for some time more. Unfortunately, it was not to be, the Lord called Fr. Glen home to his eternal reward, on Wednesday, July 3, 2007.

I first met Fr. Glen when I was a young teenager when he came to our little parish to preach a retreat, then a newly ordained priest. At the insistence of our parents, my brother and I reluctantly made our way to our church, sat down at the back expecting to be bored, giving only a perfunctory glance at the preacher. Soon our ennui turned to mild interest, and then we were all leaning forward listening enthralled as his voice reverberated inside the little church. He mesmerized the entire congregation; the old and the young alike, were hanging on to his every word. He spoke right into our hearts and minds and thereafter, we could not wait for the next day to listen to him. At that time I promised myself that if and when I do get married, I would want Fr. Glen to preach at my wedding.

We kept in touch when he returned to Ampitiya, and would meet up during the rare occasions when he came to visit our parish. A few years later when I was to be married, I reminded him of his promise to preach at my wedding. He even came a few weeks earlier to plan out the liturgy. The homily he preached at my wedding was talked about for years after by even non-Christians.

As the parish priest of St. Theresa’s he visited our homes for cottage masses. He was a great favourite with the kids and his humour, wit and the habitual twinkle in the eye never failed to draw people to him like a magnet. A few years later, when my husband was tragically killed, despite his heavy schedule of work Fr. Glen found time, nay created time to be with us to give spiritual support, especially to my two young children who were left bereft upon the sudden demise of their father. Fr. Glen was always available for the requiem services, to ensure that the children grew up with true Christian values and to offer invaluable advise despite having a million other things to attend to. His infectious laughter made us laugh in spite of ourselves, his innumerable jokes and the wealth of knowledge he imparted was invaluable, to say the least.

The resonant voice is stilled, the giant heart has stopped beating, the silver-tongued oratorio is no more. Yet his magnanimous heart will continue to beat in synchronisation with the pulse of those who loved and revered him.
We will truly miss this remarkable individual, a great human being who touched the lives of many and thereby were made better people for it. A fearless man of God who continued his work in the Lord’s vineyard remaining true to his vocation and beliefs despite the many obstacles in his way. He stood tall (literally), unobtrusively indulging in work shunned by others, namely, caring and treating the unfortunate ones ailing with leprosy. The thousands who filed passed his mortal remains bore ample testimony of the people who honoured and loved him for being the wonderful person he was. And the serenity that radiated from his face in death, only confirmed the knowledge that he is now indeed with the Lord. Let us pray for the repose of his soul, and surely he will intercede for us in Heaven just as he did when he was amongst us.
We salute the passing away of a legend.
May his soul rest in peace.


Maris Nite 2007

The Colombo Maristonians through the OBA Colombo Branch presents Maris Nite 2007 – a gala dinner dance on July 14, from 9 p.m. at the Colombo Hilton.
Music will be by Sohan and the Experiments and Ultimate. Several attractive prizes, including air tickets are on offer.
The proceeds of this event will fund an ongoing programme for enhancing teacher capability at Maris Stella College as well as providing scholarships for needy students under the Bro. Paul Nizier Scholarship Award Programme.


Evening Shadows

Evening Shadows, a variety entertainment presented by the students of St. Nicholas’ International College, Colombo will be held at the Bishop’s College Auditorium, today July 8, from 6:30 p.m. onwards.

The programme will feature Toy Shop and Caribbean Melody presented by the kids of the elementary section, Noah’s Ark by the students of the primary section, an oriental dance by the oriental dance troupe of the college, and a chorale by the college choir. The highlight of the evening will be two short plays, namely, Doctor Reduce Fat Fast, a comedy performed by the senior students and a contemporary version of Who’ll Bell The Cat? performed by the junior students.

Former Dean of the Faculty of English, University of Peradeniya, Prof. Ashley Halpe and Mrs. Halpe will grace the occasion as Chief Guests.
Tickets are available at the College office and will also be sold at the venue on the day of the programme from 6 p.m. onwards.


Kapuwa Kapothi at Lionel Wendt

Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra’s Kapuwa Kapothi will be staged on July 8, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7, at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The play is a translation of the famous Russian dramatist, Nikolai Gogol’s comedy, Marriage by A. P. Gunarathan. The production is directed by Lalitha Sarachchandra.

The cast includes, Wijaya Nandasiri, Deepani Silva, Sarath Kulanga, Ariyaratne Kaluarachchi, Lalith Rajapakse, Uthpala Suriyarachchi, Kumari Attanayake, Ravindra Ariyaratne and Upamali Ranathunga.
Lalitha Sarachchandra (costume design), Lionel Bentherage (stage décor), Upali Weerasinghe (lighting), Dharapala Bogoda and Ravindra Ariyaratne (stage management).


Thevaraj, ‘Best Editor’ from Sri Lanka

Alanthoor Fine Arts Jana Mithra Trust of South Indian state, Tamil Nadu had its annual awards ceremony at Chennai Kamaraj Auditorium on June 20.

Editor in Chief of Virakesari Weekly Sections, V. Thevaraj was adjudged the ‘Best Editor’ from Sri Lanka for his contribution to maintaining the highest standard in Tamil newspapers in Sri Lanka.
The awards were presented by former A.D.M.K. Minister of Tamil Nadu R.M.Veerappan who commended V. Thevaraj for his services under trying conditions.


Yanushi participates in ISTH Conference

Yanushi Dullewe Wijeyeratne will be participating at the 21st Conference of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis in Geneva, Switzerland from July 6 to 11.
She will submit an abstract comparing the effects of two chemicals, UDP-glucose and sulprostone on platelet function.

Yanushi is presently a medical student at the University of Nottingham in UK. She had been an outstanding student at Colombo International School who had consistently achieved very high academic results and was also presented with several High Achievers Awards by the Edexcel London Examinations Board.
The first ISTH medical conference was held in 1970 in Montreux, Switzerland and last it was in 2005 in Sydney, Australia. The present conference will provide an ideal convention for discussing recent medical advances and current research in the fields of cardiovascular and vascular medicine.



July 10
Bull Durham (108 min - 1988), at the American Centre, at 6 p.m.

July 10 & 11
Mimi, a documentary film by Claire Simon (105 min – 2002) in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, at 3:30/6:30 p.m.

July 17
Eight Men Out (120 min - 1988), at the American Centre, at 6 p.m.


July 13 to 15
Here For A Fit-on, a comedy written and directed by Indu Dharmasene, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.


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

July 8 - 30
Remue-Ménage, an exhibition of posters on families in Third World Countries, at the Alliance Française Auditorium. Entrance free.

July 10 - 12
An exhibition of paintings by Pushpa Matararachchi, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.

July 13 - 15
An exhibition of paintings by Royden Gibbs, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.

Public talk

July 8
Self-interest May Hide Under Every Stone of Our Life, organised by Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Anula Nursary School, 310, H.L.R. Colombo 6, at 9:45 p.m.


According to your planetary conjunctions this week, you tend to gain from short travels. You will receive assistance from father and brothers. Progress in career indicated with cooperation of superiors. Young females will have to ensure that they do not give in to their emotions. A week where the married will have to be cautious as friction between spouses is indicated.

Your lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) is in the 4th house this week with Ravi (Sun) and Budha (Mercury) in the 2nd, bringing you mixed fortunes. Others will listen to you. Financial documentation will be profitable. But problems indicated due to land/house related matters. Success in education indicated. Be cautious during your travels. This applies to your spouse as well.

Your lagna lord Budha (Mercury) with Ravi (Sun) in your 1st house and Kuja (Mars) in the 11th this week will give an extra boost to your income. Those involved in the technical profession will find this an especially favourable week. Favourable marriage proposals will come the way of the unmarried. This week you will take wise decisions regarding your future.

With Ravi (Sun) in your 12th house and according to the movement of your lagna lord Chandra (Moon) this week will be both favourable and unfavourable for you. Those expecting employment opportunities will hear good news. Profits in land/house transactions may materialize. You will enjoy success in education. Your expectations will be fulfilled but amidst problems and obstacles.

According to the planetary positions you will be able to increase your capital some how or the other. An especially favourable week for those in the writing/journalism fields and the classical fields. You will earn the respect of superiors with your extra will and efforts in your career.

This is a week which will bring you special progress in your career or livelihood as your lagna lord Budha (Mercury) traverses your 10th house in conjunction with Ravi (Sun). Assistance and praise from superiors will come your way. A promotion or favourable change in your career indicated.

Lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) with Kethu in your 11th house and Ravi (Sun) and Budha (Mercury) in the 9th will be a beneficial week for students, with special success in education and higher education. A week of successful marriage proposals for the unmarried. If already married, spouse will be especially attracted towards each other. An upward trend is shown in income this week.

Your planetary positions this week indicate problems arising out of illness to your spouse. This week you will experience problems in marital life. You will gain the respect of society, through added efforts in your career. A week where you will be more drawn towards religious activities.

Ravi (Sun) and Budha (Mercury) in the 7th house and your lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) in the 12th brings a favourable week for those in joint ventures and dealings with partners. Maintaining a closer relationship with spouse will enable you to take decisions favourable for your future. You will receive assistance from father or relatives from his side. Stubbornness on the part of the young will cause losses for them.

Your planetary positions indicates an unhealthy week for you - stomach related, urinary and phlegm ailments indicated. The health of your spouse and children too will be affected. Those doing higher studies will find this week very favourable.

Ravi (Sun) and Budha (Mercury) in the 5th house and Shani (Saturn) in the 5th predicts a week of mixed fortunes for you. A successful week for students in their educational activities. You will enjoy progress in your career. Income from career or livelihood will increase this week. Illness may afflict your spouse.

If you are unmarried, the planetary positions this week shows your future partner approaching round the corner. You will inherit wealth or property from your parents. Monetary transactions will be beneficial for you. Those expecting foreign employment or travel will receive favourable news. Students will get expected results for their efforts this week. Expect sudden lottery luck or windfalls.


Rahu period

Sunday: 4.00 – 5.30
Monday: 7.01 – 8.31
Tuesday: 2.31 – 4.01
Wednesday: 11.31 – 1.01
Thursday: 1.01 – 2.31
Friday: 10.01 – 11.31
Saturday: 8.32 – 10.02
(Applicable both day and night)









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