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
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
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.
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
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
‘To sir with love’
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.
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
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.
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
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
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, 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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
An exhibition of paintings by Prasanna Upali at the Lionel Wendt Gallery,
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,
July 13 - 15
An exhibition of paintings by Royden Gibbs, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo
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
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
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
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
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)