Butterfly kisses for Apsara Fonseka
By Dharisha Bastians
For anyone in the military, the year 2007 will not be easily forgotten. The
military’s final push to Thoppigala to clear the last Tiger bastion the in the
east was successful after months of fighting in the jungles and rocky terrain of
But for the man himself, Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka, June 2007
will be a memorable month for more than one reason. For on June 8, the Commander
gave away his firstborn, Apsara, who married Danuna Tillekaratne, her childhood
friend and sweetheart.
Danuna, who lives and works overseas, is a computer analyst. The groom is also
the son of a military man – Brigadier (Rtd) Tissa Tillekaratne, so the families
have been friends since their children were very young, The Nation learns.
Apsara and Danuna were married at General’s House, Colombo 7 amidst a bevy of
high profile guests, including the President himself. In fact, President Mahinda
Rajapaksa signed witness to the marriage for Apsara while Gen. (Rtd) Hamilton
Wanasinghe signed for Danuna. Also present at the ceremony were several cabinet
ministers and senior government officials, including Defence Spokesman Keheliya
Rambukwella and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
The bride was dressed in a beautiful, pure white, heavily-worked lace saree
draped Indian style and carried a bouquet of white orchids, which she also wore
in her hair. Her bridesmaids, three in all, including her sister Aparna Fonseka,
wore salmon pink sarees and carried orchids of the same shade as the bouquets.
There were a total of 14 in the bridal retinue, including two page boys and two
little flower girls. The bride and her party were dressed by Salon Seventh
Avenue, which is owned and managed by the groom’s mother.
The sweet and gentle mother of the bride, Anoma Fonseka wore a canary yellow
osari and a yellow orchid in her hair, the same flower that also served as the
boutonnière for General Fonseka.
The couple’s going away outfits stole the show, with the bride draped in a dull
gold-biscuit-coloured silk osari, trimmed with an elegant, red-patterned beeralu
work border. She wore red roses in her hair and carried a bouquet of red roses
and yellow marigold flowers. Her groom wore national dress in the same colour
and fabric, also accentuated by a narrow shawl worked in the same beeralu
Apsara’s first dance at the ceremony was with her new husband, but she reserved
the second for her father, guests at the ceremony said. There were no speeches
and more importantly, no alcohol served at the wedding or the homecoming
ceremony, sources and guests added.
The homecoming ceremony was held at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo.
Poson Bakthi Gee at Museaus College
Students of Museaus College singing Mal Sugande Dam Sugande Sil Sulan Rel, at
the Poson Bakthi Gee programme held at Museaus College, Colombo The Principal of
the College, Luxmi Senanayake was the Chief Guest on this occasion.
Gateway’s ‘Walk for the Child’
Children’s issues will be the poignant theme of the culmination of Gateway
College’s 10th anniversary celebrations, one of the main events of which will be
a charity walk entitled ‘Walk for the Child’ on Saturday, July 28.
“Today we have children affected by conflict, children on the streets, children
who face a great deal of stress in the present-day highly competitive world,”
says Director, Gateway Group, Dr. Harsha Alles. “There is untold suffering that
they face whether in the city or in a conflict zone and we wish to dedicate the
closing of our 10th anniversary celebrations to focusing on these burning issues
so that people will be concerned about doing something to resolve them. Every
child deserves his or her childhood and many are robbed of that for one reason
or another. We want to focus on these problems in order to create a future with
hope for our children.”
The walk will be preceded by street dramas held a week before at Excel World, at
7:30 p.m. and Nugegoda junction at 5:30 p.m. on July 21 and 22 respectively.
These short dramas will focus on some of the problems faced by children. They
will be largely bilingual to attract a wide audience.
to plantation workers
Community Development and Social Inequity Eradication Minister and Leader of
the Up-Country People’s Front, P. Chandrasekaran handing over a document
pertaining to plantation workers, to Head of the Political Bureau of American
Embassy, Michal De-Tar, at his residence recently. Deputy Minister P. Rada
Krishnan was also present on the occasion.
Ran Piyawara launched
Chairman of the Premadasa Center, B. Sirisena Cooray presented the first copy
of the book Premadasa Ran Piyawara to Tourism Minister, Milinda Moragoda at a
ceremony held on June 23, at the New Town Hall to make the 84th birth
anniversary of late President Ranasingha Premadasa.
The book contains winning essays by the school children who took part in an
island-wide competition on President Premadasa and his vision.
Governor arrives from USA
District Governor Lion Mahesh Pasqual MJF of District 306 B2 being welcomed
on his arrival after taking oaths in Chicago by President, Lions culb of
Colombo, Somerset Lady Lion Shalini Senanayake. Lady Lion Dr. Manel Pasqual is
also in the picture.
Doom era, a poster campaign was held on World Environment Day, June 5,
organised by Saatchi and Saatchi Sri Lanka for Mihimadala, a local environmental
The campaign focused on the era of doom trees in Sri Lanka facing. The object
was to make people realise that they were destroying their lives too in the
It is with deep regret that I pen this tribute to one of the finest veteran
editors of the present era - Leslie Dahanayake.
He was one of the Editors of The Sunday Observer at Lake House, before joining
The Sunday Leader, until his demise on June 24, after a brief illness.
He held a doctorate, but was not a conceited personality.
Leslie was sick for some months, and I visited him at his home at 25 Fairline
Road, Dehiwala. He knew even then, that his end was near. He said that he never
feared death, as he had led an exemplary life, doing his duty as a media man and
doing his duty by his loving and caring wife and equally loving and caring
daughters and son and sons-in-law.
He was a well-built, tall and strong man and attracted attention in any
He was a very good and correctly forecasting astrologer. He read my horoscope
correctly-of course it was a free reading.
He had a very good memory. He never failed to publish a single letter or
appreciation forwarded by anyone. He used to tell me ‘a few letters of yours are
with me,’ and even stated their headings - such was his memory.
In his leasure time he used to write articles on Buddhism.
He hailed from a very respectable aristocratic family. His father was a mudliyar.
He used to tell me about this often and that he was very proud of this fact.
I would like to end this tribute by quoting.
“Viyohi vippayoga dukko appiyhi sampayoga dukkho”
‘It is sorrowful to depart from the loved ones. Equally it is sorrowful to
associate with the not friendly one.’
May he attain the ultimate bliss of Nirvana.
V. K. B. Raamanayake
Marhoom Al Haj M.I.M. Jabir
On June 19, 2006 (Jamaad-Ul-Awwal 22, 1427), our beloved father at the age of
83, closed his eyes for the last time. He passed away when he was able and of
sound mind as he had always wished and prayed for. Alhamdulillah! A great man
was no more and he left behind a void which will be difficult to fill.
As a human being, he was a man of honour, integrity, and discipline in addition
to his wit, humour and cheerfulness. His greatest attribute was his respect and
love for all people rich or poor, adult or child, any colour or creed. He set
very high standards of conduct for himself and strived to achieve them.
He was a gentleman to the core; well mannered, smartly dressed and meticulous in
his deeds which earned him a lot of respect. Generosity was second nature to him
and in addition to what we observed, there had been many meritorious deeds done
by him which we came to know only after his demise. Education was of paramount
importance to him. To date, we have not encountered anyone like our father who
encouraged children to excel in their studies and appreciated those who did.
His piety developed over the years and was a devout and knowledgeable Muslim.
He, being an avid reader, constantly referred to the Holy Quran and the Sunna of
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). This enabled him to present
informed views with authority. One of his favorite quotes was; “InnaAllaha ma’as
sabireen (Verily, Allah is with those who have patience)”.
He retired from the Postal Department in 1978 as Chief Postmaster, Kandy. During
his career he earned the respect of his staff, peers and superiors as a man of
diligence, fairness and very high integrity.
As a father he was firm but fair to all his six children. He exerted all his
efforts towards transforming us into strong upright citizens. He particularly
concentrated on giving us a broad educational foundation in addition to academic
qualifications. He would praise our achievements but also criticise our
failures. No, we were not born with silver spoons in our mouths, nor were we
raised in the lap of luxury. However, he ensured that we were not in want of
anything that was essential. He lived to see us all gainfully employed, married
to deserving partners who equally loved and respected him and was blessed with a
brood of grandchildren whom he doted upon and as with us, instilled on them too
the same set of values.
What we miss most is his wisdom and wise counsel. We now have to think for
ourselves and act as he would have. It is now our responsibility to emulate him
in word and deed and considering the foundation he has given us, it will be
carried out in a manner which he would have been proud of.
We pray that Almighty Allah keeps our father with those who are near and dear to
His Loving Children
SLAHAB training sessions
The Sri Lanka Association of Hairdressers and Beauticians (SLAHAB) has
organised a series of workshops to train those representing Sri Lanka at the
Organisation Mondial Coiffure (OMC) Asia Cup Open 2007. The competition, which
is organised by Nayana Karunaratne, founder of SLAHAB in her position as the
president of the Asia Zone – OMC, is to be held in Beijing, China on July 19 and
A total of 24 training sessions are open to both male and female participants,
with a background in hairdressing. They will be trained under the broad
categories of hair, beauty and make up, depending on where their talent and
Ramzi Rahman, Yohan of Cutting Station and Kanjana Godigamuwa of Salon Nayana,
who had the opportunity to attend a training programme organised by the OMC
focussing on how to guide participants who are to compete in international
competitions make up the training team.
Internationally renowned World Creative Director, Make up, OMC, Nanara Berezina
will be in Sri Lanka in June for a three-day training session on fantasy, stage
and bridal make up, body and nail art, among others.
“The aim of these workshops is to help elevate the hair industry in Sri Lanka to
an international level as well as serving as awareness programmes to enlighten
and prepare prospective participants for the big event – OMC Asia Cup Open
2007,” Karunaratne said. The OMC Asia Cup Open 2007 is an event held every two
years and is held as a prelude to the OMC Hair World Championships, to be held
in Chicago in 2008.
India’s assistance in Nanasala in Sri Lanka
High Commissioner of India, Shri Alok Prasad inaugurated the first of the 20
Nanasala that the government of India is financing at a cost of Rs. 13 million.
Irrigation, Water Management, Ports and Aviation Minister, Chamal Rajapaksa was
the Chief Guest and Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga, also
participated in the inauguration. The 20 Nanasalas have been carefully selected
so that most of the districts in the island benefit from project.
Short & Verse, a collection of short stories and poems by M.T.L. Ebell will
be launched On July 16, at the National Library Services and Documentation
Board, 14, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7.
The people of Ladakh, high up in the Western Himalayas, still have strong
connections to the psychic energies of gods and demons through their belief in
Tantric Buddhism. The Geshe (a professor of metaphysics) could fly if he wanted,
say the peasants in the remote valley, although he refuses since it is immoral
to practice magic. Nevertheless a young man seduces a girl by magic techniques.
Ladakh In Harmony With The Spirit will be shown at the Goethe Holl, German
Cultural Centre, on July 18, at 5:30 p.m.
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
Hellenic Aid aids health and education sectors
The Head of Hellenic Aid special Mission to Colombo of the Embassy of Greece
in India, George Filippeos, Minister Counselor – Development Cooperation, stated
that Hellenic Aid is funding the construction of two Gramodaya Health Centres
and a psychiatric ward building in the Batticaloa District, which is facing
severe health needs.
The tsunami of December 26, 2004 resulted in a number of health facilities along
the coastal belt of Sri Lanka being partially or fully damaged. Following this
devastation, there were several resettlement plans, which also created a need
for new Health facilities and the relocation of some of the existing Health Care
Hellenic Aid is presently financing several development projects in the eastern
part of the country in the education and health sectors.
The construction of the two Gramodaya Health Centres in Kaththankudy and Mankadu
and the psychiatric ward in Valaichenai Base Hospital is being implemented by
the INGO MdM Greece. MdM Greece Mission Coordinator Maria Tsolka said that the
INGO had signed an MoU with the Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry and that all
tendering and selection procedures for the two Gramodaya Health Centres have
been completed while the construction work is due to start by mid July.
Eight Men Out (120 min - 1988), at the American Centre, at 6 p.m.
July 17 & 18
Romaine, by Agnès Obaldia (82 min – 1997) in French with English subtitles, at
the Alliance Française, at 3:30/6:30 p.m.
Here For A Fit-on, a comedy written and directed by Indu Dharmasene, at the
Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
A tabla recital by Peshala Manoj of Bhatkhande Music University, Lucknow, India,
at the Indian Cultural Centre, at 6 p.m.
July 20 – 22
Evolution, presented by the Old Joes Choir, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo
An exhibition of paintings by Royden Gibbs, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo
July 20 – 22
An exhibition of paintings by Indika Wijeratne, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery,
July 21 – 23
An exhibition of paintings by Mohan Sudusinghe at the Harold Peiris Gallery,
Until July 30
Remue-Ménage, an exhibition of posters on families in Third World Countries, at
the Alliance Française Auditorium. Entrance free.
Attention Is The Flame In Which Sorrow Ends, organised by Krishnamurti Centre,
Sri Lanka, at the Public Library, Colombo 7, at 10:30 a.m.
The Indian Connection In Kandyan Dancing by Srilal Perera (a past pupil of
Chitrasena Kalayathanaya), at the Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo 4, at 6 p.m.
With your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) in your first house, Ravi (Sun) and Shani
(Saturn) in the 4th, although you engage in your affairs with extra will, yet
land/property matters will bring problems. You will get entangled in legal
matters to inherit property from your parents.
Ravi (Sun) with Shani (Saturn) in your 3rd house and your lagna lord Sikuru
Venus) in the 4th will bring you a week of mixed fortune. Even though you will
be fortunate to inherit property, secret enemy activity will cause obstructions.
Your brothers too will face obstacles during the week.
You will take major decisions for your future. Those involved in educational
activities will face success. Those expecting employment will find their
expectations fulfilled. A favourable week for the purchase or construction of
your dream home. Successful marriage proposals will come the way of the
Shani (Saturn) with Ravi (Sun) in your 1st house and Kuja (Mars) in the 10th
brings you a week plagued with mental worries. Sinus, throat infections and
phlegm related ailments will bother you. Family life too will disturb you, and
happiness will be elusive.
The planetary positions indicate a week where expenditure will be high due
to illness to self and spouse. Be extra careful in dealings with the fairer sex
as public humiliation may result in such matters. Disputes indicated in marital
life. Favourable for those engaged in educational activities.
Lagna lord Budha (Mercury) in your 10th house and Ravi (Sun) in the 11th
indicates a week of mixed fortunes. Promotions in career and cooperation of your
co-workers and accolades from superiors indicated. Social services will bring
popularity. Increase of income for those in the clerical service and for those
in the agricultural field.
Career-wise a highly favourable week for you. Praise from your superiors.
Income can be expected from agricultural sources. A decrease in neighbourly
relations indicated. Be patient in dealings with your spouse as stubborn
decisions may affect your marital future.
A week of mixed fortunes according to your planetary conjunctions. You will
work with will and extra effort. Enemy activity will increase. You will gain
popularity and social respect. Income will be favourable. Children’s educational
activities will be successful. A week where you will get assistance from your
Not a very favourable week for your career. Superiors will cause you
problems. You will be lethargic in your work place. You will be also afflicted
by phlegm or heat related ailments. But successful marriage proposals will come
your way. Increase in cooperation for those in joint ventures.
Your lagna lord Shani (Saturn) with Ravi (Sun) in the 7th house will
distance you from your spouse as a result of arguments. Disputes among partners
indicated. Your career too will suffer due to disputes among work mates. You
will be lethargic in your dealings this week.
An energetic week indicated both in career and at home. Accidents or
illnesses indicated to spouse even though your health will be satisfactory.
Opposition to your progress in many spheres will decrease. Income from your
career will be good. Success for students. Accidents to brothers indicated.
Increase in cooperation for those in joint ventures.
Lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) in the 9th house with Ravi (Sun) and Shani
(Saturn) in the 8th brings you a week of mixed fortunes. Expectations fulfilled
for those expecting foreign travel for educational purposes or employment.
Favourable week for purchase of houses or renovation of residence. A good week
for students in their studies. Increase in income for those in the industrial
field. Your children may suffer from sinus or phlegm related illnesses. Not a
very favourable week for your career. Superiors will cause you problems. You
will be lethargic in your work place. You will be also afflicted by phlegm or
heat related ailments. But successful marriage proposals will come your way.
Sunday: 4.02 - 5.32
Monday: 7.02 – 8.32
Tuesday: 2.32 – 4.02
Wednesday: 11.32 – 1.02
Thursday: 1.03 – 2.33
Friday: 10.03 – 11.33
Saturday: 8.33 – 10.03
(Applicable both day and night)