A tribute to the Defense Forces of Sri Lanka

Your alarm goes off; you hit the snooze and sleep for another 10 minutes
He stays up for days on end

You take a warm shower to help you wake up
He goes days or weeks without running water

You complain of a ‘headache,’ and call in sick
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward

You put on your anti war/don’t support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends
He still fights for your right to wear that shirt

You talk trash about your ‘buddies’ that aren’t with you
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls
He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists

You complain about how hot it is
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow

You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong
He doesn’t get to eat today

Your wife/mother/maid makes your bed and washes your clothes
He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean

You go to the mall and get your hair redone
He doesn’t have time to brush his teeth today

You’re angry because your class ran 5 minutes over
He’s told he will be held over an extra 2 months

You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday
He holds his letter close and smells his love’s perfume

You roll your eyes as a baby cries
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they’ll ever meet

You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything...
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting

You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him
He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded - and of the
innocents who have no one to stand up for them

You see only what the media wants you to see
He sees the broken bodies lying around him

You stay at home and watch TV
He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat

You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable
He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be awakened
By gunfire

You sit there and judge him, saying the world is probably a worse place because of men like him
If only there were more men like him!

WHO is HE?

HE is sacrificing his today for our future Sri Lanka !!!

Lalin Fernando


The Feathers: A Photographic Portfolio

M. S. N. L. De Costa officially presented the first copy of his book of photographs:  The Feathers - A Photographic Portfolio of Birds in Sri Lanka to Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda, at the Tourism Ministry recently.
The book contains a wide selection of photographs with brief notes relating to the habitats of birds found in different parts of Sri Lanka.
Mr. De Costa, a retired magistrate took up photography of birds after taking up bird-watching.  He spent three years in Anuradhapura as a magistrate, from 1995-98, during which time he spent evenings by the banks of the Kalawewa, Huruluwewa and Mahakandarawa.


6th Young Computer Scientist Competition

Sri Lanka Association Software Industry (SLASI) has organised the Young Computer Scientists Competition for the 6th consecutive year, modelled on the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA). Students, aged 12-16 (junior category), and 17-19 (senior category), can participate in this contests.
SLASI along with INFOTEL has been organising this event since 2002.
Winner in the senior student category will be provided with the airfare, hotel accommodation and entry fee to Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) an event to be held in Singapore, in November 2007.
Application forms can be requested from the SLASI Secretariat by calling 011-¬2665261-62, 011-4731822 or visiting the website www.slasi.com. The deadline for submitting applications is August 31, 2007.
This year’s competition is supported by the Education Ministry and is endorsed by ICTA. This is conducted on an island wide basis with the support of the respective Heads of schools or principals.


Living and Writing along the Hyphen

Living and Writing along the Hyphen: the Cultural Politics of Immigrant Fiction,’ a lecture/ discussion by Prof. Randy Boyagoda (Professor of American Literature, Ryerson University, Toronto) will be held on July 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the ICES Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8.

Randy Boyagoda is a Prof. of American Literature at Ryerson University, Toronto. He is also a writer and critic. His first novel, Governor of Northern Province published in 2006 was named a finalist for Canada’s top award for fiction the Giller Prize.
In addition to his fiction-writing and scholarship, Dr. Boyagoda also writes literary and cultural criticism - for publications including The New York Times and Halper’s Magazine. He is visiting Sri Lanka to do research for his next novel, and to write a feature article about life in contemporary Sri Lanka.


Industrial Association AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Industrial Association of Sri Lanka was held at JAIC Hilton, Colombo on July 10, under the auspices of Industrial Development Minister, Kumar Welgama. Chairman, Industrial Association of Sri Lanka, Dr. Anura Ekanayake and Vice Chairman, Sarath Wickremanayake are besides Minister Welgama.


Kafliriga Nite

Old Thomians Swimming Club (OTSC) monthly club night for the month of July will be in form of ‘Kafftringa Nite’ with ‘Two’ Fernandos - Prince of Balla, Paul Fernando and Balla Chakrawarthi - Susil Fernando.
Music will be by Suba Sri led by Melroy Dharmarathne, Compere will be Brian Thomas.
Baila vocalist will sing old Kafflringa bailas to modern Calypso type bailas.
Keep the date free- Saturday July 28, from 8:30 p.m. onwards, at the OTSC Club House ground floor.


Grammar Bright cricket match

Manager Administrator, Ashraff Omardeen awarding the Man of the Match, Ijaz Hassan of Bright International School, at the Annual Cricket Match between Grammar School, Kandy and Bright International School, Kandy for the year 2007. Prefect of Games, Chathurani Perera, Senior Sectional Head, S. H. M. Ameer and Principal Bright International School, Al-Haj S. I. S. Z. Mowlana are also in the picture.


TFC Fast Cash loans

The Finance Company (TFC) which has a reputed history of 67 years and is the first Finance Company in Sri Lanka, is expanding its operations through value added products and services. TFC, was appointed an Authorised Distributor for the FastCash remittance operation recently, granted the first housing loan to a customer who sends money through the FastCash services. The beneficiary was Anusha Damayanthi Peiris. Anusha’s husband is presently working in Dubai and he has now found and secured a faster method of sending money to his family through FastCash said Peiris. She said that this way they benefited there was no hassle at all in obtaining the facility.

Anusha Damayanthi receiving the first loan under the TFC FastCash housing loan scheme from the Chairman of Ceylinco, Deshamanya Dr. Lalith Kotelawala. Present at the occasion was Executive Director/CEO of Ceylinco Express Remittance (Pvt) Ltd., Hiran de Silva, Legal Advisor, Thushari Weerasinghe, Head of International Marketing, Susaan Bandara, Company Secretary, S. Watson, Chief Manager and Anuraddha Weligamage, Manager, FastCash D. S. Kodituwakku.




Theli Thuda

Prasanna Bandara Weerasundara held an exhibition of paintings at the Alliance Francaise de Kandy, from July 6 to 13.
Prasanna claims that painting was his childhood obsession which grew with him through adulthood. He likes to paint his surrounding, which is natural. His expression is watercolour, with a range of techniques. His natural flair for creating images using films of watercolour lapping over each other bringing about shades of fresh colouring is remarkable.

From 1994 to 1996, he participated in a series of art exhibitions organised by his school, and he held his first solo exhibition at the E. L. Senanayake Children’s Library, in 1997. In 1999, he held a successful exhibition at the Alliance Française de Kandy, and in 2003 at the Alliance Française de Colombo.



July 24
Major League (1989, 107 minutes), at the American Centre, at 6 p.m.
July 24 & 25
A La Vie A La Mort, by Robert Guediguian (100 min – 1995) in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, at 3:30/6:30 p.m.


July 27
Sanda Kinduru, a play in Sinhala by Gunasena Galappaththi, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
July 28
Concertaid 2007, presented by the Peradeniya Singers and Young Professionals Choir, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.


July 22
Evolution, presented by the Old Joes Choir, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.


July 22
An exhibition of paintings by Indika Wijeratne, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.
July 22 & 23
An exhibition of paintings by Mohan Sudusinghe at the Harold Peiris Gallery, Colombo 7.
July 24 - 24
An exhibition of paintings by the Vibhavi Academy, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.
Until July 30
Remue-Ménage, an exhibition of posters on families in Third World Countries, at the Alliance Française Auditorium. Entrance free.

Public talk

July 22
The Inner-most Nature Of The Self Is Nothing, organised by Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Public Library, Colombo 7, at 10:30 a.m.


July 26 
Remue-Ménage, a conference on the situation of the modern Sri Lankan family, at the l’Alliance française Auditorium. Free Entrance.


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.

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.

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.

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. Pleasure and harmony between spouses this week, but beware of minor accidents.

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. There will be less obstacles in your income avenues.

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.

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. If your father is suffering from illnesses, it will worsen. You will be afflicted by phlegm or stomach related ailments.

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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