Kandy Mahamaya OGA donates Lt. Gen. Kobbekaduwa Trust

President and immediate Past President handing over the cheque for Rs. 400,000 to the Chairperson of the Trust, Lali Kobbekaduwa

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of Kandy Mahamaya Girls’ College, the Colombo Branch of the Old Girls’ Association presented a concert featuring the Ravibandu Samanthi Dance Ensemble and the award winning dance troupe of Mahamaya on March 23, at the Bishop’s College Auditorium. A part of the funds that were raised was donated to the Lt. Gen. Kobbekaduwa Trust.


Deshamanya Nandadasa Kodagoda 10th commemoration

Deshamanya Nandadasa Kodagoda 10th Memorial Oration on the topic, ‘Could Constitutional Reforms Result In The Restoration Of Peace In Sri Lanka?’ was delivered by the eminent lawyer, S. L. Gunasekera, on August 2, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.


Water supply scheme inauguration

Minister Chamal Rajapaksa unveiling the ceremonial plaque at the inauguration of the Refurbished Water Supply Scheme at the Walasmulla District Hospital. CEO/Secretary General of Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka, Dakshitha Thalgodapitiya, President, Bioforce Development Institute of France, Claude Lardy and Deputy Director of Grand Lyon, France, Guy Peyretti are also in the picture


TCK OBA (Colombo Branch) Office Bearers

Deputy Chairman DILMAH, Himendra Ranaweera was elected President of the Colombo Branch of the Trinity College Old Boys’ Association. Himendra captained Trinity College in Cricket and was a recipient of the coveted ‘Cricket Lion.’ He takes over the reigns from Upali Ratnayake of CIMA fame who completed a successful tenure.
The following Committee was appointed as the Office Bearers of the Trinity College Kandy Old Boys’ Association (Colombo Branch) for the year 2007/2008, at the 99th Annual General Meeting held on June 23, at Christ Church (Parish Hall), Galle Face, Colombo 03.
The Principal – Trinity College
Vice Patrons
Gilbert Paranagama, James Mather, Dr. Neville Karunatilleke, Sriyantha Senaratne, Y. C. Chang, L U B Dissanayake, Jim Bandaranayake, Chulika de Silva, Jayantissa Kehelpannala, Gotabaya Dasanayaka, Andrews Thevathason and Upali Ratnayake.
Himendra Ranaweera
Vice Presidents
Sharm de Alwis, Anura Rathnawardena, Anil Goonetilleke, Nath Wijesundara, Horace Jacob, Prabath Harshakumar, Ajith De Silva, Romesh Jayawardena, Dan Seevaratnam and Sidath Pananwala.
Ranil Prematilake
Muthiah Chandrasekeran
Asst. Secretary / Asst. Treasurer
Keshan Thalgahagoda
Gotabaya Dasanayaka, Jim Bandaranayake and Dr. Douglas Nethsinghe.
20-30 years
Shamal Gunawardena, Madhushanka Ranatunge and Vajira Abeysundera.
30-40 years
Nalaka Madugalle, Suchitra Aluvihare and Chandana Abeywardena
40-50 years
Umindha Dunuwlle, Imal Fonseka and Clifford Shadrach
Over 50
Amitha Nugawela, Asitha Abeysekara and Upaka Weerasinghe
Upatissa Hulugalle



Desigar Ramanujam: A daughter’s tribute

To mark the special occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of my late father D. Ramanajum, I offer my reflections of his life and pay tribute to a great man and more importantly a loving father.
“Humility is the sign of an advanced soul. It results from understanding of oneself and the nature of life and everything within it. When you witness true humility you will also see love flowing, for the one complements the other” - Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

My father was a humble man. He lived his life with an understanding of the nature of people. This unconditional love of his extended beyond love for his wife, children, family and friends to all that he met. The goal of his life was to unite people in common purpose, across boundaries of caste, creed and colour. To do this he threw himself tirelessly and selflessly into social work, serving the community around him and working to change the whole of society for the better. He was a strong advocate of basic human rights for all people. He took up the case of Indian labourers representing them in national and international forums fighting for their rights. Although he was born to a high caste family he did not differentiate people according to their birth, material circumstance or religion and saw them everyone as part of a greater humanity.

My father could not have done his work alone. My mother, Sarojini Ramanajam, walked hand in hand with him, helping him in his work and at home. A very simple lady with many talents, she was very much the secret behind my father’s success. A medical doctor by profession, she did not seek to practice for money but instead devoted herself to working to improve the health and lives of the less well off people in society. She always put her patients first and when called, would not hesitate to drop everything and rush to their aid.

Having been born to such wonderful parents, my brothers and I had a loving, happy, peaceful childhood and grew up to be worthy members of the community, remembering the values they instilled in us. They taught that love for humanity and unconditional love was the greatest of all.

Many memories leap out when I think of my father. I fondly recall the times my brothers and I spent on walks around Kandy town, listening to his wonderful stories. The stories were generally about great people like Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi and were told as we followed him in rapt attention around the streets and through the temples such as the Maha Vishnu Temple in Kandy.

I also remember that books were his most possessed treasures. I have vivid memories of a ritual in which my brothers and I sat down round a table, while my father would pick out a book that we had to read. I still remember with such clarity sitting reading the play Sacrifice by the famous poet Rabindranath Tagore and enjoying the part of Ragunauth under the watchful eye of my father. My father gifted me a love of reading and literature that I will always be grateful for. More than anything else it allowed me the chance to teach others and share with them the richness of the literary world. As I was the only girl in the family, I was very special to my father. During his frequent visits abroad he would always remember to send me picture postcards which I treasure to this day. These postcards were always full of loving advice, guiding me towards the right path. His advice in those cards instilled an approach to life based on faith, hope and understanding.

“There is only one religion, the religion of love,
There is only one caste, the caste of humanity,
There is only one language, the language of the heart,
And there is only one God and he is omnipresent.”

His life was to spread this message and he believed in it and lived it. Let me dedicate the following message on his 100th birth anniversary as an inspiration to all. “Let the love we are sharing, spread its wings, fly across the earth and bring new joy to every soul that is alive. May all the people, in all the worlds be happy.



Charandas, the award winning play directed by Parakrama Niriella, will be staged on August 10 (Sinhala production) and 11 (Tamil production), at the Elphinstone Theatre, Maradana, at 3:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Charandas is an adaptation of the Indian version Charandas Chor by Habib Tanvir, a veteran drama director and the leader of the Naya Theatre Group of Chattisgarh. Habib’s Charandas Chor has won the highest award at the Edinburgh International Drama Festival in 1983.

The Sri Lankan version of Charandas Chor too bagged nine awards at the National Drama Festival in 2006 including Best Drama and Best Direction.
Music is directed by H. A. Perera, choreography, Ravindra Mapitigama, management, Dilip Rohana and make up, Chaminda Prasad and Palitha Abeylal.


ICBS LMS partnership

Imperial College of Business Studies (ICBS) formed a partnership with the London School of Marketing (LMS) to guide, facilitate and tutor students who would like to take up a career in sales and marketing at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel recently.


Lankan elected Wonca regional president

Dr. Preethi Wijegoonewardene, a well known family physician in Colombo was unanimously elected as the Wonca Regional President for the Middle East South Asian Region recently.
The 18th World Congress of Wonca (World Organisation of National Colleges and Academies and Associations of Family Physicians) was held from July 24 to 27, in Singapore. It was well attended by more than 2000 delegates from many parts of the world.


Hornby Regional School workshop

The British Council Sri Lanka in cooperation with the A. S. Hornby Education Trust will conduct the fourth Hornby Regional School in Sri Lanka from August 7 to 11, at the Tangerine Beach Hotel, Kalutara.
The A. S. Hornby Educational Trust was established to promote opportunities to study English, in particular in the teaching of English as a foreign or second language.
The workshops will be led by a Sri Lankan and an international tutorial team and the sessions will be interactive and activity oriented.


Beauty in miniature

The Bonsai Club of Sri Lanka will present an exhibition of bonsai on August 4 and 5, at the National Art Gallery, Greenpath Colombo 7.
The Club, founded in 1980, has held biennial exhibitions over the years, and this year’s exhibition is being held 25 years after the first ever exhibition of bonsai was held in Sri Lanka in 1982. On display at this exhibition will be a variety of beautiful bonsai of different styles, nurtured by the members of the Club over the years.

The art of growing bonsai which originated in China, and developed as an art form in Japan, has now spread worldwide and members of the Club have over the years worked on the wide variety of tropical trees such as the ficus varieties, malpighia, tamarind, woodapple, iron wood and many other varieties, to create miniatures of the large trees as they appear in nature. The techniques used are the same as those used in Japan and involve systematic pruning of the roots and shoots accompanied with a process of wiring and planting the trees in special shallow bonsai pots.


Hilton wins Best Improvement in Training

Hilton Colombo received the Best Improvement in Training Award at the Asia General Managers’ Meeting held in Bangkok, Hilton Millennium Hotel recently.


The Truth Is Unbelievable

The Truth Is Unbelievable, an exhibition of paintings by late Ven. Bhikkhu Sumeda, will be held on August 21, at the Goethe Institute, German Cultural Centre in Colombo, commemorating its 50th anniversary.


Grand Sing-a-Long

Saturday, August 11 will be a red letter day in the lives of old Thomians and others from the music loving world when at 7:30 p.m. at the Banquet Hall of the BMICH, the first note will be sounded for the ‘Grand Sing-a-long’ organised by the special events team of the STC/OBA for the noble cause of raising the much needed funds for the renovation of that much loved building, the Chapel of the Transfiguration, which has been identified as a national heritage.

Anyone who loves perennial favourites, especially the evergreen hits of yesteryear, would be entitled to come and ‘sing-a-long’ to the music of Sohan & the X-Periments with a guest appearance by Sunil Perera (Gypsies) and the evergreen compere, Vijaya Corea.

An elegant Song Book will be presented to everyone who buys a ticket. This will indeed be a life-long souvenir.
Tickets are available at Keells Supermarkets, Crescat Boulevard and Liberty Plaza, Vibrations, Quickshaws and the College Gym. For more details contact Priyan on 0777/329287.


Journalism Awards

The Journalism Awards for Excellence 2006 organised by the Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Press Institute would be held on Tuesday, August 7, at 7 p.m. at the BMICH.



August 9
Vikurthi, directed by Somalatha Subasinghe and presented by Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
August 10
Me Heeneta Namak Denna, directed by Somalatha Subasinghe and presented by Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
August 11
Asinamali, directed by Somalatha Subasinghe and presented by Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
August 12
Sanda Langa Maranaya, directed by Somalatha Subasinghe and presented by Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.



August 5 & 6
An exhibition of paintings by Priyantha Abeysundera, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.
August 7 & 8
An exhibition of paintings organised by Brisbane International School, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.
August 10 – 14
An exhibition of paintings by George Bevan, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.


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 the cooperation of superiors. Not a favourable week, especially for the young.

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. You will talk your way through most problems. Others will listen to you. Financial documentations will be profitable. But problems indicated due to land/house related matters.

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.

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 will hear good news. Profits in land and or house transactions.

According to the planetary positions you will be able to increase your capital somehow or the other. Specially favourable for those in the writing and journalism and the classical fields. You will earn the respect of your superiors with your extra will and efforts in career. Assistance indicated from friends in higher places.

This is a week 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 is 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. Successful marriage proposals will come the way of the unmarried.

Your planetary positions this week indicate problems arising out of illness to your spouse. Problems will arise in marital life. You too will be afflicted by heart related illnesses. Your father too will fall ill. Your extra effort and endeavour in your career will gain the respect of society.

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. Closer relationship with spouse will enable you to take favourable decisions for your future. Assistance from father or relatives on his side.

Your planetary positions indicate an unhealthy week for you. Stomach related, urinary and phlegm ailments indicated. Health of your spouse and children too will be affected. Imbalance in marital life due to these illnesses will occur. But 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 make progress in your career. Income from career or livelihood will increase.

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 profit you. Those expecting foreign employment or travel will receive favourable news.

Rahu period
Sunday : 4.00 to 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









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