HIV/ AIDS mobile photographic exhibition

World Bank’s Small Grants Youth Initiative in collaboration with the Pathshala, The South Asian Institute of Photography in Bangladesh and Asia Pacific Leadership Forum (APLF) on HIV/AIDS and Development of UNAIDS will launch a mobile photography exhibition on August 19, at the World Bank, Colombo Office, 73/5 Galle Road, Colombo 3, at 9.30 a.m.
The main exhibition will be held at the Barefoot Gallery, 704 Galle Road, Colombo 3 from August 19 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to August 20-22 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Portraits of commitment are by Shahidul Alam. A selection of evocative portraits illustrating the diverse forms of compassion and roles that leadership can take in confronting HIV/AIDS will be on display.


CPA admitted as a member of International Association of Constitutional Law

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) was confirmed as a member of the International Association for Constitutional Law at its recent Executive Committee meeting and World Congress held in Athens, Greece.
The International Association of Constitutional Law, which was established over twenty-five years ago, is a worldwide association of constitutional scholars, national chapters and national organisations with a proven record in promoting constitutionalism and the rule of law.


Atawaka Putthu

Liyanage Amarakeerthi’s new novel, Atawaka Putthu (Half-moon Sons), will come out at Wijesooriya Book Centre, Punchi Borella on August 18, at 10: 30 a.m. In this coming-of–age novel, taking a family joke literally, a boy believes that his twin brother was not born, and hidden inside of himself, and looks for his unborn twin among his friends, lovers and the like. The central character, a budding poet, uses this ‘joke of the unborn twin’ as a metaphor to understand contemporary Sri Lankan life. During the violent 1980s, the boy comes of age, and the inner incompleteness of himself translates into a certain incompleteness of his politics. A combination of a love story, a political novel and a crime fiction, Atawaka Putthu challenges its reader to define its genre.
The US-based author, on a visit to Sri Lanka, will read selections from the novel.


Otara Gunewardena’s Embark completes second project in Maradana

Embark, Otara Gunewardena’s personal CSR initiative, successfully completed its second project recently. The project, held in association with Sathva Mithra and the Tsunami Animal-People Alliance (TAPA) also saw the entrance of the Hatton National Bank as a sponsor. This project, in aid of Colombo’s canine community, involved the sterilisation of 300 dogs using the humane Catch-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release (CNVR) method. Held in Maradana, Embark targeted community dogs within a radius of 5 km around the Colombo General Hospital, along with pets brought in by their owners. The team from Embark’s maiden project, held in April 2007, treated 500 dogs over a period of two weeks.


11th APHCA Hair Olympics International Hair Competition

Asia Pacific Hairdressers and Cosmetologist Association takes pride in hosting the 11th APHCA Hair Olympics International Hair Competition from September 10th and 11th in Tokyo Japan.
APHCA consist of 17 member countries Australia, Taiwan,Mongolia, Korea ,Singapore,Philippine ,Bangladesh,Thailand and India. Competitiors from above countries will compete together with Sri Lankan competitors. This is an event where professional hair dressers from around the world will come together to share knowledge and information
Competitors will compete in the categories of ladies’ cut and style, evening hair style and bridal make up. These competitors will be judged by an international panel of judgers. All participants will receive participation certificates and winners will be awarded trophies and certificates
Sri Lankan hairdressers who wish to compete should forward their enquiries to the APHCA local office,389,High Level Road, Nugegoda or contact 0777586280 Hasini for further details.


Medical centre inauguration

Sajith Premadasa, MP for Hambantota district and Chairman of the Janasuwaya Development Foundation, has initiated many development projects to upgrade rural infrastructure and livelihoods of communities in Hambantota district.
Inauguration of a medical centre by Sajith Premadasa at Weerawila punchi palama in the Tissamaharamaya division of Hambantota district built at a cost of 6.6 million rupees was one of them. This medical center is fully equipped with a doctor to provide free medicine to all who are sick and unwell without any discrimination.


Wesley Muthiah – A true gentleman

Wesley Muthiah is no more with us from last Saturday. He passed away in London last Saturday after a brief illness. Wesley was known to me for nearly 15 years. I met him first when I was working at the Social Scientist’s Association in Colombo, way back in the early 1990s. Wesley was born and raised in Jaffna town but at young age he moved to London and started his career as a teacher. He was married to Tenecy Fernando from Moratuwa and they had two sons (Ninesh and Romesh) who are married to British Indians (Nina and Geetha). They have one grandchild (Ravishank). In this sense his family can be designated as a true multi-cultural and multi-ethnic family.
He was a gigantic figure in areas of his interests. He was a true comrade of the Sri Lanka Samasamaja Party (LSSP) to which he dedicated his whole life for this political interest. I had different thinking of left politics before I met two personalities: Wesley Muthiah and Kumari Jayawardena. Under the influence of these great figures my political thinking began to change, rather shaped from capitalist to socialist ideas. I owe them for making me a different man but I will not be able to repay them.
Wesley was an active member of the intellectual wing of LSSP. Prof. Carlo Fonseka described him as “A life blood of the Lanka Samasamaja Party.” He has edited and published numerous politically motivated books, articles and pamphlets with his fellow comrade late Mr. Sydney Wanasinghe. To name few We Were Making History, The Bracegirdle Affaire, Socialist Women of Sri Lanka, Dr. Colvin R De Silva, Two Languages One nation One Language Two Nations “ Case For Socialism” “ N.M. In His Own Words As Seen By Others” “Britain, World War II and the Samasamajists”. All of his publications were on sale at nominal costs: he knew the cost of living in Sri Lanka and the general public cannot afford to buy books, yet he wanted more people to read this valuable intellectual outcome.
Whenever Wesley organise a book launch, he asked me to help him. His last book launch was at the Dr. N.M.Perera Centre in Colombo on Dr. Colvin R. de Silva. For this book launch Prof. Tissa Vitarana, Vasudeva Nanyakkara, Batty Weerakoon, Raja Collure and other left leaders attended and they highly appreciated Wesley’s contribution to the LSSP.
I still remember when I was in London he offered me his residence to my stay for many months. At that time I was not able to pay the room rent and his wife offered me lots of rations and frozen foods that were in his house. Sometimes Wesley was a fatherly figure to me. He and his family members are real human beings I have ever met in this world. His house was a refuge for many Sri Lankans visiting London. I was one of them. He supported the upcountry Tamil community for many years. He was getting support from European friends and his family members for this.
Wesley we will remember you forever in our hearts for being a father figure, teacher and a good friend.
Vidya Abhaygunawardena


Celebrating 25 Years of ‘Sunshine’

I982, the International Year of the Elders, brought a new dawning to the lives of many elders in Moratuwa, entering the twilight of their lives. An elder’s home with a difference! “Sunshine Home” - A caring sharing home with a religious flavour, where they could feel secure among known faces they had grown to trust and love over the years. A home, which gives them the dignity and the respect, they deserve.
On August 12, Sunshine Home will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, a proud landmark in the history of Mothers Union Holy Emmanuel Church, Moratuwa.
The Mothers Union is thankful to Holy Emmanuel Church for granting 89 perches of land from the Church .The Mothers Union has shown great courage by rising to the occasion and taking up the challenge in adopting the home as their ‘exclusive’, project. Visitors are welcome during daytime hours, to personally experience the peace and tranquility of a well managed home and to contribute their opinions and suggestions towards incorporating further improvements in making life more comfortable for these ‘special’ residents.


Book launch: Nonviolent Co-existence

The Foundation for Co-Existence [FCE] is launching a book Nonviolent Coexistence: Moving Communities beyond Fear, Suspicion and the Weapons of War on August 16, at the BMICH [Committee Room B] from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This book researches the nexus between non-violence and community coexistence and intends to inspire courageous individuals and groups to transform social conditions, communal relations and their personal psyche through non-violence to foster peaceful coexistence.


Smt. Bindu Juneja to perform in Sri Lanka

Smt. Bindu Juneja, the renowned Odissi dancer from India and her troupe will perform at the Bishop’s College Auditorium in Colombo on Wednesday, August 15, at 6:30 p.m. Her programme in Colombo will also include performances at the Indian Cultural Centre on August 17 at 6:30 p.m. and in Kandy at the Dharmaraja College Auditorium on August 16, at 6:30 p.m.
Smt. Bindu Juneja’s visit to Sri Lanka is being sponsored by the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to celebrate the 60th anniversary of India’s Independence.


Super Flora

Organised by the Horticultural Society – Western Province, Super Flora, a flower and garden decoration exhibition will be held on August 12 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo 7.


True Vietnamese at the Hilton Colombo

Vietnamese food has long been appreciated in France, and now other countries are only beginning to discover its many fine features. It’s healthy when compared to other cuisine as the food is light. Vietnamese chefs like to refer to their cooking as “The Novel Cuisine of Asia.” Hilton Colombo together with Hilton Hanoi Opera will be having a Vietnamese Promotion at the Spices Restaurant during dinner from the August 16 - 25.


60 years of racing

SLMCC Committee 2007/2008

Seated from left to right : Shantha Suraweera (Secretary), Mahinda Wickramaratna (Vice President) Kiyaz Deen (President), Mahes Gammanpila (Vice President), Pradeep Kavikara, (Treasurer) and Yoga Perera (SLAS Rep)
Standing from left to right : M.Iqbal , Indika Gurusinghe, Sandy Soysa, Anil Jayakoday (Asst Secretary) Rajah Gunatillake (FMSSL Rep), Pradeep Wijesiriwardena (Asst Treasurer) and Shamindra Perera
The above Committee Members were elected at the recently held AGM of the Sri L:anka Motor Cycle Club for the year 2007 / 2008. The SLMCC celebrates its 60th year in 2007 and is the second oldest Club in Sri Lanka and the first to hold a Road Race and Race Meets at the now famous Katukurunda Circuit for Motor Cycles and Motor Cars.
The Club is planning several events to commemorate its 60th year in active Motor Racing during the latter part of the year and hopes to celebrate this Anniversary in a grand and fitting manner together with many of the oldest and respected members of the racing fraternity.



August 14 & 15
Le Monde Vivant by Eugène Green (2003, 1h 15 min) in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Francaise, Colombo, at 3 p.m./6:30 p.m.

August 14
Crazy/Beautiful (2001, 99 minutes) at the American Centre, Colombo, at 6 p.m.


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 12

Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra’s Kapuwa Kapothi, at the Elphinston Theatre, Colombo 10, at 3:30 and 6:45 p.m.


August 18 & 19
A World of Enchantment, a children’s concert presented by Oosha Garten Dance School, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.


August 14
An exhibition of paintings by George Bevan, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.

August 17 – 19
An exhibition of paintings by Madhawa Sanjeewa, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.


Lagna lord Kuja (Mars) in your 2nd house with Ravi (Sun) in the 4th brings you mixed fortunes this week too. Opportunities for renovations of your home. You will spend more time and effort in keeping your home tidy. You will receive assistance from parents and siblings. This is a very opportune week for students, though unfavourable for romance.
Your Lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) is in the 4th house this week along with Ravi (Sun) and Budha (Mercury) in the 3rd will make you put in extra will in your career as well as at home. You will benefit from your inherent capabilities. Income from your property will increase. Documentation matters will be to your benefit.
Your Lagna lord Budha (Mercury) is with Ravi (Sun) in your 2nd house with Kuja (Mars) in the 12th. Your intelligent conversation will receive public acclaim and respect. Profits are indicated from financial documents or cheques which will increase your capital. You can profit from property sales. You will receive money or inheritance from father, and also enjoy success in educational activities.
Ravi (Sun) and Budha (Mercury) in your 1st house and Kuja in the 11th portends a week of mixed fortunes. You will lead a methodical life. You will benefit from your wise decisions. Even though you will follow your own decisions you will stand to profit and you will succeed from your own efforts. A good week for educational pursuits. Your employment expectations will be fulfilled.
Ravi (Sun) and Budha (Mercury) in your 12th house and Shani (Saturn) in the 1st brings you an expensive week. You will be distanced from your father and will lose his assistance this week. Income from your career will decrease. Illness will eat into your investments and savings. If you are engaged in construction of residence you will be able to proceed unhindered. If you exert some effort foreign travel could materialize.
Lagna lord Budha (Mercury) with Ravi (Sun) traverses your 11th house while Shani (Saturn) is in your 11th house. This week will bring you mixed fortunes. Progress in your career; as well as praise and recognition from your superiors. Those expecting employment will succeed in getting jobs according to their capabilities.
Your Lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) in the 11th house and Ravi (Sun) in the 10th will see a special improvement in your career. Those engaged in business will enjoy increase in income, and will earn the respect of their superiors. You will engage in your career with a will. Your capital will increase. You will receive assistance from your father.
Your Lagna lord Kuja (Mars) is in the 7th house with Ravi (Sun) in the 9th will bring you a week with mixed fortunes. You can expect successful marriage proposals. Happiness will be experienced by those already married. You may take inflexible decisions but these will not affect your marital life. Income will be satisfactory.

Lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) in your 12th house and Ravi (Sun) in your 8th will throw obstacles in your career path. You will hear criticism from your superiors and will suffer loss of your privileges. If you are engaged in construction activities, you can expect some obstacles. Problems and accidents are indicated to your children due to their stubbornness, and this will also affect their education.
Your Lagna lord Shani (Saturn) in the 8th house with Ravi (Sun) in 7th will bring a week of mixed fortunes. Your stubborn attitude will disrupt your marital happiness, though your wise decisions will somewhat allay the misfortunes. This week will bring successful marriage proposals for the unmarried.
Your Lagna lord Shani (Saturn) in the 7th house and Ravi in the 6th will bring you profits from documentary or clerical work. You will receive a loan already applied for. If you are planning to buy a property, your plans will succeed. You will receive praise and assistance from superiors in your career.
Your Lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) is in the 9th house with Ravi (Sun) in the 5th indicates an extra-favourable week for you. Those expecting foreign travel will be successful. Those expecting employment will see their efforts fulfilled. The week is favourable for romantic affairs and marriage proposals.

Rahu period
Sunday: 4.05 to 5.35
Monday: 7.05 – 8.38
Tuesday: 2.35 – 4.05
Wednesday: 11.35 – 1.05
Thursday: 1.05 – 2.35
Friday: 10.05 – 11.35
Saturday: 8.05 – 10.08
(Applicable both day and night)










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