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
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.
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
Otara Gunewardena’s Embark completes
second project in Maradana
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Crazy/Beautiful (2001, 99 minutes) at the American Centre, Colombo, at 6 p.m.
Sanda Langa Maranaya, directed by Somalatha Subasinghe and presented by Lanka
Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
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.
An exhibition of paintings by George Bevan, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo
August 17 – 19
An exhibition of paintings by Madhawa Sanjeewa, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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)