State Media Secretaries’ Association Office Bearers
President: Chandarpala Liyanage (Director Media for the President)
General Secretary: Harsha B Abekoon, Senior Vice President: Seelarathna
Senarath, Treasurer: H.M Vitharana, Vice Presidents: Dammika
Thammitarachchi, Nimal Perera, Sathis Kumar, Administrative Secretary:
N. H. C. Kumara, Media Secretary: G. S. Godakanda, Vice Secretary: Viraj
Abesingha, Vice Treasurer: S. L. Shanuoos, Chief Organiser: Ruwan
Dannasooriya, Vice Organiser: Ranjith Malliyawadu, Convener: Lalith
Rohana Liyanage, Executive Committee: Upali Hettiarachchi, Ravi
Jayewardena, Nelson Edirisingha, Asoka Piyarathne, Vijitha Rathnasena,
Sri Nimal Pathma Kumara, Dilshan Mannaperuma, Chitrananda Wimalarathne,
Amila Ranmandala, Gamini Gunasekara, Kumaradasa Giribawa, Ajith
5th Turkish Olympiad
International Turkish Olympiad is an annual event organised by the
International Language Education Turkey. The 5th International Olympiad
was graced by the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyipe, Education
Minister, Huseyin Celik and Chairman of the Olympiad Committee and
former Minister of Education, Mehmet Saglan.
The event was a colorful one with the participation of 102 countries
including US, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. The ten day programme provided an
opportunity for the participants to show their talents in the areas of
writing poetry, songs and stories and basic knowledge of Turkish.
Help Jayan to hear
Jayan Amila Fernando a 19-year-old student from 45A Morawatte Road,
Nagoda, Kandana is suffering from a total hearing loss since birth.
According to expert medical advise, it could be rectified only by a
Cochlear Implant, an expensive procedure that has to be done as soon as
possible. His parents expect to perform the Implant at the Apollo
Hospitals by Consultant ENT, Head & Neck Surgery, Dr. Devanand Jha. The
surgery will restore his hearing habilitating him to hear and speak with
time. The estimated cost is around Rs. 1.6 million to 2.8 million
depending on the model of Cochlear Implant available and fluctuation in
foreign currency value. Despite anticipated assistance from the
President’s Fund, well-wishers and their own round the clock efforts the
parents are still far short of the target, hence earnestly seek the
goodwill of public assistance. The contributions could be remitted to
Bank of Ceylon-Kandana: Account No. 6432063. The Apollo Hospitals
Reference No is 237338. For further details please contact the parents
on 011 2243694.
Return to Sender
The Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka, German Cultural Centre in
collaboration with Waters Edge and with the co-operation of Srilankan
Airlines and Access present, Return to Sender, a modern dance by Helena
Waldmann, on September 10, at Waters Edge, at 7 p.m.
Revolved around migrants, Return to Sender is a plea for freedom,
performed by six Iranian dancers in their traditional robe, the Chador.
This highly acclaimed production had its World premiere on June 25,
2006, at Festival Montpellier Danse 2006.
The Burgher Association presents Rythmic Glow, a night of neon rays
n’ great partying on Saturday September 15, from 7:30 p.m. onwards at
the Chimes Reception Hall, Attidiya Main Road, Dehiwela. Organised by
the Youth and Youth Development Committees of the Burgher Association,
it is to be a night full of fun and entertainment for the young and the
young-at-heart with non-stop music for dancing by DJ Outburst together
with prizes and surprises, food and drink stalls at affordable rates.
Members and guests are welcome. Enrolment of new members and membership
renewals will also take place. For more information contact: Hans on
0777-325562 or Marlon on 0777-313346
Medical centre inauguration
MP for Hambantota District and Chairman of the Janasuwaya Development
Foundation, Sajith Premadasa has initiated many projects within
Hambantota District to uplift the infrastructure and living standards of
The inauguration of a medical centre at Weerawila Tissamaharamaya built
at a cost of Rs. 7 million, through assistance received from the Impact
Foundation of UK took place recently. This centre provides free medicine
to the people of Tissamaharamaya and Lunugamwehera Divisions of
Cantata’s 40 years of musical fulfilment
The Cantata Singers, in celebration of 40 years of musical
fulfillment will perform once again this year the Schubert’s Mass in B
flat major and Haydn excerpts from Creation.
The concert will be held on Saturday, September 15, at Kollupitiya
Methodist Church, at 7 p.m.
The concert directed by Satyendra Chellapppah will be accompanied by
The main soloists will be Erico Perera, Peshali Yapa, Jaliya Senenayake,
Laknath Seneviratne and Asanka Perera while the guest artistes will be
Navin Fernando (trumpet), Sathish Cassie Chetty (violin) and Dinali
David (soprano) and Denham Pereira (organ). Entrance by programme
available at the Church.
Woof woof , miaow – our animal shelter is closing
Mitzi, Lucky, Dopey and Didums, are just some of the puppies, dogs,
and kittens who very soon will be without a home when their animal
shelter closes down due to lack of funds .
Unfortunately they are not very pretty or good looking, however what
they lack in good looks, they more than make up for with an abundance of
affection and loyalty. Some of them have been traumatised and cruelly
treated, hence they require an even greater degree of love and
Please find it in your hearts to give them a home. They have all been
vaccinated and sterilized / neutered .
Animal lovers please call 0714682307 or 0602187316
Gee Muthu Nimnada
Gee Muthu Nimnada, a musical show organised by the Welfare Society of
the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka as a fund raiser will be held on
Saturday, September 15, at the Elphinstine Theatre, Maradana, at 6 p.m.
Gee Muthu Nimnada featurs T. M. Jayarathna, Sunil Edirisinghe, Deepika
Priyadharshani Peiris, Nirosha Virajini, Amarasiri Peiris, and Aravinda
Tickets are available at Sadeepa Bookshop, Senkada City and at the
entrance on the day of the performance.
Hilton’s 21st anniversary celebrations
The Hilton Colombo launched an agenda filled with a spectacular
series of events and parties over the coming year, in honour of its 21st
year in Sri Lanka. The prestigious hotel, a part of the Hilton Hotels
Corporation, opened its doors in September 1987, and over the years has
played host to some of the highest dignitaries from all around the
The year planned is filled with a series of fun filled and elaborate
celebrations, all of which focus on the central theme of number 21. With
an event scheduled to occur every month, the Hilton Colombo plans to
ensure that their 21st year will be celebrated in grand style.
Kicking off the year of fun, the Hilton Colombo will host a sensational
and flamboyant 21 hour Latino carnival, from September 21, 6 p.m. to 22,
3 p.m. at the Hilton poolside, featuring some of the hottest fashions on
a sea-sand catwalk parade, a guest DJ, food and beverage stalls, aqua
aerobics, a sumptuous brunch, a family fashion show and pulsating samba
Starting from this September the hotel will hold its CSR programme where
all proceeds from fundraising activities and contributions will be
donated to the Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind. The exclusive hotel
will also award 20 scholarships to the Sri Lanka Institute of Hotel
As the hotel steps into its 21st year, it also recognises the immense
amounts of support and loyalty displayed by the pioneers of the Hilton
Rt. Rev. Dr. Edmund Peiris OMI
Lanka’s first Sinhala Catholic Bishop
The 18th death anniversary of Rt. Rev. Dr. Edmund Peiris OMI, the
former Bishop of the Diocese of Chilaw falls on September 4. He died on
September 4, 1989.
He was a linguist, international scholar, researcher, versatile writer,
orator and an able administrator.
Born in Chilaw to a deeply religions Catholic family, his father Diogu
Peiris and his mother Clara Peiris, moulded the young Edmund to a truly
Christian way of life. His primary education was at St. Mary’s English
School al Chilaw, and moved over to St. Joseph’s College, Colombo for
his secondary education where he had a brilliant academic record.
Heeding the call of the God Almighty he entered St. Bernard’s Seminary
to study for his priesthood. Here too he had a brilliant academic and
theological record. He was ordained priest on February 25, 1924 by Rt.
Rev. Dr. Anthony Coudert, the then Archbishop of Colombo. He thus became
the first Catholic priest from Chilaw. He sang his first mass at his
native home amid a very large gathering.
The Administrators of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka soon recognised
the talents of this young priest and sent him to United Kingdom for
further studies. He graduated in Oriental Studies from the University of
During his stay in London, he did extensive research at the British
Museum, which housed historical data on former British colonies with
special emphasis on the work of the Christian missionaries in Sri Lanka.
On his return, he joined Fr. Peter Pillai in the social service campaign
of the Church.He served as the first editor of Samaga Samaya, acclaimed
a masterpiece in the campaign for social justice. When the Chilaw
Diocese was carved out of the large diocese of Jaffna, Bishop Peiris
became the first Bishop of Chilaw. He thus became the first Sinhalese
Catholic Bishop in Sri Lanka and that too in his own native coastal town
of Chilaw. The young Bishop had an uphill task in organising the new
diocese, which consisted of the whole Wayamba Province – Puttalam and
Kurunegala Districts. The new Bishop set up his residence and
administrative office at the portly majestic mansion of the late N. J.
Marlin, the eminent barrister who represented the Burgher community in
the legislature, which was given over to the Church.
Bishop Peiris introduced indigenous Catholic rituals and Sinhala
cultural characteristics into Christian worship. This resulted in
various indigenous prayer books, hymnals, oriental art, decorations and
designs taking their due place among the Catholic community. The Tantum
Ego and the Regina Coeu sung in Latin were changed into a Sinhalese
version by him. Santana Maniyane, the very popular prayer song in honour
of St.Anne was written by him. He was a pioneer in building new churches
in remote areas, chapels, elders homes, hostels for youth, schools and
seminaries. St. Joseph’s Home for Elders at Lansigama, Marawila, St.
Anne’s Nursing Home and outdoor dispensary at Marawila, St. Paul’s
Seminary at Marawila, St. Peter’s Industrial School in Chilaw, are
fitting monuments to his credit. He was instrumental in modernising the
sacred Pilgrimage Centre at St. Anne’s Talawila.
His contributions to the State were varied. He served as a member of the
Education Publication Board, the University Senate, the Sinhala
Encyclopaedia, the Editorial Board and the Government Archives
Committee. He was one time president of the prestigious Royal Asiatic
The Chilaw Urban Council headed by its Chairman Sweeny Perera paid the
biggest tribute to a son of the town by erecting a life-size statue of
him at the entrance to Bridge Street, which was named after him as
Radaguru Edmund Peiris Mawatha. It stands magnificently facing the main
Colombo-Puttalam Road. The unprecedented crowds at Bishop Peiris’s
funeral at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Chilaw, bore testimony to his
popularity and the high esteem he was held in by the people of all
May his soul rest in peace.
- Nevis Fernando
Tribute to a loving mother
Darling Mummy, I just can’t believe that you are no more with us! Yes
you lived your life to the full but you were so special to me and I
honestly know that you took your last breath from this world thinking of
me and you wanted me by your bedside to say goodbye to your loving son,
but mummy I just could not fulfill that request and it was the saddest
moment of my life. I have to live with that guilt until my death.
The day you left me alone, your footprints and mine made their separate
way, your set left for heaven leaving me in this world, but even then
our footprints still yet walk side-by-side matching every step and
Mummy, it was an honour and a privilege to look after you and I did this
duty with a lot of pride and my only intention was to keep you happy.
Although I was living many thousand miles away in London, I thank
Almighty Allah for giving me an opportunity to talk to you over the
phone every single day and I truly enjoyed the chit chat we had for
hours and hours on various topics and family issues, those will be the
golden moments of my life.
Thank you for everything you have done to me your prayers, love, advice,
protection and what not! You were very special to me and you were the
Mother of the entire Marikar family among the others I know.
Thank you for being such a wonderful Mother! Now only one thing I can do
for you is to pray for you day and night and I will fulfil that duty.
Also I intend to embark on a charitable mission in your name to add lots
of good deeds so that Almighty Allah will shower his holy blessing on
you and take you to Jinathul Firdouse.
Mummy my life will never be the same again without you and I only ask
Almighty Allah to grant you a special place in the paradise! Ameen
Son in tears
Dead Poet’s Society (1989, 129 minutes) at the American Centre, 44,
Galle Road, Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.
September 11 & 12
Le Manuscrit Disparu by Gérald Caillat (2004, 52 minutes) in French
with English subtitles, at the Alliance Francaise, Colombo, - 3
September 14 – 23
Blood Brothers, presented by Workshop Players directed by Jerome L.
De Silva, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
Kumbi Kathawa, the children’s ballet directed by Chitrasena-Vajira
Dance Foundation, at the Bishop’s College Auditorium, at 7:30 p.m.
An exhibition of paintings by Vajira Gunawardene, at the Barefoot
Gallery, Colombo 3.
September 9 – 14
AYA 2007, an exhibition of paintings, at the Alliance Française de
Kandy 642, Peradeniya Road, Kandy, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
From September 13
An exhibition of prints by the students of the Department of
Printmaking, University of the Visual and Performing Arts, at the
Alliance Française Auditorium.
September 9 – 19
Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya (The Kitsch and the Expressive), the
recent works of Anura Krishantha, organised by the Theertha
International Artists Collective, at the Red Dot Gallery, Pitakotte,
from 13:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Until September 30
Photos de Paris, photos of monuments and landmarks of Paris seen
through Alexander Kveladze’s lens during his visit in Summer 2002, at
the Alliance Française de Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.
Bridging Connections, a collection of short stories edited by Prof.
Rajiva Wijesingha, at the Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhloka
Mawatha, Colombo 4, at 6 p.m.
ARIES – Mesha
This week too your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) is in your 2nd house with
Ravi (Sun) in the 5th and portends ill health to your off-springs. You
will have to exert yourself on their behalf. Their education too will be
disrupted. Problems at your place of work will disturb your peace of
mind. Less cooperation from your superiors.
BYour lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) is in the 3rd house this week along with
Budha (Mercury) in the ascendant in the 5th house brings you a week of
mixed fortunes. You will be incessantly afflicted by headaches or phlegm
related ailments. Like stomachaches too will cause health problems. The
environment in your home front will cause you mental disturbances. Those
in the clerical and industrial sector will see resurgence in their
inherent capabilities. Good for your children’s educational activities.
GEMINI – Mithuna
Your lagna lord Budha (Mercury) in your 4th house in the ascendant
and Ravi (Sun) in the 3rd house makes this a week especially favourable
to you. You will reap the maximum benefit out of your knowledge. Those
expecting employment will realise their dreams. Those already employed
will see progress or promotions in career.
CANCER – Kataka
Sikuru (Venus) in the 1st house and Ravi (Sun) in the 2nd brings you
a week of mixed fortunes. Romantic affairs will bring you mental pain.
Unnecessary extra marital relationships will disrupt your family life.
Health will be affected due to phlegm ailments in the chest. But
favourable progress in educational activities.
LEO – Sinha
With lagna lord Ravi (Sun) in the 1st house and Budha (Mercury) in
the 2nd brings you a week of mixed fortunes. You will consolidate your
future amidst various obstacles. You will reap benefits from your
knowledge. Documentary or clerical work will benefit you. If you are
expecting a loan it will materialise this week. A good week for students
in their educational affairs.
VIRGO – Kanya
Budha (Mercury) in your 1st house with Ravi (Sun) in your 12th
brings a week of mixed fortunes for you. You are assured of progress in
your career or other perks due to you. Those expecting employment will
face success. Favourable environment in your work place and assistance
from your superiors indicated. Expect windfalls, even minor ones.
LIBRA – Thula
You can expect some problems or obstacles in your career as your
debilitating lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) traverses the 10th house with
Ravi (Sun) in the 11th. Your interest in work will weaken. Your income
will remain steady amidst delays and problems. Loss indicated through
SCORPIO – Vruschika
Your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) is in the 7th house and Ravi (Sun) in
the 10th will bring you special improvements in career. Eventhough enemy
activities are shown in your place of work, they will not affect you and
you will be able to gain the trust and favour of your superiors. Will
obtain successful results from educational activities.
SAGITTARIUS – Dhanu
With lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) in your 12th house and Ravi (Sun) in
your 9th brings you a week of mixed fortunes. Promotion indicated in
career. Favourable for those expecting employment. Success in interviews
and examinations. A very favourable week for those engaged in
CAPRICORN – Makara
It can be regretfully said that this week will not bring you any
good fortune. Problems will crop up in your career. You will lose
interest in career due to your superiors refusing to cooperate. Disputes
between spouses will disrupt family life. Stubbornness and hasty
decisions of youth will disrupt romantic affairs.
AQUARIUS – Kumbha
Your lagna lord Shani (Saturn) with Ravi (Sun) in your 7th house
brings you a week of balanced favour. You will work with extra interest
and will in your career or livelihood. Income from career will be fair.
You will be inclined to purchase land. But disputes indicated in buying
or selling of land or property. Unexpected profit from some document
PISCES – Meena
Your lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) is in the 9th house with Ravi (Sun)
in the 6th brings you relief from prevailing illnesses. But will be
afflicted by minor stomach aches. You will engage with extra will in
your career or livelihood. The week will bring favourable marriage
proposals for the unmarried. But expect obstacles in romantic affairs.
Sunday: 4.02 to 5.32
Monday: 7.02 – 8.32
Tuesday: 2.32 – 4.02
Wednesday: 11.32 – 1.02
Thursday: 1.01 – 2.31
Friday: 10.01 – 11.31
Saturday: 8.31 – 10.31
(Applicable both day and night)