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 Jayasundara


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.


Rythmic Glow

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 all communities.
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 Hambantota District.


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 Denham Pereira.
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 down

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 affection.
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 Udaya Kumara.
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 world.
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 beats.
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 Management.
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 Colombo.



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 London.
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 Society.
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 denominations.
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 stride
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



September 11
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 p.m./6:30 p.m.


September 14 – 23
Blood Brothers, presented by Workshop Players directed by Jerome L. De Silva, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.


September 9
Kumbi Kathawa, the children’s ballet directed by Chitrasena-Vajira Dance Foundation, at the Bishop’s College Auditorium, at 7:30 p.m.


September 9
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.

Book launch

September 11
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 documentary matters.
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.
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 educational activities.
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.
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 indicated.
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.

Rahu period
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)