Dilukshi Kavindya Weeraperuma, a Grade 5 student of Visakha Vidyalaya will perform her Arrangethram on Saturday, October 6, at the school’s Jeramias Dias Hall. She is a pupil of the eminent Bharata Natyam teacher Priyadharshini Bandara, and is the younger daughter of Dilshan and Dharshika Weeraperuma of Ratmalana.


The Sri Lanka China Society 10th Delegation visit

The Sri Lanka China Society 10th Delegation consisting of (L – R) Nanda Corea, (Executive Member), J. Paranamanna, (Member) Gerald Hidelaratchi (Leader), Song Jinchang (Deputy Director General, Foreign Affairs Office Tianjin Municipal People’s Govt.), Vijitha Kadiragonna (Executive Member), Zhang Yuan (Director-Tianjin Nankai, District People’s Govt.), Dr. H. W. Perera (member) were accorded a warm reception at the Astor Hotel Conference Hall, on their recent visit to the People’s Republic China.


A landmark book on conflict resolution

The Sinhala and Tamil language editions of a landmark book on conflict solving, Transforming Ethnopolitical Conflict in Sinhala and Tamil will be launched on September 19, at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) Auditorium, at 4:30 p.m.

Transforming Ethnopolitical Conflict- the Berghof Handbook which is translated into Sinhala and Tamil is an internationally acclaimed publication that offers a systematic overview of the state-of –the –art in conflict transformation and is edited by, Alex Martin, Martina Fischer and Norbert Ropers. It presents practical, empirical and theoretical knowledge in this field. It is published by The Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies, together with Vijitha Yapa Publications.

“This book provides new perspectives on restoring peace in societies with violent internal conflict. It is extremely useful to students, researchers, politicians and policy makers.” stated Dr. Jayadeva Uyangoda, of the University of Colombo, describing the book.
The Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series in English with approximately 40 publications could be accessed through www.berghof-handbook.net


Hilton Colombo’s 21-hour Latino Carnival

Keeping the Hilton Colombo’s 21-hour Latino carnival alive all night long with pulsating samba beats will be two of India’s hottest DJ’s - Akshay and Lil’B along with local sensation DJ Timmy. The entertainment will begin on September 21, at 6 p.m. and will feature a spectacular variety series of events until September 22, 3 p.m.


Dr J J meets Former President CBK

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunge had a cordial and friendly chat with Assistant Secretary of the UNP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena, when they met at the residence of the High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Colombo recently.


Holy Mass commemorating Ferntea’s 30th anniversary

Ferntea Ltd, a company listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange celebrated its 30 years of operation in Sri Lanka recently. To mark this important milestone, a Holy Mass was observed at their Head Office in Vauxhall Street. Fr. Neil Karunaratne of St. Theresa’s Church officiated at the Mass. Chairman Ferntea Ltd, Anura Fernando and members of the staff of Ferntea and its associate companies participated in this Mass.


Major Berty Perera awarded with Deshabandu

Civil Coordinating Officer of the 233 Brigade stationed in Vakarai, Major Berty Perera has been awarded the prestigious Deshabandu national award by the Sri Lanka Social, Welfare and Peace Foundation, for his long services for the upliftment of civilians’ lives in Batticaloa and Vakarai.

The award followed a survey conducted by this organisation with regard to Major Berty Perera’s involvement in public relations and humanitarian activities and his popularity among the civilians as well as among army personnel.

He is an old boy of Maris Stella College Negombo and St. Sebastian Maha Vidyalaya, Katuwapitiya. He joined the army in July 1985.


Lions Club of Colombo Somerset eye screening project

An eye screening project to detect cataract and visual disabilities were organised by Lions Club of Colombo Somerset recently at Darmarajah Temple in Dehiwela. Two doctors and optometrists screened 230 patients on this day.


Naturee Queen

Chamoda Tamara being crowned as the ‘Naturee Queen’ by the Head of Business, Sigma Division of Harcourts (Pvt) Ltd, Sanjith Madugalle at the PHABA Professional Hair and Beauty Workshop, on August 11, at Mari Stella College Negombo.
Harcourts (Pvt) Ltd, the makers of NATUREE 400, the 100% Natural Vitamin E – Co-sponsored the Workshop.


Reflections 2007 – Living Images

The Sri Lanka Bonsai Association will hold its annual exhibition Reflections 2007 - Living Images, at the Art Gallery September 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The opening ceremony and the award presentation will be held at 11 a.m. on September 14. Ambassador of Japan, Kiyoshi Araki, and Madam Araki will be the Chief Guests on the occasion.


Launching of Kamal Perera’s three books

Kamal Perera’s latest novel, short story book and collection of political columns, titled Uskandu Awadian, Ketikata Pahak Samaga Keti Kata Gane Katha Bahak and Wetha Liya Danwana Waganam were launched on September 1, at the Kandy YMBA auditorium.



Seminar on pre 8th ICAAP on HIV \ AIDS Policy

The special seminar on pre 8th ICAAP on HIV \ AIDS Policy was held at the Trans Asia Hotel Colombo under the auspices of Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayaka. Minister of Health, Nimal Siripala de Silva and several foreign representatives also participated on the occasion.

The seminar was organised by Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) and Ministry of Health supported by UNAIDS, UNDP, WHO, UNFPA, and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Co-support was given by the Governments of Sweden and Denmark.


Meal donations

The Deaf and Blind School at Ratmalana, look after, educate and provide accommodation and food to about 375 children. A breakfast costs Rs. 2,850 and lunch Rs 4000 for approximately 175 children. Finding donors for 30 days of the month is a major task.
Would you like to help to bring a little joy to the lives of these innocent ones?
Please contact the Meals Coordinator on 2611338.



Captain Nadun Saminda Tilakaratne

Captain Galaboda Madduma Mudiyanselage Nadun Saminda Tilakaratne was seriously injured during a military operation in Toppigala area on September 8, 2007, died on admission to Polonnaruwa General Hospital.

Born on September 30, 1982 in Ratnapura, Saminda Tilakaratne was educated at R/ Siduhath Vidyalaya, and R/Dharmapala Maha Vidyalaya up to GCE Advanced Level. After leaving school he joined the Sri Lanka Army as a cadet officer on July 5, 2002 when Sri Lanka was facing a serious terrorist threat. He was posted to the Gemunu Regiment on May 27, 2005 after passing out from the Military Academy Diyathalawa where he successfully completed his two and half year Cadet Officer Training. Later he followed the Young Officers’ Course, and the Radar Training Course. Captain Thilakaratne was a valiant and popular military official who commanded high recognition among his colleagues. He has been recommended for the award of Ranashura and Purnabhumi Medals and the Deshaputra award in appreciation of his valour and the dedicated services in the battle field until he laid down his life for the country.
May he attain Nibbana.

A.K.Karunaratne (RSP)
6th Gemunu Regiment


Neil Peiris

The passing away of Neil Peiris at a time when it was least expected, has sent shock waves among his numerous friends and has left a void that cannot be easily filled.

A scion of a very respectable family of Moratuwa he had his secondary education at Methodist High School Moratumulla, Moratuwa. He was brilliant in his academic activities and played cricket for the school, shining as a very good all rounder. After successful scholarly life he joined the Government Clerical Service. While attached to the Govt. Service he served the Trade and Commerce Ministry as the Personal Assistant to the then Minister. Following success at the Competitive Overseas Examination conducted by the Foreign Ministry he joined the Government Overseas Service and his first appointment was to Burma and then to Canada. After sometime he resigned from the Overseas Service and joined the Canadian Government Service as an Accountant and served the Canadian Government. for thirty years.

He returned to Sri Lanka in 1996 and the role he played along with me in the formation of the Past Pupils’ fellowship of Methodist High School is indeed magnificent and will be etched in our memories forever. He led an unpretentious and simple life and true to the teachings of the Bible was always ready and willing to help the poor and the needy and in the course of such acts, his left hand knew not what his right hand gave. He was married to Cora Van Cuylenberg and was blessed with a daughter. A dutiful and loving father he maintained brotherly relations with everybody he met. He was a devoted Christian. God gave and God took him away. He left all of us leaving only good memories behind.
May his soul rest in peace
Edwin A Fernando
Old Boys’ Fellowship Methodist High School Moratumulla Moratuwa


Piyal Weeraman

Piyal Weeraman is no more. After ailing for some time, he passed away on May 22, 2007. According to his wishes, his mortal remains were cremated on the same day at Borella Kanatta.
Piyal Weeraman hailed from a family of great respect in Weligama and he was living in Panadura. After he married Sunethra, they were living in Nawala. His only daughter Sanchitha and her husband are living in the States.

Weeraman started his career as a journalist at Davasa Group and subsequently he joined the Advertising Department where he served as the Advertising Manager and thereafter he was promoted to the post of Director Advertising and Business. Being a strict disciplinarian, he strived to inculcate a high standard of morality in his colleagues in the Advertising Department. Punctuality was strictly followed in the Department.

He was a dedicated, efficient, hardworking and a rare gentleman of impecable intergrity, refinement and unchanging kindness. He has helped many poor people and children. He was also a sportsman and an Ex President of the Orient Club, Colombo.
He was too the chief entertainer and performer at all office and family gatherings. He was very popular among advertising agencies. The Management of the Davasa Group recognised him as a person of high calibre. He received wide-spread recognition for his high sense of devotion to duty and made a renowned name in the Davasa Group.
May he attain Nibbhana
Jayantha Ameratunga



September 18
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995, 143 minutes) at the American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.

September 18
Mitr (180 minutes) at the Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4, at 5.30 p.m.

September 18 & 19
Ecrivain d’O by Paula Rapaport (not suitable for children) (2004, 80 minutes) in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, Colombo, - 3 p.m./6:30 p.m.


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


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 16 – 19
Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya (The Kitsch and the Expressive), the recent works of Anura Krishantha, organized 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.

September 16
An exhibition of paintings by Amalshantha Munindradasa, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.

September 18 – 20
An exhibition of stamps organised by Philatelic Society of Royal College, Colombo, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.


September 21
Bharatha Natyam performance by the students of the Indian Cultural Centre, at the Indian Cultural Centre, at 5:30 p.m.


Written in the Stars

Your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) is in your 3rd house while Ravi (Sun) traverses your 5th and 6th houses. Your extra efforts and will power will pay dividends this week. Students will face obstacles through the week but these will not affect their success. Mid week will see definite progress in their educational activities.

The week will bring you a balanced fortune while your lagna lord Sikuru
(Venus) traverses your 3rd house along with Ravi (Sun) in the 4th and 5th houses. This will be a successful week for those with an artistic touch. Your capabilities will gain you popularity. You will receive assistance from sisters or female relatives, and enjoy special improvement in educational activities.

Your lagna lord Budha (Mercury) in conjunction with Ravi (Sun) in your 4th house makes this a week of mixed fortunes. You will work with extra zest at home and at your workplace. You will gain economically through your acquired knowledge. Avenues for sudden gains in income will open up to you.

Sikuru (Venus) in your 1st house and Ravi (Sun) in the 2nd and 3rd houses brings you a week where you will be peaceful, happy and contended. Opportunities for the purchase of land, house and or luxury items will be open to you. Assistance indicated from female relatives or acquaintances.

Lagna lord Ravi (Sun) along with Shani (Saturn) and Kethu in your 1st house brings you a week of mixed fortunes. You will work with extra will and energy. Your single-minded decisions will cause friction with your close colleagues or family members. You will obtain successful results from your capabilities from mid-week.

Budha (Mercury) and Ravi (Sun) traverse your 1st house this week making this a week where you will perform as you wish, and enjoy success in educational activities, exams and interviews. You will get the assistance of superiors in these activities. You can expect promotions in your career.

Your lagna lord is in the 10th house with Ravi(Sun) traversing the 11th and 12th houses. This conjunction portends a peaceful week at your place of work, where you will receive the cooperation of all concerned. This is an especially good week for those in the fields of art, with popularity coming their way. Expect windfalls at the beginning of the week.

Your lagna lord Kuja Mars) is in the 8th house and Ravi Sun) traversing your 10th and 11th houses portend a special improvement in your career. You will reap the benefits of your capabilities this week. Monetary benefits indicated through documentation work. Income prospects good. Your children will be successful in their educational pursuits.

With lagna lord Guru Jupiter)in your 12th house and Ravi Sun)traversing your 10th and 11th houses, this will be a week of balanced fortunes. Arguments with spouse will cause disturbances in marital life. Not a good week for romance and break-ups indicated between partners. Misunderstandings will occur with neighbours and relatives. Males will especially face various problems from the fairer sex, but these will ease by mid week by when you will face progress in career or gain employment.

With lagna lord Shani (Saturn) in your 8th house and Ravi (Sun) traversing the 8th and 9th houses you will find a bit of happiness in family life. Attachment between spouses indicated. Career position will be fair and you will proceed peacefully. You will be afflicted by phlegm, sinus and throat related ailments. Things will take a turn for the better by mid-week. Expect foreign employment or travel.

Your lagna lord Shani (Saturn)in your 7th house with Ravi (Sun) traversing your 7th and 8th houses brings you a week of balanced fortunes. Your single-minded decisions will cause friction with your close colleagues or family members. You or spouse will be afflicted by some long-standing illness. You will face problems due to your children’s stubbornness and it will cause
obstacles to their education. Career position will be good and improve by mid-week.

Your lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) is in the 9th house with Ravi (Sun) traversing your 6th and 7th houses bring you a week of mixed fortunes. Your peace will be disturbed by property or inheritance related disputes. Those with chest ailments must take extra care of their health. A good week for young romance. Opportunities for trips and socials functions indicated.

Rahu period
Sunday : 4.01 to 5.31
Monday : 7.01 – 8.31
Tuesday : 2.31 – 4.01
Wednesday : 11.31 – 1.01
Thursday : 1.00 – 2.30
Friday : 10.00 – 11.30
Saturday : 8.30 – 10.30
(Applicable both day and night)








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