400 voices of praise
Organised by the Special Events Team of the Old Boys Association of S. Thomas
College, Mt. Lavinia in aid of the Chapel of the Transfiguration of S.Thomas
College, Combined Schools Choir of around 400 students from ten schools will
perform on September 30, at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Living Christ,
Baudhaloka Mawatha, Borella.
Dunant National Moot Court Competition
National Moot Court Competition organised by International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) was held at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International
Relations and Strategic Studies on September 18.
Two teams, one from Sri Lanka Law College and the other from Faculty of Law of
the University of Colombo took part in the competition which was themed on
International Humanitarian Law (IHL).
The judges for the competition were Deputy Solicitor General, Palitha Fernando
(Presidents Counsel) Faisz Mustapha (PC) and Director General Legal and Legal
Advisor on IHL and Human Rights to Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and Member of
National IHL Committee, Maj-Gen Mohanthi Peiris.
ICRC considers such competitions as integral part of its efforts to promote
awareness of IHL throughout the world. IHL is a set of legal provisions or a
body of law, that attempts to limit the means and methods of waging war and
hereby reduce suffering during armed conflict. The objective of the moot
competition was to familiarise law student with IHL.
Sri Lanka’s first national moot court competition conducted in English was held
in September 2005. The winning team of this years competition will represent Sri
Lanka at the regional Moot Court Competition in New Delhi from October 26 to 28,
2007. The winners will represent South Asia in the Asian Moot Court Competition
in Hong Kong. (SF)
of prime ministers
The newly appointed Japanese Prime Minister, Yasuo Fukuda with Anura
Bandaranike during his recent visit to Japan.
Pakistan scholarships for SL
Sri Lanka Press Institute is pleased to announce the award of three scholarships
for an eight week course on Television Journalism in Lahore, Pakistan under the
auspices of the South Asia Free Media Association, to three young Sri Lankan
television journalists. Of the three, one of the scholarships is awarded by the
SLPI to the top student of the 2006 batch of the Sri Lanka College of
Journalism, Ruwanthie Perera. She is currently attached to Derana TV. The other
two scholarships are awarded by the South Asia Free Media Association, and the
recipients are Shashika Perera, also a former SLCJ student and M. S. Ahmed, a
producer at Young Asia Television. The formal presentation of Air tickets to the
scholarship winners took place at the SLPI on September 25 by the Director of
the SLCJ, Arjuna Ranawana.
Sri Lanka LTTE and the British Parliament
Sri Lanka LTTE and the British Parliament written by Prof. Ravindra Fernando was
launched on September 10, at the BMICH. The chief guest on the occasion was
Constitutional Affairs and National Integration Minister, Dew Gunasekera MP.
Panorama, a book of English radio plays written by Milinda Rajasekera was
launched at the BMICH recently.
Rajasekera presenting a copy of the book to Sarvodaya Leader Dr. A. T.
Ariyaratne at the launch.
Kakul Hathare Illandariya is the latest stage play of veteran dramamtist R. R.
Samarakoon who has produced Kelani Palama, Ahasin Wetunu Minissau, Duwili, Idama,
Charitha Dekak, Kaputu Bo.
Kakul Hathare Illandariya will go on boards on October 4, at the Lionel Wendt
Theatre, Colombo 7.
Project 2006 -Healthcare for Elders
The SAARC Women’s Association-Sri Lanka Chapter organised an eye camp for the
workers in the plantation sector in Hi-Forest 3 (Kandapola) as part of their
Project 2006-Healthcare for Elders.
This was conducted in liaison with the Art of Living Foundation in Sri Lanka.
Solar units to wildlife range offices
MP for Hambantota District and Chairman of the Janasuwaya Development
Foundation, Sajith Premadasa, in addition to implementing people friendly
infrastructure and livelihood projects, initiated many programmes to assist
wildlife conservation specially at Yala national park.
Recently, he donated Rs. 500,000 worth of solar units to wildlife range offices
which plays an invaluable role in wildlife conservation specially to prevention
poaching of wild animals.
Louis Edmund Blaze of Kingswood
The 147th birth anniversary of Louis Edmund Blaze, the revered founder of
Kingswood College, Kandy falls on September 29.
Blaze was born on September 29, 1861 as the 5th child to a respectable Burgher
family. Both his paternal grandparents were teachers; grandfather being the
Headmaster at Government Boys’ School in Payagala whilst his grandmother was the
Headmistress at the Government Girls’ School also at Payagala. Two of his
brothers were eminent lawyers.
In 1880, at 19 years of age, he passed the 1st examination in Arts from the
University of Calcutta. On passing this examination, he was appointed as the
Headmaster of the Lower School of Trinity College. After a short period, he
resigned from this position with the intention of pursuing a career in Law. But
his heart was not in the legal profession. The inspiration of his grandparents
may have influenced him to decide otherwise.
In 1882 he became the 1st graduate from Trinity College when he obtained the
Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calcutta. Having obtained the
degree, he did a stint of teaching at Bishop’s College and St. James School in
Calcutta, the profession he was destined to continue. He was the Second Master
in the Boys’ School at Lahore from October 1885 to July 1890, acting for the
Headmaster at times. When he bid adieu to this school he received a souvenir as
a tribute to a teacher as well as a rugger player, which was of special interest
in that its cover was designed by Rudyard Kipling’s father and the inscription
it bore read: “To L E Blaze, Esq., Captain. Semper Paratus. First on the field
and last to leave it.”
Blaze returned to Ceylon in January 1891. “What disturbed me most in Ceylon
schools, and in all other schools known to me, was the strange distance between
teacher and pupil, and needlessly hostile relations which existed between them.
Another thing I specially disliked was the craze for judging the merits of a
school by its examination results and these alone. A school had much more to do,
whether by books, or by its general atmosphere, than to qualify boys for
examinations; and the examination list was not the only, or the best, criterion
of the worth of a school.”
Against all odds, Blaze founded the school of his choice on May 4, 1891 naming
it the Boys’ High School, housed in a small building in Pavilion Street, with
only 11 boys. In 1898 the school took the name of Kingswood College.
Blaze taught his students to play Rugby Football. The first schools’ rugby match
was played between Kingswood and Trinity in 1806 which ended in a draw.
Blaze was interested not only with the welfare of the pupils in school, but also
that of those who passed out. 13 years after founding Kingswood, Blaze
established the Kingswood Union on September 30, 1904 with himself as its first
President. Since that time the Kingswood Union has been functioning without a
A few years later Kingswood created history by being the first boys’ school to
appoint a lady teacher to be in charge of Standards 1 and 2. We too had the good
fortune to pass through the caring hands of dedicated lady teachers of the
calibre of Misses Jacob, Clements, Thorpe, Elias and Lekamge from the Baby Class
to Std. 4 and later Joyce Da Silva and Arieth Perera.
Kingswood College had a number of traditions established by Blaze. The most
significant of these is the reciting of the Prologue at the annual Prize Giving
of the College. Until a short period before he passed away, Blaze himself used
to write out the Prologue. Later it was entrusted to an old boy.
The other striking tradition was addressing the boys of Kingswood College as
Gentlemen of Kingswood. This set a standard for the boys to live up to.
It was on December 31, 1923 that Blaze severed his official connection with
Kingswood College when he retired from the position of Principal at the age of
To Blaze, retirement did not mean relaxation and leisure. He kept in touch with
the school and his old pupils sharing their joys and sorrows, and doing all he
could to keep the flames of loyalty burning.
He wrote two books on the history of Ceylon, produced an anthology of poems on
Ceylon entitled In Praise of Sri Lanka and wrote several academic papers such as
Ceylon in English Literature and Ceylon and Some Great Names which were his
contributions to the Dutch Burgher Union Journal. He also found time to edit the
Ceylon Independent newspaper and also wrote KFE, the book on the history of
The then Government, made him a Justice of Peace for the District of Kandy in
recognition of the services rendered by him as an educationist. In 1929, the
King honoured him by conferring the title of ‘Order of the British Empire’ and
20 years later he was elevated to the rank of Commander of the British Empire.
Blaze had the good fortune to be present at both the Golden Jubilee in 1941 and
the Diamond Jubilee in 1951.
Eight days after the Diamond Jubilee prize giving Blaze passed away on August 4,
1951, a few weeks before his 90th birthday.
Blaze undoubtedly and indisputably stands out as a colossus and shines out as
pre-eminent. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest scholars and thinkers this
country has produced and all of us are thankful to him for his foresight in
founding one of the best, if not the best school in Sri Lanka. It was also
fortunate that there were Principals of the calibre of Messrs. M A Utting, OL
Gibbon, P H Nonis, K M De Lanerolle, and others who continued the traditions
Blaze had established at Kingswood College.
H. M. Nissanka
Winston Rodrigo was a
man for all seasons
Winston was a boyhood friend of
mine. We were neighbours. He was a typical boy like anyone of us, but as we
embraced adulthood, Winston established his own special identity. He stood out
in any company not only for his physique and looks but also for his intellect.
Though “converted at birth to Catholicism” as he used to say, he had a profound
knowledge of Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism in addition to his knowledge of the
Bible. In many senses he was a deeply religious man. He kept an open mind and
never let prejudice colour his thinking. He was an admirer of Krishnamurthi
whose thinking laid particular emphasis on the ‘unconditioned mind’. His library
spoke for itself; it not only contained many rare books but also books on
contemporary thinking and research into parapsychology. He had his own theory
about ‘transmigration’, which concept some of us, ordinary mortals, find hard to
grasp. He never sought to impose his thinking on others. Winston’s advise to
many of his friends was “cultivate deep breathing and shut out other thoughts
and concentrate on the moment”—‘Awareness’ he said was meditation.
Winston was a ‘Peterite’ and loyal to his Alma Mater. He was also a lover of
good music with his preferences ranging from western classics to the Baila. He
also had a liking for sports. His last article was published on September 23 in
‘The Nation’ titled “Peterite Singers: Keeping the musical tradition alive”.
This piece of writing (Winston was a perfectionist) was a trip down memory lane
for me, as it would have been for others of our vintage who lived in what was at
one time a beautiful and peaceful Ceylon where many different ethnic and
religious groups lived happily in harmony. Incidentally Winston had his own
quaint sense of humour. For instance his pen name was W Aiyyar!
Winston’s principal interest in life was Journalism and he took to it like a
duck to water. Reading was his hobby and his extensive private library, which
had to be seen to be believed, bore testimony to that. His collection of music
tapes bore witness to his other love. Among friends he was affectionately
referred to as the Sheik because when an apparatus that provides music broke
down he did not bother to have it repaired. He went out and bought another! This
versatile man, who had many tastes and hobbies, also loved cats. He had more
than a few cats at home. I am reliably informed that he even took food to feed
the stray cats in the office premises. They would surely miss him. He related to
people well and was always willing to help others.
Winston commenced his journalism career at Times of Ceylon under the tutelage of
Donovan Moldridge. When Times of Ceylon folded he moved to the Colombo Plan. At
the Colombo Plan office, I believe he edited their Journal or News letter. It
was there that he took to editing a Journal for the National Bank of Kuwait. He
was there for many years, even during the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussain’s
forces. His stint in Kuwait had undoubtedly been a traumatic experience made
worse by the fact that he had hidden a friend whom the Iraqis’ were seeking.
Winston had hidden his friend in the toilet.
When I met him a few years after he had returned, I found a more pensive man who
seemed insecure, somewhat unsure of himself and pessimistically philosophical.
This perhaps accounted for his search for answers in religion. Winston’s last
two years were happy spent at The Nation. He often recalled how the staff
treated him with kindness and looked upon him as a father figure. He said that
he appreciated this kindness extended towards him by his colleagues in office
mainly because he had not mastered many skills commonplace today such as the
Computer. According to Winston his colleagues always ungrudgingly helped him
where technology and the use of machines came in to play.
Winston was most fortunate. He passed away peacefully in his sleep having led a
full life, a privilege and good fortune many do not enjoy. He believed in the
transmigration of consciousness. Where ever his transmigration may have taken
him to, may he know that he is dearly missed by friend and family a like. His
memory will stay with us for as long as we live. Goodbye Winston.
October 2 & 3
Bye Bye by Karim Dridi (1995, 105 minutes) in French with English subtitles,
at the Alliance Française, Colombo, 3 p.m./6:30 p.m.
A lecture by the Gandhiyan scholar and activist, Prof. Neelakanta
Radhakrishnan at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.
Is Man The Measure Of All Things, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, at
the Anula Nursary School, 310, H. L. R. Colombo 6, at 9:45 a.m.
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.
October 6 - 12
An exhibition of paintings in traditional style by Saman Siriwardene, at the
Alliance française de Kandy, 642 Peradeniya Road, Kandy. The exhibition will be
launched on September 5 by the Diyawadana Nilame Dalada Maligawa, Pradeep
Nilanga Dahala, at 6:30 p.m.
With your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) in your 3rd house and Ravi (Sun) in the 6th,
the week will see you reap the harvests of your hard work. You will profit from
buying or selling houses or property. A week which will see you purchase luxury
items for your home.
Your lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) is in the 3rd house this week along with Ravi
(Sun) in the 8th. You will receive justifiable results from your inherent
capabilities and will gain the assistance from friends and relatives. Your
artistic capabilities will make your popular.
You will see a week of balanced fortunes with you lagna lord Budha
(Mercury) in your 5th house and Ravi (Sun) in the 4th house. You will be very
successful in your educational activities and you will excel in exams and
interviews with success. There will be opportunities for inheritance of land or
house from your father.
Sikuru (Venus) in your 1st house and Ravi (Sun) in the 3rd makes you
spend this week happily and pleasurably. You will encounter opportunities for
buying or selling of land or property. You will work with extra will. All
efforts on the home-front will be completed successfully with the assistance of
your father or paternal relatives.
With Ravi (Sun) in your 2nd house and Shani (Saturn) Kethu (descendant) in the
1st brings you a week full of problems. Disputes and arguments with spouse will
cause you much heart ache. You will be inclined to waste your money on your
brothers or on females and also on unnecessary functions and trips.
Ravi (Sun) in your 1st house and lagna lord Budha (Mercury) in your
2nd brings you a week of mixed fortunes. Your knowledge and effort will increase
your income. Problems that crop up on the home-front can be sorted out through
your intelligence. Your stubbornness will give rise to problems, which you can
Your lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) traverses the 10th house with Budha
(Mercury) in the 1st. You will receive all assistance and cooperation of your
colleagues at your work place. An exceptionally good week for those engaged in
business activities. You will make decisions relating to your future.
Your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) is in the 8th house and Ravi (Sun) in the
11th brings you a week of mixed fortunes. Assistance from your superiors in
career activities can be expected. An inheritance you’re your paternal side
could come your way. A moderate rise in income if possible this week. Married
life will be peaceful.
With lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) in your 12th house and Ravi (Sun) in your
10th this brings you a week of balanced fortunes. Promotion indicated in your
career; superiors will assist you and you too will work energetically. A word of
caution - you will spend unnecessarily on pleasure and females.
Lagna lord Shani (Saturn) in your 8th house and Ravi (Sun) in the 9th makes
this a week where the unmarried Capricorns will be inundated with prosperous and
lucky marriage proposals. The married ones too need not worry as this week will
see them exceptionally happy and contended. Promotions indicated in career.
Your lagna lord Shani (Saturn) in the 7th and Ravi (Sun) in the 8th house brings
you a week of mixed fortunes. Your attachment to your father will decrease.
Expect problems from your superior officers. Those engaged in educational
activities will experience exceptionally good results.
Your lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) is in the 9th house with Ravi (Sun) in the 7th
brings exceptionally favourable results for engaged in education. Expect foreign
employment and trips which will benefit you immensely.
Sunday: 3.59 to 5.29
Monday: 6.58 – 8.28
Tuesday: 2.28 – 3.58
Wednesday: 11.28 – 12.58
Thursday: 12.58 – 2.28
Friday: 9.58 – 11.28
Saturday: 8.28 – 9.58
(Applicable both day and night)