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.


Henry Dunant National Moot Court Competition

Henry Dunant 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)


Sons of prime ministers

The newly appointed Japanese Prime Minister, Yasuo Fukuda with Anura Bandaranike during his recent visit to Japan.


Pakistan scholarships for SL television journalists

The 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.


Book launch

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.


Family Panorama

Family 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

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 break.

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 62 years.

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 Kingswood College.

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.
K Godage



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.


October 3
A lecture by the Gandhiyan scholar and activist, Prof. Neelakanta Radhakrishnan at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.

Public talk

September 30
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.


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.

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 avoid.

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.

Rahu period

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)







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