Celebration of Books
Kandy Books launched its 16th publication Creative Expressions
2, a collection of ten short stories and ten poems edited by Nimal Sanderatne at
the Orient Club on November 18. It is a sequel to the first volume of Creative
Expressions, Fourteen Short Stories published in 2004. The stories and poems are
of diverse themes, styles and forms of expression.
The authors in Creative Expressions 2 are of varied backgrounds and the themes
and styles are markedly different. The ages of the authors too vary from a
teenager to several septuagenarians. Two writers are from Canada, and three are
expatriate Sri Lankans living in Australia, England and Canada . The ten short
stories are by Jean Solomons Arasanayagam, Sarath Edirisinghe, Leonrad Graholm,
Sriyani Hulugalle, Leela Rani Jayasinghe, Jessie Kaplin, Asoka Perera,
Valentine Perera, Ransiri Meneke Silva and W.A.Wijewardena.
It includes ten Poems by Paravathi Solomons Arasanayagam, Sriyani Hulugalle,
Nalini Jayasuriya, Chandima Rajapathirane, Ranjini Wickremaratne Rebera, Asoka
Perera and Nayani Weragoda.
The Celebration of Books was attended by a very large and distinguished
gathering that viewed the 16 books published by Kandy Books in the space of
Nalini Jayasuriya’s Letter From Ingy 2007, a book of poems for children will be
published this month.
Girl at the Ferry to be launched
Edmund Jayasuriya, who earlier published his memoirs as the
Assistant Government Agent in the Anuradhapura District both in Sinhala and
English (Vev Bendi Rajje Savariyak - Sojourn in Lake Country), has now written a
Sinhala novel Thotupoledee Hamuvu Yuvatiya, (Girl at the Ferry), which will be
launched at the National Library and Documentation Services Board, Independence
Square, Colombo 7 at 4 p.m. on December 5.
The event will be presided over by Prof. Kusuma Karunaratna. Prof. Sunanda
Mahendra and Dr. Praneeth Abhayasundera will address the gathering.
A well-known literary critic and translator, Jayasuriya’s translation of
Totagarnuve Sri Rahula Thera’s Selalihini Sandesa won for him the State Literary
A ward for the best English translation in 2003.
The launch of Sony BRAVIA on November 15
The Sony BRAVIA range of LCD televisions epitomise the revolutionary
technological prowess of this renowned brand name. Each series of the BRAVIA
range has been specially developed to cater to a wide variety of needs.
The launch of Sony BRAVIA on November 15
CUP art competition
The donor Rajiv Dissanayake, Director, CUP, U.R.Jayaweera Bandara,
Selecting winners, S.A.Dissanayake, Jagath Kariyakarawana, and Director, CUP,
N.T.A.Dissanayake participated in this event
An art competition to design a calendar for the year 2008 was
held for the children residing in Kalinga Watta, Polhengoda organised by the CUP
on November 4.
An evening of Romanian folklore
On the occasion of the National Day of Romania and the 50th
anniversary of diplomatic relations between Romania and Sri Lanka an evening of
Romanian Folklore will be held on December 5, at Royal College, Main Hall, from
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Baraganul, an ensemble from Calarasi, Romania will perform. The
event has been organised by the Embassy of Romania with the support of the
Foreign Affairs Ministry.
“Giving back to the community” Proud winners
of the 2007 Youth in Philanthropy Award
Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto was the select venue when
the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Greater Toronto Chapter held
its 2007 National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon witnessed by a 1300 strong
crowd on November 15. It was a grand affair complete with bells and whistles to
usher in a handful of fundraisers whose commitment to excellence went far beyond
the normal call of duty. The Master of Ceremonies was well known City TV Anchor
Gord Martineau who evidently has been associated with this event for the last
eleven years. AFP is an association of professionals throughout the world
working to advance philanthropy by enabling people and organisations to practice
effective and ethical fundraising. The core activities through which AFP
fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research,
credentialing, and advocacy.
With this backdrop, two young siblings Sanjay and Sofia Sugumar were honoured by
the organisers for their voluntary donation of $2,033.05 in small change – to
the Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital, the hospital where they had been born. In
October 2006 the brother and sister donated all of the contents of their
baby-bottle shaped piggy bank in an effort to give back to the community and the
country that had given their family so much.
IOM upgrades facilities at St. Michael’s
St. Micheal’s College, Batticaloa with a student population of
over 3,000 and 100 teachers is one of the oldest and reputed schools in the
district which dates back to 1873.
To improve the existing educational and extra-curricular facilities of St.
Micheal’s College, IOM with funding from the European Commission provided
furniture, musical instruments for the school western band, a photocopier and a
duplication machine. To instill the habit of reading in students, IOM also
assisted in setting up a library in the school.
At a ceremony organized by the school development society of St Michael’s
College, IOM handed over the equipment to the school authorities and to the
Zonal Office of the Department of Education on November 5.
The project is funded under IOM’s Voluntary Assisted Return and Sustainable
US DV Lottery ends today
The 2009 DV Lottery Programme ends today, and interested
applicants should be sure to apply before the deadline. The DV Lottery, or
greencard lottery, allows randomly selected applicants to immigrate to the
United States on an expedited basis, provided they meet all the criteria. A
person may only enter the lottery if he or she has: 1) citizenship of a
qualifying country (Sri Lanka and the Maldives both qualify); and 2) either a
high school equivalent education (Six GCE O-Levels including compulsory
subjects) or work experience within the past five years in a profession that
requires at least two years of training or experience to perform.
The lottery registration period ends today. The lottery is conducted entirely by
electronic means over the internet. Paper entries will no longer be accepted.
The State Department has established a website for the submission of entries,
which can be accessed at: www.dvlottery.state.gov. Please be aware that this is
the ONLY website for the DV Lottery, and that entering the lottery is completely
free. An applicant may only register ONCE; more than one entry will result in
automatic disqualification. NO FEE is charged to enter the Diversity visa
The bells of St. Mary’s Bambalapitiya will ring out joyfully on
December 9 at the festive Mass to herald the commencement of its centenary
Three days of Novenas followed by Vespers on December 8 will usher in the feast
of the Immaculate Conception which in turn will signal the dawn of the Jubilee
year. This is the most significant milestone in the history of this church to
To commemorate this event the Parish is preparing a year long programme of
religious activities. Chief of which are a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, A
Retreat in Chakkuladi at the Divine Retreat Centre and the arrival of Father
Augustine and his team from Chakkuladi to conduct a retreat in the parish.
The parish is also organizing a second collection every fourth Sunday to help
three disadvantaged groups in our society namely; the prisoners who are in jail
for minor offences because they cannot pay their fines, rehabilitation of drug
addicts and the poor patients who are unable to pay for their medical needs.
Meanwhile there will be a simple ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the
new Parish Hall Complex at 8:30 a.m. on December 8.
Latvia Day celebrations
“The Latvian people assisted in the reconstruction in
affected areas in the aftermath of the tsunami, with funds utilized for
preschools and (will always be happy to) reach out a hand to the Sri Lankan
people to assist. Whenever necessary they share will all European nations a deep
fund of goodwill towards this beautiful island,” he stated.
Lyn de Alwis,
Conservationist, Environmentalist par excellence Courtesy
Gajah, official journal, IUCN Asian Elephant Specialist Group
On November 22, 2006, an icon of wildlife conservation, passed
away quietly and unknown to most. For many people, who knew him, professionally,
Lyn de Alwis symbolises the various achievements and benchmarks he set in the
national and international zoo and wildlife conservation forum. For the people
who knew him personally, Lyn leaves behind a gulf that will never be bridged and
a yearning for an era never to come back.
For most people, Lyn de Alwis was either the Zoo Director or the Wildlife
Director or both, since he was the only person to hold both positions,
simultaneously. Chief among his achievements are to further wildlife
conservation in Sri Lanka as well as globally. Lyn provided the leadership for
the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) as well as the Dehiwala Zoo. Long
before South and Southeast Asian countries, Lyn, with the help of the World
Wildlife Fund and the Smithsonian Institute, led the DWC to conduct scientific
research, bringing Sri Lanka to the forefront of international conservation. Lyn
was Director DWC from 1965 to1969 and from 1978 to 1983. During his Directorship
in the 1960s, Lyn managed to convert almost all the intermediate zones into
National Parks, i.e., in 1967 and 1969, the Wilpattu West Intermediate Zones
into the Wilpattu National Park and in 1969, the Yala Intermediate Zone into the
Yala National Park. During the same time, he also established special elephant
control units to attend to the increasing human-elephant conflicts in the
Hambantota and Anuradhapura regions. In 1970, he got an amendment made to the
Fauna & Flora Protection Ordinance, to include jungle corridors for the free
movement of elephants between wildlife reserves. In 1978, he got a Cabinet Paper
passed to establish one-mile wide buffer zones to wildlife reserves. In
addition, during his tenure, the Department conducted the first capture and
translocation of elephants.
His noteworthy contributions, during his second tenure at the DWC in the 1980s,
were the designing of a system of protected areas for the Mahaweli River
As Zoo Director, he established the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a unique
concept even at the time. Additionally, Lyn established the Zoo Development Fund
and the Zoo Welfare Society for the zoo staff. Lyn designed the Singapore Zoo as
well as the Night Safari. As Chairman, Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG),
Lyn paved the way for the international conservation forum to gain access to
countries such as Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia and Vietnam that were closed to the
outside world. Lyn personally penned and edited the newsletter of the AsESG,
later becoming the journal GAJAH.
It was a great loss for Sri Lanka, the day Lyn passed away. For the hundreds of
people out there, who knew him - they lost a colleague, a friend, a peer. For
his immediate family – they lost their patriarch. For me, personally, I lost a
mentor and a friend. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka did not value nor appreciate Lyn
for what he had done and could have continued to do for its wildlife
conservation. Lyn was a monument as well as a foundation stone of Sri Lanka’s
conservation forum and will continue to be so, through the people whose lives he
President, CEO Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society
Wing Commander Denzil Fernando
The cruel hand of fate snatched Wing Commander Denzil Fernando
from our midst, an officer and gentleman par excellence, admired by his peers,
respected by his subordinates and all who knew him. He passed away in Brighton
U.S.A. on November 5, 2007. His family and friends; are yet baffled by his
untimely death and overwhelmed by a profound sense of grief.
“Death, ruthless death, how fast you throw fatal darts on those whom we adore”
Uncle Denzil, a contemporary of my father while serving in the Sri Lanka Air
Force and later in the Royal Oman Police; was a close friend of my father and
our family. We associated closely with his family and I knew him since my
childhood. This appreciation is with a deep sense of gratitude, while being
deeply saddened by his demise. When my father and mother were completely
shattered, consequent to a motor traffic accident in which I sustained serious
injuries and was lying between life and death for days; Uncle Denzil and Aunty
Premanie were a tower of strength and comfort. My parents were virtually
devastated and overcome with despair, but Uncle Denzil continuously rekindled
their faith, imploring them to trust in the Almighty. Until his untimely demise,
he meticulously followed up my recovery and rehabilitation. While in the Royal
Oman Police in the Sultanate of Oman, Aunty Premanie and he showered us with
hospitality and kindness. My sister and I enjoyed Aunty Premanie’s delicious
meals and the company of his daughters Sheolie and Dinali. Denzil was happiest
in the tranquility of his home with his wife and daughters.
He was a rare personality, whose exemplary and ethical conduct and religious
convictions, left an inedible mark on me. The hallmark of his character was his
patent simplicity, modesty and religious piety. He was my ‘role model,’ the
perfect human being. He inculcated high ethical and moral values in his
daughters and guided their academic pursuits. Sheolie who obtained a degree in
Public Health from Harvard University, is now a third year student at George
Washington Medical School, while Dinali is a physician at the prestigious Mount
Sinai hospital in New York. Though I knew Uncle Denzil’s achievements, it was
only when I attended his memorial service at St. Theresa’s Church that I
realized his impressive record in the Sri Lanka Air Force. The eulogies so
eloquently delivered by Wg. Cmdr. Roshan Biyanwila and Wg. Cmdr. E.H. Ohlmus,
portrayed his impressive service record and admirable personal qualities.
Listening to the significant and remarkable record of achievements, I found it
difficult to understand his simplicity and humility.
While Aunty Premanie lost an adored devoted husband; Sheolie and Dinali an
affectionate mentor and friend. My father and our family lost an irreplaceable
He left us cherished memories which will linger forever. Those of us who now
feel the impact of his loss must derive inspiration and comfort from the legacy
he left behind.
(From the tree of life each leaf must fall…
the green, the gold, the great, the small…
Each one in God’s own time, He will call…
With perfect love, He gathers all.)
May he rest in peace
December 4 & 5
Intervention Divine by De Elia Suleiman (92 minutes, 2002) in French with
English subtitles, at 3 p.m./ 6:30 p.m.
An exhibition of paintings by Muhanned Cader, at the Barefoot Gallery,
Lake House Book Shop, at the Liberty Plaza, Colombo 3.
Little Women, at the Liberty Plaza, Colombo 3.
Uthum Pathum, at Liberty Plaza, Colombo
Dress Point, at Liberty Plaza, Colombo 3.
Hilton Colombo’s Kiddies Carnival, at the Sports Centre Car Park, from 4
p.m. to 7 p.m.
There will be loads of fun activities with fun bouncers, merry-go-round, giant
wheel, cup and saucer, candy floss, lot’s food and drinks. For more information
call the Food and Beverage Office on 2492012. Tickets are available at the
Special Events Desk from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The students of Buddhist Ladies’ College and BLC International proudly presents
Nirmani, a variety entertainment show on December 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the
John De Silva Memorial Hall. The event featuring dance, drama and songs will
provide an enjoyable evening. All parents and well-wishers are welcome. Tickets
are available at the gate.