National Civilian Bravery Awards 2008 Invitation for applications

Applications are invited by the Foundation for Civilian Bravery for the following Awards for selfless acts of saving others. The applications will be evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges.
1. Lord Budal Gold Medal (Gold Medal for Civilian Bravery)
2. Silver Medals of Civilian Bravery
General conditions
1. Applications will be received until 29 February 2008
2. The period applicable for the heroic acts is 01 January 2007 to 31 December 2007.
3. Information may be forwarded by the candidate or by another on behalf of the candidate.
4. The applicant is responsible for providing proof of the veracity of the rescue under consideration
5. The past recipients of Gold and Silver Medals of Civilian Bravery are not eligible to apply.
6. The decision of the panel of judges for selection shall be final.

Applications are available from:
Foundation for Civilian Bravery
137 A, Siri Siddaththarama Road
Telephone & SMS: 0385670050


Miss Working Girl Competition was organized by Lions Club of Thimbirigasyaya & held at Hilton Hotel Colombo. Miss Lanka Adikari was crowned as the Miss Working Girl 2007.Here is Miss Working Girl with the Enchanteur Gift Pack.


Christmas peace meditation

The Diocese of Colombo of the Anglican Church of Ceylon is organising a Christmas Peace Meditation on Saturday 15th December 2007 from 5 p.m to 6.30 p.m on the Lawn of the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, 368 Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo.
The Meditation will be conducted in all three languages and will include the offering of Prayers, Scripture Readings and Meditations for Peace in the nation.
Those attending are kindly requested to be attired in white. All are welcome.


A pilgrim in the Buddhist Himalayas

An exhibition by photographer Jaroslav Poncar, from Germany, featuring panoramic photographs of the Himalayas, was opened on December 14 at the Harold Pieris Gallery. The exhibition will also be held at Lionel Wendt Art Centre, 18, Guilford Crescent, Colombo 07 until December 18. Exhibition hours are between 09.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m. The exhibition is held by the Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka in collaboration with Kodak.


Top anti-doping expert speaks on ‘Ethics in Sports Medicine’

Amid controversies of ‘doping’ by athletes the world over, ‘Ethics in Sports Medicine – an oxymoron?’ will be the subject of this year’s Professor S.R. Kottegoda Memorial Oration. Internationally known sports medicine scholar, Professor Siri Kannangara, currently Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia, will deliver the Oration to be held on December 19th, Wednesday, 2007, at 5 pm at the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS), Vidya Mawatha, Colombo 07.

The Memorial Oration, in its 12th year, is in memory of the late Professor S.R. Kottegoda, one-time Dean of the Medical Faculty, University of Colombo, and later National Coordinator, Health Systems Research, Ministry of Health. The late Professor Kottegoda was a leading authority in the SLAAS on the subject of Ethics in Science. Professor Kottegoda is also the author of the definitive pictorial guide book ‘Flowers of Sri Lanka’, now in its second printing.

Professor Siri Kannangara is a well known international sports medicine expert having functioned as a Physician and Consultant to the Australian Olympic teams at the Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney Games, and at World Cup events for Soccer, Cricket, Net Ball and Hockey. Prof. Kannangara is also the Director of the New South Wales Institute of Sports Medicine and he served in the FIFA Medical Committee from 1999 to 2006. In recognition of his contribution to Sports, Prof. Kanangara was inducted to the Australian Hall of Fame (Sports Hall of Fame) in 2004.

Professor Kannangara has functioned as a Consultant Physician for visiting Sri Lankan cricket teams in Australia and also for visiting athletics and other sports teams from Sri Lanka. He is an old boy of Royal College and a graduate from the then Colombo Medical Faculty of the University of Ceylon, being a student of the late Professor Kottegoda.


Japanese Embassy goes vernacular

The Japanese Embassy has now introduced Sinhala and Tamil translations of most of the material posted on its home page. Visitors can now access the home page and select their choice of language when browsing material.
It is also significant that visitors browsing the Sinhala or Tamil translations of this home page can access these materials even without the necessity of downloading the Sinhala/Tamil Kit as the translations are posted as ‘jpeg’ documents. The website address of the Japanese Embassy in Colombo is as follows; http://www.lk.emb-japan.go.jp


Surabaya Children’s Conference Declaration

Delegates at the Children Conference on Climate Change 2007 made a request to all individuals to prevent climate change by adopting the following procedures when they met at Surabaya, Indonesia on November 30, 2007.
1. Using an empty place to plant trees. If there are no empty places, use a pot. Each house should plant one tree.
2. Making people around us, especially students, aware of the importance of resourcs like forests and water.
3. Stoping every activity that damages and harms trees.
4. Trying to minimize the production of paper to reduce chopping down of trees
5. Using organic mulch or compost instead of chemicals
6. Turning off electricity when not in used
7. Turning off taps when not using water
8. Reducing the use of plastic products that are not reusable
9. Separating and managing organic and non-organic rubbish
10. Walking or cycling for short distances, and using public transport when travelling
11. Using products that are environmental friendly
We hope with the obove practices climate change can be prevented. This will also help avoid natural disasters that can happen as an impact of climate change
Surabaya, 30th November 2007


Mahawewa Sivraja Deaf and Blind School gets bonanza

It was a memorable day for the kids of the Mahawewa Sivraja Deaf and Blind School when they received new computers, music instruments and a newly refurbished hostel from the Change Trust – the CSR project of the country’s premier mobile phone operator Dialog Telekom.

The Deaf and Blind School, a personal donation of the renowned artist Solius Mendis in 1958, housed some 130 physically challenged kids and it is managed by the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress.

Their hostel was refurbished and colour-washed through a shramadana by the staff of the Change Trust and it, along with new computers and music instruments was handed over to the Principal Niranjalee Wickramanayake by Dialog Telekom Manager Nirosha Dissanayake.


DFCC Bank and DFCC Vardhana Bank celebrated third anniversary in Malabe

DFCC Bank, the shining star of development banking, and its everyday banking unit, DFCC Vardhana Bank (DVB), recently celebrated the third anniversary of their presence in Malabe. To mark the occasion, DFCC Bank launched a massive blood donation campaign to aid the Malabe community, which was held at the branch premises situated at No. 9 Athurugiriya Road, Malabe.

Featuring a record number of over 100 people donating blood to this worthy cause, the event was a resounding success. This blood donation drive serves to highlight the important standing and trust enjoyed by the DFCC Group in Malabe.


Western Provincial Councillor Dr. Jayantha de Silva, the founder of the Pragna Pradeepa Concept, lighting the traditional oil lamp at the annual prize giving of C. W. W. Kannangara Vidyalaya, Borella, where he was the Chief Guest recently. Principal Maithreepala de Silva and the class-teacher are also in the picture.


Sri Lanka on French TV

A well-known TV channel in France, TV5, which presents the best of all destinations, will telecast “Echapees Belles (Beautiful Escape) Sri Lanka” that would explore the French interest towards Sri Lanka and regaining its position as a major tourism destination!

The programme presented by Sophie Jovillard, will be telecast today (16) on Channel 5 at 8.40 p.m. The one-hour-documentary programme will focus on Sri Lanka, the land like no other and the rich precious stones, its beautiful beaches and the ancient wonders.
Echappées Belles, a weekly travel documentary which takes the French viewers on a discovery trip, has nearly, six million viewership.

The success of the programme lies with Sri Lanka Tourism in Paris coordinated with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in Colombo and its partners, Srilankan Airlines, Connaissance de Ceylon Travels, Amaya Resorts, Galle Face Hotel, Trans Asia Hotels, Tea Trails Ltd and The Palace Hotel, who assisted the French TV crew on their visit to Sri Lanka.
The programme targets the French tourism industry and will be a new tool to the French market to sell Sri Lanka as a holiday destination.


Fitness Kingdom Show 2007

Fitness Kingdom Gymnasium and Fitness Centre is the leading physical culture-training centre in the country, catering to well over 10,000 persons under their wings, with its standardised branch network in key locations. Fitness Kingdom had organised a gala interactive beauty show encompassing innovative events among the fitness minded people, which took place on December 9, 2007, at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Hall, Colombo.

The main events were Fitness Kingdom ‘Focus Man Hunt’ and Fitness Kingdom ‘Miss Venus.’ The ‘Man Hunt’ event was sponsored by Focus Casual Smart Shirts and leading Electronic Tread Mill supplier, Glory Health and Fitness.
Picture shows the handover of a valuable electronic Treadmill to the winner of ‘Man Hunt’ Hemal Ranasinghe by Mr. Ranga Balasuriya, Managing Director, Glory Health and Fitness. M. T. Lukman (Manager Operation - Marketing and Sales, Emerald International) Duminda Silva (Western Province Council Member), Chandana Aluthge, Aruna Aluthge (Directors of Fitness Kingdom) are also in the picture.


APIIT - Sri Lanka holds Convocation in grand style

Seventy one students who successfully completed their degree programmes in Computing, Business Information Technology and Business Administration were awarded Staffordshire University, UK degrees at the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) - Sri Lanka Convocation - 2007 held at the BMICH recently.


Youth League Fair in Wellawatte

The Touth League Fair of St. Lawrence’s Church Wellawatte would be held December 20 to 23 in the church premises from 7:00 p.m.
It will be four evenings of fun and frolic with merry-go-round, giant wheel, deep well, stalls and other attractions.
Proceeds from the fair would be used for the needs of the Youth Club and church.


Launch of Breast and Cervical Cancer Booklet

A booklet carrying details on Breast and Cervical Cancer was launched by EQUAL GROUND at The Bay Leaf in the presence of the guest of honour, Professor A. H. Sheriffdeen, special invitees and media.


Beeralu products on sale

“Paramparawen” – Beeralu laced products will be on sale at the South Asia Partnership, No.1175/2, LAKE CRESCENT, KOTTE ROAD, RAJAGIRIYA (near Ayurveda Hospital, behind McDonalds Rajagiriya) between December 21-28, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Items are made from local & imported fabric, interspersed with beeralu lace and hand work. All items are made by women in Mirrissa who were affected by the tsunami.
Items on sale include table clothes, table runners, table mats, coasters, cushion covers, serviettes and clothes for men and women
There will be a 20% discount on all items.



Amila Fernando

He was dearly loved by all

It is really hard to think of him as being no more and tragic that a humble God-fearing person of his calibre had to leave us so suddenly, forever.

I recall the day when he organised a pilgrimage to Madhu on the occasion of Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena MP, presenting a bullet proof glass security covering for the statute of Our Lady of Madhu. During the time, he was attached to the Asoka Glass Company.

Amila was loved by all relations, dearly. He always went out of his way to extend a helping hand to his relatives, neighbours and friends, especially at times of tragedy and was the first to arrive to offer all assistance, irrespective of the time or the hour.

Because of his noble qualities, he attracted a wide circle of friends and the record crowd, rarely seen at Koralawella, who came to pay their respects to him was ample testimony to his sterling qualities.
He was an old boy of St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa and loved his Alma Mater and extended his services to his school in his own humble way, whenever his assistance was required.

I remember him as a three-year-old when he was the page boy at my wedding, in the year 1959. Amila came from a well-known business family of Koralawella, at the time (V.L. Fernando and Sons) and being the youngest of a family of three brothers and two sisters, he was the apple of his father’s eye, late Mr. V. L. Fernando and his mother Curvert Mamma, as we call her lovingly.
Amila was an essentially a family man, a jewel of a husband to his wife Damayanthi and a loving and a caring father to his three children, Arundhi, Dilini and his only son Rashendra.

It was a familiar sight to see Amila accompanied by his entire family receiving Holy Communion at Sunday services, where he always made it a point to say hello to his fellow parishioners.
One of the last acts Amila performed was the grand party organised by him, which brought all our relations together to meet his cousin sister Neela who returned to the island for a short holiday from Canada, which I am sure all of us will remember for a long time.
Amila was loved in life, and let us not forget him in death. May his soul rest in peace.

– F R. Tony Silva


“Gentlemen like him don’t die”

With the demise of Harold Herat the country bas lost a clever lawyer, a sincere politician and a gentleman par excellence. The two families of Herats and Coreas have lost a kinsman who lived up to the family tradition of being honest and respectable, serving the people with every nerve and fibre of their being.

I remember very vividly Harold, the smart and promising young lawyer practicing in the Chilaw Courts, visiting our home to sit with my father, his uncle, C.B.Victor S.Corea for advice on family and legal matters. The fact that my father had so much of affection for his grand nephew and spent much of his time in guiding him in those formative years at the Bar was proof of the implicit faith he had that Harold will be an embellishment to the families.

Harold, sacrificed a lucrative practice as a lawyer when he took to politics following in the steps of his predecessors ... C.B.Corea, C.B.Victor S.Corea, Sir Claude Corea, S.C. Shirley Corea and Harindra Corea all of whom were lawyers and one time members of the legislature. He won the Marawila seat each time he contested and was Minister of Justice, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Coconut Industries and also the Deputy Minister of Finance in successive governments.

He was loved and respected for his honesty and sincerity and was referred to as Mr.Clean on posters plastered allover his electorate during election time. No one could point an accusing finger where his honesty was concerned. It was impeccable! People expected him to be on the National List and rightly so because he held important portfolios, never lost an election and had an exemplary character as a politician. It is no secret that he was under immense pressures to cross parties, but he wouldn’t hear of it. ‘I have been a UNPer and I will remain a UNPer to the last’ he said when there was speculation and people were wanting to know what his plans were. That was what Harold Herat was made of ... solid as rock and judiciously following the dictates of his conscience. A remarkable gentleman, he never sacrificed his principles for power and position. He had it all in abundance at Mudukatuwa Walauwe from his• childhood days and for him there was no novelty in getting into positions of power.
- Sri Sangabo Corea








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