Medal of Excellence to Marsoof
It was in recognition of his academic achievements, research and
editorial skills, qualitative publications and leadership in debating,
international mooting and swimming.
He was placed second in the order of merit at the Final Examinations in
Laws. Marsoof also received the P. Navaratnajah Memorial Gold Medal for
Law of Evidence, the Sethukavalar Memorial Prize for Commercial Law and
the Council of Legal Education Award for Civil Procedure and Pleadings.
GMSL symposium to protect
rights of Adivasi
The rights of the Adivasi Vedda communities have been steadily eroded
for the last 30 years with the result that this ancient civilization is
currently under grave threat of being completely wiped out.
The Green Movement of Sri Lanka (GMSL) has been working for the last ten
years with these communities to highlight their issues and bring them
relief in their fight for survival. The critical issue concerning these
communities is that the legal aspects of their struggle have not been
highlighted sufficiently and to this end, the GMSL held a symposium to
address this issue on December 14, at the Auditorium of the National
Library Services Board.
The symposium was addressed by the Vedda Chieftain Uruwarige
Wanniyaleaththo and Senior Lecturer in Law of the Legal Department of
the University of Colombo, Dr. Nirmala Perera.
Carols for Charity, a celebration of Christmas
Carols for Charity featured performances from a number of Sri Lanka’s
most renowned singers
including Natasha, Rohan de Lanerol, The Revelations, Shanel and Ricky
Bahar, Monique, and Druvi De Silva.
Proceeds from the event went towards the Ceylon School for the Deaf and
Spreading the joy of Christmas in true HSBC style!
The annual HSBC Christmas Tree project for children was held recently
at all HSBC branches.
The event saw approximately 300 children from 10 orphanages decorating
the Christmas trees at 14 HSBC branches with the Bank’s employees
sharing the joy of the season. The highlight of the evening included a
party for the children, completed with a visit from Santa Claus, gifts
and goodies, face painting and magic shows.
Commenced in 2000, the Christmas Tree project is a much anticipated
event in the HSBC calendar. HSBC breaking away from the age-old
tradition of sending Christmas cards to customers, celebrated the
festive season by spreading good cheer amongst the less privileged.
Old Boys’ Association of St. Sebastian’s College
Office Bearers – 2007/2008
Patron - Most Rev. Dr. Oswald Gomis (Archbishop of Colombo)
Vice Patron - Rev. Fr. Bonnie Fernandopulle (Rector)
President - Delip Fernando
Vice President - Julian Fernando, Prathapkumar De Silva, Christy
Fernando, Capt. Patrick Jayasinghe, Premalal Aponso, Kingsley Mendis,
Primus Bandara, Deepal Pereira, Jayantha. Peiris, Lester Gunawardane,
Hony. General Secretary - Shirai Fernando
Assistant Secretaries - Harendra Fernando, Ruwan Perera
Hony. Treasurer - Melith Fernando
Assistant Treasurer - Sujeewa Mendis
Committee Members - Brihan Fernando, Sameera De Silva, Bertram Fernando,
Asanka Suwaris, Roshan Fernando, Randu Wijesooriya, Malinga Peiris,
Angelo Silva, Niroshan Aponso, Jeevantha Perera, Bryan de Silva,
Malindra Fernando, Dinesh de Silva, Hashendra Femando, Emil Cooray,
Ranjan Fernando, Leonard Perera, Prasanga de Silva, Nimal de Silva,
Primus Silva, Merril Fernando, Herman Gunawardena, Rexie Fernando,
Samson de Mel, Morgan Fernando, Nilanga Perera, Mahesh Mendis, Maxwell
Abeyratne, Kumar Dias, Annesley Rayan, Lankesh Senaratne, Asanka
Dahanayake, Dilsn Jagath, Sunil Cooray, Nalin Silva, Ration Fernando,
Harischandra de Costa, Hemal Mendis, Nishantha Weerasinghe, Ronesh
New appointment: President Maris Stella OBA
At the Annual General Meeting of the Old Boys Association of Maris
Stella College, Negombo held on December 9, Ajith Weerasinghe was
unanimously elected as the President of the Association for the year
2008. He has the honour of being elected the youngest President of the
Association during the 80 year history of the OBA of Maris Stella
College. Ajith had his entire school education at Maris Stella and was a
keen and a dedicated student who participated in many extra curricular
He presently works as the General Manager of a subsidiary company of CIC
Ajith has emerged to be an energetic member who held a number of
different posts in the OBA. He was the Treasurer for three consecutive
years and also held office as the Hony. General Secretary for further
three consecutive years prior to taking over this prestigious position
in the Association. As a personality with confidence and a lot of
talents Ajith believes that with the support of his newly elected
versatile team of secretaries and the vibrant committee members that he
would steer the OBA within the framework of the vision, mission and
objectives towards success in every way. Noble and gentle Ajith will
always be faithful to God and to neighbour throughout and will act upon
the motto ‘Iter Para Tutum.’
The beat, the groove and the rhythm
The glorious ear of American Jazz was once again magically brought to
real life by four talented French musicians in Colombo. The elegant
Crystal Room of the Taj Samudra with its majestic chandeliers was the
exclusive venue for this most entertaining show.
The four person band comprised a saxophone, trumpet, piano and drums.
The musicians playing the sax and trumpet kept the audience spell bound
with their consistent melodies. The leader of the band also did a few
songs in the French language. The piano player exhibited his dexterity
and the pulsating – well timed beats of the drummer were a true delight.
This pleasant evening was further enhanced by the serving of selected
wines which did transform all present into an era of the world famous
New Orleans Jazz grooves and rhythms. The event was organised by the
Alliance Francaise, Colombo.
Promoted to Superintendent of Police
Senarath Padmalal Sandungahawatte was promoted to the post of
Superintendent of Police recently.
He joined the service of the Special Task Force as a Sub Inspector of
Police and has held the posts of Inspector of Police, Officer in Charge
of Eheliyagoda and Assistant Superintendent of Police.
He has served in operational areas like Ampara, Vavuniya, Batticaloa and
Kantale and acted as the Commanding Officer of several Special Task
Force camps. He rendered his service as the Head Quarters Inspector of
Police of Kantale and the Assistant Superintendent of Police in charge
of Vavuniya and Mannar Divisions. He has acted as the Assistant
Superintendent of Police in charge of operations and administration of
Prime Minister’s Security Division, Moneragala District (1), Ministerial
Security Division and the Parliament Division.
Sandungahawatta is an old boy of Nalanda College, Colombo.
Art of Anoli Perera: Comfort Zones
Art of Anoli Perera: Comfort Zones, the fifth and the final
exhibition of the Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya 2007, will be held
until December 28, at the Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South,
Pitakotte, from Monday to Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Youth league fair in Wellawatte
The four-day youth league fair of St. Lawrence’s Church Wellawatte
will end today.
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 to meet the needs of the Youth Club and church.
Trapped and Other Tales
Trapped and Other Tales, the latest book by Premala de Mel was
launched on December 14, at the Sapumal Foundation, Barnes Place,
Premala de Mel’s fiction is based on real life, and explores the
intricacies of family intrigues and personal relationships. Trapped and
Other Tales contains a novel, a novella, and seven short stories set in
India, Sri Lanka and Burma. The novel (Trapped) traces the lives of two
cousins, children of a privileged Indian family, and the diverse paths
Mrs. Corinne Lawrence – Rest in peace
It was with great sorrow and deep shock that I heard of the death of
my dear friend Corinne. She was a close and loyal friend. She was a
lovely and generous person who never failed to do her best for anyone in
She was deeply involved in spreading the gospel and it was only recently
that she handed over this work to another friend. She also helped in
many work in the line of Mother Teresa’s, especially in her work for the
She was a very cheerful person and always enjoyed a good hearty laugh.
Whenever troubles came her way, she used her deep faith and complete
trust in God to overcome them.
I never lost such a dear friend before. And she will be missed by many
others scattered across the globe. Yet, we can draw some consolation
from the fact that Almighty God has added one more bright star to His
Farewell my dearest friend. May your soul rest in peace!
Rama- the banker with longest
V. Ramachandran, a pioneer and popular banker passed away on
28.11.2007 after a brief illness at the age of 73 - passing the biblical
three scores and ten years.
He joined the Bank of Ceylon at the age of 18 in 1953 and retired in
1995 after serving the Bank for 42 years, which record is yet to be
Ramachandran hailed from Atchuvely in the Northern Province, but
completed his education at St. Peter’s College, and joined the Bank of
Ceylon as a junior clerk. Through sheer hard work and dedication, he
rose step by step in the ladder of success, finally retiring as the
Assistant Manager, of the Northern Province office. He was rather
unfortunate that although he was qualified for the Manager’s grade at
the time of his retirement, due to the delay in finalising the promotion
list, - he retired before his promotion was effected.
Rama was also an unfortunate victim of the Black July ‘83 violence, when
he lost almost all his personal belongings and household effects. While
most of those who were affected by the July ‘83 violence fled abroad to
greener pastures, he went to serve his home station. However, he
returned to Colombo after two years and served in the Supplies Dept and
finally in the Northern Province office until his retirement.
After his retirement he became a full time social worker, helping the
needy, the elderly, the sick and his former colleagues.
He converted his residence to a “Consultancy Office” where people with
all their personal problems came to seek his assistance, and he rendered
his wholehearted assistance in mitigating their problems. Rama was a
friend in need not only to his family members but also a friend to all
who he met. His popularity in the bank was amply demonstrated by the
large number who attended his funeral even from far off places,
representing all races and religions and all grades of staff.
“Old bankers never die, they only depart, and remain ever green”.
Likewise, Rama will be in the hearts of minds of all those who came into
contact with him, and be a part of their memory always..
He will be fondly remembered by his beloved wife Pavalam, who
contributed immensely to his success as a veteran banker, and his loving
children Surenthiran, Sutharshini and Niranjan.
May he attain the Supreme Bliss of Morcha.
Wing Commander Denzil Fernando (S.L.A.F.) Retd.
He left an indelible mark
It is with profound sorrow that I pen this appreciation on the demise
of Wing Commander Anthony Maurice Fernando who breathed his last on
November 16 in Brighton, USA. He left an indelible mark in several
fields of activity in the Sri Lanka Air Force and Royal Oman Police,
which he enriched and adorned with great competence and grace.
A dear friend, he left behind a void which never can be filled. His
greatest attribute was his love and respect for all people and his
patent humility and simplicity.
Denzil was born on July 11, 1939, the eldest in a family of 11. He was
brought up by his parents in a deeply religious and disciplined
environment. From his childhood he was exemplary in his performance
whether at home or school.
He received his education at St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota and St.
Joseph’s College, Colombo. On successful completion of his GCE Advanced
Level examination, he chose the profession of arms as his calling and
enlisted in the Royal Ceylon Air Force as a flight cadet on April 27,
1959. On completion of his initial flying training and being awarded
“wings,” he was promoted as Flying Officer in August 1961.
Excelling in his flying and administrative duties, he was promoted as
Flight Lieutenant in 1965. Apart from his superior flying skills, his
superiors identified in him the essential requisites of a trainer. He
was selected to pursue a qualified instructors’ course at Royal Air
Force Tern Hill in 1961. On graduating as a qualified flying instructor
he was nominated for a command and staff college course at the same
institution, evidently grooming him for command.
Given his performance in varied positions of flying training and in
command of flying squadrons, he was promoted Squadron Leader in 1971.
During his illustrious career, he served as a flying instructor,
standardisation officer and acting commandant of the Air Force Academy
China Bay while commanding the Number 2 Squadron.
He was later appointed Officer commanding the Standard Examination Unit
and Command Rating Examiner and also as acting Base Commander. He was
promoted Wing Commander in 1976. On completion of 21 years in service,
he retired on April 30, 1980. He later joined the Royal Oman Police as
an Air Operations Officer. While in service he was decorated in
recognition of his services and awarded ‘The Oman Peace Keeping Medal,’
‘10th Anniversary Medal,’ ‘Glorious 15th National Day Medal’ and the
‘Order of the National Emblem.’
Denzil married Premanie on December 28, 1970. Their marriage was a
tremendous success. He adored his two daughters, Sheolie and Dinali.
Their home was an abode of peace, love and affection.
Denzil zealously guided and fashioned their careers and today Sheolie,
after graduating from Harvard University with a degree in Public Health,
is presently a third year medical student at the George Washington
Medical College, while Dinali is a physician attached to the Mount Sinai
Hospital in New York. They are both married to professionals.
Denzil was an unassuming person, never given to ostentation and
bragging. His integrity was beyond question and he adhered to a code of
professional rectitude. In retirement his life revolved around the
family and religious activities.
Denzil was a wonderful friend who reached out to his friends,
particularly in times of distress. With his demise I have lost a dear
friend. I thank God however for the gift of Denzil’s friendship. I thank
God for his life. I will not say farewell because I know we will meet
again. May the turf lie gently over him and may he rest in peace.
Saturday Night Fever, by John Badham, at the Russian Centre, 5 p.m.
Until January 5
An exhibition of photography by Dominic Sansoni, at the Barefoot
gallery, Colombo 3.
Until December 24
Colombo Shopping Festival, at the BMICH, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Until December 28
Paramparawen, beeralu laced products, at South Asia Partnership, No.
1175/2, Lake Cresent, Kotte Road, Rajagiriya; Tel: 5352411/2 (Near
Ayurveda Hospital, Behind Mcdonalds Rajagiriya), from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Items are made from local and imported fabric, interspersed with beeralu
lace and hand work. All items are made by women in Mirrissa who were
affected by the tsunami.