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 Blind.


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 Moratuwa
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, Cecil Wijayasena.

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 Fernando.


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 activities.
He presently works as the General Manager of a subsidiary company of CIC Group.

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.’
Lester Dalpathado


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.

Dishan Joseph


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, Colombo 7.
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 they pursued.



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 distress.

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 Bible Society.
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 galaxy.
Farewell my dearest friend. May your soul rest in peace!
Freddie Schoorwan


Rama- the banker with longest service record

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 broken.

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.
Rex Fernando



December 24
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.

Shopping festival

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.