UK Pop Idol Michelle McManus in The Rise And Fall of Little Voice


2003 UK Pop Idol phenomenon Michelle McManus takes centre stage as “Sadie,” in the British Theatre Playhouse production of Jim Cartwright’s The Rise And Fall of Little Voice which will go on boards on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2 at the Hilton Colombo.



Book launch

Janamadya Aviyak Lesa, Magic Bulet Nyaya Nawa Drushtiyakin by Dinesh Vihagun Fernando was launched on January 4 at the Mahaweli Centre Auditorium.


Ehela Ablaze

Ehela Ablaze, a collection of short stories and poems by Snireen Senadhira was launched on January 4 at the National library Services and Documentation Board (NLSDB), 14, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7.

The stories and poems show how the author feels about Sri Lanka’s natural beauty, her landscapes, flora and fauna as well as the charms and foibles of her people and the country’s violence and indifference.


A pool for Weeraketiya Central College

The pool was donated by the D. A. Rajapaksa Foundation. Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa, Mahinda Amaraweera, Gunarathne Weerakoon, Chief Minister Shan Lal de Silva, Principal N. G. Vidyarathne also attended the ceremony.


Community Centre opened

Minister Ferose Haaj, Municipality Councillors and the former Municipality Councillor, A. R. M. Arus also attended the ceremony.
The community centre was built at the cost of Rs. 2 million upon a request by the public.


Wine and Book Tasting Event


As a part of the British Council’s Animating Literature Programmes, the Wine and Book Tasting Event promoting an exhilarating collection of new writings from established and new writers will be held on Monday, January 21, at the Hilton Colombo Residence at 7:30 p.m.


Book Buzz in Colombo

Don’t miss this Book Buzz event on January 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the British Council Colombo. It features Sophie Hannah (short listed for the 2007 T.S. Elliot prize), Louise Dean (winner of the Guardian First Book award for 2004) and Susan Elderkin (winner of a Betty Trask award in 2000 and short listed for The Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize in 2005.)


January 23
Airplane! (1980, 88 minutes) at the American Centre, Colombo at 6 p. m.


January 23
Madame Brouette by Moussa Sene Absa (90 minutes, 2002) in French with English subtitle at the Allaince Française at 6:30 p.m.


Japanese Special Peace Envoy Yasushi Akashi with the UNP MPs, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ravi Karunanayake, Lakshman Kiriella and the Former Presidential Secretary Bradman Weerakoon


Ananda College centenary year celebrations

Organised by the Ananda College Old Boys’ Association, the significant events are to be held as follows -
February 9 - Alms Giving for 100 monks
February 23 - Centenary Walk
March 1 - Centenary Ball
March 29 - Centenary A.G.M
Appreciation of OBA ex-office bearers
A.G.M Annual Report
1st week of May - Educational Exhibition
All island Centenary Essay Competition in English/ Sinhala/ Tamil
Centenary Essay Competition among Ananda students in English/ Sinhala
June - Centenary oratorical contest in Sinhala among Ananda students
July - Presentation of policy document “ WHAT ANANDA SHOULD BE” and Centenary oration
August - Declaration of a health /life insurance scheme for the present staff members
October 18 - Commemoration of our fallen heroes
November 8 - Centenary blood donation & eye donation camp


A Waffle Week will be held from January 21 to 26 at the Café 64, Galadari Hotel, Colombo.


90th Anniversary Celebrations of Presbyterian Girls’ School Colombo 10 (Regent Street)

The Thanks Giving Service will be held today, at the Christian Reformed Church (Regent Street) at 9.30 a.m.with the participation of teachers and students, both past and present.
The service will be followed by a lunch at the Rajabojun Restaurant, Seylan Bank Towers, Colombo 3.


PostcART, an exhibition of paintings presented by kOOii, at Sudu Gallery - 32 Church Street – Fort, Galle will end today.
PostcART is a fringe event of the Galle Literary Festival 2008.


3rd Biennial General Meeting

National Association for Trade Union Research and Education (NATURE)

The 3rd Biennial General Meeting of the National Association for Trade Union Research and Education (NATURE) was held on December 20, at the Hotel Renuka in Colombo.
Constituent unions in the membership of NATURE participated at the meeting which was attended by the Country Representative of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Tine Staemorse.

The following Office Bearers were elected for the period 2008 - 2010.

President: Palitha Atukorala
Deputy President: Nath Amerasinghe
Vice President: H. Kotikawatta, S. Saravanapavanathan
General Secretary: T. M. R. Rasseedin (Re-elected)
Deputy Secretary: Gerald Lodwick
Treasurer: D. C. Weerasekara


CCC Foundation launched

The Sri Lanka arm of the Courage, Compassion and Commitment Foundation (CCC) was launched on January 10 at the Royal Colombo Golf Club.
It was an initiative to raise funds to build the CCC House, a 140 bed transit home for underprivileged cancer outpatients at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital which costs approximately Rs. 175 million.
Sarashi Samarasinghe



Corinne Lawrence - Another bright star in God’s galaxy

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 generous to a fault and she 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 the work of the Mother Teresa Home and the Bible Society.

She was a very cheerful person and always enjoyed a good, hearty laugh. When ever troubles came her way, she used her deep faith and complete trust in God to overcome them. I do not doubt that by now she has heard the words of the Master, “Well done.”
I have lost a dear friend and so have many others scattered across the globe but 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 Schoorman


SHA Razaqh- A wonderful human being

The passing away of SHA Razaqh on Dec 25 2007 brought back many memories of a wonderful human being who was instrumental in initiating my life’s career in IT that has now spanned almost 37 years.

I came to meet, and know, Sha Razaqh of SHARAZ, in 1970 when he was the Project Chairman of the first ever training course in Computer Programming organised by the Rotary Club of Colombo West and conducted by IBM in Colombo. The then GM of IBM, G Santhiran was also a Rotarian from the same club and part of the project. The course, spanned over three years and involved training in Assembly Language Programming and Basic IT Fundamentals. The minimum requirements for enrolment was a degree and I had not completed mine as yet at that time. He discussed the matter with Santhiran and agreed to let me appear for the Aptitude Test which was given to about 600 applicants out of which only 25 were selected. I was one of them having passed the test, successfully. I was allowed to enroll and thus sparked my long and successful IT career in life.

Razaqh was one of the most kindest of souls I have ever known. He could have easily shooed me away amongst his busy business schedules. He didn’t. He listened to me quietly and patiently,a young university student, 22 years of age, yearning to learn the tricks of modern technology. His compassion saw no bounds. They don’t make people like him anymore, sadly.

It was unfortunate that I missed seeing him when I was in Colombo last December as my stay was short and I had to attend to many domestic and personal chores during that visit. My sincere condolences go out to his loving family.
May he attain the greatest bliss of Paradise.

Fazli Sameer
Saudi Arabia


W. P. Wickremasinghe - He was a friend to all

W.P. Wickramasinghe of Weeramawatha, Depanama, Pannipitiya, passed away recently and his funeral took place at Kottawa Public Cemetery before a large gathering.

I have associated with Wickremasinghe for nearly 20 years as he was a prominent member of the Suhada Subasadha Sangamaya, Pannipitiya. I am also one of the members and he was the auditor of our society. He was a retired officer of the Building Material Corporation.

Wickremasinghe was a kind-hearted person and religious person. I have never seen him in angry mood.

At the same time he was a leading figure in Buddhist temples in the area. His children were well educated. He was born in Weligama and later resided in Pannipitiya once he entered the government service.

I never expected Wickramasinghe’s sudden death. But he had to go, according to sansara gamana. It is a great loss of a friend to us. May he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana.
M. G. Asoka Karunaratna


Rama – Benevolent banker with the longest service record

V. Ramachandran, a pioneer banker and popular banker, passed away on November 28, 2007 after a brief illness at the age of 73, passing the Biblical age of three score and 10.

He joined the Bank of Ceylon at the age of 18 in 1953 and retired in 1995 after serving the bank for 42 yrs, which record is yet to be broken. He 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 on the ladder of success and finally retired as Northern Province Office Assistant Manager.

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 the promotion was effected. Further, he was also an unfortunate victim of the Black July 83 violence, losing almost all his personal belongings and household effects. He then left to serve the bank in his hometown. While most of those who were affected by the violence fled abroad for greener pastures, he went to serve his home station.

However, he returned to Colombo after two years and served in the Supplies Department 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 and was able to mitigate their worries and give them the needed help.

Rama was a friend in need not only to his family members but also a friend to all who crossed his path. His popularity in the bank was amply demonstrated by the large crowd who attended his funeral, even from far off places, composed of all races and religious and all grades of staff.

“Old bankers never die, they only depart, for the exemplary perfor­mance and remain evergreen,” and so with Rama, he will be in the hearts of minds of all those who came to contact him.

He will be fondly remembered by his beloved wife Pavalam, who contributed immensely to his success as a veteran banker and loving children Surenthiran, Sutharshini and Niranjan. May he attain supreme bliss.
An ex-banker



January 26
Singing Nun by Henry Koster at the Russian Centre, Colombo 7 at 5 p.m.


January 25
Agni by Pemasiri Khemadasa, at the Lionel Wendt at 7 p.m.

January 25
Hunuwataye Kathawa by Henry Jayasene at the Hindu Cultural Cenre, Kandy at 8 a.m.

Public talk

January 20
On The Nature Of Love, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka at the Public Library, Colombo 7 at 10:30 a.m.


January 13 - 24
An exhibition of paintings by Rubert Soysa at the Paradise Road Galleries, 2, Alfred House Road, Off Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 3.

Until January 31
Loot From The Loft, at the Barefoot Gallery, Galle Road, Colombo 3.










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