Lions Club cycle race commemorating
60th Independence Day
A cycle race
(Standard) covering a distance of 115 km is to be held
on February 4 to mark the 60th Independence Day, as a
part of the Sinha Swarna Udanaya Celebrations of Lions
Club of Pannipitiya Central.
The race which starts from Pannipitiya YMBA premises,
consists of five rounds covering Kottawa, Delkanda,
Boralesgamuwa, Maharagama, Erewwala and Rathmaldeniya
areas. It is organised jointly by the Maharagama Police
and the Maharagama Sports Club under the supervision of
the Colombo District Cycling Association.
The event is sponsored entirely by UN Trade Centre,
Nawinna and valuable cash prizes will be offered to the
first 20 competitors. For further details call 4308702,
Chairperson, Swadeshi Industrial Works Ltd. Amari
Wijewardene, CEO, Nuwan Wimalana and Marketing Manager,
Chaminda S. Jayasinghe Arachchi, at the ceremonial
lighting up of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya in the
presence of members of the Buddhist clergy of the
temple, Swadeshi sponsored the Aloka Poojawa for the 9th
January 29 and 30
La Chasse Au Lion A L’arc (documentary) by de Jean
Rouch (80 minutes, 1965) in French Englishs Subtitles,
at the Allaince Française, at 3 p.m./6:30 p.m.
“Only the Songhay hunters, a hereditary caste, are
entitled to kill lions. The herdsmen are permitted only
to throw stones at lions to chase them away. The Peul
people consider that the lion is an absolute necessity
for a herd, and they are capable of identifying lions
who live alone by the tracks they leave behind.”
There’s Something About Mary (1998, 119 minutes) at the
American Centre, Colombo, at 6 p.m.
Thiruthani Buddhist Temple is ready for opening
A new Buddhist temple at Thiruthani, Tamil Nadu
constructed on a block of 1 acre land donated by the
Tamil Nadu businessman, Chakarawothy Naidu on the
initiative of MP, Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana is ready to
be opened for the devotees. Sri Lanka Deputy High
Commissioner in Chennai, P. M. Hamza, has also inspected
the temple site.
Commemorating the 2550th Samurthi Jayanthi, MP, Dr.
Jayalath Jayawardana, organised a Baratha Dharma Yatra
from Sri Lanka to Tamil Nadu under the patronage of the
three Supreme Maha Nayakas and Maha Sangha in 2006. A Bo
sapling from Sri Maha Bodhi has been planted in the
Thiruthani Buddhist temple.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Brakmanawatte Seevali Nayaka Thero
Chief Incumbent, Nagadeepa Viharaya and
Hon. Vice President,
Baratha Dharma Yatra
Until January 31, at the Lobby Bar, Galadhari Hotel
My Earth, My Love
My Earth, My Love, an exploration of history through
arts, on January 30, at the Bishop’s College Auditorium,
at 7 p.m. It is presented by Ratan Thiyam’s Chorus
Repertory Theatre, Imphal with the support of the Insian
Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
My Earth, My Love is a complex weaving together of
episodes of violence and destruction in human history
across time and space to illuminate a concern for peace
Vibrant Pakistan – Sharing Excellence
Development Authority of Pakistan and the Pakistan High
Commission organised the three day trade exhibition,
‘Vibrant Pakistan – Sharing Excellence’ in Colombo from
January 11 - 13. A number of top Pakistani companies
showcased their products representing various sectors as
textile, auto machinery, construction material, food
items, garments, jewelry etc. The exhibition was opened
by Minister for Export Development and International
Trade, Prof. G.L. Peiris.
Laying of foundation stones at Gouthama
Foundation stones for the proposed
cheithya, the alms hall and the Saman, Patthini and
Natha Devala of Sri Gauthama Vihara at Dabare Mawatha,
Narahenpita will be laid on Monday, January 28, at 4
p.m. Several distinguished invitees will attend the
ceremony, organised under the directions of the Temple’s
Chief Incumbent Shastrapathi Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera.
Office Bearers 2008
Election of Office Bearers of the Sri Lanka branch of
the International Unima Organisation was held at the
Traditional Puppetry Museum at Devananda Road, on
The following office bearers were elected
President : G. Indika Gamini
Vice Presidents: Sunil Abeygunawardena, Vipula
Executive Secretary: Sarath Abeygunawardene
Secretary: K.A.Luxmi Karunaratne
Treasurer: Chrishanti Rosmaley
Executive Committee: Sumedha Jayapala, Gamini
Wikalasiri, Gamini Wijesiri, L.P.Bandula, G.K.Chinthaka,
Writing an appreciation is
always a much easier task when it is someone you know
and, happens to be a friend, but when it happens to be
one’s own brother, the task is much more difficult
because there an emotional tie is involved.
Nalin Wickramaratne was born on December 17, 1950 as the
elder child of the late Malathie and George
Wickramaratne and would have been 57 years this year,
but he did not live to pass that milestone. In the
afternoon of November 25, he dropped his two daughters
at classes, returned home and went to take a shower in
the bathroom and the next thing we knew, was that he had
collapsed dead! Needless to say, the entire family and
all those who associated him were devastated by this
shocking reality of the impermanence of life that Lord
Buddha preached to us.
To his wife Devika he was dutiful husband. To his
daughters Bhagya and Asangi he was their best friend and
confidante. He was the strength behind every activity
they engaged in, whether it was in school in their
studies or in sports. It was his pleasure to spend as
much time with them as was humanly possible. The void
left by his sudden death cannot be expressed in words,
but the training and understanding he gave the family,
will pull them through this traumatic experience.
Nalin was my elder brother by two years. He was not just
a brother to me but my closest confidante and friend
during the entire duration of our lives until his
untimely death. Ours was an extremely close bond of
absolute friendship and understanding, no matter whether
it was during a period of trial or happiness. The two of
us were extremely fortunate to have had parents and an
uncle who inculcated sound human and moral values in us
and taught us the value of being of service to one’s
self and to those around us. From the time he and I were
8 and 6 years old, we worked together at Shramadana
camps, to help the socially outcast communities of
Rodhiyas, Kinnerayas and Veddahs when our late maternal
uncle Mr. D. Ariyananda Abeysekera started the
Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka, with his first work
camp at Kanatholuwa in 1958, which was a Rodhiya
village. Our school holidays from then on, were mostly
spent in such villages helping others with our small
mite. It is from such a small age that we were made to
understand the inequalities of suffering, life and
society, as well as to learn to be considerate of others
less fortunate than us. Our late mother, having been a
teacher both in boys/girls schools gave us an ongoing
training and education programme of different and varied
types of social problems and our education in life was
not merely restricted to book knowledge. This is
something that both my brother Nalin and I cherished
throughout our lives and for which we are/were ever
grateful. Many are the times when the two of us would
sit down for a chat and discuss the value of the
training we received at the hands of our elders.
As a child, Nalin was by no means ‘a saint’- innumerable
were the mischievous episodes between the two of us but,
those helped us to strengthen our bonds of friendship
and understanding as we grew into adulthood. It helped
us to grow up as responsible and duty conscious adults.
As brother and sister, I can proudly say that we never
ever fought over petty and mundane material things. Ours
was a relationship of understanding and friendship,
which I sincerely hope other brothers and sisters will
also learn from.
In his professional life, as was amply demonstrated
during his funeral, he was able to rise up above petty
relationships and become a leader to all those who he
worked for, whether they were his superiors or his
juniors. He left an indelible impression of efficiency,
high moral standards and justice among all those who
worked with him both at Ceylon Tobacco Company and at
Triposha and the reactions of the staff were a
spontaneous show of the respect which he commanded
rather than demanded.
There is no doubt that his sojourn in Samsara will be
short and that he will attain the Supreme Bliss of
helpful and God fearing
The sudden death of
my beloved cousin on 25th June 2007 at a comparatively
young age of 51 years, was like a bolt from the blue,
and was a shock to each and everyone, who knew him well.
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 how he organised a pilgrimage to Madhu on the
occasion of Dr Jayalath Jayawardena, MP, presenting a
bullet proof glass security covering to the statute of
Our Lady of Madhu, during the time he was attached to
the Asoka Glass Company.
Amila was loved by all his relations dearly. He always
went out of his way to extend a helping hand to his
relatives, neighbours and friends, specially at times of
tragedy. He was the first to arrive and 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 Sebastians College, Moratuwa and
loved his alma mater, extending his services to his
school in his own humble way, whenever his assistance
I remember him as a 3 year old, when he was our Page boy
at my wedding, in 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, the late Mr. V. L. Fernando and his
mother ‘Curvert Mamma’, as we lovingly called her.
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 Neela who had returned to
the island for a short holiday from Canada. I’m sure,
all of us will remember it 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
Madhura Jawanika, at the Tower Hall, Colombo 10, at
Looking Is Neither Conscious Nor Unconscious,
organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the
Anula Nursary School, at 310, H.L.R., Colombo 6, at 9:45
January 27 - 31
Loot From The Loft, at the Barefoot Gallery, Galle Road,