February 5 & 6
Camille Claudel by Bruno Nuytten (170 minutes, 1988, in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française Auditorium, at 3/6.3 p.m.


February 5
Glory (122 minutes, 1989) at the American Centre, Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.




The British Council organised a UK – Sri Lanka Vocational Education and Training Research visit initiated by the British Prime Minister on January 21, at the Trans Asia Hotel.

The aim and the objective of the visit was to facilitate initial partnership discussion between UK and Sri Lankan colleges in three industry sectors: TV and media, tourism and hospitality, fashion which are of strategic importance to both countries.
Sarashi Samarasinghe



Japan provides Grant Aid to John de Silva Memorial Theatre

The Government of Japan has decided to provide US$ 30,906 (approximately Rs. 3.3 million) towards the “Project for the Follow-up of the Supply of Lighting Equipment of the John de Silva Memorial Theatre” under its Grant Aid for Cultural Grassroots Project scheme, for the procurement and installation of a new “Dimmer Cabinet” replacing the existing equipment which had been subject to gradual malfunction as a result of intermittent power failures caused by lightening.

The signing ceremony was held on January 29, at the Japanese Embassy premises in Colombo between Ambassador of Japan, Kiyoshi Araki, and Director, Cultural Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs, P. M. Abhayaratne, in the presence of Consultant, Cultural Affairs Ministry, Hema Jayaweera, Assistant Director, Department of Cultural Affairs, Indika Manthriratne, Officer-in-Charge of the John de Silva Memorial Theatre, T. M. Premaratne and First Secretary, Culture and Information, Embassy of Japan Takashi Ato.


Mas Fabric donates Apiwenuwen Api

Secretary of SLFP Union of Mas Fabric (Thulhiriya Textiles Mills), Nandana Munasinghe handing over a cheque worth Rs. 2,000,000 for Apiwenuwen Api Fund to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the Temple Trees on January 30

Ministers Athauda Senewirathne, Mano Wijerathne and members of the Union are also in the picture


Religious and Cultural Information of Kalutara District launched

Religious and Cultural Information of Kalutara District in three volumes containing all the historical, archaeological, religious, cultural and social information of the Kalutara District was launched recently. The concept of the compilation of this book was made by the Secretary, Industrial Development Ministry, Jayampathi P. Hettiarichchi while he served as the District Secretary of Kalutara. The book was compiled by Deputy Directress, Cultural Affairs of the District Secretariat, Neetha Wickramasinghe with the assistance of its Cultural Development Assistants and the newly appointed graduates. Kaiutara District co-ordinating committee Chairman Industrial Development Minister, Kumara Welgama has also provided financial assistance for the printing of these books, which contain all the information of the 14 Divisional Secretariat Divisions of the Kalutara District.


8th Law Faculty Alumni Dinner

The membership of the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Law (AAFL) includes many eminent judges, lawyers, academics, activists, as well as numerous young professionals and new graduates.

The AAFL is mindful of its obligations towards making a meaningful contribution to the education and training of law undergraduates and young graduates, and one of its key objectives is to contribute towards developing their practical skills. As such the AAFL has launched several projects for the benefit and development of law students and young graduates, including academic and financial support programmes.

There has always been generous participation by the senior and more established alumni, as well the cooperate sector in these projects.

The Law Faculty Alumni Dinner is a key event which the AAFL uses to publicize and raise funds for the projects run by the AAFL.

The 8th Law Faculty Alumni Dinner, open to alumni and their guests, will be held on February 9, at the Holiday Inn from 7:30 p.m. onwards.


Choir concert

For an area in eastern Germany with GroBenhain as its centre, Sri Lanka became a concrete reference point: both for post-Tsunami help and accompanied cultural programmes, amongst them this particular presentation.

In 2007, Comedian Harmonists Revival Choir - a choir of 16 members supported by the Goethe-Institute came to Sri Lanka and had a great public success.

The promoter and the composer, Stefan Junke has assembled a new choir, the Ecumenical Youth Choir, will come to Sri Lanka in February 2008.

With the help of the Goethe-Institute the choir will have a workshop and hold performances in Galle and Colombo, presenting works of Schbtz, Gounod and Junke as well as German folk-songs.

Galle: February 9 to 11, at the Peace Pagoda, Rumassla Kanda, Unawatuna, at 5:30 p.m.
Colombo: Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, Colombo 07, at 6 p.m.


Chinese New Year celebrations

Celebrate Chinese New Year, on February 7 and 8, at the Coffee Shop Galadari Hotel, Colombo.


E-resources workshop

When: February 6 and 21
Where: British Council Library CALL Room, Colombo
Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Admission: Open to all
Find out how to access the latest articles, research summaries, market trends etc.
E-resources on offer are Emerald Full Text, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Info-trac, Ashridge and Ebrary.


Southern Province                                                                 
Freedom from Poverty Campaign of Sri Lanka (FFPCSP/SL)

Office Bearers of 2008-2010

Chairman, Director: Lieut. Col. Mahinda Suriyaarachchi
Deputy Chairman, Director: Lieut. Col. D. V. W. Harischandra
Director, Secretary General: Capt. L. B. Lanka Jayathatne
Director Finance: A. V. S. Jayatillake
Director Legal: Ajith Samarasinghe
Director Projects: Capt. A. A. A. Chandrasiri
Director, Operations: Major Vasantha Yapa
Director IT Technology: H. T. Suriyarachchi
Director Media and Marketing: Capt. Tilak Senanayake
Director, Public Relations: Naridi Suriyarachchi
Galle District Director: Capt. Suriya Wijeratne
Matara District Director: Sujith Jayawickrama
Hambantota District Director: P. Ranaweera


Leader of the UNP, Ranil Wickremasinghe and Assistant Secretary of the Party and MP for Hambantota District Sajith Premadasa distributing appreciation certificates to party cadres, at the UNP Pollonnaruwa District Office recently. District Leader of Pollonnaruwa MP Earl Gunasekara is also in the picture.


Teaching programme

Central Provincial Councilor and Chairperson Shramashakthi Organisation, Shanthini Kongahage with the Sirimalwatta Shramashakthi Women’s Society children
An English Teaching Programme was held to improve their English knowledge. Books were also distributed among them.


Puppy Love

A few of the puppies available for adoption through the ‘Puppy Love’ programme on Valentines Day
The programme is Embark is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative spearheaded by Otara Gunewardene and Animal Welfare and Protection Association (AWPA).


The Playway nursery school in association with the Russian Centre, Colombo 7 was launched recently.
Open for Admissions from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Russian Centre.



M.S.M Salley

The 72nd birth anniversary of M.S.M. Salley fell on January 9. He was born on January 9, 1936 and answered the call of Almighty Allah on December 18, 2006.

Salley was a social worker and a soccer lover since his youth. He began his life as a social service worker and honorary teacher in the night school for the poor and the needy, organised by the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa at Sucharita.

Having received his education at Zahira College, Colombo, he used to participate in protest marches and also served in the St. John’s Ambulance Service. He was commended for his service during the death of S.W.R.D Bandaranaike.

During the time of Dudley Senanayake’s government, he took part in the cost of living protest march along with Bandaranaike in 1957 and was remanded for 14 days.

Salley worked in the political field with the Bandaranaike dynasty. He was one person who went against the party decision to get out of the collation in 1977. He was the member of the Communist Party and a member of the inner powerful central committee of the party.

He often travelled to the Soviet Union and German Democratic Republic. He was also the chairman of the Kamkarupura (Workers’ Town), Samagipura (Unity Town) and Sirimapura, which was a project to honour the late Sirima Bandaranaike.

He was appointed a justice of the peace by the then Justice Minister in 1970. He served as a member on the Board of the Directors from 1970 -1977 in one of the biggest multi-purpose cooperatives societies and was appointed by the then Trade, Food and Cooperatives Minister. During that time the Cooperative Society ran without any bank loans and with huge profits.

He helped the Hameed Al Hussaini School and the Fathima Girls’ School by donating new buildings. He also helped Al Nassar Maha Vidiyalaya and D.S. Senanayake College.

Salley met Muslim religious leaders around the world. He was an invitee at the World Muslim Unity Conference held in Washington in 1997, under the spiritual guidance of Sheikh Nazim Haqqani, the Supreme Leader of the Naqshabandi Thariqa in the world. During the visit Salley met and appealed to Sheikh Nazim to pray for Sri Lanka.

Salley held office in several Muslim organisations in Sri Lanka and was actively involved with the community.
Salley is one of the architects who were responsible for the formation of the National Council of the Y.M.M.A. of Sri Lanka. It would be no exaggeration to state that it was the single-mindedness of his purpose coupled with his organisational abilities that saw the birth of this council.

His pioneering zeal has borne fruit to the extent that now there are other organisations with similar aims and ideas affiliated to this council. Incidentally this council is affiliated to the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) of Saudi Arabia.

Salley served in various capacities of the council in uplifting the organisation to service the Muslim community. Salley was also an architect in forming the Islamic Socialist Front.

In the realm of sports Salley served as follows: Sri Lanka Gymnastic Association President, Sri Lanka Football Association Council Member, Colombo Football League General Secretary and Colombo Football League Treasurer.

During his time in office he invited several foreign teams to Sri Lanka and in appreciation of his services he was invited to the Soviet Union in 1963 and 1969.

Salley worked day and night for the poor people and had many sleepless nights on their behalf. A man who did not believe in caste, creed or race, Salley’s advice to his children was to respect every human being. ‘Country before self’ was his motto.


Vijitha (Viji) Weerasinghe

It’s been three months since my dearest father passed away. Although three months have lapsed, his departure is still like a bad dream to me and my family.

I must have been one of those luckiest sons to have such a great father who dedicated his whole life to his alma mater, Royal College. For him, Royal College was ‘his flesh and blood.’

If one gets an opportunity of going through the staff attendance register, one could witness that my father’s signature was the first to appear as V. Weerasinghe throughout his year in school.

Most Principals in my memory, namely L.D.H. Peiris, Gomes, S.H. Kumarasinghe, Suriyarachchi and present Principal Upali Gunasekera, sought the advice of my father on any important matter relating to the school as he was willing to share his experience and wisdom with anyone who sought his guidance.

I take this opportunity to call upon all Royalists or ranputhun, past and present, to extend their fullest cooperation and support to Gunasekera, Royal College Union Secretary Rizan Nazir and to all the members of the union, in order to maintain the highest standards of our alma mater, by which my father always stood.

After 41 years, I have stepped in to a new year without you, thaththi. You have always been my mentor and my pillar of strength. I will always walk in the path of righteousness that you showed me and you will always remain alive in my heart until the end of time. My dearest thaththi, may you attain Nibbana.

– Viraj Weerasinghe



From February 7 to 29
An exhibition of paintings by S. Nuwan Nalaka, at the Alliance Française Auditorium.


February 2 & 3
The man Who Turned Into A Dog, The Story of Panchito Gonzales, at the Punchi Theatre, Borella, at 7 p.m.
The plays are directed by Dr. Heinrich Falk, a former Head of Department of Theatre of California State University, Northridge, USA, who is in Sri Lanka on assignment, at the University of Sri Jayawardenepura, under the auspices of Fulbright Commission.

Renee Taylor Joseph Bolonga’s Bill, Betty, Barry, one of the best American short plays, directed by Namel Weeramuni, at Punchi Theatre, Borella, at 7p.m.

Public Talk

February 3
How Can The Brain Transform Itself?, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Study Centre, Beddagana, Duwa Road, Kotte, at 10:30 a.m.