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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Chinese New Year celebrations
Celebrate Chinese New Year, on February 7 and
8, at the Coffee Shop Galadari Hotel, Colombo.
When: February 6 and 21
Where: British Council Library CALL Room, Colombo
Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Admission: Open to all
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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.
Provincial Councilor and Chairperson Shramashakthi Organisation,
Shanthini Kongahage with the Sirimalwatta Shramashakthi Women’s Society
An English Teaching Programme was held to improve their English
knowledge. Books were also distributed among them.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
How Can The Brain Transform Itself?, organised by the Krishnamurti
Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Study Centre, Beddagana, Duwa Road, Kotte, at