Digital Lifestyle Home at the Deyata Kirula
Sri Lanka Telecom and Mobitel presented Digital Lifestyle Home at the
Deyata Kirula exhibition which was held at the BMICH from February 7-11.
The stall consisted of automated home appliances such as IPTV, M3 Mobile
Eye along with equipment with personal features such as chatting,
facebook, producing and recording music and online gaming.
Computer Programming through VB.Net launched
Computer Programming Through VB.Net by Priyantha Navarathne was
presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently.
Navarathne published his first book titled Unseen Side of the Computer
in 2004 and this has been his second book.
Mystique of Sigiriya launched
Mystiques of Sigiriya, the English translation of Sigiri Gee Siri
written by the Speaker, W.J.M. Lokubandara was launched on February 1,
at his official residence.
The book was officially presented to the First Lady, Shiranthi Rajapaksa
along with Prof. Ashley Halpey, Leader of the Opposition, Ranil
Wickramasinghe, Minister of Export Development and International Trade,
G.L. Pieris, Minister of Cultural Affairs, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene,
Rauf Hakeem, R. Sambandan, U.S. Embassidor, Robert O. Blake, Sri Lankan
High Commissioner of India, Aloka Prasad, Archbishop of Colombo, Rev.
Oswald Gomez and Supreme Court Judge, Shirani Bandaranayake and other
distinguished guests. (SS)
Philipinaya was launched by the Sri Lanka Philippines Friendship
From left to right: Director of Education, School Library Division,
Ministry of Education, Kapila Kasthuriarachchi, Consul General for
Philippines in Sri Lanka, William John Terrence Perera, newly elected
President of the Sri Lanka Philippines Friendship Association and Chief
Guest of the occasion, Ananda Samarasinghe, Minister and Consul General
of the Philippines Embassy in Dhaka who overlooks Sri Lanka, Alex V.
Lamadrid, at the launch of Philipinaya, the first ever book about the
Philippines written in Sinhala, at the SSC recently
60th Independence Day Celebrations at University of
Sri Lanka Society at the University of Oxford officially celebrated
the 60th Independence Day on Sunday, February 3. It was held at the
Goodhart Room of University College, the oldest of the Oxford Colleges,
amidst a large gathering comprising of both Sri Lankans and
distinguished foreign guests.
Musical Talent Search - Malay Mega Star 2008
The second consecutive Musical Talent Search organised by the Colombo
Malay Cricket Club (founded in 1872) the premier Cricket Club in Sri
Lanka, will be held on Saturday, February 23, commencing at 4 p.m. at
the Padang Complex, Kew Road Colombo 2, to harness the talent and skills
of the youth.
The Talent Search will be in three categories:
b) Duet or Trio
c) Group or Band
Contestants can perform songs in any language.
Over 100 participants will compete in the various categories. The
winners of each category will be given valuable gifts and trophies and
the Best Performer will be judged as the ‘Malay Mega Star.’
Zahira annual dinner dance
and teachers’ felicitation
The annual dinner dance and the teachers’ felicitation ceremony
organised by the Past Prefects Association of Zahira College was held on
February 8, at the Trans Asia Hotel. 17 teachers were felicitated for
their service rendered to the College.
Corporate Law Conference 2008 February 28, Hilton
Association of Corporate Lawyers Sri Lanka consisting of
approximately 400 Lawyers employed in the corporate sector in Sri Lanka
will hold its annual Conference titled, Corporate Law Conference 2008,
at the Hilton Colombo, on February 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva will grace the occasion and the President
of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, Nihal Jayamanne will be the Guest
of Honour. The technical sessions of this year’s conference will focus
on Company, Banking and Labour Laws.
For details refer the association’s website
Musleh Maoud – The Promised
Reformer Day – Public Meeting
The second Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Hazrat Mirza
Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad is called Musleh Maoud – the Promised
Reformer, in accordance with the prophecy by God, revealed to the
Promised Messiah Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Founder of the Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community in Islam, on February 20, 1886, in which he was told
that he would be blessed with a holy spiritual son. To mark this event,
Ahmadi Muslims all over the world celebrate February 20 as Musleh Maoud
To mark the event, a public meeting will be held on February, 20, at
Ahmadiyya Jubilee Hall, Periyamulla, Negombo, at 4 p.m.
SCATS Sri Lanka appoints new office bearers
SCATS Sri Lanka, the country branch of one of the key Sri Lankan
social and welfare institutions in Australia, held its Annual General
Meeting (AGM), at hotel Trans Asia last week.
The following Office Bearers were elected.
President: Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon
Vice Prsidents: Dalton Kahawela, W. M Bandara
Secretary: Tilak Alahakoon
Treasurer: Ananda Weerasinghe
Asst. Treasurer: Mervin Rodrigo
International Relations President: Gamini Perera
Media Secretary: Daya Lankapura
In addition, a new Executive Committee consisting 20 members was also
Educational Course in Theatre Education
The Course in Shakespearean Drama and Theatre-In-Education has been
conducted by the Shakespeare Centre Sri Lanka since its inception in the
year 1990. Applications are being called for a new batch of students for
The course will be conducted in Sinhala as well as in English and it
will be carried out in parallel to the Sinhala productions as well as
the English productions of Shakespearean plays. Applicants competent and
interested in both languages are requested to apply separately for the
two productions. The course will be facilitated by a talented dramatist
with foreign exposure in the field of Shakespearean theatre.
Those who wish to participate in the course (conducted free of charge)
and acquire an extensive knowledge in Shakespearean dramatic works and
the art of acting in general, may submit the detailed applications
addressed to: Asangi Jayasinghe, Secretary (Projects and
Implementation), Shakespeare Centre Sri Lanka, No. 327, Darley Road,
Mario Thamul Shamendra Fonseka
A Friend in Deed
Mario, a former student of St. Anthony’s College Wattala, passed away
in January 2008, after a sudden stroke at his home.
My classmates and I at St. Anthony’s College missed a dear and a good
friend indeed. Born in 1962 in the month of October at Wattala, Mario
Fonseka was 45 years old when he was called to rest with Jesus.
His passing away was lamented by all his classmates, colleagues at work,
foreign friends and acquaintances. Mario had a distinguished academic
and professional career. He was a very friendly and a good hearted
person. He never failed to help his village community at any given time.
He was a devout Catholic in his parish at Meegoda.
My own association with Mario at a personal level was short, since we
left college in 1981. After leaving school he was involved in private
business and, in addition, he was attached to the NGO called ARSHOFF.
His 16 year old eldest son Lasith Shehan Manoj Fonseka studies at St.
Peter’s College, Colombo 6, and he is in grade 10. His 9 year old
youngest son Niranjan Mahesh Fonseka studies at Christ the King College
at Pannipitiya in grade 4.
Mario’s wife Menaka Priyanganee [nee Rupasinghe], is a devoted house
wife, winning scores at all home needs in caring for her loving husband
and two sons. Menaka married Mario on January 23, 1992 and was the apple
of his eye until his untimely death.
Mario leaves behind his sweetheart wife Menaka, and adorable sons Lasith
and Niranjan, not forgetting his loving parents Alex and Tita Fonseka.
May he rest in peace!
Upali Phillip Wijewardane
Patriotic Business Tycoon, Entrepreneur, Social and Religious Reformer
Over 25 years ago, our patriotic, charismatic and fearless business
tycoon, entrepreneur, social and religious reformer and potential
presidential candidate in 1989 presidential elections disappeared in
midair over the Indian Ocean, in his own Lear Jet plane from Malaysia to
Sri Lanka. This was a political business conspiracy, as he was very
powerful in business activities in Malaysia where he had cocoa, rubber
and palm oil plantations which were detested by Chinese businessmen as
they were loosing business in Malaysia. In Sri Lanka, he gave his
knowledge and experience to resuscitate poverty stricken youths by
organising vocational training centres and educational training centers
for them to obtain employment in foreign countries with his assistance
and funds. He did not take anything from the country, but gave his
wealth for the rehabilitation of the community economically, socially,
culturally and religiously.
Some politicians of Sri Lanka, who wanted to exploit the nation’s wealth
once in power, did not like his popularity and rising political prowess
to take over the country for development. On February 13, 1983, he and
his associates were destroyed in midair with the connivance of enemies
in Sri Lanka and Malaysia, through a bombed attack on his plane, sending
shock waves through Sri Lanka as well as the entire world.
Due to ocean currents, his remains could not be traced in the Indian
He hailed from a very outstanding patriotic, cultured and religious
family. His father was D. Walter Wijewardane of Sedawatte Walawwe,
Kelaniya and Basnayake Nilame of Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya. After it
was destroyed by invading Portuguese in 1505, they resuscitated the 2560
year old Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya with their funds. His mother, Anula
Wijesinghe of Godawakanda Walawwe, Kamburupitiya was a descendant of
Morawakkorale Royal Tikiri Kumaraya who later became King Wijayabahu (1)
of Sinhalay with Polonnaruwa as his capital and reunited the island of
Sinhalay by driving out South Indian Tamil invaders. Upali Phillip
Wijewardane was educated at Royal College, Colombo 7. He excelled in
studies, sports and horse riding. He entered the University of
Cambridge, in London, with his cousin late D. R. Wijewardane’s son
Ranjith Wijewardane. He came back to his motherland, Ceylon then and
joined the British owned Lever Brothers (Ceylon) Ltd. as Management
Trainee with stiff competition, but he was selected on his own merits.
He assimilated all aspects of industry, commerce, marketing,
manufacturing, processing, packaging, advertising, personnel management,
industrial relations, welfare services and management which he did very
well to the surprise of the European management.
As Europeans were the administrators of the company, he had an
unpleasant problem when he went on leave after finishing his assignment,
to attend his sister’s wedding. The Anoja Wijewardane Wijesundara
wedding. As soon as he got back the European directors found fault with
him for not submitting the relevant programme envisaged in business
industry development. He made it clear that he left everything on his
table and went on leave. It was not available and could not be traced
either. Upali Phillip Wijewardane himself searched and found it under
the office tray. He pulled it out, threw it in his face and utterly
dejected went home never to return again.
He was thinking very deeply about starting his own business industry. As
a child, he had observed how his beloved mother Anula Wijesinghe
Wijewardane processed milk toffee with cadjunuts for the family evening
tea. He learnt the recipe from his mother by observing the manufacture
with an eagle eye. He launched a small micro industry by purchasing
machinery with his funds and commenced operations with his family
servants in one of the rooms at Sedawatte Walawwe, Kelaniya. He
manufactured toffee and marketing was done through the advice of Ananda
Tissa de Alwis Advertising Company Ltd. The late Mr. Ananda Tissa de
Alwis took Upali round schools/colleges during lunch time, showed him
the youngsters who were coming out and remarked this your market for
Delta toffee, which was very successful in the entire island of Ceylon
then. Upali approached the late Mr. Solomons, Director/General Manager
of People’s Bank for a loan for the development of his industry.
He assessed Upali Wijewardane’s capabilities as he proposed to take a
large loan for construction of factory, installing machinery for
production of goods and services to the consumers. He embarked on the
electronic industry, motor industry, consumer industry, manufacturing of
soaps, printing industry, agriculture, plantations, travel, tourism,
airlines and newspapers which are popular as ‘Divaina’ and ‘The Island’
managed under the Upali Group of Companies.
When the UNP, came to power in 1977, he was appointed Director General/
Chairman of the Greater Colombo Economic Commission, known as BOI today.
He was responsible for establishing Katunayake Free Trade Zone, Biyagama
FTZ and Koggala FTZ for production of goods and services for export. He
established a cocoa factory to manufacture chocolates in Malaysia.
It is very appropriate to print a stamp in honour of Upali Phillip
Wijewardane for services rendered by him to the nation, politically,
economically, socially, culturally and religiously for the benefit of
May he be born among us till he achieves Nibbana in his journey through
Capt. L. B. Lanka, (Wilbawe) Jayaratne) Secretary General
Freedom from Poverty Campaign of Southern Province/Matara
The Tuskegee Airmen (1995, 111 minutes) at the American Centre,
Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.
Ankur by Shyam Benegal (3 hours) in Hindi with subtitles in English, at
the Indian Cultural Centre, at 5:30 p.m.
Biographic Film, Chagall, A La Russie, Aux Anes Et Aux Autres by F.
Lévy Kuentz (2003, 55 minutes) in French with English subtitles, at the
Alliance Française Auditorium, at 3/6.30 p.m.
My Fair Lady, at the Russian Centre, at 5 p.m.
Violine Recital by Sangeeth Shasthrapathi, Mahinda Senevirathne, at the
Indian Cultural Centre, at 6 p.m.
An exhibition of paintings by Wasantha Perera, at the Lionel Wendt
Theatre, Colombo 7.
February 22 – 24
An exhibition of visual art by the students of Vibhavi Academy, at the
Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
Pradeepanjalee by Pradeep Ratnayake, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, at
Bugsi Malone by Jerome de Silva, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre,