Remembering Mother’s Day                                                                                                          

Hilton Colombo

This Mother’s Day, why not bring your Mum to a simple, yet elegant brunch, dinner or family brunch by the pool at the Hilton Colombo? Mother’s day is celebrated all around the world to say “Thank you” for all what she has done. Now, you can celebrate this special day at the Hilton Colombo. The hotel has a variety of options to choose from.

Whether your Mom craves savoury delights or indulge in something sweet, such as pancakes and other delectable sweets, these dishes will leave her with a lasting memory of this special occasion. Bring her along for a special brunch with love, at Spices. An extravagant brunch will be dished out and all Mums will receive a complimentary handmade chocolate.

For a lovely outing with the whole family, make a reservation at the Il Ponte poolside and take advantage of the pool for a nice swim, whilst tucking into a delicious BBQ. There will be a kiddies corner and magic shows for kids as well. Free cocktail or mocktail for Mums.

If you are looking for something stylish, yet casual, then Spoons it is. Spoons has created a four-course dinner set menu for her. A complimentary box of chocolates for every Mum too!

“Apart from the above, Fine Things will have handmade chocolates, personalized cakes, flowers, cards available from May 8 to 11,” said the hotel’s Marketing Communications Manager, Gigi De Silva. All this is happening on May 11.
For details and reservations, please call the Food & Beverage office on 2544644.


Dedicated to all devoted mothers

She’s composed of incredible wisdom, infinite patience
Wonderful forgiveness, insight, swift reassurance
Depth of commitment, unimaginable tenderness
Truest friend with warm arms made of gentleness.

When troubles thicken around us in heavy or light adversity
She’ll cling to you in sunshine or prosperity
Above all she can whisper a word of compassion
To make all woes and cares vanish without any tension.

Sterling examples, patient counselors, models of aspirations
Wishing nothing less than the best for the child’s expectations
Her heart is large for hospitable accommodation
She can reason and compromise under any situation.

Through sickness and fatigue she cares for her child
Even when the child has hurt her badly or mild
She loves her child under big or small circumstances
Sans complaining, guide through minor setbacks or situations.

Her tears for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, pride and loneliness
Makes peace return to heart by dissipating clouds of darkness
Her child her divine only possession, her whole life
Par excellence she plays seven stages of warm effortless life.

Mothers of these characteristics and more, are angels on earth
No matter she didn’t win ‘Mother of the Year’ award with mirth
These few lines are dedicated to all such irreplaceable mothers
To honour their boundless, endless, duties embodiment of love angel, mothers.

Kumari Kumarasinghe Tennakoon


Cinnamon Grand

We know exactly how taxing and tiring motherhood could be. It could be a thankless job. At Cinnamon Grand, we want to show Mums the kind of appreciation they truly deserve for everything they do, no matter how small. So, if we can give Mums a chance to catch their breath and relax on this special day at least, we are well content.

Come celebrate Mother’s Day at the Taprobane on the May 11, with a delicious brunch and a glass of our bubbliest champagne! We offer brunch with beer and brunch with champagne! That’s not all, feel free to lie back and relax, as your children enjoy themselves to their heart’s content with the numerous activities we have on offer. Which kid could resist activities such as face painting, handwork and bouncers, not to mention the little Mother’s day keepsake we are helping every kid to make! And Mums, don’t feel guilty! After all, isn’t it your day to be indulged?

Goodies at Coffee Stop
Our delicious cake selection at Coffee Stop will see its latest additions, come Mother’s Day, with special cakes and goodies available from May 9 onwards. There’s Chocolate Chips & Nut cake, Marzipan Hazelnut Chocolate cake, Ribbon Fudge cake, Strawberry Fancy cake and Chocolate Cardinal Coffee cake… to name just a few, all beautifully packed and presented as gifts! She may give you an earful for tempting her, but at Cinnamon Grand, we like to give you a chance to indulge this very special person in your life, Come, do it in grand style!


Galadari Hotel

Galadhari Hotel is the place to be this Mother’s Day. Galadhari Hotel offers you the opportunity to show your mum you care. There are opportunities to pamper her with cakes, chocolates, flowers, or offer her a grand dinner.
The Coffee Shop offers a fabulous dinner buffet. It also offers an opportunity for every four people dinning at a table to offer dinner for a mother.
Café 64, Galadhari Hotel’s popular pastry shop, offers Mother’s day cakes, chocolates and many more items on May 10 and 11.
Join our celebrations; share your words of gratitude to your mother at the Galadhari Hotel. We know how to treat her right.


                                                   Vesak programmes                                           

London Buddhist Viharaya

Vesak will be celebrated at the London Buddhist Vihara, Dharmapala Building, The Avenue, Chiswick, London W4 1UD. on SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2008 (B.E. 2552)


9.00am: Hoisting the Buddhist Flag by H.E. Mrs. Kshenuka Seneviratne, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom; 9.05: Traditional Oil Lamp Lit by H.E. Mrs. Kshenuka Seneviratne; 9.10: Administering Eight Precepts and Admonition (anusasana) by Ven. B. Seelawimala Nayaka Thera, Head of the Vihara; 9.20: Buddha Vandana (Paying Homage to the Buddha); 9.30: Meditation - Instruction & Practice by Bhikkhuni Kusuma; 10.00: Tea will be served; 10.15: “Paticca Samuppada - Cause and Effect” by Bhikkhuni Kusuma; 11.15: Buddhapuja led by Ven. Pandith W. Wimalajothi; 11.30: Dana offering to Venerable monks, Upasakas and Upasikas observing Eight Precepts; 1.30pm: “The Contribution of Sri Lankan Bhikkhus to the Development of South East Asian Civilisations” by Dr. Hema Gunatilake; 2.30: “The Three Signs of Being” by Mr. Anil Goonawardena, Barrister, Attorney (Sri Lanka). Teacher and member of the Council, The Buddhist Society; 3.30: Tea will be served; 4.00: “Nibbana” by Professor Richard Gombrich Boden Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Balliol College;

5.00: Sinhala Sermon - by Ven. T. Bandula; 5.45: Paritta Chanting and Punyanumodana; 6.30: “Bodu Bethi Gee (Buddhist devotional songs)” by Dhamma school children and parents
All are welcome!
CHILDREN’S VESAK PROGRAMME will be held on Saturday, May 17. All parents are invited to bring their children to a special programme to be celebrated on Saturday, May 17, from 9.00 am - 1.00pm. The programme will include: Observing Eight Precepts, Sermon for children, Pirith, Jathaka Stories, Buddha Puja, Dana.

Birmingham Maha Viharaya

Wesak celebrations at the Birmingham Buddhist Maha Viharaya will take place on May 11 (Sunday) from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Over 15 Monks from various countries will be offered alms. Chaplain for Her Majesty’s Forces Sunil Kariyakarawana will deliver a talk on the Significance of Vesak.

On this particular occasion Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohita Bogollagama, Sri Lanka High Commissioner to U.K. Kshenuka Senevirathne, Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to U.K. S.S.Ganegama Arachchi, Deeptha Kulatilaka, Minister Commercial Sri Lanka High Commission, Sri Lanka Airline Manager Chanaka Olagama, John Hemming M.P. for Accocks Green, Rev.Tony de Alwis Anglican priest from Nottingham will participate.
The programme will conclude around 1.30 p.m.


International Nurses Day

International Nurses day is celebrated around the world on May 12th every y ear, which is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
The theme of International Nurses Day this year will focus on delivering quality service to patients, serving communities, rendering primary health care, and the prevention of disability and the care of people with disabilities

Nurses play a significant role in policy and planning aimed at improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in the care of people with disabilities and in the prevention of disability. They are the key to early detection and intervention and need to be involved in health promotion, prevention, teaching and counselling programs for people with disabilities, and their families in all settings. Their teaching role should thus include emphasis on individual responsibility to protect oneself and avoid disability.

Nurses support programs are designed to integrate people with disabilities in all aspects or daily life in the family, school, workplace and community.

The International Council of Nurses will collaborate with other concerned international organisations to increase cooperation among the nursing fraternity within countries to this end.


Vision impaired Chandrawathie rewarded for excelling at studies

Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare Douglas Devananda awarded a cash reward of Rs. 10,000 to Sandaru Priyangvada Chandrawathie, a vision impaired student of Kurunegala Gettuwana Maha Vidyalaya at his Ministerial premises on April 28. Chandrawathie received the money in recognition of doing well at the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination.
Devananda, having come to know her achievement at studies, through the media, gave the reward to Chandrawathie to pursue higher studies.


Bakeer Markar remembered

Founder’s Day Ceremony and remembrance of the late Deshamanya Al Haj M.A. Bakeer Markar (Founder of ACUMLYF) organised by the All Ceylon Union of Muslim League Youth Fronts (ACUMLYF) will be held on Monday, May 12, 2008, at 4.30 p.m. at the auditorium of Muslim Ladies’ Study Circle, 201, D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo 10.
Chief Guest, Minister of Port Development & Justice, Dilan Perera MP will speak on “Role of the politicians in building unity in diversity”
Guest Speaker, Country Head, Muslim Aid, Amjad Mohamed Saleem will speak on “Challenges faced by civil society in Nation building”.
* “Beruwela Declaration” by Bakeer Markar Centre for National Unity will be launched
* Scholarships will be awarded to students affected by the tsunami


Lankan philanthropists on humanitarian mission

A Sri Lankan couple domiciled in Milano, Italy, during the last 20 years, have visited their motherland, with the intention of helping the needy, for the eleventh successive year.

The couple, Anura Upali Abeygoonewardena and his spouse Pushpa, had been in Sri Lanka, after the Tsunami, with the intention of helping, those affected by the disaster, with home appliances, clothes and also financial aid.

This time, they have selected a few villages, Kanabendiara, Moraketiya from Ratnapura district and Hathporuwa in Monaragala district, to donate school equipment, stationeries to school children, wheel chairs to disabled persons, and a Jaipur leg, to an amputated woman.

In addition, they have donated poverty stricken families, clothing and other essential items. They also donated a fax machine, to the journalists.
According to them, money for charity, is funded by them, and their only intention is to acquire merit, through their generous deeds.
In the picture, Abeygoonewardena is handing over the fax machine to a journalist.


Duke of Gloucester visits houses Habitat for Humanity constructed in Minnerithanne, Kalutara

His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester ceremonially handed over four of the 35 houses built by Habitat for Humanity, Sri Lanka and funded by Tear Fund UK, to the new owners, when the Duke visited the Minneritanne Housing project in the Kalutara District. The Duke also planted a sapling of a Jak tree within the housing scheme.
The Duke of Gloucester is the Patron of Habitat for Humanity, UK.


May Day rally

Upcountry Peoples Front Leader, P Chandrasekeran and Parliamentarian, S. Radhakrishnan at the May Day rally in Bandarawela


OTSC - Office Bearers - 2008/2009

N.L. Perera was unanimously elected President of the Old Thomian’s Swimming Club for the year 2008/2009, at the 52nd AGM held recently at the Club House.
Following members were elected unanimously.
President - N. L. Perera
Vice Presidents - Dr. C.L.V. Abeynaike, Lincoln Fernando
Hony. Secretary - Dulip S. Soysa
Hony. Asst. Secretary - Ruban Ratnasingham
Hony. Treasurer - Eransaka Perera
Hony. Social Secretary - Tusita de Alwis
Hony. Bar Secretary - Eddie Appathurai
Hony. Pool & Clubhouse Secretary - Ajith Sirisena
Club Captain - Dayan Ranasinghe
Swimming & Waterpolo Captain - Shiren Wljeratne
Surf & Life Saving Captain - Arnila Perera
Cricket Secretary - Sasi Ganeshan
Committee Members - Channa Asela de Silva, C.P.S. Mendis, M.E.C. Perera, Kapila Waidyaratne, Prajeeth Balasubnnnaniam, S. Rajrnohan.
Auditors – B.R. de Silva & Company
Club Manager - Cyrilton Senahewa



May 13 & 14
Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (120 minutes, 2001) at 3 p.m. / 6.30 p.m. in French with English Subtitles, at the Auditorium de l’Alliance Française, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.