Vesak celebrations in Beijing

Sri Lanka Community in Beijing, under the newly formed Sri Lanka Coordinating Committee, together with the Sri Lanka Embassy, is making arrangements to celebrate Vesak on May 17 at the Embassy premises, with the participation of a large number of students, family members and Chinese Buddhists.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, invited Ven Bandarawela Amithananda Thero, to conduct a full-day Vesak Programme, on the May 17th, commencing with the observance of Sil. The Vice President of the China Buddhist Association and the Chief Incumbent of the Lingguang Temple, Most Ven Cang Zang Thero, would lead a five-member team of Chinese Buddhist monks, to join the Sri Lankan monks living in China, as well as Ven Amithananda Thero, in the alms- giving. Colourful streamers arranged to decorate the Embassy compound and the Vesak lanterns, that will be illuminated in the evening will add colour to the Vesak celebrations, in Beijing. A Pahan Pooja in the evening has been itemized, as the closing event of the day’s programme.


Janasuwaya provides financial aid to self-employed at Rambukkana

Convener of the Janasuwaya Movement and MP for Hambantota District, Sajith Premadasa providing loans to self-employed women of Rambukkana electorate, in the Kegalle District.
The project launched the provision of these loans to 120 women, at a cost of Rs. 600,000/- through funds provided by the Janasuwaya Organisation in the USA. MP and the main coordinator of the Kegalle District Project, Champika Premadasa also participated on the occasion


Sri Lanka Tourism’s Vesak celebrations in Bentota and Beruwela

Sri Lanka Tourism, together with the Bentota Hoteliers Association, has organised a series of events, under the project ‘ Vesak Celebrations 08’, on May 19 and 20, in Beruwela and Bentota, at the UDA Grounds, (adjoining Eden Resort & Spa) Beruwela.
The programmes are designed to attract local and foreign visitors, to the coastal towns of Beruwela and Bentota.
A sermon on Buddhism will be delivered in English, at the Island Temple, on May 19, and on May 20. On these days, the events will begin with a sermon on Buddhism, delivered in German, followed by the distribution of awards, to the winners of all competitions.
The programme will include a Bakthi Gee competition, Lantern competition, Vesak Card-making competition, performance of religious devotional songs (by popular artistes/musicians), Bakthi Gee performance (on gaily decorated/ illuminated barges afloat Bentota River) and a mini Perahera.


Musaeus Girl Guides celebrate diamond jubilee

Girl Guiding was introduced to Musaeus College by Mrs. Freny Jilla (nee Rustomjee) during the principalship of Mrs. Clara Motwani. The company was registered at Girl Guide Headquarters as 23rd Colombo Girl Guides on July 30, 1948.
To celebrate their 60th anniversary, 23rd Colombo Girl Guides donated a house to the family of a Commando killed in action (2006) at Muhamalai. The house is located at the Commando Housing Scheme in Galahitiyawa.

The presentation was made in the presence of Major General W. U. B. Edirisinghe (Colonel of Commando Regiment) and Mrs. Kanthi Edirisinghe, President, Commando Regiment Ladies Club, Lt. Col. C. P. K. Chandasekara (Commanding Officer/Hqrs. Battalion), Mrs. N. K Pilapitiya, Principal and other members of the College Executive Staff and Commissioners attached to the Headquarters of the Sri Lanka Girl Guide Association.
The Guides raised the necessary funds for the project, namely, Rs.500,000/- by staging a Variety Entertainment, ‘A Diamond Jubilee Extravaganza.’

At present there are about 250 Little Friends, Guides and Senior Guides attached to 23rd Colombo; many former members of the company too contributed towards this Good Turn Project.


Wagyu Beef and Angus- the ultimate steak experience at London Grill

Steak and wine aficionados are in for a treat, as Cinnamon Grand offers the ultimate steak and wine experience, at the London Grill. Patrons are also entitled to a 50% discount on special wines. This promotion is on, as a regular feature every Thursday, commencing May 8th.
Wagyu Beef, the finest Tajima Rib Eye is a rare steak, served only at the London Grill. This is your chance to savour one of the world’s most famous steaks, served with the richness and distinctive flavour of a good Cabernet Sauvignon.
You can also choose from cuts of Grain-fed, Angus, Australian, and Riverine- paired with a selection of twenty different new world wines (French, Italian, Australian, Argentinean and South African, to name a few).
So go on, have a taste of the good life at the most sought after steak venue in the city, every Thursday from 7.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Call 2497361 for reservations.


“Otara Gunewardene’s Embark” hosts its second grooming project

This event which was held at the ODEL, Alexandra Place car park recently. This fun-filled event offered many dog lovers of Colombo, a chance to bring their pet, for a checkup, and be groomed to perfection, for a small fee. Additionally, the pets were also able to get a professionally captured studio portrait shot, with their pet/s.
The event, held to raise funds for Embark’s field clinics, was coordinated by the team from Embark, with much assistance from its Volunteer Circle - a team of dedicated youngsters, from the Colombo International School.


Blood donation campaign

To mark the Centenary Ahmadiyya Khilafat (Establishment of Spiritual Leadership in Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam), a blood donation Campaign was organised by the Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya (Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association), on May 11, at the BAITHUL HAMD, 619/4, Baseline Road, Dematagoda, Colombo 9.


Sri Lanka morning show wins Australia’s prestigious Antenna award 2008

From SLMS Victorian correspondent
On Thursday April 24th ,2008, The ‘Antenna Awards Presentation’ was held at the spectacular BMW Edge, at Melbourne’s Federation Square and was then broadcast nationally, on Sunday April 27th at 7.30pm.
The Sri Lanka Morning Show won the award for the Best Program, that supports New and Emerging Communities, which was presented by Peter Batchelor, the Minister for Energy and Resources and Minister for Community Development. Nimal Alwis and Derrick Junkeer picked up the award, before a large audience, at the BMW Edge at Federation Square.


Island-wide events to attract local and foreign visitors

The All Ceylon Buddhist Congress has organised many religious activities, on Vesak day. Dana pinkama (alms) and Buddhist sermons will be given more prominence, over lay activities. In Colombo, the main focus of the celebrations will be at Bauddhaloka Mawatha (Bullers Road). The area surrounding Temple Trees, which has been recognised as a Vesak Zone, is also to be illuminated with Pandols and lanterns. Baudhaloka Mawatha up to Borella Junction and Reid Avenue will also be illuminated and will present many photo opportunities.
The traditional roadside Dana Salas will offer free refreshments to pedestrians. Dances and puppet shows will also be part of the events of the week of Vesak.
Kalutara Bodhiya, Kiriwehera, Kataragama, Dharmayathanaya, Maharagama and the YMBA Colombo are but a few of the many religious places, that have organised Sil campaigns for the coming Vesak Poya Day.
In Srawasthripura, Anuradhapura, festivities with state patronage will take place under the leadership of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Moral Upliftment.


Book launch at BMICH

By Sarashi Samarasinghe
Malith Jayatilake launched the new edition of his book entitled Alimankada Parajayen Pasu Sri Lankawa Saha Indiyawa – Eithihasika Sarasaale Satan Bima Wethata, on April 8, at the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Convention Hall).
The Chief Guest on this occasion was Prof. Carlo Fonseka. The gathering was also addressed by Tissa Abeysekara, Lionel Fernando, Shiral Lakthilake and Bandula Chandrasekara.
The book focusses on the Elephant Pass war, which took place in 1998 and the events that led to it.


Hutch movie quiz winner

hSenid Software International, as one of the leading mobile solution provider in Sri Lanka, recently concluded the 9696 movie quiz, successfully.
The quiz, which highlighted mainly on the Hollywood and Bollywood arena, focused on topics, relating to movies and music. All Hutch subscribers received an SMS from a ‘9696’ short code, notifying them of the competition, in which one lucky winner, Mr. Tuan Nuzki received the highest score and walked away with a DVD player.
“We are delighted with the overwhelming response from our valued customers. This achievement will inspire us, to keep up the momentum, that will see us scale new heights, states Dinesh Saparamadu, CEO, hSenid Software International.




May 21
Isabelle Hupert, Une Vie Pour Jouer by Serge Toubiana (52 minutes, 2001), in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française De Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 6:30 p.m.

May 21
Crash (112 minutes, 2004) at the American Centre, Galle Road, Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.
May 23
Do Bigha Zamin by Bimal Roy (Three hours) in Hindi with English subtitles, at the Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4, at 5:30 p.m.


May 22
Day and Beyond, an exhibition of photography, at the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.