Desamanya Lankaputhra Namal
Dissanayake, a young businessman from Kelaniya, has been conferred the
“Desamanya Lankaputhra” by the Sri Lanka Amarapura Moolawansika Maha
Nikaya, a Buddhist organisation of high-ranking scholars, with authority
to honour suitable citizens with the title. Dissanayake showed a keen
interest for social service from his student days at Dharmaloka Central
College, Kelaniya. He is also the President of the Peliyagoda United
Sinhala Traders Association, in addition to being the Chairman of Namal
Group of Companies.
He is a very successful entrepreneur and his transport service of
containers from ship-to-yard has a popular rating among shipping agents.
He has his own fleet of lorries and yard-to-house containers.
It is in recognition and appreciation of yeomen services rendered to
religion, sports and social work, as well as his generosity towards the
poor and less fortunate, that he has been honoured with the Desamanya
YWCA 125th Anniversary Gala Concert
Recently, an enjoyable concert of music, dance and fashion was held
at the Auditorium of the British School to celebrate the 125th
Anniversary of the Colombo Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).
The best musical item in the programme that astounded the audience and
“stole the show” was Dr. Prashanthi Mendis’ virtuoso performance on the
Caribbean steel drums. She truly displayed her unique performing
artistry and mastery of the steel drum mallet technique. Her superb
renditions of Rudolph Siecynski’s “Vienna, city of my dreams”, Sunil
Santha’s “Handapane” and Joe Garland’s “In the Mood” represented three
different cultures. It evinced not only her versatility but also, the
versatility of these melodic drums. Prashanthi was accompanied on the
piano by the well-known leader of “Friends in Harmony” – Indrani
Wijesundera. They set the tone for a delightful evening of variety
entertainment and inspired the audience to clap right throughout and
participate in the pulsating rhythm of “In the Mood.” The memory of her
artistry will linger in the hearts of those who were present that
Josephians to pray in harmony
The Batch of 87’ of St. Joseph’s College, Colombo 10, cordially
invites all Josephians and their families to join us and pray in harmony
at the celebration of the OBU family Mass on Sunday, June 15, at 8: 30
a.m. in the College Chapel
Life’s like that
Alliance Francaise, partnered by Sri Lanka Telekom, Epson Technology
Partners and Debug Computer Peripherals, recently organised a
photographic exhibition, Day and Beyond at the Alliance Francaise
Auditorium from May 23 to 31.
Ten photographers’ large collection of photographs of different
lifestyles, and of mundane incidents from different parts of the
country, were exhibited. (ss)
NSF Anniversary celebrations
The National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka celebrated its 40th
anniversary on May 23 at The Galle Face Hotel. The Chief Guest on the
occasion was Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Tissa Vitarana.
Hilton Colombo Residences achive HACCP, ISO 22000
Through an extremely focused and structured approach to achieving
their “world-class vision”, the Hilton Colombo Residence finally came to
achieve ISO9001 : 2000 certification in January 2008.
The Hilton Colombo Residence is one of the very few hotels in the
country to have achieved all three key ISO Award Standards, making them
one of the leading players in hospitality Industry.
General Manager, Galadari Hotel, Sampath Siriwardena hosted a Tea
Party to welcome Miss India for Miss World, Miss India for Miss Universe
and Fashion Designers who were in Sri Lanka for the Colombo Vogue
Fashion Event, held recently, at the Galadari Hotel.
A helping hand from Ravi K.
UNP Colombo District leader Ravi Karunanayake MP, donated a package
of school books to an underprivileged student at a ceremony organised by
the Ravi Karunanayake Foundation.
Hambantota District MP and Chairman, Janasuwaya Development
Foundation, Sajith Premadasa, at the inauguration of a pre-school built
at a cost of Rs. 1.2 million, in Bogahapelessa, Tissamaharamaya
Division, Hambantota District
Muslim Aid’s Water and Sanitation Project
Muslim Aid Sri Lanka’s Water and Sanitation Project Officer Mohamed
Ashquaff, trains partners in Myanmar to use a water purifying system
that will provide clean water to victims of Cyclone Nargis
New Year celebrations
Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations for members of the Kirula
Lama Samajaya and children of the Kirulapone area were held at
Alenmethiniyarama Temple, Polhengoda, on April 20. This event was funded
by the Sanasili Foundation and organised by the Children’s Uplift
‘Saradiel’ and ‘Mahathala Hatana’ win awards for
Two popular teledramas sponsored by Sri Lanka’s pioneer herbal based
personal care manufacturer Swadeshi, won special Merit Awards at the
Raigam Tele Awards for Independent Television Network (ITN).
‘Utuvan Kande Saradiel’, the epic teledrama about the daring folk hero
of the 19th century and ‘Mahathala Hatana’, a teleseries focusing on the
Matale uprising against the repressive rule of the British, are the two
teledramas that brought honour to ITN.
For Father at Trans Asia
Coffee Shop - Dinner Buffet
Express gratitude to your dad and show him how much he is loved and
All dads get a complimentary Dinner if accompanied by 04 Pax
Café 64 - Father’s Day Goodies
June 12 - 15
Special Father’s Day cakes, sweets and many other delicious goodies
Pamper your father at the Mount
your father to an extravagant Father’s Day lunch at the Governor’s
Restaurant, Mount Lavinia Hotel. All Fathers receive a 10-minute head
massage and a family photograph. The whole family receives complimentary
cocktails or mocktails of their choice.
If your father prefers a nice quiet dinner, accompany him to the Seafood
Cove for an extra special evening on the beach. A free glass of wine,
when you enjoy a Seafood Deluxe or, Seafood Deluxe Lavinia platter.
If you wish to ‘wow’ your father with a magnificent view at a world
famous watering hole, entertain him at the Terrace and the Governor’s
Restaurant for Chefs Specials, along with a glass of wine gratis.
A complimentary can of Heineken for every two purchased throughout
A walk through an oasis in Colombo
A ‘Tree Walk’ and sale of plants will be held on June 8, 2008, at the
Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour and Kithu Sevana at Bauddhaloka
Mawatha, Colombo 7 from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. The event is organised by
Ruk Rakaganno, the Tree Society of Sri Lanka.
The grounds of the Cathedral is an oasis in the heart of the city and
houses more than 800 trees and plants, which include over 100 species.
The Tree Walk will afford members of the public an opportunity to see,
appreciate and learn about a selection of these trees. Plants of some of
these species will be available at the Ruk Rakaganno nursery for sale.
The activities of the organisation are funded through grants and through
its own fund-raising activities. For more information on the Tree Walk
and Plant Sale or to become a member of Ruk Rakaganno, please contact
Ruk Raks at The Professional Centre, 2nd Floor, 275/75 Prof. Stanley
Wijesundera Mawatha, Colombo 7 or on 2554438.
Father’s Day at Hilton
Father’s Day wines, personalised cakes and handmade chocolates will
June 13 to 15 - 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Father’s Day Brunch - Spices
Free glass of beer or wine for all Dads!
June 15 - 11.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
Father’s Day Dinner - Spoons
A scrumptious 4-course set menu.
Free glass of wine for all Dads!
June 15 - 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.
Southern Province Chief Minister, Coca-Cola
inaugurate Mahamaya Balika Vidyalaya Hikkaduwa
opening ceremony of Mahamaya Girls School, Hikkaduwa, took place at the
school premises on May 27, 2008. The school was reconstructed by
Coca-Cola, together with Round Table Sri Lanka. The Southern Province’s
Chief Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Shan Wijayalal De Silva
was Chief Guest.
The opening ceremony was attended by local dignitaries, clergy and
authorities from the education ministry as well as key management of
Coca-Cola’s local and Indian offices. Country Manager, Coca-Cola
Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd. Basil Gadzios, Country Manager, Sri Lanka &
Maldives, Coca-Cola Far East Ltd, Manish Chathurvedi, Vice President
South West Asia Operation, Sandeep Gupta were present at the ceremony.
The new school, built on a new site, not far from the earlier one, which
was completely destroyed by the tsunami, has 600 students, with classes
from Grades 1 to 12, including Advanced Level classes in the Arts and
Breaking Away (1979, 100 minutes), on June 10, at 6
pm, at the American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3.