Desamanya Lankaputhra Namal Dissanayake

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 Lankaputhra.


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 evening.


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. (SS)


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.


Tea Party

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.


Pre-school inauguration

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 Programme


‘Saradiel’ and ‘Mahathala Hatana’ win awards for ITN

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
June 15
Express gratitude to your dad and show him how much he is loved and appreciated.
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 available.


Pamper your father at the Mount

Indulge 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 Father’s day.


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 be available.
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

The 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 Commerce streams.



Breaking Away (1979, 100 minutes), on June 10, at 6 pm, at the American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3.