Mass protest in Canada against LTTE separatist Terrorism

A well-attended protest against LTTE terrorism was held on Saturday, June 21 at Yonge and Bloor intersection in Toronto, Canada.
Posters and banners with anti-LTTE slogans condemning the innocent civilian killings, child-recruitment for warfare and thanking the Canadian Authorities for banning the LTTE and its front organisation World Tamil Movement in Canada, were displayed by those participated in the protest rally.


Sajith’s tour of Europe

Sajith Premadasa, MP for Hambantota district and Chairman of the Janasuwaya Development Foundation, presently on a tour of three European countries to promote the Janasuwaya programme, met Jon Hanssen Bauer, the Norwegian Peace Envoy, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, Norway, as part of his efforts to persuade international donors and organisations to support Janasuwaya


Italian aid for tsunami recovery

Counselor Gabriele Ferrari, who is in charge of the Safety and Civil Protection Policies of the Province of Parma, as well as of the International Relations and Development Cooperation Centre, handed over a fully-equipped ambulance to Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Italy, Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, to be shipped to Trincomalee.

Counselor Ferrari explained to the Ambassador that though the tsunami had been a great disaster for the Sri Lankan people, there was a silver lining within the dark cloud in the form of strengthening relationships between Italy and Sri Lanka.

After the catastrophe, workers of the Parma Province and various other persons got involved in contributing to the fund established by the Provincial Council of Parma. The Provincial Council spent Euros 65,000 to construct this modern and exclusive ambulance as a gift to Sri Lanka.


MONASH College Open Day

Monash College hosted another successful Open Day on Saturday, June 14, in Colombo, providing an opportunity for students and parents to discover alternative pathways to Monash University, Australia.
It was an unforgettable experience for them. Students were provided with a programme of activities. The programme outlined activities and facilities available at the college – not only did visitors get to experience science and engineering experiments and get involved in business class room activities, they also got involved in higher level computer-based learning whilst exploring the campus.
Hundreds of students and their parents attended information sessions, experienced the campus services and facilities and got a great taste for what university life would be like in a higher-ranked Australian university environment.


Former and new GM, Hilton Colombo Residencies hosted

By Sarashi Samarasinghe
The Chairman and Board of Directors of the Union Residencies Private Limited hosted a cocktail to bid farewell to the former General Manager, Hilton Colombo Residencies, Peter Simson and to welcome the new General Manager, Manesh Fernando.
The event took place on June 21 at the Union Ballroom, Hilton Colombo Residencies, in the presence of many guests.


Asia Pacific Hotelier 2007

President, Hilton Hotels, Asia Pacific, Koos Klein has been named ‘Asia Pacific Hotelier of the Year 2007’, at the 11th Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference, organised and hosted by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels.

The ninth recipient of this prestigious award, Klein has spent an illustrious 16-years of his 27-year career in Asia Pacific. Since his appointment as President, Hilton Hotels, Asia Pacific, in 1997, Klein has spearheaded dynamic growth of the world’s most famous hotel Brand, from 25 hotels to 60 today. He was responsible for realigning the Hilton portfolio, and did this by setting the bar high for new Hilton hotels and evaluating existing hotels against stringent Brand standards. He has also overseen the Company’s strong financial performance with Hilton’s revenue in Asia Pacific having doubled and profits quadrupled over the past decade.


‘An Inconvenient Truth’ - An Al Gore film on climate change

The film, produced and directed by former US Vice President, Al Gore, on Climate Change, its causes, effects and what we can do about it, is titled ‘An Inconvenient Truth’. It will be shown on Wednesday, July 2 at 5.30 pm at the Bishop’s Committee Room in the Anglican Cathedral Grounds at Bauddhaloka Mawatha (adjoining BMICH). A short discussion will follow and the session will end by 7 p.m.

All are WELCOME and Admission is FREE.
The film discussion is under the auspices of the Church of Ceylon Commission for Environment and Medical Ethics (CEMET).


Lecture on ‘Distancing Dementia’ at SLMA

The Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) in association with the Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation will present a lunch-time lecture on ‘Distancing Dementia – Meeting the Challenge of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, the Hidden Epidemic’ by Jim Jackson, Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Scotland. The lecture will be presented on July 4 at 12 noon at the SLMA Auditorium, No. 6, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7. All are welcome.


Impressive Avurudu celebrations at Dhaka

The Sinhala New Year (Avrudu) 2008 was held at the International School of Dhaka grounds Basundhara Bangaladesh recently, in front of a capacity crowd of Sri Lankans domiciled there.
This colourful Avurudu celebrations were organised by the Sri Lanka Association of Bangladesh. This 19th Year new year celebration was conducted on a high standard by the dynamic set of executive committee members comprising, W. A. Dissanayaka, Mrs. S. Wonder and Mrs. Harani Hales and others who worked as a team for the success of this colourful event.
High Commissioner of Sri Lanka V. Krishnamoorthy and Madam Rajesh Krishnamoorthy who were a tower of strength in supporting this event were the chief guests.

A large crowd of Sri Lankan families domiciled in Dhaka was in attendance with their loved ones at this grand celebration.
More than 43 events were held during the fun filled day which included Marathon (open), Tug of War (Men and Women) and a host of Sri Lankan New Year traditional events.
Around 90% Sri Lankans from all walks of life took part in this colourful event which was very impressive.
Text and photos by M. Farook Lantra


Waralla school gets new name and computer centre

In 1931 a young tea planter who took up residence in a remote village called Waralla in Morawak Korale felt the need for education facilities to be provided to the youth of the area. At a time when the children merely followed in the footsteps of their parents in either cultivating their land or taking up their respective professions of their parents, M. D. Yapa felt they needed education to equip them to be trained in new skills.

He obtained a plot of land from the government and with the support of the villagers established the Waralla School in a picturesque setting in an area surrounded by paddy fields. The school was handed over to the government and Yapa ensured that all his children had their primary education at the simple village school. “Never forget that your roots must always be in the village because this is where you started from”, he reminded them often.

In 2007 the Education Department informed the Principal Mr. H. G. Dayarathna that the school had been upgraded to a Maha Vidyalaya. When this was announced at a parents-teachers meeting, one villager got up and proposed that they should ask the Education Department whether the school could be named after the initiator the late M. D. Yapa who had died in 1982. This was unanimously carried and was conveyed to the Ministry of Education and was approved.

The news was conveyed to Mrs. M. D. Yapa who is now 93 years old. She asked her son Vijitha Yapa, Chairman of Vijitha Yapa Bookshop whether something could be done to improve the facilities in the school. He in turn enlisted the support of his brothers and sisters.

The family members heard that though the school had no computers eight children had passed the computer paper at the G.C.E. O/L examination in 2007. They asked the principal whether they could donate a fully equipped computer centre including a new building in memory of their father.

“Our early education was at this school and we are now in successful jobs but we owe a lot to this school,” they said. The principal welcomed the idea and obtained the necessary permission to construct it on the school premises.

On July 1, 2008 Education Minister Susil Premajayantha will be changing the name of the school to M. D. Yapa Maha Vidyalaya and also declaring open the rupees three million state of the art computer centre which is equipped with 18 new computers. At present there are 74 children who are studying computers but the number is expected to rise with the availability of computer centre.


Sri Lanka promotes bi-lateral relations with Turkey

Minister of Enterprise Development Mano Wijeratne, who participated at the Turkey Asia/Pacific Foreign Trade Bride-II, meets with President Republic of Turkey Abdulla Gul. They discussed matters pertaining to enterprise development and bi-lateral relations. Minister Wijeratne also delivered a special message from President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the President of Turkey



June 29 and 30

Destinees Sentimentales by Olivier Assayas (2000, 180 minutes), at
3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Alliance Française.

June 29
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942, 126 minutes) at the American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.


Convocation and 20th Anniversary of Ihsaniyyah Arabic College

The Ihsaniyyah Arabic College has organised the second convocation and twentieth anniversary celebration to be held on Sunday, July 6, at 9.00 a.m. at the Al Hikma College Grounds, Colombo 12.
Eighty-five Moulavis and 185 Hafiz will graduate this year. The convocation will be held under the patronage of the Founder/Director General of Ihsaniyyah Arabic College, Deshabandu Al Haj. Niyas Moulavi.
Principals and Ambassadors of The Arabic College will also participate in the event.
The website of the College will also be launched on this day.