CCS annual re-union
The Annual Re-union Lunch of former CCS officers and their wives will
be held at the SSC, No 36, Maitland Place Colombo 7 on the July 19 from
11 am onwards. Wives of deceased members are also welcome. Please
contact Mr I.O.K.G Fernando on 2697 399 or R.M.B. Senanayake on 2 696
Its all “Crab” once again at the Curry Leaf
Hilton Colombo is ready with yet another Crab Promotion from July 6
to 13, at the hotel’s Sri Lankan restaurant, Curry Leaf.
Hilton Colombo wins Marie Brizard cocktail contest
The interesting cocktail competition for hoteliers concluded recently,
bringing victory for Hilton Colombo once again, when they won both
Classic and Flair categories. Talented barmen from all city hotels took
part in the Marie Brizard cocktail competition (Colombo Region)
impressing the judges with their various skills.
Winner of the Classic Cocktail Category went out to Jeewaka Buddadasa
and 2nd Runner Up went to Janaka Ratnayake, while Ishfahan Dain was the
Winner of the Flair Category.
This competition was organized by the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates
Association, together with the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel
Management and the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka, and was
sponsored by Free Lanka Trading Co, Ltd.
The winners will now participate in the all-island cocktail competition
Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Kiyoshi Araki was the Chief
Guest at the Annual General Meeting of Sasakawa Memorial Sri Lanka Japan
Cultural Centre Trust held at the Sasakawa Hall on 23rd May 2008.
Ambassador Araki (third from left) with the Trustees. Others from left
are: Ian Dias Abeysinghe, Daya Wettasinghe, Dayasiri Warnakulasooriya,
Upali S. Jayasekera and Lal de Alwis
Training of law enforcement officers on
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) organised a series
of training workshops on counter-trafficking for law enforcement
officers under a project funded by the US Agency for International
Development (USAID) to strengthen national efforts in addressing
trafficking issues. To date, over 300 law enforcement officers have been
trained in identifying, tracking and prosecuting cases of trafficking in
Sri Lanka, during workshops held in Colombo, Kalutara, Galle,
Anuradhapura, Badulla, Ampara and Kurunegala.
Following an assessment on the process of identifying and prosecuting
cases of trafficking in Sri Lanka, IOM, in consultation with
stakeholders -- the Sri Lanka Police Department, the Attorney General’s
Department and the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment -- developed a
curriculum for the training.
Seva Vanitha, Dakha,
organises cultural show
Text by M.Farook Lantra
Led by their President, Rajes Krishnamoorthy, wife of the Sri Lankan
High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, the Seva
Vanitha, Dhaka organised a cultural programme to raise funds for
charity. BTK 500,000 equalling SLRs.795, 000/= was donated to the
Ranaviru scholarship fund to assist in educating children of those
members of the Defence Forces who laid down their lives for their
motherland, on the occasion the solemn ceremony organised at the Sri
Lanka High Commission in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 7, to honour the
memory of Ranaviru.
The performance by a 15 member cultural troupe of the Sri Lanka Army
depicting our rich cultural heritage, mesmerised the people of
This cultural programme “Lakrangana”, also commemorate the 60th
anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence.
The programme was held on May 22, 23 at the Radisson Water Garden Hotel
-- Dhaka, the International School Dhaka respectively and on the 24 at
the Chittagong Club, in the Chittagong Port city.
Gracing the occasion on the inaugural day was the wife of the Adviser to
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh. Mrs. Nicole Chowdhury.
Provincial Councillor to start exchange programmes
for Montessori schools
Central Provincial Councillor and Chairperson of Shrammashakthi
Organisation, Mrs. Shanthini Kongahage, while touring the European
country recently, visited Maria Montessori School in Rome. The Founder
of this school, Italian - born Dr. Maria Montessori, was the who first
to introduce a scientific method of education for pre- school children.
Mrs.Shanthini Kongahage had discussions with the Board of Directors of
Maria Montessori School, to start exchange educational programmes for
upgrade and improve the Montessori education in Sri Lanka.
Mrs. Shantini Kongahage, Provincial Councillor, and the Board of
Directors of Maria Montessori School, Rome, are seen in this picture..
Aluth Avurudda in Queensland
The Sri Lanka Society of Queensland, Australia, had their 10th
Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations on April 19, 2008. The visitors
were entertained to a delightful evening of Sri Lankan Culture performed
by the Sri Lankan kids in Brisbane. The cultural concert, which was of
high standard, was managed by the Society’s Cultural Secretary Mrs.
Pushpa Jayasekara. The fellowship was followed by a dinner dance with a
full house of 650 members and guests.
Chancellor of Sabaragamuwa University honoured
Chancellor, Sabaragamuwa University, Ven. Dr. Kumburugamuwe Vajira
Thera was conferred with the Sahithya Chakrawarthi by the Sabaragamuwa
University recently, President Mahinda Rajapaksa felicitated Ven.
Kumburugamuwe Thera at Temple Trees on June 30. Members of the Maha
Sangha, the Christian church, as well as intellectuals and artistes
participated at this event.
France supports health research in Sri Lanka
The Ministry of Health and the Medical Research Institute (MRI), in
association with French Institute of Public Health Surveillance (INVS),
Pasteur Institute, World Health Organization - are holding a Training
Workshop from June 30 to 4 July 4, 2008, on the “Improvement of the
Biological Diagnosis and the Surveillance Tools” for the second time at
the MRI, in Colombo.
The opening ceremony of the Training Workshop took place on June 30, at
the MRI, with the Minister of Health Nimal Siripala De Silva, Ambassador
for France in Sri Lanka, Michel Lummaux, Acting Director, MRI, Dr. Lulu
Raschid, , WR-WHO, Sri Lanka, Dr. Agostino Borra and Secretary, Ministry
of Health, Dr. H.A.P. Kahandaliyanage in attendance.
‘Italian’ Sri Lankans demonstrate against terrorism
Sri Lankans resident in Italy held a demonstration against terrorism
on June 29 at Piazza Castello, Milan. The aim of this demonstration was
to attract worldwide attention to defeat terrorism. More than 5,000 Sri
Lankans including Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Italians and other
nationals living in Italy participated on this occasion. “We Are” was
the theme of this demonstration.
Comrade Wasantha Samarasinghe, National List Parliamentarian of the
JVP, handed over his resignation paper to the Acting Secretary General
of the Parliament to contest North Central Provincial Council election
as the Chief Ministerial candidate of the JVP
Please help Devangi
S.D. Kumaradasa and my wife Gnanawathie Perera Dissanayake reside at No.
218/2, Udahamulla, Mulleriyawa, New Town. Our 7-year-old fourth daughter
S.D. Devangi Manushika is suffering from an acute heart ailment.
Five years ago she underwent a surgery and Dr. K. Shivakumaran of
Appollo Hospital, Colombo has advised that she undergo another surgery.
This surgery has to be done in India and will cost a total of Rs. 8
lakhs. While being able to raise most of the funds required, we are
still short of Rs. 75,000.
The surgery scheduled for March 2008, is pending because due to
financial constraints we couldn’t raise the required sum in time.
So, we humbly request you to make your donations towards this
meritorious act. Our phone number is 011-7211619 and Bank account number
is 196-2-001-4-3892608, (Kaduwela Branch).
Nawaloka gifts land worth 15m
A 40-perch land worth of Rs. 15 million was donated to Sri Dharmaloka
Vidyalaya, Kelaniya, by the proprietor of the Nawaloka Group, Deshamanya
H.K. Dharmadasa. The Minister of Education hands over the title deed of
the land to the Principal of the school, A.G. Nimal Jayaweera.
The facsimile reprint of Heirs to
History, a hardbound book with colour illustrations, by Loranee
Senaratne, was launched July 1, at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo 3. The
book was first published in 1969 and has been out of print for many
years. It is reproduced by Vijitha Yapa Publications.
July 8, 9 & 10
Podium by Yann Moix (2003, 95 minutes) at the Alliance Française, 11,
Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 3 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Liberty! The American Revolution (1997, 360 minutes) at the American
Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3, from 2:30 p.m. onwards.
Maamai Baanai by Rohana Baddhage and Bandula Wijeweera, at the Lionel
Wendt Theatre, at 3.30 p.m. & 7.00 p.m.
Apahu Harenna Behe (No Return) by Rajitha Dissanayke, at the Lionel
Wendt Theatre, at 3:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Nari Bena and Jasaya Saha Lenchina by Dayananda Gunawardena, at the
Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7, at 3:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
If You Are Accumulating, There is No Learning, organised by the
Krishnamurti Centre, at the Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road,
Colombo 6, at 9:45 a.m.