First Lady President, Rotary Club of Kandy

Director, Sun & Asoka Group of Companies, Gowri Rajan, created history as First Lady Rotary and the youngest President of the Rotary Club of Kandy, the 4th oldest Rotary Club in Sri Lanka, in its 68-year-old history. Rotarian Gowri Rajan is the daughter of late eminent industrialist and Rotarian PHF T.R.R. Rajan, the 51st President of the Rotary Club of Kandy and she also is the niece of Rotarian PHF Suri Rajan, the 62nd President of the Rotary Club of Kandy, and is the current District Governor Elect for Rotary District 3220 Sri Lanka.



Excellence in Architecture

Rev Dr. Mervyn Fernando, a personal friend of renowned architect the late Deshamanya Geoffrey Bawa, will be the Chief Guest at the inaugural Geoffrey Bawa Award for Architecture 2008. The Awards – to be held at the Galle Face Hotel on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 – will be the profession’s highest recognition of work to exemplify excellence in architecture in the country.


Sports complex, auditorium, swimming pool for Musaeus College

Ajitha de Soysa Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Musaeus College laying the foundation for a new building comprising a 1750 seat auditorium , sport complex and a swimming pool at the College premises recently. Looking on is the Musaeus Principal, N. K Pilapitiya



Fruit, vegetable carving at RIC

Ronan International Centre (RIC) held a Fruit and vegetable carving art (Garde Manger) demonstration on July 3 by Chef Ari (who has been presenting his talent to audiences across The Republic of Hungary.)
The purpose of fruit and vegetable carving was to make food more attractive and appetising. Among the materials at the demonstration used were apples, melon, papaya, orange, mango, grapes, kiwi, banana, pumpkin, leeks, red radish, tomato, lettuce and spring onions. Various techniques were designed for each type of materials. Each piece of fruit and each vegetable were artistically carved into various shapes and forms such as birds, flowers, leaves (flower basket)…etc.


Aspirations Education 2008

An International Education and Training Centre was held at the BMICH on July 4 and 5. For more details visit www.aspirations.edu.lk
Pic by Ravindra Dharmathilake


Training of law enforcement officers on counter-trafficking

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.

An international consultant, engaged by IOM, trained 50 police trainers from the Police Department representing all the districts. These trainers will continue to support institutional training of the police systematically. IOM is assisting the police in incorporating the training curriculum on trafficking, into their existing training programme to ensure sustainability of training.
The project targets to train a total of 500 law enforcement officers, including police and immigration officers, by July 2008.


Help save his life

Specialist, Kidney Diseases, Kandy General Hospital, Dr. G.W.N. Vasheel, has diagnosed P.A.L. Antoney of 10th Mile Post, Passara, suffering from a severe kidney disease, in need of an immediate kidney transplant. His wife, K. V. Shriyani urges charitable hearts to donate a ‘B’ Negative or ‘O’ Negative kidney and monetary assistance for the surgery. Donations can be made to People’s Bank, Passara: Account No: 207-3025357. For kidney donation please call: 0552288509.


 South Korean philanthropist meets President                                                                                   

A South Korean delegation in Sri Lanka to donate 153 houses to terrorism affected people, met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently. They arrived on an invitation by Ven. Manampita Aggadhamma Thera of Theju city, South Korea. Chairman, i-net TV Company, Korea, Jung-hee Park, donated the funds for this project at Rs 1.3 million per house. Drs. Ven. Omalpe Sobitha, Ven. Nagoda Amarawansa, Ven. Akuretiye Nanda Theras, Gamini Kumara, Seneviratne and Mangala Jayasinghe also participated at the meeting.


Hand Work

An exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Nimal Silva, at the Alliance Française de Kandy, will be declared open on Friday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. by Prof. A.S.B. Wijekoon, Professor of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya. The exhibition continues till August 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m


 Staff Appreciation Day at Overseas School                                                                                      

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the Overseas School of Colombo, organised the annual Staff Appreciation Day recently. There was a curry lunch for the service staff and an international buffet for teachers and administration staff. All food was provided voluntarily by the parents, who also helped serve the food.


PhD for Palingu in Anatomy

Palingu Maduka Aponso (nee Dhanapala) recently received her PhD in Anatomy from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, at the graduation ceremony at the Auckland Town Hall.
Palingu’s PhD research, supervised by the Head, Neural Repair & Neurogenesis Laboratory, Professor Bronwen Connor, was supported through the prestigious W.B. Miller Scholarship, awarded by the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand. Her research investigated neural progenitor cell proliferation and differentiation in the Parkinson’s Disease.

Upon completion of her PhD studies, she was granted entry into the Postgraduate Dean’s List, a privilege extended only to a select few on laudatory comments of the examiners. Parkinson’s Disease is a common neuro-generative disorder, struck by the progressive neuro-generation of the dopamine neurons leading to debilitating motor dysfunction. The current treatment options available far Parkinson’s Disease are mainly symptomatic and not preventive,
Palingu’s research focused on the use of endogenous adult neural progenitor cells as a potential treatment strategy for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease.

Palingu, a past student of Musaeus College and Vishaka Vidyalaya, Colombo, is the daughter of Swarna Dhanapala and Dr. Andra Dhanapala (former Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo and University of Auckland), and the wife of Dr. Dihan Aponso. Palingu intends to pursue a career in neuroscience research in the future.


 Flood Relief                                                                                                                                     

Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe donated a metric ton of high nutrition biscuits, 2000 mosquito nets, 10,000 bedspreads and towels to chikungunya patients and flood affected people in the Ratnapura district.

Minister Samarasinghe hands over the donation to Minister, Power and Energy, John Seneviratne. District Secretary, Ratnapura District, Mrs. Malanee Premaratne also participated


Ravi meets Jyrki                                     

Ravi Karunanayake with the Deputy Prime Minister and the Finance Minister of Finland, Jyrki Katainen


Safra Deen tops Trinity Guildhall prize giving

Safra Deen, pupil of Late Ms Ruwani Seimon graduated with Distinction at the Licentiate Examination (LTCL) in Vocal Recital and received several prestigious awards at the recent Trinity Guildhall Prize giving held at the Bishops College Auditorium Colombo 3.

Safra was awarded the prestigious Earle De Fonseka Memorial Trophy for the most outstanding Diploma candidate who obtained the highest mark of 91 at her Practical examination, The Yamaha Trophy for her consistent record of achievement as a Prize winner for 3 consecutive years, and the inaugural award of the Late Ruwani Seimon Gold Medal for obtaining a Diploma in Singing at the highest level.

She was also awarded the Trinity Trophy for obtaining the highest marks at her LTCL examination in Sri Lanka in addition to the M. Pestonjee Memorial Prize under the same category.

Safra an old girl of Bishops College Colombo 3 excelled in Music during her school career and was the Choir Leader and Best all round Student of the College in 2006 in addition to her numerous other achievements.

A notable and very poignant moment during the Trinity Awards ceremony was Safra’s dedication of her Prize winning performance to her late teacher Miss Ruwani Seimon, who was instrumental in guiding her to reach this very high pedestal in music at a very young age.



July 22 & 23
La Vie Moderne by L.F. Barbosa (1999, 123 minutes) at the Alliance Française, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

July 26
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, at the Russian Centre, 10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7, at 5 p.m.


July 20 – 24
July… Life After 25 Years - An exhibition of photographs by Anoma Rajakaruna, at the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.

July 24 – 31
Femme/Homme Portraits Croisés - An exhibition of photographs by Hélène Moreau, at the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.


July 22
An evening of Carnatic vocal music recital by Nishshanka Abeyarathne, Graduate, PS Telugu University, Hyderabad, at the Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4, at 6 p.m.


July 20
Macbeth by Ravibandu Vidyapathi and Samanthi Art Circle, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.

July 26
Sihina Rangahala by Dhananjaya Karunaratne, at the Elphinstine Theatre, Maradana, at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

July 20, 26 and 27
A Bedtime Story by Jake Oorloff, organised by Fun-Duh-Mental, a community service project by the Interact Club of Royal College, at the Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella, from 7 p.m. onwards.

Public lecture

July 20
Salvaging The Brain, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, at the Public Library, Colombo 7, at 10:30 a.m.


July 22
A lecture/discussion on Sinhalese Merchants in Tamil Nadu and Tamil Traders in Sri Lanka: Cultural, commercial, religious and political interactions between ancient Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu by Professor Osmund Bopearachchi (Director of Research, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris, and Professor of Central and South Asian Archaeology of the Paris IV-Sorbonne University) organised by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Colombo, at 5:30 p.m. at ICES, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8.