St. Benedict’s College – OBU 104th AGM

The 104th Annual General Meeting of the Old Boys’ Union of St. Benedict’s College was held on July 6, at the College Hall amidst a large gathering of Old Benedictines.
Office bearers of the OBU Council of Management elected for the year 2008/2009 are as follows:
Patron: Most Rt. Rev. Dr. Oswald Gomis - His Grace the Archbishop of Colombo (Ex Officio)
Vice Patrons: Rev. Bro. Provincial Visitor and all past Directors of St. Benedict’s College and Gamini Kannangara, J P Perera, Elmo Perera, Michael Caderamanpulle, Eric Motha, Gamini Edirisinghe, Dudley Thambinayagam, Nimal Perera, D. Eassuwaren and Felix Dias


Director – St. Benedict’s College – (Ex Officio) - Rev. Bro. Granville Perera F.S.C.

Vice Presidents:

Sub-Director – St. Benedict’s College –(Ex Officio) - Rev. Bro. Janaka Fonseka F.S.C.,Melville Perera, Ranjith Samarasinghe, Lasantha Rodrigo, Emil Kronamberg, Gratien Fernando and Randolph Perera
Hony. General Secretary:
Joachim Motha

Hony. Treasurer:
Ivor Anouk Fernando
Hony. Assistant General Secretary:
Angelo Canjemanadan
Hony. Assistant Treasurer:
Anton Leon
Hony Assistant
Secretary (Membership):
Ravi Irugalbandara
Hony. Assistant Secretary (Sports):
Stanley Rayer
Hony. Assistant Secretary (Social):
Rohan Dilip Perera.
Hony. Assistant Secretary (Overseas):
Patrick Rodrigo.
Council Members:
Kenneth Dabarera, Stanislaus Matchado, George Ranasinghe, Darrel Ludowyke, Loxley Dharmarathne, Stephen Corera, Krishan Rodrigo, Yogendran Dev,
Roshan De Silva, Chaminda Muthugala, T. Valentine, Milroy Peiris, Brian Tissera, Kelum Caldera, Dixon Pereira, Kennedy Machado, Jude Sanjeev Mohan, Chandra Bastian, Ramesh De Rozairo, Melvin Pollocks, S A L Roshan Perera, Peter De Croos, Roshan Rodrigo, Beonest Fernando
Hony. Auditor:
Nihal Hettiarachchi of M/s Nihal Hettiarachchi & Company Chartered Accountants


St. Joseph’s College OBU Office Bearers 2008/2009

St. Joseph’s College OBU Office Bearers for 2008/2009 were elected at its
AGM, on June 25, at the Bonjean Memorial Hall

President: Rev. Father Sylvester Ranasinghe

Vice Presidents Proposed Seconded
Prethieraj De Silva Lasurus Perinpanayagam Brandon Morris
Neomal Perera Priyantha Algama Nishantha Silva

Hony Secretary
Buddhike Payoe Nishantha Silva Thilan Rupasinghe

Hony Treasurer
Ruwan Fernando Sanjeewa Abeyrathne K.D.L. Nanayakkara

Hony Asst. Secretary
Indika Thirimanne Dilhan Wevita Suranjith De Silva

Hony Asst. Treasurer
Lanka Wijesekara Sampath Abeyrathna Nuwan Premachandra

Social Secretary
Sanjay Benjamin Brandon Morris Charlton Gomez


Potable Water

Shahul Hameed inaugurating the drinking water system introduced to the residents of Paragahaovita, Avissawela, in the presence of the Chairman, Avissawela Municipal Council (AMC) and leader of the Opposition, AMC, Pinto.
The project cost of Rs. 1 million was provided from the Provincial Council funds of Shahul Hameed Mohamed and Sunil Jayamini.


Sharmini’s second innings at Rupavahini

The veteran television personality Sharmini Serasinghe has been invited by the senior management of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, to produce a series of new programmes in English to be aired over Channel EYE.

Sharmini left the state television, when the former Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) Jayantha Dhanapala appointed her as Director Communications. She resigned from that post in December 2006.

During her first tenure at Rupavahini, Sharmini wore several hats. She was an English newscaster for twelve years, pioneered the first ever business television programme on local television- Business Matters, which she produced and presented for fourteen years, and compiled a weekly segment on Sri Lanka for the CNN World Report for ten years, which she plans to revive. She is also an interviewer, programme producer, director, presenter and a script writer.


Dry Ration distribution among needy

On the occasion of the feast of St. Anthony’s Kochchikade, Colombo, dry ration parcels were distributed among the needy by the Colombo Sri Sathya Sai Baba centre at the Sai Baba shrine Kotahena recently. Here, Rev. Fr. Subaraj distributing the parcels. Also in the picture are OIC, Kesalwatta Community Police, SI Senaviratne, Sai Baba Centre, Secretary and Treasurer S. Thiyagaraja and S. Thevakkumar, respectively.


The Muslim Child

Al Iman Schools, Empowering Excellence in Education, Early Learning Centre launched their maiden issue of The Muslim Child magazine on July 5, at their school premises at 5D, Peter’s Lane, (seaside) Dehiwela. The magazine is jointly edited by Azim Abdul Majeed and Ms. Rukshana Hassen Azim, Specialist, Early Childhood Education.


Exhibition and Sale

Ahmadiyya Montessori students singing songs and waving Ahmadiyya flags on the eve of the opening of the Annual exhibition and sale (coinciding with the centenary of Ahmadiyya khilafat) organised by Lajna Imaillah Sri Lanka (Ahmadi Ladies Association) was held on June 22, at Ahmadiyya Jubilee Hall, 28, Jumma Masjid Road, Periyamulla, Negombo
The event was inaugurated by A.H. Nasir Ahmad, National President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.


Beton Roosh, US, gets Lankan as new mayor

Sri Lanka born Jeff Mahinda Goonawardena has been appointed to the prestigious post of Honorary Mayor to the city of Beton Roosh, Louisiana, United States of America.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa awarding him the appointment as his coordinating in the USA and as Sri Lanka Consul General for Colombia & Venezuela praised Goonawardena’s talents.

Jeff Mahinda Goonawardena is the third in his family, and was born in Colombo. He is the son of Mr and Mrs Lionel Goonawardena.

He left for America to further his business interests and knowledge, and has lived there for twenty years. During this period, he promoted good will and business growth between the two countries. Consequently, a number of joint business ventures were launched.

On. September 15 2007, Jeff Goonawardena arranged a Congressional meeting of US Senators.
His accomplishments as a humanitarian in Sri Lanka, US, Colombia, Africa are well recognized. Although so many honours were conferred on him, and he has received several plaudits for his activities, Goonawardena has continued to lead an unassuming and modest life. The responsibility of strengthening the ties between Sri Lanka and USA by holding discussions with US Senate and members of the Congress, was entrusted to him by the President of Sri Lanka.

He was able to facilitate this because of his close friendship with the Sri Lanka Ambassador in USA. Jaliya Wickremesooriya, a talented and competent diplomat.

A pioneer in the sphere of the Hotel Industry, he holds the post of Chairman of Dambulla Thilanka resort spa Hotel, and is a Director of the Kandy Thilanka resort Hotel. During the recent past, he devoted his time towards promoting foreign investment in Sri Lanka Hotel Industry. This resulted in a foreign investment of nearly Rs. 352 million in Sri Lanka in just two years due to his indefatigable efforts.

He is also the Director of Thilanka Corporation and Kandy Springfield Int. School while being the owner of a number of businesses in the USA. On his initiative, USA Siyara accounts were introduced to Sri Lanka. Already, 14 accounts have been opened at Hatton National Bank and DFCC, Kirulapone. His goal is to increase this number to a 1000 Siyara Accounts by 2009 July.


Kiri Vehera and Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya illuminated by Swadeshi Industrial Works for the seventh time


Father of two seeks help

Wewallawela Hernage Sunil Wijeratne, a hear patients and a father of two seeks for help from donors to help him overcome the hardships that he has been facing.

He has been a heart patient for the past one year. “Last year I under¬went heart surgery to insert a machine to make my heart function properly,” said Sunil. His machine will have to be replaced once again after another eight or nine years for which he needs about RS.1.8 million. He had been working as a mason when his health condi¬tions deteriorated, preventing him from working.

“I receive about Rs. 380 per a month through the Samurdhi donation, and that is hardly enough to buy my medicine, ( one tablet is about RS.12.50) and protect my family,” said Wijeratna. He said that his only hope now is to build up two small houses for his kids before he dies. He is seeking for some kind persons who will help him see his wish fulfilled.

Donations can be made at the People’s Bank in Go¬dakawela under the 245 bank branch code. The bank• account number is 207 - 051652 -7.


  • Films
    July 29 & 30
    Destinées Sentimentales by Olivier Assayas (2000, 180 minutes) at the Alliance Française, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 3 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
  • Exhibitions
    July 27 - 31
    Femme/Homme Portraits Croisés - An exhibition of photographs by Hélène Moreau, at the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.
  • Concert
    July 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 27
    The Vitality Of The Free Mind, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, at the Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6, at 9:45 a.m.
  • Lecture
    July 27
    Democracy, Governance and Development, commemorating the ninth death anniversary of Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam organised by the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust and The International Centre for Ethnic Studies by Director, Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Prof. Gowher Rizvi, at the Sri lanka Foundation Institute Auditorium, 100, Independance Square, Colombo 7, 6 p.m.


  • July 27 - 31
    Femme/Homme Portraits Croisés - An exhibition of photographs by Hélène Moreau, at the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.











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