The invitees who graced the Gateway launch

High Commissioner for Great Britain, Dr. Peter Hayes, Director British Council, Gill Westaway, Governor Gateway Graduate School, Vidya Jyothi Emeritus Professor Dayantha Wijayasekera, Director Gateway Group, Dr. Harsha Alles, Chairman Gateway Group, R.I.T. Alles, Head, Gateway Graduate School, Peter Nanayakkara, Manager Academic Support, NCC Education, Andrew Rennie, at the launch of the Gateway Graduate School of Education recently


Wi-Fi inauguration

Telecom and Excel World officials with actress, Pooja Umashankar at the inauguration of Sri Lanka Telecom Excel World partnership for Wi-Fi services on August 15, at the Park premises


Rotabats usher in a new term

Rotary Club of Battaramulla known by the pseudonym ROTABATS held their annual Installation Ceremony of the new President and Board for 2008/09 at Hotel Galadari on July 19th.
The Installation was followed by the annual ‘Rendezvous 2008’ Dinner dance, the main fund raiser of the club for projects during the year.

The Rotary Club of Battaramulla completed a successful Rotary year with many notable service projects and was adjudged the best (joint) Club of the district 3220 (Sri Lanka) for the 3rd consecutive time.

The newly appointed club President, Rtn. PHF. Rohan Amirthiah is seen here in conversation with the Rotary District Governor Rtn. PHF Nalin Fernando and immediate past DG Rtn PHF Thariq Thulba, soon after the Installation Ceremony.


Dr. Abeywardena to attend 2nd International Conference on Ayurveda and Complementary System of Medicine, Thailand

Advisor (Ayurvedic) to the Ministry of Tourism, Ayurvedic Dr. Ranjith Abeywardena was invited as a chief guest to represent Sri Lanka at the ‘2nd International Conference on Ayurveda and Complementary System of Medicine’ organised by the Thathagat Ayurveda Research Foundation, India. This conference was held on August 23rd, at Pataya, Thailand.

Dr. Abeywardena, who is working immensely to develop and promote Ayurvedic medicine in the tourism industry, is a registered traditional Ayurvedic doctor. He was a guest speaker at the conference and would speak on the topic ‘Identity of Sri Lankan Ayurveda in the tourism industry.’

Dr. Abeywardena stated that, Thathagat Ayurveda Research Foundation is planning to hold the next conference in Sri Lanka and are having discussions with him about it.
This will open gateways for Sri Lankan indigenous medical practitioners to connect with the International Ayurveda sector which will result in new ventures in the arena.

Dr. Abeywardena is an old boy of St. Joseph’s - Maradana and Ananda College, Colombo and is the son of the late Dr. Wilfred Abeywardena, who was a member of the Ayurvedic Medical Council.


Art Of Documentary Films

A discussion on the “Documentary Art of the French Director, Rithy Panh” will take place on Thursday, August 28, at 6 p.m. at the Alliance Française De Colombo (Entrance free)

After the screening of The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine directed by Rithy Panh, a discussion on his documentary art will be conducted by the documentary film-maker Jude Rathnam.

Rithy Panh (born April 18, 1964 in Phnom Penh) is an internationally and critically acclaimed Cambodian documentary film director and screenwriter. The French-schooled director’s films focus on the aftermath of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.

His 2003 documentary, S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, about the Khmer Rouge’s Tuol Sleng prison, reunited former prisoners, including the artist Vann Nath, and their former captors, for a chilling, confrontational review of Cambodia’s violent history.


Scholarships presentation ceremony at German Cultural Center

By Shabna Cader
A scholarship presentation ceremony was held at the German Cultural Center on August 9, with the ambassador of Germany present for the event.
The scholarship was awarded to eight students, four boys and four girls from schools in Wenappuwa and Colombo. The students will first leave for a three week residential camp. Such camps that are entirely funded by the German Organisers, have already started this year, in the district of Nordfriesland in Scheleswig Holstein, Germany, just North of Hamburg.
This is the first time that the German Cultural Center has been in a position to send students to Germany, and they hope that this will be the beginning of a fruitful programme to send more students to Germany in the coming years.
Pic by Ravindra Dharmathilake


Arangethram of the de Silva sisters

Thanuri Lashwani de Silva (left) and her sister Charini Lashindri de Silva, two Bharatha Natyam students of Kalasuri Padmini Dhanayake, will stage their Arangethram at the Kegalle St. Josephs Balika Vidyalaya Auditorium on August 31 at 5.30 p.m. Prof. Athula Senaratna of the Peradeniya University will be the chief guest. They are the daughters of Malka and Dicksan de Silva of Kegalle.


Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh) lectures in Tamil (for males)

Islamic Jurisprudence lectures will be conducted by Al Haj Moulavi M. Rizvie Mu’min (Rashaadi), Lecturer at Rashaadi Arabic College, Colombo Markus, Lukmanjee Square, Grandpass, Insha Allah, every Monday, immediately after Isha Prayers at Al- Ma’hadul Bukhariyul Kadirie Thakiya (Jamiul Falah Jumma Mosque) 178, Layard’s Broadway, Colombo 14, says a Press Release issued by the Al Haj M.S.M. Hallaji, President of the Board of Trustees of the Mosque.


Q & A only on fasting

Q & A session only exclusively on ‘Fasting in the month of Ramazan’ for Males will be held at Majma-ul Khairaath Jummah Mosque, Nimal Road – Marine Drive intersection, Colombo 4, insha Allah, on Monday August, 25 immediately after Isha Prayers. The Resource person is well known Islamic Scholar As Sheik Mufthi M. H. M. Yoosuf (Bin Noori). All are welcome for the above programme. (Participants can either pose questions orally or submit handwritten questions.)


Showcase 2008

The Yolande School of Speech and Drama proudly celebrates 50 years with Showcase 2008, an entertaining evening for the whole family directed by Samantha Abeywira de Soysa, featuring lively excerpts from popular stories and plays performed by students of the School at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7, on August 29, 30 and 31, at 7 p.m.


Master Chivath Dematampitiya member of the U 13 Div. IV Cricket Team of St. Peter’s College (above), singing a song in praise of the ‘Heroism of Soldiers’ and Azif Macci, Ranger Suraweera, Thanusha Jayawardena and Mohamed Sohil Channa participating in a drama that portrayed different aspects of cricket at the Junior Cricket Award Ceremony


Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking will be screened at the Russian Centre in Colombo on Saturday, August 30, at 5 p.m.
Dead Man Walking (1995) directed by Tim Robbins, won Oscar (Academy Award Winner) for best actress Susan Sarandon. Starring Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry, R. Lee Ermey.

Dead Man Walking is based on a true story. Mathew Poncelet (Sean Penn) is the convicted killer of two teenage lovers, waiting to end his sentence and his life on Death Row. In response to a letter, the progressive and outspoken Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) visits Matthew and finds herself face to face with a convicted killer who continues to plead his innocence when the date is set for his execution – death by lethal injection. Poncelet asks Sister Helen to be his spiritual advisor, and she agrees, little knowing the anguish and pain that will follow for him for her and for the parents of the children he is accused of slaughtering.

The journey they will undertake in search of the truth, is as powerful and profound as you are ever likely to witness on screen
For further information, please contact Chandi on 2685429/2685440.


Films at American Centre and Alliance Francaise

August 26
3:10 to Yuma (2007, 122 minutes), at the American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.
An Academy Award nominated Western film, makes it the second adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story. It is directed by James Mangold and stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. Filming took place in various locations in New Mexico. Rancher Dan Evans heads into Bisbee to clear up issues concerning the sale of his land, when he witnesses the closing events of a stagecoach robbery led by famed outlaw Ben Wade. Shortly thereafter, Wade is captured by the law in Bisbee and Evans finds himself one of the escorts who will take Wade to the 3:10 to Yuma train, for the reward of $200. Evans’s effort to take Wade to the station is in part an effort to save his land, but also part of an inner battle to determine whether he can be more than just a naive rancher in the eyes of his impetuous and unslinging son William Evans. This film was nominated for two Oscars, another two wins, and 13 nominations.

August 26 and 27
Ma Femme Est Une Actrice by Yvan Attal (2001, 90 minutes) at the Alliance
Francaise, 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Yvan, a young sports writer, is married to one who is very well known - Charlotte. They try to live a normal life, but her fame makes it difficult - autograph hunters interrupt their dinners, cops about to serve traffic summonses let them off with a warning and a smile when they recognise her, and impossible-to-get restaurant reservations magically appear when Charlotte makes the calls instead of Yvan. All this threatens and challenges his male ego…

August 28
La Machine De Mort Khmer Rouge (Documentary), by Rithy Pan (2003, 105 minutes), in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 6 p.m.