Toastmasters celebrates 25 years

The Colombo Toastmasters Club celebrated 25 years of service in Sri Lanka and South Asia at a gala ceremony and banquet on the evening of Sunday August 24, 2008 at the King’s Court, Trans Asia, Colombo. The special occasion was graced by Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal as the Chief Guest. Toastmasters District Governor for Sri Lanka and India Arunasalam Balraj and the entire Toastmasters community in Sri Lanka were present at the event, as were distinguished members from the community.

The highlights were the recognition of 24 past Presidents of the Colombo Toastmasters Club, the installation of the 25th President Yukthi Gunasekara and the Executive Committee, and the cutting of the Silver Jubilee Anniversary Cake. In his inaugural address, President Gunasekera announced the theme for his term in office – “Creating people of value for our nation’s progress,” and urged the business community to support the Club to provide public speaking training on an honorary basis to key government officials and the best and brightest high school students in the country.


Manipal MBA Alumni Association

Inaugural Executive Committee

Standing from left to right: Treasurer, Rekogama, Committee Member, Zulifiquar Ahamed, Committee Member, Anil de Silva, Secretary, Sumendra. S. Jayarm, President, Nazmi Jabeer, Vice President, Samath Fernando, Editor, Maheen Senanayake¬, Committee Member, Mahendra de Silva, Committee Member, Nawaal Qasim, Assistant Secretary, Siraj Jabir
Absent: Sandun Atapattu, Thariq Sanoon and Sampath Fernando


Hilton Colombo’s Big 21 – unveiled!

Hilton Colombo announced last month, its biggest, most anticipated celebration – the 21st birthday bash – the Big 21. This extravaganza, to be held on Sunday, September 21, from 6 p.m. onwards, will undoubtedly be the biggest event of the year.

For Big 21, the Hotel’s sports centre complex will be transformed into a spectacular setting where guests can indulge in an evening of food, entertainment and enjoy a carnival atmosphere. “There has never been a party like this in the country before,” General Manager, Hilton Colombo William Costley enthused.

At the celebrations, guests will be able to feast on a mind boggling 21 varieties of cuisines from across the world. The multi-award winning chefs from Hilton Colombo will put together this scrumptious selection of authentic dishes from countries including Japan, China, Germany, France, America and Italy, amongst others.

Guests attending the Big 21 will also be treated to the very best entertainment acts in Sri Lanka, with favourites Marians, Iraj, Centigradz, Chinthy, Ashanti, Natasha, Phase 3, dancing stars Dushyanth Weeraman and Hashini, and the World Choir Champions Revelations signing up for the event.

Crowds will also witness the spectacular display of the country’s longest bar displayed by the award winning Hilton bartenders.
“We’ve had a great 21 years here in Colombo and we have always wanted to provide our guests with the very best in hospitality. As such we intend to make the Big 21 a truly spectacular and memorable event; the biggest of the year,” Costley said.

“I must thank the entire team for their tremendous dedication and commitment throughout the year. They have done an amazing job of coordinating a celebration of this magnitude. It has taken six months of planning to create the six hours of fabulous entertainment for our 21st anniversary in Sri Lanka and we want everyone to remember it,” he added.
The management of the hotel also revealed plans to create the longest sandwich, flaring bar and ice-sculpture birthday candles that the country has ever seen.

The Big 21 is the final bash in a year filled with activities that have occurred monthly since September 2007. The recurrence of the number 21 in all Hilton Colombo celebrations signifies the Hotel’s 21st year in Sri Lanka.
In honour of this milestone, the Hilton Colombo organised a number of unique and innovative promotions and events, including the sizzling 21 hour Latino Carnival, the 2,100 Kg Kottu Party, the Carols for Charity concert, first 21 babies born in 2008 at the Castle Street Maternity Home, 21 Valentine Couples, the ongoing 1987 prices at the Echelon Pub, the Hilton Governors’ Cup, Average Age Food Promotion and many more.

Part proceeds generated from these 21st anniversary events and promotions have been donated to the Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind, Hilton’s major CSR partner for the anniversary year.

Hilton was voted the Best Hotel in Sri Lanka 2007 at the Oscars of the Travel and Tourism Industry, the World Travel Awards in Bangalore in December as well as the best Hilton International Brand Service Worldwide Hotel of the Year 2007, Asia Pacific Brand Award Winners, Asia Balanced Scorecard Winners, Asia and Asia Pacific Hilton Honours best improved hotel 2007 as well as the coveted Meat and Livestock MLA World Bronze medallists culinary team for 2008. “A fantastic year for all of us and it is down to all the team at the hotel. They are a credit to themselves, the Hilton family and wonderful Ambassadors for Sri Lanka,” Costlay said.


The role of Bollywood in popularising Hindi overseas

An essay competition in Hindi

The Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo has organised an essay competition to commemorate the Hindi Day which falls on September 14. Rules for competitors are as follows:
• Entries should be in Hindi.
• Age between 16 – 25 years
• Words should be more than 150 and less than 200
• Each entry should be certified by the parent/guardian/teacher as the original, unaided work of the competition.
• Every entry should carry the following information in English and in Block letters: Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Full postal address and the telephone number.
The entries will be judged by the Indian Cultural Centre. The judge’s decision will be final. Results will be announced in October 2008.
All entries should be sent to the Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4, to reach on or before September 30.
For further clarification contact the Indian Cultural Centre on 2500014.


International Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award 2009

Deadline for applications: Monday, September 15

The International Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award (IYFE) is a British Council initiative that seeks to champion and celebrate the importance of creative entrepreneurs working in the field of fashion. The award is the result of a cross departmental collaboration between the Creative Economy Unit (CEU) and Design unit (DES) of the British Council to showcase international innovation in fashion promotion, using the UK as the nexus for cultural, creative and commercial exchange. This award forms part of a global British Council award which has now expanded to cover all areas of the creative industries.
For more details visit: http://www.britishcouncil.org/srilanka-arts-and-culture-iyfe09


Moors’ Islamic Cultural Home - 64th AGM

The 64th Annual General Meeting of the Moors’ Islamic Cultural Home (INC) founded in 1944 and incorporated as a Charitable Institution by an Act of Parliament in 1946, was held on August 28, at MICH, ‘Pasha Villa,’ No. 115, Dematagoda Road, Colombo 9.
The following were elected as Office Bearers for the Year 2008 /2009.
President: Omar Kamil (Mayor of Colombo 1999-2002: Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Iran 2003-2005)
Honorary Joint Secretaries: M Nowfal Barry JP, M. Rifath Saleem, M Ashroff Jameel
Honorary Joint Treasurers: M.C. Abdul Malick, M Nizam Mohamed
Vice-Presidents: M. L. M. Fauz, Nowfel S. Jabir, M. Nilam Mansoor JP, M. H. Mohamed MP, S. A. S. Alavi Moulana, Governor WP, M. H. M. Ameen, M. A. Nawaz, Ahamed A. Kuthdoos M. Fazal Jiffry.
Chairmen of Departmental Committees:
Da’wa and Religious: M. N. M. Cader
Library and Literary: M. Marshad Barry
Community Welfare and Youth Affairs: M. Fazal Jiffry
Employment and Training: M. Zubair Hassan
Social and Recreation: B. Ansar Shamsudeen
Foreign Relations and Cultural Affairs: T. M. Ismeth Ghouse
Diary: M. C. A. Cader
Lady Fareed Home for Elders: M. A. Nawaz
Hostel and Housing: M. Nilam Mansoor JP
Janaza Service: N. Fareen Ghouse


Secretary, Australian based social and welfare organisation, SCATS Sri Lanka, Tilak Alahakoon, National Organiser, Dixon. J. Perera, Social Welfare President, Bandu Dissanayake and International Relations President, Gamini Perera explaining to Australian High Commissioner for Sri Lanka, Kathy Klugman about the social and welfare projects SCATS is planning to conduct in the country, at the Australian High Commission premises, Sri Lanka


Old Bens Sports Club

New Management Committee 2008 / 2009

A new management committee for O.B.S.C was elected at the AGM held at the Old Bens Sports Club on the August 23. Between 40 to 50 members attended the AGM. President Delly Fernando emphasised the importance of making O.B.S.C a place for the whole family and assured that the new committee will give it’s best to meet the objective. This year is a special year for the club and its members as the Old Bens Sports Club, a long standing sports body in the island, is celebrating its golden jubilee.


Bingo Night in China Town

Bingo Night in China Town, the first members get together of Sri Lanka - Australia - New Zealand Association for the year 2008/2009
Date: Friday, September 19
Venue: DBU Hall Reid Avenue, Colombo 4
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Rs. 750.00 per head
Dress code: Red
Open to members and guests
Special attractions: Games of Tombola with attractive prizes, special chinese menu, drinks at club rates, no corkage for liquor brought in, live band and music for dancing.
Tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis on receipt of cheques in favour of Sri Lanka-Australia-New Zealand Association which should be forwarded before September 15 to Nelu’s Advertising Services (Pvt) Ltd, 188, High Level Road, Nugegoda. Tel: 2852820
The patrons of Sri Lanka - Australia - New Zealand Association, founded on July 22, 1955, are High Commissioner for Australia in Sri Lanka and High Commissioner for New Zealand in Sri Lanka


Art of Documentary Films

A discussion on the documentary, Ouvrières Du Monde (Women Workers of the World) directed by Marie France Collard (57 minutes, 2000)
Date: Thursday, September 18, at 6 p.m.
Venue: Alliance Française De Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7. Telephone: 011 2694162 011 269 34 67 (Entrance free)
After the screening a discussion on documentary art will be conducted by the Sri Lankan filmmaker, Sudath Mahaadivulwewa.



September 18 to 30
After Tsunami: The Survivors’ Views, an exhibition of photographs by Jérémy Villy, Philippe Benassi and María Heredero Jiménez in collaboration with the young cultural association, Vues D’un Monde (Views of a World), at the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7.

September 14 and 15
Ocean and Climate, an exhibition of posters by the French Institute for Research and Development, at the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7.

September 20 – 22
An exhibition of art by Sanoj de Alwis, at the Harold Peiris Gallery, Lionel Wendt, Colombo 7.

September 23
An exhibition of art by Suranga Fernando, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo



September 20
Maname, at the YMBA, Kandy.


Public talk

September 14
Attention Has No Centre, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6, at 9:45 a.m.



September 16 and 17
Ma Vie Est Un Enfter by Josiane Balasko (1991, 108 minutes) at the Alliance Francaise, 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 6:30 p.m.

September 20
TranSylvania by Tony Gatlif (2006, 1 hour 43 minutes) in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance française, 642 Peradeniya Road, Kandy (Tel: 2224432), at 5:30 p.m.