Four Aussie Geriatricians to visit SL


With great efforts being initiated by the College of Physicians under President Prof. Rifdy Mohideen and Prof. Sarath Lekamwasam, in view of the pressing need for improved care for the elderly in Sri Lanka, four renowned doctors from Australia are due in Sri Lanka to attend the Annual Sessions of the Ceylon College of Physicians in early October. The main purpose of the visit is to support the efforts of the College and hopefully initiate the specialty of Geriatrics in Sri Lanka.





Until September 26
Aya an exhibition of paintings by Ashinshani Yayawanthi Nambuge, P.G. Militha Menura Bandara, Sudam Jerom Samarasinghe, R.M. Thamali Dhananjani Kumari, at the Alliance Francaise De Kandy, 642, Peradeniya Road.



Barrister Sabrina Ifthikar Ahmed (Attorney At-Law, LLM, LLB)

Sabrina Ifthikar Ahmed took oaths as an Attorney-at-Law before the Chief Justice at the recently held Oaths Ceremony at the Supreme Courts.
Miss Ahmed was earlier called to the Bar in England by the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn at the Trinity Call in July 2007, upon the successful completion of her Bar Exams at The Inns of Court School of Law, which is the oldest BVC provider in the United Kingdom.
She completed her Masters in Commercial and Corporate law at King’s College London in 2006, obtaining a Merit Pass.
Prior to embarking on her Masters Programme, she completed her LLB with a Second-Upper Class from the University of London (External Programme) at the Royal Institute and received her graduation before HRH Princess Anne in London.



September 26, 27 and 28
Encore, a multicultural concert organised by Celeste Event Planning and Management, and Interact Clubs of S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia and British School in Colombo, featuring feature performances from the British School in Colombo, St Thomas’ College, Mt Lavinia, Wycherly International School, Alethea International School, St Benedict’s College, St Peter’s College and many more, at the Bishop’s College Auditorium, from 7 p.m. onwards.


Remembering a legacy of selected essays

One Faith One Lord
One Faith One Lord, a musical will be presented by the Choir of St. Francis of Assisi, Mount Lavinia on Saturday, September 27 at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, (80, Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia).

12th Cambrian Walk 2008
12th Annual Cambrian Walk 2008 of Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa will commence from the college premises on Saturday, September 27, at 8 a.m.


Down Memory Lane (1928 - 2008)

Anniversaries are times when we look back - back at our past and our beginnings. It was the aftermath of the French Revolution 200 years ago. The feudal system in France had cracked up and the misery of the people was unbearable. The children of the rich were educated in private institutions at great cost and the poor were neglected. A lone priest, Fr. Marcelline Champagnat, began teaching the children of the poor. Soon, likeminded young men joined him and a new religious order was born called the order of the Marist Brothers.

Over a hundred years later, three brothers from this order, Joseph, Anthony and Lewis, set sail for the East, to the island of Ceylon, to set up their mission. After a short stay in Batticaloa, in the eastern part of the island, the brothers moved to little Rome on the western coast of Sri Lanka. They were put in charge of St. Mary’s College, an already existing college under the Archbishop of Colombo. Very soon, St. Mary’s College began to flourish with increased numbers and excellent results at the Senior Cambridge Examinations. But, progress was hampered by lack of space for expansion being hedged in by St. Mary’s Church on one side and by peoples’ houses on the other. Brothers began to look for a bigger block of land and Divine Providence came to the assistance of the Brothers when, Isabela de Croos, a benevolent philanthropist, decided to donate nearly six acres of land, right at the copra junction. The land had a large water logged area where people would catch fish in the evenings and a higher area where the Brothers put up the first buildings and came into occupation in 1922. Thus, Maris Stella College was born.

The birth of the College in 1922, was followed by the birth of the Old Boys Association in 1928. The inaugural meeting of the OBA was held on September 22nd and curiously enough, the gathering present on that day consisted of the whole staff of the College, both lay and religious, and only a few old boys. This fledgling association grew over the years passing through good times and bad and today, it is a robust, active and prestigious association in Negombo.

In most schools, the President of the OBA is the Principal of the College. But Bro. Stanislaus, refused to accept the post and the OBA had its first lay President, Mr. R. I. Fernandopulle, whose period of office is regarded even today as one of the most fruitful. From the beginning, the OBA was heavily involved in fund-raising activities to put up buildings for the ever expanding College. It is recorded that the first carnival was ‘Merry May’ in the 1940s followed by ‘Starry Nights,’ ‘Marist Mela’ and a host of others. The OBA played a major part in every one of them. Coming down to modern times, the OBA made a massive contribution towards the construction of the Auditorium, the setting up of the Computer Labs in the secondary and primary buildings and the construction of the second floor of the extension to the new building.

Today, the OBA has taken a hard look at its own development. In a small block of land right next to the College, the OBA will soon have its own centre.


Free study course in health and beauty

Health and Beauty, a study course in beauty culture was launched by Tharunyata Hetak and the programme was made available free of charge. Certificates were awarded to a group of students from Matale who successfully completed the course recently. The Award ceremony was held under the auspices of Namal Rajapaksa, Chairperson of the organisation, at SEMA Auditorium Colombo.


Sri Lanka Air Force Seva Vanitha Unit

Donating a house to a war hero

Sri Lanka Air Force Seva Vanitha Unit (SLAF SVU) Chairperson Nelun Goonetileke officially handed over the ownership of a newly completed house to Sergeant Bandara DMMR at a small function held on August 29, 2008 at Pinwatta, Panadura. Sergeant Bandara’s house was totally damaged in a natural disaster in 2006.

District 306B Lion’s Club of Sri Lanka sponsored this house and past Council Chairman Lion Upali Samarasinghe coordinated this donation.


Felicitation Ceremony

Felicitation Ceremony to honour the Haafils - Abdur Rahman (Rahmaniya Arabic College), Thasleem Asmeer (Shabeelur Rashaad), Talha Zahran (Darul Quran Al Qareem), Fahim Junaid and Mohamed Junaid (Ihsaniya Arabic College) -who conduct Tharaweeh Prayers at Al Ma’hadul Bukhariyul Kadirie Thakiya (Jamiul Falah Jumma Mosque), Layard’s Broadway and other Haafils of the Mahalla will be held, Insha Allah, on the night of Lailatul Qadr which falls on Sunday, September 28, says the Press Release issued by the President of the Board of Trustees Al Haj M. Hallaji.


Welivita to Netherlands

Pioneer media personality and Presidential Coordinating Secretary, Rohan Welivita has proceeded to Netherlands, on an invitation extended to him by the Organising Committee of the International Multimedia Exhibition and Conference (IBC), to participate in the exhibition and attend the relative seminars and workshops.


Book launch at BMICH

Social Scientists’ Association will be launching its latest publications at the BMICH, on Sunday, September 21, at 10 a.m.
The event will be graced by:

Jean Arasanayagam – awarded as the best English Novelist of the year 2007
Mr. Liyanage Amarakeerthi – awarded as the best Sinhala Novelist of the year 2007
Some of the books to be released are:

Periodisation of History in Sri Lanka by Prof. Lesley Gunawardena
Society, State and Religion in Pre-modern Sri Lanka by Prof. Amaradasa Liyanagamage
A Nice Burgher Girl by Jean Arasanayagam

Erasure of the Euro-Asian: Recovering Early Radicalism and Feminism in South Asia by Dr Kumari Jayawardena
Matters of Violence: Reflections on Social and Political Violence in Sri Lanka by Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda
The Way We Are by Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda
Each author will read a best short single passage of her / his work.



Until September 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 21 and 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 7.

Public talk

September 21
Death Is Not At The Far End Of Life, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Public Library, Colombo 7, at 10:30 a.m.


September 24
Risks, Rights and Respect—Essential Elements Of The Irish Peace Process, the Dudley Senanayake Memorial Lecture 2008, organised by the Dudley Senanayake Memorial Foundation, delivered by the Lord Alderdice, FRCPsych, at the BMICH, at 5:15 p.m.

September 27 and 28
Literary Rites 2008, a celebration of writers, rituals, and rights at The Study, 10, Alwis Place, Colombo 3 at 4.30 pm. Ameena Hussein, Simon Harris and Yasmine Gooneratne will attend on the 27th while Neluka Silva, Seneka Abeyratne, and Vivimarie Vander Poorten will be present on the 28th.


September 23
Sufi Traditions of India, (Part I and II, a documentary in English, 60 minutes) at the Indian Cultural Centre, at 5:30 p.m.

September 21 and 28
Mr. Klein by Joseph Losey (1976, 123 minutes) at the Alliance Francaise, 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 6:30 p.m.