Isipathana College prize distribution ceremony 2008

The annual prize giving ceremony of Isipathana College, will be held at the main auditorium of the BMICH on Friday, October 3. Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha will be the chief guest and the special guest of honour will be Dr Sunanda Jayaratne, a distinguished old boy who was the President of the SLMDA (Sri Lanka Medical and Dental Association) in the United Kingdom in the Silver Jubilee year April 2007 to April 2008. Incidentally Dr. Sunada Jayaratne had played 1XV Rugby in 1964 the inaugural year of Isipathana College 1XV Rugby, and thereafter had captained the Colombo University and Combined Universities Rugby teams while being an undergraduate at Medical College.

The Award winners at this years Prize distribution ceremony will be students from grade 3 to Grade 13 classes who have excelled in their studies numbering over 200.
Mrs Hema Perera Wijekoon Memorial Scholarship Awards for Grade 12 A/L students too will be distributed at the same ceremony.


10th International Island Book Fair-France

Sri Lanka, Guest of Honour

The 10th International Island Book Fair (Salon International du Livre Insulaire) took place in Ouessant, France from 20 to 23 of August 2008. The goal of this fair is to make discover the literature from all the islands in the world, by welcoming writers and editors in Ouessant, an island situated off Bretagne.

Sri Lanka was the guest of honour of the 10th International Island Book Fair represented by Phillipe Fabry thanks to the French Embassy in Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Tourism.

Hélène Honorat was also among the invitees as a francophone writer passionate by the beauty of Sri Lanka.
Phillipe Fabry, Frenchwriter residing in Sri Lanka for more than 15 years and founder of Viator Publications in Sri Lanka addressed a conference about the History and the Birth of Sri Lanka on the last day of the book fair (August 23) “Honouring Martin Quéré”, The Essential guide for Jaffna and its region”, “Sri Lanka – Biography of an island” , “The Essential guide for Anuradhapura and its region” are some of his publications.

This is the first time Sri Lanka, and its literature, are represented in this international island book fair, and the success received will lead hopefully to more invitations of the island in other literature events in Europe.


SL signs Technical Cooperation Agreement with Brazil

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, undertaking the first ever foreign ministerial visit to Brazil on the invitation of his counterpart, held bilateral talks with the Minister of External Relations of Brazil Celso Amorim, and signed the Framework Agreement on Technical Cooperation, which aims at fostering close cooperation in areas such as agriculture, livestock and energy.

He was accompanied by the Minister of Housing Development, Geethanjana Gunawardena, who is also the Chairman of the newly established Sri Lanka-Brazil Parliamentarians Association.


RASSL Monthly Lecture

Monday, September 29
The monthly lecture of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka will be held at 5 pm on, at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium of the Mahaweli Center, No 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo o7. The title of the lecture is Dandris de Silva Gunaratna: Recalling his Times and Some Landmarks in his Career presented by Dr. K. Locana Gunaratna. The lecture is open to the public.


Walk 2 Feed

Some 150 people joined Walk 2 Feed organised by Muslim Aid Sri Lanka, the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA), the World Health Organisation, AmeriCares, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), on Sunday in Colombo, to raise awareness of the global food crisis, which is affecting the country’s most vulnerable population


National Artist Award Winners

2008 National Artist Award Winners S. Karunarathna and Kalabooshanam Kalaichelwan’s felicitation ceremony was held at Queens Café, Hotel Mount Lavinia recently.
Innovate Digital Color Lab Private Limited Manager N.M.M. Imran presenting a memento to artist Kalaichelwan.\
Artist S. Karunarathna, Presidential Advisor A.H.M. Azwer and ITN Director Hashim Omar are also in the picture.


Maris Fantasies 2008

Fund-raiser dinner dance
Organized by the Old Boys Association Of
Maris Stella College, Negombo

Date : October 13
Venue : Grand Ball Room, Colombo Hilton
Time : 9 p.m. onwards
Bands : Sunil with Gypsies & Misty
Dress : National /Lounge

For Tickets and prior table reservations contact:
Modestus : 0777-3951454, Lalith: 0777-587107, Dhammika: 0714-732987

Wake up call for all old boys and well wishes


Burgher Association seventh AGM

Date: Saturday, October 4
Venue: Lion’s Activity Centre Hall (Chandra Wettasinghe Hall), Sri Jayewardenepura Parliament Road, Etul-Kotte (opposite Dominos Pizzas)
Time: 5:30 p.m.
The Meeting will be chaired by its Acting President Trevor Ludowyke. Ambassador of Netherlands, Leoni Cuelenaere will grace the ceremonial session as Chief Guest.

Renewal of membership and admission to the venue will take place from 5 p.m onwards. New President and the Executive Committee for October 2008 to September 2009 will be elected. The AGM will be followed by a Member’s Sundown Get-together with music provided by DJ Outburst. Members who attend the AGM will be issued free entrance tokens from 5 to 6 p.m. Food and drink stalls including dinner will be available at affordable rates.

The crowning of the AGM Queen 2008, dancing competitions and other exciting entertainment with prices and surprises have been organized for the evening. All members are welcome to the AGM, while their guests may accompany them for the Sundown Member’s Get-together.


Art of documentary films

A discussion on the Documentary
A Decent Factory

Date: Thursday, September 25, at 6 p.m.
Venue : Alliance Française de Colombo (Entrance free)

After the screening the discussion on documentary art will be conducted by a Sri Lankan documentary filmmaker, Sudath Mahaadivulwewa


Reflections in Colour

Exhibition of Oil Paintings, from October 3 to 5, at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


ICES 25th Anniversary Conference

The International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) celebrated its 25th anniversary in honouring its founders Prof. Kingsley de Silva and Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam in organising a two-day international conference on “Co-existence in a Pluralistic Society” on August 7 and 8 at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. The successful conference brought together a cross-section of international, South Asian and local experts. A total of 22 papers were presented at this two-day conference. The international scholars who presented papers were: Prof. Ashis Nandy, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, Prof. Michael Roberts, Department of Anthropology, University of Adelaide, Prof. Amita Shastri, Department of Political Science, San Francisco University, Prof. Shail Mayaram, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, Prof. Ronald Herring, Department of Government, Cornell University, Prof. Valentine Daniel, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, Dr. M. S. S. Pandian, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, Dr. Radhika Chopra, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi, Dr. Roma Chatterji, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi Prof. Georg Frerks, Chair, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management at Utrecht University, Dr. Saba Khattak, Visiting Fellow and Ex-Executive Director of Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad and Dr. Mahendra Lawoti, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Western Michigan University.


Special Health Camp

Investment Promotion Minister, Navin Dissanayake donating a parcel of stationery to a school child, at a special health camp, carried out in Hanguranketa, Babaragama Temple recently, with the sponsorship of Suriya Foundation and the Social Service and Welfare Ministry, organised by the Gamini Dissanayake Foundation in collaboration with the Red Cross Society, which was initiated by the Minister


Samarasinghe meets Korean Public Administration & Security Minister

From left to right - Nam-joon Chung, Vice’ Minister of Public Administration and Security, G.B. Samarasinghe, Director, Department of Meteorology, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights, Won Sei-Hoon, Minister of Public Administration and Security, Asitha Perera, Ambassador for Sri Lanka during Mahinda Samarasinghe’s recent visit to Korea



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.

October 3 to 7
An exhibition of paintings by Jayasiri Semage, at the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7.


October 1

A concert by the children of Santosa Special School, celebrating the universal children’s day, at the Pamunugama Maha Vidyalaya, Jayanthi Hall, Bopitiya, at 5 p.m.

October 4
Miyasi Vishakha 2008, an evening of music organised by Visakha Vidyalaya, featuring Shihan Mihiranga, Priyantha Fernando, Ramil Mallawarachchi, Deepika Priyadharshani, Uresha Ravihari, Dushyanth Weeraman, Harshana and Samitha Mudunkotuwa, at the BMICH, from 6:30 p.m. onwards.

Public talk

September 28
The Energy In Emptiness, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Anula Nursery, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6, at 9:45 a.m.

September 28
Literary Rites 2008, a celebration of writers, rituals, and rights, at The Study, 10, Alwis Place, Colombo 3, at 4:30 p.m. Ameena Hussein, Simon Harris and Yasmine Gooneratne will attend on the 27th while Neluka Silva, Seneka Abeyratne, and Vivimarie VanderPoorten will be present on the 28th.


September 30 & October 1
3 Amis by Michel Boujenah (2007, 93 minutes) at the Alliance Francaise, 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 6:30 p.m.