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
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
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
SL signs Technical Cooperation Agreement with
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
The Energy In Emptiness, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri
Lanka, at the Anula Nursery, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6, at 9:45
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
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.