Mahinda Rajapaksa’s birthday celebrated in Palestine

Sri Lanka Committee for Solidarity with Palestine donated a computer and a printer to Al Shoroq School in Beitunia in Palestine on the occasion of the 63rd birthday of the President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The computer and the printer were handed over to the Principal of the school A’edah Sihwiel by Representative of Sri Lanka in Palestine, Dr. T. Jayasinghe.

The presentation was followed by a simple ceremony attended by the Mayor of Beitunia Municipality Arafat Khalaf, Siraj Ahamed of the Representative Office, and the Vice Principal Raeda Karakrah, the Principal of the school and the staff.
The birthday cake was cut by the Representative and the Mayor.

The Mayor in his speech stated that Mahinda Rajapaksa is a great friend of the Palestine and functioned as President of the Sri Lanka Committee for Solidarity with Palestine for over 28 years. He was a close friend of Chairman Yasser Arafat and President Mahmoud Abbas who was in Sri Lanka last month. Last year on the 62nd birthday, the road in front of the Mission was named as “ Mahinda Rajapaksa Road”.

Representative Dr. T. Jayasinghe stated that this donation is from the Sri Lanka Committee for Solidarity with Palestine and this Committee sent 3 container loads of food, medicine and clothes to Gaza in September this year. He also stated that Sri Lanka will be financing a project of the Ministry of Education.

The Principal of the school Ms. A’eda Sihwiel thanked the Solidarity Committee for the donation. On arrival at the school, Dr. T. Jayasinghe and Hon. Arafat Khalaf were received by the children of the school waving Sri Lanka national flags accompanied by the school band.
(Asian Tribune)


Farewell to outgoing principal

A farewell luncheon organised by the Visakha Vidyalaya Old Girls’ Association for the outgoing Principal of Visakha Vidyalaya, Rukmani Gunaratne will be held on Saturday, November 29, at The Jubilee Room, Galle Face Hotel Colombo 3, from 11:30 a.m. onwards.
Tickets are available at the VVOGA Secretariat and at the school gate.


Digital Video Conference

The U.S. Embassy Colombo will hold a Digital Video Conference titled “Preparing for the Future – The Role of library associations in promoting marketing, education, training and research in Library and Information Sciences (LIS).”
When: Friday, November 28, at 10:30 a.m. (one hour programme)
Where: American Center Auditorium, #44, Galle Road, Colombo 3.

Target Audience: LIS professionals, librarians, Council members of Sri Lanka Library Association and Students who follow Masters/Diploma level courses.
Speaker: Renowned LIS expert Mr. Stephen Abram, who will speak with Sri Lankan audience from American Center, New Delhi, India via Digital Video.
Limited seating available for those interested. Please call 249 8169/ 249 8128 for more details.


JICA health camp

The JICA Alumni Association of Sri Lanka held a free health camp at the Harischandra Maha Vidyalaya, Rajangana. Around 850 pairs of spectacles were distributed free on the prescriptions issued by eye specialists who examined those who came forward to obtain spectacles. Cataract Operations were performed on 62 persons free at the Anuradhapura Hospital. 350 students were provided dental care by dental surgeons free of charge.


Islamic religious ceremony for President’s birthday

An Islamic Religious Ceremony was held to mark the President Mahinda Rajapakse’s completion of three years in office and his 63rd birthday at Ihsaniyyah Arabic College, Peer Saibo Street, Colombo recently.


Swadeshi illuminates Saman Devalaya

The Swadeshi Industrial Works PLC, the market leader in Sri Lanka for herbal personal care products, sponsored the Aloka Poojawa of the historic Sabaragamuwa Maha Saman Devalaya for the seventh consecutive year from July 14 to 18






The new Nurse Training School in Ampara

The new Nurse Training School in Ampara constructed by the Red Cross was handed over on November 9. Minister of Plan Implementation P. Dayarathne was the chief guest.

This full fledged training college for nurses in the Ampara Hospital grounds is one of the 77 health infrastructure development projects initiated by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society with the collaboration with the Ministry of Health under the tsunami recovery programme. This project was funded by the Norwegian Red Cross and Danish Red Cross Societies.

This impressive three-storey building complex is now the largest training school for nurses in Sri Lanka consisting of an academic block with classrooms, an auditorium that seats 300, a separate administration block, a canteen and recreation area as well as 3 accommodation blocks which house 300 nurses and two accommodation blocks for single and married teaching staff.


Variety Show at Samavihara Pre-school

Jayantha de Silva, Western Provincial Councilor and founder Pragna Pradeepa concept lighting the traditional oil lamp at the opening of the variety show organized by the teachers and parents of Samavihara pre-school at Dematagoda recently.


HIV/AIDS Awareness and Human Rights Awareness Programmes

The Church of Ceylon Youth Movement has taken the initiative to organise an AIDS Awareness Programme and a Human Rights Awareness Programme for Human Rights Day.

AIDS is a global problem with so many have fallen victim to it all over the world. HIV/ AIDS Day falls on December 1. So far no effective method of treatment has been made available for those suffering and dying due to this dreaded disease. So many well known personalities and dignitaries have come forward as ambassadors in a bid to eradicate AIDS from the face of our earth. So far we have only been commemorating the AIDS day but the real need is to be aware and work towards this goal collectively.

UN Human Rights Day falls on December 10 and this year will mark the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This has been a growing concern both internationally and locally. Our own country and our brethren have major Human Rights concerns which need to be addressed. Thus it is imperative to make ourselves aware and to discuss issues faced by our brethren.

Date: November 29, 2008.
Venue: Diocesan Council Chambers, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7 (Next to BMICH)
Time: 8:30 a.m. 3 p.m.

The programme:
9 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. - HIV/AIDS Awareness programme conducted by Mr. David Bridges, Head of UNAIDS
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.- Lunch
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Human Rights Awareness programme – Neil Sujith de Silva- Institute of Human Rights (IHR)


Mathulowa Dinumata Nena Guna Wadawamu

30th session of the all-island G.C.E. O/L Seminar series organized by the Tharunyayata Hetak Organisation under the patronage of Namal Rajapakse will be held on November 22 and 23, at the Kinniya Central College, Muthur, Al Akasha Girls’ School, Muthur, Al Hira Girls’ School, Muthur, Mahadiwulweva Vidyalaya, Morawewa, Gomarankadawala Central College, Gomarankadawala in the Thrincomalee District, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information call: 0773732298/0715337075.


Multi-service project by the International Association of Lions Clubs District 306 C2 of Region 12

Lions Clubs International district 306 C2 Region 12 conducted a multi-service project on October 26 at the Welfare Grounds, Crow Island, Mattakkuliya, Colombo 15

Many social service events such as free medical camp, free blood testing , gifting of free spectacles, dry rations , school books a wheel chair, a computer, seminar on Pre and Post Natal Care and gift packets of nutrients and baby gifts for pregnant mothers were carried out. Beach clean up, mosquito / rodent control programme, anti-rabies and bite prevention programme, tree planting, and drawing competition for under 12 and many more projects were conducted with collaboration of the Beach Park Society and Crow Island Welfare Society for the benefit of 2,000 to 3,000 people in the area.

The Chief Guest on this occasion was Past International Director Lion Asoka De Z Gunasekera MJF. Guests of Honour were Deshabandu Dr Lion Soma Edirisinghe MJF, and Vice District Governor Deshabandu Lion Nimal Bulathsinhala MJF, Past District Governor Lion Upali Edirisinghe MJF, Lion Roshan K Yapa MJF, Head of Multi-Service projects, Cabinet Secretary Lion A M Hashim, Cabinet officers , Lions and Lion Ladies graced the occasion.

Region Chairperson Lion Fareena Bary headed the project with the assistance of Zone Chairperson Lion Zulfika Leon, Subject Chairpersons Lion Bertram Maas, Lion S Bawani Soorya, Lion Wajira Attanayake , Lion Dr. S Gnanapandithan and Lion Malarvili Anton and Club Members from Region 12 and President S Wijendran, President Crow Island Welfare Society and President Beach Welfare Society L Munaweera and their team.