Distribution of dry ration packets

Chairman, Randeer Rodrigo Foundation, Randeer Rodrigo distributing the dry ration parcels Edwin Rodrigo also participated on the occasion

Randeer Rodrigo Foundation of Hendala Distributed dry ration parcels among 750 needy families of low income group in the area recently. The dry rations were blessed by the parish priest of St. mary’s Church, Nayakakanda, Rev. Fr. Gregory Jayantha Fernando before they were distributed.



“Film has to be physical”

Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre
Date and time: December 10 - 20
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Sir Oliver Goonetileke memorial award

Daughter of Sir Oliver Goonetileke, Mrs. Wijesinghe, awarding the Sir Oliver Goonetileke Memorial Award – Gold Medal to the winner of the all-island English speech contest organised by National Council of the YMCAs of Sri Lanka in association with Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), Inesh Thureraja of S. Thomas Preparatory School, Colpety
Inesh will be representing Sri Lanka at the Asian English Speech Contest to be held in Singapore next year


Save the Children provides Safe Play Centres in Vavuniya

Save the Children in Sri Lanka handed over two permanent buildings in Pavatkulam and Varikutiyoor DS divisions in Vavuniya District last week, for the benefit of over 300 children to engage in play and recreational activities. The buildings were declared open by District Secretary Vavuniya, P.M.Charles who was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

There are I18 children from the village and 30 children from the welfare camp for internally displaced persons in Pavatkulam while there are 168 children and 16 children from the welfare camp in Varikutiyoor. These villages are isolated and the children are also at risk of being recruited by armed groups. The centre will provide them a safe area to play and read books in their free time and also do their studies and homework.

The two buildings which were built at a cost of 600,000 rupees each were co funded by Save the Children and UNICEF. In addition to the two permanent buildings, Save the Children provided each of the centres with indoor and outdoor play material stationery furniture and a play park


A ‘Silent Giant’ retires

Dr. Ajitha Wijesundere, the Senior Obstetrician at the Castle Street Maternity Hospital Colombo, retired recently after serving 34 tranquil years in the Health Department.
Born on August 21, 1948 to Arthur and Irene Wijesundere, he was delivered by great obstetrician Sir Nicholas Attygalle himself. After this auspicious beginning, his inclination to the field of maternity was further inspired during his prelude at the Nursery of the Bishops School Colombo.

His fantastic height made him the under 10 high jump champion at the Royal Primary School, which he attended from 1954-1959 and his academic brilliance was attested during this time by always coming first in the class.

During his tenure at the Royal College from 1960-1968, he excelled in hockey where he represented the Colombo Schools.
He broadened his sporting career during his epoch at the Colombo Medical Faculty from 1969-1974 where he captained the University of Colombo Hockey and Water Polo teams.

Obtaining his MBBS in 1974 he commenced his medical career at the Professorial Units of the Colombo Hospitals. He quickly obtained his Master of Surgery and Membership of the UK Royal College after proceeding to the United Kingdom for three yeas in 1979. Despite many lucrative offers in the UK, he returned to Sri Lanka in 1982.

From then on, he served 20 years in hospitals outside Colombo, principally in Polonnaruwa, Kuliyapitiya, Wathupitiwela and Gampaha rendering a yeoman service in these peripheral hospitals. He recalls giving anaesthesia for Caesars himself in those difficult days with severe dearth of anaesthetists and his daily swim in the Parakrama Samudraya with its picturesque sunset. He held fort when the LTTE attacked Polonnaruwa and the IPKF retaliation descending opposite the hospital in 300 convoys.

He must be the only obstetrician in the whole world to have personally delivered all his children. The last, a footling breech, at Polonnaruwa, without an episiotomy, he says to ‘safeguard his kingdom.’ No damage done; she is now a medical student.

His expertise in surgery is legendary. When my own sister needed surgery and when both of us were short listed as the surgeons, one good day I find my name erased in favour of Ajitha FIGO the obstetric and Gynae world congress awarded him the Outstanding Young Gynaecologist Award in 1991.

He has one son and two daughters. His wife, Dr. Anula Wijesundere’s an outstanding physician herself, now at Jayewardenepura Hospital.
Ajitha in his nonchalant way never liked publicity. He was never seen in TV discussions or in paper articles. That is why I call him a silent giant: Giant, both physically and by ability, but silent.

Dr. Kalinga Nanayakkara
Teaching Hospital


Schools U. 15 Scabble Championship

The annual U 15 scrabble Championships organized by Lyceum International School Nugegoda was held recently at their premises. Eighteen schools participated in this four games competition. S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia made it three in a row when they clinched this year’s trophy by Winning all the games. Musaeus College Colombo were first runners-up whilst Lyceum Nugegopda were placed third.

Hejaas International School Mt. Lavinia won the award for the Highest Number of bonus words played by a team and Yeshan Jayasuriya of St. Thomas’ College Mount Lavina won the highest word score and also the Highest Game Score awards. Shaini Wilson of Musaeus College was adjudged the most outstanding player.

Chief Guest Mrs. Susila Vtiahrana, Princiapl, Lyceum Ratnapura, distributed the main award.
Re. Celebration of International Children Day and International Elders Day 2008 Under the guidance of Central Provincial councilor and Chairperson of Sharmashakthi Organisation Mrs. Shanthini Kongahage, organized a ceremony to celebrated the International Children’s day and International Elders day recently at the Kadugannawa Urban Council Hall, and to mark the above ceremony, Mrs. Shanthini Kongahage, specially appealed to the Governor of Central Province to grant free transport facilities to the elders.

Providing awareness programs for the rights of children in the district level, and appeald to the Government and Non government organization to protect the rights of children.

Provincial Councilor Mrs. Shanthin Kongahage, distributed the gift packs to 100 children also distributed the gift packs to 100 Elderly persons in this area.
Former Central Provincial Councilor Mr. Jayaweera Banda, participated as special guest to this function.


Kala Eli Mangalya

Shiva Ranga Kalanikethanaya presents a Kala Eli Mangalya of up-country dancing by seven students of the teacher Visharada Gayani Shiwanthi Rathnayaka at 9 a.m. on December 11, at Sri Jayawardanarama Viharaya, Colombo 8.


Musaeus guides celebrate diamond jubilee

23rd Colombo Guide Company attached to Musaeus College, was started during the Principalship of late Clara Motwani. Freny Jilla (nee Rustomjee) was the founder. The Company was registered at Headquarters as 23rd Colombo on July 30, 1948.
A dinner to celebrate this important milestone will be held on Saturday, December 13, at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, commencing 7 p.m. with the participation of the present guides along with the Ex-23rd Colombo Club, comprising former members of 23rd Colombo. Tickets are available at the school (Upper Section) library.


Mahanama 2004 A/L Batch get-togather

The fourth batch party of the Mahanama College 2004 A/L batch will be held at Hotel Manel, Maharagama (Near Wattegedara Junction in front of NSB) on December 27, from 7 p.m. onwards. The purpose of the event is the Registration of the 2004 batch with the College OBA. For details please contract Arjuna on -0718099166 & Lahiru on - 0773879350.


 Public lecture

December 7
The Cause Of Conflict In Relationship, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, at the Study Centre, Beddagana, Duwa Road, Kotte, at 10:30 a.m.


NULLTARIF Rock Concert


December 9, at 6 p.m.
NULLTARIF Rock Concert organised by the Goethe Institute Sri Lanka in collaboration with Royal College will be held at the Navarangahala Hall, Royal College.

Nulltarif, is a young and upcoming Rock Band from Stuttgart, known as the “Newcomers” who rock. The band has established itself in Germany through more than 200 performances. The four musicians from Stuttgart give away their hearts wherever they are given free electricity. Their texts are sometimes melancholic, witty or ironic and deal with all what interests youngsters. Jules (vocals, guitar) Danny (vocals, guitar), Denis (vocals, bass) and Tobi (drums) have stayed true to their music over the years but always endeavour to produce new material. They are also the recipients of numerous awards.
Visit their website: www.pussyprock.de for further information.


The Graduating Class of the Asian International
school will present a fashion show titled “Christmas Couture”
 on December 10th at 7pm at the Cinnamon Grand



December 9 & 10
L’Appartement by Gilles Mimouni (115 minutes, 1998) in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française de Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 3:00 and 6:30 p.m.

December 9
How the Grinch Stole The Christmas (2000, 104 minutes) at the American Center, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3 at 6 p.m.

December 10 & 13
The Life Of Leonardo Da Vinci – IV by Renato Castellani, (1971, 270 minutes, Italy, Documentary, Colour, English), at the Vibhavi Academy, 38, New Jayaweeers Mawatha, Athul Kotte at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.