Benedict Council of Management for 2009/10
St. Benedict’s College 150th O.B.U. AGM was held on June 21 and the
following Office Bearers were elected for the year 2009/2010.
Patron: Most Rt Rev Dr Malcolm Ranjith, His Grace the Archbishop of
Colombo (Ex- officio)
Vice Patrons: Rev Bro Provincial Visitor and all Past Directors of St
Benedict’s College, Elmo Perera, Eric Motha, Gamini Kannangara, Felix
Dias, Dudley Thambinayagam, Gamini Edirisinghe, Nimal Perera, Neil De
Silva, T Easwaran, J.P. Perera
President: Director St Benedict’s College, (Ex-officio) Rev Bro
Granville Perera F.S.C
Vice Presidents: Sub-Director, St Benedict’s College (Ex-officio) Rev
Bro Janaka Fonseka F.S.C., Melville Perera, Randolph Perera, Emil
Kronamberg, Lalith Madapulli, Gratien Fernando, Ravi Irugalbandara
Hon General Secretary: JoachimMotha
Hon Treasurer: Anton Leon
Hon Assistant General Secretary: Darrel Ludowyke
Hon Assistant Treasurer: Krishan Rodrigo.
Hon Assistant General Secretary – Membership: Stephen Corera
Hon Assistant General Secretary – Overseas: Patrick Rodrigo
Hon Assistant General Secretary – Social: T. Valentine
Hon Assistant General Secretary – Sports: Stanley Rayer
Council Members: George Ranasinghe, Anjelo Canjamanaden, Brian Tissera,
Kennedy Machado, Rohan Dilip Perera, Kelum Caldera, Kenneth Dabrera,
Dixon Pereira, S. A. Peter De Croos, Yogendran Dev, Elmo Lawrence,
Chandra Bastian, Loxley Dharmaratne, Jude Sanjeev Mohan, Melville
Pollocks, Jeremy Babapulle, Ramesh de Rozairo, Ashan Stanislaus, Shehan
Gabriel, Chaminda Mutugala, Shehan Patterson, Denham Perera, Samitha
Perera, Beonest Fernando
Hon Auditors: Nihal Hettiarachchi of Messrs Nihal Hettiarachchi and
Company Chartered Accountants
35 Originals Prints - Photographic exhibition
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35 Tirages Originaux (35 Original Prints), a photographic exhibition by
Robert Doisneau will be held at Alliance Française de Colombo, No.11,
Barnes Place, Colombo 7.
Robert Doisneau is one of France’s most noted photographers. He is
best known for his street photography, his most famous example being
‘Kiss in front of the Palace of City Hall’ (1950). But he took thousands
of photographs striving to capture the pulse of Parisian life. Doisneau
liked nothing better than to walk the streets never knowing what sights
he was to encounter.
His talent lay in his ability to capture a moment of poignancy,
absurdity or just plain strangeness. Doisneau’s work contained a
distinctive sense of humour as well as a deep empathy for his subjects.
Robert Doisneau was born in 1912 in Gentilly in the Val-de-Marne near
Paris. He studied engraving and lithography and went to work at
lettering and advertising photographs in 1930. He began working for
André Vigneau in 1931 as his cameraman and then joined the Renault
factory in Billancourt in 1934 working as an industrial and advertising
Doisneau was fired in 1939 for being consistently late and joined the
Rapho Photo Agency taking some of his first professional street
photographs. With the outbreak of the Second World War, however, he was
called upon to serve in the French Army for a year before working for
the résistance until 1945.
At the end of the war he joined the Alliance Photo Press Agency but
returned to Rapho a year later. In 1949 he joined Vogue as fashion
photographer where he remained for three years before going freelance.
Robert Doisneau died in 1994.
“I’ve never examined why I make photos. In truth it’s a hopeless
struggle against the idea that one will die. It’s something I’m more
prepared for because one shouldn’t think that every action is temporary
and momentary. I try obstinately to stop this time that is passing.”
Latino dancefest party at Hilton
The Latin American dance champions from Thailand will burn up the floor
along with other accomplished dancing duos at the Blue Elephant, Hilton
Colombo. The DJs will also be on hand.
New website for climate change
www.climatesuccess.org is a website sponsored by the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office (FCO) showcasing case studies of companies and local
governments from around the world that have reduced emissions of climate
changing gases while achieving economic success.
The site acts as a resource for others that are active in developing low
carbon solutions by providing examples and inspiration.
This is another proactive step by the UK Government as part of their
campaign to raise awareness about climate issues in the run up to
climate change negotiations in Copenhagen in December 2009.
Blake calls for resettlement
Robert Blake, new Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and
Central Asia said at the hearing of the Congressional Subcommittee on
South Asia, today that Sri Lanka won an “important victory in the North”
when it defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
Assistant Secretary Blake, testifying before the House of
Representatives Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, called
on Sri Lanka to quickly resettle the 300,000 internally displaced
persons in the North and to hold provincial elections. “The action the
Sri Lankan government takes now,” Assistant Secretary Blake said, “in
the aftermath of the war, with respect to both humanitarian relief and
political inclusion for minorities, will be important to securing an end
to terrorism and a lasting peace.”
During the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Gary Ackerman (D-New York)
said that, “I think the United States should offer its assistance to
relieving the suffering of the displaced as much as we can and, while
fully respecting the sovereignty of Sri Lanka, should encourage true
Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the U.S., met with
Blake at the U.S. State Department a day before the hearing to
congratulate Blake on his confirmation to his new post by the U.S.
Senate. The Ambassador and Blake spoke about the Humanitarian issues in
Sri Lanka, particularly resettlement of Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
and plans for redevelopment and elections in the North.
Secretary Blake urged not only the speedy resettlement of the IDPs,
but also a political process that gives the Northern Province a voice in
the national government. He noted that the 13th Amendment to the Sri
Lankan Constitution would do that, but that the amendment has to be
Blake also said that other measures to promote national unity are
under consideration. Specifically, he mentioned a proposal to form an
Upper House of Parliament made up of provincial representatives, and the
conclusion of the All Party Conference. Those measures, he said, “would
help to achieve political reconciliation.”
Ambassador Wickramasuriya said that Blake’s confirmation as Assistant
Secretary of state for Central and South Asia is a positive development
for Sri Lanka, which Blake knows well. Blake served as U.S. Ambassador
to Sri Lanka and the Maldives from 2006 until just last month, when he
took up his new post in Washington.
“Ambassador Blake has seen the situation in Sri Lanka change
dramatically during his service there,” Ambassador Wickramasuriya said.
“He knows what Sri Lankan citizens have lived through, and the
challenges that we face in the years to come. He is a fair-minded person
who understands what it will take to ensure lasting peace and
During his meeting with Ambassador Wickramasuriya, Secretary Blake noted
that several thousand elderly and disabled IDPs have been allowed to
leave government welfare centers, that aid group access to the centers
was improving, that restrictions on coastal fishing in the north had
been lifted and that two non-governmental organization forums in Colombo
and Vavuniya have been established to explore civilian protection and
Symposium on British genocide in SL
A symposium of contemporary relevance on ‘The 1818 British Genocide in
Sri Lanka’s Wellassa’ organised by the Royal Asiatic Society will be
held at the Mahaweli Centre No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo
7 at 5 p.m.
Speakers: Former Professor of History, University of Ruhuna, Prof. M.U.
Former Director General of Goverment Archives, Dr. K.D.G. Wimalaratna;
Attorney-at-law, Prasanthalal de Alwis
The speakers will utilise 19th century British documents to show how the
War of Resistance against the British rule was put down by the British
in a most brutal, genocidal manner in one of the darkest pages of global
colonial history. And using 21st century international legal doctrines,
they will present a case for compensation from the present British
government for genocide of the people of Uva-Wellassa.
Sri Lanka Sumithrayo completes 35 years
On the June 14 this year Sri Lanka Sumithrayo completes 35 years of
dedicated service to the lonely depressed and suicidal of this country.
From humble beginnings in June 1974, in a little room located in Deans
Road, Maradana, the first of the Sumithrayo Befriending Centres was set
up by the founder Mrs. Joan de Mel. The organisation has grown over the
last 35 years to include eleven Befriending Centres situated islandwide,
a Drug Demand Reduction Programme and a Rural Suicide Prevention
Programme that works in over 70 villages in two of the most suicide
prone provinces of the country.
The primary objective of Sumithrayo is the prevention of suicide and
to alleviate human misery. The organisation is volunteer-based, the
volunteers remaining anonymous wherever possible. They are chosen for
their qualities of compassion, being non-judgemental and common sense
with a good balance of head and heart. They are well trained in the art
of providing emotional support to the depressed and despairing and being
very discreet. Those who turn to Sumithrayo for help can be assured of
total confidentiality and may remain anonymous if they wish to.
The Sumithrayo Befriending Centres are open every day of the week for
varying hours depending on the area they are located in. Those who feel
the need to talk confidentially to someone may visit the centres in
person or contact them on the telephone, email or even write to them.
Services provided are free of charge.
Sadly, Mrs. Joan de Mel, the founder of Sri Lanka Sumithrayo passed
away on December 27 last year. Together with her late husband Bishop
Lakdasa de Mel and Dr. Chad Varah, the founder of The Samaritans in the
UK, she set up the first Sumithrayo Befriending Centre in Colombo. Both
the founder of the Samaritans and the founder of Sumithrayo are no more,
but the legacy they have handed down to us is perennial. It is
imperative that we safeguard this legacy that embodies selflessness and
that which offers no material reward.
At Sumithrayo we ask ourselves if we have to change our attitude
before pointing a finger at someone else – and this realisation alone is
a huge step forward. We accept people for who they are and respect their
views even if they contradict our own.
One feels great joy in giving of one’s talents, expertise and time,
wanting nothing in return. Nothing can match a human kindness that turns
a troubled soul to tears of joy. What binds us? What keeps us coming
here week after week? The answer is simple. We come not for ourselves
but for others – but unknowingly, unwittingly we change our values and
perceptions along the way thus gaining and growing within ourselves.
“The cure for all ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows and crimes
of humanity, all lie in that one word ‘love’. It is the divine vitality
that produces and restores life. To each one of us it gives the power of
working miracles, if we will.”
Lydia M. Child. (1802 – 1880)
Sri Lanka Sumithrayo
How Does One Learn About Oneself? Recorded public talk by J.
Krishnamurti, organised by Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka at Anula
Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6 at 9: 45 a.m.
patient needs your help
Five-year-old H.A Lakshan, at 134/1, Delgoda, Akurumulla has been
taking treatments for his disabilities from birth. Now he is improving
and capable of speaking only one or two words. The doctors treating him
in the children’s hospital say that he needs regular in-door treatments
and physiotherapy in hospital. Therefore, the parents seek public help.
Donations can be made to People’s Bank, Delgoda, Account
No.118-2-0016-0005214. For more information call 0602149350.
Le Cinquième Elément by Luc Besson (1995, 95 minutes) at 6:30 p.m. at
Alliance Française, No.11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.
In the 23rd century, Korben Dallas, an ex-special forces agent who now
practises as a down-and-out cabbie, finds himself caught in a struggle
to defy a prophesied evil form destroying the Earth when a mysterious
woman falls into the back seat of his cab.