Kasun Kalhara live in concert

July 25
Mahamaya College, Kandy, PPA - Colombo Branch presents Kasun Kalhara Live in Concert together with Nadeeka, Indrachapa and Nirosha Virajini at Bishop’s College Auditorium, at 7 p.m.
This year they are raising funds for the award of scholarships to students in need of financial assistance. The committee has worked hard to make this event a success.
Tickets are available at Torana - Liberty Plaza and Majestic City, Vibrations (Union Place), Sarasavi Book Shops at Nugegoda, Maharagama and Fort and at the gate of the Bishop’s College Auditorium.


Art of Sybil Wettasinghe

July 26 to August 12
Art of Sybil Wettasinghe, an exhibition of art organised by the Theertha International Artists Collective will be held at the Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South, Pitakotte. Gallery hours: Monday to Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; (closed on all public and mercantile holidays).
Exhibition creation team: Anoli Perera, Pradeep Chandrasiri, Bandu Manamperi.
Research on the work and life of Sybil Wettasinghe were conducted by Nethra Samarawickrama.


Authentic Thai Food Festival at the Hilton Colombo

 Thai cuisine well known for being hot and spicy has five important flavours suitable for any locals’ taste buds. Hot, spicy, sweet, salty and sometimes bitter flavours could be tasted not forgetting fresh coconut milk and turmeric in each dish. Hilton Colombo’s SPICES restaurant once again will have a Thai Food Festival from July 20 to 30 during lunch and dinner. An a la carte menu will be available during lunch whilst for dinner an extensive spread of Thai dishes served buffet style.

The interesting part of this world famous gastronomy is that lots of fresh herbs instead of dried, spices and fish sauce is used for cooking. “Thai food is very popular and this year we are pleased to have two visiting chefs from Conrad Bangkok courtesy Thai Airways. Guests could enjoy a delicious meal and also stand a chance to win a fabulous prize of a three nights stay at the luxurious Conrad Bangkok along with a return air ticket.” Said the hotel’s Marketing Communications Manager, Gigi De Silva. “Diners can enjoy a 10% discount if they book online. So log on to our Food & Beverage website www.colombo1.com” concluded De Silva.
For more details and to make a reservation to enjoy an explosion of “Thai” flavours please call the food & beverage office on 2492492.


World Day Against Child Labour

The NWC celebrated World Day Against Child Labour in collaboration with AL-Hilal Vidyalaya with the support of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), on July 4.
The day-long essay and art exhibition took place at the AL-Hilal Vidyalaya, Sainthamaruthu, Ampara District. The objective of the exhibition was to give children an opportunity to express their thoughts on child labour.

This was followed by the Awards Ceremony with the participation of 350 children and a seminar for 100 parents. The theme of the seminar was ‘Give Girls a Chance - Tackling Child Labour a Key to the Future’. The objective of the seminar was to mobilise parents and guardians and teachers to combat child labour and support children at risk through active participation within a community-centred framework in the Ampara District.

The keynote speaker was National Programme Manager, Youth Employment Project, ILO, Shyama Salgado. She sensitised parents on the ILO Convention 182 on ‘Worst Forms of Child labour’. It was also the 10th Year Anniversary of this International Convention which has had the most number of ratifications. Attorney-at-Law, Ms. Areeca, made a presentation on the Sri Lankan laws applicable to child labour.
The NWC, Deputy Secretary General and Childcare Activists also participated in the above programme.


Washington buddhist vihara pays tribute to war heroes

One month after the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the Sri Lankan Military, Sri Lankan expatriates in the Greater Washington D.C. area gathered Saturday to pay tribute to the war heroes of the Sri Lankan forces who laid down their lives for the protection of their Motherland.

Sri Lankans from all communities and faiths gathered on June 20 and took part in religious observances conducted by the venerable monks at the Washington Buddhist Vihara. The service was led by Ven Maharagama Dhammasiri Nayaka Thera.
 Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States, thanked the organisers of the event and said that all Sri Lankans will be eternally grateful for the ultimate sacrifice made by their men and women in uniform

Ven Dhammasiri Thera said that the conflict is often compared to the time when the Great King Dutugemunu united the entire island. But the recent victory, he said, was in fact a greater achievement, since King Dutugemunu only had to fight the local enemy, while the Government of Sri Lanka, led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had to fight an international propaganda war while defeating the LTTE militarily


Polaroid conference

The regional conference of Polaroid Eyewear was held at the Jaic Hilton, Colombo on June 27 and 28.
Polaroid Sunglasses, the ultimate protection of your eyes against dangerous UV rays and glare are distributed worldwide and regionally represented by Baur Asia Pte Ltd for the South East Asian region, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.


Installation of the 17th Warden of STC

As I climbed the steps that led to the magnificent chapel of the transfiguration, the faithful multitude of distinguished personalities, parents, students both past and present were already seated in a spirit of joy, mingled with anticipation. Indeed the installation of a new Warden is an important day in the life of this great school by the sea. The glow of the candles at the sacred alter gently cruised to meet the radiant rays of the morning sun.

The school’s Oriental Band solemnly escorted the Bishop of Colombo, Rt Rev Duleep De Chickera and the Warden Elect, Rev John Charles Puddefoot and his wife, accompanied by a delegation of Anglican priests and teachers. The oil lamp was lit as the choir gave a most brilliant display of their vocal harmony. This was followed by the reading of scripture in English, Tamil and Sinhala. Rt Rev Duleep De Chickera gave a splendid oration on the important task that the Warden had to execute, not only in terms of education but also strongly emphasised on the need to transform all students at S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia into men who would relentlessly pursue the path of Peace.

Thereafter, the Oath of Office was read as the Bishop, by permission of the Divine Office of the Diocese of Colombo installed the Rev John Charles Puddefoot, MA (Oxon) BD, as the 17th Warden of the College. The sacrament of Holy Communion was administered. As the memorable service came to an end the new Warden hoisted the College Flag, which fluttered gloriously in the wind, as it always has for many decades and I am certain will continue to inspire all who pass through the portals of this college. Esto Perpetua.

Dishan Joseph


G.L. meets South Africa’s Foreign Minister

At the United Nations in New York, Minister of Export Development and International Trade, Prof. G.L. Peiris had discussions with South Africa’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Madam Maite Nkoana-Mashabane


Minister Milinda calls on new CJ

Newly appointed Justice and Law Reform Minister Milinda Moragoda paid a courtesy call on Chief Justice Asoka De Silva in Chief Justice Office after he assumed duties. The Minister is also scheduled to meet former Chief Justices Sarath Nanda de Silva, G. P. S. Silva and Parinda Ranasingha. Minister Moragoda handed over a copy of the final report of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor to the Chief Justice.

Legal Empowerment was launched in 2005 by a group of developing and industrialised countries including Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Guatemala, Iceland, India, Norway, Sweden, South Africa, Tanzania and the United Kingdom, and Minister Moragoda was a member in this commission from 2005-08. Minister Moragoda will also meet former Attorneys General and some of the President’s Counsels to discuss issues pertaining to laws and related matters.


New restaurant at Katunayake Airport

Chairman, Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited, Prasanna Wickramasuriya and Deputy Chairman, Kamal Ratwatte opening the new Samagi Restaurant at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayaka recently. It was built at a cost of two million rupees


Amunugama addresses Oxford Union

This seminar was attended by a large gathering of Oxford professors and students. Also in the picture are MP, European Parliament, Niraj Deva, President Oxford Sri Lanka Society and the President, Oxford Union, Dilan Fernando.


Pakistan gifts ambulances

High Commissioner of Pakistan, Shaheen A. Gilnai handing over the keys of three ambulances to the Minister for Healthcare and Nutrition Nimal Siripala de Silva at the Health Ministry recently


Blue & White Sparkle

Organised by the Past Pupils Association (Colombo branch) of Good Shepherd Convent, Kandy, a dinner dance will be held at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo, on Friday, July 31.

Excellent music will be provided by two leading bands of Sri Lanka.
President, PPA Committee organising the event, Madhubala Perera said that the Association is cordially inviting all past pupils, present and past members of the teaching staff, parents, friends, and well-wishers of the school to the dinner dance.
Good Shepherd Convent is over 115 years old and the Past Pupils’ Association has been a major source of strength and support for the school. This project will also help the PPA Colombo branch to continuously maintain the ward No. 24 of Mulleriyawa Mental Hospital.
For further details, contact Madhubala on 2648308, Nalini on 2503103,
Kumari on 2650713 or Omari on 2898680.


Public lecture
Sunday, July 19
The Function Of The Brain, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Public Library, Colombo 7, at 10:30 a.m.


July 20
Nude, an exhibition of art in charcoal and acrylic by Wasantha Namaskarage will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 175, Dippitiya Road, Kelaniya.