Kasun Kalhara live in concert
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
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
Research on the work and life of Sybil Wettasinghe were conducted by
Authentic Thai Food Festival at the Hilton Colombo
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
G.L. meets South Africa’s Foreign
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
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
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
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.
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.
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,