South Asian region annual events
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is a global
service provider and a leading advocate of sexual and reproductive
health and rights for all. IPPF is a worldwide movement of national
organisations works with over 150 countries providing and campaigning
for sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights.
IPPF is organising the South Asian Region Annual Events from July 22
to 28, at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo.
World President of IPPF, Dr Jacqueline Sharpe is visiting Sri Lanka
along with the Director General, Dr Gill Greer and other key officials.
More than 80 participants from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh,
Bhutan, Iran, the Maldives and Afghanistan are expected to attend these
events. The Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka (FPA Sri Lanka) is
facilitating these events.
The countries in the region will discuss in detail how to address
emerging issues pertaining to Reproductive Health with new strategies
with the key focus on youth.
Sing-Along Nite 4
Saturday, August 1, 8 p.m. onwards, at the OTSC Club House, Mt
After the tremendous success of last year’s Sing - Along Nite 3 with
Annesley Malewana and his band Super Chimes, Old Thomians’ Swimming
Club, the most happening club in the outskirts of Colombo has organised
this year too a Sing-Along Nite with Annesley and his backing band Super
Chimes along with the special guest spot by Old Thomian and versatile
singer, Sohan of X-Periments fame.
From English Oldies of 60s and 70s sung by Sohan and Annesley will
come with his usual blend of Sinhala popular Pop hits of Moonstones Era
to Super Golden Chimes days.
Show is titled ‘Golden Oldies – Sing-Along Nite 4 Hits of 60s and 70s
with Sohan and Annesley.’
Brian Thomas will compere the event. The Super Chimes comprises of
Channa Athalagay on lead guitar, Prashan Fernando on bass, Dilip
Fernando on keyboards and Ashan Fernando on drums.
Tickets are available at the Club House and it is open to all
members, their families and guests, says the Social Secretary, OTSC and
the Chief Organiser of the event, Tusita de Alwis supported by the
Secretary Dulip Soysa and the Bar Secretary Ruban Ratnasingham. No
tickets will be available at the gate. There will be an entrance ticket
draw with some surprise prizes and a food stall will be available for
IJTS 2nd Runner-up
A team of the IJTS - 14th batch, won the 2nd runner up for the
Industrial Software Development Project at the Training Programme for
Java Stand-alone Application Developer for J2SE platform. The team
comprised (from the left) Chanika Sadeeptha Sooriyaarachchi, Chanaka
Wijegoonawardane (Team Leader), K.D.S.Lasantha Sandanuwan, S.A.Sayuri
DS extends a helping hand
D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo 7 created a precedent in the
education sphere by stretching out their hands to help a needy school in
the Kuda Gampaha village in Thissamaharama by constructing a building
for the primary section of the school.
The children of Kuda Gampaha Primary School who were studying under
thatched roofing since its inception saw the light of the day on June
25, with the re-opening of the new building by Mrs. Chandra Rajapaksa,
wife of Chamal Rajapaksa, Minister of Ports, Aviation and Irrigation.
The building which was constructed at a cost of Rs.2.2 million was
funded by the School Development Society and the Old Boys’ Association
of D.S. Senanayake College.
Kuda Gampaha is a small village in the jungle, 14 km from
Thissamaharama town. The villagers live on paddy and chena cultivation
with the water received from Lunugam Vehera reservoir. The children had
to face immense difficulties without proper classrooms and on rainy days
the classrooms get wet making it difficult for studies. The principal
and the parents made many requests to the Education Authorities in the
district, but the authorities were unable to allocate funds for the
construction of a building.
On hearing the news of the state of this school, the principal of
D.S. Senanayake College, Dr. Asoka Senani Hewage set forth his plan to
help the construction of a building for Kuda Gampaha Primary School. The
villagers participated in providing labour for the construction work.
British High Commissioner, Dr. Peter Hayes visited a factory of
Brandix Lanka, established in Punani, Batticaloa on July 17, during his
three-day visit to Trincomalee and Batticaloa. British High Commissioner
met different stakeholders during the three day visit including the
Eastern Province Chief Minister.
of Charity Chief visits Nisansala
Nisansala is a centre which gives shelter and education for children
with both mental and physical disabilities. It is an institution run by
the Brothers of Charity and the members of that Congregation have been
serving the country for past two decades.
Rev Brother Rene Stockman, the Superior General of the Congregation of
the Brothers of Charity was here last week visiting centres run by the
Congregation. Brother Rene said that they have been recognised by the
State but run as a private organisation and has to find their own means
to support these institutions economically.
He went on to say that his Congregation is present in 30 countries
including India, China and Vietnam. “Our Mission is to bring the Love of
God to those people in whose life love is absent, and especially to
those who are wounded in their human capacities. Our final objective is
to ensure that everyone experience hope to live and create a new society
where there is space for the poor and marginalised and bring to light
the perspective of resurrection in everyone’s life.
Colombo Archbishop Emeritus Rt Rev Dr Nicholas Marcus Fernando said
that the Sri Lanka Catholic Church and the parent deeply moved by the
services rendered by the Brothers of Charity whose Congregation and
their mission was unknown and unheard of until they came 20 years ago to
serve the country. “We are very grateful to your services,” His Lordship
The parents and children led by the Head of Nisansala Rev Bro Gregory
Boyle welcomed the visiting dignitary along with Colombo Archbishop
emeritus Rt. Rev Dr Nicholas Marcus Fernando on their arrival. The
children performed dance to entertain those present at the venue on
Saturday, May 30 and the visitors sitting under a shade watched children
perform on the stage.
The latest, hottest selections of kurtis from Bombay are to be
launched on August 1 to 2 at the Holiday Inn by ‘No 4’the latest
retailer in stylish Kurti’s.
Two friends turned entrepreneurs have specially handpicked these
designer kurti’s and are selling them at competitive prices.
Nuz and Madzi said that looking at the Sri Lankan market they have
studied that finding elegant evening wear at affordable prices is very
difficult, so keeping this in mind they plan to bring down clothes that
are affordable to the chic Sri Lankan.
“Because we will be selecting and buying the clothes ourselves, we will
also bring down a selection of kurti’s that we do not usually get here,
it won’t be the regular off the rack type,” they said.
The Kurtis will also be of various designs, fabrics, lengths and work
to suit the varying likes of the clients.
The selection of kurtis will also be ideal for the upcoming Eid festival
and various other events.
The launch is scheduled for the of August 1 and 2, at the Holiday Inn
and will be from 9 am till 5 pm.
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.
Speech by pioneer of Information Act of India
Aruna Roy, the well-known administrative officer turned social worker
and pioneer of the Right to Information Act of India gave a talk at the
Sri Lanka Press Institute on Tuesday on the benefits to the ordinary
citizen from such an Act. Ms. Roy was in Colombo as the Chief Guest for
the 10th anniversary Journalism Awards Night organised by the Editors
Guild of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Press Institute.
Sing-Alone with Sohan and Xperiments
Southlands College, Galle Old Girls’ Association (Colombo Branch)
Sing Alone with Sohan and the Xperiments at the Banquet Hall, BMICH
from 7 p.m. onwards on Sunday, July 26, 2009.
The fund-raising would be in aid of the scholarship scheme for the
For more information please contact: Malkanthi-0775794234,
Tuesday, July 28 and Wednesday, July 30
Le Dîner Des Cons by Francis Veber (1997, 80 minutes) at 3 p.m./6:30
p.m. at the Alliance Francis Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.
Every Wednesday, Pierre Brochant and his friends organise a dinner where
each person has to bring along an idiot. The one with the most stupid
guest is the winner. This evening Brochant is excited, convinced that he
has found a rare gem with his guest, a world class imbecile: Francois
Pignon, an accountant for the Ministry of Finance with a passion for
matchstick models. What Brochant fails to remember is that catastrophe
follows Pignon wherever he goes.
Sunday, July 26
‘Understanding Meditation Requires Order’, organised by the Krishnamurti
Centre, Sri Lanka at the Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road,
Colombo 6 at 9:45 a.m.