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 Lavinia

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 the diners.


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 Tharindi Subasignhe.


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 visits
Brandix Batticaloa

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.



Brothers 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 said.
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.


Kurti launch

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 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.


Speech by pioneer of Information Act of India

Ms. 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) presents a
Sing Alone with Sohan and the Xperiments at the Banquet Hall, BMICH Colombo
from 7 p.m. onwards on Sunday, July 26, 2009.
The fund-raising would be in aid of the scholarship scheme for the school.
For more information please contact: Malkanthi-0775794234, Dr.Rani-0714812656 or



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.


Public lecture
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.