BRAC gives a donation for welfare of IDPs

International NGO BRAC made a donation of Rs. 500,000 to be used on behalf of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) recently. The donation, which was made following a suggestion by BRAC Sri Lanka Country Director Md. Faridur Rahman, was handed over to the President’s Adviser Basil Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat by Acting Country Manager Sagarika Indu, Area manager Subashini, SMO Nuruzzman


Induction of Rotarian 

Rotarian K. Ravindran, Member of the International Rotary Board, USA (right) congratulating Rotarian Dr. Vijaya Corea (left) following the Induction at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Colombo



Upgrading of Physics laboratory facilities at Ananda College

Old Anandians’ 92 Group consists of highly qualified members from various professions and organisations who were past students of Ananda College. The group has a very close relationship with the school activities and involves with most of the major programmes. It has organised and carried out many activities during the past few years and will continue to do so in the future.

Our group has successfully completed the project valued over Rs. 750,000 intended to improve the facilities of Advance Level Physics Laboratory at Ananda College. Its main intension was to provide an opportunity for college Advance Level students to enhance their practical knowledge by improving the laboratory facilities.
The equipment was handed over to college authorities on July 9 at the Centenary Memorial Building of Ananda College.


Royal College partners with German Foreign Ministry in Language programme

Sri Lanka’s first ever National School to gain ‘Partner School’ status

Acting Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr Stefan Weckbach officially inaugurated the “German Language Training Centre” at Royal College Colombo on July 22. .
Also present on the occasion were Director of the Goethe-Institute in Sri Lanka Richard Lang, Principal Royal College Upali Gunasekera, Deputy Principal Mrs. Lakshmi Attygalle, Chief Co-ordinator of the Partner School Initiative (PASCH) at the Goethe Institute Mrs. Birgitte Wimaladharma and several other distinguished invitees.

This state-of-the-art German Language Training Centre was established in collaboration with the Goethe-Institute Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany. The inauguration of this Centre also sees Royal College becoming Sri Lanka’s first-ever National School to gain ‘PASCH’ (Partner School) status. The other schools in Sri Lanka currently enjoying PASCH status are Jennings International and Musaeus College.

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier launched the “Schools: Partners for the Future” Initiative to build up a worldwide network of at least 1,000 partner schools through which to awaken young people’s interest in and enthusiasm for modern-day Germany and German society.

As part of this programme, the network of German schools abroad and schools offering the German Language Certificate has been strengthened and extended. In addition, cooperation between these schools is being expanded to anchor German as a foreign language more firmly in national education systems. With this comes the development of fruitful and long-lasting ties with Germany, inspiring schools, their teachers and pupils to enjoy an open exchange of views and engage in co-operation.
As part of the PASCH programme, five students from Royal College recently participated in Youth Camps in the Sithlaket Himalayas and Yercaud Tamil Nadu while another five will visit Germany in August this year.

The teaching of the German language at Royal College Colombo has ushered in a new era in the language curriculum of this school while also inspiring great enthusiasm in the students. Nearly 100 students from Grades 4 - 7 are currently studying the German language under this programme, while several other senior students have also began studying the German language as a subject for the Advanced Level examination.

German is the official language in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. As the second most popular language being learnt in the European Union countries, it also ranks among the top 10 languages frequently spoken in the world. German also plays a predominant role as a foreign language in many countries particularly in Central and Eastern Europe apart from the almost 20 million people around the world who learn German.


Eighth Nalanda Ranaviru Upahara reaches the zenith in 2009

The year was 2002. During those times, the general attitude towards the proposition of military operations against the attempts at dividing the motherland was not in favour. With some, it almost hit a note of submission to the secessionist forces. It was during such times a ‘Ranaviru Upahara’ was initiated by the Nalanda Junior Old Boys’ Association to give courage to the guardians of the Nation.

Since the year 2002, Nalanda Ranaviru Upahara have been conducted uninterrupted and will be held for the 8th consecutive time in 2009 on August 2 at the Nalanda College Premises, Colombo 10.
The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as the Chief Guest will grace Nalanda Ranaviru Upahara 2009. The commanders and chiefs of all Sri Lankan Security Forces are invited as Guests of Honour to the event.
The main objective of Nalanda Ranaviru Upahara is to pay tribute and invoke merit on those brave hearts from the security forces, with special emphasis on old Nalandian war heroes, who made tremendous sacrifices for the freedom of the Nation and the well-being of all Sri Lankans.

In 2009, the Sri Lankan Security Forces brought the elusive victory that the country was longing for with leadership which was never seen before, being given to the campaign to defeat the secessionist forces of Sri Lanka by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The President, himself being an old Nalandian gives great pride and honour to all Nalandians on this extraordinary achievement. The Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa along with the Commanders and Chiefs of the security forces with undeterred commitment and determination brought an astounding victory to the country. Therefore Nalanda Ranaviru Upahara will reach the zenith in its history with it being conducted in a grand scale considering these great triumphs.

Floral tributes will be paid to the Nalanda College War Memorial commemorating 41 Old Nalandians who laid down their lives in bringing freedom to the Nation. Medals will be awarded to Ranaviru families and Old Nalandians of Sri Lankan Security Forces honouring the incomparable service given to the motherland.

Kith and kin along with immediate family of the fallen heroes are invited to the commemoration and Buddhist religious rituals will be performed in a warm manner. The performing of Buddhist Rituals is meant to invoke the highest order of merit to the martyrs of the Nation and to bring much needed comfort to their families.

Throughout the years Nalanda Ranaviru Upahara has received high accolades and blessings of the Ranaviru families for the great service rendered through the event. The Nalanda College and the Nalanda Junior Old Boys’ Association are honoured and proud to be associated with the Nalanda Ranaviru Upahara in paying tribute to war heroes, especially in this great time of magnificent achievements by the Sri Lankan Security Forces.


Seminar on Contempt of Court

Tuesday, August 4
Seminar on ‘Contempt of Court’ will be held at the Organisation of the Professionals Association, 275/75, Prof. Stanley Wijesindara Mawatha (off Reid Avenue) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Speakers:Vasudava Nanayakkara, Victor Ivon, J.C.Weliamuna,ElmoPerera, Rajapal Abeyanayaka, Dr T.C.Rajaratnam Moderator and Chair: Sarath Wijesinghe.
Open for the public and free admission.


Your Baby’s First Year launched

A hand book to guide young mothers on how to look after a new born baby, covering some important factors that should be considered during the first year of the infant has been produced by the Corporate Social Responsibility Trust of the Commercial Bank of Ceylon.
Titled ‘Obe bilindage mul wasara’ (Your baby’s first year), the book has been written by Dr Upali Marasinghe, a reputed Gynaecologist attached to the Colombo South (Kalubowila) Teaching Hospital. The book which will be available in Sinhala and Tamil elaborates on the most crucial factors in an interesting and understandable way under 90 headings.


Telecom spreads knowledge to Kandy schools

Sri Lanka Telecom, the nation’s integrated communications service provider, in collaboration with the Asia Foundation conducted yet another book distribution programme this year, which was held at the Mahamaya Girls’ School, Kandy recently. This book programme saw the distribution of 1,295 books to 37 schools in the Kandy District.

Amongst those present at the event was Minister of Public Administration Sarath Amunugama, Chairperson, Sri Lanka Telecom Leisha de Silva Chandrasena, Deputy Chief Corporate Officer, Sri Lanka Telecom Vijitha Ratnayake, Director, Books for Asia Programme Anton Nallathamby, Chairman, National Book Development Council Gunasena Withana as well as the Principals of the schools.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Sri Lanka Telecom in collaboration with the Asia Foundation has persisted in its untiring efforts to enhance child, adult and professional education in the island, having embarked on this programme back in the year 2004. The ‘Spreading the Wealth of Knowledge’ initiative falls under one of Sri Lanka Telecom’s major corporate social responsibility (CSR) themes, which the company has embraced wholeheartedly. Sri Lanka Telecom has been committed to fostering education and this programme allows the company to play a catalytic role in addressing the needs of primary, secondary, tertiary and professional education sectors in the country.

Under the ‘Spreading the Wealth of Knowledge’ programme, approximately 120,000 books are distributed each year on a wide variety of subjects ranging from Science, Geography, Engineering and English Language to Arts and Culture. This year, a total of 130,000 books are planned to be distributed, out of which 73,000 books have already been distributed up to July. This year, through this programme, Sri Lanka Telecom plans to concentrate on reaching rural areas islandwide, especially the North and East.
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‘Sri Junior Star’ in aid of soldiers

Sunday, August 9
Consider our valiant soldiers, the guardians of the nation who served the motherland proud. Some of whom are displaced and do not have a roof over their heads. A musical extravaganza titled ‘Sri Junior Star’ will be organised in aid for a housing project to the valiant soldiers at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 9 at the John de Silva Memorial Hall.
Rohan Fonseka and his wife Dulani now domiciled in France are the sponsors for this musical extravaganza. This children’s musical orchestra consists of 18 French nationals who are of Sri Lankan parentage. They will sing and orchestrate music to the rhythms of original Sinhalese songs.

Besides these gifted children, many renowned artistes from Sri Lanka too will perform at this show. The artistes like Pandith Amaradewa, Sunil Edirisinghe, Edward Jayakody, Jagath Wickramasinghe, Ranil Mallawarachchi, Lakshman Wijesekera, Surendra Perera, C. L. Fonseka, Mariyasell Goonetilleke, Lilanthi. Karunanayake, Chandani Hettiarachchi, Amila Nadeeshani, Sri Kanthi Perera, Rodney Warnakulasuriya, Nelu Adikari, Kapila Pugalaarachchi, Samitha Mudunkotuwa, and Rohan Fonseka. Child Star Himasha Dassanayake and Sudesh Somal Ediriweera will also perform on this occasion. Incidentally Rohan Fonseka was a former member of SLBC and SLRC orchestra.
This musical extravaganza is a brain child of Rohan Fonseka and is unique since for the first time foreign born child artistes who will sing oriental songs on Sri Lankan soil.

Choreography will be lead by Kamala Bellantota with the music of Dimitri Fonseka, Ranga Livera, Nuwan Gamaarachchi, Denis Kalamulla, Anushika Fonseka, Surangi Nissanka, Salitha Samarasuriya, Dilani Perera, Chathurai Kumarage, Watsala Galhenage while music of Nilushi Nissanka, Andria Silva, Sheluka Fernando, Maurine Fernando, Shehona Fernando will add quality to this musical extravaganza. Further on July 31, 2009 a rehearsal programme is scheduled at Panagoda Army Camp in aid of our valiant soldiers.

The proceeds of the show at the John de Silva Memorial Hall will be exclusively utilized for donations to the deserving soldiers and IDPS said Rohan Fonseka.



Monday, August 10
ATANDA Dance theatre of Sri Lanka presents Frangipani at the John De Siva Memorial Theatre, Colombo, at 6:30 p.m. Choreography by Kapila Palihawadana.
To reserve tickets please call 0722 911 703; E mail: kapila@batabda.lk