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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
If the caption is not there do not carry the picture
‘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
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