New book on law released

A new law book Law of Prescription (Kal Ikuthweeeme Neethiya – Kalawarodhaya) authored by Kapila Gamini Jayasinghe, a practising civil lawyer and author of eight other legal books, was released recently. This book contains the time limits of legal actions in civil and criminal law practice.

There are 354 decided cases in English and a descriptive analysis in Sinhala. ‘Law of Prescription’ is an author publication, now available at all the branches of M. D. Gunasena and Co., Samayawardena and Sooriya Bookshops of Maradana, Sadeepa Bookshop, Borella, Lake House Bookshops, Fort and Liberty Plaza, BASL Bookshop of District Court Complex, Hulftsdorp and Sri Lanka Law College Bookshop Colombo 12.


Break your fast at the Hilton

The holy month of Ramadan has begun. Visit the Hilton Colombo to savour one of the two most extensive buffets in town; the’ Spices’ or the ‘Curry Leaf’ buffets. When guests dine at any of the above restaurants, they will be offered a complimentary platter of ‘Iftar Snacks’ to break fast. The hotel’s authentic Sri Lankan restaurant ‘Curry Leaf’ is known for its best in seafood, prepared a la minute to the guests preferred choice along with a wide selection of Sri Lankan curries. The extensive buffet at ‘Spices’ features cuisines from around the world giving the discerning customer a variety to choose from.

“The special snack platter includes faluda, dates, chicken or mutton conjee, fresh fruits, vegetable samosa with mint chutney, vegetable spring rolls with hot garlic sauce, fish Chinese rolls and mini mutton roti,” said the hotel’s Marketing Communications Manager, Gigi De Silva.
For more details and for reservations, call the Food & Beverage Office.


Renowned Sri Lankan pianist on holiday

World renowned Sri Lankan pianist Shani Diluka living in France was here on a holiday and gave a private recital at the Alliance Française de Colombo along with another reputed French violinist, Gabriel La Magadure recently.


Swadeshi illuminates Devundara Vishnu Devalaya

The 2009 Esala festival of the Devundara Uthpalawarna Sri Vishnu Maha Devalaya, one of the most sacred places of worship in Sri Lanka, was illuminated by Swadeshi’s flagship brand Kohomba, the pioneer herbal soap brand in Sri Lanka. The Aloka Poojawa was held from July 30 to August 13.


Blood donation camp

The Rotaract Club of Battaramulla on behalf of the Rotaract District 3220 organised the first Blood Donation Project for the Rotaract year 2009/2010 on August 5. Held at the National Blood Bank situated at Narahenpitiya, the project saw Rotaractors and Rotarians alike taking time off on the Poya day to come and donate blood. Although being a relatively young club in the Rotaract District, Club President Rotaractor Rushda Rizvie and her dynamic Board organised this District project with great efficiency which saw more than 50 persons donating blood.

District Rotaract Representative Rotaracor Arjuna Mohottala and District Community Services Director Rotaractor Bhagya Egodage, who donated blood at the event, said that it was a delight to see new clubs coming forward to organise District Projects with great enthusiasm.

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women aged between 18 and 30. Clubs are usually community-based or university-based and are sponsored by a local Rotary club making them true “partners in service” and integral members of the Rotary family. The Rotaract District 3220 at present has 34 clubs and over 900 dynamic members who are working towards the goal of “Be The Change”. Through the Rotaract programme, young adults not only augment their knowledge and skills, but also address the physical and social needs of their communities while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.

The Rotaract Club of Battaramulla consists of a group of young professionals committed to personal, professional and community development. Founded on May 15, 2006, the Rotaract Club of Battaramulla is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Battaramulla. Club’s goal is to create “Unity in diversity”


Coconut Growers Association of Sri Lanka

Executive Committee 2009/2010

Hon President: Anton Nishantha Fernando
Immediate Past President: Parakrama Jayatilake
Hon Vice President: Nissanka De Mel
Hon Secretary: Nihara E. Rodrigo
Hon Treasurer: Irani Peiris
Hon Assistant Secretary: Hiran Lal Tennekoon
Hon Assistant Treasurer: Rajindra Rodrigo
Past Presidents: Nimal Samarakkody, J. V. Ranjith Dias
Committee Members: Harindra A. Abeyasekera, Denzil Aponso, Arjun Deraniyagala, Lalith Godamunne, Lionel Fonseka, Sidney J. F. Fernando, W. M. Mahesh Fernando, Donald De Silva, Sarath Sirisena
Chairmen Sub-Committees: Shantha Dissanayake (South), Y. R. Wijesena (Kurunegala), Nalin Rodrigo (Puttlam), Dr Nihal Silva (Gampaha), Evan Perera (Chilaw), Nalin Perera (Kuliyapitiya)


 Bridal creations

Bridal creations by the renowned beautician, hairstylist and bridal designer, Ramzi Rahman taken at the Bride & Groom Fair held at the BMICH recently.
The outfits were created using fabrics such as chiffon, georgettes, and lace with lots of embroidery work.


Fourth annual general meeting

The fourth annual general meeting of the Association of Practicing Quantity Surveyors and Estimators - Sri Lanka was held on July 24, at the Auditorium of the Centre of Housing Planning and Building (CHPB), Pelawatte, Battaramulla.

Former National Consultant, National Skills Development, M. S. Nanayakkara explained the audience the importance of the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) System, and said, “Quantity Surveying-Profession has been integrated in the system and about 50% of the process has been already achieved and by the end of this year, the balance could be completed for execution of the NVQ for Quantity Surveyors.”

Thereafter, the election for office bearers of the Committee for the year followed. P.B.G. Wickramasinghe was elected uncontested for Presidency again in the association and it is indeed gracious to have an individual of such calibre to serve the association.

Other Office Bearers and Committee Members are as follows:
Senior Vice President: M.C. Mendis
Vice Presidents: P.J.P. de Silva, A.D.M. Karunathilaka and Bandula Amarasiri
Joint Secretaries: R. M. Punchi Banda and Kulani M. de Costa
Treasurer: P.A.Sunil
Editor: Chandana Kotigala
Council members: M.B. Sumanasiri, Malani Disanayake, P.B.U.S. Wickramasinghe, Shyama Amarasinghe and Jayantha Bandara
Observers: E.N.B. Anton Peiris (Associate) and Maduri Attatage (Probationer).
Member up-gradation and issue of certificates to associate members was carried out by Ms. T. S. Wijesekara on behalf of the Company Secretaries.
Subsequently, the incumbent President presented his inaugural speech to the audience. In his speech he said that the year’s priority will be the organising of training programmes for Senior/Junior Quantity Surveyors to improve their professional qualifications.
The NVQ system finally amalgamates with the University of Vocational Technology – (UNIVOTEC) Ratmalana, which enables one to obtain the NVQ Level 7 (equivalent to a Q.S. degree).


Cheesy pizza’s incredibly irresistible @ the Galadari Hotel

If you love a buttery, flakey crust, sweet and tangy tomatoes, gooey mozzarella cheese, perfectly seasoned sausage, and other fresh ingredients- you would be at the right place, as we have the perfect Pizza for you. We, at the Galadari Hotel, pride ourselves making each handmade pizza just the way you like it.

Our Pizza’s were such a huge hit last year, with customers of all ages; we wanted to give everyone another chance to enjoy a variety of delicious pizzas we have added to our pizza menu. Enjoy our innovative pizzas with friends and family, and we’re excited in dedicating to giving pizza fans more of what they want.”
The Cheesy Pizzas are designed to give customers the experience of pulling and popping the irresistible cheese-filled bites into their mouths, before digging into the pizza slices.

We have also designed small, regular and family pizzas to accommodate each one’s need, and all pizzas will be served with a chilled bottle of Coke to complete your meal.
Cheesy Pizza promotion will be held from September 2 to 13 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm at the Coffee Shop.


Corpus Christi celebrations at Moratuwa

After three weeks of spiritual preparation, the parishioners of Moratuwa celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi with pomp and pageantry. The theme for the feast of body and blood of Christ was “I am the vine, you are the branches.” Rev Fr Prasad Perera, Parish Priest of St Anthony’s Church, Kadalana at the invitation of Fr Victor Silva, the Parish Priest imparted the Benediction and celebrated the Holy Eucharist. The faithful were invited to be fed and filled with everlasting bread of Heaven. The Eucharist procession proceeded from St Joseph’s Church, Uyana through the streets to St Sebastian’s Church, Moratuwa. The chariot was constructed by Sumith Rodrigo, a member of the parish.


Book on Portuguese missionary in Ceylon

The Portuguese Missionary in 16th and 17th Century Ceylon: The Spiritual Conquest by Gaston Perera is the first full account on the subject was launched recently. The book makes an excellent contribution to the historiography, explaining the dynamics of the evangelical mission of the Portuguese missionaries in this island. It is divided into six parts. The first part is a discussion of the ideology on which missionary activity was based. The second part deals with organisational aspects of the mission such as the preparation of the missionary, his relationship with the State and his remuneration. The third part examines various qualities of the missionary. The fourth part discusses the ostensible and real strategy adopted by the missionaries. The fifth part is an account of the tactics adopted to implement the strategy.


Asian Elephant Day celebration in Washington

The Embassy of Sri Lanka and Washington National Zoo celebrated Asia Elephant Day,recently recognising the zoo’s two elephants of Sri Lankan lineage and the wildlife conservation work of both Sri Lanka and the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington National Zoo.