A musical of Hope
13 & 26
‘Lift Up Your Eyes’, a musical of Hope, will be presented by the Choir
of St Francis of Assisi, Mount Lavinia on Sunday, September 13 at 6 p.m.
at the Church of St Francis of Assisi, 80, Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia and
on Saturday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Trinity Chapel, Trinity
The theme of Psalm 121 which begins, “I will lift up mine eyes to the
hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord’ is
threaded throughout this powerful musical of promise and hope. It speaks
to those of us who are hurting, fearful and in need of comfort. It
directs us to lift our eyes to the One who powerfully saves, heals,
guides and delivers. It speaks to a nation and a world of people in
chaos, and very simply turns our eyes to the Prince of Peace. God is
faithful and true! His loving kindness extends to all generations! He’s
our Refuge and Strength, a Strong Tower, our Keeper and Shade, our Rock
and our Salvation!”
Exhibition of paintings and books by Sybil
Wettasinghe’s latest books ‘Eternally Yours’ sequel to ‘Child In Me’ and
the children’s book ‘Podda & Poddi’ (and their Sinhala versions) will be
launched on September 8, 2009, at 3:30 pm at the Kiyawana Nuwana
Former Director of Primary Education, Kamala Peiris, Senior Lecturer-
Education Faculty of the University of Colombo, Daya Rohana Atukorala,
Author-Art Critic Tissa Devendra and Senior Lecturer- University of
Aesthetic Studies & Artist, Kingsley Gunatillaka, will speak on Sybil
Wettasinghe’s Children’s Books and Art on this occasion. New editions of
her outstanding and much loved other works for children ‘Kuda Hora,’
‘Kavum Yodhaya’, ‘Thambaya’, ‘Waniyang Kalu Waneeyang’ and her
award-winning book for youth ‘Meti Gedara Lamai,’ will also be brought
out as Visidunu Publications at this event.
An Exhibition and Sale of Sybil Wettasinghe’s Paintings and Books will
be held at the Kiyawana Nuwana Bookshop from September 9 to 15, from 10
am to 6 pm, to mark this occasion.
donates chairs to Sunday School
Sajith Premadasa, MP for Hambantota District and Chairman of the
Janasuwaya Foundation, has initiated many development projects to
upgrade and enhance the Sunday school system in Hambantota district.
The picture illustrates Sajith Premadasa distributing chairs worth Rs
60,000 to the Kiwula Temple Sunday School in the Ambalantota division of
Hambantota district. Presently an initiative has been formulated to
support the existing Sunday school system which comprises 440 such
Sunday schools belonging to all religions.
Salesians donate gifts to war
A team led by Rev Fr Anthony H.Pinto SDB, Provincial Superior and
Country Director of St Joseph Vice Province, Sri Lanka with brotherly
love and best wishes from Salesian Fathers, Brothers and Sisters of Don
Bosco working in several provinces of the country took a few truckload
of clothes and other amenities worth over Rupees. three million to be
distributed among the war victims of the North
Islamic religious scholar visits Sri Lanka
His Holiness Shaykh Muhammad Adnan Kabbani will be visiting Sri Lanka
from September 10 to September 22.
His is a renowned religious scholar and author who has devoted his life
to the promotion of traditional Islamic principles, such as peace,
tolerance, and opposing extremism in all its forms. The sheikh is a
member of a respected family of traditional Islamic scholars, which
includes the former head of the Association of Muslim Scholars of
Lebanon and the present Grand Mufti of Lebanon. In addition, he also
holds a degree in Islamic Divine Law, and under the tutelage of Sheikh
‘Abd Allāh Dāghestānī license to teach, guide and counsel religious
students in Islamic spirituality from Sulthan al Awliya Sheikh Muhammad
Nāzim ‘Adil al-Qubrusī al-Haqqānī an-Naqshbandī, the world leader of the
Naqshbandi-Haqqani Sufi Order.
Sheikh Adnan will be residing at 24, 28th Lane, off flower Road, (next
to UAE Embassy), Colombo 7 and will have daily Zikr, Isha and Taraweeh
prayers from 8.30 onwards. Fore more information contact Izath Nilar on
0773 476 806 or Inthikab on 0772 660 129
SL Ambassador meets scholars and Asian experts
“LTTE lost the war, and now the pro-LTTE Diaspora is trying to defeat
the peace,” says Sri Lankan Ambassador at the Homeland Security Policy
Institute of the George Washington University
Sri Lankan Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya told a group of scholars and
Asian experts Monday how the Sri Lankan military defeated the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam, as well as how the government will sustain
peaceful reconciliation. Speaking before the Homeland Security Policy
Institute of the George Washington University, Ambassador Wickramasuriya
described a number of key developments that led to the government’s
successful conclusion of the 25-year-long conflict with the LTTE.
25th commemoration of Wilson Hegoda
The founder of the Sri Lanka National Photographic and Art Society,
late Wilson Hegoda’s 25th commemoration day falls on September 13. To
mark this day a blood donation camp will be held at the National Blood
Bank, Narahenpita in the morning and a commemorative lecture, and a
Bodhi Pooja will be held at the Maha Bodhi Vidyalaya, Colombo in the
evening. The Social Services Director, K. G. Keerthiratne of the above
society kindly request those who wishes to donate blood to participate.
Applications for photographic exhibition
The Sri Lanka National Photographic and Arts Society will organise an
all island photographic exhibition and contest for the 37th occasion.
Your creations can be now submitted for the event in four categories
Colour – Open; Colour – Amateur; Black and White - Open and Black and
White - Amateur. Awards, prizes and certificates will be awarded to all
categories. The closing date for applications and photographs will be
September 30. For more details and applications please address to:
Exhibition Secretary, No. 170, Kolonnawa Road, Dematagoda, Colombo 9 or
from website www.npasslanka.org
New Zealand Education Fair a success
The New Zealand Education Fair concluded successfully at the Hilton
Residence on Sunday, August 30. The event showcased New Zealand’s
educational opportunities and the high standards of tertiary education
available at premier institutions in New Zealand.
Zahira College Colombo - OBA
Group of 70s
Office Bearers - 2009/2010
President: Rarnzeen Rasheed
V. President: M. U. Saleem
V. President: Ibrahim Farook
Hon Gen. Secretary: Fazlul Haq
Asst. Secretary: M. Z. Imtiaz
Treasurer: Harris Farook
Asst. Treasurer: Rifky Nazeer
Public Relations Officer: Rumy Jaleel
Committee: T. R Pasella, M. Falool,
Abdul Rauff, T. N. Sheriff,
M. F. Izzamudeen, Aleem
Farook, Jaleel Sallay,
Developing art of ‘Emotional Excellence’
September 10, 4 – 7 p.m.
‘Developing the art of Emotional Excellence’, a programme introducing
the concept of Emotional Excellence, organised by the Rotary Club of
Colombo Fort in aid of the white cane and other community service
projects by Christopher Raj Anthony will be held at the Excel World,
The contents of this programme include perception, personality,
distress and managing distress. By way of exploring case studies,
participants get an insight into applying the competencies of Managing
Self & Managing Stress.
The Leonard personality inventory, a personality type profiling
instruments is used in this programme to make aware participants of
their strengths and weaknesses (potentials) and provides strategies on
how to chard their own personal development and stress management plan.
The methodology used in this program includes lectures, case studies and
For more information contact Vichaly on 5749497; e-mail:
President’s Scout-Ranaviru Felicitation
The Felicitation Ceremony for the Top- Achiever President’s Scouts
who are presently serving in the All Forces was held on August 1, 2009
evening (on the 102nd Birthday of World Scouting). at the Auditorium of
Nalanda College. Colombo 10.
This event was coincided with nineth AGM of Sri Lanka Queen’s and
President’s Scout Guild and Commemorate 100 years of World’s first Scout
Rally and produce of First King’s Scout in England,1909.
Amids of Large Queen’s and President’s Scouts gathering, Maj.Gen. Kamal
Gunarathne, Maj. Gen. Milinda Pieris, SSP C.N. Wakishta, SSP
J.C.K.Nanayakkara, Commodore Ravi Wijegunarathne and Group Capt. G.N.
Sugunapala were Highlighted.
Founder Patron of Guild and Former Chief commissioner, K.H. Camillus
Fernando was the Chief Guest.
Guild Official Website www.scoutguild.org also launched at this ceremony
with the editorship of President’s Scout Randhike Cooray.
On behalf of the Guild, the Felicitation Progarmme was organised by
President’s Scout and founder Convener of Guild, Sanath Rohana
Wickramasinghe (FHQC) and Progarmme was presided by President’s Scout
American Me (1992, 125 minutes) at the American Centre, 44, Galle Road,
Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.
Oscar nominee Edward James Olmos (see above) goes behind the camera in
this epic depiction of thirty years of Chicano gang life in Los Angeles
focusses on a teen named Santana who with his friends Mundo and the
Caucasian-but-acting-Hispanic J.D., form their own gang and are soon
arrested for a break-in. Santana gets into trouble again and goes
straight from reform school to prison, spending eighteen year there, and
becoming leader of a powerful gang, both inside and outside the prison,
while there. When he is finally released, he tries to make sense of the
violence in his life, in a world much changed from when last he was in
Office Bearers of NIBM Alumni Association (NIBMAA)
Patron : Dr E.A.Weerasinghe, Advisor to NIBMAA : D.M.A.Kulasooriya,
President : Ranjan C De Silva, Immediate Past President :
Eng.S.T.J.Arawwawala, 1st Vice President : Lalitha Ranatunge, 2nd Vice
President :Mrs.Manori Samarasinghe, Secretary : Mrs.Vandana Dissanayake,
Treasurer m : Nilantha Samarasinghe, Assistant Treasurer : Wasantha
Mendries, Executive Committee : Hassan Siddique, Sumedha Chandrarathne,
Kapilan Thanarajah, K.M.Prasad Priyanga, Romesh Fernandopulle, Percival
Perera, Dammika Weerasinghe