A musical of Hope

September 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 College, Kandy.
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!”


Book launch

Exhibition of paintings and books by Sybil Wettasinghe

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 Bookshop, Nugegoda.
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.


Janasuwaya 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 victims

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
Editor: H.Saludeen
Committee: T. R Pasella, M. Falool,
Iqram Mohamed,
T. Thahssim,
Abdul Rauff, T. N. Sheriff,
M. F. Izzamudeen, Aleem
Farook, Jaleel Sallay,
Rizvi Niyas.


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, Colombo 10.

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 group activities.
For more information contact Vichaly on 5749497; e-mail: vichalya@phantomzglobal.org


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 Srinath Goonerathne.



September 8
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 it.


Office Bearers of NIBM Alumni Association (NIBMAA) 2009/2010

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