Zahira Past prefects to honour teachers

March 12
The Past Prefects’ Association of Zahira College Colombo is organising its PPA Annual Dinner and Teachers Recognition Ceremony for the 3rd consecutive year on Friday March 12 at the Cinnamon Lakeside. With the huge success of previous PPA Annual Dinners, organisers hope to continue and give the wonderful experience to their teachers, members, old boys and well wishers.

The main objective of this event is to recognise teachers who excelled in their duties and to motivate teachers and students to do well in education and subsequently to achieve and bring better results to the college.
The first set of tickets handed over to (Chairman Board of Governors of Zahira College) Fowzul Hameed, (CEO – QP Group of Companies), Gisthy Fawmey (CEO – PM Mohamed Ali & Co – Diamond) Rauf Nihmathdeen and Abdulla Imamdeen and Abdulla Nilamdeen (Directors of Abdulla International [Pvt] Ltd.), by the Project Chairman Taarik Booso and PPA President Shahey Faleel.

The Project Chairman Taarik Booso requests all the old boys of Zahira College, Colombo to join hands with them to show their gratitude to the respective teachers. Also the organisers guaranteean evening with lots of excitement and entertainment with a special lucky draw for teachers, members and many more prizes and surprises. Entrance ticket is priced at Rs.2000/-. For tickets and more information, please contact Taarik Booso on 727 084712 (Project Chairman), Nilhar Nawaz 777 336482 (Project Secretary) and Mohamed Fazil 777 576552 (General Secretary)


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Dharmasoka PPA AGM

The 23rd Annual General Meeting of the Past Pupils’ Association of Dharmasoka College -Colombo Branch was held on Sunday February 21, 2010 at the Auditorium of the Organisation of Professional Associations, (OPA) Prof. Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha, Colombo 7.
Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda which is reputed to be one of the best schools in the island has a reputation of producing leading national figures in academics, arts and music, sports and other fields over the years. Colombo Branch was established with a few old Sokians, leading professionals, living in and around Colombo to assist the alma mater on essential projects undertaken by the college. The membership has increased to about 500 up to date. Some of the noteworthy projects assisted by the Colombo Branch are as follows:

Establishing a trust fund for awarding of Scholarship to students who gain admission to universities from low income families. About 20 – 25 scholarships are awarded annually to deserving students.

  • Construction of a swimming pool and a baby pool at the college premises. This is presently used by all the swimmers from schools in the Galle district.
  • Provide computers and monitors to set up an IT Centre for the students in the Lower School.
  • Purchase a school bus.

The following office bearers were elected unanimously for the Year 2010 at the AGM.
Patron: Principal Dharmasoka College
President: Jayantha Kodikara
Vice Presidents: Dr. (Mrs) Neele Gunasekera, Dr. P Warusavithana, Major Gen. Sanath Karunarathne, Kumudu Kumara, Major Mahesh De Silva
Secretary: Bandu De Silva
Asst Secretary: Dr. Thusitha Duminda
Treasurer: S W Jayasuriya
Asst Treasurer: Harish Guruge
Editor: Jagath Chandralal De Silva
Immediate Past President: K L Lal Premanath
Ex-Co Members: (25 nos) R G L De Silva, A G L Perera, Piyal De Silva, Yawwanee Perera, S K Chandrathilake, Samaji Senevirathne, Amitha Gunasekera, Susiri de Silva, Maubrey Ginige, Dr. (Mrs) Ranjula Gunawardane, Ewan Upul De Silva, Kamal Jayawardane, Major Denet Paniyanduwa, Chandralal Sooriyarachchi, Indrajith Danasinghe, Cpt. Chinthaka Bandaragoda, Saman Warusawithana, Rohana Jayanath De Silva, Srilal Perera, Janaka Kumudu De Silva, Raj L De Silva


Degree Show

 Until March 21
An exhibition of installations and paintings by the Visual Arts Design and Performing Arts Unit of the University of Kelaniya.
Venue: Barefoot Gallery Colombo, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays)


A Lankan Directress for Alliance

Alliance Française de Colombo has appointed a new Directress Mrs. Kaushalya Dias who is highly qualified in the French language. For the first time in the history of Alliance Française de Colombo, a French speaking Sri Lankan has been appointed to this important post.

She obtained her Bachelors Degree from the University of Sorbonne (Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris 1) in Paris. She also holds a Masters Degree in International Law from the University of Sorbonne and another Masters Degree from the University of Versailles in France.
Having studied, lived and travelled in many parts of France for nearly nine years, she has an excellent knowledge and understanding of French language, culture and its people.

She has wide experience in teaching French to Sri Lankan and French students.
She, herself provides the best example of a Sri Lankan having learnt French, pursued her higher studies in French and excelled in her career.


Int’l pre-school by SLAF Seva Vanitha

 A new International Pre-school for the benefit of children of Air Force personnel and other children in the locality was declared open by the First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, at Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Base Hingurakgoda, on March 1, 2010.
The pre-school was constructed under the auspices of Group Captain D K Wanigasuriya, the Base Commander of SLAF Base Hingurakgoda. This is the fourth pre-school (in addition to Katunayake, Diyatalawa and Trincomalee) to be upgraded to international pre-schools standard by the SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit.


OCIC/UNDA cinema and tele drama salutation 2008/2009

Arrangements have been made for the next Cinema and Tele Drama Salutations conducted by Signis OCIC Institute.
We call for films screened and tele-dramas completed in 2008 and 2009. Tele-dramas should be limited to 52 episodes and should be submitted in DVD form, before March 31. You may hand over the respective DVD at Signis OCIC National Office, No: 19, Balcomb Place, Cotta Road, Borella, Colombo 8 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (office hours).
Telephone: 011- 2693425/071-8954214


Musaeus PASCH Day

By Ayomi Perera
Marking a beginning of a new era in language curriculum, Musaeus College, Colombo 7 together with the German Cultural Centre and the German Embassy inaugurated the German Language Training Centre on February 22, at Musaeus College.
German Language is one of the world’s major languages and it is a widely spoken language in the European Union. It is spoken primarily in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. German is also spoken by the majority of the populations of Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. Globally, German plays a significant role as a foreign language. In Sri Lanka it is taught only in three schools- Royal College, Colombo 7, Jennings International School and Musaeus College.
“We need further assistance from the German Cultural Centre and the German Embassy to promote and facilitate teaching the German Language in schools in Sri Lanka,” the Principal, Musaeus College, S. Dandeniya said.
“Learning a new language like German is important for the students to pursue their higher educational purposes and also advantageous for destinations outside Sri Lanka,” she added.
It was revealed that Musaeus College is the only school which has a German origin as its founder was the German national, Marie Musaeus Higgins. At present the school has about 120 students learning the German Language as a subject under the PASCH (partner school) Programme.
Although studying German was started just three months ago, the students’ performances in German at the occasion were impressive
The Chief Guest of the event, Officer-In-Charge, the acting Ambassador of the Republic of Germany, Dr Stefan Weckbach in his speech said that learning German Language is a key to this globalised world and that it would be a good educational and the best investment in the future. He further said that three students of Musaeus College will be given an opportunity to participate in a summer camp in Germany.


Winner Media launch

Winner Media, a multidisciplinary marketing firm that provides its clients advanced technological solutions, training on human resource development and creative design with unmatched effectiveness, efficiency, creativity and energy was launched recently.
It was initiated by a group of young professionals in human resource development and information technology sectors. Their intention is to provide Sri Lankans with modern world techniques to conduct unbeatable marketing campaigns with their experiences and knowledge gained by providing services for the global market.
For more information visit: http://www.WinnerMedia.org or e-mail to: info@winnermedia.org.


St Patrick’s Day Charity Ball

March 13

On March 17, the Irish men and women wear a bunch of shamrocks to mark their special day when they take part in the enormous parades and festivities that span the world. In many parts of the globe, Irish people world over celebrate this day in true Irish style.
Today this day is celebrated around the globe, with the international community joining in and playing a big part in the celebrations. As one of the most hospitable peoples of the world, the Irish always welcome strangers to their home and bars to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with them.
You are invited to celebrate a wee bit of that Irish hospitality and sense of fun.
There will be a cocktail reception, Irish music and dancers and DJs.
Venue: Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 7:30 p.m. till late


International Women’s Day at ICES

March 8 to 10
To celebrate the 100th year of International Women’s Day (IWD), the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) and Zonta Club II of Colombo hosts a film festival honouring the IWD theme of “Equal Opportunities, Equal Rights: Progress for All.”
Following three films will be screened:

March 8 – 6:30 p.m.
Under the Bombs
A powerful film about a mother’s search in the Lebanon-Israel conflict of 2006
Winner: Human Rights Film Award – Venice Film Festival

March 9 – 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Indian-writer director Shonali Bose’s film based on the 1984 riots in Delhi
The director dramatises the story by filtering it through the eyes of a perky Indian-American girl from Los Angeles (Konkona Sen Sharma) who travels across the world to find answers about her birth parents.

March 10 – 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Vera Drake
Imelda Staunton gives an award winning performance as a devoted wife and mother in 1950s England. Unbeknownst to her family, Vera secretly helps women terminate unwanted pregnancies. Her beliefs and practices clash with the times and lead to tragedy for her family.
Venue: ICES Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace,
Colombo 8


Jazz Ensemble

March 7
Featured musicians: Antoinette de Alwis, Sureka Amarasinghe, Basil Joseph, Senaka Pereira, Kumar de Silva, Dulip Gnanakan, Sumudu Suraweera, Hans Mater, Darlan Perera, and many others
Venue: CR&FC
Time: 1:30 p.m. onwards


Ruwan Prasanna’s exhibition

Until March 16
Ruwan Prasanna’s paintings were featured at the Exhibition of Young Contemporaries, at the Harold Peiris Gallery from 2004 to 2007.
Venue: Paradise Road Galleries, 2, Alfred House Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to Midnight daily