Dental and medical health camp

Ulagalla Resort Anuradhapura, a fully owned subsidiary of International Construction Consortium (ICC) together with the local authorities recently held a medical camp for the villages of Thirappane and Athungama at Ethungama College. It was attended by well over 500 villagers and all prescribed drugs too were provided by Ulagalla Resort.
This event was organised for the well being of the families who would otherwise have had to travel to Anuradhapura for medical attention. A spokesperson of the resort mentioned that their primary objective is to uplift the living standards and develop the surrounding remote villages.


Felicitation to SLBC Chairman

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe was felicitated at Ihsaniyyah Arabic College, Colombo recently.



Isipathana donates

A donation of Rs.100,000 collected by students of Grades 6 and 7 of Isipathana College, Colombo under a special programme in aid of the Gangaramaya Pilgrims’ Rest being built at Kataragama was handed over to Ven. Galaboda Gnaneessara Thera. From (L) Principal Isipathana College, Dr. K. A. D. Punyadasa, Teacher-in-charge of Grades 6/7, Ms G. A. I. Manel and Viharadhipathi Rev. Galaboda Gnaneesssara Thera.
Vice Principal P. K. Vithanage, Head Teacher Grade 7, Ms. K. N. Jayanathi, Head Teacher Grade 6, Ms. M. I. I. Premaratna, M. N. Rifydeen and parents and students of Isipathana College participated in the occasion


Plant a tree

Saturday, June 5
Know how to plant a tree at the Environment Commemoration Day at British Council.
Open for: Children between 5-15 years
Venue: British Council
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Tickets: Available at the British Council Library Help Desk
Note: Plants are provided.
For more information contact: Library Help Desk on 7521596



Monday, May 24
Prasanna Vithanage’s Debiddo is a new production of the Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo’s play, Political Farce.
The cast includes Jayalath Manorathna (in a dual role) Jayani Senanayake, Jayasri Chandrajith, Dayadewa Edirisinghe and Damayanthi Fonseka.
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Maradana
Time: 7 p.m.


Grow a Green Barrier seminar

Tuesday, May 25
Topics covered:
• The impact of climate change in Sri Lanka
• Using mangroves as an adaptation and mitigation strategy against climate change
Key speakers:
• Nimal Perera – Climate change expert
• A. Sumanadasa – Research Officer, NARA
Project Partners:
• The National Aquatic Resources (Research and Development) Agency (NARA)
• Lions Club of Negombo Orient (Lions Int. Dist. 306B1)
• British Council
Organised by:
• ICC Annmarie Rochelle Vandort
9.00 - Welcoming the guests
9.05 - Lighting the Traditional Oil Lamp
9.10 - Welcome speech by ICC Rochelle Vandort
9.15 - Speech by the Chief Guest Nimal Lansa
9.20 - Speech on British Council’s climate change agenda and ICC initiative by British Council Country Director Gill Westaway
9.30 - Film screening on Climate Change
9.50 - Refreshments for guests and students
10.00 - Talk on Climate Change by climate change expert, Nimal Perera
10.45 - Talk on Mangroves by NARA Research Officer, A. Sumanadasa
11.30 - Q and A session
12.00 - Conclusion
• 100 - 150 students from schools in and around Negombo
• Lions and Leos
• NARA officials
• Representatives of Associations and Societies in Negombo
• Youth Environment organizations
• Representatives of media and press

Venue: Negombo Town Hall
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
For more details contact: Rochelle Vandort on 077-5266239 or rochellevandort@hotmail.com


Being There
Tuesday, May 25
Production: 1979
Running time: 130 minutes
Film: Being There traces the meteoric rise to national prominence of a slow-witted gardener named Chance.
Isolated all his life in a Washington D. C., townhouse, Chance’s knowledge of the world comes only from the TV programmes he constantly watches.
But, one day Chance is thrust out of his nest and into an arena desperate for the few simple truisms he knows: The posh drawing rooms of Washington’s power brokers. Being there’s pacing is as sure-footed as chance’s innocent, umbrella-twirling stroll down DC’s elite corridors. And its comedy is a howl. Seeing Chance try to rid himself of a hostile street gang by changing channels on his remote control is just one of many highlights.
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.



Tuesday, May 25, Wednesday May 26

A film by Eleonore Faucher (88minutes) in French with English subtitles
Description: When Claire learns that she is five months pregnant at the tender age of 17, she decides to give birth anonymously.
She finds refuge with Madame Melikian, an embroiderer for haute couture designers.
And day by day, stitch by stitch, as Claire’s belly grows rounder, the threads of embroidery create a filial bond between them.
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7
Time: 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.



Come and See
Wednesday, May 26
Production: 1985
DVD release: 2004
Genre: War
Running time: 68 and 77 minutes
Description: A feature by Klimov made from the script by Adamovich.
It was released in 1985 and ranks among the most horrifying war films.
It’s not only about the war of 1941-1945 exactly, but about any war, its devastating force sweeping away the natural course of things.
The film is based upon documental facts and `The Khatyn Story` by Adamovich. The authors describe the place and events which became a symbol of national tragedy.
The hero of the film is Flyora, a 16-year-old boy that turned to the woods to help the partisans. At the beginning he is just a kid. Then he lives through the horror of the Nazi executions and becomes amazingly grown-up, and even old.
The war had distorted the once tender childish facial features - it`s all wrinkles now. The altered face of Flyora is the face of War.
The authors were so true-to-life, uncompromising and austere as to portray in the centre of the film not some grown-up man, but an inexperienced kid with his childhood still here.
Awards: Grand Special Prize at the All-Union FF, 1986, Prize of the All-Union FF for camera work, 1986, Prize of the All-Union FF for sound work, 1986, Prize of the All-Union FF to the composer, 1986.
Entrance: Free
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre Cinema Hall, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


British Council Sri Lanka invites applications for the 2010 International Climate Champions programme. Deadline is now extended to Saturday, May 29, 2010.
Seventy International Climate Champions in Sri Lanka and India with a passion for the environment and interest to work against the effects of climate change are making a difference. Join them and explore the gamut of opportunities to make a difference in the war against Climate Change.

As a British Council International Climate Champion, you will raise awareness, address impacts through a project and contribute to the growing international consensus on the need to tackle climate change.
British Council will support you with training and guidance, as well as opportunities to meet with decision makers, but the ideas and time will come from you.

The ICC 2010/2011 will be launched in March 2010 with the National Science Foundation coming on board as the National Partner and the number of champions will be increased to 13.
The Champions will each have a ‘green crew’ of 10/20 youth activists assisting them on their projects. British Council is seeking project partners who share the same vision and objectives that will join the programme and assist them in expanding the project in urban and rural areas in Sri Lanka.
Apply now!
For more details contact Thushara Gunasekera on 077-3647800 / 011-4521583 / 011-4521521 or



Death of a French mine disposal expert

The Embassy of France in Colombo deeply grieves the death of Dominique Morin, an employee of the non governmental organisation, Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) in Sri Lanka.
Dominique Morin, an expert in his job, died while he was engaged in demining operations in the North of the country, near Vavuniya.
Former soldier, he had decided to commit himself as a mine disposal expert eight years ago and had started working in associations specialised in mine clearances in Sri Lanka. This highly dangerous task is essential for Sri Lanka in order to turn the page of an extraordinarily murderous conflict.
Embassy of France pays tribute to the commitment and the courage of their compatriot for helping Sri Lankans to regain a normal life in these difficult circumstances.
The Embassy also reminds that there are still 15,000 to 20,000 people in the world who die or get mutilated every year due to anti-personnel mines, explosive devices and more than 40 countries and territories remain polluted.
France gives high importance in fighting against anti-personnel mines, explosive devices from war as much as implementing the Ottawa Convention on the antipersonnel landmines ban.


Vesak lantern competition

Open for: 5 – 16 year olds
Registration: Free
Prizes: Gift vouchers, dinner vouchers and holiday vouchers
For more details contact: Cartoon Kids
Address: 26/10, Suvisuddharama Road, Off Parakumba Place, Colombo 6
E-mail: cartoonkids@sltnet.lk
Telephone: 2-366-866
Mobile: 0718-188-299
The lanterns will be displayed at the Cartoon Kids Premises and Suvisuddharama Road on May 27 and 28