The Nadil Dushantha Malagoda Foundation held a Bodhi Pooja giving blessings to Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Leader of the UNP and the Leader of the Opposition.
Depanama Sugathabandu Thero Viharadipathi of Sri Dharmakeerthi Vihara Colpetty (Polwatte Temple) conducted the ceremony for the blessings, with a recitation of Seth Pirith followed with an ‘Atavisi Bodhi Pooja’.
The ceremony held on June 25, Poson Day, was organised by the President of the Nadil Dushantha Malagoda Foundation, attorney Nadil Dushantha Malagoda, under the guidance of Depanama Sugathabandu Thera.


Seminar and workshop by SLAAS

Tuesday, July 20
Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) has organised a one day workshop for parents “Skillful Parenting and Childhood Psychological Well-being.” Aspects to be covered at the workshop are: Understanding your child, how children learn, creating a happy home environment for children, behavioural problems and managing difficult childhood behaviours.
Prof. Manjula Vithanapathirana (Professor in Educational Psychology, University of Colombo), Dr. Piyanjali de Zoysa (Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Colombo) Dr. Buddhiprabha Pathirana (Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Peradeniya), Ms. Santushi Amarasuriya (Lecturer in Behavioural Sciences, University of Colombo) are to conduct the workshop in English.
A certificate for participation will be awarded by Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science.
Venue: SLAAS Auditorium
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


FIFA Fever

Sunday, July 11

Be where the action in this FIFA finals! Enjoy special deals on drinks and bites during match hours. Charge up and be ready for the intensively chilling evening to come!
Venue: Terrace, Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo


Madu and Sewwandi launched

The first edition of the maiden novel Madu and Sewwandi by Dharma Mahiratna was presented at the National Housing Development Authority Auditorium, recently.
Madu and Sewwandi is based on a village and a small family in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. The author is presently working as a Secretary at the National Housing Development Authority.


Bright International School study tour

Students of Bright International School, Kandy was on an educational tour in the ancient city of Anuradhapura recently. They visited the cancer ward of the Anuradhapura hospital and offered free gifts to cancer patients as a token of sympathy towards them.


Helping the needy

Muslim Foundation for Culture and Development is pleased that it was able to respond immediately to the recent flood that claimed 28 lives and hundreds of houses all over the island. The victims who were living below the poverty line had to flee from their shelters (mostly located in low lying areas) and had to face untold hardships to find means of fulfilling their immediate basic needs such as drinking water, meals, clothes and medical services. MFCD started to provide cooked meals to the victims who had taken refuge in schools, camps and makeshift tents. Victims who were stranded in Megoda Kolannawa, Polwatte, Wellampitiya, Navagampura, Stadiumgama in Colombo district and Hunupitiya and Mabola in Gampaha district were provided with cooked food and dried foods for five days.

Due to the stagnated water, the flood victims had to undergo the threat of waterborne diseases. There was a possibility of an outbreak of dengue in some areas. It was reported that, many children and elders had been identified with the infection of diarrhea and viral fever. Regular Medical clinic for women was interrupted to a larger extent. With the Clinic centres of disaster hit areas getting inundated, the accessibility for free, immediate medical services for children and mothers became a serious question. Hence MFCD had to move towards its second phase viz; conducting Medical Camps. MFCD could successfully carry out 8 Medical Camps through which 2158 flood victims were treated. Dr. M. Shakir, Dr. (Mrs) M. Mubarak, Dr.(Mrs) F. Silmiya, Dr M. Nishard, Dr.A.J.Husni and Dr.M.Sawahir rendered a committed service in treating the patients in Colombo and Gampaha districts. MFCD could address the needs of the victims to the volume of approximate Rs. 1m with the contributions received by generous well-wishers.



Lawrence of Arabia

Tuesday, July 13
An inordinately complex man who has been labeled everything from hero, to charlatan, to sadist, Thomas Edward Lawrence blazed his way to glory in the Arabian Desert, then sought anonymity as a common soldier under an assumed name.
The story opens with the death of Lawrence in a motorcycle accident in London at the age of 47, then flashbacks to recount his adventures: As a young intelligence officer in Cairo in 1916, he is given leave to investigate the progress of the Arab revolt against the Turks in World War 1.
In the desert, he organises a guerrilla army and for two years leads the Arabs in harassing the Turks with deserts raids, train wrecking and camel attacks. Eventually, he leads his army northward and helps a British General destroy the power of the Ottoman.
Running time: 218 minutes
Venue: American Center, 44, Galle Road, Colombo
Time: 6 p.m.



Thursday, July 15
Directed by Mathieu Kassowitz and starring Julie Mauduech, Hubert Kounde and Mathieu Kassovitz, Metisse features Lola, an attractive, young, half-caste girl.
She is pregnant but she does not know who the father is: Jamal, the black Muslim, son of diplomats, or Felix, the penny-less Jewish messenger.
The two men meet when they are summoned to Lola’s apartment. Lola will not disclose who the father is and the race begins.
Recognised at the 1994 Cesar Awards, this film uses comedy to draw attention to the injustices and prejudices that mark our so-called civilized society.
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Kotte, 139, Jawatte Road, Colombo 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.


Watering the Grassroots

Wednesday, July 14
The documentary, Watering the Grassroots is a journey of a group of women, separated by geography and culture. But their stories converge.
Startlingly similar in their individual journeys for the hardship and pain they have gone through, they come across friends and mentors who show the way to a promising life.
The film is about the evolution and changing face of microfinance in India. It is about women whose lives have been transformed, about their needs for self confidence and expression, about their need to lead and to give a better life.
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4
Time: 6 p.m.


Can You Hear Me?

On November 16, 2006, the Government of India notified a new Community Radio Policy which permitted Non Governmental Organisations and other civil society organisations to run and operate community radio stations.
In less than three years, more than 440 community radio initiatives have taken off in the country.
Community radio, based on the concept of radio-of, by and for the people, provides a medium that is robust, resonant with local voices, and truly representative of local issues and initiatives.
Can You Hear Me is a film that covers three community radio stations, operating in India’s hinterland. It captures how villagers, especially women are using community radio, not only as a medium of entertainment, but also to enhance awareness and bring about social change.
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4
Time: 6 p.m.


Regional workshop on Safety

Hafiz Marikar, MMC Kandy, who attended the Regional Workshop on Safety for the Urban Poor in Asia and Pacific which was held in Marikina, Philippines, was a sponsored invitee of Citynet. He is seen soon after the opening ceremony with the Mayor of Marikina City Mardies Fernando and former Mayor of the City, Mary Jane Ortega who is the present Secretary General of Citynet.


Clothing material distribution

MP for Hambantota District and Chairman of the Janasuwaya Development Foundation, Sajith Premadasa distributing clothing material to elders, at Yodakandiya Temple in Tissamaharamaya of Hambantota District, who have observed sil as part of the religious programmes implemented by Janasuwaya in lieu of the Vesak celebrations



July 9-11
Art exhibition titled Call of the wild by Sasitha Weerasinghe
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo
Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

June 26- July 24
Kurullanta Thatu Labadeema (Giving wings to birds) Wasantha Nanmaskara’s 71st of selected paintings exhibition
Venue: Uva Provincial Library Visual Art Gallery, Race Course Road, Badulla

July 22- 25
National Craft Exhibition sponsored by the Ministry of Rural Industries and Self Employment Promotion
Venue: BMICH

Public Talk

July 11
Is it Possible to Empty the Whole of Consciousness, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.


July 11
Debiddo a stage drama by Prasanna Withange will go on board
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo
Time: 3:30 and 7 p.m.

July 16 -17
Antigone, a sinhala play directed by Priyankara Ratnayake will go on board
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre

July 16
Ratnawalee, a stage drama will go on board
Venue: Elphinston theatre, Maradana
Time: 8 and 11 a.m.

July 14
Vidyaratna Fernando’s Sammatha Asammatha, a stage drama comprises low country folk dance and ‘Kolam’ style dancing will go on board
Venue: Elphinston Theatre, Maradana
Time: 8.45a.m and 10.45a.m.


Malay dance

July 16 and 17

Enjoy an evening of Malay cultural dance and song performed by the Malay youth in align with the Sri Lankan Malay Food Festival hosted by the Galadari Hotel in association with the Sri Lankan Malay Confederation (SLAMAC)
Venue: Coffee Shop, Galadari Hotel