Wednesday, September 29
Ravens, the latest modern dance production from the
nATANDA ensemble
Venue: The British Council, Colombo 3.
Time: 7:30 p.m.


SLIIT RoboFest 2010

The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) presented
RoboFest 2010, a robotic competition geared to expose the creative talents of SLIIT’s student community, on September 15, at the institute’s Malabe Campus.

RoboFest 2010 is an initiative carried out by the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at SLIIT and sponsored by OREL Solutions, the local distributor for FARNELL UK, which is one of the world’s leading distributors of electronic, electrical, industrial and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products.
From each of SLIIT’s academic departments, consisting of five students each, 31 teams battled it out for prizes awarded by OREL Solutions, which included vouchers worth 50,000/= (First place), 25,000/= (2nd place) and 15,000/= (3rd place) to purchase items from the company’s extensive product line. Sankalpa Gamwarige, Director – Embedded Systems at ZONE24X7 graced the award ceremony as the chief guest.

Dr Malitha Wijesundara, Head - Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at SLIIT who spearheaded the competition, enthused that “this is the ideal platform to promote the application of problem-solving skills and skills gathered from modules taught at SLIIT such as Embedded Systems Design, Embedded Systems Engineering and Microprocessor-based Systems, Digital and Analog Electronics, Control Systems, Robotics and Software Engineering”.


Book launch

The Kingdom in the Tunnel

The Kingdom in the Tunnel (Umung Rajadhaniya) by Bhadraji Mahinda Jayatilaka is a very enjoyable story when read with beautiful thoughts and of marvelously shaped imaginations.
Writers with ability to produce such children’s tales are a rare breed in the field of Sinhala literature.
To meet characters such as, Dung-Doon, Lung-Lin, Rung-Rung, Ting-Tong, Sung-Soong, Wung-Hung and Kung-Koong in the Tunnel you have to read The Kingdom in the Tunnel!
A few from a distance and some distantly away – you will meet them all in the Kingdom in the Tunnel.

Good Friends

Good Friends (Honda Yaluwo) by Sunitha Wickramage is an ideal story for early childhood.
It relates a story how individual behavioral patterns that are endemic to each human being work on them.
Good Friends read and well understood will mould the child to become a satisfied being and grow up happily.



An Hour at the Armoury Chamber

Wednesday, September 29
Production: 1995
Genre: History/Documentary
Running time: 56 minutes
Description: A world-wide known treasure-house presents ancient Russian regalia, ceremonial Tsar’s dress, church hierarchs’ vestments, gold and silverware by Russian, European and Eastern masters, arms and armouries, royal carriages and horse ceremonial harness.
The famous museum’s exhibits are of special interest because of precious materials, high artistic level and their particular value for the history and culture of the Russian State.
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


Now showing
The remake of 70’s horror flick, Piranha is directed by Alexandre Aja.
The movie stars: Steven R. McQueen, Jessica Szohr, Adam Scott, Elisabeth Shue, Kelly Brook, Riley Steele, Richard Dreyfuss, Jerry O’Connell, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Dina Meyer, Cody Longo, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Paul Scheer, Ashlynn Brooke, Gianna Michaels and Eli Roth. Produced by Mark Canton, Marc Toberoff and Gregory Levasseur.
Venue: Majestic Cinema, Bambalapitiya
Time: 10.30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.


Commemorating Alzheimer’s Day

A landmark report on the Global Economic Impact of Dementia finds that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are exacting a massive toll on the global economy, with the problem set to accelerate in coming years.
The World Alzheimer Report 2010 – issued on World Alzheimer’s Day by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) – provides the most current and comprehensive global picture of the economic and social costs of the illness.
The report was jointly authored by Prof Anders Wimo of the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; and Prof Martin Prince, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK.
“This is a wake-up call that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are the single most significant health and social crisis of the 21st century,” said Dr Daisy Acosta, Chairman of ADI. “World governments are woefully unprepared for the social and economic disruptions this disease will cause.”


Shades of Lanka

Sunday, September 26

Shades of Lanka, an exhibition of art by Randhini Fernando, an A/L science student of St Bridget’s Convent takes the viewer through palmyra palms of Puttalam, foliage and the cascades of Sinharaja, stupa at Anuradhapura, shimmering oceans at Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa, open spaces of the Horton Plains, Dutch Fort in Galle and wildlife at Yala.
Birds such as the paradise flycatcher, flowers such as Na and a few fruits give variation to the catalogue.
She used the medium of soft pastels for this exhibition.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.


Chevening scholarship winners

The British High Commissioner Dr Peter Hayes attended an event at the British Council recently, where Sri Lankan scholars who have been awarded Chevening scholarships.
The prestigious Chevening scholarship programme each year awards fully-funded places for post-graduate study at British universities to overseas students. The scheme is funded by the UK government and is jointly run in Sri Lanka by the British High Commission and the British Council.

Commenting after the event Dr Hayes said: “The Chevening scheme is a fabulous opportunity for Sri Lankan and Maldivian students to take advantage of the world-class education on offer at British universities. Scholars will also come back with a deeper understanding of the UK’s culture and values. We hope this will help us maintain the long-lasting bonds of friendship that already exist between the UK and Sri Lanka and the UK and the Maldives.”

This year’s successful Chevening scholars are Seshika Fernando and Guruparan Kumaravadivel from Sri Lanka and Mohammed Anil from the Maldives. They will take up studies at the London School of Economics, the University of Oxford and the University of Essex.


SDB gets new Provincial Superior

Rev. Fr Nihal Liyanage assumed office as the Second Provincial Superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), the St Joseph Vice Province Sri Lanka on September 8, and this year at a religious ceremony, at Don Bosco Headquarters at Dungalpitiya.
He succeeded Rev. Fr

Anthony H. Pinto the very first Provincial Superior of the SDB Sri Lanka Vice Province.
Fr. Nihal Liyanage, a former member of the Lama Kriyakari Weerayo (LakRiVi) and one time editor of its publication Lama Handa, hails from Kandana. He had his primary and secondary education at St Sebastian’s MV Kandana and Christ King College, Tudella, Ja-Ela, respectively and then joined the Don Bosco Salesian Seminary at Bahirawakande, Kandy and he left for Philippines to pursue Theological studies and was in India to follow a course in Philosophy. Back in Sri Lanka he continued his Theological studies at the National Seminary of Our Lady of Sri Lanka and he was a Priest of God and a permanent member of the Don Bosco Salesian Order in 1996.

Rev. Fr Liyanage, had served as the Dean of Studies at Salesian Seminary at Dankotuwa and served as the Parish Priest of the Mount Carmel Church, at Palliyawatte, Hendala which he was holding at the time he was nominated to the office of the SDB Provincial Superior.


Nevi’im recital

Sunday, September 26
Nevi’im is a current manifestation and audio visual expression of prophetic trends which come to us from the beginning of time.
Borrowing technical complexity and style from guitarists of the metal genre, it promises to transcend genre as it evolves ever seeking to express more clearly the metaphysical message of the Nevi’im with its current emphasis on neo apocalyptic visions that appear to be spreading rapidly through human consciousness.
The Nevi’im also realises that the time has come for their message to take on a secular language breaking free of the divisiveness of religion and fixed systems of belief and ritual to generate its own forms of cultural expression.
Venue: Mystic Melodies, Pushpas Place, No. 267/25 Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 7 p.m.


Silver jubilee gala

The celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of Trans Asia Hotels PLC which kicked off with a fun filled sports extravaganza amongst the city five star hotels, was followed by religious ceremonies and culminated with the Long Service Award Ceremony. Held in grand style at the hotel’s Kings Court Ballroom, the associates were privileged to have amidst them, Chairman, Susantha Ratnayake of John Keells Holdings, Roshan Gurusinghe, Sunil Pieris, and Shafeek Wahab – all of who have been closely associated with the hotel.
General Manager Neroy Marso mentioned in his opening speech to a packed audience in the ballroom, one of the most well attended hotel associates events, that it was his privilege to be here on this prestigious occasion and made special mention to the spouses who have given their unstinted support and understanding over the years, considering the demanding and long hours put in by the Associates. 26 associates who have been in the hotel from the inception completed 25 years, while there were 125 who completed 20 years, 15, 10 and 5 years who were also awarded with special gifts and valuable tokens of appreciation.


A farewell party for Richard Lang and a welcome reception for Bjoern Ketels, the new director of the German Cultural Centre were held at the garden of the centre recently


Ganeshism 2

Sunday, September 26
Ganeshism 2, an exhibition of Lord Ganesh in art by Mahen Chanmugam
Venue: Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Moroccan treat

Sunday, September 26
For a Moroccan treat of cuisine, music and dance
Venue: Poolside, Cinnamon Lakeside
Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.