Wednesday, September 29
Ravens, the latest modern dance production from the
Venue: The British Council, Colombo 3.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT)
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)
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”.
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
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
A few from a distance and some distantly away – you will
meet them all in the Kingdom in the Tunnel.
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
Wednesday, September 29
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.
The remake of 70’s horror flick, Piranha is directed by
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
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
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
“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.
The British High Commissioner Dr Peter Hayes attended
an event at the British Council recently, where Sri
Lankan scholars who have been awarded Chevening
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
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
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
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
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
Sunday, September 26
Ganeshism 2, an exhibition of Lord Ganesh in art by
Venue: Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 26
For a Moroccan treat of cuisine, music and dance
Venue: Poolside, Cinnamon Lakeside
Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.