Fun-filled Children’s Day

It was a day of fun-filled activities on Saturday October 2 as the British Council, Kandy celebrated Children’s Day. Over 200 children from areas in and around Kandy participated in these activities. The event was sponsored by Coca Cola with the kind collaboration of Nolimit and Pizza Hut.
Held from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm and each child took part in at least 3 different activities. All children who participated received a gift and are entitled to a discount offer at Pizza Hut.

The day started with the children picking out the activities they wanted to take part in. The range of activities included face painting, magic balloons, art workshops, T-shirt painting workshops, story time, creative reading workshops, a workshop on dental health care and an interactive game session on the importance of the universal children’s day.

The face painting was a colourful event, with many young ones wandering around the centre with various animal forms painted on their faces and the older ones displaying their tattooed arms with glee. The magic balloons event was a favourite with the very young crowd with some bursting their balloons to the excitement of others.
J B Herath conducted the art workshop and was instrumental in encouraging the children to use different colours with different strokes to bring out the participants’ hidden artistic talents. Mrs. Lalitha Gunawardena conducted the story time and the creative reading sessions which enhanced the reading and listening skills of the young crowd.

Dr. I. S. Kandegedara, in conducting the dental health workshops, mentioned the importance of dental hygiene and encouraged participants to come forward and demonstrate what they had learnt.
The T-shirt painting was much sought after. The T-shirts for this activity were provided by Nolimit. Most of the children opted to paint the fairy and it was a great sight to see them all proudly displaying and wearing the T-shirts they had painted.

An interactive game session on Children’s Day was also held with British Council branded gifts being offered to the winners.
All in all it was a fun event for the children, which provided a balance of entertainment and learning – roll on the next children’s day.


European Film Festival 2010

November 25 to 29

Thursday, November 25
Nowhere Boy (UK)
Time: 1 p.m.
Imagine John Lennon’s childhood… A lonely teenager, curious and sharp, growing up in the shattered city of Liverpool. Two incredible women clash for his love.

Madly in Love (Switzerland)
Time: 3 p.m.
Devan, a young Tamil raised in Switzerland, wants to fulfill his father’s wish of an arranged marriage. However, a few days before the traditional wedding, Devan falls madly in love with Leo, a European woman.

Friday, November 26
Chopin – Pragnienie Milosci (Poland)
Time: 1 p.m.
The film describes the life of Fryderyk Chopin – one of the leading pianist and composers of our times. The film starts when Fryderyk Chopin is still a young man living with his parents and his two sisters in Warsaw where he frequently plays the piano and composes music for the decidedly unmusical Grand Duke Constantine.

Welcome (France)
Time: 3 p.m.
Bilal (Firat Ayverdi), a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee, has spent the last three months of his life travelling across Europe in an attempt to reunite with his girlfriend who recently emigrated to England.

Saturday, November 27
Storm Bound (Netherlands)
Time: 1 p.m.
Three boys embark on their first voyage across the ocean and find themselves shipwrecked on a tropical island. Hajo, Padde and Rolf, teenagers from a Dutch harbour town set out to sea as members of Captain Bontekoe’s crew.

Ma Che Ci Faccio Qui (Italy)
Time: 3 p.m.
Alex is a young 18-year-old with the dream of crossing Europe with his friends. Unfortunately, since he failed at school his parents forbid him to go on the trip. Alex does not accept the punishment and flees on a motorbike, determined to reach his friends.

Sunday, November 28
Happy Together (Belgium)
Time: 1 p.m.
Martin and Eline are the perfect example of a happy couple. They live in a beautiful house, together with their two children. It’s like living in a dream. But when they sign the deed to purchase a summer residence in Tuscany, their fortune starts to crumble.

Soul Kitchen (Germany)
Time: 3 p.m.
A low-budget restaurateur finds himself in a big vat of trouble in this comedy from director Fatih Akin. Zinos Kazantsakis (Adam Bousdoukos) runs a cheap restaurant in a run-down warehouse district that he calls the Soul Kitchen.

Monday, November 29
Upperdog (Norway)
Time: 1 p.m.
As young children, the half-siblings Axel and Yanne are adopted to Norway. They are separated on arrival, he to material wealth on Oslo’s West side, she to an average family on the East side.

The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus (UK)
Time: 3 p.m.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. Dr Parnassus with his extraordinary travelling show ‘The Imaginarium’, offers to members of his audience the irresistible opportunity to enter their universe of imaginations and wonders by passing through a magical mirror.
Venue: R.R. Appadore Auditorium, Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, Kandy


Cartouches Gauloises

Friday, November 26
The plot concerns the final stages of the Algerian War of Independence in the summer of 1962, as seen through the eyes of Ali, the 11 year-old son of an FLN moudjahid, his mother and his French and Arab friends, as they experience the massive social changes of the end of French colonial rule.
Venue: Alliance Française de Kotte, 139, Jawatte Road, Colombo 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.



Now showing
Chosen for their ability to kill without conscience, a group of killers, some trained and some who are not, must conquer the alien race of predators that have set out to target them as prey.
Dropped into the vast jungle of a distant world, these human predators must learn just who or what they are up against, and that their ability, knowledge and wits are tested to the limits in the battle of survival; to kill or be killed.
Venue: Savoy Cinema, Wellawatta
Time: 10:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.


Public Day Of Yovun Lanka

Extending the fullest co-operation to the general public of Wetara, Rilawela, Ambalangoda and Hereliyawala Yovun Lanka organised the annual public day on September 5 at Sri Sudarshanarama Pirivena in Polgasowita. The Department of Registration of Persons, Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha Secretariat, Blood Bank of Colombo South Teaching Hospital together with special law personnel and eye specialists participated.
Picture shows President of Yovun Lanka Nuwan Bellantudawa giving law advice to a participant.


BHC member shines at swimming championship

Buddika Kulatilaka of the British High Commission (BHC) put up an impressive performance at the recently concluded SSC Inter-club Masters Swimming Championship held recently at the Singhalese Sports Club. Entered for the maximum of five events, he was placed in all, as follows:
1st place – 100m Individual Medley 35-39 (Men open)
1st place – 50m Breaststroke 35-39 (Men open)
2nd place – 50m Backstroke 35-39 (Men open)
2nd Place – 50m Butterfly 35-39 (Men open)
2nd place – 25m Butterfly 35-39 (Men open)
Adding to his excellent performance, what was even more remarkable was that Buddika took the initiative to enter the swimming meet and represent the BHC. Buddika’s achievements were recognised by the BHC and he was presented with a framed certificate of appreciation by the British High Commissioner, Dr. Peter Hayes, at a gathering of all BHC staff.


The Dreamer of Jungles

Until November 22
The exhibition, Henri Rousseau, the Dreamer of Jungles will display reproductions of the main works of the French painter, Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) in commemoration of the centenary of his death.
Venue: Alliance Française de Kandy


Fleeting Moments

November 27 and 28
Sunetha Kannangara will hold her first solo art exhibition Fleeting Moments impressions in water colours. Suneetha’s exhibition will consist of her present collection of over 70 impressions in water colour of landscapes, seascapes, fauna, flora and culture. In her collection of paintings she has tried to capture the beautiful impressions of many such fleeting moments to instill tranquility and contemplation and to connect people to nature’s beauty, healing and rejuvenating powers.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.


Dengue Prevention Programme


Until November 22
Impressions of Sri Lanka, an exhibition of paintings by Jeanne Geubles-Denissen
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Colombo auditorium, No. 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.


November 23
Ridma Reyak musical concert organised by the Outstanding Song Creators Association (OSCA)
Venue: John de Silva Memorial Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 6:30 p.m.

November 26
Soul Sounds will team up with Voice Print to ring in the seasonal cheer and enthrall the audience in the iconic traditions which will begin with the choirs and the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Venue: Mount Lavinia Hotel


November 26
Sri Harsha Deva’s Sanskrit drama Ratnawali directed by Lalitha Sarachchandra
Venue: Elphinston Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.



Sinhalese civilians, who fled the North and the East during the 30-year conflict, have now started resettling in their original homes. Premier D M Jayaratne recently met a group of such resettled people in Batticaloa, at the temple of Mangalarama. Speaking to the Premier, this group highly commended the President and the government for defeating terrorism.While highlighting their present peaceful lives, they said the opportunity had now come to live in harmony with all ethnic groups.



Hambantota district MP and the Janasuwaya Development Foundation chairman Sajith Premadasa has initiated a project named Sasunata Aruna in connection with 2600 Sambuddathwa Jayanthiya to promote the development of Buddhist religious worship.
The picture shows Sajith Premadasa donating SLR 50,000 to the chief prelate at Wehera temple, Walaswewe Somananda, in the Kurunegala district under this programme. With them are the programme’s Matara district co-ordinator Buddhika Pathirana and Kurunegala district co-ordinator Ashok Abeysinghe.


Navy Commander honoured

Sri Lanka Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe was honoured by the India Eastern Fleet during his recent official visit to India.
In the photograph, the Navy chief is on board INS Jalaswa accompanied by Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet acknowledging the salute of INS Rajput off Vishakapattuam.


Japan boosts demining aid

The Japanese government has extended grant aid for a demining project in the North to meet the emergency needs of the area and to promote peace and development of Sri Lanka under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
This demining project will be implemented by Delvon Assistance for Social Harmony Sri Lanka (DASH), a local demining organisation.
US$ 373,200 (around Rs 42 million) is allocated to demine and to facilitate a safety environment for more than 5,000 people in Killinochchi district.
Sixty deminers would be employed from the local community and the project will also simultaneously contribute to providing employment opportunities to the residents in the area.
The grant contract between Japanese Ambassador Kunio Takahashi and DASH programme manager Ananda Chandrasiri was signed recently at the Embassy of Japan in Colombo.
In addition to the project through GGP, the Government of Japan also has extended projects in the conflict affected areas, such as improvement of central facilities of Jaffna Teaching Hospital, construction of Vavuniya-Killinochchi Transmission Line, urgent rehabilitation of resettlement community in Jaffna and Mannar districts.
Japan hopes that these assistances directly meet the needs of the people at the grass-roots level, promote the living condition of the people, and then contribute to sustainable peace and development in Sri Lanka.


New ETF office in Jaffna

Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development Minister Douglas Devananda recently opened the regional office of the ETF Board at No 70, Martyn Road, Jaffna. The Minister with Jaffna District MP M Chandrakumar, ETF chairman K M A Godawatte, additional general manager Mangala Gunaratne and Jaffna regional manager A Jayasundara at the opening ceremony.


Imperial Teas Group celebrates success

Imperial Tea Exports, one of the largest exporters of tea in the country, celebrated the company’s recent success in winning prestigious awards amidst a distinguished gathering.
The gala celebrations, that included cocktails and fellowship at the Hilton Colombo, sought to show appreciation to all those who supported the company in its journey towards this honour.
Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe graced the occasion as the chief guest.
Prominent people from the Board of Investment, Sri Lanka Tea Board, leading bankers, shipping and tea companies as well as tea brokers and staff of Imperial Teas Group were present at the occasion.
Imperial Tea Exports received the ‘most outstanding exporter of the year’ at the 18th NCE Awards Ceremony held recently.
The company also walked away with the award for the ‘best Sri Lankan brand exporter’ for 2009, becoming the first company to receive both these accolades in the same year.


Book Review

Al Ameen Law Report Vol. IV - 2010

By Mrs Asma Cassim of Ilma International
Al Ameen Law Report Volume IV - 2010 edited by Advocate A H G Ameen has made steady progress from the its inception, the Volume I consisting of about 230 pages with only decided cases of Wakfs Tribunal; its Volume II consisting of about 200 pages with only decided cases of Wakfs Tribunal; its Volume III consisting of about 170 pages with decided cases of both Wakfs Tribunal and the Board of Quazis and the appeals to Court of Appeal and now its Volume IV consisting of about 265 pages with decided cases of the Wakfs Tribunal and the Board of Quazis going upto the Supreme Court. A significant feature in Volume IV is that it carries the Muslim Mosques and Charitable Trusts or Wakfs Act, which is in demand as the publication is not available.
The layout of this publication with notes from the Editor on controversial subjects gives added colour and lucidity to the busy practitioners for quick and easy reference.
Justice Saleem Marsoof PC, who is hony co-editor, in his opening paragraph of his message to this volume has stated, “It is indeed gratifying to note that the: Al Ameen Law Report, which it was my pleasure and honour to review at its ceremonial launch few years ago, is hale and hearty, and is now taking another momentous step in greater splendour, with the publication of Volume IV of the report...”
The former attorney-general and the incumbent president of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka Shibly Aziz PC, who is a hony co-editor of the report in his message to the book has said,” happy to state that there is steady and conspicuous progress made hitherto, and in this volume decided cases from Wakfs Tribunal and Board of Quazis to Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, dealt in an orderly and lucid manner enabling easy reference to the practitioners”.
The controversial subject of the award of Matah by the husband to the wife against whom divorce of Talak obtained by the husband though recognised in the Islamic Jurisprudence but not provided for in the substantive law, the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act.
The Board of Quazis has made orders awarding Matah by means of circular issued by the Judicial Service Commission, which orders have been challenged before higher court, and these cases are reported in this volume.
Another question is as to the appointment of Trustees to Mosques under the Muslim Mosques and Charitable Trusts or Wakfs on the recommendation of Spiritual Leaders and on the basis Trust Instrument, which are decided otherwise on the basis of past practices been changed due to abuse or disuse.
The question of Apostacy, change of religion, resulting in the loss of rights. The Editor in his footnote at page 154 has said that Apostacy is a legal issue of status. It is a question of law. May be taken at any time, justice demands a verification of the status and no effort has taken in this case to summon the respondent to verify. The editor questions the tenability of, “unless the point taken before the original court, cannot be argued in appeal?”
An interesting case of proxy marriage, the bridegroom being abroad, he sends a Power of Attorney to his father or somebody and the Nikah and Marriage takes place for the purpose of securing visa for the bride to go abroad. The Editor at page 101 has made a note, “For the purpose of obtaining visa to the UK and developing of technology with facilities such as e-mail, telephone, fax and other such devices residing in UK. Yet, does it violate Section 19 (1) of the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act where the groom to be present and signing the foil and the counter foil of the register of the Muslim Registrar it is interesting to note that, “Proxy marriages” without the presence of the bridegroom are taking place”.
The question of Mahar and Kaikuli the Board of Quazis has permitted to set-off against the value of household items. The Editor has made a footnote at page 129 and questioned the validity of its kind.
Similarly, the order of maintenance to children set off against the money sent to the wife to settle the loans taken by the husband.
The Editor has made a note at page 133.
The question of Kaikuli given after the marriage could be deemed as Kaikuli is decided before the Court of Appeal at page 12 and argued by leading counsels who appear before the Board of Quazis.
It is noteworthy that in this book the Editor’s notes have given food for thought to interested and concerned readers.
The question of paternity and as to whether an illegimate child is entitled to maintenance in Islam and under the act argued before the Court of Appeal by leading counsels, Faisz Musthapha PC and A R M Kaleel appear at page 12 of this book.
Interesting subjects like maintenance to a convert, medical evidence on the question of legitimacy, the divorce by a man whether Ahsan or Hassan form recognised in Sri Lanka discussed by the Court of Appeal, legal person in law and the period to assume a missing person dead, are dealt in this book which will be of immense interest to the readers.
The Editor has dealt all these subjects well and commendable. Justice Saleem Marsoof PC has stated in his message, “ Al Ameen Publishers and A H G Ameen, attorney-at-law, must therefore be congratulated for their resourcefulness and untiring efforts, for maintaining the continuity of the Al Ameen Law Report which is the private law report to concentrate exclusively on decisions of our courts and tribunals on all aspects of Muslim Law”.
Shibly Aziz has said in his message to this book, “The contribution of Ameen to the legal literature especially to the Islamic Jurisprudence should be welcomed and he must be encouraged to further his contribution in this area and I recommend this volume to the legal practitioners, law students and those interested in this field”.
The former High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom and a leading lawyer of repute who is a Hony co-editor of the report in his message to this book referring to the editor has said, “Having been a Member of the Wakfs Tribunal and the Board of Quazis and as a practitioner who has appeared in a wide array of cases involving Muslim Law, is eminently equipped to bring out this compilation of cases relating to the Muslim Law of marriage and divorce, Wakfs and mosques”.
This book is priced at Rs 500/- and is available at the Al Ameen Publishers, No. 34 1/5, St Sebastian Hill, Colombo 12, at Sri Lanka Law College and leading book shops.



Hillary Rodham Clinton
US Secretary of State
Elementary students across America are taught that slavery ended in the 19th Century. But, sadly, nearly 150 years later, the fight to end this global scourge is far from over.
Today it takes a different form and we call it by a different name -- “human trafficking” -- but it is still an affront to basic human dignity in the US and around the world.
The estimates vary widely, but it is likely that somewhere between 12 million and 27 million human beings are suffering in bondage around the world.
Men, women and children are trapped in prostitution or labour in fields and factories under brutal bosses who threaten them with violence or jail if they try to escape.
Earlier this year, six ‘recruiters’ were indicted in Hawaii in the largest human trafficking case ever charged in US history.
They coerced 400 Thai workers into farm labour by confiscating their passports and threatening to have them deported.
I have seen firsthand the suffering that human trafficking causes. Not only does it result in injury and abuse — it also takes away its victims’ power to control their own destinies.
In Thailand, I have met teenage girls who had been prostituted as young children and were dying of AIDS.
In Eastern Europe, I have met mothers who lost sons and daughters to trafficking and had nowhere to turn for help.
This is a violation of our fundamental belief that all people everywhere deserve to live free, work with dignity, and pursue their dreams.
For decades, the problem went largely unnoticed. But 10 years ago President Clinton signed the Trafficking Victims’ Protection Act, which gave us more tools to bring traffickers to justice and to provide victims with legal services and other support.
Today, police officers, activists, and governments are coordinating their efforts more effectively.
Thousands of victims have been liberated around the world and many remain in America with legal status and work permits.
Some have even become US citizens and taken up the cause of preventing traffickers from destroying more lives.
This modern anti-trafficking movement is not limited to the US.
Almost 150 countries have joined the UN’s Trafficking Protocol to protect victims and promote cooperation among countries.
More than 116 countries have outlawed human trafficking, and the number of victims identified and traffickers imprisoned is increasing each year.
But we still have a long way to go.
Every year, the State Department produces a report on human trafficking in 177 countries, now including our own.
The most recent report found that 19 countries have curtailed their anti-trafficking efforts, and 13 countries fail to meet the minimum standards for eliminating trafficking and are not trying to improve.
It is especially important for governments to protect the most vulnerable – women and children – who are more likely to be victims of trafficking.
They are not just the targets of sex traffickers, but also labour traffickers, and they make up a majority of those trapped in forced labour: picking cotton, mining rare earth minerals, dancing in nightclubs.
The numbers may keep growing, as the global economic crisis has exposed even more women to unscrupulous recruiters.
We need to redouble our efforts to fight modern slavery. I hope that the countries that have not yet acceded to the UN Trafficking Protocol will do so.
Many other countries can still do more to strengthen their anti-trafficking laws.
And all governments can devote more resources to finding victims and punishing human traffickers.
Citizens can help too, by advocating for laws that ban all forms of exploitation and give victims the support they need to recover. They can also volunteer at a local shelter and encourage companies to root out forced labour throughout their supply chains by visiting chainstorereaction.com. The problem of modern trafficking may be entrenched, but it is solvable. By using every tool at our disposal to put pressure on traffickers, we can set ourselves on a course to eradicate modern slavery.


Supermarkets under fire for selling reindeer meat

LONDON (AFP) - A supermarket chain was under fire this week for selling reindeer meat in its British stores in the run-up to Christmas.
German discount chain Lidl is selling frozen Siberian reindeer leg steaks at six pounds for a 350-gramme pack as part of its deluxe range.
Reindeer are traditionally associated with the festive season -- the story going that Father Christmas travels around the world delivering presents on a sleigh pulled by a team of flying reindeer.
Animal rights campaigners blasted Lidl, which defended its decision to sell the unusual meat by saying the reindeer had been well treated.
“Lidl is destroying the magic of Christmas by selling dead reindeer,” said Justin Kerswell, the campaigns manager for Vegetarians International Voice for Animals.
“What they term ‘luxury cuisine’ belies the truth behind an industry that exists to exploit wild animals,” he told trade magazine The Grocer.
Siberian reindeer were often herded by snowmobiles and in some cases by helicopters and motorbikes, Kerswell said.
“This and lassoing them cause huge stress. They can become so distraught their muscle can waste away.”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said: “The idea of ‘Rudolph’ being slaughtered and sliced into steaks for a novelty Christmas dinner is revolting.
“Christmas is supposed to remind us of peace and goodwill -- and the rest of the animal kingdom could do with a taste of it, rather than being tasted.”
Lidl, which has more than 530 stores in Britain, said the reindeer were fed on “local aromatic herbs and grass.
“They live in their natural habitat and have plenty of space to move around,” a spokeswoman said.
The supermarket is also selling pheasant, venison and springbok in the Christmas build-up.