|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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Venue: R.R. Appadore Auditorium, Post Graduate
Institute of Agriculture, Kandy
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.
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.
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
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
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
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Colombo auditorium, No. 11,
Barnes Place, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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.
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
Sri Harsha Deva’s Sanskrit drama Ratnawali directed by
Venue: Elphinston Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
|LIVING IN HARMONY
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.
ENRICHING OUR VALUES
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
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
|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
This demining project will be implemented by Delvon
Assistance for Social Harmony Sri Lanka (DASH), a local
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
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
|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.
Al Ameen Law Report Vol. IV - 2010
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
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.
|AN END TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING
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
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
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
They coerced 400 Thai workers into farm labour by
confiscating their passports and threatening to have them
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
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
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
Almost 150 countries have joined the UN’s Trafficking
Protocol to protect victims and promote cooperation among
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
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
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.