Building boon for school

The Wellawatte Jaycees recently presented a fully-furnished building costing over two million rupees to Arafath Muslim Maha Vidyalaya at Egodauyana in Modera, Moratuwa.
The school was damaged during the tsunami.
The event coincided with 35th anniversary of establishing Sister Chapter Relationship with the Kitakyushu Jaycees of Japan who funded the entire project.
The Sister Chapter Relationship between the Wellawatte Jaycees and the Kitakyushu Jaycees were signed way back in November 1975 when a six-member delegation led by then president Ryutaro Fukamachi established the relationship at Hotel Ceylon Continental under the presidency of JCI Senator Isfahani Sameen.
Senior Minister Fowzie opened the new structure, comprising four class rooms
In his address to those present, he said he was indeed delighted to be given the honour and added that the Wellawatte Jaycees had done yeoman service to uplift the standards of the facilities available to the students at Arafath Muslim Maha Vidyalaya.
Over the years, the Kitakyushu Jaycees and Wellawatte Jaycees have carried out many projects.
To mark the 35th Anniversary, the Wellawatte Jaycees is offering Membership to 35 youths between the ages of 18 and 40 at its annual general meeting to be held on January 8 at the Colombo Hilton Hotel.
Those who wish to join should contact JCI Senator Arunika Wickremasinghe on 077 - 7759963


Donation speaks volumes

A collection of books was donated to the library of Denagama Maha Vidyalaya in Hakmana recently, under the Library Books Distribution Project of the Samadhi Gnana Pradeepa Programme. It is conducted by the Matara Samadhi Praja Sanwardhana Padanama. Here, Padanama president and Matara District UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana makes a symbolic presentation of a book to a student


SLFP Australia goes online

The ‘SLFP Australia’ web site was launched in Melbourne by Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva, senior vice-president and leader of the house, in the presence of Telmo Languiller, MP Victoria Parliament, Consul Bandu Dissanake, Gamini Perera President, Anura Kulsekera, secretary, Srinarth Maddumage, organiser, Dayasoma Bamunusinghe, coordinating secretary, Mihire Dissanyake, treasurer Gamini Hemachandra, assistant secretary, Palitha Munsinghe, assistant Treasure and with the party supporters. - Photo by Vijitha Kumara-Melbourne



JVP general secretary Tilvin Silva visited South Korea to attend the Il Maha Viru Samaru Ulela ( Commemoration of November Heroes) held by the JVP committee of South Korea. During his visit, the JVP general secretary held talks with a delegation from the Democratic Labour Party of South Korea with a view to strengthening the political ties between two parties, the JVP Media Unit said


VAFA Annual Student Show
The annual student exhibition of Vibavi Lalitha Kala Academy was held recently at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7. This was organised as an incentive to those who engage in this field and to appreciate their labour.
Selected drawings, paintings, sculptures and ceramic items were displaced at this exhibition. Majority of the exhibits were from the first year students while a healthy number of senior students were also took part in this event.


Sethu Residency 1 Theertha 2010
Monday, December 27
Participating Artists: Koralagedara Pushpakumara, Madhu D, Pradeep Chandrasiri, Shani Jayawardane, V G Venugopal
Performance by Bandu Manamperi at 7 pm
Oganised by Theertha Red Dot Gallery
Venue: Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddagana Road South, Pitakotte
Time: 6:30 pm


Public lecture

Sunday, December 26
Dr Waffie Mohammed-Scholar from Trinidad and Tobago
Sri Lanka Public Lecture Tour December 2010
Topic: Purpose of Life
Venue: CIS Lecture Hall
Time: 10:30 am
Topic: How to React to Questions About Islam from Friends and Colleagues
Venue: CIS Lecture Hall
Time: 4 pm
Separate seating arrangements for ladies
All are welcome
Organised by Centre for Islamic Studies, 15A, Rohini Road, Colombo 6


Sri Lankan Chevening Scholar meets the Duke Of York at LSE
Seshika Fernando, a Chevening scholar from Sri Lanka, currently studying at the London School of Economics (LSE) was recently invited to a round table discussion with Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. The discussion was attended by about 20 Chevening scholars from LSE and a “very different experience,” as Seshika puts it.
She added, “LSE is a very busy and interesting place. We have so many events featuring finance professionals and talks by the industry which is great to build a solid network of leading finance professionals. LSE also attracts some really famous people like prime ministers, policy makers and researchers of different countries, to deliver talks on economy, foreign policy, environmental issues etc. on nearly a daily basis, and I try to religiously attend these whenever time permits.”
Chevening is the UK Government’s scholarship programme for overseas students. The British government covers the costs of study in the UK of post-graduate students with the potential to become future leaders in their home countries. Currently, there are two Sri Lankans Chevening scholars studying in the UK.


Free seminar on Buddhist Film Festival 2011

Wednesday, December 29
The free seminar is on 3D film production conducted as part of the Buddhist Film Festival 2011. This event is organised jointly by the National Film Corporation, Light of Asia Foundation, BMICH Foundation and OST CADD Centre.
A participation certificate is awarded at the end of the programme.
Venue: BMICH.
Time: 9 am to 5 pm


The Chronicles of Narnia–The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Now Showing
This time around Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their pesky cousin Eustace Scrubb find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to a fantastic Narnian ship headed for the very edges of the world.
Joining forces once again with their royal friend Prince Caspian now king Caspian and the warrior mouse Reepicheep, they are whisked away on a mysterious mission to the Lone Islands, and beyond. On this bewitching voyage that will test their hearts and spirits, the trio will face magical Dufflepuds, sinister slave traders, roaring dragons and enchanted merfolk.
Only an entirely uncharted journey to Aslan’s Country a voyage of destiny and transformation for each of those aboard the Dawn Treader can save Narnia, and all the astonishing creatures in it, from an unfathomable fate
Venue: Liberty Cinema Hall, Kollupitiya
Time: 10:30 am, 3 pm, 7 pm


People’s Bank all night Pirith Ceremony
Monday, January 10
Arrangements have been made by the People’s Bank Western Zone II Office, moving into newly built three storied building at a cost of Rs. 90.0 mn. on January 10, at auspicious time at No. 117/A, Highlevel Road, Nugegoda for Colombo Outer RHO and Nugegoda City Branch.
On account of this occasion, an all night Pirith Ceremony will be held on January 2 to confer blessings to the country, people, customers and People’s Bank staff and followed by an almsgiving to over 50 of most venerable Maha Sangha.
For this religious ceremony, People’s Bank Chairman, W Karunajeewa, CEO/GM, H S Dharmasiri, members of the corporate management, philanthropists and institutional heads of the area, all branch managers and staff of the region, retired bank officers and a large number of customers will be participated on the invitation of People’s Bank Western Zone II.


Felicitation ceremony

Muslim Education Progressive Society (MEPS) organised a felicitation ceremony to the 15 Muslim students who obtained 15 A passes in the GCE Ordinary Level Examination year 2009 was held recently at the Muslim Ladies’ Study Circle Auditorium, Colombo. Chancellor of the South Eastern University Prof A M Ishak was the chief guest, Deputy Commissioner of Examination A S Mohamed was the guest of honour and Senior Announcer of the SLBC A R M Jiffry was the guest speaker. It was held under the patronage of MEPS President M Z Ahamed Munawwar.



The first of The Night Chronicles trilogy, Devil, the latest supernatural thriller is based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan.
The movie is about a group of people trapped inside an elevator, who realise one of them is the Devil. Devil is directed by John Erick Dowdle, written by Brian Nelson.
Venue: Savoy Cinema 2, Colombo 6
Show time: 10:30am, 1:15pm, 4:15pm, 7pm


Donation from Arogya Foundation

The appeal made by Arogya Foundation, a charitable organisation at Nalandaramaya, Pathiragoda, Maharagama, was responded to by a Sri Lankan in Norway, Chris Jacob who donated Rs.107,800/- to the amputee who lost her left leg after an operation. The donation was handed over to Shamali Dimuthu Yapa, of Galagedara, Poholiadda, Hanepola in Kandy, by Wimala Somaratne, President, National Council of Buddhist Women, at Torrington Mawatha, Colombo 7. The occasion was graced by the presence of Chief incumbent of Asokaramaya, Thimbirigasyaya, President Prof Ariyapala Perera, Gamini Dahanayake, P A Gunawardana, Bhathiya Satharasinghe along with the members of both organisations participated.


Public signature collection

Chairperson of Shramashakthi organisation and Central Provincial Councilor Shanthini Kongahage launched a public signature collection campaign, at Bandaranayake Mawatha, in Colombo recently to request for clemency from the King of Saudi Arabia to save Rizena Nazeek from death sentence.


Pertubuhan Bangsa Melayu Sri Lanka

Committee of Management

Patron: Al Haj Moulavi Muzni Ameer
Vice Patron: M P T Mass Aron
President: M H N Emran
Vice Presidents: T M J Saban
B M Fazeer Lye
Faizan Mass Aron
Berty Osman
T M Amit
T S Kamaldeen
Mass Kumban
General Secretary: Tuan N.Thahireen
Assistant Secretaries: T N Jamion
L J Tuan Wafi
Treasurer: T M Ramdeen
Assistant Treasurer: Razack Annon
Director Religious Affairs: Moulavi T D Mahir Ramdeen
Legal Advisor: Al Haj T K Azoor (Attorney at Law)
Women Affairs: Asha Dhalley
N R Lantra
Feroza Osman
Yasmin Meedin
Auditor: T Z P Ahamath
Committee: M T Zain Sallay, Nasoordeen,
T J Samat, Faroon Mass Aron,
Aroon Yehiya, Hadji Sama,
Tuan Hareera, T J Chunchie,
N I M Mohideen, M A S Sydeen and
T Rasheed Emran


2010 Reflections
December 31
At Kings Court
An elegant New Year’s Eve Ball where live music by ‘Flame’ and DJ Udi will set the dance floor ablaze, with a guest appearance by singing sensation Judy. A sumptuous international dinner buffet will be laid out, followed by breakfast.

Sunday, December 26
White winter beach party organised by the young’s club
Venue: Sea Garden Hotel, Negombo
Time: 7:30 pm


Friday, December 31
Misty in concert
Venue: Empire Ball Room, Mt. Lavinia
Time: 7 pm