UAE Ambassador Mahmoud Mohamed Al Mahmoud paid a courtesy call on Deputy External Affairs Minister Neomal Perera at the Ministry of External Affairs. The envoy congratulated the Deputy Minister on his appointment. They discussed matters of mutual interest to both countries.



Certificates were awarded recently to the winners of the all-island cartoon competition under categories of open and schools, organised by the Bribery and Corruption Commission to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day.
External Affairs Minister Professor G L Peiris distributed the prizes at the event held at the Ceylon Continental Hotel, Colombo.
The picture shows a winner of the open category of the cartoon competition receiving certificate from Minister Peiris.
Bribery and Corruption Investigation Commission director-general Laxmi Jayawickrema was also present.


Sajith backs a worthy cause
Hambantota district MP Sajith Premadasa has initiated a programme called Sasunata Aruna to help and assist temples of Buddhist religious worship in commemorating the 2600 Sambuddatva Jayanthiya by promoting temple development activities. The picture shows Sajith Premadasa donating Rs 50,000 to the high priest at Sri Jayasekararamaya Purana Maha Viharaya in Kinigama Buthpitiya of Mahara electorate of Gampaha district through the Sasunata Aruna programme.


Shine and Dine

Get-together, a success

The Past Teachers’ Association of Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda held its annual social and fund raising event recently on board the ship Jetliner. It was a marked success.
A part of the proceeds will go to the Dementia Ward of the National Institute of Mental Health.
Anula Vidyalaya is one of the leading Buddhist Girls’ schools in Sri Lanka with a student population of over 4500.

The first principal was Mrs P B Fernando, who did yeomen service to the school for 15 years.
The Past Teachers’ Association was inaugurated in 2001 by the dynamic past principal, Mrs S Leelananda and a handful of past senior teachers.
At the inception, there were only a few members but now it has a membership of over 150.
Following the example of the school’s founder, Dr E W Adikaram, the past teachers, by coaching and moulding the lives of about 4500 students attending the school, continue to give their valuable participation to help the association.

The members have the privilege to engage in various social and religious activities.
The association has gifted artificial limbs to 22 disabled soldiers and donated several essential items to them through the Seva Vanitha Unit. In addition, the members get an opportunity to enjoy outings arranged annually.
The main aim of the association is to ensure the welfare of its members when they are in grief and sorrow.
The success of this association lies in the enthusiastic members, well wishers and the energetic support of past pupils of Anula Vidyalaya.

The association appreciates the donations made by the past students who are currently living abroad , values the service of their past teachers and also the presence and guidance by the past principals.

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

Shramashakthi organisation Chairperson 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 Nafeek from the death sentence.


Ridmika Dep– New president SLWLA

Ms Wewage Thusitha Ridmika Dep, was appointed President of the Sri Lanka Women Lawyers’ Association (SLWLA) for the year of 2010/ 2011 at the Annual General Meeting which was held recently.
She is the youngest president of the SLWLA and a successor to Ms Chathurika Wijesinghe, Attorney- at- Law, the past president. Ms Dep had joined as a life member to the SLWLA in 1997 and worked as the committee member, Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Secretary and Vice President she organised and was involved in many activities in the SLWLA, under various past presidents.
Ms Dep had her early education at De Mazenod College, Kandana and thereafter entered the Sri Lanka Law College in 1992 and took oaths in 1995 as an Attorney –at- Law.
She has obtained her LLB degree from the Open University of Sri Lanka in 2004.
She also obtained the Post Attorney Diploma in Banking Law and Insurance Law which was conducted by the Sri Lanka Law College and was awarded as the Most Outstanding Student in the batch in 2008 along with a merit pass and a certificate for the highest marks for the subject of Insurance. She had followed the Master’s degree in Law (LLM) from the University of Colombo.
Ms. Dep is the second daughter of Mr and Mrs Wewage Wilfred Dep of Wattala. At present she works as a Legal Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC, handling corporate and banking matters.
As a President of SLWLA, Ms Dep is geared to launch several new projects for the benefit of the Women Lawyers’ as well as Sri Lankan women, children whom are in need. As the initial step the committee has decided to commence legal aid programmes in various parts of the island, for those who are not in a position to receive legal advice. Some past presidents volunteered for this worthy cause.
You may forward your problems/issues/suggestions in writing to the Secretary, Sri Lanka Women Lawyers’ Association, No 211/5, Hulftsdorp Street, Traffic Court Building, Colombo 12 along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and the contact number if any.


MEI awards ceremony

His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith called upon the present day generation of youth of this country to create a new culture of communion among the people specially among our own people by learning both Sinhala and Tamil languages and valuing each one’s language and culture.
Stressing the importance of learning world languages he said that the language was a means of communication, communion among people and not a means of division. “By learning both Sinhala and Tamil languages of the two main communities of this land you could bring about peace, harmony and better understanding and also mutual respect. You are the hope and future of this country.”
These views were expressed by His Eminence while addressing the students, who had completed the ‘The Three Months Residential Immersion English Course’ at the De Mazenod English Institute at Katuwapitiya, recently.
The event was organised to award certificates to the students who had completed the course and they received their certificates in the presence of their parents and the distinguished invitees.
Colombo Archbishop His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the chief guest of the ceremony along with the guest of honour Asian Councillor of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) Very Rev. Fr. Clement Waidyasekera OMI, the Provincial of the OMI Colombo Province and other guests of honour were received by Rev. Fr. Dennis Iddamalgoda OMI, the Director of the Mazenod English Institute (MEI) on their arrival and were taken to the auditorium of the institute.
Speaking further His Eminence underscored the importance of learning not only Sinhala and Tamil but also other world languages like French, German and the like, He observed that such learning “would broaden and widen the scope of one’s knowledge and makes one really free”.
Cardinal Ranjith said that undue extreme nationalistic feeling and making Sinhala, the only medium of instructions years ago was the root cause of the calamities experienced by the island nation for decades and divided people who commonly shared this island nation.
“But the children of those who made the Sinhala language policy were sent overseas to study in the Oxford or Cambridge Universities or entered St Bridget’s or St Joseph. The failure on the part of those responsible to make the study of both Sinhala and Tamil languages compulsory to enter the universities left two generation without studying the two main languages, the means of communication and communion, and was the cause of ill-feeling ” His Eminence said.
“Undoubtedly we must love our language and culture. But it never should close our door to others. We must learn, speak, love and respect the language and the culture of the other and should accept that they are part and parcel of this country. Because of the division within us, we have turned people who share the same land our enemies. Amidst this the foreign powers try to dictate terms to us, to govern us and we on our part all them to make us dance like puppets in their hands. This sad scenario could be changed by moving with an open mind among nations, without behaving like the frogs in the well and living in our own tiny worlds. “


A charitable Halloween at the BHC

The British High Commission in Colombo organised the BHC Charity Fair and Halloween Barbecue to raise money for the children of Mother Theresa’s Home in Moratuwa.
The event included a jumble sale, stalls selling jewellery, stationery items, gifts, clothes and accessories, food and alternative health solutions, a barbecue by The Sandwich Factory and the takings from Madame Janeto, the fortune teller, as well as the entrance ticket charge, the BHC raised over Rs. 60,000 for the children’s home.
The event was attended by BHC staff, the British Council, the Association of British Residents (ABR), the British Welfare Group (BWG) and the BHC Wardens.


SLMC pioneers honoured

The Independent National Alliance (INA) organised a felicitation ceremony in Kalmunai recently to honour the pioneers and founder members of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) who joined hands with its late leader M H M Ashraff to build up the party. Here, INA leader and attorney-at-law Ismail B Maarieef honours one of the SLMC pioneers, attorney F M Ameerul Anzar Moulana. Former Minister and founder chairman M H Cegu Issadeen and SLMC secretary-general M T Hassan Ali MP were also present.


Scitech opens in Nugegoda

Scitech Publishing Corporation recently opened “Scitech Bookshop”- an exclusive book stall dedicated to science and technology publications. Strategically located at No. 1/5, Stanley Thilakaratne Mawatha, Nugegoda. Scitech Bookshop caters for a wide range of educational reading requirements including Science, Mathematics, Technology, Environment and Science fictions.
“Scietech Publishing Corporation being one of the leading publishing companies especially dedicated to science publications opened this bookshop in order to help science students to buy all their reading materials including stationery items at one stop” said Virasha Gamage, Director, Scietech publishing corporation.
The picture shows the chief guest, Bandula Gunawardane, Minister of Education, at the opening ceremony.


Alliance Française de Colombo celebrates Christmas

Alliance Française de Colombo at No. 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka’s leading French Language and Cultural Centre since 1955, celebrated Christmas in style with their students singing carols recently, at the AF Colombo Auditorium. There was a capacity crowd with students, members and invitees.