Undergraduate Indian Scholarships in Fine Arts

Applications are hereby invited for award of undergraduate scholarships in Fine Arts (Music, Dance and Painting) by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi.
Applicants should be between the age of 20-25 years and possess a minimum of three passes in GCE Advanced Level including “B” pass in the subject applied for e.g. Dance, Music or Art. In addition, they should have at least a simple pass in English language in GCE Ordinary Level. The application form can be obtained from the Indian Cultural Centre, No.16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7 on weekdays between 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from February 14 to 21, 2011. The applicant should come in person to collect the forms.
Application forms duly filled in and supported by VCD or video cassettes and photographs should be handed over to the Indian Cultural Centre between 10 to 1 p.m. in person by 1.3.2011. The applicants must bring their certificates in original at the time of submission of their duly filled in forms. For further details please call ICC at telephone No.2684698.
Candidates from upcountry areas may obtain applications forms and submit them to the office of the Assistant High Commission of India, Kandy.

Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind

The Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind (CSDB) is an organisation under the Diocese of Colombo, managing and operating three schools namely, School for the Blind Ratmalana, School for the Deaf Ratmalana, and the Nuffield School for Deaf & Blind, Kaithady, Jaffna. Education and hostel facilities, including meals are provided completely free of charge to nearly 700 children, in these three residential schools.

The budgeted expenditure for all three schools in 2011 is Rs 78 million, with the state providing only a total of Rs 30 million by way of grants, the shortfall of approx Rs 48 million is to be raised by the Board of Trustees, from donations and fund raising projects. For many years, the Board of Trustees have found it increasingly difficult to raise funds, which prompted them to explore the possibility of obtaining a fixed source of income to bridge the deficit to some extent.

The two schools at Ratmalana are located on a property of 10 acres, and since the School for the Blind located at Borupana junction is with Galle Road frontage, efforts were made to lease the front block of the school, which is approximately 140 perches in extent to an enterprise whose business is not in conflict with the principles maintained by the school. The most acceptable response received was from a local corporate who is into the business of health care, to establish a medium size modern hospital catering to middle income earners.
The Board of Trustees after months of detailed negotiations accepted the proposal by the interested party to lease the land for 30 years, subject to obtaining court approval for lease of trust property. Apart from the substantial cash inflow to the schools, the board has recognised the benefits to the schools and the local community in establishing an affordable hospital, as well as the fact that a hospital fits into the overall strategy, and model of the schools as a centre of healing.

The staff, students, and past pupils were invited for a meeting recently at Ratmalana, and the proposed developments were explained to them, and concerns regarding safety, and welfare of children etc which is of paramount importance was discussed, and addressed. However, it is now apparent that a few individual are attempting to sabotage the project by spreading false information, and attempting to jeopardize the development which would benefit immensely the schools, the local community, and the country.
The Board of Trustees wish to reiterate, that they would not in any way compromise the safety, education and the welfare of the children, by leasing out the mentioned extent of land, to the investor.


Wesley College 44th Islamic Day celebration on Feb 17

The Islamic Students’ Majlis of Wesley College will be organising their 44th Islamic Day celebration which is scheduled to be held on February 17 from 2:30 p.m. onwards at the Eco Auditorium, BMICH.
The Islamic Day celebration at Wesley is unique in many ways. This occasion transcends all barriers of race, religion and ethnicity to build strength through brotherhood among all communities, which is channeled in pursuit of one common goal.
Islamic Day at Wesley has always been an event highly anticipated by many students from various schools as well as the society at large, due to the innovative ideas and interesting nature which portrays the true talent of Wesleyites.
The majlis commemorates its 50th anniversary this year in grand style. Since its establishment in 1961 the majlis has organised many activities such as orphanage projects, Ifthar programmes, seminars for O/L students etc., which has benefited the society and students massively.
The majlis organised its Quiz competition on February 3 at the college premises which was a huge success with the participation of over 20 leading schools in the island. The participants highly appreciated and made great comments on the Quiz competition.
This year the majlis will be performing a charity project along with the MWRAF Womens’ centre in order to assist the refugees in Kalmunai. This is a milestone in the history of the majlis. This charity will definitely help the needy and bring merits to our souls from the Almighty as charity is one of the most preferred activities of religion.
President Riffeth Rauff together with Secretary Abdullah Mohideen and Vice Presidents Sahadh Razick and Akeel Abdul Majeed along with the editors and the rest of the committee are working hard to make this Day a dazzling success.


Sewing machines donation
A Sewing Centre has come up at a village called Sangama in Trincomalee with the ready financial assistance of the Korean Government Cooperation Agency which has responded favourably to a request made by the Members of the Association of KOICA for funds necessary to purchase ten sewing machines. AKOPE President Senaka Kumarasignhe along with Mrs. Punchinilame wife of Deputy Minister Susantha Punchinilame and some members of AKOPE attended the event.


Ananda Calypso winners

The Music and Drama Circle of Colombo Ananda College won the first place in the calypso category of the All Island Music and Drama Competition held recently.


Zahira sports meet

Inter house sports meet of Zahira College Colombo (Primary Section) was held at the college grounds recently and Cordowa House became champions.


BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting

The Deputy Minister of External Affairs, Neomal Perera represented Sri Lanka at the 13th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, (BIMSTEC) Ministerial Meeting which was held on January 22 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The meeting was attended by Ministers or Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs of all the member states.
During the meeting, a Memorandum of Association (MoA) for the establishment of BIMSTEC Energy Centre, was signed by the member states.
Ministers had detailed discussions on the future directions of the organisation. Deputy Minister Neomal Perera in his address stated that Sri Lanka is ready to work with all the member states to ensure that BIMSTEC is achieving its vision for the betterment of the peoples of the region. He emphasised the importance of intensifying sub-regional, regional and inter-regional cooperation among the developing countries.
Deputy Minister called on Nyan Win, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Myanmar, and Kasit Piromyar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand. During the joint courtesy call with the Prime Minister of Myanmar, the Deputy Minister appreciated the status of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries. He recalled the gesture of the Government of Myanmar in gifting 2 elephants to Sri Lanka.
Deputy Minister met with the business community in the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) on January 23. He has discussed a broad range of issues relating to the promotion of private sector bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and Myanmar. With the dawn of peace and political stability, Sri Lanka has become one of the most attractive investment centers in the world, said the Deputy Minister. Ample opportunities of tax free investments in the fields of industry, tourism, fisheries, infrastructure facilities and agriculture in Sri Lanka are open for investments as never before, and he requested the business community to reap maximum benefits through trade agreements signed between Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan.


Launch of Sooththara Puncha by Sybil Wettasinghe

Wednesday, February 16
Sooththara Puncha, a collection of stories that delighted a generation of children in the 1960s written by Sybil Wettasinghe to the Dinamina newspaper, now brought out as a book is to be launched next week. This event will be chaired by Dr Gunadasa Amarasekera.
Dr D V J Harischandra, eminent psychologist will speak on Sybil’s Stories – From A Psychologist’s Point of View, Gamini Mendis, Senior lecturer of the University of Aesthetic Studies will speak on Sybil As An Artist and journalist. Percy Jayamanne, Editor of the Children’s Encyclopaedia will speak on Sooththara Puncha.
The publishers, Visidunu Prakashakayo, will also bring out re-prints of several of Sybil’s well loved stories at this event such as Linde Yaka, Poddai Poddi, Ravana Revula, Veniyang Kalu Veniyang and Kuda Hora. All of Sybil’s books will be available at special discounts from 16th to 28th February together with some of the originals and prints of Sybil’s paintings at Kiyawana Nuwana Bookshop, Nugegoda.
Venue: Kiyawana Nuwana Bookshop, Nugegoda
Time: 3:30 p.m.



Tuesday, February 15
Director: Woody Allen
Year: 2007
Duration: 92 minutes
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7
Time: 3 p.m.

Douches Froides
Friday, February 18
Director: Antony Cordier
Year: 2005
Duration: 1hour 37 minutes
This is the story of three teen-agers, one beautiful girl, Vanessa, and two boys: One rich, one poor.
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Kotte, 139, Jawatte Road, Colombo 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Journey to Armenia
Saturday, February 19
Year: 2006
Language: In French with English subtitles
Director: Robert Guédiguian
Duration: 2 hours and five minutes
Venue: Alliance Française De Kandy
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Sleepless in Seattle
Tuesday, February 15
Year: 1993
Running time: 105 minutes
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.



February 18 - 20
An exhibition of paintings by Ravindra Dissanayake
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekends)

February 25 - 28
An exhibition of paintings by Mahinda Sagara
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekends)

February 23 - 28
An exhibition of paintings by Dumith Kulasekara
Venue: Harold Peiris Gallery, Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekends)

Until February 27
Once Upon A Time, The Illustrations of Unwritten tales of an Unwritten History, an exhibition of paintings by Alex Stewart
Venue: Barefoot Gallery, 704, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekends)


February 18 & 19
Is He Dead? Presented by Elizabeth Moir School
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: Call 2695794

February 20
Clear Waters, a recital by Eshantha Peiris on piano and Celina Charlier on flute
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: Call 2695794

February 22
An Evening of Jazz with Yolande Bavan and Dinul Wijeratna
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: Call 2695794

Public talk

February 13
To Come Upon The New, Thought Must Be Quiet organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.

February 20
What Is The Nature Of Our Consciousness, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Public Library, Colombo 7
Time: 10:30 a.m.

February 27
Can The Fragmented Mind Be Whole? organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.


February 24
Seminar on Adventure Sports and a Display of Traditional Martial Art – Angampora
Venue: Monara Restaurant, SLITHM, No 80, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: Call 0772 549455
February 21 – 25