|Ms Damayanthi Perera
A Tribute to a Great
Damayanthi Perera recently retired after distinguished
service of over three decades at Joseph Vaz College,
She joined the staff of Joseph Vaz College in 1974 and her
unstinted tenure of service is characterised by rich
achievement, distinction and dedication. The service
rendered to our school by her is immortal and cannot be
quantified in any way and her memory will be etched in the
hearts of all Vazians. She has been a tower of strength to
the school and helped to mould well-disciplined Vazians of
the highest calibre with the right attitudes and moral
values. The students she has taught have become renowned
professionals who render yeoman service to our country. They
recall fond memories of Ms Damayanthi Perera and say in
unison that the motivation given by her helped them to
achieve the top echelons in life.
Her past students, including very senior professionals in
our country, under the guidance and patronage of the Rev Fr
Principal Priyanjeewa Gunarathne have decided to organise a
grand felicitation ceremony in appreciation of the services
rendered by Ms Damayanthi Perera. This will be held on May 1
at 4:00 p.m. in the Diamond Jubilee Hall of the school. All
students of Ms Damayanthi Perera are invited.
|A Temple Rebel
Sacred story of A Temple Rebel by
Piyasiri Vijayasekere was launched at the Goethe
Institut, Colombo 7 recently.
Dr. Selvy Tiruchandran and Dr. Michael Fernando spoke on
some aspects of the book.
Pierre and Tania Samarasinghe re-incarnated two episodes
from the fiction.
Compere Farzana Khan interrogated ‘author-suspect’
Commenting on the book, Professor Emerita Ranjini
Obeyesekere, Princeton University, USA said, “The canvas
is vast, the themes many, but because the experiences of
the protagonist have the first-hand quality of lived
experience, the writing acquires a focus and a certain
“A classic Sri Lankan novel on the 1971 rebellion,” Dr.
Lester James Peries opined.
Monday, April 25
The lecture, Digitally Recreating Ancient Anuradhapura:
A Case Study of Jethavanaramaya by Prasad Samarajiva,
Chandima Ambanvala and Anuradha Piyadasa is organised by
the Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka (RASSL).
The paper describes the process of computer
visualisation and illustrates through a live
demonstration the model of Jetavanaramaya. It is a
computer aided three-dimensional (3D) visualization
combined with global positioning. It has been developed
using satellite images, photographs, and the commonly
available 3D visualization software called Google
Sketchup. In addition to computational graphical tools,
the combined knowledge of historical texts, archaeology,
architecture, art, and engineering was used in this
modeling to represent these past structures in the most
All are welcome
Venue: Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium, No. 96, Ananda
Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 5 p.m.
World Intellectual Property Day
The Economic Aspect of Intellectual Property Rights, a
public lecture organised by the American Centre, Colombo
Conducted by: Dr D M Karunaratne, Director General,
National Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka (will
be linked via DVC to American Corners in Kandy and
Venue: American Centre Auditorium, 44, Galle Road,
Time: 4:30 p.m.
|Annual awards day
of British Language Centre
international English school British Language Centre had
their annual awards day at BMICH recently. The senior
Minister of Scientific Affairs, Prof. Tissa Vitarana
graced the occasion as the chief guest. The academic
portfolio manager Edexcel (U.K.) Dr. David Davies was
the guest of honour. 400 students who successfully
completed reading, writing, speaking and listening up to
the international standard received their certificates
on that day. Students who have shown their special
talents also received awards from Edexcel (U.K.).
The Golden Jubilee celebration and
prize giving ceremony of the Madharasathul Malharis
Sulhiyya (Islamic Religious School) Maligawatte, Colombo
was held at its auditorium recently. Here, Sri Lanka
Islamic Society President Ruzaik Farook awarding a
certificate to a student. Education Secretary of the
Madharasa Hussain Marsoof and Former Secretary M.T.M.
Rizvi are also in the picture
foundation to assist needy children
The Ranaviru Captain Pramil Perera Memorial Foundation
which runs a pre-school Montessori for the
under-privilege children of Wattala, Hendala and
Nayakakanda now in its successive fifth year. The
pre-school assists to lay foundation for their future
for children whose parents work as domestic servants or
coolies and whose children are not much cared for, by
the wider society.
This foundation set up in the year 2007, was a result
of the combined efforts of the parents, friends and
those who had come in contact with Pramil while he was a
student and serving the country as a brave soldier.
Mrs. Christobel Perera, mother of late Pramil was a
veteran Montessori teacher, had successfully conducted a
nursery for 25 years until the demise of her only
soldier son. She has trained many young girls as nursery
She told the media, that in 1996, the Pre-school she
conducted was handed over with all equipment, to the
two-young women who had worked with her as Pre-school
teachers to run on their own, while she, from 2007
onwards concentrated on looking after the children of
parents working as domestic servants.
With the blessing of her husband Reginald Perera; she
initiated the project to carry the memory of her only
son, who sacrificed his life to free the country from
the clutches of the terrorists. Captain Pramil Perera, a
brilliant product of the St. Benedict’s College,
Colombo, was killed during a combat situation in the
battle field on August 22, 1999 while serving in his
capacity as a lieutenant of the commando regiment of the
Sri Lanka Army at Paranthan.
The foundation has also opened bank accounts in
respect of 25 children under their care and money is
deposited on a monthly basis and a number of projects
were carried out to help those in need, including blood
donation camps, dental clinics.
The foundation welcomes any assistance from the generous
public to keep the memory of the brave soldiers alive
and they could contact the foundation by dialing
2938935; mobile 0716362611 or email : email@example.com
or write to Ranaviru Captain Pramil Perera Memorial
Foundation, 25/3A Ranaviru Captain Pramil Perera Mawatha,
Maradanawatta, Hendala, Wattala.
presents credentials to President
appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of Sri Lanka to France, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka presented
Credentials to the President of the French Republic,
Nicholas Sarkozy at the Elysée Palace recently.
President Sarkozy has recently taken over the
chairmanship of the G8 and G20.
|An Affair to Remember
Tuesday, April 26
Running time: 119 minutes
In this poignant and humorous love story nominated for
four Academy Awards, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr meet on
an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is
engaged to someone else, they agree to meet six months
later at the Empire State Building if they still feel
the same way about each other. But a tragic accident
prevents their rendezvous and the lover’s future takes
an emotional and uncertain turn.
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle Road, Colombo
|The sixth death
anniversary of Professor Anton Jayasuriya
The sixth death anniversary of veteran and world-famous
acupuncturist Professor Anton Jayasuriya was held at the
Kalubowila Hospital Acupuncture Clinic recently. Dr.
Mrs. Soma Edirisinghe, Dr. Mrs. Ariyawathie Gamage,
artists Dayan Vitharana, Nirosha Herath, Rangana de
Silva (Secretary to the Minister of Science and
Technology), and Minister of Human Resources Dr. Mervin
Silva were also present on this occasion.
Heads of Missions meet Acting Minister
The Heads of Missions of the European Union Member
States Willy Vandenberghe, Chargé d’affaires of EU
accompanied by Mrs Leoni Cuelenaere, Ambassador of the
Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mrs Christine Robichon,
Ambassador of France, Mark Gooding, British Deputy High
Commissioner, Dr Gianluca Rubagotti, Deputy Head of
Mission of Embassy of Italy met the Acting Minister of
External Affairs, Neomal Perera recently at the
Discussions centered on strengthening of the bilateral
and multilateral cooperation between EU and Sri Lanka.
|Western Music and
Speech office bearers
At the Annual General
Meeting of the Institute of Western Music and Speech,
Sri Lanka, held recently, the following were elected to
hold office for the year 20ll/2012.
President: Maureen Silva
Chairperson (Examinations Board)): Regina Sathasivam
Vice President (Music): Louisa David
Vice President (Speech): Sharmalene Mendis
Vice President (Social Activities): Faria Salie
General Secretary: Suhashini Victoria
Treasurer: Genevieve Rodrigopulle
Secretary (Examinations Board): Geetha Wedage
Lakshmi Abeygunasekera, Shiranee Dabare, Priyanthika
Wickramasinghe, Muthurani Vethanayagam.
Mary V. Fernando, Ruvini Tudugalle, Shanuka De Alwis,
Chairperson: Regina Sathasivam
President: Maureen Silva
Secretary (Examinations Board): Geetha Wedage
Sneha Appathurai, Sheryl Perera, Ramani Soysa.
Patricia de Silva, Bernadette de Soyza, Majella Miranda.