Promoting the next generation of friends of China is an important need. We wish to enroll and develop our youth to appreciate the People’s Republic of China with a Sri Lankan vision and a Sri Lankan perspective. As senior friends of China, we should not be frightened of the youth. When promoting People to People friendship with China, we consider...
At the outset let me honestly and sincerely state, this letter is to praise the most respected and venerated Pope Francis for his bold stance on very controversial matters concerning humans and in no way a sacrilege and help the church to eradicate this sex scandal once and for ever.
The life of people who engage in spiritual service is adored by all. It must be mentioned that such commitment and devotion can be seen from devotees practicing Krishna Consciousness in Sri Lanka. This is with regard to the building of a temple for Lord Vishnu in Kotahena. The Skanda Purana, a Hindu religious text, states that when devotees help construct a temple of this nature, such meritorious acts aid their ancestors, who are in hell, to free themselves from sins committed during past seven births. This eventually helps them attain eternal bliss in the aboard of Lord Vishnu.
The 21st Bunka (Cultural) Awards ceremony organized by the Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Cultural Fund was held on Saturday 1st November at the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, Colombo 07. The Bunka Awards are presented annually by the Fund, which was established in 1993, on the initiative of the Japanese Solidarity Association and the Japanese Commerce and Industry Association in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan. For the past twenty years, 113 such awards have been presented to mid-career individuals and organizations on the basis of their creative activities in culture and the arts, in order to encourage and promote individual and collective talent in these fields in Sri Lanka.
On October 24th, a team of six Sri Lankans completed an overland expedition from Berlin to Battaramulla on four wheels and two. The 12,500 km route followed parts of the old hippie trail of the 60s and the historic Silk Road, and it was also the first time Sri Lankans had ever attempted this by motorcycle. The group was flagged off at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on the 15thof September by the Sri Lankan Ambassador H.E. Mr.Karunatilaka Amunugama, as well as representatives of other diplomatic missions and resident Sri Lankans in Germany.
The launch of Parani Hindi Chitrapata Geeta Vimarshana ( A research on Old Hindi Film Songs) and Sangeetha Sancharica ( a collection of academic articles) authored by Prof. Kolitha Bhanu Dissanayake will be held on November 26, 2014 at 3.00 p.m. at the Nawa Ranga Shalawa of the Faculty of Dancing of the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Albert Crescent Colombo 07. Parani Hindi Chitrapata Geeta Vimarshana, is confined to the in-depth study of Old Hindi Film Songs from 1931 to 1991. It is an ideological study of the music texture and music readings of the Old Hindi Film Songs.
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) has awarded Lasantha Samaranayake, Director Engineering of EAP Broadcasting Company Limited with the ABU Developing Broadcaster Award for Excellence 2014. He has received the award from ABU Secretary General Dr Javead Mottaghi in Macao recently. ABU established in 1964 is a non-profit, non-government, professional association to assist the development of broadcasting in the region. The ABU promotes the collective interests of television and radio broadcasters and encourages regional and international co-operation between broadcasters and works closely with the regional broadcasting unions in other parts of the world on matters of common concern, and with many other international organizations to exchange information on the latest developments in broadcasting and undertakes activities to improve the skills and technologies of its members.
The “Golden Ball Dinner Dance” was launched by the ’86 Batch of D.S.Senanayake College OBA as a batch fund raising project for 1990. The project was headed by Sumathi Dharmawardena as the first chairman of the inaugural Dinner Dance Committee and it was a great success. Thereafter Golden Ball became an annual fund raising event of the OBA calendar and this year the 24th GOLDEN BALL was held on 01st November 2014 at Colombo Hilton - Pics by Ravindra Dharmathilake
Jayantha Dhanapala, a former UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs (1998-2003), and a relentless advocate for a world free of nuclear weapons, will be the recipient of the 2014 International Achievement Award for Nuclear Disarmament sponsored by the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency.
Sri Pada season 2014/2015 will commence on December 6, 2014 with the dawn of Unduwap Full Moon Poya Day, and will end on Vesak Full Moon Poya in May 2015. The casket of relics and the statue of God Sumana Saman will be taken in a motorcade from the Galpottawala Sri Pada Rajamaha Vihara to the Nallathanniya Sri Pada Dharma Center on December 7.
She is mine, a book on how to attract the Chinese visitors to Sri Lanka, was launched in Colombo recently with Economic Development Minister, Basil Rajapaksa and Investment Promotion Minister, Lakshaman Yapa Abeywardhana were at the launch. The booklet was edited by Dr. Nalin Abeysekera and journalist Shyam Nuwan Ganewatta. Seven writers including the co-editors contributed to this 55-page booklet. Here, co-editors present the book to Minister Rajapaksa at the Second International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism Management.
High Commissioner Sarrath Kongahage presented his Credentials to President Jacob Zuma as the High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka, at a ceremony held at the Sefako M. Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria, on October 16.While presenting his Credentials, Kongahage conveyed to the President of South Africa, warm personal greetings from the President of Sri Lanka and reiterated on the robust ties that exist between the countries.
The ‘Jaffna IT Week’, scheduled to be held from December 3 to 6, is an industry initiative for inclusive growth and reconciliation, driven by the SLASSCOM, and supported by the Export Development Board (EDB), Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), Ministry of Education (MOE), University of Jaffna and the Yarl IT Hub.
Journalist and Media Secretary to the Opposition Leader, Saman Athaudahetti met with Deputy Director General of the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party Mrs. Rao Huihua in Beijing recently.The strategies implemented by the new Leadership Council of China to combat corruption were discussed and implementing such a process in Sri Lanka was also considered at this meeting.
An exhibition of mixed media canvases and watercolor works by Priyantha Udagedara will be held daily at the Saskia Fernando Gallery, 41 Horton Place, Colombo 7 form 10.00 am to 7.00 pm until December 13. Priyantha Udagedara left Sri Lanka in 2006 after receiving a scholarship to continue his education in Art through the Masters in Art program at the Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom.
‘Life as art’, an exhibition and sale of photographs capturing the intrinsic beauty of life by Chatrini Weeratunge, will be held on November 29 and 30 between 10.00 am and 7.00 pm at the Barefoot Gallery and Café, 704, Galle Road, Colombo.
All proceeds, in aid of Emerge Lanka Foundation towards its Reintegration Program, will benefit young survivors of sexual abuse.
An Art and Photography exhibitions will be held on November 14 to 16 at the JDA Perera Art Gallery, Colombo.The Young Zoologists Association (YZA) of Sri Lanka is an independent non-government voluntary youth organization dedicated to protecting and conserving nature. The YZA office is housed at the National Zoological Gardens, Dehiwala. The organization is making a tremendous effort to improve awareness and promote wildlife conservation among Sri Lankan youth.
Sri Lanka’s largest online travel company, findmyfare.com recently hosted a day of fellowship combined with training sessions for all staff members. The casual day-out was held at The Palms Hotel in Beruwala and gave the findmyfare.com team a chance to relax, bond and learn.
The Young Zoologists Association (YZA) of Sri Lanka is an independent non-government voluntary youth organization dedicated to protecting and conserving nature. YZA office is at the National Zoological Gardens, Dehiwala.
On November 22, ‘Good night’a sing along and Dance with Ronnie Leitch and Vision with Damayantha Kuruppu has been organized by The Rotary Club of Colombo Down Town and the British Scholars’ Association to raise funds to refurbish the hospital kitchen. It will be held at the BMICH. The cost of a ticket is Rs 1,500. Tickets are available at ...
Our curiosity in the skies has been universal and enduring. Human are always driven to explore the unknown, discover new world, push the boundaries of our scientific technical limits. Our relentless desires to explore challenge the boundaries of what we know, and where we have provided benefits to our society for centuries. In this presentation, Dr.Gunapala will discuss a...
S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia and Trinity College Kandy began an annual Table Tennis encounter. This encounter was held at Mount Lavinia recently. The series also featured a match between old boys of the two schools. Old Thomians emerged the victor in this category. The winning Thomian Old boys team- (from left) Jaliya Vimukthi, Warden, S. Thomas’ Professor, Indra de Soyza (former Junior National Champion) and Murad Ismaile.
‘Destiny’ the English translation of the third and final trilogy on social transformation authored by Martin Wickramasinghe (Gamperaliya, Kaliyugaya and Yuganthaya) has just been published by Sarasa (Pvt) Ltd. The narrative of the trilogy links three generations descended from the Kaisaruwattes, a family of the gentry of a Southern coastal village. Gamperaliya (translated as ‘The Village’) is the story...
The true meaning of ‘Deepawali’, the ‘festival of light’, was further brought to life, by the friendship bridge built by Mother Sri Lanka Trust when over 200 brothers and sisters from the South visited their relatives in the North on October 24, 2014, traveling in none other than the Yal Devi train which was declared open just a few days ago by the President.
Walking Path – heralded as a milestone in modern Sri Lankan theater - goes on boards on the November 21 and 22(3.30 pm and 7.00 pm) at the Lionel Wendt Theatre. Walking Path, produced by Stages Theatre Group, premiered at the Lionel Wendt Theater in July 2014 to rave reviews.