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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.
“Short of actually dismantling
nuclear devices himself,” says Dr.
Randy Rydell, until recently a senior
political affairs officer at the UN Of-
fice for Disarmament Affairs, “He
has contributed enormously in con-
structing a solid foundation upon
which the world communitywill one
day fulfill this great ambition.”
The Current president of the
Nobel Prize-winning Pugwash
Conferences on Science and World
Affairs (since 2007) and a former Sri
Lankan ambassador to the United
States, Dhanapala played a crucial
role in the 1995 Conference of States
Parties to the Treaty on the Non-
Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
(NPT).
The award, which is co-sponsored
by the Tokyo-based Soka Gakkai
International (SGI), a 12-million-
strong, lay Buddhist Non-Govern-
mental Organization (NGO) which
is leading a global campaign for the
abolition of nuclear weapons, will
be presented at an official ceremony
at the United Nations on November
17.
The event, to be attended by senior
UN officials, ambassadors and repre-
sentatives of themedia and civil soci-
eties, is being hosted by the UN Cor-
respondents’ Association (UNCA).
The past recipients of the IPS In-
ternational Achievement Award for
their contributions to peace and de-
velopment include: Brazilian Presi-
dent Lula da Silva (2008), UN Sec-
retary-General Kofi Annan (2006),
Global Call to Action against Pov-
erty (2005), Group of 77 developing
countries (2000), UN Secretary-Gen-
eral Boutros Boutros-Ghali (1995)
and Finnish President Martti Ahti-
saari (1991).
(IPS)
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events
The launch of
She is mine
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 Pro-
motion Minister, Lakshaman YapaAbeywardha-
na 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 Confer-
ence on Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Dhanapala to
receive IPS Award
Obituary
COLOMBAGE
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Mary Josephine
,
beloved wife of late Mr. Augustine
Wijewardena, dearly beloved mother
of Sagarika, Sampath, Surendra (MSL),
Sudeeptha (Neil Marine), beloved mother-
in-law of Rail Abeykoon, Sujeewa
and Anusha, grandmother of Seshan,
Sewwandi, Sadaham, Sathmi, Sudam,
Anjalee and Sashini, expired. Cortege
leaves residence at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday (16th
November). Burial at Sellakanda Catholic
cemetery. No. 270, Chilaw Road, Kattuwa,
Negombo. (near Dalupotha Church).
Sri Pada
season begins
Sri Pada season 2014/2015 will com-
mence 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 motor-
cade from the Galpottawala Sri Pada Ra-
jamaha Vihara to the Nallathanniya Sri
Pada Dharma Center on December 7.
A number of development projects along
the Sri Pada route and Sri Padasthana
have been implemented to provide facili-
ties to pilgrims. Meanwhile, Police request
the public to refrain from taking alcohol,
narcotics, musical instruments, polythene
and plastic to the peak. They also advise
the public not to bathe in streams and riv-
ers in the area.
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