Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences

The largest ever conference in Sri Lanka on Humanities and Social Sciences, the "12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies" will be held from March 18- 20. With around 300 presentations and papers, the main theme is: "Sri Lanka after the War: Prevention of recurrence, reaching for prosperity".

Papers covering many other areas will also be presented. For the first time in the humanities and social science fields, there will be contributions from all the universities in Sri Lanka. It is organized jointly by the Royal Asiatic Society and the Open University of Sri Lanka.

The conference is open to the public by registration. Contact: (077) 725-7020.

Croc info needed

Do you have any information about crocodiles on sightings or even attacks? If you do, please contact Anslem de Silva, Regional Vice Chairman for South Asia and Iran of the Crocodile Specialists Group (IUCN/SSC), who is conducting the first island-wide survey on these reptiles. He has already combed many parts of the country, from Matara to the north for crocodiles.

Last year, Anslem along with a team from the Department of Wildlife at Yala, comprising D.M.N.P.K. Dawundasekara, Romulus Whitaker, W.A.A.D.U. Indrajith and H.K. Susantha completed the preliminary study of crocodiles in Yala Block 1. The study results were published in the Crocodile Specialists Group (IUCN/SSC) Journal Vol. 28 No 4, 2009. According to de Silva, "Yala Block 1 has one of the best wild populations of the mugger or marsh crocodile (hela kimbula) in the world.”

Anslem has also personally investigated nearly 300 cases of human-crocodile conflict cases in many parts of the island.

Any information on such crocodile attack incidents, old or new, on humans, cattle, dogs etc. could be sent to Anslem de Silva, 15/1 Dolosbage Road, Gampola or call 071-274 84 11 or 081-2350-998.

Write in for next Channels' magazine

The English Writers' Cooperative of Sri Lanka invites original unpublished creative writing in English, by Sri Lankan writers, to 'Channels' magazine. Short stories should be maximum 1,500 words and poems 30 lines. Translations will not be accepted. Material cannot be returned and the Editorial Board decision is final.

Entries, double spaced, with name, address, telephone/e-mail details should be emailed to Postal entries to EWC 25/13 Kalinga Mawatha, Polhengoda, Colombo 5. Deadline: April 9, 2010.

Balloth Ekka Be: Two special 50th shows

Two special 50th shows of the hilarious comedy, “Balloth Ekka Be”, written and directed by Ravindra Ariyarathna will be staged at the Borella Namel Malani Punchi Theatre on March 20 at 6.45 p.m.

Starring in the play are Wijaya Nandasiri, Roshan Pilapitiya, Gihan Fernando, Saman Hemarathna (Leelasena), Kumara Thirimadura and Luvolin Vandervol. Tickets are available at Namel Malini Punchi Theatre office.

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