Ten Nepalese youth leaders will make a study tour of Sri Lanka in the last week of April. The Nepalese delegation represents the youth wings of ten major parties.
Youth and student organizations in Nepal have for the past four years come together as a Joint Youth and Student Platform to advocate for and discuss issues that are of common interest to them. The visit will be done under the framework of this cooperation.
|Ramila Manandhar and Jhak Bahadur Malla of the ten Nepalese delegates who will visit Sri Lanka
"We look forward very much to establishing regional contacts and cooperation with Sri Lankan political youth.
It will also be very interesting to learn about Sri Lankan society in areas where Sri Lanka is known to have been very successful in recent years such as education politics, tourism politics and youth politics," says Ramila Manandhar from Youth Front-Nepal, the youth wing of the Communist party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist).
Jhak Bahadur Malla from the Young Communist League, the youth wing of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) adds that the delegation also looks forward to understanding the post conflict setting and learning from the Sri Lankan experiences in this regard.
Thirty-four-year-old Ms. Manandhar has been involved in politics since 2007.
She came into politics after her husband was killed due to political reasons. She wants to work for equality among men and women in politics, women's empowerment, as well as ending the culture of impunity in Nepal. Ms. Manandhar has only completed grade 10 of school, but is a central member of the Fast Food Association of Nepal and the Consumers Forum and an active entrepreneur herself.
"One study visit is of course not enough if we want to establish more durable learning and support networks between the two countries" Ms. Manandhar said adding that she hopes they can agree on some ways of continued cooperation that will also benefit Sri Lanka and the youth wings there. "I also hope we can sometime in the near future host a Sri Lankan delegation in Nepal," she said.
Mr. Malla is 32 and has been actively involved in politics for the past 18 years. He joined the All Nepal National Independent Students Union ANNISU-12, the student wing of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal(Maoist) in his native Surkhet in 1994 and became a Central Committee member of ANNISU-Revolutionary and the same year in the midst of the internal conflict in Nepal he was imprisoned.
From 2002-2003 he served as the District Secretary for the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) in Surkhet. In 2004 Mr. Malla joined the People's Liberation Army and in 2006 he became a Central Committee Member for the Young Communist League. Currently he is also a Central Secretariat Member and active in the People's Volunteers mobilization mechanism. The Nepalese delegation is hosted by the National Youth Services Council in Sri Lanka.
Book launch of Nanda Pethiyagoda
Nanda Pethiyagoda Wanasundera's new book 'Emerged: Noteworthy Women from Kandy' was launched at the Bishop's College auditorium on April 21. Professor Savithri Goonesekere seen in the picture with the author was the chief guest while Nimal Mendis entertained the gathering with his songs.
New York award for “The Road from Elephant Pass’
The 2011 New York International Television and Film Awards was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in conjunction with the NAB Show recently.
This year's New York Festivals Awards ceremony honoured the 2011 winners by showcasing the year's best television programmes and films from all over the globe, supplemented by the presentation of the first Lifetime Achievement Award.
The programme began with red carpet interviews, followed by a cocktail reception.
In the Best Film category, five films were selected by the New York Festival's Grand Jury and out of over 150 films, from 36 countries, the Sri Lankan film, "The Road from Elephant Pass," directed, produced and written by Chandran Rutnam, was a finalist award winner.
The Awards presentation highlighted five genres of programming - Films and Television, Documentary, Corporate Films, News and Sports.
Don’t miss this date with Soul Sounds
Here's a date not to be missed by Kandy music lovers. It's May 1 when the acclaimed all-female choir Soul Sounds will be seen in concert in the hill capital. The show is presented by the Inner Wheel Club of Kandy and the Zonta Club of Kandy with all proceeds going for their various charity projects.
"The Hills Come Alive with Soul Sounds Music" is on May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Hindu Cultural Hall. Tickets priced at Rs. 1,250 (reserved), Rs. 750, 500 and 300 are available at Nihal's Mall, Keells Super (Gopallawa Mawatha) and Royal Mall, Kandy.
Royal bash with Sam the man
A sing-along with Sam the Man in attendance to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will be held by the Sri Lanka United Kingdom Society next Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at the BMICH.
The dress code for this sing-along where you can also tap your toes and dance your cares away is red, blue and white.
Tickets are priced at Rs. 750 and all proceeds will be channelled for the development of English in the rural areas through the British Council.
For more information, please contact Jacinta on 0773828465 or Dushy on 0776565201.
Inducted into John Hancock’s Financial Network’s Hall of Fame
Old Royalist Janath de Silva has been inducted into the John Hancock's Financial Network's Hall of Fame, an honour earned after being among the best in the John Hancock's Financial Network.
A financial service professional based in Massachusetts, USA, Janath became a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), an independent association of the top 1 % of life insurance and financial service professionals in 2005.
Janath earned his BA in Economics / Accounting from Clark University and the Life Underwriting Training Council fellow (LUTCF) designation from the National Association of Life Underwriters. He is an active member of NAIFA, and the Estate and Business Planning Council. He is the younger son of Harendra and Neleeka de Silva.
Lions Club distributes English books
Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena, was the chief guest at a ceremony held to mark the donation of English books worth Rs. six million to school libraries islandwide by the Lions Clubs in the districts. District Governor 306 A-2 Chandra Katuwawala, Ms Indi Katuwawala, Past District Governor District 306 A-2 Rohantha de Fonseka and Yamuna de Fonseka were the project chairpersons responsible for getting the books down from Britain. Also in the picture is President of the Lions Club of Alubomulla Indrani Jansen.
A donation for Ward 15B
The Young Women's Muslim League recently donated children's furniture, books and stationery for the playroom of Ward 15B of the Colombo South Teaching Hospital. In the picture on the occasion are the Hospital Director Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Prof. Dr. Dulani Gunasekera and nursing staff.