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Rohana Seneviratne wins Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2012
Rohana Seneviratne, lecturer in Sanskrit at the Department of Classical Languages of the University of Peradeniya and currently a doctoral student in Sanskrit at the University of Oxford, UK has won the prestigious Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2012. The Saraswati Sanskrit Prize is a bi-annual award instituted in 2008 by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in India together with the Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology) and theUniversity of Heidelberg in Germany to recognise the contribution of students in Europe in promoting the understanding of Sanskrit and to foster deeper appreciation of Indian heritage.
Mr. Seneviratne received his prize from Dr. Karan Singh, president of the ICCR and titular Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir at the official award ceremony held in New Delhi on March 25. The prize also included a 10 day visit to India with all hospitality from the ICCR.
Child in need of liver transplant
W.M. Asitha Gimhan of 83/4 G, Galahitiyawa, Siyiamalape is suffering from an acute liver ailment and requires an immediate liver transplant to save his life. The surgery costs around Rs. 1 million. His parents W.M. Sulalitha and L. Samanthi Peiris are appealing for donations to help save their son. Any donations can be sent to People’s Bank, Malwana branch, A/C No. 19120039420540. Please call 0724766550 for more information.
Surveying elephants – a lecture
‘The Survey of Elephants in Sri Lanka and its significance’, a lecture by Dr. Charles Santhiapillai, an authority on the Asian elephant will be held on Friday, April 19 at the auditorium of the Department of Metereology, 383, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7. The lecture, under the auspices of the Wildife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka, is open to all.
Dr. Santhiapillai will be assisted by Mr. S. Wijeyamohan, a graduate in Zoology from the University of Peradeniya and a specialist in wildlife conservation
Shi-en Ikebana and Floral Art Society donates equipment to Kurunegala General Hospital
A donation of equipment needed by the Thalassaemia Unit of the Kurunegala General Hospital was handed over to Dr. Dayananda Bandare by the members of the Shi-en Ikebana and Floral Art Society of Sri Lanka- President Salome Botejue, Druki Martenstyn and Prashanthi Mallewarachchi. The proceeds were raised from the society’s annual floral exhibition held in February at the Galadari Hotel.
Annual Rahula Dhamma Day celebration at London Buddhist Vihara
The London Buddhist Vihara at Chiswick, the oldest Theravada Buddhist temple in the United Kingdom and Europe held its annual Rahula Dhamma Day celebration lastweek. The event is organised by the children of the Daham Pasals to mark the Sinhala New Year.
Our pictures show students taking part in the celebrations watched by senior resident monks, Sri Lankan High Commission officials, Management Committee members, parents and wellwishers.
Shramadana organised to clean up a disused well
The residents of Seevalipura B Zone, Colombo 8 organised a shramadana campaign to clean up a disused well. The chief guest was the founder of the Pragna Pradeepa concept and Western Provincial Copuncillor Jayantha de Silva, seen here helping in the effort. Officials of the Fire Brigade also participated.
Village fair at Peter Weerasekera Children’s Home
The village fair at the Peter Weerasekera Children’s Home was opened by the Principal of the British School in Colombo Dr. John Scarth, seen in the picture with one of the children in the home.
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