19th October 1997


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75 years of caring for elders and children

Celebrating it's 75th anniversary, Mallika Niwasa Samithiya presented a commemorative souvenir to Prime Minister, Sirimavo Bandaranaike on Tuesday ( 14). Mallika Niwasa was founded by Srimath Mallika Hewavitharne, mother of Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala, in 1921. It was established to compensate for the lack of a home for the destitute amongst the Buddhist Community in the country.

Today it's activities have forged ahead with several homes caring for elders as well as orphaned children. The Parakrama Home, the Mallika Home, the Snehe Home and Seth Medura are affiliated to the society.

The Mallika Home was inaugurated by the founder on Visakha Road, providing home to two destitute elders. Today it's population is around 100. Some have been there for 25 or 35 years.

Many well meaning individuals have through the years donated buildings and equipment to the homes. From it's very inception the government pledged help to the efforts of mallika Niwasa Samithiya. The Departments of Child Care and Probation and Social Services closely works with the homes.

Picture shows the souvenir being presented to the Prime Minister by Kumari Jinadasa, it's editor. Also in the picture are Ms. Indranee Muna-singhe, President of Mallika Niwasa (left) and Ms. Lakshmi Perera, Vice President of Mallika Niwasa.

Picture shows the seven Chief Justices of the SAARC countries with the President of SAARCLAW, the outgoing President of SAARCLAW and the Secretary General of SAARCLAW. Left to right Dasho Sonam Tobgye, C.J.of Bhutan, Silva, C.J.of Sri Lanka, M.Rasheed Ibrahim, C.J. of the Maldives, Om Bhaktha Shrestha, C.J. of Nepal, J.S.Verma, C.J. of India, A.T.M.Afzal, C.J. of Bangladesh, Sajjad Ali Shah, C.J. of Pakistan, K.K. Venugopal, Outgoing President of SAARCLAW, Dhara Wijayatilake, Secretary General of SAARCLAW, Amirul Islam, President of SAARCLAW.

SAARC LAW judges meet in Karachi

A meeting of the Chief Justices of the SAARC countries was held at the 6th SAARCLAW Conference held in Karachi, Pakistan from October 3-5. The Conference which was inaugurated by Pakistan Prime Minister Mian Mohammed Nawaz Sharif, was attended by several legal luminaries of the region drawn from the judiciary, legal academics and practitioners. Their Lordships the Chief Justices attended special sessions of Chief Justices where matters of mutual concern in the region were discussed.

The Conference of other delegates included working sessions on Child abuse and Violence Against Women; Changing Investment Climate in the region; Legal Education and Administration of Criminal Justice in the region.

Keynote addresses were delivered by Chief Justice (Rtd.) of India P.N.Bhagwati on Independence of the judicary; Retd. Judge of the Supreme Court of India Krishna lyer on Judicial Activism. Speakers from Sri Lanka included former SAARCLAW President Ranjit Abeysuriya, P.C. who spoke on Administration of Criminal Justice and Secretary General of SAARCLAW Ms. Dhara Wijayatilake who delivered the keynote address on Abuse of Children and Violence against Women. The 7th SAARCLAW Conference is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in October 1998.

Ikabana Demo

A demonstration of lkebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement will be given on Tuesday, October 21 at Committee Room B of the BMICH at 5. p.m.

This event is organised by the Embassy of Japan and sponsored by the Japan Foundation.

The demonstration will be given by Ms. Tohko Adachi the Founder and Grand Flower Master of the Kagei Adachi, School of Flower Arrangement Tokyo, with two master instructors from the school.Kagei Adachi is one of the best known schools for Ikebana in Japan. Ms. Adachi has published several books on flower arrangement.

All interested persons are welcome to this demonstration. Seating will be on a first-come-first- served basis. Those attending the demonstration are advised to be in their seats by 4.45 p.m.

Remembering Gamini Dissanayake

The third Death Anniversary of former Leader of the Opposition Gamini Dissanayake, will be commemorated on October 23, 97.

Various religious and commemorative ceremonies have been organised in this regard through out the island at which the Chairperson Ms. Srima Dissanayake, members of the family and members of the Gamini Dissanayke Commemoration Society would be taking part.

The programme of activities taking place during October 10, 97 to November 11, 97 includs the offering of floral tributes at the site of the statue at Ananda Kumaraswamy Mawatha. Followed by bana dana and pooja at the Hindu Kovil Kotahena, prayers at Dewatagaha Mosque and a Roman Catholic Service at St. Theresa's Church, Thimbirigasyaya. There will be a bodhi pooja at Kelaniya Temple.

Thiru Vilakku pooja

A Mahalakshni Latchcharchanai is now on at the Captains Gardens Bala Selva Vinayaka Temple.The pooja began on October 12 and will end on October 26 with Thiru Vilakku pooja at 5 pm.

Kalalaya drama

The Kalalaya School of Dance and Music presented Vijayadasami, an evening of pooja, dance and music on Saturday October 11,. at the Kalalaya Hall, Colombo.

Panel discussion on the Dhamma in English

The next Panel Discussion will be held on Sunday 19th October, 1997 from 10.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. in the Library on the 3rd floor (use lift) of the Colombo Y.M.B.A. new building in Borella.

Panellists: Dr. Granville Dharmawardena - Director, Radio Isotope Centre Dr. Chandana Jayaratne - Lecturer in Physics, University of Colombo. Moderator :- Mr.Rajah Kuruppu. Subject :- "Buddhism and Modern Science''10.00 a.m. - Pansil, 10.05 a.m. - Introductory remarks by moderator, 10.10 a.m. - First Panellist, 10.30 a.m. - Audience Participation, 10.45 a.m. - Second Panellist, 11.05 a.m. - Audience Participation, 11.25 a.m. - Concluding remarks - Moderator, 11.30 a.m. - Conclusion.

The next discussion will be on Sunday November16, thereafter on the third Sunday every month.

Commemoration of Prophet's daughter

The Az-Zahara Association in collaboration with the Cultural Consulate of the Islamic Republic of Iran with other Muslim women groups in Colombo has organised a public meeting and exhibition to commemorate the birth anniversary of the daughter of Prophet Mohammed (S), Fathima(AS) on Wednesday at the Cinema Hall of BMICH at 2.00p.m.

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