golden jubilee walk
Marisa de Silva
Aquinas College of Higher Studies, Colombo 8, established
by the late Fr. Peter A. Pillai
in 1954, is celebrating its Golden Jubilee. Many events have been
drawn up and a new Jubilee Building put on the initiative of Fr.
Crispin Leo, the Rector, was declared open by the Archbishop of
Colombo on February 5.
Walk that took place last Sunday, March 16, starting from Aquinas
College of Higher Studies was a great success.
A Dinner Dance
will be held at a venue (yet to be confirmed) on October 19, the
birthday of Fr. Peter A. Pillai the founder of Aquinas College.
Aquinas will also be celebrating its 100th birth anniversary next
of this celebration is to build awareness of the programmes offered
by the College to others so that more youth may benefit from these
services and to bring the Alumni together to help develop their
and Aquinas alumni are requested to lend a helping hand so that
they can successfully conclude their golden jubilee year. For further
information, contact Fr. Crispin Leo at Aquinas.
Travel in comfort and safety
Does this number ring a bell? Well, it certainly should, because
it is the number of the GNTC call taxis! Just dial the number and
yes, you can get the taxi to come wherever you want it to and then,
yes you can go wherever you want!
their cab service in 1993, with only 50 cars, aiming to provide
a service, which would be safe, comfortable and affordable.
Illangamudali, the General Manager of GNTC says that when their
cab service was launched, they provided excellent motor cars, all
of which were fitted with taxi meters and VHS communication systems.
So how does
this system work?. "Whenever you place a call to the 688688
number, the call goes through to our communication centre on Baseline
Road. From there, the people at the call centre contact a taxi which
is in proximity to the place from where the call came through, and
the taxi will be at your doorstep in no time."
moment, we have 145 vehicles in our taxi fleet," he continues.
With a staff of around 300 people, GNTC is definitely the leading
taxi service in Sri Lanka. But having achieved that status, has
not stopped them from aiming higher. They have launched a new taxi
service known as the Airport Limousine Taxi Service. GNTC will be
the exclusive taxi providers for the airport from now on.
is the first time such a service has been done here," says
the GM. "We give an assurance that with GNTC all the vehicles
will be safe and comfortable, and we guarantee that passengers will
get their money's worth."
time you need a taxi, you know what to do. Just call the number
above, and before you know it, a GNTC cab will be at your doorstep!
- Thiruni Kelegama
in theatrum award
By Ishani Ranasinghe
Drama in Sri Lanka has reached an all time peak with the
number of theatregoers growing each day.
In Theatrum Award for Outstanding Achievement in English Theatre,
a collaborative effort between the Colombo Y. M. C. A and MBI (The
Performing Arts Company) will be held for the first time in Sri
Jith Peiris, Jerome de Silva, Feroze Kamardeen and Mohamed Adamaly,
five of the most outstanding directors who have contributed immensely
to the drama scene in Sri Lanka have been nominated for this prestigious
of the nominees was based on their commitment to English theatre
in the form of motivating young people to get involved in English
theatre, the quantity and quality of productions they have been
responsible for over the last several years, diversity, novelty
and originality in productions, their efforts at school level to
share their wealth of knowledge and experience in English theatre
and their vision and self motivated efforts to take English theatre
within the country to higher standards.
Theatrum Award for Outstanding Achievement in English Theatre presentation
will take place on March 29 at the BMICH.
in Theatrum awards will continue to be awarded once every two years
from this year onwards to an outstanding individual, who has dedicated
him or herself for the development of English Theatre.
will contain performances by dance and music troupes including choirs
and professional singers. The line-up will also include excerpts
of popular musicals together with performances of some skits. This
event will take the form of a grand banquet and dinner theatre hosting
about 1200 people.