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Celebrating the Walsingham festival

The shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was installed at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle at Kynsey Road, on October 17, 1954. The statue was an exact replica of the one in the original shrine in England where it was enshrined after the Virgin Mary appeared in a vision to a Saxon nobleman who had a holy house built for her in his village of Walsingham in Norfolk, England.

The annual pilgrimage to the shrine in England is faithfully observed by many Christians. The Walsingham festival will be celebrated at the Kynsey Road church of St. Paul the Apostle on Thursday, October 15 at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

Abstracts called for National conference on Buddhist Studies

The 5th National Conference on Buddhist Studies will be held on Saturday, November 28 and Sunday 29 at the All Ceylon Women's Buddhist Congress. The conference is organised by the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, Sri Jayewardenapura University in association with the Buddhist Times Trust and Buddhist Activities Fund.

Research papers relating to Buddhism would be welcome from a variety of disciplines such as Philosophy, Civilisation, History, Psychology, Sociology, Buddhist Scriptural Languages and Literature and other related disciplines in Humanities and Social Science. The papers can be presented in either English or Sinhala.

Abstracts of papers should not exceed 300 words and must include Title, Author(s), Affiliation, Address, Tel/Fax, E-mail address (if available). Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to with a copy to as attachment in Word, or by fax to Fax No: 2803196 or by post to the Dept. of Pali and Buddhist Studies Sri Jayewardenapura University, Nugegoda.

A committee of Buddhist scholars will be selecting the papers, and acceptance will be notified.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 15.

Entries called for all-island Senior Citizens Scrabble Tournament

The annual all-island Senior Citizens Scrabble Tournament will be held on Sunday, November 8 at the Colombo Hilton with those over the age of 50 vying for the Clara Motwani cup.

Entry forms are available with Mrs. Indrani Atukorale, 102/1, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 7, tel: 2696993 or Mrs. Delryn Wijesinghe, 27, Ridgeway Place, Colombo 4, tel: 2587094. The entry fee is Rs. 600. Entries close on October 31.

Lankan heads Military Surgical Society (UK)

Sri Lanka born Dr. Kanag Thilagarajah, a product of St. John's College and Jaffna Central College has been elected President of the Military Surgical Society (UK). Having obtained his medical degree in Colombo, he proceeded to the UK and obtained his Fellowships of the Royal Colleges of Edinburgh and London.

Whilst working for the National Health Service as a Consultant Surgeon he also served in the Royal Army Medical Corps (V) and reached the rank of Lt. Colonel.

Nominated for the 2009 Justice Award

Dr. Chandrika Subramaniam, a practising Solicitor and barrister from New South Wales has been nominated for the 2009 Justice Award by the Law Foundation, Sydney.

The nomination commends her contributions to public life especially to the upliftment of migrants and refugees in Australia.

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