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Talk on 'Ancient Sea and River Crafts of Sri Lanka'

The National Trust of Sri Lanka will hold its next lecture in its continuing monthly series on May 26 at 6.30 p.m. when Prof Vini Vitharana talks on 'Ancient Sea and River Crafts of Sri Lanka' at the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeological Research, 407, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.

SOSL Romantic Masterworks Concert today

The Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka's (SOSL) Romantic Masterworks Concert conducted by Ananda Dabare is today, Sunday, May 23 at the Ladies' College Hall at 7 p.m.

The programme includes the works of two Russian masters - Tchaikovsky's dramatic and superbly melodious Symphony which will be premiered in Sri Lanka and No.4, Rachmaninov's richly lyrical 1st Piano Concerto as well as excerpts from Norwegian composer Grieg's ever popular Peer Gynt Suites. Sri Lankan pianist resident in the US Harsha Abeyaratne is soloist in the concert.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the Ladies College Hall after 5 p.m. today.

SL Ambassador in Indonesia calls on Vice Minister of Defence

Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Indonesia Nanda Mallawaarachchi, called on Lieutenant General Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, newly appointed Vice Minister of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia at the Ministry of Defence last week. Lieutenant General Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin is a serving three star general who was Secretary General of Defence before being appointed Vice Minister by the newly elected President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's administration.

Lieutenant General Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin visited Sri Lanka in October 2009 on the invitation of Secretary, Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa. This was consequent to the invitation extended by Mr. Rajapaksa, during his visit to Indonesia in January 2009.

The Ambassador had an extensive discussion with the Vice Minister on Memorandum of Agreement to be signed on Defence Cooperation that covers a wide range of bilateral defence and military cooperation, including exchange of information, exchange of military education, cooperation in defence industry and many security agreements.

The Memorandum of Agreement which is now before the Indonesian Parliament is to be signed between the Indonesian defence authorities and Mr. Rajapaksa, Secretary of the Ministry of Defence in Indonesia shortly. The Ambassador was accompanied by Captain Ananda Guruge of the Sri Lanka Navy, Counsellor (Defence) of the Embassy.

The photograph shows Ambassador Mallawaarachchi in conversation with the Vice Minister of Defence.

Dr.Ahamed to speak at Beijing media summit

Dr Uvais Ahamed, a well-known Sri Lankan educationist, who has worked for UNESCO, UNFAO and the Commonwealth Secretariat London, in several Asia-Pacific and African countries will attend the Asia Media Summit in Beijing, China from May 23 to 27. He is invited to speak on Capacity Building in Educational Media.

Dr Ahaamed has worked for several years as media trainer and consultant at the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development in Malaysia and in Education Media and Education Technology at the UNESCO Regional Office in Bangkok.

In 1981 Dr. Ahamed served as member of the international jury of the Japan Prize Education Media Contest held by NHK in Tokyo. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Australia National University in Canberra and Consultant in Development Communication for UNFAO, Rome.

From 2005 to 2006 he was Director of the Sri Lanka College of Journalism.

Felicitation ceremony

The Aquinas Alumni Association met at Capri Club to felicitate Very Rev. Fr. Placidus de Silva on the 40th anniversary of his ordination on March 23.

Among those present were Fr. Raymond Samarakoon, Fr. Shanthi Kumar Welivita, Fr. Anton Saman, Fr. Saman Maximus and Rev. Fr. Chrispin Leo, the former Rector and Founder of the Aquinas Alumni Association.

Vice President, Zerney Packeer spoke on the support and guidance given by Fr. Placidus de Silva to Aquinas Alumni Association members to be an effective arm of the Aquinas University College. Wgd. Cmdr. Noel Fernando proposed the toast and Vice President Mr Packeer and Secretary Dilu Rodrigo presented Fr. Placidus de Silva with tokens of appreciation on behalf of the committee.

Events to mark Second "World MS Day"

The Second "World MS day" declared by the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 26. World MS Day hopes to raise awareness about MS and build global solidarity for the MS movement.

In Sri Lanka the Multiple Sclerosis Association of Sri Lanka (MSAL) has planned a week of events including a MS get-together for patients. The Ceylon College of Physicians, the Sri Lanka College of Ophthalmologists and the Association of Sri Lankan Neurologists have teamed up with MSAL to organise a 'MS Diagnosis Week' throughout the island where physicians and ophthalmologists will be looking out for the 1000 undiagnosed cases estimated to be in the community.

MSAL brings together persons with MS, their doctors, caregivers and other well wishers with the objectives of promoting health and improving the quality of life of persons with MS as well as their families and their care givers. Activities of the Association include providing moral support to patients and caregivers through home visits, talks by experts to help patients understand and cope with their disease, providing financial assistance for wheelchairs, physiotherapy, purchase of drugs, for travel to MS meetings and for daily living especially in cases where the bread winner has been affected.

MSAL can be contacted at or MSAL, 144 Vipulasena Mawatha, Colombo 10 or at the following number 0779219099. Donations could be made to The Multiple Sclerosis Association of Lanka, Commercial Bank, A/c Number 1100037477.

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