People and events

AAFL doing its bit to develop legal knowledge

The Alumni Association of the Faculty of Law (AAFL) has been helping undergraduates of the Faculty of Law to develop hands-on skills and competence, by arranging for placements (internships) in public/private sector organisations as well as in law firms and in the chambers of Attorneys-at-Law during their long vacation.

Legal and personnel departments of governmental, non-governmental and private sector institutions, as well as the chambers of Attorneys-at-Law and law firms provide an ideal environment for the acquisition of practical knowledge, skills and experience by the undergraduates. In many instances, undergraduates successfully completing their internships, subsequent to completion of their course of study, obtain employment/placement with such organisations/chambers.

The AAFL also hopes to conduct more programmes such as seminars and workshops, for the development of legal knowledge and skills of alumni, those in the legal profession, as well as those in the corporate sector. On Tuesday, September 21, AAFL will hold a seminar between 1.30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on aspects of Exchange Control, Customs and Income Tax law. Among those presenting papers at the seminar would be Attorneys-at-Law Dr. Shivaji Felix, A.A.M. Illiyas and Suresh Perera,

The AAFL has also organized several guest lectures, both on topics directly related to the field of study, as well as on topics of practical importance, for the benefit of the undergraduates of the Faculty of Law.

Although not conducted at present, through the Mentorship programme the AAFL enabled many students to be in regular contact with senior attorneys-at-law, thus ensuring that undergraduates could meet and discuss issues, and also establish contact with those in the profession.

Programme for pre-school teachers

The Gamini Dissanayake Foundation will launch a training programme for pre-school teachers in the Nuwara Eliya District on the initiative of Member of Parliament Navin Dissanayake,
This programme which will lead to a Diploma, will be inaugurated on August 28 at 10 a.m. at the Town Hall, Nuwara Eliya. First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa will be the Chief Guest.

The event will be graced by Ministers, special guests, the Board of Directors of the Gamini Dissanayake Foundation and staff of the Gamini Dissanayake Institute of Technology and Vocational Studies.

AGM of patients’ rights movement

The annual general meeting and public seminar of the People's Movement for the Rights of Patients will be held on Saturday, August 28 from 9.30 a.m. at the hall of the Centre for Society and Religion (Fatima Church premises), 281, Deans Road, Maradana.

The main talk will be given by one of Sri Lanka's most eminent physicians, Prof. Carlo Fonseka, former dean of the Medical Faculty. The theme of his talk will be on how the transnational drug companies are deceiving the people and what we and the government could do about it so that all people would have access to quality drugs at affordable prices. Dr. K. Balasubramaniam, Asia-Pacific Coordinator of Health Action International, will also speak. All are welcome.

Exhibition of photography

Angelo de Mel's exhibition of photography 'Commentaries on Living 111' will be opened by Tyrone Perera and Mrs Perera at 4. 30 p.m. on Friday, August 27 at the Colombo Art Gallery.

Dr. M. S. Weerakone, L.E. Samaraaratne and Henry Rajakaruna will be the guests of honour. The exhibition will continue on the 28th & 29th.

This is Angelo's third exhibition in this series. He had his first in 1994 at the Alliance Francaise and his second at the British Council in 1999. He had two more captioned "We are also your children" with the aim of drawing attention to handicapped children in homes.

A seminar on Sai Baba’s teachings

The Sathya Sai Seva Samithi of Ratmalana will hold a seminar on Sai Baba's teachings and meditations for lasting happiness at the Mahaweli Kendraya auditorium (opposite Viharamahadevi park) on August 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be conducted by Prof. Sunanda Degamboda and Dhammika Kalapuge, two leading HR trainers. A special CD on meditation blessed by Sri Sathya Sai Baba will be released on this day. For registrations to this free event contact Sisira Baranage on 0777706995 or Thilak Kodikara on 0773130167.

WASLAM to hold fellowship evening

The 'Women's Association of Sri Lanka Malays' will hold a Fellowship Evening on September 18 at the Janakala Kendraya in Pelawatte from 3 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

The objective is to give members the opportunity to get to know each other, as we can only achieve our goals if we work together and consider our Malay sisters and daughters as one family, a press release from WASLAM states.

An interesting evening is on the cards to make everyone aware of the WASLAM objectives. The organizers urge any enterprising ladies to contact them before September 10. There are 15 tables for those interested in selling handicrafts, clothes, sweetmeats, food items, etc., at Rs.1000 per table.

Intl conference on quality assurance

The two-day International Roundtable Conference on Quality Assurance was held by the Open University of Sri Lanka at Hotel Janaki, Colombo 5 on August 8 and 9. The sessions were inaugurated by Open University Vice Chancellor Prof. Upali Vidanapathirana.

Award for service to Islam and Muslims

Former Minister and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Islamic Centre M.H. Mohamed was presented an award at the golden jubilee celebrations of the World Muslim League- Rabitaa-Al-al-Al Islami in Mecca, Saudi Arabia for his service to Islam and Muslims.

Picture shows Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia Naif Abdul Azeez Al Zaid presenting the award to Mr. Mohamed, who is a founder member of this world Islamic body.

Orchids in bloom

The Orchid Circle will hold its 76th anniversary show and grand exhibition and sale of orchids at the Viharamaha Devi Park on August 27, 28 and 29 along with the sale of many other ornamental plants, fertilizer, fish, birds etc.

Members will exhibit their most exotic blooms and compete for a variety of prestigious awards, including the D.S. Senanayake trophy for the Best Orchid in Show.

Workshops on 'Identification of Orchids' by S.M. Amarasekera will be held on Friday, August 27 at 3.30 p.m. and on 'How to grow orchids' by Sushila Gunasekera on Saturday, August 28 at 10.30 a.m. The ticket draw will enable one lucky person to win an exotic orchid.

Unveiling a Buddha statue

A statue of the Buddha's Maha Parinibbana will be declared open on Tuesday, August 24 at the Sri Nagarukkarama Temple in Kotikawatta,. The chief incumbent of Nagarukkarama temple Ven. Badulle Mahanama Thera says this 12-foot long statue is significant to all Buddhists as this is the only "Rose stone" Parinibbana monument in the world and bears great similarity to the Parinibbana statue made by Haribala at Kusinara 1500 years ago. Picture shows the Parinibbhana statue at Kotikawatta Nagarukkarama

Helping hand for handicapped couple

A ceremony to open a bank account (No. 70763082, Gampaha Bank of Ceylon) to help a blind couple, G.K. Aruna Shantha Kumara and K. Manel Siriyalatha, of Udugampola to build a house of their own was opened under the patronage of Siriliya Saviya, managed under First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa.

Those present at the function held at the Western Province Chief Minister's office in Colombo recently were Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunge, Siriliya Secretary Kumari Dissanayake, chief sponsor Malini Senanayake and Bank of Ceylon AGM Vasantha Wijesundera.

75 years of Leo Burnett Worldwide

Leo Burnett Worldwide celebrated its 75th anniversary globally on Tuesday, August 18 under the theme of 'A celebration of star-reachers' which is based on a famous quotation by the late Leo Burnett himself: "When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either". Leo Burnett Agencies the world over based their celebrations on this central theme.

The local Burnetters combined their own creativity with the global theme of 'A celebration of star-reachers' by celebrating the occasion at an open rooftop venue, rejoicing literally under the stars. In keeping with tradition the celebrations included an act which demonstrated that each individual was important.

This was reflected in one of Leo Burnett's oldest anniversary practices; to hand out money to every employee, equal in number to the years of the anniversary. This year, each Burnetter was given 75 coins to reflect on the rich past of the organization.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Nuwan Jayawickreme recently completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at Montefiore Hospital in New York City. Dr Jayewickereme is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

He received his B.A. in Psychology and English from Gettysburg College in 2004, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2010 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked under the mentorship of Edna B. Foa, Ph.D. His research interests include post-traumatic stress disorder, cultural variations in the experience and expression of psychopathology and dissemination of empirically-supported treatments.

He has received grants from the American Psychological Association and the Asia Foundation for his research. Dr. Jayawickreme specializes in treating anxiety and mood disorders.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to perform in Colombo

Nephew of the legendary singer Nusrat Ali Fateh Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is mesmerizing audiences with his qawwali songs all around the world. Now he is due to perform in Colombo on September 19 at the Taj Samudra hotel.

Born in Faisalabad, Pakistan, Rahat was selected at birth by his uncle for tutoring in the art of qawwali music. A precocious child, Rahat was singing at the age of three with his uncle and his father Farroukh Fateh Ali Khan, another respected qawwali singer. His first public performance was at the age of eleven and by the age of 15 he had joined his uncle'c celebrated group.

Since becoming the head of the group, Rahat has performed on a variety of recordings and has sung with Eddie Vedder at the Dead Man Walking Concert put on by Tim Robbins.

Event Concepts have signed up Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to perform in Colombo on September 19 at the Taj Samudra north lawn at 7 p.m.Tickets are priced at Rs. 10,000, 5,000 and 3000. For more event details and tickets please contact Fiona on 0722 720720 and Jayashanka on 0722 383687.

Symposium on infectious diseases

The Vaccine Forum of Sri Lanka and the Peradeniya Medical Students' Alumni Association (PeMSAA) will hold a joint symposium on 'Infectious diseases in children' today at the Postgraduate Research Centre, Gannoruwa, Peradeniya.

This seminar will focus on the clinical aspects and prevention of infectious diseases in children. Some of the symposium highlights are: Pneumonia in childhood; Viral gastro enteritis, Herpes group virus infections, Meningitis, Hepatitis and Chickenpox. Registrations at 7.45 a.m. at the venue.

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