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A home for senior citizens

The Holy Trinity Community of the Catholic Revival Movement in association with the OMI (Order of Mary Immaculate) congregation will be opening a Home for Senior Citizens at the OMI retreat centre at Andiambalama near Katunayake next month. It is open to senior citizens of all races and religions.
The rates are nominal and a few more vacancies are available.

Those interested are requested to call 0777751536, 0773613888 or 0773678872.

Nature expert to talk on translocation of elephants

The Human Elephant conflict and the death of the magestic Tusker while being translocated, made headline news recently. Dr. Prithiviraj Fernando eminent naturalist will deliver a lecture on "Elephant Conservation in Sri Lanka: Is translocation the answer?"

Mr. Fernando holds a doctorate in Elephant Genetics and Conservation from the USA and has been involved for many years in research and field studies in Sri Lanka. He is presently a consultant to the Department of Wildlife Conservation.

The lecture will be held under the auspices of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society on Thursday January 27 at 6 p.m. at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium 120/15, Vidya Mawatha, off Wijerama Mawatha (BMICH end ) Colombo 7, The Lecture is open to the public and entrance is free.

Lecture on lesser known fortifications

The next Lecture of the National Trust - Sri Lanka, will be delivered on Thursday, January 27 by Arch Ashley de Vos and Arch D.P. Chandrasekera on the topic "Lesser Known Fortifications - Sri Lanka".
The lecture will be held at the Auditorium of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management, 80 Galle Road, Colombo 3 (opposite the Cinnamon Grand), at 6.30 p.m.

The lecture is open to the public. The lecture will discuss the history, the architectural heritage and the present conditions of the lesser known interior fortifications located along the Kelani river and the old Colombo Kandy road.

2 lectures on Myanmar-Lanka connections

Two lectures- "Sacred Sites of Myanmar: Sri Lanka connections" by Dr. Donald M. Stadtner, and "Myanmar connections in the context of Sri Lanka-South East Asia connections" by Dr. Hema Goonatilake will be held on Wednesday, January 26 at 5. p.m. at the Mahaweli Centre, 96 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7.

It is organised by the Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka. All are welcome.

Galle gets new fish market

The new Galle Fish Market reconstructed with assistance of UN-HABITAT and BASF, was ceremonially opened on Thursday January 6 by Chief Minister, Southern Province Shan Wijeyalal de Silva, on the invitation of the Mayor of Galle Methsiri de Silva. Parliamentarians, members of the Municipal Council, UN-HABITAT and BASF officials, and the local fishing communities also joined the ceremonies.

The old colonial style market built by the British in 1890's was destroyed in the 2004 tsunami. There were 14 fish stalls, trading in the traditional style. The project was funded by BASF, the leading chemical company, through a public-private partnership.

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