People and events

A reception in the Philippines
Philippine Consul General in Sri Lanka (centre) William John Terrence Perera is seen with the former Philippine Foreign Minister Domingo Siazon Jr and Philippine Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Rafael E. Seguis, at a reception held at the Manila Polo Club.

Launch of "Ranwan Diyaniya" (Golden Daughter)

A book titled "Ranwan Diyaniya" (Golden Daughter) - a collection of articles on the rights of women and their protection, was compiled by Deepani Samarasinghe, Chairperson of APS Knitters (Pvt) Ltd. The book was released to mark International Women's Day and the first copy was handed over to Attorney General Ms. Eva Wanasundera. Mrs. Samarasinghe's sons Kausshalya Samarasinghe and Chathura Samarasinghe were also present at the event.

5th Annual Research Conference of the Royal Asiatic Society

The Royal Asiatic Society RASSL will hold its 5th annual Research Conference on the Humanities and Social Sciences on March 30 and 31 at the Mahaweli Centre, 96 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7.

The 2012 Research Conference will also launch as a component the first Aesthetic Studies Conference and includes the second Philosophy Studies Conference and the 4th Sinhala Studies Conference. It is the country's largest national conference in social sciences and the humanities. Members of the public can attend by registration (Telephone: 011-2699249).

Happy b'day: Sri Lanka Girl Guides celebrate 95 years

The Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association celebrated 95 years of Girl Guiding in Sri Lanka this week.
The Girl Guide Movement commenced its journey in Sri Lanka when the first Girl Guide Company was opened on March 21, 1917 at Girls' High School, Kandy. Today the association has 30,000 members from all nine provinces of the country, and is the largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women in Sri Lanka.

At a special event held at Girl Guide Headquarters to mark the occasion, the Chief Commissioner stated, "It has been, and will continue to be, an honour, a privilege and our collective passion to educate and 'guide' girls and young women, who will become our hope for the future, and ultimately, adults that the world can and will depend on."

Sports festival for the differently abled

The Lions of Senkadagala are once again setting the stage for a mega community service event in the hill capital.

Differently-abled children of the region will meet and display their talents in a grand sports festival at the Bogambara Stadium on Friday, March 30 afternoon. The theme of this event is 'Everyone is a winner'. There will be no competition in the conventional sense of the term. The focus is on participation.

Held under the patronage of three ministries and the Governor of the Central Province, the sports festival is funded using the proceeds of the En Vous 2011 Fashion Show, and sponsored by many organizations and individuals. Junior bands of six leading schools will add sparkle to this event. Experienced officials of the Ministry of Sports will coordinate the events.

The participants and beneficiaries of this event are the mentally and physically challenged from four leading special schools in Kandy and Kegalle. The cost of transport and refreshments will be borne by the Senkadagala Lions.

Old Hardians Association AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Old Hardians Association will be held today Sunday, March 25 from 9.30 a.m. onwards at the Prof. Evan A. Hardy Centre, No. 511/1, Galle Road, Ratmalana followed by a fellowship lunch. All members are kindly requested to be present.

Devotion for choir and congregation

The Church of St Michael's and All Angels. Polwatte, Colo-mbo 3 will mark the commencement of Holy Week with "Cross of Christ", a devotion for choir and congregation on Sunday, April 1 at 6 p.m. by the Choir under the direction of Dr. Lalith Perera with Denham Pereira at the Organ.

Hilton Hotel’s 25th b’day: The icing on the cake

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Hilton Colombo is introducing three tantalizing signature cakes; each carefully created by their very own Pastry Chefs.

The first signature cake, the ''Lotus Bloom Cake'' goes hand in hand with Hilton Colombo's traditional beginnings. At its inception the hotel's logo was a lotus flower and this was the inspiration behind its creation said Chef K.A. Sujanthi. The cake is layered with blue berries, whipped cream and cream cheese. The second cake "Passionate" designed by Pastry Chef M.M.Dissanayake, is a tangy passion fruit cake, designed as a Vesak lantern and made with Italian meringue, passion fruit puree, vanilla sponge, whipped cream and white chocolate. The third by Pastry Chef S.G.S. Somarathna, is hazelnut flavoured with specks of crispy nougat, the ultimate "Chocolate Fantasy" blending a chocolate butter cake, rich dark chocolate and white chocolate with hazelnut and nougat.

Says General Manager, Hilton Colombo Rudolf Tröstler, ''This is a very special occasion and the launch of our very own signature cakes adds to the celebrations for our 25th anniversary.'' All three creations will be available at Fine Things at Hilton Colombo.

Historical depiction of female body

Covering the Female Body: Transition seen in Buddhist murals from 18th to 20th century, the 38th lecture of the National Trust, Sri Lanka will be delivered by Prof. Asoka De Zoysa on March 29 at 6.30 p.m. at the HNB auditorium, 22nd Floor HNB Towers 479, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

Prof. Asoka de Zoysa is Professor in German Studies at the University of Kelaniya and also visiting lecturer at the University of Visual and Performing Arts and consultant at the Academy of Design Colombo.

This lecture will survey how the female body was depicted over the years of colonization in narrative panels showing scenes from the life of the Buddha and his previous births.

Discussions on Vedanta and the Bhagavad Gita

Sunandaji, the daughter disciple of Swami Parthasarathy, a skilled exponent of Vedanta, has been studying and researching the Vedanta for over three decades. She presented a series of lectures last month, at New Kathiresan hall, Bambalapitiya, on the 13th chapter of Bhagavad Gita enunciating the 20 'Great Human Values'.

The Vedanta World Colombo coordinates these lectures and conducts study classes on the Bhagavad Gita. Umayal Venugopal, a senior disciple of Swami Parthasarathy, conducts weekly classes on the Bhagavad Gita and interactive discussions on Vedanta philosophy and also self management sessions and workshops for young people. These are open to all.

A new Vedanta discussion class in English has commenced at No. 3, Ridgeway Place, Bambalapitiya every Saturday from 5-6.15 pm.

Another Stitch Fantasy by Indumathie

Veteran needlecraft artist Indumathie Paranavithana's 14th solo exhibition of needle craft creations titled "Stitch Fantasy" will be held on March 30 and 31 at the Negombo Main Street St. Mary's church Jubilee hall.

A special feature at this exhibition will be the launch of Indumathie's new book introducing new black work designs to Sri Lanka.

Embroidery such as Eyelet, Ribbon, Brazilian, Hand, Hardanger and Punch will also be included in the works to be displayed at this exhibition, along with Candle Viking, Kasuthi, and Cross Stitch. On display at the show will be Paper Quilling, Black work, Stump work, Pergamana, Thread-painting, and many more creations.

New President of Colombo YMCA

Lal N. Withanage was inducted as the 41st President of the 130 year old Colombo YMCA, by the Bishop of Colombo Rt. Rev. Diloraj Canagasabey at a special service held last week at the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour.

YMCA members, heads of churches and clergy representing many churches were amongst those who attended the service.

Mr. Withanage has been associated with the Colombo YMCA for the past 38 years. He has served on the Board for a considerable period of time and held many positions including that of Chairman of the Central Branch and Vice President of the Colombo YMCA.

Mr Withanage began his career at the Colombo YMCA and qualified as a professional executive of the Association.

Subsequently he joined USAID, Colombo as an accountant and served for over 16 years in various positions in the finance division. At present he is the National Director (Sri Lanka) of Global Action, an international interdenominational Christian organization.

ACLSL president elected for second consecutive year

Chandra Rajapaksa Ellawala was elected President of the Association of Corporate Lawyers Sri Lanka (ACLSL) for the second year at the annual general meeting on February 28 at Hotel Hilton.

Mr. Lakshan Gunawardana and Mrs. Indira Samarasinghe were elected as Vice Presidents and Ms. Himali Urogodawatta was appointed as the Secretary, Ms. Harshini Mapatuna as the Treasurer, Mrs. Swarna Jayaweera as the Asst. Secretary and Mrs. Crishanthi Hewage as the Asst. Treasurer. Twenty Committee members were also elected.

Speaking at the meeting, Mrs. Ellawala said that ACLSL could provide innovative and effective services to the membership and to corporate lawyers. ACLSL has reached its 25th year and looks forward to a year full of activities , she added.

Presenting ‘Winning An Unwinnable War -- A Tribute To The War Heroes’

J.F. Ranjith Perera, author of the book "Winning An Unwinnable War A Tribute To The War– Heroes", published by Sarasavi Publishers, presented the book to President Mahinda Rajapakse at a ceremony held recently at Temple Trees, Colombo.
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