The Association of Professional Sri Lankans in association with the Sri Lankan Solicitors Network in the UK re-launched the series “Ask the Expert” this year with an “Ask the Lawyer” event at the Sri Lanka High Commission on January 26. A presentation was made by Ruki Pinidiya, a Solicitor, on “Living and working in the [...]

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The Association of Professional Sri Lankans in association with the Sri Lankan Solicitors Network in the UK re-launched the series “Ask the Expert” this year with an “Ask the Lawyer” event at the Sri Lanka High Commission on January 26. A presentation was made by Ruki Pinidiya, a Solicitor, on “Living and working in the United Kingdom in relation to the current immigration and nationality laws with an overview of the rules applicable to students, business people and skilled workers.

University of Peradeniya Colombo Chapter AGM

The 22nd Annual General Meeting of the University of Peradeniya Colombo Chapter will be held on March 3 at Shalika Hall, Colombo 5 from 9.30 a.m.
Vice Chancellor of the Peradeniya University Prof. Athula Senaratna will be the chief guest and the guest of honour will be Chairman, National Savings Bank, Sunil Sirisena.
The new council will be elected at the meeting. Members are invited to enjoy the day with campus highlights, music and other entertainment. Lunch tickets will be available at the gate on the day.

Wesley College celebrates 139th Founder’s Day

By Clifford Rodrigo

Wesley College, Colombo, one of the oldest schools in Sri Lanka will mark its 139th Founder’s Day on March 2. Wesleyites around the world make it a point of gracing this occasion as they relive the past and enjoy the various activities which culminate in the traditional OBU lunch.

The annual OBU celebrations also coincide with Founder’s Day. An exciting two-day programme has been drawn up commencing with friendly sports encounters between the past and present students on Friday, March 1 followed by the annual ‘Past vs Present’ cricket match on the morning of Saturday, March 2.

The customary OBU lunch will be held on the Principal’s lawn on March 2, followed by the Annual General Meeting in the College Hall at 3 p.m. The significant change in the programme is that Water Polo has been included for the first time as part of Founder’s Day celebrations.

University of Moratuwa opens laboratory

The soft opening of the state-of-the-art Research & Development laboratory for Biomedical Technologies by the University of Moratuwa and Premium International took place on February 11. Moratuwa University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ananda Jayawardena and Premium International Pvt. Limited Managing Director Prasantha Kularatna were present at the occasion.

The mission and interest of this laboratory located at the Department of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering is to develop medical instrumentation and technologies that can be commercialised to the marketplace creatively. This would help save foreign exchange. The laboratory will focus on applied research related to medical instrumentation, tele-medicine, image guided therapy with the objective of developing futuristic products that will have a global appeal. In this process it will encourage all the research engineers to acquire postgraduate degrees based on the work done at the laboratory.

LC OGA relationship seminar

As life becomes more complicated and fast-paced, communication between two people in a relationship breaks down. We are stretched to the limit, with little energy for our personal lives. We are often left with a sense of isolation and exhaustion at home and in our relationship.

Especially now, a new trend in relationships has emerged. Partners in a relationship believe they are too busy or too exhausted to resolve their relationship issues, and often think their partners are either too demanding or that they just don’t understand. If your relationship breaks down it can be the greatest drain on you, also affecting your health and your work.

‘Building Lasting Relationships: the Art, Science and Practice’ is an awareness creating seminar organised by the Old Girls’ Association of Ladies’ College for members and the public. A useful seminar for all adults, whether they are married or single, to make the best use of the seminar both partners in a relationship are encouraged to attend.
Dr. Piyanjali De Zoyza, BA, MA, PhD will give a 20 minute presentation on parent child relationships followed by a 20 minute presentation by Dr. Maya Cockeram MBChB(UK) who will speak on relationships between adults. The panel will include an experienced male counsellor who will be available for the discussion and question and answer session that follows. Questions can be sent in advance via email to to be discussed at the Q & A session. Question cards will be issued to all participants so that questions can be sent up to the panelists and privacy maintained.

The event will be held on March 1, at the Ladies’ College Hall. Tickets priced at Rs. 300 (OGA members on production of the membership card) and Rs. 400 (non members) are available at the OGA Secretariat (Telephone 2575469 or 0773 062 111), with all committee members, the School and the DVS. The Secretariat is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The seminar starts at 5 p.m. and should conclude by 6.30 p.m. Refreshments will be served from 4.30 to 5 pm.

Negombo pays tribute to Dr. M. S. Weerakone

A bust of renowned photographer, the late Kalabushana Dr. M.S.Weerakone was unveiled by Mrs Lalitha Weerakone (wife of the late Dr Weerakone) at the headquarters of the Negombo Photographers’ Association on Dec 29, 2012. The statue sculpted by Priyantha Abesundara pays tribute to Dr Weerakone’s contribution towards making Negombo a town of photo-lovers.

Lalitha Weerakone unveiling the statue (centre). Others from left: Lakmal Fernando, Mithra Weerakone, Nimal Lanza and Rev. Fr. Antony Ranjith.

The Negombo Photographers’ Association was formed in July 2001. The foundation stone for a building for the headquarters of this club was laid in 2007, with Dr Weerakone as the chief guest.

The building was finally opened with funds raised by the former dynamic president Lakmal Fernando and his committee. The project had the full backing of all members of the Negombo Municipal Council, who realised the need for such an institution in the town.

Ever since this city with waterways and bridges crisscrossing the lagoon was captured on film by Dr. Weerakone and published in magazines locally and internationally, it has earned a name as a very photogenic place to visit.

A number of photographic societies in Sri Lanka make an annual trip to Negombo. The photo societies after their tours customarily ended up for tea and a lecture with a slide show by Dr Weerakone. He and his wife Lalitha sometimes hosted over a 100 students in their home.

The unveiling of the statue was attended by Western Provincial Council Minister Nimal Lanza, Municipal Councillors Dayan Lanza and Royce Vijitha Fernando and a large gathering of photographers, sponsors and well wishers.

Appeal for 19-year-old battling brain cancer 

Past student and Prefect of S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, 19-year-old Harshula Wimalshantha who is suffering from cancer in the brain needs urgent surgery abroad.
Harshula’s parents have channelled all their resources to help their only son in his battle against cancer. All those kind and generous donors who wish to give them a helping hand to save their son, may send their contributions to Account No: 0029 6000 0423 at the Sampath Bank, Head Office.

Child with Leukaemia urgently needs bone marrow transplant

Yasuri Rasodya Sirigampola, 9, of Mattegama Bopitiya is suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (cancer in the bone marrow and haemopoetic system).
Although she is currently receiving chemotherapy the response has been poor and she needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life. As bone marrow transplants are not carried out in Sri Lanka she will have to seek this procedure in India, the costs of which will be about Indian Rs. 4.5 million.

Yasuri’s father is a retired soldier and the family is not in a position to raise the required funds to save Yasuri’s life. Therefore, they are appealing to generous donors to please support her. Contributions may be sent to Account No. 3451450 at the Bank of Ceylon in the name of S.A.R.R Priyalal (father). Priyalal may be contacted on 0776512132 or 0722908255


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