The opening of the Magampura Port,
Hambantota was held last month. Here Inter Religious
Alliance for National Unit Co-Chairman and Dawatagaha Jumma
Mosque Chief Imam Seyed Hasan Mowlana greets President
Sheikh Usman Waliyullah Shrine and
Masjid Dewatagaha Palli, Colombo Chief Priest Al-Haj Moulavi
Al-Hafil Seyed Hassan Moulana and Presidential Secretariat
Hindu Affairs Coordinator, Hindu Priest Babu Sharma Kurukkal
in conversation with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the
occasion of D A Rajapaksa memorial lecture held recently.
Picture by Sudath Malaweera
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari
who was on a visit to Sri Lanka called on President Mahinda
Rajapaksa and signed four agreements which are important to
both countries. The four agreements are on facilitating visa
free travelling between two countries for holders of
diplomatic and official passports, broadening agricultural
co-operation between these two countries, mutual
administrative co-operation in custom matters and
co-operation in the fields of art and creative studies. The
agreement for facilitating visa free travelling between the
two countries for holders of diplomatic and official
passports was signed by the External Affairs Minister
Professor G L Peiris and Pakistan Foreign Minister Macdoom
Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Here the two Ministers exchanging the
documents in the presence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
Kandy Buddhist Association AGM
Victor ALAHAKOON- Peradeniya special correspondent
The 65th Annual General Meeting of the Kandy
Buddhist Association (KBA) presided by its President Dr Cicil
Godamunne was held at the KBA Hall, Kandy recently. The KBA, a
premier organization in Kandy with a recorded History of over six
decades was established on January 19, 1945 by Dutch National Bhikku
The Association’s objective is to impart the
Buddha’s teachings to the public and promote and foster social
activities. The Association during the last 65 years has promoted
and fostered these traditions and in keeping with its motto Kammang
Bhavethi Anagathang has activated its members to establish The
Saranasevana Children’s home at Mawilmada in 1976, a Library of
Buddhist Literature started in 1949, annual Oratorical and Essay
competition for schoolchildren started in 1956 and Dhamma and
Meditation class started in 1980.
The Kandy Humanitarian Organization started the
Elders’ Home The Saranasewana Elders’ home at Mawilmada providing
accommodation to 35 inmates in 1997.
The KBA in association with Helpage Sri Lanka also
maintains the Help-a-gran scheme.
CEB leaflet distribution
Leaflets to make consumers aware of electricity
costs and save energy will be started under the guidance of Power
and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka by the Ceylon
The campaign Viduli Bila Bala Bindimu will be
Help this child
P J E P Malinda Malshan, 7, of Kankiniyahena,
Gammedda, Midigama, Ahangama is suffering from a hearing disability
in both ears.
Doctors treating him have recommended the implant of
a hearing aid to overcome this deficiency. The process is estimated
to cost Rs 110,000. The child’s mother L P Kusumalatha says her
family is unable to raise this sum due to their present financial
She requests philanthropists and the public to
assist her child’s cause by sending financial contributions to help
expedite this process.
Contributions should be remitted to account number
1-0066-02-5783-4 at the NSB Weligama branch.
Gamage, acting CP senior DIG
Central Province senior DIG Gamini Navaratne left
for Japan on Monday to follow a special training course. NCP Senior
DIG Jayantha Gamage has been appointed to act for him until his
return on December 12.
A Bodhi Puja will be held on December 5 at 7 pm at
the Shri Sunandaramaya, Kalubowila to mark Ven Maussagolle
Lankananda Thera’s 46 year in Buddha Sasana as a Buddhist monk.
Look for new moon
The Colombo Grand Mosque appealed to the Muslim
Public to look out for the new moon on December 6, immediately after
Magrib prayers to decide on the beginning of the Islamic month of
Muharram Hijri 1432, if you sight the new moon, inform 011 5234044,
2432110, 011 2434651, 0777 366099.
The Annual Prize Giving of the Hataraliyadda Primary
School will be held at the T B Ilangaratne National School
auditorium on December 5 at 10 am. Senior Minister of International
Monetary Co-operation Dr Sarath Amunugama will be the chief guest.
Bodhi Puja and Pirith
A Bodhi Puja and Pirith Chanting organised by the
Sri Lanka - Thailand Society will be held on December 3 commencing
5.30 pm at the Gangaramaya, Colombo 2 under the patronage of
Thailand Ambassador Thinakorn Kanasuta and Madam Dana Kanasuta to
invoke blessings on King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej to mark his
The Sri Lanka Cancer Society will hold a Charity
Bazaar at the premises of the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour,
Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07, on Saturday, December 04, 2010
commencing from 8.30 a.m. to augment the funds of the Society. This
fair, named Golden Opportunities will have on sale produce, gifts,
Christmas fare, household needs, lunches, soft drinks, sweets, jams
& chutneys and many more items that are in demand during the
Christmas Season, at very competitive prices.
Microfinance conference in Nepal
In a bid to identify the problems of microfinance in
the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
countries and seek solution to them, a two-day long SAARC level
microfinance conference is being organized in Nepali capital
Kathmandu from Tuesday.
More than 70 microfinance workers, experts, policy
makers and stakeholders from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the
Maldives, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will participate in
the conference organized with the joint initiative of the Institute
of Microfinance, Bangladesh and Rural Microfinance Development
Over 60 houses damaged
Torrential rains in the hill country has damaged 68 houses in Doluwa,
Gampola. The worst damage has been caused in the Udapalatha Divisional
Secretariat Division where 58 houses have been damaged with 20 of them
damaged beyond occupation.
Six families have been evacuated from their homes due to an earthslip
on the Gampola Unambuwa Road.
Dr Knishka Karunaratne will deliver a public Buddhist Talk in english
on "Importance and the Practice of the Anapana Sati" at the meeting of
the Servants of Buddha Society on Saturday, December 4 at 4.30 p.m. at
the Maithree Hall, Lauries Road, Bambalapitiya.
The Nadasarani Concert organized by Mahanama Navodya Vidyalaya,
Panadura will be held on December 2 and 3, 2010 at Panadura Townhall.
This type of concert will be staged after 8 years. Some winners of The
All Island Competitions will also perform at this occasion.
The Institute of Chemistry has organized a Seminar on
"Standardization for International Trade" on Friday, December 3, 2010
from 8.30 a.m - 4.00 p.m. at Adamantanne House, 341/22, Kotte Road,
Welikada, Rajagiriya. Two key-note addresses will be delivered by Dr L N
Senaweera, Director General, Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) and
Dr A M Mubarak, Director, Industrial Technology Institute (ITI). The
seminar covers all aspects of quality system such as ISO 9000, ISO 14000
and ISO 22000 and the laboratory quality management such as ISO 17025,
ISO 15189 and ISO 17043.
The annual Carol Service of the Colombo YMCA will be held at the
Colombo YMCA Gymnasium, No. 39, Bristol Street, Colombo on Saturday,
December 4 at 5.30 p.m.
The "Institute of International Studies", Kalawewa will be
ceremonially opened by Dr H M Nasir, Head of the Mathematics Department,
Peradeniya University on December 4 at 4.00 pm.
Special workshops and seminars will be conducted for the benefit of
school students, school leavers and elders relating to language,
religion, sociology, culture, technology and health, Dr Wajid added.
Jayaska Scrabbler of the year
Jayaska Baranage clinched scrabbler of the year title yesterday in a
marathon two day, eighteen game scrabble tournament held in Colombo. He
was the clear winner with 14 wins followed by Malinda Gunawardena and
Fifteen year old Yasiru Fernando was placed fourth-a creditable
performance ahead of the World Youth Scrabble Championships in the
Philippines where he intends to take part after a week.
Bad weather continues with more damage
The Meteorological Department predicted that the prevailing weather
condition specially in the North, North Central, Eastern and Uva
provinces will continue next week. According to the Meterological
Department, Colombo received highest rainfall of 60.8 mm in the last 24
hours ending 8.30 am yesterday.
Gampaha district has received a rainfall of 47.5 mm and Hanwella has
received a rainfall of 43.1 mm for the past 24 hours.
North, North Central, Eastern and Uva Provinces will experience
showers and thunder showers today. Thunder showers will develop inland
in the afternoon and will spread to the Western and the North Western
coastal areas later, Meteorological Department said.
Several areas of Kurunegala, Kandy, Puttalam, Moneragala and Kegalle
have been flooded as a result of heavy rains. The total number of people
affected has been recorded as 45,487 belonging to 11,332 families in
these areas, the Disaster Management Centre report said. Two deaths were
reported and around five were injured due to floods caused by heavy
rains, the report also said.
Around 75 houses were fully damaged and 424 houses were partially
damaged due to floods, the Disaster Management Centre said.