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Past Pupils Association - Convent of Mary Immaculate, Matara - Colombo Branch - 35th AGM

Lalitha Rajapaksa was unanimously elected as President for the 15th successive year. The following office-bearers were duly elected for the year 2008-2009:-

Patron: Majorie Johnpulle President: Lalitha Rajapaksa Vice Presidents: Soma Abeyadeera and Krishna Seneviratne Secretary: Ranjini Jayaweera Bandara Treasurer: Anoma Kulatunge Asst. Secretary: Malini de Silva Asst. Treasurer: Stella Amarasinghe

Executive Committee: Prema Jayanetti, Malka Willaddara, Nalini Sembucuttiarachchi, Ranil Alwis, Udula Senaratne, Antoinette Bastiansz, Mallika Wijesekera, Shiromi Weliwita.

Con cop nabbed

Peradeniya police on Sunday arrested an ex-policeman who was stalking in Kandy and the adjacent areas in a police constable uniform.

The suspect was arrested when he was staying at a temple in the Hindagala area. Investigations revealed that the suspect who once served as a police constable attached to the Borella police station had subsequently got absent without official leave.

The police has also discovered that the suspect is a resident of Uhana, Ampara. Peradeniya OIC Upali Naranpanawa said investigations were under way to ascertain whether the suspect is involved in any illegal activities.

Water interruption

The Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority will open sluice gates of Polgolla tank today from 6.00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

As a result water supply to certain areas is to be affected. The areas affected are Polgolla, Katugastota, Akurana, Alawathugoda, Nugawela, Gogangoda, Halbluwa , Kulugammana, Barigama and Uguressapitiya.

The Water Supply and Drainage Board requests consumers to store water for consumption during the said period.

Infant’s body found in Sevanagala

Sevanagala Police on a tip off recovered a body of an infant aged about five days dumped in a lavatory pit at Samagipura Sevanagala last Saturday.

Embilipitiya Chief Magistrate E.A.K.D. Epitawala visited the scene and ordered the Police to arrest the suspects and produce them before the Courts.

Sevanagala Police are investigating.

Interview with Gayoom on Eye

An exclusive interview conducted by Sharmini Serasinghe with the President of the Republic of Maldives, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom will be telecast over Rupavahini Channel Eye today at 9.30 p.m.

Buddhist talk

Dr. Hema Gunatilake will deliver a public Buddhist talk in English on “Why are the Americans attracted to Buddhism” at a meeting of the Servants of the Buddha Society on Saturday, August 9 at 4.30 p.m. at the Maitri Hall, Lauries Road, Bambalapitiya.

A.C.W.B.C. honours its founders

The All Ceylon Women’s Buddhist Congress will honour its “Founding Mothers” at its Founders’ Day commemoration on the 60th anniversary of its inauguration on Saturday, August 9 at the ACWBC Headquarters founded 60 years ago by Mrs. Juliet Kulatilaka Jayawardena and a band of energetic Buddhist women who gathered at “Hewa Court”, Edinburgh Crescent established the All Ceylon Women’s Buddhist Association (its original name).

The organisation had an auspicious start with a galaxy of eminent Buddhist ladies as its founder members.

Among those were Lady Evadne de Silva (the first President), Lady Chrisobel Rajapakse and Mrs. Juliet Jayawardena (Joint Secretaries), Senator Cissy Cooray, Lady Laura de Silva, Mrs. J. R. Jayawardena, Mrs. H. H. Basnayake, Mrs. G. P. Malalasekera, Mrs. H. W. Amarasuriya, Mrs. R. S. S. Gunawardena, Mrs. Rajah Hewavitarne, Mrs. Daisy Seneviratne and Mrs. F. Gunaratne.

The ACWBC has, since then, expanded its activities and also provides paying residential accommodation for ladies, a Physiotherapy Unit for elders and the handicapped and a Hospice to care for the terminally ill.

Several other projects are on-going, among them those for Catering Training and Self-Employment, Handloom Weaving and Handicrafts, Prisoners’ Welfare and most significantly, an Action Committee for the Protection of the Buddha Sasana (especially Buddhist sites in the North and East).

Islamic lectures

Islamic Jurisprudence lectures will be conducted by Al Haj Moulavi M. Rizvie Mu’min (Rashaadi) at the Ar Rashaadi Arabic College, Colombo Markus, Lukmanjee Square, Grandpass, on Mondays, commencing August 8, immediately after Isha prayers at Al- Ma’hadul Bukhariyul Kadirie Thakiya (Jamiul Falah Jumma Mosque) 178, Layard’s Broadway, Colombo 14 a news release issued by the Al Haj M.S.M. Hallaji , Chief Trustee of the Mosque states.

Echoes of Heaven

A choral singing programme by the Choir of St Sebestian’s College, Moratuwa in aid of their chapel fund will be held at the BMICH, Colombo on Friday, August 8 at 6 p.m.

The show is organised by the 93rd Batch of Old Boys of the College.

AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Past Pupils Association of Ferguson High School (Colombo Branch) will be held on Sunday, August 17 at Villa Magaleen, 34, Kapungoda, Pamunugama Road, Wattala. Past Pupils please contact Nalini Mapitigama on 2694254 or Kanthie Perera on 2805088 for details.

Beginning of Shaban

The Islamic month of Shaban Hijri 1429 commenced from August 3 evening. The night of Bara’th will be observed on August 17 evening.

Praise and worship programme

The Deborah Fellowship will conduct a praise and worship programme titled ‘Shekinah’ on August 8 from 5 p.m. onwards at the Elphinstone Theatre, Maradana to pray for peace in Sri Lanka.

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