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Book launch on Monday

The investigative volume Dhos Nethi Vas Nethi Koss written by Deputy Editor of Silumina Nihal P Abeysinghe ANCL weekly will be launched on September 8 at 3.00 p.m. at National Library and Documentation Centre, Independent Avenue, Colombo 7.

Colombo University Vice Chancellor Kshanika Hirimburegama, Colombo University Environment Science Department Professor Sarath Kotagama, Lake House Chairman Bandula Padmakumara, 'Kalakeerthi' Rohana Pradheepa Edwin Ariyadasa, Vetaran Journalist Sunil Sarath Perera and several other distinguished invitees will take part in the launch event.

Mediation programme

A meditation programme will be held at the Yamuna Sadaham Aramaya, Maya Avenue, Colombo 6.

Ven. Olande Ananda Thera will conduct the meditation programme on Monday at 6.00 p.m. Bogoda Premaratne on Wednesday at 5.00 p.m. and Ven. Diyatalawe Piyadassi Thera on Saturday at 5.00 p.m.

Heart of Silence launch

Heart of Silence, a selection of English poetry written by journalist and critic Elmo Fernando, will be launched on September 7 at 4.00 p.m. at the Kalutara Children's Library auditorium.

Literati G.A. Matupema will review the book and recite some of its poems. Journalist Siri Abeysekara will talk on 'Elmo and his Society'.

The event is organised by '3-G Literary Movement' in Kalutara.

Yoga Bhavana workshop

The Yoga Bhavana workshop organised annually by the Maharagama Sethsanda Yoga Nikethanaya will be held on September 7 from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm at the National Youth Services Council, Maharagama.

The event which will unveil ancient Indian formulae for a healthy mind and body expects the participation of around 1,500 guests.

The organisation will provide breakfast, lunch and evening tea to all participants.

Participants are requested to reserve their seats on 011-2842726 or 011-4917629.

Convenor Charmin Warnakula will also launch his book Yoga and Vishva Shakthi

Islamic lectures

Scholar Moulana Fazil Farook will deliver a lecture on How to Beautify the Month of Ramazan on September 14 at 10.30 a.m. at the Nimal Road Jummah Masjid, Bambalapitiya.

These lectures will continue every Poya Day in English by Islamic scholars mainly catering to English speaking Muslims in Sri Lanka, under the guidance of Darul Uloomil Islamiyya, which conducts Alim Course in English.

Awareness programme

The Justice and Law Reform Ministry will conduct a one-day awareness programme for Inquirers of Sudden Deaths at the Ministry of Justice and Law Reform on September 6.

Justice and Law Reform Minister Amarasiri Dodangoda and Deputy Minister V. Puthrasigamani will be the chief guests. Justice and Law Reform Ministry Secretary Suhada Gamlath is organising this programme.

Prof. Ravindra Fernando, Professor of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology and Chief District Judge Sisira K Ratnayake will deliver the lectures.

Book launch

The book Abimanawath Tharunya authored by Pasitha de Silva, a member of the Tharunayata Hetak organisation will be launched at Richmond College, Galle tommorow under the patronage of Tharuyata Hetak organisation President Namal Rajapaska.

Writer Gamini Kumara Vitharana will delver a special lecture.


The book Alokayata Yata Hamuvima (Meeting Under the Lights) authored by journalist and actor Gamini Jayalath will be launched at 3 p.m. today at the Public Library Auditorium, Colombo.

Jackson Anthony and Jayanatha Chandrasiri will deliver special lectures.

The book is published by Sandakada Publishers, Rajagiriya.

Plane carrying Sonia makes emergency landing

A jet carrying India’s ruling Congress party chief, Sonia Gandhi and the Finance Minister made an emergency landing because of a technical problem.

Ms Gandhi and Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram were flying from New Delhi to the southern city of Coimbatore but the private jet had to touch down in Bangalore, 250 kilometres short of its destination.

Senior Congress party official Mallikarjun Kharge said the plane had made a safe landing. But gave no details of the nature of the technical problem.

Past Pupils’ Day

The past pupils’ day of Ananda Shasthralaya, Kotte will be held at school on September 6.

Walk to highlight food crisis

Walk and Feed to raise awareness of the global food crisis, organised by the Muslim Aid Sri Lanka (MASL), in association with the World Health Organisation, AmeriCares, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies will be held on September 14 at 4 pm at the Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre.

Academic programmes

The first year academic programmes for students admitted to the Faculty of Science, University of Jaffna based on the GCE (A/L) Examination 2007 will commence on September 24.

New students are requested to participate in the orientation programme that will be conducted on September 24 at 9 am.

Rs 10 m to purchase paddy

Rs. 10 million has been allocated to the Kandy district to purchase paddy during the Yala season, the Agriculture and Agrarian Services Ministry said funds have been released to Corporative Societies charged with the task of purchasing paddy from farmers.

Private traders have already commenced purchasing paddy.



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