Head of the visiting EU-Sri Lanka
Troika delegation and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of
the Czech Republic Helena Bambasova with Foreign Minister
Rohitha Bogollagama when the delegation called on the
Minister at the Foreign Ministry yesterday. Picture by Saman
No Security Council meeting on Sri Lanka
Yet another attempt by Britain, France and Austria to take up the
issue of Sri Lanka in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) failed
again on Monday May 11. Not even an informal discussion could take place
as China and current UNSC Chairman Russia were absent.
A website on books
A new website, www.pothmithro.com. designed to create awareness about
books published in Sri Lanka will be launched at a ceremony at the
National Library Auditorium, Colombo on May 19 at 9.30 a.m.
Director Trico International Institution Jayantha Kannangara will
This will be a common website open to all books published by
publishing companies, individuals and authors themselves.
There will be several other features to provide knowledge and
entertainment to subscribers. Editor of the website Manoj Rupasinghe
said further details could be obtained on 077 6196555, website
www.pothmithro.com or on email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training scholarships for NE youth
One hundred youth from Batticaloa, Ampara, Trincomalee, Jaffna and
Vavuniya will receive training scholarships in the areas of apparel,
media, and tourism.
These scholarships will be provided by the Unlimited Potential
Partnership (UPP) Program as part of 500 scholarships being awarded to
young people from the East and the North.
Transport Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has appointed P.P. Wijesekara
as the new General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways. Wijesekara born in
Baddegama, Galle, completed his primary education in Gurusinghagoda
Kanishta Vidyalaya in Galle. Thereafter, he entered Mahinda College for
his secondary education and obtained a degree from the Peradeniya
He has rendered a yeoman service as a Mechanical Engineer (Engine),
Deputy Mechanical Engineer, Chief Mechanical Engineer and Additional
General Manager (Technical) of the Railways.
Former General Manager, Dr. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan has been appointed
as a Special Consultant to the Transport Ministry.
Mohan Ellawala passes away
The death occurred of Sabaragamuwa Governor Mohan Saliya Ellawala at
a private hospital in Colombo yesterday. He was 61.
A past pupil of Seevali Maha Vidyalaya, Ratnapura and S. Thomas
College Mt. Lavinia, Ellawala entered politics in 1970 as Secretary to
late Minister Hector Kobbekaduwa.
He successfully contested the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council
election in 1993 and functioned as a Provincial Minister.
He was also SLFP Chief Organizer for Balangoda. He is a brother of
late Parliamentarian Nanda Ellawala and brother-in-law of Mrs.
Suranganee Ellawala Provincial Minister in the Sabaragamuwa Provincial
Council. Funeral Arrangements will be notified later.
Professor K. M. Nalin de Silva will deliver the Prof. P. P. G. L.
Siriwardene memorial oration on ‘Thin-film materials with enhanced
photovoltaic performance via self assembled monolayer (SAM) initiated
electropolymerisation: Organic electronics and nanotechnology’, at
Adamantane House, 341/22, Kotte Road, Welikada, Rajagiriya on May 15 at
The annual prize giving of Hijaaz International School, Mt. Lavinia
will be held on Sunday May 17 at the Bishop’s College auditorium,
Colombo 2. Vidyajyothi Professor Rizvi Sheriff will be the chief guest.
The Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs has organised
an Introduction of Revised Syllabus for Ahadhiyyah Schools will be held
on May 16 at 9 a.m. at the Gaffoor Hall, Zahira College, Colombo. Deputy
Director of Jamiyyah Naleemiyyah will be the guest speaker.
The inaugural meeting to form an association of the Past Cadets of
Prince of Wales’ College, Moratuwa will be held on May 17 at Sea View
Hotel, New Galle Road, Egodauyana at 10 a.m. under the patronage of
Principal Rohana Karunarathne.
All past junior and senior Cadets are invited and also there will be
a fellowship after the meeting. For details contact Samantha Perera on
5744917 or 0715234008.
Sri Lanka Navy will host the Indian Ocean Naval symposium; (IONS
Technical Seminar 2009) which is expected to be attended by delegates of
34 navies of the Indian Ocean region (IOR), conducted under the theme of
Practical Cooperative Mechanism for Technical Support within the Indian
Ocean, the seminar will be held at Taj Samudra in Colombo from May 21 to
The inaugural secessions of the Indian Navy Symposium will be at 9
a.m. on May 21 and the closing ceremony will be at 3 p.m. on May 22.
The Rifai Thareeq Association has organized 130 second Rifai Feast
commemoration of Saint Sulthanul Aarifeen Seyedna Ahmad ul Kabeerur
Rifai on Sunday at 10.00 a.m. at the Mohideen Mosque, Colombo 12 under
the patronage of Rifai Moulana Al Haj. U.P. Ashique Thangal.
A festival for the ordination of Silmathas will be held on June 30 at
Nawgala International Monastery for Silmathas, Galigamuwa, Kegalle under
the patronage of Chief Incumbent of the Monastery Ven. Batagama
Medananda Nayake Thera.