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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 Sri Wedage

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 preside.

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 [email protected]

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 University.

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.

Memorial oration

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 3 p.m.

Prize giving

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.

Revised syllabus

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.

Inaugural meeting

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 22.

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.

Rifai feast

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.


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