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Exhibition of paintings

A solo exhibition of paintings by Harsha Jayawardene will be held at the Lionel Wendt on June 12, 13 and 14 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Harsha who has presented several exhibitions winning accolades both here and abroad is a distinguished pupil of veteran painter S. H. Sarath. He is an old boy of Carey College, Colombo.

NSB pirith pinkama

The National Savings Bank Bambalapitiya Branch has organised an all night pirith pinkama at its premises on June 13 to mark its 30th anniversary and transfer merit on war heroes and police personnel who have sacrificed their lives to defend the nation and eliminate terrorism from the country.

Praise and worship

A special service of “Praise and Worship” will be held at which the needs of the congregation will be individually taken up in prayer this Sunday, June 14 at 10.30 a.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, Bauddhaloka Mawatha (adjoining the BMICH), Colombo 7.

Blood donation

St. Clare’s College, Colombo 6, has organized a blood donation campaign to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the school on Saturday June 13 from 8 am to 3 pm at the school main hall.

Religious lecture

A religious lecture will be conducted on Sunday, June 14 by Moulavi Al Haj A.B.M. Mubarak (Falahi) after Isha prayers at the Nawala Mosque.


The Annual General Meeting of the Group of 93/94 of St. Peter’s College, Colombo 4 will be held at the College. Rev. Sister Flora Hall (Old Library) at 6 p.m. on June 12.

Kataragama Esala Perahera begins on July 22

The first ritual of the Kataragama Esala Perahera Kapsituvime mangalya was held on Monday at the auspicious time.

The perahera will commence on July 22 and the final grand event the Maha perahera will be held on August 5 and the diya kepime mangalya will held on August 6, the administrative officer of the Kataragama Devalaya W Gunasena told the Daily News yesterday.

During Poson poya a large number of devotees from different parts of the country worshipped the Kataragama and this year’s Esala festival will bring in a large gathering of pilgrims as there is peace in the country.

Already the Kataragama Basnayaka Nilame Shashindra Rajapaksa has given instructions to Government officials to provide all facilities for the devotees during the Esala season, he said. The Dansela in front of the Kataragama office will also function as usual.

Special bus services have been arranged during the Kataragama pilgrimage season.

Special pooja

A special pooja for the deities to express the gratitude of all Sri Lankans for being able to defeat terrorism and to invoke the blessings of Sri Dedimunda deity on President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the people of Sri Lanka would be held at the historic Dedimunda Devale, Alutnuwara on June 11, 12 and 13.

The pooja had been organized by the Vimal Geeganage Foundation.

Series of Pinkam

The Buddhist Association of the Sri Lanka Police will hold a series of pinkam to bestow merits on Police war heroes and invoke blessings on the disabled police personnel at regional police divisions on June 13 and 14.

These religious events will be attended by members of war heroes families of all religious faiths at temples, kovils and mosques.

State Television Awards

The State Television Awards ceremony organised by the Cultural Affairs Department under the directions of the Cultural Affairs and National Heritage Ministry will be held at the BMICH, Colombo on June 10 at 6 p.m. for the fourth consecutive year.

Fifty six awards will be made at this ceremony in respect of 21 different sectors.

A special award will be made to D. B. Nihalsinghe this year in appreciation of the services rendered by him for the progress of the television sector.

A souvenir will also be launched to mark the occasion, states a press release by the Cultural Affairs Department.

Jummah prayers

The Nawala Jummah Mosque has arranged to conduct Jummah prayers on June 12 by Prof. Dr. Moulavi H. Salahudeen JP, Chief Imam, Kandy Hanafi Jumma Masjid, Director Islamic Centre, Muslim Register and Founder Independent International Islamic Missionary, Sri Lanka.

Green Life Adventures launch today

Green Life Adventures a newly formed company promoting adventure-based corporate training, youth leadership programs and adventure-based holidays will have its launch today (11) at the premises of Gandhara on Stratford Avenue, Colombo 6.

Their services are focused at both the corporate sector in Sri Lanka and overseas as well as to promoting adventure-based holidays in locations including Kithulgala, Kalpitiya, Bentota, Thulhiriya, Avissavela and Mahaweli River.



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