President Mahinda Rajapaksa met all
editors of the print and electronic media at Temple Trees
yesterday morning. Also present were Ministers G.L. Peiris,
Basil Rajapaksa, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Keheliya
Rambukwella, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Secretary to the
President Lalith Weeratunga and Information Secretary W. B.
Ganegala. Picture by Sudath Silva
Hatton National Bank Managing Director
Manjula Silva presented a cheque to Ven Banagala Upatissa
Thera. Chief Incumbent of Chennai Mahabodhi Centre Most Ven
Thiniyawala Palitha Thera and Mahabodhi Society General
Secretary Wasantha De Silva also participated in the event.
Picture by Samantha Weerasiri
Thousands of people took part in an
Adhishtana Pooja at the Sri Vishnu Kovil in Devinuwara,
Matara on Sunday (08), wishing for the United Nations
Secretary General Ban ki Moon and the UN to gain
intelligence to think rationally. Youth Affairs and Skills
Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma, Economic
Development Deputy Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena and
Sri Vishnu Kovil Basnayake Nilame Dishan Wickramarathna
Gunesekera attended the pooja. ‘Rohana Maha Adhishtana Pooja
to protect the President and motherland’.
A programme to make the people aware
of the Thalassaemia disease was conducted opposite the Fort
railway station, Colombo organized by the Thalassaemia
Sahana Piyasa of the Colombo North Teaching Hospital at
Ragama. The people were educated on the importance of
undergoing tests for Thalassaemia before their marriage.
Picture by Lalith C Gamage
Drowning undergrads rescued
Mirissa Coast Conservation Department officials have rescued three
Ruhunu University undergraduates while they were drowning in the sea at
The three undergraduates were rescued by Coast Conservation official
who have set up a unit to save the lives of those drowning at sea.
Drug dealer detained
The Kandy Magistrate issued a detention order on an alleged drug
dealer for seven days on a request made by Kandy Police to detain the
suspect for interrogation. The suspect, a resident of Battaramulla was
arrested yesterday when he was found in possession of heroin.
A foundation will be laid for a Dhamma school building at the Mount
Lavinia Watarappola Road, Dharmayathanaya on May 17 to coincide with the
2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthiya.
Fund raising appeal
Blind Citizens Front is making an appeal for funds for 2011 themed
"Literacy through Braille".
Cheques and money orders should be drawn in favour of Blind Citizens
Front, and sent to Blind Citizens Front, 11, Housing for the Blind,
Fishermen bring samples of red sea water
Fishermen fishing at Point Pedro Inpurudi area have brought samples
of sea water red in colour.
The fishing nets cast six miles from the shore were found to be red
Their catch in this area had been bountiful earlier but now it has
They fear this is an indication of a pending natural disaster.
Special radio programmes in Sinhala, English, Tamil and Muslim
Services will be broadcast over the SLBC on May 12 to commemorate the
94th birth anniversary of late speaker Deshamanya M A Bakeer Markar.
Thilak Karunaratne will speak at 6.30pm over the English Service, Gemunu
Abesundara at 9am over the Sinhala Service and Dr A M Nahiya at 10pm
over the Tamil Service and A M Waais at 8.05pm over the Muslim Service.
Bakthi gee recital
The Sahanaya Resource Centre of the National Council for Mental
Health, Panadura has organized a Bethi Gee recital at the centre on May
17 at 7 p.m.
Mallika Karunaratne will deliver a public talk in English on
Vattupama Sutta (Majjima Nikaya) at a meeting of the Servants of Buddha
Society on May 14 at 4.30 pm at Maithree Hall, Lauries Road,
Vesak Poya program
Vesak Poya program at the Malikaramaya, Ratmalana on May 17.
6am administering of sil by Ven Weligama Gnanaratana Mahanayake There
8am - Medihtation conducted by Ven Wellawatte Ratanarama Thera, 9 am
Dharmadesana by Ven Attudewe Priyaratana Adikarane Sanghanayaka thera,
10am – Buddhist talk by Prof Asanga Tillakaratna, 1pm – Dharma Desanawa
conducted by Gamini Ratnasiri, 2 pm Dharmadesana by Ven Badulle
Sangharatana Thera, 3.30pm Dhammadesana by Ven Lelwala Thapassi Thera,
5pm – Dharmadesana by Ven Weligame Gnanarathana Mahanayake Thera, 6pm –
termination of sil and Ata Visi Buddha Pooja.
The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry in
coordination with the Fisheries and Water Resources Department have
organized an all night Pirith chanting on May 13 at the Ministry under
the patronage of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Rajitha
Blood Donation on May 15
A blood donation organized by the Welfare Society of People’s Leasing
Company Limited under the patronage of its CEO and General Manager, D P
Kumarage to mark the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi and the company’s
15th anniversary will be held on May 14 from 10am at the Kelaniya
A symposium on Sri Lanka Malay-our mother language organized by
Konfrensi Melayu Sri Lanka (COSLAM) and Persatudn Wanita Melaya Sri
Lanka (WASLAM) will be held on May 22 from 9 am to 1pm at the Padang
Complex, Jaalan padang Kew Road, Colombo 2.
Among those who will address the symposium are Honeida Packeer, T K
Azoor, B D K Saldin, Muhaj Hamin, Peter Slomdnsun, Sebastian Nordhoff
and Romola Rassool.
Author Latheef Farook will deliver a talk on ‘Why Middle East is
burning’ at No KG-7, Muslim League Youth Front Auditorium, Elvitigala
Flats on May 12 at 4.30 pm. All are welcome.
An Islamic lecture, on Duties and responsibilities of both the
Employer and the Employee_ will be delivered by Sheik Mufthi M H M
Yoosuf (Abu Umar) immediately after Isha prayers on May 16 at Majmaul
Khairath Mosque, 30/1, Nimal Road, Colombo 4.
The Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC),
Singapore, Research and Capacity Building Head Dr Kalinga Seneviratne
will deliver a lecture on Media Studies in Asia: Theory and Practice on
May 16 from 5 pm to 6.30 pm at the Mahaveli Centre, 96, Ananda
Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7.