Vijaya Kumaratunga memorial lecture
memorial lecture was delivered by veteran artiste Sathischandra
Edirisinghe at the 70th birth anniversary celebrations of veteran actor
Vijaya Kumaratunga. It was organized by the Vijaya Kumaratunga Memorial
Fan Club and was held at the SLBC's Ananda Samarakoon studio recently.
Minister of Mass Media, Gayantha Karunatilleka, who was present on
the occasionsaid "The politics practised by veteran artiste Vijaya
Kumaratunga were exemplary." He said Vijaya Kumaratunga was a person who
honoured policies which he respected and valued, therefore, the politics
he practised were exemplary. The Minister said Vijaya Kumaratunga spoke
for the people.
A collection of songs by Vijaya Kumaratunga was presented to the
Minister. Director General of the SLBC Erananda Hettiarachchi, Media
Secretary to the Minister B. Madushanka Abeygunawardana, singer
Sanjeewani Weerasinghe, film director Padmasiri Kodikara, actor Cleetus
Mendis and many veteran artistes were present.
Purple Parade 2
Purple Parade 2' a walk organized by the Parents Teachers Association
of Bishops College Colombo took place last week. The parade commenced
from the College premises, with the participation of Principal Sharmila
Gunatilleke, teachers, students and the 'Old Boys' who attended the
nursery at some point of time.
- Ruzaik Farook
'71st Royal Philex'
The Philatelic Club of Royal College has organized '71st Royal Philex',
the annual exhibition of stamps and items related to philately, to
commemorate the 71st anniversary of the club.on October 29, 30 and 31 at
the Lionel Wendt Gallery. This is the only annual stamp exhibition
organized by a student club in Sri Lanka for a continous period of 29
years. It is also and is the largest exhibition organized by a student
More than 1000 exhibits is open to the public free of charge.
Students of leading schools will participate in the 'Invited Schools
The 29th volume of 'The Royal Philatelist', the first philatelic
magazine in Sri Lanka and longest published philatelic magazine in South
Asia will also be launched.
The Philatelic Club of Royal College was formed in 1944, and is the
only Sri Lankan Club to be recognized by the Singapore Philatelic
70th National Observance of UN Day
United Nations Association of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Sri Lanka celebrated
the 70th National Observance of United Nations Day at the Bishops
College Auditorium recently.
The event also marked the 60th anniversary of Sri Lanka's membership
to the UN and the 65th anniversary of the United Nations Association.
The celebrations were held under the patronage of the Executive Chairman
of the Association, Brigadier General G.V. Elapata.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva was the Chief
Guest and the Acting Resident Coordinator and Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations FAO Representative for Sri Lanka and
the Maldives, Bath S. Crawford was the Guest of Honour.
The Chief Guest presented awards to the Highest Honorary Member and
Invaluable Service to the UN. Special awards were presented to those who
supported the Association.
Text and Pic : Ruzaik Farook
Asian Conference on Intellectual Disabilities held in Sri Lanka
Delegates with the Chief Guest Mano Ganesan
Sri Lanka hosted the 22nd Conference of the Asian Federation on
Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) from October 3 to 7 at the Sri Lanka
Foundation. The conference was attended by 210 persons from eight Asian
countries, one from the UK and 83 from Sri Lanka participated. They
included members of national organizations on Intellectual Disabilities
(ID) in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Japan, South Korea, Macau, Singapore
and Taiwan. In addition, academics doing research on ID persons,
teachers in special education units (SEU) in schools, ID persons
themselves and persons accompanying them attended the conference,
organized by the Ceylon Association for the Mentally Retarded (CAMR),
Sri Lanka's national member of AFID. Ms. Nandhini Wijayaratnam served as
the President of AFID since 2013 up to October 2015 . Minster Mano
Ganesan was the Chief Guest
Some performances were also staged by the dance troupe of the
National Youth Council and teachers of SEUs in government schools. On
the final day, four presentations by ID persons were made.
An offer was made by a group of delegates from an Eastern Asian
country to assist Sri Lanka to build a facility, including training of
staff, where ID children could be provided with an education and
training to enable them to lead a more dignified life in an inclusive