General Convocation 2008 – University of Peradeniya

The University of Peradeniya held the General Convocation 2008 at the University gymnasium premises on the 26th February 2009(yesterday). His Excellency the Chancellor,Premadasa Udugama was the chief guest. Vice Chancellor, deputy vice chancellor, Registrar and all the Deans for 7 faculties were also present on the occasion.

At the convocation, about 2500 personnel(including me) from the 7 faculties were conferred with bachelors and masters degrees. The Bachelors Degree was awarded in the Engineering, Science, Medicine,Dental Surgery,Veterinary Science,Agriculture,Arts streams to the grandaunts.

The trophies for the best overall performance were awarded to grandaunts, who excelled in their academic studies on both Masters and Bachelors Degree Programs.

Internet & Communications Services Unit of the University of Peradeniya had taken steps forward to webcast Annual General Convocation for the 10th successive year.

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How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions

There are people in USA to convince the political and financial leadership of underdeveloped countries to accept enormous development loans from institutions like the World Bank and USAID. Saddled with huge debts they could not hope to pay, these countries were forced to acquiesce to political pressure from the United States on a variety of issues.Those people who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars are named as Economic Hit Men(EHMs). One of EHM published his confessions as a book named “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” in 2004. And I could read that book last week.

John Perkins describes himself as a former economic hit man–a highly paid professional who cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars.

20 years ago Perkins began writing a book with the working title, “Conscience of an Economic Hit Men.”

Perkins writes, “The book was to be dedicated to the presidents of two countries, men who had been his clients whom I respected and thought of as kindred spirits–Jaime Roldós, president of Ecuador, and Omar Torrijos, president of Panama. Both had just died in fiery crashes. Their deaths were not accidental. They were assassinated because they opposed that fraternity of corporate, government, and banking heads whose goal is global empire. We Economic Hit Men failed to bring Roldós and Torrijos around, and the other type of hit men, the CIA-sanctioned jackals who were always right behind us, stepped in.

John Perkins goes on to write: “I was persuaded to stop writing that book. I started it four more times during the next twenty years. On each occasion, my decision to begin again was influenced by current world events: the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1980, the first Gulf War, Somalia, and the rise of Osama bin Laden. However, threats or bribes always convinced me to stop.”

But now Perkins has finally published his story. The book is titled “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”

How to Dissable or hide blogger blogspot navigation bar

please note that, according to the term and condition of blogger.com you are not allowed to remove or dissable the navigation bar unless you’r blog has been published in your own server. This guidline is for those who have host their blog outside the blogger.com. But this code does work for blogs hosted in blogger.com as well.

step 01.
This guideline is to remove the blogger navigation bar(at the top of you’r blog page) from your blog page. First go to blogger dashboard and find Layout->Edit HTML. Then you can see some html codes embeded in a xml file as below.

Step 02.
Coppy and past the code sample provided below inside the template. Code sample should be inside the css code. Make sure to put
the code sample where you define the css codes(inside of the template).

#navbar{
height: 0px;
visibility: hidden;
display: none;
}

Step 03.
Save template and view the blog. Thats all you have to do for dissabel the blogger navigation bar.

Maname And prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra

Theatre has been Sarachchandra’s lifelong passion. As a young professor at the University of Ceylon, Sarachchandra produced sinhalese adaptations of Anton Chekov, Oscar Wilde and Moliere. But Western plays he decided, “never got to the root of our people.” He searched the villages for dramatic forms in his quest to identify an indigenous theatre. Together with his students and scholars he investigated folk rituals and dramas in villages of the south, as well as in the Kandyan hills and some parts of the Tamil north.

The epoch making play Maname was a result of his dedicated effort. Maname’s sensational reception established Sarachchandra’s stylised play as a popular genre. A stunning revival of sinhala theatre followed.

Maname is incontestably the greatest landmark in the history of modern sinhalese theatre. Highly acclaimed by critics and enthusiastically received by audiences throughout Sri Lanka and the world, Maname first staged on November 3 rd 1956 at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Maname gave modern Sri Lankan theatre resurgence and provided a cue for the discovery of the roots of Asian theatre. It was an outstanding combination of theatrical craft, poetic sophistication and dramatic concentration in which the essential elements in the folk theatre tradition were adapted to the modern stage.

Maname is based on the well-known Buddhist story belonging to the Jataka stories (Birth stories of Buddha) known as the Chulla Dhanuddara Jatakaya.

Maname has not only stood the test of time but also profoundly influenced the course of Sinhalese theatre. It could indeed be said that without Maname Sinhalese theatre would not have progressed the way it has. Maname occupies a unique place in the annals of Sinhalese drama. No other play has generated so much critical discussion, inspired so many playwrights or produced so many imitators. It is invoked as no other play is, as the touchstone of dramatic excellence. Its popularity remains undiminished to this day

Last night I could watch the Maname in my 3rd time. It was staged at “Ediriweera Sarachchandra Open air theatre” at university of Peradeniya. There was more than 2500 audience, althoug it has 52 years passed since it staged first time.

“Although I’ve walked all over the world with Maname, I couldn’t recieve such audience responce as here”, Lalitha Sarachchandra apreciated at the end of the drama.

A Scene from Maname

Milestones, New beginning to life

The big things in life, finishing high school, leaving home, maybe college or a first job, graduations,promotions, buying a first house or a car, marrying the person I love. Those are the key things I love to achieve in my life and I’m sure you too. We hold such meaning to these key events but why? Maybe we appreciate the adversity we overcome, the doubts and fears we conquered to achieve them. Maybe knowing that we have at last succeeded, we would love the opportunity to again re-live or even change the past. Whatever the reason we cannot deny that these milestones are both new beginnings and points.

I still think of university as a key point in my life as I’m sure everyone does, but when I look back I realize that my feelings when leaving university were different to my feelings now. The thing is we are afraid of the unknown, sometimes without realizing it. We spend our lives racing to grow up and when we get to the point we had pictured ourselves at, we are confused. We have wanted this moment for so long and now that it’s here, we can’t imagine what we will go on to do. For some, we wish to go back because we live knowing we missed out on things in the rush to arrive at the milestone. For some we have achieved everything we wanted and we can’t see anything of value to peruse.

A grate one milestone has come now in my life. It is the graduation. My convercation is going to be happen on next 26 at university of peradeniya.

The important thing is to remember and to cherish, but not to regret or get caught up in the past. Remember that with each end there is a new beginning

Vijaya College Matale

Matale Vijaya College celebrating it’s proud 123rd anivesary.

Vijaya College is situated in a beautiful landscape in Matale. It is surrounded by Vilshare mountain range. Collage has located in a corner of the City of Matale, just beside to the V.T Nanayakkara garden. School margine has marked by General hospital and International hockey turf from west, public cemetery and megistrate banglow from north, regianal Education office and V.T Nanayakkara garden from east and A9 road from south. It is a very first Buddhist school founded in sri lanka and it was founded by Hon H.s Olcot before 123 years before this(1886-2009). There are more than 2500 students currenntly doing studdies and about 100 staff members help them with principle Mr. A.K.D Siriwardhana. He is being principle at Vijaya National Collage since 2000. There is a huge library situated at west corner of the land helping students to find the universal knowladge with them selves and it says the proud history of the school. It’ll long being further more contributing a uncountable value to the collage.
I was lucky enough to be a part of the collage, when it celebrates its 115 anivesary in 2001.
“Proud to be a vijayans…”

Changed the Theme

During last 3 years I didn’t change much in my blog page theme. After 3 years I decided to totally change the theme. I’ve finally been able to make the jump and change my theme. I’m pretty excited about it, I think it looks good. I still have some things to work out. Internet Explorer viewers please be patient, it’s a little off.

Any suggestions on my theme please let me know. If you haven’t seen it yet (and are looking in your RSS reader etc) make sure to contact me.