2014 – 2nd Quarter

2014 – 2nd Quarter

Aug 7, 2015

Sri Lanka National Observance of the 69th United Nations Day
United Nations Association (UNA) with the assistance of the Ministry of External Affairs and the United Nations in Sri Lanka held the National Observance of the 69th United Nations Day at the Bishops College Auditorium Colombo recently.
The Minister of External Affairs Prof G L Peiris and the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Mr. Subinay Nandi graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively. Awards and Certificates were presented to the winners of the Best Study Circle, General Knowledge, Speech Contests and Art Competition among UNA study circle in schools in Sri Lanka while also presenting certificates and awards to the Best Teacher in charge of UNA Study Circles.
The Best Speaker award was given to Ravindu Rasanjana of Sri Chandrasekara Maha Vidyalaya, Panadura and the Assistant Secretary General UNA Mr M M M Rushanudeen received a token of appreciation for his volunteer service from UNASL President Dr. Lakshman Marasinghe. Cultural Items were presented by Ladies College, OKI International School and Asian International School students. The European Union Ambassador David Daly, High Commissioner of Canada Ms Shelley Whiting, Brigadier General G V Elapata, Mr A H M Azwer MP, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles Dr. Hector Weerasinghe and members of the UNA were present at this ceremony. While Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G L Peiris and the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Mr Subinay Nandi address the meeting, Ravindu Rasanjana who won the Best Speaker award maid the Key-note address.
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UNA NEWS LETTER United Nations Association of Sri Lanka July – December 2014

United Nations Association of Sri Lanka celebrated the UN Peace day on 21st September 2015 at Sri Chandrasekera Maha Vidyalaya at Horetuduwa, Panadura. Executive Chairman of the Association, Brigadier G. V. Elapata presided the meeting and Mrs. Kumari Wickramasinghe, the Information Officer UN was the Chief Guest. Mrs. S. D. P.J. Abeysena, Principal of the School, teachers and students of the School and Executive Committee Members of the UNASL also participated at this ceremony.
Key-note address was delivered by Mrs. Kumari Wickramasinghe, the Information Officer of UN. She explained the objectives of the UN, Activities of the UN Agencies and contribution made to maintain peace and harmony among nations as well as contribution made towards education of children in the world. She also appreciated the services rendered by the UNASL.
Dr. Parakrama Silva, the former Executive Chairman of UNASL stated that the activities of UNASL and contribution made to improve the awareness of school children about UN and its activities through the school Programme established by UNASL. The Principal of Sri Chandrasekera Maha Vidyalaya Mrs. S. D. P.J. Abeysena also spoke at the meeting.
The ceremony was organized and conducted by the prefects and the students of Sri Chandrasekera Maha Vidyalaya.
The Information Officer of UN Mrs. Kumari Wickramasinghe donated publications of UN for raising awareness of student population about UN and its Agencies.
UN Information Officer Kumari Wickramasinghe donating the UN publications to the Principal Ms S. D. P. J. Abeysena. Brigadier Granville Elapatha, students Ravindra Rasanga, Chanika Kaushani and others are present
Dr. Parakrama Silva, the former Executive Chairman of UNASL and UN Information Officer Kumari Wickramasinghe addressing the gathering
Important Notice to all Members 65th Annual General Meeting 65th Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held on Sunday 29th March 2015 at 11.00 O’clock. All members are cordially invited to attend this Meeting.
UNA – NEWS LETTER July – December 2014
The Best UNA Study Circles – 2013/2014
01st Place – Halpathota Roman Catholic School, Baddegama – RSC/218/2000
02nd Place – Mt/Christ Church College, Matale – RSC/242/2000
03rd Place – St. Thomas College, Matale. RSC/301/2006
04th Place – Sri Dewananda Central College, Mirahawatta – RSC/219/2000
05th Place- G/ Sudharma Vidyalaya, Galle. RSC/327/2013
The Best UNA Study Circles Teaches-inCharge – 2013/2014
01st Place – N. G. Sadani of Halpathota Roman Catholic School, Baddegama. RSC/218/2000
02nd Place – M. Z. M. Reza of Mt/Christ Church College, Matale. RSC/242/2000
03rd Place – D. Renuka Weerakoon of St. Thomas College, Matale. RSC/301/2006
04th Place – W. M. Chithra Kumari of Sri Dewananda Central College, Mirahawatta. RSC/219/2000
05th Place – E. G. Hemalatha of G/ Sudharma Vidyalaya, Galle. RSC/327/2013
Winners of Best Speaker Contest – 2014
01st Place – K. P. Melaan Sri Dhara G/ Richmond College Galle
02nd Place – N. P. Lakshitha Pasindu Madushanka. K/ Bulathsinhala Madya Maha Vidyalaya, Bulathsinhala
03rd Place – Kimuthu Kiringoda Vishaka Vidyalaya Colombo 05
04th Place – H. A. Ishari Madushani Wickramasingha Wickramashila Madya Maha Vidyalaya Giriulla
05th Place – P. A. Shehani N. C. Gunasekara Mahamaya Balika Vidyalaya Kandy.
Winners of General Knowledge Contest – 2014
01st Place – P. Ravindu Rasanjana K/Sri Chandrasakara Maha Vidyalaya Keselwatta, Panadura
02nd Place – Kanchana Geeth Samaraweera G/ Richmond College Galle
03rd Place – Farthuma Shasna Sadath G/ Sudharma Vidyalaya Galle
04th Place – W. A. H. N. Weerasinghe St. Thomas College Matale
05th Place – D. A. D. Ashan Chamika Sadaruwan C. W. W. Kannangara Central College Mathugama
Winners of the Annual Inter Study Circles Contests
UNA – NEWS LETTER July – December 2014
At the Invitation of United Nations Association of China (UNA of China) a delegation led by the President of the United Nations Association of Sri Lanka (UNASL) Prof. Lakshman Marasinghe visited 3 provinces in China from 8th December to 13th December, 2014. Mr. Dharmadasa Vitharana – Senior Assistant Secretary-General, Mr. M. M. M. Rushanudeen – Assistant Secretary-General, Two members of the National Executive Committee Mr. E. Karunaratne and Mr. Sampath Priyankara were the other members of the delegation.
The main purpose of UNA of China in extending this invitation was to disseminate information about UN, promote comprehension and popularization of UN endeavors and activities, help realize the purposes of the UN Charter and enhance the mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation among people of all nations. This invitation is a gesture of unity, strong emotional connection and goodwill with UNA of China.
The delegation received a very warm welcome and enjoyed excellent hospitality in the 03 provinces they visited. The arrangements were of a very of high standard in every place they visited. On 9th December the delegation was welcomed by Ambassador Lu Shumin the president and Mr. liu zhixian the vice president and Director General of UNA of China in Beijing. Thereafter the delegation had bilateral talks with the Hon. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr.Li Baodong, the President of UNA of China the Vice President and Director General of UNA China, and the other senior officials of UNA China in Beijing.
The president of UNA of China hosted with lunch at the historical hall for VIP guests in UNA China Beijing.
Beijing has a history of over 3000 years, is the capital of China is a famous city in the world of both cultural and historic importance. It boasts a wealth of cultural relics of which the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, and Forbidden City etc. have been put on the world cultural heritage list. The Delegation had the opportunity to visit the most spectacular and the largest architectural complex in China.
UNASL Delegates with UNA China Officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China
UNA – NEWS LETTER July – December 2014
On 10th December the delegation reached Chengdu a key economic centre of west China and the Capital of Sichuan province.
The delegation visited the Asian and African Department of Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs in Sichuan Provincial People’s Government and Institute of South Asian Studies. As arranged by the SICHUAN University Prof. Lakshman Marasinghe delivered a lecture on Law relating to International Trade to the Students of the University. The delegation had the privilege to visit Panda National Park in Chengdu. In the evening they met the Hon. Governor of Sichuan Province and had a very important bilateral discussion with the Governor and the delegation was hosted to dinner by him.
The delegation was taken to Kunming the Capital of Yunnan Province which is located in the far southwest of China, bordering Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar on 12th December.
During the meetings with UNA of China counter parts, authorities of Yunnan Provinces and Heads of Institutes exchanged views with regard to activities of UNA Sri Lanka, cooperation between China and Sri Lanka. On 13th December the organizers had arranged a visit to Stone Forest in Yunnan Province, which is one of the famous world heritage sites. The delegations of UNASL and UNA of China agreed that this visit had strengthened the friendship between the two Associations.
President Prof’ Marasinghe, with the other delegates at the University of SICHUAN
UNASL Delegates with Hon. Governor of Sichuan Province and Consul of Sri Lanka Mr Kandeepan Bala
President of UNASL with President of UNA-China, Mr Lu ZHIXIAN
UNASL Delegates with Staff of the Institute of South Asia Studies, YUNNAN ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
UNA – NEWS LETTER July – December 2014
Winged Bean (Dambala)
Psophocorpus tetragon a lobos
””””’continued from January – June 2014 Newsletter
Varieties – Several indigenous and introduced species are grown in Sri Lanka. The colour of the pods vary from green to purple.
Planting: – The plant is best planted in the Maha Season; is late September to early October. A single creeper or two are ample for a family home garden. The land can be ploughed or dug with a mammoty and compost or dried crowdung added at the rate of 3 Kg per hole 30 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm in size. Poor soils may need an initial application of urea, triple phosphate and murinate of potash 1:3:2. Two to Three seeds are planted in a hole 2-4 cms deep and thinned out leaving one healthy plant.
As the Winged bean is slow to start, weeding is required in the first month or two. Dambala needs supports as it is a climber. Fence was bamboo, gliricidia or branches of trees could be used for this purpose. Dambala is useful as an interplantation in coconut, rubber and many other plantations. It adds nitrogen to the soil as well as a good quantity of organic matter. The plant is free from pests and diseases’ Pod borer insects and caterpillars may cause problems in large scale cultivations, but not in a home garden’ The yield can be harvested in 10 weeks if planted in late September/ early October and continue for 2 months to 3 months’ Pods that are well filled and snap readily are ready for harvesting’
On a commercial scale Dambala could well be a good source of income for a family’ 25000 to 30000 kg of Dambala pods could be harvested from a well cultivated, carefully managed Dambala plantation of one hectare’ The retail price of this vegetable is around Rs 60’00 per kg’ On the assumption that a farmer sells his produce for about Rs 15 per kg the income from a hectare of Dambala will be in the region of Rs 375000’00 per crop’ A root tuber crop of 4000 to 5000 kg per hectare is also possible after the pods have been harvested (after 6-8 months of growth)
Should any person migrate to the Middle East for slavery when such prospects available at home?

Dr G P P SILVA MBBS (Ceylon) DPH (London) FRIPHH (London) Consultant in Community Health Former Editor UNASL
UNA – NEWS LETTER July – December 2014
Importance of Developing School Gardens
For a long time Sri Lanka’s economy has been dependent on agricultural products. In recent years the agricultural sector has lost its relative significance with the percentage share in the total Gross Domestic Products following a downward trend. Out of the total population 31%, especially the impoverished engage in agricultural activities. Therefore agricultural growth and productivity remains central in poverty reduction in Sri Lanka. In view of this the student population of the country should be given a thorough education about agriculture and agricultural activities.
United Nations declared 2014 as the year of Family Farming aims to raise the profile of family farming and small holder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development in particular rural areas. Similarly School Garden Development can be a powerful tool to improve the quality of nutrition, and education of children and their families in rural areas as well as urban areas in a country.
The main benefit of School Gardens Development is that children learn how to grow food and other crops and how to use them for better nutrition and /or marketing them. This can be done if the garden produces – crops such as vegetables, field crops, yams, pulses, fruits or any other suitable crops for the area, occasionally some live-stock like cows – contributes to an existing school meal programme which provide a bulk of the diet. Further the school may utilize any income generated from the garden for the benefit of impoverished students or providing some essential items for the school children. If the school garden is developed in a scientific manner, by the adoption of new farming technologies, it provides vocational training for children as well as the school garden will be an attractive model farm of the area. Beyond this, school gardens also serves as environmental education for personal and social development by adding practical dimension to these subjects. They may also reinforce basic academic skills like reading, writing, biology and arithmetic. The production methods are deliberately kept simple so that they can be easily replicated by students and their parents at home.
Although teachers, students and parents are enthusiastic about their school garden development they often face difficult challenges. Not having sufficient land, unavailability of water and quality seeds are some of them. In addition unavailability of funds prevent the children and the teachers from garden development.
In the circumstances the National Executive committee of UNASL is considering to introduce a School Garden Competition among member schools and reward the winners at the UN Day Celebrations.
Edirisinghe Karunaratne Executive member National Executive Committee
UNA – NEWS LETTER July – December 2014
Special Life Members
M. T. M. Farshad – Beruwala (1559) Dr. S.M.K.Abeywardhana – Kuruwita (1562) Indrajith Boange – Wattegama (1563) R.A.Shaamal Nishshanka – Pannipitiya (1564) M. J. M. Hikam – Beruwala (1565) J. A. M. Anas – Colombo 12 (1567) M. A. C. Mahsoom – Colombo 09 (1568) D.M.P.K. Kandegedara – Aranayaka (1569)
Life Members
B.S.D. Paramie Rathnayaka- Piliyandala (1560) Nabeeha Rushanudeen – Colombo 14 (1566)
Annual Members
Maheshini Dinali Peiris – Panadura (1561)
WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS Membership during July to December 2014
Secretariat General National, 39/1, Cyril Jansz Mawatha, Panadura 12500, Sri Lanka. Tel : 038-2232123, 038-2243080, Or 038-2232110. Fax : 038-2232123 E – mail : unasl@slt.lk

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