LEARNING HINDI THE INDIAN WAY

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The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India is offering scholarships to Sri Lankan nationals to study Hindi at the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan (Central Institute of Hindi), Agra, for the academic year 2016-2017. Applicants should have done Hindi as a subject at G.C.E. A/L or have done Madhyama or 100, 200 courses of KHS, Agra or any Hindi course conducted by Universities in Sri Lanka. The minimum age for admission is 21 years and the maximum age limit is 35 years as on 1.4.2016.

The selected candidates will be provided return airfare (economy class), stipend, hostel accommodation at nominal charges and an annual book grant. The application forms can be collected from the Indian Cultural Centre, 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07 (Tel. No. 2684698) or The Assistant High Commission of India, No.31 Rajapihilla Mawatha, PO Box 47, Kandy, phone no. 081-2222652 or The Consulate General of India, No.103, New Road, Hambantota, phone no. 047-2222500 or The Consulate General of India, No. 14, Maruthady Lane, Nallur, Jaffna, phone no. 021-2220502 on weekdays between 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. from 1 March 2016 to 10 March 2016 (weekdays).

Applicants should call-over in person to collect the forms. Duly filled in application forms supported by necessary certificates should be handed over to any of the above offices between 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 pm in person on 17 March 2016. The candidates are required to bring their original certificates and present themselves for an interview at the time of submitting their applications.

For further details please contact the Indian Cultural Centre on telephone no: 2684698 and Email: iccrcolombo@gmail.com.

The commoners’ friend who left us ten years ago

The unparalleled service rendered to the citizens of Kandy including the Dodamwala area by that great, exemplary people’s representative, M.B. Dodamwala, Justice of the Peace and former Member of the Municipal Council was remembered and appreciated on the occasion of his tenth death commemoration.

The grateful populace of Dodamwala still remember his services to the area. The road starting from Sir Kuda Ratwatte Mawatha to the Asgiriya roundabout was named “M.B. Dodamwala Mawatha” on February 2006 by the Kandy Municipal Council in recognition of the services he rendered to the area. Mr. Dodamwala first got elected to the Kandy Municipal Council as the MMC for Dodamwala ward in 1963, and since then he continuously got elected for the same ward until 1992 due to the immense popularity he commanded. The school for deaf and blind children was initiated in Dodamwala in the year 1964 thanks to the generosity and magnanimity of Mr. Dodamwala’s dear father, Dr. K.B. Dodamwala. The greatness of this father-son combination who sacrificed their material wealth for the common good shall be remembered with gratitude for ever.

A sub-postmaster by profession, Mr. Dodamwala served as the officerin- charge of the Sub Post Office at the Kandy Kachcheri for 14 years. Dodamwala Community Hall, Dodamwala Playground and the Dodamwala Public Cemetery are among the services he provided to the people through the Kandy Municipal Council. It was he who proposed that the land where the Bahirawakanda community hall stands at present be set aside for the needs of the common man.

He was the chairman of the Kandy branch of the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya. Being an extremely efficient person, he got appointed as a Hospital Supervisor in 1968 and as a Welfare Officer in NADSA (the present HADABIMA authority) in 1978. In 1981 Mr. Dodamwala got appointed as the Basnayaka Nilame of the Kataragama Devalaya in Ganegoda, Kandy and held this post for 10 years. His name is still very fresh in the minds of the people and it shall always be so. Lalith Walisundara.