125th Anniversary of the Visit of Anton Chekhov to Sri Lanka
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born on the 29th of January 1860, in Taganrog in Southern Russia on the Azov Sea. Anton started supporting his poor family in his teenage years by writing popular comic sketches, while attending medical studies in Moscow. He qualified as a physician in 1884 and started practicing, treating mostly the poor, free of charge, but continued his literary work, writing to periodicals, newspapers, short-stories, plays and so on. Chekhov’s first book published by someone else, “Motley Stories”, came out in 1886 with his real name on it. The book did well, and Chekhov was recognized as a new talent, becoming highly popular in Russia as well as the world over. Anton Chekhov visited Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) once in his life time when he landed in the Colombo harbor on the 10th or 12th of November, 1890 on his way back home to St. Petersburg, Russia from the cursed island of Sakhalin. He had stayed a few days in our island paradise as he described it and has visited the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens and gone to Kandy by train.
Date of Issue-23rd November 2015.
150th Anniversary of Colombo Municipal Council
The Philatelic Bureau of the Sri Lanka Posts issued a stamp in the denomination of Rs.10.00 on 14th December 2015 to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Colombo Municipal Council.Stamp Designer Mr. P.IsuruChathuranga
Davuldena Sri Gnanisssara Maha Nayake Thero
If someone were to find a living example of the noble qualities of priesthood and the noble qualities of cosmopolitan versatility, genuine qualities of humanity, symbol of humility, maturity of age, quality and wisdom personified in one individual in full measure, one will not find such a personality in any person other than the Mahanayake Thero of the Udarata Amarapura Samagri Maha Sangha Sabha , the Most Venerable MahanayakeThero of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya, Sanskrit Cakravarti, Ganta Visharada, scholar of other languages, Jina Sasana Kirthi Sri, scholar of six languages, Great Preceptor, Sri Sumangala Vidyavathansa, Agga Maha Pandita, Rajakiya Pandita, D. Litt, Vidyodaya Dharma Shastra Vibushna, DaiviBasha Parameshvara, Venerable Davuldena Sri Gnanissara MahanayakeThero. Born to the family of the pious devotee Davuldena Aloka Mudiyanselage Kawurala of Uva Paranagama and GajanyakeMudiyanselage Kiri Menike, on December 31, 1915, our most venerable hero entered the Buddha sasana under the tutelage of Ven Umele Siri Piyrathanathero, the chief incumbent of Sapugolle Thapodhanaramaya and Umele Pannananda Nayakathero in 1928. Being the first in the Final Class of the VidyodayaPirivena, the foremost seat of learning in the east, winning the coveted Syamaraja prize our MahanayakeThero won the RajakeeyaPandita title as well.
Date of Issue-31 December 2015