Scientific research to boost fish industry
by Chittaranjan de Silva
A team of scientists from the
Industrial Technology Institute (ITI), in a bid to boost the local fish industry is
exploring hygienic processing practices for dry and maldive fish and also the possibility
of developing more value added products from fish.
Fish is the main source of protein of almost 65% of the population in Sri Lanka. The
research work into fish processing comes at a crucial time when the government is hoping
to increase domestic fish supply by improving inland fisheries. The research into fish
products will provide the people with a cheap source of protein while generating income
and employment for the rural communities, according to the ITI.
Out of Sri Lankas fish consumption in 1998 of 310,215 tonnes, imports amounted to
A huge 82% of imports are dry fish imports which are mainly due to a decline in the
domestic production in the North-East of the country due to the war.
Research into dry fish and other fish products would enable the country to become self
sufficient in fish and its related products, ITI sources said.
The team of scientists from ITI, formerly the CISIR, who conducted research into fish
products was led by Dr. Yasmina Sultanbawa and assisted by Mrs. Sriyani Rajapakse and Mr.
The team, that visited fish collecting centres in Negombo, Beruwala, Kalutara and
Matara and the St. Johns market in Colombo have conducted laboratory experiments and
gathered data on collected samples of fish.
According to ITI, several novel fish products have been developed through these
These products which were developed out of fish ranged from sausages, pickles, sauces
and snacks, soups, jaadi, smoked and dried fish, ambulthiyal, and animal feed prepared
from fish waste.
Some of these products were prepared at the request of the Ceylon Fisheries Corporation
(CFC), ITI sources said.
The fish products that were developed were later exhibited during the "Deevara
Janashakthi 1999" exhibitions which were held in Moratuwa and Negombo. ITI sources
said that products that were developed on CFCs request were later handed over to the
ambulthiyal manufacturing factory at Kalametiya.
Processing fish waste
Processing fish waste such as head, viscera and fins, which cause severe
environmental pollution, is considered important in tackling the problem at fish
collecting centres such as Negombo.
The fish waste is either thrown into the sea or buried and this is an environmental
hazard, not only in Negombo but also at all fish collecting centres in the country.
The ITI realising the value of fish waste has developed low cost animal feed for pigs,
poultry, cattle and fish after conducting several studies on fish waste.
The products are being tested at present before introduction into the market, ITI
New fish processing laboratory
As a result of the close association the Fisheries Corporations officials have
with the researchers of the ITI engaged in the fish industry, the corporation has agreed
to set up a fish processing laboratory at the institute.
According to ITI sources the construction work on the laboratory is to commence
The expertise the ITI has now acquired in quality enhanced value added products from
fish, is now being used in workshops in the production of dry and maldive fish.
Researchers at ITI, are planning to conduct research in future on the development
of under utilised fish species, like Tilapia and the introduction of traditional
Japanese seafood products such as Surimi and Kamaboko to the local
These steps, once introduced, will increase the demand for fish and fish products in
the country, researchers said.
According to them, safe products could be introduced to consumers by introducing the
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control (HACCP) system to the country.
The ITI has undertaken to assist the fish processing industry with respect to new
product development, sensory and shelf-life studies and quality assurance and trouble
Market trials for clients will be undertaken for those interested in studying the
market before production.
The ITI will also transfer the technology of all its products available for transfer.
Dharmapala: A life dedicated to the cause of Buddhism
by Kawatte Siri Sumedha Thero
(Continued from yesterday)
Again from 1902 to 1904, the Anagarika toured Japan, America, London, Holland, Denmark
and Italy preaching the noble Dhamma of the Sakyamuni Buddha and collecting funds to
develop Buddha Gaya, Sarnath and other places of Buddhist interest. When in America and
England he visited industrial schools to gain awareness on subjects taught and practical
In April 1904 he visited Colombo and in July returned to Sarnath and started an
Industrial school for the benefit of the youth.
The Maha Bodhi journal, which was started in May 1902 was very much popular at this
time and it had a fair circulation in India and abroad. In addition to the journal and
other publications on Buddhism the Anagarika initiated starting Pali classes at the
Calcutta University. This was a major step towards propagating Buddhism.
From May, 1906, he visited Colombo several times and started the "Sinhala
Bauddhaya" and the Maha Bodhi printing press, schools in Hiniduma, down south and
Rajagiriya near Colombo. For these, funds were donated by Mrs. Forster of Honolulu.
In 1907, there were some set backs in the Buddha Gaya Temple case, but still the
Anagarika continued his legal battle with courage and confidence.
Mrs. Mary Foster, having expressed satisfaction on the noble work started by the
Anagarika, donated funds to purchase a property in Calcutta to house the Maha Bodhi
Society. Accordingly a house at Beniapukur lane, in Central Calcutta was purchased in July
From 1912 to 1915, the Anagarika spent most of his time in Sri Lanka. He started a
National Revival Movement and travelled all over the island arousing national feelings
among Sinhala Buddhists. He travelled by bullock cart from village to village expressing
antiimperialistic ideas and opinions. At this time he became a national hero. He was named
as the "Lion of Lanka" by his countrymen.
During this period he started Foster Robinson Hospital and Maha Bodhi College at
Mallika Santhagara at Darly lane, Colombo.
In 1915 May, there was "Ceylon Riots", between Sinhaless and Muslims. It was
just one year after the war broke out in Europe.
The British authorities in Sri Lanka having come to know the strong Sinhala- Buddhist
feelings among Hewawitharana family decided "desolve" its strength. They
arrested the Anagarikas younger brother Edmund, tried him by Court Martial for
treason, found him guilty and sentenced him to penal servitude for life. Later he died
inside the jail.
The Anagarika Dharmapala was adviced to proceed to India immediately in view of
avoiding arrest by the British-rulers in Sri Lanka. But when he came to Calcutta he was
kept under house arrest for five years on the request of the British authorities.
This period of five years he utilised for a better purpose. It was to built the
Dharmarajika Vihara in Calcutta. Secretary.
In 1915, the Maha Bodhi Society of India became a registered body. (No. S/2666/61 of
1915-16). A Governing Body was formed with Sir Ashutosh Mookherjee, the Chief Justice of
the High Court Calcutta and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta and real builder
of the edifice of higher education in India as President.
Anagarika Dharmapala was elected the General Secretary.
In the month of July 1915 he purchased a land at College Street, Calcutta. When the
Govt. of India announced its desire to present a sacred Relic of the Sakyamuni Buddha to
the Maha Bodhi Society if the latter would built a suitable temple in Calcutta, the
Anagarika agreed with the proposal and started erecting the Vihara at College Street in
July 1918. Foundation stone was laid on the 6th December.
The construction of the Vihara was completed in 1920. The main donor to the Vihara fund
was Mrs. Mary Foster, the "Foster Mother" of the Anagarika. She contributed a
total amount of Rs 63,606 and the Maharaja of Baroda contributed Rs 5,685. Ms. Birla
brothers also contributed a sum of Rs 5000 towards the Vihara fund.
Sri Dharmarajika Vihara was opened on the 20th of November 1920 at an impressive
Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee, the president of the Maha Bodhi Society of India along with
Anagarika Dharmapala and Mrs. Annie Besant arrived at the Government House followed by a
colourful procession consisting of Burmese, Sinhaless, Chinese, Japanese, Siamese and
Indian Buddhist monks and a concourse of about two thousand people. His Excellency Lord
Ronaldshay, the Governer of Bengal handed over the Relic of Sakyamuni Buddha contained in
a crystal casket to Sri Ashutosh Mukherjee. He handed over the same to Anagarika
Dharmapala who placed the casket on the throne placed in a carriage draw by six horses.
The procession returned to Dharmarajika Vihara and the Relic was enshrined in the
specially prepared stupa.
In the evening the opening ceremony of the Vihara was held under the presidentship of
Lord Ronaldshay in the presence of a distinguished gathering.
With this, Anagarika Dharmapalas long cherished desire for building a suitable
Vihara in Calcutta, where he used as the centre of his activities was at last fulfilled.
In 1922 the British released him from his "confinement to Calcutta city" and
allowed him to go out of India. Also, Devapriya Valisinghe, the Anagarikas chief
disciple, by this time worked hard to realise the aspirations of his master.
While attending the construction work of the Dharmarajika Vihara, both the Anagarika
and Devapriya Valisinghe started negotiations with the Archaeological authorities and the
British officials to obtain a plot of land to build a temple in Sarnath. Where the Buddha
preached his First Sermon. The land which was purchased in 1901 by the Anagarika was under
dispute. However, they managed to obtain a plot of land to build a temple.
On June 30th, 1916, the Government of India through the Government of Bengal (By latter
no. 1022 of 31st July 1916, Gen. Dept, Miscell. Branch) informed the Maha Bodhi Society
that the Government of India was prepared to present a Relic of the Sakyamuni Buddha to
the Society, if the Society would erect a suitable building for a temple at Sarnath.
On account of the unfavourable state of affairs then prevailing due to the war, the
Society was unable to begin the construction work of the proposed temple.
In 1920 things came to a normality, and the Society decided to erect the Vihara on the
Societys land. But even with the letter in hand sent by the Govt. of India proposing
to build a temple to enshrine the Relics of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the Society had to
undergo a lot of difficulties in getting the final approval. There were a lot of disputes
between the Society and the Government authorities. Devapriya Valisinghe, the personal
disciple of Anagarika Dharmapala faced all these with confidence.
On the 3rd November 1922 the foundation stone of the Vihara was laid by His Excellency
Sir Harcourt Butler, the Governer of the United Provinces.
Soon after the foundation stone laying ceremony for Mulagandhakuty Vihara, Sarnath, it
was decided to take up the revival of Buddhist activities there in right earnest. Ven.
Kumbalwelle Siriniwasa Thero became the resident monk in Sarnath. Devapriya Valsinghe who
took over the maintaining the societys institutions and activities in India from his
master visited Sarnath frequently to supervice the work of the temple.
While the construction work of the temple was in progress, it was again stopped by the
archaeological department. It was a challenge to the Society and Dr. Hewawitharana,
brother of Anagarika Dharmapala along with Shri Devapriya Valisinghe went all the way to
Taxila to meet Sir John Marshal, who gave them a sympathetic hearing.
The dispute between the Government and the Society was settled in 1926 by the
Government (1) agreeing to bear the cost incurred in connection with the foundation work
and (2) offering a suitable plot of land for the proposed Vihara.
The Government was generous to set apart nearly 20 acres of land and to bear the cost
for laying it out as a park, which would be an annexe to the Vihara, with suitable tress,
The construction work of the temple started again with funds provided by Mrs. Mary
Foster, parents of the Anagarika, his brothers and several wellwishers from India and
As Devapriya Valisinghe was away in England attending the London Buddhist Mission work,
as its manager, Mr. P. P. Siriwardhana, another disciple of the Anagarika looked after the
work of the temple.
During this period Anagarika Dharmapala visited Sri Lanka and restarted the
"Sinhala Bauddhaya" which was suspended in 1915 during the riot period.
In 1923 Mary Foster Permanent Fund was established with a capital of US dollars 50,000.
From 1925 to 1927, the Anagarika toured England, America, and Sri Lanka several times.
It was during this period London Buddhist Mission was established. In 1926 July, permanent
head quarters of the London Buddhist Mission was established at the Foster House, London,
which was purchased from the money received from the firm of "H. Don Carolis",
the trustees of the Anagarikas fathers estate and the personal gift from Mrs.
Mary Foster. According to records available Anagarika Dharmapala visited London again
towards the end of 1927 with funds sufficient for the purchase of another house for a
Vihara in Regents Park. Same year he sent three Sinhalese Buddhist monks, Ven.
Parawahara Vajiragnana, Ven. Hegoda Nandasara and Ven. Dehigaspe Pannasara Theros to
London "to keep burning in England the lamp of the Sublime Law".
It is worthwhile mentioning that Mahatma Gandhi father of the nation participated in
the Vaisakha Celebrations in Calcutta in 1927 on the invitation of Shri Devapriya
From the end of 1927 to 1931 Anagarika Dharmapala was confined to bed with stomach
trouble and heart disease but planned the future of the Maha Bodhi Society and the work at
The death of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Foster, the Hawaian Lady from Honolullu, on the 19th
of December 1930 came as a shock to the Anagarika. She was his "Foster mother".
She generously contributed to Anagarika Dharmapalas noble work. It was she who made
the first donation towards the construction of the Mulagandhakuty Vihara as well as Sri
Dharmarajika Vihara in Calcutta. Whenever the Anagarika was in need of financial
assistance for his Buddhist revival work it was Mrs. Foster that helped him with absolute
S. C. Shirley Corea
Shirley Corea of Chilaw was a well-known figure not only in the land he was born but
all over the world. Shirley to most and Shirley "Hamu" to the rest; born on
March 7, 1906 to the State Councillor late C. E. Corea and May Queeni Corea of Edirilla
Mr. Corea was educated at S. Thomas College, Mt. Lavinia and Royal College,
Colombo. He joined the Ceylon Law College and passed out as a Proctor of the Supreme Court
of Ceylon in 1932. Be stabilised his practice in Chilaw and extended his much sought legal
carrier in Kuliyapitiya, Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Mannar, Vavuniya and Maho; once he was
retained in a case to defend late Mr. Eddi Jayamanne and the rest of artists in a Madras
Court. He was a well known trial lawyer.
His distinguished law carrier was disturbed in 1952 when the constituents of Chilaw
made a request to him to contest the Chilaw Parliamentary "eat on the U.N.P. Ticket;
Mr. Corea did successfully and he was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary (Junior
Minister) to late R.G. Senanayake, Minister of Trade Commerce and Fisheries, on Mr.
Senanayakes resignation, Mr. Corea was appointed the Minister of Trade Commerce and
Fisheries by late Sir John Kotalawela, Prime Minister.
Mr. Corea was re-elected to Chilaw seat in the House of Representatives in 1965 and
appointed the Deputy Speaker and the Chairman of Committees in the Dudley Senanayake
government and was elected Speaker in 1967.
Mr. Corea has done many development work in his electorate; he always gape priority to
Society and not for the particular individual, in Chilaw electorate Yoda-Ela Scheme in
Karawita, Sengal-Oya Scheme; development of Karukupone and Udappuwa fishing villages;
Transport Services; Education; Health are the few priorities he had.
Chilaw Bauddha Mandiraya would not have been, if not for Mr. Coreas afforts,
there were a lot of obstructions from Judges, lawyers and many others as this building is
just adjecent to the District Court of Chilaw, but Mr. Corea was successful and laid the
foundation by late William Gopallawa, Governor General of Ceylon; for this act Dr. A. D.
V. Premaratne; Messrs. Sirisena Weerasuriya, Sirisoma and N. M. Gnanalankara gave their
utmost support to him to make this venture a success; it is also unforgetable the services
he rendered to the Ananda College of Chilaw.
Mr. Corea was also the Patron of Chilaw District Boy Scout Local Association and in
many other social service organisation.
He was the Chairman of Chilaw Puttalam Planters Association, Chilaw Negombo
Rotary Club and many times, the President of Chilaw Sports Club, Commonwealth Association,
a delegate to the World Peace Through the Rule of Law and President of Law Society of
Ceylon. Mr. Gorea was a very close associate of Asia Foundation during the time,
representative in Sri Lanka Mr. James H. Nayes and obtained much assistance to his
As a devoted Christian Mr. Corea served as a Diocesan Council member for a long period.
This great son of Sri Lanka left us on March 3, 1974.
Mr. Corea departed from this life without any issue to follow his foot path, but there
is his cousins late Sir G.G.S. Coreas son present Puttalam District M.P. - Harindra
Corea and his brother late Charles son Charles Edirilla Corea both in Chilaw
will follow suit.
May he rest in peace in the safe hands of Jesus.
Dr. H. W. Jayewardene, QC
It was ten years ago on April 20, 1990 Dr. H. W. Jayewardene, QC, a great advocate Sri
Lanka produced left this world. He was an advocate par excellence, a Queens Counsel who
appeared in almost all the important appeals in this country, a good administrator, a
great teacher to many a lawyer and a pillar of strength to the legal community.
Dr. H. W. Jayewardene, QC, was born on the 3rd of November 1916 to one of Sri
Lankas great legal dynasties. He was a brilliant student of Royal College, Colombo,
where he won several awards. In the choice of a profession, he like his father, Grand
father, paternal uncles and his own brothers before him, selected law. At Law College, he
passed all his examinations with honours and won scholarships and the prize on the law of
evidence. He apprenticed in the Chambers of the Late M. T. de S. Amarasekera, K. C. and
the Late N. K. Coksy, K. C. and was called to the Bar as an Advocate of the Supreme
Court on the 18th of March 1941. In the field of law, he practiced both Civil and Criminal
Law, but demonstrated a preference for Civil appeals. In a short span of 13 years he
dominated the Appellate Courts and in recognition of his exceptional ability, silk was
conferred on him at the blossoming age of 37 years.
He was the first President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, an organisation that he
was instrumental in setting up, the President of the LAWASIA, the President of the
Organisation of Professional Associations and the Vice President of the Commonwealth Law
He was a perfectionist, precise in what he said and did in the Courthouse or elsewhere
and he meticulously prepared for each case irrespective of the importance of the brief he
was handling, and more than all exceptionally hard working. In an era where the standards
of professions are diminishing, it is pertinent to note a few admirable qualities of this
great practitioner. When a case was handed-over to him, and from the time the brief
reached his Chamber, he saw to it that his client got the best. Working with his juniors,
something he always enjoyed, teaching, moulding and more than all giving all the
encouragement and blessings a junior needs in the profession. Once showing some briefs
that were on the shelf, he said, " Treat all briefs a like, some cases will
bring you more money, and some may be pro deo (appearing free of charge), but your future
will sometimes depend on the case you do pro deo." His Chamber was full of character
and reflected his many interests. It had not only legal literature and law reports from
many countries, but rare books on many other fields, such as Architecture, History,
Civilization, Aesthetic Education, Buddhism and even a large sculpture of Saraswathie the
goddess of knowledge, in a conspicuous place.
Dr. Jayewardene was a man of many parts. He was the Chairman, Law Commission, served in
the Council of Legal Education, and on the Board of the Law Faculty of the University of
Colombo. In recognition of Dr. Jayewardenes dedication to legal learning, the
University of Colombo in 1985 conferred on him the Degree of Doctor of Laws. He also
served as Chairman of the Industrial Disputes Commission, Director of the Tourist Board,
Chairman of the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, member of the UN Sub-Commission on the
Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities and Chairman of the Human Rights
Commission. He also served as a member on The UN Commission to report on the dispute
between the government of the U.S.A. and the government of Iran regarding American
hostages held by Iran. He led many foreign delegations representing Sri Lanka and in fact
led the delegation to Thimpu, Bhutan and New Delhi to discuss a solution to the ethnic
problem. In 1985 he was a guest of the U.S.S.R Academy of Sciences and in 1986 he was
invited by the Government of Australia to visit that country as a distinguished person.
His visit to China as a special invitee literally laid the foundation for the magnificent
Superior Courts Complex of Hulftsdorp. Today it stands as a great monument to his memory,
yet only a very few know that without him there would not have been such a wonderful
He was an erudite scholar and above all a gentleman, who was willing to help anyone who
came his way for assistance, be it in the legal profession or other field. The exemplary
character of Dr. Jayewardene is worthy of mention for the benefit of those who were not
fortunate enough to know him. Being the brother of the President of the country at that
time, and a powerful advocate in the field of law with a lucrative practice, he had only
one telephone, which was shared between his home and Chambers and only one car at home. He
even switched off extra lights and was meticulous in his accounts. The Chamber was
exceptionally methodical and so was his work in and out of Chambers. Even on Christmas day
in the year 1989 he worked with his juniors in Chambers preparing carefully to oppose
certain provisions of the Debt Recovery Legislation that were to be passed. It was a
privilege working in such a Chamber and I cherish those memories. He has produced a host
of great luminaries from his Chamber and those juniors of his are ever grateful to him for
the guidance he provided. In the words of Mr. Parinda Ranasinghe Chief Justice at that
time, at the Reference to the Late Dr. H. W. Jayewardene, Q.C. in the ceremonial Court at
Hulftsdorp on the 21st of June 1990.
"One of the noblest and finest features of the legal profession has been the
practice of the Seniors opening the doors of their chambers to juniors who, though ready,
willing and able to work, have nevertheless not had the opportunity to get going. This
tradition had been handed down from generation to generation; and Dr. Jayewardene was one
of those stalwarts who quite readily and sincerely observed this time-honoured tradition.
Even before he took silk he did, with commendable consideration and enthusiasm, take under
his wing several juniors. The only consideration, which weighed with him, was the ability
and the willingness of the juniors to work and work hard. Once he sized up a junior, then,
in the calmness of his Chambers and during the long car-journeys to far distant courts of
this island, he would explain in his inimitable fashion intricate principles relating to
the various branches of the law: he would also initiate his juniors not only into the
intricacies of court-craft but also din into them principles underlying the code of
ethics, and the finer points of professional etiquette which guide the members of the Bar.
Dr. Jayewardene took great pleasure in following closely their subsequent careers and
derived immense joy and happiness at the progress they made in their chosen fields of the
law. There are today, on both sides of the Bar table, persons occupying positions of trust
and responsibility, who had, during their early formative years, been fortunate enough to
have been guided by this eminent lawyer - gentleman in the legal firmament. They
acknowledge with humility the deep debt of gratitude they owe him.... "
On completion of 49 years at the Bar, on 18th March 1990, he celebrated this event in
grand style at his Estate in Veyangoda, with all his juniors, past and present, their
family members, relatives and friends. It was indeed an eventful day. It is but
unfortunate that he had to depart this world a month later, while on a pilgrimage to
India. I was the last junior counsel in his Chamber, and having completed my
apprenticeship under him, continued to work in his Chamber for almost three years. It was
just two months before his sad demise, that he was a witness at my marriage. It was a
privilege to be under his pupilage and I will always remember him as a great guru, and a
father figure. He was a great family man, always devoted to his wife, children, and
grandchildren and in laws. He never neglected his duties to the family irrespective of his
innumerable other commitments. He was also a Buddhist, in its true sense. It is true that
a decade has passed since his untimely death, but the services he has rendered to the
legal fraternity of Sri Lanka will always remain as a glorious tribute to this great son
of Sri Lanka. In my own way let me say, God Bless you Sir.
May he attain eternal bliss.
"When the great scorer comes to write against your name, he does not write whether
you won or lost, but how you played the game,"
Much has been written about the late Mr. Albert Fernando as a brilliant soccer player
and an astute coach who brought immense fame and popularity not only to St.
Benedicts College, but to the entire nation as well. Undoubtedly Mr. Albert Fernando
was a household word in his, heyday. I gladly subscribe to what has already been written
about him in the dailies. I would therefore confine myself to the other side of Mr. Albert
Fernando as a zealous Pastor.
Returning to India, apart from dedicating his life as a soccer coach, he devoted much
of his precious time preaching the word of God, especially his newly discovered faith in
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He was constantly recalling to his mind the holy
presence of God and reminding himself about Gods powerful and healing words-pious
habits which he might have earlier acquired while at St. Benedicts College.
"Praise the Lord", "Alleluia," "Praise be to Jesus", such
lofty spiritual phrases were constantly on his lips. He used to encourage people to place
their faith, trust and confidence in God. Taking cue firom Isaiah the Prophet, "The
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the
poor; he has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, recovering of sight to the
blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed and to proclaim the acceptable year of
thc Lord," (Is. 61:1-2) Mr. Albert Fernando used to preach about healing the wounded
hearts, bringing consolation to the afflicted, strengthening human relationships, touching
the shattered lives of broken families thus cementing their rift, encouraging teachers in
their onerous duties and helping distraught parents to solve their own problems end those
of their unruly children. Such was the spiritually rewarding mission of Mr. Albert
Towards the evening of his life, he came to visit me with his beloved wife. He spoke at
length about his "rebirth" in the Spirit and how the hand of God was leading his
destiny. He spoke about his spiritual encounters and the lives of thousands of people whom
he had touched and in return touched by them. He was a new man full of zeal and enthusiasm
for the spiritual.
On my desk there is an admirable book entitled "The Shepherds Staff,"
autographed and presented to me by Mr. Albert Fernando. It is a magnificent book of
inspiration and encouragement to the weary soul. The powerful word of God which is sharper
than a double - edged sword comes alive, cutting through ones selfishness, greed,
craving for material possessions and ones lethargic slumber and callousness to the
constant cries of the poor, the needy, the marginalised and the downtrodden. The word of
God shapes, forms and moulds a person into a better human being. In the soul - searching
words of the famous Russian author of " War and Peace," Leo Tolstoy, "I am
born a man, now I must become human," is the task of every person.
"The Shepherds Staff Mr. Albert Fernando the once famous soccer coach
"You cant lose if you stay with Gods game - plan."
"The Christian education of youth is one of the greatest responsibilities of the
enlightened life itself. I salute the De La Salle Brothers all over the world for their
dedicated service to youth. Let your leadership bring more realization among the teachers
of the importance of the word of God." Albert Fernando
I shall treasure that lovely book all my lifetime.
Farewell, dear friend Mr. Albert Fernando. We shall certainly meet on the beautiful
heavenly shore, some day.
Dr. Baptist Croos, F.S.C
Sri Lanka United Nation Friendship Organisation