Shades of Beddegama in teeming Hong Kong-By GEORGE BRAINE Source:Island Even after being closely connected to Hong Kong for 26 years, I am still amazed by the contrasts there. Professionals earn the highest salaries in the world while destitute old women scavenge for cardboard boxes. Tycoons live in the world’s most expensive mansions while the poorest live in tiny subdivided flats. Perhaps the most striking contrast is the crowded urban areas of Central, Kowloon, and Mong Kok, and the deserted villages in the rural parts of the New Territories, where I lived. Hong Kong is barely 500 square miles, and only half of that is inhabited; the rest is given over to hillsides and country parks. They are seven million tightly packed people. Then, how does one explain deserted villages? Wong Chuk Yeung Leonard Woolf’s classic Village in the Jungle, set in colonial Ceylon, narrates the slow decline of a small, ...

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Veteran sports writer Elmo Rodrigopulle embarks on last journey today – By Susil Premalal Source:–dailymirror By Susil Premalal Former St. Benedict’s College, Kotahena cricket captain Elmo Rodrigopulle will go on his last journey today after a distinguished career as a sports journalist spanning over five decades. Elmo passed away after a brief illness just a day after his 80th birthday on July 19. He literally died with his boots on after having penned his long-running ‘Sportscope’ column which appeared on July 11 in the Sunday Observer, where he served as Associate Editor (Sports) at the time of his death.The right-arm leg spinner and handy lower order batsman played for Tamil Union and Saracens SC, which he also captained, and gained international honours when he represented the Ceylon Board President’s XI led by Michael Tissera against Hong Kong. He gained more prominence after he embarked on a career in journalism in 1970 ...

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Arthur Speldewinde remembering all the beautiful women he stared the stage with.   Arthur Speldewinde remembering all the women he shared the stage with in the 60’s. Besides this what I found to be of really great entertainment was by clicking on “Projesom”- that had various couples dancing to the old favourites ‘Rivers of Babylon’ etc  which shows the enjoyment these couples really had during these times. Priceless…..what a place Ceylon/Sri Lanka was… I am sure the older folks will remember these famous ladies…  Arthur is 81 years old ..  lives in Australia..  still singing.. enjoy…takes you down memory lane..all the  beautiful stage stars… 60s in OUR LOVELY CEYLON   ...

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Celebrating Haj according to health regulations-By Dr M Haris Z Deen Haj demonstrates equality amongst people Source:Island For a second year in succession, the Muslims’ Haj rituals will be conducted in a disciplined and orderly manner due to social distancing measures imposed by COVID-19 restrictions. This, indeed is a novelty, since under normal circumstances crowd control of nearly three million devotees, of all genders and ages assembled in one place and discipline in the performance of the Haj rituals had been impossible if not difficult. We have seen every year before this the number of people crushed to death particularly during the performance of the stone throwing ritual, termed ‘Rami’ in Arabic. It is indeed nice to see the rituals of Tawaf (circumbulating the Kaaba), performing the running in the valley between the Safa and Marwa hillocks and gathering in Mount Arafa in an orderly manner maintaining social distancing. All ...

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  “GOD MADE SPINOZA TOO” – By Des Kelly The Author of this . piece of.,~ writing is unfortunately unknown, yet it was sent in to me by my good friend, Artist/Cartoonist Max. Gerreyn and certainly merits inclusion on  e’Lanka,  so let us get it on, forthwith. The title (above) comes from me. I was born a Roman Catholic, have lived my life so far, as one, and will die, a Roman Catholic. I am not, in any sense of the word (or phrase), a “Church pillar”, however I DO BELIEVE IN GOD. There is only the ONE GOD, and it is quite obvious now, that this ALMIGHTY is fed-up with the World that HE created just recently, in the context of time. When God made us, HE created each & everyone with a brain. He then expected us to use this brain to live our lives as we should, in peace ...

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Mayo teacher becomes first single man to adopt a child in Vietnam Source:Con-telegraph A Mayo teacher living in Vietnam has become the first single man in the country to adopt a child. John Hennigan, a native of Ballina, spoke on national radio about the bond he has created with a baby boy who had been abandoned. He told the Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio One that he has officially adopted little Liam, who was left at an orphanage because of his cleft palate. After two surgeries and a protracted process to adopt the boy, he is now Liam’s dad – and enjoying the many challenges of parenthood. John is an English teacher at the British-Vietnamese International School and, last June, a Vietnamese friend sent him a picture of a newborn baby with a cleft palate who had been abandoned outside an orphanage centre in Hai Duong. John said: “It ...

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1961 England India- Bombay: Budhi Kunderan, Chandu Borde, Durani, Contractor. This is a non-profit channel dedicated to discovering and preserving of video artifacts of India’s cricket history. Most of the content was filmed by the Government of India for promotion, publicity, and distribution with the intent of bringing to public awareness India’s emerging social, political and cultural landscape. These film clips hitherto unavailable and at imminent risk of being lost are retrieved and presented here with the express goal of preserving and telling the history of Indian cricket to future generations. ...

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Sri Lanka launches online platform in China to promote exports, investments Source:FT The Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing assisted Hairong Technology Co. Ltd. to organise the introduction of the Sri Lanka Online Platform, along with an investment promotion seminar (SEIC 2021) at the Embassy on 11 July. The main objective of the event was to provide an online platform for Sri Lankan exporters seeking to access the lucrative Chinese market. This platform will encourage potential investors to explore the opportunities available in Sri Lanka as well. The platform was officially launched by Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China Dr. Palitha Kohona and Hairong Technology General Manager John Pan. The invitees included presidents of state-owned enterprises in China and CEOs of private companies. Ambassador Dr. Kohona invited the investors to consider Sri Lanka as their first choice for investment. He said that the political stability, the relatively better performance in controlling ...

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India funds Sri Lanka’s first floating solar plant to power Parliament Source:Adaderana Sri Lanka’s first floating solar power plant is planned to be built in Diyawanna Lake with the assistance of a loan from the Government of India. The floating solar power plant, which is proposed to be constructed to meet the daily electricity requirement of the Parliament premises, has a capacity of 1.5 MW. Minister of Power Dullas Alahapperuma stated that a preliminary feasibility study is currently underway. The Minister further stated that the construction of the power plant will be expedited and the Parliament will set a precedent for the entire country regarding the concept of floating solar power plants. The Mahaweli Authority has so far designated several reservoirs for the second phase of the new project implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Power and Energy, the State Ministry of Solar, Wind and Hydro Generation Projects Development, ...

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