OBITUARY Dr NALINI KUMARI KAPPAGODA (21 Jan 1936 – 23 July 2021) It is with much sadness that I record the demise of Dr Nalini Kappagoda, lately of Bundanoon and Killara. Dr Nalini Kappagoda, a long-time resident, of West Pymble, Killara, and Bundanoon, in New South Wales, passed away at the age of 85 on 23 July. She was one of the most brilliant products of the Ceylon Medical College, from where she passed out as a doctor with First Class Honours in 1960. She was most likely the only student in the history of the Medical College to collect a bag of 4 gold medals during a studentship. In 1958 she was awarded the Hazarai Gold Medal for the best student at the Third MBBS examination. In 1958 she was also awarded the Loos Gold medal for pathology. In the same year she was also awarded the Mathew Gold ...

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Dead turtles and waves of plastic show Sri Lankan ship disaster’s deep ramifications-By Helen Regan and Chandler Thornton Source:CNN (CNN)For almost two weeks, a thick, black smudge stained the sky off Sri Lanka’s western coast — smoke from a burning container ship nine nautical miles out to sea. The Singapore-flagged X-Press Pearl caught fire on May 20 en route to Colombo carrying 350 metric tons of oil in its tanks and at least 81 containers of “dangerous goods,” including nitric acid — a highly toxic chemical used to make fertilizers. As the Sri Lankan navy and coast guard teams fought to douse the flames, the inferno tore through the ship’s cargo, releasing a cocktail of hazardous chemicals into the air and sea, prompting authorities to issue a toxic rain alert, and compounding fears of an oil spill. The fire released 80 tons of plastic pellets — raw materials used to ...

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Sri Lanka’s contingent prior to the opening ceremony-by Reemus Fernando When Sri Lanka’s Olympic contingent were entering the stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo yesterday, Nimali Liyanarachchi who could have easily become the country’s flag bearer was taking a seat in the business class for the first time in a long career to take wing from Colombo to Tokyo. On the same flight, Sujith Abeysekara who identified the talent at a very young age and helped her blossom into one of the country’s most successful middle distance runners was seated in the economy class. It was not long ago that Nimali and fellow track and field athletes slept on the floor during transit on their way to the last pre Olympic competition. The country’s sports authorities have decided to provide five star facilities to Olympic bound athletes and that paved the way for NImali ...

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Popular Tamil folk dances-BY DR. SUBASHINI PATHMANATHAN Source:Sundayobserver dances belong to Desi dances and they are appreciated by the elite, as well as by the ordinary folk. Some of the Tamil folk dances are practised by Tamil people all over the world in their annual temple festivals, general annual festivals and in the family auspicious functions such as puberty ceremony and wedding functions. A popular dance form is ‘Kummi’. The songs used in ‘Kummi’, are simple and elegant, and set to folk music. The songs may be on philosophical themes, or relating to day to day life of the villagers. The ‘Kummi’ songs are sung by one female or one female sings and others join in chorus. It is a group dance, accompanied by clapping of hands alternatively. It normally takes place at religious festivals, and social occasions. Kummi is close kin to ‘Kol Attam’. But both have developed on ...

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Enhance your immunity; have a cup of spice tea-by Panchamee Hewavissenti   Source:Sundayobserver A healthy immune system is the key to achieving a healthy life. It is the immune system of human body that defends it against the harmful alien substances such as viruses and bacteria. If the immune system is weak or fail to function, onslaught of disease-causing microorganisms are evident. People across the globe are stricken by an unprecedented pandemic and the health authorities place high importance on enhancing the immune system of the body to successfully fight against the virus. Health experts advise that immunity of the body should be enhanced naturally with the food and drink that we take in our day-to-day life. While some people are obsessed with taking expensive pills or syrup for improving immunity, both Ayurvedic and Western doctors advise to take food that have the capability of improving immunity naturally which creates ...

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 “SPANISH FLU!! SO WHAT’S NEW” ??. Thank you, to Chris.Lawton, for this amazing collection of photographic memories. They say that “A picture is worth a thousand words”, well folks, here we go, with many thousands of words (in pictures), for us to reminisce on. Let us take the time to concentrate on this “post” and hopefully learn something from it.   Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. Nothing has changed much in 100 years–most of the same old practices still apply–amazing !!! 101 years ago, same world, same tragedy… photos preserved it in black and white! ...

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Thilanka Hotel – Kandy, Sri Lanka A Garden of Pleasure. A Haven of Peace AYUBOWAN ! Bursting with the vibrant, luscious beauty of the hill country, gloriously adorned with wild strawberries and ferns, lies Thilanka Hotel in the historic city of Kandy with an ethereal touch of exotic grandeur. Standing alone in awesome splendor, set in serene tranquility, Hotel Thilanka is a symbol of glory and magnificence. ABOUT THILANKA HOTELS & RESORTS Thilanka Hotel, Kandy began as a simple five-bedroom guesthouse in 1978. Guests were served home-cooked meals and treated as family, in the ancient Kandyan tradition of hospitality. Over the years it grew, into a small hotel by 1983 and gradually into the current 92-room facility. Less than ten years ago we also expanded & constructed Thilanka Resort and Spa at Dambulla, providing a unique living experience in the heart of Sri Lankan agriculture and history. During nearly 40 years ...

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