A deserted and forgotten world-BY MAHIL WIJESINGHE Source:Sundayobserver Our destination was Bambaragasthalawa in the Yala East National Park and it was a six-member group. After venerating the Okanda temple, we reached the entrance of Kumana National Park. Entering the park, we were fortunate to see a Black Necked Stork in one of the lagoons. We were briefed by our guide that there were only seven in the entire country. Crocodiles, wild buffaloes, eagles, tuskers, wild boar, deer and many kinds of birds caught our attention as we drove along muddy holes and the sandy tracks of Kumana jungle to reach our destination. A routine trip to Kumana to enjoy not only the fauna and flora but also visit the ancient ruins, artifacts and archaeological monuments led to a tragic discovery. This was our second trip to Kumana. Our maiden journey was in 2013, when we explored ancient archaeological sites such ...

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Beware of Dulla-by Rex Clementine Source:Island Amal Silva spoke little English those days. During the Lord’s Test in 1984, when Ian Botham said not so complementary things about Amal’s mother, the opening bat was asking the non-striker and captain Duleep Mendis what’s going on. Both Moratuwa boys, they were playing contrasting knocks. Amal took 255 balls for his hundred while Duleep raced to 94 in 97 balls. The latter was dealing in boundaries particularly targeting Mr. Botham. That the golden boy of English cricket ended up bowling off-spin in that game is a little known fact. That’s Duleep. Never cross his path. Well, the Sri Lankan cricket team will be crossing his path in a fortnight’s time. They take on Oman in two T-20 Internationals, a side coached by Duleep. One thing is absolutely certain, Duleep will be prepared for this challenge. He would have studied every Sri Lankan player; ...

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Ceylon tea, spices and cashew attract many visitors at World Food Istanbul trade fair Source:Island Pure Ceylon Tea, authentic Sri Lankan cashew and spices attracted large number of visitors to the Sri Lanka stand at the World Food Istanbul Trade Fair which was held from  September 9 – 12 in Istanbul, the Colombo foreign office said. The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Ankara organized B2B meetings through virtual platform for the Sri Lankan companies which displayed their products at the Sri Lanka stand which was frequented by prominent Turkish and foreign companies at the fair. The Embassy in collaboration with Sri Lanka Tea Board and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board organized Sri Lanka’s participation at this year’s fair. Three Lankan companies; Dtriangle (Pvt) Ltd, Expo Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Rancrisp Cashew participated at the fair under the umbrella of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board. The Embassy also arranged ...

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Historical origins of some English idioms Source:Island There is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London , which used to have gallows adjacent to it. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial of course) to be hung. The horse-drawn dray, carting the prisoner, was accompanied by an armed guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like ”ONE LAST DRINK”. If he said YES, it was referred to as ONE FOR THE ROAD. If he declined, that prisoner was ON THE WAGON. So there you go. More bleeding history. They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were “piss poor”, but worse than that were the really ...

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Senior DIG AC Dep: a police legend Source:Island Mr Arthur Cletus Dep Joined the Ceylon Police on June 1, 1942, as an Assistant Superintendent of Police after his graduation from university. His seniors, were Messers C.C. Dissanayake, W.A.R Leembruggen, S.A.Dissanayaka, L.I.de Silva and C.P. Wambeek,, all DIGs when he was an SSP in 1962 according to the Seniority List. He was one of the senior officers with an unblemished record, especially not being involved in the Coup d’etat of 1962. He was scrupulously honest and a devout Catholic who saw his juniors, Messrs. Eleric Abeygunawardene and Stanley Senanayake promoted IGP over him. He was extremely humble, and never opposed or even appealed against such promotions. He was always a contented and god fearing man. He was educated at St joseph’s College, Colombo when Fr. Legoc, the well known botanist and educationist was Rector. He was scrupulously honest, on top of ...

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Lankan Angel Network & Angel Fund Appoint First Female Chairperson Source:Island The Lankan Angel Network (LAN), the country’s largest network of angel investors, has appointed Chandi Dharmaratne as its Chairperson for 2021/2022, at its most recent Board Meeting held in September. Ms. Dharmaratne is the first woman to lead the Lankan Angel Network. As she steps into this role, Ms. Dharmaratne succeeds Mano Sekaram, Founder/CEO – 99x, who welcomed her by stating; “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Chandi to take the reins of LAN and the Angel Fund. She has been an important person in the LAN ecosystem, and I can think of no better person to lead the Angel Fund as it continues to focus on creating positive change for our communities, and for Sri Lanka.” Currently serving as the Vice President of Human Resources at Virtusa, Ms. Dharmaratne is responsible for the company’s global HR automation ...

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Health & Views September 3rd issue 2021 – By Dr Harold Gunatillake https://elanka.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Health_Views_September_3rd_issue_2021.pdf Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and whilst the author will endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, eLanka makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the eLanka website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained in this article for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In otherwords, eLanka In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website / article. Also please note ...

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Bus Trip to the Carnival of Flowers -by Denis Anthonisz Source:Silver Fawn Club – September/October 2021 Newsletter Thirty-three intrepid travellers journeyed to Toowoomba for the Carnival of Flowers Bus Trip on September 10. The early breakfast time start from Aspley Hypermarket proved no problem for the ‘bacon’ on the bus but the ‘egg’ got lost and arrived a bit scrambled! First stop was Home Base at Jindalee to pick up our friends from the western and southern parts. Next stop Picnic Point in Toowoomba…. A challenge for the ageing bladder of the writer! However, the view and the garden beds were worth the wait. Sadly, the coffee was not. The huge acres of Queen’s Park was our next stop and it was wonderful to stroll around the beautiful gardens, full of patterns and colour. The tulips were stunning too. Next stop was my personal highlight…. Laurel Banks Park. We claimed our chairs (duly tagged by ...

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STRINGHOPPER LUNCH FUNDRAISER & FOOD FAIR SUNDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER-by Denis Anthonisz Source:Silver Fawn Club – September/October 2021 Newsletter High noon couldn’t arrive fast enough for nearly 90 eager purchasers of the delicious food on sale from our four talented vendors. However, after a couple of false starts, the race for the tasty morsels began and it is fair to say that everyone was a WINNER, the successful sales contributing handsomely to our Club’s coffers. However, it wasn’t all about the food. Well….? Silver Fawn IS about good food, good company and good times. And the stringhopper lunch didn’t disappoint. What a magnificent taste bud sensation Master Chefs Shirley, Gerard and Thomazine Fernando and Assistant Chef Fyri Fahir provided for us! The lunch of Stringhoppers, Kirihothi with potatoes and eggs, Beef Curry, Chicken Curry, Seeni Sambol and Coconut Sambol was enjoyed by all. Cream Caramel for dessert was another “hit”. All who attended are still ...

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BUS TRIP TO MALENY AND MONTVILLE 12 NOVEMBER 2021 -by Suzie Anthonisz Source:Silver Fawn Club – September/October 2021 Newsletter   On the back of a very successful bus trip to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers we have planned another bus trip to the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland on Friday 12 November. Tickets are $40.00 for Members and Guests and includes morning and afternoon tea. Our first stop will be The Orangery for a Devonshire Morning Tea. From here we will head to Maleny and the Handmade Christmas Markets. We will then travel to Montville where you can buy your lunch at one of the many fine eating establishments or cafes there. You will also have some free time for retail therapy should you wish. On our way home we will stop at Lady Cairncross Park for a Sri Lankan Tiffin with iced coffee (included in the cost) or if you prefer you can buy hot tea ...

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