Annual General Meeting 2021 – S.Thomas’ College Old Boys’ Association NSW/ACT   https://elanka.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/AGM-Notice-2021-1.pdf https://elanka.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Appointment-of-Proxy-2021-2.pdf   https://elanka.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Nomination-Form-2021-3.pdf Dear fellow Thomians, Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting 2021  of the S.Thomas’ College Old Boys’ Association, New South Wales and ACT Inc. will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, 31 October 2021 Location – TBA  The relevant documents required for the AGM are attached for your information and guidance. ...

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Match officials announced for ICC T20 WC   Ranjan Madugalle (third from right) and Kumar Dharmasena (third from left) will officiate in the opening match Source:Dailynews The ICC yesterday announced the appointment of 16 umpires and four match referees for the Round 1 and Super 12 stages of the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates. The selection of a 20-strong group effectively means that, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be neutral umpires for all matches of the 16-team tournament, running from October 17 to November 14. The first match of the tournament, between Oman and Papua New Guinea on October 17 will be officiated by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena, alongside New Zealand’s Chris Gaffaney while Ranjan Madugalle will be the match referee. The officiating personnel for the semi-finals and final of the tournament will be named in due course. ...

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Three uncapped players in SL Women’s WC Squad-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Vishmi Gunaratne-Imesha Dulani-Sachini Nisansala Source:Dailynews Three uncapped players have been included in Sri Lanka’s 17-member Squad for next month’s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe. The three newcomers are Imesha Dulani (Devapathiraja MV, Ratgama), Vishmi Gunaratne (Seenigama Ladies CC) and Sachini Nisansala (Devapathiraja MV and Seenigama Ladies CC). Five standby players have also been named as cover for any injury before the team leaves for Zimbabwe on November 15. Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, USA, Netherlands and hosts Zimbabwe will feature in the 10-team World Cup Qualifier to decide three qualifiers for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 in New Zealand from March 4 to April 3. Sri Lanka Squad: Chamari Atapattu (Captain), Harshitha Madavi (Vice-Captain), Prasadini Weerakkody, Inoka Ranaweera, Nilakshi de Silva, Hasini Perera, Sugandika Kumari, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Ama Kanchana, Udeshika Prabodhani, ...

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Tourism will recover in Sri Lanka says top British publisher-By Ifham Nizam Source:Island Renowned British publisher, John Beaufoy, Managing Director of the London based John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd, says tourism will recover in Sri Lanka and he hopes to publish more books on Sri Lanka in the future. John Beaufoy Publishing has published a significantly revised third edition of ‘A Naturalist’s Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka’. Previous editions of this pocket guide have been of immense use to many Sri Lankans and foreign tourists. The third edition has been extensively revised to reflect current taxonomic thinking influenced by advances in molecular phylogenetic. The arrangement of birds to reflect their evolutionary relationship to each other is the science of taxonomy or systematics, which has been in a state of flux for centuries as taxonomists attempt to construct the evolutionary relationship between birds. The new arrangement of families will hold ...

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Six month Roadmap to spur economic growth-by Shirajiv Sirimane Source:Dailynews ‘The Six Month Roadmap for Ensuring Macroeconomic and Financial System Stability’ presented yesterday will bring immediate solutions to some of the current burning issues, said Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Ajith Nivard Cabraal. He said that firstly the CBSL will remove the 100% Cash Deposit Margin Requirement on 600 items imposed earlier on import of non-essential goods. “We observed that this decision caused problems for many sectors and we have now reversed it. However we urge importers not to import excess stocks and import what is only necessary,” Governor said. He said plans would be in place to unwind moratoria gradually and devise long-term plans to support businesses affected by the Pandemic-related lockdown. Measures will be taken to Stop Parate Executions and the Repossession of Vehicles in the next six months for pandemic-affected borrowers. The Central ...

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Sri Lanka should play attacking football – skipper Sujan Perera-by Althaf Nawaz Sujan Perera Source:Dailynews The Sri Lankan football should continue to play attacking football than taking a defensive approach said skipper Sujan Perera speaking to media after the conclusion of the match against Nepal which they lost 2-3 in a closely contested match at the National stadium Monday. “We have to get into the culture of playing attacking football which will definitely benefit us on the long haul. Today all football playing nations are adopting this strategy and believe in-‘offense is the best way defense’. Said Sujan Perera. The 13th South Asian Football Federation Championship is the premier football tour0nament in the region is being held in the Maldives. Sri Lanka lost the matches 1-0 to Bangladesh followed by to Nepal lost 3-2. In the both these matches, the Sri Lankan players put up their best ever performance in ...

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Not Forgotten and Still Living-By Professor Chandana Gunathilaka Prof. Patrick Mendis, a multidisciplinary scholar and award-winning diplomat, has represented both the governments of Sri Lanka and the United States in the United Nations system (Photo—courtesy of the University of Minnesota). Source:Island Who is the J’pura alumnus and American diplomat behind our scholarships? It was for the first time at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura’s history that a single graduate of our Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce was awarded both the Dr. Patrick Mendis Prize and the Venerable Dr. Walpola Rahula Prize at the convocation ceremony. That was one of our most outstanding students in the Department of Finance: Uwin Ariyaratna. He was recognised with the Dr. Mendis Prize for having the best performance in academic excellence and extra-curricular leadership at the university. He also received the Venerable Dr. Walpola Rahula Prize for having the highest average score obtained among ...

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Norwegian MP of Sri Lankan origin takes a courageous stand-By Shamindra Ferdinando Source:Island Newly elected Norwegian lawmaker of Sri Lankan origin Khamshajiny (Kamzy) Gunaratnam, in one sentence, denied any knowledge of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) intervention in Sri Lanka. Having declared her strong faith in ‘outside actors’ inquiring into war crimes accusations, Gunaratnam declared: “I haven’t followed that, so I cannot answer that. I’m sorry. Gunaratnam said so, in response to my former colleague Paneetha Ameresekere’s quite simple query as to what her position vis-a-vis UNHCR Resolution 46/1 was? On behalf of Ameresekere, now with The Ceylon Today, that question was posed by Balasingam Yogarajah, who handled Gunaratnam’s Zoom media briefing on Sept 26. Yogarajah repeated the question twice so there cannot be any confusion. Of several questions that had been emailed by Amarasekera to the MP as advised by the Norwegian embassy, Yogarajah asked two. In addition ...

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