Indrasiri Suraweera resolute Broadcaster in television at ITN with  specific communication skills, possessing abundant humanity virtues – by Sunil Thenabadu   Photo source:youtube.com Any traditional Television broadcaster should possess characteristic attributes with excellent communication skills,which includes the ability to speak on-camera communicate well in a team environment. Communication skills required in a television broadcast both in front and behind the camera.Another vital area is passion as the contemporary viewing public could spot a ‘pseudo’ presenter  effortlessly. A competent announcer is genuinely aware what needs to be done forming a network with the audience.  A decent announcer needs solid researching skills to have the ability to reach the bottom of a story with applicable information. Another vital aspect is the aptitude to cope with pressure been able to meet deadlines. Of course, an ideal presenter should have leadership qualities to lead television anchor be willing to help, guide and shape younger reporters ...

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Great Days of Colombo, the story of our big city-by Ifham Nizam   Source:Island ‘The Great Days of Colombo’ by Assif Hussein was released recently. This profusely illustrated and compelling work tells the story of how Colombo grew from very small beginnings as a simple Moorish port to become what it is today, a bustling city full of life and colour. The evolution of the city is traced in much detail and its rich history vividly described with stories of war, horror and pillage that followed European colonialism and then the rapid growth of the city under Western domination. Colombo was in a sense a meeting point of East and West and a melting pot which attracted people of many nations to come here and call it home. The story of Colombo is in short, the story of a modern nation in the making. The Great Days of Colombo brings ...

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BRIGHT STARS OF COLOMBO CHETTY COMMUNITY-by ECB Wijesinghe Source:Island I am beholden to my friend, Mervyn Casie Chetty, lawyer, poet, wit and reigning king of the Colombo Chetty community, for the fund of information he gave about Dr. Philip Sebastian Brito, one of the medical giants of a bygone era. His portrait showing a massive head, broad shoulders and sparkling eyes still adorns the walls of the Medical College. The Brito family was famous even at the turn of this century and double-barrelled names like Brito-Muttunayagam and Brito-Babapulle testify to their pride in a distinguished ancestry. Old Dr. Brito-Babapulle’s name was a household word in Grandpas. Besides being a good doctor he was a humorist and even compiled a book of jokes. He paid the penalty for his reputation for making witty speeches by being invited to speak at every important public dinner and festive occasion. Ultimately his digestion was ...

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White kept India’s mighty Olympic hockey team at bay in first unofficial Test By DENNIS DE ROSAYRO   Source:sundayobserver.lk The Indian Olympic team playing a more constructive game gained a convincing yet unspectacular 2-0 victory over Ceylon in their first unofficial hockey Test played at the Police Park, Bambalapitiya. A Mylvaganam (Govt Services and Tamil Union C&AC) was appointed as captain of the Ceylon team. Nine members of the team selected were representing Ceylon in an international match for the first time. Besides Mylvaganam who played for Ceylon against the 1948 Indian Olympic team led by Krishan Lal, who incidentally was coach of the Indian team, the other international was goalkeeper Freddie White who made his debut in 1955 against Pakistan. Of the 11 selected, all except Somasekeran, had represented the Ceylon Hockey Federation teams in Ceylon and in India. Somasekeran, however, toured India with the Matale Schools, a couple of years ...

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Homage to most unassertive noble musician Lakshman Wijesekera – by Sunil Thenabadu Lakshman as all Sri Lankans know was a popular well renowned vocalist, composer of music, well versed in all area of music, television  drama producer/ director. music director specifically for children, solo singer and duet singer with all his songs had turned out to be instant hits.Lakshman had confessed he likes to compose and direct music over his singing abilities. Born in Auradhapura to his parents  in March 1948 Walter and Daisy Gertrude Wijesekera were forced to move from city to city , shift schools as his Father as a station Master was in a transferable profession. Lakshman had studied  firstly in Anuradhapura Central College and then at Maliyadeva College Kurunegala. As he had a groove for music had entered Heywood College  the government College of music, then had taught Music at Welusumana Vidyalaya for a small stint then at Isipathana and ...

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