Tarinda Gunawardena renowned phenomenal lyricist cruising to pinnacle of fame – by Sunil Thenabadu Tarinda Gunawardena is a renowned lyricist ,media personnel an Attorney -at-law by profession turned a proficient lyric writer lately though had shown symbols to have talent as a lyricist from  his tender age. He and family migrated to Canberra the capital city of Australia over seven  years in year 2014.As a song writer apart from the above  he possess the ability to combine his thoughts, ideas and passion blending together to bring out his intentions to his gratification. As any other song writer Tarinda is bound to improve by leaps and bounds on his skills by mounting erudition. The lyrics of Tarinda deviates from the usual decoration of lyrics like love, hatred etc which could be illustrated when his songs are overheard also through the titles of all his songs.  Tarinda hails from Kolonnawa has had his ...

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Desmond De Silva….a rare gem of Sri Lanka music plucked away to another galaxy – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE     Brilliant musician and singer/ entertainer Desmond De Silva was tragically snatched away from our midst in cruel circumstances when he suffered cardiac arrest while in his sleep in Melbourne. He was 77. Desmond De Silva had been in hibernation for several months due to the devastating outbreak of Covid which shut down many parts of Australia. After border closures were lifted he embarked on a 31st night dinner dance at the Sri Lounge in the Docklands in Melbourne where he delivered his last fully energized performance. Widely regarded as Sri Lanka’s best singer/entertainer by far over five decades, Desmond De Silva has covered every spectrum of music in Sri Lanka and later in England and Australia while wowing millions of adoring fans around the globe. His achievements in ...

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James Taylor’s seat – birthplace of ‘Ceylon Tea’ By Arundathie Abeysinghe Situated in Loolkandura Estate in Kandy, this rock seat was utilized by *James Taylor, the pioneer of tea plantation in Sri Lanka. With spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges, this unique seat is located in the first tea estate in Sri Lanka where the first tea plant was planted by James Taylor in 1867. A unique decision of James Taylor was to name the estate as *“Loolecondera” (original name was Loolkandura in Sinhala), the local name for the area. When all other planters who setup tea estates in Sri Lanka named them with English names close to their hearts, Taylor named his estate “Loolecondera”, by the local name of the area Loolkandura as he was able to pronounce it. Although, not as popular as *Lipton’s Seat, James Taylor’s Seat is also popular among local as well as foreign ...

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International boxing referee Nelka Shiromala honoured-by Dhammika Ratnaweera International Boxing referee Nelka Shiromala receiving a special memento from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the WICE WOMEN National programme held at the BMICH. Source:Dailynews The International boxing referee Nelka Shiromala who created history to become first Sri Lankan boxing women’s referee to officiate last Tokyo Olympics was honoured as one of the best Sri Lankan women’s personalities at the recently concluded ‘WICE WOMEN National Programme” held at BMICH .The ten individuals who have made a name for themselves in various fields both Nationally and Internationally were felicitated on this occasion while Shiromala is the only women’s personality to get honour for her achievement is sport field. Professor Neelika Malavige, Kasthuri Chellarajah Wilson were also among the ten recipients. Shiromala also the first women’s referee to office two finals at the Olympics . The former National boxer represented Sri Lanka Police presently work as ...

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Why should you keep your blood triglycerides within the normal range when you are having diabetes?-By Dr Harold Gunatillake Transcript: Excess Dietary fats and carbs you consume are ultimately stored as triglycerides and form most of the fat stored in the human body. They come from butter, margarine, meat, and oils we eat. Foods and beverages high in triglycerides include sugary foods, and drinks, alcohol, starchy foods, foods with saturated fats, high calorie foods and refined grains. Triglycerides from all above foods are stored in the fat cells and the liver. These stored triglycerides in your body are released through hormonal activities for energy between meals. You assess the triglycerides in the body by performing a fasting blood test, as they are also found in your blood. They are comprised of long chains of glycerol molecules, each of which is attached to three molecules of fatty acids- hence the name ...

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Happy Birthday Jesus How it all came about… Source:Island Some of the artistes who helped make ‘Happy Birthday Jesus’ a reality Christmas is over, and so is the festive season. Yes, there were quite a few interesting happenings, during the festive period, and one particular project that got the attention of many was the song, ‘Happy Birthday Jesus.’ It was not just another festive song; it was the brainchild of the renowned artiste Melantha Perera. And the song brought into the spotlight several local artistes…and those based abroad, as well. According to Melantha, he was trying to work out a way to ‘meet and greet’ his musician friends, especially those living abroad. “I felt that the only way we could ‘meet up’ is by getting involved in a song where we could renew our friendship and have something to talk about,” In 2019 (Covid was not in the picture then), ...

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Covid-19 vaccines for children: Latest medical information-By Dr B.J.C.Perera Source:Island MBBS(Cey), DCH(Cey), DCH(Eng), MD(Paed), MRCP(UK), FRCP(Edin), FRCP(Lon), FRCPCH(UK), FSLCPaed, FCCP, Hony FRCPCH(UK), Hony. FCGP(SL) Specialist Consultant Paediatrician and Honorary Senior Fellow, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Joint Editor, Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health Section Editor, Ceylon Medical Journal In these days of evident uncertainty regarding the likely progress of the SARS-CoV-2, the causative virus of COVID-19, there is a state of apprehension and intense anxiety amongst the general populace of our country. With the added complication of several mutant variants, all designated by the letters of the Greek alphabet, the melting pot actually boils and even overflows. In addition to scientific data and proper pedagogic assessments, there is a lot of misinformation and disinformation, particularly regarding the COVID-19 vaccines in all kinds of print and electronic media. Some totally unsubstantiated allegations, stipulations, postulations and prophesies ...

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“GOLDEN GLORIES” – by Des Kelly A fast arriving Centennial of my Alma Mater has also produced this superb Choral rendition of a song for St.Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya, and it is with pride that I present it on e’Lanka, right now. The orchestration of Golden Glories also bring back precious memories of the College I attended, and this is why I have decided to publish it under my banner of “KELLY-KLASSICS” in E’LANKA. Here it is, Ladies & Gentlemen GOLDEN GLORIES, just for you. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief)  e’Lanka. COUNTDOWN TO THE PETERITE CENTENARY   To help all our Peterites to celebrate with great joy the centenary we have all been looking forward to, today we publish the Peterite Centenary Jubilee Song “Golden Glories of Our Days” by the Peterite Chorale. Their message reads “Commemorating the Centenary of St. Peter’s College Colombo, this song is a tribute to our beloved Alma ...

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“Joe Dassin – Ça va pas changer le monde (Piano)” – a “KELLY KLASSIC” by Des Kelly   A “KELLY KLASSIC”…. French Composer, however, “this won’t change a thing”, as the French title of the song says, Whether you are Sri Lankan, Spanish, Skandinavian or even Scottish, the song itself is a beautiful piece of very simple, yet melodic music, composed (with lyrics in French as well), now performed by this Pianist named Waldtuefel, whose Nationality, I am completely unaware of. I think he works from home, has many videos to his credit, and I have the highest regard for his performance, which is why I decided that e’Lankans all over the Globe should also be given the chance of seeing Waldteufel, AS WELL !!. Desmond Kelly (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. ...

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AN INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2022 The Sky Gets Dark, Slowly Mao Dun literary prize winner Zhou Daxin’s latest novel to be published, “The Sky Gets Dark, Slowly”, is a sensitive exploration of old age and the complex, hidden emotional worlds of the elderly in a rapidly ageing population. In it he writes:— “…Many elderly speak as though they know everything, but of old age they are in fact as ignorant as children. Many elderly are in fact, completely unprepared for what they are to face when it comes to getting old and the road that lays ahead of them. In the time between a person turning 60 years old, as they begin to age, right until all the lights go out and the sky gets dark, there are some situations to keep in mind, so that you will be prepared for what is to come, and ...

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