Corinne and Ian King on Casey Radio – a tribute to Desmond De Silva – produced by eLanka The King & I – Corinne and Ian King celebrated their 100th show on Casey Radio 97.7 FM (Melbourne) in October 2020 and they look forward to their next 100. Corinne talks about Desmond De Silva in a beautiful tribute to the ledgend!  ...

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Canada warns its citizens over Sri Lanka’s worsening economic situation-by Zulfick Farzan Source:Newsfirst COLOMBO (News 1st); The Government of Canada has issued an advisory for its citizens in Sri Lanka, in the wake of Sri Lanka’s economic crisis. It noted that the deteriorating economic situation is affecting the supply of basic necessities and the delivery of public services in Sri Lanka. It strongly advised Canadians in Sri Lanka to stock up on their supplies “Keep supplies of food, water and fuel on hand” and to “Monitor local media for information”. ...

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40th Death Anniversary of Justin Wijayawardhana: Reminiscences of a bygone socio-political milieu-By Dr Upul Wijayawardhana     Source:Island It was 14th January 1982. I, together with my family, was making slow progress from Colombo to Matara in the pre-expressway era, when we heard on the car radio, the noon news bulletin of SLBC announcing the death of my father. There were no mobile phones then for me to receive the sad news from the family. My sister Mali, the only other medic in the family, very kindly undertook the onerous task of looking after our father in the intimate environs of our traditional family home ‘Wijaya Giri”‘ in Godagama rather than allowing him to wither away on a hospital bed. Having visited my father a few days earlier and persuaded Mali against active treatment in an inevitable situation, I was not surprised to learn the end of his multifaceted life but ...

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Match Highlights – Sri Lanka U19 vs Scotland U19 – U19CWC 22 Sri Lanka began U19 cricket world cupup WC 2022 with a 40-run win over Scotland. U19 World Cup, Match 2 Report: Dunith Wellalage Bags Five-For As Sri Lanka Beat Scotland U19 World Cup: Scotland were bowled out for 178 as Sri Lanka won the game comfortably in the end.   source:sports.ndtv.com Sri Lanka survived a massive scare on Friday before thrashing Scotland by 40 runs in Match 2 of the ongoing U19 World Cup at the Everest Cricket Club Ground in Georgetown. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to the worst possible start, losing opener Shevon Daniel in the second over. Chamindu Wickramasinghe and Sadisha Rajpaksa added 52 and steadied the ship before Sri Lanka lost three wickets in the gap of as many runs. With Sri Lanka reeling at 99 ...

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Raju Bandara a phenomenal musician to emulate dictates in peak spot in celebrity – by Sunil Thenabadu   Photo source:hungama.com Behind all the songs and music that we hear, there are some untold stories. Stories of those musicians who dedicated their lives to music. Stories of each of their career paths are identified by only them, just like their palm prints. In a competitive and saturated industry like music, one needs a lot of luck to thrive. What are the qualities behind the success of famous musicians? .Raju Bandara is one who thrived in this industry for over four decades having commenced music while still a school boy at Kegalu Maha vidyalaya.In the annals of history of musical careers there had been no stable income when one start to embark upon this path.Many commence music as a passion but to transform passion into a career is a path of a ...

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Thai Pongal, a tribute to Sun God By Dr Subashini Pthmanathan Source:dailymirror.lk   Thai Pongal is regarded as one of the most important festivals among the Tamil Hindu Festivals. It is widely celebrated in India and all over the world by the Hindus. The Thai Pongal festival takes place on the first day of the Tamil month of Thai. Generally, the people celebrate the day as thanks giving day for the Sun God. The Son God provides energy, strength, and light for the paddy cultivation. Rice is considered the staple food in many parts of the world including Sri Lanka. Even Thai Pongal is said to be a Tamil Hindu festival, it is considered as a farmers’ Thanksgiving Day known as Ullavar Thirunal (Farmers Festival). Ullavar means farmers and Thirunal means an auspicious day. However, Thai Pongal day is known by different names in the Indian States. Some of them ...

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Tourist arrivals in first 11 days of 2022 exceed 31,600 Source:ft.lk Russia, India, Ukraine, UK and Germany among top source markets Sri Lanka Tourism Chief Kimarli Fernando says future trend uncertain amidst COVID pandemic Asserts SL need to ‘ride with the tide’ to sustain industry Cancellations from EU and India amidst global Omicron threat SLTDA Director General Dhammika Wijayasingha says average tourists stay has extended to 14 or more, from 10 days  Most tourists come for wellness tourism, vaccination with family  Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka have exceeded 31,600 in the first 11 days of 2022, despite the challenges emanating from the global COVID pandemic and reinforcing the industry’s optimism. From 1 to 11 January, Sri Lanka received a record 31, 688 tourists, a significant rebound from 2021.  Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said during the first 11 days the highest number of tourist arrivals was from the Russian ...

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Tourism earnings hit $ 500 m target for 2021 By Charumini de Silva Source:ft.lk Industry aims to springboard from recovery to resilience from 2022 onwards Govt. all set to declare 2022 as ‘Visit Sri Lanka Year’ along with Global Communication Campaign Tourism Ministry to set up Special Secretariat to coordinate 5-year GCC activities National Tourism Policy for Sri Lanka to be finalised and implemented from this month The COVID-hit tourism industry has managed to rebound with earnings of over $ 500 million in 2021. “Tourism holds a greater significance in the services sector and has been a driver of growth for the economy. The industry was the most vulnerable to COVID-pandemic, but it has proven again its resilience with remarkable resurgence. The year ended with 194,495 tourists, with earnings surpassing the target of $ 500 million,” Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Director-General Dhammika Wijayasingha told the Daily FT. As ...

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