Sri Lankan products and tourism booth draws interest at Dashihui Summit Forum Source:Island The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou promoted Sri Lankan food products, tea, handicrafts and tourism during the Dashihui Summit Forum of International Business Cooperation and Public Welfare, an event inaugurated in 2021, for promoting trade, academic exchanges and for charity purposes. Senior officials of the business community, charities and medical professionals attended and participated at the forum. The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in cooperation with Guangzhou Sri Road Connection Trade Company Ltd, was able to showcase Sri Lanka, amongst the other Consulates of India, Mexico, Iran, Morocco and local and international business entities, enticing the elite participants of the forum to visit the booths. Many visitors were attracted to the Sri Lanka stall, purchased its products and exchanged contact information, giving opportunities to reap potential high-end buyers for Sri Lankan products. The visitors also ...

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Seven former Sri Lankan stars to play for Asia team-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Source:Dailynews Seven former star Sri Lankan cricketers Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Nuwan Kulasekara and Upul Tharanga have been drawn in to the Asia team for the Legends Cricket League 2022, which is set to begin from January 20th at the Oman Cricket Stadium.In addition some legendary names will confirm their participation in the tournament which is going to be keen tussle. All seven players were involved the first tournament held last year . Two Pakistan star players paceman Shoaib Akhtar and all-rounder Shahid Afridi also among the Asian team with Sri Lanka players. However, the tournament will not see Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, who was a major attraction in the first edition of the tournament held in Ranchi last year. Even though the tournament promo included the name of Tendulkar, the master ...

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Sakuna keeps Sri Lanka Under 19s aloft Source:Island Lumbini College batsman Sakuna Liyanage kept Sri Lanka Under 19s aloft with a valuable knock to help them reach 209 after the top order failed to impress in the opening encounter of the ICC Under 19 World Cup against Scotland in Georgetown Guyana yesterday. Liyanage top scored with 79 runs and anchored the middle and late order batting to rescue the team which was in trouble at one stage. Liyanage needed to launch the rescue act after the otherwise consistent batsmen including Pawan Pathiraja and Ranuda Somaratne were dismissed cheaply after Sri Lanka decided to bat first. Chamindu Wickramasinghe and Sadeesha Rajapaksa were the only top order batsmen to make contributions of note. Scores: Sri Lanka U19 209 in 45.2 overs (Chamindu Wickramasinghe 28, Sadeesha Rajapaksa 24, Sakuna Liyanage 79, Raveen de Silva 27) ...

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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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Plantation widow-By Ransiri Menike Silva Source:Island Holidaying together in Sri Lanka with their families were my son and a friend, both domiciled in Australia. For greater enjoyment they usually planned their trips here together, when they could catch up on belated family news and visits. That was how my son learnt that his friend was looking for an elders’ home for his mother, and his friend was relieved to hear that I myself was already in one. He immediately decided that she should apply to the same elders’ home, facing opposition with, “I don’t have to see it. If it is good enough for my friend’s mother then it is good enough for mine.” It was the best recommendation. As my grandsons were schooling, my son had to return before school reopened, while his friend opted to stay on a little longer. I already knew him as his parents were ...

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Dambulani De Zoysa cruising to apex of fame in vocals having launched career late – by Sunil Thenabadu Dambulani de Zoysa a native of Balapitiya was born in Dambulla as her father was working in the Irrigation department,Dambulla offered with official quarters. Dambulani believes her name is the only person having an extraordinary name perhaps the only in the planet which her father may have named to remember she was born during the tenure of his career in Dambulla.Dimbulani had been educated  at the Balapitiya Siddhartha Vidyalaya, Karandeniya Madhya Maha Vidyalaya and Rewatha College.  After her stint in perfecting her education had followed a course in the Technical College , Galle. While her course was in progress she had by sheer quirk got a break at the Irrigation department for the Ginganga project.Within a short period she had got a transfer to the Irrigation department head office housed in Bauddhaloka Mawatha ...

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TM JAYARATNE ASTOUNDING VOCALIST DICTATES IN A PEAK LOCATION IN CELEBRITY – by Sunil Thenabadu photo source:freemusicarchive.org TM Jayaratne ( Tennakoon Mudiyanselage) the legendary vocalist occupying a pinnacle position in celebrity commenced his journey as a musician as many as an instrumentalist playing the violin, who as a renowned tutor shared his expertise to many scholars TM born in year 1944 is a septuagenarian is still  a sought after vocalist particularly in the decades of 1970 and 1980 when he was rewarded profusely been adjudicated as the best male singer at the Presidential awards festivals in 1978,1979,1980, and 1987.However TM once more arbitrated in year 2006 as the best singer at the Raigam Tele awards ceremony. However his popularity as at date remains at the same unprecedented high ebb, as such his name would be etched in the reminiscences of all music lovers in Sri Lanka and in overseas countries. Following ...

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Enroute & In Retirement By Noor R. Rahim   There I stand in the shadows of old age The deepening shadow casting a disturbing message That very soon I shall reach my retiring age The spirit may be willing but the body shows slippage Very often do I hear my co-workers’ loud message “You lucky guy” – But this in no way does encourage One who needs to keep his body & soul in bondage To the lifelong “Work-Life” habits and challenge(s) But as time goes on; the inkling of retirement comes of age The reality sinks in; with retirement bringing in the work stoppage Most would say how fortunate I am at this merge No more worries; and the freedom to whatever I wish to indulge But the difficulties arise; with time on your hands and its’ passage Yes seven Sundays in a week has its’ advantages & disadvantage(s) ...

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Cricket – A game for the Handicapped? By Noor R. Rahim Travelling from the Airport to their Beach Hotel two Elderly American ladies saw many people gathered around radios and Television Sets enroute to their Hotel. The crowds were very vociferous with dancing, flag waving and generally appearing happy in a carnival like atmosphere. Once at the Hotel they enquired if there was a Festival being celebrated as they had seen people on the road making merry. The receptionist explained that today was the “Final Test Cricket Match” against the visitors from “down under”. With a win today we would sweep them away and “bury” them, as we had won two of the three already. The festive mood in the streets is because we have already won the series. After refreshing themselves they strolled out to the Beach Cabana with their drinks and Transistor Radio to take in the sun and for ...

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