SANTIN GUNAWARDENA RENOWNED CARTOGRAPHER, CELEBRATED ACTOR CONQUERING STAGE,MINI AND SILVER SCREEN WITH GRACE AND DIGNITY – by Sunil Thenabadu   Photo Source : info-rain One of the utmost universal abilities of fruitful professional waged actors is that they play well with others and they’re able to make genuine acquaintances with everyone on set. They’re truly good people, passionate, purpose-driven and dedicated sans ego. They always handle themselves with grace and dignity , they dare to bring their personalities to every protagonist delegated. One such inimitable actor who had conquered the stage, mini and silver screen with consummate extravagance for over a half a century is celebrated actor Santin Gunawardena.  Santin possessed an authoritative vision for his future in store after he was selected for the first stage play ‘Janelaya’ in 1962. His commitment to work towards that visualisation every day, the confidence that it’s possible, engaging service above self with inspiration. ‘Hunuwataye ...

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“PONDERISMS” – by Des Kelly More very interesting facts of life, as they are. Happening around us all the time,causing what I’ve called “Ponderisms”, sent to e’Lanka with thanks going out to both Keith Bennert and Desmond Donpaul.   Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. THINGS TO PONDER   1. The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow. 2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail. 3. If you don’t have a sense of humour, you probably don’t have any sense at all. 4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs. 5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water. 6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night? 7. Business conventions are important because they ...

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Watch the Sri Lankan Athletes Competing at the Commonwealth Games – Birmingham 2022 Visit this web page on eLanka, and we will fill the page as the games unfold to cover various games the Sri Lankan athletes will complete at the Commonwealth Games – Birmingham 2022 The Sri Lankan Commonwealth Games athletes will complete in various Sport including Athletics, Rugby, Badminton, Swimming, Athletics, Cricket, Diving, Gymnastics, Judo, Squash, Boxing, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Beach Volleyball & Basketball Team Sri Lanka in Commonwealth Games 2022 Birmingham opening ceremony   New Zealand vs Sri Lanka | Commonwealth Games Men Rugby 7s July 29,2022 Commonwealth games 2022 – Mixed Team Event – Hoang Pham/Jack Yu (Aus) vs Sri Lanka Black Ferns vs Sri Lanka Commonwealth Games Pool A 2022 England vs Sri Lanka | Commonwealth Games Men Rugby 7s July 29,2022 – commonwealth games 2022 sri lanka team  Men’s 50m Butterfly Heat 4 | Swimming ...

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Colombo Medical School Alumni Association – Australia (CoMSAA)   After a long hiatus, a group of interested alumni from the Colombo medical faculty recently formed CoMSAA Australia in consultation with the parent body in Colombo. It has been registered as an incorporated body in Australia and held it’s initial AGM on the 6th of March 2022. The primary objective of the group is to be a forum for the large number of medical undergraduates from Colombo scattered across Australia. The organization is planning its inaugural fellowship dinner on the Saturday 26th of November and hope to include our New Zealand brethren in future. We envisage there are at least 400 alumni residing across Aust/NZ and hope to attract as many as possible to join us. In addition to the fellowship events such as dinner/ cricket matches, we plan to help the Colombo medical faculty by way of providing educational support and scholarships ...

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Akila Perera missed the rugby bus? Source : sundayobserver Former Royal College and Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club cricketer Akila Perera finds himself as a man who perhaps emphasized in the wrong sport and was left behind only to realize that rugby would have made him a better exponent. Always wanting to get the simple things right, Akila is a person who will welcome constructive criticism and take it in his stride like a true professional that he could not be or perhaps was to some extent. “If I make an impact on anyone, that’s the best I have done,” Akila whose passion is sports and favourite colour is green told the Sunday Observer in an interview. Q: Describe yourself in one word Focused -humble Q: Any words or phrases you overuse? Pressure is a privilege Q: What is your most marked characteristic? Honesty Q: If you could edit your past, what would ...

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Friends for life – By Pramod De Silva Source : sundayobserver Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends – Jackson Brown I found walking into the Grade One classroom on the very first day of school in my life a somewhat intimidating experience, having never really left the protective ‘nest’ of my parents and adoring brothers and sisters. Around 30 similarly frightened children of my age were seated randomly, quite unable to process what was going on. Then the class teacher walked in, flashing a pleasing smile and assuaged our fears. She asked us to stand one by one and say our names aloud so that all will get to know them. “You will be together this year and perhaps till the end of your lives. Talk to the boys seated next to you and get to know everyone bit by bit.” Her words proved prophetic as within just one ...

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Jayam Wijayaratnam Cancer Care Center ‘Good death’ and the necessity of aesthetics Source : sundayobserver My friend, Chelvadurai Anjalendran has been talking to me about his ‘cancer hospital project’ for quite some time, sending me on and off images of its interior and the construction process via WhatsApp. But living in Delhi and not having seen the site, I could not fully visualise what he had imagined this space should be like. However, knowing his work, I naturally assumed it would be an aesthetic and architectural masterpiece worth talking about at some point in time. It is only recently I paid attention to its benefactors. I learned that the 100-bed hospital, officially called ‘Jayam Wijayaratnam Cancer Care Center’ is named after long-time Negombo resident, businessman and local politician, the late Jayam Wijayaratnam. Vision He had a vision to build a hospital of this kind after witnessing the hardships of cancer patients, ...

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Sri Lanka shift Asia Cup to UAE Source : sundayobserver Political instability and shortage of essential services have forced Sri Lanka to shift the much awaited Asia Cup T20 championship to the United Arab Emirates. Sri Lanka had earlier drawn up plans to host the matches in Colombo, Hambantota and Pallekele in the six-nation championship scheduled to be held from August 27 to September 11. “Considering the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka, the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) after extensive deliberation has unanimously concluded that it would be appropriate to relocate the tournament from Sri Lanka to the UAE”, the Asian Cricket Council said in a statement. The statement said the ACC was “mindful of the passionate Sri Lankan fans” and the final decision to change the venue had been “very difficult” and “one that was deemed necessary”. “The ACC remains committed to supporting the sport and all its fans and is ...

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Niranjala Sarojini phenomenal vocalist, radio artiste, television host in an effervescent voyage of five decades in stardom – By Sunil Thenabadu Niranjala Sarojini Abeywardena nee Peiris hails from a rare celebrated musical family in Sri Lanka as the fourth daughter among six siblings in all to catholic parents living in Nugegoda. Sisters been elders Malkanthi, Nirmala,younger Sakuntala while she had an elder brother Kumar and younger the famous Manoj.Father Harrison Peiris a veteran journalist famous writer and poet was the Chief Editor of catholic ‘Messenger’ for three and a half decades. Mother had been strict on the siblings’ while father had been tolerable it was revealed. Both were in the habit of saying prayers every evening with the siblings, thereafter all had to sing ‘hyms’ with father playing the Button Accordion and mother playing her Japanese   Mandolin ,both very well conversant in playing music instruments. The family used to sing regularly ...

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Air Force Days – By GEORGE BRAINE In 1978, needing a change from teaching English, I applied to join the Sri Lanka Volunteer Air Force. After facing an interview and passing a medical exam, I was asked to report in a few days to Air Force HQ in Colombo, before departure by train to Diyatalawa for training. At HQ, I first met my fellow trainees, about 20 in all. We were taken to the office of the Commander, Air Vice-Marshall Harry Goonetilleke, in groups of five, where we were sworn-in and commissioned. On the night mail train to Diyatalawa, I got to know the other trainees better. We ranged in age from early 20s to late 30s and were a motely lot, coming from varied educational and occupational backgrounds: teachers, agricultural officers, technical officers, budding accountants and bankers, an engineer, a veterinarian, and a dentist, a mix of public servants and ...

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