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Sri Lanka need to qualify for a berth in Group 1, to enter Super 12 – T20 WC – by Sunil Thenabadu in Brisbane  The T20 WC is scheduled between 17th October and 14th November in UAE and Oman will be the seventh edition of ICC WC T 20 which began in year 2007.Sri Lanka had won in year 2014 and twice in 2009 and 2012 been the runners up. But unfortunately in this edition Sri Lanka owing to low rankings of the ICC has to qualify to be included in Group A which includes Namibia,The Netherlands and Ireland.The  two top seeds from Group A will enter Group 1 of the Super 12 stage along with Australia,England, South Africa and West Indies. While the second team from Group A, Oman,Papua New Guinea,Bangladesh and Scotland will enter Group 2 with Afghanistan, India,New Zealand and Pakistan.The preliminary matches will begin on the 17th October.  Sri Lanka had contested ...

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Hanguranketha – refuge of Kandyan Kings By Arundathie Abeysinghe Situated off the beaten track and rarely visited by local as well as foreign tourists, charm, beauty and solitude pervade Hanguranketha, the spectacular tiny hamlet in the Central Highlands. According to scholars, Hanguranketha is derived from “Sangaruwan ketha” (meaning thriving paddy fields in Sinhala). Steeped in history and legend and situated approximately 29 kilometers southeast of Kandy City, kings had used Hanguranketha during the Kandyan Kngdom as a refuge when the hill capital (Kandy) was attacked by invading foreign troops. According to legends, King Senarath (1604 – 1635) had constructed the first Royal Palace in Hanguranketha. According to *Robert Knox’s records, the Palace had been surrounded by a white washed giant wall during the Kandyan Kingdom and the entrance of the Palace had intricately carved doors and door panels. An inscription by Queen Leelawathi of *Polonnaruwa Era had been found in ...

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Felicitation Ceremony – paying tributes to Dr. Siri Kannangara, Dr. Shelton Premarathne, Dr. Don Wickrama & Dr. Seneviratne Banda – 20th March 2022 (Sydney event) Felicitation Ceremony You are cordially invited to the ceremonial evening of paying tribute to DR. SIRI KANNANGARA DR. DON WICKRAMA DR. SHELTON REMARATHNE DR. SENEVIRATNA BANDA recognizing their valuable contribution to the Sri Lankan community SUNDAY 20th MARCH 2022 DRESS CODE FORMAL This Event is for the fully Covid vaccinated To reserve your seat please contact sajith 0435 189 112 Aruna 0422 092 105 BSB: 112879 A/CNo:426 437533 A/C Name : MCD Senevirathne Email your name and payment details to receive the invitation groupfelicitation@gmail.com Organised by the members of Sri Lankan community in in collaboration with Sri Lankan Doctors Association .New South Wales Sydney Sri Lankan Lions ...

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YouTube channel “Panshu” launched by the Walpola Rahula Institute; A fertile environment for critical thinking By Raj Gonsalkorale The lesson for all is the need for nurturing critical thinking and to question information and its veracity. In explaining the thinking behind naming the new YouTube channel as Panshu, Ven Galkande Dhammananda said that the philosophy of the WRI has always had a positive outlook and it has focused on what could be done to have better outcomes, even over time, rather than just being disappointed with existing outcomes. By Raj Gonsalkorale Social media today has linked millions of people with facts, fiction and outright fake news. It has influenced change of governments, election of Presidents, Royalty being found out and disgraced, scandals of every description doing the rounds faster than lightning, and instant messaging becoming integral to the life of millions. Most do not ascertain the veracity of information that is circulating, ...

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 Grocery Voucher Support Program – SLA   GROCERY SUPPORT VOUCHERS TO THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY CURRENTLY AFFECTED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC Sri Lanka Association of NSW Inc (SLA) is implementing this project with the support of the NSW Government and participating shops WHO CAN APPLY? Priority will be given to Seniors, Families with children and Temporary Visa holders including International Sri Lankan students HOW TO APPLY? Please email publicofficer@slansw.org.au with your name, special circumstance and your preference of the shop by 22 October 2021 THANK YOU TO OUR PARTICIPATING SHOPS JJR Indian & Sri Lankan Spices (Ingleburn) Surya Supermarket (Toongabbie) Kate Foods (Seven Hills) ...

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Shiromi of “Kondanamagena” fame, 50 years celebrity in Canada by  Sunil Thenabadu  The child singing prodigy Shiromi Fernando, born in year 1960  ‘Baby Shiromi” celebrity domiciled in Canada is planning to commemorate her golden milestone in singing since coming to fame in year 1971 with her ‘kondenamagena’ song recorded for the Sooriya label. The lyrics and music compositions of this song and three other songs ‘Amma Pembara Amma’,’Sakala Bujan”,and Handa Haami’ recorded together in a disc under famous Soorya label which were sold then, as hot cakes at the Children’s book shop. This was a feather in the cap for the eleven year old Shiromi as her disc was grabbed by music enthusiasts when in the same era with discs of songs sung by then famous artistes reminiscing, The Moonstones, Dharmaratne Brothers.Mendis Foursome,Golden Chimes,Samanalayo,La Bambas,Three Sisters,Spit Fires, esteemed individual artistes like MS Fernando,Paul Fernando,AE Manoharan,Priya Suriyasena,Milton Mallawarachchi,Dalrene Arnolda etc.All of them ...

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A window to Asian Cinema-BY ANURADHA KODAGODA Source:Sundayobserver There has always been an interest and curiosity in the Western world in understanding more about Asian societies and cultures. Cinema has been an amazing window of intensifying this curiosity productively and it is a fine tool we Asians have been using for decades to tell our stories to the other part of the world through the artistic use of cinema. West Meets East Screenplay Lab is one such productive attempt of the Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) aimed at bridging the gap between the Western film industry and filmmakers from the East. After the successful events for the past three years, West meets East has upgraded to the next level and at the beginning of this year, DIFF introduced West meets East screenplay Lab where selected filmmakers of the region are given an opportunity to network with professionals including producers, distributors ...

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Seeking solid solutions to solid waste-BY KATHYA DE SILVA SENARATH   Source:Sundayobserver Solid waste management has been a major issue for Sri Lanka due to increased industrial activity and complicated lifestyles. The problem was persistent for many years but came to the fore especially after the collapse of the Meethotamulla waste disposal site in 2017 taking lives with it. Solid waste and its fast growing nature has become a bottleneck for the development of a country. The President’s Saubagyagye Dekma policy has given priority to create a clean environment. The policy has set out goals and strategies for government institutes and they are achievable with strong implementation methods. Waste generation According to the Environmental Foundation and UNESCAP, Sri Lanka generates 7000 MT of solid waste per day with the Western Province accounting for nearly 60% of waste generation. Each person generates an average of 1 to 0.4kg of waste per ...

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Antonians in UAE excel in 3×3 basketball  Source:Island The Old Boys of St. Anthony’s College Wattala in UAE formed a 3×3 basketball team in 2013 to take part in the first ever Peterite Sports Carnival in UAE. Hailing from a school which is well known for producing basketball players to the national team, the newly formed team lived up to their reputation and were able to win the SPC UAE’s first sports extravaganza. That was the start of a successful journey in basketball with the team recording victory in many editions thereafter. This Antonian outfit went on to register victories in the 2014, 2017 and 2019 editions. Team was led by veteran players such as Rajeewa Fonseka, Thilina Jayaratne and Malintha Shamal.  Their only disappointments in this championship were in 2016 and 2018. This year, the former Petes presented their 9th edition of the Sports Carnival on September 30 in UAE ...

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