Golden Star( Gehaniya) of the Sinhala cinema Swarna Mallawarachchi reminisced after five decades -by Sunil Thenabadu Photo Source:dailymirror.lk Charisma , hard work, dedication and commitment are  those real surface qualities with charm expressive that would make a fabulous actress like Swarna Mallawarachchi. This is because performing on camera, requires a certain amount of expressive energy .Swarna is an  individual with high-octanes of energy she has the ability to translate that energy on-screen. Swarna possess natural charisma which has benefited her in successful performing endeavors.  Swarna Mallawarachchi born on 1st August 1948 in Kosgas Handiya, Grandpass is perhaps the most popular actress ever produced in the Sri Lankan cinema since it’s inception often popularly known as the “Golden star of Sinhalese cinema” also as “Gehaniya of the Sinhala cinema’. Swarna began her acting career whilst still a schoolgirl,Vijayaba Maha Vidyalaya Grandpass, before she was barely seventeen years old starring in the year 1966 in the blockbuster film ‘Sath Samudara’ directed by Siri Gunasinghe. She has had no intention to ...

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Japan’s Precious Children – By GEORGE BRAINE On a recent afternoon in Sapporo, on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, I was walking past an elementary school. Lessons were over for the day, and little children were streaming out. Singly or in groups, talking and laughing, the children walked along the pavement on their way home, safe and happy. No parents had come to collect them, and no motorcycles, cars, school vans or buses were to be seen. Obviously, the concept of “langama pasala, hondama pasala” (the nearest school is the best school) was working in Japan. I recall a common sight in Sri Lanka. In most schools, even for older students, parents would be crowding the gate to pick up and escort their children home. Or, there would be school vans. In so called international schools, a long line of expensive cars would line up on the nearby road, to pick up ...

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Kaleidoscope Let’s Talk with Dr Tara De Mel on Hunger Dear Friends of Kaleidoscope Below is the link to the interview I did with Former Secretary of the Ministry of Education Dr Tara De Mel who is leading projects to ensure that children, especially the young ones, get a midday meal.  There are at least one million children in Sri Lanka deprived of a midday meal due to the economic crisis.  Sri Lanka currently has the second highest malnutrition rate in South Asia. I would appreciate if this email can be shared among friends and family.  Any contribution we get to keep our children from going hungry is very appreciated.  It’s this midday meal that encourages them to come to school and it’s this midday meal they will probably have as their only meal for the day.  Please give generously. Account details below. Link for the interview:  https://youtu.be/SPjcRlk2wDo With greatest thanks ...

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ANANDA WICKRAMAGE UNDISPUTED KING OF COMEDY WITH RHYTHEM, TIMING AND PACE – FOUR AND A HALF DECADES IN AN EFFERVERSCENT VOYAGE IN CELEBRITY – by Sunil Thenabadu   Ananda Wickramage the renowned actor on stage, small screen and theatre is identified as a comedy character with a dry sense of sarcastic humor, bit silly, lighthearted shameless and eccentric. Ananda knowing his comedic qualities to unprecedented tall heights has assisted him in identifying specific comedy characters throughout his tenure in acting to date even prior to the advent of television. Ananda possesses unique personality traits to remain at the top to date in his prolonged acting career spanning for approximately over four and a half decades. Each character portrayed sans any blemish has its own comedic attributes, inevitably the diverse audiences would experience a natural, organic merge. Focusing on Ananda’s comedy character will help him find the all-important comedic niche whether on stage, television or silver screen. Ananda has been throughout his tenure as an ...

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Marble Beach – a pristine beach in a sheltered bay – By Arundathie Abeysinghe   Situated approximately 17 kilometers from *Trincomalee, Marble Beach also known as “Marble Bay” is a spectacular pristine beach with crystal blue shallow waters and minimal waves and considered as an excellent bathing spot monitored by Sri Lanka Air Force. There is a resort with beach front accommodation and a restaurant operated by the Air Force located at the north end of the cove of Marble Beach. Considered as one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka, unlike many other beaches in Trincomalee, Marble Beach is located in a sheltered bay and has excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities… With serenity at its utmost, the stretch of sand alongside the light blue ocean seems to go on endlessly as far as the eye can see… The allure of the Beach is its untouched, pristine splendor… Besides the magnificent ...

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Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo 110 16 06 2022 While Sri Lanka seems to have stopped in its tracks in progress – we continue to give you a dose of positive, daring, different. In the backdrop of Angampora, this week we have superworms, white tortoises, artisan tea & stylish grazing with chats on microentrepreneurs, Rise Up Meals & other tidbits on Kaleidoscope today.  Rise Up Meals is an initiative driven by a collective led by Dr Tara De Mel which is working on giving school children a mid-day meal – generally the only meal they have in these current times. You will realise how bad hunger is among children and do try and help.  Help feed schoolchildren To join the project and help provide a meal to needy school children in Sri Lanka: Facebook: Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RiseUpMealsor  Email:info@avaayaresearch.com, vijitha@avaayaresearch.com, or gg8184@gmail.com Bank details: Avaaya Research, Seylan Bank – Nugegoda, Sri Lanka AC No: 012013134596120. ...

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Why You Must Visit Sri Lanka Right Now by Gunjan Devtale   We’ve all heard about news reports of Sri Lanka’s worsening economic crisis, soaring inflation and widespread protests but if you want to visit this beautiful country, the pros outweigh the negatives. Despite the crisis, Sri Lanka continues to welcome tourists, as hotels are filling up and the mood remains upbeat. Non-resident Sri Lankans are also returning home to visit their families, and perhaps, at this point of time, this is the best way to help this struggling country, as a whole eco-system will restart with hotels, restaurants, guides, cabs etc. Plus, the country has never been so affordable to tourists. Brightsun Travel have special discounted fares on several airlines including Emirates, plus added extras like increased baggage allowance up to 40kg if you are going home to visit friends and family. With endless beaches, lush landscapes, oodles of ...

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VOLUNTEERS FROM CEYLON WHO SERVED IN THE BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH FORCES DURING WORLD WAR 1 [1914-1918] AND WORLD WAR 2 [1939-1945] ABSTRACT This abstract is a compilation of records in honour of all Ceylonese who served in the military during the two world wars, based on newspaper articles, historical records and material shared by relatives, military history enthusiasts, and web based information. Sri Lanka or Ceylon, as we were known then, played a comparatively important role in the First World War although we were a crown colony of the British Empire. In 1917 the Times of Ceylon estimated that 1,250 volunteers had enlisted for overseas service. At least 351 Ceylon volunteers signed up while in England and another 438 enlisted on their own account. In addition, the ‘Times Fund’ facilitated the expenses for 156 Ceylon volunteers to enlist overseas.  From the various  available nominal rolls and rolls of honour it appears there were ...

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Around 80,000 mt of seed paddy needed – Agri-expert   Source:sundayobserver.lk The term ‘food security’ looks simple, but it is complex. According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, a country is considered food secured “when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life,” said Senior Professor, Weed Science Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya,  Buddhi Marambe told the Sunday Observer. He said as stated many times before, agriculture in Sri Lanka has evolved over the past seven decades since independence. Paddy production, especially, has reached its heights thanks to the forward-looking action taken by our scientists since the early 1950s and farmers embracing new technologies recommended by the Department of Agriculture and the commodity research institutes. “For example, we improved ...

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Shanaka’s thunderbolts slam Aussies off the rails   Source:sundayobserver.lk Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka came like a bolt from the blues hammering an unbeaten 54 in just 25 balls as he helped his team chase down a 177-taget to win the third and final T20 International against Australia at the Pallekele Stadium in Kandy yesterday. Shanaka was at the crease when all seemed lost for Sri Lanka at 108 for 6 in the 16th over and Australia sensing victory. But then came what Shanaka is capable of doing as he struck the best bowler in the series Josh Hazlewood for two sixes and two fours in the 18th over to turn the match on its head and take Sri Lanka to victory that was brought up with a last ball wide from Jhye Richardson. Shanaka in all struck five fours and four sixes that hit the Aussies off the rails. ...

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