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China says ready to boost defence ties with Sri Lanka
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COLOMBO, Sri LankaSri Lanka's governing party declared victory Sunday in a provincial assembly election in the southeast, but its deflated performance compared with the outcome in the previous vote gave opposition lawmakers hope that they could ...
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  Provincial Vote Is Seen as a Test for Sri Lanka's President - New York Times1694030

Provincial Vote Is Seen as a Test for Sri Lanka's President
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NEW DELHI — Voters in a southeastern Sri Lankan province headed to the polls on Saturday in what is widely seen as a crucial test of whether President Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to win a third term in the coming months. The candidates for chief ...

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Sydney & Colombo, September 17 2014 : Qantas and SriLankan Airlines today announced a new codeshare agreement , making it easier for Australians to visit Colombo and surrounding holiday destinations, and creating new options for Sri Lankan travellers to access Australia.

Effective for travel from 26 October 2014*, Qantas will codeshare on SriLankan's daily Singapore - Colombo service. Customers will be able to connect within 2-3
hours between Qantas operated international flights to Singapore and SriLankan operated flights to the country's key hub, Colombo.

In turn, SriLankan Airlines will codeshare on Qantas' daily services between Singapore and Brisbane and Melbourne, and double daily services to Sydney.

Qantas Executive Manager International Sales, Stephen Thompson, said the airline was pleased to offer more travel options for the increasing number of Australians
choosing to visit Sri Lanka and beyond to destinations like the Maldives. At the same time, the deal is expected to deliver a boost for local tourism by making Australia more accessible for Sri Lankan visitors.

"Building on the relationship we have with SriLankan through oneworld, we'll offer customers travelling from Australia more connections to Colombo via Singapore, with the added benefit of a codeshare service . This means more opportunities to earn frequent flyer points and have your baggage checked right through to their destination," said Mr Thompson.

The new codeshare service with SriLankan Airlines complements Qantas' existing Singapore - Colombo daily codeshare service operated by partner Emirates, offering customers the choice of either a morning or evening departure from Singapore.

This announcement delivers on Qantas International's partnership strategy to increase the airline's presence in growth markets , further leveraging Singapore as a hub for Qantas customers across Asia. It follows a series of recent new codeshare agreements with WestJet across Canada, to Taiwan with China Airlines and an expanded codeshare with LAN across South America.

SriLankan Airlines' Head of Commercial Operations, Mohamed Fazeel was confident that this codeshare with Qantas would offer a great travel experience via Singapore for the Airline's customers.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to boost tourism between Sri Lanka and Australia. Passengers from Australasia will have even greater connectivity to Colombo and South Asia, taking advantage of SriLankan Airlines' daily frequencies to India, Pakistan and the Maldives" Mr Fazeel said.

"Australia is home to a sizeable Sri Lanka expatriate community and we are pleased that this new codeshare will provide them enhanced connectivity and convenience when they visit their families and friends back home".

The codeshare with Qantas will be SriLankan Airlines' fifth codeshare with a one world partner, complementing an existing codeshare with Malaysia Airlines over Kuala Lumpur to several major Australian cities, and codeshares with Siberia Airlines (S7), Royal Jordanian and Finnair.

* Subject to regulatory approval.

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Finance News from Sri Lanka - Gradient Alliance - August Issue 2014
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FDIs in record rise, reach $817m in 1H14   Tourist arrivals up 25.1% YoY in Jul 14, reaches 133,971   Domino's Pizza to expand, plans for 40-50 stores in 5 years
National debt improves,debt/GDP drop to 74.3%   Tea pdtn. in Jun 14 at 30.7mkgs, (+24.3% YoY)   Aug 14 inflation at 3.5% YoY, (-10bps MoM)
CPC & Mihin raise state sector losses, totaling Rs.9.5bn   Vehicle registration up 19.5% YoY in Jul 14   Consumer confidence index in Jul 14 at 64, up 2pts MoM
Pvt. sector credit growth reach new low,+2% YoY   Business confidence index in Jul 14 at 139,(+1 pt MoM)   Rupee at 128.75/131.63, flat MoM
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Harin: A political superstar in the making?

Harin: A political superstar in the making?

September 13, 2014, 7:43 pm
As far as provincial elections go, the UNP seems to be doing much better in Uva than at any previous election since 2005. Due to the much spoken of violence in the Moneragala district, the impression has been conveyed to the rest of the country that the government is facing an uphill struggle in Uva. The mere fact that such an impression has been conveyed to the rest of the country is in itself a major triumph for the UNP. All this while, the impression that everyone in the country had was that the UNP just could not face the UPFA at any election. Now thanks to some thugs who have been burning down so called 'campaign offices' of the opposition in the dead of night, the entire country thinks the government needs to resort to thuggery to win in Moneragala. The government for its part has been trying to say that the opposition has been burning down their own 'campaign offices' to garner sympathy. Anybody familiar with elections knows that this too happens quite often.

But what is happening in Moneragala is different. Because a member of the Rajapaksa family is involved various boorish types from outside the district are trying to score brownie points by burning down these 'campaign offices' in the night so as to convey the impression that they are doing everything possible to see that Sashindra Rajapaksa comes out on top. With friends like this, no government needs enemies. The problem that this government has is that there are too many lower level politicians vying to be noticed by the ruling family and have no way of doing so except by such means. These so called campaign offices that are being systematically destroyed are nothing but polythene sheets stretched over a framework of sticks and destroying them does nothing to discourage the opposition.

On the contrary, the destruction of these structures which cost only a few hundred rupees each gives the opposition parties publicity worth millions. The TV channels televise the scene and interview people and the party concerned gains much publicity and even sympathy in the process. If anybody in the government actually believes that the opposition was systematically setting fire to their own campaign offices, then government candidates should do the same so that everybody ends up at the same level. These campaign office burnings shows once again how an unassailable government can be brought low by a few fools looking for ways to curry favour with those who wield power. At the last PC election in 2009, the UNP got only 15% of the vote in the Moneragala district. At the parliamentary elections held in 2010, they got slightly more at 18%. But now, thanks to the destruction of these structures of polythene and sticks the whole country thinks that the government is struggling to retain control of the Moneragala district!

The SLFP hierarchy should take a long hard look at what is happening in Moneragala. The burning of these campaign offices has harmed the image of the SLFP more than it has harmed or intimidated the opposition. Leaving aside the intimidation of the opposition, this has given them a massive boost. Today, people are talking in terms of Sashindra Rajapaksa being unable to come out on top without a campaign of violence and intimidation to help him win. The story going around is that Sashindra is inaccessible and unavailable even to SLFP politicians and voters and that it will be an uphill struggle for him to retain the number one slot in the Moneragala district. Some say that he is downright lazy and that his inaccessibility is due to sloth. There is also the talk that he has done absolutely nothing for the Uva province. All this shows how a little bit of unnecessary violence by hangers on seeking to curry favour can queer the pitch for a politician.

Those who know Sashindra Rajapaksa knows that he is a pleasant easygoing type who always looks genuinely pleased to see you. This writer sees him on and off at the Kataragama Maha Devale and easy relationship he has with those who come to see him (which this writer has personally witnessed) sits oddly besides these accusations of inaccessibility. We have of course heard many sad stories of the sons of successful politicians ending up as disasters in politics. In fact it is only very rarely that the son of a successful politician has turned out to be a successful politician in his own right. Looking at some offspring who have entered politics on the shoulders of their fathers, one is almost surprised that otherwise successful politicians would fail to see that their sons are not cut out for a career in politics and that by bringing their sons into politics they have ended up ruining their own reputations.

What seems to happen very often is that the wives of politicians who would like to see their son becoming an 'amathithuma' like daddy, persuades the politician to bring the son into politics even though he would be better suited for some other career. Every successful politician is a hard worker, who likes interacting with people and can tolerate the idiosyncrasies of the village voter. If one is unable to work hard or interact easily with the hoi polloi then one should not be in politics. Every politician should have an accurate assessment of whether his son or daughter is cut out for a career in politics. But when you examine Sashindra from that point of view, from the outside at least, there is nothing to show that he is not cut out for a career in politics. On the contrary, his bubbly personality would give one the impression that he is even more suited to a career in politics than his more reserved father Chamal!

Some claim he is lazy and that he has done absolutely nothing for the Uva province. It need not be stressed that sloth is fatal to a politician. There are examples of otherwise pleasant and approachable and wise politicians falling by the wayside simply because of their slothful lifestyles. If you are asleep in bed when you should be meeting people, then that's the end of your career. This is one area where this writer has no direct knowledge of Sashindra's conduct. Even if he is the very epitome of sloth however, he should get just carried along by the work done by the unarguably energetic older generation of Rajapaksas. The SLFP as a party, never did any constructive work until the Rajapaksas took office. Historically, the SLFP has been a destructive force in economic and political terms in this country.

If not for the Rajapaksas, the SLFP would still be what it always was. The entire SLFP is being dragged along by just one family. Since three or four members of one family are carrying a good number of other SLFP politicians on their shoulders, one is at a loss to understand how one more SLFP politician in the form of Sashindra is going to make any difference. He too should be able to ride on the shoulders of his uncles the way most of colleagues in the party seem to be doing. Even if he has not personally done anything for Uva, the various programmes initiated from Colombo alone should suffice to see him through. Among the other stories that this writer has been hearing from Uva is that while Sashindra is inaccessible and doing nothing, his private secretary who serves as his interface with the public is a 'boru karaya'. That too strikes a discordant note. Sashindra's private secretary Ranjan Bandara was formerly the private secretary to Karu Jayasuriya and is well known to this writer. He is as dedicated and dynamic a private secretary as any politician could wish to have. He may be uttering a few lies and half truths here and there - it is impossible to be a private secretary to a politician without uttering a few lies but what this writer is unable to accept is that he would bluff and bamboozle people all the time. The chief minister's office carries with it certain powers and it just cannot be accepted that an experienced private secretary like Bandara would not use those powers to solve the problems of the people who come to him.

Everybody in the UNP that this writer has spoken to in recent days seems to be entertaining hopes of a massive turnaround in the UNP's fortunes at this election. More disconcertingly, some members of the government also seem to share that view! The upbeat mood of the opposition seems to have rubbed off on the diplomatic missions as well. Everybody seems to think of Sashindra as the weakest link in the Rajapaksa chain. The American embassy in Colombo for example commissioned a survey which has forecast the following result for Uva.

Badulla District

Total votes cast 457,000 (79% of registered voters)

UNP – 229,000 (50.1%) 10 seats

PA – 181,000 (40%) 7 seats

JVP – 27,800 (6.1%) 1 seat

Moneragala District

Total votes cast 239,000 (78.8% of registered voters)

PA – 108,000 (45.1) 8 seats

UNP – 90,000 (39%) 5 seats

JVP – 25,000 (10.4) 1 seat

And it's not just the American embassy either. Sane rational people, who have years of experience in election campaigning and have studied voting patterns at elections have told this writer quite confidently that the UNP will win in the Badulla district and lose the Moneragala district only by a small margin. Some predict an outright victory for the UNP in the Haputale electorate in the Badulla district. (Nobody has however told this writer categorically that the UNP will form the next Uva provincial council.) There are many incongruities in these stories that we have been hearing. Even though a victory for the UNP is being predicted only in the Badulla district, there is no violence or destruction of 'campaign offices' in that district and everybody is talking about how good things are in that district in comparison to what is going on in Moneragala. So we see that none of the violence reported at this election has been with the motive of clipping Harin Fernando's wings.

Incongruously, all the violence seems to be concentrated in the Moneragala district which everybody says the government is going to win anyway. If the government is going to win in Moneragala anyway, then why all the violence? The violence apparently is to reduce votes for the opposition. But if that is the goal, it is better to reduce the votes going to the opposition the Badulla district instead of the Moneragala district because the number of voters and PC seats is much higher in the Badulla district. Besides, the opposition's chief ministerial candidate is also in Badulla.

The reason why all the violence has been concentrated in Moneragala is thought to be due to the government thrashing about to preserve Sashindra's position. However one fails to understand how his position will be safeguarded by attacking the UNP and the JVP. If Sashindra's position as number one in the district is to be safeguarded it will have to be in relation to the other candidates in the ruling party so those who wish to see Sashindra getting the highest number of votes should actually be attacking UPFA campaign offices belonging to other candidates. But we don't see that happening. So there are many unexplained incongruities in the stories that we have been hearing.

Harin's superstardom

In any event, we must look at the election forecast made by the team commissioned by the American embassy in the light of the results of past elections. At the provincial council elections held in 2009, the UNP got an overall percentage of just over 22% of the votes cast in Uva. In the Badulla district where the UNP has been traditionally strong, they got close to 26% and in Moneragala district where they have always been weak, they got only 15.5%. If we compare that with the forecast of the American embassy, we see that the UNP will have to increase their vote by nearly 30 percentage points in both districts! At the Western and Southern provincial council elections held earlier this year, the UNP got 26.5% of the vote in the Western province and 25.7% in the Southern province. Between that time and now, absolutely nothing has happened vis a vis the UNP that would justify any hopes that they would be able to make such a radical turnaround as anticipated by the American embassy forecast.

The only new thing that has happned is that Harin Fernando resigned from parliament to contest the Uva PC election as the UNP's chief ministerial candidate. In the Western and Southern PC elections, the UNP did not have a chief ministerial candidates worth the name. The UNP did try to persuade some individuals to resign from parliament and contest the Western and Southern PC elections as the UNP's chief ministerial candidates, but there were no takers. So the only factor that is different is that the UNP has a good CM candidate in the Uva province in the form of Harin Fernando.

If Harin is able merely by coming forward to contest this election to change the UNP's fortunes so radically, and make the UNP's vote leap upwards by no less than 30 percentage points between the last the present PC election, this is the leader that the UNP has been looking for! Leaving aside the 30 percentage points, if Harin Fernando is able to increase the UNP vote by 15 percentage points, everyone in the UNP should rise up as one and throw both Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa out and make Harin the leader of the UNP! One of the sane rational people that this writer spoke to over the past several days even said that the UNP was set to win the Haputale electorate. The UNP got only 20% of the vote in the Haputale electorate at the Uva PC election held in 2009. At the 2010 parliamentary election they got 33.5%. At national elections, the voting percentages improves for the opposition and that explains the increase in the vote the UNP got between the 2009 Uva PC election and the 2010 parliamentary election.

While there may be differences in the voting percentages between national level and localized elections, between two elections at the same level, there will usually not be a radical change in the voting percentages. That is why J.R.Jayewardene introduced the proportional representation system in the first place. Even if we take the 2010 parliamentary election, where the UNP did much better in the Badulla district than at the Uva PC election held in 2009 due to the national/local factor, still the UNP got only 32% as against the UPFA's 58%. Even from 32% it's still a steep climb to get more votes than the UPFA. Moreover, this time, the UNP has to win in the Badulla district without any of the Indian Tamil political parties supporting them. At the 2009 Uva PC election and the 2010 parliamentary election, the UNP had the benefit of having P.Digambaram on their side contesting on the same list. Today they have to win without him and that makes the task doubly difficult.

If Harin Fernando is to win the Badulla district, he will have to do so with only the Sinhala Buddhist vote. Since 2005, that has been the holy grail of the UNP – winning back the support of the Sinhala Buddhist vote! If Harin now wins in Badulla without the support of any of the Up-country Tamil parties, and only on the Sinhala Buddhist vote, he would have achieved at the district level what the UNP so badly needs to achieve at the national level. And he would have done so in a situation where the UNP continues to be labeled as an anti-national party in the rest of the country! If Harin Fernando is able to win the Badulla district even with all the odds stacked against him, then he will be Sri Lanka's newest political superstar.

Whatever the outcome of the Uva election may be, the UNP has certainly made headway in one respect – there is now no talk of all parties uniting to take on the UPFA. The UNP on its own is now seen as the only challenger to the ruling coalition and that in itself is a giant leap forward for them.


S.Thomas College OBA NSW Presents Blue, Black & Blue Ball 2014

S.Thomas College OBA NSW Presents Blue, Black & Blue Ball 2014

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SriLanka Lions Sports Club 2014/15 Office Bearers

SriLanka Lions Sports Club 2014/15 Office Bearers


President: Clem Christie David
Secretary: Palitha Ranatunga
Treasurer: Prasanna Kariyawasam
Joint Social Secretary: Shaan Ching / Grahame Davidson
Auditor: Lalin De Silva

Over 40 ( Masters ) Team

Captain: Waruna Kumarage
Vice Captain: Max Labrooy
Cricket Convener: Richie De Silva

Over 50 ( Classics Team )

Captain: Harry Solomons
Vice Captain: Cuthbert Berenger
Cricket Convener: Shantha Gunasekara

Kingswood Touch Rugby 7s-2014


Kingswood College, Kandy Sri Lanka – Old Boys Association Australia is organising their Annual Touch Rugby 7’s tournament amongst the Sri Lankan schools/clubs who are passionate about rugby on Saturday 27th September 2014 at Box Hill Rugby Grounds (Sparks Reserve) Cnr Canterbury Road & Middleborough Road, Box Hill for the 6th consecutive year followed by a Rugby Ball. For more info visit : http://www.kingswood.net.au

Contact: Ranga 0433 275 909, Lloyd 0425 725 530, Dinesh 0452 228 074

Dinner Dance - Bishopian Masquerade Night

Contact: Achini 0433 532 642, Umanga 0430 303 298

Dinner Dance - SLAVGAA Agronight

In keeping with our tradition, we, Sri Lankan Agriculture and Veterinary Graduates Association in Australia (SLAVGAA) cordially invite its members, their families and friends to the AGRONITE-2014, the annual get-together and dinner dance of our association. The will be held on 27 September 2014 at "Walauwa" Restaurant at Sandown Regency, 477 Princes Hwy, Noble Park. Further information will follow soon; please keep the date free.

Contact: Kithsiri Dassanayake 0400 846 422

Hopper Night - Pathana Sajje

At Glen Waverley Community Centre, 700, Waverley Road, Glen Waverley.

Contact: Janaka 0413 388 977, Laksiri 0433 751 004, Kolitha 0419 509 057

Dinner Dance - SSC & OLV Dinner Dance


Contact: Marcellus 0418 301 585, Mervyn 0413 324 873, Dayanthie 0417303060

Music Event - Sing a song

At Uniting Church Hall, 482 High Street Road, Mt. Waverley.

Contact: Nanda Wimalajeewa 0411 781 059, Nihal 0412 544 292

CDF Dinner Dance

Music Concert - Tribute to Mohideen Baig

Contact: Mihirie 0414 546 833

High Tea

Contact: Graeme 0413 338 934

Dhamma Sermon - VAS BANA

Contact: Mahamevnawa Temple 9700 6870

Get Together - Sri Lankan, Indian & Fijian Cultural Club

Contact: Raja 0478 964 496, Wellington 9548 2313


Saturday 13 September 2014


Breast cancer is a major cause of death in women in India and Sri Lanka. In NSW, Indian and Sri Lankan women have one of the lowest breast screening rates in the state.

To address the issue, the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service has been awarded a Cancer Institute NSW Evidence to Practice grant to increase breast screening participation rates in women from Indian and Sri Lankan communities.

To launch the project the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service held a community leaders' forum on Saturday 13 September in Thornleigh to encourage key community leaders to support the project.

The project will include a number of strategies aimed at encouraging women to participate in screening including attending information sessions, group screening appointments, culturally appropriate community resources and social media and community engagement activities.

Chief Cancer Officer and CEO of the Cancer Institute NSW, Professor David Currow said this forum signals the start of an important project that will address the low breast screening rates in Sri Lankan and Indian women in NSW.

"Participating in breast screening is one of the most important things that women aged 50-74 can do for their health. The early detection of breast cancers means women have less invasive treatment options and better survival outcomes.
"We need to ensure that no community of women is left behind. This event is a wonderful opportunity for leaders in the Indian and Sri Lankan community to address the issues and barriers women in their community face in attending breast screening."

Director of the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service Mr Peter Todaro said that this campaign aims to provide Indian and Sri Lankan communities, welfare associations and BreastScreen services with evidence on appropriate interventions for increasing screening rates within these targeted population.
"According to the latest census (ABS 2011) people from India and Sri Lanka are one of the largest and fastest growing groups in NSW and in the coming years, there will be a substantial increase in women aged 50 to 74 years from these cultural groups."

Dr Palu Malowalla, a 54 year old Indian breast cancer survivor, welcomes this initiative as she believes this project will urge community leaders to start developing effective programs to encourage Indian and Sri Lankan women to start thinking about getting themselves checked earlier not just for themselves but also for the sake of their families."

"In our communities, women tend to prioritise the needs of their families first before their health. I was lucky that I acted early and survived because my breast cancer was detected early".

"I urge women to get tested not for just their benefit but also for their loved ones who will be affected by results. We all have a role to play to encourage each other to take care of our health".

Breast screening can find cancers before they can be felt or noticed - women have a better chance of survival when breast cancer is found early.
At the forum, all leaders were encouraged to sign pledge cards to show their support for the BreastScreen project by outlining their proposed activities for their communities.

For more information visit www.pinksariproject.org.

Key facts

Multicultural Health Communication Service

  • The NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) is a state-wide service funded by the NSW Ministry of Health (MoH) to provide health information to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.
  • A key objective of the MHCS is to develop and establish standards of best practice in communication with CALD communities.
  • The vision of MHCS is to ensure that "Individuals and communities in NSW from CALD backgrounds will have quality information/education that will allow them to make informed choices and changes for better health
  • MHCS and NSW Refugee Health Service have been the successful recipients of a Cancer Institute NSW Evidence to Practice Grant. The focus of the project is to improve breast screening rates for Indian and Sri Lankan women in NSW.

Cancer Institute NSW

  • The Cancer Institute NSW is Australia's first state-wide, government-funded cancer control agency.
  • Established in July 2003 through the Cancer Institute (NSW) Act 2003 to lessen the impact of cancer in NSW.
  • The NSW Cancer Plan 2011-15 sets the platform for cancer control in NSW and was developed in collaboration with community members, non-government organisations, health professionals, patients and carers to reflect an integrated approach to reducing the burden of cancer in NSW.
  • Through the NSW Cancer Plan 2011-15 four main goals have been identified:
    • reduce the incidence of cancer in the community
    • increase the survival rate for people with cancer
    • improve the quality of life of people with cancer, and their families and carers
    • provide a source of expertise on cancer control for the government, health service providers, medical researchers and the general community.

BreastScreen NSW

  • BreastScreen NSW is part of a national program, BreastScreen Australia, which is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments.
  • The Cancer Institute NSW manages BreastScreen NSW, a free service screening service for women aged 40 years and over.
  • The BreastScreen NSW service aims to detect breast cancer early. Early detection of cancer increases the treatment options available and improves the chance of survival from the disease.
  • Breast screening reduces the number of women who die from breast cancer.
  • Women aged 50 to 74 years are encouraged to attend by way of personalised letters as the benefit from screening mammography is greatest for women in this age group.
  • Currently there are over 42 fixed screening locations and 13 mobile vans which visit over 160 locations across NSW.
  • Over 300,000 women were screened in the 2013-14 financial year
  • The number of women who participated in BreastScreen in NSW between the age of 50-69 years of age in 2011-2012 was 51.6%. (AIHW, BreastScreen Australia monitoring report 2011–2012, released October 2014)

Sri Lankan and Indian Communities in NSW

  • Breast cancer is a major cause of mortality in women in India and Sri Lanka (WHO/ICO 2010).
  • Breast screening rates in women from Indian and Sri Lankan communities' are well below that of the general population.
  • According to the latest census (ABS 2011) people from India and Sri Lanka are one of the largest and fastest growing groups in NSW.
  • In the coming years, there will be a substantial increase in women aged 50 to 74 years from the Indian and Sri Lankan language groups.

Breast cancer in NSW

  • 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer by the age of 85
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women
  • 51 per cent of new breast cancer cases were diagnosed in women aged 50-69 years. . (Cancer in NSW: Incidence Report 2009)
  • Since the BreastScreen NSW program started in 1991, the mortality rate from breast cancer has dropped by over 30%.( NSW Central Cancer Registry, Cancer Institute NSW)
  • The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. The biggest risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and being over 50 years of age.
  • 9 out of 10 women who develop breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer.

The Pink Sari Project

  • The Pink Sari Project is a community based initiative that brings various organisations together to increase breast screening rates in women from Indian and Sri Lankan communities' in NSW
  • The Pink Sari Project will include a number of strategies aimed at encouraging women to participate in screening including attending information sessions, group screening appointments, culturally appropriate community resources and social media and community engagement activities.
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Hoppers & Koththu Night - Vikasitha Art Circle

Hopper and Koththu Night for the 8th time presented by Vikasitha Art Circle in aid of "KINIHIRA EDUCATION CIRCLE" Galle Sri Lanka. At Southern Community Center, Mulgrave. (Melway 80 F5)..

Contact: Prema 9794 9025, Kanishka 0433 441 269

Family Night with Dinner & Dancing - Roti Night Fundraiser

Contact: Leonie 9796 7276, 0409 387 686, Maryse 9574 7999, 0418 311 465, Daya 9574 7999, 0409 311 465

Dinner Dance - Spring Blossoms 2014

Sirimavian's in Melbourne proudly presents Spring Blossoms 2014 at Linley Estate Grand Ball Room. Details to follow....

Contact: Maneesha 0431 169 040, Kishani 0401 299 887, Savithri 0433 944 050, Upuli 0423 576 905

Dinner Dance - Blues Vibe

Contact: Reg 0421 057 798, Sri 0416 009 771, Tony 0431 704 299, Brian 0439 282 195

Dinner Dance - "RAJANS ROAR 2014"

Contact: Harsha 0415 363 600, Eranda 0406 918 155

Music Concert

An event held in honor of the birth centenary of Prof. Ediriwira Sarachchandra. An enjoyable evening of Sarachchandra's drama songs and acts. Presented by Yashodhara, Kusumsiri and the Sri LankanTheatre Group Melbourne. At Rivergum Performing Atrs Center, Hampton Park.

Contact: Yashodhara (Sri Lankan Theatre Group Melbourne) 0406 221 355

Dinner Dance

Contact: Rohan 0413 334 659, Sriyan 0422 409 408, Athula 0423 416 140, Nilhan 0400 798 336


Contact: Chanaka 0432 421 832, Niroshan 0433 468 710, Ramesh 0488 227 535

Concert - An Evening with GYPSIES

Contact: Sunanda 0408 145 334, DJ Ash 0412 059 681

Music Concert - Sunil Edirisinghe

Sunil Edirisinghe Live in Concert at Besen Centre, Burwood. Music Direction by Tharupathi Munasinghe. Further details will be updated soon. Please keep the day free.

Contact: Dilum 0412 863 529, Dimali 0411 496 667

Dinner - Bridgetine Curry Night

Contact: Jaj 0466 970 733

Dinner Dance - Spring Fling

Contact: Neville Davidson 0419 880 329

Bellbirds Spring Dance


ANNIVERSARY Masquerade Ball

Cultural Show - Hela Mathra Launch & Cultural Show

“Hela Mathra Foundation” represent the Sri Lankan culture and heritage values among the Sri Lankan’s living in Australia for the future generations. “Hela Mathra Foundation” is a not for profit organisation which dedicate in helping Sri Lankan children and young adults living in Australia to create awareness and knowledge on folk dancing, singing, music, stories, dramas and literature skills. At Drum Theatre, Dandenong

Contact: Madhu 0412 810 321, 0404 703 825

Dinner Dance - VIBRATIONS 2014 Dinner Dance

"VIBRATIONS 2014 is a Social gathering of our Sri Lankan Community in Australia with a Formal Black & White Theme Dinner Dance on 18th October at St. Anthonys' Main church Hall, Noble Park > 7.30PM till Midnight "


Contact: KAZSA 0430 446 603, JENA 0433 424 209

Dinner Dance - Anula Night 2014

Contact: Janitha 0430 390 448, Maya 0413 394 627, Chamini 0433 158 522

Dinner Dance - Annual Black & Gold Dinner Dance

Annual Black & Gold Dinner Dance organized by Black & Gold of Victoria (D.S.Senanayake College OBA- Australia)

Contact: Damitha 0433 831 175, Pavithra 0425 383 290

Dinner Dance - Viru Daru Diriya 2014

Viru Daru Diriya (VDD) Fund Victoria provides educational support scholarships to many hundreds of school going children of Sri Lankan war heroes. Recently, VDD Fund has expanded its activities to several other charity works in Sri Lanka. Dinner Dance 2014 will raise funds to enhance the VDD charity activities. At Sacred Heart Perish Hall, Oakleigh.

Contact: Chandra Athaudage 9795 5070, Nimal Rajakaruna 9800 3965

Drama - Deyyoth danne

Contact: Chaminda 0410 835 982, Duminda 0430 064 584, Sanath 0404524 438

Inaugural event - Muthuhara Inaugration Ceremony

The Inaugural Ceremony of the Second International branch of Rupavahini Muthuhara Lama Samajaya in Melbourne. Free Admission. At Ken Thompson Performing Arts Centre, Gladstone Park.

Contact: Vathsala Dassanayake Ishtaweera 0409 568 547

Dinner Dance - Pride of Lanka

Contact: Sian 0419 356 194, Quintus 0411 455 656, Jennifer 0418 330 789, Bev 0419 317 860, Ranjini 0413 144 072, Chris 0411 737 303

Dinner Dance

At Springvale Town Hall donation $80.

Contact:Wasantha 0438 7980204, Priyan 0487 877 876, Damien 0402 370 777

Hopper Night - Hopper Night with musical entertainment


At JAN WILSON COMMUNITY CENTER, Halton Rd, Noble Park North.


Contact: Ranjith 9795 7143


Presented by Sri Lanka German Technical Training Institute Old Boys Association.

Contact: Krishantha 0412 833 599, Rohana 0421 596 204

Dinner Dance - Thurstan College OBU Australia Annual Dinner Dance 2014

Dinner Dance - Thurstan College OBU Australia Annual Dinner Dance 2014

Dinner Dance - Nilwala Night

Contact: Ari 0414 371 407, Sanath 0490 142 428, Ajith 0427 610 823, Kamal 0400 865 908


Contact: Claudette 9704 2207, Noeline 9562 1356

Hope-Dance to Save a Life

Music Concert - The Unplugged 2014

Production One Events in collaboration with Malith Perera proudly present THE UNPLUGGED 2014, a semi acoustic journey through some of the greatest and newest hits of legend Chitral Chity Somapala accompanied by the very popular and talented Milin Rupasinghe, Janani and Malith!! This night will be filled with captivating performances by our main artists supported by the talented young collection of musicians led by Darsh Anthonige and musically directed by Chandima Jayatillake. Hope to see you!

Contact: Sri 0488 101 577, Malith 0425 756 474, Bryan 0406 759 616

Dinner Dance

Contact: Afzal 0409 983 694, Naomal 0427 274 312, Marlon 0411 448 811

Music Concert - Pahan Sandhwani

Contact: Chamari 0430 049 750, Anura 0419 216 100, Hemantha 0409 854 597

Blood Donation

Contact: Athula 0407 314 265, Dilshan 0430 062 647

Dinner Dance

Contact: Bert 0414 979 483, Frank 0414 979 401, Srinath 0417 132 531

Music & Drama Concert - SARASAVI NINNADA

Four actors will be coming from Sri Lanka: Jayalath Manorathne, Nissanka Diddeniya, Rodney Warnakula & Madhani Malwatta. Presented by Peradeniya University Alumni Australia Victoria (PUAAViC). At Kel Watson Theatre.

Contact: Prem 9795 3170, 0430 669 953, Pathmasiri 9432 4262, Sarath Jayasuriya 0437 634 243

Methodist College PPA - NSW Presents Yuletide Glow

HERITAGE GROVE - Retire in Style in Sri Lanka

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The Elements Fairway Holdings launches its 4th Luxury Apartment Project

‘The Elements’ - Fairway Holdings launches its 4th Luxury Apartment Project


Emerging from the fusion of the elements, life is born anew to fulfil the dreams of those who wish to embrace it. Pure in form and perfect in spirit, "The Elements by Fairway" is a celebration of eternal life...in perfect harmony.

By bringing the meaning of the four elements together and backed by a proven track record in developing luxury residencies, Fairway Holdings creates yet another powerful symbol of luxury vertical living - 'The Elements' by Fairway - homes of distinction for seekers of contemporary luxury living experiences. The Elements is the 4th luxury apartment project of the Fairway Holdings Group. Located amidst the wetlands and water streams in Rajagiriya; 'The Elements' is not just in sync with nature, but blending into and becoming one with nature. Its location provides easy access to Colombo city and the newly developed Diyawanna Oya recreation areas.

The Elements will be 40 stories high with 64 units each of 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom apartments totalling 128 apartments and 2 penthouses. The Elements is designed by Archt. Mohan Silva of Avant-Garde Urban Design Partnership and will be constructed by MAGA Engineering. The Elements design compliments the previous projects of The Fairway Group with straight line minimalist architecture which result in creating spacious and practical living spaces. It incorporates the key features of the previous project the SkyGardens such as energy efficient lighting and appliances, double glazed uPVC windows, engineered timber doors from Sandor and luxury kitchen cabinetry from Signature Kitchens both from Malaysia.

A luxury lifestyle is assured to the homeowners of The Elements with a range of amenities such as a full length Swimming Pool, Kiddies Pool, Banquet Hall, Gymnasium, Lounge, Meeting Room, Drivers’ Lounge and a multitude of Recreational Areas. All residents of The Elements will get free membership at the Fairway Sports Complex that has facilities for Tennis, Badminton, Basketball and Squash. It also has a Clubhouse/Diner for the convenience of the members. Clean drinking water on tap and 2 carports for each apartment has become a standard feature of the luxury vertical living developments of the Fairway Holdings Group.

'The Elements' incorporates the outdoor experience into vertical living; a feature found in the most exclusive living spaces around the world. The living areas of each apartment seamlessly open into a spacious terrace. It's the ideal place to wake up and bask in the morning sunrise or enjoy the evening sunset at the end of a busy day. 

The Elements will be completed in the 4th quarter of 2016. Building on the success of its past projects such as Fairway - on the Waterfront (completed in 2007), Fairmount - Urban Oasis (completed in 2010) and the SkyGardens (planned for completion in 3rd quater2014), Fairway Holdings have established a reputation for delivering on their promise. Bringing in to play almost a decade of experience in this sphere, The Fairway Group has delivered exceptional value and an unparalleled experience of Vertical Luxury Living to its homeowners. Both the Fairway and the Fairmount won the ICTAD’s Construction Excellence Awards in 2007 and 2010.

New Years Eve 2014 - Box Hill Town Hall with Redemption & DJ Damien

New Years Eve 2014

Box Hill Town Hall with Redemption & DJ Damien

Pope's Visit to Sri lanka

Pope's Visit to Sri lanka - Programme

January 13th Arrive at 9.00 am
Motorcade to Bishop's House where he will have discussions with Bishops
Followed by a Luncheon
 Audience with President Rajapakse and meet dignitaries of other Religions                     
January 14th
Morning Mass at Galle Face Green
Later in the day Mass at the Madhu Church in Mannar - he will bless the people with the Statue of Our lady of Madhu at the end of the service
January 15th
 Leave to the Philippines

Cricket World Cup 2015 - Gala Dinner

Cricket World Cup 2015 - Gala Dinner 

Organised by Sri Lanka Cricket Sydney Inc.

5th March 2015

Waterview, Bicentinnial Drive, Sydney Olympic Park

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015


Australia and New Zealand will host the ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2015
14 Feb. 2015 vs England at the MCG
21 Feb. vs Bangladesh at the Gabba
28 Feb. vs New Zealand at Eden Park
4   Mar. vs Afghanistan at the WACA
8   Mar. vs Sri Lanka at the SCG
14 Mar. vs Scotland at Bellerive
20 Mar. Quarter Final 3 at Adelaide
21 Mar. Quarter Final 4 at Wellington
24 Mar. Semi Final 1 at Eden Park
26 Mar. Semi Final 2 at SCG
29 Mar. FINAL at MCG  
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  Upcoming Events
- Melbourne - Sri Lankan Agriculture and Veterinary Graduates Association in Australia (SLAVGAA), presents Agronite 2014 Annual Dinner Dance and Get together
- Melbourne - Aus Audio Visual Arts Association Inc presents a Musical Evening
- Melbourne - Kingswood College Kandy Sri Lanka Old Boys Association Australia, presents Kingswood Touch Rugby 7s – 2014
- Dinner Dance - SSC & OLV Dinner Dance
- CDF Dinner Dance
- Hopper Night - Pathana Sajje
- Dinner Dance - SLAVGAA Agronight
- Dinner Dance - Bishopian Masquerade Night
- Kingswood Touch Rugby 7s-2014
- Music Event - Sing a song
- Dhamma Sermon - VAS BANA
- Get Together - Sri Lankan, Indian & Fijian Cultural Club
- Music Concert - Tribute to Mohideen Baig
- AGM - Holy Mass & AGM 
- High Tea
- Melbourne - National Emergency Medal
- Melbourne - Vikasitha Arts Circle, presents Hopper and Koththu Night
- Hoppers & Koththu Night - Vikasitha Art Circle
- Family Night with Dinner & Dancing - Roti Night Fundraiser
- Dinner Dance - Spring Blossoms 2014
- Dinner Dance - Blues Vibe
- Dinner Dance - "RAJANS ROAR 2014"
- Music Concert
- Dinner Dance
- Melbourne - Maris Stella College Old Boys Association of Australia Inc presents Marist Chimes 2014 Annual Dinner Dance
- Dinner Dance - SSC & OLV Dinner Dance
- Melbourne - Lions Club of South East Business, presents a Rotti Night Fundraiser
- Melbourne - Sirimavians in Melbourne, presents Annual Dinner Dance Spring Blossoms 2014
- Melbourne - Wesley College Colombo OBU Australia presents Blues Vibe Annual Dinner Dance 2014
- Melbourne - Dharmarajah College OBU Australia, presents Annual Dinner Dance Rajans Roar 2014
- Melbourne - Sri Lankan Theatre Group Melbourne presents an evening of Sarachchandra Drama Songs
- Sports
- Melbourne - St Peters College Melbourne OBU presents a family fun day
- Buddhist event
- Buddhist event - Monthly Dhamma Sermon
- Melbourne - An Evening with the Gypsies with DJ Ash
- Concert - An Evening with GYPSIES
- Dinner Dance - Spring Fling
- Music Concert - "Sunil Edirisinghe"
- Dinner Dance - Dance with the GYPSIES
- Music Concert - Sunil Edirisinghe
- Bellbirds Spring Dance
- Dinner - Bridgetine Curry Night
- Melbourne - Voluntary Outreach Club Inc presents Spring Fling Dinner Dance
- Melbourne - Bridgetine Curry Night
- Melbourne - An Evening with the Gypsies, with DJ Ash
- Melbourne - Nimtherak Sunil Edirisinghe Live in Concert
- Luncheon
- Melbourne - Eighty Club Melbourne Inc presents Savoury Rice and Curry Luncheon
- Drama - Deyyoth danne
- Dinner Dance - VIBRATIONS 2014 Dinner Dance
- Dinner Dance - Anula Night 2014
- Cultural Show - Hela Mathra Launch & Cultural Show
- Dinner Dance - Annual Black & Gold Dinner Dance
- Dinner Dance - Viru Daru Diriya 2014
- ANNIVERSARY Masquerade Ball
- Melbourne - Vibrations 2014 Dinner Dance
- Melbourne - Anula Vidyalaya Past Pupils Association of Victoria presents Anula Night 2014 Annual Dinner Dance
- Melbourne - Cultural Show Hela Mathra launch and cultural show
- Melbourne - D.S.Senanayake College OBA Australia, presents Black adn Gold Night 2014 Annual Dinner Dance
- Melbourne - Viru Daru Diriya Fund Victoria presents Dinner Dance 2014
- Hopper Night - Hopper Night with musical entertainment
- Dinner Dance - Thurstan College OBU Australia Annual Dinner Dance 2014
- Dinner Dance - Nilwala Night
- Dinner Dance
- Dinner Dance - Pride of Lanka
- Inaugural event - Muthuhara Inaugration Ceremony
- Luncheon
- Dinner Dance
- Blood Donation
- Music Concert - Pahan Sandhwani
- Music Concert - The Unplugged 2014
- Dinner Dance
- Hope-Dance to Save a Life
- Music & Drama Concert - SARASAVI NINNADA
- Buddhist event - Monthly Dhamma Sermon
- Methodist College PPA - NSW Presents Yuletide Glow
- Buddhist event - Monthly Dhamma Sermon
- New Years Eve 2014
- Pope's Visit to Sri lanka
- Cricket World Cup 2015 - Gala Dinner
- ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

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Deep Vein Thrombosis And Air Travel

Inner lining of all veins including the major deep veins have  smooth surface, and a valvular mechanism to help  venous (blue) blood that returns to the lungs for re-oxygenation to travel unhampered. With ageing plaques are formed in arteries, which obstructs the flow of oxygenated blood as in coronary artery disease. Such plaques never occur in veins under normal situation.
Formation of clots in normal deep veins is called ‘Phlebo-thrombosis’ as opposed to clot formation in inflamed veins, called ‘Thrombo-plebitis’.
Here being discussed on Phlebo-thrombosis or commonly called ‘Deep Vein Thrombosis’ (DVT).

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