Sri Lankan Veteran cricketer Mahela Jayawardene will retire from T20 international at the end of ICC World T20 2014 event, along with Kumar Sangakkara, International Cricket Council’s (ICC) announced the news on Twitter on Monday.
Jayawardene has appeared in all four T20 World Cup events till now and 2014 event in Bangladesh will be his last one.Earlier Sangakkara announced his retirement from T20 International after the ICC World T20 2014. Jayawardene’s announcement came through a photo with Sangakkara that bore the message: “Last World T20, let’s make it count,” signed by the two players.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse will declare open the second phase of the southern expressway from Galle to Matara today.the Ministry of Highways, Ports and Shipping announced.
The extension has two interchanges along the 35 kilometer distance between Galle and Matara.There will be two inter changes on the highway. The inter change at Imaduwa in Galle will enable the public to enter the Galle-Akuressa road. The Kokmaduwa inter change will be linked with an approach route the Weligama-Kananke road. The new set up will help the public to travel from Kottawa to Matara within one hour and 20 minutes. Earlier, four hours were spent to cover the distance.
The four-lane extension was constructed at a cost of US$ 180 million with the funds from EXIM Bank of China.
Imperialist Intentions in Geneva and the Desperation of Tamil Nationalists
Comrade SK Senthivel, General Secretary of the New-Democratic Marxist-Leninist Party addressed a meeting for the youth held at the Jaffna office of the Party. The following is an excerpt of his address.
The US has exposed its imperialist ulterior motives by releasing the draft text of the resolution that it intends to bring up at the United Nations Human Rights Council Sessions in Geneva. Not knowing that, the US-loyalist Tamil nationalist leaders conducted false propaganda among Tamils that the Geneva resolution would turn out to be a great blessing to the Tamils.
Now they are moaning and groaning that they have been let down. This is an expression of their short-sighted narrow politics with loyalty to the White maters with little understanding of imperialism. What we witness today is an expression of the politics of foreign loyalty of the Tamil leadership which is unable to make out whether the wolf is shedding tears out of its own hunger or out of pity for the goat getting drenched in the rain.
From the last century to this day, members of the so-called Tamil leadership have been loyal stooges of British colonialists and then the US imperialists. But the Tamil people have not been rewarded with any political returns for all the submissive loyalty shown by the Tamil leadership. The British and later the Americans have always been on the side of the ruling Sinhala Buddhist ruling class elite.
To readily forget on whose side Britain, the US and India were in the closing stages of the war — during which war crimes and human right violations are said to have occurred — and to hope for a resolution on an international inquiry into war crimes to emerge from Geneva through their initiative is as comic as asking the person who provided the stick to strike with to give evidence in support of the victim.
What the US and the countries of the West want are not the North and East or the Tamil people. They want to have the whole of Sri Lanka within their global hegemonic grip. Since the Rajapaksa brothers do not come up with the absolute compliance that they desire, they are flinging ropes from Geneva in order to either tame the Rajapaksa brothers or replace their regime with another to the liking of imperialism. It is for this purpose that the draft resolution for Geneva allocates time for discussing Sri Lanka in the 26th and 27th Sessions of the UNHCR. By portraying the US and Britain which conduct themselves in such fashion as the saviours of the Tamil people, the Tamil leadership’s is only seeking to deceive the entire Tamil people.
Periodic declarations by the Tamil political parties such as “there comes the pressure” “here comes the mechanism” “the Internal Community is watching intently” and “an international inquiry is due” by pointing to Chennai, Delhi, Washington and London have been acts of political deception. The Tamil people, especially the younger generation, should reject such political falsehoods and superstitions and come forward to take the road of clear and far-sighted politics for the people. Otherwise, once again, the people will receive only disappointments and losses.
Answering the question “Why did you participate in the awareness campaigns organized by the Tamil leadership the past?” raised during the discussion, Comrade Senthivel said that the Party participated in those struggles for two reasons. One is that the Party has strongly condemned the political, economic and military oppression imposed on the Tamil people by the Sinhala Buddhist chauvinist regime even after the end of the war. Workers, peasants, fisher-folk and women continue to be severely affected. The Party, therefore, has participated in these awareness campaigns to emphasize its own demands. The Party participated in the campaigns to take up the issues of resettlement of the people in their own areas, encroachment of land by the military, planned colonization, the release of political prisoners, due rehabilitation for those who have been resettled, civil administration, normal life, democracy.
Secondly, the Party has meanwhile urged the Tamil political parties on those issues as well as a common programme for a political solution. In particular, the Party emphasized the need for progressive Tamil nationalism. But the Tamil political parties carry on with the attitude that such things cannot be expected of them and that they will continue with their domineering elitist political line. While the parties of the Tamil National Alliance lack unity and solidarity, they pursue votes, positions, power and political domineering. Under the cloak of Tamil nationalism, they continue to show the Tamil people a narrow political path.
Meantime, those in the Tamil National People’s Front are seeking to go along the road of Tamil Eelam by pushing a ‘two nations’ theory’. Their Tamil narrow nationalist position is rich nutrition for the Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists and the regime of the Rajapaksa brothers; meanwhile the Sinhala Buddhist chauvinist projections and practices undertaken by them in the South nourish the Tamil leadership.
Under these conditions, the Tamil leaders have no practically feasible policies or programmes to guide the Tamil people. As a result, they are surrendering to and pleading with the rulers of the US, Britain and India, kissing the feet that kicked them.
There is a need to move away from this state of affairs and advance along the path of mass struggle among the Tamil people for democracy and a political solution to the national question based on the right to self-determination. That should reflect the aspirations of the Tamil people and the fundamental problems of the workers, peasants, fisher-folk, women and those oppressed by caste. Such a stand should be reflected among the ordinary toiling Sinhalese people of the South and create an understanding among them about the case of the Tamil people for a political solution.
It is therefore that the Party has continued to emphasize that the Tamil political parties should transcend ballot box politics aiming at posts and portfolios and come forward to join a common programme for winning autonomy for all nationalities of Sri Lanka within a United Sri Lanka, based on the principle of the right to self-determination. Comrade Senthivel pointed out the importance of the young generation taking these matters into consideration.
(Reported by: Comrade SK Senthivel, General Secretary, NDMLP)
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital convergence technologies, has partnered with Sampath Bank to offer a 15-20 percent discount on selected Samsung phones and tablets accompanied with an easy monthly installation (EMI) plan.
When using a Sampath Bank credit card to make purchases on select Samsung products, customers will be able to choose a 12 or 24 month interest free installation plan and make their payments accordingly. Samsung products applicable for the EMI plan include the Samsung Note 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE (which are available with a 20% discount) and the Samsung Galaxy Core I8262, Samsung Galaxy Trend S7392 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 – 7 inch T211 (which are available with a 15% discount). All Samsung products are genuinely TRCSL approved and are available at JKOA, Singer, Softlogic and Singhagiri distributors nationwide. All Samsung products available through the EMI are also subject to a two year warranty.
Samsung Electronics is acknowledged as one of the world’s most popular consumer brands and has delivered a variety of dynamic products throughout the years. The new Samsung Electronics vision is aligned with new technology, innovative products and creative solutions to promote value for the company’s core networks. By delivering results to the communications industry, Samsung partners and employees, the company hopes to contribute to a better world filled with richer experiences.
Commenting on the new EMI plan, Mr. H. K. Chang, Managing Director, Samsung India Electronics Limited - Sri Lanka Branch stated. “We believe that this EMI in partnership with Sampath Bank will serve to enhance Samsung’s growth in Sri Lanka by making our range of products more accessible to more consumers. The EMI is practical and affordable and aligns with Samsung’s vision to provide creative technology solutions.”
Sri Lanka will be hosting the next International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) Sept. 18- 21, 2014, with the opening ceremony scheduled to take place Sept. 19. 2014 The arrangements were ironed out at a meeting between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and ICAPP Standing Committee Secretary General Chung Eui-yong, Temple Trees. As the host country, Sri Lanka selected “Building an Asian Community” as the main theme of the conference The invitation to host this year’s ICAPP was made in July last year when Eui-yong met the President. Eui-yong said other ICAPP members were “very enthusiastic” about the possibility of Sri Lanka hosting the next conference. Approximately 100 different political parties from across Asia are expected to attend the high-level conference.
Mr Ponnampalam Sundaresan (4th October 1936 – 13th March 2014), Sydney , Australia.
Former Manufacturing Director, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Sri Lanka.
Loving husband of Kumuthiny; devoted father of Dr Purnima and Arunan; much loved father-in-law of Desigah and Anjella; adored grandfather of Dillon, Kiran and Rowan.
Cherished brother of Kamalambihai (late), Saradhadevi (SL), Sivananthavalli (SL), Dr Kumaranayagam (UK), Varatharajan (Aus) and Dr Thiruudaian (UK).
Lovingly remembered and sadly missed.
The funeral ceremony will be held on Saturday 15th March 2014 at Camellia Chapel, Macquarie Park Crematorium, corner of Delhi and Plassey Rd, North Ryde NSW 2113. Viewing and funeral rights will commence at 9.30am and conclude at 11:45am.
For inquiries, please call Arunan (+61 416 248 266).
2014 MARCH - Saturday 22nd, 7.00pm
Its Official!!! The biggest Sri Lankan concert to be held in Melbourne - SARA SIHINA with Bathiya and Santhush, Ashanti, Umaria, Randhir and the full BNS band. This time we will be showcasing the full SARA SIHINA concert that is performed in Sri Lanka with original crew of 14 flying from Colombo. This production will give you a total different experience to that you have been used to with BNS with the live band and dancing performances... Keep the day free!!! More details later. Dj Naz and Production One Events.
The God King by Tharanga Dandeniya (writer and Director)
Based on Sri Lankan folklore and legends, The God King drama depicts the timeless tale of ordinary people as they struggle with political injustice and social conflict during wartime. This production brings together music, dance and drama and relies on the traditional elements of Sri Lankan folk drama which include masks, bright colours, a rapidly shifting percussive soundscape, codified gestures and movements, and a chorus. Featuring an Australian-Sri Lankan cast and crew, the production includes a number of highly-regarded Sri Lankan theatre practitioners and constitutes a component of the PhD in Theatre Performance by Tharanga Dandeniya, an acclaimed theatre director. Tickets: $15, concession $10. At the Centre for Theatre and Performance, Drama Theatre Monash University, Clayton. Music by Tharaupathi Munasinghe. Proudly presented by Monash University Centre for Theatre Performance, Monash Academy of Performing Arts and the Sri Lankan Theatre Association.
A presentation pack of a CD and DVD is also available at $10 – kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org (includes free postage). Payment can be made through Paypal via the same email address.
Errol Earl is the singer, he is of South African origin and has been a musician since of a very young age. He plays many instruments – guitar, keyboard, etc… His favourite singer is George Benson and has many tutorials on You Tube – i.e. guitar lessons.
Errol Earl plays with many Bands at Clubs, Hotels and does many solo gigs as well.
Alex Pertout & Nilusha Dassanaike are a unique musical duo that embraces authentic and contemporary world sounds that cover Latin American and South Asian roots. Alex with his percussions and Nilusha with her Eastern and Western silk-like sounds will be performing music from their new album TALES TO TELL, an absorbing journey into contemporary world and jazz music with standard originals. At the Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon. Tickets $30. 2014 APRIL - Thursday 24th, 6.00pm
Sri Lankan Theatre Group Melbourne Presents..Kusumsiri and Yashodhara new stage play Punchi Pancho part 2 - Sellam Gedarai TV Ekai and Gamaralai Sudu Aliyai at Cranbourne Theatre.2014 MAY - Saturday 3rd, 2.30pm and 6.30pm
20/05 T20 - Oval 22/05 1st ODI - Oval 25/05 2nd ODI - Durham 28/05 3rd ODI - Old Trafford 31/05 4th ODI - Lords 03/06 5th ODI - Edgbaston 12/06 to 16/06 1st Test - Lords 20/06 to 24/06 2nd Test - Headly
An event held in honor of the birth centenary of Prof. Ediriwira Sarachchandra and to commemorate his 18th death anniversary. An enjoyable evening of Sarachchandra's drama songs and acts. Presented by Yashodhara, Kusumsiri and the Sri Lankan Theatre Group Melbourne.
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
Commonwealth Youth Forum An inspiring performance from the Commonwealth Youth Forum currently taking place in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Full praise to the persons who planned and choreographed this performance!
WESLEY has gained quite a reputation for producing many "FIRSTS" in all walks of life.
The Editors have compiled the following list and sincerely regret any omissions. Wesley is indeed very proud to have produced