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Village boy, rickshaw-driver’s son: Indian cricket’s unlikely new heroes-BY ABHAYA SRIVASTAVA


NEW DELHI: After India ended Australia’s 32-year unbeaten streak at Brisbane’s Gabba ground to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test series, AFP Sport looks at the injury-hit team’s unlikely heroes:

Mohammed Siraj: tragedy to triumph

Despite grieving his father, who died just before the series, the 26-year-old emerged as one of India’s new stars.

Thrust into the limelight after a succession of injuries to front-line bowlers, Siraj rose to the challenge with a maiden five-wicket haul in Brisbane, only his third Test.

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Another probe Report against SLC swept under the carpet


An important probe Report over a case of match fixing implicating a cricket administrator has been discarded as garbage by Sri Lanka Cricket raising questions on the integrity of an organisation that is allowed to carry on with impunity.

Former Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera initiated the probe when it was brought to his notice that the outcome of a domestic contest involving Panadura Sports Club and Kalutara PCC was fixed on the instructions of a cricket official.

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Crowd abuse made Siraj ‘mentally strong’

Mohammed Siraj


HYDERABAD AFP: India bowler Mohammed Siraj has given his first public account of the crowd abuse he suffered during the Australia Test series, saying it made him “mentally strong”.

Siraj said India, who stunned Australia to win the series 2-1, declined an offer from the umpires to walk off the field as players were abused in the third Test in Sydney.

According to Indian media, shouts of “monkey” and other insults rang out when Siraj and fellow fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah were fielding near the boundary.

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Sri Lanka Cricket board in virtual ruins with everything fixed-BY CALLISTUS DAVY


Match fixing, club fixing, fitness fixing, coach fixing, media fixing, tour fixing and buck fixing have led to a complete breakdown of a so-called elected membership running Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) resulting in player values and discipline shamefully exposed while the powers that be turn a blind eye and followers of the sport have called for an immediate sacking of the administration.

Presently the administration at Sri Lanka Cricket has gone into a virtual reclusive state with a puppet media section where can be found some blind mice.

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Gamini Udugama was a versatile ruggerite-By Hafiz Marikar


Kandy born Gamini Udugama began his career in rugby at Trinity College; He first represented the school when he was 19 years old and played as a number eight forward for over 15 years. He was a player considered by many as one of the top class third row forwards. and was- 5ft – 11 inches tall, He had the height, strength, and skill to dominate in line-outs and loose play.

Gamini’s brothers were also top ruggerites. The eldest Mohan Udugama a top sportsman never played for the school, but played for Dimbula and Dickoya. Saliya Udugama stood out for Trinity College, Army, Defence Services and Sri Lanka and the other brother Athula Udugama played for Kandy SC.

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Silicon Valley Investor Insaaf Mohideen in Sri Lanka


Serial Entrepreneur and Silicon Valley Investor Insaaf Mohideen has arrived in Sri Lanka for a brief visit under the “Investor Bubble” scheme. Mohideen arrived in the country from USA.

Insaaf Mohideen is a large-scale investor in alternate asset classes and has managed sovereign wealth across four countries. He is accompanied by Jezri Mohideen, Managing Director and Global Chief Digital Officer at Nomura International PLC. 

The duo are due to discuss investment opportunities pertaining to Informational Technology, Real Estate, Business Turnaround, and Capital Markets while in the country. They are expected to meet officials of the Ministry of Money & Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms, Urban Development Authority, Port City and several private sector leaders. 

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Health Minister tests positive for COVID-19


Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi has tested positive for COVID-19, Health Ministry sources confirmed.

The Minister has decided to quarantine at home following a positive result on a Rapid Antigen Test. She had undergone a PCR test on Friday and is awaiting results. 

So far, four members of parliament have tested positive for COVID-19.

Among them are Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara, State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, State Minister Piyal Nishantha de Silva and former Minister Rauf Hakeem.

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eLanka Newsletter – 27 Jan 2021 – 8th edition – Sri Lankans in Australia

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Australia Day 2021 Honours List – Mr Anthony Phillip SWAN (Honorary Consul for for Sri lanka in Queensland Australia)

“BIDEN’S CHOICE” – By Des Kelly

Kerrigan La-Brooy – Nominated for Australia Day Award as Casey Citizen of the Year

Kerrigan La-Brooy – Nominated for Australia Day Award as Casey Citizen of the Year


Patron Anton Swan receives OAM in Australia Day Honours

AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2021 – Grace Tame – Advocate for survivors of sexual assault and #LetHerSpeak campaigner


QUEEN STREET, FORT, COLOMBO 1 IN THE 1960s – By Upali Obeyesekere

Will Vaccination hesitancy be a barrier to full population inoculation against COVID-19.-By Dr Harold Gunatillake

Audience Hall Kandy – location of a historic event By Arundathie Abeysinghe

Sri Lanka Association of NSW (SLAWN) High Tea (Sydney event)

Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo

Invitation – 73rd Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka (Melbourne)

Obituary – Sampath Ratnatunga (September 8, 1958 – January 15, 2021) – by Lawrence Machado

Spinners skittle Sri Lanka before Sibley and Buttler wrap up series for England

Charles Stanley Braine (1874-1944) – the Rajah of Mawatte By George Braine

Ceylon Cricketers in late fifties with the MCC

A E Manoharan – Suranganita Maalu Genawa

Sangakkara to join Rajasthan Royals as director of cricket

The Lives We Lead

Mage Konde Nathath @ Tone Poem with Corrine Almeida

Ashantha de Mel to quit as Sri Lanka Cricket Team Manager-indika welagedara

Mr Summa Navavaratnam – Founder / President – Royal Junior Rugby Academy

Dang Kaale Kello Wasie (Sinhala Baila) – Desmond Kelly

Watch Cricket Highlights – Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test, Galle, Jan 22 – Jan 26 2021

Stand-up comic Saikiran’s dissection of India’s obsession with fairness is not just skin-deep

eLanka Resumes – Seeking Jobs for Sri Lankans in Australia

Chootikkee | Sinhala Movie

Irumbu Thirai Tamil Full Movie

Would anyone in your vast circulation recognise this couple ?

eLanka Marriage Proposals

Obituary Notices

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Memories of a schoolgirl in Ceylon, 1960-by Savitri de Alwis


(Vice Captain, Queen’s Own, 1970)

The echo of frenzied cheering ebbing and flowing like a wave from the open pavilion of the Galle esplanade fill my ears as if it were only yesterday. I can hear Rev. Sister Rosina, Mistress of Queens Own House. spurring me on fitfully on the loudspeaker in the open event cycle race. My spindly legs pedal furiously, perfectly navigate the tracks and breeze through the touch line to victory on an old rackety Men’s Raleigh bicycle, borrowed on the spot for the race from the school watcher! As I cross the winning line I look back at my competitors, way behind me like specks on the track doing a balancing act with their bikes! Indeed, not many girls cycled then nearly 50 years ago, with the exception of tomboys and the posh girls from Colombo who were sent to our boarding school for strict discipline under firm but kind Irish and Belgian nuns.

Yet oddly we were in awe of these posh girls from Colombo with their ‘mod’ hairstyles, a far cry from our tightly plaited hair doused in coconut oil! But moreover they spoke the Queen’s English like they owned it. This was 1970 and the unforgettable events of a sports meet indelibly etched in my memory as a school girl at Sacred Heart Convent in Galle, a leading private girls’ day/boarding school. Established in 1896, by the Sisters of Charity in Belgium, it was for the education of young girls in Galle. The school is entering its 125th anniversary this year, a great milestone in its unbroken record of unblemished service and duty for charity (love). My three sisters, my little brother at nursery and I were privileged to walk through the hallowed hallways of Sacred Heart Convent from its nursery and on to secondary school half a century ago.

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